Five Things Friday – Oct. 31


Five Things Friday!

Happy Halloween! And, of course, happy Friday. This weekend brings a change of clocks (fall back), perhaps a few flakes of snow and a whole slew of fun happenings around the north country. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and check out the map!

1) First up this week we have (you guessed it) Halloween events. Today, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., you can visit the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge, for a Halloween Costume Contest and Party. Prizes will be awarded in both adult and children’s costume categories. There will be photos, refreshments and craft making. For more information, call the library at 369-6008. What’s Halloween without trick or treating? If the weather proves foul, take your little ghosts and fairies to the Mall-O-Ween “All Treats” Event tonight at Salmon Run Mall, 21182 Salmon Run Mall Loop West, Watertown. Mall-wide trick or treating is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; photos by Creative Imaging and activity center by Fidelis Care New York are from 4 to 7 p.m. in the center court. A portion of the photo proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. If you happen to be trick or treating around the St. Lawrence University area tonight, be sure to stop at their Theme Cottages! From 4 to 6 p.m., theme cottage residences identified by bright yellow paper pumpkins hung in front of the houses will welcome community trick-or-treaters. A few of the cottages included are the LIGHThouse, 17 College St., Canton; Habitat for Humanity, 50 Park St., Canton; Black Student Union, 52 Park St., Canton. For a complete list, click here. For more information, contact the SLU Office of Residence Life at 229-5250. After the kids are asleep and the babysitter arrives, head over to the Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay, for the Monster Mash, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be live music, and don’t worry – no costumes required. For more information, call the resort at 482-4511. If you’re a further south and a fan of the costume option, you can attend the 9th Annual Halloween Costume Party at The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, Watertown, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Club will offer drink specials. There is no cover. The bar opens at 2 p.m., and will close at 2 a.m.; the kitchen will be open until 9 p.m. For more information, call The Paddock Club at 786-6633. Today and tomorrow, Thousand Islands Winery, 43298 Seaway Ave., Alexandria Bay, is hosting a Halloween Weekend. Costumes are encouraged. On Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., you can get a psychic reading from Wilson Stevenson. The cost for the reading is $5. The winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the winery at 482-9306 or

2) This weekend holds an interesting array of musical events. Tonight at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., the Crane Clarinet Choir is holding their Halloween Concert at 7:30. The choir will perform everything from Romantic classics to rock and roll anthems. The concert is free and open to the public. Can’t make it up there? View it on their website here. For more information, contact Alexandra Jacobs at 267-2718. This evening, you can check out the SoundSandBox at Launders Underground, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, at 8 p.m. The ensemble, directed by David Henderson, will provide live accompaniment to the 1927 silent film “The Cat and the Canary.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the university at 229-5184. Join in a Latin Dance Party tomorrow from 9 p.m. to midnight at Between the Buns Sports Bar, 6 Elm St., Potsdam. Salsa dance lessons will be offered from 9 to 10 p.m., and then the dance party begins. The event will feature the Crane Latin Ensemble. There will be a cash bar and equal exchange chocolate sale. Tickets are $12; $7, students. Tickets are available at Northern Music, 29 Market St., Potsdam, Nature’s Storehouse, 21 Main St., Canton, and at the door. Proceeds will benefit Little River Community School. For more information, call the school at 379-9474. Next up, we have a great Halloween season tradition: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be showing at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Clayton Opera House,  405 Riverside Drive, Clayton. You’re invited to dress up as your favorite character. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. The event is sponsored by Rainbow International, Music for Mission and Community Broadcasters. For more information, contact the opera house at 686-2200.

3) This weekend brings a couple art events. This Sunday is the last day you can catch the “What Now” exhibit of photographs by Eleanor Sweeney at the Adirondack Artist Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the guild at 518-891-2615. In terms of art creation for the younger generation, you and yours can attend Art with the Animals at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. The kids can create an art or craft project inspired by the zoo animals. The cost is $7; members, $5. For information or to register, contact the zoo at 782-6180. Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, 8023 Route 30, Paul Smiths,  is hosting an opening reception for “What the Rocks Remember,” paintings by Sandra Hildreth and photographs by Karla Brieant, from 2 to 5 p.m. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call the visitor center at 518-327-6241.

4) What’s a weekend in the north country without a few craft fairs? Tomorrow the Altar Rosary Society of St. Patrick’s Church is holding their Holiday Craft Fair at Knights of Columbus, 138 County Route 50, Brasher Falls, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be available. There is free parking. Admission is $1; students, 50 cents; children 4 and younger, free. The Women’s Organization Craft Fair is also tomorrow. This event is at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; enter through the gym only. The event will benefit scholarship given annually. Admission is $2; $1, with JCC student ID. For more information, contact the college at 786-2200. If you’re in Philadelphia tomorrow, you can stop by the 4th Annual North Country Department Store at Indian River Middle School, off Route 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include local shop owners, service providers, artisans, farmers and producers. There will be drawings for gifts from vendors at the show. For more information, call 786-0284. Last up for craft events is the Potsdam Winter Market, which is tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. For more information, contact Laura Popielski at 716-725-7782 or email

5) The last on the list this week is brain food. Today from 1 to 2 p.m. is a Webinar for National Bioenergy Day, hosted by professor Philip K. Hopke at CAMP Room  175, Clarkson University, Potsdam. The lecture is “Advancing the Use of Wood Pellets as an Important Residential and Commercial Fuel.” For more information on how to view from home, click here. This is the last weekend to browse through Flower Memorial Library‘s Book Sale at 229 Washington St., Watertown. The sale is cash only and the prices are as follows: books, $1; paper backs, 50 cents; children’s books, 25 cents. The sale takes place during library hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A bag sale begins tomorrow. For more information, call the library at 785-7705. During the Women’s Organization Craft Fair tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet children’s book author Richard Mickelson, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Mr. Michelson wrote such book as “The Wizard of OZ, Where Is He Now?,” “Richie and the Baby Girl,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Gets a Puppy,” “Richie’s Glorious Valentine Adventure,” “Richie the Teddy Bear’s Amazing Halloween Adventure,” “Richie and the Baby Boy,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Who Saved Christmas” and “The Frog Who Jumped Over the Moon.” For more information, call 405-458-5642 or email Michelle Whitman at If you’d like to review your own work with fellow writers of all ages and genres, you can attend Cape Vincent Art Council‘s Poets and Writers INK tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cape Vincent Community Library, 157 N. Real St. For more information, call Liz Kelly at 654-2413. If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area tomorrow, there’s another book signing happening: Dave Shampine and Daniel T. Boyer will be signing for their book “The Jefferson County Egan Murders, Nightmare on New Year’s Eve 1964,” at the Indian River Middle School, 3 Sand St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clarkson is holding another lecture tomorrow, at 11 a.m., entitled  “Facebook, Twitter, Smart Phone, iPod, TV, Red Bull: Now I’m Ready to Study.” Art Bell, Clarkson University director of Center for Excellence and Learning, will be speaking on the topic as part of the Teaching Effectiveness Conference at St. Lawrence University. For more information, contact Ben Dixon at What’s better than feeding your brain AND keeping that brain locally minded? Tomorrow is the deadline for the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce‘s essay contest, “Why Shop Local and Support Local Business.” Submit your 500-word essay sharing insight on importance of shopping local to Sara Carpenter. She can be reached at 788-4400 or Finally, we’ve got a nature activity for you – a sound body is a sound mind, right? Tomorrow, Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena, is hosting a Fall Walk at its Nature Center, from 1 to 3 p.m. This hike is going to be guided by naturalist Tanya Spicer. It’s going to be a chilly weekend, so don’t forget to dress for the weather! To preregister or get more information, contact the Nature Center at 705-5022 or

Those are just a handful of all the fun things going on in the north country this weekend! As always, have a fun and safe time, and send us your events for next weekend!

Community helps grant wish to Ogdensburg boy with cancer

Wishes came true for 4-year-old Grant Carter on Wednesday when he received the news he is nearing the end of his year-long cancer treatment and the Make-A-Wish Foundation announced that he and his family are going to Disney World.

His adventure began with a surprise ride in a fire truck courtesy of the Ogdensburg Fire Department to his wish announcement party at Pizza Hut, 1010 Paterson St. As the fire trucks pulled up to his home, Grant watched in amazement, but soon was jumping up and down with excitement.

With a little help from Sparky the Fire Dog, the little firefighter-in-training blared the fire truck’s siren and sounded the horn as he made his way from his home on Knox Street over to Pizza Hut.

“I got to hit the horn with my feet,” Grant said with a shriek after the ride.

Firefighter Brian Sias announced Grant’s arrival over the loudspeaker as friends and family cheered Grant on in the Pizza Hut parking lot.

The cheers were also in celebration. Grant, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that attacks the muscles, just a couple of weeks after his fourth birthday in January, will receive his last chemotherapy treatment next week.

“It was so awesome, you couldn’t ask for a better day,” said Grant’s father, John Reynolds. “Once we’re done, we’re going to go see some race car driving. He loves race cars.”

It’s been a tough year for Grant and his family. Since January, Grant has received eight weeks of radiation in Boston, Mass., and 42 weeks of chemotherapy in Syracuse.

“It’s definitely been a big struggle,” said Grant’s mother, Jennifer Kerr. “It’s a lot to watch him go to treatment every week, but his doctor says he is one of the strongest kids that has dealt with chemo and radiation.”

But for Grant, Wednesday was not about hospitals, but about hope. At Pizza Hut, Grant received the news from volunteer Make-A-Wish Wish Granter Jan Murphy that he and his family will be going to Disney World for a week in January, a year after he was first diagnosed.

“It was unbelievable,” Make-A-Wish volunteer Ms. Murphy said. “I think the most special thing was the fire truck. I was so excited and so was everyone else. He had the biggest smile on his face. I can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”

Ms. Murphy has been a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions, for almost five years.

“It’s a very rewarding experience to see the happiness — not just the happiness of a child who has been through an illness, but the family also,” Ms. Murphy said. “It’s so great to see Grant’s family laughing and smiling after the year that they have had. It’s like a little light at the end of the tunnel.”

Including the fire department, the community has come out in droves to support Grant. Price Chopper in Ogdensburg donated a Disney-themed cake, complete with Mickey and Minnie, while Pizza Hut in Ogdensburg volunteered to host Grant’s announcement party, donating pizza and decorations for his big day.

“This is a big treat for us,” Mr. Reynolds said at the party. “With Grant having a low immune system, he couldn’t be around many people so we couldn’t take him out to many places. This is a big deal.”

Ms. Kerr thanked the community for their support.

“I want to thank Make-A-Wish from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “Numerous people have helped me out — the Jules of Life, St. John’s Church, and the National Cancer Center. The support has been amazing. The community really comes together here.”

Robin Reynolds, Grant’s grandmother, held back tears as she celebrated with Grant.

“It’s been sad to watch him go through all the overnights, and the weekly trips to Syracuse, but he has taught us how to act and be with him,” Ms. Reynolds said. “He is an amazing little boy. Through his strength, he has taught me compassion and love and a community coming together and what they can do. He has taught me a lot.”

The reporter of this article also served as a Make-A-Wish Wish Granter for Grant’s wish.


By Amanda Purcell

Fort Drum family grateful as they receive service dog to aid autistic son

It was an early sign of hope, slightly later in the morning than usual, for 4-year-old Riley Van Eck the day after receiving a new service dog to aid him with his autism.

Sharing a bed with his new canine companion Gunner, Riley managed to sleep until 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

“We freaked out,” said his mother, Candace French. “Usually he has us up at 5.”

Riley, whose highly-functional autism diagnosis was rated 8 on a 10-point scale by doctors, was paired with the 1-year-old German shepherd at their Fort Drum home on Friday. The family marked two years since his initial diagnosis on Saturday.

At Thompson Park on Monday, Riley demonstrated some of the commands and hand signals picked up over the weekend to have the dog walk with him, sit and stay. Despite Riley showing some signs of inexperience, such as walking away from the dog a few times, running instead of walking, and expressing some frustration, his father, Sgt. Aaron A. French, said Riley was learning quickly.

“Even for a 4-year-old, he’s getting the commands down,” he said.

Gunner showed off some of his training, too, going after Riley as he walked from the grass toward the road.

The key for the duo will be the introductory 30-day period, as they develop the bonds that will serve as the foundation for their relationship for years to come. Mrs. French said Riley is already telling people Gunner is his best friend.

“Riley’s learning Gunner, Gunner’s learning Riley,” Mrs. French said. “They’re rolling with it.”

Elizabeth E. Morris, owner of Service Dogs For Independence, a training company based in Tucson, Ariz. that trained and supplied the dog, said Gunner will help Riley develop his confidence and ease him through meltdowns.

“I think it will change his life drastically,” she said. “It will improve his everyday activities, his mental state, and just being able to be independent.”

Dogs have an ability to be in tune with the people they’re paired with, she said, making them the perfect companion for someone like Riley.

“They don’t judge, and they don’t talk back,” Mrs. Morris said. “They just give unconditional love.”

In a matter of weeks, Riley will return to pre-school at Benchmark Family Services, Watertown, where he attended class for the first time earlier this month. Sgt. French said he was working with the school to ease the transition of having Gunner with Riley in the classroom.

The Frenches said they were grateful for the large outpouring of support they received from the community to bring Gunner home.

The dog was paid for through private nonprofit Army Emergency Relief, but they were left with about $2,500 in costs to bring the Arizona company’s trainers to the area.

Following the initial Times story about the family, a GoFundMe page set up by the family received that amount within two days, and multiple businesses reached out to the family to cover other costs and services.

“The support has been overwhelming,” Sgt. French said.


By Gordon Block, Times Staff Writer

Retired physician donates funds to bring library branch to downtown Brasher Falls

A retired physician who started work in the Tri-Town area in 1977 is continuing to serve the region with a donation that will allow the establishment of a branch library in downtown Brasher Falls.

Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen will donate $55,000 a year for at least three years to build a library at the former Boothe Hardware Store. Dr. Badenhausen is a shareholder in St. Regis Realty, Inc., the group working on the revitalization of the downtown Brasher Falls corridor.

“This is a personal gift from a local benefactor,” said Patricia L. McKeown. “She has recently moved to downtown Brasher Falls.”

Ms. McKeown has been working with Dr. Badenhausen, Karen M. St. Hilaire and Massena Public Library officials on the plan. She had served as a library liaison to the Brasher Town Board.

The branch library will be called “Badenhausen Library — a Branch of the Massena Public Library.”

“That amount of money will cover books, supplies, tables, building a children’s room, renovating the space, rent, heat, lights, et cetera,” Ms. McKeown said. “We have some other local donations that will get us started as well.”

Engineer Timothy A. Burley from C2AE, Canton, is donatingengineering services for the project.

“He’s doing all the engineering work, sketching out exactly what we need,” she said.

The North Country Library System will provide discounted computers so the branch library can have a dedicated computer center. Slic Network Solutions, Nicholville, is donating computer hook-ups for the new facility.

The plan was finalized last week, she said.

“From our end, we’re basically overseeing the library part of the project. Acquisitions will be done from here. Obviously we’ll be handling the bookkeeping from this end through their budget. It’s a very generous budget. How wonderful Dr. Badenhausen has been; it’s an absolutely terrific gift to the town of Brasher and the local community,” Massena Public Library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer said.


By Bob Beckstead, Johnson Newspapers

Five Things Friday – Oct. 24

Welcome to Friday! It officially feels and looks like fall, but that’s ok… Halloween’s in a week! So this weekend we have quite a few Halloween festivities, some fun music events, a surprising amount of outdoor events (we’re Northern New Yorkers – the cold weather doesn’t scare us), craft sales and benefits. So dig in and get involved in the north country this weekend!

1) First up we have Halloween activities. Tonight, the Wead Library, 64 Elm St., Malone, is showing Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” for free at 6 p.m. Bring your own snacks. For more information, call (518) 483-5251. If movies aren’t your thing, there’s also a Pumpkin Party happening in Malone tonight. All are welcome at the First Congregational Church, 2 Clay Street, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to join in on the food, fun, games and prizes. The event is free for children ages 4 to 12. For more information, call (518) 483-3950. Also tonight, you can go on a Haunted Hayride in Remington Park, Fort Drum, from 6 to 10 p.m. There is a free shuttle to the park by the MaGrath Sports Complex, Bldg. P-10050, Fort DrumThe event invites people to walk through a haunted pavilion, creepy animal exhibit, presented by New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, bonfire and marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, cookies, doughnuts; children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. The event is free. For more information, call 772-8222 or 772-5169. If you’re in the mood for historical fright, head over to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 200 E. Main St., Sackets Harbor, tonight and tomorrow night for a Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor. Guides leave the church every 15 minutes, rain or shine, from 6 to 9 p.m., on a walking tour of Sackets Harbor’s darker past with stories of bloody battles, ghosts, graves and hangings. Please be advised this event is not suitable for children 9 and younger. The cost is$5; students, 10 to 17, $3. The Paddock Arcade is also hosting a haunting tonight and tomorrow. From 6 to 9 p.m. today, asl well as 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, you can stop by the Classic Creepy Creatures Haunted House. The cost is $5. If you’re in Evans Mills and in need of some Halloween haunting, you can stop by the Terror at the Track Spooktacular tonight and tomorrow at Evans Mills Speedway, Route 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event includes haunted hayrides, zombie apocalypse and the aftermath of the nuclear holocaust. The cost is $12. Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Lowville Business Association is sponsoring Halloween Towne. Events throughout the day and throughout the town include parades, games, food, a road race, stories and more. For more information, visit their Facebook page here. If you’re looking for something uniquely kid friendly, bring the little ones to the Boo at the Zoo, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park. Feel free to come in costume. The day will hold games, activities, animals, demonstrations and music. The cost is $2 for a member child; member adult, free; nonmember child, $8; nonmember adult, $9. For more information, call 782-6180. Tomorrow, Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., is holding their Halloween Party from 2 to 4 p.m. The library is inviting children to join in decorating pumpkins, showing off their costumes and collecting candy. For more information, call 393-4325. Lastly, the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena, is hosting a Halloween Woods Walk, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. This is a guided moonlight hike, lasting about 35 minutes. There will be a party by the campfire to follow. Children are welcome to wear costumes, and the first 30 will receive goody bags. The event is free. For more information, call 705-5022 or email

2) This weekend brings many music events. Tonight at Jefferson Community College1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, you can see the Japanese drum ensemble Taikoza take the stage at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the JCC Student Activities Center at 786-2431. If you’d appreciate more of a bar atmosphere, head to the Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St., Watertown, tonight to see The Booty Brothers play. For more information, call 788-0272. Tomorrow, the Bluegrass Jam is happening at Olympic Center, 2624 Main St., Lake Placid, from 12:30 to 11 p.m. The musicians featured are: Sam Bush and The Del McCoury Band, Amy Helm, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Gibson Brothers, Big Leg Emma, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Hot Day at the Zoo, Eastbound Jesus and The 52 Pick-Up.General admission tickets are $55 in advance; $65, at the door. VIP admisssion is $80 in advance; $90, at the door; limited to 300. Call the box office at (518) 523-3330. Tomorrow, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music is hosting the Single Reed Summit Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave. Guest artists Otis Murphy and Michael Lowenstern will perform on the saxophone and bass clarinet, respectively, with the Crane Wind Ensemble. The event is free. Finally, on Sunday, SUNY Potsdam is hosting the 9th Annual Festival of Sacred Music and Text at 3 p.m. in the Dunn Theatre, SUNY Potsdam, Pirrepont Avenue. Donations of canned goods are being accepted for Potsdam Thanksgiving Meal. For more information, contact Paula Jensen-Moulton at 386-3570 or

3) Despite the cold weather and impending winter, there are still a bunch of ways to get outside this weekend. Tomorrow, you can get your blood pumping with the Nuts’ Skeleton Skamper 5K Fun Run/Walk at the Dobisky Visitor Center, 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the run/walk at 9 a.m. The cost is $15 for ages 13 and older; $10, 12 and younger. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable item for local food pantry. To register, contact Kelly Amo at 713-5163, or Vicki Gould at 713-5284. Tomorrow morning in Watertown, you can be part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The walk begins at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, 970 Coffeen St., at 10 a.m. The event benefits the American Cancer Society. Also tomorrow, you are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Shawna’s Walk for Wishes at Newell Field House, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the walk at noon. Refreshments, entertainment and family activities will follow the event. For more information, call 229-5095 or email If you’re in Cape Vincent on Saturday, beware! The town will be invaded by zombies in the 1000 Islands Zombie Walk. The event starts at noon at Cape Vincent Village Green, Broadway Street, and will feature crafters, artists, a farmers market, door prizes, raffles, food and a guest appearance by Frank, Sheri and James, zombies from the movie “Annulment.” The walk begins at 2 p.m. Zombie costumes and make-up are encouraged. Bring canned food donation to trade for free zombie make-up by “Annulment” artists. The cost is $15; military, $10; children 12 and younger, free. For more information, call Stacie Luchini at 761-2379. Tomorrow night at the pavilion in Thompson Park, Watertown, you can help raise money to benefit scholarships for children with the Lucy’s House 1st Annual 5K Glow Run/Walk. The pre-party begins at 5:30 p.m., the race at 6:30 p.m. There will  be an afterglow dance party after the race. DJ from Tunes 92.5 will provide music, and Xtreme Bounce and Slide will provide activities. The fee is $30, individual; $27, group, per person; military, $22, individual; $20 group per person. To register, click here, or here. On Sunday, you can be part of the Village Ecumenical Ministries CROP Hunger Walk at the Church of the Nazarene, 960 State St., Carthage. Check in begins at 1 p.m., the walk at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Gamble at 408-3317 or

4) Next up, we have a chance for you to get a leg up on your holiday shopping, while keeping it local – craft fairs. Tomorrow, Canton’s First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park St., is holding their Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; there will be soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. For more information, call 386-4361. The Fr. Andrew Amyot Parish Center, 3 Morris St., Norfolk, is also holding a Fall Bazaar tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a Church of the Visitation benefit of the Altar Rosary Society. It will include a food sale with cabbage rolls, country store, candy sale, coffee and donuts, hand made crafts, Christmas crafts, attic table, religious articles. Luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tomorrow also holds Laureate Iota of Beta Sigma Phi’s 30th annual craft show, at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is$2; children 12 and younger, free. Refreshments will  be available. Donations will benefit the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County and Beta Sigma Phi Award Fund. For more information, contact Sylvia at 782-6063, 783-7833 or Tomorrow, visit the Craft Fair at the Northpole Fire Department, 22334 Route 11, Watertown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food for food pantry will be taken. The event is free. Lunch will be available. On Sunday, you can visit the Community Vendor’s Expo at Harold W. Townsend Post 1757, 209 Ambrose St., Sackets Harbor, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will offer local vendors, crafters, farms and artisans. There will be food available at a concession stand. For more information, call the American Legion Post 1757 at 646-3530.

5) To finish off the Five Things this week, we’d like to end with benefits. First is the Children’s Miracle Network Bowl-a-Thon, sponsored this year by the Hilton Garden Inn. The event is scheduled for Saturday at  Seaway Lanes, 22116 Route 11, Watertown, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will  be food, games and prizes. For information, call 788-1234. Tomorrow also holds the Brinkerhoff Benefit at Boonville Elks Lodge, 13054 State Route 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be food, music, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more. The cost is$15 per person; $25 per couple; $30 per family. Proceeds will go to help defray Bert Brinkerhoff’s medical expenses; he was involved in an accident in July. Donations are accepted. For more information, contact Karen Balash at 725-1971. Last up is the Cure For Karla Benefit. The event is on Sunday at Applebees Restaurant, 1283 Arsenal St., Watertown, from 8 to 10 a.m. It benefits Karla Benware, 14, who was diagnosed with “ALL” leukemia in January. Proceeds will cover medical expenses. For information, call 783-1749.

Haunted attractions promise to entertain, frighten all ages

Ghosts that have stayed hidden in the walls of area businesses, pathways and a racetrack will be unleashed in the days leading up to Halloween.

Some of the spooktacular events in Jefferson County include the “Classic Creepy Creatures Haunted House” in the Paddock Arcade in Watertown; the Haunted House at the former jail in Antwerp; the Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor; and the Terror at the Tracks at the Evans Mills Speedway.

The haunted house at the Paddock Arcade is organized and haunted by members of the American Kang Duk Won Karate club and the Downtown Business Association.

“Be prepared for hidden spirits in the hallways,” said organizer Rosemarie J. Carpenter. Mrs. Carpenter said there will be elaborate sets, costumes and fun. The halls of the arcade will be haunted by such characters as Dracula, King Kong, Frankenstein and the Swamp Monster from the Creature of the Black Lagoon. Visitors also should be cautious of the pirates.

“Those scurvy little thieves will take anything, so be careful,” Mrs. Carpenter said. A gypsy fortune teller will also foretell visitors’ futures.

Organizer Eva J. Marino said the skits along the way will change for each audience.

“The actors will adapt the skits for the audience; if it’s a group of teenagers, adults or kids it will be different,” Mrs. Marino said.

She said the groups brought through will also be limited to about four or five to give each visitor a chance to get close and see the monsters in all 12 exhibits.

The haunted house will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $5 and goes to support the American Kang Duk Won Karate Club.

“It is about getting scared, having fun doing it and helping out the karate club,” Mrs. Marino said.


The Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor will explore the terror and the ghoulish past of the small waterfront town aside from the Battle of 1812.

“There is more to Sackets Harbor history than just the battle,” said parent volunteer Buffy S. Peterson.

The Haunted Walk, which took the place of the Sackets Harbor Central School student-run haunted house in the former theater at Maddison Barracks, will begin at the St. Andrew’s Church Parish Center, 200 East Main Street, and make various stops through downtown Sackets Harbor.

“The walking tour will be a series of storytelling that reflects Sackets Harbor’s darkest past, ghosts, graves and hangings,” Ms. Peterson said.

Guests will experience ghostly takes of people who have lived and died in the village. Ms. Peterson said a paranormal investigation will be done to try to bring back a special ghostly guest from last year’s Haunted Walk. The spirit of Agnes met with visitors of the walk last year through a seance.

Evans Mills resident George D. Stadalski, who hosts a weekly Internet radio show, “Parascience Journal,” has been invited to conduct a paranormal investigation at one of the historic sites where something disturbing and creepy occurred. One of the storytellers held a seance that riled up a mysterious ghost last year, organizers said.

As in past years, organizers are not saying what might happen, only to expect the unexpected.

“The spirits can raise the hair on the back of your neck and make you look over your shoulder,” Ms. Peterson said.

Ms. Peterson said the tales and theatrics are recommended for walkers age 10 and up.

Tours will be held from 6 to 9 tonight and from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students age 17 and younger. All proceeds will support the Sackets Harbor Central School Marching Band and the art club.


A haunted house will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Antwerp Town Hall, 45 Main Street.

“The haunted house is a guided tour through multiple rooms in the basement of the Antwerp Town Hall, including where the jail was in the old days,” said event organizer Michael Stoffel. “The haunted house is pretty scary, which is why we added a youngsters’ safer tour this year.”

Little Monsters Haunted House will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for children 12 and younger.

“We are having a tamer, friendlier haunted house event for the 12-and-under crowd,” said Mr. Stoffel.

He said the Little Monsters Haunted House will include a costume contest with prizes.

Volunteers will accept monetary donations and non-perishable food items to benefit the Antwerp Food Pantry.


“Terror at the Tracks” at the Evans Mills Speedway will simulate the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust with visitors entering, if they dare, a haunted hay ride through a stretch of zombie-infested tracks. Visitors can also go through the haunted tower.

It will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday.


The Rock Shanty Haunted Trail, 65 Pinner Road, Harrisville, will be held Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m.

The trail begins outside the home of Nichole L. Baker at 65 Pinner Road, where the only thing visible from the road is a bonfire and a white tent flooded with people of all ages ready for a good scare.

A dungeon-style door with the words “Nightmare on Rock Shanty Hill” and a guide with a flashlight will welcome groups of about 15 people.

The trail weaves first through a mildly scary section designed for children. Spooks include a graveyard and Scooby Doo’s Daphne alongside a crashed mystery machine. Occasionally, someone leaps from the darkness; although with almost 50 volunteers out on the trail, where that spook comes from is anyone’s guess.

Admission is $3 for children under age 12, $5 for those 12 and older and $10 for a family of four. An unlimited “scream” pass is also available for $15 and allows for entry on any night the trail is open.


In Ogdensburg, there will be screams, thrills, chills and a whole lot of fun at this year’s Step-by-Step Haunted House.

Crews were busy Wednesday transforming the 5,000 square-foot Step-by-Step offices at 103 Ford St. into a house of horrors. The transformation takes about four days altogether, office assistant Skye M. Sharp said.

“We have walking dead, Carrie and the exorcist,” Ms. Sharp said. “We’ve added more stuff this year. There are lots of new scary little surprises. It will be pretty intense and scary.”

The 10- to 12-minute haunted tour, which takes visitors through a hospital with deranged doctors and an ambulance with zombies, is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $3.

For more information about haunted events throughout the north country, see the Watertown Daily Times Community Calendar.


By Katherine Clark Ross, Times Staff Writer

Capacity crowd attends Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner in Lowville

A capacity crowd of 328 packed into the Lowville Elks Lodge Tuesday to aid local cancer patients through their attendance at the seventh annual Lewis County General Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner.

“It is incredible the generosity people have,” hospital Oncology Navigator Joanne Dicob told the crowd, which easily exceeded last year’s total of 280 participants.

All proceeds will go to the hospital’s Fund for Hope, which assists cancer patients from Lewis County or those who use services at Lewis County General Hospital with incidental costs not covered by insurance, such as gas and lodging.

Since its inception in 2008, the fund has given out more than $54,000 to 257 patients, and the number of recipients is growing each year, said Mrs. Dicob, herself a breast cancer survivor.

Kathleen Widrick, a retail branch assistant at Community Bank in Lowville, also spoke about her battle with cancer, both after her initial diagnosis with breast cancer and again last year with bone and liver cancer.

Despite the countless treatments and ongoing physical limitations, Mrs. Widrick said she strives to stay positive, is happy that she can continue to work every day and is thankful for the strong support she has from her family, friends and co-workers. “We live in an amazing, small-town community,” she said.

The event also featured author and motivational speaker Yvonne Conte, and winners of the “Paint the County Pink” decorating contest were named.

They were as follows: Community Bank of Lowville for small businesses, Fibermark North America for corporate and Beaver River Central School for schools.

The Copenhagen Central School District and the Copenhagen community were also given a special School Community Support Award for the strong showing of pink throughout the village and the school’s booster club raising around $8,000 over the past couple of years for Fund for Hope.

Gold sponsors for the event were the Lewis County General Hospital Auxiliary, Excellus Blue Cross, Dr. David and Mea Rosner, the Journal and Republican and Watertown Daily Times and WWNY-TV7.


By Steve Virkler, Johnson Newspapers

Droppin’ the Gloves on Cancer tourney nets $6,000 to support women’s cancer initiatives

A goal with less than five minutes left on the clock gave the Green Mountain Thunder a 4-3 victory Sunday in the “C” Division championship game of the annual Droppin’ the Gloves on Cancer hockey tournament at the Tri-Town Community Center, but the score of the championship game was not the most important number after three days of hockey.

Tournament director Julia R. Rose said this year’s tournament brought in just over $11,000. “After our expenses are paid, we will be making donations of $3,000 to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital. In the six years of our tournament, we have brought in over $55,000 in gross revenue and net revenue of just over $30,000.

One of the popular fundraisers for the tournament is the purchase of Pink Seats honoring a broad spectrum of cancer victims and survivors. Ms. Rose said this year about $1,500 was raised from that initiative alone.

She said the hockey is competitive on the ice, but the players are all aware that the tournament’s goal is to raise funds to support women’s cancer initiatives in the north country.

This year’s tournament featured teams from Buffalo to Burlington, Vt., and from Ottawa, Ontario, to the host club from Brasher Falls.

“It’s for a good cause. The reason the tournament is here creates such a good vibe. Everybody knows why we are here,” Ms. Rose said.

The tournament started a year after a group of women in the Tri-Town area — some with hockey backgrounds and a few putting on hockey gear for the first time — organized for a weekly event that combined exercise and socialization.

Ms. Rose said there were only a couple of other teams in the area to play against, and the creation of the tournament provided an opportunity for more competition and a chance to benefit local women battling cancer. She said the death of the sister of one of the team’s players played a role in selecting the beneficiary of the tournament.

Jodie A. White lost her sister, Darcie M. Ashley, to cancer. “This tournament started six years ago, and my sister had just passed away. Julia came to me and told me what she wanted to do. It has blossomed from there. It means a lot to me. It’s amazing,” Mrs. White said.

Ms. Rose is the executive director of the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation, and a teammate in the early years of the tournament worked at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care in Potsdam. “We just wanted to do something that benefited women going through a cancer diagnosis and support our two local hospitals,” she said.

This year’s tournament saw the Orange Crush from Ottawa down the Akwesasne Fastbreakers for the “B” Division crown, and the Akwesasne Wild edge the Potsdam-based Breast Friends in the title game of the Coed Division.

The Burlington-based Green Mountain Thunder edged a club from Massena to earn the “C” Division crown.

The Orange Crush play year round and rushed back to Canada’s capital for a 5 p.m. puck drop after skating to the championship of the Brasher tournament early Sunday afternoon. Melissa S. Lortie said the players enjoy traveling to the north country each fall for a tournament that features good competition and is for a good cause.

“We do two tournaments each year. This one in the fall, and one in the spring,” she said.

Teammate Stephanie E. Dallaire acknowledged there is also a social aspect to the weekend. “We stay at the hotel at the casino. We like staying there so we can combine hockey with a dance party. We dance all night long there. It is so much fun,” she said.

Melissa A. Covington of the Green Mountain Thunder echoed those themes.

“We’ve done this tournament for a couple of years now. The level of competition is good. It’s a fun tournament. The teams are equally matched. Most of the games are tight and it is for a good cause It’s fun to win, but it is also fun to be involved in such a good cause,” Ms. Covington said.


By Ryne R. Martin, Johnson Newspapers

15th annual First Frost AIDS Walk raised $42,470

The 15th annual First Frost AIDS Walk “Friends of Carmen” team’s theme of “United We Stand in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS” is a cause all participants, organizers and volunteers represent.

The team, led by Carmen A. Sweet, collected $13,249, but, collectively, all teams — individual participants, men, women, children, the young and the old — raised $42,470. Proceeds benefit ACR Health’s north country youth services, which are not financially supported by many grants. Emergency ACR Health client needs also benefit from the 5k run/walk.

Sunday’s cold weather didn’t stop runners and walkers from participating for the cause.

“It’s a huge representation of this community,” said Jacki C. Coe, ACR Health development associate. “Whether they’re an individual, team, someone younger or older — they walk. They realize it’s a huge issue. Know things like 78 percent of new chlamydia cases in Jefferson County are in people 24 years of age and younger. The same way you get those sexually transmitted diseases are the same way you get AIDS. Every single one of us is vulnerable to get HIV/AIDS if we’re not taking precautions.”

The annual run/walk has been a staple north country event for the nonprofit agency, but ACR Health has shifted its focus from just HIV/AIDS to case management services for Medicaid clients with at least two of the more than 200 eligible chronic conditions. Instead of looking at just one disease, the agency’s Health Home model looks at the person’s overall health.

That ties into another aspect of the run/walk, as for the third year, ACR Health has offered a Couch to 5k program in partnership with Page Fitness Athletic Club. Couch to 5k coach Priscilla Hargraves, who is a trainer at the athletic club, said 20 people not only completed the 5k, but began a journey to healthier lives.

“They did awesome,” she said. “They came such a long way. Everyone lost inches and got stronger.”

She waited at the finish line, blowing her whistle and ringing a cowbell, and handed each Couch to 5k participant a medal for completing the race. Fellow racers and spectators also waited along the finish line, encouraging everyone in their run/walk efforts.

After the 1 p.m. Saturday race, which involved a course throughout Thompson Park and the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, an awards ceremony and lunch took place in the park pavilion. Awards included top youth team to Indian River High School, for having raised $3,764.08. Mr. Sweet received the top individual fundraiser award, for having raised $10,400. He has participated in the run/walk since its inception 15 years ago, and he and his team have helped raise more than $90,000 since.

More funds from the run/walk are expected to trickle in throughout the coming weeks.

For more information about ACR Health, visit


By Rebecca Madden, Times Staff Writer