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Seedcorn to Launch Local Currency: North Country Notes

The deadline to submit designs for North Country Notes is quickly approaching. The idea is to promote businesses through the use of a local currency. North Country Notes is a project of SeedCorn, a non-profit group in Potsdam. The local currency is expected to be in use in Canton and Potsdam by this fall.  Go to full article

Mars: A Close Encounter Call-in

Mars is closer to Earth than it's been in 60,000 years. Host Martha Foley and St. Lawrence University astronomers Aileen O'Donoghue and Jeff Miller held a special call-in on what's up in the sky and why. They took listener questions about Mars and other night and daytime phenomena.  Go to full article

Aubertine Voices Blackout Concerns

As a member of the Assembly's Energy Committee, Darrel Aubertine represented the North Country during yesterday's hearings. The first-term Assemblyman says the hearings will allow committee members to refine their focus.  Go to full article
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo

Don't Burn This Tattoo

St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn" tattoos. Planner John Montan says the idea is to facilitate family conversation about the dangers of trash burning.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Historians Work to Save Long-Forgotten Music Hall

A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900's. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article
John Baylis portrays President Lincoln
John Baylis portrays President Lincoln

Preview: Civil War Weekend in Massena

One of the largest Civil War reenactments in the region takes place at Robert Moses State Park in Massena this weekend. Music, cannon fire, military drills and campfire stories are part of the event. More than 5,000 men from St. Lawrence County enlisted in the Civil War, and New York contributed more soldiers to the war than any other state. Todd Moe caught up with John Baylis, of Cassville, NY, during last summer's event. Baylis, who has studied Lincoln's life for years, will portray "Honest Abe" again this weekend.  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in Franklin County, says there are 90 different species of mosquitoes, but the ones that carry West Nile are most active in August.  Go to full article
Jim Benvenuto piloting his "Gypsy Wind" in Chippewa Bay.
Jim Benvenuto piloting his "Gypsy Wind" in Chippewa Bay.

Sailing on the St. Lawrence

It's the height of boating season. On the St. Lawrence River, roaring cigarette boats and fishing boats share the water with kayakers, antique skiffs, and swift sailboats. Last summer David Sommerstein hitched a ride on the Gypsy Wind sailboat in Chippewa Bay to follow in the wake of rumrunners and other river rats.  Go to full article

Singer Castle Opens To Public

Starting this Saturday, people will get a chance to step inside an historic Scottish-style castle on the St. Lawrence River for the first time in a century. Since a group of investors purchased it last year, workers have been restoring Singer Castle on Dark Island. David Sommerstein took a tour of castle last summer before renovations began.  Go to full article
Allens Falls. Tim Bouchard Photo
Allens Falls. Tim Bouchard Photo

St. Lawrence County Waterfalls Guide

A 2002 guide to waterfalls in St. Lawrence County showcases some of the area's natural beauty. The 16-page, color brochure was produced for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as a way to boost tourism. It features eight waterfalls, each with a bit of history and directions to the sites. The guide was written and photographed by St. Lawrence University student Tim Bouchard. Jody Tosti met up with him for a tour of Allen Falls in Potsdam and has this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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