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Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation
Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation

"Rolling on the River" in a St. Lawrence Skiff

Summer in the Thousand Islands is filled with the sound of boats. The throaty rumble of a Gar Wood run-about, the roar of a cigarette boat, the throbbing diesels of a Seaway freighter. This weekend in Clayton, the 7th Annual Festival of Oar, Paddle & Sail celebrates the boats that don't make noise. People-powered boats.
But though motorized craft aren't featured at the festival, they ARE invited to drop by the museum for a "boat-in" movie, a marine version of a "drive-in". The featured film is a movie that honors the natural and cultural heritage of the St. Lawrence. David Sommerstein spent a day in a skiff with the film's director and has our story.  Go to full article

Expert Diver Drowns in St. Lawrence

A master scuba diver from Virginia drowned in the St. Lawrence River Tuesday when he got stuck in a sunken ship he was exploring. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

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

Fort Drum, Economy Top Jefferson County Issues

Things are looking up for people in Jefferson County, thanks in large part to Fort Drum, but the economy remains the number one concern. That's according to the results of Jefferson Community College's 5th annual community survey. David Sommerstein spoke with Joel Lalone, the survey coordinator. He says residents' general satisfaction in Jefferson County dropped sharply after the 2001 terrorist attacks and during the economic recession. This year, the sense of quality of life remains lower than it was before September 11th, but it's improving. Still, Lalone says, most people cite the local economy as the number one problem.  Go to full article

Preview: Crop Walks in Jefferson County

This Sunday afternoon three Crop Walks for Hunger will be held in the Jefferson county communities of Adams, Sackets Harbor and Watertown. Pastor Cynthia Walton, of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, says money raised during the Crop Walks will benefit local food banks and world-wide disaster relief.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Gets New Brigade, 3000 Troops

Fort Drum near Watertown got good news over the weekend. The army base will likely get a third brigade as a part of an Army-wide reorganization. And next year's defense bill includes more than $60 million in new construction for the base. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article
4-31st Infantry Battalion insignia
4-31st Infantry Battalion insignia

Fort Drum Remembers Helicopter Crash

Fort Drum will pause tomorrow in memory of the soldiers who died in a training helicopter crash last year. The cause of the accident still hasn't been determined. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
41st Engineer Battalion
41st Engineer Battalion

Drum Soldiers Home With War Stories

The first Fort Drum soldiers deployed in the war in Iraq are starting to come home. A company-size unit from the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion touched down at the army base near Watertown Friday. They spent most of their mission in the northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. As soldiers return, they bring with them a familiar genre more familiar in older generations: the war story. David Sommerstein spoke with a group of firefighters from the 41st Engineer Battalion back from a year in Kuwait.  Go to full article

Redwood Residents Advised to Stop Drinking Well Water

Residents of a North Country community have been advised by state officials to stop drinking their well water because of lead and petroleum contamination. About 200 homes and businesses in the Jefferson County hamlet of Redwood will now receive potable drinking water from the state at no charge.  Go to full article

Jefferson County Studies Wind Power

Wind power is the fastest growing sector of the energy business. And Jefferson County officials want to see if it's an industry has local potential. With help from a state grant, the Development Authority of the North Country is building a tower in Rodman to gather data for a wind study. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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