99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR MONDAY, 7/13/09
ST.LAWRENCE SEAWAY:ENGINEERING MARVEL--John Adams, former Chief Engineer for the St.Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and a high-ranking member of the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Seaway building project in the 1950's told those gathered for the 50th Anniversary celebration last week the facts are staggering even in today's terms; for example 6 million cubic yards of concrete was poured for the locks and other structures...enough to build a 4-lane highway from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean.
BRIDGE RE-OPENS THIS MORNING--The International Bridge between Massena and Cornwall was expected to be restored to full traffic at 6am today. Talks between Mohawks and Canada Border Services have reportedly progressed close to an agreement on the arming of border guards; a temporary station in the City of Cornwall, not on Mohawk territory reportedly has armed CBSA guards.
ALCOA LAYOFFS LESS THAN EXPECTED--113 workers, not the originally-projected 170 will be laid off from the plant effective today. Spokesperson Laurie Marr says the lower number is due to attrition and a voluntary retirement package. About 250 workers will remain at Alcoa East keeping it ready until aluminum prices merit a restart.
LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES FIRE--The residence of Elmer Jones and family on County Route 10 in Depeyster was zapped about noon Saturday during a severe thunderstorm. Damage was kept to the roof and ceiling; nobody was hurt.