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Audio Postcard: DeKalb Livestock Auction

The town of Dekalb Junction, just southwest of Canton, is known by treasure hunters as the antique capital of St. Lawrence County. But every Wednesday, bargain hunters of a different kind park their 4x4s and trailers all along Route 11 for Seymour's Commission Sales weekly livestock auction. David Sommerstein stopped in and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Communities That Care Idea Spreads to St. Lawrence County

A youth survey in 2001 showed high rates of alcohol use among students in 16 districts throughout St. Lawrence County. The survey was given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The results confirmed what local health officials basically knew already, that alcohol use and abuse is a continuing problem in the county. To address the risks of alcohol, drug and other teen problem behaviors, local representatives from human service agencies, law enforcement and education began training in the Communities That Care initiative. Martha Foley talks with Pam Whittet, Assistant Superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and chairwoman of the Community Board.  Go to full article

2002 Home Sales Sharply Up

The real estate market in parts of the North Country saw significant growth in 2002. Prices for single family homes also rose. David Sommerstein reports low interest rates and the stagnant stock market have been enticing people to buy new homes.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Trails Still Closed as Insurance Problems Continue

State officials continue to talk with insurance companies about protecting landowners and snowmobile clubs from liability for accidents on private trails. Clubs closed thousands of miles of trails across the state last week due to inadequate insurance. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Maple Syrup Producers to Gather in Verona Next Month

A chartered bus will take some 50 St. Lawrence County residents to the New York State Maple Producer's Conference in mid-January. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

NORAD Tracks Santa

David Sommerstein tells the story of the North American Aerospace Defense Command's tracking of Santa Claus. NORAD derives its history from a presidential meeting on the railroad tracks of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Global Competition for Alcoa Massena

Few were surprised when Alcoa Metals announced Wednesday it would lay off more than a hundred workers from its smelting plant. What did catch people off guard was how close the plant was to shutting down altogether. An emergency cost-cutting package ensures operation through 2003. But as David Sommerstein reports, even bigger challenges lie ahead.  Go to full article

Alcoa to Lay Off 110

Alcoa Primary Metals will eliminate 110 jobs at its East Smelter plant in Massena. But a new $7 million dollar power contract and a joint labor-management restructuring effort will keep the plant operating, at least for another year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

McCadam Brand in Agri-Mark Plans

The company that plans to buy McCadam Cheese says cheese manufactured in New York will help it expand its markets. Agri-Mark is a cooperative owned by 1400 farmers throughout New England and New York. David Sommerstein reports McCadam's Chateaugay plant will join Agri-Mark's two processing plants in Vermont and one in Massachusetts.  Go to full article
Sheila Besaw owns the H&S Diner on Heuvelton's Main Street.
Sheila Besaw owns the H&S Diner on Heuvelton's Main Street.

Heuvelton Rocked By McCadam Closure

The news of Vermont-based Agri-Mark Coop's purchase of McCadam Cheese Company is good for Franklin County farmers and workers at McCadam's manufacturing plant in Chateaugay, which will stay open.

But Agri-Mark says it will close McCadam's packaging plant in Heuvelton on February 1st after more than a century of operation. More than 100 people will lose their jobs. David Sommerstein reports the effects will be far-reaching for families and businesses in the small St. Lawrence County village.  Go to full article

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