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Tue January 13, 2004
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Healthy Lifestyles Family Clinic

Syracuse, NY – University Hospital's clinic for overweight children has a new location on Harrison Street in Syracuse. The Healthy Lifestyles Family Clinic, which has been open since May 2003, helps children ages 2 to 18 to adopt healthy eating habits. The clinic's director, Dr. Denise Woodall-Ruff, told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the clinic addresses a growing problem in the region.


Thu January 8, 2004
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Food Safety and Nutrition

Oswego, NY – The issues of food safety and nutrition will be foremost on the mind of Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in the 2004 Legislative session.
The Brooklyn Democrat is chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. Three-years ago, he held public hearings on food-related diseases like Mad Cow Disease. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with Assemblyman Ortiz earlier this week. (interview)
Ortiz also says funding to fight obesity might have to come from a "fat tax" on junk food.


Tue January 6, 2004
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The Casket Store's Jingle

Auburn, NY – Controversy is brewing in Auburn over a radio and television advertisement for a local store. John Hurd, owner of The Casket Store, decided three months ago to use an adaptation of a children's song to promote his business. But Hurd told WRVO's Skye Rohde that not everybody was happy about that.


Wed December 31, 2003
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Tobacco Sampling at the Speak Easy Tavern

Watertown, NY – New York State's expanded Clean Indoor Air Act has been in place since July, banning smoking in almost all public places, restaurants and bars. But some bar owners are taking advantage of a clause in the law which allows two "tobacco sampling" nights per year. Watertown mayor-elect Jeffrey Graham owns the Speak Easy Tavern. He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that he plans to host a tobacco sampling event on New Year's Eve.


Tue December 30, 2003
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Albany, NY – New York State is number one in the nation when it comes to medicaid spending. It's likely to be a top issue in the upcoming legislative session that begins next week. Public Radio's Capital Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.


Mon December 22, 2003
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TV Coverage of Saddam's Capture

Syracuse – When U-S Forces capture former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, for once, the mainstream news media did a good job of covering a major story. That's according to Robert Thompson, the Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University. He spoke to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.


Fri December 19, 2003
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Delta Lambda Phi

Syracuse, NY – The newest fraternity at Syracuse University is a little different from the rest, but that's why its members joined in the first place. Delta Lambda Phi is a national fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men. Currently, it's the only gay fraternity in New York state. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.


Fri December 12, 2003
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Incumbent Attack

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Fri December 12, 2003
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A call for a Recall in New York State

Oswego, NY – Now that the California recall election has settled down, commentator Merrilee Witherall says it's time for a California-style recall in New York.


Thu December 11, 2003
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Nolan's Sporting Goods Closing

Auburn, NY – The face of Auburn's downtown business district is about to change. Nolan's Sporting Goods, which has served local residents for 50 years, is shutting its doors early next year. For owner Bob Nolan, it's a bittersweet transition and, he says, an inevitable one. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.


Thu December 11, 2003
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Oneida Archeological Dig Yields Big Finds

Oneida, NY – All summer long, a Colgate University professor, his students, and a group of Oneida nation teens conducted an archeological dig at the site of an ancient Oneida village.

Today, Doctor Jordan Kerber and his students release their findings.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Dr. Kerber.

Doctor Kerber and his students will be giving a presentation at the Oneida Culture Center today at 3:30 p.m.


Thu December 11, 2003
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Good News for Fulton

Fulton, NY – The long tradition of chocolate-making in the city of Fulton will continue. A consortium of chocolate makers is taking over the former Nestle plant... bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the ailing city.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen prepared this report.


Mon December 8, 2003
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Colgate University's Upstate Institute

Hamilton, NY – Colgate University has launched an institute to serve as a resource for anyone seeking information about upstate New York. Colgate president Rebecca Chopp announced the formation of the Upstate Institute last week. Jane Pinchin is Colgate's Vice President for Academic Advancement and the institute's new director. She told WRVO's Skye Rohde the program is on the cutting edge of university-community relations.


Thu December 4, 2003
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Auburn Lawmakers Vote on Tubman Highway

Auburn, NY – The Auburn City Council will vote today (12/04) on a plan to name a stretch of Route 20 after famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Auburn mayor Melina Carncicelli about the Tubman Highway proposal.


Thu December 4, 2003
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NRC Considers Fire Protection Rule Change

King of Prussia, PA – New rules regarding fire safety at nuclear power plants could affect the three Nine Mile Point Plants in Scriba, as well as the Ginna plant in Ontario.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports.


Thu December 4, 2003
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America's Love Affair With the Mob

Oswego, NY – A SUNY Oswego professor has written a new biography of Al Capone.

In "Capone", Lou Iorizzo explores why Americans remain fascinated with the famous mobster 70 years after his death.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Iorizzo about his book.

Note: Luciano Iorizzo will be signing copies of "Capone" at the Rivers End Bookstore in Oswego on Saturday, December 6th at 3 p.m.


Wed December 3, 2003
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Oswego, NY – A longtime jazz fixture in Oswego is gearing up for the release of its first CD this week. Freefall, a jazz quartet, and singer Dani Gottuso recorded their album "Well, It's About Time" in August. Keyboard player Stan Gosek, a former SUNY Oswego music professor, tells WRVO's Skye Rohde the more time he spends arranging a song, the more it takes on a life of its own.


Tue November 25, 2003
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Unity Acres

Orwell, NY – Most people think of Thanksgiving as a time to gather with family and reflect upon one's blessings. But for the homeless and the down-and-out, it's not always that easy. Shelters are one option, but some men choose instead to join a community called Unity Acres in Orwell, in northern Oswego County. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.


Thu November 13, 2003
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An Evening With the Capitol Steps

Syracuse, NY – WRVO's Chris Ulanowski talks to Elaina Newport, one of the founding members of the comedy troupe The Capitol Steps.


Thu November 13, 2003
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The Rising Cost of Lumber

Oswego, NY – WRVO's Ricahrd Annal takes a look at the rising cost of lumber products... and what it may mean to CNY contractors.


Thu November 13, 2003
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The Haudenosaunee Flag Flies Again

LaFayette, NY – Despite some controversy, the Haudenosaunee flag, which celebrates the unification of the six Iroquois nations, now flies over LaFayette Junior-Senior High School.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen attended the flag raising ceremony and has this report.


Fri November 7, 2003
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Feature Interview: Anne Manson

Syracuse, NY – One of the few established female conductors in the music world is in Syracuse this weekend. Anne Manson is guest conductor for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra tonight and tomorrow night. Manson worked extensively in Europe before spending four years as the Kansas City Symphony's music director. She told WRVO's Skye Rohde she began conducting in college, when the head of the professional chorus she sang in asked her to fill in.


Thu November 6, 2003
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Commentator responds to the molestation of a student.

Fulton, NY – The alleged molestation of a Fulton, NY Junior High School football player by four of his classmates shocked Central New York. It also has commentator Merilee Witherall thinking about how we call can contribute to improving responsibility in our schools.


Thu November 6, 2003

Arsenic Treated Lumber

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Thu November 6, 2003
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Brennan Greens Lawsuit

Richland, NY – It's a common dispute: developer versus neighbors, business growth versus environmental impact. In the town of Richland, in northern Oswego County, some landowners and environmentalists are arguing that the proper environmental review of a project that includes a nine-hole golf course has not taken place. They say endangered species are at risk as result.


Thu October 30, 2003
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Feature Interview: Robert O'Connor

Oswego, NY – Robert O'Connor, an English professor at SUNY Oswego, wrote his novel "Buffalo Soldiers" in 1993. The story was adapted into a movie, which was released by Miramax Films this past July and will be screened in Oswego tonight. O'Connor told WRVO's Skye Rohde that watching his story move from the page to the screen has been a positive experience.


Tue October 28, 2003
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Utica Curling Club Open House

Whitesboro, NY – It's not often that throwing rocks at a house is sanctioned...but it's actually the goal of curling. Of course, "throwing" a curling stone means sliding it along 136 feet of ice toward a bullseye called the "house." This Scottish game has been big in Canada for years and is a tradition in New York's Mohawk Valley. Members of the Utica Curling Club spent much of last week introducing it to new players. As WRVO's Skye Rohde reports, it has a lot to offer.


Fri October 17, 2003
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Selkirk Lighthouse

Pulaski, NY – Lighthouses are often viewed as symbols of America's maritime history, beacons guiding sailors back to terra firma. The Selkirk Lighthouse is no exception. It sits at the mouth of the Salmon River in northern Oswego County, a three-story stone structure with rooms to rent and 165 years of history.


Fri October 10, 2003
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Carrier Layoffs

Syracuse, NY – This week's announcement of 1,200 layoffs at the Carrier Corporation is yet another indication of the declining manufacturing sector across central New York and across the country. But it also begs two questions: what are other large local employers thinking about hiring and firing, and what can the laid-off Carrier workers do next?


Wed October 1, 2003
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Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride

Syracuse, NY – More than 130 people stopped in Syracuse Tuesday to advocate for immigrants and migrant workers. The activists are part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to the civil rights of immigrants in the U.S. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.