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Russell: O'burg losses will limit access to psych care

Local leaders say they are surprised and disappointed by the state Office of mental health's decision to close down adult and child in-patient services at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center in Ogdensburg.

In a statement yesterday, the local task force advocating to preserve the facility said, "This region... had the most to lose in this process, and though it was the most vocal and consistent in its support for its center, still lost the most."
The Task Force wants Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to review the decision, which is part of an overall plan to reorganize mental health services across the state.
New York operates 24 psychiatric hospitals. The new plan would consolidate in-patient programs at 15 centers. None of those is in the North Country.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell said the plan is a slap in the face to rural people who already have a hard time accessing mental health services: "We should be maintaining service levels here, if not expanding them."

And she agreed with the task force that the elimination of child and adult inpatient care in Ogdensburg comes as a bit of a surprise.  Go to full article
Sandy and Aaron Stauffer with their herd. Photo: Julie Grant

Why milk containers send mixed messages

When you go to the supermarket dairy aisle, there are so many milks to choose from: different brands, fat contents, and prices. One thing they all have in common is a label that says something like "our farmers pledge they do not inject their cows with artificial growth hormone." The containers also state that there's no difference in the milk from cows with or without those hormones.

So what's going on here? Why are our milk containers sending mixed messages? And what does it mean for North Country dairy farms that use growth hormones on their cows?  Go to full article
The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="">John Marino</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse scores high with consumers

Buyers in Syracuse and Albany are finally starting to feel like this year's economy will be better than the last.

Central New York now has the highest consumer confidence score for the past three months among upstate metro regions.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
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Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina.  Photo: NCPR

Caramelo Trio: Latin American inspired music for a summer day

We're kicking off the start of a warm summer weekend with the Latin American sounds of Caramelo Trio. The Potsdam ensemble joined Todd Moe live in the studio Friday morning...  Go to full article