Public invited to NCPR anniversary celebration

PAUL SMITHS Residents and visitors in the Adirondack North Country region are invited to North Country Public Radios 40th anniversary party Saturday, May 10 at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center. Paul Smiths VIC staff will offer a number of indoor and outdoor family activities during the party, which will include live music from George and Lowell Bailey. The days featured event will be the 40th Anniversary NCPR 40k/20k Run/Walk, held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. VIC programs will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day starts with the NCPR 40k/20k Run/Walk, a trail run/walk open to the public. The loop course is laid out on the scenic and bark-surfaced VIC trail system. The 40k participants will make six loops around the course, and the 20k participants will make three loops. The start an finish lines are near the building. The course follows trails through mixed forests, over a marshland boardwalk, and around the Heron Marsh. Runners and walkers will be treated to a deluxe event with commemorative T-shirts, water and sports drinks on the course, prizes, a post-race lunch, and family activities throughout the day. Runners start at 9 a.m., and walkers have the option of starting between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Aid support ends on the course at 2 p.m. Runners/walkers may register ahead of time by contacting Kelly Trombley at North Country Public Radio, 1-877-388-6277. Or people can register at the VIC on the day of the event. The cost is $50. Family activities will include: Wildlife Crafts for Kids, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; a Fun Run for Kids, 10 a.m.; the Blackfly Blood-Sucking Contest (teams of two), 11 a.m.; an Adirondack Bird-of-Prey Program with VIC naturalist Mike Brennan, 12 p.m.; and the Animal Sounds Nature Trivia Game, 1 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the theater. All activities are free and open to the public. Based at St. Lawrence University in Canton, North Country Public Radio serves communities throughout northern New York, Vermont and Ontario. In addition to NCPR's on-air signal, the station operates a comprehensive Web site at www.ncpr.org, with information about the station, its programs, community information, links, and a live stream of the station signal. The Paul Smiths VIC is located 12 miles north of Saranac Lake on State Route 30. For more information, call 327-3000 or log on to www.adkvic.org.

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