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St. Lawrence county District Attorney Mary Rain. File photo: David Sommerstein.
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
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 figures, 3 percent of New Yorkers use wood as a primary source of heat, but that number jumps in the rural North Country. Fourteen percent of homes in St. Lawrence County use wood, 11 percent in Clinton County and 8 percent in Jefferson County.

Those numbers are higher than they used to be as more people have turned to wood as a renewable resource and to save money.

But older wood stoves and furnaces, even more recent outdoor wood boilers that have become very popular, are major sources of pollution, including tiny particles that are bad for the environment and people's lungs.  Go to full article
The Long Sault Dam is part of the hydropower generating complex on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority
The Long Sault Dam is part of the hydropower generating complex on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority

Corning gets a boost from NYPA, pledges to add 40 jobs

Corning Incorpoarted's Canton Facility is getting a boost from the New York State Power Authority--2.1 megawatts to be exact. The low-cost St. Lawrence hydropower comes in exchange for the creation of 40 permanent jobs at the plant.  Go to full article
Oral "Nick" Hillary. Photo: St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department
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
Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo:  Todd Moe
Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

Parishville celebrates bicentennial this weekend

Food, music, horse drawn wagon rides and historic house tours are all part of Parishville's bicentennial celebration this weekend.

You can tour a replica of the cabin of the first white settler, Luke Brown, on Saturday morning 9-11 am. The 1860s Grange Hall on Parishville's Main Street, owned by artist Helen Condon, will be open for tours on Saturday afternoon 2-4pm.

Todd Moe stopped by Condon's home this week for a visit. Known for her braided wool rugs, the Grange is her home and work studio. It's also just a stone's throw from one of her favorite spots in town, the historic foot bridge across "The Gorge" on the West Branch of the St. Regis River.

Once the location of water-powered mills and factories, it's a popular swimming spot today. Helen Condon told Todd that the Gorge is a "must see" landmark to visit during the bicentennial weekend.  Go to full article
The sign bearing LaBaff's name is made from aluminum smelted at Alcoa in Massena. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The sign bearing LaBaff's name is made from aluminum smelted at Alcoa in Massena. Photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence county names building for union leader

St. Lawrence County officially named its main job creation building yesterday after a man who's spent a lifetime fighting for jobs. Assemblywoman Addie Russell praised Ernie LaBaff as a man who exemplified "dignity in work".

LaBaff worked at Alcoa in Massena for some 50 years. He's now vice-chairman of the county Industrial Development Agency, whose building now bears his name.  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.

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 August.

Governor Cuomo made specific mention of the $2.5 million dollar study in his annual budget address back in January. He said it will also take one more look at the possibility of an Interstate highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh.

"This is a roadway that the North Country has talked about for a long time," Cuomo said. "Different people have different opinions over whether it will work. Let's spend the money. Let's do the study, and let's find out if it works because if it does, it could make a tremendous difference for the North Country."

Supporters and critics of the so-called "rooftop highway" will be watching closely.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse, built in 1893. Photo: Mark Kurtz
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 comments come after a state judge appeared to put the probe on hold while he determines whether a special prosecutor should replace her.  Go to full article
Artist Wayne Brown, Barbara Beekman, and Cindy Quakenbush install the new sculpture in the Butterfly Garden. Photo: Natalie Dignam.
Artist Wayne Brown, Barbara Beekman, and Cindy Quakenbush install the new sculpture in the Butterfly Garden. Photo: Natalie Dignam.

Butterfly garden blooming with new additions

Ripe berries and growing tomatoes may be the focus for most gardeners right now, but last week a different kind of flower bloomed in the garden outside of the NCPR in Canton.

A new sculpture stands about eight feet tall among the fragrant perennials in the EJ Noble medical Building's butterfly garden. It's topped with a yellow flower and a big, iron butterfly.

The garden has a small waterfall and is even in the shape of a butterfly. NCPR summer intern Natalie Dignam met with the creator of the garden, Cindy Quackenbush, and Barbara Beekman, who commissioned the new sculpture.  Go to full article
District attorney Mary Rain (right) during her campaign last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein.
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 Canton, Rain asked county court Judge Jerome Richards to step down from all cases involving her office. Rain argued Richards couldn't be "detached and neutral".  Go to full article

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