Regional Coverage

1:48pm

Thu September 30, 2004
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Ithaca Hours

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.

4:06pm

Tue September 21, 2004
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Project Vote Smart

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.

10:11am

Tue September 21, 2004
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On the Trail

Oswego, NY – Al Lepage has been on the road for eight and a half weeks.

Actually, Lepage has been on the trail for eight and a half weeks.

As the executive director of the National Cost Trail Association, he's been hiking, biking, and kayaking across the Northeast to drum up support for a national system of nature trails.

He stopped in Oswego and spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.

4:01pm

Fri September 17, 2004
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Chinese School and Ethnic Identity

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.

11:09am

Mon September 13, 2004
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Freecycling in CNY

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.

9:27am

Thu September 9, 2004
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Memories of a War Time Romance

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9:46am

Wed September 8, 2004
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Cochlear Implants

Syracuse, NY – The cochlear implant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 20 years ago. Since then, it has helped thousands of deaf people obtain -- or regain -- some level of hearing. But as with any successful technology, there's always room for improvement. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports on how scientists in Syracuse are working to make cochlear implants even better.

12:14pm

Tue August 31, 2004
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George Pataki - Analysis

Cortland, NY – Governor Pataki delivers a primetime speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention to introduce George Bush as accepts his party's nomination for President.
Pataki is said to have his own presidential aspirations and his speech will no doubt enhance his prestige.
But whether it thrusts Pataki toward the White House in 2008 is doubtful, according to Cortland State political science professor Robert Spitzer, as he explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.

3:54pm

Mon August 30, 2004
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Study Abroad - Utica College

Utica , NY – Many college students say their trips abroad are among their most memorable learning experiences, as they live and study with people from different cultures. Earlier this summer, a group from Utica College had such an opportunity. They spent three-weeks in a part of the world few Americans know much about, getting to know the people and their ancestors.
Journalism professor David Chanatry traveled with the group and has this report.

10:47am

Fri August 27, 2004
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Was New York Ever a "Swing State"?

Oswego, NY – This presidental election year, the media and the candidates have been focusing on so-called "swing states."

As WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports, it's been a long time since New York has swayed the electoral vote... but that doesn't mean the candidates should gloss over their time in the Empire State.

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.

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