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Potsdam Office of Smith Barney Purchases Equipment for NCPR Reading Service (5/29/03)

North Country Public Radio announces a donation of $2,500 from the Potsdam branch office of Smith Barney to the station's Reading Service. The funds were donated through Citigroup Foundation as part of a local contribution program conducted at Smith Barney branches across the country.

Ellen Rocco, General Manager of NCPR commented, "North Country Public Radio is pleased that a global business like Citigroup and Smith Barney has recognized our commitment to better serve the community. Ms. Rocco has accepted the check from the firm on behalf of the organization in June. The funds will be used to purchase receivers for the home use of visually impaired North Country residents.

NCPR's Reading Service directly serves visually impaired individuals who may have no other consistent access to information and intellectual programming. The service carries a full schedule of programs from the New York Times to local newspapers. Working with the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, NCPR provides special receivers free of charge to visually and physically impaired residents across the North Country.

"We are glad to support organizations that have a meaningful impact in the areas where we live and work," said John Vose. Mr. Vose, Branch Manager, headed the initiative and selection process on behalf of Smith Barney.

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