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12:10pm

Thu August 26, 2004
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Lacrosse Stick Maker

Onondaga Nation Territory – These days, most American lacrosse players use mass-produced metal sticks with plastic heads. But back when the Iroquois first created the game, they made their sticks out of wood, strings of raw cowhide and leather. Only a few stickmakers carry on this tradition today. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this profile of Alf Jacques, an Onondaga man who is one of them.

2:20pm

Wed August 25, 2004
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Butter Sculpting

Syracuse, NY – Imagine taking 800 pounds of butter and sculpting it into a piece of art or at least an attraction that draws thousands of visitors. Butter sculptures have been regular exhibits at state fairs here in New York and in other dairy-producing states for decades.
But there's something different that will set this year's butter sculpture at the Great New York State Fair apart from all the rest. Jeremy Hanlon reports.

2:52pm

Wed August 18, 2004
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Female Rabbi Leads CNY Synagogue

Oswego, NY – The first female rabbi in the United States was ordained in 1972. But it was only last month that the first woman was hired to lead a Jewish congregation in the Central New York area. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Rabbi Rachel Ain, who is now at Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra-Shas in DeWitt.

9:28am

Thu August 12, 2004
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Business Leaders Critical of State Budget Process

Albany, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen talks about the latest state budget in history with the Business Council's Matt Maguire.

9:33am

Wed August 11, 2004
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Nuclear Security Controversy

Oswego, NY – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced late last week it would no longer make plants' security information available to the public, the press, and even some local officials.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on how that decision is being received by nuclear watchdogs and local emergency management workers.

4:48pm

Fri August 6, 2004
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Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter

Oswego, NY – Some saw it as an opportunity. Others felt it was a prison. Almost a thousand refugees came to the United States from Italy in 1944. They stayed for a year-and-a-half at a former Army camp in Oswego as "guests" of President Franklin Roosevelt. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the experiences of some of the residents of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter.

4:24pm

Wed June 16, 2004
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Homebound Kids Benefit from Distance Learning

Mexico, NY – A new program in the Mexico School District allows seriously ill children to learn from home using innovative new technology.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports.

(Technical assistance for this report was provided by Jon Peck.)

10:53am

Tue June 15, 2004
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Red and Blue States - Fact or Myth

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2:59pm

Mon June 14, 2004
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NYS School Funding Impasse

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9:30am

Fri June 11, 2004
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Possible Teen Curfew in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY – Syracuse is still considering implementing a curfew for those under 18.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski interviewed Councilor Jeff DeFrancisco about his proposal.

The proposal will likely be voted on later this month.

12:51pm

Fri June 4, 2004
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Constellation Seeks Nine Mile License Renewal

Oswego, NY – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is deciding whether or not to renew the licenses of the Nine Mile One and Two nuclear power plants.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has an update.

12:36pm

Fri June 4, 2004
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Feature Interview: John Sheehan

Oswego, NY – When people think of water in the Adirondacks, they envision clear lakes and flowing rivers. But some towns in the park are finding their drinking water isn't quite that pure. Earlier this week, an environmental group called the Adirondack Council proposed a constitutional amendment to let communities in the park drill wells to access clean water. John Sheehan is the group's communications director. He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that communities like Raquette Lake face serious problems with the water in their reservoirs.

12:07pm

Wed June 2, 2004
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CNY College names Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

Syracuse, NY – Onondaga Community College near Syracuse, N.Y. is positioned to become a national leader when it comes to counter-terrorism training. That from the new coordinator of O-C-C's Public Safety Center.
Tom Creamer was introduced to the community yesterday. He later led a seminar attended by more than 300 public safety professionals. Creamer is considered an international expert in counter-terrorism and detection of weapons of mass destruction. He spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.

3:35pm

Fri May 28, 2004
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Running Shoe Recycling

Utica, NY – Runners often wonder what to do with their old shoes once the treads have worn too low to provide enough foot support. Central New Yorkers who have donated old shoes to charities or thrown them away have a new option now: a sneaker recycling program. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.

11:37am

Fri May 28, 2004
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Shoe Recycling

Utica, NY – Runners often wonder what to do with their old shoes once the treads have worn too low to provide enough foot support. Central New Yorkers who have donated old shoes to charities or thrown them away have a new option now: a sneaker recycling program. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.

1:48pm

Fri May 21, 2004
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Hybrid Fever

Oswego, NY – As gasoline prices continue to rise, more and more people are talking about the alternative of hybrid cars. Honda and Toyota hybrids are selling briskly, but for Central New Yorkers, the biggest obstacle to switching to hybrids may be the wait for them. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.

2:35pm

Tue May 18, 2004
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Oneida Language

Oneida, NY – Despite the economic success of its Turning Stone Casino, the Oneida Indian Nation is struggling to keep its language alive. Now nation leaders have turned to a worldwide language instruction firm to help increase the number of fluent Oneida speakers. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.

3:10pm

Mon May 17, 2004
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Gay Union Announcements

Syracuse, NY – There's a growing trend among newspapers to publish same-sex commitment ceremonies with wedding notices for heterosexual couples. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski has the story.

11:06am

Fri May 7, 2004
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Feature Interview: Anonymous 4

Oswego, NY – Medieval vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 is in Oswego to perform the oratorio "Voices of Light." The women of Anonymous 4 have been singing together for 18 years. They recently announced that this is their last touring season together. They stopped by the WRVO studios to speak with Kate Percival.

3:41pm

Thu May 6, 2004
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Voices of Light

Oswego, NY – "Voices of Light" is an oratorio composed by Richard Einhorn. It combines a silent film about Joan of Arc with a large chorus and the medieval vocal ensemble Anonymous 4. This piece of music will be performed at SUNY Oswego tonight and tomorrow. WRVO's Kate Percival has this report.

2:17pm

Thu May 6, 2004
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Voices of Light

Oswego, NY – "Voices of Light" is an oratorio composed by Richard Einhorn. It combines a silent film about Joan of Arc with a large chorus and the medieval vocal ensemble Anonymous 4. This piece of music will be performed at SUNY Oswego tonight and tomorrow. WRVO's Kate Percival has this report.

10:58am

Thu May 6, 2004
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Feature Interview: The VanNorstrands

Oswego, NY – Two young Central New York musicians are making their national debut this weekend. Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, 16 and 14 years old, have just released their first duet CD, "Driftage." Now the Fulton residents are finalists in a music competition on this week's "A Prairie Home Companion." The brothers stopped by our studios this week and spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde.

4:42pm

Mon May 3, 2004
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After Carrier

Dewitt, NY – Pete Renne is still adjusting to the newest chapter in his life, which began April 23rd. After 25 years at the Carrier Corporation, he lost his job making crank case compressors after the company shifted producton to Georgia and Asia. WRVO's Skye Rohde has been following Renne through this transition. She spent time with him after his last shift and has this report.

10:58am

Mon May 3, 2004
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The Death of the Payphone

New York State – As cellular phones get cheaper and cheaper, more and more Americans are buying them.

That's leading to the demise of an old standby - The corner payphone.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports.

9:03am

Thu April 29, 2004
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Feature Interview: Syracuse Film Festival

Oswego, NY – Independent film enthusiasts in Central New York will have 140 films to choose from over the next four days. The Syracuse International Film and Video Festival begins today and runs through May 2. Husband-and-wife team Owen Shapiro and Christine Fawcett have been working behind the scenes for two years to create the festival. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Fawcett.

12:17pm

Wed April 21, 2004
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Feature Interview: Michael Doyle

Oswego, NY – Forestport was just another town on the Erie Canal until three successive canal breaks at the end of the 19th century put it on the map. In his new book "The Forestport Breaks," author Michael Doyle retraces the way political patronage and corruption shaped the Erie Canal. Doyle told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the investigation into the Forestport canal breaks uncovered what prosecutors called the largest conspiracy in the history of New York State.

10:11am

Wed April 21, 2004
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Extended Feature Interview: Michael Doyle

Oswego, NY – Forestport was just another town on the Erie Canal until three successive canal breaks at the end of the 19th century put it on the map. In his new book "The Forestport Breaks," author Michael Doyle retraces the way political patronage and corruption shaped the Erie Canal. Doyle told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the investigation into the Forestport canal breaks uncovered what prosecutors called the largest conspiracy in the history of New York State.

11:47am

Mon April 19, 2004
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Syracuse Arts Scene

Syracuse, NY – Central New York's manufacturing industry may be declining, but its arts scene is thriving. With more than 90 arts organizations in the area, and a number of new projects and renovations, there are plenty of galleries, exhibits and performances to choose from. But a push by local artists to build upon existing resources and fill the gaps in further strengthening the region's cultural offerings. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.

11:48am

Thu April 8, 2004
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Falconry

Hannibal, NY – Hunting is an integral part of life in much of upstate New York, whether for pleasure or for food. But for some people, the joy of hunting is more the chase than the kill. Alan Scott, a falconer who lives in Hannibal, is one of them. WRVO's Skye Rohde went hawking with Scott and his two birds last month and has this report.

10:44am

Fri April 2, 2004
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10th Anniversary of Heidi Allen's Disappearance

Oswego, NY – On April 3, 1994, 19 year old Heidi Allen disappeared during her shift at the D&W convenience store in New Haven.

Allen opened the store at 6 a.m. At 7:53, a customer flagged down a passing patrol car to report that no one was there. What happened in that 2 hour span remains a mystery.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with Oswgeo County sheriff Ruell Todd, who was one of the first people on the scene.

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