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Owens to hold mobile office hours in SL, TL

North Country Congressman Bill Owens will be in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake tomorrow to host mobile office hours with constituents.

The events are part of an ongoing effort by Owens and his staff to increase constituent outreach, according to spokesman Sean Magers.

The Democrat will be in Oswego and Granby today. Tomorrow, he'll be at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake from 9 a.m. to noon. Then, he hosts mobile office hours at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in Tupper Lake from 2 to 5 p.m.

Owens was in Tupper Lake last week to award the Bronze Star to Adrien Giourard, a World War II veteran who risked his life to save a fellow soldier in 1944.

Following the ceremony, Owens told WNBZ that he hasn't made any security changes in light of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead and one congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, seriously injured.

"As you can see, it's just me and one staffer - we don't have any form of security," he said. "We haven't changed what we're doing, and we're not going to do that - unless something very specific was brought to our attention."

On a separate note, Owens says he applauds plans by some senators and representatives to mix up the seating at next week's State of the Union address.

Republicans and Democrats traditionally arrange seating by party affiliation. But this year, politicians are calling for a display of unity - emphasizing that they are Americans first, and Democrats and Republicans second.

Owens says that sort of symbolic act can have a - quote - "tremendous impact."

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