Home is Where you Anchor: Riding through life on a St. Lawrence Barge Yacht

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Life Along the Mighty St. Lawrence

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Ice bar to return to Clayton

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In New York, Watertown has best chance of white Christmas

JUSTIN SORENSEN / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Sisters Britni Mays, 12 and Samantha Mays, 9, roll a snowball Thursday on Prospect Street in Adams.

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Sisters Britni Mays, 12 and Samantha Mays, 9, roll a snowball Thursday on Prospect Street in Adams.

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’Tis the season to start your holiday shopping

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Connie Crowder, owner of DownEast’r Studio Designs shows her stemware coasters and cloth bowls to Nancy Kall , left, and Marcia Kall, Sunday during the Watertown Urban Mission Holiday Craft Fair and Market at the Dulles State Office Building.

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Connie Crowder, owner of DownEast’r Studio Designs shows her stemware coasters and cloth bowls to Nancy Kall , left, and Marcia Kall, Sunday during the Watertown Urban Mission Holiday Craft Fair and Market at the Dulles State Office Building.

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Community meeting on Thompson Park playground set for Thursday

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Connor Leone, 10, climbs up the slide Wednesday at Thompson Park, on equipment that the city has hired a consultant and plans to spend about $385,000 to repalce the 29-year-old one by next spring.

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Connor Leone, 10, climbs up the slide Wednesday at Thompson Park, on equipment that the city has hired a consultant and plans to spend about $385,000 to replace the 29-year-old one by next spring.

By CRAIG FOX
CFOX@WDT.NET

Children can say Thursday exactly what they would like to see included in the new $350,000 playground at Thompson Park.

Children and parents are invited to take part in a community meeting to share their ideas about the new playground at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Members of the city’s Planning and Parks and Recreation departments will be joined by staff from Parkitects Inc., a firm specializing in park and playground design, to discuss the project. The meeting will be in the cafeteria at the H.T. Wiley School, 1351 Washington St.

The playground project will include removing the 29-year-old wooden structure and building a new one in the same location in the historic city park.

Preliminary designs have been drafted, but public input is needed to complete the final design phase on the 13,000-square-foot playground, city planner Jennifer Voss said.

“We want to see what children and parents want to see in the playground,” she said.

“Children are welcome and encouraged since they’ll be the users.”

Plans call for construction to begin in May, with the project completed in June, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin E. Gardner said.

The new playground will be fully accessible for children of all ages and abilities and will fit in with the historic nature of Thompson Park, Ms. Voss said.

The equipment also will be similar in style to the existing one, but will be made of different materials, including composite wood, metal, plastic and fiberglass-reinforced concrete, Ms. Gardner said.

The public will decide on specific slides, swings, seesaws, climbing walls and other amenities that will become part of the new equipment.

Last year, the city received a $50,000 boost from the state, arranged by state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, to help finance the project. The remainder of its cost will be from funding in the 2016-17 city budget.

A committee of city officials selected Tompkins County-based Parkitects Inc. to design the new playground and supply it with equipment. Four other consultants submitted proposals, but the five-person committee liked other playgrounds that Parkitects had designed.

In 2014, an Ithaca consultant determined it would cost $185,000 to rehabilitate the playground or $350,000 to tear it down and replace it with a new one.

After considering both choices, the city decided it would be better to build a new playground.

In 1987, the playground became a community project with volunteers and local groups coming together to build it.

Little Theatre of Watertown staging the comedy “Squabbles”

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES The cast from Squabbles rehearse a scene Tuesday at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Center.

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The cast from Squabbles rehearse a scene Tuesday at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Center.

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The Reading Room promotes local authors the “write way”

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES David J. Figura talks to a visitor at his book signing Friday at the Reading Room in the Salmon Run Mall.

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David J. Figura talks to a visitor at his book signing Friday at the Reading Room in the Salmon Run Mall.

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Waxing nostalgic for a past we love

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Longtime north country residents herald days gone by as region continues to grow.

For many, nostalgia is more than just reminiscing about the past, it’s an emotion or feeling they have when thinking about certain memories — whether it’s a particular place, experience or time.

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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.

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