Hammond, NY, Apr 23, 2012 — This morning, we begin on an on-going series, looking at the problem of young people in the North Country. Across the US, rural towns and villages face a dangerous drain of young people who are moving away, choosing a different way of life in cities and suburbs.
The exodus of twenty- and thirty-somethings has huge implications for community life, reshaping the economy, shrinking schools, making it harder to sustain volunteer fire departments and other basic services.
In the days and weeks ahead, we'll be looking at this challenge from many different angles, hearing many different voices.
But we begin with Brian Mann's story of one young woman who grew up in Rossie, in the St. Lawrence Valley, but chose to live and raise her family far away from the North Country. Go to full article
Massena, NY, Aug 24, 2009 — Like the fabled Lake Champlain monster, every few years an old debate rises to the surface of the North Country's political scene. The idea of a four-lane highway across the top of New York State, from Watertown to Plattsburgh, has near-mythical status today. It would take anywhere from $2 to 4 billion dollars and decades to build. It would almost certainly spark strong opposition. Still, the rooftop highway is taking some baby steps forward. It may get new federal money. It has a new name. And it has a new, energetic figurehead. David Sommerstein has this profile. Go to full article
Democrat Addie Jenne Russell and Republican Bobby Cantwell compete for the 118th "River District" Assembly seat.
Oct 30, 2008 — The vicious Aubertine-Renzi senate campaign in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties has largely eclipsed a very different kind of race. Democrat Addie Jenne Russell and Republican Bobby Cantwell have run a cordial campaign for the 118th Assembly district. And they've made sure to include independent candidate Don Lucas, whose name doesn't even appear on the ballot. David Sommerstein has this profile. Go to full article