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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
Elaine Sunde networking with other North Country historians
Elaine Sunde networking with other North Country historians

One family's history leads back to the North Country

There are families in this rugged part of the country who trace their roots back two centuries and more. Others simply passed through, migrating west. The trail still runs both ways. Our Adirondack reporter, Brian Mann, grew up in the Midwest and out on the West Coast. But it turns out his own family's story leads through northern New York and Vermont way back in the early 1800s. The discovery came as part of his mother's research and her journey back into American history. Here's Brian's audio diary.  Go to full article

Troops train for family life

The 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade continues to return home from Iraq this week. The last flight, carrying the brigade's headquarters, is expected to land at Fort Drum next Monday. 3500 soldiers return after a 15 month tour-of-duty, three months more than they expected. Some members of the 2nd brigade have served in Iraq two or even three times. Experts say the longer the deployment, the harder it is for soldiers to reintegrate into ordinary life. Army officials are trying to ease the transition with a new program called "Battle Mind Training." 10th Mountain Division Chaplain Mike Charles told David Sommerstein it gets soldiers to think about home while they're still in the battlefield.  Go to full article

Spitzer wants to enhance Family Leave law

Governor Eliot Spitzer wants to enhance the federal law allowing for Family Leave time, by providing pay for workers when they take the time off to care for a sick relative or newborn baby. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks

Celebrating the art of scrapbooks

A new exhibit on scrapbooks opens at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) this weekend. "Memories to Share: A Sample of North Country Scrapbooks" opens Saturday (10am) as part of Canton's "Winterfest" celebration. For many scrapbookers, their albums are a way of preserving a record of family life or special events. The history of scrapbooks goes back centuries. Todd Moe asked Potsdam scrapbooker Marylee Ballou how she learned the art of "heirloom albums".  Go to full article
Brothers Allen (left) and Brian Mann Photo: S. Waters
Brothers Allen (left) and Brian Mann Photo: S. Waters

Brothers cross the political divide

This week National Public Radio is looking at efforts by Americans of different stripes to reach common ground. The series Crossing the Divide isn't just about red states and blue states or the balance of power in Congress. These days, America's rift can be far more intimate, dividing communities and families. In his book Welcome to the Homeland, Brian Mann tells the story of searching for common ground with his more conservative brother Allen. He contributed this audio essay.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney
Congressman John Sweeney

Domestic violence charge rocks Sweeney race

The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

Board of Ed to decide accredition for troubled-teen school

The Academy at Ivy Ridge is a school for troubled teens in Ogdensburg. It functions like a boarding school, but it's not yet accredited by the state. That caused problems last year when the Attorney General's office caught the school handing out high school diplomas. Ivy Ridge was ordered to refund some of the falsely graduated seniors' tuition, and to stop advertising itself as an accredited school. Currently the school is being sued by parents and students for misrepresenting itself. Next Monday the State Board of Education decides whether to finally award the school accreditation. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Heard up North: What Do You Do With a Dad?

It's father's day on Sunday. A lot of people are asking what they should do with dad. We decided to reverse the question. What's your favorite thing that Dad did with you?

Our summer intern David White walked around the Canton Farmer's Market to dig up some memories.  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach (bottom) and her family
Lynee Erlenbach (bottom) and her family

Close to Homeless Update: Lynee Erlenbach

It's been a very good year for Lynee Erlenbach and her mom, Laura Davenport. They were featured in our Close To Homeless series last May. The addition to their trailer is almost finished. Laura has a full-time job. And Lynee told David Sommerstein things have improved at school.  Go to full article

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