Johnson Newspaper Corp. getting $400,000 for 'operating capital' from St. Lawrence County IDA, NCEDF
BY JIMMY LAWTON
North Country This Week
The Johnson Newspaper Corporation will receive $400,000 in public loans.
The company, which owns the Watertown Daily Times and Daily Courier-Observer, recently closed the St. Lawrence Plaindealer in Canton and Ogdensburg Journal. The Johnsons have been downsizing operations in St. Lawrence County over the past few years.
$708,000 loan to finance new water collection, treatment system in Newton Falls
CLIFTON -- Newton Falls has a $708,950 interest-free loan headed their way to finance costs of the planning, design and construction of a water collection and treatment system.
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has approved $497.5 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost bad credit loans in the past few months to support vital wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects throughout New York State.
St. Lawrence County Public Health reports 58 new COVID cases Tuesday
St. Lawrence County Public Health reports 58 new cases as of Tuesday, Sept. 21.
COVID by the numbers in St. Lawrence County:
Total number of confirmed positives to-date: 10,119
Active cases: 539
Released from isolation: 9,465
Total number of tests performed to date: 38,401
% of Fully vaccinated in St. Lawrence County: 52.6
% of St. Lawrence County positivity rate: 7.4
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe monitoring fire at ALCOA East
AKWESASNE -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s (SRMT) Environment Division is monitoring a fire reported Tuesday morning at ALCOA East (formerly known as Reynolds Metal Company).
The fire briefly released smoke that flowed off site and generated concerns for air quality.
Environment staff report the fire was quickly extinguished and smoke is no longer visible. It is no longer an active incident and the smoke posed minimal threat to the Akwesasne community based on air quality station readings taken within the jurisdiction of the SRMT that showed nothing out of the ordinary.
Potsdam town justice resigning Nov. 30
BY ADAM ATKINSON
North Country This Week
POTSDAM — Longtime Town Justice Sam Charleson has decided to step down from the post.
The town board accepted his resignation letter at their meeting on Sept. 14.
His resignation is effective Nov. 30.
“It has been a distinct pleasure to serve as justice for the last 14 and half years,” Charleson writes in his resignation letter. Charleson said he was fortunate to serve under three different town supervisors during his service.
State police reminding Massena residents to lock vehicles
MASSENA — State police are reminding residents of Massena to lock their vehicles.
An extensive number of vehicle break-ins and thefts has occurred, with many happening in recent weeks, police said.
Thefts of recreational vehicles and trailers have also occurred.
Police recommend the following:
• Always lock your vehicle, even in your own driveway
• Close all windows, including sunroofs
• Never leave keys, valuables, or personal identification in a vehicle
• If possible, place padlocks on trailer hitches to prevent theft
Potsdam Humane Society hosting Strut Your Mutt
POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Humane Society will host Strut Your Mutt on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the animal shelter, located at 17 Madrid Ave.
Registration runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with the walk to follow at 9:30 a.m.
Walk eligibility is by pledge sheet or a donation.
A craft show will also be held to support the humane society, located at Pine St. arena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wildlife Festival offered in Massena at Hawkins Point
MASSENA — A Wildlife Festival will be held at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center, located at 21 Hawkins Point Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 25.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be multiple exhibits of live animals, as well as nature displays, arts, crafts and live entertainment.
At 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. World of Wildlife Educational Encounters will host shows that have a number of games throughout.
Reptiles Forever will also showcase a variety of insects and reptiles throughout the day.
A new Kidcraft train table was donated to the recently renovated Potsdam Public Library by Dr. Sharon Vegh Williams, Director of North Country Children’s Museum. The train table is in the new children’s section on the main floor of the library. Dr. Williams felt with the new look of the library, it would benefit from a new table, since the old one showed signs of wear with frequent use over the years. Photo submitted by Maria Morrison, Family Literacy Specialist.
GOUVERNEUR -- A celebration of life for Terry L. Nichols will be held on Saturday, September 25th at 12:00 noon at the Gouverneur VFW. A burial will be held at 11 am that morning at Hailesboro Cemetery for Terry who passed away on January 22, 2021.