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President Obama may have some re-election challenges, but he is winning the fundraising battle.

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While children are busy enjoying their summer vacation, area nonprofit agencies and businesses are collecting school supplies to make sure thousands of needy youths are ready to start school in September.

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n FORT DRUM — Offices of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity will close by 2 p.m. Monday to allow the unit’s new commander, Col. Mark W. Thompson, to hold a meeting with staff.

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HEUVELTON — When the Rev. Michael R. Rumschik was applying for ministerial jobs, he and his wife had their eyes on the South.

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With some of those bills dating back several years, the city’s Parks and Recreations Department is still waiting to collect more than $35,000 in past-due accounts.

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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Zonta Club’s 37th Antiques & Artisan Show Sunday was its largest in at least a decade, with 44 booths.

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What is happening to gas prices? Consumers were heartened when prices moderated at the beginning of summer. Now they are rising again.

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The deaths of three young tourists last week at Yosemite National Park offer a tragic reminder about the forces of nature.

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CARTHAGE — John A. Harrington, 87, of 35299 North Lake Road, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, in the Country Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Carthage.

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COPENHAGEN – Michael T. Boucher, 61, of 10175 Washington Street died, Saturday July 23, 2011 at home under the Care of Lewis County Hospice and his family. He had been ill with cancer for the past five years.

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MASSENA — The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce is always in need of volunteers, but Executive Director Michael J. Gleason said its upcoming car, truck and motorcycle show at the Robert Moses State Park picnic area will be a test of the organization’s ability to recruit helpers.

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LISBON — A local business owner who fought the town Planning Board to open a gas station on the St. Lawrence River said she wants to ensure other entrepreneurs don’t have the same problem.

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EVANS MILLS — Katrin Jones, 46, of LeRay Street passed away Friday, July 22, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

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Three people await sentencing Sept. 19 after pleading guilty to charges last week in Jefferson County Court.

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PORT LEYDEN — Stephen M. Callaghan, 64, owner and manager of the Callaghan Funeral Home, Port Leyden, died Saturday July 23, 2011 at St. Luke’s Health Care Center, New Hartford.

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Jefferson Community College has announced that Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., will deliver the keynote address at JCC’s Leadership Day on Oct. 27. The program is designed for JCC students and area high school students to help them gain and strengthen leaders…

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In an annual report on public authorities, the state Authorities Budget Office shows that north country industrial development agencies had only two new projects in their 2010 fiscal year.