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Curt Christman of North Country Memorials. Photo: David Sommerstein
Curt Christman of North Country Memorials. Photo: David Sommerstein

Heard Up North: Etching memorials at Seniorama

You might think that selling custom made gravestones would be a little uncomfortable at a gathering of senior citizens. But that's exactly what one man was doing at the recent Seniorama in Massena, and he's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March. <br />Photo: Sky Woman Media<br />
Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March.
Photo: Sky Woman Media

Ironworkers angry about outsourced Alcoa recovery work

Labor unions, tribal leaders, and the mayor of Massena gathered at the Alcoa Plant in Massena Thursday. They're concerned the company is bringing in ironworkers from Texas, instead of hiring locally.

There was a fire at the plant last spring, and Alcoa is rebuilding the roof of its caste house.

Alcoa hired a company called Fluor(Floor) of Irving, Texas to do the work.
Rob Cole is business manager of Iron Workers Local 440 in Massena. He says the Alcoa hasn't spoken with them directly about the issue. But his union called Fluor, and the company told them they were hiring Texas workers for the job.  Go to full article

NY21: Owens works senior vote in Massena

Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population. So they'll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country's 21st Congressional district. And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.

Democrat Bill Owens' campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Republican Matt Doheny on Medicare. Owens himself reached out to senior citizens at the Seniorama expo yesterday in Massena.  Go to full article
Photo: Village of Massena
Photo: Village of Massena

Village of Massena may bring back youth curfew

The village of Massena is considering reviving a 40-year-old curfew. In the past couple decades, juvenile curfews have been challenged by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and often failed constitutional tests in the courts. But the Massena police are confident that this one passes the test.  Go to full article
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull are organizing a Civil War fashion show in Massena on Saturday.
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull are organizing a Civil War fashion show in Massena on Saturday.

Serious about Civil War fashion: don't call them costumes

Civil War re-enactors from around the region will gather at Robert Moses State Park in Massena this weekend. But it isn't all cannons and uniforms. The many layers of a 19th century woman will be revealed as part of a fashion show on Saturday afternoon.

Todd Moe spoke with Maria Hull during last summer's annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend. She's a technology teacher in the Hudson Valley, who is also a Civil War re-enactor. Women's fashions from that era were all about making the waist appear small. Hull says hoop skirts, petticoats and full sleeves helped. She studied theater arts in college, makes her own Civil War era dresses and is an expert on women's fashions from the 1860s.  Go to full article
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III

Some areas still closed to investigators at Alcoa West

State fire investigators and the Alcoa corporation are looking for the cause of a fire that broke out at the Alcoa West plant near Massena Thursday.

Alcoa spokeswoman Laurie Marr says investigators were able to start looking closely at the cast house, where the fire took place on Friday.  Go to full article

Alcoa fire investigation continues

Smelting operations at both the Alcoa East and West plants are continuing as usual Monday, and an investigation into the cause of a fire in the casthouse of the West plant last week is underway.

A preliminary survey of the casthouse Friday found areas that are structurally safe. That allowed state fire investigators to get to work in the building.

Alcoa spokeswoman Laurie Marr said it's too soon to determine the extent of the damages, or the long-term impact on the plant's operations.  Go to full article
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III

Firefighters still extinguishing "hotspots" in Massena Alcoa West fire

UPDATE: Alcoa now says a preliminary survey of the casthouse Friday "determined areas that are structurally safe. This allowed state fire investigators to begin their investigation. It is too soon to determine the extent of damage to equipment and the long-term impact on processes. It is unknown how long the investigation process will take."

Firefighters were still working Friday afternoon to extinguish small flare-ups called "hot spots." at the Alcoa West plant near Massena. The fire began Thursday afternoon.  Go to full article
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III

Alcoa to assess fire damage at West plant, near Massena

Officials with Alcoa say flare ups from a large fire at their West Plant casthouse building, near Massena, were out by 4:30 this morning. Alcoa spokesperson Laurie Marr says firefighters from multiple fire departments were on the scene through the night.

She says no one was hurt in the fire. Thick black smoke drifted over Massena. Marr says they don't think the smoke contained hazardous materials.  Go to full article

One of two Amish children hospitalized after FedEx truck accident now in stable condition

One of two young Amish children who were listed in critical condition after their horsedrawn buggy was rear-ended by a FedEx truck Monday, is now listed as stable.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the driver of the FedEx truck has been identified as 28-year old Robert Williams of Gouverneur. Neither he nor his passenger was hurt.  Go to full article

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