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CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country.  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.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Cuomo's savvy "rooftop highway" reference

Last week in his State of the State message, Governor Andrew Cuomo surprised pretty much everyone when he made specific reference to Interstate 98 - the name used these days to talk about a "rooftop highway" between Watertown and Plattsburgh.

Here's all 16 seconds of what Cuomo said: "In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel times and speed up commerce. Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and see if we can make this project happen."

North Country officials--almost all of them supporters of the rooftop highway idea--cheered Cuomo's remarks.

But interestingly, so did opponents of the Interstate.  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.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Did Cuomo support the 'rooftop highway'?

Update, 1/10/14: We have received confirmation from Gov. Cuomo's office: The North Country transportation study in in the State of the State address is for a Canton-Potsdam bypass - NOT a I-98 Interstate / rooftop highway.

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In his State of the State message Wednesday, Governor Cuomo spent an unexpected 16 seconds seemingly stumping for a North Country transportation upgrade that's been talked about for half a century.

Cuomo said this about the so-called 'rooftop highway' between Watertown and Plattsburgh - more recently known as 'I-98': "In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel times and speed up commerce,"Cuomo said. "Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and see if we can make this project happen."

But language in the detailed report for the Governor's agenda suggests a more modest picture. As David Sommerstein reports, the study may actually be about a bypass for the Canton-Potsdam area.  Go to full article
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam high school library Wednesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam high school library Wednesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Day 1 of Canton & Potsdam's school merger study

Two of the North Country's most prominent villages have begun studying the possibility of merging their school districts.

14 people from Canton and 14 from Potsdam met for their first joint advisory committee meeting last night. After a six month study led by a consulting group from Buffalo, they'll decide whether to recommend merging the two school districts.  Go to full article
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University

Struggles of female warrior in Potsdam-made feature film

Tonight at the Roxy Theater, a new full-length film with a mostly North Country cast makes its local premiere. "Nontraditional" was filmed almost entirely in Potsdam and on the Clarkson University campus.

It's the fictional story of a female combat veteran struggling to return to civilian life. The story is based on interviews directors Brian Hauser and Christina Xydias did with female veterans. It's also based on Hauser's personal experiences as an Army veteran.

Listen to an interview with writer/director Hauser and co-producer Xydias. Hauser told David Sommerstein the main character is 26 year-old Erika Bird. She was a military police officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now she's returning home to get a college degree.

The film has its local premiere tonight at 7:15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  Go to full article
Alan Lomax, in Dominica, in 1962. Photo courtesy Lomax Archive.
Alan Lomax, in Dominica, in 1962. Photo courtesy Lomax Archive.

Lomax musical archive, digitized, visits the North Country

For some 60 years, Alan Lomax lugged recording equipment around the United States and to many countries around the world to document everyday people's music.

The Lomax archive of folk music and its tens of thousands of recordings have been digitized and are now available free to anyone who has access to the Internet.

A series of events this weekend in Canton and Potsdam celebrates the Lomax collection. It includes films, lectures, and a musical presentation tomorrow at 7 pm at the TAUNY Center in Canton by the curator of the Alan Lomax Archive, Nathan Salsburg.

Salsburg told David Sommerstein it's in part the informal nature of the recordings that makes them so special and unique.  Go to full article

"Subversive gardening" on World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, a day to think about hunger and food insecurity around the world and in our backyard.

High school students from around the North Country are meeting at SUNY Potsdam today for a Food Day Youth Summit.

Keynote speaker Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, led the successful effort to get a kitchen garden planted at the White House.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11646053@N04/8439347472/">Sergio Ruiz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sergio Ruiz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How a St. Lawrence county coop is building local food distribution

A farmer cooperative in St. Lawrence County is getting a federal grant to sell more local produce to schools and hospitals. As David Sommerstein reports, the North Country Grown Cooperative is one group trying to build a distribution system for local food in the North Country.  Go to full article
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone. Photo: Todd Moe

Uncovering Potsdam's sandstone past and present

Potsdam's iconic red rock takes center stage this week during the fourth Sandstone Festival. Todd Moe talks with organizer and Potsdam Museum Curator Mimi Van Deusen about the walking tours, history lectures and activities celebrating the legacy of Potsdam sandstone.  Go to full article
Clarkson University executive chef Kyle Mayette at the Main Street Grill, where its sells locally grown food from veggies to burgers.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Clarkson University executive chef Kyle Mayette at the Main Street Grill, where its sells locally grown food from veggies to burgers. Photo: Todd Moe

Clarkson eatery goes local

Serving locally grown food in college dining spots is nothing new, but Clarkson University has taken the concept one step further. Todd Moe checks out an eatery at Clarkson where every ingredient comes from a farm within 200 miles of the Potsdam campus: beef from Brasher Falls, goat cheese from Vermont and vegetables from Quebec.

Clarkson executive chef Kyle Mayette says the challenge will be creating a menu at the Main Street Grill in the Cheel Campus Center that changes seasonally.  Go to full article

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