Nov 11, 2003 — Production resumes this week at Ogdensburg's beleaguered cheese factory. The plant has shut down twice in two years. But its new owner, Ahava Food Corporation of Brooklyn, believes a growing market for kosher foods will pave the way for ambitious growth, including plans to quadruple the plant's workforce. The word 'kosher' refers to ways to produce, prepare, and eat food according to Jewish law. Last week a delegation of rabbis came to Ogdensburg to 'kosherize' the plant, an ambitious task of steaming, scouring, and blowtorching. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mayor-elect Jeff Graham at his tavern in Watertown.
Nov 05, 2003 — The city of Watertown harkened back to its recent past yesterday by returning former mayor Jeff Graham to office. David Sommerstein reports on election results in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. Go to full article
Nov 03, 2003 — Two businessmen and political veterans face off in a non-partisan race for mayor of Watertown tomorrow. Tavern owner Jeff Graham served two terms as mayor in the 1990s. Paul Simmons owns an auto repair shop and has been a city councilman for four years. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Oct 23, 2003 — This Saturday is Make a Difference Day around the country, a day for volunteering and helping others. People throughout the North Country will clean up parks, visit senior citizens, pitch in many other ways in their communities. Fort Drum near Watertown is reaching out to its neighbors by stocking food pantries.
Oct 22, 2003 — The Jefferson County town of Calcium celebrated the dietary benefits of milk, cheese, and yogurt yesterday as a part of the national "Got Milk?" dairy campaign. About 150 people in the Watertown area spent 4 months on a high dairy, low calorie diet and lost an average of 14 pounds each. The diet was based on research by Dr. James Hill of the University of Colorado School of Nutrition, who found eating more calcium causes the body to burn more fat. David Sommerstein talked with participant Tony Bova. Go to full article
Sep 29, 2003 — Jefferson Community College in Watertown kicks off a year-long look at sustainable economic development tonight with a nationally-known speaker on the subject. Environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author Paul Hawken will help JCC examine ways to increase business and jobs in the area while conserving energy and natural resources. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Aug 27, 2003 — Senator Hillary Clinton will make a swing through Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties Saturday. She'll unveil an initiative to promote locally made foods and crafts on the Internet. And she'll meet with Fort Drum's new commander. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jun 19, 2003 — Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
May 14, 2003 — Watertown City Councilman and businessman Paul Simmons has announced he'll run for mayor of the city. He's the second candidate seeking to replace Mayor Joseph Butler, who says he won't seek another term. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article