The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards have decided it's now up to the public to vote on the merger. Photo: David Sommerstein
Jul 11, 2014 — The Canton school board voted unanimously to move the merger process forward last night. Earlier this week, the Potsdam school board also voted in favor of public vote on the merger.
Bill Gregory is superintendent of Canton Central School District. He says now, the schools have to sure make the community understands precisely what it would mean if the two schools merge.
"Beginning in late August and extending through the end of October there will be an intense public information campaign with a series of town hall meetings and meetings with all the community service organizations to really answer questions and to alleviate fears in some cases about what may or may not occur with a merger."
A straw poll vote is scheduled for October 30, and a binding referendum is scheduled for mid-December. Go to full article
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.
Oct 31, 2013 — The country's best known whitewater kayaking champion is helping design whitewater courses in Canton and Potsdam. Three time World Cup winner and three time Olympian Scott Shipley met with community members Monday night. Go to full article
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.
Oct 18, 2013 — There's been renewed attention to the safety of the freight trains that run through North Country towns. The horrible oil explosion that destroyed much of a Quebec village and killed 47 people makes any railroad town ask, "what if?" And a plan by CSX to increase train speeds through the village of Canton has local officials concerned the rail company is putting quick commerce before safety.
An investigation by NCPR has found CSX is shipping hazardous liquids like crude oil through Canton and other towns on its Massena line using tankers federal regulators deemed "inadequate" two decades ago. Go to full article
Sep 29, 2005 — A publicly-funded fiberoptics network in St. Lawrence County is starting to yield results for people who want to use the Internet. Wireless access is available in the village of Canton. Two more villages may go wireless by year's end. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article