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Lori Shull & Alexandra Jacobs
Lori Shull & Alexandra Jacobs

Helping young adults call the North Country home

From the big picture of "brain drain" to the view from one group of young professionals. Nextwave is a social organization that brings together people in their 20s and 30s in St. Lawrence County. They hold a meet-and-greet the first Friday of every month. They plan events like board game night, wine tastings, and even an outing for whitewater rafting.

David Sommerstein spoke with two of Nextwave's organizers, Alexandra Jacobs and Lori Shull, about "brain drain" and "brain gain". Nextwave's next meet-and-greet is Friday, May 6th at la Casbah restaurant in Potsdam.  Go to full article

Brain Drain 1: New York tries to cling to young professionals

Attracting and keeping young people in upstate New York has long been a preoccupation of policy makers. But the hand-wringing about "brain drain" hasn't stopped the region from getting older. In part one of a four part series from the Innovation Trail, Zack Seward takes a look at the demographics of upstate New York as it tries to hang on to its young professionals.

This story is one of four reported by the Innovation Trail, about the challenge of keeping young people in upstate New York. Support for the Innovation Trail comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Go to full article

We Live NY Summit focuses youth on Upstate's future

The We Live New York summit gets underway Thursday through Saturday in Ithaca. The summit is intended to attract young people from around upstate to talk about the future of the region. Emma Jacobs has more for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Photo: Martha Foley
Photo: Martha Foley

The put-and-take of pheasant hunting

Every once in a while, you catch a glimpse of a pheasant along a roadside.
It was almost certainly put there, or nearby, by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

You've heard of fish hatcheries and stocking, but New York State also hatches and stocks pheasants each year. They're bred in Ithaca, at the state's last remaining pheasant farm. The Reynolds Game Farm ships some 30,000 adult birds all over the state at this time of year.

WRVO's Joyce Gramza follows some of the birds from farm to field to learn more about the program.  Go to full article
Band director Glenn Roberts leads the Lisbon Marching Band through practice
Band director Glenn Roberts leads the Lisbon Marching Band through practice

Marching into summer?playing the music of the season

July 4th festivities mean summer has finally arrived. And--in addition to sunny, hot days and fresh food from the garden--it's also the season of marching bands. The music and parades are part of North Country tradition.

In some school districts, the music stopped in the mid-1980s. Budgets tightened and marching bands were cut. But in the rural, St Lawrence County district of Lisbon, parents and students missed it.

A few years ago, they raised more than $10,000, found a director and once again struck up the band. Jonathan Brown stopped by on a Saturday early in the practice season.  Go to full article

Opera takes Carthage teen to stage of Kennedy Center

A teenager from the tiny Jefferson County town of Carthage will soon step onto one of the nation's biggest stages. Gabrielle LaBare was selected to sing opera and other choral arrangements in the National Honor Ensembles at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

She'll take the stage with other student musicians, representing 35 states. The National Association for Music Education considers LaBare and the other performers the best in the United States.

Even though she's only 16, LaBare told Jonathan Brown she's been singing quite a while.  Go to full article

Judge grants new trial in malpractice case

A federal judge has ordered a new trial for a Saranac Lake pediatrician who was found guilty of negligence in an $11 million malpractice case. U.S. Northern District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn granted a motion for a retrial from lawyers for Dr. Patricia Monroe and Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, a Saranac Lake medical practice. Last summer, a jury found Monroe failed to take steps to prevent two young girls from being repeatedly sexually assaulted by their older half-brother. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Canton high school senior enters legislature race

We're in the time of year when political hopefuls come out of the woodwork to announce their candidacies. 2010 will be an especially active year in the North Country, with offices in Washington, Albany, and many county seats open or vulnerable. In St. Lawrence County, all 15 legislative seats are up for re-election. You'll hear more about the candidates and the issues in the coming weeks and months. But we were interested in a Canton High School senior who announced his candidacy this week, for a county legislature seat being vacated by Tedra Cobb. Our news intern, Chelsea Ross, went to the press conference.  Go to full article
The Olympic Center in downtown Lake Placid
The Olympic Center in downtown Lake Placid

Lake Placid thinks the Winter Youth Olympic games may be a perfect fit

Officials in Lake Placid are considering a bid to host the Winter Youth Olympic Games, a smaller scale version of the Olympics featuring world-class teenage athletes. The village's prospects received a high-profile boost just last month when village leaders traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland for a summit with officials from other Olympic cities and the International Olympic Committee.

While the traditional Olympics, like the Winter Games taking place in February in Vancouver, have grown substantially since Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics, local officials say the Youth Olympics may be just the right fit for the community. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: canvassing for a campaign

Underpinning a campaign's big (or little) media buys are the foot soldiers--people who make the phone calls, stuff the envelopes, distribute the campaign signs. Martha Foley met one of the rank-and-file on a rural road outside Canton this week, a young canvasser going door-to-door for the Democrats. He's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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