Holiday helpers: Local giving traditions continue amid pandemic

The 73nd annual Old Newsboys Day to benefit the Salvation Army is Friday and volunteers include, from left to right; top row: David Fluno, Robert Schweitzer, Dennis Smullen, David Daily and David Bonnie; middle row: Mel Busler, Joseph Roselli, Bruce Erwin and Doug Miller; front row: Bonnie Yonkovig and Maggie Groves. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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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.

NNY Art Trail holds open studio weekend throughout Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence counties

AMANDA MORRISON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Artist Ginny Hovendon, right, speaks with customers in Fibonacci 321 during the NNY Art Trail. Ms. Hovendon created the self-portrait at left. (block)

Artist Ginny Hovendon, right, speaks with customers in Fibonacci 321 during the NNY Art Trail. Ms. Hovendon created the self-portrait at left. (block)

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Five Things Friday event calendar – September 23

Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!

Harvest Events

1. Oktoberfest

When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cape Vincent Village Green
What: Farmers and crafters market, beer garden – tastings of beers and several NYS wineries, music by Enzian Bavarian Band, Bavarian food. Pumpkin decorating, crafts, face painting, hair braiding, petting zoo. Door prizes, raffles
Cost: $20 entry fee to sample all beers and wines; $5 general admission, $5 admission to children’s area, includes snacks, juice boxes, water. $5 off admission with military I.D.
Info: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce: 654-2481

Saturday / Cape Vincent

2. Harvest Fest

When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: 3-G Field Day Grounds, 6229 Blue St.
What: Bounce house, games, food, hay ride, haunted house, face and pumpkin painting. Sponsored by the 3-G Firemen’s Auxiliary.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-2511

Saturday / Glenfield

3. Fall Festival

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Downtown Harrisville
What: Free food, music, horse drawn hay ride. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, nachos and cheese, s’mores
Cost: Free
INFO: Marianne Dicob: 785-8703

Sunday / Harrisville

4. Fall Festival

When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: St. Regis Falls Museum
What: Belly Buttons the Clown, wagon rides, face painting, refreshments, big trucks, free pumpkins. All are welcome to attend.
Cost: Free

Sunday / St. Regis Falls

5. Apple festival

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday
Where: Apple Festival will be held at 154 Route 11
What: The festival features lots of crafts, free entertainment and demonstrations, amusement rides, games, a variety of food, and fun for the entire family.
Cost: $5

Saturday, Sunday / Central Square



When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: The paddock Club, Watertown
What: Appropriate attire and body art required to attend.
Cost: $15 at door, $10 in advance

Friday / Watertown

2. Clayton Jazz Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Clayton
What: he Clayton Jazz Festival returns for 2016 with an expanded lineup of artists for you to enjoy. There are two events scheduled at the Opera House for Friday and Saturday evenings. On Friday, you will not want to miss “Jazz Rhapsody” with vocalist Connye Florance, a theatrical jazz history tour that brings to life the legacy of America’s original sound of classic and original jazz, spoken word and intimately staged theatre. On Saturday, two great jazz bands return to the stage from last year: The Brighton Beat, with their inspired Afrobeat rhythms and powerful horn section that will keep the crowd dancing, along with the hugely popular and entertaining Fritzel’s New Orleans Jazz Band returning for their 4th appearance.
Cost: Free events downtown. Opera House Tickets: $35/$30/$25. Students, $10

Friday, Saturday / Clayton

3. Fiddlers' season closer - Potluck and fiddle jam

When: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, Osceola
What: Are you a Fiddlers’ Group with an open membership of musicians, with at least five fiddle players who meet regularly and predominantly play what is known in North America as “old time fiddle music:” jigs, reels, breakdowns, waltzes, schottische, squares, rounds, two step, hornpipes, and numerous variations of these forms.
Cost: Free
INFO: 599-7009;

Sunday / Osceola

 4. Northern Choral Society rehearsals begin

When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington St.
What: Rehearsals 2-4 p.m. Sundays through November. Dress rehearsal (at Asbury UMC) Dec. 2, 6 p.m.; concerts at Asbury United Methodist Church, 200 Parker St., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.; Dec. 4, 3 p.m.
Cost: $20 adults, $10 students (grades 9-12 and college with choral experience), $30 families.

Sunday / Watertown

5. Celtic Revival

When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Agape House, 26085 Route 180, LaFargeville
What: Concert with The SKY Family
Cost: Freewill offering taken
INFO: 771-7779

Sunday / LaFargeville



1. Youth Pheasant Hunt

When: 8 a.m. or 12 p.m. Saturday, Sunday
Where: Allen Brown Farm, Lowville
What: must be age 12 to 15, hold current NYS hunting license; parent, legal guardian must accompany 12, 13 year olds; parent, legal guardian, responsible adult 21 years old must accompany 14 and 15 year olds; sponsors: Lewis County Association of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Beaver River Fish and Game Club.
Cost: Free lunch for pre-registered youth hunters
INFO: Karen Turck, 376-3263, email:

Saturday, Sunday / Lowville

2. Ag Fair

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Belleville Henderson Central School, 8372 County Route 75
What: Crafts, games, pedal pull tractor races, animals, food, ice cream social, Ag Fair 5K.
Cost: Free
INFO: 846-5121

Saturday / Belleville Henderson

3. Annual Champlain Walk

When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Henderson Fire Hall, 8939 Route 178
What: Brief historic overview in front of Champlain mural, led by town historian Eric Anderson
Cost: Free
INFO: 938-5315

Saturday / Henderson Harbor

4. Meditation Sundays

When: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where:  Arts on the Square, Watertown
What: Group meditation to benefit health and wellness.
Cost: $10
INFO: 661-6361

Sunday / Watertown

 5. 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

Sunday / LaFargeville



3. Veterans Information and Support Day

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brushton-Moira American Legion, 29 County Route 17, Moira
What: Discussions to include Agent Orange, PTSD, in-home care, and much more. Many speakers, and free lunch provided. No admission charge. Veterans, family members, and surviving spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Cost: Free
INFO: Roy Richards at 483-3754

Saturday / Moira

 2. Old Timers Band

When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: AMVETS Club on the Whippleville Road
What: Playing for round and square dancing. Food provided.
Cost: $4

Saturday/ Malone

 3. 8th Annual Recovery Picnic and Family Fun Day

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Malone Recreation Park, Malone
What: . Free events, t-shirts, clown, face painting, DJ, and guest speakers/story sharing. Celebrate Recovery.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Malone

4. Community Picnic

When: 12 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lewis County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912
What: Picnic, Lewis County Memorial Veterans. Auxiliary members asked to bring food to share. Post will provide hamburgers and hot dogs
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-2733

Sunday / Lowville

5. Seventh annual model train, toy and collectible expo

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Massena Arena, Harte Haven Plaza
What: Sponsored by Norwood Model Railroad Club. Miniature outdoor train rides, weather permitting. Food. Vendors
Cost: $4
INFO: 250-0071; 769-2088;

Saturday / Massena



1. 2016 Northern Tier Friends of NRA Fundraising Banquet

When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lowville Elks Lodge, 5600 Shady Ave
What: Cash bar, games, silent auction; 6 p.m., dinner, followed by live auction. Cost: Dinner ticket, $45; Big Shooter Package (1 dinner ticket, $200 package of bucket drawing tickets, 10 gun table tickets); Liberty Sponsor Package, $300 (1 dinner ticket, sponsor hat, Traditions magazine, framed NRA seal display); table for 8, $1,440 ($180 each) (banquet dinner ticket, FNRA logo gift, $200 in bucket drawing tickets.
Cost: Dinner ticket, $45
INFO: 723-9132, 723-0377,,

Saturday / Lowville

2. Honor Flight DJ Dance Party

When: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday
Where: Bassett-Baxter American Legion Post 789, Carthage
What: Music provided by Zapet Vibrations Disc Jockey Service, 8-12 p.m. Lotto grill tree, 50/50 raffle. Pizza, wings available for purchase. Proceeds benefit future honor flight missions.
Cost: $5
INFO: 493-2787

Saturday / Carthage

3. 2016 CROP Hunger Walk

When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, 54 Church St., Alexandria Bay
What: River Walk, registration at 1 p.m. snacks available.
INFO: Email Address:;

Sunday / Alexandria Bay

4. Blood Drive

When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: American Red Cross blood drive, Parish Volunteer Fire Department, 16 Union St.
What: Walk-ins welcome
INFO: 1-800-RED CROSS or

Saturday / Parish

5. Apple Dash

When: 8 a.m.  Start Saturday
Where: Lisbon Beach, 9975 Route 37, Ogdensburg
What: Benefits Camp Laurent Maintenance Fund.
Cost: $20; advance; $15 children 5 and under

Saturday / Ogdensburg

Canton couple adds $5,000 to Frederic Remington Art Museum Fund

A Canton couple has made a generous donation to the Frederic Remington Art Museum Fund, which was established in 2014 to help ensure the museum’s long-term financial security. [Read more…]

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…]

Sen. Ritchie secures $20k for school athletic programs

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, announced Monday she has secured more than $20,000 in funding for athletic programming at four schools in the north country. [Read more…]

Army veteran reconnects with son following Watertown Daily Times article

Disabled veteran Richard Hirschel, who served in the Army during the 1990s, at home in Macomb. Photo by Elizabeth Lewis, Watertown Daily Times.

Disabled veteran Richard Hirschel, who served in the Army during the 1990s, at home in Macomb. Photo by Elizabeth Lewis, Watertown Daily Times.

Disabled Army veteran Richard L. Hirschel made contact with a son he hasn’t seen or talked to in 15 years after a story about him was published in the Watertown Daily Times earlier this year. [Read more…]

Massena Humane Society waiving adoption fees for animals on Aug. 19

The manager at the Massena Humane Society’s animal shelter hopes all the cages are cleared out and the animals in loving homes by the end of the day Aug. 19. [Read more…]

Boys and Girls Club of Massena staging North Country Jr. Olympics on Saturday

You don’t have to be in Rio to participate in this year’s Summer Olympics.

The Boys and Girls Club of Massena will be staging its own version Saturday at the Massena High School turf field, complete with track and field events like a 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 100-meter relay, 3,000-meter distance run, javelin throw, discus throw, and a series of other events geared toward younger children. [Read more…]