Whether you’re a newcomer or a native, there are probably things you’ve wondered about this region.
I’ve always wondered why St. Lawrence County’s population has remained static since 1900.
There are history, science, pop culture and trivia experts out there who can probably answer any question you come up with.
So, we’ll ask one of your questions each week and see what we get back.
As reporter Sarah Harris put it, this is a “semi-controlled experiment in crowd-sourcing information.” Wow.
Here are some examples of questions our staff came up with this morning:
Why is the big rock on the road between Colton and Tupper Lake covered in graffiti? Sarah Harris wondered if the story she’d heard about this being part of the Clarkson fraternity/sorority pledge process is true.
Lucy Martin, our gal in Ontario, who spent decades in Hawaii swimming in a warm ocean, wonders if northerners can share any tips with her about swimming in cold lakes and rivers–the stuff everyone here gets taught as kids.
And, our official question of the week comes from web manager Dale Hobson, with a follow up related question from reporter Zach Hirsch:
Why did the first Amish families move to the north country? Before about 1970, there were no Amish families here. Now, they are a significant segment of the region’s population. It’s got to be more than the price of land–there are lots of similar rural regions around the country, many with more hospitable climates.
And Zach’s related question:
Can you characterize the nature of the relationship between the Amish community and the dominant non-Amish community around it?
Two assignments for you: if you can help answer these questions, share what you know in a comment or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll report back next week on responses.
If you have a question of your own, send to email@example.com with “how come” in the subject line. We’ll select one of your questions for next week’s “how come?” post. Thanks.