Wednesday, August 25, 2010


This week, Mountain Lake Journal Extra devotes a half hour to "Spotlight." "Spotlight," produced and hosted by Paul Larson, illuminates our diverse community with stories about the arts, education, technology and health care.

PLATTSBURGH STUDENTS: Thirty-five students from Plattsburgh schools take center stage to sing with violinist Andre Rieu and his orchestra at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

BETH WADLEIGH: Her therapy dog Pepper can helps raise confidence and reading skills in students. Pepper's life with Wadleigh is a happy chapter filled with books, kids, and lots of attention, after his life began under sadder circumstances. For more information about Therapy Dogs of Vermont, the website is

HEIDE MESSING: Women in contemporary society populate the sculptural world of artist Heide Messing. Using stone and bronze, the Montreal-area sculptor celebrates women as business professionals, mothers, romantics,and free spirits. Her work ranges from very small pieces to monumental outdoor displays. The internationally acclaimed artist has exhibited in
many countries, but draws most of her inspiration from close to home. She often bundles her women and children up to brave the Canadian winter. Paul Larson shows us how the medium of stone drives Messing to create, and how she uses art as therapy to work through some serious
family issues. For more information, go to

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