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Julia Botero / WRVO News

This summer, we’ve brought you stories of the people who make up the Thousand Islands. In our series Among the Thousand, we look at one island at a time, to tell the story of what makes each community stand out.

Today we turn to Round Island, just down river from Clayton. Richard Withington has lived on the island for 40 years. He's a retired orthopedic surgeon and a member of the Clayton Fire Department. If something happens in the islands, he’s often the first person on the scene.

Julia Botero / WRVO News

The Pokemon Go craze sweeping the nation has hit Watertown. The city’s Public Square usually doesn’t see activity in the evening but recently, downtown is flooded with young people. They’re all staring at their phones, playing an augmented reality game that has them hunting for cartoon monsters and points. WRVO'S Julia Botero went to see what all the fuss is about and sent this audio postcard.

Save Our Canal Trail

A paving project underway along a four-and-a-half mile section of the Erie Canalway from DeWitt to Manlius is getting some flak from the public.

While the project was officially announced a week ago, some local residents didn’t realize what was happening until equipment moved in this week to prepare the path for asphalt. And from that sprung a Facebook page called Save Our Canal Trail, a grassroots movement to oppose the paving, spearheaded by Ed Griffin, owner of the running store Fleet Feet. He says a hard asphalt surface is not good for runners or walkers.



The Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence River are top-notch destinations for people looking to fish and boat in the summertime. The Black River, which winds through Lewis and Jefferson counties, doesn’t enjoy that reputation.

Towns along the river want to change that, but they have a big job ahead of them. For a century the river has been used for industry, not tourism. Now, the river is the process of a transformation. 

Cuomo encourages snowmobilers to visit the Tug Hill

Feb 20, 2015
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has waived the registration fee for out of state snowmobiles during the weekend of March 7th. Cuomo made the announcement in Lowville Thursday before heading out on a snowmobile tour through the Tug Hill.

Fishermen outnumber salmon in Pulaski

Oct 25, 2014
Julia Botero / WRVO

Thousands of anglers have been dropping hooks into the Salmon River in Pulaski to catch salmon swimming upstream to spawn. These past weekends, the run hasn't been thick enough to see the salmon in the water . WRVO reporter  Julia Botero spent a Saturday in Pulaski when there seemed to be more fishermen than salmon.

DEC proposal to kill invasive swans drawing protests

Feb 18, 2014
DEC website

Most people think swans are beautiful. But the agreement seems to end there, when it comes to a new state plan to manage them. A proposal by the Department of Environmental Conservation to kill invasive mute swans isn’t flying with some animal lovers. 

Joanna Richards

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there’s new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen.  

Catherine Loper / WRVO

It's a busy time in the town of Clayton. New businesses, infrastructure and public amenities hold the promise of more tourism, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life for locals.