THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:

St. Lawrence County is changing the formula used to calculate worker’s compensation contributions from municipalities that participate in the self-funded insurance program. The formula will use risk factors and actual payouts to determine contributions, whereas the prior method took property value into consideration.

The change will lower payments for many municipalities and the county, but Massena and Ogdensburg will pay significantly more.

Do you agree with the new method of calculating worker’s compensation insurance contributions?

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Results will be posted July 24.

LAST WEEK'S QUESTION:

St. Lawrence County residents who use cell phones may see a new monthly 30-cent fee for each cell phone line, beginning in December.

At a Finance Committee meeting June 26, legislators called for a public hearing on a proposal that would levy a new surcharge on cell phones to help fund the E911 systems operating within the county.

The proposal still requires approval from the full Board of Legislators before it would take effect. A public hearing is currently planned for Aug. 7.

Do you support this proposal?

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Despite financial loss last year, Town of Massena will host Big Bass Blowout in October with larger prize payout

Frog jumping contest in Colton Saturday

North Country Equestrians heading to Kentucky for United States Pony Club National Championships

Tim Fuller continues Mohawk raceway dominance in Akwesasne with Unique Ecigs Series victory

Registration for St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament is discounted until Saturday

Community Health Center of North Country to open Ogdensburg primary care center with $3.4 million grant

Assemblywoman Jenne: Waddington taking advantage of location on St. Lawrence River by hosting Bassmaster tourney

Colton, Norwood kids win bikes at Potsdam Summer Festival

Slideshow: ‘The SLC Arts Member Show’ in Potsdam through Aug. 4

Massena woman spending summer in biology research

Funfest in Ogdensburg's Library Park Sunday

St. Paul’s Church in Waddington hosting outdoor community-wide service Sunday

Massena Memorial CEO won't give regular privatization updates to town board as transfer negotiations continue

Morley History Group meets Sunday

Bassmaster Elite tournament and Party in the Park underway off of Waddington

Ogdensburg’s yard waste program reinstated, landfill closed

Battered township near Hammond calls for new rules governing boat wakes

Story from CBC , Jul 20, 9:10 am

Norwood Fire Department's 4th of July celebration benefits from St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union donation

SUNY Oswego awards degrees to St. Lawrence County graduates

Massena Senior Citizens to host dance July 22 at community building

Despite financial loss last year, Town of Massena will host Big Bass Blowout in October with larger prize payout

Remington Art Museum accepting submissions through Aug. 22 for 11th International Juried art exhibit

Bassmaster Elite returns to Waddington

Story from WWNY-tv , Jul 20, 5:46 am

More than $500,000 returned to over 400 North Country workers who were victims of wage theft

Ogdensburg officials remind residents not to place vehicles, chairs, fencing along Ford Street for Seaway Festival

Jury seated in rape trial for Colton man

Story from WWNY-tv , Jul 20, 5:46 am

United Methodist Church of West Stockholm to serve food during town-wide garage sales Saturday

'A Day In The Park' free photo shoot for children with special needs offered Saturday in Canton

Massena village trustees, mayor vexed by county's plan to change workers comp

Assemblywoman Jenne: North Country schools getting $450,000 more in supplemental state aid

Potsdam residents shouldn't be alarmed at water coming from hydrants, village says

Massena to hire part-timer to keep track of 'zombie' properties in the village

Environmentalists see threat in keeping Adirondack Park ‘Forever Wild’

Story from Spectrum News , Jul 19, 5:56 pm

57th International Seaway Festival kicks off in Ogdensburg July 22

Massena mayor looking into fines levied on former property owner that new owner is stuck with

Friends of Madrid Library to hold book sale Saturday, July 22

Chippewa Bay Backyard concerts continue Friday night with local country music favorite

Canton Central School board hires elementary teachers, accepts resignations

St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging expanding nutrition services in Gouverneur

Youth Conservation Corps kicks off 42nd year in St. Lawrence County

Top five things to do in St. Lawrence County on Thursday

Colton Country Days July 22 with events all day

Knox Memorial School materials on display in Russell Friday & Saturday

Massena Town Supervisor Gray announces run for third term

Chicken barbeque in Degrasse Saturday

U.S. iron ore shipments help boost St. Lawrence Seaway shipping by 20 percent

New Little Italy restaurant open in Canton

Seymour named Paul Harris Fellow by Potsdam Rotary

Canton resident graduates from Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Cranberry Lake FD chicken BBQ Saturday

St. Vincent de Paul in Massena hosts food distribution Saturday for county residents

Five fire departments battle barn fire in Winthrop

United Helpers' Maplewood Campus in Canton to host open house Friday

Potsdam about to start water tower maintenance with more work required than first thought

57th International Seaway Festival opens Saturday in Ogdensburg featuring fireworks, carnival rides, other events

Planets rule morning and night in St. Lawrence Valley sky, says SLU astronomer

Potsdam sorority Omega Delta Phi donates school supplies to Lawrence Avenue Elementary School

Opinion: EMTs shared dedication in helping other people, says Norwood resident

Cranberry Lake volunteer firemen and auxiliary annual Backwoods Craft Fair July 21-22

One Stop Shop Charity Group's vendor show Saturday at Hampton Inn in Potsdam

Playground at Ives Park in Potsdam nears construction phase

St. Lawrence County district attorney Democratic candidates challenge each other's signatures

Story from WWNY-tv , Jul 19, 6:00 am

Day two of jury selection underway in Colton man's rape trial

Story from WWNY-tv , Jul 19, 6:00 am

Gouverneur Hospital Auxiliary scholarship applications now available

Madrid Garage Sale Day planned for Saturday

Fish fry to be served July 22 in Brier Hill

Editor on Duty: Craig Freilich, 315-265-1000, ext. 24

  • LOST: Black male poodle, Ogdensburg. Reward.
  • FOUND: Monogrammed LL Bean canvas bag - Camp High Skies, Parishville
  • LOST: Brown wallet in Gouverneur.
  • Black puppy with a reddish collar and a camo leash. Very sweet.
  • Car keys with 3 or 4 other keys on the same chain has dream catcher key chain lost between Potsdam and Lisbon


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