Syracuse, NY – The Onondaga County Justice System may soon place more emphasis on mental health in Family and Criminal Court cases. A group called the Partnership for Mental Health Alternatives has released its recommendations for better handling of mental illness in the criminal justice system. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – 115th District New York State Assemblyman David Townsend,(R) Kirkland, is urging Governor Pataki to delay action on proposed land claim settlements and casino compacts with five Native American Nations. Townsend asked Pataki to wait for the U-S Supreme Court to render a decision in a lawsuit filed by the City of Sherrill, Oneida Co. against the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. Townsend explains his position to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – Many Americans see fat as a number on a scale or a social issue. But one local professor wants people to understand that fat is an experience too. Oswego State University professor Ira Sukrungruang and Ohio State University professor Donna Jarrell co-edited "Scoot Over Skinny," which they call the "fat nonfiction anthology." Sukrungruang spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde about his book.
Wash. D.C. – Democrats are criticizing President Bush's plan to overhaul the Social Security system. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave a hint of the Democratic response when he spoke Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Oswego, NY – Recent job cuts at two Lake Ontario nuclear power plants near Oswego, NY have raised questions about safety. While the 51 layoffs have an obvious effect on the workers who were let go, it also means more work for those left behind. That has some nuclear watchdogs concerned about the effect of low staffing levels on plant safety. Elizabeth Christense reports.
Oswego, NY – Much has been said about the flight of young talented people from upstate New York in search of better opportunities elsewhere. One group of young artists is staying. They're renovating space in a long vacant upper floor of a century-old downtown Oswego building into a community art gallery. WRVO's Mark Lavonier caught up with the 'founding' members who call themselves the 'Hat Factory' collective.
Oswego, NY – Wintertime in Central New York has always been tough for walkers. They brave ice, unshoveled driveways and cold air to get their exercise. But now there's another option. The Lowe's Home Improvement store in Oswego is welcoming walkers inside the store. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Auburn, NY – This week, the city of Auburn and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are experimenting with a variety of ways to remove thousands of crows from downtown Auburn. It's part of the city's ongoing challenge to balance nature and culture. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – A year ago, it wasn't too hard to find an apartment in Jefferson County. There were plenty of houses for sale too. But the housing market has shifted dramatically since Army officials announced eight months ago that a new brigade would come to Fort Drum. WRVO's Skye Rohde takes a closer look at the state of the county's real estate market.
Oswego, NY – Six students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry are traveling today to the Caribbean to put their engineering skills to work. They will spend more than two weeks on the island of Dominica, where they will install a hydroelectric generator and lead workshops. Sophomore Megan Scott spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde about the students' project.
Oswego, NY – You may have heard the commentaries of John Weeks on "The Nature of Things" on WRVO's Morning Edition Friday. For over two decades, his weekly broadcast has taken us on a guided tour of the forests, rivers, and wildlife in our region, as well as the occasional nature walk in our backyard.
John's early fascination with our world has led to a career in environmental advocacy that has spanned over 60 years.
Oswego, NY – It's been over a year-and-a-half since New York State officials decided to allow liquor sales on Sundays. Steve Glamuzina is president of the Empire State Liquor Store Association. He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that, despite recent opposition from some liquor store owners in the Albany area, the policy is a good one.
Syracuse, NY – Onondaga Lake in Syracuse NY is one of the dirtiest waterways in the nation. It wasn't like that more than a century ago. Then, resorts dotted its shorelines. Author Donald Thompson , a retired teacher, has captured the lake's glory days in "The Golden Age of Onondaga Lake Resorts" first published in 2002. He's out with an expanded third printing. He spoke about it with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
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.