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.
New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley during his recent visit to Albany. Bishop LaValley was one of over 1,000 Roman Catholics from across New York State who visited the state legislature with the New York State Catholic Conference to talk about issues affecting Catholic schools and the New York's Catholics.
Hospice plans 'Confidence to Care' programs in Massena, Gouverneur, Heuvelton
Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, in cooperation with area churches, hosts workshops this month in Massena, Gouverneur and Heuvelton on caregiving for people who are seriously ill.
The Confidence to Care program covers aspects of physical care, emotional care; and grief as well as spiritual care. Workshop instructors will be Hospice nurse Ruth Scruggs, Hospice Bereavement Counselor Jessica Love, and Hospice chaplain Rob Schirmer.
The workshops will be held:
Saturday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Massena Baptist Church
Don't become Fox News, NorthCountryNow.com
Seems all the news is about Patty Richie (on NorthCountryNow.com). How about a story that starts making Patty and all elected officials responsible for the budget mess and wanting to add new programs and taxes to our already high state of the economy. It would be nice to see NorthCountryNow.com stop fluffing Patty and start being the well know web site you use to be. I use this web site as a fair and balanced media site, Don’t become Fox News.
Blankenbush votes ‘no’ on Regents candidates; says process is a sham
Calling the Board of Regents process a sham, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush voted no on a slate of candidates for the board.
He also expressed dismay at the fact that none of the candidates is from the North Country.
“The board members are, essentially, single-handedly chosen by the downstate controlled Assembly Majority, and made public moments before legislators cast their votes on the nominees,” the 122nd District Assemblyman said.