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Peter Karrie
Peter Karrie

Preview: Peter Karrie in Heuvelton

Internationally acclaimed singer/actor Peter Karrie first played "The Phantom" in London, and went on to play the role in Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vancouver. He'll perform some of his favorite songs at the historic Pickens Hall Opera House in Heuvelton on Friday night at 7 pm. Todd Moe has a preview. Tickets are $20 and available at Pickens General Store or by phone: (315)344-7950.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) with Brian Bennett and Bennett's son
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) with Brian Bennett and Bennett's son

Schumer touts organic farms in St. Lawrence county

After visits to Saratoga Springs and Plattsburgh yesterday, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer rode the back roads of St. Lawrence County to visit a small organic farm in Heuvelton. Schumer has taken on the nickname "the Brooklyn farmer" to tout his interest in New York agriculture. At Bittersweet Farm, he discussed efforts to stop fake organic products from China from entering the U.S. But his hosts wanted to convey a closer-to-home message, more support for local farms. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Randy and Sharlene Carpenter, with their son.
Randy and Sharlene Carpenter, with their son.

Year of Hard Choices: A job search, delayed

At the beginning of this year, we began a series called A Year of Hard Choices, looking at the challenges posed by economic losses and budget deficits. You can review all of our coverage on our website, ncpr.org. One of those stories introduced us to the Carpenters. Sharlene and Randy are both in their late 40s. They live in Heuvelton. Sharlene lost her job three days before Christmas last year. She made high tech glass lenses at the Corning plant in Canton. She was collecting unemployment. Her husband, Randy, had been laid off from a pallet mill three months earlier. Randy was looking for work at Fort Drum. Recently, David Sommerstein visited the Carpenters again to see how 2009 treated them, and what next year may have in store.  Go to full article
Sharlene and Randy Carpenter and their granddaughter, Riley.
Sharlene and Randy Carpenter and their granddaughter, Riley.

A Year of Hard Choices: Checking in with the Carpenters

Yesterday in the first installment of our Year of Hard Choices series, we heard economics professor Greg Gardner say manufacturing jobs have been the early victims of the recession in the North Country. General Motors in Massena and Covidien in Watertown are shutting down entirely. Alcoa and New York Air Brake have laid off workers. Corning halved its workforce in 2008. That means hundreds of people around the North Country can no longer rely on a steady wage. They'll spend less at stores, theaters, restaurants, and car dealerships. Their lean times trickle down to local businesses, which may then suffer layoffs of their own. Sharlene Carpenter got her pink slip from Corning in late December, just a few months after her husband, Randy, lost his job at a local pallet mill. For today's installment in our Year of Hard Choices series, we check back with Sharlene and Randy Carpenter at their home in Heuvelton. As David Sommerstein reports, their time off of work hasn't been so bad, but tough choices loom ahead.  Go to full article
Garden pots in winter storage.
Garden pots in winter storage.

No time to hibernate on the farm

Many of us are pining for fresh, locally grown salad greens this time of year. So, what's happening in mid-winter on the farms that sustain us during the growing season? Megan Kent runs a CSA farm in Heuvelton with her husband, Dan. She told Todd Moe that it's planning season for many vegetable growers. And the mid-winter months offer a time to shake off hibernation with lots of indoor projects.  Go to full article

Heritage shutdown sheds light on Amish economy

One of St. Lawrence County's best known cheese brands is about to disappear. Heritage cheeses and cheese curds are big sellers at local stores and quick-marts. But they didn't sell well enough to keep Heritage out of the red. The plant in Heuvelton was losing $3,000 a week. It owes almost $200,000 in public loans. Heritage Cheese House will stop accepting milk Friday night. Fifteen people will lose their jobs. All the milk comes from Amish farms. Amish dairy farmers can't join regular milk co-ops because they don't use on-site refrigeration. The number of farms selling milk to Heritage dwindled in recent years, from more than a hundred to 65. Lowell McAllister is chairman of the Heuvelton Community Irrevocable Trust, which manages the plant for the Amish. The plant was founded in 1994. It closed briefly in 2006. He told Martha Foley Friday that this time, the shutdown is final.  Go to full article
Dan and Megan Kent's high tunnel on their farm near Heuvelton
Dan and Megan Kent's high tunnel on their farm near Heuvelton

Keeping the chill out of the garden

North Country gardeners are always searching for ways to extend the growing season. Todd Moe talks with a St. Lawrence County crop farmer who uses a "high tunnel," like an unheated greenhouse, to control temperature, rain and pests in his gardens.  Go to full article
Students hit the fashion runway in Heuvelton
Students hit the fashion runway in Heuvelton

From trash to fashion in Heuvelton

Earlier this month the Heuvelton Central School Art Club held its fourth annual Wearable Art Show. It was a fashion program that featured clothing from found or recycled materials. Trophies were awarded for "most original", "best use of materials" and "most sophisticated". Heuvelton art teacher Sally Hartman and some of her students told Todd Moe they worked for weeks on their fashion creations. Styrofoam packing peanuts, plastic shopping bags, soda bottles and tin can lids were transformed into dresses, shirts, pants and jewelry. This was an opportunity to make something wonderful from things that are left over or thrown away.  Go to full article
Kimmy Matthews serves it up fried on "wing night"
Kimmy Matthews serves it up fried on "wing night"

Heard Up North: Wing Night in Heuvelton

The little village of Heuvelton is on the banks of the Oswegatchie just upriver from Ogdensburg. It's probably best known as a cheese-making town. But on Wednesday nights, the place to be is Doug's Tavern for "Wing Night." You can get 'em mild, medium, hot, extra hot, BBQ, butter garlic, honey mustard, sweet 'n' sour, and grande. The tables are set up in long rows, like at a church supper. And even when the food's flying fast and furious, your server is cool as can be. Kimmy Matthews is today's Heard Up North, produced by David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Cheese plant re-opens as Amish trust

The Heritage cheese plant in St. Lawrence County will re-open tomorrow after a one-month shutdown. The Amish farmers who sell their milk there will become owners in a unique arrangement. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

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