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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

St. Lawrence County Passes Anti-Smoking Policy, But Not Law

St. Lawrence County legislators yesterday passed a toned-down version of an anti-smoking policy on county property. A law that would make smoking on county grounds a crime was returned to committee. But the law's supporters deleted a controversial clause that would have prohibited people from smoking in their own cars on county property. As David Sommerstein reports, both proposals build on new statewide protections for non-smokers that took effect last month.  Go to full article

West Nile Confirmed in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County Health officials say a crow found in the eastern part of the county has tested positive for West Nile virus. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
A winter view from Leishman Point.
A winter view from Leishman Point.

Waddington to Vote on Leishman Point Plan?

A grass roots group says it has gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on a proposal to develop shoreline property in the town of Waddington. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
Contestants play "Pass The Buck".  Hillary Oak, the game's inventor, explains at right.
Contestants play "Pass The Buck". Hillary Oak, the game's inventor, explains at right.

Modeling a Local Economy: "Pass The Buck"

A movement is afoot to take small steps toward building a healthy local economy in the North Country. It's based on a concept called the "economic multiplier". The idea is basically this: spend a dollar locally, and that dollar cycles through the community to other local businesses and strengthens the local economy. A St. Lawrence County woman has created a role-playing game to illustrate the concept. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Housing Council Shares Budget Uncertainty

Directors of non-profit groups that rely on grants to run their programs get a little nervous around budget time each year. They're at the bottom of a pipeline that filters money down through federal and state grants. As Jody Tosti reports, It's a precarious place to be sometimes, especially when so many agencies are vying for money from the same pot.  Go to full article
Builder Eric Schulze.
Builder Eric Schulze.

An Energy Saving Habitat

Tomorrow the affordable housing group Habitat For Humanity of Raquette Valley holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3pm in Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County. The house is a first for the Habitat chapter because in addition to being affordable, it?s also energy efficient. Builders designed a home that uses 30% less energy than a conventional one. The organizers want the project to be a template for building more low-cost, energy-efficient housing. David Sommerstein visited the construction site last winter. He spoke with the designer and volunteers on the project and has this audio montage.

Call Community Energy Services at (315)379-9466 for more information about the energy efficient model.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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