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Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics

Through cancer and cold war politics, Jeff Blatnick seized Olympic Gold

Twenty-five years ago this summer, Jeff Blatnick won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. The Schenectady native's upset victory in Graeco-Roman wrestling was one of the big stories of the 1984 summer games. It also marked one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history. Blatnick lives now and coaches in Saratoga County. But his sports career was nearly cut short, first by cold war politics and then by a brutal fight with cancer. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article

Getting people to stop burning trash

State environment officials say a revised ban on open burning will be made public "in the very near future." Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Laurie Severino says the first draft of the ban received thousands of public comments. She says "pretty significant changes" have been made in the new version. The burn ban targets the widespread rural practice of burning garbage outside, especially in backyard burn barrels. The low temperature burn of a burn barrel releases toxic pollution and an acrid smell. Some rural communities are already trying to change their trash disposal habits. Todd Melby reports.  Go to full article

Fighting cancer with a bit of fun in Inlet

Canoeists and kayakers will make some waves toward a cure for breast cancer in Inlet tomorrow. Some 2,000 canoes and kayaks will converge in a large flotilla on Fourth Lake. Organizers hope to raise $50,000 for the Susan Komen organization, and set a new world record for the most canoes/kayaks on a body of water at the same time. Todd Moe spoke with Connie Perry, of "Frisky Otter Tours" in Inlet, about organizing the "One Square Mile of Hope Event".  Go to full article

Ins and outs of proposed burn ban

Tomorrow night is the last public comment session in the North Country about the state's proposed ban on burn barrels and other forms of opening burning. It'll be held from 4 to 8 at SUNY Canton. There's widespread agreement that burning garbage outside is very bad for public health and the environment. But there are concerns about unintended economic consequences. As David Sommerstein reports, the devil's in the details.  Go to full article
Helen Demong and daughter Katy
Helen Demong and daughter Katy

StoryCorps: A close and generous community

Every day at StoryCorps booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. Recently, Katy Demong from Burlington interviewed her mother, Helen Demong, who is Choral Director at Saranac Lake High School. Under her direction the students perform around the community, and one of these performances was particularly memorable.  Go to full article

Residents rail against burn barrels

Backyard burn barrels full of trash are the nation's number one source of dioxin, which causes cancer. One burn barrel creates more pollution than a commercial incinerator. That's the main reason the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to ban them. The DEC also says burn barrels and other forms of open burning are a hazard for wildfires. The DEC is holding public hearings around the state on its sweeping open burning ban. Last night in Watertown, in often emotional testimony, most residents said it was about time. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Burn barrel ban draws critics

A proposed statewide ban on open burning drew a crowd of about 40 people, most of them opposed to the idea, to the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake yesterday. The session was the fifth in a series of eleven hearings that are being held around the state by the Department of Environmental Conservation. While the state says banning burn barrels will protect public health, the environment and reduce the risk of forest fires, critics say it will create economic hardship on North Country residents and lead to more brush and garbage being dumped in the woods. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Arts and healing retreat enters 10th season

The Adirondack Arts and Healing Retreat begins its tenth season this summer. The annual gathering at Great Camp Sagamore for women with cancer and chronic illness uses music, visual arts, yoga, writing, storytelling and nature walks to help women deal with their disease. Women at the Arts and Healing retreat say the rural setting of Great Camp Sagamore helps them slow down and focus. There are two retreats this summer, in July and September. Retreat co-founder and storyteller Fran Yardley tells Todd Moe that this year also marks a new chapter; the organization has a new name, "Creative Healing Connections, Inc." and a website. For more information, call Fran at 518-359-9324, or Sagamore at 315-354-5311.  Go to full article

DEC wants to outlaw trash burning

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation announced yesterday it's proposing a statewide ban on open burning, including burn barrels and agricultural plastics. The DEC says the measure will reduce pollution and the risk of wildfires. But farmers have long fought a ban. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Preview: Dark Night of the Body

A new dance theatre work premieres at SUNY Potsdam this week. Dark Night of the Body was choreographed by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Adcock. It opens Thursday night (8 pm) in the Black Box Theatre in Satterlee Hall and continues Friday and Saturday nights. The work features Adcock and four student dancers, and incorporates dance, spoken word and movement. Adcock told Todd Moe that the semi-autobiographical work contextualizes one person's struggle with terminal illness amidst the isolation of winter.  Go to full article

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