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NCPR News Staff: David Sommerstein
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"60 Minutes" to Profile Potsdam's Mayor

At Wednesday's career fair at Clarkson, a crew from CBS' "60 Minutes" was videotaping Potsdam Mayor Ruth Garner for a documentary on aging and retirement. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

State Will Share Oversight of Casinos

The Seneca Nation and New York State will share oversight of three casinos in western New York, according to the gaming compact released this week. David Sommerstein has more.

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Plugging That Leaky House

Since September's terrorist attacks, and now with the current violence in the Middle East, many people are looking ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

This weekend, the annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair in Canton will draw attention to other sources of energy, like wind, solar, and fuel cells. And this year the organizers have put a special focus on conserving energy in older, drafty homes. The group Community Energy Services has been designated by New York State to coordinate energy efficiency programs in the North Country. Last year the group worked with Canton churches to help make pastors' homes more energy efficient. David Sommerstein reported on the project in May 2001.

For more information on the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair, visit the link below, or call 315-379-0959.
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Spitzer Unveils Plan to Combat Acid Rain

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer believes he has a better plan to curb acid rain in the Adirondacks than the Bush Administration does. Spitzer made a rare North Country appearance Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

U.S. Youth Hockey Team Defeats Russia

The U.S. Under 18 Hockey Team defeated Russia 3-1 to win the gold medal in the international tournament. The goalie for the U.S. team is 18-year-old Jim Howard of Ogdensburg. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
"Denny" Farrell with model Rushton canoe.
"Denny" Farrell with model Rushton canoe.

NY's Democratic Party Chair Visits Canton

New York's Democratic Party Chairman Herman "Denny" Farrell visited Canton Friday. David Sommerstein reports Farrell took aim at Governor Pataki in his brief talk with some 30 St. Lawrence county Democrats.  Go to full article

People Tell Quake Tales

David Sommerstein caught up with people in Canton and Ogdensburg to hear their earthquake stories. NCPR listeners also phoned in their stories.  Go to full article

Garden Preview with Amy Ivy

David Sommerstein talks with horticulturalist Amy Ivy from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex and Clinton counties about the early start to the gardening season and how to cope with the anticipated drought this summer.  Go to full article

McCall Comments on Andrew Cuomo's Official Campaign Announcement

Andrew Cuomo's Democratic challenger, Carl McCall, commented earlier this week on Cuomo's official campaign announcement after he had already declared his intention to run for governor.  Go to full article

Spitzer to Visit the North Country

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer begins a 2 day tour of the North Country next Tuesday in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

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David Sommerstein, NCPR's roving St. Lawrence Valley/Fort Drum/Tug Hill reporter, began his career in radio, strangely enough, as a high school Spanish teacher in Buffalo. While drilling verb conjugations and teaching a love for Latino culture during the day, he sat in as a late night jazz and Latin DJ at Buffalo's NPR affiliate, WBFO. The radio bug bit, and David found his way to southern Colorado/northern New Mexico (the Taos/Santa Fe area) where he was Program Director, Music Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and "Just About Anything Else You Can Think Of" Director at NPR affiliate KRZA. Since joining NCPR's news department, David has reported from the chilly deck of a St. Lawrence icebreaker, the power-chord filled stage of the High School Rock Band Festival, and the tense Albanian street market of post-war Kosovo with soldiers from Fort Drum. David also gets to fulfill his passion for music of all kinds when he spins world dance and groove music on editions of The Beat Authority. E-mail

Recent David Sommerstein stories carried by NPR: