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All Before Five: 04/04/12

Planned Parenthood of the North Country has a new leader, and we'll get to know her. Plattsburgh looks to find its own way as a city of arts. Potsdam police search for a hit-and-run driver who knocked a cyclist off his bike Tuesday. And the end is in sight for the construction of the West Potsdam hydro dam.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Kristin Kimball

Our guest, Kristen Kimball, is author of the memoir The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love, and co-owner of Essex Farm, a full-diet, year-round, draft-horse-powered CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) provider in the Champlain Valley. Ellen Rocco and Mary Hussman host.

Kimball will give a reading Thu., April 5 at 7:30 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the campus of St. Lawrence University, Canton NY.  Go to full article
Betsy Brown, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Planned Parenthood chief stays on message in time of change

The new president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country recognizes that she enters the job at a time when the nation's health policies and politics are making headlines. Betsy Brown, of Lake Placid, was appointed to the position on March 19. She succeeds Kathie Wunderlich, who retired last year.

Brown began her career in health care as a college-aged volunteer, helping with family planning on a student hotline. She went on to serve with the Peace Corps for two years in West Africa, and later worked in family planning in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the former Soviet Union. Chris Morris sat down with Brown at Planned Parenthood's Saranac Lake office last week.  Go to full article
The interior of the Strand Theater

Two downtown spaces bring art to Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh is a city in transition. There's a lot of effort to attract new families and businesses and rebrand the lakeside city as a destination. As Sarah Harris reports, a...  Go to full article
Photo: Thomas Seeley

Bee expert sees lessons in hive democracy

As the Republican primary marches forward, researcher Thomas Seeley is reminded of his work with honeybees. That might sound odd, but Seeley has spent decades studying the...  Go to full article

"New York Works" to fund North Country road projects

The North Country will get $45.5 million from the state, for almost 50 projects to repair roads and bridges.

That money comes from the $1.2 billion "New York...  Go to full article

Magic, charm in new teen novel

Many of us read The Secret Garden when we were kids. Children's author Ellen Potter takes that story and sets it in the Thousand Islands in her new book The Humming...  Go to full article
Historically, Republican women, such as First Lady Betty Ford, shown campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment, have held progressive views on women's health issues.

North Country Republican leaders worried about "war on women"

The Obama administration set off a firestorm when it released rules requiring employer-provided health insurance to cover the cost of contraceptives. Leaders in the Catholic...  Go to full article
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III

Some areas still closed to investigators at Alcoa West

State fire investigators and the Alcoa corporation are looking for the cause of a fire that broke out at the Alcoa West plant near Massena Thursday.

Alcoa...  Go to full article
Lander's clothing store in Jamestown prepares for a "cash mob" to descend last week. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

Cash mobs boost local business, community

You may have heard of "flash mobs," where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene. Now the idea has been turned on its head by "cash mobs," where large...  Go to full article
The Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. Photo: Tomasz Sienicki

Offshore wind remains divisive

New York is one of five states joining the Obama Administration in an agreement designed to spur offshore wind development in the Great lakes. But as the Innovation Trail's...  Go to full article
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