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All Before Five: 11/21/06

New York's highest court rules against Governor Pataki's order to involuntarily confine violent sex offenders after their prison sentences are up. The decision could affect a proposed civil confinement facility in Ogdensburg. Police say arson of an Adirondack church was an act of religious intolerance. NCCC gets a multi-million dollars donation. And life and death on a dairy farm in the latest installment of A Year on the Farm.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/15/06

Enviromentalists praise IP's decision to stop burning tires. New polls say a majority of New Yorkers believe in Eliot Spitzer and want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2008. And Brian Mann visits one of the most Republican counties in the state - Hamilton County.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/14/06

International Paper in Ticonderoga decides to abandon its effort to burn tires for energy. Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer tours Upstate NY's blighted cities, while an environmental group says state parks are no great shake, either. NPR's Ivan Watson on Afghanistan five years after U.S. troops ousted the Taliban. And David Sommerstein chases after his neighbors' escaped cows for Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Clinton says she's already spoken with Gates

Newly re-elected Senator Hillary Clinton says she has already spoken with the man who's been suggested to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Bill Smith and Don Woodcock
Bill Smith and Don Woodcock

A poem for autumn

Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith and champion fiddler Don Woodcock joined us recently on Open Studio, our monthly arts program heard the last Thursday of the month. We asked Bill and Don for a poem or music to celebrate the season.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/8/06

All the election results, including how Kirsten Gillibrand upset John Sweeney in the 20th Congressional district. Democrats claim a huge victory in St. Lawrence county, taking over the legislature. And the transition has begun from Governor Pataki to Governor Spitzer.  Go to full article
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.

The enduring appeal of shaped note singing

Each week across the country, thousands of people meet in churches, schools and homes to perform one of the oldest styles of American music. It's called "shaped note" singing. The name comes from the simple musical notation used in the songbooks. The tradition of the shape note singing school dates back to Elizabethan England, and for years, shaped-note music was a southern phenomenon. But it's just as popular in many northern states. Singers sit around a square. There are no instruments -- just the power of voices. Last fall, Todd Moe attended a shaped-note workshop led by "Social Band", a Vermont based singing group at the Old Meetinghouse Museum, in the St. Lawrence county community of East DeKalb.  Go to full article

McHugh wins 8th term in Congress

Republican John McHugh won an eighth term representing much of the North Country in the House. He defeated Democrat Dr. Bob Johnson 63-to-37 percent yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

NY picks for Congress: some old, some new

Democrats picked up another New York district considered solidly Republican. Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri tallied a solid margin against Republican state Senator Ray Meier in the 24th. With 83 percent of the vote counted last night, Arcuri had 53 percent of the vote. The Watertown Times reports this morning that the district hasn't sent a Democrat to Washington in 60 years. Longtime moderate Sherwood Boehlert retierd from the seat this year. Musician-politician John Hall defeated 12-year Republican Sue Kelly in the 19th Congressional District. Hall wrote the 70s pop hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me." In the 26th District, Republican Representative Tom Reynolds held onto his seat after becoming ensnared in the congressional page scandal. Freshman Republican Randy Kuhl beat Navy veteran and anti-Iraq war candidate Eric Massa in the conservative rural 29th District.  Go to full article

Scozzafava, Griffo heading to Albany

Republican Dee Dee Scozzafava won her fifth term representing parts of St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Oswego counties in the state Assembly. She defeated Democrat Karl Williams 58 to 42%. And in the 47th State Senate district, Republican Joe Griffo defeated Democrat John Murad 51 to 37%. Working Families party candidate Leon Koziol took 6% of the vote, as did Independence party candidiate Tim Julian. Much of Griffo's support came from the Oneida County and Utica area. Griffo bested Murad in St. Lawrence County by just 6 votes.  Go to full article

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