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Sounds of the County Fair

The sights, smells, and sounds of county fairs are classic ingredients of summer. The midway barker beckoning you in to a show. The whip of the wind through your hair on the day-glow roller coaster. And of course, the smell of fried dough and French fries. The St. Lawrence County and Lewis County fairs run this week and through the weekend. David Sommerstein prepared this audio montage from the midway of the St. Lawrence County fair in Gouverneur.  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Shutdown Devastates Boonville

The southern Adirondack hamlet of Boonville is struggling to absorb news that its largest private employer is closing. Ethan Allen Interiors announced Monday it will close its furniture-making plant in Boonville in June. 260 people will lose their jobs. David Ernst is Boonville's mayor. He spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday. He says the news is devastating.  Go to full article

Pyramid Scheme in Lewis County & Watertown

A pyramid scheme called "Freeway International" has bilked a dozen people in Lewis County and Watertown out of half a million dollars, according to the state attorney general's office. Assistant Attorney General John Sullivan says an investigation into Liberty Christian Church in Watertown unearthed the illegal scam. Another pyramid scheme called Women Empowering Women ripped through the North Country in 2001. Sullivan says the details of Freeway International differ but the result is the same.

Call 315-785-2444 if you have information about any pyramid schemes.  Go to full article

Lewis County Speedway Deal Under Investigation

State officials are looking into whether Lewis County properly transferred $500,000 of highway funds to an auto racetrack near Lowville. The speedway's owner was a large contributor to Governor Pataki's re-election campaign in 2002. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Agriculture Lobbyists Find Good News in Pataki Agenda

Governor Pataki's most prominent reference to agriculture in his State of the State speech Wednesday was a commitment to expand the state's farmland preservation and conservation program. Yesterday Pataki announced $12 million in grants to protect active farmland statewide, including on two North Country farms. As David Sommerstein reports, other good news for agriculture was hidden in the details of Pataki's message.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Aubertine Against Sales Tax Hike

Facing skyrocketing Medicaid and pension costs, county governments are mulling raising the sales tax to boost revenue next year. One North Country lawmaker who would have to approve the increase says he's against the idea. He says first, the state should take responsibility for causing the financial problems in the first place. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lewis Co. Manufacturer to Triple Workforce

A homespun maker of gun cleaners in Lewis County announced yesterday it is expanding its plant in Lyons Falls, creating 107 new jobs over five years. As David Sommerstein reports, homeland security contracts are fueling the growth.  Go to full article

Grazing Revisited: Interview with Martha Pickard

Facing competition from massive factory dairy farms in the Midwest and California, North Country farmers are looking for a way to keep their herds manageable and at the same time find a way to make a living. Some are turning to intensive grazing as an alternative. Martha Pickard is a technician with the Adirondack North Country Association. She helps farmers make the transition to letting their cows out to pasture in the warm months, instead of feeding them corn and hay in the barn all year long.  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

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