Bente Birkeland has covered Colorado politics and government since spring of 2006. She loves the variety and challenge of the state capitol beat and talking to people from all walks of life.

Syracuse Mayor's Race
4:11 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Syracuse Mayoral Candidates Trying to Spur Primary Turnout

Primary Election Day, September 10th. Polls open at 12:00 noon.

As Tuesday's Democratic Primary looms, the campaigns of three candidates for the Syracuse Mayoral Race were busy trying to get their word out today.  In addition to fulfilling his duties as City Councilor, Pat Hogan planned on attending a rally today on a key campaign topic.

“Syracuse Firefighters have a rally at station house seven which was closed by the mayor and then there will be a kick-off rally basically to try and take back the city and put the city in a new direction starting tomorrow.”

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Real Estate Economy
11:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Home Builders Show Their Crafts in a Market that's 'Trending Up'

Parade of Homes began this weekend at Jamesville Grove Estates
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Central New Yorkers marched through the doors of properties in the Jamesville Grove Estates to experience this year’s Parade of Homes event. 

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Community
10:36 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Golden Harvest Festival Draws a Crowd to Beaver Lake

Golden Harvest Festival in Baldwinsville's Beaver Lake Nature Center
Hannah Warren/WAER News

This past weekend kicked off the fall festival season here in Central New York with the annual Golden Harvest Festival at Beaver Lake Nature Center. The festival attracted crowds to Baldwinsville all weekend, despite the rain that lasted through Saturday afternoon.


Artist Thomas Lenweaver sold his paintings and prints at the event. He says that the crowds are an indication of the park’s support base.

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Susan Jane Gilman, whose reviews and commentaries can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, is a journalist, fiction writer and bestselling author of three nonfiction books: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess and, most recently, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a memoir about a naive and disastrous trek Gilman made through Communist China in 1986.

Gilman has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Ms., Us, The Village Voice, The New York Observer and Real Simple, among others.

Sports
10:40 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Northwestern Beats Syracuse 48-27

The view from the press box at Ryan Field at Northwestern
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

Evanston, Ill. - #19 Northwestern (2-0) crushed Syracuse (0-2) 48-27 at Ryan Field Saturday. The Orange has dropped both games this season to two Big Ten teams, Penn State and Northwestern. The Scott Shafer era has not gotten off to a great start and the first year head coach is taking full responsibility.

“We didn't play well in this game, and it starts with me.” Shafer said following the loss. “I have to fix these mistakes for next week,” the Coach continued.

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SUNY ESF EXPANSION
6:44 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

SUNY-ESF Debuts Uniquely Powered Gateway Building

Gateway Hallway
Credit John Smith / WAER News

SUNY E-S-F is getting closer to its goal to achieving carbon neutrality by 2015.  A ribbon cutting was held Friday to officially dedicate the college’s newest building. 


The Gateway Center has a three million dollar combined heat and electric system powered by biomass and natural gas.  Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability Michael Kelleher explains the process once the wood pellets are loaded. 

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Sports
4:44 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Syracuse Travels To Northwestern for Week 2

Syracuse DE Robert Welsh is tackled at the 1-yard line last week vs. Penn State. Welsh earned ACC defensive lineman of the week honors.
Credit CitrusTV Sports, 2013

Evanston, Ill. - Everybody remembers last season’s heartbreaking loss in the Carrier Dome to Northwestern to start the year. The orange stormed back from 22-point deficit to take the lead with just over two minutes to go in the game and ultimately lost on a Northwestern final drive making the score 42-41 Wildcats. The two teams face off again this Saturday and this time it is in Evanston.

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Film
3:10 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Urban Basketball Documentary Gets Its Premier in Central New York

Lloyd Johnson and others hoop it up
Film Producers

The Graveyard is not for the timid.  The Graveyard is not for the weak.  The Graveyard is not for the weak-of-heart.  It sits in the middle of downtown Albany, NY and it is the subject of a new documentary on "streetball".

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Character Education
3:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

A Cleveland, NY Elementary School Finds Building Character Boosts Performance

Cleveland Elem Students get a healthy dose of character education as school starts.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Public Schools started this week…and one Central New York school is trying to pack in much more than the Core Curriculum.  Cleveland Elementary in Oswego County has a commitment to “Character Education.”

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