Massena aims to set snowman-building record

MASSENA — Mother Nature has done her thing. Now it’s up to humans to build enough snowmen Friday to qualify Massena for a Guinness World Record. [Read more…]

Massena Figure Skating Club going ‘Back to Broadway’ for Sunday ice show

MASSENA — Seventeen performances are scheduled for Sunday when the Massena Figure Skating Club stages its annual ice show at the Massena Arena. [Read more…]

Hockey players to hit the ice this weekend to benefit Melissa’s Closet

Framed by two dresses at Melissa’s Closet in the St. Lawrence Centre mall, Kaitlyn N. Spear, Hermon, examines a dress in the mirror during a recent dress distribution. Melissa’s Closet offers free prom dresses to high school students in a five-county area. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Framed by two dresses at Melissa’s Closet in the St. Lawrence Centre mall, Kaitlyn N. Spear, Hermon, examines a dress in the mirror during a recent dress distribution. Melissa’s Closet offers free prom dresses to high school students in a five-county area. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

MASSENA — Eight teams will be hitting the ice at Massena Arena on Friday and Saturday to raise money for a nonprofit organization that distributes free prom dresses to high school girls in a five-county region. [Read more…]

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St. Lawrence Valley train expo draws all walks of life

Mason R. McMahon, Fort Covington, toots his horn Sunday as Thomas the Train passes him at the Train, Toy & Collectible Expo. Melanie Kimbler-Lago / Watertown Daily Times

The sounds of engines and the whistling of mini-locomotives added to the clamor of excited children and train enthusiasts alike Sunday during the fifth annual St. Lawrence Valley Model Train, Toy & Collectible Expo at the Massena Arena.

Expo Chairman Thomas D. Jarvis said while the event is in its fifth year at the arena, it has been ongoing for about 25 years, when it was started by the Norwood Model Railroad Club, of which he is a member.

“It has been held in various locations over the years, from SUNY Potsdam to the Norwood-Norfolk school building, but the arena has been a fantastic opportunity to bring in more people,” Mr. Jarvis said. “We bring in 1,200 to 1,600 people here every year and we work very hard to put this show on each year.”

And while there is a competitive nature in who has the best model railroad, Mr. Jarvis said it’s all good-natured.

“We’re all best friends and we get together three to four times a year, in Clayton, Syracuse and here,” Mr. Jarvis said. “We’re all kids at heart and enjoy each other’s company.”

The event has more than just trains, however, with an array of collectibles and hobbies ranging from baseball memorabilia to train-themed quilts and crafted fabrics. Some new vendors included a clinic on how to construct buildings for model train sets that look realistic and weathered.

“One of the things that we try to promote here is hobbies in general,” Mr. Jarvis said. “That gives us a bigger audience. You don’t have to be a model railroader to enjoy this event. I’ve just told people to come up and have a look and they find themselves returning every year.” [Read more…]