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All Before Five: 2/29/08

More on the deadly virus that killed three people in an Elizabethtown nursing home... Also, questions linger over how county officials released information about the virus... Republican Betty Little reacts to her party's dwindling majority in the state Senate... A planned auto race on the frozen surface of Lake Colby is causing quite a stir in the Adirondacks... And what happens when soap bubbles freeze.  Go to full article

Fourth Horace Nye nursing home resident in hospital, but Elizabethtown outbreak "waning"

State health officials say a fourth resident from a nursing home in Elizabethtown is being treated in an area hospital following a deadly viral outbreak. But spokeswoman Claudia Hutton, with New York's Department of Health, says the patient has been released from intensive care and appears to be recovering. Three other residents of the Horace Nye nursing home died last week. The facility is owned and operated by Essex County. Hutton says state officials were informed in a timely fashion about the deaths. She praised the staff at Horace Nye for "doing everything right to contain this outbreak." Researchers are still trying to identify the exact nature of the illness, which causes severe gastrointestinal distress and dehydration. At the peak of the outbreak, more than seventy residents and staff were infected. But Hutton says the viral outbreak appears to be waning, with no new cases reported in recent days. It remains unclear why the illness wasn't reported to the public for more than a week after the first patient died. On Thursday, administrators at the nursing home didn't return phone calls. Essex County officials directed all questions about the Horace Nye situation to an attorney Dan Manning, who also serves as the county public information officer. Manning spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Nurses picket over contract talks in Ogdensburg

About 50 registered nurses braved single-digit cold to form a picket line in front of the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center yesterday in Ogdensburg. It wasn't a strike. As Jonathan Brown reports, the nurses are hoping to jump start negotiations over changes to their retirement benefits.  Go to full article

Republican Little "disappointed" by Aubertine victory

Republican state Senator Betty Little reacted yesterday to her party's loss of a special election in the neighboring 48th Senate district. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Debate over Lake Colby car races

A lake association in the Adirondacks may seek a court injunction to stop an automobile club from holding car races on Lake Colby after the Saranac Lake Village Board last...  Go to full article
Cover photo from this month's issue of "Thousand Islands Life."

Web magazine celebrates river culture, history

Architect, historian, preservationist and writer Paul Malo is a big fan of the St. Lawrence River. He's spent more than seventy summers on the river, and is the...  Go to full article