99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR SATURDAY, 9/25/10
POTSDAM EMPIRE ZONE PROGRAM STILL RUNNING, DESPITE STATE PROGRAM SUNSET--Planning and Development Director Fred Hanss told Village Trustees Monday the Potsdam zone is still in business, as the program does not officially end until the benefits of the last remaining businesses run out. The office has submitted its 2011 budget request to the Town of Potsdam, 10-thousand dollars for administrative funds. Hanss says word has come from the state suggesting the Potsdam Empire Zone Administrative Board not be disbanded. Empire Zones provide tax breaks and utility rate incentives for businesses in exchange for job creation and-or retention.
ALCOA EAST RENOVATION-EXPANSION-RESTART STILL A GO, DESPITE RUMORS TO THE CONTRARY, GRIFFO SAYS--State Senator Joe Griffo told reporter Bob K. at WYBG Radio in Massena Wednesday he was told in a meeting that day at the Massena plant that Alcoa still plans to go ahead with its 600-million-dollar project at the former Reynolds Metals facility. Alcoa committed to the project in exchange for low-cost hydropower in a deal signed by Governor Paterson in 2009. Buzz around the community was that the Alcoa East project was dead, as there was a recent change in management at Alcoa Massena Operations.
HOGANSBURG WOMAN WANTED ON FEDERAL WARRANT CAUGHT IN MASSENA--Village Police say they stopped a vehicle Friday night for a routine traffic violation. The driver, 21-year-old Lacey Arquett was found to be wanted for allegedly violating Federal probation by making a false statement. Further details were unavailable. Arquett was committed to St.Lawrence County Jail without bail pending extradition proceedings.
COUNTY PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT--The St.Lawrence County Sheriff's Department has one of the collection points for the national program sponsored by the US DEA, today from 10am-2pm at the Public Safety Building on Court Street. Unwanted or unneeded prescription pills, capsules, and other drugs will be collected for disposal; they can be turned in anonymously if you wish. IV's and other apparatus cannot be taken. Prescription drug abuse is widely viewed as the number-one rising drug threat in the nation.
Blanchard "Junior" Howe--67--Colton. Graveside services today 11am at St.Patrick's Cemetery, Colton. Arrangements with Buck Funeral Home, Colton.