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Special Report: Roman Catholic Priest Shortage Reshapes North Country Life

The Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in the North Country since the region was settled by whites hundreds of years ago. But the once-firm fabric of community parishes is under increasing strain. A shortage of priests has forced the Diocese of Ogdensburg to close churches, and move priests to serve more congregations. The process has continued through the summer and fall. Currently, one in four parishes in the North Country lacks a resident pastor. As Brian Mann reports, the crisis began long before the current sex-abuse scandals, and it's changing the work of the local churches.  Go to full article

Cobb Defeats Incumbent Greenwood For St. Lawrence County Legislative Seat

Political newcomer, Tedra Cobb, Democratic candidate for Legislator in St. Lawrence County, unseated longtime Republican incumbent, Jon Greenwood. Cobb attributes her win to voters who crossed party lines and the nearly 900 Independent voters registered in her district.  Go to full article

Regional Political Round-up

North Country voters head to the polls tomorrow on Election Day. Martha Foley talks with reporters David Sommerstein and Brian Mann about local and regional races.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Voices Opposition to Expanding St. Lawrence River

Senator Hillary Clinton made her opposition to expanding the St. Lawrence Seaway channel plain Friday. Martha Foley talk with Save The River's Stephanie Weiss about the environmental group's fight to kill the expansion plan once and for all.  Go to full article

The Winter Garden

The first hard freeze of the season was last week, and now there's snow in the forecast. What's going on? Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about preparing the garden and lawn for winter.  Go to full article

Review: The Drawer Boy

The prize-winning play The Drawer Boy is currently running at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng attended a recent performance and has this review, and talks with Todd Moe about her theatrical career and producing a student cabaret recently at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

Boy Scouts to Learn About Adirondack Ecosystems

With help from the EPA, North Country Boy Scouts will spend time at summer camp next year learning about the ecosystems of the Adirondacks. A $5,000 grant from the EPA will allow troop leaders to create an interactive exhibit for younger campers to better understand their place in ecosystems.  Go to full article

Local Produce Now at SUNY Potsdam

Locally grown vegetables are part of a new farm-to-table program at SUNY Potsdam. The idea is to help support the North Country econmy while providing produce that's free of pesticides and packaging. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Clinton Wants More Money for Local Law Enforcement

Senator Hillary Clinton wants more federal money to go to local law enforcement to aid in the fight against terrorism. Clinton says last week's arrest in Buffalo of six men with ties to the al-Qaida network is proof of how important it is that funds appropriated for Homeland Security are going to the people on the front lines. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
NPR President Kevin Klose
NPR President Kevin Klose

Call-in Special: NPR President Kevin Klose, Hour 1

National Public Radio President and CEO Kevin Klose paid a visit to the region to meet with North Country Public Radio staff, members and supporters. Listeners had a rare opportunity to question Klose about NPR programs and policies in a two-hour call-in at the NCPR studio.  Go to full article

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