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Heard Up North: softball reunited

This year's Seaway Festival in Ogdensburg featured the 2nd annual Old Timers Softball game at Monnet Park. Jack "Chucker" Townsend explains how he learned to pitch, 57 years ago...  Go to full article

Commentary: Unshared Memories

Like many people of a certain age, commentator Paul Willcott is responsible for the care and nurturing of a parent in the last years of a long life. He's been writing down occasional reflections on this difficult time.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Tupper Lake Nursing Home Evacuated

A nursing home in Tupper Lake had to be evacuated last night after the boiler system failed, leaving the building with no heat on one of the coldest nights of the winter.
Patients at Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake were transported to Sunmount, a nearby mental health facility.
They spent the night on beds and mattresses laid out in the Sunmount community room. 94-year old Rita Chaisson described the experience.  Go to full article
Paul Jamieson  (photo: Adirondack Mountain Club)
Paul Jamieson (photo: Adirondack Mountain Club)

People: Author and Outdoors Enthusiast Paul Jamieson at 102

Paul Jamieson is a noted author, environmentalist, professor and avid canoeist. He was born in 1903 in Des Moines, Iowa. Jamieson spent his teaching career as a Professor of English at St. Lawrence University from 1929 through 1965, and his spare time climbing mountains in the Adirondacks and canoeing most of the waterways throughout the North Country. He's received awards for his work from the Adirondack Council, the Nature Conservancy, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Sierra Club and the Adirondack Museum. He's the editor of The Adirondack Reader, the first comprehensive anthology of writing on the Adirondacks, and a crusader for recreational canoeing rights in the Park. His other books include Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow and an autobiography, Uneven Ground. Last year, Todd Moe spoke with Jamieson in his room at United Helpers nursing home in Canton. At 102, he told Todd that he'd traveled to Europe after college in the 20's, climbed mountains out west, but felt most at home in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Navigating New Medicaid Rules

The federal government's new prescription drug plan for Medicaid patients took effect January 1st. And there have been widespread problems. People were denied their medications or charged exorbitant amounts as a result of flaws in the program. Governor Pataki suspended the new rules on Friday as have many other governors.

Mildred Giardano went a week without heart medication while the Franklin Office for the Aging worked on getting her signed up for a plan. Now she's getting her meds, but still paying more for her copay than she can afford.  Go to full article

Tri-Lakes Nursing Homes to be Purchased by Local Hospital

The Adirondack Medical Center has decided to buy the only two nursing homes in the Tri-Lakes area. Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake and Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid have been losing money for years, due in part to declining Medicaid reimbursement rates for their patients. The buyout means both will stay open. As Chris Knight reports, the deal has seen strong support from the community.  Go to full article
Mayor Ruth Garner
Mayor Ruth Garner

Potsdam Mayor Garner to Step Down

One of the nation's oldest office-holders will step down this fall. Potsdam village mayor Ruth Garner says she won't run for re-election. Instead, she'll seek a seat on the village board. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Groundbreaking for New Hospice Headquarters

Hospice and Palliative Care of St Lawrence Valley is building new offices for their staff.  Go to full article

Growing Older: Disability or Inability?

It's something we all face - growing older. For many of us old age will mean diminished eyesight, hearing, memory and mobility. The U.S. is aging - fast. There are more people over 65 now than ever before, and the segment of population 85 and older is growing the fastest. A Georgia Tech study a few years ago found that the percentages of people with disabilities increases significantly with age - 14 percent by age 40, 30 percent at 60 and 46 percent at age 70. Maintaining independence is a tricky part of growing older. Independence is important to people, but it's not always easy with diminished abilities. And as Todd Moe reports, it's not always easy to talk about, either.  Go to full article

Commentary: Disabled, or "Just Older"?

Jeff Reifensnyder, of the Massena Independent Living Center, thinks dropping the distinction could benefit senior citizens,and the disabled community.  Go to full article

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