The 4th Lewis County Economic Development Conference will be held tomorrow from 9-4 at the Ridgeview Inn in Lowville. The 2014 Lewis County Economic Development Conference presents the theme "Buy Lewis County". The event will be an opportunity for business and municipal leaders to come together to learn about current activities and new ideas and discuss progress to the future. In so many ways, it helps to buy and think local and this conference will demonstrate opportunities to enhance our Lewis County economy. For more information, call the Lewis County Economic Development & Planning Office at 376-5422.
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The Boonville Black River Canal Museum is looking for crafters for their 10th Annual Christmas on the Canal. The date of the show is
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Museum Complex at 502 Water Street in Boonville. Please call Laura at 942-5444 or Barbara at 392-4639 for information. Messages can be left at both numbers for your convenience.
We continue our report today on the academic performance of local school districts done by the Buffalo Business First Journal based on a survey based on four years of Data from the New York State Education Department. Today we look at academic ratings when the socio-economic climate of the district is considered. The best scores are given to districts that do better academically than their socioeconomic climates would suggest. 4 of our local districts definitely over performed in this category. In fact these four schools scored in the top 50 districts based on academic performance when the socio-economic climate of the area is concerned: The Carthage Central district was rated 21st place out of 432 districts followed by Lowville academy in 23rd place; Beaver River at 26th place; and Copenhagen at 34th place. Holland Patent ranked in 119th place and South Lewis in 170th. The Following Districts underperformed in this category: The Town of Webb ranked 343; Adirondack Central Ranked 362; and Remsen Central at 374. Once again, this is out of 432 upstate districts. Once again, Projects Editor Scott Thomas discusses how the list was compiled.
We will have more of the survey results tomorrow.
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held tonight. We spoke with Chris Shofti, who has more.
Once again take-outs will be available.
Fire destroyed a barn in West Leyden Sunday night. The Lewis County Fire Coordinator's Office reports that dispatchers received a call at around 11:50 p.m. for a report of a fire at the Gene Norrs Farm on the Mud Lake Road. West Leyden Firefighters responded along with
mutual aid from Constableville, Boonville, West Leyden Ambulance, & the Lewis County Cause & Origin Team. Fire Chief Joe Chasson reports that the barn was already collapsed when firefighters arrived on scene, so protecting a nearby garage & other exposures became a top priority. The barn & its contents were listed as a total loss & was not insured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.
Fire damaged a barn in New Bremen. The Lewis County Fire Coordinator's Office reports that dispatchers received a report at around 7:51
a.m. Saturday morning of a barn fire at the Elton Lehman residence on State Route 812. New Bremen Firefighters responded & Fire Chief Ben Buell reported that they were able to contain the fire to a small portion of the structure, which is used to make apple cider. None of the equipment was damaged with minor smoke & water damage reported to the building & contents. The fire was believed to be electrical in nature. No injuries were reported.
A 41 year old Watertown woman is in the Jefferson County Jail following a 1-vehicle property damage accident that occurred Friday on State Route 3A in the Town of Wilna. State Police report that a pickup truck driven by Stacy Reandeau struck a guardrail & the vehicle rolled onto its side. She allegedly fled the scene and was found about a mile west of the accident scene. She then allegedly fled the scene with a BB gun that was in the vehicle. She allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was charged with a felony DWI due to a prior DWI conviction within 10 years. She also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle & was remanded to the Jefferson County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
A 38 year old Westernville man was arrested for grand larceny 3rd degree. Boonville Police report that Jonathan Bronson was charged stemming from an investigation by Boonville Police with assistance from the Oneida County District Attorney's Office into an alleged fraudulent check scheme. Bronson was arraigned in Town of Steuben Court & was released to return to Village of Boonville Court on November 12th to answer the charge.
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