It is fair season around the state, and this year the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair will be held July 30 through August. 4. In nearby Franklin County, the fair runs Aug. 3-11. Also, the New York State Fair in Syracuse is held Aug. 21 through Sept. 2. Do you plan to attend any fairs this year?

If the meows and barks seem a bit louder at the local animal shelter, there is a good reason. Too many homeless pets. The Potsdam Humane Society is full, nearly unable to accept any pets that may come through their doors. On top of that, the number of volunteers needed to take care of the animals is shrinking, according to Eudora Watson, Potsdam Humane Society Animal Enrichment and Adoption Volunteer Coordinator. Do you have a pet in your home?

What are your plans for July 4 in St. Lawrence County?

What are you looking forward to this summer in St. Lawrence County?

Do you have an air conditioner set up in your home?

Have you ever used a St. Lawrence County airport?

What level swimmer would you consider yourself?

How did you celebrate Memorial Day this year?

How many times do you plan to visit a concert in St. Lawrence County this summer?

Garage sale season is underway in St. Lawrence County offering people opportunities to sell their belongings they no longer use; or purchase items from people often at a cheaper price. How often do you plan to visit garage sales in St. Lawrence County this year?

How often do you plan to visit farmers markets in St. Lawrence County this year?

For the month of May, residents of the Village of Canton are encouraged to relax and watch the grass grow. No or Low Mow May is the name of a practice many communities are adopting to help our pollinators. Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other creatures are essential to the ecosystem and provide critical pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. Do you plan to participate in ’No or Low Mow May’ to help pollinators in St. Lawrence County?

What, if anything, are you most excited about this spring in St. Lawrence County? (Choose as many that apply)

Natural burial is now an option in St. Lawrence County and local cemeteries and funeral homes are gearing up as interest grows. Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam was approved last September by the New York State Division of Cemeteries to offer a natural burial option. Natural burial reduces one’s environmental footprint compared to conventional interment or cremation. Bayside is one of few cemeteries in the North Country that has set aside sections dedicated to natural burial. Would you consider a natural burial in St. Lawrence County?

Did you watch the total solar eclipse on April 8 in St. Lawrence County?

Gas prices in St. Lawrence County continue to be significantly higher than neighboring counties and legislators are seeking answers as to why that is the case. Do you prefer a certain chain or store when purchasing gas in St. Lawrence County

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Perrigo has confirmed that the first U.S. sale of Opill® took place Monday, March 18, at 10:41 a.m. at the Potsdam Kinney Drugs, 48 Maple St. Opill is the first FDA-approved over-the-counter daily oral contraceptive (birth control) available in the United States. Do you support over-the-counter birth control being sold in St. Lawrence County?

New York ranks second in the nation in maple syrup production, only behind Vermont. In 2023, Vermont produced over two million gallons of maple syrup, with New York being the second leading producer, producing about 750 thousand gallons. Several local sugar houses will celebrate the annual New York State Maple Weekend March 16, 17, 23 and 24 with open houses, pancake breakfasts and tours. How often do you purchase maple syrup made in St. Lawrence County?

The Netflix documentary ‘The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnappings’ details years of abuse and culture of the Academy at Ivy Ridge in Ogdensburg. The program was directed by Katherine Kubler, who was a ‘student’ at the academy for 15 months. Have you watched the Netflix documentary ‘The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnappings’ about the Academy at Ivy Ridge in Ogdensburg?

Have you donated blood in the last year? 

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