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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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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:55 am
Was it necessary for St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain to announce to the world about the sexual abuse of the two little girls abducted in Heuvelton, especially since everyone knew their...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:01 am
I need some help if any one can answer me if there is such a thing as grandparents right? My child and I are fighting terribly and now his ex-girlfriend and him won’t let me see my grandchild anymore....
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:07 am
Years ago, did people go around with plastic baggies picking up dog poop? Are we in New York City, where you can’t put your feet down without stepping on someone’s toes? No. I understand the “germ” th...
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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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