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Commentary: A time for giving... locally

The end of the year is a busy time - holidays to plan for. Travel. Celebrations. It's also a natural time for reflection, and thinking ahead, for trying to make a difference. Cali Brooks works in philanthropy, in the Adirondacks. That's where her thoughts are as 2009 closes.  Go to full article

Hard Choices: foundation focuses on "basic needs"

Our "A Year of Hard Choices" series continue today. Over the next several months, we'll track the effects of the recession though people and organizations in this region, and the choices they make in response. Charitable foundations are an important part of the fabric of local life. They fill in the gaps between tax-supported, public services, and the broader needs of a community's people and organizations. Martha Foley talked with Alex Velto, the long-time executive director of the Northern New York Community Foundation, about how it's adjusted to the new economic realities.  Go to full article

NNY foundation boosts presence in St. Lawrence County

A Watertown-based foundation is increasing its presence in St. Lawrence County. The Northern New York Community Foundation is launching a new scholarship program in the county. It also gave almost $50,000 in grants to county libraries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.

Forestport Poker Run: the outlaw spirit, for a good cause

In the 1890s the town of Forestport in the southern Adirondacks was a rowdy logging town. The joke was there were more saloons than people. And no saloon had more of a reputation than the Hotel Doyle. When the paper mills started to shut down, it was at the Hotel Doyle that the townspeople hatched a plan to sabotage one of the levees on the Black River Canal. Three times they succeeded, each time bringing repair crews - and economic life - back to the region. Today the Hotel Doyle still stands. It's a biker bar called Scooter's. Gregory Warner went there last month for a poker run - kind of like bar hopping for charity on motorcycles. But as he found out, the poker run is about more than beer and wheels. It's another example of Forestport refusing to fade away.  Go to full article

Charity Lottery in Ottawa

A much-anticipated event in the Ottawa region sweetens the holiday season. The "Dream of a Lifetime" Lottery is a successful fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, nicknamed "CHEO". The prizes include cars, cruises and gift certificates. But what really captures the public's imagination is the grand prize package: A new luxury home - furnished. Plus moving and legal services, cash and merchandise, a new car, and free groceries, for a year. All together, worth about $1 million, U.S. And this pleasant fantasy is all the sweeter in Canada, where lottery winnings go untaxed. Lucy Martin stopped took the dream home tour with some of the hopeful participants:  Go to full article

North Country Aid Arrives in Mississippi

A truck full of donated relief supplies arrived in Laurel, Mississippi yesterday. It was driven by volunteers from Saranac Lake. The small Gulf Coast town was cut off for three days after Hurricane Katrina hit. Local officials say there was no outside aid for nearly a week after the storm had passed. Reporter Chris Knight is in Laurel and he spoke last night with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Sour Economy Hurts North Country Charities

Non-profits and charity groups in the North Country say the faltering national economy has hurt their efforts to raise money. Museums and hospitals and groups that offer services to poor people say donations are down sharply. As Brian Mann reports, the pinch comes at a time when state and federal aid is shrinking.  Go to full article

North Country Charities Face Lean Times

It's been a tough year for many non-profits in the North Country. Charities have seen their investments dwindle, as the stock market spiraled downward. Donors are writing fewer checks - and the checks they are writing often promise fewer dollars. Brian Mann sat down this week with Cali Brooks, head of the Adirondack Community Trust. He found that many groups are trying to hold to their mission, despite shrinking bank accounts.  Go to full article

Charitable Groups Will Feel Ames' Absence

While lost jobs, empty buildings and fewer places to shop are the biggest affects from the closing of Ames Department stores, some local, non-profit groups are worried about charitable program the retail chain has long participated in.  Go to full article

Food Pantries Prepare for Upcoming Holidays

Food pantries and soup kitchens in New York are seeing more clients as the holidays approach and the days grow colder. At the same time, donations to many charities are down since September 11th. Karen Dewitt visited a soup kitchen recently, as they readied for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Go to full article

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