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Josh Jones studies at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Josh Jones studies at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Young veterans struggle in civilian economy

Sunday, across the North Country, small towns held parades and ceremonies honoring the region's veterans. But as the wars wind down in Afghanistan and Iraq, experts say more and more young men and women who fought overseas are struggling.

Some are grappling with the after-effects of post-traumatic stress and injury. Others are finding it difficult to make the transition to the civilian economy, facing unemployment, poverty and homelessness.  Go to full article
The health, the mental health, the behavioral health issues certainly have to be attended to.

NY universities collaborate to improve vet services

A consortium of New York state university campuses is working to improve rural services for veterans and their families. Universities from across upstate New York, including Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton, Albany and Syracuse, are taking part in a program funded by the Department of Health and Social Services to train people to work with veterans in the state's more remote areas.  Go to full article
DEC spokesman Stephen Litwhiler reads out audience questions during a public meeting about pollution in the north side neighborhood at North Elementary School in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Concerned Watertown residents want Air Brake site study

People who live in Watertown's north side community are raising concerns over pollution surrounding the New York Air Brake industrial site, which was cleaned up beginning in the 1990s.

Officials from the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation held a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a nearby elementary school to try to respond to those fears.  Go to full article
New York Thruway. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd01605/">MPD01605</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

NY Thruway authority postpones meeting

The New York Thruway Authority has postponed a meeting scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, and rescheduled it for Tuesday, Nov.13. While there's no official agenda, opponents of a...  Go to full article
Jackie Richardson and Andrew Moodie   Photo:Andree Lanthier

Theatre Review: "thirsty" at the National Arts Centre

The World Premiere of "thirsty" by Dionne Brand is running in the Studio at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through November 17. Based on her book of poetry of the same...  Go to full article
A cycle of freeze and thaw is hard on perennials, which do better with the protection of consistent snow cover. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/86953562@N00/">Marilylle Soveran</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

See-saw winter temperatures threaten perennials

Last winter was pretty hard on gardens, and gardeners, used to surviving tough North Country winters.

Two related issues combined to make precious perennials...  Go to full article