Local Potsdam artist wins national painting award

JASON HUNTER / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Michiko Taylor, Parishville, works on a watercolor painting Friday at TAUNY in Canton. She won the Ben Emerson Memorial “Eye for Color” award in the 2016 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for her painting titled “Dragon Fly.” Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Michiko Taylor, Parishville, works on a watercolor painting Friday at TAUNY in Canton. She won the Ben Emerson Memorial “Eye for Color” award in the 2016 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for her painting titled “Dragon Fly.” Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Growing up, local watercolor artist Michiko Taylor never thought painting would consume all of her time. [Read more…]

‘Ring of Fire’ begins tonight and runs through Aug. 2 in Potsdam

The ‘Ring of Fire’ set at SUNY Potsdam. Submitted Photo.

The ‘Ring of Fire’ set at SUNY Potsdam. Submitted Photo.

The musical “Ring of Fire” presented by Potsdam Music Theatre at Community Performance Series begins tonight and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 2. [Read more…]

Teacher shortage gives NNY schools grief during hiring season

Northern New York school officials find it difficult to fill teaching positions as the state faces a shortage of students coming out of teacher preparation programs, but they have several different opinions about what is causing the problem. [Read more…]

St. Lawrence University ranked 29th on list of best U.S. liberal arts colleges

St. Lawrence University was ranked 29th best liberal arts college and 10th in best colleges for merit aid in a new list by Money Magazine. [Read more…]

Summer 2016: North Country Notes

A native voice and mentor to other writers is sadly lost

Like every region, the north country has produced its share of mold-breakers. Some, like F.W. Woolworth and Melvil Dewey in retailing and library classification, respectively, achieved wide renown. Others passed their time on this Earth in relative anonymity outside of small circles of the like-minded. [Read more…]

‘Health Buddy Program’ helps college students and St. Lawrence County families alike

The St. Lawrence Health System has partnered with SUNY Potsdam to improve the health of local children while offering a unique opportunity to undergraduate students. [Read more…]

Miss Thousand Islands wins 3rd runner-up at Miss New York State Pageant

Miss 1000 Islands, Kristina Blackstock, finished third runner-up Sunday at the Miss New York pageant.  She was crowned Miss Thousand Islands 2016. Submitted Photo.

Miss Thousand Islands, Kristina Blackstock, finished third runner-up Sunday at the Miss New York pageant. She was crowned Miss Thousand Islands 2016. Submitted Photo.

Kristina A. Blackstock, Miss Thousand Islands 2016, finished third runner-up Sunday at the Miss New York pageant. [Read more…]

SUNY and NYSED announce new campaign to support teachers

SUNY and the State Education Department will campaign to improve teacher education in colleges and support teachers when they begin educating students. [Read more…]

Dedication and drive key to success of Miss Thousand Islands Pageant

Miss Thousand Islands Kristina A. Blackstock plants green beans with, from left, Dominic Berger, Kayden Craytor and Wyatt Dixon last week to Ohio Elementary School in Watertown. Miss Blackstock will be in the Miss New York State Pageant later this month. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Miss Thousand Islands Kristina A. Blackstock plants green beans with, from left, Dominic Berger, Kayden Craytor and Wyatt Dixon last week to Ohio Elementary School in Watertown. Miss Blackstock will be in the Miss New York State Pageant later this month. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

The road for teen girls to becoming the next Miss Thousand Islands has begun with hopefuls sending in applications to organizers of the pageant, held each August at the Clayton Opera House. [Read more…]

Crane School of Music to open arts festival with ‘historic’ concert April 30

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will mark the college’s bicentennial with a concert it is calling “historic” to open the 2016 Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts. [Read more…]