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All Before Five 5/30/07

Governor Spitzer wants a new commission to map out a plan to make SUNY better, and more relevant to the New York economy. An Ontario group wants help finding disease-resistant butternut trees. And growing up poor in Depression-era Lewis County. Martha Foley hosts All Before Five.  Go to full article

Spitzer calls for improvements to SUNY schools

Governor Eliot Spitzer has set up a commission to study the strengths and weaknesses of New York's two public university systems, SUNY and CUNY, with the aim of improving their quality. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

APA: mooring of houseboat would violate rules

An Adirondack Park Agency committee can't say if a Saranac Lake man's houseboat is violating shoreline regulations in the park. But mooring it in one spot for the season will cross the line. Bruce Darring had argued that the 70' X 24' vessel is a boat. The park agency has no jurisdiction on the water, he says. The APA staff says it's a wooden cabin on a floating platform. The agency tried to get the longtime Saranac Lake woodworker to stop building the houseboat last fall, and threatened him with fines. Darring says there are longer boats in the Adirondacks, and he plans to move the houseboat between Lake Flower and another lake. As Chris Knight reports, the houseboat will come before the full APA board at its June meeting.  Go to full article

In search of resistant Butternuts

A program is trying to save another native tree that's being wiped out by an invasive fungus. People who like the butternut are hoping that by planting more seedlings, and...  Go to full article
Randy Kerr and Gordon Allen

StoryCorps: Lewis County during the Depression

Conversation by conversation, interview by interview, StoryCorps is collecting the stories and voices of our time. At permanent StoryCorps booths in New York and mobile...  Go to full article