Watertown, NY – Arrests and seizures related to methamphetamine use have risen dramatically in Jefferson County, and law enforcement officers say they're facing a dangerous epidemic. The county sheriff is even suggesting toughening state laws to prosecute people caught with components used to make meth. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Solvay, NY – The village of Solvay is its own small world, defined by its industrial past but often dwarfed by its neighbor, Syracuse. A new collection of stories about the village, compiled by Solvay native Judith LaManna Rivette, is now in its second printing. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Rivette and some of the book's contributors and created this sound portrait.
Syracuse, NY – The stage is set for next week's New Hampshire Presidential Primary. And, if Monday night's news coverage of the Iowa Caucus is any indicator, it could be another exciting night for news consumers, according to Syracuse University Professor of Television and Popular Culture, Robert Thompson. As Thompson explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, the caucus coverage was a "rip-roaring" drama that trumped Reality Television.
Syracuse, NY – At age 91, Angus MacDonald has decades of activism under his belt. He's been a member of the Syracuse Peace Council since the 1930s, demonstrating -- and being arrested -- in anti-war protests and calling attention to the School of the Americas.
A committee at Syracuse University chose MacDonald as one of four recipients of its 2004 Unsung Heroes Award. The award honors community members who reflect the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Syracuse, NY – University Hospital's clinic for overweight children has a new location on Harrison Street in Syracuse. The Healthy Lifestyles Family Clinic, which has been open since May 2003, helps children ages 2 to 18 to adopt healthy eating habits. The clinic's director, Dr. Denise Woodall-Ruff, told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the clinic addresses a growing problem in the region.
Oswego, NY – The issues of food safety and nutrition will be foremost on the mind of Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in the 2004 Legislative session. The Brooklyn Democrat is chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. Three-years ago, he held public hearings on food-related diseases like Mad Cow Disease. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with Assemblyman Ortiz earlier this week. (interview) Ortiz also says funding to fight obesity might have to come from a "fat tax" on junk food.
Auburn, NY – Controversy is brewing in Auburn over a radio and television advertisement for a local store. John Hurd, owner of The Casket Store, decided three months ago to use an adaptation of a children's song to promote his business. But Hurd told WRVO's Skye Rohde that not everybody was happy about that.
Watertown, NY – New York State's expanded Clean Indoor Air Act has been in place since July, banning smoking in almost all public places, restaurants and bars. But some bar owners are taking advantage of a clause in the law which allows two "tobacco sampling" nights per year. Watertown mayor-elect Jeffrey Graham owns the Speak Easy Tavern. He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that he plans to host a tobacco sampling event on New Year's Eve.
Albany, NY – New York State is number one in the nation when it comes to medicaid spending. It's likely to be a top issue in the upcoming legislative session that begins next week. Public Radio's Capital Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Syracuse – When U-S Forces capture former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, for once, the mainstream news media did a good job of covering a major story. That's according to Robert Thompson, the Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University. He spoke to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Syracuse, NY – The newest fraternity at Syracuse University is a little different from the rest, but that's why its members joined in the first place. Delta Lambda Phi is a national fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men. Currently, it's the only gay fraternity in New York state. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.
Auburn, NY – The face of Auburn's downtown business district is about to change. Nolan's Sporting Goods, which has served local residents for 50 years, is shutting its doors early next year. For owner Bob Nolan, it's a bittersweet transition and, he says, an inevitable one. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.
Fulton, NY – The long tradition of chocolate-making in the city of Fulton will continue. A consortium of chocolate makers is taking over the former Nestle plant... bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the ailing city.
WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen prepared this report.
Hamilton, NY – Colgate University has launched an institute to serve as a resource for anyone seeking information about upstate New York. Colgate president Rebecca Chopp announced the formation of the Upstate Institute last week. Jane Pinchin is Colgate's Vice President for Academic Advancement and the institute's new director. She told WRVO's Skye Rohde the program is on the cutting edge of university-community relations.
Oswego, NY – A longtime jazz fixture in Oswego is gearing up for the release of its first CD this week. Freefall, a jazz quartet, and singer Dani Gottuso recorded their album "Well, It's About Time" in August. Keyboard player Stan Gosek, a former SUNY Oswego music professor, tells WRVO's Skye Rohde the more time he spends arranging a song, the more it takes on a life of its own.
Orwell, NY – Most people think of Thanksgiving as a time to gather with family and reflect upon one's blessings. But for the homeless and the down-and-out, it's not always that easy. Shelters are one option, but some men choose instead to join a community called Unity Acres in Orwell, in northern Oswego County. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.
Syracuse, NY – One of the few established female conductors in the music world is in Syracuse this weekend. Anne Manson is guest conductor for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra tonight and tomorrow night. Manson worked extensively in Europe before spending four years as the Kansas City Symphony's music director. She told WRVO's Skye Rohde she began conducting in college, when the head of the professional chorus she sang in asked her to fill in.
Fulton, NY – The alleged molestation of a Fulton, NY Junior High School football player by four of his classmates shocked Central New York. It also has commentator Merilee Witherall thinking about how we call can contribute to improving responsibility in our schools.
Richland, NY – It's a common dispute: developer versus neighbors, business growth versus environmental impact. In the town of Richland, in northern Oswego County, some landowners and environmentalists are arguing that the proper environmental review of a project that includes a nine-hole golf course has not taken place. They say endangered species are at risk as result.