NORTH CREEK Johnsburg Town Justice Ralph Dubay recently reclaimed his gavel following his appointment to the post by the Town Board to fill a vacancy created by the retiredment of Judge Carl VanCzoernig. The return comes after nearly a two-year absence from the position due to conflicts with his full-time job. Previously, Judge Dubay had had faithfully served the town for 28 years, beginning his career as town justice in Johnsburg in 1978. Born in Sarasota, Florida in 1945, Dubay moved to Johnsburg when he was just three weeks old and has resided in the town ever since. After graduating from Johnsburg Central School he attended both Adirondack Community College and the SUNY University at Albany. When Dubay was young, his father operated a gas station that fueled his interest in all things mechanical; he loved cars and was even a fan of drag racing. As an adult, Dubays hobbies include hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and snowmobiling. When hes not enjoying the great outdoors he balances his career as town justice with a full-time job as a social welfare examiner for Warren County, although he plans to retire from his county position job in January. He and his wife Sharon have a daughter and son, Kathy Smith of Johnsburg, a math teacher at Johnsburg Central School, and Robert Dubay of Pottersville who is employed by Chris Aiken. He is also the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, who help keep him busy in his spare time. Being a judge in a small town, Dubay has to be prepared to deal with anything from minor violations to major felonies. The town justice has commissioned jurisdiction in all criminal cases, whether they be violations, misdemeanors, or felonies. said Dubay. You can do an arraignment for any crime thats committed within your jurisdiction, including a murder. As with any job, there are ups and downs to being a town justice. Your ups are when you can rehabilitate a young person and lead them along the correct path, and your downs are when you have to put somebody in jail who is a friend, because in a small town you know most of the people who come before you. said Dubay. As for his future as Johnsburg town justice, Dubay hopes to be in it for the long haul. I plan to stay for the duration. he commented.