It’s Story Saturday again! Today we’re sharing a story from NCPR’s North Country at Work, featuring Saranac Lake local Chris Woodward. Chris owns The Woodward Boat Shop where he is one of very few people who builds and repairs Adirondack Guideboats. In an interview with North Country at Work, Chris shared about the tedium and joy of guideboat repairs, as well as how he first learned his trade. Listen to the interview here: https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/40470/20200204/north-country-at-work-an-adirondack-guideboat-builder-on-sweat-shovels-and-sanding-lots-of-sanding
This week on Story Saturday we are featuring Russell Shefrin! Russell grew up on the grounds at Ray Brook Sanatorium. After curing from TB at Trudeau Sanatorium, Russell's father took a job at Ray Brook. In this excerpt from a 2013 interview, Russell describes his childhood home and the curious experience of seeing replicas of that home at a number of other state facilities. To read more about Russell's memories of Ray Brook Sanatorium, check out his wiki page: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Russell_Shefrin
Welcome to another Story Saturday! Today's story is from this March, when the Fish and Game Club hosted their 36th annual Colby Classic Fishing Derby. We brought the Cure Porch on Wheels to the shores of Lake Colby and interviewed local fishermen to help document this Adirondack tradition.
Charlie Jessie, who has helped with all 36 derbies, was the one who put the first ever tagged fish into Lake Colby. A few hours later we interviewed Alyssa and her father, Henry. Alyssa (11 years old) had just caught an 8.5 lb northern pike, and Henry shared that his father was the one who caught the first tagged trout in Lake Colby!
From the Porch
We're posting all the latest news, videos, and stories from Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project and Cure Porch on Wheels here. Stay tuned for Talking Points on Sunday, Live from the Porch on Tuesday and Saturdays, and other weekly offerings!