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  • Notice of Potential COVID-19 Exposure

    Aug 6, 2020

    Where: Christian Fellowship Center – 25 Court St, Canton, NY 13617 Date: August 2, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Congregants who attended services at the Christian Fellowship Center at the above location on Sunday, August 2, 2020, during the hours of 10:00 AM – 11:00 am have a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you believe you were present at this location on August 2nd between 10 am and 11am, it is recommended that you be tested for COVID-19. Please monitor your temperature twice a day for 14 days. If you develop the following sym...

  • Women's Singing Group Donates Money to Mohawk Nation Longhouse

    Mahlon Smoke|Aug 6, 2020

    By Mahlon Smoke The Mohawk Nation Longhouse cookhouse is in need of repairs; the roof tiles need fixing, the deck of the cookhouse is being replaced, the stairs and so much more. Since the building of the Mohawk Nation Longhouse, gatherings for the cycle of ceremonies, along with weddings and funerals have brought the community together. But a building like Mohawk Nation Longhouse and its cookhouse must be maintained, that is why the Fund-Raising Committee was formed to raise funds to do just...

  • Mass COVID-19 Testing Now Available for Akwesasne Community

    Aug 6, 2020

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced that it has entered into COVID-19 Mass Testing contracts with local health providers for ALL Akwesasne residents and employees of local businesses. Arrangements were finalized this week with Massena Hospital and Mountain Medical Urgent Care; located in Massena, New York and Malone, New York. Akwesasne residents may contact them directly to schedule their own testing. “The efforts of the Tribe’s Health Services since the pandemic began has been to protect the health and safety of our com...

  • Kana:takon Riverbed Cleanup held on Saturday

    Aug 6, 2020

    Armed with backhoes, rakes and garbage bags, divers and volunteers gathered early Saturday, August 1st to clean up Kana:takon's 'The Point'. Volunteers came from all districts in Akwesasne to assist Jessica Shenandoah and Fallon Jacobs efforts to maintain a popular swimming spot. In advertising for the cleanup, Shenandoah made it clear her and Fallon's efforts were done on a volunteer basis, "Although I do work for MCA, we are not organizing this cleanup on behalf of MCA nor am I organizing the...

  • MCA holds first General Meeting during coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

    Kaniehtonkie|Aug 6, 2020

    By Kaniehtonkie Mohawk Council of Akwesasne had their first meeting since January 2020. The meeting took place on ‘Zoom” the online meeting platform. Grand Chief Abram Benedict opened the meeting with a ‘Call to Order’ and with all Council members in attendance. The last ‘in person’ General Meeting was held on January 23, 2020 and February’s meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. The General Meeting ran as usual with the following agenda; Call To Order, Council Agenda Acceptance, Rules of Order, Follow up February 27 General Meeting It...

  • COVID-19 Etiquette: 6 Common Conundrums

    Aug 6, 2020

    Courtesy NPR, The Oregonian and Life Kit Elaine Swann, founder of the Swann School of Protocol, an etiquette training institute offers advice as we are all living through a pandemic. Swam trains people on good manners, for example, how to engage in small talk or which fork to use at the dinner table. Now, she has been helping people navigate some tricky new social dilemmas in one handy little pocket guide. Cut it out, staple, keep for yourself or give to a friend. Swann says people still want...

  • Canada Wide COVID-19 Update

    Aug 6, 2020

    COVID-19 cases in Canada: 118,032 diagnoses, 8,958 deaths and 102,593 recoveries (as of Aug. 5, 12:00 p.m. ET) Alberta - 11,146 cases, including 201 deaths (9,754 resolved) British Columbia - 3,787 cases, 195 deaths (3,273 resolved) Manitoba - 443 cases, 8 deaths (341 resolved) New Brunswick - 170 cases, 2 deaths (166 resolved) Newfoundland and Labrador - 266 cases, 3 deaths (259 resolved) Northwest Territories - 5 cases (5 resolved) Nova Scotia - 1,071 cases, 64 deaths (1,005 resolved) Ontario - 39,714 cases, 2,782 deaths (35,747 resolved)...

  • Pursuit in Kana:takon leads to arrest

    Aug 6, 2020

    On the evening of July 26, 2020, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service were notified of an individual driving in Kana:takon (St. Regis) with an active arrest warrant. Police were provided a description of the suspect vehicle and the identity of the person who was wanted. At approximately 6:18 PM, police observed the suspect vehicle traveling on Hilltop Drive approaching the intersection of Third Street. As Police activated the emergency equipment the vehicle fled. A brief pursuit was initiated to the intersection on Third Street and Johnson Road...

  • NCCC, ADI host programs focused on Black History in the Adirondacks

    Aug 6, 2020

    North Country Community College, the Adirondack Diversity Initiative and the Adirondack North Country Association are collaborating to present a series of timely and necessary online programs that shine light on Black History in the Adirondacks. The sessions are part of North Country Live: Summer Series, held via Zoom every Thursday in August at 7 p.m. The presentations are free, although pre-registration is required so invitation details can be sent to participants. In June and July, the college’s Summer Series programs have focused on w...

  • AMPS Seeking Public Assistance

    Aug 6, 2020

    The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in helping to identifying the individual(s) involved in the Theft of a Motor Vehicle from the church parking area in Kana: takon (St. Regis) on July 25, 2020. The vehicle was later recovered by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Marine Unit (SAVE) in the water off the eastern tip of Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island.) Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2340 or Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255. You c...

  • Over 110 march to support Black family who had noose left in their yard

    Andy Gardner|Aug 6, 2020

    By Andy Gardner MASSENA. More than 110 people marched through downtown Massena on Saturday to support a Black family who had a noose left in their yard, and to also demand larger systemic change. The group gathered at Emmanuel Congregational Church on West Orvis Street and headed down Main Street around 2:30 p.m. The column of marchers stretched from the Post Office to Sunoco. They turned onto Bridges Avenue, went down Highland Avenue, turned onto Nightengale Avenue and paused at Massena High...

  • New Arrival

    Aug 6, 2020

    Name: James Eugene David Born: July 4th, 2020 at 5:43 pm Parents: Mary Herne and Aundray David Sibling: Ross David Maternal Grandparents: Alice and Maday Herne Paternal Grandparents: Eugene David and the late Theresa Square...

  • SOCIAL SINGING AND DANCING PART 1

    Aug 6, 2020

    SOCIAL DANCE A social dance is a gathering of people who are there to have fun singing and dancing. Social songs and dances are different than ceremonial songs and dancers. Socials are for anyone willing to participate. Ceremonies are reserved for those who have a clan and Rotinonshonni name. At a social dance it is important that all the people behave in an appropriate way. Mothers and fathers should always accompany their children. Children should be seated next to their parents and never be free to run or roam around the longhouse. This is...

  • Teiontenonwaratónhkhwa

    Aug 6, 2020

    1. Satonhnhá:ren tsi sahsié:rite! - Be happy on your birthday! 2. Satonhnhá:ren tsi saierí:ton! - Be happy on your birthday! 3. Tekonnonhwará:tons tsi wesenirihó:wanahte tsi seniniákhe - Congratulations on your engagement 4. Tekonnonhwará:tons tsi wa'tehsatóhetste - Congratulations on your graduation 5. Tekonnonhwará:tons tsi sawirasé'stsi - Congratulations on your new baby 6. Tekonnonhwará:tons tsi nisanonhsasé'stsi - Congratulations on your new house 7. Tekonnonhwará:tons tsi wesaio'tenhse...

  • Nature on the Move

    Aug 6, 2020

    Submitted by Paul Hetzler To a highly mobile species like humans, the fact that other animals relocate their families – or entire populations – isn’t a big surprise. We know historical migrations have been the norm, though the fossil record shows that generally these changes happened at a snail’s pace. The “Great American Interchange” in which northern animals spread southward and South American critters expanded north during the Pliocene Epoch, took a million years. Give or take a few, I assume. Well, thanks to climate change, an eye-popping...

  • 19 Akwesasne students graduate from Massena High School

    Andy Gardner|Aug 6, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Nineteen Akwesasne students received diplomas from Massena High School during an outdoor socially distanced ceremony that took place over two nights. This year's graduates include honors graduates Andrew Cook and Shannan Cree, along with Regents grads Caleb Arazy, Kanatires Barreiro, Tisha Benedict, Ieniente Cook, Bradley Cook-Green, Hannah Delormier, Talon Doxtator, Mitchell Gardner, Kloey Herne, Creedence King, Darryl Lazare Jr., Ieronhenehtha Lazore, Jenna Oakes, Kawennaien...

  • Graduating Class of 2020 have bright futures in a difficult time

    Aug 6, 2020

    Joseph Barnes, son of Laura & Clayton Barnes, has plans to go into the culinary program at Algonquin College; he found his passion for cooking in the course of his studies in high school, much like Jace Cook, son of Kelly Cook & David Arquette, who is also going onto culinary at the same college. Both of these gentlemen graduated this year and were at the Friday, July 31st drive-by graduation ceremony that commemorated all the graduates in Akwesasne. They got their photographs taken, received...

  • Graduating Class of 2020 have bright futures in a difficult time - Part 2

    Aug 6, 2020

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  • Graduating Class of 2020 have bright futures in a difficult time - Part 3

    Aug 6, 2020

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  • Graduating Class of 2020 have bright futures in a difficult time - Part 4

    Aug 6, 2020

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  • Can you identify?

    Aug 6, 2020

    Can you identify? Benedict family from Cornwall Island, year unknown. Submitted by Liz Perkins. Do you have any old photos that you'd like to share with our readers in Blast from the Past? Bring them in! Our offices are located on Hilltop Drive in the Communications Building. Stop letting your photos gather dust in the basement and bring them in for us! All photos are returned to their owner....

  • Franklin County COVID -19 Update

    Aug 6, 2020

    Daily Statistics – Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4 Current Active Covid-19 – 1 new active case 49 Tested Positive Test Results 13,059 PCR (diagnostic) negatives 3,333 Antibody Negatives 104 Probable Positive Cases – all resolved at this time 153 Total Cumulative Positive 149 resolved/recovered from active Covid-19 (research is showing that there are residual effects from COVID-19) 135 Quarantine and Isolation individuals/45 households Daily Statistics – Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3 Current Active Covid-19 – no new active cases 48 Tested Positive...

  • St. Lawrence County COVID-19 Weekly Update

    Aug 6, 2020

    As of Wednesday, August 5th: 1 (one) new case of COVID-19 was reported to the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department today, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases to-date to 259 (two hundred and fifty-nine) 6 (six) cases are active – please go to: https://www.stlawco.org/ to check out the COVID-19 Cases by Town map layouts. 249 (two hundred and forty-nine) cases have been released from isolation. 3 (three) cases are hospitalized. 4 (four) deaths have occurred; this fatality data comes from the New York State Department of H...

  • Police Blotter

    Aug 6, 2020

    AMPS POLICE BLOTTER • Assault W/ Weapon, Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Uttering Threats Patrick J. Benedict, 60, of Akwesasne was arrested on July 25, 2020 and charged with Assault w/ Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, and Uttering Threats. It is alleged on July 24, 2020, the male attended a residence in Kana: takon (St. Regis) with a bat and challenged a person to a fight, the male uttered a threat and departed the residence. The male was arrested and held for a bail hearing. • Flight from Police, Dan...

  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

    Aug 6, 2020

    SALARY LEVEL: SP07 $50,814.10 UNDERFILL: SP07 $48,859.71 SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY: Under the supervision of the Supervisor, and In Charge EMT, the Emergency Medical Technician will perform duties associated with providing rescue services and emergency medical care to the sick and injured in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, Mountain Lake Regional protocols and AMA policies. The Emergency Medical Technician will conduct a patient assessment including but not limited to vitals. The EMT will administer basic life support treatment...

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