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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
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
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
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
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton, including the 24 East Main Bed & Breakfast (green house). Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton, including the 24 East Main Bed & Breakfast (green house). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Canton officials still have doubts over train speed increase

Yesterday, we heard about the efforts to rebuild the Quebec town of Lac Megantic, after a train explosion destroyed much of the village. That horrible accident makes any town with a railroad ask: could it happen here?

Last January, CSX announced it was upgrading a rail crossing in Canton so its trains could go faster through the village - from 25 to up to 40 miles per hour. The company says the change will speed up commerce on the line but will not compromise safety.

Local officials met last week with CSX over safety concerns. As David Sommerstein reports, the meeting opened up dialogue but didn't answer all the questions.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11646053@N04/8439347472/">Sergio Ruiz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sergio Ruiz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How a St. Lawrence county coop is building local food distribution

A farmer cooperative in St. Lawrence County is getting a federal grant to sell more local produce to schools and hospitals. As David Sommerstein reports, the North Country Grown Cooperative is one group trying to build a distribution system for local food in the North Country.  Go to full article
Mary Rain (right) announces her candidacy at the St. Lawrence County courthouse in Canton. Joining her is Tandy Cyrus, whose son, Garrett Phillips, was murdered in 2011. The crime is still unsolved. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Mary Rain (right) announces her candidacy at the St. Lawrence County courthouse in Canton. Joining her is Tandy Cyrus, whose son, Garrett Phillips, was murdered in 2011. The crime is still unsolved. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Republican DA hopeful launches sharp attacks early

The race for St. Lawrence County District Attorney is on. And yesterday the challenger came out swinging. Republican Mary Rain attacked two-term incumbent Nicole Duvé for failing to bring criminals to trial. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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