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Compiled By Ethan Shantie

April 18, 2014


Although Rose Hill in Massena has undergone some restructuring, they said yesterday that they are still going to be providing rehabilitation services to those youth who are in need of substance abuse treatment. Their statement says that the reduction of beds from 30 to 14 will make the facility less like an institution and more engaging. Anyone who is in need of treatment, or has a family member in need of treatment, is welcome to contact Lisa at the admissions department, that number 764-9700.

 St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Investigators are investigating a reported break in to a residence on State Hwy 812 in the Town of Dekalb. The homeowner reported that yesterday the 16th, they left for work at 6am and came home at 3pm and discovered someone had entered the residence and stole 60-75 pair of ear rings with a value estimated to be $1500.00. Investigation is continuing and Sheriff's Officers are asking anyone with information about the thefts to call the Sheriff's Office at 379-2222.

Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Price Chopper Brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus. The product is being recalled due to it being mislabeled with the ingredient panel for Price Chopper Sweet Potato Hummus, which does not declare that the product contains parmesan cheese, a known allergen. Other than this labeling issue, the product is safe for consumption for those not allergic to cheese. The affected products were produced and purchased between March 19, 2014 and April 14, 2014. Customers who have any of the affected products should return it to their local Price Chopper for a full refund.  For more information including a full list of the recalled products visit or call 800-666-7667, option 3, Monday through Friday, 8:30am -7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

The Former Mayor of Gouverneur is going to jail for his part in a real estate scheme. Christopher Miller was sentenced to a maximum of two to four years as part of a plea deal with District Attorney Mayor Rain. Miller took more than twenty-thousand dollars from a couple and agreed to sell them an Edith Street home in Gouverneur, except he was not the sole property owner. His co-owner did not agree to the property transaction, although the couple was not made aware of that detail. Miller has also been ordered to pay restitution to the family. Although he’s facing a maximum of four years, Judge Jerome Richards said in the sentencing that Miller may only serve six months.

The Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously today to name Brooke E. Rouse as its next Executive Director. Rouse will replace retiring Executive Director Pat McKeown starting on June 2. Rouse, a resident of Canton, has been working since 2011 as a business advisor for the New York State Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton. Since 2008, she and her husband, Charles, have owned 24 East Main Street, a bed and breakfast located in the Village of Canton. Rouse also worked from 2007 to 2009 as the assistant director of student activities and leadership education at St. Lawrence University, and she interned with the Town and Village of Canton Office of Economic Development while a graduate student.

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Board of Directors today announced Michael Bemis has been named board chair, taking over the role from Robert Hiney, whose term as board chair concluded April 15. Mr. Hiney will continue to serve as a member of the board. Erkie Kailbourne was named to succeed Mr. Bemis as board vice chair."The NYISO has been very fortunate to have had Bob Hiney bring his unmatched expertise to the job of board chair," said NYISO President and CEO Stephen G. Whitley. "His leadership has guided the NYISO to major achievements, including our Smart Grid Investment Grant project, deployment of Broader Regional Markets initiatives, initiation of vital gas-electric coordination activities and successful completion of our new state-of-the-art control center.""We look forward to building on that success as Mike Bemis brings his decades of national and international experience in the electric industry to the role of NYISO board chair," Mr. Whitley said.

A professor who has dedicated her career at SUNY Canton to ensuring student success will receive this year's Distinguished Faculty Award. The College Council will present Deborah S. Molnar, DPT, with the award during an Honors Convocation ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center. Molnar is a professor and also the program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. She was chosen for her unwavering dedication to developing the PTA degree into one of SUNY Canton's premier offerings.She successfully guided the program through two rigorous reaccreditation processes in 2002 and 2013, and the degree boasts students who consistently pass the national exam at a higher rate than other graduates nationwide.

An Ogdensburg man was arrested this week for a property damage accident. 27 year old Timothy Irvine the second is said to have driven off of Peabody Road in Gouverneur and struck a utility pole, which caused it to catch on fire. Not only was Irvine without a license, but his BAC registered at more than twice the legal limit, and he later told troopers he was using his cell phone during the wreck. He’ll appear in Gouverneur town Court on April 23rd.

 New York State’s private sector job count held steady at 7,539,300 in March 2014, an all-time high for the month, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. Over the 12-month period ending March 2014, the state’s private sector job count has climbed by 108,200, or 1.5 percent. The state’s unemployment rate ticked up by 0.1% to 6.9% in March 2014, due in part to the state’s growing labor force, which expanded by 22,900 between February and March 2014, as more state residents had confidence about finding a job. The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

State Troopers are currently enforcing speed week throughout the county. The campaign will run from now through the 24th. Troopers warn that fines for driving aggressively can reach up to a thousand dollars and a maximum of 11 points on your license. They say that speed and other dangerous driving behaviors will be heavily enforced during this time – and they’ve even got the money to back it this time around. Legislation backed by Governor Cuomo this year added funds to the state budget to help police cut down on texting and driving by youth. Speed week will make sure you’re keeping it at the speed limit, but also keeping your eyes on the road.

The Department of Transportation has reopened Route 58 at the intersection of route 184 in Pope Mills, however, there are still a number of road closures through St Lawrence County. Route 11c in Brasher Falls remains closed, as well as route 420 in Massena between Route 11c and the white road. Russell’s Pestle Street Road is closed due to flooding, and also the National Grid Substation on route 53 in Brasher is partially submerged in water.


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