Archives for May 2015

Plans announced for former NCCC, MCSD bus garage renovations

Residents who live near the former North Country Community College site got a chance to hear about future plans during a meeting on Thursday. Malone Central School District officials are planning to raze most of the buildings and renovate the bus garage. It’ll include a way to capture the rain off the roof and use that water to wash the buses. The massive project also includes a soccer and softball field on the property and new parking lots. The Harrison Gym will be the only building that stays standing and it’ll be renovated. Demolition work should get started in August and be finished by the end of October. School officials are planning to give away some of the old building materials to the public.

More Events May Be “Flying In” To The Local Airport

Here’s an idea… how about some fly-ins at the Malone Airport? According to some local officials, it might just be a good idea which would provide a real boost to the local economy. Ed Histed explains…

((The Telegram reports that Councilwoman Mary Scharf has now volunteered to lead the town’s exploration of what would be involved and how the community could sell itself to fliers. Fly-ins are held all across the country. Some of them are specific to one particular type or brand of aircraft. Others, well.. are for just about anyone with an airplane. Some are fundraisers. For instance, a couple of years ago, a fly in at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear raised money for the North Country Life Flight air medical rescue service. With the award last year of a grant to build a self service fuel farm at the airport, it is now hoped that more pilots will make Malone a destination. Until that fuel farm is built though, pilots have to refuel in Massena, Lake Clear, Potsdam, or Plattsburgh. Other improvements at the local airport are also expected to generate increased traffic… and revenue.))

New Superintendent’s contract approved in Salmon River CSD

The contract for incoming superintendent Stanley Harper has been approved. He’ll take over the Salmon River Central School district as of June 28. Harper replaces Jane Collins, who announced that she’s retiring after 8 years leading the district. Harper’s contract runs for three years. His salary will be $130-thousand per year, to climb to $135,000 per year when he finishes his doctorate in education. That’s expected to happen by this fall. Harper was one of 14 candidates for the job.

Butterfly release set for June 13 at Malone Rec Park

Hospice of the North County is holding its 8th annual Memorial Butterfly Release on June 13th at the State Street Pavilion in Malone Recrecational Park. The celebration, where hundreds of butterflys are released into the wild, is a tribute to anyone who’ve you’ve loved and lost. If you buy a butterfly by June 8th, the name of the person you want memorialized will be included in a printed program. The cost is $20 per butterfly. Check out hospicenc.org or you can go to their office on Route 11.

Heads Up! Watch Out For Falling Rabies Vaccine

Oral rabies vaccine will soon be falling from the sky in northern Franklin County. Ed Histed explains….

((The US Department of Agriculture, according to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, will be dropping the rabies vaccines from a plane on much of the area affected by some recent cases of rabies, on June 2 and 3. The vaccines will be inside baits that look sort of like ketchup packets, and are coated with fish meal and oil to make them attractive to raccoons. The baited vaccines will be then dropped over areas north of U.S. Route 11. The bait packets are said to be not dangerous to humans, pets, or wildlife. However, if you do find a bait packet near your home, just leave it be unless it is an area not likely to attract a raccoon or in an area frequented by children or pets. If you do move the bait packets, you should use gloves and wash your hands afterward. The drops come following the discovery of 11 wild animals in Franklin County with rabies just since mid-March.))

Export seminar to be held in June

The Development Authority of the North Country is hosting a seminar next month, to explain how businesses can jump into the export market with government assistance. The Ex-Im Bank, the SBA, and the US Commerce Department will be among the presenters. The agencies all provide funding programs and services that could help businesses grow their exports. The seminar is set for June 16th, from 1-4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown.

Baby, It Was COLD Out There This Past Winter!

Now that winter is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to reflect on just how cold and snowy it really was. And according to the National Weather Service, this past winter wasn’t just cold here in the North Country… It was record-breaking cold! Ed Histed has all the numbers….

((The weather service says many records were shattered during the winter of 2014-15, which snuck up on many folks who had gotten somewhat used to the mild by comparison, two previous winters. December was the only month that ended up with above normal temperatures. On the other hand, February was the coldest month around these parts in many, many years. On February 16th for example, the temperature of minus 36 broke the lowest recorded temperature for that date of minus 24 degrees which was set back in 1963. Beginning in January, the average temperature in Massena for example, of 6.5 degrees was 4 degrees below the average of 10.5 degrees. February’s average temperature of minus 12.6 degrees was 15 degrees below the 2.4 degree average. Snowfall was also heavy, and according the to the National Weather Service, the most snow in the entire the region occurred in the hamlet of Hooker in Lewis County, which measured 274 inches this season. Ice coverage on Lake Ontario also set a record in February with 82 percent ice coverage. ))

Woman sentenced in tax fraud scheme

A 27-year-old woman has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for her role in a identity theft and mail fraud scheme. Lacey Hollinger is accused of contacting people through Facebook, telling them they were eligible for a tax refund as part of the federal government’s stimulus program in 2011 and 2012. Several dozen people responded, giving her their birthdates, social security numbers, and other personal information. Federal prosecutors say Hollinger then used their information to steal about $200-thousand in fake tax returns. A co-defendant is set to be sentenced on June 10th.

Massena Man Already On Parole Now Facing New Charges

A Massena man was returned to the St. Lawrence County jail following a brief appearance in Massena Village Court where he appeared on charges stemming from a burglary at Softtail’s on May 12th. Ed Histed provides the details…

((24 year old Jacob Farrell was charged with breaking a back door window to enter the bar and then stealing the cash register containing $1,200. Surveillance video, along with witnesses identified Farrell, in part, by a tatoo that reads “Romance is dead” on his arm. Farrell reportedly spent time that Monday night into early Tuesday morning drinking at Softtail’s and another watering hole before allegedly breaking in. It’s not his first time in trouble with the law… Farrell was sent to state prison in June 2014 to serve a four-year term for criminal sale of a controlled substance. But he was released from prison in November under parole supervision after completing a 120-day treatment program. Now, he is due back in Massena Village Court on the new charges on July 18th. Meanwhile, his parole hearing is scheduled for July 8th.))

“Totes of Hope” campaign launches today

The Red Cross is launching its third annual “Totes of Hope” campaign this holiday weekend. Throughout the summer, the Red Cross will collect donations of personal care items, which will then be packed in tote bags and delivered to local veterans. They need new items, like toothbrushes, shampoo, tissues, deoderant, and body wash. Donors are also asked to include a personal note of thanks to the veterans. Last year, more than 880 tote bags were handed out to homeless veterans and former service members living in local care facilities.