Massena village officials have passed a new law banning smoking near village owned property. The new restriction prohibits the use of tobacco or e cigarette products within twenty five feet of those areas, but it's going to be some time still until residents have to worry about being fined. Mayor Tim Currier said that law still has to be filed with state officials and signs have to be erected.
Downtown Potsdam has lost yet another business. North Country Now reports that just weeks after the closure of ERK Vapor, Frill and Fly Apparel on Market Street has shut its doors as well. The store had only just opened in June, and no public reason has been given for the closure.
The Diocese of Ogdensburg has run out of tickets for Pope Francis's visit to New York. Almost immediately after the announcement was made Tuesday, the Diocese was inundated with requests and ran out of their tickets for the Pope's Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City on SEptember 25th.
A Massena Legend has passed away. Former Red Raiders Football Coach Mike Nicholas died at Canton Potsdam Hospital on Tuesday at age 95. Nicholas holds the state record for the most varisty football wins with a combined 192 victories. He retired from the school in 1979. Calling hours have been scheduled for today at Phillips Memorial Home from 2 til 4 and then 7 to 9.
Travelers should be prepared for extended wait times at the border this long Labor Day weekend. Customs and Border Protection are encouraging travels to have their necessary information at the ready when they reach booths. Frequent travelers can also sign up for the NEXUS program, which allows for low-risk prescreened travels to cross with as few delays as possible. Information on the NEXUS program can be found online at cbp.gov.