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APA Hears Boreal Forest Arguments

The Adirondack Park Agency held the first of five public meetings in Colton last night. The agency is gathering comments regarding the classification, or reclassification, of 78 parcels of forest land in the Adirondack Park. In St. Lawrence County, the focus is on one of them - a boreal forest that borders Carry Falls reservoir on the Raquette River. Environmentalists want to protect a rare habitat. ATV and snowmobile riders want access. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

ATV Trail Would Link Four Counties

An ATV trail network is in the planning stages in St. Lawrence County. County lawmaker Alex MacKinnon made the announcement at last night's meeting in Colton. He said an ATV trail will run from the Jefferson and Lewis County borders across to Franklin County.  Go to full article

Doctor Arrest Raises Addiction Issues

A St. Lawrence County doctor was arrested last week for allegedly prescribing painkillers to addicted clients who didn't need them. The case is drawing attention to how prescription narcotics are controlled in New York. Dr. Gail DeHart of Gouverneur was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. DeHart's lawyer, Ed Menkin of Syracuse, declined to comment on the case, saying he had yet to meet with his client. Experts say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide, especially among young people. A new state law taking effect next year will require doctors to use official prescription forms, so the health department can better track prescription narcotics. David Sommerstein spoke with Dr. John Dewar, a family physician based in Potsdam. He's medical director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's chemical dependency unit. He says he deals with 150 to 200 clients a year who are addicted to prescription drugs.  Go to full article

Doctor Busted in Prescription Drug Ring

State police arrested a Gouverneur doctor and her assistant Wednesday for allegedly providing prescriptions for drug addicts and dealers. Doctor Gail DeHart and her office manager Joan Kingdon operated a private practice from the doctor's home. Dr. DeHart had worked in the past at E.J. Noble Hospital and at a clinic in Edwards. The two face charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Officials say she billed the drugs to the taxpayer-funded Medicaid system. The state attorney general's office may press charges of fraud. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County acting District Attorney Gary Miles. He says Dr. DeHart was prescribing large amounts of painkillers, like Oxycontin and morphine, to dozens of patients.  Go to full article
Legislators deliberate ATV resolution yesterday.
Legislators deliberate ATV resolution yesterday.

St. Lawrence County Backs ATV Riders

St. Lawrence County is sending state officials a pro-ATV message. The legislature unanimously passed a resolution yesterday urging the DEC to establish a trail system for four-wheelers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Survives, Boosters Stay Vigilant

There was big relief across the region last week when Fort Drum was NOT on the Pentagon's list for base closures. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC, recommended shutting down 150 military assets nationwide. New York's biggest casualty was the Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls. The recommendations don't become final until September. That makes for a summer of intense politicking. As David Sommerstein reports, Fort Drum supporters say they won't be caught off guard.  Go to full article

Preview: St. Lawrence NYSARC's Spring Showcase

The St. Lawrence NYSARC Community Players present Murder on the Menu, an original theatrical production, Saturday night (7 pm) at SUNY-Canton's Kingston Theatre. The players are individuals with developmental disabilities from all parts of St. Lawrence County. the evening will also include music, poetry and monologues. Todd Moe talks with Andrea and Michelle Quinell of St. Lawrence NYSARC about the debut production.  Go to full article

Preview: Canton Celebrates Bicentennial

The Town of Canton is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. Martha Foley talks with historians about the early years of Canton and some of the special events this year.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam will officially dedicate the O'Shaughnessy Center for Assistive Technology on Friday at 4 p.m. in Satterlee Hall in memory of faculty member Tom O'Shaughnessy.
SUNY Potsdam will officially dedicate the O'Shaughnessy Center for Assistive Technology on Friday at 4 p.m. in Satterlee Hall in memory of faculty member Tom O'Shaughnessy.

SUNY Potsdam to Dedicate Center for Assistive Technology

The official dedication of the Thomas O'Shaughnessy Center for Assistive Technology at SUNY-Potsdam is Friday afternoon (4 pm) in Satterlee Hall. Tom O'Shaughnessy taught in the School of Education at Potsdam from 1979 until his death in 2002. He was well known for his expertise in assistive technology and his work with special education teachers and children in the North Country. The new center will provide special technology for students with physical and learning disabilities. Linda Reece is an Occupation Therapist for the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Preview: Mock Trials in Canton

The St. Lawrence County Bar Association hosts the Region III Mock Trial Tournament at the county courthouse in Canton Saturday (9am-5pm). The winning team will go on to compete in statewide finals in Albany next month. Attorneys Jane Garland and Andrew Moses are coordinating the tournament. They told Todd Moe it gives young people a chance to be lawyers for the day in a real courtroom.  Go to full article

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