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Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, <i>Lungs Full of Noise</i>, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU.  Her book is published by University of Iowa Press.  Photo: Tessa Mellas
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, Lungs Full of Noise, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU. Her book is published by University of Iowa Press. Photo: Tessa Mellas

Ogdensburg native Tessa Mellas wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Ogdensburg native and St. Lawrence University graduate Tessa Mellas returns to campus this week to read some of her award-winning stories. Tessa Mellas recently won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection of a dozen short stories in Lungs Full of Noise.

Mellas was a 2001 English and Music major at St. Lawrence, and grew up skating at ice rinks around the North Country. Appleton Arena is one of her favorite rinks. She spoke with Todd Moe about her writing style -- realistic fiction with fantastic elements -- and what it's like to be a professional writer. She also reads from the story, "Mariposa Girls", in Lungs Full of Noise.  Go to full article
Democrat Nicole Duvé, left, and Republican Mary Rain. Photos: David Sommerstein
Democrat Nicole Duvé, left, and Republican Mary Rain. Photos: David Sommerstein

Rain apparent winner in St. Lawrence county DA race

Republican challenger Mary Rain appears to have unseated two-term Democratic district attorney Nicole Duvé in St. Lawrence County. According to unofficial results, Rain won 9,808 votes, or 51.8%, to Duvé's 9,113 votes, or 48.1%.

But Duvé says there are enough absentee ballots to change the final result. Duve did not concede victory Tuesday night.

We'll have updates on this story and a complete report later in the evening.  Go to full article

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"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/reallyboring/2674764130/">Eric Allix Rogers</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Ogdensburg reflects on the shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) People classified as essential government employees will continue to work but much of the federal government is shut down this morning in a budget impasse over the health care overhaul. In New York, the shutdown will idle thousands of workers -- including many at IRS and Army Corps of Engineers offices.

NCPR sent Zach Hirsch to the streets of Ogdensburg yesterday to gauge public opinion there on the impasse and the shutdown.  Go to full article
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant

What NY reform means for Ogdensburg mental health care

Advocates for people with mental illness in rural New York are concerned about the changes announced recently by the state. The New York State Office of Mental Health plans to close 65 inpatient beds at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

North Country residents who need long-term hospitalization could be sent to Syracuse or Utica for care, to what the state is calling "Regional Centers of Excellence."

The Office of Mental Health says the state will provide more money for outpatient services in the North Country.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel

State: no job losses for Pysch Center workers

The loss of some services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg doesn't have to mean a loss of jobs. That's the word from New York's acting commissioner for mental health, Kirsten Woodlock.  Go to full article
A re-enactor keeps an eye on a bateau skirmish on the St. Lawrence River from Lighthouse Point, Ogdensburg at last summer's Founder's Day weekend. Photo: Todd Moe
A re-enactor keeps an eye on a bateau skirmish on the St. Lawrence River from Lighthouse Point, Ogdensburg at last summer's Founder's Day weekend. Photo: Todd Moe

In Ogdensburg, reenactors get close to the history they treasure

Ogdensburg commemorates events 250 years ago that shaped its history during "Founder's Day Weekend". It opens Saturday morning on Lighthouse Point. Todd Moe visits Prescott, Ontario -- just across the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg -- to talk with Canadian reenactor Michael Whittaker about recreating life along the St. Lawrence in the 18th century.  Go to full article

Russell: O'burg losses will limit access to psych care

Local leaders say they are surprised and disappointed by the state Office of mental health's decision to close down adult and child in-patient services at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center in Ogdensburg.

In a statement yesterday, the local task force advocating to preserve the facility said, "This region... had the most to lose in this process, and though it was the most vocal and consistent in its support for its center, still lost the most."
The Task Force wants Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to review the decision, which is part of an overall plan to reorganize mental health services across the state.
New York operates 24 psychiatric hospitals. The new plan would consolidate in-patient programs at 15 centers. None of those is in the North Country.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell said the plan is a slap in the face to rural people who already have a hard time accessing mental health services: "We should be maintaining service levels here, if not expanding them."

And she agreed with the task force that the elimination of child and adult inpatient care in Ogdensburg comes as a bit of a surprise.  Go to full article
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley

Why there will be fewer hospitals in the North Country

In the latest installment in our series of health care conversations, David Acker. Acker has been president and CEO of Canton Potsdam Hospital for six years.

The hospital has 94 beds, admits about 5,000 patients a year, treats 26,000 people a year at its emergency room, and employs 930 people.

The last two numbers, staff and ER visits, are trending up. And the hospital is soon to open a new urgent care center to meet the rising need for primary care.

Canton Potsdam Hospital is one of a series of smaller hospitals stringing east to west between Plattsburgh to Watertown.

Acker says it's a network that's at a tipping point. There's just not enough money to go around. And he says these smaller hospitals will soon have to collaborate and consolidate care, or they won't survive.

These hospitals now rely on affiliations with large teaching hospitals in Syracuse and Burlington Vermont. Acker says those relationships will become "more meaningful and deeper as time goes on."

So what do the little hospitals need from the bigger medical centers? Acker says a lot of it comes down to money.  Go to full article
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner is hoping thousands of people flock to the St. Lawrence this summer to catch bass like these. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner is hoping thousands of people flock to the St. Lawrence this summer to catch bass like these. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Why this bass season could be the St. Lawrence River's biggest ever

New York's bass fishing season kicks off on June 15, and North Country tourism and business leaders are banking on it being the biggest ever.

They've lured one of the ten Bassmaster Elite tournaments this year. They're the premiere professional bass fishing events in the country, televised nationally on ESPN.

The tournament is August 8 through 11 on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington.

Angler Don Meissner helped land the event as a part of St. Lawrence County's FISHCAP project. At a press conference broadcast on WQTK earlier this week, he said to expect the scale of a NASCAR race, except with fish and boats. He called it the St. Lawrence River's chance to have a "showcase for the world."

"I was down in Texas and I saw what this is about," said Meissner. "There were 34,000 people that came cheering and yelling and raving for their favorite anglers. This is a lot more than just fishing. This is our way to show the country and the world what we're really about here."

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is offering local businesses advice on how they can capitalize on the expected influx of tourists.

Some 50 North Country anglers are getting a head start on the season in Vermont waters, where bass season opens this weekend. The Northern New York Bassmasters chapter will hold its first tournament of the summer Saturday on Lake Champlain.

A few summers ago, one Bassmaster made the mistake of inviting David Sommerstein to be his partner in a tournament on the St. Lawrence River. Here's that story:  Go to full article

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