St. Lawrence County Receiving Needed Food and Shelter Emergency Funding

St Lawrence County is seeking applications from food and shelter programs needing additional funding. Karen Johnson explains.

St. Lawrence County is receiving over 51-thousand dollars to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county and will be determining how the funds will be distributed among food and shelter emergency programs run by local agencies in conjunction with the county’s Community Development Program. Both public or private voluntary agencies in St. Lawrence County interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact David Fenton at St. Lawrence County CDP for an application at (315) 714-2720 or cfo@slccdp.org and must be received by June 27th. Selecting St. Lawrence County for the funds was made by a national board including the American red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way Worldwide, and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. I’m Karen Johnson.

Massena Central High School To Probably Face Charges

Pranksters at Massena Central High School will probably face charges. Karen Johnson reports.

Officials are saying students who decided to vandalize Massena Central High School can look forward to facing criminal charges. District Superintendent Patrick Brady repeortedly says that a group of students broke into the school late last Wednesday night and vandalized parts of the building, but he isn’t giving details other than to say the custodial staff had to be called in to clean-up the mess. He adds he’s very disappointed with the conduct of the students. Police also responded to the scene to stop additional vandalism from happening. Massena Police Chief Adam Love says his department is investigating.I’m Karen Johnson.

North Country Has A New Mining Business

A new mining business in the North Country is looking forward to being very successful. Karen Johnson has details.

Titan Mining Corporation hosted a grand opening ceremony at the recently re-opened Empire State Mine at 408 Sylvia Lake Road. With the attendance of local, county and state politicians came a tour of the surface facilities, lunch and remarks. Gouverner Town Supervisor David Spilman says the reopening of the zinc mine and the addition of 200 good-paying jobs has been a tremendous economic benefit to our community. Others called it a shining example of New York working to maximize its natural resources to help promote economic development in the state,” said Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall. St. Lawrence Coun ty Legislature Chaoir Kevin Acres agreed calling the mining business great news for the North Country.I’m Karen Johnson.

An Important Piece Of Tennessee History Is Repaired

An important piece of history in Tennessee is repaired. Karen Johnson reports.

The 7th President’s historic Tennessee tomb and that of his wife Rachel is now restored to its original condition in Nashville after several vandals left some serious damage to the landmark. Following a laser treatment that took eleven challenging days to remove the paint and markings on the structure the finished product was unveiled at the Hermitage Sunday. City officials say the vandalism to the limestone monument was a first and they hope the last. I’m Karen Johnson.

Potsdam Is Experiencing Growth

Potsdam is going through some growth and development. Karen Johnson has a report.

In addition to expansion of the Canton Potsdam hospital recently approved by the town planning board, Johns Morrison the Potsdam Chamber Executive Director says will add to the already rich presence of having two colleges in our backyard giving us anchors for employment and more growth. He says there’s been interest recently from a national restaurant chain too that wants to locate along Market street. Harbor Freight, a chain of tool stores, just opened in the plaza north of May Road. Just south, Taco Bell opened with a drive-thru. A Five Guys burger and hot dog joint is going to locate in a lot that formerly housed the Stewart’s Shop. Morrison says it’s a good pattern. I’m Karen Johnson.

Lake Placid Land Conservancy Receives Funding

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy has received some much need funding to move forward with projects. Karen Johnson has a report.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance has awarded $26,000 to the Lake Placid Land Conservancy. This New York State Conservation Partnership Program Transaction grant funds a management plan for public access improvements at the Three Sisters Preserve in Wilmington. The 98-acre preserve was established in 2017 through a donation from Scott Avery on Hardy Road and through the purchase of a neighboring parcel on Quaker Mountain Road. A $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor and a $50,000 grant from Open Space Institute supported purchase of the parcel. Additional improvements included the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) constructing a 1.5-mile trail on the preserve, connecting the hamlet area of Wilmington to Hardy Road. This trail provides an off-road connection between the Flume Trails, the hamlet and the popular mountain bike trails in the Wilmington Wild Forest’s Beaver Brook Tract along Hardy Road. I’m Karen Johnson

New Study Shows Damage Done By Road Salt In the Adirondacks

A new study shows the damage done by road salt in the Adirondacks, Karen Johnson has a report.

Salt dumped on roads over the past 40 years has caused widespread contamination of wells and the environment in the Adirondacks according to a new study. The amount of road salt spread in the Adirondack Park is double the amount of pollution brought in by acid rain, says the Adirondack Watershed Institute. Nearly half of the 258 wells tested showed some contamination by road salt, according to the report, presented recently in Saranac Lake.About 800 lakes — a third of the total in the Adirondacks — and half the streams have also been contaminated by road salt, said Dan Kelting, director of the institute and an environmental sciences professor at Paul Smith’s College, who prepared and presented the report. In response, the state Department of Health says the results don’t suggest a public health crisis. Sodium in water is generally a problem only for people with serious health issues that require severe restrictions, and the only concern about chloride is that it affects the taste of the water, says Brad Hutton, deputy director for public health. I’m Karen Johnson

Watertown Studying Plans For A Gigantic Recreation Complex And More

The town of Watertown is studying plans for a large indoor athletic facility and convention center. Karen Johnson takes a look.

The results of a financial impact statement shows favoritism toward the project. An earlier study — called a Go/No-Go study — completed in December by consultant Venue Strategies indicated there was enough demand for the project for it to make money. The financial impact study followed to confirm the results of the Go/No-Go.Town officials are expected to formally announce the results of that study in the next month. The facility that could measure over 200-thousand square feet would include indoor space for baseball, softball, lacrosse, and football with enough room for playing three games at the same time. There would also be basketball courts, an indoor track, and space for concerts, trade shows, conventions, and meetings. The early study estimates the facility could make between $2 million and $4 million a year depending on its size and cost estimates could exceed $30 million. It would be paid for using both public and private financing. I’m Karen Johnson

Couple’s Actions Earns Them A Governor’s Award

A North Country volunteer couple has received an award from Governor Cuomo for their actions saving two people. Karen Johnson has a report.

Kathy and Timmy Sabins who volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Franklin County are being recognized for saving the lives of two Moira residents from a burning building discovered along their Meals on Wheels route. The Sabins are among 90 volunteers recognized during the annual Older New Yorker’s Day Celebration over the age of 55 for contributions to their communities. The couple the Sabins came across had to escape from their burning home and stayed in the Sabins car to keep warm until emergency crews arrived. The Sabins also received a Good Samaritan Award from the North Country Red Cross and a state Assembly citation from Assemblyman D. Billy Jones. Data from the state Office for the Aging reflect that Franklin County volunteers over the age of 55 performed over 1.7 million hours of work in 2015, generating roughly $48 million in economic impact. I’m Karen Johnson

North Country Welcome Center Construction Has Begun

Work has begun to welcome guests and residents into the North Country in a new way. Karen Johnson has an update.

All the conversations have turned into action now underway on a new North Country Welcome Center near the Thousand Islands Bridge in Jefferson County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says the center in Collins Landing will have information on local attractions such as Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay and the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. There will be kiosks allowing visitors to design a trip itinerary and a children’s playground outside. The welcome center is slated to open in the fall. Cuomo announced the opening of the Long Island Welcome Center in Suffolk County in 2016. Since then, other welcome centers have opened in New York City, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier and central New York. I’m Karen Johnson