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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

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
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)

Clayton Opera House Celebrates Centennial

A celebration surrounding the historic Clayton Opera House takes place this weekend. It's the centennial of the Opera House, at one time the largest stage in Jefferson county. Todd Moe spoke with Bill Danforth, Vice President of the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund about this weekend's events and restoration work on the building.  Go to full article
Mary Dial surveys the blank pallette of one of her gardens in spring.
Mary Dial surveys the blank pallette of one of her gardens in spring.

Gardens Galore!

If you're having trouble finding enough time to tend to your garden this summer, imagine how busy Mary Dial must be. Her home, overlooking the St. Lawrence River near Clayton is surrounded by eleven gardens. Her gardens have been featured in the New York Times and most recently won a Golden Trowel Award from Garden Design magazine. A couple of weeks ago Mary took a break to show us around.  Go to full article

School Plans Tentative Amid Budget Battle

As the budget showdown in Albany reaches its climax, millions of dollars in education aid for North Country schools hang in the balance. School districts are making tentative plans for what they'd do with the extra money. As David Sommerstein reports, in most cases it's a mix of restoring cuts and lowering taxes.  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in the millions of dollars to keep things running as is. Instead of asking taxpayers for increases in the 20% range, schools are slashing spending. They're laying off teachers and principals, cutting everything from athletics to driver's education, and in some cases, closing whole schools. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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