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Community garden thrives in Plattsburgh

A second year of planting seeds for food and friendship in a community garden in Plattsburgh was a success. The Plattsburgh Community Garden Group manages dozens of garden plots in the city that are offered to residents to grow their own produce. The gardeners come from a variety of gardening backgrounds, some novices, some experts. There's even a teaching garden plot. Doug Butdorf chairs the gardening group, and told Todd Moe that gardeners took home, or shared, lots of healthy tomatoes and other veggies from more than forty garden plots this year.  Go to full article

Promoting and inspiring a sustainable future

A group in the Adirondacks is getting serious about a greener more sustainable world. Todd Moe talks with Gail Brill, of Saranac Lake, about plans for a community store, the Adirondack Green Circle, Transition Towns initiative, and passing "traditional" skills like gardening, canning and baking bread to the next generation.  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

Commentary: Food Regs "Overkill"

Last week, we aired a story about the state Health Department's rules against serving home-cooked food at community events. You can listen to that story on our website at The food regulations have been in existence since 1997. But in many cases, they're just catching the attention of local groups. The Church and Community Program in Canton has decided to cancel its weekly "lenten luncheons" in March. State health department director in St. Lawrence County, Bruce Stone, says health officials aren't cracking down. He urges event organizers to contact the health department so he can help events go on as planned while also satisfying health codes. The number in Canton is 315-386-1040. Last week's story elicited a strong reaction from local event organizer Patricia Greene. She submitted this commentary.  Go to full article

Tough times for nonprofits

During hard economic times, many nonprofit organizations face a double challenge. A weak economy often means decreasing revenue, but increasing demand for services. Cali Brooks directs the community foundation serving the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Comparing ?community? and ?public? radio

Ginny Berson, vice president of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, is in the North Country this week. Her radio roots go back to Pacifica Radio. Now she advocates for a broad alliance of community-based radio stations and producers. She talks with Martha Foley about similarities and differences between public and community radio.  Go to full article
Dr. Nancy Henkin
Dr. Nancy Henkin

Community building by linking the generations

An education forum today at Paul Smiths College is looking at building communities for all ages. It's co-sponsored by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks. The keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Henkin, founder and director of the Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple University. Henkin told Todd Moe that with youth and elders making up an increasing proportion of the population, it's critical for the two groups to join together on issues like housing, education, transportation and healthcare.  Go to full article

Expert: federal policy shortchanges rural America

The sixth annual North Country Symposium convenes tomorrow at St Lawrence University to consider how to make the region more self-sustaining by "going local." Dr. Chuck Fluharty, founding director of the Rural Policy Research Institute, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Fluharty is a seasoned analyst of the rural factor in public policy. He's been an advisor to most federal departments, as well as state and local governments. He told Martha Foley rural America is getting the short end of the deal, and thats hurting individual as well as community development. (Symposium contact: Ben Dixon 315-229-5664.)  Go to full article
Rose Rivezzi preps a salad in her kitchen
Rose Rivezzi preps a salad in her kitchen

What's cooking: dinners that build community

Over the next year, North Country Public Radio is collecting stories about food along with photos and recipes for our website, and possible inclusion in a food book. For more than nine years, a group of neighbors in Potsdam has shared in the preparation of weekly family meals. It started as a time-saver for busy families, but you might call it a revival of dinner as a time of pleasure, culture and community. Our occasional series on growing, cooking and eating locally, "Local Flavor", continues as Todd Moe heads into the kitchen for dinner served families-style.  Go to full article

Amendment allows Raquette Lake well in ADK preserve

Next Tuesday, millions of New Yorkers will vote on a constitutional amendment that will determine the future of one tiny Adirondack village. The proposed change would allow the 160 residents of Raquette Lake to draw drinking water from a well that sits on the Adirondack forest preserve. The constitutional amendment is needed because most human structures are banned on state land in the six-million acre park. As Brian Mann reports, the ballot initiative represents a partnership between local government leaders and pro-environment groups.  Go to full article

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