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Dairy farmers drowning in debt

A Congressional panel overseeing the federal financial bailout says the recession is plunging many farmers deeper into debt and parts of the agricultural economy are in crisis. The panel singles out dairy farmers as among the hardest hit. Milk prices remain at 30-year lows. North Country lawmakers are pushing legislation in Congress to help. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

North Country braces for loss of corrections camps and jobs

Governor David Paterson has ordered the state Department of Correctional services to cut more than 2,000 jobs statewide. According to a letter sent to state agencies, the lay-offs will begin by July. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Keeping pace in Saratoga
Keeping pace in Saratoga

Postcard: starting a harness race means driving the gate

All this week we're telling stories about horses and horse-racing, a sport which for decades has been part of North Country culture. Today, Brian Mann sends this audio postcard from the harness track in Saratoga. That's where he met Scott Hamilton, who travels the North Country every year starting trotter races at county fairs.  Go to full article
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source:  Brian Mann)
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source: Brian Mann)

North Country harness racing tradition gambles on a future

The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy.  Go to full article

Paterson unhappy with NYRA decision

In his first major break in policy from his predecessor, Governor Eliot Spitzer, New York Governor David Paterson says he's displeased with an arrangement that gives the New York Racing Association control over horseracing in the state for the next quarter century. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno wants Saratoga spas renovated

The Leader of the State Senate and New York's Parks Commissioner have announced a major investment and renovation of the Saratoga Baths and the surrounding park, following revelations earlier this year that the mineral baths had been mixing in tap water and not telling customers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
10-year-olds Erin Allen and Sydney Freed became fast friends during "Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers" rehearsals.
10-year-olds Erin Allen and Sydney Freed became fast friends during "Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers" rehearsals.

A Show of Hands: Kids Learn Sign Language and Disability Awareness

Deaf theater has been around in grassroots and small-scale forms since the early 1900's, mostly with performances based out of deaf schools and cultural centers. The "Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers" is a Glens Falls sign language entertainment group comprised of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students from the southern Adirondacks and Saratoga regions. Over the last few years, the group has been busy entertaining audiences, young and old. As Todd Moe reports, for one family, it's enriched the life of their hearing-impaired child.  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

Red Cross Expands Efforts

In the first days after Hurrican Katrina came ashore, the Red Cross called the disaster-relief effort the largest in its history. It looks worse now. Martha Foley spoke with Eileen reardon, executive director of the Red Cross Adirondack Saratoga Chapter.  Go to full article
Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers from the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross.
Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers from the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross.

Red Cross Volunteers Head South

The Red Cross says the response to Hurricane Katrina is the largest natural disaster effort in its history: half a million meals a day, along with water, other supplies, information, and comfort. Volunteers from the Adirondack Saratoga Red Cross Chapter were on their way south even as the hurricane was bearing down on the coast early Monday. They arrived in Baton Rouge last night. Edna Quesnel, Michel Lee and Terry LeMere were out of cell phone contact this morning, but had been in touch with Carmen Rau, director of development and communications for the chapter, last night. Martha Foley caught Rau on her way to work this morning.  Go to full article

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