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Why 315-ers won't have to change area codes, yet

The state is once again shelving a plan to split up the 315 area code. New York's Public Service Commission announced yesterday a revised forecast finds there will be enough phone numbers to last until the second half of 2016. An earlier forecast put the date at the beginning of 2015.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Groups call for ban on standardized testing for young children

A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York's schoolchildren in second grade and younger.

In a teleconference, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said it's "absurd" that the groups are even in the position of calling for a ban on standardized testing for children in pre-kindergarten through the second grade. Mulgrew and others say that the tests are inappropriate for four to seven-year-olds, and should never have been implemented in the first place.  Go to full article
Roseanne Gallagher, with chickens. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Certified naturally grown: an organic alternative

It can be expensive and time-consuming for farmers, especially small farmers, to go through the organic certification process. But there's another option. It's called certified naturally grown. The grassroots organization that offers this label uses organic standards, has farmers conduct inspections for their peers, and provides marketing materials.  Go to full article
A new plan for Hurricane and St. Regis fire towers was reviewed Thursday by the Adirondack park Agency. Photo: Brian Mann

NY to restore Hurricane, St. Regis fire towers

State officials are moving forward with plans to restore two historic fire towers in the Adirondacks.

The towers on Hurricane Mountain near Keene and St. Regis...  Go to full article
A moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

In Plattburgh, hundreds talk Common Core

Over 200 teachers, parents, students, and administrators gathered at SUNY Plattsburgh last night to talk about the new Common Core curriculum and testing in public school....  Go to full article
Neil Rossi and Tom Akstens

Local musicians celebrate 50 years of playing together

For the last year musicians Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi have been traveling around the region celebrating their 50th year of performing together. They first started playing...  Go to full article
Composer Robert Washburn at the podium. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Music and conversation with Potsdam composer Robert Washburn

Note: This conversation first aired February 21, 2005. We share it again upon news of the composer's death an age 85 this week.

You probably don't...  Go to full article