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David Coleman, the Jefferson County Historical Society's caretaker, says he spends three hours most mornings pressure-washing walkways to remove what the crows leave behind. He just installed the rug on the porch, too - after about 30 schoolchildren marched bird poop into the building during a field trip. Photo: Joanna Richards
David Coleman, the Jefferson County Historical Society's caretaker, says he spends three hours most mornings pressure-washing walkways to remove what the crows leave behind. He just installed the rug on the porch, too - after about 30 schoolchildren marched bird poop into the building during a field trip. Photo: Joanna Richards

Winter crows invade Watertown

Every winter, Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie, "The Birds" gets a replay in Watertown. But not on the silver screen. Thousands of crows fly in from the countryside to roost overnight. The city's trying to evict them.  Go to full article
Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick at the launch of the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which he co-chairs. Photo: <a hre="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9191518151/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>

More call for public campaign finance system

Advocacy groups are encouraged by recent statements by the co-chair of Governor Cuomo's anti-corruption commission, who says he now favors public financing of political campaigns.

William Fitzpatrick, the Syracuse-area Onondaga County DA who co-chairs Cuomo's anti-corruption commission, says he has become a convert to using public funds to finance political campaigns.  Go to full article
Funding for the North Country Direct Homeownership Assistance Program comes from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US-DeptOfHUD-Seal.svg">U.S. Government</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

North Country counties to turn more people into homeowners

One of the most expensive parts of buying a new home is the down payment. That can be especially tricky for low income families, who may have never bought a house before, and therefore don't have a great credit score. When buyers don't have good credit, the down payment is especially high - sometimes as high as 20 percent.

Thanks to a new kind of collaboration among seven north country counties, a couple dozen low income families will soon have an easier time with that down payment.  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Reaper drone crashes in Lake Ontario

The search for an unmanned drone aircraft that went down in the waters of Lake Ontario yesterday, is expected to continue today. There were no reports of any injuries or...  Go to full article
Jonathan Kozol (pictured here in 2009) was keynote speaker at the Growing Up in Poverty event in Albany. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/89048815@N00/4033701700/">Maureen Sill</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What lifts children out of poverty?

New York State continues to have a higher percentage of children living in poverty than any other state. And that poverty can chase them through their entire lives.
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Greg Caron upstairs in his barn with the inner-workings of the clock.  He collects and restores old objects for fun. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: New York's oldest tower clock rings again

For a long time, Greg Caron ran Greg and Molly's, a gas station and restaurant in Hopkinton. Now he's retired and spends his days tracking down old objects and bringing them...  Go to full article
A wetland on the Grassy Pond trail between Blue Mountain Lake and Racquette Lake. Photo: Brian Mann

Lunchtime hike to Grassy Pond near Racquette Lake

There's been snow in parts of the North Country, but this long, glorious autumn has also brought remarkable warm days which have lingered into November.

Our...  Go to full article
Historic Aiden Lair.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Aiden Lair

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and...  Go to full article