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Public Weighs in on New Voting Machines

New York State is under federal mandate to have new voting machines on line by next November's elections under the Federal Help America Vote Act. But the State Board of Elections is still trying to adopt standards for those machines. Members of the State Board got an earful at the first of three public hearings, held in Rochester yesterday. Bud Lowell at public radio station WXXI reports.  Go to full article
The briefing room.
The briefing room.

Soldiers Learn To Be Media Savvy

When Vice-President Dick Cheney was at Fort Drum Tuesday, the coverage included reaction from the troops. Many of those comments contained what the Army would call "command messages". As more soldiers face the lights, cameras, and notebooks of the media at home and overseas, the Army is trying to make sure they're prepared. David Sommerstein attended a media class at Fort Drum. He filed this report last summer.  Go to full article
A cookie cottage (above), and building skills (below).
A cookie cottage (above), and building skills (below).

The Tasty Art of Gingerbread

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households this time of year. During the month of December, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. TAUNY is offering a chance to learn the tasty art of building gingerbread structures. Gingerbread architect Sue Wilder will offer a gingerbreading workshop this Saturday from 9 to noon at the Canton United Methodist Church. Two years ago, we visited a group of eager gingerbread bakers gathered in Canton to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses - from cabins to castles. As Todd Moe reports, these novices got a head start on their edible real estate.  Go to full article

Cheney Brings War Message to Drum

Vice President Dick Cheney is heading for Watertown today for a meet-and-greet with troops just back from Iraq. It's part of a concerted effort to shore up public support for the Iraq war. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

4 year-old Injured in Snowmobile Accident

A 4 year-old Watertown boy is recovering from a snowmobile accident in western New York. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

"Change A Light Bulb Day" offers energy savings and seminars

Aubuchon's Hardware is partnering with United Way and Comlinks to offer 'Change A Light Bulb Day.' Selected Aubuchons will be selling discounted Energy Star light bulbs and giving energy saving seminars. Monday's seminar is in Malone, with other seminars next week in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Jim Britell is energy manager for the not-for-profit Comlinks in Franklin County, one of the event sponsors. He says that this initiative is a small example of how local non-profits and churches across the North Country are stepping up efforts this year to educate the public and forge partnerships with local businesses. He says in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, local safety net organizations have many reasons to act with new urgency.  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. Todd Moe recently 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

Root, Root, Root for the Rutabagas

The 2005 Rutabaga Curling Championships are slated for December 17th at the Ithaca Farmers' Market. The event website promises stiff competition from the Scottish National Team and a new rutabaga culinary cook-off. David Sommerstein attended the 2003 championships. He sent this tuber-tossing postcard.  Go to full article

North Country Flu Clinics Report Low Vaccine Supplies

We're a month into flu season. And many clinics around the North Country have been canceling flu shots. They simply don't have the drugs. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

APA Rejects Limiting Public Comments

The Adirondack Park Agency board has rejected a proposal to cut the number of pubic comment periods during monthly meetings. The plan, proposed by chairman Ross Whaley, would have reduced the number of public comment sessions from three to one. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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