Massena May Be Getting A School Resource Officer

The Massena Central School District is the latest to discuss putting a police officer in their schools. Karen Johnson has details.

The idea was seriously discussed at a recent school board meeting in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 14 students and three staff members dead. At the meeting Superintendent Pat Brady says they are in “preliminary” talks with the Massena Police Department to provide what is being called a “school resource officer.” Brady says “We’re really at the preliminary stage of this. We had a conversation, a meeting with Chief (Adam) Love and Lt. (Jason) Olson at the Massena PD just to get the conversation going. It’s a developing concept given our heightened state of concern with school safety.” Brady says they’re waiting to see if the state passes a bill to fund police officers assigned to school districts throughout the state. He says the Senate is working on potential funding and other support for school resource officers. Once we look at all the available information as this unfolds and options, we’ll make a decision. The addition of a school resource officer isn’t new to Massena. The district hired an officer from 2002 to 2007 who patrolled the high school and J.W. Leary Junior High. I’m Karen Johnson.

Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood To Make Up For Storm Related Shortages In The North Country

Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.
Winter weather forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel, resulting in over 9,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations in the first two weeks of March alone. In our region, 41 blood drives
were canceled due to winter weather in March, causing 1222 donations to go uncollected. No
matter the weather, the need for blood to help cancer patients, those undergoing surgeries,
trauma patients and others remains.Volunteer blood donors are needed to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients. Make an appointment to donate blood by
downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-
RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). There are many opportunities to donate coming up here in the North Country, among them, a blood drive set for tomorrow [Wed 3/21] at the Elks Lodge in Malone, from 1 till 6PM. A complete list of upcoming opportunities to give the gift of life is posted on our website,


Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 20 to April 15
Lake Placid
3/20/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Northwood School Fitness Center, Northwood Road
Port Henry
3/29/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saint Patrick’s Church Parish Center, 12 Saint Patrick Place
3/21/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Malone Community, Elks Lodge 67 Elm Street
Paul Smiths
4/11/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Paul Smiths College Student Center, 7833 New York Route
Saranac Lake
4/10/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main Street
Tupper Lake
3/22/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Goff Nelson Library, 41 Lake Street

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Alexandria Bay
4/6/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 904, 9 Rock Street
3/27/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Brownville United Methodist Church, 333 Brown Boulevard
4/6/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clayton Fire Department – Lonsway Hill Apartments UPPM, 855
Graves Street
4/3/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., General Brown High School, 17643 Cemetery Road
3/23/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Henderson Fire District Building, 8939 St. Route 178
3/23/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, 518
Davidson Street
3/27/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dulles State Office Building – Watertown, 317 Washington Street
3/29/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Salmon Run Mall – JC Penney Salon Entrance, 21182 Salmon Run
Mall Loop West
3/30/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Truscott Terrace, 207 Wealtha Avenue
4/4/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Anthony’s, 850 Arsenal Street
4/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles 782, 19260 US Route 11
4/13/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan, 1125 Arsenal Street
4/14/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Watertown, 403 Washington Street
4/15/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Starbucks Coffee Company, 1242 Arsenal Street
Beaver Falls
4/12/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Beaver River High School, 9508 Artz Road
4/11/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., South Lewis Central School, 4264 East Road
Saint Lawrence
4/3/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 1/2 East Main Street
De Kalb Junction
4/14/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., DeKalb Junction Fire Department, 4323 US Highway 11

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4/10/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Gouverneur Veterans of Foreign Wars, 100 West Main Street
4/9/2018: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Madrid Community Center, 1833 State Highway 345
3/21/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saint Lawrence Centre, 6100 State Route 37
4/2/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cellular Sales-Verizon Wireless, 1 1/2 Malby Avenue
4/9/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., VFW Massena, 101 West Hatfield Street
4/2/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Norwood Norfolk Central School, 7852 State Highway 56
3/20/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ogdensburg Presbyterian Church, 423 Ford Street
4/12/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, 214 King Street
3/27/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Potsdam High School, 29 Leroy St
3/29/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 21 Castle Drive
4/10/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Clarkson University ERC, 8 Clarkson Avenue
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-
800-RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood
types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license
or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of
age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110
pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students
and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight
requirements. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass ® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Politics And Public Safety Come Together For The Sake Of Kids

Politics and public safety come together for the sake of kids in schools in the North Country. Karen Johnson has a report.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones met with school administrators, teachers and law enforcement officers recently for a roundtable discussion on school safety.
Most of the meeting was held in the Chateaugay High School Library. “The bottom line is: we want our children to be safe in our schools,” said Jones, addressing the room at the end of the meeting.The roundtable at Chateaugay comes in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; a former student entered the building and killed 17 people before being apprehended by law enforcement.Roundtable attendees included Chateaugay Central School Superintendent Loretta Fowler, CCS school board President David Roach, Franklin County Legislator Greg Janisewski, County Manager Donna Kissane, Malone Police Chief Chris Premo and Franklin County Undersheriff Terry Maguire.
Large events like basketball games not only bring people in the community together, but present “soft targets” for violent persons. I’m Karen Johnson

Cobbling Together A School Budget For Massena

Massena Central Officials seem pleased with school budget for 2018-19. Karen Johnson has details.

Although an exact figure for school aid isn’t agreed upon yet the budget proposal has Massena Central officials optimistic that they could get adequate aid as they prepare their 2018-19 budget. At Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Pat Brady says he’s encouraged by the Assembly’s proposal to put $1.5 billion into education aid, 5.9 percent more than last year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed $769 million, a 3 percent increase, says Brady. “This is good news. We appreciate the legislators are out there pushing for more aid for us.”There are about $267,000 in various budget requests that aren’t included in the current draft of the budget, Brady said.The only thing that we’ve put … in this draft budget so far is a special ed teacher at junior high … to stay in compliance with the law,” the superintendent said. “We have about 12 more students coming in from sixth grade into seventh.” “Our biggest costs that are going up are the helath insurance, $790,000, and retirement for teachers is going up $218,000,” says Brady. “Those are largely benefits we don’t control.” I’m Karen Johnson

Jones Promotes NY Maple Funding Efforts

In recognition of “Maple Weekend”, Assemblyman Billy Jones announced his commitment to restoring maple funding yet again in this year’s state budget. For the second consecutive year, Jones led the charge by requesting the inclusion of adequate funding for the maple industry in the 2018-2019 final budget. Jones points to the fact that New York State has the largest resource of tappable maple trees in the nation, He says we need to do all we can to ensure our New York State Maple Producers have the resources they need to be successful. Jones recently attended an event designed to highlight the importance of the maple industry throughout the region. He says he firmly believes that the revenue generated from maple production is a prime example of the industry’s value. Last year, the maple industry contributed over $140 million to our state’s economy, and it played a vital role in the success of the North Country economy. Many local businesses are participating in “Maple Weekend” March 17-18 & March 24-25. Jones urges everyone to support them. We have a full listing at Just click on the “News” tab at the top of the page.

WEB Only:

In Clinton County:

Bechard’s Sugar House: West Chazy

Brandy Brook Maple Farm and Olde Tyme Winery: Ellenburg Center

Brow’s Sugarhouse Sample: West Chazy

Decoste Maple Farm: Mooers Fork

Lakeside Maple: Chateaugay

Parker Family Maple Farm: West Chazy

Rand Hill Maple: Altona

Sacred Roots Maple: West Chazy

Trombley’s Sugarhouse: Ellenburg Center

Wayne R. LaPier Sugar House: West Chazy

In Franklin County:

Cedar Brook Maple Confections: Malone

Friend’s Maple Products: Burke

Mark Twain Maple Works: Saranac Lake

Moon Valley Maple: Malone

Paul Smith’s College VIC: Paul Smiths

Wild Center: Tupper Lake

Winters Harvest Sugar Shack: North Bangor

Woods Maple Products: Chateaugay

In St. Lawrence County:

Deer River Maple Products Inc.: North Lawrence

Deer River Trap Supply and Maple Products: Brasher Falls

Deragon’s Maple Products: Dickinson Center

Ware’s Sugar House: Nicholville

Zahler’s Maple Products: Hopkinton

Major Drug Bust In Malone

Major Drug Bust in Malone. Karen Johnson has more.

Police searched a Westville residence and arrested three people after recovering multiple ounces of crack cocaine, 60 bags of heroin, and $950 cash, according to a police press release issued by Malone’s Police Chief. Officers with the Malone Village Police, New York State Police and Franklin County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at the State Route 122 residence, which also resulted in additional charges for criminal weapons possession and endangering the welfare of a child.Jason Fuller, 34, of Malone, was charged with two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Fuller was also arrested on a warrant out of Malone Town Court for third-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor and a felony. He’s being held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.Ashley Sullivan, 23, of Malone, is charged with two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, arraigned in Malone Town Court and held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. And Kayla Jock, 26, of Westville is facing similar charges. I’m Karen Johnson

Major Makeover For North Country Community College

A major makeover for North Country Community College. Karen Johnson has the exciting details.

North Country Community College is awarded $1.1 million to begin key facility upgrades that will enhance learning and student life at its main campus in Saranac Lake. The funding, provided by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, was secured for the college by state Sen. Betty Little. The money will be used to renovate the college’s science lab classrooms and to expand the fitness center in the Sparks Athletic Complex. Both projects have been identified as priorities in the college’s Saranac Lake campus master plan. This will be the first major renovation of the science labs since they were built in 1978. Construction could take place as early as the summer of 2019. I’m Karen Johnson

Combatting Opiods In A New Way In The North Country

Community action agencies in St. Lawrence County are eligible for up to $1 million in grants to “address” the opioid epidemic “at the local level.” Karen Johnson reports.

The Statement comes from Rep. Elise Stefanik, one of a bill’s co-sponsors, who represents the North Country in Congress. The bill would establish the Community Action Opioid Response Grant as a competitive grant program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), administered through the office of Community Services. Goals would be to “expand and support effective community efforts to identify and respond to the causes and consequences of opioid misuse and addiction experienced by low income individuals, families, and communities,” according to Stefanik’s office.The bill would authorize appropriations of $50 million for each of FY2018-FY2022, with up to 7 percent reserved for Indian tribes or tribal organizations. I’m Karen Johnson

Turning Off Cellphones For A Day…Could You Do It?

The challenge is on to see if kids can put down the phone for a day in Saranac Lake. Karen Johnson has the story.

The National Day of Unplugging falls on Friday and Saturday March 9 and 10 this year, and Saranac Lake High School teachers are challenging their students to unplug. When the students arrive at school tomorrow morning, they’ll be invited to see if they can live without their cellphones for one day. Before homeroom starts, they can put their phones into a basket where the phones, labeled with their names, will be locked into a display case for the school day. The National Day of Unplugging began in 2010 as a project of The Sabbath Manifesto, a creative project aimed at encouraging people to take a break from technology and spend time connecting with loved ones, getting outside, finding silence and other old-fashioned ways to spend time. Anyone can go to the National Day of Unplugging website and sign the pledge to unplug. Students who accept the challenge will be entered to win gift cards from local businesses, but the main thing is to find out if they can do it. I’m Karen Johnson

St. Lawrence River And Thousand Islands Region Are Open For Bsuiness

A New York state assemblywoman is ready to cast the spotlight on the St Lawrence River and Thousand Islands Region for tourists. Karen Johnson reports.

Assemblywoman Addie Jenne is calling on the state to promote the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands region as the area works to recover from last year’s tourism season that was affected by high water levels. The commissioner of the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation assured Jenne that all necessary repairs have been made to state parks on the St. Lawrence River impacted by flooding last spring and summer. Jenne says one of the major issues that had faced St. Lawrence River communities last summer was many docks were underwater. She had previously testified her agency had spent approximately $2 million since last year’s flooding to make repairs to state parks following a question about flooding on Lake Ontario. The commissioner said most of the funding has been spent at the Fort Niagara and Sandy Island state parks along Lake Ontario with smaller amounts spent on repairs to docks and boat launches throughout the system in the areas impacted by flooding. She adds the state should use tourism dollars to support the Thousand Islands Region as it works to recover from lost revenues related to the flooding saying it would be cool if the Thousand Islands Region could get a shout out to make sure everybody knows we are open for business. I’m Karen Johnson