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Five health organizations in our region will be getting grants totaling about $7.89 million from the state to serve elderly, “fragile,” and low-income populations. According to a press release, the following organizations will be...
Updated, 3:00, to reflect conversation with SUNY Potsdam’s program coordinator for the MS program in community health. One of the things that’s interesting about rural life is that everyone you know has the same doctor. Here in the...
Preliminary June unemployment numbers are out from the New York State Department of Labor (here’s the press release with highlights and a link to the full numbers). In a nutshell, non-seasonally-adjusted numbers are, for our counties (if I...
Happy Monday! Sure, it’s cold and grey (at least here in Canton), but perhaps a lovely glass of North Country wine would help? David Sommerstein reports today on the growing industry (hearty grapes, people!), centered in Clinton County. We...
Let's see. How to categorize this video? An anthropology of rural life in northern New York (Lowville, to be exact)? A viable candidate for the Darwin awards? Why all that hubbub about stricter labor and safety laws on the farm was...
News stories tagged with "lewis-county"
by Martha Foley
Dec 03, 2003 — 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
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
Jul 09, 2003 — Dairy farmers are taking an historic step toward controlling the supply of milk in the United States. Farmers accounting for 70 percent of the milk made nationally have banded together to cut production in order to raise the price they get paid. David Sommerstein reports most of the North Country's farmer cooperatives have signed on, but some farmers are wary. 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
Jun 06, 2003 — The Lewis County timber industry received a small flurry of good news this week. Yesterday a Texas company announced it purchased a wood-fired power plant in Lyonsdale. The day before an Italian papermaker agreed to buy the LTX Fibre mill in Beaver Falls. David Sommerstein has details. Go to full article
Apr 18, 2003 — Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his agenda of North Country issues in two appearances yesterday. New York's senior senator discussed a statewide snowmobile insurance plan in Brantingham in Lewis County. Then he met with local officials in Massena, where he pledged to aid the ailing dairy and aluminum industries. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Jan 27, 2003 — It's been a week since Lewis County residents could begin dialing 911 in case of an emergency. With the new system in place, dispatchers now have quick access to information about a caller's location and identity. But, as Jody Tosti reports, county officials say the system hasn't been perfected yet. They still have a few glitches to work out Go to full article
Jan 24, 2003 — Most dairy farmers in the North Country milk their cows all year long. It brings in a steady paycheck and ensures a steady flow of milk to manufacturing plants. But a small but growing number give their cows a break during the coldest months. It's a technique called seasonal dairying. Its supporters say it's gentler on the cows, easier on the environment, and gives small dairy farms a future in an industry that's growing ever bigger. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jan 15, 2003 — The real estate market in parts of the North Country saw significant growth in 2002. Prices for single family homes also rose. David Sommerstein reports low interest rates and the stagnant stock market have been enticing people to buy new homes. Go to full article