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Books: St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812

A St. Lawrence County teacher and author says what started out as an effort to compile a list of War of 1812 soldiers became a book about some of the places, personalities and events from 200 years ago. Todd Moe talks with John Austin about his new book, St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812 which explores St. Lawrence county's divided role in the War of 1812.  Go to full article
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly

Can peer-to-peer support help cut military suicide?

Defense officials in the US say the number of suicides among active-duty service-members dropped sharply this year, down 22 percent. That's good news.

But suicide still takes the lives of more active-duty military members each year than the war in Afghanistan. And experts say suicide rates among veterans, including older veterans, remains dangerously high.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district" which includes part of Fort Drum. She also chairs the subcommittee on women veterans and held an Assembly hearing on military suicide last month. Russell sat down to talk about the issue with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article
Peter Shelburne (center) and the cast/crew of <i>Stealing the Packard</i>.  It'll be performed Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm at the Russell Opera House. Photo:  Grasse River Players
Peter Shelburne (center) and the cast/crew of Stealing the Packard. It'll be performed Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm at the Russell Opera House. Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "Stealing the Packard"

It's in the title, but the 1952 Packard -- a classic, luxury car -- is no where to be found in the play. That's the premise of Peter Shelburne's newest comedic drama. The show gets its world premiere by the Grasse River Players at the historic Russell Opera House this weekend. The entire show is set in a family's garage and includes a multi-generational cast. Todd Moe talks with playwright Peter Shelburne, actor Libby Brandt and director Dorothy Mallam.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber in March 2012. Photo: NY Assembly
Assemblywoman Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber in March 2012. Photo: NY Assembly

North Country lawmakers await school funding details

As leaders in Albany continue to hammer out the final shape of the state budget, North Country lawmakers are anxious to know what's in store for the region's cash-strapped school districts.  Go to full article
A slide from Governor Cuomo's State of the State presentation.
A slide from Governor Cuomo's State of the State presentation.

Cuomo proposes his "most ambitious agenda"

Gov. Cuomo laid out a challenging year for New York in his State of the State speech Wednesday.

The bullet points are many and varied, from raising the minimum wage, to money for the "clean economy," a 10-point Women's Equality Act, "destination resort casinos", a regional tourism competition, an Adirondack whitewater competition, a tough assault weapons ban, incentives for teachers and for schools to provide more time in the classroom.

Then there was emergency preparedness, worker's comp, fairness in the justice system, housing, climate change.  Go to full article

Spicy music on a crisp fall morning

The Potsdam ensemble Piquant! joined us in the studio for some live music. Just the thing for an autumn morning. Like their brand of Latin/bistro music? You're invited to a live recording session at the Russell Opera House on Sunday at 3 pm for their next cd, The South of My North.  Go to full article

Paterson speech gets bipartisan support from North Country contingent

Most of the reforms and initiatives Gov. David Paterson outlined yesterday require legislative approval. Early reaction to his package of ethics reforms, including campaign finance reform and term limits, has been cool. But there were signs of comity yesterday. Martha Foley has reaction from the region.  Go to full article

Gillibrand holds dairy crisis hearing

On dairy farms across the North Country, this summer may become known as the crisis of 2009. Milk prices are lower than they've been in 40 years. Most farmers here are trying to hang on, but every day they're going deeper into debt. Yesterday in the western New York town of Batavia, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a federal hearing to find a long-term solution to the boom-and-bust cycle in the milk price. Farmers, processors, and economists testified. Bryan Gotham of St. Lawrence County believes a long-term fix may not be enough to help farmers now. Gotham milks 600 cows on a family farm in the town of Russell. He attended the hearing and told David Sommerstein more than 300 people were there, many of them farmers who left the fields during the busy late summer season to send a message.  Go to full article

Lessons for new gardeners

A St. Lawrence County farmer kicks off a project to teach new gardeners the basics of growing food this week. Rich Douglass, of Hermon, says his "Food for Life" project is for people who want to produce their own food but don't know where to begin. He'll talk about his free project during a presentation tonight at 7 pm at St. Lawrence University. Douglass told Todd Moe that he and his family grow 80% of their own food.  Go to full article

Russell wants investigation of National Grid

A North Country Assemblywoman is calling for an investigation into National Grid, after the utility company asked 150 upstate municipalities to refund more than $12-million. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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