DeKalb purchases St. Henry’s Church for library, community space

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church in DeKalb Junction for $10,500 and plans to use it for a library and community space. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church in DeKalb Junction for $10,500 and plans to use it for a library and community space. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The town of DeKalb has purchased St. Henry’s Catholic Church for $10,500 for use as a library and other community purposes.

“We’re trying to look at the future,” Supervisor John M. Frary said. “It’s nice to make sure these old buildings are used.” [Read more...]

All season’s power equipment

Construction is nearly complete on a roughly 2,000-square-foot building on Utica Boulevard, Lowville, for All Season’s Power Equipment, which will essentially replace the Lyndaker Sales & Service’s lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls. The new store, a one-story wood frame building, is slated to open by summer, represents a roughly $60,000 investment. Once the new location opens, the Lyndakers’ Beaver Falls location will remain open on a limited basis. Steve Virkler / NNY Business

Construction is nearly complete on a roughly 2,000-square-foot building on Utica Boulevard, Lowville, for All Season’s Power Equipment, which will essentially replace the Lyndaker Sales & Service’s lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls. The new store, a one-story wood frame building, is slated to open by summer, represents a roughly $60,000 investment. Once the new location opens, the Lyndakers’ Beaver Falls location will remain open on a limited basis. Steve Virkler / NNY Business

WHAT: New small engine repair and retail store

LOCATION: Utica Boulevard, Lowville

OWNERS: Lyndaker Sales & Service, Beaver Falls

SIZE: The roughly 2,000-square-foot building would essentially replace the Lyndakers’ lawn and farm equipment and chainsaw business on Cut Off Road near Beaver Falls.

COST: About $60,000

COMPLETION: Late spring or summer 2014

LOCAL JOBS: A handful of construction jobs and retail positions when commplete

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. After the move, the Beaver Falls location is to remain open on a limited basis.

Compiled by Steve Virkler

Flooding prompts state of emergency declaration for St. Lawrence County

Rising floodwaters across St. Lawrence County prompted county Legislature Chairman Jonathan S. Putney to declare a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon.

Several roads and bridges were closed because of flooding Tuesday in Winthrop, Brasher, Stockholm and Fine.

The towns of Brasher and Stockholm also have declared local states of emergency because of flooding along the St. Regis River.

Among the closures is a portion of County Route 53, just outside the hamlet of Brasher Falls. The area is frequently under water in the spring when the St. Regis River overflows its banks.

“There’s three feet of water or more over portions of the road,” county Deputy Fire Coordinator Frank W. Burns said. “I’ve never seen it that high there before. Luckily for us, the ice went out two days ago. You can plan all you want, but you can’t stop Mother Nature.”

Mr. Burns said he also was aware of reports of flooding on North Road and in the Hogansburg area. A portion of Barnage Road in the town of Lawrence and the Days Mills Bridge on County Route 49, Hopkinton, are closed. Route 11C in Brasher Falls was closed Tuesday evening. Flooding previously had closed portions of County Route 15 between Heuvelton and Rensselaer Falls, Route 58 near its intersection with Route 184 in Pope Mills and portions of County Route 3 in Rossie and County Route 7 in Macomb.
The Route 420 bridge south of Winthrop is closed as water is rising along the west branch of the St. Regis River, Michael J. LeCuyer, director of St. Lawrence County emergency services, said in a news release.
The South Edwards dam in Fine activated its emergency action plan, and Brookfield Renewable Energy has operators on site to monitor the dam.

Colton firefighter Shawn A. Wright stands in the doorway of the Masonic Temple in Colton Tuesday as water is pumped out of its basement. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

Colton firefighter Shawn A. Wright stands in the doorway of the Masonic Temple in Colton Tuesday as water is pumped out of its basement. Jason Hunter / Watertown Daily Times

The biggest concerns are the Oswegatchie and St. Regis rivers, but the Raquette and Grasse rivers could become greater concerns as 1 to 1.5 inches of rain was expected Tuesday, Mr. LeCuyer said. [Read more...]

Staying power: After century in business, Belloff’s still in the family

David F.  Belloff,  owner of  Belloff’s Department Store,  Adams. which is celebrating  its 100th anniversary, says it has adapted to changes in the retail market. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

David F.Belloff, owner of Belloff’s Department Store, Adams. which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, says it has adapted to changes in the retail market. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

To survive as a small business for a century, a loyal following of customers is a must.

Hard work and exceptional customer service over the past 100 years created a loyal customer base at Belloff’s Department Store, launched in 1914 by Russian native Aaron Belloff at 21 Main St. Celebrating the store’s century mark has brought back a flood of memories for David F. Belloff, who has operated the business by himself since the early 1990s. He took over as manager in 1990, after his late father, Isadore B., had run the store since the early 1950s.Mr. Belloff and two of his sisters, Kathy B. Sheley and Nina O. Hirschey, on Tuesday discussed the family-owned business hitting the century mark. A third sister, Nancy A. Smith, lives in Tucson, Ariz. [Read more...]

A ‘wholesome goodness’

The Sharp’s of Belleville: Jeremiah, Katrina, Joseph, Matthias, Joseph Sharp, wife, Martha, and Darius in the store. Daughters Annie and Esther are absent from photo. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

The Sharp’s of Belleville: Jeremiah, Katrina, Joseph, Matthias, Joseph Sharp, wife, Martha, and Darius in the store. Daughters Annie and Esther are absent from photo. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

For Sharp family, success at bulk foods store in God’s hands [Read more...]

A place to get away

Sharon, Stanley and Derek Horning in front of Country Cousins Farm on Fults Road, Evans Mills. The family maintains the property as a farm-stay vacation destination. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Sharon, Stanley and Derek Horning in front of Country Cousins Farm on Fults Road, Evans Mills. The family maintains the property as a farm-stay vacation destination. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Country Cousins Farm in Evans Mills a ‘farm-stay vacation’ destination [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Di Prinzio’s Italian Market and Catering

Christopher Di Prinzio at his Italian market in Clayton. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Christopher Di Prinzio at his Italian market in Clayton. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Di Prinzio’s Italian Market and Catering has opened in Clayton. [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Polar Bear Hockey

A local retailer for all things hockey [Read more...]

1844 House honored for local foods commitment

Courtesy 1844 House

Courtesy 1844 House

Brian and Jenny Walker, owners of the 1844 House, Potsdam, have received GardenShare’s 2013 Growing Community Award for their commitment to using locally produced food at the restaurant.

The Walkers, who re-opened the restaurant as a classic American bistro in 2006, received the award at the 2013 Harvest Social at SUNY Potsdam on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have strengthened the community-based food system through their efforts to use local foods.

“Their emphasis on fresh, local produce, meats and cheese helps them create incredible meals while at the same time building awareness of the amazing bounty of our region and boosting our local economy,” GardenShare said of the Walkers in a release.

Past recipients of the award include North Country Public Radio, North Country Grown Cooperative, the UShare program of Canton’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Katherine Lang, Betsy Hodge and Carlton Doane.

GardenShare is a nonprofit that works to combat hunger and improve food security in the north country. This is the 11th year it has given the award.

Small Business Startup: Denmark Gardens

Patsy Makuch opened Lewis County's first apple orchard this year. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Patsy Makuch opened Lewis County’s first apple orchard this year. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Lewis County’s first apple orchard had a successful first season [Read more...]