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Commentary: tracking the rise and fall of industry in Massena

Pat McKeown has been walking her dog, morning and afternoon, along the same country road for the past 11 years. And she walked another 16 years with the dog who came before. The routine never changes. What has changed is the road.  Go to full article

Commentary: Food Regs "Overkill"

Last week, we aired a story about the state Health Department's rules against serving home-cooked food at community events. You can listen to that story on our website at ncpr.org. The food regulations have been in existence since 1997. But in many cases, they're just catching the attention of local groups. The Church and Community Program in Canton has decided to cancel its weekly "lenten luncheons" in March. State health department director in St. Lawrence County, Bruce Stone, says health officials aren't cracking down. He urges event organizers to contact the health department so he can help events go on as planned while also satisfying health codes. The number in Canton is 315-386-1040. Last week's story elicited a strong reaction from local event organizer Patricia Greene. She submitted this commentary.  Go to full article

Commentary: respite in silence

Between elections and economic crisis, it's been a hectic, noisy, year in the news business. Jonathan Brown found an unexpected respite.  Go to full article

Commentary: invisible people

The tumbling economy is forcing more people to learn what it means to be poor. But there are many North Country residents who live in perpetual poverty. Commentator Jill Vaughan has spent a career working closely, intimately, with those people. But she doesn't see them much anymore.  Go to full article

Commentary: hope, rooted in history

For NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco, two stories of slavery add meaning to the Obama inauguration.  Go to full article
Richard Rubin. Nathan Purdee photo
Richard Rubin. Nathan Purdee photo

Commentary: December to January

Writer Richard Rubin doesn't mind looking back over the previous year. But turning the page is even better. Richard Rubin is the author of Confederacy of Silence: A True Tale of the New Old South. He's spending the year teaching creative writing at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

Commentary: celebrating the spirit of the season

Richard Rubin loves Christmas -- which is a little odd -- because he's Jewish. He doesn't actually celebrate the holiday. But, he says, you don't have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy it. He loves the spirit of the season, and the food and drink, and all the goofy TV specials, even that Mr. Magoo version of "A Christmas Carol." But what he absolutely loves most of all about Christmas are the lights.  Go to full article

Commentary: putting memories to rest

Twenty-five years ago this week, in Potsdam, Dr. Stephen Giannell murdered his teenage children, then killed himself. Annie Stoltie lived next door. She was nine. Her memories of that December include the usual Santa season things... mixed with the knowledge that something evil had happened just a Frisbee toss from her front door. Annie Stoltie is editor of Adirondack Life magazine. She lives in Jay.  Go to full article

Tough times for nonprofits

During hard economic times, many nonprofit organizations face a double challenge. A weak economy often means decreasing revenue, but increasing demand for services. Cali Brooks directs the community foundation serving the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Commentary: accidental conservationists

Sometimes things just don't turn out the way you planned. And sometimes that's not a bad thing. Jill Vaughan finds beauty in a far corner of the farm.  Go to full article

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