Oswego, NY – Something might be noticably absent from high school commencement ceremonies this year. Many schools nationwide are eliminating the valedictorian class-ranking system. It's being done in part to bring about a greater degree of fairness among students. That's according to the Executive Director of the New York State Schools Boards Association, Tim Kremer. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, NY – Something might be noticably absent from high school commencement ceremonies this year. Many schools nationwide are eliminating the valedictorian class-ranking system. It's being done in part to bring about a greater degree fairness among students. That's according to the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – While world leaders discuss the possibility of forgiving debt in underdeveloped nations as a means of economic growth, a Syracuse based group is taking action by bringing literacy programs to the African nation of Angola.
Oswego, NY – A community theater group in Central New York is reaching out to the public to raise funds for the renovation of the building that they've performed in for nearly 50 years. The Oswego Players' production of "Don't Dress For Dinner" runs two weekends in June for the benefit of the theater project. WRVO's Mark Lavonier spoke with the director of the show, Nelson Metz and the group President Inez Parker to find out more.
Oswego, NY – The New York State Assembly has approved the so-called "Healthy Teens Act." The measure will provide school districts across the state will funding for age-appropriate sex education. The proposed curriculum will stress abstinence, but will also address issues related to contraception and S-T-D-s. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with Joanne Smith, the President of Family Advocates of New York, about the act.
Oswego, NY – In his newest thriller, best-selling author, NPR commentator, and former NFL star Tim Green has created a modern re-telling of a classic tale of revenge. WRVO's Kate Percival had the opportunity to speak with the Central New Yorker about his latest book, "Exact Revenge."
Oswego, NY – Central New York is home to a number of important bird habitats. That's according to a new report released by the National Audobon Society. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to the Executive Director of Audobon New York, David Miller, about the report titled "Important Bird Areas of New York."
Oswego, NY – Residents across New York will decide the outcome of public school budgets in local voting on Tuesday, May 17. Spending on average will increase about seven-point-five percent if approved. That's more than twice the rate of inflation. Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of The New York State School Boards Association, says the increase in spending is justified as he explained to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Romulus, NY – A conservation group wants to save the white deer at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. The unique deer have been fenced in for decades and redevelopment of the old army facility threatens the future of the herd which is estimated to number in the hundreds. Dennis Money is chair of Seneca White Deer Inc. He explained the origin of the depot's white deer population to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – Computer experts and others gather in Syracuse to examine ways to protect children against cyber crime. The event co-sponsor is the Syracuse-based Jenna Foundation for non-violence. Foundation director Janice Greishaber spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – There are many poets in Central New York who consider their craft to be a year-round experience. With the celebration of "National Poetry Month" coming to a close, we bring you a reminder of the community spirit and passion of the art that takes place every week - at Syracuse's Coffee Pavillion restaurant. WRVO's Mark Lavonier visited an 'Open Mic' performance, and spoke with host Jane Cassady about her experiences in the poetic scene in Central New York.
Utica, NY – Today we continue our three-part series on refugees in Central New York with the story of Daniel Hne. He's a Liberian man who came to Utica last May. The city has become a common destination for refugees. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Syracuse, NY – Central New York has a rich history of refugee resettlement. In the early 20th century, Eastern Europeans came to cities like Syracuse and Utica. Today, the patterns of immigration have shifted dramatically. In the first piece of a three-part series, WRVO's Skye Rohde reports on the region's new arrivals.
Oswego, NY – 60 years ago, Walter Greenberg was a young boy whose escape from Nazi Europe took him to a refugee camp at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY. His journey and that of just a few hundred others, later became known as the Safe Haven Story. Now 72, the Rockland County, NY resident is back in Central New York for Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies at Syracuse's Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – Photojournalist Matt Moyer saw the freedom granted to the Iraqi people with the fall of Baghdad to U-S troops in April 2003. His photographs were featured in National Geographic's June 2004 magazine. The LaFayette, NY native was back in Central New York to speak about his photos at Onondaga Community College. Mr. Moyer's exhibit "Images of Iraq" will be on display at OCC's Ann Felton Multi-cultural Center galley through April 27.
Oswego, NY – A north country Congressman has a challenger, even though the next election is 19 months away. Twenty-eight year-old novelist and substitute teacher W-L Swarts is mounting a campaign to unseat republican John McHugh, who's been in office since 1992. The independent candidate is from Oneida County. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked Swarts about his candidacy.
Oswego, NY – A former Pulaski resident has written a new book, and Central New York plays a supporting role in it. John Howell is author of "St. Jude's Gospel." He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that it's a story about underdogs overcoming the odds, faith rising from cynicism and the awakening of love.
Oswego, NY – The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Oneida Indian Nation of New York owes property taxes to the City of Sherrill. The ruling could affect future native land claim cases and existing native casinos. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with New York State Assemblyman David Townsend, a loongtime critic of the Oneida's business practices, about the ruling.
Syracuse, NY – An outspoken Indian land claim opponent is speaking out against the Onondaga Nation's land rights lawsuit filed in early March in Syracuse NY. The President of Upstate Citizens for Equality talked about the land claim with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – There's a new venue in Central New York for alternative and foreign films. The Oswego Film Group will screen the movie "Hotel Rwanda" next Wednesday night at the Oswego Cinema. The group's founder, Jon Peck, told WRVO's Skye Rohde he wants to develop a forum for film buffs to watch and discuss acclaimed movies from all genres.