News & Community Issues

The development of a cure for cancer would be as welcome to the human race as the attainment of world peace.  In fact, the United States declared a "War on Cancer" with the National...
Economic cycles have been observed since Biblical times ("Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all...
It's easy to find simple facts about Middlefield, New York.  The Census Bureau estimates the town's population in 2009 is 2,451, an increase of 2.31% since 2000.  The estimated...
Agriculture is big business in New York state, generating billions of dollars in revenue through different crop and dairy farms. But one fact that the average consumer may not be aware of is how much...
With the beginning of the school year, we turn our attention to online interaction. The school-age generation is growing up communicating with friends and others via the web, and on this Community...
The rate of childhood obesity continues to rise, with 1 out of 3 children now considered to be overweight or obese. It's been estimated that 30 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls born in the...
In the early 1980s mental institutions across America were closed down. Since then an alarming number of the mentally ill are ending up in jails and prisons. On the next Community Conversation we...
In April 2009, a new strain of influenza was identified. This strain, novel H1N1, or 'swine flu' first appeared in Mexico and has quickly spread around the globe. On June 11, the World Health...
More and more people are in a position of having to provide care for an aging or chronically ill parent, spouse or child. It isn't a role that is chosen, but one that is taken on because it is...
More and more Americans are living well into their 80's and 90's… and many who do will require special care as their needs increase. That care often comes from family members, and the...