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.
Aurora, NY – Scores of students at Wells College have been protesting all week against the Board of Trustees' decision to admit male students next fall. The impasse between administration and students shows no sign of resolution, but its repercussions are surfacing. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report on the response to the school's decision.
Ithaca, NY – In many of Ithaca's stores, there are two ways to pay for purchases. You can use U.S. dollars, or you can pay in Ithaca Hours. This local currency has been part of the city's economy for 13 years. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about Ithaca Hours and whether such a system could work in other parts of the region.
Syracuse, NY – Non-partisan Project Vote Smart expands voters' understanding of candidates and issues in Congressional and State Legislative political campaigns for public office. Project Vote Smart's Senior Advisor Adelaide Elms explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski that the organization goes well beyond what the news media can offer.
Manlius, NY – These days, Chinese school is more than just a place to fine-tune language skills. More and more non-Chinese parents are sending their adopted Chinese-born children there, and sometimes taking classes themselves. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the role of the Central New York Chinese School in establishing an ethnic identity for adoptive families.
Oswego, NY – Remember that phrase "one person's trash is another person's treasure"? Hundreds of people in Central New York are taking it literally. They're freecyclers, people that give and take all kinds of items by way of an internet bulletin board. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the rising popularity of freecycling in our region.