Eating In Upstate: Tony Harper’s Pizza and Clam Shack

Lee Hinkleman stands in front of Tony Harper’s Pizza and Clam Shack in Lowville.

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Finding Your Tug Hill Trails

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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