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Old Snell Hall. The building is a big part of downtown Potsdam's landscape. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Old Snell Hall. The building is a big part of downtown Potsdam's landscape. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Will Clarkson redevelopment "breathe some life" into Potsdam?

Two neoclassical buildings in downtown Potsdam are on their way to getting a makeover. Clarkson University owns Old Snell Hall and Congden Hall, sandstone giants in the center of town. The university's partnered with a developer to revamp the two buildings. Their ambitious plan will provide space for arts nonprofits, graduate housing, and rental apartments. Sarah Harris checked out the buildings and the plans.  Go to full article
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders broke ground at the Massena East plant last July, but Alcoa still hasn't committed to completing the construction project. The plant has since closed, at least temporarily. Photo: Julie Grant
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders broke ground at the Massena East plant last July, but Alcoa still hasn't committed to completing the construction project. The plant has since closed, at least temporarily. Photo: Julie Grant

Is Alcoa committed to its future in Massena?

One of the North Country's largest private sector employers, Alcoa, is stepping back on its commitment to Massena. But the aluminum giant still got a $30 million discount from the state on its electricity bill. That's the crux of a story WWNY-TV broke earlier this week.

Since Alcoa shuttered its East plant in Massena in January, state officials have been scrambling to rework a deal that would have guaranteed 900 jobs in exchange for cheap electricity from the hydropower dam New York owns on the St. Lawrence River. The company also said it would invest $600 million to modernize the East plant with a new high-tech smelter. But Alcoa's board has yet to sign off on that plan.  Go to full article
Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at an Italian restaurant in Massena, New York, when the machine turned on and his arm got caught. Photo: Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/Pool
Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at an Italian restaurant in Massena, New York, when the machine turned on and his arm got caught. Photo: Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/Pool

Massena 17 year-old doing well with re-attached arm

Four weeks ago Friday, a med flight helicopter landed at Massachusetts General Hospital, carrying a 17-year Massena boy.

It was just after midnight. A hastily assembled team of surgeons, nurses and anesthetists was waiting to try to reattach Brett Bouchard's right arm, ripped off just below the elbow.

WBUR's Martha Bebinger picks up the story.  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
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 pleads not guilty in Garrett Phillips murder

This morning, officers led Oral Hillary into the St. Lawrence County courthouse for his bail hearing. Potsdam police arrested him at his home the afternoon before. Hillary is charged with second degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam. The arrest followed four days of closed-door grand jury testimony.  Go to full article
Yard signs like this have kept the Garrett Phillips case in the public eye.   Photo: Julie Grant
Yard signs like this have kept the Garrett Phillips case in the public eye. Photo: Julie Grant

Suspect arrested in murder of 12 year-old Potsdam boy

Two and a half years after 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was found murdered in Potsdam, a suspect has been taken into custody. Potsdam police arrested Oral "Nick" Hillary, Clarkson University's soccer coach, Thursday afternoon. Hillary was charged with second degree murder after a sealed indictment was delivered to St. Lawrence County court. The suspect pleaded not guilty and is in county jail without bail.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS

Aubertine denies link to vote trading allegations

Allegations surfaced in the New York Post this week that longtime North Country politician Darrel Aubertine traded votes for campaign cash in 2008. The Cape Vincent Democrat denies the claims.

Martha Foley spoke with David Sommerstein to sort out who's saying what.  Go to full article
Lampson Falls. Photo: Melanie Lukesh
Lampson Falls. Photo: Melanie Lukesh

SUNY Canton student drowns in Grasse River

A 21-year old SUNY Canton student drowned Sunday evening at a popular swimming hole in southern St. Lawrence County. Elliot D. Mullings of Brooklyn, NY was at Lampson Falls, in the Town of Clare, with two fellow students when the current swept him downstream. According to County Sheriff Kevin Wells, despite attempts by Mullings's friends and lookers on, his body failed to resurface.  Go to full article
The modular synthesizer, played by Wes Kline, plays a major role in the piece. Photo: Joel Hurd
The modular synthesizer, played by Wes Kline, plays a major role in the piece. Photo: Joel Hurd

Listen: "Now at the Uncertain Hour" at Edwards Opera House

On Friday, NCPR, with Square Top Theatre and St. Lawrence University, presented "Now at the Uncertain Hour" a new theatre piece written by Damon Falke and directed by Charlie Pepiton (learn more about the piece in this interview with the show's creative team, on NCPR.)

According to
the show's web site, "Now at the Uncertain Hour" "takes the audience on a journey through the landscape of a soldier's memory as a collector attempts to make sense of what will be left behind. The show asks: in the midst of the relentless currents of time, what can we take hold of that will go on, that will not be lost? The stories blend with the sounds of old time banjo and modular synthesizer to create a unique listening experience."  Go to full article
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to jump off a 40-foot tower like an ROTC cadet

Last Friday, eight Clarkson University students became Second Lieutenants of the United States Army. Students from four local colleges make up the Golden Knight Battalion, the North Country's ROTC unit, spending four years going to school and training.

But the Reserve Officer Training Corps is a small, and sometimes invisible minority here. So before the cadets said goodbye to the North Country, they invited the community on to their physical training course, to spend a few hours in their world. Natasha Haverty stopped by for a lesson in rappelling.  Go to full article

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