Whitesboro, NY – It's not often that throwing rocks at a house is sanctioned...but it's actually the goal of curling. Of course, "throwing" a curling stone means sliding it along 136 feet of ice toward a bullseye called the "house." This Scottish game has been big in Canada for years and is a tradition in New York's Mohawk Valley. Members of the Utica Curling Club spent much of last week introducing it to new players. As WRVO's Skye Rohde reports, it has a lot to offer.
Pulaski, NY – Lighthouses are often viewed as symbols of America's maritime history, beacons guiding sailors back to terra firma. The Selkirk Lighthouse is no exception. It sits at the mouth of the Salmon River in northern Oswego County, a three-story stone structure with rooms to rent and 165 years of history.
Syracuse, NY – This week's announcement of 1,200 layoffs at the Carrier Corporation is yet another indication of the declining manufacturing sector across central New York and across the country. But it also begs two questions: what are other large local employers thinking about hiring and firing, and what can the laid-off Carrier workers do next?
Syracuse, NY – More than 130 people stopped in Syracuse Tuesday to advocate for immigrants and migrant workers. The activists are part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to the civil rights of immigrants in the U.S. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.
Watertown, NY – The Chapin Living Waters Foundation in Watertown, New York is helping thousands of hungry people in the landlocked African country of Malawi -- and across the globe -- using little more than buckets, agricultural drip tape and good will. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.
Canastota, NY – Beekeeping is not for the faint-of-heart. Neither is candlemaking, which requires patience, creativity and the ability to handle seeing Santa Claus from June to December. One 24-year-old Canastota resident has taken on both activities full-time in an effort to educate people about honeybees and the outdoors. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.
Oneida, NY – The Turning Stone, St. Regis Mohawk and Seneca casinos have clearly brought more money to the Native American tribes that operate them, even if exact numbers are hard to come by. But the casino profits are also increasing educational opportunities for members of some New York Indian tribes, paralleling a shift in attitude about the importance of higher education.
Segment close : Jeremy Hanlon enters his senior year of high school on September 12. He plans to pursue a career in broadcasting. Jeremy's Day at the Fair was produced by WRVO's Mark Lavonier with assistance provided by WRVO's Fred Vigent.
Syracuse, NY – The New York State Fair has highlighted agriculture since its opening in 1842. But it's also a chance for New Yorkers to learn more about the process of working with one's hands, as well as the results. A handful of craftsmen are at the fairgrounds this year to educate visitors about the tools they use and the work they do.
Syracuse, NY – Upstate New York used to be a busy hub of manufacturing.
Now, factories seem to be closing everday.
Over 1500 jobs were eliminated in Central New York alone in the past six months. Companies like Nestle, Sonoco, and Marsellus Casket are moving operations out of Central New York ... to places where muscle labor is cheaper.
WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen takes a look at what seems to be a dying sector of the Upstate economy.
Skaneateles, NY – The Skaneateles Festival has showcased chamber musicians from around the world for 24 years. Around 7,000 people each year attend the festival, which takes place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the month of August. WRVO's Skye Rohde spent some time last week with pianist Andrew Russo, a Syracuse native.
Stockbridge, NY – A group of Central New York teenagers is working to unearth Native American artifacts in Stockbridge this week. The archaeological dig on Oneida Nation homelands is part of an ongoing partnership between Colgate University and the Oneida Nation that aims to educate Native American teens about their heritage while preserving traditional artifacts.
Williamson, NY – Upstate New York's cherry growers are reeling from the effects of last April's ice storm. As they near the end of the tart cherry harvest, they're gathering a fraction of their usual crop. And the decrease in production is raising questions abut the future of the state's cherry industry.