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Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.
Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.

Homelessness: Surviving the School Shuffle

North Country Public Radio reported on issues of rural homelessness in our special series, Close to Homeless, last May. We're returning to this stories this week. Today -- how transiency affects kids' education and the schools they attend. Each time the family moves, the children have to get used to new surroundings, new people, and new routines. And in many cases, they have to go to a new school. Preliminary studies show up to a third of the students in many districts don't end the academic year in the same school they started. David Sommerstein has our story.  Go to full article
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.

Kosher Boom Helps Cheese Plant Add Jobs

The growing popularity of kosher foods - among Jews and non-Jews - is helping a North Country cheese plant add jobs. Kosher cheesemaker Primo Foods opened last winter in its Ogdensburg factory with 45 employees. Manager Debbie Mullaly told the Ogdensburg Journal the plant is now up 75 workers, with plans to have 230 people on the payroll by the end of 2006.

The word 'kosher' refers to ways to produce, prepare, and eat food according to Jewish law. The plant itself also had to be kosherized before it opened. A delegation of rabbis came to Ogdensburg in November 2003 to accomplish the task. It includes an ambitious regimen of steaming, scouring, and blowtorching. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ft Drum Support Group Gets Federal Grant

The community group in Watertown that spreads good news about Fort Drum will get $500,000 to help keep the army base open. The state grant will allow the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization to advocate for the base as the Pentagon enters a new round of base closures this year, known as BRAC. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.

Chestertown's Downhill Derby: The Bottom or Bust

Almost every community in the North Country has one this time of year - a favorite sledding hill. It might be in someone's backyard or at a nearby recreation center. A place where kids and non-motorized sleds rule. Tomorrow morning, dozens will climb Dynamite Hill in Chestertown for the Krazy Downhill Derby and Broomball Tournament. The sleds, and their drivers, come in all shapes and ages. At last year's event, Joyce Houck, with the North Warren Chamber of Commerce, told Todd Moe that the rules are simple: build a sled and get it to the bottom of the hill, even if it has to be carried.  Go to full article

Miracle in Lake Placid

The film Miracle opened February 6, 2004 in the North Country. The movie is Disney's potrayal of the legendary 1980 Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid. There was a gala screening of the film the preceding night, attended by Gov. Pataki and by members of the US team that made history by beating the Soviets. As Brian Mann reports, the movie catches a moment when Lake Placid's history was world history.  Go to full article

A Rinkside Seat to History in Lake Placid

Memories of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid are flooding back as the village celebrates the 25th anniversary of the games. Hundreds of local people were involved in the endless behind-the-scenes details of logistics and hospitality. Steve Yianoukos is now associate athletic director at Clarkson University. He drove the zamboni at the 1980 Olympics. His assignments included the "Miracle on Ice" game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. He shared his memories with David Sommerstein last year.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway Head Not Worried About Proposed Waterway Tolls

The White House spending plan for next fiscal year calls for a new toll system on the U.S. side of the Seaway to raise 8 million dollars. The Great Lakes shipping industry says the move could hurt businesses and cost jobs. But Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez says he doesn't expect tolls to affect traffic levels.  Go to full article

St. Hillaire Honored for Economic Development Work

The Executive Director of St. Lawrence County's Chamber of Commerce is receiving statewide recognition for her economic development efforts in the North Country. The Chamber Alliance of New York State gave Karen St. Hillaire this year's Excellence in Leadership Award at a ceremony last week in Albany. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Second Home Market, Land Conservation Squeeze Locals

Affordable housing has become a hot button issue in the Adirondack Park. The problem is most severe in resort towns like Lake George, North Creek, Lake Placid and Old Forge. But a booming vacation home market is squeezing middle class families across the park, pushing average home prices past the $200,000 mark.  Go to full article

Senator Little Promises Affordable Housing Legislation

A new study says locals are being driven out of Adirondack communities by an overheated vacation home market. State Senator Betty Little has promised to introduce legislation this year in Albany designed to promote affordable housing for middle-income families.  Go to full article

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