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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

Lead Paint Rules, Too Little Too Late?

Some environmental issues are so old, they almost seem dead. One of those issues is lead paint. It got a lot of press in the 1970s, but even today there are nearly 300,000 kids with high lead levels. Now the US Environmental Protection Agency wants to protect children when older homes get a facelift. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Shawn Allee has this look.  Go to full article
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)

Adult ATVs "Deadly" for Young Riders

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles continues to grow. Nationwide sales in 2005 were expected to top nine hundred thousand machines. Here in the north country, ATV riding has surged in popularity, despite a shortage of safe, legal riding trails. A Federal agency now says 4-wheeler crashes are causing too many deaths and serious injuries, especially among children. Ten kids die every month in America while riding adult-sized ATVs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering new rules designed to keep kids from riding full-powered machines. Leading consumer advocates and health groups hope to see an outright ban on the sale of adult ATVs for use by children. But as Brian Mann reports, the industry says that kind of prohibition would be impossible to enforce.  Go to full article
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)

A Child, a 4-Wheeler and a Deadly Accident

There's a national debate underway over the best ways to prevent children from riding adult-sized ATVs. All sides agree on one thing. Kids under the age of sixteen should never ride full-powered 4-wheelers. After her son James died in 2004 Carolyn Anderson began working to educate parents about the dangers of the sport. She launched a website and began working with safety advocates around the country. Carolyn's commentary about her family's experience was produced by Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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