What Questions To Ask When Finding Wedding Vendors

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Cookies Take the Cake: Annual amateur cookie competition a sweet treat

Kelly E. Reinhardt hosts an annual cookie cook-off for the holidays at her Sackets Harbor home.

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The Fine Art of Plating: Northern New York chefs aren’t playing they’re creating

Tin Pan Galley owner Andrew Hanzlian garnishes the Portobello Stacker with a purple basil leaf and flower from a garlic chive fresh from the restaurant’s garden.

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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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Students learn about 19th Century Christmas at Sackets Harbor Battlefield event

STEPHEN SWOFFORD / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Kids head to the school bus after a day of crafts and singing at The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site during their annual Commandant's 1860 Christmas school program for Brownville-Dexter Elementary.(Wolf story)

Children head to the school bus after visiting the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site for the annual Commandant’s 1860 Christmas school program for Brownville-Dexter Elementary.

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Sackets Harbor played pivotal roles in fighting War of 1812

STEPHEN SWOFFORD n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

Apparently, I am not alone in this as I’ve read that the majority of the British populace doesn’t much remember the War of 1812 either. The British history books tend to only mention it briefly, and even then in the context of the Napoleanic Wars instead of a war of its own right.

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YMCA opens facility in Sackets Harbor




The Watertown Family YMCA will use the former Madison Barracks Health Club owned by Lawler Realty LLC to open a satellite facility early next year.

Steve N. Rowell, executive director of health and wellness at the Y, said the facility, at 119 Pike Road, will offer programs similar to the Watertown and Carthage facilities and potentially create new programs to meet local demand. The Y and Lawler Realty reached an agreement in October that will require the Y to pay only utility bills, taxes and interest.

“It’s one of the best things to happen to Sackets in a long time,” Mayor Vincent J. Battista said.

The Y will incorporate a full fitness center with family wellness programming and multiple youth and senior activity programs at the former health club.

Mr. Rowell said the Y will offer its preventive care program for senior citizens and its after-school child care program, which it offers at Sackets Harbor Central School, at the new facility. The Y also considered using its access to Lake Ontario to create watersport activities to accompany its youth sports programs. Members will have access to the facility’s gymnasium, weight room, locker rooms and cardio equipment. The Y has not determined its hours of operation.

“We will also offer a group exercise room with many different exercise classes,” Mr. Rowell said. “It would really just be an extension of our services out of the Watertown YMCA.”

To preserve the facility and accommodate his new tenant, Michael A. Lawler, owner of Lawler Realty, completed multiple interior and exterior renovations for the facility.

Mr. Lawler said his contractors have built a new roof, replaced the doors, repaired and painted the walls, repaved the road and installed new windows, lights, carpet and ceramic tile flooring since last summer. Lawler Realty received a $500,000 grant loan commitment from the Development Authority of the North Country to help finance the $600,000 project in July. Mr. Lawler said he expects the contractors and construction workers will finish most of the renovations by Jan. 1 if he receives funding from the grant loan commitment next week, with only some additional masonry work in the spring and brick work in the summer.

“It’s functioning right along,” Mr. Lawler said.

Lawler Realty purchased the former health club in 2010 from Madison Barracks Associates, which operated the facility from 1993 to 2005. Mr. Battista said the club closed about nine years ago.

“I hope that we as a community can help support” it, he said, “and make it an important part of our community.”

5 Things Friday- October 7th

What will your weekend bring?


Arts & Entertainment

1. Kotchegna Dance Company

When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown
What: Music of the Ivory Coast and neighboring African communities, featuring regional dance and drumming traditions
Cost: Free
Info: www.sunyjefferson.edu

Saturday / Watertown

2. Hungry Hearts Tour

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: St. Lawrence University
What: A performance of “Our Town” presented in Holden Hall.
Cost: Free

Saturday, Sunday / Canton

3. Squabbles

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center
What: The Little Theatre of Watertown presents “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp
Cost: $15 general; $12 members/military; $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at Kinney Drugs, Sherwood Florist or cast
INFO: 775-3212

Friday, Saturday / Watertown

4. Learning to work with clay

When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center
What: Learn how to make boxes out of clay at the Thousand Islands Arts Center.
Cost: $65; members, $58.50
INFO: Registration required, contact 686-4123 

Saturday /Clayton

5. Common Threads

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Seaway Trail Inc., 401 W. Main St.
What: Exhibit by Jeannie Brenna, quilter, author and local historian. Quilt talk with Connie and Jeannie
Cost: Free, donations accepted.
INFO: http://www.ssacketsharborquiltshow.org

Saturday / Sackets Harbor


Festivals & Family Fun

1. Coyote Moon Harvest Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton
What: Live country music, award-winning wine, beer, mulled wine, farmers market, food and children’s activities.
Cost: $3 admission, $2 military

Saturday / Clayton

2. Massena Harvest Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Near Orvis/Andrews St., Massena
What: Haunted house, clown, candy land, pumpkin painting, crafts, booths, haunted walk, live music with Atom Ghost and more!
Cost: Free
INFO: 769-3525

Saturday / Massena

3. Fall Festival at Nature Center

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island
What: A day full of fun for all ages. Craft venders, food, live music, dog mushing demonstrations, numerous live animals, many community organizations, and more!
Cost: Free

Saturday / Wellesley Island

4. Old Fashioned Cider Making

When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where:  Silas Wright House, 3 E. Main St., Canton
What: For children ages 8-12 and caregivers; St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Second Saturday Children’s program. Learn how apple cider is made and use an old fashioned cider press. Apple treats and more available!
Cost: Free
INFO: 386-8133

Saturday / Canton

  5. 7th Annual Harvest Festival

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sackets Harbor
What: Stretching from Broad St. to Market Square in the village, visitors will be able to enjoy sidewalk sales, children and family activities, farmers market, beer & wine garden, and chicken BBQ.
Cost: Free
INFO: 646-1700

Sunday / Sackets Harbor


Fundraising & Helping Others

1. Car Wash

When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Price Chopper Plaza, near Aubuchon Hardware, 66 High St.
What: Sponsored by Carthage Central High School Music Department in conjunction with Carthage Central Fine Arts Booster Club. Proceeds benefit Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Camerata Singers trip to Hershey Park Music Festival competition in May, 2017.
Cost: Donations welcome

Friday / West Carthage

2. Spaghetti and Meatball Benefit Dinner

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Mary’s Parish Center, 8412 Main St.
What: To benefit Theresa Free Library exterior repairs. Prepared by Indian River Knights of Columbus.
Cost: $7; senior citizens, $6; children 5 to 11, $5; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 629-4678

Saturday / Evans Mills

3. Chicken BBQ

When: 10 am until sold out, Sunday
Where: Colosse Cheese Shop lot, corner of Routs. 11 and 13
What: Hosted by Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club. Benefits club’s maintenance of 100 miles of snowmobile trails.

Sunday / Pulaski

 4. Book Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richville School Snack Shack and Store, 53 School St.
What: Book sales to benefit the Richville Library
INFO: 287-4378

Saturday / Richville

5. Blood Drive

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: DeKalb Junction Fire Department, 4323 Route 11
What:  Blood Drive for the American Red Cross.
Cost: Free
INFO: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Saturday / DeKalb Junction



1. International Observe the Moon Night

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Perch River Wildlife Management Area, Watertown
What: Learn and observe the moon with the Sci-Tech Museum.
Cost: Free
INFO: 788-2738

Saturday / Watertown

2. History and Genealogy Fair: History of Tomorrow Starts Today

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St.
What: Learn the history and genealogy of family history in Jefferson County.
Cost: $5
INFO:  Thomas F. LaClair, event chairman, tomlaclair624@yahoo.com, 285-5032.

Saturday/ Watertown

3. Maple Open House

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ken Zehr’s, Frank Kirch Road
What: Seminar with Arthur Harris of Indiana Vacuum, 10 a.m., followed by RO seminar with Eric Miller of Lapierre Maple. Discounts offered during open house.
Cost: Free
INFO: 771-2368

Saturday / Croghan

 4. Tutoring and Computer Instruction

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hawn Memorial Library, Clayton
What: Learn computer skills and ask questions.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

5. Computer Basics Class

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Lyme Free Library, Chaumont
What: Learn how to operate a computer and ask questions. Registration required up until day of event.
Cost: $25

Saturday / Chaumont 



1. Rummage & Bake Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Adams United Methodist Church, 36 E. Church St.
What: Furniture, floor lamps, pots and pans, women’s Tour Master golf clubs, Christmas decorations, winter clothing, shoes. Also: homemade mac and cheese and baked goods.
Cost: Free
INFO: 232-4824

Saturday / Adams

2. Fall Garage Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: 5502 Trinity Ave., Lowville
What: Bag sale: $2 on all clothing. Donations accepted. To benefit the Lowville Food Pantry.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-7431  

Saturday / Lowville

3. Sauce Sale

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Brownville United Methodist Church, 333 Brown Blvd.
What: Hamburger sloppy joe sauce for sale to benefit Brownville United Methodist Church
Cost: $9
INFO: 788-9076

Sunday / Brownville

4. Annual ‘Fall Classic’ Chicken Barbecue

When: Noon Sunday
Where: Depauville Fire Department, 15191 School St.
What: Take-outs only. To benefit the Depauville Fire Department
INFO: 686-3937

Sunday / Depauville

5. Book Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richville School Snack Shack and Store, 53 School St.
What: Sale of books will go to benefit the Richville Library.
Cost: $15; faculty, staff and students, $10; senior citizens and children, $8.
INFO: 287-4378

Saturday / Richville


Make connections at History and Genealogy Fair

PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS LACLAIR Re-enactors will return to this year’s History and Genealogy Fair. In this photo from last year at the Jefferson County Historical Society are, from left, Theodore Schofield, William Bamann and Jeffrey French from the Walter H. French Camp 17/Sons of Civil War Veterans.

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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…]