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Retirement Living in St. Lawrence County - New York

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Area Description

St. Lawrence County is the largest county in New York State. Ogdensburg, the only city in St. Lawrence County overlooks the beautiful St. Lawrence River. We have (4) colleges in the county. We are a year-round destination with: hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, boating, museums, wineries, antiques, hockey, baseball, soccer, football and many other activities. We are (45) minutes from Ottawa and enjoy visiting with our Canadian neighbors. Our annual Seaway Festival is held in late July -- family's and friend's gather during this annual event. We have many restaurants, bed and breakfasts, cottages, hotels and motels to accommodate our visitors.

Includes Cities/Towns: Canton, Massena, Ogdensburg, Potsdam.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   We have the following activities in Ogdensburg: February -- RiverShiver; March -- Polar Bear Plunge & Expo; May -- Wine, Beer and Food Festival, Community Wide Garage Sale; June -- Car-B-Que; July -- Art Festival, Founder's Day Weekend, Seaway Festival; August -- NYS Bass Tournament; September - Harvest Mood Dinner; October -- Ogtoberfest; November -- Annual Dinner, Thanksgiving Craft Show, Light Up the Night Parade; December -- Festival of Trees -- plus the Ogdensburg Command Performance series runs shows all year long. SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music puts on productions and concerts, as well.

Cultural Activities

We have art festivals, music festivals, historic battle re-enactments. Ogdensburg Command Performances have shows all year. Mare's Wares holds their annual art festival in July. Mood Fest Music Festival was held in July. SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music hosted a production of "Into the Woods" last summer.

Public transportation

We have local buses between each major town. We have a Greyhound bus terminal -- we have a local airport that is currently under a major expansion to accommodate larger aircraft. We have local taxi cabs and a van for VA transportation to Syracuse VA.

Medical Facilities

Ogdensburg is home to the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Facility and Richard E. Winter Cancer Center -- we have wellness centers in most of the communities and a VA clinic in Massena.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  4.5  14.8  25.1  2.5 "  16.9 "
 Feb  6.9  17.4  27.9  2.0 "  14.6 "
 Mar  19.1  28.9  38.6  2.4 "  10.8 "
 Apr  32.7  42.5  52.4  2.9 "  3.5 "
 May  45.0  55.6  66.3  3.0 "  0.1 "
 Jun  53.6  64.3  75.0  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Jul  58.6  69.3  79.9  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Aug  56.1  66.8  77.5  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  47.6  58.1  68.7  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Oct  36.5  46.6  56.6  3.1 "  0.4 "
 Nov  27.3  35.5  43.6  3.2 "  4.8 "
 Dec  12.9  21.9  30.9  2.8 "  15.3 "

We have the best weather in the world. We are not in any high risk zone for any natural disasters. Our biggest worry is how much snow we will get every year.

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Cost of Living for St. Lawrence County, NY

St. Lawrence County, New York cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Most of housing is privately owned with some having landlords. We have some assisted living facilities and nursing homes and residential care facilities. United Helpers Management Company has many different facilities in the area to accommodate different housing needs.

Senior Assistance in St. Lawrence County, NY

St. Lawrence County, New York offers the following assistance for seniors:

Some communities have more for seniors than others. Each community will have different services based upon the senior needs and programs available.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities abound -- the Chamber of Commerce is always in need of volunteers -- likewise the hospitals -- food pantries -- churches -- schools -- libraries -- museums and other community organizations.

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