Costlier home sales fuel Q3 prices

STEPHEN SWOFFORD n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES The house at 207 Elm Street sold above median price for the area. Incentives driven by economic development and home buyers purchasing more expensive homes increased the number of homes sold in Jefferson County and the median price in both Jefferson and St. Lawrence County last quarter.(Wolf story)

STEPHEN SWOFFORD n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
The house at 207 Elm Street sold above median price for the area. Incentives driven by economic development and home buyers purchasing more expensive homes increased the number of homes sold in Jefferson County and the median price in both Jefferson and St. Lawrence County last quarter.(Wolf story)

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Caprara Honda holds grand opening ceremony

Bill and Jan Cratsenberg look at cars in the showroom of the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership during grand opening ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Bill and Jan Cratsenberg look at cars in the showroom of the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership during grand opening ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The newly opened F.X. Caprara Honda dealership on outer Bradley Street held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting event throughout the day Thursday. [Read more…]

August 2016 20 Questions: Ben Moore III, River Hospital

Critical care redefined

River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III in talks about the future of health care in the north country in his Alexandria Bay office last month. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III in talks about the future of health care in the north country in his Alexandria Bay office last month. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Alexandria Bay’s River Hospital finds its niche in changing landscape

For River Hospital the last 10 years since Ben Moore III became CEO has been a transitional period as it experienced financial challenges, backlash from the Medicaid reimbursement changes, and then growth with the help of programs like the outpatient program for soldiers with PTSD coordinated with Fort Drum and TRICARE. Mr. Moore sat down with us this month to discuss how River Hospital overcame the challenges facing it and the future for the hospital and the north country’s health care industry as a whole. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Hospital Networks

A push for ‘balance’

Dr. John Poggi, a board-certified hematologist and oncologist and director of medical oncology at Samaritan Medical Center, moved his private practice under Samaritan’s umbrella in 2014, having previously worked for Samaritan from 1984 to 1999. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Dr. John Poggi, a board-certified hematologist and oncologist and director of medical oncology at Samaritan Medical Center, moved his private practice under Samaritan’s umbrella in 2014, having previously worked for Samaritan from 1984 to 1999. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Doctors who leave private practice for hospitals, networks on rise

By Gabrielle Hovendon, NNY Business

To be in private practice, or not to be? That is the question — and it’s an increasingly common one for north country physicians. [Read more…]

July 2016 Feature Story: Agbotics

Automated Agriculture

Left, Cody Morse, left, automatics engineer, and Sean Hanson, head grower, are the men behind the machine at Agbotic.  Opposite page, a robotic tiller tills soil between rows of leaf lettuce. The metal spades make contact with soil to dislodge weeds. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Left, Cody Morse, left, automatics engineer, and Sean Hanson, head grower, are the men behind the machine at Agbotic. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Agbotic digs new ground for organic farming

By Marcus Wolf, NNY Business

John P. Gaus’s vision for his automated and organic farming company, Agbotic Inc., took one of its first major steps with a 1,200-square-foot prototype greenhouse built in 2014. [Read more…]

July 2016 Feature Story: Saint Lawrence Spirits

The ‘Spirit of the River’

St. Lawrence Distillery owners Jody Garrett, left, and his son, Bill, in the taproom at the Clayton facility. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Saint Lawrence Spirits owners Jody Garrett, left, and his son, Bill, in the taproom at the Clayton facility. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Hyper-local farm distillery to open in Clayton this summer

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

Sitting outside Fairview Manor in Clayton and looking out over the St. Lawrence River, there couldn’t be a better place that encompasses the feel of the Thousand Islands region, which was Jody Garrett’s plan design from the beginning for his distillery. [Read more…]

City Council to consider $567,000 more for Factory Street project

Construction continues Wednesday morning on Factory Street in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Construction continues Wednesday morning on Factory Street in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Some miscalculations on the scope of work for the $12.9 million Factory Street reconstruction project will drive up its cost more than $567,000. [Read more…]

Watertown business sees bounce since April opening

Kendal Dejourdan, 5, plays on some of the equipment at the Bouncing Bug in Watertown. Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Kendal Dejourdan, 5, plays on some of the equipment at the Bouncing Bug in Watertown. Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

When the Snack Shack Family Fun Center closed business, Molly K. Dejourdan decided to rent the building and, with a little paint and a few bouncy houses, turned it into the Bouncing Bug. [Read more…]

Fourth wind farm proposed in Lewis County, solar included

The sun sets on a wind farm outside Lowville. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The sun sets on a wind farm outside Lowville. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

A fourth wind farm — this one with an additional solar component — is now being planned in Lewis County on the Tug Hill Plateau. [Read more…]

Coyote Moon Wins New York State Winery of the Year

Coyote Moon Vineyards won New York Winery of the Year Award from the New York International Wine competition Monday. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Coyote Moon Vineyards won New York Winery of the Year Award from the New York International Wine competition Monday. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Coyote Moon Vineyards won New York Winery of the Year Award from the New York International Wine competition Monday. [Read more…]