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New Canton McDonald’s to open Friday, ending restaurant’s five-year village absence

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CANTON — Golden arches have returned to Canton.

After a more than five-year absence and a two-year planning and construction process, a McDonald’s restaurant is opening Friday, at 111 E. Main St. in the Price Chopper parking lot.

“We’re excited to be back in Canton and start a new chapter of business,” said franchise owner Paul M. Ross, who owns and operates 16 other McDonald’s locations in Northern and Central New York.

Mr. Ross, of Syracuse, said the Canton restaurant will ideally be staffed by 70 people, a mix of part- and full-time employees. On Tuesday, he said the restaurant has almost reached that goal.

The Canton restaurant returns the McDonald’s count in St. Lawrence County to six, with two in Massena and one each in Potsdam, Ogdensburg and Gouverneur.

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Watertown, NY says no to marijuana sales despite NY legalization

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – Lawmakers in Watertown voted to keep retail marijuana shops from opening in the northern New York city.

WWNY-TV reports that the city council opted Watertown out of New York’s new marijuana legalization law after a marathon public hearing Monday night. New York approved a legalization bill in March that will allow sales of recreational-use cannabis. Sales are expected to begin next year.

But the state law allows local governments to pass stricter rules on marijuana use and to prohibit retail dispensaries.

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Cuomo signs law to allow haircuts, shaves on Sundays

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ALBANY, New York (WWNY) – Did you know that it was against the law to get a shave or a haircut on Sunday in New York state?

We didn’t either – at least until Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday to end the law that prohibited barbering on Sunday.

Though rarely enforced, there had been a law on the books making it a misdemeanor to cut hair or provide a shave to another person on Sunday.

“This is the very definition of an archaic and meaningless law that makes little to no sense in the 21st century,” Cuomo said. “While not routinely enforced, I’m more than happy to sign this repeal into law and allow these businesses to determine what days they choose to operate.”

The law takes effect immediately.

Several barbers in Watertown we spoke with said they were never even aware the law existed.

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Watertown NY to consider banning marijuana dispensaries

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – The Watertown City Council is expected to move to keep marijuana dispensaries from opening up in the city now that the state has legalized recreational use of the drug.

The City Council last month called for a law to be drafted that would ban the sale and distribution of marijuana in Watertown. Council members are expected to meet Tuesday and schedule a July 19 public hearing on the issue, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

As part of the marijuana law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March, local governments can pass stricter rules on marijuana use, prohibit retail dispensaries or cannabis lounges and impose small civil penalties.

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St. Lawrence Seaway Visitor Center – Reopens

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) –

SEAWAY VISITORS’ CENTER OPENS JULY 2, 2021

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) is announcing that the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors’ Center, located at the U.S. Eisenhower Lock in Massena, NY, will open to the public on a limited basis on Friday, July 2.  It will remain open daily, including weekends, through Labor Day, September 6, 2021.  The hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

The Seaway Visitors’ Center at the Eisenhower Lock provides tourists and ship watchers with an observation deck where they can view commercial vessels as they transit the lock that raises and lowers ships more than 40 feet.  The Center’s exterior grounds and observation deck will be open, while the main indoor building facility will remain closed except for elderly visitors and persons unable to walk the steps to the observation deck.  A number of safety precautions will be in place and there will be strict enforcement of social distancing, mask wearing if unvaccinated, a temperature check for all visitors, and additional measures consistent with current COVID-19 safety protocols for Federal facilities.

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CNY restaurant fights back against Grubhub’s unauthorized deliveries: They’re illegal, owners charge

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Watertown, NY — A family-owned Italian restaurant is taking on Grubhub in Upstate’s federal court over the food-delivery giant’s controversial practice of adding restaurants to its online platform without their knowledge or consent.

It’s a dirty secret within Grubhub’s business strategy: if a restaurant declines an official business partnership, then Grubhub simply adds the restaurant’s menu to its portfolio and sends delivery workers to pick up food like members of the general public.

But many of the estimated 150,000 restaurants listed on Grubhub without their consent say that’s basically stealing. And now, Pete’s Trattoria in Watertown has put a legal name to that claim: trademark infringement.

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“Popeyes” coming to Watertown

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) – The Popeyes fast food restaurant chain is planning to locate a store in Watertown.

The Town of Watertown planning board will consider a proposed Popeyes for Outer Arsenal Street at its meeting next Monday, at 3 PM.

The plan is to demolish the now-closed Bob Evans restaurant just past the Route 81 south on-ramp, and build the new store there.

Popeyes got its start in 1972 in New Orleans. It gets its name from one of the characters in the movie The French Connection, Popeye Doyle. It primarily serves chicken and seafood.

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