Apr 15, 2002 — Tenth Mountain Division soldiers who fought in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan have begun a two week leave after returning to Fort Drum last week. Before they left base for vacations and family visits, they took time to reflect on their experiences with a pack of local and national media. David Sommerstein has this report. Go to full article
Mar 28, 2002 — More than 3000 soldiers from Fort Drum are in the last two months of their deployment in Kosovo. Their main mission is to enforce a safe and secure environment in the war-torn region.
But the soldiers are using more than weapons to keep the peace. They're providing humantarian assistance to help rebuild a damaged land from the ground up. And they're trying to bring ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs together to end centuries of hatred. David Sommerstein went to Kosovo with the U.S. Army earlier this winter and has this report... Go to full article
Firefighters drown embers days after the March 2nd fire in Carthage.
Mar 13, 2002 — More than a week after a fire destroyed an entire block of downtown Carthage, village fire officials say the smouldering embers finally seem to be extinguished. But they say the area is still a "fire scene" for safety reasons.
People affected by the blaze are working to recuperate. David Sommerstein reports on the latest relief efforts.
Fire victims or people wanting to donate goods or money can call the Carthage Fire Relief task force at 315-493-3821. Go to full article
Mar 08, 2002 — Canadian gaming officials briefed community leaders from the Thousand Islands region Wednesday on the casino under construction in Gananoque, Ontario. It will add to the entertainment mix in the tourism-heavy area. David Sommerstein reports many on the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence fear the casino will bring more bad than good. Go to full article
Mar 07, 2002 — Watertown and Jefferson County officials are making preparations for Stream International's customer service center in hopes the company will decide to locate in the city. David Sommerstein has the latest... Go to full article
Casey Ferguson stands before the ruins of her home.
Mar 05, 2002 — Firefighters in the village of Carthage are working around the clock as the fire that destroyed most of a downtown block continues to smolder. It was the fire some people had feared for years. Still, many residents of the village of 4000 are still in shock. David Sommerstein has this report.
The Watertown office of the Red Cross is accepting donations for fire survivors. Call 315-782-4410. Go to full article
Mar 04, 2002 — Firefighters continue to soak the smoldering remains of downtown Carthage. Nine buildings were lost in a huge blaze that began early Saturday. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 27, 2002 — Jefferson Community College in Watertown will get money from the state to help compensate for student-soldiers from Fort Drum who have been sent overseas. David Sommerstein reports the deployments put a strain on the economy in Jefferson County. Go to full article
Jan 18, 2002 — The economic development engines of the western half of the North Country are at full throttle to convince Stream International to locate a customer service center in Watertown. The company says it would create up to 900 new jobs--a major investment in a recessed economy. David Sommerstein reports the opportunity hinges largely on how many qualified people show up at next week's job fair. Go to full article