Cycling Erie Canal
9:58 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Canal Ride Day 2 shows examples of how trail connects with history

Strip of downtown Medina similar to many canal towns hoping to thrive
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Day two of Cycling the Erie Canal offered a cool and dry day for the most part, until some thunderstorms drenched some riders and others' tents and belongings (such as one radio reporter).  The ride started in the Village of Medina, which has a historic section of downtown (see pictures in slideshow), including Bent's Opera House, from 1864.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Cuomo Visits Mohawk Valley after Flooding. Calling for "Flowing" FEMA Funds

Credit Governor Cuomo's Press Office

Governor Cuomo plans to follow up with the White House after he’s heard nothing about a request he made for federal disaster assistance to aid the Mohawk Valley.  Torrential downpours in late June caused extensive flooding.  Cuomo returned over the weekend to reassess conditions following the on-going recovery efforts.

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Live Music
10:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Jazz Fest Night 2 Highlights

Retro-funk group, Sophistafunk, shows why they are a regional favorite.
Joe Lee

Despite the rain on Saturday, hardcore jazz fans showed up to Jamesville Beach for some magical moments.  Here's what you missed if you stayed away.

Cycling Erie Canal
8:52 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

More Than 500 Cyclists Begin Annual Ride Along New York's Historic Corridor

Cycling the Erie Canal begins in Buffalo with 500+ riders
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Rain overnight before the first day of the Cycling the Erie Canal ride might have worried some riders.  But the overcast morning kept everyone cool as the ride got underway Sunday around 8:00 a.m.  Riders were in evidence from Texas, Florida, Missouri, California, Toronto, Arizona, as well as neighboring states.  Mothers rode alongside teen and younger daughters, couples rode together, adult children coaxed their parents to join them, a boy scout troop sponsored by a church hit the trail.  The large group quickly stretched out along the 46-mile first day. 

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Canal Coverage All Week
4:58 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Bicyclists Start Statewide Erie Canal Ride; Follow WAER News Director Chris Bolt's Coverage

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum features a replica cargo boat, as well as unearthed dry docks that tell story of activity along the canal.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

More than 500 bicyclists hit the trail Sunday following the path of the Erie Canal across the state. 

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Scott comes to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” for the past eight years. He began his new position as Morning Edition Host/Senior Editor for BSPR in 2012.

3:47 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Salvation Army Continues to Feed and Support Flood Victims

Food, water, and home clean up kits are being handed out to flood victims in Oneida county and the Mohawk Valley.   The Salvation Army is helping Central New York families to stabilize and even rebuild after the floods. 

When I spoke to Incident Commander Major James Purvis, he was en-route to Oneida with over one thousand meals.

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Veterans Employment
9:26 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Veterans Jobs Program Matches Military Experience with Civilian Jobs.

New program, "Experience Counts", gives veterans credit for military skills to help get a civilian job

Interview with Dept of Labor Assistant Director of Communications Chris White on "Experience Counts" veterans' jobs program.

New York State’s Department of Labor is trying to help returning veterans turn their military experience into a civilian job. 

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Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.