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Constructed in 1912, the library opened to the public in 1913. This is a hand-tinted photo postcard from opening day.
Constructed in 1912, the library opened to the public in 1913. This is a hand-tinted photo postcard from opening day.

Colton's library marks 100 years of more than lending books

This summer marks the centennial of the opening of the first Hepburn library funded by financier and politician A. Barton Hepburn. We'll hear the story of the Colton public library, the first of seven libraries that were gifts from Hepburn to the people of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.  Photo: Todd Moe
Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton. Photo: Todd Moe

Colton remembers its WWII history with music, dance, stories

The Sunday Rock Legacy Project continues in Colton this summer. It's a collaboration of the Grasse River Players, Colton Historical Society and Colton-Pierrepont Central School. Last summer, the three organizations produced Sunday Rock - The Folk Musical, written by Colton resident Evelyn Riehl. The project is committed to presenting a theatrical performance addressing an important historical era reflected in the local community. A two-part show opens Thursday night at Colton-Pierrepont Central School that will include vintage music, dance and local stories from World War II. Todd Moe spoke with Karen Wells, director of The 1940's Radio Hour.  Go to full article
World War II veteran Robert Thomas and his wife, Margaret, view vintage copies of the Watertown Daily Times from the 1940s.  The newspapers are part of an exhibit at the Colton Museum. Photo: Todd Moe
World War II veteran Robert Thomas and his wife, Margaret, view vintage copies of the Watertown Daily Times from the 1940s. The newspapers are part of an exhibit at the Colton Museum. Photo: Todd Moe

Colton remembers World War II with stories, music

The Colton Museum will remember World War II history tonight with an evening of music and stories from the 1940's. Local historians collected remembrances from Colton veterans, and a group of actors from the Grasse River Players will offer period tunes and readings at the opening of a new Colton Museum exhibit about the 1940s.  Go to full article
The historic Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.
The historic Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.

Musical pays tribute to Colton's history and legendary rock

A locally written musical gets a 20th anniversary remake on Colton-Pierrepont Central School's stage this week. Sunday Rock - the Folk Musical was written by Colton resident Evelyn Riehl, who wanted to pay tribute to the town's history and people. Named for the glacial boulder - Sunday Rock - that sits along Route 56 in South Colton, the show is the story of the people who lived in the rough-and-tumble wilderness and townsfolk a hundred years ago. It opens Wednesday night.

Todd Moe spoke with writer/composer Evelyn Riehl and her son, Bill, about the musical, the town and the big rock that many locals say still separates the woods from the world.  Go to full article

Colton supervisor says too much emphasis on Rooftop Highway

Town leaders in Colton say the north country is putting too much emphasis on a so-called Rooftop Highway, and not enough on short term economic development projects. The highway idea, which some have dubbed I-98, is to build a four lane interstate from Watertown around to Plattsburgh.

Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald says there are many ways to boost the region's economy.  Go to full article
The Cub Scouts of Pack 78 in Colton.
The Cub Scouts of Pack 78 in Colton.

Heard Up North: the law of the pack

Earlier this month, Todd Moe gave a presentation on radio and NCPR for a group of Cub Scouts, their den leaders and parents in Colton. Some of the boys are working on their Communication badges, which requires them to learn more about local media outlets.

After the meeting, Todd asked the Scouts - tigers, wolves, bears and Webelos -- to recite their motto and talk about Scouting for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011
A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011

Even with Colton damage, St. Lawrence County says it's not a disaster area

Just last week, the Federal Government declared 21 New York Counties federal disaster areas, after this spring's flooding. But St. Lawrence county was NOT one of those counties.

Turns out St. Lawrence County wasn't passed over--it hasn't yet applied for aid. County officials aren't confident there's been $336,000 in public infrastructure damage--that's the amount required to qualify for the aid.

Colton has been the most heavily affected community in the county, but most of that damage--about $800,000 in all--was to private homes. Nora Flaherty spoke with Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald about where things stand now:  Go to full article
Photo by Mary Jane Watson
Photo by Mary Jane Watson

Returning high waters raise debris, sewage fears

The last couple of days of heavy rain have pushed lake and river levels back up. At Rouses Point, Lake Champlain is expected to continue rising at least through Thursday, approaching three feet above flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service, that means "widespread severe flooding" will continue, affecting shoreline homes and businesses as well as some local highways. Officials are also warning boaters that the floodwaters have pushed a large amount of floating debris into the lake.

As much as four inches of rain have fallen on parts of the region since Saturday. More rain, though not as heavy, is expected over the next two days.

In Colton and Potsdam, the Raquette River has been flooding since the last week of April, and the damage is estimated at over a million dollars so far. As Nora Flaherty reports, continuing rain is cause for worry.  Go to full article
Flooded homes last week in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.
Flooded homes last week in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.

Lake and rivers recede, but flooding still problem

A mostly rain-free weekend has brought much needed relief to the flood-stricken North Country. But for people whose basements are inundated or whose houses are surrounded by water, the danger isn't over. And the recovery is just beginning.

Lake Champlain has receded slightly to 102.9 feet at Rouses Point. Flood stage is 100 feet. In the town of Champlain, crews were bringing sandbags and supplies over the weekend to families isolated by flooding. Highway superintendent Allen Racine told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican "it's like a war zone."

The Raquette River drew down below 10 feet over the weekend. But some homes in Colton, Potsdam, and Norwood are still under water. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County Emergency Services director Marty Hassett this morning.  Go to full article

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