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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:40 am
I graduated from Potsdam Central in 73 and we had a class size over 200. I retired from the military and decided raise my family in the North Country. However, when I started looking at houses in the...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:39 am
I don't appreciate seeing pictures of dead, killed animals, most recently, a bear on your page. I understand that some "live for the kill" of deer, bears and such. I don't understand it, I don't appre...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:59 am
Please refrain from publishing photos of hunters with their kill. The recent photo of the dead bear was disturbing. I'm not against hunting for food, but I am for hunting just for the kill. It's obvio...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:40 am
I helped in the building of the old wooden playground at the elementary school and was sad to see it go. Even more sad is what it was replaced with. I was shocked. To see the size of what we had and n...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 8:44 am
I agree with ticketing motorcycles. Everyday I hear motorcycles whizzing by my house and it’s so obnoxious to hear those loud pipes. I cannot hear on the phone and at night. Not too long ago I was wok...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:58 am
It has been suggested that instead of the two largest school districts merging, a large school district should merge with small school districts. Why? People move to the Canton or Potsdam area because...
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 6:08 am
I am a homeowner in Massena and I pay three taxes totaling $ 4,549.07. This is with water and sewer. My question is how is this justified when our streets are in so disrepair? I don’t mind paying my s...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:47 am
The Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends that parents refuse to give permission for their school/library/sports club/news media to publish pictures of their children along with their f...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:45 am
I was at open house at Canton Central School recently and saw the presentation on the school merger. I am not impressed. The community needs to look at the big picture. Yes they show a savings; but st...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:55 am
I have been going to the same place for bingo for quite awhile and I do not recommend it because it seems only the “regulars” win. To be fair, there should be a limit on how many cards people can buy....
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:05 am
At 5:30 a.m. recently my entire family was woken up by an obnoxious motorcycle being driven past our home. I know law enforcement officers do issue tickets to people for “insufficient exhaust” on thei...
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:52 am
I find these calls as annoying as telemarketers. Why aren’t they not required to check the do not call list?  
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:51 am
Dogs being allowed to run free and unwatched is totally unacceptable. I observed a daily sign of eggs dug up and their shells scattered. One or two natural predators digging into the nests, maybe. How...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 6:47 am
Why did the Potsdam beach have to close August 23? It is still very hot outside and many people would still like to swim. I think the beach should close later, in September, even if it means not as ma...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 6:46 am
In response to “Merge Large With Small:” No! Parishville-Hopkinton Central School is fiscally better off than Potsdam, and my tax rate is much lower than Potsdam’s. Why would I want to pay more to fun...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:14 am
As a common courtesy you should pick up after your pet without being told to do so. As for using the fields etc., you have no knowledge who will follow in your path and step in your mess. Your logic i...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:13 am
In response to “Grandparents’ Rights,” in NYS you need to prove to a court that it is within the child’s best interest for the grandparent to be involved in the child’s life. Generally speaking grandp...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:21 am
I am so glad Massena has decided to go with the old fashioned signs for the village...the electronic sign alternatives are not only ugly they are not ecologically progressive, especially when it comes...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:20 am
The article posted on NorthCountryNow.com by the AP about the Amish girls kidnapper “may have stolen drugs” is terrible journalism. Why would you perpetuate something they have not even been accused o...
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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:53 am
Thank you to the photographer of the bear, who would not divulge its location, to protect it. A voice of protection is so welcome in this day and age.  
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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:52 am
I have an older friend who really does not want to go into senior housing but has to move somewhere. The problem is that the places she can afford, will not allow her poodle to live there, and the pla...
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:05 am
I didn’t vote for Mary Rain, but now I wish I had. I think she’s doing a great job. People wanted somebody who would be more effective than DA Duve and that’s what they got. I don’t understand the com...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:13 am
With the “so called” discussions on the merging of the Potsdam and Canton Schools, it amazes me the powers that be are trying to merge two of the larger school districts in the county. A better idea...
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:37 am
What happened to the better trash bags that Casella promised us last year? We’re 8 months into 2014 and still forced to use bags that have bunched bottoms and are difficult to close.  
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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:16 am
Years ago dogs weren't as popular as family pets as they are now. Dogs were in the country mostly, pooping in the fields and where ever. I think the problem is, dogs have become very popular as family...
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