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North Country Matters TV Show Returns with Potsdam Humane Society Special

North Country Matters’ first show of 2009 will air this Friday, February 27, at 7 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Channel 30, WCKN Television.

The show will be devoted to the Potsdam Humane Society, which provides humane care to all animals in need and is presently in the midst of the most ambitious project in its history.

The program will re-air on Monday and Tuesday, March 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. on channel 30 WCKN.

Chelsey O’Brien, an Australian exchange student at Clarkson University, will host the studio segments. She will be speaking with Humane Society Board President Bonnie Boyd and board members Jane Amelotte and Cindy Dusharm.

O’Brien and her guests will view and discuss a series of short video clips about the Potsdam Humane Society, which were produced by Clarkson students enrolled in History 391: Documenting Social Activism. The course is team taught by Prof. Jennifer Ball and Dan Dullea.

This program’s purpose is to show the range of "good works" and services that the Potsdam Humane Society provides and to document their need to improve and expand their animal shelter facilities.

Topics will include adoption and fostering of animals, a tour of the animal shelter, neutering and spaying, a K-12 outreach program, humane animal treatment, the current competition for a shelter "makeover," and the new animal shelter building plans.

Serving nine townships around Potsdam and beyond, the Potsdam Humane Society has launched the second phase of its "Labor of Love" capital campaign. The campaign’s overall goal is to raise $750,000 needed to complete the renovation of the deteriorating animal shelter and doubling the shelter’s size to include a new adoption center. Over $250,000 has already been raised. Another $250,000 needs to be raised by June 2009 in order to invite contractors to bid on the project. A final $250,000 needs to be raised by September 2009 to actually start construction and complete the building. The North Country community, spanning from the young to the elderly, has been remarkably supportive of the campaign.

Dan Dullea can be contacted at 315-268-6428 or Jennifer Ball can be contacted at 315-268-4208 or at The Potsdam Humane Society can be contacted at 315-265-3199 or at .

Visit their Web site at .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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