The United Helpers organization recently donated a marble statute entitled, "Christ the Comforter" to the St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Ogdensburg. The statue had resided at the United Helpers Nursing Home at 40 West Main St. in Canton until recently when it was relocated to the garden. Pictured from left: Stephen E. Knight, United Helpers Chief Executive Officer; Larry Caufield, garden caretaker; Rev. Robert Longbottom; and Rev. Longbottom's two-year-old daughter, Rose, holding hands with the statue.
National Grid one of two electric firms in state with fewer power outages in 2010
Among electric power distributors in New York State, National Grid was one of two companies whose interruption frequency was lower in 2010 than it was in 2009.
The New York State Public Service Commission said that statewide interruption frequency for 2010, excluding major storms, has been nearly identical for the past three years, and better than the five-year average.
Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and National Grid Upstate improved when compared with 2009. The other utilities assessed in the state performed satisfactorily, the commission said.
Assembly passes Russell-sponsored bill to allow anglers to use up to 3 poles at once
A bill to allow anglers to use up to three fishing rods at a time has passed in the Assembly, according sponsor Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
It has also passed the Senate and is now being forwarded to the governor for his consideration. The current limit is two rods.
The bill is aimed at enhancing the experience for anglers as it increases the chance of catching a fish. Several states, including Michigan and New Jersey, already have a three-rod rule in place and report a favorable impact on their sporting tourism.
Claxton-Hepburn foundation honors greeter as volunteer of the year
OGDENSBURG – Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation recently named Lorraine Davis (left), greeter and switchboard volunteer as their volunteer of the year.
An emotional Lorraine accepted her award along with her department manager, Beth Stemples (right).
Art, magic to be part of Potsdam summer recreation program beginning June 28, 29
POTSDAM – The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has teamed up with the Potsdam Recreation Center to offer two opportunities for youth to add some art and magic to their summer fun.
These classes will take place at the Pine Street Arena in Potsdam as part of the six-week Summer Recreation Program.
Contact the SLC Arts Council to register and pre-pay for classes at 265-6860 or www.slcartscouncil.org.
Dianne S. Raven, age 68, of Chub Lake Road, passed away on Saturday evening, June 18, 2011 at her home after a lengthy illness.
Funeral arranements with French Funeral Home, Gouverneur, are incomplete at this time.
Lion Carol Perry, District Governor Elect/Membership Chair, presents the MMH Foundation with the Massena Lion’s Club radiothon pledge payment of $500 to Julianne Fowler, MMH Foundation’s Event Coordinator. The Massena Lion’s Club has supported the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation’s radiothon for more than a decade. This year’s radiothon raised over $35,000 for bone densitometry equipment for the Massena Memorial Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department.
More St. Lawrence County women becoming involved in crime in past decade
By CRAIG FREILICH
Women in St. Lawrence County have increasingly become involved in crime over the past several decades, according to local experts.
Reflecting a nationwide trend, they are more likely to be arrested today for things like harassment, assault, coercion and theft than their mothers were.
And more women are in prison, on probation or on parole than a generation ago.
“We are arresting more women than we did when I started here 27 years ago,” said County Sheriff Kevin Wells.
Free fishing throughout state June 25, 26
Anyone can fish for free in New York State waters on the weekend of June 25 and 26.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation each year designates the last full weekend in June as Free Fishing Days in New York State. During those two days, anyone can fish New York state waters, and no fishing license is required.
New York State Free Fishing Days started in 1991 to give all people the opportunity to sample the fishing New York state has to offer.
Senate passes bill to reduce paperwork for farmers sponsored by Sen. Ritchie
A bill designed to reduce paperwork for state farmers and local governments sponsored by state Sen. Patty Ritchie has passed the state Senate.
The bill, S5159, would allow for the automatic renewal of agricultural assessments.
The bill will allow farmers to keep land in agricultural districts assessed as agricultural without submitting a new application every year, as long as there are no changes in acreage or eligibility rules.
Farmer would be required to alert the assessor of any changes, like the sale of land or ceasing leases for agricultural purposes.