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Disability Matters: Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

This week, during The 8 o'clock Hour, we'll hear again stories of living with disabilities in the North Country. This series first aired in April, to begin a year-long project called Disability Matters. To start our series, we look at everyday life. First, we meet Casey and her family. Casey's a little person; she was born with achondroplasia dwarfism. In just the last year, they've retro-fitted the kitchen and bathroom to give her more independence at home. It may be like dropping a pebble in a pond. Martha Foley has their story.  Go to full article

Black River Cleanup Continues

A massive spill of liquid manure in the Black River flowed slower than expected this weekend. Three million gallons of cow waste entered the river last week when a wall in a holding lagoon burst on Marks dairy farms south of Lowville. Hundreds of thousands of fish were killed. The Hudson River/Black River Regulating District released extra water from Stillwater Reservoir on Friday to help move the manure into Lake Ontario. According to News 10 Now, kayaking, rafting, and fishing outfitters along the river had to cancel hundreds of reservations. Steve Litwiler is a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Conservation, which is handling the spill. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

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

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