Syracuse, NY – Today may mark the end of the firearm hunting season, but the deer are still plentiful in upstate New York. Roadside deer kills are one result. But the overpopulation also means more deer meat is made available to the region's poor, thanks to a statewide network of hunters, meat processors and food banks called the Venison Donation Coalition. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the organization, which aims to give local food pantries more than 2,500 pounds of venison this season.
Oswego, NY – The New York State Chapter of the National Organization for Women has elected a new President. She is Marcia Pappas, who is currently "Now's" Albany chapter president. She replaces Kathryn Lake Mazierski.
Pappas promises to be a different kind of keader and restore some of the assertiveness from "Now's" early days almost 40-years ago. Pappas spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Utica, NY – The bookmobile is a staple of many a childhood in upstate New York. Big old busses modified to hold thousands of books rumbled into town regularly over the decades. A few still do. But later this month, the Mid-York Library System will shut down its 42-year-old bookmobile service. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports on the reasons for the closure and the impact it will have.
Oswego, NY – A 16-year-old from Syracuse has been recognized for her work fighting global poverty. Yesterday Maura Welch was one of four teen across the country who received a Global Action Award from the nonprofit organization NetAid. Welch has been speaking out against child labor and raising money for children in Third World countries since she attended the Student Conference for Human Rights at the United Nations five years ago. She spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde about her work.
Oswego, NY – Most holiday dinners consist of in-laws, kids, turkey, yams and pumpkin pie. There's at least one that's a little different. WRVO's Kate Percival has this report aboout the Renaissance Madrigal Banquet.
The banquet will be held December 4-5 at the State University College at Oswego.
Oswego, NY – Many people will be sending holiday greeting cards to friends and family in the coming weeks. A slew of non-profit groups now offer greeting cards that support a particular cause. This year, patients at Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute are creating cards that will help raise the funds needed for research. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with Kendra Smith, who was treated at Roswell for brain cancer as a teenager and whose artwork is featured on some of the cards.
Syracuse, NY – Officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have unveiled a 449-million dollar plan to clean up Onondaga Lake near Syracuse. The proposal would place most of the financial burden on Honeywell International, whose predecessor, Allied Signal, polluted the lake with mercury throughout the 20th century. Elizabeth Christensen reports that not everyone is thrilled with the new plan.
Oswego, NY – A Hamilton College professor has been named New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Vivyan Adair is an associate professor of women's studies and director of a program called the ACCESS Project that gives low-income parents in the region access to higher education. She's also a single parent and former welfare recipient who dropped out of high school. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Adair about her experiences.
Oswego, NY – With the holiday season upon us, the Hunger Action Network of New York is launching a campaign to raise awareness about hunger and poverty in New York. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Hunger Action Director Mark Dunlea about his group's effort to address not only the hunger problem but the underlying causes.
Fayetteville, NY – Sometimes we find treasures in the most unexpected places. Central New York is full of them. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this sound portrait of a sheet music collection at the Fayetteville Free Library, in the old Stickley factory on Orchard Street.
Oswego, NY – This afternoon, more than 600 people will gather in Syracuse to talk about the "under 40" demographic in Central New York. It's the latest effort to bring together this group and to brainstorm ways young professionals can help revitalize the region and strengthen its offerings. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report abut what some participants hope the 40 Below Summit will accomplish.
Syracuse, NY – One out of four Central New Yorkers cannot read above the eighth-grade level. The Central New York Community Foundation wants to reverse that startling statistic. It officially begins a literacy initiative dubbed "read ahead" at a luncheon today. Popular children's author Charles R. Smith Jr. is the keynote speaker. He spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, NY – The final vote count isn't known yet, but the 2004 election inspired voters to register in record numbers. Whatever their political orientation, Central New York voters showed they wanted a say in who governs the country. WRVO's Skye Rohde spent election night in the city of Oswego and has this report.
Oswego, NY – Politicians running for elected office this year have one of the poorest response rates to a national political awareness test. The survey, sponsored by the non-partisan Project Vote Smart, asked candidates for their positions on key issues. New York politicians had a survey response rate of 25 percent. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked Project Vote Smart Senior Advisor Adelaide Elm what the findings say about the willingness of candidates to openly state their positions.
Oswego, NY – Syracuse's only domestic violence court is scheduled to be inaugurated later this morning. New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye has established 13 Integrated Domestic Violence courts across the state since 2001. Each one is run by a single judge, who handles every stage of the domestic violence cases that come to city court. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Judge Stephen Dougherty, who is in charge of Syracuse's domestic violence court.
Oswego, NY – Opposition is mounting against the Wells College Board of Trustees' decision two weeks ago to accept male students. In recent years, enrollment at the 136-year-old women's college has declined. Almost 100 members of the school's Alumnae Association met last weekend to discuss the board's decision. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Judy Scott, class of '67, who was at the meeting.
Syracuse, NY – Students in the Syracuse schools are taking a closer look at innovative music thanks to Music Journeys. This foundation supports new and different ideas in arts education and concerts in Central New York. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about guitarist Dominic Frasca and composer Marc Mellits, who visited a few Syracuse schools this week as part of their work with Music Journeys.
Syracuse, NY – A group of Catholic Bishops has taken an active role in the Presidential election. Although short of an explicit endorsement, they are encouraging Catholics to vote for President Bush because of his opposition to abortion. New York's Catholic Bishops have stayed on the sidelines. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked New York Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust why.
Syracuse, NY – Syracuse's professional women's football team, the Sting, is nearing the end of its fourth season. It's been a "rebuilding year" for the Sting, with coaching changes, hours on the road for away games and new players to train. WRVO's Skye Rohde spent time with the team and has this report about game day.
Albany, NY – Ralph Nader brought his Presidential campaign to Upstate NY on Thursday with stops in Albany, Syracuse and Albany. At the State Capital, Nader urged his supporters to vote their conscience and back him on election day. Karen DeWitt has the story.