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The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

How to keep the power on during a weather disaster?

New York is partnering with Clarkson University, National Grid, General Electric, SUNY Potsdam and other local businesses to design what's called a "resilient microgrid" for the Village of Potsdam.

The region is particularly susceptible to power outages during winter storms and flooding. The new grid would provide electricity to essential services, including the two colleges, Canton-Potsdam Hospital and National Grid's Potsdam Service Center.

Tom Ortmeyer is professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson, and is one of the researchers that will lead the Clarkson team.

Martha Foley reached him at the annual meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in Maryland. He said the problem of supporting local services during disasters was high on the conference's agenda, especially the idea of "resiliency."  Go to full article
Oral "Nick" Hillary. Photo: St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department
Oral "Nick" Hillary. Photo: St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department

Garrett Phillips murder suspect ordered to be released on bail

The man charged for the 2011 murder of a 12 year-old boy in Potsdam has been ordered released on bail.  Go to full article
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz

After two months, Hillary bail hearing set to resume

The bond hearing for Oral "Nick" Hillary is set to continue in St Lawrence County Court Monday. Hillary is charged with the 2011 murder of Garrett Phillips, a 12-year-old boy from Potsdam.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam students dig into history along the Raquette River

Student archaeologists excavating a site along the Raquette River in Potsdam have unearthed pieces of prehistoric Native American pottery, stone tools and part of a spear tip that could be 5,000 years old.

The SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Department is overseeing the summer school program on college property along the river. It allows budding young scholars the chance to get their hands dirty while learning more about uncovering buried artifacts, mapping and field research.

Todd Moe stopped by the dig site recently to watch the students search for more clues to the North Country's ancient past.  Go to full article
Stop by the Carriage House Bakery in Potsdam on Sunday, July 13th (noon - 3 pm) to sample and vote for a favorite entry in the Summer Baking Fest.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Stop by the Carriage House Bakery in Potsdam on Sunday, July 13th (noon - 3 pm) to sample and vote for a favorite entry in the Summer Baking Fest. Photo: Todd Moe

Ready, set, bake! Potsdam Food Co-op's summer Baking Fest

As part of the annual Potsdam Summer Festival, the Potsdam Food Co-op is holding a summer baking contest to benefit GardenShare. The Baking Fest will be held on Sunday, July 13th (noon-3 pm) in the Carriage House behind the Co-op.

Todd Moe spoke with Co-op general manager Eric Jesner, who says the newest baking contest celebrates the bounty of summer, and culinary artistry.  Go to full article
Canton World War II navy veteran Charles Alexander will be among many vets honored tonight by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Photo: Todd Moe
Canton World War II navy veteran Charles Alexander will be among many vets honored tonight by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Photo: Todd Moe

ONNY to honor D-Day vets at Potsdam concert

The annual summer pops concert by the Orchestra of Northern New York will also honor North Country veterans tonight (Thursday) in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

The performance, which begins at 7 pm, will be led by Music Director Ken Andrews and will include a special tribute to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. An annual tradition during the concert is a musical tribute to veterans of the air force, army, coast guard, marines and navy.

89-year-old Charles Alexander, of Canton, will be in the Hosmer audience tonight. He was a navy seaman aboard one of the transport ships that ferried Allied troops across the English Channel, and brought the wounded back to England. He shared some of his memories with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
In the baking aisle of the Potsdam Food Co-op.  Lots of choices -- grains, seeds, lentils, beans, flours. Photo: Todd Moe
In the baking aisle of the Potsdam Food Co-op. Lots of choices -- grains, seeds, lentils, beans, flours. Photo: Todd Moe

A new twist on an old grain at the Potsdam Food Co-op

There are a lot of grains, beans and seeds out there that we're told are nutritious, but what's the best way to prepare them? The Potsdam Food Co-op has kicked off its monthly tasting series this summer.

"Juanita's 1st Thursday Creations" is an opportunity to sample something new. The Co-op's Wendy Turnbull and cook Juanita Babcock gave Todd Moe a tour of the baking aisle this week for a lesson on how to cook a tiny seed known as Amaranth. It's packed with iron, calcium, fiber and gluten-free.  Go to full article
A driverless tractor. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driverless_tractor#mediaviewer/File:Case_IH_745_XL,_Claas-M%C3%A4hdrescher.jpg">Lifetec18</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A driverless tractor. Photo: Lifetec18, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Robots are coming to North Country farms

A Potsdam-based startup company called Agbotic is working on machines that can till soil, plant seeds, and even kill pests without a human operator. The company plans on testing the devices on St. Lawrence and Jefferson county farms this summer.  Go to full article
Volunteers from Clarkson help kids make their lego robots. Photo: Sarah Harris
Volunteers from Clarkson help kids make their lego robots. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country Children's Museum plans to engage, inspire kids

Yesterday we brought you the story of Old Snell Hall and Congden Hall, two buildings in downtown Potsdam that are slated for redevelopment. Once it's complete Old Snell will have about 20 high-end rental apartments. And it will also be be home to arts nonprofits, including the North Country Children's Museum. The museum hopes to offer interactive, North Country-related exhibits-- including one you can climb on.  Go to full article
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Hillary offered bail after pleading not guilty

College soccer coach Oral Hillary was returned to jail Friday on bail after a court hearing in Canton.

Hillary is charged with second degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam. The arrest Thursday followed four days of closed-door grand jury testimony. Hillary is accused of suffocating and strangling Phillips in October, 2011. Defense attorney Christopher Renfroe entered a plea not guilty on behalf of his client.  Go to full article

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