Planting Your Plate


Boo Wells, owner Farmhouse Kitchen, holds a bunch of multi-colored carrots like the ones grown in their gardens.

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A Winter Playground: Northern New York thrives with activities


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Brewing a Special Taste One Pint at a Time


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Training for the Hunt


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Hitting the Rule Book: Trending for a New 2017 Season


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Scouts invade the Sackets Harbor Sportsman’s Club

Jesse Farr, 12, warms his hands as he and the rest of Boy Scout Troop 21 wait for their 2 cups of water to boil during the fire starting station of the Klondike Derby Saturday in Sackets Harbor. The Klondike Derby has been a tradition in the north country for several years with the goal of having fun while learning outdoor skills and teamwork. 

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Donations help North Country Animal Shelter after large influx of dogs

Emmy, an Akita mix, is one of the dogs available for adoption at the North Country Animal Shelter.

A call for donations to help with a large influx of dogs to the North Country Animal Shelter had big results, according to organizers.

Diane Major, who along with Debora Fenton helped organize the fundraiser, said the effort brought in more than $2,000, bags of supplies, dog beds and hundreds of pounds of dog and cat food.

“The shelter and local donations accepters are humbled and very appreciative of this generous response,” she said.

In December, the North Country Animal Shelter sought donations of food, supplies or money to help cover a large influx of dogs to the facility. On Nov. 23, assisted by the police, shelter staff removed 30 allegedly abused, neglected and starving dogs, including eight puppies, from a dog hoarder. All of the dogs allegedly suffered from malnutrition and were in need of shelter and expensive veterinarian care. The shelter also had recently taken in several collie-mix puppies that had been left outside.

The influx of dogs meant the no-kill, nonprofit shelter, which receives no funding other than donations, was housing more than 60 animals.

That prompted Ms. Major and Ms. Fenton to visit the shelter and, after seeing the number of dogs and cats being cared for in a very limited space with a very limited staff, begin fundraising efforts through Facebook postings and news articles.

Several donation jugs were placed at establishments around the area, including Spanky’s, Wendy’s Diner, Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, Dr. William Orlando’s office, Don Northrop’s Route 56 Motosports World, Nana’s Kitchen, North Country Vet Clinic, the office of Drs. Neil and Joanne Cichetti, Triple “A” Building Center and Tractor Supply in Massena and Malone.

Also assisting in fundraising were members of Brasher Falls Girl Scout Troop 50297 and door-to-door solicitors in Massena Center.

“Other extremely generous donators were both Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul of Massena with blankets and towels. Also very generous were cash donators Carol Elias, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Jason Clark, and Randy and Debbie Fenton. There were a number of checks sent to the shelter as well as many on-line donations,” Ms. Major said.

She said they were appreciative of everyone’s help.

“When a community learns of a true charity, we learn there are so many good people out there,” she said.

Donations can still be made to the shelter. For more information, visit, the North Country Animal Shelter Facebook page or call 518-483-5050.

5 Things Friday: New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

1. Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash

When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge 1762, 511 Fulton St.
What: Music by Oceans Below. Includes open bar, finger foods at 10 p.m.; door prize drawing, 11 p.m. Friday night dinners available before band starts. Limited number of tickets on sale now,
Cost: $25 per person, includes open bar, finger foods.
Info: Robert Sligar, 778-9003

Friday / Carthage

2. New Year’s Eve Party

When: 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: American Legion Post 586, 10 S. Main St
What: With music by Renegades while you bring in the New Year.
Cost: Free
: 232-2715

Saturday / Adams

3. New Year’s Eve Party

When: Saturday
Where: Lewis County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St.
What: With DJ Doug Kiester and karaoke. Free champagne at midnight, party favors and snacks. Members asked to bring food to share.
Cost: $5
INFO: 376-2733

Saturday /Lowville

4. First Day Hike

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sackets Harbor Visitor’s Center, 301 W. Main St.
What: Route follows village streets, battlefield historic site history trail and War of 1812 bicentennial trail.
Cost: Free
INFO: Constance Barone,

Sunday / Sackets Harbor

5. First Day Hike at Nature Center

When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100
What: Guided hike through Nature Center hiking trails.
Cost: Free

Sunday / Fineview

From folk to a cappella, Black River concert series has wide selection of music

WAYNE SIMPSON My Sweet Patootie, from left, Paul Clifford, Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, are scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Black River Valley Concert Series.

My Sweet Patootie, from left, Paul Clifford, Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, are scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Black River Valley Concert Series.

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5 Things Friday- December 16

A Visit With Santa

1. Breakfast with Santa

When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, 7002 County Route 100
What: Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, milk, coffee, and juice.
Cost: Free
Info: Mike Light, 528-3715 or

Saturday / Lisbon

2. Breakfast with Santa

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Waddington Hepburn Library, 30 Main St.
What: Menu: pancakes, sausage, eggs, doughnuts, coffee, and orange juice. Hosted by Seaway Smash Volleyball Club.
Cost: $7
: Stacey Hawkins, 323-9397  

Saturday / Waddington

3. Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo

When: 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park
What: Enjoy breakfast at the Zoo while visiting with Santa.
Cost: $15; members, $10. Information
INFO: or 782-6180.

Saturday /Watertown

4. Direct Line to Santa

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: A direct phone call to Santa from your home
What: The Clayton Lions Club has a direct line to Santa that families and children can call.
Cost: Free

Friday/ North Pole

5. Photo’s with Santa

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: VFW Post 2936, Ogdensburg
What: Photos and snacks with Santa at VFW Post 2936 Ogdensburg. Come and enjoy some cookies and get your photo taken with Santa.
Cost: Free
INFO: 713-4477

Sunday / Ogdensburg


Celebrate the Holidays

1. Ugly Sweater Party

When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: 3D Sports Bar, 6014 Number Four Road
What: For ages 21 and over. Christmas trivia, drink specials, 50/50 raffles, ugly sweater contests. Portion of proceeds donated to Santa for Seniors. Hosted by: Lewis County Emerging Professionals
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-2213

Friday / Lowville

2. Light Up the Howl-A-Days

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Lewis County Humane Society, 6388 Pine Grove Road
What: Santa Dog, cookies, cocoa, kids holiday crafts. Tree lighting ceremony, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-8349

Friday / Glenfeild

3. Seventh annual Lights on the River

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lisbon Beach and Campground, 9975 Route 37
What: Enjoy light displays along the St. Lawrence River. Donations accepted to benefit local food pantries.
Cost: Free
INFO: Bob Santamoor, 250-6141

Friday and Saturday / Ogdensburg

4. It's a Hummm-bug Christmas

When: 1:30 to 6 p.m. Watertown
Where: Bouncing Bug Children’s Entertainment & Play Center, 20768 NY Route 12F
What: Free admission for 2 children with the purchase of a tree. Visit from Olaf – 1:30pm – pictures, dancing, Christmas story read by Olaf. Visit from Santa – 4:00pm – with activities, pictures, pick out a tree, letters and cards, at 5:30pm have a cookie or healthy snack with Santa. On the 120 in movie screen we will have Christmas Classics all day
Cost: $7
INFO: The Bouncing Bug,; 315-405-4741

Sunday / Watertown

5. Christmas Parade and Party

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Three Mile Bay Fire Hall 8581 NYS Route 12E
What: Parade at 5:30 with Santa Claus to appear after.  Games, snacks, crafts, parade and Santa Claus. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Chaumont Food Pantry.
Cost: Free
INFO: 649-2888

Saturday / Three Mile Bay


Holiday Sales

1. Winter Wine Down Christmas Vendor Event

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Northern Flow Vineyards at DeLukes Garden Center, 40654 state rt 12
What: If able, bring child’s toy or clothing for donation. Still finishing up your holiday shopping list!? Need a few last min, unique ideas and stocking stuffers?! Over 20 vendors, and local businesses all in one place for you to enjoy as well as free wine tastings for 21+! We ask if you are able, to bring an unwrapped children’s toy or non perishable food item to donate as your entrance fee! Bring your family and friends; treat yourselves to an afternoon full of sparkle and cheer!
Cost: Free
INFO: Jenn Pfeiffer, Northern Flow Vineyards,, 315-408-6654

Saturday / Clayton

2. Holiday toy swap

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Central High School, 36500 Route 26
What: Drop off clean, gently used toys, games, sports equipment, winter clothing (snowsuits, coats, boots). Shoppers: fill one bag per shopper from donated items. Bring reusable bag. Any remaining toys donated to local charities. Toys for Tots also accepting donations of new, packaged toys. Sponsored by CCS Sustainability Corps and CCS.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Carthage

3. Christmas Bazaar & Craft Fair

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brownville American Legion, 101 Washington Street
What: Christmas Bazaar, come out and shop local vendors for your last minute Christmas Gifts. This event benefits Relay for Life thru Relay team Lucky’s Cancer Busters. We would love to see you out supporting local vendors who help us support the American Cancer Society. There will be a large selection of vendors & crafters to shop with.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Brownville

4. Christmas Tree Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: McIntosh home in Pierrepont center, at the Best Western parking lot in Canton.
What: The Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department will be selling 7′ – 8′ Fraser Fir Christmas Trees. Proceeds will benefit the Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department.
Cost: Cost of tree

Saturday and Sunday / Canton

 5. Memory Tree Donations

When: Saturday
Where: West Stockholm United Methodist Church, 35 Co. Rte. 57.
What: To donate in memory of a loved one, send a check to the W.S. Church, P.O. Box 63, West Stockholm, N.Y. 13696. Include your name and the person who the donation is in memory of.
Cost: $1 per bulb.

Saturday / West Stockholm


The Art of the Holidays

1. Build a snowman decoration

When: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Lawrence Centre Mall, 6100 St. Lawrence Centre
What: With Massena Nature Center.  All materials provided.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Massena

2. Eggshell ornament making workshop

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St
What: Learn how to make eggshell ornaments by hand.
Cost:  $12 (per person, or pair if accompanied by adult); TAUNY Friends, $10.
INFO: 386-4289

Saturday / Canton

3. Shoulder Season

When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John St
What: Exhibit of cashmere paisley shawls, on display through January.
Cost: Free
Info: 686-4123

Friday through Sunday / Clayton

 4. Dance to the Nelson Brothers

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St.
What: Dance to the Nelson Brothers Band.
Cost: $5

Saturday / Lowville

5. Miracle on 34th Street

When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Kallet Theater, 4842 N. Jefferson St.
What: Listen and watch Miracle on 34th Street.
Cost: $12
INFO: or 298-0007

Sunday / Watertown

Leisure Activities

1. Bridge Game

When: 12:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Ives Hill Retirement Community Room, 1200 Jewell Drive
What: Small games, partners found if needed. Closed if school is on snow day
Cost: Free
INFO: Jean 782-0272

Friday / Watertown

2. Lego Fun Day

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St.
What: Legos provided by library. Listen to Lego story. New theme every month. For ages 4-12. Ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free
INFO: 387-3732

Saturday / Sandy Creek

3. Meditation Sunday

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Arts on the Square, Franklin Building, 52 Public Square
What: Group meditation.
Cost: $10
INFO: 661-6361

Sunday / Watertown

 4. Bingo

When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Klock-Smith American Legion, 1788 W. Main St
What: Food, beverages, pull tabs and 50/50 raffles.
Cost: Free
Info: 285-5032

Sunday / LaFargeville

5. Free throw competition

When: Noon Saturday
Where: Hugh C. Williams High School, State Street.
What: Hosted by Canton Knights of Columbus, for children 9 to 14. Open to students in Canton, Potsdam, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Edwards-Knox and Clifton Fine Central School Districts.
Cost: Free
INFO: Brian O’Connor, 244-5494

Saturday / Canton