Archives for March 2016

Another scam to be on the lookout for

Well there’s another scam to be on the lookout for. The New York State Police in Plattsburgh have received complaints from residents in the Malone area who have received phone calls asking for donations from people claiming to be the State Police.

The New York State Police advises state residents that neither the State Police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations from the general public. There are a number of organizations with police-styled names which conduct fund-raising campaigns in which they solicit monetary donations for various purposes. Solicitors appeal for dollars to help support law enforcement initiatives, such as the purchase of safety equipment, charitable summer camp programs or anti-DWI campaigns. But the New York State Police do not solicite donations over the phone, they get their funding from the State of New York. So if you get one of these calls hang up. do not engage the caller. The New York State Office of the Attorney General investigates illegal and questionable telemarketing operations in New York State. Call them to report one of these calls.

Online peititon seeks to change food vendor at Clarkson

A new online petition aims to change the food service at Clarkson University. Nearly 700 students have signed the Change.org petition saying they’re “fed up with Aramark.” The students claim they’ve had to eat “wilted, slimy, curtailed food” and they’re paying more for it than students at St. Lawrence University. A Clarkson spokewoman says students should be writing comment cards and speaking to the managers on campus if they want to see changes.

Constable man found guilty of stealing diamond ring

A Constable man is going to prison for 8 years. He was setenced Monday after a St. Lawrence County jury convicted him of stealing a gold and diamond ring. Prosecutors said Leonard Deshane, Jr. had a long rap sheet, and this was his second felony conviction. His defense attorneys argued that Deshane is a drug addict and should be put into the court systems treatment program, but the judge rejected that.

Here Come The Robots!

A new, and rather unusual business, is set to open it’s doors in Potsdam. The Robot Zone is holding a grand opening on Saturday, at 71 Market Street. For the past several years, The Robot Zone has been run out of Clarkson University’s Peyton Hall, working to meet the growing needs of preparing K-12 students in STEM education. Now, according to school officials, they have outgrown what they can do on campus, so a move to larger quarters was necessary. Ed Histed has more…

((The new space includes a large room for classes, storage for robot kits, and a machine shop where high school students and college mentors will work on competition robots. There’s also a place to hold birthday parties after hours. The business currently employs two full time workers, and about 15 college students as interns. This summer, they will hold classes on robotics and 3-D printing for K-12 teachers and students. The business chose to open in Potsdam because of their already close relationship with Clarkson. The Robot Zone will also provide a 3-D printing service to the public. You can bring in plans for whatever you want to print… from logos to cups… even wedding invitations. More information about them is available by visiting www.therobotzone.com The business’s grand opening will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at their new Market Street location, and will include robotics activities, 3-D printing demonstrations and a ribbon cutting.))

New bike, walking routes laid out across Malone

New walking and biking routes are being laid out across Malone. The Complete Streets Advisory Board is trying to encourage more people to get out and walk through their neighborhoods and see what the town and village have to offer. Officials have agreed to add signs and paint bike markers along the streets. The work should be finished in May. The five walking routes and two bicycle routes will also help people in town get healthy, according to the board. More information about the routes will be posted on the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Coast Guard Plans Could Hurt Seaway Shippers

The U.S. Coast Guard says it plans to add 18 pilots on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system over the next two years. It’s something that shipping companies say they will fight, as they claim it will add about 50 percent to their pilotage rates, drastically increasing their costs. Here’s Ed Histed with more on this story…

((As the law now stands, each and every foreign-flagged commercial vessel that transits the Seaway system, must be guided by a U.S. or Canadian pilot ship. During the 2015 shipping season, there were 36 registered pilots available for service. Now comes word that the Coast Guard wants to increase that number to 48 by the start of the 2017 shipping season, and then increase it again to 54 by the close of that season. That increase, according to the Coast Guard’s own figures, will increase the cost to shippers by about 12 percent. On top of that cost, the Coast Guard also wants shippers to pay for the costs of hiring and training the new pilots… at another cost of $1,650,000. If that happens, it would mean that shippers using the St. Lawrence would be hit with a total of $3,515,025 this year alone, or nearly 23 percent more than the 2015 rates. When all the numbers are crunched, shippers say it will result in about a 50 percent increase in rates. They claim that they have already been hit with a 115 percent increase in pilotage rates over the past decade alone.))

New company plans to increase broadband access

A 3-month-old company based in Bombay is pushing to expand high-speed internet across the North Country. Mohawk Networks, with offices near the casino, told St. Lawrence County legislators Monday night that they’ll be competing for some of the $500 million of the new NY Broadband Program that the governor recently announced. They plan to use towers and broadcast a signal, instead of relying on underground fiberoptic connections, allowing them to offer service in otherwise hard-to-reach areas.

Developer buys Queensbury hotel in Glens Falls

The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls has a new owner. Ed Moore, who owns French Mountain Commons and the Log Jam outlet shopping centers, announced Monday that he’s buying the historic hotel. Another announcement is set for tomorrow morning in the hotel lobby to talk about the Queensbury’s future.

Plan Now For A Sweet North Country Weekend

This weekend brings a string of events to our region all highlighting Adirondack maple syrup production. Ed Histed has all the sweet details…

((There are sugarhouse tours and demonstrations, a race and maple tastings at Whiteface Mountain, outdoor family programs and activities at The Wild Center’s sugar shack, sap to syrup workshops, and restaurant promotions and maple-related menus all weekend throughout the North Country. The Tastes of Maple event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Last year, more than 250 people turned out for that one. This year, there will be live music, local maple-based cusine, maple ale, maple spirit samples, and many area restaurants will offer samples. Admission is free, and tasting tickets will be only $1. For more information, go to www.lakeplacid.com/events))

Solar Celebration Planned

The Malone Chamber of Commerce plans a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the town’s use of solar power. Ed Histed has details…

((The event is set for the local airport, where many solar panels have already been installed, on Friday, April 15th at 10AM. Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Express, sponsored by Apex Solar, the compamy that was awarded the contract to install solar panels on buildings at the local airport. Apex was founded in 2012 by Malone native Greg DeMarse. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been invited, as have many state representatives. No word yet on whether or not the Governor will actually be there. For more information, contact the Malone Chamber of Commerce, at 483-3760.))