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North Country now is reporting this week about a new effort Massena is making to keep local kids off drugs: distributing drug testing kits to parents (actually, they’re giving them to the school district for distribution to parents who want...
UPDATE 12:06pm: David Sommerstein here, with a little more information about the idled potline from a conversation with Alcoa spokeswoman Laurie Marr. It’s one of three potlines in the East plant, all of which will be replaced eventually by...
Hello! So even as I write, our reporter Julie Grant is in Massena, covering Alcoa’s groundbreaking for its new plant expansion. The expansion, which press releases say will provide hundreds of new permanent jobs as well as construction jobs...
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...
I just can’t stop writing about Massena, or more specifically about how the village is trying to deal with what appears to be a burgeoning drug crime problem. A couple weeks ago I wrote about the village’s planned acquisition of an...
News stories tagged with "massena"
Apr 15, 2003 — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has uncovered a cigarette tax fraud scheme that defrauded the tribe of 3 million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, two local print shops have been producing counterfeit tobacco tax stamps for a year. Go to full article
Apr 10, 2003 — For nearly a decade, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has been aiming to build a Las Vegas-style casino in the Catskill Mountains, less than a hundred miles away from the lucrative New York City market. In 2001, the tribe seemed closer than ever to success, when New York's legislature authorized six new native-owned casinos. But today, land claims, lawsuits, competing tribes, and secret audio tapes are making a casino project seems more complicated than ever. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 03, 2003 — One of the least populated towns in St. Lawrence County may soon hear the roar of NASCAR races and the cheers of 100,000 fans. Developers are forging ahead on plans for a NASCAR-qualified racetrack in the town of Brasher. As David Sommerstein reports, local officials say it could anchor an influx of tourism in the region. Go to full article
Mar 26, 2003 — A recent decision by the Department of Transportation did not completely rule out the possibility of air service to Albany for passengers from Massena and Ogdensburg airports. A petition by the upstate communities to change the destination hub from Pittsburgh was denied. But North Country Congressman John McHugh says there's still the possibility for future negotiations. Go to full article
Mar 21, 2003 — Local reactions to the start of war were mixed. Some people wore American flag shirts or hats to show their patriotism. Other joined quiet "peace circles" last night in Canton, Saranac Lake, and Watertown. David Sommerstein traveled along Route 56 in St. Lawrence County yesterday to gauge people's response to war. Go to full article
Mar 19, 2003 — As cash-strapped New York trolls for new sources of revenue, some lawmakers are targeting tobacco and fuel sales on reservation land and vendors who sell to native-owned stores. Tribes are resisting the effort on sovereignty grounds. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 07, 2003 — The U.S. ambassador to Canada emphasized cooperation between the two countries in a speech in Canton yesterday. Ambassador Paul Celucci spoke at St. Lawrence University and at the Massena Chamber of Commerce. Go to full article
Feb 05, 2003 — President Bush's proposed federal budget could endanger air service in the North Country. The administration's plan is to eliminate federal funding for Essential Air Service, the program that subsidizes flights to Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown. The changes would mean a drastic cut in funds to local air service. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jan 30, 2003 — A converation with Massena Superintendent Douglas Huntley, who says the Governor's proposed 1.2 billion dollar cut in public school funding would mean teacher lay-offs and higher property taxes. Go to full article