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Critics Blast Seaway Study in Clayton

Last night in Clayton, more than 200 people had a clear message for the directors of a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system: don't dredge deeper and wider shipping channels in the St. Lawrence River -- ever. The Seaway links the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean, and it's almost 50 years old. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Transport Canada say their study only concerns how to maintain the existing locks and channels as they are, not how to expand them. But as David Sommerstein reports, Thousand Islands residents weren't convinced.  Go to full article
Jay Nash
Jay Nash

Preview: Rock for the River in Clayton

Musicians from around the country gather at the Clayton Opera House tonight (7:30) for Rock for the River, a benefit concert for the environmental group "Save the River". Todd Moe talks with Los Angeles singer/guitarist Jay Nash who came up with the idea for the concert. Originally from Syracuse, Nash spent most of his summers playing guitar in the Thousand Islands and still considers it home.  Go to full article

Clayton to Host Seaway Study Meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is three years into a comprehensive look at the present and future of the massive St. Lawrence Seaway, a 45 year old engineering marvel. The process has been highly political. Some critics say it may pave the way for dredging and blasting a deeper channel in the St. Lawrence River. As David Sommerstein reports, the Army Corps is holding a series of public meetings, including one in Clayton, to address those concerns.  Go to full article
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers

Gardening Inspires Clayton Interior Design Diva

Mary Dial is a gardener, interior designer and artist. Her Clayton home is surrounded by nearly a dozen gardens. During the spring, summer and fall you'll find Mary tending her flowers. But she spends the long winters bringing the outdoors inside. She creates pillows, tables, mirrors and upholstered furniture in her studio using shells, beads and pressed flowers from her gardens. The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center in Clayton opens an exhibit of her work tonight. Todd Moe asked Mary where her talent and inspiration come from.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Scrutinized, Again

The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open another shipping season on March 25th. Observers warn letting giant freighters into the St. Lawrence too early can damage riverside ecology and homes. They also worry about the nightmare scenario of an oil spill trapped under ice. As David Sommerstein reports, the Seaway has made compromises over how it chooses an opening date, but critics still fear economics trumps the environment.  Go to full article
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton

Clayton Tries to 'Extend the Season'

Every summer, the Thousand Islands bustles with tourists and seasonal residents, all boating, fishing, dining, shopping, and spending money. But the economic boom dries up after Labor Day, leaving local businesses to shut down or suffer through the long winter. The village of Clayton is trying to reverse that trend and keep downtown shops open longer. As David Sommerstein reports, the effort reflects a new political and demographic reality in town.  Go to full article

Eileen Slate is North Country Public Radio

Eileen Slate of Clayton on what people who winter over on Grindstone Island find to do.  Go to full article

Study Challenges Seaway Expansion Benefits

Shippers and politicians in the Midwest say opening the St. Lawrence Seaway to so-called 'container' ships, which carry cargo boxes that fit on trucks and trains, would add billions of dollars to the Great Lakes economy. In the past, expansion critics have opposed digging a deeper and wider channel for bigger freighters largely on environmental grounds. Now they point to a new study that says many of the economic promises may be empty ones. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ken Deedy is North Country Public Radio

Ken Deedy of Grindstone Island talks about the trials of being an island schoolkid, riding the school boat to Clayton.  Go to full article

An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people gathered in the bunting-decked hall to attend the reading, presented here in full, exclusively from NCPR Online.  Go to full article

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