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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
Photo: Joshua Cameron
Photo: Joshua Cameron

What's it like to win $2M? One Hammond woman knows!

A new millionaire was crowned in St. Lawrence County Thursday. Retired Hammond school cafeteria worker Joyce Wood won $2 million in the Powerball lottery, and TV legend Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery was there to deliver the oversized check.  Go to full article
Iroquois Dam. Photo courtesy New York Power Authority
Iroquois Dam. Photo courtesy New York Power Authority

Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels

We've reported for months - years even - that the Great Lakes, from Superior to Ontario, are at historically low water levels.

So we were surprised to get the news this week that regulators are lowering the gates at the Iroquois Dam near Ogdensburg because the St. Lawrence River is too high.

It's quite a puzzle.  Go to full article

Books: "Friends in a Storm"

A new children's book by Canton writer Mary Sue Seymour includes illustrations by a young artist from Ogdensburg. Friends in a Storm tells the story of Squirrel, who gets locked out of his house during a rainstorm, and is befriended by Owl.

Todd Moe spoke with author Mary Sue Seymour and 12-year-old artist Samantha Flynn, who created the illustrations for the book. Seymour says she wrote the story while teaching a kindergarten class in Hammond.

Mary Sue Seymour and Samantha Flynn will sign copies of their book, Friends in a Storm, at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton from 1-3 pm on Saturday.  Go to full article
Meaghan, Michael and Maureen Pierce with their Dale Chihuly-inspired macchia on display at the Winter Gallery at the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg.  Photo: Todd Moe
Meaghan, Michael and Maureen Pierce with their Dale Chihuly-inspired macchia on display at the Winter Gallery at the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe

Remington hosts 30th annual Elementary Art Exihibit

Sculpture, fiber and found objects are all part of the 30th annual Elementary Art Exhibit on display this spring at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The show continues through May 11th in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

The annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in school arts programs. Todd Moe toured the exhibit and spoke with Ogdensburg Free Academy art teacher Dianne Drayse-Alonso, and with Maureen, Meaghan and Michael Pierce about their Remington Home School Art Class project, based on the work of professional artist, Dale Chihuly.  Go to full article
Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose.  Photo: Michael Whittaker
Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose. Photo: Michael Whittaker

When Ogdensburg was a battleground, 200 years ago

The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated on the streets of the city this weekend. On February 22nd, 1813, hundreds of British-Canadian soldiers crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked Ogdensburg. Historical re-enactors with the group, Forsyth's Rifles, will battle the British on Ford and State Streets to commemorate the skirmish. Both sides will fire period muskets and firearms in recreating the battle.

It was a Canadian victory during the War of 1812, and an end to the American threat to trade in Upper Canada. Depending on what side of the border you lived on, the battle had its share of heroes and legends.  Go to full article

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