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K'Wuan Allen (left), with track teammates, Julius, and Chris Steele (right), who K'Wuan is staying with for the year.
K'Wuan Allen (left), with track teammates, Julius, and Chris Steele (right), who K'Wuan is staying with for the year.

When parents go to war, pt.2: K'Wuan relies on friends & faith

The ongoing pace of wartime deployments are forcing some families at Fort Drum to get creative. Single parents can send their children back home to grandparents or other relatives when called to duty. But sometimes their children don't want to leave their friends and schools around Fort Drum. Today we have a second story of military kids living in the North Country while their parents fight in a war zone. K'Wuan Allen's mother and father are in Iraq. To get by, he relies on the discipline of sports, close friends, and a dose of faith. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Democrat Addie Jenne Russell and Republican Bobby Cantwell compete for the 118th "River District" Assembly seat.
Democrat Addie Jenne Russell and Republican Bobby Cantwell compete for the 118th "River District" Assembly seat.

Youth, positive campaign in 118th Assembly race

The vicious Aubertine-Renzi senate campaign in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties has largely eclipsed a very different kind of race. Democrat Addie Jenne Russell and Republican Bobby Cantwell have run a cordial campaign for the 118th Assembly district. And they've made sure to include independent candidate Don Lucas, whose name doesn't even appear on the ballot. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

Fighting teenage drug/alcohol abuse, one house at a time

Officials in an Adirondack school district have launched an anti-alcohol and drugs network. "Safe Homes" was unveiled at the start of the school year in Lake Placid and Wilmington. It gives parents a new way to build a network of home supervision for teens and their friends. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
FFA students from Uniondale...
FFA students from Uniondale...

Future farmers or not, they gather in Canton

Traffic is snarled and the motels are full in and around Canton. Canton central school is playing host to New York State's 83rd Annual FFA Convention. Almost a thousand students from 73 schools will get to know each other and learn about agriculture and a lot more. FFA used to stand for "Future Farmers of America", but that was dropped to be more inclusive of other pursuits. David Sommerstein joined the orchestrated chaos of registration yesterday and spoke with some students...  Go to full article

More young adults idle in rural towns

Young adults in small towns are more likely to be idle than young people in cities and suburbs. That's according to a new report produced by the Carsey Institute, a rural-policy think-tank based in New Hampshire. According to the study, the risk is especially high here in the Northeast. Roughly 40% of 18-24 year-olds who don't finish high school will find themselves out of work, unable to pursue a higher education or job training. Brian Mann spoke with Anastasia Snyder, a rural policy expert at Ohio State University and co-author of the study.  Go to full article

Get your groove on at Java

If you're into live music and you like to dance, here's one of the North Country's best kept secrets. Java at St. Lawrence University invites nationally touring bands to campus every Friday and Saturday night, sometimes Thursdays too. It's open to the public and the shows are all free. David Sommerstein spoke with Lou Zeppierri and Hollynn Francis, two SLU students who program Java's concerts. Bands played for years in the Java Barn, a carriage house behind a student dorm on campus. But Hollynn says the university moved the concerts this year to a former medical clinic building near the student center.  Go to full article
"You can't complain about what's going on in this country if you haven't<br />done anything to try to change it." -Patricia Tuma<br />Waitress, North Creek, NY (Photos courtesy of Face of Democracy)
"You can't complain about what's going on in this country if you haven't
done anything to try to change it." -Patricia Tuma
Waitress, North Creek, NY (Photos courtesy of Face of Democracy)

Putting ballots in the hands of young people

America's political culture has a deep impact on the lives of young people, from the war in Iraq to education policy to health care. But it's tough convincing young Americans that voting and civic involvement really matter. Sue Halpern is a journalist and writer in the North Country who took on that challenge. Her "The Face of Democracy" project is designed to connect students with the ritual of voting. An exhibit from the project is on display this week at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. A group of her students will gather for a reception tomorrow evening. Halpern spoke about "Face of Democracy" with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Mentor program expands in tri-lakes area

January is National Mentoring Month. A program that works to match at-risk youth in Saranac Lake with adult volunteers has grown in the last few years and is looking for more mentors. Todd Moe talks with Enhanced Mentor Program Coordinator Jennifer Harry. She says the program began in 2001 and recently expanded to include students in Tupper Lake. For more info: 518-891-2319.  Go to full article
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source:  FOD)
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source: FOD)

Adirondack teens talk democracy

Last Tuesday, kids across the U.S. were talking with Americans about the importance of voting. The national project was organized by journalist and writer Sue Halpern, who spends much of year in Johnsburg, in the central Adirondacks. Halpern says it was a chance for students to hear from people who see voting as a duty and a crucial part of their lives. But as Brian Mann reports, their idealism played out this year against one of the nastiest and most controversial campaigns on record.  Go to full article
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills

Tenth graders document the face of democracy

Voting is the most basic activity of democracy, yet in this country half of us don't bother. In young people, between 18 and 25, it's 75 percent. That's not for lack of trying to get out the youth vote. Last election, millions of dollars were spent to get kids to register and vote, but when all was said and done, the percentage stayed the same. Maybe we're waiting too long.

A new project that combines journalism and civics engages kid early - before they're eligible to vote -- and places them in the path of people who take their citizenship seriously. It's called The Face of Democracy, and tenth graders from Johnsburg are one of three pioneering classes in the nation to take it on. Oakland, California, and St. Paul, Minnesota are the other sites. Journalist Sue Halpern is one of the national organizers of The Face of Democracy. She's also training and mentoring the Johnsburg class, along with photographer Woody Widlund. Martha Foley talked with her yesterday, as she was packing up for the big day today.  Go to full article

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