Violent storms passed through portions of St. Lawrence County last night, causing power outages and downed tree limbs. As of about 10 a.m. this morning, National Grid still reported 911 power outages primarily in Canton, Russell, Gouverneur and Piercefield. Chris Chapin of Potsdam caught this massive display of lightning from the safety of his window, overlooking his backyard. View another photo of severe tree damage in Canton.
This photo by Janet Robert of Canton shows severe damage to a tree in the village following Wednesday night's thunderstorms.
Research in North Country provides alternatives to dairy farmers for late planting due to wet spring
Farmers who have not been able to get their corn planted because of wet conditions this spring might be able to benefit from research in the North Country on varieties that can be planted late and still produce a good crop.
Field trials funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program and conducted on farms in Canton, Chazy and Willsboro evaluated the option of planting shorter season corn hybrids -- brown midrib (BMR) corn and BMR sorghum-sudangrass (SXS) -- to adjust for late corn planting conditions.
Clarkson University's academic honors list includes many county students
POTSDAM – The following students were named Presidential Scholars or named to the Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester at Clarkson University.
Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average (GPA) and carry at least 14 credit hours.
Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA and also carry at least 14 credit hours.
Patrick Dean, Presidential Scholar Freshman Chemical Engineering, 922 State Highway 68, Canton, NY 13617
Matthew J. Flynn, Dean's List Freshman Political Science, 343 County Route 35, Canton, NY 13617
Front Porch Fridays return to Scoopuccino's in Potsdam
POTSDAM – Scoopuccino’s bakery and cafe continues the tradition of live music on its summer menu from 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday June through August.
This Friday, June 10, will feature The Hazel Pearl Band with their eclectic blend of rock, folk and country.
“Front Porch Fridays” will offer a variety of musical flavors from jazz and classic rock to folk, blues, swing and Americana.
Featuring some of the North Country’s best musicians, this summer’s lineup includes:
• June 17, The Yellow Moon Trio (Swing & Folk)
• June 24, A Fine Line (Jazz)
Friends of Massena Library book sale Friday and Saturday
MASSENA – This year’s Summer Book Sale, sponsored by The Friends of the Massena Library, will take place Friday, June 10, and Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Donations have continued to come in since the April sale, including many newer selections.
Claxton Medical Center crafters to sell goods at Gas and Steam Engine Exhibition at Madrid June 11, 12
MADRID – The Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center crafters are planning to take their home-made crafts to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Exhibition at Madrid this coming weekend.
Weather permitting, they will be there Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a wide variety of items to sell, including patriotic items in red, white and blue in time for the July 4th holiday as well as items for babies and your home.
All proceeds benefit the CHMC Auxiliary.
SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music to honor founder's death June 11
POTSDAM -- The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam will honor the 88th anniversary of the death of its founder, Julia Etta Crane, Saturday, June 11.
The memorial service will be held at noon in Bayside Cemetery, Clarkson Avenue, beside her grave.
There will be readings and a wreath will be laid, before participants sing Julia's favorite song, "Annie Laurie."
Clarkson cancer research highlighted in national journal
POTSDAM -- An article in the May 23 issue of the well regarded journal Chemical & Engineering News features work on cervical cancer cells done by Clarkson University Physics Professor Igor Sokolov's group in collaboration with Biology Professor Craig D. Woodworth.
The article, "Using the Force on Cancer," analyzes the state of research into the mechanics of tumor cells with atomic force microscopy and its possible use as a new cancer diagnostic tool.
State web site would give public better info on state agencies, Griffo says
The New York State Senate has approved legislation to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that is intended to enable the public to review the performance of government programs and see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.
People visiting the site could submit suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce state spending.
The ResultsNY.gov initiative, sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome), is patterned after the Federal Office of Management and Budget's ExpectMore.gov website, Griffo's office says in a statement.