Archives for May 2014

Alexandria’s O’Connor happy with performance at spelling bee

Dylan O’Connor did not make the finals in the National Spelling Bee, but he says he reached his goal of making the semifinals.

The Alexandria Central School student tells the Watertown Daily Times that he didn’t have a high enough score in the computerized spelling and vocabulary tests to advance.

Hearing on former Clarkson soccer coach today

Nick Hillary today learns whether or not he remains jailed during the murder case against him.

The former Clarkson soccer coach stands accused of killing 12-year-old Garrett Phillips of Potsdam.

Time Warner Cable News reports a petition on the Internet has 200 supporters for Hillary’s release. An online fundraiser has generated $6,000 in donations.

Another petition, however, has 1,300 signatures asking him to stay in jail.

Ex-treasurer Lajeunesse begins year in prison

Former North Stormont treasurer Monique Lajeunesse has now gone to jail for a year.

The 57-year-old Lajeunesse has received her sentence for stealing $113,000 from the township between 2005 and 2011.

The Cornwall Standard Freeholder reports most of the money has returned through an insurance claim.

Freighter freed from St. Lawrence

A grounded freighter in the St. Lawrence has started moving again, and so have other ships on the river.

W-W-N-Y television reports the Coast Guard has refloated the freighter by using the ship’s own water.

The ship spent two days grounded just west of the Thousand Islands Bridge after losing its steering Tuesday.

The Seaway Development Corporation says 17 ships had to drop anchor because they could not move through the area.

This ship now continues on to Montreal.

Dewey meets fundraising goal for base lodge

A group has raised $350,000 for a new base lodge at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center.

Chris Morris from Dewey Mountain Friends tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the group made a big push right before the Olympics and netted a few large donations.

Five-hundred-fifty households and businesses have contributed to the campaign.

Morris says the equipment inside the two current buildings must move out of there by Sunday. Demolition begins this coming month.

He hopes the new lodge opens by the next ski season.

Construction begins on Wild Center’s “Wild Walk”

Work has started on the Wild Walk.

The project at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake opens next year on the Fourth of July, the museum’s nine-year anniversary.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports the project includes several platforms with suspension bridges and walkways connecting all of them.

Wild Center staff plan on lining the platforms with educational exhibits.

Several paths lead to foundations that ultimately support six sets of steel pillars. They may rise 40 feet above the forest floor in a teepee shape.

Saranac Lake Central residents support veterans exemption

Some places have expressed support for giving military veterans a break on school taxes.

At Saranac Lake Central School, for example, nearly 73 percent of residents taking a poll say they approve such an exemption.

Superintendent Diane Fox tells the Press-Republican that she plans on hosting a public hearing on the subject before the school board makes a decision on it.

Protesters assemble outside St. Regis Mohawk tribal offices

A handful of protesters stood along the side of Route 37 near the St. Regis Mohawk tribal offices yesterday.

The Malone Telegram reports these people protested the tribal council’s signing of the M-O-U with state and St. Lawrence County officials over the land claim settlement.

The tribe says the deal brings their 32-year land dispute closer than ever to finality.

South Glengarry man charged with assault

A South Glengarry man faces 22 assault charges.

Police arrested the 22-year-old on Tuesday after he had an apparent domestic dispute with his common-law wife on Andrea Avenue in South Lancaster.

The Cornwall Daily reports police have not released his name because they want to protect the woman’s identity.

Police describe it as a two-year cycle of domestic abuse. During one of the fights, the man allegedly kicked a dog.

Student injured during Hay Day event

A student needed medical attention following Tuesday’s Hay Day event at Seaway District High School.

The Cornwall Daily reports he needed to go to Winchester District Memorial Hospital with injuries to face.

The event included students dressing in camouflage and plaid while participating in farm-based activities.

Superintendent of school operations David Coombs says the student fell in to a wagon, but he return to school just in time Tuesday afternoon to pick up his homework.