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Elastic Bond, courtesy of Nacional Records.
Elastic Bond, courtesy of Nacional Records.

Miami latin soul band keeps it 'Real'

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will inundate the little town of Trumansburg, outside Ithaca, for the Grassroots Music Festival. It's become one of the premier music events in Upstate New York. Many North Country music lovers make the pilgrimage.

David Sommerstein caught up with a band from Miami playing Friday and Saturday at Grassroots. They're called Elastic Bond. Here's a profile.  Go to full article
Rutabagas belong to the cruciferous family of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, turnips, and cabbages--none of which has a second career as sports paraphenalia. Photo: David Sommerstein
Rutabagas belong to the cruciferous family of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, turnips, and cabbages--none of which has a second career as sports paraphenalia. Photo: David Sommerstein

Root, root, root for the rutabagas!

This week, we're listening to some of our favorite food stories from NCPR news. Today, rutabaga curling. The farmers market in Ithaca is celebrating its 15th annual Rutabaga Curling Championship Dec. 22. David Sommerstein was there in 2003 and sent this tuber-tossing postcard.  Go to full article
Immigration lawyer Hilary Fraser
Immigration lawyer Hilary Fraser

Immigration bureaucracy lands legal residents in detention

One wrinkle in the immigration picture has been particularly difficult for foreign students and professionals working in the U.S.

There are two agencies within Homeland Security that handle visas. The one that issues them is U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It says a foreign national may reapply or change a visa status "in a timely manner" before its expiration date. The visa itself may take weeks or months to process. The U.S. Border Patrol however, only looks at the expiration date.

If a person's visa has expired, that person is subject to detention. Immigration lawyer Hilary Fraser of Ithaca has defended clients caught between these two interpretations of the law. She told David Sommerstein one was a Filipino national living in Watertown.  Go to full article

Faso and Spitzer debate in Ithaca

Both candidates got their shots in during last night's gubernatorial debate. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Root, Root, Root, for the Rutabagas!!

Behind every winter sport, there's probably a founder who was just trying to stay warm and alert through the dark months. That's the history behind one of the more obscure sports - Rutabaga Curling. The seventh annual Rutabaga Curling Championships will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Ithaca Farmers' Market. David Sommerstein came across the Championships in 2002, and sent this tuber-tossing postcard.  Go to full article

Schumer Debates Challengers in Ithaca

Senator Charles Schumer largely ignored his two challengers in a debate held at Cornell University last night. Far ahead in the polls, the senator focused on his record and refused to answer attacks by Republican Howard Mills or Conservative Marilyn O'Grady. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Hometown Money: A Return to the Barter System

A Canton Farmers Market vendor wants to start a barter system economy using printed currency. A prototype of the exchange system has worked in the central New York city of Ithaca for about a decade. Martha Foley talks with Steve Johnson, who runs Adirondack Enterprises. He thinks the Ithaca Hours program could work in the Canton-Potsdam area, and spread throughout the North Country.  Go to full article

Root, Root, Root for the Rutabagas!

Behind every winter sport, there's probably a founder who was just trying to stay warm and alert through the dark months. That's the history behind one of the more obscure sports - Rutabaga Curling. David Sommerstein came across the 5th Annual International Rutabaga Curling Championships in Ithaca. He sends this tuber-tossing postcard.  Go to full article

No Peace Protest at Fort Drum

An Ithaca based peace group is putting off a planned demonstration outside the gates of Fort Drum near Watertown after consulting with a local group. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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