Polish Fest 2013 in Clinton Square this Weekend
2:21 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

U-2 Cover Band at Polish Fest Shows they are Close to "The Real Thing"

Credit John Smith / WAER News

For a few hours on Friday night in Downtown Syracuse, the surrounding streets had no name, at least metaphorically speaking.  Perhaps the U-2 Cover Band "Desire" had a street car named the same?  Instead of a stomp your feet Polka beat, it was Rock N' Roll for the beginning of Polish Fest 2013.

 

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Jennifer is a reporter with Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. Prior to joining State of Opportunity, she was the station's arts and culture reporter, and the local host for Weekend Edition. She got her start in radio as a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in New York.

Her stories have won numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her series on NYC’s subway system. She was named Young Journalist of the Year by the Detroit chapter of Society of Professional Journalists in 2007.

Charlotte Albright moved to Vermont from Maine in 2006, after more than a decade of reporting and producing for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has also contributed  many  stories to NPR. Her first project for Vermont Public Radio was a series on farming, followed by frequent free-lancing. In January 2012 she joined the VPR staff and now covers the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom.

FARMER'S MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM
2:42 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Program Provides Nutritious Food While Supporting Farmers

One of many healthy options at the CNY Regional Market
Credit cnyrma.com

Farmers and low-income families in Central New York continue to benefit from a program aimed at encouraging people to buy fresh, local produce.  New York State recently received its largest-in-the-nation allocation of 3.4 million dollars for the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program.  In this two part series, we examine the nutritional and economic impacts of the program. 


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'Cuse Hot Spot for Canadian Tourists
1:10 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Syracuse Continues to be a Hot Spot for Canadian Tourists

The Everson Museum is one of the stops Canadians are making in Syracuse.
Credit Everson.org / Everson Museum

The Syracuse area has been experiencing a tourism boom lately, and we may have the Canadians to thank for that.  Destiny U-S-A Spokesperson David Aitken says that one out of four of their products are sold to “across-the-border” tourists.

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Recyling
4:10 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

LeMoyne Elementary Students Accept OCRRA Recycling Award

Students applaud and cheer, after finding out they'd won OCRRA's recycling award at LeMoyne Elementary School in Syracuse, NY on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Credit Maximilian Eyle, WAER News

You might expect kids to “cheer” on the last day of school.  But when LeMoyne Elementary School students found out they'd won a recycling competition from Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, they had another reason to smile. 

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CELBRATING OUR PARKS
6:26 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Stopping to Smell the Roses

Visitors enjoy the bright colors and intoxicating aromas at the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Thornden Park.
Credit Maximilian Eyle, WAER News

It was Rose Day Wednesday at the E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden at Thornden Park in Syracuse. 

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Charles Michael Ray grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota on the banks of Boxelder Creek downstream from the town of Nemo.

He began working for SDPB Radio as a reporter in 1992 at the age of 19. He worked his way through college at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and received a degree in Geology in 1997.  He then worked as a freelance journalist in the Czech capital of Prague, covering major stories in Central Europe. After a year overseas he returned home to continue his work at SDPB-Radio and to get back to the Black Hills. 

Lloyd Schwartz is the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

In addition to his role on Fresh Air, Schwartz is the classical music editor of The Boston Phoenix. He is the co-editor of the Library of the America's Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters. He is also the author of three volumes of poems: These People, Goodnight, Gracie and Cairo Traffic. He's the editor of the centennial edition of Elizabeth Bishop's Prose, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2011.

In 1994, Schwartz won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

April Fulton is the blog host of The Salt, NPR's Food Blog. As an editor on NPR's Science Desk, she edits and prepares radio and web reports on food topics ranging from raw milk policy to growing African crops.

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