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Returning soldiers face another fight: reacclimation

As many as 9,000 troops are expected to return to Fort Drum from Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of August. Speculation has run rampant on the impact this influx will have on Watertown and the rest of the North Country. Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns - when running for re-election - said crime will rise. And there may not be enough housing or jobs for returning soldiers. The military - and military families - are asking a different question: What impact will coming home have on the soldiers themselves? Retired Army Captain Jim Wilkes knows that impact first-hand. After returning from overseas, he started the non-profit Angel Trax to serve soldiers and their families. Jonathan Brown asked him what issues the soldiers are likely to confront once they're back home.  Go to full article
Seaway Admin. Terry Johnson

Seaway: invasive species "high priority"

We've been reporting on invasive species in the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes for years, ever since foreign freighters brought zebra mussels from the Caspian Sea. By last count, there are 183 invasives in the Great Lakes watershed. More than half of them came in the ballast of Seaway freighters. Federal laws about cleaning ships' ballast have done little to stop the invaders. Today we'll hear about how states are taking the matter into their own hands. But first, a change in message from the agency that runs the Seaway. In the past, its director has focused on those existing efforts to clean ballast water. But the Seaway's new administrator, Terry Johnson, is striking a different tone. In prepared remarks for Save the River's annual conference in Alexandria Bay, Johnson said the current system is "not adequate" and needs to be fixed quickly. Johnson spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article
Dougie MacLean at the Aberlemno Stone, Angus, Scotland

Preview: Dougie MacLean in Potsdam

One of Scotland's most successful and popular folk singers visits the North Country this week. Dougie MacLean performs in SUNY-Potsdam's Hosmer Hall this Thursday night (7:30). Todd Moe spoke with him about Scotland, his music and his "signature" guitar.  Go to full article

Riding the plow: Farming under several feet of snow

People across the country are fascinated by the recent snow squalls off Lake Ontario. Almost 12 feet of snow piled up in Oswego and Lewis Counties. It's the stuff of big,...  Go to full article

McHugh urges tightening Iraq War purse strings

The North Country's representative in Congress is urging fellow House members to use legislative means to influence how the U.S. wages war in Iraq.  Go to full article
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks

Celebrating the art of scrapbooks

A new exhibit on scrapbooks opens at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) this weekend. "Memories to Share: A Sample of North Country Scrapbooks" opens Saturday...  Go to full article

Snow slams parts of the North Country

This week, lake-effect snow squalls have hit Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis Counties... hard. Measurements could go over 100 inches in some places.
James Martin is Director...  Go to full article

River advocates to push for cleaner ballast

The environmental group Save The River is kicking off a campaign to urge Seaway freighters to clean their ballast water this weekend in Alexandria Bay. At the group's annual...  Go to full article

Preview: Arsenic and Old Lace

As part of Canton's "Winterfest 2007" the Grasse River Players will present a dinner theatre production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the First Presbyterian Church,...  Go to full article

Canton seeks road relief

In the decades-old quest for a so-called "rooftop highway" between Watertown and Plattsburgh, the villages along Route 11 are considered the bottlenecks. Take Canton. Many...  Go to full article

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