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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 6:57 am
In response to “Merger Not the Answer,” agreed! Merging Canton and Potsdam schools is so beyond ridiculous, for the reasons you stated. It would make more sense to merge a smaller school with a larger...
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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:56 am
With the county’s high rise of heroin use, why aren’t we being educated or why aren’t their classes available on Narcan? This is a must, especially with all these overdoses and deaths on the rise. It...
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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 7:01 am
On the way to work on the morning of July 31, I noticed that a rabbit had been hit by a car in Canton. I expected that someone from the Village of Canton would have taken care of it, but sadly, I was...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:36 am
Whoever took the vegetable table (small folding table) from our front yard recently, I hope you are enjoying your “find.” If you think you would like to return it to its rightful owner that would be g...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 8:04 am
Many of us (dog & non-dog owners) take walks around Canton-Potsdam Hospital as well as the fields at the Potsdam school. We would really appreciate it if irresponsible dog owners would pick up aft...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:57 am
I called the village of Potsdam this week to complain about potholes. I was told lower Waverly was being paved at the end of September. Today the village is marking crosswalks. At the corner of Waverl...
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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 7:15 am
I do not agree with posting photos of individuals charged with a crime is right until they are convicted. Many times the infraction is less than the charge or is wrongfully done. Our system is based o...
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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 6:36 am
I have noticed so many full-grown evergreens, maples and other trees being cut this summer. People...those trees take years to mature. They house squirrels, birds and other creatures. They protect you...
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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:20 am
The hit and run drivers are surely keeping the body shops in business. A couple years ago while my daughter was interning at the St. Lawrence County courthouse, she had parked my truck in the parking...
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:35 am
How anyone can think school mergers are an ideal answer to finance problems...long-term transportation costs will escalate and it will take years for students to adjust psychologically to the loss of...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:17 am
I respect motorcycles and riders, although do not care at all for the loud pipes! I understand poker runs are to raise money, but does that mean the “pack” of 300 bikes or more should have the right t...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:39 am
I have read your banter back and forth about loud pipes. I live in the country like most of us. I can hear a bike coming from either direction, long, very long before I can see it. Stand near a highwa...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:39 am
I have noticed so many full-grown evergreens, maples and other trees being cut this summer. People...those trees take years to mature. They house squirrels, birds and other creatures. They protect you...
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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 6:48 am
To my neighbors, must you target practice at night? Please don’t. My children are in bed.  
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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 6:40 am
The concept of merging and regional high schools in the North Country is being sold as a solution to school district woes. The selling points seem ideal, yet we have heard no negative aspects of the p...
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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:47 am
In the July 16-22 edition of North County This Week there is an article that indicates that Casella Waste Systems has been “scolded” by the state for overly restrictive and punitive contracts, possibl...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:59 am
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain recently let a heroin dealer walk free due to his failure to be arraigned in 45 days as mandated by law. Why did this happen? She was too busy digging u...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:41 am
Kudos to the state highway crews on the repaving of Potsdam’s downtown and Market Street. There was a minimum of disruption and it’s great to have the potholes gone. The same goes for the Potsdam Vill...
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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:25 am
I was in a convenience store recently and the woman ahead of me purchased several junk food items, including “name brand” ice cream with her EBT card. Then she took a $20 bill and purchased $2 scratch...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:54 am
We live in Hannawa Falls and every year we have those beautiful free fireworks and ever year we have tons of people who park along the roadway in front of our homes. Each year we have a few rude and s...
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:21 am
In response to Sound Off submission about motorcycles being loud or visible, that’s secondary; first and foremost, all cyclists should obey the laws, drive defensively, be considerate and use common s...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 7:00 am
I have a confession: I used to be judgmental of yoga. It seemed uppity and for young “hipster” types. Then I tried it, and I am singing a new tune. Doing yoga with Rebecca Rivers at Northern Lights S...
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:31 am
In response to “Loud Pipes,” I have said it before, we drive with our eyes and not our ears. It’s the reason deaf people can drive but blind people can’t. Loud motorcycles don’t help anyone. Risking t...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:33 am
Between the after-school programs and summer school costs, we spend a fortune right there. Beyond the normal education expenses...what if when a student failed, instead of summer school, they repeated...
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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:55 am
We need to discourage smoking, but the ad campaign by Tobacco Free, while well intended, will only make smokers and potential smokers tune out the flawed message. The ad states “No doctor would ever p...
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