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Nicandri Nature Center and Ogdensburg International Airport recipients of 2019 St. Lawrence County Tourism Awards

Annual Awards Dinner Wednesday, June 5 in Potsdam

The fourth annual St. Lawrence County Tourism Awards dinner will kick off the summer tourism season, celebrating the growing industry, while recognizing two awardees at the Wednesday, June 5th event, held this year at the Potsdam Town and Country Club.


The ‘Best to the Guest’ Tourism Excellence award will be presented to Nicandri Nature Center, Massena. The award recognizes a business or organization who shows ‘commitment to an excellent guest experience, customer service, unique offerings, and attention to detail, which brings pride to St. Lawrence County’.  The award is chosen based on nominations and reviews from facebook, tripadvisor, google and yelp.


The ‘Best Destination Marketing Initiative’ will be presented to the Ogdensburg International Airport this year. This award recognizes the effort to implement an outstanding tourism marketing initiative raising awareness and attracting visitors to St. Lawrence County.


The Tourism Awards dinner is open to community leaders and tourism industry partners, businesses and interested parties. An overview of the tourism industry will be presented along with a brief presentation on sports tourism. Everyone is invited to bring their brochures, rack cards and information to a brochure swap in the parking lot at 4:30pm. Happy hour with live music by Andy VanDuyne and Michael Welch will begin at 5pm, followed by dinner, presentations and awardsat 6pm. Reservations can be made by calling the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at 315-386-4000, emailing or by going online to The cost for the event is $42 per person.


Past Announcements

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Days

Five free household hazardous waste collection days will be offered this spring and fall to help residents in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties properly dispose of certain hazardous materials. The collection events are open to residential households only; waste will not be accepted from businesses, schools, farms or municipalities. 

The collection days will be May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building; June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Watertown at the Jefferson County Highway Garage; September 7 from 8 a.m. to noon in Lowville at the Lewis County Transfer Station; September 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building and; October 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Watertown at the Jefferson County Highway Garage. 

Items such as solvents, pesticides, fluorescent light tubes, pool chemicals, oil-based paints and aerosol cans that still have product in them will be accepted. Empty aerosol cans, motor oil, asbestos, construction debris, explosives and latex paint will not be accepted. If paint can be cleaned up with water it is not oil-based and should be dried up and disposed of in the regular trash. Electronic waste (televisions, computers) will not be accepted, it can be recycled at most county transfer stations.  

For a complete listing of what will and will not be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days, please see:

Dairy Transition Farmland Protection Initiative

Presentation Scheduled for May 23, 2019

The St. Lawrence County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board is hosting a
presentation by the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust about the NYS Dairy Transition Farmland
Protection Initiative. The program offers grant money to purchase the development rights of
farmland that is at risk of being converted into non-farm uses. Dairy operators who participate
in the program may use proceeds from the purchase to reinvest the money back into the farm
operation, or transfer ownership of the business to a new owner.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor
conference room of the County Public Safety Complex, located at 49½ Court Street in
Canton. Attendees will hear about eligibility requirements, the application process and project
timeline. Dairy operators who are looking to retire or diversify income streams for their farm
operation are encouraged to attend.
“Last month the County’s Ag and Farmland Protection Board heard a presentation
about the program from the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust” said Matilda Larson, a Planner II
who staffs the County’s advisory board. “This conservation easement program monetizes the
development rights of farmland that is at risk of being developed into a non-farm use, and can
help a dairy operator stay in business.”

Those who are unable to attend the presentation on the 23rd but are interested in
learning more about the program may contact Jonathon “JJ” Schell, Associate Director of the
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust at: (315) 779-8240