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Late Ti volunteer to be honored

TICONDEROGA - Anthony "A.T." Morette loved Mt. Defiance.

The avid runner included the peak on his daily jaunts and for years was known as its caretaker.

Morette, who was killed last December by a hit-and-run driver while running, will be honored Saturday, May 8, when a plaque acknowledging his volunteer efforts will be dedicated atop Mt. Defiance.

The ceremony will take place at about 1:30 p.m., following his 1 p.m. burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Bob Dedrick, former Ticonderoga supervisor, is coordinating the dedication.

"We are holding a dedication ceremony in his honor at the top of Mt. Defiance where we will unveil his plaque," Dedrick said. "So many people contributed and donated to his plaque."

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the case, which remains unsolved.

The Morette family has put the money in a bank account and will give it to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the criminal.

People with information should call the Ticonderoga Police Department at 585-2205 or the local crime tip line at 585-3080.

Morette was killed Dec. 2, 2009, when he was struck by a vehicle while running near the intersection of Shore Airport Road and Route 22 in Ticonderoga.

Initially police thought Morette may have been struck by a large truck, although those leads have not led police to any conclusion.

Morette was an electrician known for his volunteer efforts in the community. He was also a dedicated runner and was a regular sight on Ticonderoga streets early each morning.

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