SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team selects tri-captains for 2011-12
POTSDAM -- Team captains for the 2011-12 SUNY Potsdam men's basketball have selected, as voted on by Bears players and coaches.
Wesley Francisco, Curtis Pierce and Rob Duquette will serve as tri-captains next season for Potsdam, which recently wrapped up its 2010-11 campaign with an 8-18 overall record, including a 7-11 mark in State University of New York Athletic Conference play.
The Bears reached the SUNYAC Tournament quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Oswego State, the conference's regular season champion and a qualifier for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
State Senate and Assembly negotiators agree on $3.5 million more than Cuomo's plan for ag research, education, assistance
The state Senate and Assembly have agreed on spending for farm research, education and assistance programs aimed at helping family farmers and strengthening the state’s farm economy.
The joint Senate/Assembly budget subcommittee, approved a total of $17.329 million to support local farm programs, including funds for programs that help make farming more profitable and successful.
That amount is up slightly from a preliminary agreement announced one week ago, and $3.5 million more than proposed by the Governor in his budget plan last month.
Potsdam Summer Festival set for July 14-16, a week later than usual
POTSDAM -- The dates for the 44th annual Potsdam Summer Festival are July 14 to 16, which is a week later than past years in order to coordinate with the college alumni weekends.
The dates for the popular summer bash in 2012 will be July 12-14.
“We have had many calls to the chamber office to confirm the dates of Summer Festival,” says Chamber Director Marylee Ballou.
She said she has been getting many calls to confirm the later-than-usual dates.
“Soon, we will be soliciting for daytime performers to fill in the main stage schedule,” she said.
Art classes for disabled starting in Potsdam
POTSDAM -- The St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam offers a series of classes for adults with disabilities every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an extra class planned for April 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Tracy Wanamaker, certified art therapist, leads participants in music, arts and crafts activities.
All classes are free. Pre-registration is required.
More info: 265-6860 or www.slcartscouncil.org.
Seaway seniors to meet in Waddington April 12
WADDINGTON – The next meeting of the Seaway Valley Senior Citizens will be at noon Tuesday, April 12, at Waddington Methodist Church.
Members are asked to bring their place settings and a dish to share.
For information, call 769-6731, 388-4242 or 322-5554.
Hopkinton Maple Festival, breakfast March 26
HOPKINTON -- The annual Maple Festival and Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Society, will be held Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Hall.
Price will be $6 for adults and $3 for under age five. More info: Sue Wood, 328-4321.
Michael Pavelski Alumni Challenge March 25 in Madrid
MADRID -- Alumni from eight local school districts are teaming up to fight cancer in the Michael Pavelski Alumni Challenge Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Madrid-Waddington Central School on St. Rt. 345.
Schools sending alumni teams include Edwards-Knox, Lisbon, Ogdensburg Free Academy, Heuvelton, Potsdam, Canton, Hermon-DeKalb, plus host Madrid-Waddington.
There will also be a three-point contest with a trophy for the winner, 50/50 raffles and prize raffles.
Admission is free.
Refreshments will also be sold.
Northern New York Red Cross to offer babysitter's training program
POTSDAM -- Boys and girls ages 11 to 15 who would like to start their own babysitting business can get training from Northern New York Red Cross, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 11, and training in Infant and Child CPR/Standard First Aid from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Northern New York Red Cross office, 73 Market St.
GE supports Clarkson ‘smart grid’ research with $1 million
POTSDAM -- Clarkson University has received a $1 million corporate grant from long-time partner GE Energy to support graduate students doing research on smart grid technology and GE's smart grid development and.
The GE Smart Grid Fellowship Program has two main goals: to advance research into a self-monitoring and self-regulating network of electric power, and to prepare the next generation of talented engineers and software developers to enter the energy field.
Jack Brandy enjoys tasting some sweet sap while helping gather it for the first time on Waterman Hill with his Grandpa Curtie. Photo taken by Dr. Chris Brandy.