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Holiday Train rolling into region

PORT HENRY The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will again visit Ticonderoga and Port Henry. The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Im pleased the Holiday Train will return to Ticonderoga, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. People have come to look forward to it. Dedrick suggests people park at Fort Ticonderoga and take a shuttle bus to the train station. He said there will also be a bus parked at the station so people will have a place to get warm. There will also be parking available at the nearby Ti boat launch and in the Fort Ticonderoga overflow lot across from the boat launch. Last year about 1,000 people turned out for the trains arrival. Ticonderoga police will be located at the entrance to Fort Ticonderoga directing traffic, Dedrick said. International Paper Co. will provide temporary lighting for the area, Dedrick said. In Port Henry there will be parking at the town hall, Wheelocks, the Knights of Columbus, NuWay Laundry and along Main Street. There will be handicap parking only at the train station. Bus will also transport people from Moriah Central School to and from the train station. In Port Henry Moriah Central Schools band and chorus will perform before the train arrives at the station. This will be the fourth year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live concert, will stop in Ti. Like last year, Canadian Pacific has announced it will donate $1,000 to the Ticonderoga and Moriah food pantries as part of the stop. People who go to see the train and show are asked to bring canned goods for donation to the local food shelf. Now in its eighth year in North America, Canadian Pacific Railways two lighted Holiday Trains one in the eastern U.S. and Canada and another in the Midwest carrying live musical shows performed from boxcar stages in an effort to end hunger. Since the Holiday Train program began in 1999, more than $3 million and 1.6 million pounds of food have been collected. In the U.S. Northeast, the Holiday Train will embark on its journey Dec. 1 in Scranton, Pa., finishing Dec. 3 in Rouses Point, where it continues on to Southern Ontario and the U.S. Midwest. This years Holiday Train performers include Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Tracey Brown, Juno award-winner Colin Linden, and the family duo Ennis. As the youngest member of Canadas most decorated country band, The Family Brown, Tracey Browns successful musical career has spanned over three decades. Browns 1998 solo release Woman's Work, garnered her a Juno nomination for Country Female Vocalist and a C.C.M.A. nomination for Independent Female Vocalist. Her soon to be released CD, Alone, includes a duet with Tom Wilson from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings/Junkhouse fame. This will mark Browns seventh consecutive year as a headline performer on the Holiday Train. Linden is one of Canada's top Juno award-winning musicians, vocalists, songwriters and record producers. Throughout his colourful career, hes teamed up with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Colin James, Chris Thomas King and The Band. Although Lindens first passion is blues guitar, he frequently collaborates with country and folk performers. He is also a member of the group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. In 2007, they released their fifth album entitled: Let's Frolic Again. Ennis members, and sisters, Maureen and Karen are both gifted singers and musicians. Maureen is a guitarist and award-winning songwriter; Karen plays the tin whistle and flute. As previous members of the group Ennis Sisters, Maureen and Karen have shared the stage with the Chieftains, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rufus Wainright, Ron Sexsmith and Bruce Cockburn. The Ennis Sisters' latest CD, Be Here for a While, was released in 2007.

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