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North Country Identity

CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last month. Photo: Sarah Harris
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Is this really a biz plan for the North Country?

Last month Centerstate CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group, released a plan for a region they call central New York. It stretches from the Finger Lakes to Massena and includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. It doesn't include the Adirondacks or the Champlain Valley.

The plan was prepared by the Brookings Institution and identifies ways in the region can compete on a global scale. But some critics argue that the plan doesn't represent the western half of what we call the North Country.  Go to full article
Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in Fisher's Landing, NY was one of the honorees. Photo: <a href="">Ted Van Pelt</a>, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved

Parks agency announces preservation awards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the recipients of the 2013 New York State Historic Preservation Awards.

The Buffalo Neighborhood Preservation Initiative was cited for its work getting a group of Buffalo's largest and most significant residential and commercial areas listed on the New York and National Registers of Historic Places.  Go to full article
The globe, made by craftsmen at Jeffords Steel in Potsdam. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: front yard sculpture garden

Piece by piece, Greg Caron has transformed his Winthrop front yard into a park.

The wide, sprawling lawn is dotted with picnic tables, a big steel globe, a polar bear, the Virgin Mary, a soldier's monument, and more.

Caron says he welcomes visitors.  Go to full article
A zentangle. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: Canton educators make do with less

On the surface, Canton Central School is really vibrant: happy kids talking in the hallway and laughing at lunch, teachers engaged in their work. But the school is also deep...  Go to full article
Greg Caron upstairs in his barn with the inner-workings of the clock.  He collects and restores old objects for fun. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: New York's oldest tower clock rings again

For a long time, Greg Caron ran Greg and Molly's, a gas station and restaurant in Hopkinton. Now he's retired and spends his days tracking down old objects and bringing them...  Go to full article
Lining up for the parade. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Halloween, elementary school style

Banford Elementary School in Canton takes Halloween very seriously. The annual Halloween parade is one of the school's biggest events. For half an hour, the school totally...  Go to full article
Kevin Crosby takes the mic at the St. Lawrence County Republicans meet-the-candidates dinner. Photo: Sarah Harris

Why do we elect a coroner, anyway?

In St. Lawrence County, four coroners are notified when a fatal accident happens.

One of them takes the call, drives to the scene, day or night. Besides issuing...  Go to full article
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris

Art Sennett: Making magic with clay

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay and create art. And he made a lot of his own pottery from raw...  Go to full article
People gathered in Ogdensburg City Hall for the hearing. Photo: Sarah Harris

Ogdensburg says keep inpatient services at SLPC

New York's Office of Mental Health hopes to consolidate the state's 24 inpatient hospitals into 15 regional facilities called "centers of excellence."

But the...  Go to full article
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

Lake Champlain is a lot of things: It's a border between Vermont, Quebec, and New York. It's where people go to fish, swim, and boat. People cross it to get to work or see...  Go to full article

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