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Board of Ed to decide accredition for troubled-teen school

The Academy at Ivy Ridge is a school for troubled teens in Ogdensburg. It functions like a boarding school, but it's not yet accredited by the state. That caused problems last year when the Attorney General's office caught the school handing out high school diplomas. Ivy Ridge was ordered to refund some of the falsely graduated seniors' tuition, and to stop advertising itself as an accredited school. Currently the school is being sued by parents and students for misrepresenting itself. Next Monday the State Board of Education decides whether to finally award the school accreditation. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Keeseville firefighters awarded for Ausable Chasm rescue

This month the Fireman's Association of New York State gave their inaugural award for emergency services to the Keeseville Fire Department. The award was for a rescue last March at the Ausable Chasm. The volunteer firefighters thought they were going to a dead-on-the-scene scenario but when they climbed down the chasm in treacherous conditions they found the person was alive. They rescued the man, Dr. Charles Delise. Gregory Warner spoke with Chief Lenny Martin, one of the rescuers.  Go to full article

Clarkson workers hold second protest

Dozens of Clarkson University workers marched through downtown Potsdam on Thursday afternoon. They're protesting a contract offer from the school. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article
(top) Irving Fields in Montreal (bottom) "Bagels and Bongos," 1954
(top) Irving Fields in Montreal (bottom) "Bagels and Bongos," 1954

Quebec hosts Klezkanada

The 11th annual Klezkanada is this week, in the Quebec countryside just north of Montreal. It's the place to be for players and fans of klezmer and other Yiddish music. The goal is to bring together younger and older generations to learn from each other. Gregory Warner went to the opening night concert. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Reducing stress on the farm

Farming is one of the most stressful occupations. And with rising fuel prices and a sagging economy, those stresses are very real for many farmers in the North Country. Cornell University has a help line. NY FarmNet offers free and confidential counseling and help reducing stress on the farm. Counselor Ruth Meltz told Gregory Warner, one of the most stressful things for anybody is feeling out of control. And that's a reality of farm life.  Go to full article

DEC, anglers meet on cormorants

Cormorants are a native fish-eating bird. Almost killed off by pesticides earlier in the century, cormorants are back, and sport fisherman say they're eating up their business. But research hasn't yet shown enough to act. Yesterday the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources held an information session in Ogdensburg. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.

SLC launches "No More Victims" campaign

A new education program will teach communities how to protect themselves from sex offenders. The St. Lawrence County Sex Offender Management Program is spearheading the effort, along with other county agencies. County Probation Director Francine Peretta says there's no program so comprehensive in New York State. The "No More Victims" campaign will feature radio ads and billboards. Next month they'll schedule community education meetings around the county. As Peretta told Gregory Warner, the goal is to root out some of the deep myths and fears around the subject.  Go to full article

Learn, but not too much: inside the Amish school

There are still places in America where the Amish go to public schools. But here in the North Country, and in most other communities, the Amish learn in Amish schools. The schools go up to 8th grade. They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner is an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam. She's been visiting Amish schools; her book about Amish schools will be released later this year. She told Gregory Warner that the real growth in Amish schools came as public schools changed, in the 70s. Schools got bigger, and a high school education became mandatory.  Go to full article

Faith Healing, Under the Tent

It's tent revival season in the North Country. Gregory Warner stopped by one tent off the Lake Ozonia Road. It was operated by the Christian Camp Ozonia. He watched a faith healer at work. And then he followed up...  Go to full article

Marks Farm, DEC settle over Black River manure spill

A Lewis County dairy farm has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement for a massive manure spill into the Black River last summer. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the settlement with Marks Dairy Farm in Lowville yesterday. The farm has agreed to fund over $1.5 million in environmental benefit projects along the Black River and a tributary, Whetstone Creek. It'll also pay $700 thousand in penalties to the DEC. The spill occurred last August 10. The earthen wall of a lagoon holding the liquid manure blew out, sending about 3 million gallons into a drainage ditch and then into the river. The spill killed approximately 375,000 fish in a 20-mile stretch of river. The farm has also upgraded its manure storage facility and handed over development rights for part of the farmland to the DEC. Deparment spokesperson Maureen Wren says that's good for the environment and the public.  Go to full article

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