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Village trustee Mary Ann Ashley challenges mayor Dave Curry on Tuesday. Photos: David Sommerstein/Lisa Lazenby
Village trustee Mary Ann Ashley challenges mayor Dave Curry on Tuesday. Photos: David Sommerstein/Lisa Lazenby

Two Republicans face off for Canton mayor

An odd numbered year means a sprinkling of local races on Election Day next Tuesday.
In St. Lawrence County, the race between Democratic incumbent district attorney Nicole Duvé and GOP challenger Mary Rain is grabbing the headlines. We'll have a profile of that race on Monday.

Ogdensburg has a five-way race for three city council seats. Gouverneur and Canton each have two village trustee seats up for grabs.

The village mayor of Canton is also up for election. Incumbent Republican Dave Curry is seeking a second term. Another Republican, Mary Ann Ashley, is running on the Democratic line to defeat him. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Alan Lomax, in Dominica, in 1962. Photo courtesy Lomax Archive.
Alan Lomax, in Dominica, in 1962. Photo courtesy Lomax Archive.

Lomax musical archive, digitized, visits the North Country

For some 60 years, Alan Lomax lugged recording equipment around the United States and to many countries around the world to document everyday people's music.

The Lomax archive of folk music and its tens of thousands of recordings have been digitized and are now available free to anyone who has access to the Internet.

A series of events this weekend in Canton and Potsdam celebrates the Lomax collection. It includes films, lectures, and a musical presentation tomorrow at 7 pm at the TAUNY Center in Canton by the curator of the Alan Lomax Archive, Nathan Salsburg.

Salsburg told David Sommerstein it's in part the informal nature of the recordings that makes them so special and unique.  Go to full article
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.

Kayaking champion helps design whitewater parks in Canton, Potsdam

The country's best known whitewater kayaking champion is helping design whitewater courses in Canton and Potsdam. Three time World Cup winner and three time Olympian Scott Shipley met with community members Monday night.  Go to full article
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

NYSARC's Transitions program ready to expand

A St. Lawrence County program that helps developmentally disabled young people lead more independent lives is serving an increasing number of clients, despite a decline in state funding. We stop by NYSARC's Transitions space in Canton for a conversation with its director, some of the young people in the program, and hear about plans to expand to Potsdam by the end of the year.

The public is invited to an Open House at the center from 4-6 pm today.  Go to full article
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.

"Inadequate" oil tankers rumble through Canton & North Country

There's been renewed attention to the safety of the freight trains that run through North Country towns. The horrible oil explosion that destroyed much of a Quebec village and killed 47 people makes any railroad town ask, "what if?" And a plan by CSX to increase train speeds through the village of Canton has local officials concerned the rail company is putting quick commerce before safety.

An investigation by NCPR has found CSX is shipping hazardous liquids like crude oil through Canton and other towns on its Massena line using tankers federal regulators deemed "inadequate" two decades ago.  Go to full article
Eliza Moore.  Photo: elizamoore.com
Eliza Moore. Photo: elizamoore.com

New music: Eliza Moore's "Everything to Me"

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Eliza Moore has a new album and she'll give a concert in Canton on Saturday night. Her musical journey has taken her from Vermont to Indiana, Boston, the Thousand Islands and across Europe. Todd Moe talks with Eliza about her new EP, Everything to Me, and the classically-trained violinist's personal journey.

Eliza Moore will hold an EP-release gathering for Everything to Me at the Parkview above the Blackbird Cafe in Canton Saturday beginning at 7 pm. She will perform with members of Althea Jean, and DJ Tapatio (aka David Sommerstein) will provide the dance tracks.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duvé speaks to the press Wednesday in the Grand Jury room in the county courthouse building in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duvé speaks to the press Wednesday in the Grand Jury room in the county courthouse building in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Duve fights back against DA challenger

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve defended her record yesterday from attacks by her Republican challenger.

Duvé, a Democrat, said former public defender Mary Rain was "misrepresenting" the results of cases. And she said Rain was misunderstanding the subtleties of prosecution.

David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Alexander String Quartet during a live broadcast from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU this morning.  Photo: Joel Hurd
The Alexander String Quartet during a live broadcast from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU this morning. Photo: Joel Hurd

Live Music Friday: Alexander String Quartet at SLU

The Alexander String Quartet will present a free concert at noon in St. Lawrence University's Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. The San Francisco-based quartet consists of Zakarias Grafilo, violin, Frederick Lifsitz, violin, Paul Yarbrough, viola, and Sandy Wilson, cello.

The ensemble spent this week visiting a number of classes at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University, including First-Year Programs, arts, literature, and printmaking courses. And they joined us with their brand of classical music during The Eight O'clock Hour this morning.  Go to full article
In the Gunnison bell tower Alex Merrill (left) a member of the St. Lawrence Class of  2013 and the fifth in three generations of his family to be a "chimer," plays with Robert Gould (1955) and Danica Cunningham (2013) during commencement weekend.  Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives
In the Gunnison bell tower Alex Merrill (left) a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2013 and the fifth in three generations of his family to be a "chimer," plays with Robert Gould (1955) and Danica Cunningham (2013) during commencement weekend. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives

Listen again: hitting a high note in SLU's musical tower

Sunday morning's fire in Gunnison Memorial Chapel heavily damaged the bell tower, but the ten bells of the carillon were spared. Built in 1926, the chapel's tolling bells have been a staple of St. Lawrence campus and community life. During the fire, the wooden beam that held the bells burned, but luckily the bells came to rest on the tower's concrete floor. St. Lawrence University will pay tribute to the bells with a community gathering near the chapel at 5 o'clock this afternoon. "The Bells will Ring Again" will include musical tributes to the chapel bells.

In December 2003, Todd Moe climbed the bell tower for an up close look and listen to the bells and the student ringers.  Go to full article
The blaze early Sunday morning, as captured by a SLU student. Photo: Madeleine Young, courtesy St. Lawrence University
The blaze early Sunday morning, as captured by a SLU student. Photo: Madeleine Young, courtesy St. Lawrence University

Fire damages historic SLU steeple

UPDATE: St. Lawrence University officials confirm this morning that the fire-damaged steeple of Gunnison Memorial Chapel has fallen.

A festive weekend in Canton was marred early Sunday morning by a fire that severely damaged the steeple and bell tower of St. Lawrence University's historic chapel. No one was injured.  Go to full article

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