CANTON The St. Lawrence County Conservative Committees Executive Committee on Sunday endorsed Republican Matthew A. Doheny, Alexandria Bay, in the 21st Congressional District race.
Our country faces some critical issues, committee Chairman Henry R. (Hank) Ford said in a news release. Our Executive Committee members want to make sure that the candidates who seek our endorsement understand those issues and are willing to be a strong voice for limited government.
The committee met with Mr. Doheny and fellow Republicans Elise M. Stefanik, Willsboro, and Joseph M. Gilbert, DeKalb Junction. Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the districts Republicans.
Our committee was looking for someone who has solid conservative credentials, a track record of success in the private sector and a clear understanding of what it takes to wage a campaign in as large a district as ours, he said.
Mr. Doheny has also been endorsed by the state Independence Party.
The Conservative Party finds itself in the eye of the 21st Congressional District storm this week as the two top Republican candidates, Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny, slug it out for the partys nomination.
To date, Mr. Doheny has a slim lead in county endorsements. He has picked up committee support in St. Lawrence, Herkimer, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by committees in Franklin and Essex counties and by the chairman of the county committee in Clinton County.
It is likely the candidate who appears on the Conservative Party line in Novembers general election will have to have a Wilson-Pakula designation from the party, since no registered Conservatives in the district have announced an intention to run. The designation is required for a person not registered in a party to appear on that partys ballot line.
There could be a primary within the party for the designation, but outside candidates will not be able to force one; that will be up to the state executive committee. State party Chairman Michael Long said there is not much history for primary contests within the party, but there have been some.
In the case of Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny, Mr. Long would express no opinion on whom the executive party would support.
Matt has been endorsed by us before, Mr. Long said, in the 2012 congressional election. Elise spoke before the committee and made a very favorable impression.
The executive committee is expected to take up the matter in April, after the nominating petitions are due to be turned in.
Mr. Long said the party would decide on either a candidate or a primary to decide a candidate in April. While it could nominate a placeholder candidate who would step aside after the June 24 Republican Primary is concluded and the winner known, the chairman said no, I dont see that happening at all.
On Saturday, both candidates made statements and answered questions offered by the Franklin County Conservative Committee and Ms. Stefanik walked out with the endorsement. Mr. Doheny had promised earlier in the week to make a strong push for the endorsement, but came away empty handed.
This is what a Stefanik campaign news release said about it:
Following the Franklin County Conservative Party endorsement, Chairman Robert White released the following statement:
Our committee members peppered Elise and Matt with dozens of questions covering a wide range of issues while they jointly met with us for more than an hour and a half today. It was clear from committee member discussions afterwards that Elise was the stronger and more Conservative candidate.
The release went on to quote Mr. White praising Ms. Stefaniks experience in the White House and at the national political level and her courage, which, he said, she will need it when she gets to Washington.
On Sunday, it went in the other direction, as Mr. Doheny captured the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party endorsement.
In a release issued by the Doheny campaign, St. Lawrence County Conservative Party Chairman Hank Ford said With Matt Doheny in the race, we now have a terrific opportunity to send a Conservative to Congress who understands and can help the North Country. Matt has spent his career outside the beltway in the real world – and thats exactly what we need in our next Representative. Matt Doheny is the most Conservative and electable candidate in the race, and the St. Lawrence Conservative Party is proud to enthusiastically endorse him.
While the county endorsements will count for something, Mr. Long said, the decision on how the candidate will be chosen will rest with the state party executive committee and that decision is at least a month away.
Well see who qualifies, who petitions to run, Mr. Long said Monday. Then well make a decision.
The Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Auxiliary will host a St. Patricks Day gift shop sale March 17.
All gift items are discounted by 15 percent, including Vera Bradley and Alex and Ani. All proceeds benefit Claxton-Hepburn Auxiliary.
CANTON The administration Building at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, the Morley Schoolhouse, and St. Pauls Church in Piercefield are the latest buildings to be reproduced in miniature by the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.
The buildings are part of a hand-painted, limited-edition series which are produced to recognize architecturally significant structures in St. Lawrence County. The cost for a set of all three buildings is $30, while individual buildings are $12 each, with all proceeds benefitting the Historical Association.
Construction began on the State Hospital administration building in Ogdensburg on Sept. 10, 1888. The administration building was designed by New York State Architect Isaac Perry and opened on Dec. 9, 1890.
The Morley schoolhouse was built in 1823 as a gothic two-room school house by landowner William Harison, who drew up the construction plans and donated the entire construction cost of $3,000. Initially the school served first through ninth grade, but the ninth grade was discontinued in 1921. The school served the community of Morley until it was condemned and closed in the mid-1960s.
In 1897, St. Pauls Catholic Church became incorporated and purchased land for a church building from the Piercefield Paper Co. for $1. Construction was completed and St. Pauls Church dedicated in 1898. As of 1972, listed as a Mission Church of the Diocese of Ogdensburg; the church is no longer standing today.
To order buildings, or to inquire about other buildings in the series, please contact the St. Lawrence County Historical Associationat 3 E. Main St., Canton, N.Y., 13617, phone 386-8133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like buildings mailed to you, please include $8 extra to cover shipping costs.
The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerces Sportsmans Show is shaping up, with many returning vendors.
The Chamber is again looking to increase the number of vendors, as in past years, and is always looking for that unique hunting, fishing, trapping or outdoor product to display at the show.
The show again features the popular rifle raffle.
A wide range of vendors include hunting and fishing boats, ATVs and ATV apparel, sports equipment and memorabilia, fishing rods and lures, decoys, game calls, country-and wildlife-themed crafts and decor,many raffles and refreshments.
The Sportsmans Show will be at the Edgar A. Newell II Golden Dome April 12from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Set-up will be on April 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Drive-in unloading and porters will be available.
Vendor spaces are available $40. Spaces measure 10X16 and include two tables. The huge venue allows everyone to spread out and easily display their merchandise.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please call the Chamber office at 393-3620 or visit www.ogdensburgny.com.
Admission to the show is $4 for adults, $3 for current military with ID, and free for children under 10. Family admission is $12.
MACOMB - A former St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee chairman today entered the race for that partys nomination in the 21st Congressional District.
Stephen W. Burke, who twice served as county chairman, said today that he would force a Democratic Primary by circulating petitions to get on the June 24 primary ballot.
If successful, there will be primaries in the Democratic, Republican and Green parties to name party candidates for the seat being vacated by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Mr. Burke said he decided to seek the nomination after district Democratic county chairpersons endorsed Aaron G. Woolf as the partys candidate. Mr. Woolf, a documentary-film maker and organic grocery store owner, was selected on Feb. 12. Mr. Woolf owns a house on about 150 acres in the town of Elizabethtown, Essex County, and spends his time between there and a home in New York City.
A farmer and insurance broker in Heuvelton, Mr. Burke has been a resident of St. Lawrence County for about 30 years. He is a member of the Macomb Town Council and was a member of the Heuvelton Central School Board of Education.
Mr. Burke said he decided to run after he heard and read criticism of Mr. Woolfs dubious north country connections. He suggested the committees skewed to Mr. Woolf because they felt he had enough money to fund or help fund the campaign.
Im an old political warhorse, Mr. Burke said. Money cant be the whole thing. The party organization may be weak in raising money, but thats no reason to pick a candidate.
Mr. Burke has worked in the state Legislature, as a legislative aied for Sen. Leon Giufridda and then as aide to Assembly Speaker Perry Duryea.
Mr. Burke, 67, has a wife, Yelena, and daughter, Angelina.
NORFOLK A love for the ice and well-practiced routines are what more than 50 skaters brought to the Dominic Zappia Community Ice Skating Center on Sunday afternoon for the Norfolk-Norwood Figure Skating Clubs 30th annual Ice Show.
The bleachers were full as the national anthem sounded the 1 p.m. start of the show.
Skaters of all ages, in synchronized teams and as soloists, rocked out to different songs in keeping with this years theme, All You Need Is Love.
Kathy J. Hasenauer, Norfolk, the mother of one of the skating soloists, Rebecca Hasenauer, was in charge of playing the music during the show. She said the clubs board of directors votes on a theme for each years show, and this year it chose love.
The songs have to have love, hugs or kisses in the title, she said.
The skating club also served concessions and raffled off gift baskets donated by area businesses to raise money for the club.
We just kind of go all out for the end of the year, said Tonya M. Young, president of the figure skating club. We are a small community, so its pretty exciting to know that for the two small towns together, were able to keep this club running and successful. Some of the skaters and parents are from other, bigger clubs and have seen other clubs and activities like this, so whats most exciting is when you get compliments from them when were just a small club.
Michael M. Bartow, Potsdam, is the assistant coach for many of the soloists and two of the synchronized teams that performed, the Ice Angels of the St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club and the Rainbow Connection of the Potsdam Figure Skating Club.
I love this show because it gives a good opportunity for the skaters to perform what theyve learned throughout the year, challenge themselves in front of a home crowd and just have a lot of fun with what they do, Mr. Bartow said.
Aly B. Tarner, a 15-year-old from Hermon, is one of the 11 synchronized skaters in Rainbow Connection, and has been skating and performing in shows for half of her life.
When I first started skating in the ice shows, it was nerve-racking, but now that Ive done it for so many years, its just kind of a normal thing, she said.
Nikola J. Wolfes solo had many in the stands singing along to Let It Go, the Oscar-winning song from the Disney movie Frozen.
The 21-year-old from Russell has been skating for 14 years and is now a senior at Clarkson University, Potsdam.
Ive always loved ice shows because it brings all of the clubs together, she said. Its a big community builder.