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Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. Photo: Brian Mann
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. Photo: Brian Mann

On Great Sacandaga Lake, summer ends in a "Ring of Fire"

We all know North Country summers end in ice. Labor Day weekend gives way to an all-too-short autumn, longer nights, and then to the first snow. But on the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake in the southern Adirondacks, locals and seasonal visitors celebrate the end of summer with fire.

Every Labor Day weekend for 15 years, hundreds of people gather on the shore, building massive bonfires and holding impromptu firework shows.

Brian Mann was on the beach for last year's Ring of Fire and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard Up North: a summer of hot-dogs at Prescott's harbor

For some teenagers it's been a summer of camp counseling, babysitting, or mowing lawns. An Ontario teen is finding out food can be a direct path to some extra spending money. Uninterested in the typical summer jobs, 15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox, of Prescott, says he and a friend tossed around ideas for employment and decided to pool their savings to buy a hot-dog vending cart.

He's spent the last few months selling hot-dogs and sausages along Prescott's waterfront to passing boaters, tourists, and a hungry theater crowd before a show at the nearby St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.

Burton-Fox told Todd Moe he wants to join the Royal Canadian Air Force after high school. But even so, he says spending this summer outside socializing at the marina and selling sausages has been worth it.  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein

Farmstands, CSAs, farmers' markets bursting with flavor

It's the peak of the harvest season in gardens around the region. Amy Ivy joins Todd Moe for an update on what's coming out of the garden, on late blight and some tips for buying large quantities of produce from growers. Also, it's time to celebrate the harvest with market and local food festivals.

Amy Ivy is a horticulturist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties, and talks about gardening each Monday on NCPR.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/reway2007/1021562555/">reway2007</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: reway2007, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prepping the summer flower garden for more color

There's lots of activity in the vegetable garden this month, but horticulturist Amy Ivy turns her attention to flower beds this week.

She told Todd Moe a summer cleanup in the annual and perennial gardens means more color later in the season. Amy shares tips on what to prune and how to encourage new blooms on some of the cooler season flowers.  Go to full article
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face of "Island Dave" Beatty, who manages and patrols the area for the city of Brockville. David Sommerstein produced this Heard Up North, which first aired in August 2013.  Go to full article
A summer reader. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/emilymills/4746677195/">Emily Mills</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Summer Reading Call-in

What are you reading this summer? What titles have you been reading at the beach, or at the camp, or maybe on your Kindle in the back seat during that long day trip? Do you have any recommendations from the new releases section at your library? Have an old favorite that just says "summer" to you?

Many of you let us know during our annual summer reading call-in program joining Readers & Writers hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson and book maven John Ernst to share their picks of the season.  Go to full article
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event.  Photo: Morristown Public Library
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event. Photo: Morristown Public Library

Morristown Library invites artists to "plein air" event

The Morristown Public Library is inviting artists to its annual Plein Air Festival next week. Plein air means "in the open air" and is a popular summer event around the region.

Morristown is the birthplace and inspiration of artist Charles Chapman. Library director Bridget Whalen-Nevin is hoping artists and art lovers will follow in his footsteps from July 31st to August 3rd in and around Morristown.  Go to full article
Observing the moon. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasamarshall/6276653210/">NASA</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Observing the moon. Photo: NASA, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Let the moon be your guide

So much to see in the sky these nights, including a view into the center of our galaxy. That's where radio astronomers can see a bunch of stars orbiting the big black hole at its heart.

St. Lawrence University physics professor and astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue gives Martha Foley the low down on the summer sky. Planets: Mars, Saturn and Venus; constellations: Scorpius and Sagittarius; and stars: Antares, Arcturus, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, among others.

She says the Moon is our guide for lots of the highlights, once the evening light fades. It lingers long these days. Enjoy while you can; we're just past the latest sunset of the year and we should notice a real "gain" in darkness in the coming weeks.  Go to full article
Americade bikers get ready to ride through the Adirondacks on Tuesday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Americade bikers get ready to ride through the Adirondacks on Tuesday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Harleys to Hondas: bikers take over Lake George

Lake George is one of those North Country towns that's calm and quiet in the winter, but explodes with tourism in the summer. Right at the top of tourism season is a motorcycle rally called Americade.

Every year, thousands of bikers from all over the northeast gather in tiny Lake George. Riders tour the Adirondacks, peruse new gear, watch stunt shows, and meet one another. Zach Hirsch spent a day at the bike festival earlier this week, and produced this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University holds a muskellunge impacted by the VHS virus. Photo: Bowser Lab/Cornell University
Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University holds a muskellunge impacted by the VHS virus. Photo: Bowser Lab/Cornell University

Muskies recovering on the St. Lawrence River

Now that it's warming up, more and more people are going fishing. A lot of anglers have their eyes on muskellunge, or muskies. Muskies are popular for their size, and their ability to put up a fight.

"I've never been muskie fishing. But I know a lot of people that do, and I guess hooking into one of these fish is quite an experience! I guess it would be analogous to catching a torpedo," says David MacNeill, a fisheries specialist at New York Sea Grant, which is funding research on muskies.  Go to full article

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