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Teacher evaluations don't add up with student grades

In New York State’s teacher evaluations from the previous school year, which were released by the Department of Education, 95% of teachers were “Effective,” or “Highly Effective.” These numbers contradict the fact that in that same year, less than 4 in 10 students in the state showed proficient abilities in Math and English. Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a press release that these rating show that the evaluations system is in dire need of an update.

Sports Report 12 - 18

Last night in the NHL,
The Bruins won on the road in OT against the Wild, 3 – 2.

Tonight, The Pens host Colorado.

In Local Boys Basketball,
Tonight, Copenhagen visits LaFargeville at 7.

Next in Girls Basketball, Copenhagen edged TI in OT 58 – 52.
Tonight, Sandy Creek travels to Beaver River at 6.

Homeless Christmas Tree Drive at The Lewis County Department of Social Services & Lewis County Youth Bureau

The Lewis County Department of Social Services and the county's Youth Bureau are once again organizing a "homeless Christmas tree" donation drive. Organizers are soliciting household goods - especially towels and linens - for families who have lost their homes and are starting over. Organizers hope to collect enough to help 70 families.

Donations can be dropped off at the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce office, 7576 South State Street, Lowville.

Unemployment rates of men leaves state shocked

Over the past years, the percentage of men in their prime working has fallen. In fact, there are very few places in the country where nearly all, if not most men between the ages of 25-54 are still employed

This trend is prevalent, and sometimes worse, in Central and Northern New York. For example, out of the 20 thousand, five hundred and twenty men between the ages of 25-54 who live in Jefferson County, 27% of those men are unemployed. There are 46 thousand four hundred men in that age group living in Oneida County and 28% of them are unemployed. Lewis County has faired with almost 53 hundred men in that demographic with 18% of those men being unemployed. . Across the country, 16 percent of such men are not working, be they officially unemployed or outside of the labor force — disabled, discouraged, retired, in school or taking care of family. That number has more than tripled since 1968 according to a report done by the New York Times.

Cuomo Shocks Unions

In a move that has sent shock waves through the state's unionized workforce, the Cuomo administration sent notices to about 1,000 members of the Public Employees Federation on Monday telling them the state is seeking to reclassify the recipients as non-union workers. The notices went to people in more than three dozen state agencies, including the departments of Environmental Conservation, Labor, Health, Housing and Motor Vehicles, the Office of General Services, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and more. Affected job titles range from attorneys to auditors, program specialists, parole hearing officers and tax law judges.

Police Blotter 12/17

Rebecca C. Souva, age 20, of Lowville, was charged Sunday by state police with filing a false written statement. Bradley Streeter, 23, of Lowville, was also charged by state police Dec. 4 with petit larceny as part of the investigation. Both were given appearance tickets. No other information was provided by state police.

A level 3 sex offender from Binghamton was arrested in Boonville after failing to report his move to Oneida County. 22-year-old Charles Sgroi was arrested after Oneida County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dean Obernesser of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center said he did not report his change of address. Sgroi was arraigned and taken to the Herkimer County Jail, where he is being held on unrelated charges. The case is being referred to the District Attorney’s office for Grand Jury consideration. Bail was set at $5,000.

Shaun Elliot, of Lowville, and Timothy Stanford, of The Town of Greg, were arrested yesterday by Lewis County Sheriffs for disorderly conduct. The Sheriff’s office received a complaint that two men were engaged in a mutual fight in the Walmart parking lot in Lowville. After speaking with witnesses and viewing security video, both individuals were arrested and issued appearance tickets returnable to The Town of Lowville Court, at a later date.

Garage plans begin in Lowville

The Lewis County Ways and Means Committee began preliminary discussions about building a new county highway garage. The Johnson Newspaper Group reported that the county has set aside Three hundred and Fifty Five thousand dollars; including Two Hundred thousand dollars to be put aside in the 2015 budget. Legislator Philip Hathway believes that it may take five or more years to even acquire enough funds, but said careful planning this early will set the right groundwork for the project. A desired location for the garage is on the 19 acre property behind the county jail on outer Stowe Street due to it being far enough away from residence so it does not disturb neighbors with noise. Legislator Bryan Moser (Moe-sher) explained that with moving forward with the project, the town and village of Lowville need to be involved in the discussion.

Sports Report 12 - 17

In the NHL,
The Rangers commanded The Flames 5 – 2.
Boston lost in the shootout to Nashville 3 – 2.
and Buffalo fell to the Jets 5 – 1.

And tonight, The Bruins visit Minnesota at 8.

In Local Boys Basketball,
In a game heard last night on The Moose, Beaver River beat Lyme
64 – 35 and Lowville lost to Watertown 65 – 38.

The River Valley Mennonite School Royals defeated the Holy Cross Christian Academy Crusaders 28 – 26.

Next in Girls Basketball,
Lowville fell to Watertown 36 – 27 and South Lewis just lost to IHC 38 – 37.

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