The North Country Ice Storm age 19 and under Tier II girls hockey team won the New York State Championship in Perinton on Sunday, March 13. They will travel to Anaheim, Calif. from March 30 to April 3 to participate in the National Championship Tournament. The team is comprised of 19 girls from across the North Country.
What can be done to avoid education cuts?
To the Editor:
This is not necessarily directed to the editor as much as it is meant for the Potsdam Central School District Board of Education and the Superintendent.
In the past three to four weeks I have heard on the radio and read in the papers of the dire circumstances with regard to the financial crisis that is and will continue to plague our school district for years to come. The financial aid from the State of New York is being cut dramatically for Potsdam and many surrounding school districts.
Dads should pay
I couldn’t agree more with “Make Them Pay” (Mar. 9-15), about deadbeat dads. Right on, writer. And I second her thought that New York State would be in the black if courts could make the fathers pay their due child support. To take that same thought further, if dads paid, I would be willing to bet food stamps, HEAP and other necessities to help the poor, would not be needed as much, these families would be using the money owed to them in the first place. Think about it St. Lawrence County.
Merriman’s good company
I recently read an article about the price of home heating fuel in the “Watertown Daily Times.” We need to shop around for our home heating fuel like we do most other things. There are some companies out there that are ripping their customers off. I have dealt with Merriman’s for over 30 years. They are a family business for one. I prefer to give my money locally when I can. I have never run out of fuel in the 30-odd years I have been with them. Their prices are very reasonable. We heat with propane. Two weeks ago, it was at $2.50 per gallon.
Disagrees with tenure
I do not agree with the teachers tenure program as it keeps teachers that are not performing in the classroom protected. The person who states that they are not paid for their summer vacation is ignorant to the fact that they are paid for their monthly salaries either through one lump sum or paid throughout the year in their paycheck. I do not disagree with teacher’s salaries as I believe it is not excessive. What I do not agree with is the pension program and free benefits. Yes, some districts do require teachers to pay for some of their benefits but it is very minimal.
Potsdam Saturday peace vigil to observe 8th anniversary of Iraq invasion on March 19
POTSDAM -- Saturday, March 19, marks the eighth anniversary of the start of the “Shock and Awe” attacks on Iraq. North Country Veterans For Peace, Chapter 121 (NCVFP) sponsors a peace vigil that takes place at the Potsdam post office ay 11 a.m. every Saturday morning.
NCVFP took over sponsoring these vigils from Alternatives To War, a now inactive NC peace group. A few members of NCVFP will be traveling to gather with a larger vigil taking place March 19 at the White House.
Sen. Griffo supports bill to ban 'bath salts' being used as hallucinogenic drugs
State Senator Joseph Griffo is supporting legislation (Senate bill 3322) to ban the sale, manufacturing possession and distribution of products he says are deceptively labeled “bath salts” which are being used as hallucinogenic drugs.
A statement from Griffo’s office says these “bath salts” are a dangerous combination of chemicals that cause extreme paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, hypertension, chest pain, headache, and suicidal thoughts when smoked, snorted or injected.
Importance of parent volunteers the topic at Potsdam PTSA meeting March 16
POTSDAM – At the Potsdam PTSA’s next meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the A.A. Kingston library, the discussion will include how important parent volunteers are to schools, especially in light of the difficult budget year and the expected drop in state aid.
You can visit the Potsdam PTSA website to learn more about PTA, PTA programs, and parenting tips at www.potsdam.k12.ny.us/District/PTA/Index.html.
Gouverneur churches plan weekly free Lenten suppers every Wednesday through April 13
GOUVERNEUR – The First United Methodist Church is offering free Lenten suppers and programs, Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. beginning Wednesday, March 16, and ending on April 13. All are invited to come and bring a dish to pass.
On March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Chapel, the Agape Prison Ministry team will share about their experience of ministering in the Central Prison of Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Raymondville resident named to dean's list at LeMoyne College
Kaitlin McGregor, daughter of Scott and Kim McGregor of Raymondville, has been named to the 2010 fall dean's list at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.
Kaitlin, a member of the class of 2010, graduated from Norwood-Norfolk High School.