The Potsdam Holiday Fund Inc. received a $1,000 donation from Stewart’s Shops through the company’s Holiday Match Program, which benefits children’s organizations directly within the communities where Stewart’s Shops are located. All of the funds collected from Stewart’s customers, as well as the amount Stewart’s matches, stay in the communities that contributed to the program. Kasey Maroney (second from right), manager of Stewart’s Shop on Market Street in Potsdam, and Carl Feimann, Stewart’s district manager (right, presented the check to (from left) Potsdam Holiday Fund board members Clive Henery, Sandy Henery and Pam Yurgartis, president of the organization. Read more here.View enlarged photo.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:
The presidents of SUNY Potsdam and Canton say they are excited and preparing for the rollout of the Excelsior Scholarship, despite many unknowns, while the presidents of Clarkson and St. Lawrence universities are not talking about it.The controversial state scholarship program offers taxpayer-subsidized SUNY tuition to middle class students whose tuition costs are not covered by the federal Pell Grant and the state Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). It was recently approved as part of the 2017-18 New York state budget. For more, see story.
Will you or anyone in your home likely apply for the Excelsior Scholarship?
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LAST WEEK'S QUESTION:
St. Lawrence County Legislator John Burke, R-Norfolk, wants to prohibit the sale of tobacco products for those under 21, but County Legislative Chair Kevin Acres, R-Madrid, says the proposed law is “government overreach.” St. Lawrence County legislators agreed to hold a public hearing in June on a resolution that would raise the age requirement on purchasing tobacco products. Burke says the law would include prohibition of sales of e-cigarettes to those under 21 as well.
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Tai chi students from Massena, Canton, Potsdam, Gouverneur and Heuvelton came together Saturday to practice at the Village Green in Canton. Led by instructor Sean Boutin of North Country Tai Chi, the participants joined other groups across the state and in over 80 countries on six continents to celebrate what they call 'World Tai Chi Day.' The event's goal was 'to educate people on the benefits of mind-body practices and provide an example of how the world can come together across racial, ethnic, religious, and geo-political borders to focus on personal and global health and healing.' North Country Tai Chi offers classes in Canton, Potsdam and Heuvelton.View enlarged photo.
Norma Jean Coloton and Kathy Flanagan, of the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, present $10,000 to Amy Perretta (center) of Advanced Illness Management (AIM), a program of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Also pictured are Ruth Fishbeck, executive director of Hospice and Diane Pickering, administrative director of AIM. Read more here.View enlarged photo.
North Country Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne says the fight to ensure school aid continued to be distributed using the foundation aid formula means an additional $10 million will be allocated to North Country schools in the 2017-18 school year. Jenne, right, discusses state aid with Heuvelton Central School Superintendent Susan Todd during a recent visit to the school. Read more here.View enlarged photo.
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe recently donated $20,000 to the Ohero:kon rites of passage. From left, fourth-year Ohero:kon participant Lucas Beeson (age 17), sub-chiefs Shelley Jacobs and Cheryl Jacobs, fourth-year Ohero:kon Lead Auntie Karakwino Tina Square and Ohero:kon Lead Uncle Tehawisoron Kenny Perkins. Ohero:kon is a four-year traditional rites of passage ceremony that has been revived to help adolescents transition into adulthood by strengthening them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically, according to the tribe.
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