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At Ballston Spa vet center the Bard helps to heal

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
Some veterans in New York State are working through trauma and PTSD with the help of an unusual ally: William Shakespeare. They're part of a workshop called De-Cruit, which uses creative writing and Shakespearean monologues to help veterans heal. And it turns out the warriors in Shakespeare's day had a lot in common with today's service members.
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Judge clears path for Adirondack snowmobile connector trails

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
A plan to build a new network of snowmobile connector trails in the Adirondack Park can now move forward. A state Supreme Court judge in Albany ruled late last week that the system does not violate laws designed to keep the Park wild and pristine.
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Sen. Gillibrand leads calls for Franken resignation

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading the effort to convince her fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign from the US Senate. Gillibrand spoke at a press conference yesterday.
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Stefanik votes for reciprocal concealed carry measure

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted yesterday in favor of a measure that would allow people with concealed carry permits to cross state lines with their firearms.
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Preview: Northern Lights Choir Winter Concert in Saranac Lake

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
Northern Lights Choir hosts its Winter Concert on Friday night at 8 pm at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. Northern Lights Choir director Helen Demong says the theme for the concert is community with the title, "The Road Home. "The concert is considered by many in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene Valley and Tupper Lake to be a traditional event that kicks off the holiday season.The performance by the 70-voice, multi-generational community choir will include choral pieces from across the spectrum of time and genre and will feature a variety of styles from traditional holiday music and songs of different cultures. Helen Demong told Todd Moe that Friday evening's performance at St. Bernard's Church will bring the community together through music.
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Disabled and their caregivers ask for more pay

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
New York faces fiscal challenges in 2018, but that has not stopped groups from asking for more money in the new state budget, including agencies that provide care to people with disabilities.
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Closet nemesis: the clothes moth

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:00
Keratin, the substance wool, hair, and feathers are made from, makes a pretty thin diet, but the clothes moth has been dogging humanity's closets and drawers for hundreds of years, unravelling the work of generations of knitters and weavers to feed its larvae.Martha has a personal beef with the moth and talks with Curt Stager about the life cycle of the moth, and how to fight its ruinous effects.
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Child care providers, educators working to "meet demand" in SLC

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
Starting next fall, students at SUNY Canton will have a new major to pick from - one that's meant to address a shortage of child care options for working parents.
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Onondaga chief Irving Powless, Jr., champion of Iroquois treaty rights, dies at 88

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
An influential Iroquois leader died last week. Irving Powless, Jr. was chief of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation, which is located south of Syracuse. Powless was 88 years old.Powless was a member of the Onondaga Nation Council for more than 30 years. He was an expert on Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, treaty rights, and was the author of several books.
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Without an honorable discharge, mental health options are limited

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
Last month's mass shooting at a Texas church has raised questions of whether the military does enough to help former service members with bad conduct discharges. They're not eligible for veterans' mental health care.
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St. Lawrence launches men's hockey probe

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
St. Lawrence University is launching an investigation into its men's hockey program. The review was announced in a campus-wide email by university president William Fox.
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Plattsburgh footbridge remains closed as officials dispute ownership

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
A landmark footbridge in the City of Plattsburgh was closed last month, and it doesn't seem like it will reopen any time soon.The Webb Island Footbridge over the Saranac River has been around since the '80s. It connected the southern end of the city to the high school, SUNY Plattsburgh, and stores. But it had a number of safety issues.Local officials want to see the bridge repaired or replaced, but there's a fight over who's on deck to pay.
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Empire State Winter Games expanding

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) The Empire State Winter Games are expanding.A ski and snowboard rail jam with $8,000 in prize money, a winter bike competition and speed tubing for spectators are being added for the 38th edition of the games, which will be staged from Feb. 1-4. The competition is projected to draw a record-breaking 2,500 athletes and have an economic impact of $3.5 million.
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Judge considers whether ricin suspect should remain detained

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A federal judge will consider whether a woman accused of manufacturing ricin and testing the deadly toxin on fellow residents of a senior living facility in Vermont should continue to be detained.
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New lawsuit challenges CFPB appointment by President Trump

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) A federal credit union in New York City has sued President Donald Trump, saying his acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ``trying to minimize its existence.''
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State budget won't be easy in 2018

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
One of the biggest challenges that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers will face in 2018 is balancing the state's budget, which already has a structural deficit of more than $4 billion. On top of that, federal changes to taxes and health care could cost the state billions more in lost funding.
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Preview: "Denial" at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid on Friday

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
The Adirondack Film Society will present a special screening, and a North Country premiere, at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid on Friday at 7 pm of a new award-winning documentary, Denial" The film was produced and co-created by Elizabethtown filmmaker Aaron Woolf, best known for his documentary about Big Agriculture, King Corn. This new film tackles the complex issues of renewable energy and climate change by following the path of Vermont electric utility CEO David Hallquist. But when his son, Derek, who directs the film, tries to tell his father's story, the film is soon derailed by a family secret: David Hallquist is a woman inside, soon to be named Christine. Todd Moe spoke with Aaron Wolf about the new film, that includes intimate family moments and the story of Hallquist's struggle to build a green energy company. Wolf says the documentary tries to unite the themes of climate change and gender identity.
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Watch: The Magic Christmas Basket: Tanya Roy at the Howl Grand Slam

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:00
Tanya Roy of Adams, NY took up the "Holidays" theme at The Howl Grand Slam to tell the story of her grandparent's picnic basket, source of a bottomless supply of Christmas dinner in her childhood, and of one special gift in the bleakest of midwinters. Recorded at Pickens Hall, Heuvelton, NY. November 4, 2017.
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North Country at Work: how photographer Henry M. Beach captured Northern New York

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
Spend enough time in a museum or historical society in the North Country and you're bound to run across the name Henry M. Beach, often written in white, capital letters across a postcard. Henry was one of the region's earliest photographers. He was untrained, but in many ways he was ahead of his time - most of his shots are outdoors and capture daily life, in stark comparison with posed studio shots. He also had a really good sense of humor, and liked to "doctor" his photos.
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Climate change transforms Great Lakes forests

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:00
In Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, it's easy to see what makes the forests of the Upper Midwest so special. They transition between Southern trees like oak and white pine, and the northern trees like fir and spruce.But climate change is bringing more intense storms - as well as warmer winters. And that can hurt forests.
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