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Heard up North: Slab City, Sodom, and Swastika

We've been running a series about place names in the North Country. It started out by accident - a feature on Saint Lawrence led to more calls about local place names and their origins. Yesterday on All Before Five, host Gregory Warner and our own resident poet and historian Dale Hobson sat down to talk about a few place names you asked us to investigate. Starting with Slab City, a small area in West Potsdam. Gregory called Joretta Creighton, a 3rd generation Slab City resident who owns Bailey's Florists. She says the place got its name from the slab wood that was the refuse of the area's paper mills.  Go to full article

North Country Educators Worry About More Funding For NYC

A state court has ordered New York's legislature to spend 5.6 billion dollars more each year to improve New York City's crumbling public schools. Governor George Pataki has promised to appeal the ruling. School officials around the North Country worry that increased funding for the city would mean fewer dollars for rural districts. Now the group that brought the lawsuit, known as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, is working to convince upstate education leaders that their districts won't pay the price for rebuilding schools in the city. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
At work far from home
At work far from home

For Jamaican Apple Pickers, Hurricane Ivan Hit Home

One month ago, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island of Jamaica, ripping apart houses and knocking out phone lines and electricity. The storm hit just as hundreds of Jamaican workers were arriving in the Champlain Valley to help with the fall apple harvest. These last weeks, the men have struggled to support their families while far from home. As Brian Mann reports, this has been a season of worry, but also a season of faith.

Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund: Donations can be sent to Peru Community Church, PO Box 38, Peru, NY 12972. Make checks payable to church, but specify that funds are meant for Ivan relief.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Dominates North Country Football

It was a big weekend for high school football in the Adirondacks. For the first time in five years, the Saranac Lake Redstorm beat their arch-rivals from Peru. As Brian Mann reports, the game was widely seen as a warm-up for the division championship.  Go to full article

School Budgets That Cut to the Barest Bone

The impasse in Albany has made an already tough budgeting year even tougher for local school districts. School boards had to estimate the amount of state aid they expect to receive next year. Still, budgets passed in most districts. But a handful failed. Those districts will have to make contingency budgets, and that means cutting thousands of dollars in programs, services, and in some cases, people. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Peru HS Football Wins Quarterfinal Comeback

The Peru Indians are one of the North Country's most powerful high school football teams. They won the state championship two years ago. On Saturday, Peru performed another miracle, winning the Class B state quarterfinal 43-42.
What's remarkable about this game is that Peru trailed the Lansingburgh Knights by twenty-two points with just a few minutes left in the game. Brian Mann spoke with Peru coach Larry Ewald.  Go to full article

Peru Church Hosts Mission to Jamaica

Again, this year, members of the Peru Community Church are planning a trip to the Caribbean. For the last five years, the church has sponsored the Jamaican Mission Project. As Jody Tosti reports, from doctors to carpenters, local people are helping rebuild a Jamaican community with ties to the North Country.  Go to full article

Man Convicted Of Shooting Ex-Girlfriend's New Boyfriend

A jury in Plattsburgh has convicted an area man of shooting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

School Plans Tentative Amid Budget Battle

As the budget showdown in Albany reaches its climax, millions of dollars in education aid for North Country schools hang in the balance. School districts are making tentative plans for what they'd do with the extra money. As David Sommerstein reports, in most cases it's a mix of restoring cuts and lowering taxes.  Go to full article

Neighbors Oppose Gravel Mine In Town of Peru

The Adirondack Park Agency is set to approve a new 17-acre gravel mine in the town of Peru. The project faced complaints by neighbors, worried about noise and industrial traffic in their rural neighborhood. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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