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Bars Light Up in Protest of Smoking Ban

Some bars in New York plan to light up tonight to send a year-end message that the state's new smoking ban is riddled with inconsistencies. Watertown's mayor-elect is leading the effort in the North Country. The protests come a day after a bar near Syracuse won a waiver allowing smoking. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Housing Privatization Protects Fort Drum's Future

Last week, the Army announced California-based housing developer, Actus Lend Lease, won a contract to build 1200 new homes around Fort Drum for the base's soldiers and their families. The construction is expected to cost more than $300 million over ten years. Decisions the company makes will affect the base itself, as well as towns in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, where many soldier families live. The plan is a part of a massive nationwide project to privatize military housing, called the Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI. David Sommerstein spoke with John Deans, chairman of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, about the privatization plan. Deans has toured bases around the country to learn more about RCI. He says on many bases, soldiers live in aging homes.  Go to full article
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

Fire Guts Part of Downtown Theresa

Fire officials are keeping their eyes peeled for hot-spots from Sunday night's blaze that destroyed part of a downtown block in the village of Theresa in Jefferson County. The cause is still under investigation. The fire gutted the old post office, an old hotel built in the late 1800s, and threatened an existing bar and grill. Martha Foley talks with village mayor Ron Trickey, who declared a state of emergency so one of the buildings could be demolished immediately.  Go to full article

Zebulon Pike Grave May be in Sackets Harbor

Archeologists believe they may have found the grave of Brigadier General Zebulon Pike in Sackets Harbor. Pike is best known for ascent and naming of Pike's Peak in Colorado, but he also led soldiers into battle during the war of 1812 from Sackets Harbor. Jody Tosti talks with Laurie Rush, head of Fort Drum's cultural resource management program. Rush says she is 80-90% sure her team has got the right location.  Go to full article

Eye Surgeon Charged With Contempt of Court

A Jefferson county doctor faces contempt of court charges for performing cataract surgeries after being ordered by a judge not to do so. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.

Kosherizing a North Country Cheese Plant

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.
Mayor-elect Jeff Graham at his tavern in Watertown.

Jefferson & Lewis County Election Results

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

Watertown to Elect New Mayor

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

Fort Drum Makes a Difference

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.

You can hear audio of this story later this morning.  Go to full article

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