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Brian Wood at the helm. Photo: David Sommerstein
Brian Wood at the helm. Photo: David Sommerstein

A peek inside Seaway master control

Several hundred giant freighters slip through the St. Lawrence Seaway every year. They're guided by vessel traffic controllers from a squat building on top of the Eisenhower Lock in Massena.

The master control room looks straight out of Star Trek. Half a dozen big flat screens show computerized displays of real-time traffic along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

This "Heard Up North" feature first aired last June.  Go to full article
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Local meat movement frets as Tri Town still in limbo

One of the North Country's few slaughterhouses and meat packing plants says it's trying to regain its certification for processing retail cuts of meat.

Tri Town Packing's co-owner Jeff Liberty says he is "working as diligently as possible" to resolve differences with federal meat inspectors. Liberty says he's hired a consultant from Iowa.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it withdrew its inspectors from Tri Town on July 17. A spokeswoman said by email that the USDA will continue to suspend inspection until it's confident Tri Town can "operate and produce product in a safe and wholesome way."

Tri Town is located in the northern St. Lawrence County town of Brasher Falls. It remains open for private meat orders, known as custom work.

But it's one of just four plants in the North Country that can prepare beef, pork, and lamb for sale in stores, restaurants, or at farmers markets. So farmers and businesses that rely on local meat sales are facing a shortage and looking for alternatives.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence county District Attorney Mary Rain. File photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence county DA can resume probe

A state judge has ruled St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain can resume her probe into use of county money. County officials had been seeking a special prosecutor to take over the investigation.  Go to full article
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC

NY wants to help you buy a high efficiency wood furnace

Winter's still somewhat far off. But North Country residents who burn wood to heat their homes are already stacking cords for seasoning.

According to state...  Go to full article
The Brass Firemen. Photo courtesy Norwood Village Green Concert Series

Norwood Village Green Concert Series wraps up this weekend

The Norwood Village Green Concert Series concludes its season with concerts by North Country musicians tonight (Thursday) and Sunday.

Barb Heller talks with series...  Go to full article
Dan Hollister conducts a tasting. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bella-Brooke winery: a stop on the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail

St. Lawrence county isn't a big wine destination -- at least, not yet. But a New St. Lawrence County Wine Trail could change that. Governor Cuomo signed a law last week that...  Go to full article
Oral "Nick" Hillary. Photo: St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department

Garrett Phillips murder suspect ordered to be released on bail

The man charged for the 2011 murder of a 12 year-old boy in Potsdam has been ordered released on bail.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Canton, Potsdam bypass study starts, but Interstate supporters want more

State transportation officials say they're ready to start studying whether Canton and Potsdam need a bypass. Field work is expected to begin around the beginning of...  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse, built in 1893. Photo: Mark Kurtz

St. Lawrence County DA disputes call for special prosecutor

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says she'll defend what she calls her obligation to conduct a grand jury probe into use of county money.

Her...  Go to full article
District attorney Mary Rain (right) during her campaign last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence DA asks county judge to disqualify himself

There were more legal twists involving St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain's probe into two county spending issues Monday.

At the start of court in...  Go to full article

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