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Articles from the August 13, 2020 edition

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  • Salmon River Central School Shares Re-Opening Plans

    Mahlon Smoke|Aug 13, 2020

    By Mahlon Smoke With summer ending and the pandemic still ongoing, one topic has permeated the discussion: are schools going to reopen? Since March, schools all over the country shut down with many children completing their school year online. This meant many high school seniors would have to finish their year without prom, senior skip and even much more scarce senior graduations. As families adjust to what many are calling the “New Normal” schools have to decide if it is okay to open up again. Salmon River Central School has already ann...

  • Thank you from Iakhihsohtha

    Aug 13, 2020

    These are some of the students from MCAs Kaienthohsera - Garden Initiative. The food and spices came from the gardens that they grew and harvested themselves. The students wanted to give some fresh veggies to our elders. Their names are (not in order) Tatum Lafrance, Tia Back, Autumn Benedict, Tsiakoseriio David, and Millie King. Not pictured are Keri Horne-Burns, Travis Benedict, Chloe Mitchell, Jayden Smoke. They also gave some basil plants for the employees. The students brought Swiss chard,...

  • Ontario Man Charged with Bulk Cash Smuggling

    Aug 13, 2020

    PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Jade Martin, age 25, of Cornwall Island, Ontario, Canada, made his initial appearance today in federal court in Plattsburgh, on charges that he knowingly concealed $256,910 in United States currency in his car, with the intent to evade currency reporting requirements, and attempted to transport that currency from the United States into Canada. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); a...

  • Organizer: 'Back the Blue' parade not intended as Black Lives Matter counterprotest

    Aug 13, 2020

    By Andy Gardner POTSDAM. An organizer of a Back the Blue parade planned for Saturday, Aug. 15 says it is to show appreciation for first responders and isn’t intended as a counter-protest to the local Black Lives Matter movement. The parade will line up on Bay Street in Potsdam at 11 a.m. that day and start at noon. The planned route is to go left onto Pierrepont Avenue, down Main Street on Market Street, over to Pleasant Street, right onto Waverly Street, left onto Broad Street, right onto Leroy towards the Civic Center and finish at Ives P...

  • Tribal Transfer Station Receives New Refuse Truck

    Aug 13, 2020

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Environment Division announced the purchase of a new refuse truck for the Transfer Station. The truck was purchased with settlement funds awarded through a 2015 class action lawsuit overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Tribal Justice against Volkswagen (VW). The VW settlement was initiated in 2015 when the car company admitted it had installed "cheat devices" on diesel-powered cars from 2009 through 2015. The devices enabled the...


    Aug 13, 2020

    On July 31st, 2020, at approximately 12:40 PM, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service responded to a report of a suspicious male in the wooded area off Wade Lafrance Memorial Road (Dump Rd), in Tsi Snaihne. Police attended a residence and spoke to the homeowner who reported a suspicious male was observed on the property drinking water from an outdoor water hose. The homeowner confronted the suspicious individual who said his name was “Daniel” and the male returned to the wooded area. Police conducted a search of the wooded area with negative res...


    Aug 13, 2020

    Gary R. "Digger" Donaldson, 75, a longtime resident of McKinley Ave, Massena, New York, peacefully passed away Saturday evening at his home. Gary was born on July 3, 1945 in Massena, the son of the late Vernon J. and Evelyn M. (Hopson) Donaldson. He was a 1963 graduate of Massena High School, where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball. In 2016, he was inducted into the Massena High School Hall of Fame with the 1962 and 1963 Baseball Team. He continued his education at William Penn... Full story

  • Canada Wide COVID-19 Update

    Aug 13, 2020

    Epidemiological summary of COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities as reported by Government of Canada on August 12, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. ET: Quebec – 6 Cases Ontario – 0 Cases Saskatchewan – 2 Cases Alberta – 4 Cases British Columbia – 3 Cases COVID-19 cases in Canada: 120,470 diagnoses, 8,992 deaths and 106,861 recoveries (as of Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m. ET) Alberta - 11,772 cases, including 216 deaths (10,552 resolved) British Columbia - 4,065 cases, 195 deaths (3,425 resolved) Manitoba - 562 cases, 8 deaths (360 resolved) New Brunswick - 177 ca...

  • St. Lawrence Centre Mall reopens after meeting state requirements

    Andy Gardner|Aug 13, 2020

    By Andy Gardner MASSENA. The St. Lawrence Centre mall has met the state’s requirements for reopening and is now open again. Mall Manager Erica Leonard said the stores open now are Shoe Department, Maurice’s, Olympia Sports, JC Penney and Melissa’s Hair Studio. She said other mall stores are on track to reopen “kind of here and there between now and next week.” Food court eateries are now closed, but she said those will eventually reopen too. Wendy’s was to have opened Wednesday, Aug. 12. “We’ll also announce openings on our social media an...

  • Gifts to The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police and to The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service

    Aug 13, 2020

    I know first-hand how stressful, unforgiving and what a heavy burden it is to be a law enforcement family in our community. After 25 years of being a law enforcement officer's wife, I know the effects and the toll it takes on an officer and their family members and I will always show my support to those who are our protectors. With our work at Seven Dancers Coalition with "Welcoming Back The Spirit," I have heard many stories from people who are formerly incarcerated and they all say the same...


    Aug 13, 2020

    The North Country Innovation Hotspot Program at Clarkson’s Shipley Center and Point Positive, an angel investor group founded in Saranac Lake, are joining forces to offer a series of free online workshops for entrepreneurs starting August 12. The weekly one-hour sessions, from noon to 1 p.m., will give participants information on specific topics and teach skills needed to brand, market, and launch a business. They will focus on social media marketing, websites, and online branding. The sessions will be presented by Nicole Ouellette, founder o...

  • Roswell Park's Dr. Rodney Haring Joins National COVID-19 Native Expert Panel

    Aug 13, 2020

    BUFFALO, N.Y. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Director of the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research, has been named to the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) Native Expert Panel, formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Last month the NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), established the CoVPN - a unified new clinical-trials network aimed at recruiting volunteers to sign up for large-scale Phase 3 trials...


    Aug 13, 2020

    Submitted by Casey Sukeforth & Erica Kelso Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin & St. Lawrence Counties In a normal summer, 4-H Camp Overlook in Mountain View sees over 800 campers come through its red gates. Generations of North Country families can credit Overlook with learning how to swim, for lifelong friendships, and outdoor skills. While our programs change annually, the spirit of making the best better has remained consistent over its 75 years. 2020 has brought a quiet upon camp as...

  • "Back to School"

    Kaniehtonkie|Aug 13, 2020

    By Kaniehtonkie Schools across New York and Ontario will reopen for in-person instruction this fall. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced their respective schools will reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. New York is one of the few states in America that has a virus transmission rate low enough to bring children back into classrooms and not only in its rural communities, but also in the country’s biggest city. Premier Doug Ford set his school goals on, “Elementary schools will reopen with conventional in-person delivery of teaching and ins...


    Aug 13, 2020

    OHKI:WE – WATER DRUM The Ohki:we (Ohki:we is a ceremony for the spirits of the dead) water drum is usually larger than the regular social dance water drum. The Ohki:we water drum is used only for the Ohki:we Ceremony, and on no other occasion. The Ohki:we Ceremony is done in the month of February or March. About a month or so before the actual Ohki:we is put through, the people who belong to this Society will summon the singers and their society members to begin practicing the songs. When the Ohki:we society begin their practices, they must b...

  • Tekhenonhwará:tons Ne Akhwá:tsire

    Aug 13, 2020

    1. Shé:kon Istá:! - Hello Auntie or Mom! 2. Shé:kon kiákio! - Hello brother-in-law 3. Shé:kon konièn:’a! - Hello child! 4. Shé:kon kiá:se! - Hello cousin! 5. Shé:kon ráke’ni! - Hello Dad! 6. Shé:kon óri! - Hello friend! 7. Shé:kon kwátere! - Hello grandchild! 8. Shé:kon ákhso! - Hello grandma! 9. Shé:kon rákhso! - Hello grandpa! 10. Shé:kon wáten! - Hello nephew/niece! 11. Shé:kon kiári! - Hello sister-in-law! 12. Shé:kon sáksten! - Hello spouse! (husband or wife) 13. Shé:kon akhtsi’ó! - Hel...

  • The Environment Program has an ultimate goal to keep the waters safe for all Akwesasronon

    Aug 13, 2020

    By Noelle Oakes Water is a pathway of life and is the lifeblood of our planet and this element has been held in honor for generations of Kanieńkehá:ka for millennia, as stated in the Thanksgiving address, "We give thanks to the spirit of waters for our strength of well-being. The waters of the world have provided many things. They quench our thirst, provide food for the plant life, and are the source of strength for the medicines we need. Now our minds are one." We are all connected by the w...

  • St. Lawrence County COVID-19 Update

    Aug 13, 2020

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020: No new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department today. Bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases to-date to 261 (two hundred and sixty-one) 1 (one) case is active – please go to: https://www.stlawco.org/ to check out the COVID-19 Cases by Town map layouts (we will also post the maps on our Facebook page @SLCPublicHealth) 256 (two hundred and fifty-six) cases have been released from isolation* No cases are hospitalized. 4 (four) deaths have occurred; this f...

  • Franklin County COVID-19 Daily Statistics

    Aug 13, 2020

    Daily Statistics – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 0 Current Active Covid-19 (no new positive tests) 50 Tested Positive Test Results 13,977 PCR (diagnostic) Negatives 3,355 Antibody Negatives 103 Probable Positive Cases 153 Total Cumulative Positive 153 Resolved/recovered from active Covid-19 120 Quarantine and isolation individuals/61 households Daily Statistics – Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1 Current Active Covid-19 (no new positive tests) 50 Tested Positive Test Results 13,843 PCR (diagnostic) Negatives 3,350 Antibody Negatives 103 Probable Positive...

  • Navajo Nation moves forward with hogan-style housing manufacturing facility

    Aug 13, 2020

    Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer recently visited a newly-established housing manufacturing facility where the first Navajo hogan-style home is being constructed to serve as the prototype for the Nez-Lizer Administration’s housing development initiative to produce much-needed homes for Navajo families, veterans, elders, and others. Since being appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration under the Nez-Lizer Administration last year, James D. Zwierlein has taken o...


    Aug 13, 2020

    Submitted by Paul Hetzler To paraphrase Marvin the Martian, a cartoon character whose attempts to conquer Earth were always foiled by Bugs Bunny, “Zap first and ask questions later.” The little alien with the big Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator ray-gun was so jumpy that he zapped anything that moved. In the end, though, he never hit anything which could remotely be considered a threat. Each summer, bug zappers are hung with care in millions of back yards, much to the delight of residents who imagine that the bright electric arcs and sna...

  • KindMind

    Aug 13, 2020

    Mother. Earth. Child. Matters Rooted relations tended with love light & goodness Generosity of the generations spawned beneath sun & moon Smiles healed their sadness Ancestors answered in a soothing whisper Whispers carried by winds, remembered within Gifted waters of the sky world Released to purify thought The grand humble nurturing of the KindMind A cleansed currency of change Checked and balanced with heart & spirit Pursued with positivity and an endless peak of possibilities Prayers for unknown neighbors, brothers & sisters Respect...


    Aug 13, 2020

    Submitted By Dan Sweet During the summertime, I always try to use the kitchen appliances as little as possible. During a hot summer day, starting up the oven or stove creates way too much heat in the household for my liking. This salad is a very easy to prepare dish that doesn’t require cooking anything! When choosing cucumbers, look for firm, well-shaped cucumbers with dark green color. To store them properly, refrigerate them in a plastic bag for up to one week. Ingredients: Salad: • 4 large tomatoes, cubed • 1 large cucumber, chopped • 1 c...

  • Kenny Perkins, Henes Porter, Mike McDonald, Brad Bonaparte & Kariwate Mitchell

    Aug 13, 2020

    L-R: Kenny Perkins, Henes Porter, Mike McDonald, Brad Bonaparte & Kariwate Mitchell. 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....

  • Police Blotter

    Aug 13, 2020

    AMPS POLICE BLOTTER - AUGUST 11, 2020 • Theft of Motor Vehicle, Breach of Probation X 2, Escape Lawful Custody Cortlon J. Skidders, 22, of Akwesasne was arrested on August 10th, 2020 and charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle, Breach of Probation X 2, and Escape Lawful Custody. It is alleged that on August 8th, 2020, police received information that the male had reportedly taken a vehicle from a residence without the owner’s consent. On August 10th, 2020, Police located the male and placed him in custody for the theft of a motor vehicle, and bre...

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