Archives for November 2019


On Saturday afternoon, OPP officers responded to a report of a body in the St. Lawrence River, near the Gallop Canal Iroquois Marina. An underwater search and recovery unit was called in, and they recovered the body of a 20 year-old Ottawa man from the water. The identity of the victim has not yet been released, and a post mortem is being conducted to determine cause of death. OPP Forensic Identification Services and the Office of the Chief Coroner continue to investigate with the assistance of the SDG OPP Crime unit. Anyone having information is asked to call authorities.


Residents of Chateaugay will soon have a chance to speak out on proposed changes to the town’s laws governing wind power development. The Chateaugay Town Board has scheduled a public hearing on possible amendments for January 27th at 6. The main issue at hand is the proposal to change the maximum height of wind turbines in Chateaugay… along with changes in the setback rules. Current town law says towers cannot exceed 500 feet. The developer of the wind farm… Renewable Energy Systems… want to see that limit extened to 750 feet. The noise level is another topic to be discussed. We will have more details on the public hearing, including the exact location…. as they are made available. Stay tuned!


If you are looking for a rewarding career, check this out. The New York State Police will be offering an examination for Communication Specialist positions across the state. The deadline to apply is today. Communications Specialists are responsible for all radio communications within a Troop’s jurisdiction. They regularly use data terminals and telephones; perform file checks; transmit information; and handle complaints and requests for assistance. They send messages and maintain files on messages received and sent to New York State Police Information Network Terminals. The duties of the position are often carried out under stress in a busy work environment. It involves a 40-hour work week, rotating shifts, and you would have varying days off… including weekends and holidays. To apply and for information, visit Applications must be postmarked by midnight tonight. There is no online application. Positions are available statewide.


A Willsboro man was arrested by state police following an investigation into a domestic dispute on Dane Lane in Willsboro. Troopers say 44 year old Chad Calkins entered a residence without permission and stole items. Calkins was charged with Burglary, arraigned in the Westport Town Court, and then sent to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 bond.


According to the Animal Control Officer of the North Country Animal Shelter, Malone and some other Franklin County municipalities have a problem when it comes to dogs . Actually, Shirley Morton told the local paper that the problem is not so much with the dogs as it is with dog owners, because they are not licensing their animals as per the law. Morton… according to the Malone Telegram… claims that more than half the dogs in Malone are not licensed as required by law. That she says, creates a problem when trying to keep up with vaccination records. Residents with dogs that are suspected of not being licensed, are now getting letters, notifying them they are breaking the law and outlining what will happen if they continue to not comply. New York state and local laws all require that all dogs more than four months old are vaccinated for rabies and licensed. In Malone, the town clerk licenses dogs, and a current rabies certificate must be provided in order to get one. Those getting letters will be given additional time to get their dogs licensed. Then, if they still have not done so, they will receive a court appearance ticket, and there could be additional fines and state fees.


One North Country resident says he wants to help out kids at the St. REgis Falls Central School. Alan Tower also says he wants to keep his effort low key, and he does not want publicity or any extra attention. Tower says he plans to donate 55 acres he owns off Red Tavern Road… land known locally as Tower Fields… to the school district. The Saint Regis Falls Central School Board met this week, and approved a motion to enter into talks with Tower to get the ball rolling, which would result in the district obtaining the land. Tower is a graduate of the district, and he is said to have been the one who approached the school about the project after creating a space for kids to play there about two or three years ago. He says he did it because when he was growing up, there was no place for him and other kids to play. The land already has four soccer fields, two softball fields, and a 1.5 mile outdoor track. Tower says he has spent $250,000 building a parking lot and plans to donate $20,000 a year for the next three years to help with grass cutting and other maintenance expenses after the land is transferred. He hopes the transfer takes place before December 31st.


Input is now being sought on a redesign of Plattsburgh’s water recovery facility. It could all soon be up for public comment. The Water Resource Recovery Facility is located off of Green Street on the city’s waterfront. It’s where Plattsburgh’s wastewater gets chemically treated and city drinking drinking water gets disinfected. If grant money is approved, some of it will be put to use for odor control, and other dollars would go for upgrades to the facility’s architecture… which needs an upgrade after decades of low cost basic maintenance. The proposed changes to the Plattsburgh Water Resource Recovery Facility have been estimated at about $17.4 million. That work will be supported… in part anyway… by a $4.3 million grant that was awarded to Plattsburgh in 2018 under the New York State Water Infrastructure Recovery Act… which granted a total of $24.6 million to 13 North Country municipal water infrastructure projects. The state grant would cover 25 percent of the project’s eligible costs, meaning the city will have to pay for 75 percent. That money will come from a 0 percent interest state loan. In addition, there is a $758,000 grant from Empire State Development which will cover some of the costs.


New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reminds everyone that snowmobile registrations must be renewed annually. The DMV allows snowmobilers to renew registrations online on the DMV website, by mail or in person at a DMV office. All snowmobiles operated in New York however, must be registered and marked with a validation sticker. Riders who complete a registration online can print a temporary certificate, which is valid for 15 days. Non-New Yorkers who wish to ride in New York State can register a snowmobile if it is already registered in their home state. They can simply use the NYS Registration for Out-of-State Snowmobile service to get the 15-day registration and operate their snowmobile here in New York immediately. DMV will send a permanent registration in the mail.


A big hit is coming to the Cornwall business community after the beginning of the new year. The Lowes Home Improvement Center in Cornwall will shut down permanently on January 31, 2020. It will be one of 34 stores in Canada that will be closing on January 31st. While the public announcement was made on Wednesday, employees of the Cornwall store were told the night before. Lowe’s Companies Inc., the U.S. owner of the stores, says all the locations were underperforming. The closures come almost a year to the day after Lowe’s closed 31 properties across the country in November 2018.


Miner Institute’s annual Dairy Day meeting will be on Wednesday, December 11th, from 10am to 3pm at the Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center in Chazy (SHAY-zee). The meeting is free and open to the public. A number of speakers will cover a wide range of important topics. A tour of the Miner Institute dairy and research facilities will be offered after the talks from 3:30 to 5. Those who show up will also be able to attend the
Cornell Feed Dealers Meeting from 6 to 9 pm. Vendors will be available throughout the day. Door prizes are available and hot lunch is offered for $5 per person. Pizza will be available for those who stick around for the Feed Dealer Meeting that evening. Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Wanda Emerich at 518-846-7121, ext. 117 for more information or to pre-register.