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Woman faces charges after car hits horse buggy

CLYMER, N.Y. (AP) A woman has been charged with drunken driving after her car crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in western New York.  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Amish farmers partner with Agri-Mark

Most of the North Country is losing population, and losing farms. But there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They're drawn to the St. Lawrence Valley by the area's cheap, available farmland.

The Amish live an agrarian lifestyle that's more 19th century than 21st century. But in order to support their communities and their culture, the Amish have had to find a place in the local economy, including the dairy industry and an unlikely partnership with Agri-Mark.

Agri-Mark provides electrified milk houses where the Amish can deposit their milk. The partnership is expanding: Agri-Mark has built 4 new milk houses since June of 2013.  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Why more Amish aren't registering for the STAR exemption, and how it's getting fixed

New York state is urging people to re-register for their STAR property tax exemption before the deadline of December 31. Even if you've done it before, you need to sign up again - it's part of an effort by the state to curb fraud.

You can register online or by phone (here's how), but what if you don't have a computer or a phone? What if, say, you're Amish?  Go to full article
R. M. Doyon.    Photo:  courtesy the author.
R. M. Doyon. Photo: courtesy the author.

Books: "Thou Torturest Me"

Canadian author R. M. Doyon's new novel, Thou Torturest Me, is a sequel to his debut novel, Upcountry. Set in upstate New York, Upcountry fans will recognize many of their favorite characters in this second volume. Todd Moe spoke with R.M. Doyon from his home on Howe Island in the Thousand Islands. Doyon says his new book is filled with love, loss, hope and culture clashes between mainstream society and the sometimes misunderstood Amish.  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Amish farmers partner with Agri-Mark

Most of the North Country is losing population, and losing farms. But there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They're drawn to the St. Lawrence Valley by the area's cheap, available farmland.

They Amish live an agrarian lifestyle that's more 19th century than 21st century. But in order to support their communities and their culture, the Amish have had to find a place in the local economy, including the dairy industry and an unlikely partnership with Agri-Mark.  Go to full article
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: Using modern technology to move an Amish shed

Amish-made wooden sheds are becoming a fixture in backyards. They're neat and tidy, and handy for storage or even as a rustic bunkhouse.

But delivery can be tricky; unless you live nearby, an Amish carpenter is unlikely to haul it to your house by horse and wagon.

That's where movers like Clarence Forbes come in. He hauled a shed to David Sommerstein's house a couple years ago. The arrival is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner

Old Christmas an old tradition for many Amish in the North Country

For most of us, Jan. 1 marks the end of the holiday season, whether that's a sad goodbye or a relief.

But for some Christians, including many of the Amish people in the North Country, Jan. 6 is another day of celebration: Epiphany, or "Old Christmas."

Karen Johnson-Weiner is a professor of linguistic Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. She's been working with the North County's Amish for years.  Go to full article
Cuttting and prying loose the blocks of ice. Photo: Sustainble Living Project
Cuttting and prying loose the blocks of ice. Photo: Sustainble Living Project

Old ways add up nicely for one subsistence family

It's a scene that was common-place in the early 20th century, horses out on a frozen lake cutting through the ice with bladed plows.

Ice harvesting may not be part of your family's plans this year, but for one rural St. Lawrence County family it's the only way to keep food cool during the summer. Trevor Alford visited the Douglass family farm outside Canton and has our story.  Go to full article

One of two Amish children hospitalized after FedEx truck accident now in stable condition

One of two young Amish children who were listed in critical condition after their horsedrawn buggy was rear-ended by a FedEx truck Monday, is now listed as stable.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the driver of the FedEx truck has been identified as 28-year old Robert Williams of Gouverneur. Neither he nor his passenger was hurt.  Go to full article

Two Amish children remain critical following truck collision

Authorities say two young Amish children are in critical condition after their horse drawn buggy was rear-ended by a FedEx truck on State Route 37 in Massena on Monday.

State Police sergeant James Lobdell said, Tuesday that the children were being transferred from Massena Memorial Hospital.

"They were stabilized for transport, and sent to Syracuse for treatment of the injuries. And as of this morning, we made contact with the hospital and were advised that the two children are still listed in critical condition."  Go to full article

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