North Country Matters
North Country Matters (NCM) is a local public affairs video magazine. The NCM civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region include AAUW-St. Lawrence County, the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, and the Potsdam Public Library. The shows are filmed at the Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer and are available on YouTube.
AAUW-NYS awarded a 2015 21st Century Platinum Award for North Country Matters at the 2015 AAUW state convention.
The LWV-NYS awarded the St. Lawrence County MAL Unit the Thinking Outside the Box Award for NCM and Conversations with Candidates at the 2015 LVW state convention.
Updated: May 15, 2017
- North Country Matters: The Child Care Crisis in NY - Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York & Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the crises in child care in New York State. Lack of quality, affordable childcare is a drag on our economy. They discuss the gap between the needs and the available services and what can be done to bridge those gaps. (April 21, 2017)
- Did you miss the Community Forum with NY 21 Rep. Elise Stefanik held at the Mountain Lake PBS Station in Plattsburgh on May 8? Here is the video link. She faced an angry, emotional crowd at Plattsburgh forum, especially on the topic of the recently passed House version of Trump Care.
- North Country Matters: Paid Family Leave Act - Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York & Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the NYS Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign. They discuss the law, the time table for implementation, the supporting regulations and how to learn more about its provisions. (April 21, 2017)
- North Country Matters: People’s Climate March, Potsdam, NY - Northcountry 350. Org sponsored Climate Rally and March in Potsdam NY on April 29. Organizers counted 386 folks participating. A great Day and a Great cause... our Mother and first home the Earth. This document is a production of North Country Matters.
- NYS 21 Community Forum in Johnstown, NY (April 24, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Town Hall NY 21st Congressional District (Rep. Elise Stefanik Absent) - This non-partisan town hall event was created by citizens of NY District 21 who wish to have an open and honest face-to-face meeting with Rep. Elise Stefanik. While our Congresswoman has held many small meetings behind closed doors and tele-town halls, we would like to open up the opportunity for her to meet in a public forum where an active back and forth dialogue is more possible, and where she must go on record with her views. (April 15, 2017)
- North Country Matters: 4-H Youth Programs St. Lawrence County - Nicki Hamilton-Honey, a 4-H Educator, and Casey Caswell, the 4-H Youth and Family Team Leader, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, discuss the youth programs available to school-aged youth with NCM Host Donna Seymour. They look at the school and after school programs, the various 4-H clubs, and the summer learning and recreation camps that Cooperative Extension operates. (April 7, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Ginger Storey-Welch, Marching for Social Justice - NCM host Donna Seymour talks about social justice movements including the People’s Climate March and the March For Science with Ginger Storey-Welch, the leader of the local North Country 350 Alliance. They discuss how social mobilization around many different social justice issues has accelerated since January. (March 31, 2017)
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- Steve Todd, Education Matters - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, NCM host Donna Seymour to discuss education matters and trends in his 18 component schools and New York State. They discuss federal changes in education focus, state education funding, poverty, health concerns, and testing. (March 24, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Julie Vaisey, Neighborhood Center for Parishville, Colton, & Pierrepont - Julie Vaisey is the Director of the CDP Neighborhood Center for Colton, Parishville & Pierrepont, one six such centers that are part of the CDP network in St. Lawrence County. The St. Lawrence County Community Development Program - known as CDP, is a private, not-for-profit agency that serves St. Lawrence County. She discusses the work of her Neighborhood Center to meet the needs of the folks in her three towns.
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- Lead Exposure & The Workers’ Memorial Theater Project 2017 - Relani Prudhomme, the Outreach/Education Coordinator for the Occupational Health Clinical Center of the North Country, discusses the risks and consequences of lead exposure with NCM host Donna Seymour. They also talk about the Workers Memorial Day theater project and OHCC fund-raiser, Working in the North Country, An Original Musical about the New York that Nobody Knows!, that will be shown in late April at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton. (March 21, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Bob Gorman, Poverty in the North Country and the ALICE Report - Bob Gorman, the Executive Director of the United Way of Northern NY, talk about Poverty in the North Country and what the ALICE Report can tell us about the families who are struggling to make ends meet in our communities. He and NCM host Donna Seymour examine the county statistics, what lies behind the numbers, and how communities can help these families. (March 17, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Being Mortal, A Conversation We Will All Face Some Time (Feb. 21, 2017) - North Country Matters explores end-of-life issues, both globally and in our local communities. Mary Jones of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley talks with NCM host Bess Kirnie in a conversation that touches us all.
- North Country Matters: Addie Jenne, 116th “River District” Assemblywoman - we talk with Assemblywoman Addie Jenne who represents the 116th Assembly “River District” seat. She discusses the start of the Legislative session and what she thinks will take priority as the legislators come to grips with the budget, education funding, and other issues of interest to her constituents in the North Country. (Feb. 10, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Sue Rice, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the VITA program - It is tax filing season, so we look at two important tax programs that benefit local families with Sue Rice. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and couples, particularly those with children. It is one of the best and one of the largest anti-poverty tools we have. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who meet certain guidelines. (Feb. 10, 2017)
- ‘North Country Matters’ celebrates 13 years with many changes (Feb. 9, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Bobby Gordon, Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer - Center Coordinator North Country Matters explores the Potsdam Public Library’s Computer Center and the many ways it serves the community. Bobby Gordon who serves as the Computer Center Coordinator for the Library talks with NCM host Donna Seymour. (Feb. 3, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Sue Dragan, The Stephen Ministry Caregivers Program - North Country Matters looks at caregiving through the lens of the Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministry Leader Sue Dragan talks about the program with NCM host Donna Seymour. Stephen Ministries of St. Louis, MO is a not-for-profit, trans-denominational, religious and educational organization. (Feb. 3, 2017)
- Advance Round Table: Poverty manifests itself is poor access to healthy food (Dec. 24, 2016)
- North Country Matters: The (Dis)Enfranchisement Conference - SUNY Canton’s Emily Hamilton-Honey, one of the organizers of the February 2017 (Dis)Enfranchisement Conference, talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the event. The 2-day conference on Feb. 10-11 will look at gender, voting, political, legal, and/or social (dis)enfranchisement via panels and presentations by community members and faculty and students at the four colleges. (Filmed Nov. 9, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Steve Todd, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, joins NCM hosts Ann Carvill and Donna Seymour to discuss 2016 education matters in his 18 component schools. They discuss attendance, the state Learning Standards, school finances and mental health services. (Filmed Nov. 2, 2016)
- Advance News Roundtable: Drugs in St. Lawrence County (Nov. 6, 2016) (podcast)
- North Country Matters: Canton Sustainability Committee - Three members of the Canton Sustainability Committee update us on the work and progress on Canton’s Community Action Plan which was adopted in 2011 to “strengthen Canton’s future through sustainable development.” We look at several goals of the Action Plan, including energy, transportation, and food. Joining us are Carol Pynchon, Canton Village Trustee, Klaus Proem, Canton Sustainability Committee chair, and Carol Gable, energy subcommittee chair. (Oct. 26, 2016)
- North Country Matters Conversation with a candidate: 116th Assembly Candidate Addie Russell - In today’s Conversations with a Candidate, we talk with Addie Jenne Russell who is running for re-election to her 116th NYS Assembly seat in the “River District.” These non-partisan Conversations invite a candidate to explain his or her positions, records, and ideas. They are designed to provide voter education that thoughtfully and civilly discusses issues of public policy and governance vital to our community. (Filmed Oct. 5, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Central School - NCM hosts Donna Seymour and Ann Carvill talk with Potsdam Central administrators Joann Chambers and Jennifer Gray about new faces and new programs at the district’s three schools, and how the start of school has gone this year. (Filmed Oct. 19, 2016)
- North Country Matters: An Update from North Country 350 Alliance - NCM host Donna Seymour talks climate change with Ginger Storey-Welch, the leader of the local North Country 350 Alliance. This discussion looks at new information, how young people are viewing climate change, and what you can do in your own life to address some of the changes. (Filmed Oct. 19, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Adult Literacy Services in St. Lawrence County - NCM host Donna Seymour takes a look at the current state of adult literacy services in St. Lawrence County with Sarah Sachs, the Public Services Manager, and Maria D. Morrison, Literacy Program Coordinator, for Potsdam Public Library. Literacy volunteers work one-to-one with adults who need help with reading, writing, math tutoring or learning English as a second language. (Oct. 5, 2016)
- North Country Matters: St. Lawrence County Treasurer Candidate Renee Cole - In today’s Conversations with a Candidate, we talk with Renee Cole from Heuvelton who is running for the Office of St. Lawrence County Treasurer. She filed petitions to run on three lines: the Democratic, Conservative, and Women’s Equality Party. These non-partisan Conversations invite a candidate to explain his or her positions, records, and ideas. They are designed to provide voter education that thoughtfully and civilly discusses issues of public policy and governance vital to our community. (Sept. 28, 2016)
- North Country Matters: SUNY Canton Wellness Programs - SUNY Canton is implementing the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to make additional strides toward a safer campus. Farren Lobdell, the Health Educator/Wellness Coordinator, and Amanda Rowley, the Title IX Coordinator, at SUNY Canton, discuss the Health and Wellness programs at the college and how these programs are improving the campus climate for all students with NCM host Donna Seymour. (Sept. 21, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Tim Currier, Reframing the War on Drugs - Massena Mayor Tim Currier discusses Reframing the War on Drugs with NCM host Elizabeth Kirnie. They examine the opioid addiction problem through the lens of economics, treatment, and a community-based approach rather than through law enforcement and the courts. (Filmed March 28, 2016 - Published September 2, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Emily Baker, Social Documentation - Emily Baker is a Social Documentation major in the Clarkson Class of 2016. She discusses her research on women STEM students and Clarkson for her senior these and two documentaries she has filmed. The first on Barn Quilts for TAUNY, and the second for AAUW on Opening the Gendered Toolbox, which explored the history and experience of women STEM students here at Clarkson. (Filmed April 25, 2016 - Published September 2, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Andrea Montgomery, SLC Office of the Aging - Andrea Montgomery, the Director of the St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging, discusses the changing nature of retirement with NCM host Donna Seymour. They explore the outreach programs available to the county seniors as well as the many volunteer opportunities for newly retired residents. (Filmed April 25, 2016 - Published September 2, 2016)
- Video: Women in Engineering Day at SUNY Canton - SUNY Canton released a video of this year's Women in Engineering Day for 235 local school girls from 7-th11 grade. The commentator is the 2016 Keynoter, Brig. General Miyako N. Schanely, Executive Director of the SUNY North Country Consortium. Miyako Schanely made history as the first female engineer in the Army Reserve and second in the Army to make general officer. She was the deputy commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command in Vicksburg, MS. AAUW-St. Lawrence County and the Young Women’s Leadership Institute of the North Country co-sponsored WIE 2016 with SUNY Canton.
- Opening the Gendered Toolbox: The Advancement and Treatment of Women in Engineering at the Undergraduate Level - This documentary film by Emily Baker, Clarkson University Class of 2016, examines the conclusions of AAUW’s research report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, through the lens of women engineering students at Clarkson. The report features the latest data on girls’ achievement in subjects related to engineering and computing, how few women are working in these fields, and what can be done. Opening the Gendered Toolbox tells the story of seven Clarkson female engineering students in a variety of disciplines. Emily Baker did an Internship with AAUW-NYS Public Policy VP Donna Seymour in Spring 2016.
- Expand the Gendered Toolbox: Opening STEM Fields to Girls - This presentation was given to educators and guidance counselors who brought students from 11 St. Lawrence County School to the annual Women in Engineering Day at SUNY Canton on May 11, 2016. The event was cosponsored by AAUW-St. Lawrence County and the North Country Young Women’s Leadership Institute. Over 230 girls in grades 7-11 got hands-on instruction in nine STEM engineering fields. (May 11, 2016)
- Women in Engineering Day 2016 - At the Women in Engineering Day 2016, 235 North Country girls were introduced to a wide array of engineering fields at SUNY Canton. Co-sponsored by AAUW-St. Lawrence County and the Young Women’s Leadership Institute of the North Country, the day-long event for students from 11 county schools was a hand-on opportunity to explore to the engineering field. (May 11, 2016)
- Grow Your STEM Knowledge - The Jefferson County Branch of AAUW-NYS put on a one-day Grow Your STEM Knowledge event at the Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center at the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Center in Watertown. The four STEM workshops focused on Engineering, Chemistry, Forensic and Biomedical Science for girls in 5-8th grade. (May 7, 2016)
- Sharing a Sense of Place: The New Tradition of Barn Quilting in St. Lawrence County, NY - Emily Baker, social documentation student at Clarkson University, produced this video piece for TAUNY documenting the foundation of barn quilt trails in St. Lawrence County in northern New York state. (May 2, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Gardenshare - Gloria McAdam, the Executive Director of GardenShare, discusses issues of poverty, food deserts, local food systems, and the work of GardenShare to address them with real solutions with host Ann Carvill. (March 22, 2016) (Published April 5, 2016)