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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
Ed LaVarnway in the main foyer of the Parish mansion.  The grand staircase was actually added decades after David Parish died in 1826.  The last Parish family member sold the home in 1879 and it was in private hands until 1923 when its doors opened to the public as the Remington Art Museum. Photo: Todd Moe
Ed LaVarnway in the main foyer of the Parish mansion. The grand staircase was actually added decades after David Parish died in 1826. The last Parish family member sold the home in 1879 and it was in private hands until 1923 when its doors opened to the public as the Remington Art Museum. Photo: Todd Moe

The story of an Ogdensburg pioneer and the War of 1812

The City of Ogdensburg remembers its early history this weekend. The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated with re-enactments and special events at locations in Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario. On February 22nd, 1813, British-Canadian forces crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked the U.S. base in Ogdensburg.

In the first of two conversations about the battle, Todd Moe talks with Ed LaVarnway, executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, which is housed in the historic Parish mansion on Washington Street.  Go to full article
<i>Goddess of Earth and Nature</i>, by Jordan Snyder, 7th grade, is one of the pieces in the annual middle and high school art exhibit at the Remington through Sunday.  Photo: Todd Moe
Goddess of Earth and Nature, by Jordan Snyder, 7th grade, is one of the pieces in the annual middle and high school art exhibit at the Remington through Sunday. Photo: Todd Moe

Young artists get creative in Remington exhibit

Artwork from middle and high school students around St. Lawrence County is on display this week at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The 16th annual middle and high school art exhibit continues through Sunday in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

Todd Moe stopped by for a tour with curator Laura Foster, who says the annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in arts programs at local public schools. There's also art on display created by home schooled students who use the Remington for art classes.  Go to full article
Duane Adams in his favorite Christmas attire.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Duane Adams in his favorite Christmas attire. Photo: Todd Moe

A heart as big as Santa's, and a real beard, too

For more than 45 years, an Ogdensburg man has donned his Santa suit and played a Christmas role that has brought much joy to himself and others.

Duane Adams first played Santa when he was a soldier stationed near Saigon during the Vietnam War. Every season since, Adams has visited schools, hospitals, nursing homes and parades dressed as the jolly old elf.

His Santa work begins in November and, like the real deal, he's busiest right before Christmas. He's always the guest of honor at Ogdensburg's annual Santa Claus parade. For Adams, most of the pleasure comes from giving back -- he donates all his Santa earnings to local charities.

Todd Moe paid him a visit during a day off, and found the beard, belly and generosity are all genuine.  Go to full article
Laura Foster and Ed Lavarnway along with an original "Bronco Buster" bronze and a computer-assisted copy at the Remington.
Laura Foster and Ed Lavarnway along with an original "Bronco Buster" bronze and a computer-assisted copy at the Remington.

Using high tech to create nearly perfect copies of a Remington icon

Artist Frederic Remington's bronze sculptures of cowboys, native Americans, and cavalry are considered prized collector's items. The Remington Museum in Ogdensburg is using the latest digital technology to reproduce one of Remington's first and most popular sculptures, The Bronco Buster. Original sculptures, cast in multiples, were made and sold during Remington's lifetime. The museum is using an original casting in its collection as a model for a series of 3-D laser-scanned copies.

Todd Moe visited the Remington Museum for a chat with curator Laura Foster and executive director Ed Lavarnway about using computers and high tech cameras to create hyper-accurate reproductions of Remington's art.  Go to full article
Quilters Terry Whittaker and Christina Nicholson - Sisters of Perpetual Needling - in Ogdensburg on Sunday.
Quilters Terry Whittaker and Christina Nicholson - Sisters of Perpetual Needling - in Ogdensburg on Sunday.

Heard Up North: Sisters of Perpetual Needling

Historical re-enactors are serious about battle strategies, muskets and cannons. And for many, it's all about period clothing. Todd Moe toured Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg on Sunday during the Founders' Day event.

The annual commemoration of the French and Indian War featured battle re-enactments on land and water, a bateau race and a colonial trade fair. That's where Todd found two Ontario women hunched over a loom and serious about an 18th century technique known as "whole cloth quilting," where the quilting itself is the decoration. They are today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article

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