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All Before Five: 10/25/06

Republicans turn up the heat on Democrats to call on Comptroller Alan Hevesi to resign. Type E botulism is suspected of killing more birds in Lake Ontario and around the Great Lakes. Adirondack Scenic Railroad boosters are hoping for a parting gift from Governor Pataki for a line to Tupper Lake. And a visit to a karate class for kids in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

All Before Five Oct. 24, 2006

Scandal rocks New York state Republicans and Democrats just days before the November mid-term elections. Also, a look at the 122nd Assembly District race. And we check in with our resident astronomer for a look at a dark and cloudy winter sky.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/23/06

A state ethics commission says Comptroller Alan Hevesi broke the law when he failed to pay for a staffer to transport his ailing wife. Republican leaders are calling for Hevesi to resign. There's mixed reaction to the Bush Administration's latest proposal on what documents to require at the U.S.-Canada border. And Martha Foley and Brian Mann survey the political landscape with 10 days until election day.  Go to full article
Deer tick
Deer tick

Hunters urged to watch for deer ticks

With the regular deer season opening up this weekend, the Jefferson County Public Health Department is urging hunters to be careful about deer ticks carrying lyme disease. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Pirro and Cuomo debate in Rochester

Accusations flew as the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for New York Attorney General debated in Rochester yesterday. Both Jeanine Pirro and Andrew Cuomo used the occasion to take shots at the other's experience and ethics. Bud Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside the St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau's "A Day at the Farm" event at Jon Greenwood's dairy in Canton. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Farmers on the wrong side of the law

Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend on reliable, plentiful Hispanic labor to survive. If national estimates are right, about three-quarters of these workers entered the United States illegally. Farmers are not required to prove their workers are legal. In fact, they can be sued for discrimination if they challenge them. Still, federal immigration officials have been raiding farms in western New York, and dairy farmers find themselves on the wrong side of immigration law. Here's part two of David Sommerstein's series, Latinos on the Farm. The stories first aired in May.  Go to full article

Latinos on dairy farms, in shadows

Just before Congress adjourned this fall, lawmakers approved $1.2 billion to begin construction on a 700-mile wall along the US/Mexican border. But they didn't pass a guest worker program to allow immigrants to work on the nation's farms. That was a big disappointment for North Country dairy farmers, who have become increasingly dependent on Mexican and Central American employees. Meanwhile, farm raids by immigration officials in western New York keep Hispanic workers living invisible lives. There are no numbers on exactly how many Hispanics work on dairy farms in northern New York. One estimate says 300 work in Jefferson County alone. Based on national estimates, three-quarters of them entered the United States illegally. Last May, David Sommerstein produced a series on Hispanics on North Country farms. The first report was on the farmhands themselves.  Go to full article
Vince and Louise Boyea in their rural Westville, NY home.<br /><br />
Vince and Louise Boyea in their rural Westville, NY home.

TAUNY honors local ?legends?

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, will honor masters of traditional life at the 2006 North Country Heritage Awards this weekend. The awards will be presented at the 14th annual Salute to North Country Legends on Sunday (2 pm) at Canton's Best Western University Inn. This year's awards, which recognize the recipients' contributions to the traditions and local culture of northern New York, will be presented to Chief Tom Porter, the spokesman and chief spiritual leader of the Mohawk community in Fonda; the Greek pastry makers of St. Vasilios Church in Watertown; Barry Gregson, a builder of rustic furniture from Schroon Lake; and Vincent and Louise Boyea, French-American musicians from Westville. Vince Boyea is a quiet, shy man. But put a fiddle in his hands and he knows how to start a few toes tapping. Todd Moe has this profile.  Go to full article
Leslie Ayvazian wrote and stars in HIGH DIVE. The benefit show is Saturday night (8pm) at Saranac Lake High School.
Leslie Ayvazian wrote and stars in HIGH DIVE. The benefit show is Saturday night (8pm) at Saranac Lake High School.

High Dive benefit performance in Saranac Lake

The one-woman-show High Dive, by Leslie Ayvazian, will be performed this Saturday night at Saranac Lake High School Auditorium (8pm). It's a benefit performance for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Standing on the high dive in Greece three weeks before her 50th birthday, Leslie clings to the railing afraid to let go, afraid to take the plunge. She ponders the various comic disasters of her life: frozen fish during a cold snap in Florida, a hurricane on her honeymoon in Hawaii and being a contestant on the "$25,000 Pyramid". She told Todd Moe that High Dive was conceived with the idea of giving the audience the opportunity to take the plunge into the play as well. Before the show starts, Ayvazian walks through the lobby looking for volunteers to play the various roles from her adventures.  Go to full article

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