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Proposed site plan for waterfront hotel development in Clayton. Source: Town of Clayton website
Proposed site plan for waterfront hotel development in Clayton. Source: Town of Clayton website

Clayton hopes for riverfront transformation

People in the Thousand Islands village of Clayton are watching several projects that could transform an abandoned waterfront industrial site into a new community hub.

The site used to be home to Frink America, a snowplow manufacturer and a major employer in the small town. Before that, it was the village train station, where Golden Age vacationers would arrive to be ferried to luxury hotels on nearby islands.

The grand plan now in the works includes new docks, a pavilion, and a multi-story hotel. Joanna Richards has more.  Go to full article
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River. Photo: David Sommerstein
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River. Photo: David Sommerstein

Save the River chief Caddick to depart in June

Jennifer Caddick has led the environmental protection and education organization Save the River for the past six years. But she's announced now she'll be stepping aside. Reporter Joanna Richards stopped by the offices of the organization to speak with Caddick about the issues that have defined her tenure at the organization and what priorities a new leader will be facing as the group begins a new chapter.  Go to full article

Preview: "Importance of Being Earnest" in Clayton

The Clayton Opera House hosts performances of one of Oscar Wilde's masterpieces: The Importance of Being Earnest tonight and tomorrow night. The play tells the tale of two young men who have taken to bending the truth, and is full of insights into the flamboyant lifestyle of the British upper classes. Todd Moe spoke with British actor Guy Oliver-Watts, who plays Algernon, about the show's witty script, and the Aquila theater group's new take on a classic play.  Go to full article

Preview: "The Moth" at the Clayton Opera House

We are co-hosting a storytelling event at the Clayton Opera House next Wednesday night. The Moth Mainstage is great stories, told live without scripts or props. It will feature storytellers from The Moth Radio Hour and the North Country. Todd Moe spoke with Moth producer Maggie Cino about the radio show and the live event in Clayton on the 27th. She says the Moth's style of storytelling is "magical".  Go to full article
Francesco Attesti
Francesco Attesti

Preview: Italian pianist Francesco Attesti in Clayton

Italian pianist Francesco Attesti gives a benefit concert Wednesday night (7 pm) at the Clayton Opera House. The concert, sponsored by local Rotary clubs, will feature selections from Chopin, Liszt and Verdi. The recital will benefit ShelterBox, a worldwide disaster relief organization. Todd Moe spoke with Rotary volunteer Tom Deuson, of Henderson, who helped organize the concert. Deuson says ShelterBox was founded by Rotarians.  Go to full article
Mrs. Bowman's 7th grade science classes
Mrs. Bowman's 7th grade science classes

A field trip for future river stewards

Save the River is the only policy advocate on environmental issues on the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence River.

Now they are collaborating with area schools and taking students on field trips to learn from the river first hand. David Sommerstein tagged along with a group of seventh graders from Thousand Islands middle school and has this report.  Go to full article
Save the River's expansion plans
Save the River's expansion plans

River watchdog close to fundraising goal

The St. Lawrence River watchdog group Save the River has announced the final push in a two-and-a-half-year fundraising campaign.

The organization hopes to raise $700,000 to expand its office space and its programs. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article
U.S. Seaway Administrator Terry Johnson (left) poses with other industry leaders as the first freighter of the season enters the St. Lambert lock.
U.S. Seaway Administrator Terry Johnson (left) poses with other industry leaders as the first freighter of the season enters the St. Lambert lock.

Seaway burnishes "green" profile

Last week, the first freighter of the year rumbled up the St. Lawrence River. That marked the 53rd season of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a man-made channel linking the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

The Seaway's billion dollars of commerce is mostly an economic conversation between Canada's southern coast, America's Midwest, and the far-flung ports of the world.

But it's caused vast environmental damage in the North Country and across the Great Lakes, largely via invasive species.

David Sommerstein went to the Seaway's opening ceremony last week in Montreal. He sends this report on the Seaway's delicate balance between the economy and the environment.  Go to full article
Windfall poster
Windfall poster

New doc gives voice to wind power critics

The North Country has the largest industrial wind farm East of the Mississippi, on the Tug Hill Plateau. There are also several in various stages of planning from Cape Vincent to Plattsburgh.

Many have been held up for years by battles over the pros- and cons- of wind power.

A new documentary sets out to warn about the potential negatives - aggressive power corporations, conflicts of interest for lawmakers, the noise, height, and setbacks of the turbines, and more.

Windfall tells the story of the little town of Meredith, near Oneonta, and how wind power divided the place. It's shown at the Toronto Film Festival and several other major festivals around the country.

Director Laura Israel brings Windfall to the Clayton Opera House this Saturday. She told David Sommerstein she bumped into the issue when she moved into a cabin in Meredith.  Go to full article
Jonathan Kuniholm
Jonathan Kuniholm

Preview: North Country Access 2010 in Clayton

The North Country Access 2010 event gets underway at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton tomorrow. It's an all-abilities water sports event for those with impaired mobility, sensory limitations and other disabilities. The featured speakers include paralympic skier and track racer Christopher Waddell, who was paralyzed in a 1988 skiing accident, and Jon Kuniholm, a retired Marine who lost part of his right arm to an IED while a soldier in Iraq. Kuniholm is leading research into engineering devices to help disabled people, and a partner in the Open Prosthetics Project, which works to share advances in prosthetics design. He is both a researcher and an end user in developing prosthetic robotic hands. Kuniholm told Todd Moe that prosthetic technology is a field that hasn't changed much in 20 years because of its smaller consumer market.  Go to full article

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