Archives for June 2018

Temporary Cutbacks At The Potsdam Fire Department Is Concerning

Temporary cutbacks in the Potsdam Fire Department raises concerns. Karen Johnson has details.

Village Administrator Greg Thompson says the cuts will affect the paid driver staff going from four to three workers just for July and August, in response to a New York State Financial Restructuring Board report to the village recommending a reduction in payroll to give the village a stronger financial position. But the decision isn’t sitting well with the Potsdam Fire Chief. She says she’s disappointed that the Board of Trustees and the village administrator have made a plan to cut the number of paid department drivers without consulting her or the volunteer members of the department. Chief Danielle Rose says says she’s very concerned about the coverage that the four paid drivers provide at the fire house for walk-ins, such as the people coming in needing first aid, and for responding to auto-dialer fire alarms from the colleges and large businesses that are programmed to call the fire house first. She says the number one concern of the department is the safety of the community. I’m Karen Johnson

State Funding To Combat Tick Diseases

State lawmakers provide funding to combat tick-related diseases. Karen Johnson has more.

St. Lawrence County, alone, has seen a massive increase in the number of ticks and cases of Lyme disease in just the past ten years and it’s gotten the State Senate’s attention. Lawmakers approved a resolution to fund numerous efforts around New York State to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, according to Senator Betty Little. The Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, is directing $1 million in funding that had been included in the 2018-19 State Budget to increase education, research, prevention, and treatment options.The resolution awards SUNY Adirondack $100,000 for laboratory research on lesser-known tick-borne diseases The work will help provide much needed information about the rates of these coinfections in people with Lyme disease in New York.Paul Smith’s College will receive $30,000 in support of their ongoing study of the emergence of TBDs in the North Country by continuing and expanding academic studies that monitor ticks and TBDs. I’m Karen Johnson

Are Fox Sightings In Massena A Cause For Concern?

Fox sightings around Massena is a cause for some concern, Karen Johnson has details.

Following several complaints of fox sightings in the village, the Board of Trustees recently had animal control professionals present information how residents should respond when spotting the animals. Robert Sommerfield from Sommerfield Wildlife Control and DEC Officer Troy Basford tell North Country NOW the foxes are likely not dangerous to humans and are unlikely to carry diseases such as rabies. Sommerfield says they’re feeding their young. All they’re doing is grabbing a squirrel and running back.” “I don’t feel there is any threat to people. He says rabies cases, while serious, are locally rare. Both animal officials are recommending that residents not leave food and garbage in the open to prevent foxes from hanging around. I’m Karen Johnson

Stopping DMV Scamming Operations In New York

A measure to protect New York drivers has gotten approval from legislators to stop DMV scamming operations. Karen Johnson has more.

The legislation sponsored by North Country Assemblywoman Jenne prohibits the licensing of certain shady third-party vendors from selling access to vehicle registration services already performed at no additional cost by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The legislation would prevent businesses not engaged in vehicle sales from charging residents for directions on how to register your vehicle, a service already provided by the DMV at no charge. Jenne says she introduced the legislation after a complaint was filed with her office by a Watertown-area constituent. She tells North Country Now the state shouldn’t be condoning a practice that takes advantage of consumers. And adds third-party vendors should not be profiting at the expense of those conducting business with state agencies like the DMV. I’m Karen Johnson

Putting A Stop To DMV Scamming Operations In New York

A measure to protect New York drivers has gotten approval from legislators to stop DMV scamming operations. Karen Johnson has more.

The legislation sponsored by North Country Assemblywoman Jenne prohibits the licensing of certain shady third-party vendors from selling access to vehicle registration services already performed at no additional cost by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The legislation would prevent businesses not engaged in vehicle sales from charging residents for directions on how to register your vehicle, a service already provided by the DMV at no charge. Jenne says she introduced the legislation after a complaint was filed with her office by a Watertown-area constituent. She tells North Country Now the state shouldn’t be condoning a practice that takes advantage of consumers. And adds third-party vendors should not be profiting at the expense of those conducting business with state agencies like the DMV. I’m Karen Johnson

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.