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Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)
Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)

The Hospice Path, Part Two: Nearing the end, celebrating a life lived in full

Last week, we began a new on-going series called the Hospice Path.

North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at the way hospice programs across the region are changing people's lives at a time when they're forced to confront the certainty of death.

We're telling that story in part by spending time with the Gallagher family in Saranac Lake.

Bill Gallagher is 87 years old and his lungs are slowly failing.

But with the help of High Peaks Hospice, he's been able to stay at home with his wife Tomi.

In order to better describe their experience, our reporter Brian Mann decided to first spend some time asking about Bill's long life before he got sick.  Go to full article
Gary King [photo courtesy King family]
Gary King [photo courtesy King family]

Greening the Afterlife, Part III: a resting place at home

When we think of the death of a family member, we usually think of cemeteries and funeral parlors. But some people are taking burial home. Home burial is legal in both New York and Vermont. In New York, however, a licensed funeral director has to be involved. In our series, "Greening the Afterlife," we've met a Vermont woman who wants to be buried behind her home. And we've heard from a carpenter who builds biodegradable wooden coffins. You can hear those stories and watch slide shows of them on our website, In part 3 of the series, Angela Evancie introduces us to a Vermont family who already buried a husband and father on their own property.  Go to full article

Cell phone tragedy sparks controversy, debate

The harrowing death of a 63-year-old man on the Northway last week has revived a bitter feud over cell phone coverage in the Adirondacks. Alfred Langer, from Brooklyn, died of exposure after running his car off the highway last Thursday. He was trapped with his wife Barbara for more than 32 hours before state police spotted the wreck in a ravine. Barbara Langer survived the ordeal and is described in fair condition. As Brian Mann reports, what was once a regional feud over cell service has quickly escalated into a statewide controversy.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Riders Die In Crashes

State police say two north country men died in separate snowmobile accidents over the weekend. One fell through the ice on Saturday and the other collided with a tree Saturday night. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
The <i>Ethan Allen</i>.
The Ethan Allen.

Lake George Tourboat Accident Claims 21 Elderly Tourists

At least 21 elderly tourists died yesterday in on Lake George when their sightseeing boat capsized in a bay near Diamond Point. Many of the 49 passengers aboard were with a tour group from Michigan. The 40-foot boat, the Ethan Allen, overturned so quickly that few of the victims had a chance to pull on life jackets. As Brian Mann reports, local people did their best to rescue survivors.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Crash Kills 2 At Paul Smiths College

A Paul Smiths College student and his passenger were killed on Sunday when their snowmobile hit a rock on Lower St. Regis Lake. Twenty-year-old Joshua Rau and twenty-year-old Kristine Guest, were both pronounced dead at the scene by investigators. As Brian Mann reports, the fatal accident was the second to strike the college campus in a week.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Racer Dies In Malone

Malone village police say a snowmobile racer died on Saturday from "multiple internal injuries, consistent with a motor vehicle accident". 39-year-old Douglas Bellinger, from Boonville, was competing in the second annual "Snocross" at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Malone. Malone police say Bellinger crashed after launching into the air over a jump. He apparently hit the ground hard, causing his chest to slam into the snowmobile's handlebars. Bellinger was then thrown from the sled. He was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center and pronounced dead at 11:30 Saturday morning. According to police and fire department sources, several other racers were transported to the hospital for minor injuries.  Go to full article
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright<br />Source:  Forest Lawn Cemetery
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright
Source: Forest Lawn Cemetery

In Buffalo, an Artful (and Epxensive) Sort of Death

Buffalo is known for its long association with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Several of his buildings are now being restored. The latest of his designs to be newly built is already on display in the city. Its not a house or a museum -- it's a mausoleum. Buffalo's oldest cemetery is using one of Wright's designs as part of a new marketing campaign, designed to attract upscale funerals. Brian Mann visited recently and has our story.  Go to full article

South Glens Falls Guardsman Killed in Iraq, Others Wounded

A National Guard soldier from South Glens Falls was killed Sunday north of Baghdad, according to a report published today in the Glens Falls Post Star. Private First Class Nathan Brown, age 21, died in an ambush north of Baghdad. As Brian Mann reports, four other guard members from the North Country were wounded in the attack.  Go to full article
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar

After Four Deaths, NY Ski Resorts Talk Safety

Four people have died this winter while downhill skiing at resorts in the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. A fifth skier remains hospitalized in Burlington weeks after he was seriously injured on Whiteface Mountain. Industry leaders say their sport is safe, if people ski responsibly. But some critics say ski downhill resorts should do more to avoid serious accidents. As Brian Mann reports, a half-dozen bills in Albay would require skiers to use helmets.  Go to full article

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