Entrepreneur taps leftover maple water to launch Tree H2O

NORWOOD — Margaret W. Finen said she believes leftover water from the production of maple syrup will turn a sweet profit. [Read more…]

Waddington Bassmaster tourney ends with praise, roaring crowd of thousands

Fans and anglers pause for the national anthem Sunday morning before the start of the last day of the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, Watertown Daily Times.

Fans and anglers pause for the national anthem Sunday morning before the start of the last day of the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, Watertown Daily Times.

WADDINGTON — Thousands of people filled Whittaker Park on Sunday just minutes before the final weigh-in at the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite Series tournament as state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, took the event’s main stage, flanked by Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada. [Read more…]

Watertown Legislator Carolyn Fitzpatrick wins 25th Athena Award

WATERTOWN — Jefferson County Board of Legislators Chairwoman Carolyn D. Fitzpatrick was announced Thursday morning as the 25th Athena Award recipient.

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Regional council talks gains for north country with state funding

The state Strategic Implementation Assessment Team listens to North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry F. Douglas, right, present on the ‘new north country’ regional developments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The state Strategic Implementation Assessment Team listens to North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry F. Douglas, right, present on the ‘new north country’ regional developments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

CLAYTON — The message to the state’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team was clear: State money has made an impact in the north country, in areas such as job creation, green energy production, industry investment and military retention. [Read more…]

Lundy to buy three Washington Street buildings to launch downtown office campus

WATERTOWN — A West Carthage developer plans to give the four-story Rouse Building at 531 Washington St. a makeover after buying the property from a Massachusetts real estate firm. [Read more…]

Henderson plans nearly $20,000 study to have ‘guns loaded’ against Galloo Island wind project

HENDERSON HARBOR — Henderson is preparing to fight a proposed wind farm that calls for nearly 600-foot-tall turbines on Galloo Island, about 6 miles away from the town’s shoreline. [Read more…]

Labor union requests investigation into Guilfoyle Ambulance’s finances

The union that represents the employees of Guilfoyle Ambulance has asked for an investigation into the company’s finances. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

The union that represents the employees of Guilfoyle Ambulance has asked for an investigation into the company’s finances. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — The union that represents the employees of Guilfoyle Ambulance Service Inc. has asked the state attorney general’s office to initiate an investigation into the company’s finances. [Read more…]

Assembly Speaker Heastie says north country trip an eye-opening experience

Carl E. Heastie, center, speaker of the state Assembly, attends a meeting Wednesday at the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. With him are Massena Mayor Timmy J. Currier and Lanessa L. Owens, Mr. Heastie’s secretary of intergovernmental relations. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Carl E. Heastie, center, speaker of the state Assembly, attends a meeting Wednesday at the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. With him are Massena Mayor Timmy J. Currier and Lanessa L. Owens, Mr. Heastie’s secretary of intergovernmental relations. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

OGDENSBURG — Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, D-Bronx, admits his whirlwind tour of upstate and Northern New York over the past two days has been an eye-opener that will provide crucial insight when he returns to Albany to craft legislation that will benefit all New Yorkers. [Read more…]

Owner looks at Air Brake’s past, future during 125th anniversary

Heinz Hermann Thiele, owner of New York Air Brake, left, shakes the hand of local artist Garrett L. McCarthy, who created a painting to commemorate 125 years of the company. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Heinz Hermann Thiele, owner of New York Air Brake, left, shakes the hand of local artist Garrett L. McCarthy, who created a painting to commemorate 125 years of the company. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — When his company acquired it 24 years ago, Heinz Hermann Thiele wasn’t exactly sure how New York Air Brake was going to fit into Knorr-Bremse’s plans for the global rail transportation brake manufacturing firm. [Read more…]

Possible fast-food wage increase raises concerns from local franchises, eateries

Jreck Subs employee Kennedie Brown works on assembling an order of sandwiches at the franchise’s Adams location. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Jreck Subs employee Kennedie Brown works on assembling an order of sandwiches at the franchise’s Adams location. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — The hourly wage of a cashier at McDonald’s soon could be equal to that of a Watertown paramedic. [Read more…]