Time to open the lid on your grill and move the kitchen outdoors

Spice up your backyard barbecue with simple seasonings [Read more...]

City still faces a ‘tree-mendous’ job cleaning up from ice storm

Logger J.R. Hackbarth operates a hydraulic claw to clear tree debris Tuesday on Bugbee Drive in Watertown. Norm Johnston / NNY Living

Logger J.R. Hackbarth operates a hydraulic claw to clear tree debris Tuesday on Bugbee Drive in Watertown. Norm Johnston / NNY Living

For more than a month, Timothy J. Monica and his crew have been going up and down streets picking up logs, limbs and other debris nearly six months after the Dec. 21 ice storm hit the area.

“We’re gaining on it,” he said while working in the Bugbee Drive and Harris Drive neighborhood Tuesday morning. “We’ve moved a lot.”

Another crew is working on the north side. The mission won’t be accomplished until the end of June, Public Works Superintendent Eugene P. Hayes said.

When all is said and done, the crews will complete three passes around the city and take between 1,000 and 1,200 dump truck loads of limbs to the city-owned quarry off Route 11, just north of the city, Mr. Hayes said.

So far, a pile of debris about 200 yards long and 40 feet tall has been taken to the quarry. [Read more...]

Little Free Libraries spreading the love of books in unexpected places

Allison F. Gorham stands next to Helen’s Little Free Library near the corner of Sherman and Paddock streets in Watertown, at the home of her late mother, Helen G. Farrell, who was an avid reader. Justin Sorensen / NNY Living

Allison F. Gorham stands next to Helen’s Little Free Library near the corner of Sherman and Paddock streets in Watertown, at the home of her late mother, Helen G. Farrell, who was an avid reader. Justin Sorensen / NNY Living

The tiny library on Paddock Street sticks out like a bookmark tucked into a good mystery novel.

It’s on a post in front of 168 Paddock St. At first look it could be mistaken for a mailbox.

But for neighborhood residents like George L. Marlette of Sherman Street, the box, full of free books, is a carousel of mysteries, biographies and words of wisdom. [Read more...]

Local stroke survivor finishes Boston Marathon!

Congratulations to Crystal Cockayne! Official finishing time of the Boston Marathon: 3:49:17

Read her amazing survival story here: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20140421/NEWS03/704209760

And follow-up on this amazing young woman in the upcoming issue of NNY Living, hitting the stands May 18.

Book lovers launch Web-based book club

A new book club open to anyone with Internet access recently debuted. “Unbound: A Book Club” allows readers to participate from anywhere in the world. Club members read and discuss books together online and learn how to moderate and participate in a live book clubs.

Moderators Betsy Cherepko, an Army wife who is moving from Spain to Texas, Maureen Cean, a grant writer, and Katie Stokes, a freelance writer and creator of the blog www.nnylife.com, are avid readers and writers. [Read more...]

Indian River teens, teacher to perform Graceland in Scotland

The Indian River High School Theater Department is taking “Graceland” to Scotland.

Two students in the school’s drama club and theater teacher Kristie L. Fuller have been selected to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. It takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital. This year’s festival runs Aug. 2 to 26. [Read more...]

Concerts on the Waterfront has dance-band theme

The Concerts on the Waterfront series has a twist — with a shimmy, a samba and more moves thrown in — this year.

Organizers of the 29th annual series have chosen musicians who integrate dance into their performances. Besides being moved, audiences will be educated. In many cases, audiences will hear how dance has influenced American culture. Music styles will range from swing to salsa. [Read more...]

Little Theatre wins several awards for its production of ‘The Foreigner’

Little Theatre of Watertown has received several awards for its production of “The Foreigner,” which was presented by the group in late February and early March. [Read more...]

Ogdensburg farmers market adds incentive program

The Ogdensburg Green Market, in partnership with The Food Bank of Central New York, is offering a new incentive program for EBT customers. Customers who make a minimum EBT token purchase of $5.00 will receive a Health Bucks coupon for $2.00, which can be redeemed for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables from designated farmers markets only. The coupons cannot be redeemed at supermarkets, grocery stores or roadside stands. Customers can receive a maximum of four coupons per day. [Read more...]

Lowville doctor summits Everest, completes seven highest peaks

Dr. Manoj R. Vora can’t help but feel on top of the world.

At about 9:10 p.m. Eastern time May 21, the Lowville doctor and four sherpas reached the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. This was Dr. Vora’s second attempt at climbing Mount Everest. In May 2010, he was within 2,700 feet of the summit when hypothermia caused him to turn around.

Dr. Vora is now one of the few who have climbed the “Seven Summits”: the highest points on each of the Earth’s seven continents. He scaled his sixth summit — Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica — in December 2010. According to the expedition company 7 Summits, fewer than 110 Americans have topped all the peaks. [Read more...]