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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders weighs in on Earth Day

AUDIO – 042213 – Sanders – Earth Day

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate environment and energy committees and the sponsor of legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, issued the following statement on Monday’s observation of Earth Day:

“Unless we take bold action to reverse climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: ‘Where were they? Why didn’t the United States of America lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?’

“The leading scientists in the world who study climate change now tell us that their earlier projections were wrong. The crisis facing our planet is much worse than they had thought only a few years ago. Twelve out of the last 15 years ranked as the warmest on record in the United States. Now, scientists say that our planet could be 8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer or more by the end of this century if we take no decisive action to transform our energy system and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

“Legislation that I introduced with the support of leading environmental organizations in the country can actually address the crisis and do what has to be done to protect the planet. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, co-sponsored the bill that would reverse greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way. It also would help create millions of jobs as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and such sustainably energies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.

“If we are serious about protecting the planet and improving our economy, America’s energy future must focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. If we are successful in transforming our energy system to sustainable sources of energy, we can be a model for the world in addressing the great planetary crisis of global warming and ensure a safer future for children and grandchildren.”

To read more about the Sanders-Boxer bill, click here.

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Business Meets Education in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, NY (April 17) – The Lake Placid Business Association, Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC) and the Lake Placid Central School District are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new program - CU2C, Connecting You to the Community - designed to strengthen relationships between our teens and their community.

AUDIO – 041913 – Lake Placid Wilmington CYC – CU2 Program – Mary Deitrich

The program, beginning the week of April 25 will integrate High School Juniors and Seniors with local businesses in order for teens to get a sense of how our local economy works. It also provides the business an opportunity to interact with students in order to gain an understanding of what they are looking for in our community.

“We are very excited to introduce our new program CU2C,” said CYC Coordinator Tina Clark. “We hope all Lake Placid and Wilmington Juniors and Seniors will utilize the opportunity to learn more about what makes our community operate.”   Click here to read More

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Local Parent Teacher Alliance to screen “Race to Nowhere”

A group of parents, teachers and school administrators are presenting A groundbreaking documentary on education tonight called “Race to Nowhere” – This film is one of the first to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students..

The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance is sponsoring the screening of the documentary and plans to lead a discussion Afterwards…  Zoe Smith is a leading organizer of the Alliance..

Smith says The Parent Faculty Alliance is dedicated to improving education in their schools, and they’ve joined together because of a deep concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children. The Screening begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday, April 18th) in the Petrova School Auditorium.

Race to Nowhere is a film that the group says has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss the current system of education.

AUDIO – 041813 – Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance – Road to Nowehere

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Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times and “compelling” by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, the film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and unhealthy young people.  The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.

“The “Race to Nowhere” is another inconvenient truth. It’s a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools.” – George Lucas Education Foundation

The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.

To learn more about Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance, like them on Facebook.  For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com

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NCCC Basketball Star Chosen for NJCAA 1st Team All American

Steven Carder has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 1st Team All-American in basketball. Steven and his parents will be accompanied to Las Vegas, Nevada in May by NCCC Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Chad LaDue, where he will join 29 other athletes to be recognized for this outstanding achievement.

The Lake Placid School Board Votes to Approve Tentative 2013-2014 Budget

AUDIO – 041713 – Lake Placid School Budget and Standardized Testing

The Lake Placid Central School District has an approved budget and pending public approval of the School Board’s vote of confidence, Lake Placid will spend $17,264,976 in the 2013, 2014 fiscal year. The approval represents an overall increase of 2.65% in the budget. The Levy is expected to increase by 3.01% to just over $14,200,000.  The Estimated Tax Rate assuming no increase in assessment calculates to $6.78 per thousand dollars of assessed value, a 3.10% increase.

State testing begins Tuesday for elementary students in New York State. Superintendent Randy Richards talks about it’s impact on Lake Placid’s Parents and Students.

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Tupper Lake Asks; Who Should Pave the Road?

AUDIO – 041713 – Tupper Lake Amell Road Issue

The Village of Tupper Lake is considering a request by Roger Amell on the acceptance of Amell Lane as a village road.

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Adirondack Regional Airport Looking for New Restaurant Proposal

AUDIO – 041513 – Adirondack Regional Airport Needs a new restaurant

Councilman Ron Keough says Harrietstown  is actively pursuing and encouraging the response to their request for restaurant proposals.  The deadline is April 24th

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May is Skate-Park Month in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 041513 – May is Skate-Park Month in Saranac Lake

The Saranac Lake Village Board votes on a Resolution supporting the Skate Park Committee’s efforts to recruit new members and initiate new fundraising appeals.

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Music Therapy for the Premature Baby

CBS – MUSIC THERAPY long 7 min

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast they say, but what about a premature baby? CBS News Correspondent Sam Litzinger has the answer.

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Getting Testy Over Testing in NY Schools

As standardized testing of third- through eighth-graders on English and math begins in New York’s public schools today, parents and school boards are speaking out about the Common Core standards and what they see as an over-emphasis on testing.  

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The Saratoga School Board voted to tell the state education commissioner the tests negatively affect students – and parents on Long Island are opting to exempt their children from the testing. The head of the state teachers union, Dick Iannuzzi, says students are going to be tested on material they haven’t been taught yet. He said polling commissioned by his union showed 91 percent of parents say students have not had enough time to work with the Common Core learning standards.
“Parents are upset. They really do not want their children being put in a position where they’re being assessed on material that simply has not been presented to them.”

The Department of Education said the assessments are designed to improve classroom instruction and get better results in the graduation rate and college and career readiness.

State Education Commissioner John King said in a video for parents on his department’s website that students living in poverty and English language learners are not achieving at the same level as their peers.

“The Common Core state standards are the answer to this problem. The standards are higher, the standards are fewer and the standards are deeper.”

Iannuzzi said the Education Department has acknowledged that scores will drop – perhaps as much as 30 percent. He does not want them used to promote students, choose students for gifted-and-talented classes, or to receive remedial services.

“No teacher would give a test where they know that students are not going to be in a position to succeed. And no parent would want a teacher to do that. And certainly no child would want to begin a test knowing that they are not expected to do well.”

Iannuzzi also does not want teachers’ performances evaluated on these test results.

“My members will have at least part of their end-of-the-year evaluation based on a score that will be meaningless in terms of reflecting their efforts in their classrooms and the growth of the children in front of them.”

He added, “The State Education Department listens very carefully, but doesn’t hear anything you say.”

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Franklin County Legislators Discuss the Possibility of a Bed Tax

AUDIO – 041213 – Franklin County Legislators Hold Bed Tax Public Hearings

Franklin County Legislators Wednesday evening met with the public twice. First in Saranac Lake and again in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun weighs in on a possible outcome.

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Saranac Lake Partnering with Regional Tourism Office

AUDIO – 041213 – ROOST partners with Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Essex County ratchets up its marketing efforts. The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and local legislators join ROOST in a marketing partnership.

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Staffing Boat Launches with Invasive Species Stewards

AUDIO – 041213 – Boat Launch Invasive Species Stewardship Program

Eric Homeland, a teacher at Paul Smith’s College says Lake Flower and 2nd Pond may not be covered by Stewards defending  from Invasive Species..

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Saranac Lake School Boards Opposes Elementary Testing Schedule

AUDIO – 041113 – Parents Opt Out of Standardized Tests

A School Board Resolution against high stakes testing is headed to Governor Cuomo asking the State to “de-emphasize” testing in our schools and to re-examine Assessment.

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Library Week set for Next Week

The Saranac Lake Free Library is heading into National Library Week..  Peter Benson is the Library’s Director.. He says one of those services includes the advancement of digital technology and free wireless access to the internet.. We spoke with him following their presentation to the Saranac Lake School Board.

AUDIO – 041113 – Saranac Lake Free Library

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Library Director Peter Benson speaks to the School Board with Library President Diane Peterson in the front row of the audience. Behind her are the 4 building principals, Josh Dann, Trish Kenyon, Theresa Lindsay and Bruce Vanweelden

The Library Board is heading into high gear as their fiscal year comes to an end and they begin to look forward to the upcoming budget votes in the village.. The library’s funding is derived from two major sources – one of which is the membership fund drive, We spoke with Diane and Peter following a short budget presentation to the Saranac Lake School Board which represents the library’s second major source of funds.. The Library spends about $300,000 annually.  45 to 47 percent of that budget comes from the line item in the Saranac Lake Central School Budget..

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Owens Joins Effort to Support Dairy Farmers

With Congress set to begin debating comprehensive immigration reform as early as this week, Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) today introduced legislation to help ensure a stable workforce for Vermont and New York dairy farmers by granting them access to an important visa program. The Congressmen will fight to…

Cuomo Clamps Down on Corruption

Public Trust Act Would Establish a New Class of Public Corruption Crimes, Tough New Penalties on Offenders, Require Public Officials to Report Bribery Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new legislation, the Public Trust Act, which would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance New York prosecutors’ ability to crack down on…

North Country Community College Inauguration

It’s been more than 21 years since the last Presidential Inauguration at North CountryCommunity College.. Which is what makes this event such an important milestone in our community, and for that matter, in Malone and Ticonderoga as well..  With that in Mind.. We began our in depth coverage of the President’s Inauguration with a comment…

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Tyrell to be Inaugurated as NCCC’s sixth President Today

The formal inauguration of North CountryCommunity College’s sixth president, Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, Takes place today (Friday, April 5th, 2013) at 3:00 p.m. at the Sparks Athletic Complex in Saranac Lake, NY. The public is invited to join the NCCC college community at the investiture ceremony.

The inauguration of Dr. Tyrell follows a long-standing tradition within the State University of New York (SUNY), in which the installation of a new college president is conducted in a formal ceremony during the president’s first year in office. Dr. Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, will be at the SaranacLake campus on April 5 to conduct the installation.

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Inauguration activities afford the College the opportunity to celebrate its excellence in programs and instruction, as well as its future plans, with faculty, staff, students, community members, municipal leaders and others committed to the success of the College.

NCCC Board of Trustee Chairman, Gerald Blair, stated, “Dr. Tyrell’s experience and vision for our Community College promises to bring us into a new era of quality education, workforce training and regional initiatives for the benefit of all in Franklin and EssexCounties.” Dr. Tyrell noted, “I am thrilled to return home to the region and lead North CountryCommunity College into its next phase. Working with community leaders to advance workforce partnerships extends the impact of NCCC throughout our sponsoring counties. I am honored to have joined a group of highly dedicated professionals who prepare our graduates to excel in the region and beyond.”

North CountryCommunity College has been ranked #1 in New YorkState and #22 nationally by Washington Monthly and is proud to have campuses throughout the region in SaranacLake, Malone and Ticonderoga. Under the leadership of Dr. Tyrell, the College is currently engaged in academic program and student housing expansion initiatives at all three locations. NCCC’s growth is intertwined with the successful growth of the three municipalities and the beautiful Adirondack region. North CountryCommunity College is a place where approaches to applied learning, the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit, opportunities for civic engagement and the setting in the midst of the natural world serve as the four pillars to providing a unique learning experience.

Prior to his arrival at NCCC, Dr. Tyrell served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alfred State College, Associate Dean for Student Discipline and Conflict Resolution at MIT, Associate Dean of Student Life at Michigan Tech and held a variety of positions in student activities, residence life and new student orientation at SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Tyrell has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, an MA in Educational Administration and Supervision and a BS in Speech Communication, both from SUNY New Paltz. He is completing his 30th year in higher education and his 20th in the SUNY system. Dr. Tyrell and his wife, Sharon, are native upstate New Yorkers and they have a son, Zachary, and a daughter, Emma.

North CountryCommunity College is sponsored by Essex and Franklin counties as a unit of the State University of New York.

NCCC 040513 - Kaylan Short & Dr. TyrellNorth Country Community College Student Awarded Highest Honor by SUNY

Dr. Steve Tyrell, President of North Country Community College, announced the name of the student receiving the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.   This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the State University of New York.

Kaylan Short is the recipient of this year’s prestigious honor.  Kaylan is the daughter Scott and Julie Short of Champlain NY.  She completed her A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice in December 2012.

Kaylan is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society and served as the Secretary for NCCC’s Student Government Association.  In addition to her studies, Kaylan was the Captain of the Women’s Cross Country Team and was recognized as NCCC’s Athlete of the Year in 2012 and received the Academic National Junior Colleges Athletic Association’s All American Award.

Dr. Tyrell said, “Kaylan understands the importance of community and civic responsibilities at the College and in the community. The College Community is very pleased to see her succeed.” Kaylan will be honored at an April awards ceremony in Albany.

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Adirondack Health promotes ER director to Chief Medical Officer

 Adirondack Health has appointed Dr. John Broderick to the executive leadership position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Broderick has served as the Medical Director of Adirondack Health’s Emergency Department since 2004 where he has set a high standard by building a culture of quality and compassionate patient care. “We are extremely fortunate to have the…