A letter from the editor

That devastation, coupled with a block fire in 2002 which resulted in the loss of several downtown businesses and private dwellings stands out even greater than the Powell brothers legacy in many circles.

However, Carthage is on an economic upswing. Slowly but surely the quiet bedroom community on the doorstep of the Fort Drum military installation is making a comeback. No longer is the community focused on an industry-based economy. An economy based on services is becoming the ticket to Carthage's future, much like many villages, towns and cities across the country.

Carthage and its "twin village" of West Carthage, which is a stone's throw across the Black River, are both beginning to thrive. As Fort Drum expands, so do businesses, and housing is created as well. It's an amazing time in my hometown.

Though I left at a time when so many renovation projects and other developments were nearing completion and, in some cases, just beginning, I envisioned how great it would be to come to the beautiful city of Plattsburgh to begin a great new life with my wife, Stacie, and our two sons, Kristian and Alexander. I envisioned how great it would be taking the opportunity to work for a newspaper and corporation that spends as much time participating in the community as it does reporting about it.

I was not disappointed. These newspapers, the city of Plattsburgh, and the North Country in general has exceeded my expectations.

I look forward to working with you, the readers, in helping add to the already sterling reputation of the Clinton County Free Trader Today, the North Countryman and Denton Publications as a whole.

My door is always open metaphorically speaking so bring me your story ideas. We are here to serve you and bring news that is important to you to the rest of our readership.

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