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Jeffco lawmaker slams door on more deputies

This year, thousands of Fort Drum troops are returning from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worried about the strain on housing and jobs, local officials are asking where these soldiers and their families will live and work. Crime is another big concern. Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns says the number of incidents ranging from domestic violence to car accidents will increase. He's warned the legislature that the county's population boom is placing demands on his department that current staff levels find it harder to meet. But Chairman of the County Legislature, Kent Burto says he just doesn't see the need right now for more deputies.  Go to full article

Poetry for Peace at St. Lawrence University

There has been poetry of war through all of history, celebrating glory, valor and conquest, sanctifying the sacrificed. But as modern warfare has become more mechanized and indiscriminate, modern poets have increasingly turned their pens toward themes of peace. At St. Lawrence University, poets, readers and listeners--both town and gown--gather monthly before a fireplace in huge overstuffed chairs to share their own work--or anything else that has caught their ear. While some in February's gathering touched on the politics of the current war, Dale Hobson was struck by how broad the landscape of peace becomes, when filtered through poetic imagination. The next Poetry for Peace reading takes place March 7, at 4:30 pm, in the Winston Room of the Student Center at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article
A country schoolhouse in Stockholm NY, (courtesy Stockholm Historical Association)

Preview: No Bigger Than A Piano Box, a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893

Betsy Kepes of Pierrepont, NY is a frequent commentator and book reviewer for North Country Public Radio, but she is also an historian whose focus is often on women who have lived in the North Country. Her latest collaboration with NCPR is an audio play celebrating Women's History Month, which begins one week from today. The play, No Bigger Than A Piano Box, a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893, takes place in a St. Lawrence County schoolhouse in the late 19th century. She stopped by the station recently to talk about the production and how she did her research.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Poetry for Peace at SLU

There has been poetry of war through all of history, celebrating glory, valor and conquest, sanctifying the sacrificed. But as modern warfare has become more mechanized and...  Go to full article

It's one "Krazy" Downhill Derby

This old favorite with a twist is so crazy they spell it with a 'K'. Every February the folks in north Warren County show off their colorful, comical homemade sleds at a...  Go to full article

JeffCo sheriff: understaffed for crime spike

Around 9,000 troops are expected back in Jefferson County by August. They'll be returning from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military and local law-enforcement officials...  Go to full article

Seaway sets earliest opening date

The St. Lawrence Seaway will re-open for shipping this year on March 21st. As David Sommerstein reports, it's the earliest opening in the waterway's 49-year history.  Go to full article

Flu virus strikes Potsdam

An infection is spreading across Potsdam. Since Sunday morning, the unnamed stomach ailment has driven several people to seek medical help. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Mystery illness strikes Potsdam

The stomach ailment tests the local hospital. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

North Country anglers compete for fish funds

Last year, Occidental Chemical, a company in the Buffalo area, agreed to pay New York $12 million for dumping toxic waste in the Niagara River in the 1980s. The chemicals...  Go to full article

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