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The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.
The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.

High-level legal feud escalates in St. Lawrence County

A legal feud between two prominent St. Lawrence County officials continues to escalate.

Days after being served a subpoena to deliver 10 years of financial records to a grand jury, county Administrator Karen St. Hilaire asked a stay of any grand jury action.

And she filed complaints with the state Attorney General's office against District Attorney Mary Rain.  Go to full article
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards have decided it's now up to the public to vote on the merger. Photo: David Sommerstein
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards have decided it's now up to the public to vote on the merger. Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton-Potsdam school merger process moves to public vote

The Canton school board voted unanimously to move the merger process forward last night. Earlier this week, the Potsdam school board also voted in favor of public vote on the merger.

Bill Gregory is superintendent of Canton Central School District. He says now, the schools have to sure make the community understands precisely what it would mean if the two schools merge.

"Beginning in late August and extending through the end of October there will be an intense public information campaign with a series of town hall meetings and meetings with all the community service organizations to really answer questions and to alleviate fears in some cases about what may or may not occur with a merger."

A straw poll vote is scheduled for October 30, and a binding referendum is scheduled for mid-December.  Go to full article
County administrator Karen St. Hilaire. Photo: Julie Grant
County administrator Karen St. Hilaire. Photo: Julie Grant

St. Lawrence County DA seeks grand jury probe of county administrator

A legal feud is brewing between two top officials in St. Lawrence County.

First-year district attorney Mary Rain wants a grand jury to investigate whether county administrator Karen St. Hilaire mishandled two cases involving county money.

One regards a microphone system for the Board of Legislators. The second deals with a $500,000 grant the county failed to get. But a former county official says there's a reason for the missed grant.  Go to full article
It was a tense game to watch in the Winston Room at St. Lawrence University. Photo: David Sommerstein
It was a tense game to watch in the Winston Room at St. Lawrence University. Photo: David Sommerstein

Soccer fans savor victory in Canton

American soccer fans are rejoicing after their team slipped through the so-called "Group of Death" in the World Cup. Even though USA lost to Germany, 1 to 0, on Thursday, the team exceeded expectations and moves on to the elimination round.

The World Cup is a far cry from, say, the Super Bowl as far as American sports viewing events. But David Sommerstein found a decent sized group watching yesterday's match at St. Lawrence University in Canton.

Click listen to hear Chris Custer, Eileen Coyle, Emily DePoy, Caroline Crandell, all involved with soccer at St. Lawrence University.

The USA soccer team moves on to the elimination round and will almost certainly face a powerful Belgian team next Tuesday at 4pm.  Go to full article
Gunnison Chapel last week. Photo: Kelly Bartlett
Gunnison Chapel last week. Photo: Kelly Bartlett

St. Lawrence U's Gunnison Chapel repairs getting underway

A spokesperson from St. Lawrence University says that work is starting this month on St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Chapel, which was heavily damaged in a fire last October.  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market, summer 2010. Photo by David Sommerstein
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market, summer 2010. Photo by David Sommerstein

Two ways SNAP recipients can save at farmers' markets

There's more and more to buy at farmers' markets this time of year. For many shoppers, it's exciting to watch the growers' stands fill up with new fruits and vegetables. But many others feel priced out of the market.

This week, GardenShare, an anti-hunger group in Canton is reminding people in need about ways they can stretch their dollar at farmers' markets in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Some of the action at Friday night's Dairy Princess block dance. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Some of the action at Friday night's Dairy Princess block dance. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Were you at the Dairy Princess block dance? We were!

This year St. Lawrence County celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Dairy Princess tradition. Traditionally, the parade and festival are on Saturday, but by Friday noon vendors and organizations are pretty well set up, and downtown begins to orient toward the village park.

Friday night, there's a street dance, and this year a classic car show. Park Street was closed for a couple blocks between the park and the library/post office side of the street. We went. There were people everywhere: in the park, on the street, in the alleys, cruising parking lots for an empty spot.

I believe it's been 10 years that the local John Deere dealer has sponsored the street dance. That means BIG tractors, and little ones, that kids could climb into. And country music. Clusters of teenagers. Little kids running around and dancing (the evening starts with a Big Wheel race.) Clusters of teenagers. Lot of folks camped out in lawn chairs -- family groups and old friends catching up. Indeed it was an annual festival of all things dairy. Here's how it looked:  Go to full article
Ann Barber (L) and Wanda Renick (R) share a laugh in this publicity photo from the Grasse River Players 1992 production of "Mornings at Seven" in Canton.  Photo:  Grasse River Players
Ann Barber (L) and Wanda Renick (R) share a laugh in this publicity photo from the Grasse River Players 1992 production of "Mornings at Seven" in Canton. Photo: Grasse River Players

Grasse River Players stages 40 years of community theater, friendships

It started in 1974 with a small group of theatre lovers in Canton wanting to build an outlet for creativity. This weekend, the Grasse River Players celebrates 40 years of producing a wide variety of theater, from radio plays, to musicals to original full length dramas. The community theater group's annual meeting is on Sunday (7 pm) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. Everyone is welcome.

Todd Moe sat down with two charter members of the Grasse River Players -- Wanda Renick and Carole Berard -- for their favorite local theatrical moments, and spoke with GRP board president, Elaine Kuracina, about plans for the future.  Go to full article
The first group of St. Lawrence students to travel to Kenya, in January of 1972. Furthest to right: Peter French; Anne Chene os next to him. Paul Gilbert is sixth from the right. Photo: St. Lawrence University, Special Collections and Vance University Archives
The first group of St. Lawrence students to travel to Kenya, in January of 1972. Furthest to right: Peter French; Anne Chene os next to him. Paul Gilbert is sixth from the right. Photo: St. Lawrence University, Special Collections and Vance University Archives

How a North Country college + an African country = community

This past weekend St. Lawrence University saw a record turnout for its alumni reunion. On top of the usual festivities, this year marked another big moment in St. Lawrence history: the 40th anniversary of its study abroad program in Kenya. The first group of students travelled from Canton to Nairobi in 1972, for a two-week program, but since 1974 it's been a semester-long experience. And the connection to the East African country runs even deeper--each year since the mid-'80s, St. Lawrence has been awarding two Kenyan students full scholarships to come and do their four years of college here in the North Country.

Alumni in attendance included two members of Kenya's parliament, as well as several founders and CEOs of nonprofits devoted to bettering the lives of people in Kenya.  Go to full article
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Hillary pleads not guilty in Garrett Phillips murder

This morning, officers led Oral Hillary into the St. Lawrence County courthouse for his bail hearing. Potsdam police arrested him at his home the afternoon before. Hillary is charged with second degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam. The arrest followed four days of closed-door grand jury testimony.  Go to full article

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