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Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Schumer: Ft. Drum shouldn't "come within a whiff" of Army cuts

New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he's not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown city hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 U.S. Army troops.  Go to full article
Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik tours the Urban Mission in Watertown. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik tours the Urban Mission in Watertown. Photo: David Sommerstein.

NY-21: Stefanik tours Watertown businesses

Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik swung through Jefferson County yesterday.

The Republican toured the Knowlton Technologies plant in Watertown, then visited the Watertown Urban Mission next door. She also held a meet-and-greet last night at The Barley Pub in Belleville, between Watertown and Pulaski.  Go to full article
The formerly vacant and crumbling Woolworth building in downtown Watertown will soon host apartments and commercial space. Photo: Joanna Richards
The formerly vacant and crumbling Woolworth building in downtown Watertown will soon host apartments and commercial space. Photo: Joanna Richards

As downtown Watertown revives, some say city hall lacks vision

Watertown's downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling. It's not an uncommon problem in America's smaller cities.

Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth.  Go to full article
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Watertown airport switching flights from Chicago to Philadelphia

The Watertown airport has been much busier since it started offering direct air service to Chicago rather than Albany just over two years ago. Now, the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways is causing a switch in destination again, as direct flights to Philadelphia will replace those to Chicago beginning May 8.  Go to full article

Police ID man's body found in Black River

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've identified the body found floating in a northern New York river as that of a 27-year-old Watertown man.

State police announced late Wednesday night that the body found in the Black River on Tuesday had been identified as Bryan Reilly.  Go to full article

Unidentified body found in Black River

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Authorities in northern New York are awaiting results of an autopsy on a body found floating near a hydroelectric plant.

State police say workers were cleaning ice on Tuesday morning with a caterpillar tractor when they discovered the body of a male in the Black River at the Glen Park hydroelectric dam in Watertown.  Go to full article
A roomful of strangers at Jennifer Gaffney's home in Adams have fun getting to know each other. Gaffney took in five stranded motorists after the overflowing fire department put out a call for help from local residents. Photo by Jennifer Gaffney<br /><br />
A roomful of strangers at Jennifer Gaffney's home in Adams have fun getting to know each other. Gaffney took in five stranded motorists after the overflowing fire department put out a call for help from local residents. Photo by Jennifer Gaffney

Stranded drivers find welcome at Jefferson County hotels, homes

The last portions of Route 81 between Watertown and North Syracuse are open again, after lake-effect storms closed much of the highway down.

Through the storms, hardy North Country natives have been helping stranded travelers. Many people spent last night in fire halls - the one in Adams took in 150 people. Watertown hotels right off the Interstate 81 exit were full, of both drivers and staff who couldn't get out, either.  Go to full article
The Black River Rollers strike a pose. Photo: Nora Flaherty
The Black River Rollers strike a pose. Photo: Nora Flaherty

What's so great about roller derby?

Roller derby has a surprisingly long history: It first emerged as a contact sport in the late 1930s; started broadcasting on TV in the late '40s; and had a bit of a TV revival in the '80s and '90s.

The sport as we know it today is mostly an all-female, woman-organized amateur sport. This most recent incarnation got its start in the early 2000s, in Austin, Texas.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vgm8383/2243954328/">vgm8383</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: vgm8383, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Power outages from ice storm linger in northern NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Several thousand utility customers in northern New York may have to do without holiday lights on the night before Christmas thanks to last weekend's ice storm.

National Grid reports more than 6,200 homes and businesses remain without power on Christmas Eve morning. About 4,000 of the outages are in Jefferson County, with another 1,400 reported in neighboring St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
New development will take place on the site of the former Mercy Hospital on Stone St. in Watertown.
New development will take place on the site of the former Mercy Hospital on Stone St. in Watertown.

$81.3 million for the North Country

The big news across this region today is about money, and local hopes for what state support will do for their communities.
The North Country was awarded 81.3 million dollars in Regional Economic Development Council funds yesterday in Albany.

New York State spends about $7 billion on tax incentives and business subsidies each year.
Regional Economic Development Councils, or REDCs, were put in place in 2011. The governor's press release yesterday describes this as a redesign, from a "top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach."

This is third year the region has been named a top performer and received a one of the biggest chunks of money - money that funds projects from Watertown to Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

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