Watertown http://wrvo.org en Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-debate-local-and-national-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two candidates vying for the Republican Party's nod in the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District showed a lot of similarities during an hour-long primary debate held Thursday in Watertown. The debate between Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was broadcast on </span>WWNY<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Watertown and North Country Public Radio and public television.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:14:10 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57259 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-vows-fight-troop-reduction-fort-drum <p></p><p>New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says he’s not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown City Hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 Army troops.</p><p>The possibility of an Army downsizing to 1940s levels is fraying nerves in military communities nationwide. But on Monday, concern deepened. The Army circulated a sort of worst-case scenario report – and it included assessing the loss of nearly 90 percent of the troops stationed at Fort Drum.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:39:34 +0000 David Sommerstein 52976 at http://wrvo.org Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-congressional-candidate-aaron-woolf-speaks-issues <p></p><p>The endorsed Democratic candidate for Bill Owens' seat in Congress finally broke his media silence Wednesday, speaking with several North Country media outlets. Aaron Woolf spoke with North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein on a range of issues, from gun control and health care to why a political rookie wants to represent the region. Democratic county chairs chose Woolf to run a month ago, but he had declined interviews until now.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:08:35 +0000 David Sommerstein 52626 at http://wrvo.org North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues Audio postcard: Sackets Harbor choral group rehearses http://wrvo.org/post/audio-postcard-sackets-harbor-choral-group-rehearses <p></p><p>The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble is preparing for a spring concert in Watertown. Joanna Richards dropped by the group’s second rehearsal to learn about choral music, and have a listen.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 52216 at http://wrvo.org Audio postcard: Sackets Harbor choral group rehearses In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision http://wrvo.org/post/projects-big-and-small-watertown-s-downtown-reviving-some-say-city-government-lacks-vision <p></p><p>As with many small cities, Watertown’s downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:49:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 52268 at http://wrvo.org In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision Watertown airport switching flights from Chicago to Philly as airlines merge http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-airport-switching-flights-chicago-philly-airlines-merge <p></p><p>The Watertown airport has been much busier since it started offering direct air service to Chicago rather than Albany just over two years ago. Now, the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways is causing a switch in destination again.</p><p>Direct flights to Philadelphia will replace those to Chicago beginning May 8.</p><p>A regional carrier for American Airlines now provides the Chicago service. American merged with U.S. Airways in December. Philadelphia, a hub for U.S. Airways, is closer, and therefore a cheaper major hub for the airline to get to from Watertown.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:49:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 52013 at http://wrvo.org Watertown airport switching flights from Chicago to Philly as airlines merge Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely http://wrvo.org/post/ft-drum-may-fare-better-other-bases-cuts-still-likely <p></p><p>Since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel detailed his proposal for deep military cutbacks Monday, officials in Watertown have been trying to divine what that could mean for Fort Drum. They believe the Army post is well-positioned – but that doesn’t mean it won’t take a hit.</p><p>The military is already in downsizing mode as the war in Afghanistan winds down. But Hagel’s plan calls for deeper cuts, including shrinking the Army to its smallest size since before World War II.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 51899 at http://wrvo.org Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream http://wrvo.org/post/buyout-could-mean-growth-watertown-employer-stream <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">There have been a lot of questions in the wake of an announcement that the Stream Global Services Watertown call center will be sold. The company that’s buying it says if anything, the sale should make workers optimistic.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:07:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 49934 at http://wrvo.org Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream Clinic taking steps toward financial health http://wrvo.org/post/clinic-taking-steps-toward-financial-health <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">A clinic in Watertown that serves many needy children is taking steps toward better financial health after nearly closing abruptly in October.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:24:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 49877 at http://wrvo.org Clinic taking steps toward financial health Watertown Stream call center's parent company selling to rival http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-stream-call-centers-parent-company-selling-rival <p></p><p>The Stream Global Services call center in Watertown will change hands when its parent company is bought by a rival, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/06/us-stream-convergys-deal-idUSBREA0512B20140106">according to Reuters</a>. It’s not clear what effect that might have on the 700 employees who work there.</p><p>Don Alexander heads the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. He says Stream’s significance to the area’s economy can’t be overstated and the company has been a good employer.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:08:40 +0000 Joanna Richards 49734 at http://wrvo.org Lights, calm returning after ice storm, but some dangers remain http://wrvo.org/post/lights-calm-returning-after-ice-storm-some-dangers-remain <p></p><p>The lights are coming back on in Jefferson County after the ice storm left most residents in the dark for some period over the weekend. National Grid says it expects to restore power to nearly all customers by midnight tonight.</p><p>Sixteen-hundred field workers from as far away as New Jersey and the Ohio Valley are helping to make that happen. Despite the progress, the utility says some customers could be in the dark through Christmas.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49007 at http://wrvo.org Lights, calm returning after ice storm, but some dangers remain North Country scraping its way out of blanket of ice http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-scraping-its-way-out-blanket-ice <p><em>Updated at 3:40 p.m.</em></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:31:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 48953 at http://wrvo.org North Country scraping its way out of blanket of ice Counseling service latest Watertown health care provider to get a lifeline http://wrvo.org/post/counseling-service-latest-watertown-health-care-provider-get-lifeline <p>The North Country Family Health Center, in Watertown, is still working to gain long-term financial stability after nearly closing in October. Now, another Watertown health care provider is getting a bailout to stay afloat. This time, it’s Family Counseling Service of Northern New York.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:03:11 +0000 Joanna Richards 48608 at http://wrvo.org Counseling service latest Watertown health care provider to get a lifeline Ski season gets underway http://wrvo.org/post/ski-season-gets-underway <p></p><p>The winter sports season is underway in the north country. Thanks to the pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm, some skiers in Jefferson County got an early start this year.&nbsp;</p><p>A snowboarder twists and slides to a stop at Dry Hill Ski Area in Watertown. He unclips his boots and dashes into the clubhouse to warm up.</p><p>Josh Askins and a friend cozy up to the big stone fire pit.&nbsp; “We were snowboarding, then we came inside to sit next to the fire. It smells really nice,” he says.</p><p>Askins teaches snowboarding lessons here.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:12:41 +0000 Joanna Richards 48318 at http://wrvo.org Ski season gets underway Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building http://wrvo.org/post/work-begins-watertowns-woolworth-building <div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"><p></p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Work has begun to revive a long-vacant eyesore at the center of downtown Watertown.</span></div> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:11:03 +0000 Joanna Richards 48156 at http://wrvo.org Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building Soldiers pitch in to help needy celebrate Christmas http://wrvo.org/post/soldiers-pitch-help-needy-celebrate-christmas <p></p><p>The Watertown Urban Mission is busy around the holidays. Along with running its regular programs like the food pantry and thrift store, it also distributes warm winter coats and Thanksgiving turkeys, puts on a craft fair, and holds a sale of Christmas items. Fortunately, it's gotten some help from a small army of volunteers – literally.</p><p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:29:10 +0000 Joanna Richards 47896 at http://wrvo.org Soldiers pitch in to help needy celebrate Christmas Black Friday alternative at Watertown craft sale http://wrvo.org/post/black-friday-alternative-watertown-craft-sale <p></p><p>On Black Friday, people&nbsp;cram into stores, treating shopping like a full-contact sport. Others hold off for a calmer experience in front of their computer screens on Cyber Monday. But some people still want a fun, communal holiday shopping experience – minus the chaos.</p><p>Watertown's annual holiday craft fair is a good option for less competitive shoppers, or people searching for a few unique items. This Sunday, two floors of the Dulles State Office Building will fill with local vendors.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 47727 at http://wrvo.org Black Friday alternative at Watertown craft sale Work begins soon to bring Watertown landmark back to life http://wrvo.org/post/work-begins-soon-bring-watertown-landmark-back-life <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The state of Watertown's historic Woolworth building tells you a lot about the health of the city. And for years, the message hasn't been good. But the vacant eyesore is on track to re-emerge as evidence of the downtown's steady improvement. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:08:07 +0000 Joanna Richards 47410 at http://wrvo.org Work begins soon to bring Watertown landmark back to life Jefferson County entrepreneurs will have harder time finding startup funds http://wrvo.org/post/jefferson-county-entrepreneurs-will-have-harder-time-finding-startup-funds <p>Entrepreneurs in Jefferson County are going to have a harder time finding startup money, now that a loan fund meant to help them is running low. That's good news and bad news.</p><p>Here's the bad news: The Industrial Development Agency's micro-enterprise loan fund is down to about&nbsp;$31,000. That means the next successful applicant is going to drain it dry.</p><p>"At some point, someone is going to come to the loan fund for dollars for their business, and we won't have any to lend," says Don Alexander, IDA chief.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:36:21 +0000 Joanna Richards 47127 at http://wrvo.org Jefferson County entrepreneurs will have harder time finding startup funds Winter crows invade Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/winter-crows-invade-watertown <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Every winter, Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie, “The Birds” gets a replay in Watertown. But not on the silver screen. Thousands of crows fly in from the countryside to roost overnight. The city's trying to evict them.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:40:26 +0000 Joanna Richards 47000 at http://wrvo.org Winter crows invade Watertown Watertown City Council: incumbent Macaluso, newcomer Jennings win seats in four-way contest http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-city-council-incumbent-macaluso-newcomer-jennings-win-seats-four-way-contest <pre style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; margin: 8px; line-height: normal;"> </pre> <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Watertown's City Council contest pitted two fiscally conservative incumbents against two political newcomers who want city government to think more broadly about its role. The voters went for one of each.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:34:57 +0000 Joanna Richards 46732 at http://wrvo.org Watertown City Council: incumbent Macaluso, newcomer Jennings win seats in four-way contest Watertown council candidates get last word before election day http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-council-candidates-get-last-word-election-day <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">Watertown's City Council hopefuls got one final chance before tomorrow's election to make their case at a meet-the-candidates event last week. The four opponents advocate different roles for city government.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:40:35 +0000 Joanna Richards 46608 at http://wrvo.org Watertown council candidates get last word before election day Public helps shape state study on health patterns near Air Brake site http://wrvo.org/post/public-helps-shape-state-study-health-patterns-near-air-brake-site <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.07in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">Earlier this week, a researcher from the state Health Department met with Watertown residents from the neighborhood near the New York Air Brake plant. The Health Department has agreed to study the area’s disease patterns because residents suspect that pollution from the plant has made people sick.</span></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:57:33 +0000 Joanna Richards 46094 at http://wrvo.org Public helps shape state study on health patterns near Air Brake site Children's Clinic, WIC funded for at least six months http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-wic-funded-least-six-months <p></p><p>Last week was a rough one for the North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in Watertown. As the non-profit confronted mounting financial problems, it announced that it had to close. Then, on Thursday, local lawmakers jumped in to keep the center open for at least another month. Now, the clinic says it has secured funding for another six months.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:20:29 +0000 Zach Hirsch 45757 at http://wrvo.org Children's Clinic, WIC funded for at least six months UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue http://wrvo.org/post/update-north-country-childrens-clinic-gets-last-minute-rescue <p></p><p>A last-minute deal was struck Thursday to rescue a long-standing health care safety net for needy north country children. The North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in Watertown <strong><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-closes-temporarily-under-financial-hardship">announced Tuesday</a></strong> that it would close suddenly, at the end of the week, because of dire financial problems. Now, the clinic has gotten at least another month of life.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:05:47 +0000 Joanna Richards 45491 at http://wrvo.org UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue Watertown primary decides city council candidates, draws few voters http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-primary-decides-city-council-candidates-draws-few-voters <p>Four of the six candidates running for Watertown City Council, including the race's two incumbents, are moving on to the general election in November, following Tuesday's primary election.<br><br>Incumbent candidates Teresa Macaluso and Jeffrey Smith took the top two spots, with 575 and 454 votes, respectively. Challenger Stephen Jennings also had a strong showing, falling only two votes shy of Smith. Cody Horbacz also moves on to the November election.<br><br>Jasmine Borreffine and Rodney LaFave received the lowest totals and were eliminated from the race.<br> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:01:16 +0000 Gino Geruntino 43973 at http://wrvo.org Watertown meets primary candidates for City Council http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-meets-primary-candidates-city-council <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Watertown is holding a primary election next Tuesday for two seats on the City Council. The election is non-partisan, so all six candidates are running for the chance to move on to the general election in November. A Meet-the-Candidates event was held Thursday at the city's Italian-American Civic Association.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:24:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 43739 at http://wrvo.org Watertown meets primary candidates for City Council Comptroller DiNapoli: Watertown in good fiscal health http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-dinapoli-watertown-good-fiscal-health <p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli came to Watertown on Wednesday to commend the city's leadership on its sound financial stewardship. DiNapoli's office is rolling out a program of annual fiscal “stress tests” for municipalities and school districts. And the comptroller said Watertown sets an example for prudent financial planning.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:49:45 +0000 Joanna Richards 39455 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller DiNapoli: Watertown in good fiscal health Fluoride for all? Why communities do and don't add it to their water http://wrvo.org/post/fluoride-all-why-communities-do-and-dont-add-it-their-water <p>In the last several years, about 140 communities across the country have decided to stop added fluoride to their water supplies. In November, the village of Pulaski's water board voted to no long put fluoride in their water. Earlier this week, the Watertown City Council heard arguments that they should do the same thing. Communities like these worry the element could be harming their citizens, corroding their pipes or feel like it's just a government intrusion. This trend comes despite dentists and the Centers for Disease Control calling fluoridation of water a major public health advancement of the last century. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care" recently spoke about this controversial issue with Dr. William Bowen, a dental health expert and professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who has also worked for the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:04:05 +0000 WRVO News 38000 at http://wrvo.org North Country news giant John Johnson Jr. steps down from Watertown Daily-Times http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-news-giant-john-johnson-jr-steps-down-watertown-daily-times <p>After a long career devoted to documenting – and shaping – North Country life, John Johnson Jr. is far from calling it quits. But he is stepping down from daily oversight at the Watertown Daily Times and its parent company, Johnson Newspapers, helping to make way for a new generation of family leadership. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal"> Mon, 06 May 2013 12:47:54 +0000 Joanna Richards 37139 at http://wrvo.org North Country news giant John Johnson Jr. steps down from Watertown Daily-Times