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Mohawks Oppose NY Tax Plan

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe last week lashed out against the state's plan to collect cigarette and gas taxes on reservations. Earlier this month, the state taxation department released a plan to tax non-native purchases at native-owned gas and tobacco shops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Seedcorn to Launch Local Currency: North Country Notes

The deadline to submit designs for North Country Notes is quickly approaching. The idea is to promote businesses through the use of a local currency. North Country Notes is a project of SeedCorn, a non-profit group in Potsdam. The local currency is expected to be in use in Canton and Potsdam by this fall.  Go to full article

Aubertine Voices Blackout Concerns

As a member of the Assembly's Energy Committee, Darrel Aubertine represented the North Country during yesterday's hearings. The first-term Assemblyman says the hearings will allow committee members to refine their focus.  Go to full article

Preview: Music for an Abolitionist Rally

A concert of anti-slavery songs from the mid-19th century will be performed Friday night in Richville by the Hutchinson Family Revival. The group is a music reenactment ensemble performing popular music of the Victorian era. It's a concert of music with a message. Todd Moe spoke with Hutchinson Family Revival Music Director Richard Price about music and social activism of the 19th century.  Go to full article

Clinton To Tout North Country E-Commerce

Senator Hillary Clinton will make a swing through Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties Saturday. She'll unveil an initiative to promote locally made foods and crafts on the Internet. And she'll meet with Fort Drum's new commander. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo

Don't Burn This Tattoo

St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn" tattoos. Planner John Montan says the idea is to facilitate family conversation about the dangers of trash burning.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Historians Work to Save Long-Forgotten Music Hall

A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900's. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article
The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.
The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.

Restoring the Past: The Edwards Opera House

Old opera houses are hot in the North Country. Clayton, Heuvelton and now Edwards have rediscovered the elaborate stages of their pasts. The Edwards Arts Council has begun raising money to restore its historic opera hall, on the second floor of the Edwards Town Hall. Built in 1896, after a fire destroyed much of downtown Edwards, the opera house is in surprisingly good shape. There's a bluegrass benefit concert Saturday night at 7pm in the historic opera house. Todd Moe toured it with the Edwards Arts Council's Bridget Clark.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Mulls Patriot Act Opposition

This week, Attorney General John Ashcroft began criss-crossing the country speaking in defense of the controversial USA Patriot Act. The act was passed less than a month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It gives law enforcement broader surveillance powers to track potential terrorists. But it's drawn widespread criticism that it compromises civil liberties. State legislatures in Vermont, Hawaii, and Alaska have drafted resolutions against aspects of the Patriot Act, as have more 150 communities, including the village of Potsdam and the city of Burlington. Next week, the St. Lawrence County legislature will consider whether to add its name to the opposition. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Arts Series

There's a new arts series in Potsdam this summer at the gazebo in Ives Park. The series will feature local performers and musicians Thursday evenings at 7, starting tonight. Hillary Oak, with the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, says the series includes music and mirth.  Go to full article

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