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Russell Banks
Russell Banks

Clarkson Honors Writer Russell Banks

Russell Banks is currently the state author of New York. He is the author of many novels including the Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985, Continental Drift and a second Pulitzer Prize finalist, Cloudsplitter. Two of Banks' books, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction have been adapted for film. There are also five short story collections to his credit. Banks has won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Dos Passos Award, and election to the American Academy of Fine Arts and Sciences. The weekend, Russell Banks will receive an honorary degree from Clarkson University. A couple of weeks ago he spoke with Chris Robinson, co-host of "Readers and Writers On-the-Air" and Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Clarkson.  Go to full article
Left to right: Andrew Pulrang, Kim Massaro, Kelly Wight, and Martha Foley
Left to right: Andrew Pulrang, Kim Massaro, Kelly Wight, and Martha Foley

Disability Matters Call-in

The first week of the new Disability Matters series, a year-long Sound Partners collaboration with North Country centers for independent living that explores disability issues and access to services in the region, culminated in this hour-long call-in program with guests Andrew Pulrang, executive director of the North Country Center for Independence; Kim Massaro, coordinator of school-to-work transition teams; and Kelly Wight, a community placement coordinator; and host Martha Foley. All fouteen feature stories that aired this week can be heard on the Disability Matters topic page, along with a growing selection of resources for those concerned with disability matters.  Go to full article

Two Elementary Schools May Close in Clinton County

Two elementary schools might close in Clinton County, because of declining enrollments. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that the Saranac Central school district will once again consider shutting down schools in Dannemora and Cadyville.  Go to full article

Pataki Vows to Spend Millions to Spare NY's Bases

Governor Pataki says he expects to spend millions of dollars in the effort to protect New York state's military installations from the next round of base closures.  Go to full article
Phil Royce paddles the Kesagami. Photos courtesy of Jonathan Angus
Phil Royce paddles the Kesagami. Photos courtesy of Jonathan Angus

On A Wild Ontario River, North To James Bay

The Kesagami River flows north through some of the wildest country in Ontario, before draining into James Bay. Earlier this month, a group led by St. Lawrence University's outdoor program paddled the river. The ten-day expedition was part of a research effort aimed at producing the first detailed guidebook for whitewater rivers in the region. Brian Mann made the trip last year and sent this audio postcard.

Production Note: Portions of the audio in Brian's story sound distorted because his microphones were soaked repeatedly with river water.  Go to full article

Whitewater Canoeing on the Grasse

Adventure-seeking paddlers are taking advantage of the last of the spring melt to hit the North Country's best whitewater. Last weekend, the Adirondack Mountain Club's Laurentian chapter held its annual run of the Grasse River in southwestern St. Lawrence County. From the put-in at Lampson Falls to the town of Russell, the river roars down 9 cascades and miles of rapids. Last year, David Sommerstein hitched a ride in the trip leader's canoe and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Cecelia Mitchell, Medicine Woman

Her kids tell her they think she's a mountain goat. She just laughs and says she's built close to the ground. Being able to climb hills and scramble through brush allows Cecelia Mitchell to find the wild plants she uses for medicine. Lamar Bliss introduces us to this Mohawk elder from Akwesasne who is widely known as a healer and teacher.  Go to full article

Layoffs Announced at GM Massena Plant

General Motors plans to lay off nearly 100 workers at its Massena plant beginning later this month. The plant employs 450.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton is Lucrative Fund-raising Subject, for Republicans and Democrats

Senator Hillary Clinton presented a broad critique of Republican policies at a weekend fundraiser in Minnesota. Her appearance Saturday night came one day after Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was in the state to raise money for Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty's re-election campaign.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Guide and Teacher

If you want to have a successful fly-fishing trip to the Ausable River, you might want to stop in at the Adirondack Sport shop just outside of Wilmington. Francis Betters will be there and he'll know what insects are hatching, and near which rocks the biggest fish are waiting. He's been fishing this river since he was a boy, and he knows each rapid and pool. He's also learned that there's more to fishing than fishing. Lamar Bliss has this Meet the Masters profile.  Go to full article

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