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from left, are Anthony Collins, president, Clarkson University; Judge Eugene Nicandri, NYPA trustee; Dekalb Town Supervisor John Frary, St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill, Assemblywoman Addie Russell; Stephen Hunt, North Country Regional Director, ESD, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO; David Lucht, Corning's Canton plant manager; Curt Weinstein, vice president and GM, Advanced Optics, Corning Specialty Materials; Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Senator Patty Ritchie; Patrick Kelly, CEO, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency; and Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley. Photo: New York Power Authority
from left, are Anthony Collins, president, Clarkson University; Judge Eugene Nicandri, NYPA trustee; Dekalb Town Supervisor John Frary, St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill, Assemblywoman Addie Russell; Stephen Hunt, North Country Regional Director, ESD, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO; David Lucht, Corning's Canton plant manager; Curt Weinstein, vice president and GM, Advanced Optics, Corning Specialty Materials; Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Senator Patty Ritchie; Patrick Kelly, CEO, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency; and Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley. Photo: New York Power Authority

Corning celebrates expansion, 40 new jobs in Canton

State and local leaders dug shovels into dirt last week to celebrate the expansion of the Corning plant in Canton. Corning is investing $21 million and creating 40 new jobs.  Go to full article
Nicole Vaisey arrives at the preliminary hearing Thursday at the town of Fowler court. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Detective: kidnappers went on "shopping trip" to abduct

The woman accused of kidnapping two Amish girls told investigators she and her boyfriend "wanted to make the girls their slaves."

That's according to testimony presented Thursday at a preliminary court hearing in the town of Fowler. Detective Brooks Bigwarfe testified 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey drove herself to the sheriff's office while a massive search was on and confessed to the crime. The pair was arrested a few hours later last Friday night.

Vaisey was sent back to jail without bail on charges of second degree kidnapping.  Go to full article
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during a tournament practice session near Ogdensburg last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein

4 St. Lawrence fishing tips from the Bassmasters

Today is day two of the Bassmasters Elite tournament on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. The event is part of the top professional series for sport bass fishing.

Despite the caliber of bass fishing in the area, many people don't know anything about the sport.

David Sommerstein rode along while the anglers were practicing last year for the tournament on the St. Lawrence River. He gathered these tips from the country's best bass fishermen.

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Canton ex-guard pleads guilty to running family off road

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) A former jail guard is facing more than 10 years behind bars for running his family off a northern New York during a domestic dispute last fall.
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The house in Hermon where Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey live. Photo: Natasha Haverty

DA: "potential of other victims" of accused kidnappers

Investigators are sifting through mountains of potential evidence gathered at the St. Lawrence County home of a couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls from their...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam anthropology professor Karen Johnson-Weiner

Amish cope with tragedy and its "Big Media" aftermath

As the legal side of the kidnapping case kicks into gear, the St. Lawrence County Amish community is coping with the tragic ordeal.

An expert on Amish culture and...  Go to full article
Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff

More charges expected against Amish girls' kidnappers

More charges are expected this week against a St. Lawrence county couple who allegedly kidnapped two Amish girls. Police gathered evidence Sunday at the Hermon, NY, home of...  Go to full article
The entrance to Canton-Potsdam Hospital's detox unit. Photo: Sarah Harris

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Detox: after heroin, a first step

Heroin use has skyrocketed in the North Country over the past couple of years. The good news is drug treatment is available in the region. But before an addict can go to...  Go to full article
Massena Memorial Hospital. Photo: p4hinc.com

Massena hospital explores partnership with Canton-Potsdam

Massena's financially troubled hospital is reaching out to Canton-Potsdam hospital for help. Massena Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit facility owned by the town of...  Go to full article
Trail Map. <a href="http://www.indiancreeknaturecenter.us/sites/default/files/trailmap.jpg">View full size map</a>. Map: Indian Creek Nature Center.

A wetland maze in a birder's heaven

The end of August is a special chance to take full advantage of a birder's paradise just a few minutes from Canton. You name it: mergansers, black terns, bitterns, even...  Go to full article

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