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Mark Valley
Mark Valley

Hollywood star returns to his Ogdensburg roots for Founder's Weekend

Hollywood actor Mark Valley returns to his hometown this Saturday and Sunday for Founder's Weekend, Ogdensburg's French and Indian War re-enactment and colonial trade fair on the site of Fort La Presentation on Lighthouse Point. Valley is vice president of the Fort La Presentation Association, and an active supporter of the association's efforts to reconstruct the fort.

NCPR is media sponsor for the weekend, which commemorates Ogdensburg's French colonial history from the founding of the fort in 1749, to the 1760 Battle of the Thousand Islands fought on the St. Lawrence.

Land and water battles by re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada will be featured in the Saturday and Sunday program. The 18th-century style armed schooner La Revenante will join the fray on the water and be open to deck tours for Founder's Day visitors.

Mark Valley is a graduate of West Point, a former military service member and is active with several veterans advocacy groups. He told Todd Moe that he's also interested in the history of the North Country and the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority director, Wade Davis, and Assemblywoman Addie Russell show U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer the plans for extending the runway, indicated in blue on the diagram. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority director, Wade Davis, and Assemblywoman Addie Russell show U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer the plans for extending the runway, indicated in blue on the diagram. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Schumer: Ogdensburg airport ok "waiting on someone's desk"

The city of Ogdensburg is getting ready to take off into a bigger air travel market. The Ogdensburg airport signed a contract last month with Allegiant Air to fly 170-passenger jet planes on and off of its runway. Officials expect the new service will attract tens of thousands of Canadian passengers and become a new economic driver.

The problem is...the runway is too short.

The airport has submitted a $12-15 million plan to build a longer runway. But it's stalled in Washington. Yesterday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer came in person to say he's going to expedite the process.  Go to full article
Michael Powers, speaking at a rally in Albany to save the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Photo from Powers' website, used by permission
Michael Powers, speaking at a rally in Albany to save the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Photo from Powers' website, used by permission

North Country corrections officer could be next to lead the union

Next month, New York will close four more of its prisons. Among them: Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County. The closures come as part of Governor Cuomo's pledge to "reduce the madness of an incarceration society." And the Department of Corrections has reported empty beds in their prisons--they estimate the recent series of closures will save taxpayers $184 million.

The loudest voices fighting to keep those prisons open are members of New York's prison guard union--NYSCOPBA--which is set to elect their next president next month. One of frontrunners in the race to head up the union hails from the North Country.  Go to full article
"Flower", one of the pieces in the "Creations in Hope" exhibit opening in Ogdensburg on May 19th.  Photo: Tori Lampett
"Flower", one of the pieces in the "Creations in Hope" exhibit opening in Ogdensburg on May 19th. Photo: Tori Lampett

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center hosts art show in Ogdensburg

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg is sponsoring an exhibit that features work by people who have been treated for mental illness. The goal of the exhibit, to be displayed beginning May 19 at four locations in Ogdensburg, is to bring awareness and reduce the stigma about mental illness. Todd Moe spoke with the psychiatric center's director Tim Farrell and rehabilitation counselor Tori Lampett about the art show, "Creations in Hope".  Go to full article
Since 1978, Richard Feltoe has reenacted a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812.  His topic at the War of 1812 Heritage Talks is The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816.  Photo: Richard Feltoe
Since 1978, Richard Feltoe has reenacted a Canadian militia soldier from the War of 1812. His topic at the War of 1812 Heritage Talks is The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816. Photo: Richard Feltoe

Ogdensburg explores War of 1812 history, heroes and everyday life

Battle reenactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the war's bloodiest battles two centuries ago this year in Ontario and parts of upstate New York from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain.

This weekend, the Fort La Presentation Association in Ogdensburg presents its annual War of 1812 Heritage Talks at the Freight House restaurant. Todd Moe spoke with historian and organizer Michael Whittaker, who says it's two days of traditional music and a slate of speakers and exhibits.  Go to full article
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Export-Import Bank president Fred Hochberg, and Congressman Bill Owens in Ogdensburg. Photo: Zach Hirsch
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Export-Import Bank president Fred Hochberg, and Congressman Bill Owens in Ogdensburg. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Exporting North Country goods with fewer headaches

Each year, billions of dollars in material goods flow between New York and Canada. On the North Country side of the border, more and more businesses are realizing they could make good money when they export their products.

For smaller businesses, though, dealing with foreign customers and distributers can be complicated and expensive.

But at a roundtable discussion in Ogdensburg on Friday, officials told North Country business owners they can make it easier to jump into the game of international trade.  Go to full article
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Young farmers, Ogdensburg get help in state budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie says the new state budget will help young farmers just getting started. The deal includes one million dollars for grants to help beginning farmers start or expand an agricultural business.  Go to full article
Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe
Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe

Pictures: Elementary art show at Ogdensburg's Remington Museum

Polar bears, landscapes and cityscapes are all part of the 31st annual Elementary Art Exhibit on display this spring at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The show continues through May 11 in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

The annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in school arts programs.  Go to full article
Jimmy Howard in the net. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19915432@N00/4546459610/">MPR529</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jimmy Howard in the net. Photo: MPR529, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ogdensburg native tries to stay healthy for Sochi

In these last weeks before the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, we're taking a closer look at the athletes with ties to the North Country.

Jimmy Howard, an Ogdensburg native, is the starting goalie for the Detroit Red Wings. The day after a tough shootout loss in the NHL's showcase game, the outdoor Winter Classic, Howard got some good news.

He was named one of three goalies on the roster for the USA hockey team. "I remember my first Olympics watching in 1994, Lillehammer," Howard told reporters. "It's always been a dream to play for an Olympic team, after getting a first taste with the under-18 program. Wearing that jersey every single day, I had the realization of just what an honor and how special it really is."  Go to full article
Remington Art Museum executive director Laura Foster, along with the museum's newest Remington art acquisition.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Remington Art Museum executive director Laura Foster, along with the museum's newest Remington art acquisition. Photo: Todd Moe

Managing art and staff at the Remington

The long-time curator at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg is settling in to her new role as director of the museum. Laura Foster was appointed executive director last fall, and now wears two hats - overseeing staff, budgets, development, public relations, and the collection of Remington's artwork.

Todd Moe spoke with Laura Foster about her new roles as director and collections manager of the Ogdensburg landmark. Foster, a Remington expert, is hoping her more than 24-year curatorial role will help her direct the museum.  Go to full article

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