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Author Bob LaRue is a native and lifelong resident of St. Lawrence County. Born in Potsdam in 1955, he attended Potsdam and Parishville-Hopkinton Central Schools and the State University College at Potsdam.

From 1975 to 1999, LaRue has spent countless hours coaching and officiating youth basketball, baseball and football and women's softball.

In 1977, he joined the staff at WPDM-AM and WSNN-FM Radio in Potsdam and became News Director the following year. In 1999, he became News and Sports Director for WMSA in Massena, WRCD in Canton and WVLF in Norwood.

In 1981, LaRue began researching through local books and archives to capture many of the details regarding the events, people, places, history and folklore of St. Lawrence County to match every day of the calendar year. From 1982 to 1986, this information was contained in five printings of the St. Lawrence County Historical Calendar. In 1982, further research was conducted to create the St. Lawrence County Almanac. 

In May 1983, LaRue turned his first book project into a daily radio vignette program which has been a popular morning feature for many years. In 1996, the first edition of the St. Lawrence County Almanac was published and was very well received. Volume 2 was published in November 1997. Following the devastating January 1998 ice storm across northern New York, LaRue compiled dozens of recollections and nearly thirty photos for his third book, the 1998 Ice Storm Almanac.  Third and fourth volumes of St. Lawrence County Almanac, published in 1999 and 2000, each contain nearly 500 photographs. Following St. Lawrence County's 200th birthday celebrations in 2002, LaRue published his sixth book entitled, Bicentennial,  a keepsake commemorative edition on the events and celebrations in 2002.

Also in 2002, Mr. LaRue also acquired ownership of CommunitySights.com, a North Country based website design, development and hosting company with offices in Potsdam, NY.


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St. Lawrence County Almanac is Copyright 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, Robert J. LaRue and RJL Enterprises.
1998 Ice Storm Almanac is Copyright 1998, Robert J. LaRue and RJL Enterprises.
Hometown Trivia is 2001, Robert J. LaRue and RJL Enterprises.
Bicentennial is 2002, Robert J. LaRue and RJL Enterprises.
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Last updated 10-01-2019.