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Ti historian cited

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga town historian has been honored by his peers.

Bill Dolback, who has served as Ti historian since 2003, has been cited by the Registered Historians Committee of the Historians of New York State for his "outstanding achievements."

Besides serving as president of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, Dolback has led several historical observances in the community, including the 1998 International paper Co. centennial, the 2004 town bicentennial and the 2008 Moses-Ludington Hospital centennial.

He is also chairman of this summer's Champlain quadricentennial marking the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain.

Under his direction, Ticonderoga is erecting a permanent monument in Bicentennial Park to mark the spot Samuel de Champlain first visited in the area. A dedication ceremony is scheduled July 25.

"It's a great honor," Dolback said. "I really appreciate all the support I've gotten from the town. It's been a happy, fun experience."

The Ticonderoga town board also honored Dolback recently, presenting him with a proclamation noting his contributions to the community.

"Some people in town spend a tremendous amount of time and effort to make this a better community," Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. "Bill is one of those people."

Dolback, a former deputy town supervisor, is also Ti cemetery sexton and serves on the town beautification committee.

But it's the Champlain quadricentennial that has Dolback's attention now.

Other communities are planning celebrations to observe the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain's voyages along the river and lake that bear their names, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's successful steamboat voyage, which inaugurated steam commerce on the Hudson River. But only Ticonderoga is planning a permanent monument, according to Dolback.

The monument is located on three acres of land on the north side of the LaChute River. It's on top of a hill overlooking LaChute Falls.

The local committee has been working on the "legacy project" since 1999.

The local Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ticonderoga Area Senior Citizens Club, the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the Art Potter Foundation, the Southern Lake Champlain Trust and the state have awarded grants for the project.

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