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President's Budget Leaves Seaway Study in Limbo

The Bush administration's 2004 budget proposal includes a modest amount to continue to review the St. Lawrence Seaway. As David Sommerstein reports, Congress and Canada are still debating the merits of a study that could lead to dredged channels and bigger ships on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
The delapidated St. Lawrence Hotel in Waddington could be the key to the village's future.
The delapidated St. Lawrence Hotel in Waddington could be the key to the village's future.

Envisioning a Waddington Renaissance

The town of Waddington lies on a beautiful spot of the St. Lawrence River, about halfway between Ogdensburg and Massena. Its riverfront property is attracting new residents as well as natives looking to move back home with their families. St. Lawrence County Administrator Don Brining lives there, along with other county leaders. By all accounts, the town seems poised on the brink of a renaissance. But with growth comes growing pains. As David Sommerstein reports, a citizen group is challenging the town board to think big about Waddington's future.  Go to full article

Drug Bust on the St. Lawrence Seaway

A Canadian man faces federal drug charges after he was caught allegedly trying to bring drugs into the US in a boat on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Tribes Skeptical FBI Wanted Passed Through Akwesasne

A New York newspaper reported yesterday the five men of Middle Eastern origin being sought by the FBI may have slipped into the U.S. at the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. As David Sommerstein reports, the claim is drawing criticism from tribal officials on both sides of the border.  Go to full article

Akwesasne: Two Countries, One Nation and the Border

As the federal government seeks to beef up border security since September 11th, it's begun working with tribal governments to make patrolling these areas more effective. The lands of the Akwesasne Mohawks near Massena are actually split in two by the U.S.-Canada border. As David Sommerstein reports, the area highlights both the challenges of border security on and near reservations and some new initiatives in border patrol.  Go to full article
David Sommerstein interviews port director Bill Payne.
David Sommerstein interviews port director Bill Payne.

On the Docks at the Port of Ogdensburg

Freighters on the St. Lawrence Seaway are making their last pick-ups and deliveries around the Great Lakes before they begin clearing the waterway for winter this week. The North Country's only shipping port, in Ogdensburg, receives an average of six ships a year. David Sommerstein visited the port while longshoremen were loading a Dutch freighter to see how life on the docks has changed over the years and what an expanded seaway would mean for the port.  Go to full article

Canada Wants Changes To Seaway Study?

David Sommerstein talks with John Birnbaum, executive director of the Georgian Bay Association in Ontario, who says he received assurances from Canada's Transport Minister David Collinette that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the St. Lawrence seaway needs some changes to be acceptable to Canada.  Go to full article
Assemblyman-elect Darrel Aubertine.
Assemblyman-elect Darrel Aubertine.

Aubertine Goes To Albany

Assemblyman-elect Darrel Aubertine is reading resumes and scouting out office space as he prepares to be the first North Country Democrat in the state Assembly in almost 30 years. Aubertine will represent the new "river" district of St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Hope For Alcoa East?

State and local lawmakers are hopeful after a meeting Monday with Alcoa officials and the New York Power Authority to find ways to cut costs at Alcoa's East plant in Massena. Alcoa has told plant officials to cut $23 million from next year's budget, which could endanger the jobs of more than 125 workers. David Sommerstein talks with Ken McDonnell, mayor of the village of Massena, about the challenges the plant faces.  Go to full article
The Prescott Windmill. In 1873 it was converted into a lighthouse, and today it's a National Historic Site.
The Prescott Windmill. In 1873 it was converted into a lighthouse, and today it's a National Historic Site.

Guns Across the River: The Story of the Forgotten "Alamo of the North"

In November of 1838, there was a little known attack on Prescott, Ontario. A group of mostly New Yorkers, known as the Hunter Patriots, landed at Windmill Point, across from Ogdensburg, convinced thousands of Canadians would join them to oust the British from North America. They occupied a stone windmill near Prescott, but their plan failed. Todd Moe talks with Donald Graves, author of the book, Guns Across the River.  Go to full article

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