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Jay Nash and friends will perform at the Clayton Opera House, Sunday, September 1, 7:30pm.   Tickets: 315-686-2200.
Jay Nash and friends will perform at the Clayton Opera House, Sunday, September 1, 7:30pm. Tickets: 315-686-2200.

Preview: 10th "Rock for the River" concert in Clayton

A second Rock for the River concert will be held this Sunday night in Clayton featuring Jay Nash and friends. A concert on the St. Lawrence River earlier this summer sold out within days, so Nash agreed to headline this special Labor Day weekend concert. Each year, Nash brings some of the best original song writers and musicians from across the country to the Clayton Opera House for an evening of live music in support of Save The River.

Jay Nash grew up in Syracuse and spent most summers playing guitar in the Thousand Islands, which he still considers home. His music took him to Los Angeles, but now he and his family live on a farm in Vermont and travel to the St. Lawrence each summer. Todd Moe caught up with Nash by phone to talk about Sunday night's Rock for the River reprise concert.  Go to full article
Martha Irving as The (Post) Mistress  Photo: Jay Kopinski
Martha Irving as The (Post) Mistress Photo: Jay Kopinski

Theatre Review: "The (Post) Mistress" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

The One-woman musical "The (Post) Mistress" is running in the Firehall at the 1000 Islands Playhouse through September 14. It's written by Tomson Highway and stars Martha Irving as the small-town post mistress.  Go to full article

Cape Vincent celebrates life on the river this weekend

There's plenty to do in and around the water in Cape Vincent this weekend. The Chamber of Commerce has expanded this year's "Day on the River" to include a hospice sailing regatta benefit and War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations. Todd Moe talks with Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce president Mike Chavoustie about this annual event.  Go to full article
U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, at Seaway Administration in Massena Tuesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.
U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, at Seaway Administration in Massena Tuesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

New Seaway chief seeks economic, green balance

Shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway generates billions of dollars for the Great Lakes economy in the U.S. and Canada. But it also opened the door to damage from invasive species and forever changed the shape and ecology of the St. Lawrence River itself.

The new U.S. chief of the St. Lawrence Seaway is making her first visit to Massena this week. Betty Sutton is touring the Seaway's two locks on the St. Lawrence River, the vessel traffic control room, and meeting with many of the Seaway's 135 employees in Massena.

Betty Sutton's very first appointment in Massena was a sit-down with David Sommerstein.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story (and the audio version) refer to the Seaway Administration position as a seven year term.

That is no longer the case, as Nancy Alcalde, SLSDC spokeswoman, points out. In 2002, The Appointment and Efficiency Streamlining Act of 2011, P.L. 112-166, made this position an appointment "at the pleasure of the President". It is also no longer subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.  Go to full article
Thomas Mitchell at home on the corner of Home & Oak, Thousand Island Park. Photo courtesy Tom French.
Thomas Mitchell at home on the corner of Home & Oak, Thousand Island Park. Photo courtesy Tom French.

Stories of Thousand Islands life, one cassette tape at a time

Many people wish they had captured the stories and histories of their parents and grandparents before they were lost. Some of us did make a journal or tape or video recording.

A Potsdam man went a step further. Tom French catalogued recordings he made of his grandfather, Thomas Mitchell, of Thousand Islands Park on Wellesley Island. He sorted them by topic and made them available to listen to on a website. Taken together, they're an oral history of life on the St. Lawrence River through a good chunk of the 1900s.

Tom French told David Sommerstein he just gave his grandfather a microphone and tape recorder and let him take the lead.  Go to full article
Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx swears in U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton Tuesday. Photo: St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx swears in U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton Tuesday. Photo: St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

St. Lawrence Seaway has a new chief

The new Administrator for the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence Seaway was officially sworn in at a ceremony in Washington yesterday. Betty Sutton becomes the tenth person to hold the post and the second woman.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Bassmasters Elite weigh-in stage in Waddington. Photo: Conant Neville
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Bassmasters Elite weigh-in stage in Waddington. Photo: Conant Neville

Cuomo celebrates Waddington landing Bassmasters Elite

Thursday morning hundreds of cheering fans watched the 99 anglers of the Bassmasters Elite Series line up and roar off on the St. Lawrence River for day one of competition. Thousands more people are expected for the tournament through Sunday.

A few hours later, Governor Andrew Cuomo showed up to do some cheering of his own.  Go to full article
Pete Ponds tries a new lure during practice Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein
Pete Ponds tries a new lure during practice Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Four St. Lawrence fishing tips from America's bassmasters

Just a couple weeks after he drew statewide attention to the allure of the Adirondacks, Governor Andrew Cuomo is bringing the big spotlight to the St. Lawrence River tomorrow.

Cuomo visits Waddington Thursday morning, for the first launch of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament. He'll speak on the same stage where anglers will weigh their day's catch each afternoon at 3:15. According to the Governor's office, Cuomo will then join B.A.S.S. tournament director Chris Bowes for some fishing on the St. Lawrence, north of the Eisenhower power dam.

Local businesses are expecting unprecedented crowds for this weekend's tournament. John Chamberlain owns JC's bowling lanes and bar and grill in Waddington. "The fisherman are here. The sponsors are here," says Chamberlain. Regular Ken Graves says it's the biggestn thing to ever hit the North Country. "Not just Waddington,"Graves affirms. "It's the second biggest sport to NASCAR. I'm telling you the truth, it's big."

Maybe not as big as football or baseball, but bass fishing is big. The Elite Series tournaments draw tens of thousands of fans and national coverage on ESPN.

Still, a lot of people don't know anything about professional bass fishing. David Sommerstein went for a ride-along while the anglers were practicing this week.  Go to full article
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during Monday's practice session. But the fish are going to have to be about twice that size to win. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during Monday's practice session. But the fish are going to have to be about twice that size to win. Photo: David Sommerstein

Bassmaster Elite bringing economic boost to St. Lawrence County

The country's biggest professional bass anglers are scouting out their best fishing spots on the St. Lawrence River in preparation for the Bassmaster Elite Series competition.

The event is expected to draw thousands of fans to the Waddington area, where the tournament is based.  Go to full article
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.
A 'plein air' painting by Winslow Homer.

Morristown breathes 'plein air' to benefit library

The village of Morristown has a long track record with "plein air" painting. Aclaimed artist Charles Chapman held classes in painting outdoors at his estate on the Morristown harbor in the 1930s and '40s.

This weekend, Morristown is tapping into those artistic roots for a Plein Air Festival. The event is a benefit for the Morristown Public Library.

Beginning Friday, 22 artists from across New York and the Northeast, and one from Ontario, will set up their easels at locations of their own choosing throughout the village.

David Sommerstein went to Morristown, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, with the skyline of Brockville, Ontario on the far shore, to speak with the festival's organizers and an artist who will be participating.

Bridget Whalen-Nevin is director of the Morristown Public Library and organizer of the festival. Maggie Whalen is a library board member. Local artist Kathy Kelly will be painting this weekend.

There's a book sale on Saturday, a meet and greet chicken BBQ Saturday at 6pm. Starting Sunday at noon, the paintings made by the artists during the Plein Air festival will be sold by silent auction.

All events and sales benefit the Morristown Public Library.  Go to full article

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