Teacher shortage gives NNY schools grief during hiring season

Northern New York school officials find it difficult to fill teaching positions as the state faces a shortage of students coming out of teacher preparation programs, but they have several different opinions about what is causing the problem. [Read more…]

Five Things Friday event calendar – July 22

Happy Friday!

Out and About

1. Lewis County Fair

When: All day Friday and Saturday
Where: Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St, Lowville
What: Includes a children’s day, live entertainment, 4-H healthy living activities, a family day, and a demolition derby
Cost: $5
INFO: www.lewiscountyfair.org/

Friday & Saturday / Lowville

2. Hopkinton Field Day

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Fort Jackson Fire Dept., 2876 State Route 11B, Hopkinton
What: Includes parade, bouce house, garden tractor pulls, chainsaw carving demos, live music, food, dunk tank, vendors and fireworks
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 328-4682

Saturday / Hopkinton

3. 42nd Annual Antique and Vintage Show & Sale

When: All day Saturday and Sunday
Where: Hiltebrant Recreation Center Pavilion, North Street, Old Forge
What: Antique show and sale
Cost: $6
INFO: info@viewarts.org or 369-6411

Saturday & Sunday / Old Forge

4. Ogdensburg Seaway Festival

When: All day Saturday and Sunday
Where: Throughout Ogdensburg
What: Includes Remington Canoe Race, Kid’s Fishing Derby, family feud and a wine, arts and craft show
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: www.ogdensburgseawayfestival.org/

Saturday & Sunday / Ogdensburg

5. Fred's Wild West BBQ & Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg
What: Includes a petting zoo, chainsaw carving, face painting, lawn games and caricatures
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: info@fredericremington.org or 393-2425

Sunday / Ogdensburg

Art Exhibits

1. Branches, Brambles and Roots: An Exhibition Celebrating Trees

When: All day Friday
Where: View, 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge
What: An all-media, juried exhibition that explores all aspects of trees in art, from raw material to inspiration and everything in between.
Cost: Free
INFO: 369-6411 or www.viewarts.org

Friday / Old Forge

2. East.West.Warp.Weft: Weaving Connects the World

When: All day Friday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John Street, Clayton
What: This exhibit features the work of world-renowned fiber artisans, Nancy Kozikowski and Lin LeCheng.
Cost: Free
INFO: 686-4123 or www.tiartscenter.org

Friday / Clayton

3. Art Exhibit: Deborah Dudley's 'Brain Candy'

When: 9 a.m. Friday
Where: SLC Arts Gallery, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam
What: Brain Candy is a series that removes photography from the social media context and examines it in an art context.
Cost: Free
INFO: 265-6860 or www.slcartscouncil.org

Friday / Potsdam

4. Art by Atelier Four

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: View, 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge
What: Atelier Four are a group of four printmakers that create and exhibit together. This is the final week of display for this exhibit.
Cost:Free
INFO: 369-6411 or www.viewarts.org

Friday & Saturday / Old Forge

5. 2016 Members' Juried Art Exhibit at Remington Art Museum

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg
What: This year’s exhibit has brought submissions from 66 artists, both long time members and new ones. This exhibit is centered around the theme of water.
Cost: Free
INFO: 393-2425 or www.fredericremington.org

All Weekend / Ogdensburg

Music

1. Summer Concert Series

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Village Green, Broadway Street, Cape Vincent
What: Featuring Friends of God
Cost: Free
INFO: 654-2481

Friday / Cape Vincent

2. 'Meet Me at the Library Gazebo at 5'

When: 5 to 6:15 p.m. Friday
Where: Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Boulevard, Old Forge
What: Nick Piccininni will sing many of his own original songs while accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar, and it’s very possible he might also do some pickin’ on the banjo during his performance.
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 369-6008 or www.oldforgelibrary.org

Friday / Old Forge

3. The Adirondack Play Boys Band

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lewis County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St., Lowville
What: Live music
Cost: $5
INFO: 376-2733

Saturday / Lowville

4. Concerts on the Waterfront

When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, 504 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor
What: Featuring Loren and Mark, international guitar duo
Cost: Free
INFO: 783-8910 or www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org

Sunday / Sackets Harbor

5. Sunday Concert Series

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Central Chapter of the NYS Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association will play a concert of old time fiddle music.
What: Robert Vallee
Cost: Free
INFO: www.nysotfa.com or 599-7009

Sunday / Osceola

Outdoors

1. 16th Annual Dick Guyette Golf Classic

When: 8:30 a.m. Friday
Where: Cedars Golf Course, 9368 East Road, Lowville
What: Golf Classic for Hospice of Jefferson County
Cost: $280
INFO: Randy Guyette, 493-7520; Cedars Golf Course, 376-6267; Carthage VFW Post 7227, 493-0530

Friday / Lowville

2. Michelle Salisbury Memorial Golf Tournament

When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Ives Hill Country Club, 435 West Flower Ave., Watertown
What: All proceeds benefit The Michelle Salisbury Memorial Scholarship at NNY Community Foundation
Cost: $280
INFO: 779-3398 or marketing@mynorthern.com

Saturday / Watertown

3. Dirty Duck Fun Mud Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Parishville Park, Parishville
What: A 2-mile obstacle course
Cost: $12
INFO: 265-9210

Saturday / Parishville

4. Dustin Crosby Memorial Archery Shoot

When: 7 a.m. Sunday
Where: Raquette Valley Fish and Game Club, 233 Cold Brook Dr., South Colton
What: Archery shoot
Cost: Adults, $10; youth aged 13 to 17, $5; Cubs and Peewees, $3
INFO: 262-2947

Sunday / South Colton

5. Rensselaer Falls Fire and Rescue Lawnmower Races

When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lisbon Firemen’s Field across Pray Road from the American Legion on County Route 10, Lisbon
What: Lawnmower races
Cost: $5; children 10 and younger, free
INFO: 344-8853

Sunday / Lisbon

Performance

1. Moose Comedy Night

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: View, 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge
What: This comedy night will feature at least three separate experienced comedians.
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 369-6411 or www.viewarts.org

Friday / Old Forge

2. 'Evita'

When: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday
Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
What: Argentina’s controversial First Lady is the subject of this musical. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires.
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 885-8960 or www.cnyplayhouse.com

Friday / Syracuse

3. ‘I DO! I DO! I DO! I DO!'

When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Colton-Pierrepont Central School, 4921 State Route 56, Colton
What: Presented by Sunday Rock Legacy Project
Cost: Adults, $10; kids, $5
INFO: 262-2100

Friday / Colton

4. The Snow Queen When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse
What: Hans Christian Andersen’s coming-of-age adventure joins Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace.
Cost: $15
INFO: 432-5437 or www.sctkids.com/

Friday / Syracuse

5. Adirondack Storytelling and Music Festival

When: 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Forge Motel, 104 Lamberton Street, Old Forge
What: Musician, storyteller, and author Joe Bruchac will host. Entertainment by Joe, along with folksinger/songwriter Alex Smith, and Adirondack Storyteller Bill Smith
Cost: Free
INFO: 369-6008 or www.oldforgelibrary.org

Sunday / Old Forge

Benefit motorcycle run organizer passing the torch after 17 years

Seventeen years ago, Roger “Porky” Willmart, Linda Willmart and their family and friends organized their first motorcycle run to benefit Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley as a thank you for the care they provided for his parents. [Read more…]

Firefighters help recover escaped lynx kitten at Thompson Park Zoo

Five Canada lynx kittens were born on May 4 at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. One of the kittens was rescued by city firefighters after climbing out of his enclosure Tuesday. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Five Canada lynx kittens were born on May 4 at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. One of the kittens was rescued by city firefighters after climbing out of his enclosure Tuesday. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Some special help was needed to wrangle in a crafty lynx kitten that escaped the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park on Tuesday. [Read more…]

Wall Street Journal highlights Sackets Harbor, 1000 Islands

A Wall Street Journal feature about vacationing around Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes included Sackets Harbor and other north country settings as “shore bets” that were “great lakeside getaways for whatever floats your boat.” [Read more…]

St. Lawrence University ranked 29th on list of best U.S. liberal arts colleges

St. Lawrence University was ranked 29th best liberal arts college and 10th in best colleges for merit aid in a new list by Money Magazine. [Read more…]

Jefferson County Fair opens today

The 199th Jefferson County Fair opens today and runs through Sunday. [Read more…]

United Church of Cape Vincent shows fellowship with barbecue at 49th French Festival

Cape Vincent residents George, left, and Vicki Sperry take advantage of the opportunity to dance during the Mark Mason Band performance at the French Festival on Sunday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Cape Vincent residents George, left, and Vicki Sperry take advantage of the opportunity to dance during the Mark Mason Band performance at the French Festival on Sunday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The United Methodist Church was all set up cooking hot dogs and sausages and peppers at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the last day of the French Festival, in the hopes of raising money and giving to the community. [Read more…]

Boys and Girls Club of Massena received $155,000 loan for purchase of building

A $155,000 loan from the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Civic Development Corporation will help the Boys and Girls Club of Massena move forward with acquiring, renovating and equipping their club home, the former St. Joseph’s Social Hall on Bayley Road. [Read more…]

Deteriorating Thompson Park playground to be replaced

Children should be swinging, going down slides and getting to climb on a brand-new city playground at Thompson Park next spring. [Read more…]