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"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell.  Photo: Camilla Rockwell
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell. Photo: Camilla Rockwell

Burlington festival to explore the art and heart of aging

Burlington filmmaker Camilla Rockwell says because people are living longer, it's important to investigate the creative potential of these extra decades.

Rockwell is the founder of "Full Circle," Vermont's first regional festival to celebrate the joys and opportunities of aging. She told Todd Moe that the festival, being held throughout downtown Burlington on the weekend of April 11-13 is designed to inspire curiosity, connect generations and spark conversations.  Go to full article
Residents at Horace Nye raised concerns about the sale of the nursing home. NCPR file photo
Residents at Horace Nye raised concerns about the sale of the nursing home. NCPR file photo

Money troubles send county nursing homes into private hands

The vast majority of the state's county-run nursing homes are losing money and facing a shaky financial future according to the findings of a new study by the Center for Governmental Research.

Essex County supervisors voted in June 2012 to sell the Horace Nye Nursing Home to a private corporation. In recent years six New York counties have sold or closed their nursing homes, and as costs continue to rise, many others are considering privatization as a solution. The new study finds mixed results after privatization.  Go to full article
Myrtle Butterfield, with her great-granddaughter Jamie (left) and great-grandson Carter. All are attending SUNY Canton. Photo: Gregory Kie
Myrtle Butterfield, with her great-granddaughter Jamie (left) and great-grandson Carter. All are attending SUNY Canton. Photo: Gregory Kie

A new love of learning, at 83

A Canton great-grandmother will earn her associate degree from SUNY Canton in a few weeks, and says she wants to continue her higher education. 83-year-old Myrtle Butterfield is a liberal arts major who says age should never be a barrier to attending college.

Butterfield went straight from high school to marriage in the late 1940's and says she regretted not getting a college degree. This year, she's been taking classes alongside two of her great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.  Go to full article
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Deepening budget woes force local governments into "moral" dilemmas

Half a decade after the Great Recession began, many local governments around the US and here in the North Country are still hurting. Core services and programs are being scaled back, cut or privatized. Last month alone, another 9,000 public sector workers were laid off nationwide.

While the private sector economy is creaking back to life, government experts say they sources of revenue that fund local programs haven't revived. As Brian Mann reports, that's sparked a new debate over what government should look like--not at the Federal level, but at the grassroots.  Go to full article
Local leaders want more details about Adirondack Health plan for Lake Placid (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Local leaders want more details about Adirondack Health plan for Lake Placid (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Lake Placid leaders support health care shake up, want more information

This week, Adirondack Health unveiled a sweeping plan to revamp medical care in Lake Placid, closing the village's old hospital, expanding its facilities at the Uihlein campus and eliminating as many as 60 nursing home beds.

Some local leaders say the changes took them by surprise, but they also expressed broad comfort with the plan, which could eventually include expanded services and new assisted living apartments. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
The Samaritan Senior Village project will add both assisted living and nursing home space for seniors.

New elder care facility will fill urgent need in Jefferson County

Ground was broken last month on a new elder care facility in the town of Watertown - the Samaritan Senior Village project. The facility will include both nursing home and assisted living beds for up to 288 residents. Community members say the project was badly needed to fill a gap, especially in assisted living space, for older residents. Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article

Essex County struggles to find buyers for costly nursing home

Essex County has been exploring the possibility of selling the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown. But county manager Dan Palmer says it appears that no one is interested in buying the facility. Essex County faces a seven million dollar budget deficit next year. Nearly a third of that has been blamed on the expense of running the nursing home. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
New Horizons Band information meeting: Aug 25th, 10am, Potsdam Community Room
New Horizons Band information meeting: Aug 25th, 10am, Potsdam Community Room

New music later in life

Senior adults who would like to learn to play a concert band instrument are invited to a workshop in Potsdam tomorrow morning. Dig out that old clarinet or trumpet from the attic, or try out a new instrument. Brass player Ron Berry came up with the idea of starting a band for seniors based on his experiences, as an adult, at summer music camps through the New Horizons International Music Association. He told Todd Moe that beginners are especially welcome.  Go to full article

Essex County to seek potential Horace Nye buyers

Essex County says it will begin looking for private companies willing to buy the county-owned Horace Nye Nursing Home.
The Horace Nye Task Force, made up of members of the county board of supervisors, gave Essex County Manager Dan Palmer the go-ahead this week. A report issued this week by county officials found that the Horace Nye home, with 100 beds, is losing more than $2 million a year. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
The rally was held outside River Hospital and its nursing home.
The rally was held outside River Hospital and its nursing home.

1000 Islanders rally for "a miracle" at nursing home

About 60 people braced the chilly winds coming off the St. Lawrence River yesterday to urge River Hospital not to close its nursing home and adult day care unit. The hospital says it can't sustain the home's financial losses. But the demonstrators believe the community can raise the money needed to keep open the place their elders call home. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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