Archives for November 2014

Bombay gets new ambulance

The Bombay fire and rescue department has a new ambulance with most of the money coming from the Town’s allocation of casino compact funds. The new unit was put into service in the last week and was badly needed to replace the aging 2002 unit. It is more efficient and has all the latest emergency equipment. The new Ambulance has a custom paint job so it stands out.

North Country Business Landscape Is Changing

The world is changing, and so is the business community here in the North Country.
Ed Histed explains…

((Many local businesses in Massena and Potsdam recently, have shut their doors for good. In fact, in a little more than one month, six businesses here in the North Country have shut down…
Violi’s Restaurant, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Guy’s Restaurant, Sears, OfficeMax in Massena, and Northern Music and Video in Potsdam.
According to experts that spoke with the Malone Telegram, increasing competition from online retailers, plant closings and the shift from manufacturing jobs at General Motors, Alcoa, and Reynolds, along with the changing value of the Canadian dollar are all contributors.
According to US Census figures, between 2008 and 2012, out of the more than 5,000 employed residents in Massena, 332 worked in manufacturing while 888 worked in retail trade. That puts the number of manufacturing jobs down by thousands as compared to years ago.))

[TAG]…As for the music and video business… according to the New York Times, digital music companies such as Spotify and Pandora, last year streamed a total of over 22 billion hours of music to over 90 million users, many listening free of charge or through subscriptions costing as little as $3 per month.
The Times also reported that Netflix, which counted 27 million members in 2012, now has more than 50 million, and it’s growing fast.
Streaming services just last year, accounted for 21 percent of music industry income. That’s up from 9 percent in 2011.

Environmental Hotline Introduced

If you see evidence of polluting or poaching, New York State wants you to call it in.
Ed Histed reports…

((The State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new toll free hotline Thursday, which will be staffed around the clock and connect callers to a DEC police dispatcher.
It’s all aimed at poachers and polluters, those who illegally take fish and wildlife, or threaten clean air, land, and waters, such as illegally dumping waste oil down storm drains, or using illegal pesticides, and even excessive smoke from diesel engines.
The new toll free hotline number is 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).))

USPS Holiday Update

Have you even begun to think about getting out your Christmas Cards? Don Murley has an update from the US Postal Service.

((If you listen closely, we’re already hearing Christmas music playing in some stores, so it’s time to start thinking about the best time to ship your holiday packages. The U.S. Postal Service is getting set for the holiday shipping season… they’ll help customers send off about 15 and a half billion cards, letters, and packages in time for Christmas. The agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

December 2nd is the deadline for first-class mail international, and priority mail international.
December 10th is the deadline for priority mail express international.
December 15th is the standard post deadline.
December 17th is the deadline if you’re using Global Express Guaranteed.
First-class mail items, and priority mail items, need to be out by December 20th.
And your last hope is Priority Mail Express – that can be held off until December 23rd.))

Malone Chamber-Small Bus Saturday

Small business Saturday is coming back to Malone. The Chamber of Commerce plans to participate in the event on Nov. 29th. The goal is to celebrate and shop at small, independent shops on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is the fifth year that Malone has gotten involved. The Chamber says the North Country has the highest per capita number of small businesses in the state. Hugh Hill Executive Director of the Malone Chamber offered this comment on extending the concept.

American Express started the program in 2010…and its grown into something of a tradition in Malone.

Medical Marijuana Facility Slated For Bombay

A Canadian agricultural firm, based in Montreal, announced Wednesday it has signed a letter of intent with an Akwesasne consulting firm to seek a license from New York state to establish an agricultural operation, including a medical marijuana production facility, in the town of Bombay.
Ed Histed reports…

((In a press release issued yesterday, Affinor Growers announced that it had signed the letter with Iroquois Consulting Group LLC and North Country Natural Solutions LLC, which would include a broad agricultural program involving several products, including medical marijuana.
Affinor is a company that mass produces high quality, pharmacy grade plants for global distribution. They plan to become, in addition to a grower of premier Medical Marihuana, a major producer of other major cash crops such as Romaine Lettuce and Strawberries. When up and operating, the new venture will bring clean fresh produce to the North Country and surrounding areas, as well as bringing many new jobs to Franklin County.))

NY Farm Bureau on EPA Land Grab

There is a move afoot by the EPA to use the Clean Water Act to place more regulations on property owners and the in the process gain control over more land. A broad coalition of organizations, local government groups, business groups and farmers are urging the EPA to take a step back before implementing these new regulations. Steve Ammerman of the NY Farm Bureau tell us more.

Public comment on the measure ends on Friday. Ammerman says if you want to voice comment on the EPA move you can do so on the NY Farm Bureau website, NYFB.ORG and click e-lobby on the right side of the home page.

EPA Land Grab

A diverse cross-section of business and local government advocates have partnered with New York Farm Bureau out of concern for what a proposed rule defining “waters of the United States” could mean to taxpayers, businesses, farmland and natural resources. The organizations have each signed a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, and the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Jo-Ellen Darcy, outlining their significant objections.
New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton said the move by the EPA is nothing more than a land grab by the government agency. Steve Ammerman of the NY Farm Bureau tells us what you can do to help stop this move by the EPA.

To make your concerns known to the EPA go to and click e-lobby on the right side of the home page.
Today Norton’s office delivered 2200 post cards to the EPAS signed by New York residents against the new rules.

NY Jobs Report

THe ADP jobs report came out today showing The State of New York added 10,430 private sector jobs during the month of October, The ADP Regional Employment Report measures the change in regional and state nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Breaking down those 10,430 jobs By Sector , ยท Goods-producing 620, Service-providing 9,820 .

Goodbye Price Chopper – Hello Market 32

Price Chopper grocery stores in the north country, and everywhere else for that matter, will soon be getting a new name and a new look.
Ed Histed has the story…

((The supermarket’s parent company announced on Tuesday that it’s investing $300 million to modernize and rebrand the grocery store chain. Beginning next spring, the stores will be called Market 32 and will offer new services and products. According to yesterday’s announcement, more than half of the 135-store Price Chopper chain will be converted to Market 32 stores within five years, at a cost of more than $300 Million.
The new stores will feature expanded food service options, a greater product mix, and a new focus on customer service.))