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Martha Maine and Nancy Jill Hale perform an impromptu Memorial Day tribute in downtown Canton. Photo from Denny Barr, twoguysandacamera.com.

Massena Meals on Wheels gets $25,000 to offset COVID-19 impact
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Above are Meals on Wheels Executive Director Cindy Sullivan and Alcoa Massena Operations HR Generalist Chrissy Moody.

MASSENA -- Massena Meals On Wheels has been awarded a grant for $25,000 to help mitigate the effect of the pandemic.

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Friday is deadline to register to vote in St. Lawrence County's upcoming primaries
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:23 pm

The State Board of Elections recently put out a statement reminding all state residents that the deadline to register to vote for the June 23 state, local and federal primaries, including the Democratic Presidential Primary and the Special Election in NY-27 is Friday. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight, May 29, 2020.

New Yorkers wanting to register in-person may do so at their county boards of elections but must do so no later than this Friday, May 29, 2020. Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, mail in registration is recommended.

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Ogdensburg will go along with vehicle fleet management agreement recommended by state board
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:20 pm

BY JIMMY LAWTON
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OGDENSBURG -- After years of contemplation, Ogdensburg will move forward with a fleet management agreement as recommended by the state financial restructuring board.

Councilor John Rishe voted against the proposal, which passed 6-1.

In a presentation before the vote, a representative from Enterprise said 35 percent of the city’s vehicles were more than 10 years old and 86 percent of the city’s light duty vehicles were over five years old.

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Lowell M. Shatraw, 79, formerly of Massena
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 2:55 pm

Lowell M. Shatraw, 79, of Greeley, CO, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020 after a battle with cancer, at his daughter’s home with family.

Lowell was born on November 24, 1940 in Potsdam, NY to Eva & Vail Shatraw. He graduated from Massena Central School in 1958. He married Cynthia Musot in 1962 and had three children, David, Christine, and James. He worked at Kodak in Rochester, NY and later moved to Greeley, CO where he was working for P.D.C. energy as an I.T. Specialist.

No new COVID cases reported in St. Lawrence County on Wednesday; over 8,000 tested
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 2:41 pm

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department says they learned of no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 27. The total number of infections stands at 199.

There are now no COVID patients hospitalized, and 181 of those who have tested postitive have been released from isolation.

The county has tested 8,044 people for the coronavirus as of May 26.

Public Health reminds people that the NY on PAUSE order stands through Thursday, meaning there should be no non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Bridgette Akins recently started treatments at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center for ovarian cancer. Due to social distancing, she received therapy without her family. Her aunt, Shannon Jordan, is also a patient at the CTC and made special arrangements for the two of them to receive their infusions at the same time recently so their family could put on a parade outside the center to shower Bridgette with all of their love and support from a safe distance. Photo submitted by Amanda Hitterman, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation.

Canton eye doctor retiring after 40 years, closing practice
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:06 pm

CANTON -- A Canton eye doctor is retiring after 40 years and closing his practice.

“After careful thought and consideration, Dr. Robert N Saidel O.D. has decided to retire and close his practices permanently after 41 years of service,” according to a post on Canton Optical’s Facebook page.

The post says the Canton office will be open (after Memorial Day) on Tuesday’s and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. through June 29. The Gouverneur office will be open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. through June 24.

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Arconic to lay off 24 at Massena plant; Alcoa positions not affected
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:05 pm

BY ANDY GARDNER
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MASSENA -- Arconic will lay off 24 people as a result of what their union president calls “COVID-related and business condition-related” cuts.

The layoffs will be effective June 1, said United Steelworkers Local 420 President Mark Goodfellow. He said they should be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

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Bassmaster Elite still wants to hold some kind of tournament in Waddington
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:04 pm

BY ANDY GARDNER
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CANTON -- Local officials are in talks with Bassmaster, who still wants to hold their Elite Tournament in Waddington later this summer, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Director Brooke Rouse discussed the ongoing talks at a Monday, May 18 St. Lawrence County legislature Finance Committee meeting streamed online.

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