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Military moms face quick separation from newborn babies

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. For military parents, repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have meant painful choices between family and duty. The dilemma is especially stark for servicewomen with newborn babies. As Brian Mann reports, some lawmakers and some military officials say the Pentagon should expand maternity benefits.  Go to full article
Tanya Towne holds a photograph of her two sons (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Tanya Towne holds a photograph of her two sons (Photo: Brian Mann)

After Iraq, National Guard soldier loses custody of son

Advocates for military families say a growing number of soldiers are losing custody of their children, not because they're bad parents but because they've been deployed overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. A bill signed by President Bush last month strengthens protections for service-members and their families. But as Brian Mann reports, legal experts say some military moms and dads are still vulnerable.  Go to full article
Family fun at a recent Boogie Wonderland
Family fun at a recent Boogie Wonderland

'Boogie Wonderland' for kids and adults

If you and your kids are looking to shake off that cabin fever this weekend, try Boogie Wonderland Sunday afternoon. It's a family-friendly dance party at the Higher Ground Concert Hall in Burlington, with a real dance floor and a real disco ball. And adults can even have a drink while the kids dance. Tom Bacon is music lover, father, DJ, and host of Boogie Wonderland. He told David Sommerstein his wife read about similar family dance parties in New York and Philadelphia, and he thought why not in Burlington?  Go to full article

New magazine connects kids and nature

The state Department of Conservation is launching a new nature magazine for kids, filled with photos, articles and tips on activities designed to encourage children to reconnect with the outdoors and the natural world. DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis says Conservationist for Kids will be published three times a year. He told Todd Moe that the new magazine is part of a plan to connect more New Yorkers to nature.  Go to full article
An image from Max and Pinky "Superheroes"
An image from Max and Pinky "Superheroes"

Saranac Lake artist creates world of "Max and Pinky"

A lot of cartoons and children's books wrestle with the ups and downs of friendship, often by telling the story of kids and their animals. There's Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Calvin and Hobbes. Opal and Winn-Dixie. Fern and Wilbur. An artist and illustrator in Saranac Lake hopes to add his own set of best friends to that pantheon. Maxwell Eaton has created a series of children's books about the adventures of Max and Pinky, published by Knopf. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article

The diaper dilemma ? cloth or paper?

There's a reason more than 90% of American parents choose disposable diapers over cloth. Nothing beats the convenience of disposable diapers. But cloth diapers are more and more user-friendly, and eco-conscious parents grapple with the effect all those disposable diapers have on the environment. Reporter Mark Brush has two little ones at home and decided to take a closer look at the question.  Go to full article
Peace poets reading on May 19, 2006
Peace poets reading on May 19, 2006

Preview: Poetry for Peace in Potsdam

The 4th Annual North Country Schools Peace Poetry Contest, sponsored by the SUNY-Potsdam Department of English and Communication, culminates with a public reading Friday night (7 pm) in Dunn Auditorium at SUNY- Potsdam. The event is free and open to everyone. Children's poems, selected for publication in the annual Peace Poems chapbook, will be read. Children from across the region - Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties participated this year. Paul Saint-Amand teaches in the English and Communications Department at SUNY-Potsdam and is coordinator of the Peace Poetry Contest. He spoke with Todd Moe about why the poetry is important.  Go to full article

Questions Over Funds for County Programs

Counties, and groups that work with the poor, say they are happy Governor Pataki released funding for a number of programs that help people on welfare transition to steady employment. But they wonder when and if the governor will restore funding the legislature wanted for other support services for the needy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Schools Talk Consolidation

The Saranac Lake School Board is preparing to ask taxpayers to approve a pair of propositions that would fund millions of dollars worth of repairs and upgrades to several school buildings. The first bond resolution is needed to repair sections of three buildings constructed during a late 1990s capital project. But the other proposition, if approved, could lead to the closure of one and possibly two small elementary schools. As Chris Knight reports, school officials say declining student enrollment and increasing expenses have triggered the talk of consolidation.  Go to full article

NY Senate Proposes Child Murder Law

Senate Republicans have introduced a law in response to the case of a 7-year-old Brooklyn girl whom prosecutors say was beaten and left for dead by her mother and stepfather. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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