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On the Ground in Devastated Mississippi

As the weeks pass since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the relief effort fades among the headline of daily news. Yet thousands of victims remain at ground zero in rebuilding their lives. One North Country man is seeing the destruction and rebuilding firsthand. Tom Sauter of Carthage took a leave of absence from his job at the Development Authority of the North Country. He went to Atlanta to be trained by the Red Cross. He's been managing a staff of 50 at the Red Cross' relief center in Gulfport, Mississippi. Sauter spoke with David Sommerstein last week. He described flying in to Gulfport.  Go to full article

LPCA Hosts Hurriance Relief Concert

A Katrina Relief Benefit Concert will be held Thursday evening (7:30) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The concert will feature performances by harpist Martha Gallagher, bassoonist David Van Hoesen, singer/songwriter Roy Hurd, Sue Grimm, Kim Weems, actors from Pendragon Theatre and many more. Martha Gallagher told Todd Moe she came up with the idea for a benefit concert a couple of weeks ago.  Go to full article
Woork is underway to repair damage to the high school in Laurel, MS.
Woork is underway to repair damage to the high school in Laurel, MS.

Laurel Gets Help From Saranac Lake

Volunteers from Saranac Lake made another trip to the small Gulf Coast community of Laurel, Mississippi Thursday and Friday. Reporter Chris Knight joined them and followed the relief truck as it made drop-offs around the community. As Chris reports, the people of Laurel are trying their best to get back to normal, but signs of the hurricane's devastation linger everywhere.  Go to full article

North Country Aid Arrives in Mississippi

A truck full of donated relief supplies arrived in Laurel, Mississippi yesterday. It was driven by volunteers from Saranac Lake. The small Gulf Coast town was cut off for three days after Hurricane Katrina hit. Local officials say there was no outside aid for nearly a week after the storm had passed. Reporter Chris Knight is in Laurel and he spoke last night with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Schoolkids Pack Supplies for the Gulf Coast

Teachers and students at an elementary school in Saranac Lake are doing their part to help a school on the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina. They spent Tuesday afternoon filling new backpacks full of school supplies and packing them in boxes to be trucked to Long Beach, Mississippi. The elementary school and many other homes and buildings there were destroyed. As Chris Knight reports, the backpacks will give the Mississippi students a boost for the new school year, and give local kids a personal connection to the hurricane's effects.  Go to full article
The Shpiel in the NCPR studio, 9/20
The Shpiel in the NCPR studio, 9/20

Music for Katrina Aid: The Shpiel

Four Potsdam bands will headline a benefit dinner and concert at SUNY-Potsdam Friday night. Proceeds will go to victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of the bands, The Shpiel, joined Ellen Rocco in the studio during The Blue Note yesterday afternoon. We listen again.  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam Hosts Cajun Dinner Benefit Concert for Hurricane Katrina Victims

Four local bands will perform at a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The concert will be held at SUNY Potsdam's Thatcher Hall this Friday night at 6. It will be accompanied by a Cajun buffet dinner prepared by PACES Chef George Arnold and a series of displays and readings that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Gulf Coast region. Todd Moe spoke with one of the organizers, Derek Maus, who teaches English at SUNY Potsdam and is a member of the band Your Logo Here, about Friday's dinner and benefit concert. Tickets for just the dinner are $10 and tickets for just the concert are $6. Tickets for both the dinner and the concert are $15. Reservations for the dinner should be made in advance by contacting Heather Wheeler at (315) 267-3192, or  Go to full article

Red Cross Trains Local Recruits

The Red Cross runs over 300 shelters across the country, with over 60,000 evacuees, and more than 8500 volunteers. Last week Greg Warner spoke to Eileen Reardon, director of the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross. She said she needed more volunteers. People have responded.

Adirondack-Saratoga Red Cross: 518 792-6545  Go to full article

SLU Accepts 5 Displaced by Katrina

Colleges across the country are opening their doors to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. St Lawrence University will take in 5 of them, including three international students from Honduras. The college will cover all tuition and costs for room and board for the fall semester.  Go to full article

Reaching Out, Via the Internet

Bruce Stone is reaching out to victims of Hurricane Katrina without ever leaving his home in South Glens Falls. Stone describes himself as "one of those computer geeks". He gets around with a motorized wheelchair, and when he realized he wasn't going to be heading south to help hurricane victims, he turned to the turf he navigates most easily, the Internet. Stone's web-based forum is a 24/7 operation. He spoke with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article

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