Thursday, September 7, 2017

Find your fall adventure on Mountain Lake Journal

Paul Larson hosts a pre-autumn edition of Mountain Lake Journal this week, as we explore activities to do and places to go for an Adirondack adventure this September.

First, we lose ourselves among the stalks of the Great Adirondack Corn Maze in Gabriels, New York.  During months when the crop revenue is down at Tucker Farms, this fun activity brings in tourist dollars.  Families enjoy exploring the maze together, and they may learn a bit about farming during the same outing.

Next, Jack LaDuke invites us into the iForest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, an immersive sound experience celebrating the harmony of nature in an Adirondack Forest.

Then, Mohawk Valley author Dennis Webster asks us to fall into a good book, whether it's an Adirondack mystery from the anthology series he's curating, or the tragic true story of a North Country crime.  His book Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher tells of an early 1900s case involving a slain teacher, an event that still haunts an Adirondack village.  

You'll find more stories of authors and artists who shine brightly at
Spotlight is supported by the Glenn and carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.
Finally, people often take their fishing trips during a heat wave in the summer, but many anglers, including our Kevin Cooney, have discovered the cooler temperatures and changing colors make September an ideal time for fishing in the Adirondacks. That's just what he does in this edition of Northbound and Around. For fishing gear, tackle, guides and more, check out the Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington, New York

Mountain Lake Journal airs this Friday at 8pm, with repeats on Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Harpists aim to change your mind about their instrument

What a pleasure it was to be challenged by Lilac 94!  Their music is a challenge to play, and it challenges its audience as well to open their minds about harp music. 

Christina Brier and Kathryn Sloat of the duo Lilac 94 appear the Mountain Lake Journal segment "Spotlight." They will perform music considered radical when it was composed the 1920s, music that still sounds unusual to many listeners in the 21st century.  

I spent the day with Christina and Kathryn in Saranac, New York, interviewing them and recording a rehearsal.   In the "Spotlight" segment I produced, the musicians say they hope to release the first complete recording of the harp piece Pentacle, by Carlos Salzedo.  They performed it live for the first time in Saranac this year, as artists in residence of Hill and Hollow Music. "Spotlight," on Mountain Lake Journal, presents stories about people who shine brightly in the arts.  Watch for the segment at 8pm Friday on Mountain Lake PBS. 

"Spotlight" is brought to you, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack park.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Clara Noyes, Pioneering Nurse

SPOTLIGHT:  Meet Author Roger L. Noyes... 

Books begin in interesting ways.  When Plattsburgh native Roger Noyes inherited the desk of his great-great-aunt Clara Noyes, his curiosity about the life of his renowned relative grew.  This led him to pen the first biography about the nurse who who headed the American Red Cross Department of Nursing during the first world war, a time when leadership positions for women were scarce.  

I had the pleasure of speaking with Roger Noyes about the biography Clara D. Noyes, R.N.: Life of a Global Nursing Leader.  After conducting extensive research, he was able to detail Clara's rise through the ranks of nursing, as nursing itself became a more professional and respected profession.  Episodes in the book include how Clara helped her country through many emergencies by deploying nurses, both during and after the war.  Attitudes about women and race in the early 20th century are also explored in the text.

I hope you enjoy the conversation Roger and I had on Mountain Lake Journal.  It airs at 8pm Friday, with repeats on Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 10am.

- Paul Larson

Spotlight is brought to you, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack park.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This week on Mountain Lake Journal...

     This week on Mountain Lake Journal, an uplifting trio of segments as Paul Larson fills in for Thom Hallock.  Larson hosts the show from the sculpture garden at SUNY Plattsburgh, and his Adirondack Journeys segment this week invites us to tour the Museum Without Walls.

     Also, we'll follow the progress of a little Albany girl named Hannah Sames, as she battles Giant Axonal Neuropathy.  Her parents' ongoing efforts to organize fundraisers with various communities and navigate through the medical world are offering hope to Hannah and other people afflicted with this rare and fatal condition.  Hannah's own improvement with moving and speaking will be apparent to our viewers who have seen our previous stories about her.
     The program also takes a look at a unique way war veterans can find empowerment, by sharing their trials and triumphs with a some artists who turn their stories into serious comic books.

     Mountain Lake Journal premieres Friday, May 19 at 8pm on Mountain Lake PBS.  It repeats Saturday at 1am and 7pm, Sunday at 5:30am and 10pm, and Thursday, May 25 at 1pm.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hosting Mountain Lake Journal!

Independence Cemetery, Saranac, New York
Tonight, subbing for Thom Hallock, I'm introducing the show segments from Independence Cemetery in Saranac, New York, where a memorial to war veterans sets the stage for two stories. 
First, a look at advocates for veterans.  Veterans returning to the North Country after overseas deploys sometimes return with issues such as addiction or PTSD, which can lead to issues with law enforcement. Rather than simply pipelining this vets through the legal system, Essex County has created a special veterans court, which provides mentoring, drug treatment, and/or mental health services, which helps vets cope with their issues and prevents further run ins with the law.

Next,  Glenn Pearsall discusses his first work of historical fiction, Leaves Torn Asunder.  The novel follows the lives of people living in the Adirondack region, affected by the horrors of the American Civil War.  Pearsall is a history buff who lives in North Creek, New York.  He has also written two non-fiction books.
Paul Larson with Glenn Pearsall
 Finally, the tone lightens as we explore a children's museum.   Kids' Station in Plattsburgh, New York enables kids to learn through productive play.  The exhibits allow families to explore science, the arts, career opportunities, robotics, fantasy, craft-making, and music.
Mountain Lake Journal airs on Mountain Lake PBS tonight at 8, Saturday at 1am and 7pm, Sunday at 5:30am and 10pm,  and Thursday, March 2 at 1pm.