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State Senator Patty Ritchie speaks in support of Fort Drum at a community listening session hosted by the Army Thursday at Case Middle School in Watertown. Listening, from left, are Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commander Major General Stephen Townsend, and Army stationing expert Colonel Thomas O'Donoghue. Photo: Joanna Richards
State Senator Patty Ritchie speaks in support of Fort Drum at a community listening session hosted by the Army Thursday at Case Middle School in Watertown. Listening, from left, are Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commander Major General Stephen Townsend, and Army stationing expert Colonel Thomas O'Donoghue. Photo: Joanna Richards

Watertown community comes out to support Fort Drum

About 200 community members turned up in a school auditorium in Watertown Thursday night in a showing of regional support for Fort Drum. The event was billed as a "listening session" for the Army, to inform a process of personnel cutbacks and reorganization currently affecting military installations around the country.

Leaders in local government, education, business, transportation, housing, health care and more turned out at Case Middle School to bolster the community's case for maintaining strong troop levels at Fort Drum.  Go to full article
Photo: Ove Overmeyer, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25947183@N04/5728324248/">Creative Commons</a>, some rights reserved

Will Cuomo drop abortion rights bill, campaign finance reform?

Governor Cuomo says he'll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of political campaigns.

The governor says Republicans who co-lead the state Senate continue to oppose a measure to clarify a women's right to choose abortion. The GOP has also steadfastly been against public financing of campaigns.  Go to full article
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris

From milk to beer: Dairy family switches to hops

Agriculture in the North Country is changing - and the evidence is everywhere. For the Goodmans, a longtime dairy family in Fort Ann, in Washington County, it's time to get out of the business. But Erica and Les Goodman are trying something new on their land: growing hops. And they're using social media to do it.  Go to full article
House on County Route 11 in Depauville, NY. The house has since burned down, and photos can be found on the house's page at OABNNY. Photo: <a href="http://oabonny.com/indexpage9.htm">Old Abandoned Buildings of Northern New York</a>

Watertown man preserves "Old Abandoned Buildings" with web site

We've all driven down the highway in the North Country and been amazed that some structure by the side of the road was still standing. Maybe it used to be a barn, a house, or...  Go to full article
Early asparagus is the thickest. Stop picking if it's thinner than a pencil. Archive Photo of the Day: Steve and Vici Diehl, Antwerp NY.

Keeping up with asparagus

It won't be long before the lucky people with an asparagus patch will be eating one of the first edibles offered by the new season.

Whether you're trying to keep...  Go to full article