Building numbers in the foster care community is a challenge. May was Foster Care Awareness Month, and advocates throughout the region spent it working to raise awareness about the realities of foster care. It’s difficult work. But families that take on the effort gain something that few others are able to accomplish. This hour is a panel discussion about the topic, and what advocacy looks like in the Finger Lakes.
It’s fair to say that the Finger Lakes Region benefits from a stable, advancing wine industry.
That’s exactly what the New York Wine Industry Association is aiming to accomplish.
The not for profit advocates for stability and advancement of the wine industry in New York through advocacy and public education. It’s the only association of wine and grape professionals across the state, which focuses on informing, promoting, representing and defending the diverse interests of New York’s wine industry.
Earlier this month the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library celebrated a landmark occasion – holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for a multi-million dollar expansion. It was a big moment for a library, which serves as a hub for learning, community building, and much more. Shannon O’Connor, Library Director for the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library is in-studio with Luke Hodde, IT Specialist – to discuss that and much more.
The United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or VA, tracks a lot of data. It’s a massive entity, serving over 18 million across the country. With sprawling services available – providing access to anyone would be challenging. That said, providing services to those in rural communities, which the VA estimates is somewhere around 4.7 million vets, is an even bigger challenge. Vets choose to live in rural communities for a variety of reasons. However, providing services in those communities is still vital. This week, Dr. Marek Kopacz and Kelly Mohrman of the VA Health System are in-studio discussing the work being done in form of outreach; and research to better serve vets across the board.