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Sun., Oct. 4
Serving the communities of Massena and Potsdam, New York

Northern Harness Bait & Tackle Moving After 17 Years


MASSENA - After 17 years on Center Street, Northern Harness Bait & Tackle will soon be moving to 553 County Route 42, Massena.

“I put a brand new 12x24 building up at my home,” said Steve J. LeVac, who added that economics played a large part in his decision to move.

“My electric bill was double what it was last year at this time, and I just found out the phone bill was going to be going up,” he said. “It’s getting to the point, where it’s not worth it.”

Also coinciding with the move is a shift in the focus of his business.

“I used to do 100 dozen arrows a year,” he said. “This year I didn’t do any.”

Mr. LeVac also sells black powder and other hunting supplies at his current location, but when he opens up shop at his home on May 21 hunting and archery supplies will not longer be a part of his inventory.

“I’m getting out of that,” he said.

While he’ll no longer be selling hunting and archery supplies, Mr. LeVac is expanding his inventory to include firewood, camp wood and even fresh produce.

“It’s going to be all homegrown veggies,” he said.

For area sportsmen looking for a bargain, Mr. LeVac will be having an auction at 11 a.m. May 20 at River Rock Auctions in Brasher Center.

“I’ll be selling all of the stuff I’m not bringing with me to the new store,” he said.

Inventory at the new store will consist mainly of fishing supplies.

“I’ll be selling jigs, crowder harnesses, bottom bouncers, sinkers, lures and night crawlers,” he said.

When asked what the hours will be at his new location, Mr. LeVac replied, “I’ll be there all day, every day, seven days a week, just like I am here.”

Moving outside the village will be somewhat bittersweet, he said.

“I’ll miss the camaraderie with all the guys coming and playing cards, but I’m satisfied with what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the move.”

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