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Disability Matters: At 22, Moving Out

"Group home" is a loaded term. They've been criticized for being too large and impersonal, encouraging neglect or dependence. One alternative is the Individual Residential Alternative, known as an IRA. In an IRA, four to six disabled people will live together in a regular house, with 24-hour staff to take care of them.

There's a new IRA that just opened up in Potsdam for four women. Each of the women has some kind of developmental disability. Amber Treise is cognitively impaired and legally blind. It's not the first time she's tried to live alone. Gregory Warner joined Amber this past April as she checked out her new house for the first time.  Go to full article

Update: APA Chief Resigns After Computer Scandal

UPDATE: The head of the Adirondack Park Agency resigned Friday after being accused of using his office computer to download and share images of nude women. Dan Fitts submitted his resignation following two stormy days of meetings in Speculator. The APA board was considering disciplinary action. Four other employees were accused by the state Inpsector General's office of using government computers to download and share "improper" photos of women. It's unclear whether they will be reprimanded. Fitts, who lives in Lake Placid, has led the Agency as executive director for ten years. As Martha Foley reports, the case has been a major distraction for the agency. One member of the board called it "brutal".  Go to full article

Ask the Station Call-in

NCPR Station manager Ellen Rocco, program director Jackie Sauter, and news director Martha Foley answer listeners' questions about NCPR and public broadcasting.  Go to full article

SLC Business Leaders Seek Middle Ground for New Jail Funding

St. Lawrence County's business leaders want to find middle ground on a plan to pay for a new county jail with a sales tax hike.  Go to full article

NiMo Wants Rate Hike

Niagara Mohawk is asking state permission for a two-stage rate increase.  Go to full article
Beth Joseph Synagogue's interior
Beth Joseph Synagogue's interior

Tupper Lake's Beth Joseph Synagogue Celebrates Centennial

Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest Synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800's, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend with special religious services. At a public celebration Sunday afternoon (1pm) Beth Joseph Synagogue will be honored by TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, and added to its Registry of Very Special Places. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure and she did the work to get it recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Long-time residents whose fathers had built the structure came together with others to restore it for their community. It's the story of one building and four women. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article

McHugh Breaks With GOP on Close CAFTA Vote

President Bush is hailing the House's narrow approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. North Country Republican Congressman John McHugh cited regional impacts and voted against the agreement.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Inlay Artist Dave Nichols

Tune into the Nashville Network, the country music version of MTV, and check out some of the guitars played by the superstars. If there's a close-up, look at the inlay work on the fingerboard or on the pick guard. All of the customized work you see was done in a shop in Whippleville, a few miles south of Malone. Besides the custom work for Martin and Gibson Guitar companies Dave Nichols builds guitars and mandolins and happily teaches others to do so. Lamar Bliss has the story for Meet the Masters.  Go to full article
On the road...
On the road...

Audio Postcard: Bike & Train Through Canada?s Maritimes

Summer is the time for family vacations and getting outdoors. This month, Tracy Santagate from the Adirondack town of Gabriels headed north to the maritime provinces of Canada. Tracy traveled with her son Levi and with friends, going by train and bicycle for eleven days. She took along a recorder, capturing the sounds of the open road. Here's her audio postcard.

You heard from Tracy Santagate. Also her son, Levi, who's fifteen years old and Levi's friend Kellen Waickman who's sixteen.  Go to full article
Howard Lyons
Howard Lyons

People: Singer, Guitarist Howard Lyons

Howard Lyons is a three-time NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) nominee and has won several awards as a singer, songwriter and composer. His style is described as "like Paul Simon, with an upbeat lively guitar and crystal-clear vocals." He will perform a benefit concert for Make a Wish Foundation at the annual Red Neck Games in Malone Saturday. Lyons grew up in Syracuse listening to Buck Owens, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. He now lives on a farm in Vermont. Howard Lyons has produced two albums and is working on a third. He told Todd Moe that his music has deep roots in the Iroquois and Mohawk culture.  Go to full article

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