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Girl Scouts to Combine Area Councils

Girl Scouts of the North Country is planning to join forces with three surrounding councils. The North Country council - headquartered in Plattsburgh - now serves all of Franklin and Clinton Counties and parts of St Lawrence, Hamilton and Essex Counties. The new mega-council will encompass 16 counties with nearly 20,000 scouts. Douglas Hopper has the story.  Go to full article

Drum Troops Reinforce Baghdad

Since the bombing of a famous shrine in Samarra, Iraq, in Februrary, sectarian violence in the country has skyrocketed. As a response, the US military dispatched several thousand Iraqi and American soldiers into Baghdad as reinforcements. One of the units pulled into the capital was the 1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division. The brigade is based at Fort Drum near Watertown and has been in Iraq since last August. Its 3500 soldiers are expected to return later this summer. Before the shrine bombing, many of the brigade's units had been stationed in rural areas outside the city. Freelance reporter Ben Gilbert was embedded with some of them, and has this report on the transition to Baghdad.  Go to full article

Rug Hooking for Dummies

We wanted to find out what you need to get started as a rug hooker. So we sent Douglas Hopper to Liberty Fibers. The yarn shop is in Madrid and if you're looking for hooking supplies in the North Country, this is the place to go. Judy O'Toole owns the store. She says there are three things every rug hooker must have.  Go to full article

Assembly Overrides Half of Pataki's Budget Vetoes

The Democrat-led Assembly voted last night to override about half of Governor Pataki's 207 budget vetoes. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Tracking turtles in a wetland by radio transmitter
Tracking turtles in a wetland by radio transmitter

Clarkson Prof Helps Turtles Cross the Road

A few years ago, we reported on researchers at Clarkson University studying how to keep turtles and frogs from getting squashed on a highway near Canton. Last week, that work began bearing fruit. A state Department of Transportation crew began building wood and metal barriers near wetlands along Route 68. They're intended to get the frogs and turtles to use a culvert to cross the road. Today we'll hear David Sommerstein's report from 2003.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Fires Under Investigation

The investigation into a cluster of fires Easter morning continues in Plattsburgh. Police suspect arson was the cause of the four fires that broke out between 5 and 6 o'clock Sunday morning. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Transition After School: Knowing Yourself

While children with disabilities are in special education, they're also preparing for what educators call "the transition" - what they'll do after they graduate from high school, or when they turn 21. By law, the transition process starts at age 12. School counselors ask the student what they want to do, what they like and don't like. The same questions are asked parents and teachers. By the time the student is 16, a written transition plan lays a roadmap for the child future schooling, job, and housing. David Sommerstein visited Alexandria Bay high school last October to see the transition process in action. At its best, transition does more than help students go to college or get a job. It's a carefully monitored path of self-discovery that teaches the student to know what kind of help they need and how to get it.  Go to full article

Pataki Vetoes $3 billion From State Budget

As promised, Governor Pataki cut the Legislature's budget yesterday. He vetoed nearly $3 billion of the spending plan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Republican Courts Local Conservatives

Republican candidate for governor William Weld was in Canton yesterday. He made a special trip to meet with Conservative party leader Hank Ford. Douglas Hopper has the story.  Go to full article
10-year-olds Erin Allen and Sydney Freed became fast friends during "Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers" rehearsals.
10-year-olds Erin Allen and Sydney Freed became fast friends during "Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers" rehearsals.

A Show of Hands: Kids Learn Sign Language and Disability Awareness

Deaf theater has been around in grassroots and small-scale forms since the early 1900s, mostly with performances based out of deaf schools and cultural centers. The "Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers" is a Glens Falls sign language entertainment group comprised of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students from the southern Adirondacks and Saratoga regions. Over the last few years, the group has been busy entertaining audiences, young and old. As Todd Moe reports, for one family, it's enriched the life of their hearing-impaired child.  Go to full article

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