Danny Kaifetz has worked tirelessly for years to encourage his fellow veterans to receive hepatitis C testing, laboring to break through decades of hurdles, from the federal bureaucracy to veteran apathy — even his own battle with the disease. Hepatitis C poses a particularly insidious threat for military personnel. While no prevalence data exists for Vietnam era veterans like Kaifetz, the incidence rate is about twice as high in military personnel than in the general public.
Louis Levi Oakes — the last living Mohawk code talker — was awarded the New York State Liberty Medal from the state Legislature on Friday. Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, presented the medal to Oakes at a ceremony held at the American Legion Post 1479 in Akwesasne. “It’s a real honor and a privilege to present this award today,” said Little, speaking to a small crowd gathered at Post 1479.
Standing close together to hear over the noise of saws and nail guns, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro and Daniel C. Tontarski, co-owner of Fabco Roof and Floor Trusses manufacturing, discussed the benefits and challenges of running a small manufacturing operation in Watertown.On one side of the workshop, workers ran a computer controlled saw that picked up lumber and spat out truss spans. On the other, workers laid the trusses out and tacked them together with metal plates before an enormous roller pressed everything home.
People almost always recognize her: the wide, gleaming smile, the glossy chestnut curls, the perfectly set TV makeup, even in the 87-degree heat of the desert in late April. So when Michelle Mortensen raps on the doors of the stucco houses in Henderson, Nev., on a gusty afternoon and says that she’s running for Congress, the voters who answer are sometimes a little star-struck.