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Power Dam Politics: When David Meets Goliath

David Sommerstein talks with Massena attorney Tom Snider about his new book, Power Dam Politics. It's Snider's take on the negotiations to relicense the New York Power Authority's massive hydropower project on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Prisoners: North Country Residents?

St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted.  Go to full article
Photos by Adam Wheeler
Photos by Adam Wheeler

Ice Climbing for Confidence

Braving the chill and playing outdoors is a great way to stay fit and avoid the winter blues. It can also build self-confidence and mental strength. A St. Lawrence County based program called North Country Adolescent Outreach uses outdoor adventures to build self-esteem in troubled teens and train them to share their strengths with other kids. David Sommerstein went ice climbing with a group on Azure Mountain and has our story.  Go to full article

County Investigates STAR Abuse Claims

The St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night heard allegations of physical abuse regarding its military-style program for troubled youths. Two former employees and parents of a former participant say drill instructors used excessive force on their middle and high school students. As David Sommerstein reports, lawmakers are calling for an external investigation.  Go to full article

SLC Lawmaker Supports Expanded Bottle Bill

St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb believes the bill will have a positive impact on the state's environment and local waste programs. She recently attended a New York State Association of Counties conference where she learned in detail about the expanded bottle bill.  Go to full article

SLC Program Teaches Entrepreneur Skills

The Small Business administration estimates that about 60% of businesses fail during their first five years of operation. From lagging capital to business owner burnout, entrepreneurs face myriad obstacles in building a successful company. A new incubator program in St. Lawrence County is giving local start-ups a chance to learn the ins and outs of growing a business before flying solo. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Plant Closure Another Blow to Dairy Industry

North Country Congressman John McHugh called the losing of the Kraft plant a dark period for Canton's economy and the region's dairy farmers.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Restoration Renews Interest in Victorian-era Diva

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

People: Hilary Oak, SLC Arts Council

Martha Foley talks with Hilary Oak, of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, about sustaining arts of all sorts in rural communities.  Go to full article

SLC Social Services Seeks Public Input

The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services is looking for feedback from the public about the programs it offers. The agency scheduled a hearing this afternoon to gather input about its Child and Adult Protective Services, Foster Care, Adoption and Day Care progams. Jody Tosti spoke with Deputy Commissioner Diane Wilby about the department's plans, which are revised every three years.  Go to full article

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