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NCPR News: Nora Flaherty, Reporter/producer

A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011
A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011

Even with Colton damage, St. Lawrence County says it's not a disaster area

Just last week, the Federal Government declared 21 New York Counties federal disaster areas, after this spring's flooding. But St. Lawrence county was NOT one of those counties.

Turns out St. Lawrence County wasn't passed over--it hasn't yet applied for aid. County officials aren't confident there's been $336,000 in public infrastructure damage--that's the amount required to qualify for the aid.

Colton has been the most heavily affected community in the county, but most of that damage--about $800,000 in all--was to private homes. Nora Flaherty spoke with Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald about where things stand now:  Go to full article
<em>A Comanche</em>, by Frederic Remington
A Comanche, by Frederic Remington

Remington's Ring Recovered

Police in Ogdensburg have recovered a diamond engagement ring that was stolen just last week from the Frederic Remington art museum. It turns out the thief was a part-time employee who stole the ring from a case that was described as screwed shut, but not locked.

The police discovered the ring at the home of Blake Peabody, who apparently planned to sell it. He's been charged with 4th degree grand larceny.

Nora Flaherty put a call in to the museum to find out more about the theft, and the return of the ring. She asked curator Laura Foster how she and her colleagues had noticed the ring was missing.  Go to full article
Farmer David Rice at the Canton Farmers Market
Farmer David Rice at the Canton Farmers Market

Heard Up North: Early-summer farmers market

Farmers markets are one of the things that make summer, summer--and although the rainy weather this spring means a lot of us may not have gotten outdoors to buy fruit, veggies and other delights, the way we'd like--the farmers have been there. The season's just now really getting started--and for today's Heard Up North, Nora Flaherty made her first visit this summer to Canton's farmer's market:  Go to full article
A few of Jon Greenwood's 1200 dairy cows
A few of Jon Greenwood's 1200 dairy cows

Heard Up North: Dairy cows in Canton

Dairy farming is a way of life and a major industry in the North Country, but for All Before Five host and recent downstate transplant Nora Flaherty, it's a little bit of a mystery. Nora paid a visit to Canton dairyman Jon Greenwood--he has a herd of about 1200. They started in Greenwood's milking parlor, where the cows were listening to some Latin music.  Go to full article

War of 1812 tallship in Ogdensburg

As of noon today, the Privateer Lynx, a replica of a tallship that carried soldiers in the War of 1812, is docked on the St. Lawrence in Ogdensburg. From now until Sunday evening it will be open to the public, for tours and daily 2-hour sail-aways.

Michael Folsom is the event organizer for the Lynx's trip up the seaway. He knows what he's doing when it comes to the St. Lawrence. He also blogs about the seaway under the name "the shipwatcher." Nora Flaherty talked with Folsom about his fascination with the big ships of the river, and about the Lynx.  Go to full article
Flooded homes in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.
Flooded homes in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.

Northern New York will wait for FEMA aid

People are still waiting to hear about federal aid for repairing and rebuilding in the areas damaged by the flooding that started in April.

Governor Cuomo asked President Obama on May 25th to declare a major federal disaster in New York. That request was a step in the process of receiving aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At the time it seemed like a foregone conclusion -- but nothing's happened yet and FEMA aid now seems less certain.  Go to full article
It has the potential for people to be homeless, for people to be without electricity, for people to be without heat.

Local aid groups coping without FEMA

Federal Emergency Management come in when major natural disasters hit, but few people know they provide aid for much less dramatic emergencies through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Earlier this year, however, FEMA told expectant organizations that they don't know when -- or if -- they can expect the money.  Go to full article

Local support for SUNY tuition change

SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy was in Albany today talking with legislators in support of a bill to raise tuition 5 percent.

Kennedy said although tuition increases are unpopular, students might well end up saving money.  Go to full article
They've never received an antibiotic or a growth-promoting hormone or an animal byproduct in their feed.

Company seeks high-end beef from North Country farmers

A Maine-based beef company wants North Country farmers to raise beef cattle for a high-end retail market.

Pineland Farms Natural Meats is looking to buy between 150 and 200 head of cattle a month from North Country farmers and it's holding a meeting Friday to tell farmers about company requirements.  Go to full article
We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out...whether we make it up the rest of the year or not is questionable.

Farmers struggle to catch up after a month of floods

The economic effects of the flooding that began in late April are still being felt by many in the north country--the rains have left homes and communities heavily damaged; tourism dollars have been lost.

And after more than a month of exceptionally wet weather, area farmers are saying they may not be able to catch up with the planting they need to do for the fall harvest. Fields have been too wet in many cases to plant corn, or to harvest grass for hay--and it's getting down to the wire.  Go to full article

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Nora Flaherty got into public radio kind of by mistake--the local public radio station was in the same building as the office of the Anthropology department at the University of Michigan, where Nora was studying to be a professor. But after a few weeks as an intern, she was convinced she'd stumbled into the right place.

Nora became a reporter and on-air host at Michigan Radio, where she did stories on environmental issues, housing, the arts, among other things. Nora moved to New York City in 2005, and became a producer at WFUV. At WFUV, Nora hosted a weekly interview program and reported on the long-term issues faced by September 11th survivors, education, and less serious topics like fairy tales, freak shows and pop music.

A serious dog person, Nora loves hanging out with her "pack" (her husband and their dog), cooking, and driving in foreign countries.