New popcorn shop brings kernels of flavor to Gouverneur

Tseko T. Vachev Jr. said he started making popcorn when he was 5 years old.

Now he does it all day.

In June, Mr. Vachev opened a new business, Route 58 Popcorn, where he makes 25 different flavors of gourmet popcorn for wholesale and retail. [Read more…]

Job fair Monday in Canton will connect job seekers with employers

CANTON — More than 20 employers, mostly in the health care and education-related fields, will participate in a job fair scheduled for Monday at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services Center, 40 W. Main St. [Read more…]

New Potsdam restaurant offers barbecue, bourbon with American flair

Robbie Castro, Potsdam, a bar tender and server at Bourbon Barrel Bar-b-que, makes a Jim beam and lemonade drink for a customer Tuesday night while working at the new Potsdam restaurant. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Robbie Castro, Potsdam, a bar tender and server at Bourbon Barrel Bar-b-que, makes a Jim beam and lemonade drink for a customer Tuesday night while working at the new Potsdam restaurant. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Decked out with American flags, a new downtown restaurant is offering customers smoked meats, warm and cold side dishes and a selection of 20 kinds of bourbon. [Read more…]

St. Lawrence County’s golf courses, cycling, wineries and more draw tourists

Brooke E. Rouse, director of St. Lawrence County’s Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph R. Goliber, visitor center manager, pose with copies of the agency’s visitor’s guide and angler’s guide at their Canton office. Photo by Susan Mende, Watertown Daily Times.

Brooke E. Rouse, director of St. Lawrence County’s Chamber of Commerce, and Joseph R. Goliber, visitor center manager, pose with copies of the agency’s visitor’s guide and angler’s guide at their Canton office. Photo by Susan Mende, Watertown Daily Times.

Boxes filled with 3,000 copies of the 47-page St. Lawrence County Chamber’s Visitor Guide headed across the border Wednesday for the Ottawa and Kingston areas to showcase golf, cycling, fishing and other recreational opportunities that continue to attract people to the rural north country. [Read more…]

Great American grocery store coming to Star Lake

This Adirondack hamlet won’t be without a full-scale grocery store for much longer. [Read more…]

Some local workers may be hired for Newtown Falls Railroad rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the Newton Falls Railroad should start by early May and some local workers are expected to be hired, according to officials from the Maryland company leading the $6.8 million project. [Read more…]

New north country agricultural academy secures $200,000 in state funding

State Sen. Patty Ritchie looks at sheep with Natalie Chambers, left, a senior at Heuvelton Central School and president of the Northwest Tech FFA chapter, Thursday during a tour of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton. Ms. Chambers spoke to the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee in Albany. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie looks at sheep with Natalie Chambers, left, a senior at Heuvelton Central School and president of the Northwest Tech FFA chapter, Thursday during a tour of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton. Ms. Chambers spoke to the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee in Albany. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Starting next school year, 15 to 20 high school seniors from St. Lawrence County will have the chance to attend a full-day agricultural program at the newly-created North Country Agricultural Studies Academy. [Read more…]

Canton’s Blackbird Cafe’s brewery taproom will move to upstairs space

Blackbird Cafe owner Ken Hebb, right, and chef Kara McLuckie pose for a portrait outside the Blackbird Cafe Tuesday at 107 Main St. in Canton. The Blackbird Cafe remains open with changes scheduled for the upstairs space. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Blackbird Cafe owner Ken Hebb, right, and chef Kara McLuckie pose for a portrait outside the Blackbird Cafe Tuesday at 107 Main St. in Canton. The Blackbird Cafe remains open with changes scheduled for the upstairs space. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

New ventures are in store for the Blackbird Cafe, both upstairs and downstairs.

Ken M. Hebb, the cafe’s co-owner, plans to move the taproom he operates at the St. Lawrence Brewing Co., 19 Commerce Lane, to the upstairs of the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. [Read more…]

St. Lawrence County seeks to cut healthcare expenses as costs rise

CANTON — A special committee has been created to help St. Lawrence County government tackle the escalating cost of providing health insurance to roughly 2,535 people, including full- and part-time county employees, their families and retirees. [Read more…]

Government largest employer in St. Lawrence County

CANTON — By far, the greatest number of jobs in St. Lawrence County are in the government sector, which also provides the second highest average salaries, according to a new economic development report. [Read more…]