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Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

The 8 O'Clock Hour 12/30/13

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The drone program through the Hancock field Air National Guard is receiving a boost with funding from the 2014 defense spending bill, which will go toward expanding a storage and maintenance facility at Fort Drum, not too long after a military drone crashed into Lake Ontario.For this week's Heard Up North, Zach Hirsch speaks with Catherine Matthews, the director of the Church and Community Program in Canton. Last summer, Farm Aid, a benefit concert that was started started to help farmers devastated by drought and a credit crunch, came to Upstate New York. Todd Moe spoke with Amy Ivy about caring for the cold season plants often given as holiday gifts.

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