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Fighting childhood obesity part of health care reform

Senator Kirsten Gillbrand unveiled four-part legislation yesterday that she says would reduce childhood obesity across the U.S. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

The joys and challenges of writing for kids

As a child, writer Ellen Potter says New York City was the background for her earliest stories. It still is. Potter lives in Stone Mills, near Watertown. Her books include the award winning series, Olivia Kidney, Pish Posh and her newest novel, Slob. She told Todd Moe that many of her main characters are based on people she knew while growing up in the city.  Go to full article
Richard Louv
Richard Louv

Preview: Family Day at the Wild Center

Author Richard Louv visits the Wild Center in Tupper Lake tomorrow as part of its Family Day. Kids are encouraged to explore the 31-acre campus and all events are free. NCPR is media sponsor for the event. Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods, and says it's time for the younger generation to get reconnected with nature. He coined to phrase, "nature-deficit disorder" and spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Marian Brickner, with bonobos.
Marian Brickner, with bonobos.

Animal photographer's book introduces endangered bonobos

Marian Brickner, animal photographer and co-creator of a children's book about bonobos, I'm Lucy, is visiting SUNY Potsdam this week. Bonobos are another branch of the great ape family, like a kind of chimpanzee. Brickner is a 50-year alumna of SUNY Potsdam. She will be meeting with students in photography and literacy classes and with the after-school mentor program in the Sheard Literacy Center. There's an informal "picture show" and discussion that will be open to the public Wdnesday at 1:30 pm at SUNY Potsdam's Crumb Library. Brickner was in our studios this morning to talk with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Child care demand "overwhelming"

A Ray Brook child care center has called a public meeting today to address what organizers call an "overwhelming" demand for infant day care. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff pleads guilty to child sex charges

A man who was once a giant in North Country politics pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court following a child-sex scandal that shocked the region. Former state Assemblyman Chris Ortloff pleaded guilty to a single count of online enticement of minors. The 61-year-old divided his time between Plattsburgh and Lake Placid after leaving the legislature in 2006. He was arrested in October 2008 following a sex-crime sting and subsequently resigned his appointed position with the state Parole Board.

State police say that Ortloff negotiated with a undercover officer whom he believed to be the mother of two girls, ages 11 and 12. Ortloff was arrested in an Colonie hotel room, after arranging to meet the children for a sexual liaison. According to a report in the Albany Times Union, Ortloff's plea could help him win a reduced sentence. Ortloff now faces between ten years and life in a state prison.

Details of the crime sent shock waves through the community and through the Republican Party. Ortloff represented the North Country's 110th Assembly District from 1986 until 2006. When Ortloff was arrested, he was equipped with sexual aids, including condoms and vibrators. He has been housed in a jail in Washington County. His sentencing appearance is scheduled for April 23. According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Ortloff has been released into home confinement until his sentencing.  Go to full article
K'Wuan Allen (left), with track teammates, Julius, and Chris Steele (right), who K'Wuan is staying with for the year.
K'Wuan Allen (left), with track teammates, Julius, and Chris Steele (right), who K'Wuan is staying with for the year.

When parents go to war, pt.2: K'Wuan relies on friends & faith

The ongoing pace of wartime deployments are forcing some families at Fort Drum to get creative. Single parents can send their children back home to grandparents or other relatives when called to duty. But sometimes their children don't want to leave their friends and schools around Fort Drum. Today we have a second story of military kids living in the North Country while their parents fight in a war zone. K'Wuan Allen's mother and father are in Iraq. To get by, he relies on the discipline of sports, close friends, and a dose of faith. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
From left, Trent, Keith, Kyle, and Leisa Doney, and Joni Brown
From left, Trent, Keith, Kyle, and Leisa Doney, and Joni Brown

When both parents go to war, pt.1: The Doneys

Fort Drum's 3rd brigade begins deploying to Afghanistan next week. Almost 5,000 soldiers will spend a year protecting the area south of the capital, Kabul, and the mountainous border region with Pakistan. The 10th Mountain Division troops are the first of a surge in U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Life can be tough for any family when one adult deploys to a war zone. But what happens when both mom and dad go at the same time? Generally, the children stay with grandparents or other relatives. But some families have to get creative. David Sommerstein has the first of two profiles of families based at Fort Drum.  Go to full article
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir

"Fearless" young singers at Crane

Children's choirs have been around for generations, and most adults will tell you their love of music began at a young age. There are a handful of youth choirs in the North Country that help foster early vocal skills, and supplement local school music programs. The Children's Chorus of Crane presents its winter concert at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam tonight at 7:30. It's a choir made up of a diverse group from throughout the North Country. Todd Moe stopped by a recent rehearsal and found a group of youngsters serious about making music together.  Go to full article
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy.  (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy. (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)

Toxic toys still on shelves

Millions of toys were recalled last year because of lead contamination. There were about half as many recalls this year, but lead in toys is still a problem. Rebecca Williams reports there's a new law that will limit the amount of lead in any toy or children's product, but it won't go into effect until after the holidays.  Go to full article

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