What about Norwood?
With all of the studies concerning dissolving the Village of Potsdam, I wonder what will happen to the Village of Norwood if the Village of Potsdam becomes part of the Town? Should the Village of Norwood continue to exist? If so, why? Being a taxpayer in both the Village of Norwood and the Town of Potsdam, will my town taxes go up just because the Village of Potsdam can no longer fund itself? What will I gain from these added taxes? Will there be water districts, police districts and fire districts set up in the Town of Potsdam?
The idea of a school district paying a superintendent $500, yes $500 per day to solve a tiny district’s financial woes makes as much sense as fighting fires with gasoline. (That’s $10,000 per month.) They’ll lay off teachers and increase class sizes and cut sports, bus runs, the arts, and beneficial after-school programs all the while happily soaking up their $500 per day to do it.
Control underage drinking
In reference to “State Police Sting Nets Two in Hermon With Alcohol Sale To Minors” (posted March 1 on NorthCountryNow.com), I’d like to say good job! I’d also like to express my concern with the part of the article that states if you suspect a business serving minors to contact your local police department. As a downtown business owner, I see much of this happening, and have reported it on numerous occasions.
Not a happy ending
Having read about the rare examples of honesty (returning lost purses, etc.) in Potsdam, I wish to remind you that things do not always have a happy ending. This winter while driving an elderly resident’s car, I dropped her car keys (with a $90 remote) shortly after checking out at the Save-a-Lot in Potsdam. They were not returned to the store nor to the police station. A thorough search by one of Potsdam’s finest with flashlight did not produce them. The car was parked very close to the entrance and the sidewalks were clear.
Help Alcoa retirees
Go figure. All the big shots at Alcoa get a big bonus or huge pay raises while the lower class retirees have never seen a cost of living increase. I am retired and still working. People ask why. Well, I call it my welfare check. I was salaried, but not management and was forced to retire at an early age. People who are still working cry their checks aren’t big enough. Try living on Alcoa’s retirement with the huge amount taken out every month for benefits. Come on Alcoa. Start being human and look at getting your employees who put many years in a substantial cost of living increase.
Massena bike plant good idea
After reading about Jason Clark’s idea to start an American-made bike plant in Massena, it seems that the powers that be should pursue those ideas to the best of their ability. These are the kind of jobs we need here in the North Country, probably decent pay, long term, and the making of an American product to sell instead of foreign imports. These are the jobs we need up here, not just the tourist jobs that are low paying with no security. Even though it’s at step one, let’s hope it comes through. Best of luck.
Potsdam student named to University of Hartford dean's list
The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Mary N. Madeja of Potsdam has been named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2010.
The University of Hartford is an independent, comprehensive institution of higher education, offering educational and career programs of study in its seven schools and colleges.
Canton-Potsdam Hospital names 'Volunteer of Winter'
POTSDAM -- Mary Clary, volunteer at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guild Gift Shop was recently named Volunteer of the Winter by Hospital staff and fellow volunteers. Clary joined the Hospital volunteer program in 1998 to share her time and talents within the gift shop, which is owned and operated by the Potsdam Hospital Guild.
North Country businesses step closer to receiving cheaper power in exchange for creating jobs
Small businesses in St. Lawrence County are a step closer to being eligible to receive cheaper power in exchange for creating jobs, following action by the state Senate.
Senators Joseph A. Griffo and Patty Ritchie, whose districts include part of St. Lawrence County, both voted with the majority in the Senate for legislation he co-sponsored to create a new permanent program called “Recharge NY” that would provide low-cost power to businesses.
Griffo said that this program is an improvement over its very popular predecessor, the Power for Jobs Program.
Zumba fundraiser March 12 at Parishville-Hopkinton
PARISHVILLE -- The Parishville-Hopkinton Girls' Varsity Soccer Team will sponsor a Zumba class from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School.
The cost is $5 per person.