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Robin and her daughter, Emma, visit a small village in Rwanda
Robin and her daughter, Emma, visit a small village in Rwanda

A helping hand in Rwanda

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Robin Rhodes Crowell and her husband, David, own The World Artisan, in Potsdam. They sell fair trade items made by artists around the world. A visit by organizers of the group, The Ubushobozi Project, led to the shop selling cotton shoulder bags made by young women in Rwanda. But for Rhodes Crowell, selling the bags wasn't enough. This week, she and her daughter, Emma, are in northern Rwanda. Robin is using her entrepreneurial and gardening skills to help young women and teens break the cycle of poverty. Todd Moe spoke with her before the trip to Rwanda.  Go to full article
Tom Slater inside the Food Bank of CNY's warehouse.
Tom Slater inside the Food Bank of CNY's warehouse.

Story 2.0: In prolonged time of need, food bank still provides

As the unemployment rate in much of the North Country remains just under 10%, more families are struggling to put food on the table. Thousands of people live with food insecurity - that means at some point, they don't know where their next meal will come from. Demand at the region's food pantries and kitchens is up. But the Food Bank of Central NY says it's been planning for this kind of crisis for years, and it's still ready and able to fill the demand. Todd Moe and David Sommerstein revisit a story from 2008.  Go to full article

Theater rooted in real words

What started as a class project in college has turned into a theatrical production that illustrates the struggle against poverty. Todd Moe talks with Saranac Lake actor Donna Moschek about her dramatic work, "The Cost of Living." It explores poverty in the North Country based on interviews and her own personal experiences. She'll present three monologues from the piece at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton this Sunday.  Go to full article

Home foreclosure worries grow in North Country

The North Country has managed to dodge the worst parts of the home-mortgage crisis that has devastated the country's economy. Foreclosures in this region haven't spiked as they have in other parts of the country. But some real estate experts say the souring economy and the growing number of lay-offs has begun to hit more homeowners. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Lowville, pt.2: inside the safety net

This week, we're viewing the recession through the lens of one North Country community: the village of Lowville in Lewis County. Yesterday we heard from Main Street merchants struggling to make a living. Climb the hill from Main Street, up the Tug Hill Plateau, toward the East's largest wind farm, and you reach Lewis County's social services building. Inside, caseworkers are flooded with new clients. Heating assistance and food stamp applications are up 40%. As David Sommerstein reports, those who hold the safety net want even more people to use it.  Go to full article

Commentary: invisible people

The tumbling economy is forcing more people to learn what it means to be poor. But there are many North Country residents who live in perpetual poverty. Commentator Jill Vaughan has spent a career working closely, intimately, with those people. But she doesn't see them much anymore.  Go to full article
Tom Slater inside the Food Bank of CNY's warehouse.
Tom Slater inside the Food Bank of CNY's warehouse.

In tough times, a food bank is ready to provide

The economic recession is already hitting the North Country hard. St. Lawrence County has the highest unemployment rate outside of New York City. Layoffs and budget cuts across the region are forcing more people to food pantries and soup kitchens to feed their families. And it hasn't even gotten really cold yet. Food banks are reporting an increase in demand of anywhere from 10 to 50%. The Food Bank of Central New York sends millions of pounds of food to 47 pantries and soup kitchens in St. Lawrence, Lewis and Jefferson counties. It's been preparing for years for tough times like these. Now the system believes it's ready. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Food pantries, soup kitchens across North Country brace for season of hunger

Across the North Country, food pantries and soup kitchens are bracing for what could be a season of hunger for many families. High gas and heating oil prices combined with a faltering job market and rising grocery bills have pushed more working people to the edge. As Brian Mann reports, many social service agencies and non-profits say they're already seeing a spike in the number of families seeking help.  Go to full article

Sen. Little says economy pinching taxpayers & local governments

State Senator Betty Little says she supports the idea of a property tax cap and hopes to return this summer to debate the issue during a special session. But Little told Brian Mann that she's concerned about the possible impact of a cap on local school districts that are faced with spiraling costs.  Go to full article
Ann Morgan announces effort to boost insurance rates in Tri-Lakes (Photo provided)
Ann Morgan announces effort to boost insurance rates in Tri-Lakes (Photo provided)

More than one in ten adults in Tri-Lakes region lacks health insurance

In the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks, one in ten adults lives without health insurance. That's actually better than the national average. Beginning today in Keene Valley, a regional task-force of businesses and health care providers will try to register more people for state programs like Family Health Plus.
Brian Mann spoke about the project with Ann Morgan, head of the Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task Force.

A schedule of insurance workshops:

* Monday, April 28th from 4-7 p.m., Keene Central Schools, Cafeteria

* Tuesday, April 29th, 4-7 p.m., Tupper Lake Central Schools, LP Quinn Cafeteria

* Wednesday, April 30th, 4-7 p.m., Lake Placid Central Schools, Elementary School Cafeteria

* Thursday, May 1st, 4-7 p.m., Saranac Lake Central Schools, Petrova School Cafeteria

* Tuesday, May 6th, 4-7 p.m., Wilmington Health Center

* Thursday, May 8th, 5-7 p.m., Bloomingdale School Cafeteria  Go to full article

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