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Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Where your money goes when you give at the store

The holidays are a very big time for charitable giving, and that means when you're out shopping, you may be called upon to donate at the register. But if you're feeling charitable and you make that donation, where exactly does the money go - and just how local is "local?" Not surprisingly, it depends on where you drop your coins.

Price Chopper and Stewart's Shops are two major chains in our area that do holiday charitable drives, and they offer very different takes on how your local donation stays local.  Go to full article
The dining room of the United Methodist Church in De Kalb Junction, NY was packed with guests on Tuesday night. Photo: Zach Hirsch
The dining room of the United Methodist Church in De Kalb Junction, NY was packed with guests on Tuesday night. Photo: Zach Hirsch

"World-famous" dining in De Kalb Jct., and it's free (will)

For decades, the United Methodist church in DeKalb Junction has held a monthly, community dinner. What's on the menu varies - but when it's spaghetti, it's a big deal. Some people have even started calling it the "world famous" spaghetti dinner, even though the church isn't' actually setting any official records.  Go to full article
There are still gift tags on many Angel Trees in Canton, including this one in the student center at SLU.  The unwrapped gifts are due at the Church and Community Program by December 10th.  Photo:  Todd Moe
There are still gift tags on many Angel Trees in Canton, including this one in the student center at SLU. The unwrapped gifts are due at the Church and Community Program by December 10th. Photo: Todd Moe

A tradition of giving in Canton continues

A holiday tradition that's provided toys and clothing for needy families in the Canton area for decades continues this season. The Angel Tree tags, organized by the Canton Church and Community Program, are available on Christmas trees at local businesses, participating churches in Canton and the St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton student centers. Over 250 children in Canton, Hermon, Clare, Dekalb, Russell and Rensselaer Falls will be served.

Organizer Pat Alden says, like similar programs in other communities, taking and fulfilling an Angel Tree tag helps provide a much brighter holiday for area children. Anyone looking for a tag can call Pat at 854-8130.  Go to full article

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Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country non-profits struggle to grow jobs and attract dollars

This week NCPR is looking at the role that non-profit organizations are playing in the North Country's economy.

Hospitals, research labs, and universities provide some of the best jobs, bringing new investment and grant money to our small towns. But even as non-profits work to grow and attract even more economic development to the region, they face big hurdles, including the loss of government dollars.  Go to full article
I'm a shoe diva, as you can see, so I came down, and they're brand new shoes! For 10 dollars a pair! How can you go wrong?

Thrifty shoppers snag fashion finds in Watertown

Fashionistas in the Watertown area got a treat recently: a stylish, and affordable, one-day clothing boutique at the Black River Valley Club, to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission.  Go to full article
A Mom Prom preview in downtown Canton Wednesday.
A Mom Prom preview in downtown Canton Wednesday.

Silly for a serious cause

A group of women in Canton has organized a fundraiser for widows in Malawi, Africa next week.

The "Mom Prom" at the Best Western in Canton on Friday, June 10 will feature vintage prom dresses and long-forgotten bridesmaid gowns.

Organizer Tiffany Zook told Todd Moe that the event is for women of all ages. Money raised will benefit the Women of Grace Widows' Fund, which alleviates poverty and provides opportunities for widows in Malawi.  Go to full article
Alan Leo in Ghana.
Alan Leo in Ghana.

Moving the world: empowering a knowledge of economics

Our Moving the World series continues as we talk with a Canton man who volunteers with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Alan Leo recently returned from Ghana where he worked with a group of farmers on organizing their day-to-day operations and the economics of farming. Leo, who grew up on Long Island, has been doing international development work for more than a decade, and his volunteerism has taken him all around Africa, Asia and eastern Europe. He told Todd Moe that his travels and overseas work have taught him that people are the most important part of economic development.  Go to full article

Celebrating the harvest with a picnic

It's harvest season and you're invited to GardenShare's annual picnic in DeKalb Junction on Saturday. Food, games and music are all part of the event. GardenShare will also present its Growing Community Award to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton's UShare Project, which donates locally grown veggies to food pantries. Todd Moe spoke with Sarah Bentley-Garfinkle, one of the co-organizers of Saturday's GardenShare picnic.  Go to full article
Alex French and some of the residents of Gembeltu, Ethiopia
Alex French and some of the residents of Gembeltu, Ethiopia

Exploring a new culture, lending a helping hand

A SUNY Potsdam alumnus successfully raised $20,000 this year to help build a school in a small east African community. Alex French travels back to Gembeltu, Ethiopia this winter to help with some of the finishing touches on the school, and to talk with government leaders who've promised to provide a small yearly budget and a modest salary for the teachers. Todd Moe spoke with Alex French for an update on his humanitarian work in Africa as part of our series, Moving the World.  Go to full article

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