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Wednesday, August 31

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Long-time coach stepping down

Brian Kiely to retire

The most senior cross country coach in the area will end his career with one of his youngest teams ever.

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Sentinels hope for momentum

Ticonderoga coach excited entering season

The Ticonderoga High School football teams started last season in rather unimpressive fashion.

Thanks for support

To the Times of Ti: On Sunday, Aug. 21, Ted Zoli, designer of the new Crown Point Bridge, spoke at a fundraising event for Literacy Volunteers

Tournament a success

To the Times of Ti: I would like to thank everyone who golfed, donated baskets and/or gift certificates, made monetary donations, attended the dinner and helped in any way for the “Friends Helping Friends” Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 19.

Learn from Lowe’s

To the Times of Ti: What happened to Lowe’s in Ticonderoga is a case study in what not to do if you want to create jobs in the U.S.

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Backwoods Pondfest returns next weekend

Backwoods Pondfest is back and better than ever.

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Pottery studio now open

The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts has opened a new pottery studio.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Recovery in Au Sable Forks, Upper Jay

A photo gallery of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Au Sable Forks and Upper Jay.

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Au Sable Forks, Jay, Upper Jay begin work of recovery

Homeowners, volunteers clear destruction

“We can’t live here any more,” Sidney “Sid” Smith said about his home in Au Sable Forks. “The water was up to my waist. We’ve spent the last couple days just cleaning everything out.”

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Lake George starts cleaning up tropical storm damage

While utility workers toiled feverishly Monday, Aug. 29 to repair dozens of downed power lines and burned-out transformers

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Elevated walkway with tower envisioned for West Brook park

Officials approve park plans

For more than a decade, plans for West Brook Environmental Park have been described in concepts crafted in words.

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Countryside home now offers adult day care

Adult day care services are now available at Countryside Adult Home on Schroon River Road, due to a decision reached last week by Warren County officials.

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Recreational trail group rallies support

A newly formed group that wants to convert the Adirondack Scenic Railroad line into a 34-mile recreational trail met wide support at its organizational meeting Aug. 30 at the Crown Plaza.

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Irene hits Johnsburg with fury

Not as bad in other locales

While much of the region weathered Tropical Storm Irene with only a few downed trees and branches, Johnsburg suffered rough handling by the storm.

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Marching to Her Own Drummer, A Tribute to Marie Graham

Long Lake is the heart of the Adirondacks. Marie Graham is the heart and soul of its iconic Ladies Kazoo Band.

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Tahawus Club guest register records Roosevelt history

After U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt made his famous “Night Ride to the Presidency” in the Adirondacks in September 1901, the lives of many people changed.

Do humans possess “free will?”

Notes from Planet Earth

In human discourse the concept of free will is usually taken to mean that, absent external coercion, a human has the freedom to consciously choose a course of action in accordance with the individual’s interests and values.

Tuesday, August 30

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LP picks up after

The village is in pretty good shape following Hurricane Irene, which hit the region Aug. 28. That’s according to Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall.

Stay out of the High Peaks

Editorial

One of the most photographed vistas in the Adirondack Park is the view of the High Peaks from Route 73 near Lake Placid.

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Elizabethtown residents deal with fallout from Tropical Storm Irene

Homes along River Road were pummeled with a flash flood during Hurricane Irene's pass Sunday evening, Aug. 28.

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Jay reeling from wrath Tropical Storm Irene

Neither New York State Sen. Elizabeth “Betty” Little or U.S. Rep. Bill Owens could believe what they saw as they toured the town of Jay with supervisor and Essex County Board chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas.

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Bad weather, good people

Notes from the North Woods

A few weeks back, I had the good fortune of joining a group of young men for a hike up Hurricane Mountain, near Elizabethtown.

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Governor tours Keene, promises help

Permitting process will be relaxed

“I am declaring Essex and Clinton Counties as disaster areas,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told those assembled near the destroyed Keene Volunteer Fire Department building Aug. 30. “It is really devastating up here. There is destruction everywhere.”

Listen to local musician

Readers should check out these five songs by Lizzy Grant, a Lake Placid-raised musician who performs under the stage name Lana Del Rey.

Congressman unimpressive

To the Valley News: Part of Ticonderoga is in the 20th Congressional district and at the last election we voters moved away from liberal Democrats and elected a candidate who stood for conservative reform, or so he said.

Thanks to Ironman supporters

To the Valley News: I was the captain of the volunteers of the bike aid station at the Wilmington firehouse for Ironman.

Literacy Volunteers & Ted Zoli

To the Valley News: On Sunday, Aug. 21, Ted Zoli, designer of the new Crown Point Bridge, spoke at a fundraising event for Literacy Volunteers.

Remembering Dennis Aubin

To the Valley News: I was out mowing my lawn tonight, and I started thinking about Dennis Aubin.

Monday, August 29

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Willsboro flooding in the wake of Irene

Boquet goes over banks in early morning hours of Aug. 29

“I have never seen flooding like this without an ice jam up ahead of it.”

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Two die after car pulled in Great Chazy River

Investigation is ongoing

A search of the area resulted in the discovery of two deceased persons: Mikita C. Fox, 23, of Wikemikong, Ontario and Danine R. Swamp, 24, of Nedrow.

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Essex County roads shut down by Irene

More than 80 roads were closed to public traffic a day after Tropical Storm Irene pounded the North Country with high winds and driving rains.

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American, British to again battle

Fort Ti to host events Sept. 10 and 11

British and American Armies will once again fight for control of Fort Ticonderoga during the “Struggle for Liberty.” The re-enactment will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the fort.

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Lake George region reels from storm’s damage

It may take days to get power restored

As utility workers worked feverishly to repair dozens of downed power lines and burned-out transformers in the region damaged by Tropical Storm Irene — and Lake George Village remained without power — local municipal authorities met Monday morning to devise an emergency action plan. National Grid representatives said Monday morning the storm damage to power lines and equipment was so widespread in the region that most of the work was at this point primarily assessing the extent of the outage. They said that regionally, 120,000 households remained without power as of 9:30 a.m. Monday.

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Historic storm tears up Lake George region

Many thousands without power

LAKE GEORGE — Hurricane Irene moved through the area Sunday, with its heavy persistent rains causing millions of dollars of damage to properties and roadways, while its powerful wind felled trees that brought down power lines, plunging tens of thousands of people into darkness.

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Clinton County emergency officials list road closures

People urged to exercise caution near floodwaters

The Clinton County Office of Emergency Services has announced a list of roads closed within Clinton County as a result of stormwaters seen over the weekend.

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Keene, Keene Valley hit hard by Irene

KVFD building destroyed by floods

“I see people just walking around in awe... So many people have been affected.”

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Hurricane wreaks havoc on area

Roads closed, power outages reported

By the time Hurricane Irene reached the Ticonderoga area on Sunday, it had been officially downgraded to a tropic storm. Try telling that to residents who dealt with flooding and power outages.

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Library group tours homes

Gardening expert Kerry Mendez featured

The Friends of the Schroon Lake Library hosted a sold-out House & Garden Tour recently. The weather complimented the six properties that were showcased for the tour.

Thurman endures new washouts, atop May flooding

Just three months after flash floods ravaged virtually every road in town and destroyed several local bridges, Thurman was slammed with yet another round of washouts Sunday from Tropical Storm Irene.

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Sunday, August 28

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Saturday, August 27

Champlain Bridge arch makes journey

Structure arrives at Crown Point, lifted into place

It was a muggy 65 degrees at 5 a.m. Aug. 26 in Port Henry as onlookers waited for the Champlain Bridge arch to make its journey to Crown Point.

Friday, August 26

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Visitors reflect on bridge arch raising

Government and corporate officials joined unaffiliated visitors the morning of Aug. 26 to witness history being made as the middle arch of the Lake Champlain bridge was ever-so-slowly lifted into place.

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Essex County prepares for Hurricane Irene

Plan to be in place by Friday afternoon

Essex County Emergency Services prepare for the potential of a major storm Sunday.

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Congressman Owens reads to children at ECH Health Center

Congressman Bill Owens reads to children from Gay's Daycare at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital Health Center to promote the Reach Out and Read program at the facility.

Civil War letter lands in museum

Schroon Lake man writes home

The story of a Schroon Lake man’s Civil War experiences is now part of a Georgia museum collection.

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Young firefighters learning the ropes

Ti FD welcomes teens

A group of Ticonderoga teens are training to become firefighters. The Ticonderoga Fire Department has initiated a youth program designed to create interest among 14 and 15 year olds.

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Willsboro's Sophie Clarke on new 'Survivor' cast

New season starts Sept. 14 on CBS

Willsboro native Sophie Clarke is one of 18 competitors on the new season of the reality game show, 'Survivor.'

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Lake Champlain Bridge arch begins journey

Structure leaves Port Henry for Crown Point

The Lake Champlain Bridge arch began its journey from Port Henry, N.Y. to Crown Point, N.Y. at sunrise today.

Thursday, August 25

Visitors react to pending arch-lift

Locals watch Flatiron workers in Port Henry

Visitors gathered here Wednesday, Aug. 24 as Flatiron Construction workers put the finishing touches on the arch span that will be a key component of the new Lake Champlain Bridge.

Wednesday, August 24

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Business is booming in the ‘burgh, say officials

Business is booming in the town of Plattsburgh.

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Underground Railroad historical tour offered

Trips held every Saturday in September

The North Country Underground Railroad Association will be offering guided tours of anti-slavery sites in both Peru and Keeseville every Saturday in September. The trips will be led by organization President Don Papson.

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Roy rockets to 3rd straight Airborne Speedway win

Nobody takes it higher and deeper into the third turn at Airborne Speedway than DIRTcar Modified point leader Martin Roy.

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Council takes on accounting mess

Board members examine transferring of finances

The Peru Town Council waded through confusion at its Aug. 22 meeting regarding whether funds intended to go toward the Heyworth Mason Park and walking trail projects had been transferred into a reserve account as planned.

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City examines issue of overgrown hedges

The city’s common council is examining what Councilman Christoper Jackson, Ward 6, considers a “growing” issue.

Bridge arch placement delayed until Friday

Due to high winds and predictions of lightning for tomorrow, the state DOT is postponing the lift until Friday when conditions are expected to be much more favorable.

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Albino Blacksheep to headline Monopole this Friday night

Albino Blacksheep is laying down the funky bass lines.

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Labor Day celebration planned in Port Henry

Village to host events Sept. 3 and 4

As it has done for more than 120 years, Moriah will mark the unofficial end of summer with its annual Labor Day celebration.

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Summer youth program concludes

The Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program has completed its season, providing activities to local children.

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‘Heroic Maze’ open at Fort Ticonderoga

Part of anti-obesity program

People now have an opportunity to solve a six-acre puzzle by testing their knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga history.

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Heritage 10K raced in Ironville

Dave Burrows and Katie Mack were the winners in the eighth annual Heritage 10K road race Aug. 21.

‘Bears’ to run Adirondack Marathon

Caution. There will be bears on the Adirondack Marathon course this fall.

Safe boating class planned

Commander Eugene H. Frost of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-13 of Crown Point has announced that Flotilla 15-13 is taking reservations for its last public boating safely course of the 2011 season.

Ti squad thankful

To the Times of Ti: The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad is going through a truly historic time right now with the construction of our new facility.

Congressman unimpressive

To the Times of Ti: Part of Ticonderoga is in the 20th Congressional district and at the last election we voters moved away from liberal Democrats and elected a candidate who stood for conservative reform, or so he said.

Obligated to speak out

To the Times of Ti: We would like to thank all the folks in Crown Point, Ticonderoga and Port Henry who have called or stopped us to say thank you for putting into words what they’re thinking but don’t know how to set down on paper.

A magical time

To the Times of Ti: The first weekend of August was a magical time for my husband and I.

Reunion a success

To the Times of Ti: Crown Point Central School reunion was a huge success with 102 who signed in.

Help followed fire

To the Times of Ti: My name is Aalyiah Ives and I’m writing this to thank God, all the heroes, friends and family who helped my family after our house burned a year ago.

Re-enactors upset with Fort Ti

To the Times of Ti: Is the Times of Ti now controlled by Fort Ticonderoga or is it just starved for stories?

EPA staffer briefs APA on new air pollution regs

A top official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in the Adirondacks over the weekend to meet with environmental professionals about a variety of regional threats, from air pollution to invasive species.

Unemployment rate drops across North Country

The unemployment rate in the North Country is down when compared to last year’s figures.

Aftershocks from Virginia earthquake felt locally

People from North Carolina to Maine felt the ground shake Tuesday afternoon following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.

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Middlebury professor jailed over cause

WASHINGTON — Environmentalist and long-time Johnsburg resident Bill McKibben was arrested outside the White House while protesting a planned oil pipeline in the western U.S. Aug. 20, and charges were dropped Aug 22.

Parking will help facilitate rafters

Rafters loading up their buses on Route 28 are often in harm's way, and a new parking area for the buses should help ensure that the exciting action stays on the water and off the roads.

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Minerva Youth Program sails on

It's around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, and you're at beautiful Minerva Lake on a sunny and warm day, with a light breeze. You wander along the beach and find yourself gazing out over the water.

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Benefit planned to help restore Adirondack Hotel following flood damage

The Adirondack Hotel suffered $130,000 in damages and lost business days after flooding this year, and the community has stepped up to organize a benefit night to aid the local landmark Sept. 24.

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Newcomb to once again celebrate the historic ride of Teddy Roosevelt

The town's favorite president will be celebrated as the town's annual Teddy Roosevelt Weekend returns Sept. 9 through 11.

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Gore Mountain prepares for ski season

New snow guns, groomer

New equipment installations and renovations at Gore Mountain are under way for the approaching ski season.

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New ambulances arrive in Jbrg

The Johnsburg Emergency Squad is sporting two new ambulances these days, thanks to the many locals who supported the ambulance fund drive and funding from the federal government.

God’s a good guy

To the News Enterprise: In reference to C. Bennet’s letter of August 20, 2011, entitled, “Jesus just wants money,” I want to respond because of my love for our Father God and to share His good news.

Chicken barbecue was a success

To the News Enterprise: Well folks, you did it again! We sold out two years in a row! T

Rescue squad saves the day

To the News Enterprise: This letter is to extend my thanks to the Minerva Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.

Summer in the garden is busy time

Garden Corner

The garden is looking very summery. The rudbeckia (black-eyed susan) is a big splash in the sea of color. The joe pye weed is glorious in its shades of pinky purple. There are lots of butterflies and humming birds.

Baker's Mills News

The bluegrass four-day event was a big success. Hundreds of campers and so many more people enjoyed being in North Creek for such great groups.

Mill Creek Musings

I’m not a control freak, but I do like to know where I’m going.

Ramblings

If it’s knot-weed, what is it? It’s not bamboo, for one thing, though it grows like it. It is the very thick shrub which is blooming in thin white arches right now along roadsides.

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LeVeille-Mulligan wed

Amber Marie LeVeille and Kyle Thomas Mulligan were united in marriage on July 9, 2011 at 2 p.m.

North Country feels effects of Virginia earthquake

An earthquake struck the North Country the afternoon of Aug. 23

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River Street fire causes substantial losses

A fast-moving fire Monday morning in a historic area of River Street consumed three structures and damaged four others, and the co-owner of the destroyed, uninsured buildings said she suspected arson was the cause for the blaze which caused a loss of $300,000 or more.

Supervisors name new Warren Co. attorney

With a dose of fanfare and praise, Glens Falls lawyer Martin Auffredou was officially chosen Friday Aug. 19 as the new Warren County Attorney.

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Solar-powered parking meters proposed for West Brook Road

As soon as next summer, West Brook Road will likely have solar-powered parking meters that accept credit-card payments, according to an initiative now under consideration by the Lake George Town Board.

Town Talk

Local library showcased The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History has created a new mini-exhibit about the Richards Library and its development.

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The Bolton Bulletin

Chamber auction/dinner set The Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce will be holding their popular auction dinner Tuesday Sept. 13 at The Sagamore Resort.

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Athol-Thurman

Gallery hosts charity event Adirondack Ambiance gallery at Thurman Station on Rte. 418 will be hosting an art show Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 to benefit the charity “Mito Hope & Help.”

APA to lead economic policy? No way!

To the Adirondack Journal: It looks like the environmentalists are running scared. They are desperately arguing that the Adirondack Park Agency should become the economic czar for the towns and villages in these mountains.

Spend funds to eradicate clams, not to buy land

To the Adirondack Journal: The existence of Asian clams in Lake George is a very serious invasive problem with unimaginable consequences.

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1911•

Exciting news from afar

Tuesday, August 23

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Fire dept. building expansion nears completion

The Altona Volunteer Fire Department is giving its building an upgrade.

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Paquette Park rededicated during Village Fest

The village of Champlain has marked the milestone of some improvements to Paquette Park.

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Former Cadyville Elementary building back on the market

The Saranac Central School District is again looking for a buyer for the former Cadyville Elementary School.

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Program helps bridge gap in services for the visually-impaired

The North Country Association for the Visually Impaired makes it its business to help those who suffer from vision problems — even those who sometimes fall between the cracks when it comes to qualifying for services.

Flavorful summer squash

Health Matters

On a visit to my mom’s last week, I shared my abundance of summer squash with her.

Caring for your vegetable gardens

North Country Gardening

My vegetable garden is in full swing right now. Just this morning, I piled my harvest of carrots, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, cucumbers, fennel, and eggplant onto the counter.

Thanks for tournament support

On behalf of the Plattsburgh Professional Firefighters Association, we would like to thank all participants and sponsors of this year’s golf tournament, held on July 30.

Government is broken

I am a 79-year-old military retired veteran. I served my country to the best of my ability. At that time, I had great respect for our United States Government.

Keeping kids safe

On behalf of Northeastern Clinton Central School, we would like to thank all of the area businesses who contributed to our 2nd-annual After-Prom Party.

City sees need for animal rescue

As a St. John Feral Cat Fund, Inc. (SJFCF) volunteer, I was heartened to read that the City Council is considering budgeting funds for animal rescue.

Having Fun at the Annual Redford Picnic

Redford Picnic fun

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Zoli returns to speak on bridge

Dudley alum speaks at Literacy Vols fundraiser

When he was a camper at Camp Dudley, Ted Zoli said that he never got to be a part of the, “big show,” in the Witherbee Auditorium at the end of each year.

Supers wrangle with new tax cap

North Country towns and villages are struggling to deal with the requirements of the 2 percent property tax cap Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in June.

Primary fields set

The Republican Party has few contested primaries in the 2011 elections Tuesday, Sept. 13, with most of the contestants having requested Independent petitions, as well.

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Habitat house nears completion

AuSable Valley Habitat for Humanity has hit double-digits.

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Upper Jay Car show back for second year to benefit fire department

The field at the Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department will be filled with engines and chrome Saturday, Aug. 27, as the department will hold its second annual Antique and Classic Car Show.

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College gets $300K to fight invasive species

A local college is getting more than $300,000 in federal grant monies to combat and control the spread of invasive species.

Westport library chimes fall silent

Inn, Assoc. seek agreement

The chimes of the Westport Library have been silenced.

Resident complaints heard

The noise and the drinking needs to stop.

Holy Name School Labor Day fundraiser slated with new events

Holy Name School in Au Sable Forks is celebrating its 50th year of their school building with the annual Labor Day celebration.

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Willsboro Golf Club names event winners

The Willsboro Golf Club recently held a pair of events at the nine-hole course, with winners being named in each event:

Adirondack Chevrolet helps county soccer

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Adirondack Chevrolet is supporting Essex County Youth Soccer through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer program.

Skaters to be honored in Lake Placid

The Village of Lake Placid, N.Y. and the Skating Club of Lake Placid will celebrate the careers and achievements of pairs figure skating icons Lyudmila and Oleg Protopopov during a special figure skating show, Saturday, Sept. 3, to be held in the Olympic Center’s 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena.

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Before back to the books, its back to the fields for student-athletes

Complete with a new, unified soccer conference and several other changes, the Section VII high school athletic season is just a week away.

FEMA continues to issue North Country denials

Newest: no extension for declaration period

The North Country is getting no love from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bridge arch to be lifted into place

DOT plans Thursday event

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced plans to transport and lift into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge this Thursday, August 25.

Let’s find our moral compass

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Americans are crankier than ever.

With another sports season, a few reminders on behavior

Editorial

While all area high schools will be officially opening their doors to students in the next two weeks, many of those students have already found their way back to the facilities’ athletic fields.

Are you ready for some (fantasy) football?

The Tank

Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure football imagination.

Winning is Just Human Nature, or Is It?

Kids Count

Anyone that has ever coached a youth sport may recall starting off with great idealism.

Vermont versus New York

To the Editor: Well, here we go again. Watching the Channel Five News at 6 p.m. on July 4, it seems that unless you live in Vermont, you don't count.

Thankful to Horace Nye

To the Valley News: My husband has been a resident at Horace Nye for the past year, and I am impressed with the quality of care he is receiving under the present system, i.e. not for profit.

Thanks for Jay Day help

To the Valley News: Thank you to all the volunteers who help made Jay Day on Aug. 6 possible. Jay Day helps to raise money for the Jay Entertainment and Music society to bring Art, Music, Education and Entertainment to the Jay Area.

Looking for more leadership in America

To the Valley News: This is in response to Dan Alexander’s editorial and the letter from Betsi Calhoun in Schroon Lake.

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Olympic Car Show and Parade scheduled for Labor Day weekend

The Lake Placid Ski Club has announced their 29th annual Olympic Car Show and Parade will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid.

Professional golf tour coming to Lake Placid

The Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, the largest Senior Tour in the country besides the Champions Tour, will be in Lake Placid at the pristine Whiteface Club & Resort from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

Hobofest returns for third year

HoboFest 2011 is the third annual, all-day free music event on Sunday, Sept. 4, on Depot Street in Saranac Lake, on the grounds of the Union Depot Park with the active Adirondack Scenic Railroad as a backdrop.

Film society schedule set

The Champlain Valley Film Society announces seven movies for its Fall 2011 schedule. All movies start at 8 p.m.

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Camp life, continued

Notes from the North Woods

Last week’s column about the tradition of camp life, has sparked a deluge of responses. It appears Adirondackers are very proud of their camps,

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The state’s deer plan: My two and a half cents

Outdoor Tales

Faithful followers of this column undoubtedly fell off their seats last week when I actually penned something on the state’s proposed deer management plan that was chock full of facttoids but absent of my ever-so-superfluous opinion.

Lewis holds BBQ for volunteer fire department

The Lewis fire department will be holding its annual ox roast at the firehouse on Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, August 22

First Midd Summer Fest a big success

An estimated 1,700 people flooded downtown Middlebury on Aug. 6 for the Better Middlebury Partnership’s first Midd Summer Festival— meeting, if not exceeding, the committee's projections.

Barn, stall maintenance

No matter what type of barn you have, there is always maintenance you need to perform in order to keep the barn safe and comfortable for your horses.

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Meet Jackie Krshka

Jackie Krshka, 43, has logged a lot of miles as trainer and competitor. She was born into a family who have been deeply involved with horses: Her father, Jack Kyle, excelled in roping, reining, and working cowhorse, and was inducted in the AQHA Hall of Fame this spring.

The importance of yield signs

While practicing in the ring, you ask your horse to skirt around a horse that stopped in front of you. You squeeze your leg against him, but he continues walking forward, now a little faster.

Running barrels: Speed and control

Any fan or competitor of barrel racing knows that speed is critical. They also know that a controlled ride is equally important.

Tigers, Eagles meet in preseason

Bright sunshine, temp in the 80s seems like the perfect scenario for finding a nice shady spot to kick back in a hammock or hitting the beach.

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Celebrating 63 years of Field Days

Today, as it was when the fair began in 1948, Addison County is characterized by its excellence in agriculture. This is still the land of milk and honey.

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New BRAM elevator project is a team effort

It’s been a genuine team effort for officials of the Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) in Ludlow as they pave way the way for the upcoming installation of an elevator in the museum’s new wing.

Cupboard Challenge’ to fill food shelvers

With record demand for local food assistance, Central Vermont Public Service today announced a 22,000-item goal for the 2011 CVPS Fill the Cupboard Challenge.

Teens charged in Pittsford assault, theft of guns

Once inside, a 15-year-old occupant of the residence was assaulted and bound with electrical tape. Fisk and Seagren stole electronics and guns from the residence.

Rep. Peter Welch conducts energy audit in W. Rutland

In an effort to highlight the value of investments in energy efficiency, Rep. Peter Welch (D) participated in an energy efficiency audit at a West Rutland home recently.

The Logger deals with gettin’ old

Nothing to enlighten, amuse, provoke thought, or repulse in this week’s column. I’ll just say that I appreciated every one of the relatively large number of responses I received on a column I did a few weeks ago—about my decision to skip a routine 50-year-old-guy colonoscopy.

Biltmore in the Green Mountains

Rights and Privileges

Many years ago in Vermont, the Webbs (in Shelburne) and Billings (in Woodstock) chose to buy in, and play, country gentlemen on lands formerly farmed by folks ill-positioned to resist a buyout.

Price of freedom of information

From the Editor

As a U.S. citizen, you have the right to see and review any government record that is not classified for national security reasons.

Wallingford arson scandal moves closer to resolution

Ex-firefighter receives six month sentence

An ex-Wallingford firefighter will serve a six month sentence at home for setting grass fires on federal land in Vermont. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss said the crime of Matthew D. Burnham, 22, of Wallingford, was not of the nature for prison time.

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New CCV building under way in Rutland

Rutland residents are getting a sneak preview of the new the 32,500-square-foot Community College of Vermont building which is abuilding in downtown Rutland at the corner of Wales and West streets.

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Baseball legend Ernie Johnson remembered

Vermont baseball legend and Brattleboro-native Ernie Johnson, Sr., who was a Major League pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves and then a long-time television broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves, recently passed away in Georgia at the age of 87.

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Coming to a farm near you - robots

The robot revolution in Vermont farming will not be televised. Instead, it will quietly transform dairy operations as we know it today.

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Adopt A Pet 8-20-11

Make A Friend At The Humane Society

Let your favorite pooch enjoy the end of summer with a dip in the pool.

'Fully Committed' set for Depot stage

"Fully Committed," will be presented at the Depot Theatre starting this Friday.

Friday, August 19

Moriah may cut services to residents

Tax cap forces tough choices

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava strongly supports the new 2 percent cap on local property taxes, but...

Ti Armory faces cold winter

Legal dispute delays repairs to boilers

A heated legal battle could keep the Ticonderoga Armory cold this winter. An oil-fired boiler exploded at the building, which serves as home to the Ti Area Senior Citizens and the local youth commission, last April. The blast destroyed one boiler and seriously damaged another, leaving the facility without heat. A subsequent legal dispute has prevented the town from making repairs.

Champlain Bridge arch to be lifted into place

Historic event will take full day to complete

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced tentative plans to float the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge to the bridge site and lift it into place next week.

Thursday, August 18

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Girl Scouts stay busy

Girl Scouts of Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake and Moriah finished up an extremely busy 2010-11 year and are gearing up for an even busier 2011-12.

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Sawmill project progressing at Ti archeological site

The historic replica French sawmill project has entered a new phase as more archeological digs took place recently.

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Ti Elk elected national president

A member of the Ticonderoga Elks has been elected to head the national organization.

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Fort Ti campaign off to strong start

Fort Ticonderoga’s annual appeal, The Fort Ticonderoga Fund, is off to a good start.

Tournament a pleasure

To the Times of Ti: On Aug 6, the sixth annual Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted at the Moriah Country Club in Port Henry. 

Dictionary Project seeking support

To the Times of Ti: Dictionaries have united people through the power of words since they were created over two thousand years ago.

Make your voice heard

To the Times of Ti: I was shocked when I learned that several petitions were made supporting homosexuals at the Methodist Church Annual Conference in Rochester.

Community support department

To the Times of Ti: At our last writing we urged you to come out and support our two major summer fund raisers, the Silver Bay Emps Musical and our annual steak roast.

Disagrees with letters

To the Times of Ti: I rarely comment on letters written by others because I passionately believe that they have as much right to their opinion and I do mine.

Changes for Best Fourth in the North panel - Angela Brown steps down as chair

Guest Viewpoint

The Best Fourth in the North is a town of Ticonderoga committee, dedicated to providing residents and area visitors with a unique and memorable Fourth of July experience.

Oktoberfest to expand

Hague event Sept. 23-25

The Hague Oktoberfest is growing. The third annual event will become a three-day affair this year, Sept. 23 to 25. In past year’s Oktoberfest has been a single day.

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Auction to assist downtown group

‘Relax in the Adirondacks’ Aug. 25

Throughout the summer, Ticonderoga’s residents and visitors have had a treat, as close to 40 painted Adirondack Chairs have appeared about the Town.

Television show to feature area men

‘Buried Treasure’ on FOX

A group of local men will be featured in a new national television program.

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Ti man makes fair an annual tradition

Frank Conlon enjoys sitting along the midway at the Essex County Fair, talking to fair-goers and watching the fair day after day.

Moriahstock on its way to Port Henry

Aug. 27 concert to feature local bands

More than four decades after Woodstock became the most famous music festival ever, the town of Moriah will host its own concert event.

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Seniors welcome at Roe Pond

Young anglers at Roe Pond can now have company.

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Penfield to host Heritage Day

Aug. 21

The Penfield Museum will host its 48th annual Heritage Day Sunday, Aug. 21.

‘Heritage Sunday’ to be celebrated

The First Congregational Church of Crown Point will celebrate “Heritage Sunday” Aug. 21.

Ti may license contractors

Hearing set Sept. 9 on proposed law

A law requiring contractors to be licensed by the town is being considered by Ticonderoga officials. A public hearing on a proposed law to “regulate contracting businesses in the town of Ticonderoga” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Community Building.

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Labor Day celebration planned

Port Henry to host events Sept. 3 and 4

As it has done for more than 120 years, Moriah will mark the unofficial end of summer with its annual Labor Day celebration. Activities are planned Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, in the village of Port Henry. The festivities are sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

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Elethrop, Cole wed

Anna Victoria Elethrop and Tyler James Cole were united in marriage on July 2, 2011, by Judge James O’Brian on Mt. Defiance overlooking the majestic Fort Ticonderoga/Lake Champlain.

Heritage 10K set in Ironville this weekend

The eighth annual Heritage 10K road race will be contested Sunday, Aug. 21.

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Schroon fishing derby results

Seventy seven young anglers participated in Schroon Lake Kids Fishing Derby July 30, held each summer for children under 12 years of age.

The Seniors Page

Medicare open enrollment upcoming — volunteers needed

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YouthWorks teens appreciated for spirit, projects

Sister Connie Messitt of The Priory in Chestertown watched a dozen or so teenagers of the mission group YouthWorks painting trim in rooms of the sprawling building that serves as a retreat for people seeking spiritual renewal.

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Lumberjacks revive tradition at Stony Creek

Katrina Davenport swung her axe behind her back, grimaced and propelled it toward a block of wood standing in a vise.

Scaroon Manor now open for camping

Local and state officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the expanded Scaroon Manor Campground and Day Use area, a facility that now accommodates overnight camping.

Retreat offered for women with chronic illness

To the Adirondack Journal: Creative Healing Connections, which provides arts and healing retreats for women living with cancer and other chronic illnesses, has several full scholarships available for two upcoming Adirondack weekend retreats set for Sept. 23 through 25 and Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

Thanks for your support of WayneStock

To the Adirondack Journal: I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people that made the recent “WayneStock“ event — benefiting the North Country Hardship Fund — as successful as it was.

Union working against taxpayers’ interests

To the Adirondack Journal: Decades ago when I was a kid, many of my teachers were very dedicated, adequately educated and underpaid.

Pennock, crew working hard on our roads

To the Adirondack Journal: Many thanks go out to Ed Pennock and the Warrensburg town highway department crew of Glenn Bills, Slugger Corlew, Dan Daley, Dan Ackley, Keith Gillingham, Kevin Gillingham and Corey Cleveland — for the much-needed paving job on Alden Ave.

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Town seeks to refurbish historic bandstand

Local government is applying for a grant for the restoration and preservation of the its premier landmark, and help is needed.

Police: Woman swings wrench, strikes man

July 27 Judge Mindy Fisk presiding

• The case of Cindy S. Harvey, 35, of Village Estates, Chestertown, was adjourned to Aug. 10. She is accused of felony second-degree Assault based on an incident at 10:30 a.m.

Athol-Thurman

Special days in God’s country

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Approaching 100, Sr. Catherine Schuyler reflects on life

Sister Catherine Schuyler has invested her life into teaching others while enhancing their spiritual awareness and bridging cultural divides. She’s been at it a long time — since 1933.

Water charges hiked to cover costs

Water rates have increased in the hamlet of Warrensburg to pay for increased expenses, to pay back accrued debt, and to accommodate increased water usage.

Town Talk

Artifacts, history details sought

Local advocacy group sets forum Aug. 23

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Lake George Citizens Group will present their chosen candidates in the upcoming elections in a public forum scheduled at Fort William Henry Conference Center, 48 Canada St.

Seagle Colony music

Renowned for its opera performances, the Seagle Colony is extending its regular season this year with an instrumental chamber music concert.

Dramatic readings

North Country Arts Center presents dramatic readings from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Chestertown Municipal Center on Main St.

Golf tourney record

The annual Jeremiah Monroe Memorial Golf Tournament, held recently to benefit the Wounded Warrior project, shattered previous records for attendance and fundraising.

Dinner Theatre shifts show times

The Lake George Dinner Theatre is moving up its dinner and curtain time by 30 minutes for Thursday night shows on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 so that patrons may enjoy the village’s weekly Thursday fireworks display immediately following the performance of the play “Skin Deep.”

Lake groups obtain grant

Two groups that help monitor lake quality and activities were awarded a grant recently from International Paper with an aim of protecting the watershed’s ecology.

Chester Historical Society news

The Historical Society of the Town of Chester is sponsoring two consecutive free programs Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the auditorium of the Chester Municipal Center, located on Main St.

Coop. Extension golf tourney set

A golf tournament to raise funds for educational programs of Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension is set for Saturday, Aug. 27 at Cronin’s Golf Resort, Golf Course Road.

Chester gallery launches exhibit

The Art in Chestertown Gallery is celebrating the opening of its fall exhibit “Art Harvest” with an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

Lumberjack Pass Miniature Golf ranked No. 5 on national list

Lumberjack Pass Miniature Golf ranked No. 5 in the top 10 craziest mini golf courses on earth.

Bolton Bulletin

Annual ride to fund scholarships All are welcome to join the 7th annual Steven Chapman Memorial Ride, set for Sunday, Sept. 11.

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North Creek to host bluegrass festival Aug. 18-21

A weekend of field pickin’ tunes in a four-day camper town approaches as the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to the Ski Bowl Park for its eighth year from Aug. 18-21.

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1911•

Fire ravages Schroon Lake area

Bolton among communities to get Smart Growth grants

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens Aug. 10 announced awards for “smart growth grants” for Adirondack communities.

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North Warren grad aims for PGA competition

A man with local roots has set his sights on competing in professional golf, and two weeks ago he took a major step toward that goal.

Bridge celebration postponed until May 2012

DOT uncertain when Champlain span will be ready

Will the new Champlain Bridge open as scheduled Oct. 9?

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Robert Kennedy’s Hudson River kayak at local museum

Senator competed in 1967 White Water Derby

Plenty of visitors take advantage of New York state’s wilderness and mix business with pleasure during working vacations in the Adirondacks.

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Minerva VFD, rescue prepares for emergencies

A violent thunderstorm has just passed through town. Trees and power lines are down on Healy Road and the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad has been dispatched to the scene because of burning trees and arcing lines.

Bluegrass Fest plays this weekend

The Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival runs from Aug. 18 to 21.

Talk on unrest in the Middle East set

Revolts and revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria have been a news focus for the last seven months.

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Supervisor: Beach open for recreation

Though the water is closed to swimming, the town beach is still open for recreation, said Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed at the town meeting Aug. 16.

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Harley fundraiser set for Saturday

A pig roast and Harley ride fundraiser will celebrate its fourth year Aug. 20 at J & J's Foxx Lair Tavern.

Museum reminds residents of free days

The Adirondack Museum reminds year-round park residents that the museum is open to them free of charge Sundays and open days in October. Proof of residency such as a driver's license, passport, or voter registration card is required.

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Senators call for creative economic planning

During a joint visit in Hamilton County late last week, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand spoke with community members and business leaders about the economic future of the North Country.

Gov. spending is important discussion

To the News Enterprise: Thanks for your recent viewpoint in the July 30 issue.

Thanks from Dollars for Scholars

To the News Enterprise: Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars would like to thank the following for supporting our Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser last week:

Thanks from Wayne Stock

To the News Enterprise: I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people that made the Wayne Stock event to benefit the North Country Hardship Fund. All of the items donated by businesses and friends allowed our auction to raise much-needed funds.

Jesus just wants money

To the News Enterprise: Hello, people. It’s me, the voice on hockey history, Hawkeye.

Space program benefits U.S.

To the Editor: In her article in the Athol-Thurman section, in the August 6, 2011 issue of the Adirondack Journal, Evie Russell made the following comment:

Weather Watch

July 2011 will be remembered as a very hot and humid month when even the nighttime temperatures remained high. With such warm temperatures and below normal rainfall, it became necessary to water lawns and gardens to keep them from burning or drying up.

What is your perfect summer day?

Question of the Month

Mrs. Knickerbocker’s kindergarten class at Johnsburg Central responded:

Rural communities take care of their own

Guest Viewpoint

It's encouraging to see that New York state is decentralizing into regions. That's because as our founding forefathers knew, people who experience the result of their own decisions are better qualified to make sensible choices.

Baker's Mills News 8-20-11

Merle Coulter is home from being in rehab at Sunnyview. She is on the gain and is glad she is doing good.

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Moose Fest to highlight calling contest

Barks, bellows and grunts. Moos and moans. With a range like that, contestants at the town's first-ever moose-calling imitation competition have their work cut out for them.

Canoe, Kayak Challenge on tap

The North Country Challenge, a nearly 10 mile canoe and kayak race around Lake Harris, returns for its ninth year Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Jason Larabie murder case to go before grand jury, says D.A.

Suspect Dustin Hill remains behind bars

Dustin C. Hill, 21, Plattsburgh, who was taken into custody by the Plattsburgh Police Department Aug. 7, for the murder of 32-year-old Jason Larabie, Plattsburgh, awaits his case to go before a grand jury.

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Gillibrand voices support for manufacturing during tour

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Brunswick, has thrown her support behind growing business and jobs in the North Country following remarks from a recent visit to the region.

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American Red Cross meets NBT Bank’s $10,000 match challenge

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross has done it.

Chamber of commerce to host roundtable with Owens, reps from Commerce Department

Advance registration required for Monday event

The North Country Chamber of Commerce will host an "Export and Investment Roundtable" at its offices, 7061 State Route 9, Monday, Aug. 22.

Rabid skunk found in town of Plattsburgh, health department issues precautions

The Clinton County Health Department has reported a case of rabies has been confirmed in a skunk found on Archie Bordeau Road in the town of Plattsburgh.

Krispy Kreme sales to help Oak Street kids

The Oak Street Elementary Family School Association will hold a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Panera Bread on Consumer Square.

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Jeff Wyand Miracle Ride returns for 11th year Sunday

48-mile ride to depart from Crete Center, continue to West Plattsburgh Legion

The 11th annual Jeff Wyand Miracle Ride will be held this Sunday, Aug. 21, beginning at the Crete Memorial Civic Center, 4 Beach Road.

Beekmantown discusses lack of FEMA relief

The Beekmantown Town Council discussed, at their Aug. 15 meeting, the lack of flood-damage relief for individuals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Council sends Wells Communications back to drawing board for antenna replacement

Town officials have told Wells Communications to follow an established process if it wishes to replace a defective antenna.

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Ruff heads west to pursue dream of becoming professional actress

Julia Ruff is chasing her dream. The 13-year-old Peru Middle School student is packing her bags and heading to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue a career as a professional actress.

Recreation department ‘Doggie Paddle Day’ scheduled

The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department has scheduled a “Doggie Paddle Day” at the East Morrisonville Park this Sunday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Bucko Branham nets win last Saturday at Airborne Sportsman 4-20’s event

Bucko Branham won the final three segments of the Vermont Life Safety Sportsman “4-20’s” event to claim the overall victory and a $2,000 payday at Airborne Speedway Aug. 13. The all-time Airborne Sportsman win leader recorded a combined finishes total of 5 points.

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Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute receives FedEx aircraft

Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute has been given a rather larger gift from Federal Express and it’s one that came special delivery.

County hears from potential buyer of home healthcare service license

The Clinton County Legislature has heard from a Rochester-based company interested in purchasing the county’s home healthcare service license and taking over its services.

Wednesday, August 17

Moriah lands surprise grant

Water service to be extended

A group of Moriah residents will get town water service this year thanks to an unexpected grant.

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‘Heroic Maze’ open at Fort Ticonderoga

Part of anti-obesity program

People now have an opportunity to solve a six-acre puzzle by testing their knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga history. Fort Ticonderoga’s new “Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure” is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 20.

Block party scheduled

The communities of the Champlain Valley are invited to a blockbuster celebration at the second Annual Grange Block Party, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Concerts continue

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Essex Community Concerts will welcome Daniel Linder, an award winning pianist, to perform his interpretation of classical masterpieces on the piano.

Kiwanis golf tourney

The 2011 Kiwanis Golf Tournament will be sponsored by the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown.

Lois McClure in Essex

The 88-foot-long replica of the historic sailing schooner, the “Lois McClure” will be docked at the port of Essex on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25.

Piano concert set

On Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., Louise Dionne will perform a piano concert at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Monaco exhibit

From 1954 to 1979, the magical Land of Makebelieve, the masterpiece of Arto Monaco, captivated visitors young and old.

Plein Air Fest set

The Plein Air Festival officially begins on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Art exhibit slated

A special art exhibit at Pendragon Theatre ends on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Birds at ADK event

The Adirondack Mountain Club Presents, “All About Birds,” an introduction to birding that will appeal to the novice and the experienced birder as well, with Joan Collins on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK’s) High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid.

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Back to Camp

Notes from the North Woods

Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 has come and gone, and for the vast majority of outdoor travelers, the day passed by nearly unnoticed.

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The skinny on the state’s proposed plan to manage white-tailed deer

Outdoor Tales

For those who have not kept up, the state is in the process of formulating a plan that biologists hope will help them better manage the white-tailed deer herd here, and new rules and season dates will most likely emerge as a result — some as early as next year.

Man arrested after burglary spree

Police Blotter

On Aug. 9, the New York State Police in Ray Brook arrested Richard J. Massia, age 28, of Lake Placid, New York for four counts of Burglary 2nd degree, two counts of Burglary 3rd degree, and one count of Grand Larceny 4th degree.

Pendragon set to spring ‘Mousetrap’

A murderer lurks amongst a group of people confined by a snowstorm. How are they all connected? Who is the next victim?

163rd Essex County Fair fun

Essex County Fair photos

Theater one of the good offerings of summer for kids

There’s a lot of stuff for kids to do over the summer vacation, with a wide variety of results.

Are we alone in universe?

Super 8.” “Cowboys & Aliens.” “Battle: Los Angeles.” If this year’s crop of movies is any indication, our interest in the possibility of extraterrestrial life remains strong.

Upset by marriage story

To the Editor: Yes, I’m 61 years old. - No, I don’t have my head stuck in the sand. I keep up with current events and try to have my virtual finger on the pulse of those who are concerned citizens, young and old.

Polo match a success

To the Valley News: The polo match to benefit High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care held on Aug. 6 was a big success.

Making good on wish

To the Valley News: Two years ago today, we said goodbye to a loving husband, son, father, brother, bus driver and friend to many of us in the North Country.

Healing retreats set

To the Valley News: Creative Healing Connections, which provides arts and healing retreats for women living with cancer and other chronic illnesses, has several full scholarships available for two upcoming Adirondack retreats, Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011.

Thanks for pantry support

To the Valley News: On behalf of the town of Jay Town Board, and the town of Jay Supervisor’s Office, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our most heartful gratitude to all who came out in support of our town of Jay Food Pantry.

Theft of the system

To the Valley News: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

Craft, bake sale

The Westport Federated Women are hosting a crafts, jewelry, pillow, knitted & quilted items, bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Westport Federated Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Writing workshop set

There will be a Writing Workshop at the Westport Community Center Heritage House from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 27.

Keeseville Column 8-20-11

The Keeseville Free Library Local Artists Exhibition is in full swing now.

Essex 8-20-11

This Sunday, Aug. 21 , the Whallonsburg Grange will hold its second annual block party, with music, food, fire trucks and even a clown. It starts at 2 p.m. and admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

Willsboro Column 8-20-11

The end of the summer season in the Adirondacks seems to be ringing with music. There are all the fairs in the area and each features an outstanding music group.

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North Country SPCA 8-20-11

The NCSPCA is currently working hard to raise money in order to build a new animal shelter.

Westport Column 8-20-11

As we come up on the exciting opening of the new Champlain Bridge, don't miss the rare opportunity this weekend of hearing the bridge's award-winning designer, Ted Zoli, talk about the history and construction of our much-awaited link to the other side.

Elizabethtown 8-20-11

The E-town Farmer’s Market is finally filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Many folks wondered if their gardens would ever grow after a long wet spring. Farmers were planting and some found their seeds rotted in the ground. The hot weather and sunshine of the past month has finally given the plants a chance to catch up.

CSEA ratifies contract with concessions

Vote prevents layoffs among union members

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and CSEA President Danny Donohue Aug. 15 announced that members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) have ratified the five-year labor contract agreed to in June by CSEA leadership and the Cuomo administration. The agreement marks a milestone accomplishment for collective bargaining and labor-management cooperation in New York state.

Absent supers split on Horace Nye

The three supervisors who were not present at the Aug. 1 regular board meeting may not have had an impact on deciding the fate of the Horace Nye Nursing Home, with one in favor of selling, one not in favor, and one unsure.

FEMA denies

Property owners across the North Country won’t be able to tap federal funds for repairs and clean-up associated with historic spring flooding.

Tuesday, August 16

MLS Triathlon set for Sept. 10

The 13th Annual Mountain Lake Services Triathlon will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, in Keeseville.

Chesterfield asks county to help slow traffic on Port Douglas Rd.

The town of Chesterfield is seeking to slow motorists down on the section of the Port Douglas Road that leads to the beach there and runs through a residential area.

Jay mulls responsibility of potential Arto Monaco park

Representatives from the Arto Monaco Historical Society are gauging the town of Jay’s interest in taking ownership of a park the organization hopes to construct in the area.

Tax cap will likely require budget cuts in Jay

Board also discusses safety concerns about Rt. 9 closure, among other things

Supervisor Randall Douglas said at the Jay Town Board’s Aug. 11 meeting the new statewide 2 percent property tax cap will likely require budget cuts in Jay.

Champlain Bridge engineer Ted Zoli drawn to upstate region

While determining a design for the new Lake Champlain Bridge, Theodore “Ted” Zoli, vice president and technical director for HNTB Corp., hoped to re-illustrate the pre-existing bridge with a long-lasting, modern design.

Rabies cases reported to Essex County Public Health

There have been a few confirmed cases of rabies in wild animals in Essex County this year.

Lobsterfest set for 45th year in Westport

Lobster and chicken are the order of the weekend, as the 45th annual Lobsterfest is set to take place Labor Day weekend at the Westport Marina and Galley Restaurant.

Vendors sought for Field, Forest and Stream Day

The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks will host the 23nd Annual Field, Forest and Stream Day, an Adirondack Folk Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds of the Adirondack History Center in Elizabethtown.

First Schmidt Swim set at Camp Dudley

The inaugural Willie Schmidt Lake Champlain Swim for Hospice will be held at historic Camp Dudley in Westport on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.

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LaPine reflects on service to the Essex County Fair at dedication

After he was honored, Ernie LaPine quickly got back to being the voice of the Essex County Fair.

CATS trail project this Saturday

The next CATS trail project is scheduled for Saturday morning, Aug. 20.

Fish and Game Club preps for Jamboree

For the second year, the Elizabethtown Fish and Game Club will host a weekend of music and camping at their site on the Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road.

NY-ALERT program now in Essex County

A public warning and information system has been activated in Essex County.

Fire tower tour scheduled

There will be a fire tower tour and discussion with David Thomas-Train on Sunday, Aug. 28, starting at the Adirondack History Center Museum/ Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown.

Lewis applies for park grant, discusses impact of tax cap on budget

The Lewis Town Board voted to authorize Supervisor David Blades to apply for a $30,000 state parks and recreation grant to rehab Milholland Park.

TFCU hosting school supplies drive

Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) will begin their 2nd Annual School Supplies Drive for area children in need on Monday, August 1st. The campaign asks the public to drop-off new school supplies at any TFCU branch or ATM site throughout August.

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‘Cuts for a Cure’ returns to fight cystic fibrosis

Meghan Daley Taptick is at it again.

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Cocktails hosting ‘All for Ana’ this Sunday

Benefit to help girl in dire need of a kidney transplant

Agnes Loffler is hoping something can be done to save her daughter’s life.

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Pasquale’s to open second location in downtown Dannemora

Pasquale’s Pizzeria will soon open a second location in the village of Dannemora.

Dannemora Free Library closed, will reopen in new location Aug. 29

The Dannemora Free Library is now closed as the facility moves from its home at Dannemora Town Hall on Cook Street to the village of Dannemora's new office building on Emmons Street.

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Guardians of the Ribbon raising money for fire truck repairs

‘Kathy’ out of commission until further notice

They’re down, but they’re not out. The Northern New York chapter of Guardians of the Ribbon — a nonprofit organization working to raise money and awareness for cancer in women and children — has had a bit of a setback with moving forward with its mission.

Thrift store sale dates announced

The Souled Out Community Thrift Store, located at the Mooers United Methodist Church, 20 Blackman Corners Road, will hold a bag sale Friday, Aug. 19; Saturday, Aug. 20; and Friday, Aug. 26.

Special service, luncheon Aug. 28

Brainardsville United Methodist Church and Chateaugay United Methodist Church will host a special worship service at the Brainardsville Church Camp Sunday, Aug. 28, beginning at 11 a.m.

Our Furry Friends

Adirondack Humane Society Tiffa is a long-haired gray cat who came to the shelter because she didn't get along well with another cat in the home. She would do well in most homes including a limited number of other cats. She has tested negative for FeLV/FIV.

Try considering roses for your garden!

North Country Gardening

No other flowering shrub brings about as much emotion, especially romantic emotion, as the rose. In fact, 10 years ago, my husband and I were married at the renowned rose garden in Thornden Park in Syracuse.

Great hospital care

On April 5, I had a total knee replacement at CVPH Medical Center.

Saddened by BCSD controversy

I am an elementary teacher in the Beekmantown Central School District. Over the past few months, this is not something that I have wanted to shout out from the rooftops due to misinformation and negativity that has clouded the district that I call home.

Disgusted with board’s decision

Although most of the community is sick of it, the events at Beekmantown Central School have brought up an interesting comparison.

Vermont versus New York

Well, here we go again. Watching the Channel Five News at 6 p.m. on July 4, it seems that unless you live in Vermont, you don't count.

We need leadership, confidence

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Leadership and confidence are two key intangibles that have a major effect on human behavior. Our nation is in desperate need of both right now.

Lowe’s closure a reality check: Soul searching needed

Editorial

Just two years ago Ticonderoga leaders envisioned a vibrant commercial district at its “Four Corners.” The area surrounding the intersection of Routes 9N and 74 already had Wal-mart attracting thousands of shoppers.

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Northern Adirondack Central announces FFA judging results

Northern Adirondack Central FFA had another exceptional year at the annual Clinton County Fair in Morrisonville, according to faculty advisor Donald Jones.

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Larry Sorrell recognized for years of service to village DPW

Larry L. Sorrell, superintendent of the village department of public works, has been recognized for 25 years of service by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.

Mission center sales to help local food pantry Aug. 27

St. Mary’s Mission Center, 88 Oak St., Champlain, will donate proceeds from all sales Saturday, Aug. 27, to the Mooers Food Pantry at the Mooers Wesleyan Church, 149 Maple St., Mooers.

Village Fest, other events planned this Saturday

The village’s annual Champlain Village Fest will be held this Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Poissant graduates basic

SAN ANTONIO, Tx. — Air Force Airman Devan L. Poissant has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base.

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Railway station restoration project continues

Village receives bids for work to be performed

Efforts to restore the former Delaware and Hudson Railway Station on Pratt Street have been going on for the past 10 years — and holding.

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Dunkin Donuts sponsoring free movie showings next week

The village of Champlain will be the first stop on a free family movie tour across the region sponsored by Dunkin Donuts.

open house set for Habitat home in Westport

Habitat for Humanity Home will host visitors Aug. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Ti church collecting for Christmas

Christmas is months away, but a Ticonderoga church is already planning to help those in need this holiday season.

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Summer youth program concludes

The Ticonderoga summer youth recreation program has completed its season, providing activities to local children. More than 150 youngsters signed up for the program, according to Angie MacAlpine, program director, with more than 100 attending on a daily basis.

Monday, August 15

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Middlebury talent show is fun, surprising

You never what talented person is standing next to you downtown. That person may just be the star of the next Middlebury’s Got Talent show.

CVPS acquires Readsboro Electric

Central Vermont Public Service has completed the purchase of the Town of Readsboro’s franchise territory and electric department assets.

CVPS okays new power deals

Central Vermont Public Service has signed two new power supply contracts, filling the 2012 gap in its portfolio created by the end of the existing contract with Vermont Yankee, at attractive prices.

Celebrate Vergennes Day on Aug. 27

Schedule of Events

New bus routes for Mary Hogan School

Mary Hogan Elementary Principals Bonnie Bourne and Tom Buzzell said teachers and staff are preparing for the first day of school Aug. 31.

Burglaries reported along Route 22A

Vermont State Police are investigating a burglary near Main Street in Orwell at approximately 4 a.m. Aug. 12.

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Rubber Duckie Race a local tradition

Multiple venues around town feature everything from running races, 75 plus crafters and vendors, to antique vehicles.

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Area sailors compete in lake classic

Gonzalez wins 2011 Ladies Cup Race

A mostly all-female flotilla of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club—with a few male teams competing—took part in the annual Ladies Cup Race on the lake last weekend.

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Spartan Races attracts 2,000 participants

The top obstacle race in New England, the Spartan Races, brought its extreme endurance competition “The Beast” to Killington Resort last weekend.

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Illegal drug arrest made in area

The Vermont Drug Task Force conducted a month long investigation into the distribution and sale of crack cocaine, cocaine, and heroin in the Chittenden County and Windham County areas. During the course of the investigation the Task Force made numerous controlled purchases of drugs.

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Rutland-region restaurants win in Best Taste Awards

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announced the coveted Best Taste and Best Display Awards presented at the 30th Annual RRCC Winter In August Celebration at the Diamond Run Mall last week. 

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Teen arrested in Wallingford assault

A 19-year-old male has been arrested relating to Aug. 11 incident on Nash Drive in Wallingford.

Field Days, zucchini bread, and running for the U.S. Senate

Last week, I stepped foot on the magnificent Addison County Fairgrounds for half-a- minute and I found myself engaged in conversation with a pretty as an early-August-sunset young gal from Middlebury (she now lives in Tokyo).

Classrooms as profit centers

Rights and Privileges

More recent classroom visitors than I can confirm—whether the time-honored teachings about different models for historic civilizations or market-based—are still being presented to today’s students.

Life, unions, and the pursuit of happiness

From the Editor

I have always had mixed feelings about unions. On the one hand, my working-class immigrant grandparents benefited somewhat under the protection of labor unions. And during the abuses of the Industrial Age, unions seemed like the only way labor could fend off the predations of greedy owners and bosses.

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Comedy Central’s Breuer kicks-off Paramount season

On Friday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m, the historic, non-profit Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland will welcome comedian Jim Breuer as he kicks off the 2011-12 performance season at the historic theater.

MaryBeth DeFalco named to bank

Citizens Bank has hired MaryBeth DeFalco as business banking officer in the Upper Valley and Rutland/West markets in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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‘Four legs good’ at Camp Furry Friends

The little brown building next to the Rutland County Humane Society shelter, normally a home to extra supplies and a family of field mice, was alive with activity last week.

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Lake Champlain bridge opening in question

NYSDOT uncertain when span will be ready

Will the new Champlain Bridge open as scheduled Oct. 9? No one seems to know.

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Scott to spend a day at this newspaper

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott will spend a day New Market Press, LLC, publishers of the Addison Eagle and Green Mountain Outlook newspapers. Scott will visit the staff of the newspapers Aug. 16. The lieutenant governor’s visit is part of his statewide Everyday Job Initiative.

‘Heritage Sunday’ to be celebrated

Crown Point church moves service to Penfield

The The First Congregational Church of Crown Point will celebrate “Heritage Sunday” Aug. 21. The church will join the annual Heritage Day celebration at the Penfield Museum with a service at the historic Penfield Church , at 9:30 a.m. There will be no service at the “Church in the Park” this week. The service will be conducted by Pastor David Hirtle.

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Seniors welcome at Roe Pond

Moriah changes fishing regulations

Young anglers at Roe Pond can now have company. A children’s fishing site, Roe Pond is now available to senior citizens.

Testing Breaking news

Testing the Breaking news

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Lowe’s closes Ti store

No formal announcement

Lowe’s has closed its Ticonderoga store. The national home improvement chain made no public announcement, but failed to open for business Monday, Aug. 15. Calls to the store were answered with an automated message, “Sorry, this location is permanently closed.”

Friday, August 12

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Bridge opening in question

DOT uncertain when Champlain span will be ready

Will the new Champlain Bridge open as scheduled Oct. 9? No one seems to know.

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Fort Ti campaign off to strong start

Fort Ticonderoga’s annual appeal, The Fort Ticonderoga Fund, is off to a good start. At the recent Fort Ticonderoga Mid-Summer Gala event, Sandy Morhouse, trustee and fund executive committee co-chair, announced the fund drive has commitments totaling $303,811 in hand.

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TV program to feature treasure hunters

A group of local men will be featured in a new national television program. Dan Blanchette, his son Zachary and Larry French will appear on “Buried Treasure” on the FOX television network this fall. The Blanchettes are from Ticonderoga. French lives in Crown Point.

Thursday, August 11

MVAC names scholar athletes

The Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference announced its spring sports scholar athletes. They are as follows:

Campbell Tourney winners named

On July 7, the Willsboro Golf Club hosted the Ellie Campbell Golf Tournament to benefit the Paine Memorial Library in Willsboro.

Golf winners named

The Mountain Lake Services Foundation held its 10th annual Helen F. McDonald Memorial Golf Classic, sponsored by Glens Falls National Bank and Mineville Oil Company, recently at the Westport Country Club.

Hoey finishes third at tourney

Jacqueline Hoey of Au Sable Forks shot her personal best 77 in the 14th Annual Schenectady Gazette Capital District Junior N.I.E. Golf Championship, held Aug. 5 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course in Schenectady.

‘Tempest’ set

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts invites you to an Outdoor Concert featuring “Tempest” on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Steel arrives for new ski lift towers for upcoming Mt. Pisgah season

After years of fundraising and a whole lot of leg work by volunteers and village officials, the steel towers for the new ski lift at Mt. Pisgah have finally arrived in Saranac Lake.

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Plein Air Festival set for Saranac Lake starting Aug. 18

The Adirondack Plein Air Festival will take place in Saranac Lake Aug. 18 through 21.

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Lake Placid Sinfonietta set for final show in 2011 summer series

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will present its last program of the 2011 summer season at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Saturday evening, Aug. 13.

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Saranac Lake Block Party held

Photo Gallery of Saranac Lake Block Party

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Port Kent Water District project on time and budget

They are two phrases that anyone working on a project want to hear - that it is on time and under budget.

Essex concerts continue

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Essex Community Concerts will welcome Daniel Linder, an award winning pianist, to perform his interpretation of classical masterpieces on the piano.

Tag sale to benefit NCSPCA

There will be a Antique and Tag Sale at the Whallonsburg Grange to benefit the North Country SPCA on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Painting workshop slated

Martha Loving Orgain will host a Lazure Painting Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm in Essex.

Willsboro to hold special meeting Aug. 15, several items discussed

It was just one of those Mondays. Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch said that the town received information on a number of issues the morning before its regularly scheduled Town Board meeting Aug. 8, leaving little time to talk about the issues.

Ti sets medical clearances for high school athletes

Medical clearance will be held for Ticonderoga High School athletes on Friday, Aug. 12, at the high school nurses office. Varsity and junior varsity football is to report 7 to 8 a.m., varsity and junior varsity soccer 8 to 8:30 a.m. and boys and girls cross country 8:30 to 9 a.m.

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Ti honors all varsity senior athletes

The Ticonderoga Booster Club recently honored all the varsity senior athletes at the annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet.

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Schroon man to head Word of Life Fellowship

A Schroon Lake man will become the next Executive Director of the worldwide ministries of Word of Life Fellowship.

HHHN will no longer accept insurance provider Aetna

Hudson Headwaters Health Network has announced that, as of Oct. 1, it will no longer accept Aetna health insurance plans at its 13 health centers.

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Ticonderoga train trestle conversion a reality

With no official fan fare, the Alexandria Avenue train trestle, circa 1874, completed its three-month make over recently and is open for foot and bike traffic.

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Chilson Volunteer Fire Company celebrates 50 years of service

The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company 50th anniversary celebration on July 23 attracted a capacity crowd of more than 350 friends and neighbors to enjoy chicken barbecue and a classic fire equipment show.

Fire at massage therapy business considered suspicious

Owner is not convinced

Two local massage businesses suffered damage from a fire which investigators consider suspicious

Get ready for changes in EPIC

The Seniors Page

Just a reminder that as of July 1,2011, EPIC will pay your prescription plan monthly premiums if your income is less than $23,000 (singles) and $29,000 (couples) per year.

New program available for special needs preschoolers

A new pre-school program to help non-typically developing children will be opening this September at Ticonderoga Elementary School. An identical program will be opening shortly after at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

Restore honor in Crown Point

To the Times of Ti: A dark cloud has come over Crown Point recently when the town supervisor and two town board members passed a local law confiscating our right to vote for town assessors. I say confiscating because they rammed through their vote in spite of what appeared to be at least 2-1 public outcry against it. The excuse was a perceived necessity, being financial costs, a tool used by Communism to take away our rights and eventually take complete control of our lives through government.

Railroad has responsibility

To the Times of Ti: I was appalled to read the article about the train collision with the Dodge Dakota pick-up in Ticonderoga. The audacity to insinuate that the driver of the truck was at fault and that the railroad has no responsibility is incomprehensible. How dare you?

Reenactors feel slighted

To the Times of Ti: Recent publicity would have one believe all is well at Fort Ticonderoga! Nothing could be further from the truth as recent events have proved! In June of 2010 the streets and businesses of Ticonderoga were filled with reenactors! Local residents had a hard time finding elbowroom in our restaurants and diners and this was fine for the reenactors brought revenue to our community! This past June there was hardly a notice of reenactors as many boycotted the activities at the fort due to bad feelings between them and the staff!

Board sold the right of voters

To the Times of Ti: Your right to vote is priceless, yet Bethany Kosmider and her Town Board henchmen Patnode and Dushane managed to sell the votes of the 1,371 registered Crown Point voters for $9.60 each. How so? According to Kosmider, NYS will bestow a one-time $7 per parcel stipend to towns that convert from an elected to a sole appointed assessor system.

Appalled by gay marriage story

To the Times of Ti: Yes, I’m 61 years old. - No, I don’t have my head stuck in the sand. I keep up with current events and try to have my virtual finger on the pulse of those who are concerned citizens, young and old.

Letters give glimpse into Moriah’s past

Moriah Reflections

The following are letters written by Ellen D. Witherbee Atwell in 1899 and 1900 to her nephew Tyler Reed Woodbridge of Victor, Colo. She was age 64 at that time. She tells of her family life, traditions, and some facts of history relating to the Witherbee family, handed down by her parents and grandparents, written at Port Henry.

Iris Division Days slated at garden

Iris Division Days in the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga provide an opportunity to take home bearded irises to add to personal perennial beds. As part of the “Hands-on Horticulture Program” the public is invited to learn about the division of iris rhizomes. Guests will be able to take a piece home along with planting instructions. Additional rhizomes will be available for purchase.

Garden club to present awards

The Carillon Garden Club is searching for businesses and homes in both Ticonderoga and Hague to honor because of curb appeal of their outstanding gardens and/or plantings.

Moriahstock planned

More than four decades after Woodstock became the most famous music festival ever, the town of Moriah will host its own concert event.

‘Circle of Hope’ dedicated at CVPH Medical Center

Foundation still has granite pavers available for sponsorship, engraving

The Circle of Healing and Hope is complete. The Foundation of CVPH has unveiled the results of its five-month-long effort to redevelop a section greenspace on the south edge of CVPH Medical Center’s front lawn, near its Beekman Street entrance.

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Tractor Supply store opening

Store scheduled for opening this fall

A new Tractor Supply Co. store, currently being constructed, is scheduled to open here in October.

Ti Arts Gallery open for season

The Ticonderoga Arts Gallery is now open for its 2011 season.

Area Girl Scouts collecting bottles

The Southern Essex County Girl Scouts will continue to collect bottles throughout the summer to help fund a service unit scholarship fund.

Carillon Garden Club to meet

Rain gardens will be the topic of the next Carillon Garden Club program at the Hague Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 18. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and the program, which is open to all, will start at approximately 11:15 a.m.

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Crown Point author reflects on life

A Crown Point poet has penned a second book. Jean Arleen Breed, who chronicled the woes of local residents in “The Loss of the Lake Champlain Bridge: A Traveler’s Story,” has published “Poems from the Champlain Valley.”

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History relived in CP

Hundreds to take part in reenactment

Battles will once again be fought on the grounds of the Crown Point State Historic Site during a British, French and Indian War encampment Aug. 13 and 14.

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Folk Festival returns Aug. 14

The Adirondack Folk Music Festival will return to the Schroon Lake Town Park on Sunday, Aug. 14, and will feature five acts for an afternoon filled with mountain music.

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You caught what?

Notes from the North Woods

Over the course of my career as a guide and angler, I have had numerous opportunities to witness some strange catches.

City and Town with Don Kasprzak and Bernie Bassett

July finally brought summer weather! Hot and humid was the norm and it continues. Fall is right around the corner so enjoy the rest of summer!

State Procurement Assistance Center free bid-matching service announced

BidLinx to help small businesses find gov’t bid opportunities

The New York State Procurement Assistance Center at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh’s North Country Small Business Development Center is now offering “BidLinx,” a new service to help local firms find leads to government contracts.

Diabetes management presentation slated next Thursday

Dr. Silvio Inzucchi, a nationally-recognized leader in diabetes management, will present “Medicines for Diabetes: An Update For Patients” Thursday, Aug. 18, at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road.

Blood drives scheduled

The North Country Regional Blood Donor Center will conduct several blood drives across the region through the end of the month.

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Back Porch Band having a good time just playing some tunes

The Back Porch Band has been having fun for nearly a decade.

Sportsman purse on the line Saturday

Wood, Begor, Branham and Heywood among top contenders

The largest J&S Steel Sportsman purse of the year is on the line this Saturday, Aug. 13 at Airborne Speedway.

‘Swim for Hospice’ taking registrants for Aug. 27 event at Camp Dudley

The inaugural Willie Schmidt Lake Champlain Swim for Hospice will be held at Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 9 a.m.

Clinic for cross country coaches planned Aug. 27

A cross country coaches’ clinic is planned for Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road.

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Director’s artifacts on display

The Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., currently has a display of books and other items relating to the atomic bomb explosions that took place in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 6, 1945, and Aug. 9, 1945, respectively.

Vermont man arrested for boating while intoxicated

Plattsburgh City Police officers have charged a Vermont man with boating while intoxicated.

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Zumbathon, 5k event to help Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center

Events to bring awareness to life-threatening disease

The Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center hosts its “Walk to Remember” each year, remembering those lost to and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. And, this year, two events are kicking off the event.

Social Security office to have shorter hours

The Social Security Administration office — located at 14 Durkee St., Suite 230 — will have reduced public hours effective Monday, Aug. 15, due to Congressional budget cuts.

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‘Circle of Hope’ dedicated at CVPH

Foundation still has granite pavers available for sponsorship, engraving

The Circle of Healing and Hope is complete. The Foundation of CVPH has unveiled the results of its five-month-long effort to redevelop a section greenspace on the south edge of CVPH Medical Center’s front lawn, near its Beekman Street entrance.

Council borrows money from reserves to help highway department

The town board passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of $125,000 from the highway department’s unappropriated, unreserved fund balance to various other highway expense funds at their regular Aug. 8 meeting.

Peru council race heats up

The race for Peru town council is beginning, with Geoffrey Spear running under the Republican ticket, and incumbents Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno running under the Democratic one, among others.

VFW Field Day this Saturday

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309, 710 State Route 22B, will host its Annual Field Day this Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 1 p.m.

Mideast revolts subject of talk

A program focusing on observations on Mideast revolutions and unrest is to be presented by Fordham professor Byron Shafer at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in the North Creek United Methodist Church, Main St.

Library to host string ensemble

A concert featuring the classical music group Manchester Music Festival Trio is set for 7:30 p.m. Aug.17 at Hillview Free Library.

Baker family reunion is Saturday

The 147th Baker Family Reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Malta Community Park on Plains Road.

Annual bluegrass fest expanded

With a lengthy lineup of entertainment and an addition of an extra day, the eighth annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival is set for Aug. 18-21 at Ski Bowl Park.

LG vacation Bible school offered

A summer Vacation Bible School with a theme of PandaMania will be hosted at Caldwell Presbyterian Church from Aug. 15 to Aug. 19.

Operation Reindeer seeks help

Gloria Gonzales, who’s operated the charity Operation Reindeer in Warrensburg for decades, is now seeking some help, as some of her records of past years are unavailable.

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North Warren student races for good cause

Sophomore raises money to fight cystic fibrosis

Jared Howe, 15, is racing to fight the disease cystic fibrosis (CF). On Aug. 2, he won first place in the youth division of the 12th annual WCKM Celebrity Go-Cart Challenge at Adventure Racing in Lake George. The money raised from the event goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and five other charities.

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Smaller Youth Fair focuses on youth projects and exhibits

 Despite a drastic downsizing this year, the Warren County Youth Fair offered a lot for those who participated, event sponsors said Monday.

Debut of classical music fest in LG

A new classical music series is to hold its inaugural season this summer with Lake George Village as the host community.

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‘Joe The Barber’ well-loved in Warrensburg

The art of barbering has a long and colorful history In northern Warren County, and Joseph F. DeMatties exemplifies that heritage well.

Arts & Crafts Fair

Bolton Bulletin

Artisans displaying their creations and demonstrating their techniques will be filling Rogers Park Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 during the Bolton Emergency Squad Arts & Crafts Fair that always draws so many people to town.

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1911•

Thrilling rescue on Lake George A motorboat owned and operated by Edgar Bowne, a summer cottager at Dunham’s Bay, Lake George, caught fire from gasoline in the bottom of the boat and burned to the water’s edge.

Over the Fence

Athol-Thurman

It looks like our town has been bypassed by the federal government concerning financial help with our extensive storm damages totaling $7 million from the Memorial Day floods. So do you think none of our federal representatives need our 500 or so votes when they come up for re-election?

Mass sale in Adirondack hamlet

On Saturday, Aug. 13, the quiet hamlet of Adirondack on the east shore of Schroon Lake will be bustling with people, as dozens of families will be offering household goods, tools, crafts, and collectibles for sale in Adirondack’s annual community yard sale.

WCS school board member resigns

Position up for election

Warrensburg Central School Board of Education member James Carrion has resigned from the policy-making panel.

Warrensburg Youth Football League ready to roll

With the pending development of a town football field, the local youth gridiron program has garnered a heightened level of interest recently.

Youth cheerleading launched

Town Talk

The Warrensburg Youth Football League is now seeking children in grades 3 through 6 who are interested in cheerleading for a series of seven games in September and October, home and away at various sites.

New Asian Clam infestations found in Lake George

Several more infestations of Asian clams have been discovered in Lake George, and more money is needed to fight the spread of the environmentally destructive clam colonies, Walt Lender of the Lake George Association told town officials Monday.

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Horicon Day attracts crowd to town

For a day, the hamlet of Brant Lake was transformed into a scene from a bygone era. Saturday, Aug. 6, the community was full of people sporting smiles, greeting neighbors they haven’t seen for a while, browsing among vendors, gawking at classic cars, and watching children play a variety of games.

Wednesday, August 10

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Museum gives Jerry Jenkins top Adirondack award

‘Adirondack Atlas’ author honored at ceremony

The Adirondack Museum Aug. 4 honored Jerry Jenkins for his many contributions to the Adirondack Park — as a botanist, naturalist, geographer and author — by awarding him the annual Harold K. Hochschild Award.

Library Friends to host picnic

A potluck picnic, annual meeting and social gathering will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m. at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion.

Town of Newcomb website receives overhaul

The town’s website got a facelift recently.

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Mini Flower Show

At the August meeting of the Adirondack Mountain Garden Club, the members held a Mini Flower Show.

Why turn the beach into a bog?

To the News Enterprise: Perhaps if the beach had been named Veteran's Memorial Beach rather than Grunblatt Memorial Beach the three Town Board members, who blithely approved permanent closure of the only viable public swimming place in Johnsburg, might have been more thoughtful.

Question of the month: What is your perfect summer day?

Mrs. Pederson’s third-grade class at Johnsburg Central answered:

Baker's Mills News 8-13-11

Hope everyone had a great weekend with the high temperatures. Guess being in Bakers Mills area the high temps don't seem normal. Today is quite comfortable.

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Programs winning the war on knotweed

The Town of Inlet's Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program in has treated tens of thousands of Japanese knotweed plants with herbicide from its forming in 2008 through 2010. These invasive plants were found at more than 100 sites in Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Inlet and Webb.

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Newcomb Central on brink of securing dormitory funding

Newcomb Central School may soon get the funding it needs to construct dormatories to house foreign students.

Time for bluegrass

Four-day festival coming to town

A weekend of field pickin' tunes in a four-day camper town approaches as the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to the Ski Bowl Park for its eighth year from Aug. 18-21.

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Top county welfare official faces Misconduct, Forgery charges

Suspect was a crime-fighter

Warren County Commissioner of Social Services Sheila M. Weaver was arrested Friday Aug. 5 and charged with Official Misconduct, two felony counts of second-degree Forgery, and two counts of second-degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing, authorities said.

Chicken barbecue benefits food pantry

The Outreach Center will sponsor a Chicken BBQ to benefit the Food Pantry Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Ski Bowl pavilion in North Creek, with grillmaster Don Lasher and his assistants. Music will be provided by the Keystone Band.

Mine mixer planned

The Gore Chamber of Commerce’s next After Hours Mixer is Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. at Barton Mines Ruby Mountain Operations. There will be a presentation of the operations, light refreshments (non-alcoholic) and a tour of the pit.

Historical marker to be erected

The Adirondack Community Trust-Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region awarded $250 to the Historical Society towards the purchase of a permanent historical marker honoring the local birthplace of famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.

Train support meeting planned

All businesses, community organizations and local residents are invited to come with ideas for tourism packages, events and other ways to partner with the Saratoga-North Creek Railroad Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Copperfield Inn.

Train ridership on the rise

The local train is making a brisk trade in tickets, with nearly 1,800 riders logged since the July 23 opening.

Curator to appraise items during library fund raiser

Library visitors can bring their attic and closet treasures to the Johnsburg bookery Thursday, Aug. 18, for a professional opinion on whether they’ve got hidden gems.

Drive-by shooting in Hinesburg

The Vermont State Police received a call Aug. 3 regarding a suspicious incident at Route 116 and Mechanicsville Road in Hinesburg.

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Adopt A Pet 8-13-11

Make A Friend At The Humane Society

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) is partnering with Vermont Companion Animal Neutering (Vt.-CAN) to get Rutland County cats spayed and neutered. Vt.-CAN, a low cost spay/neuter clinic located in Middlesex is a long drive from Rutland County.

Cuomo signs boater safety exemption legislation

A bill signed into law late last week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extends a boater safety course exemption for renters of personal watercraft.

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Essex County Fair starts Today

The 163rd annual fair starts in Westport with Rollover Contest

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Chesterfield touts success at museum

The North Star Underground Railroad Museum is now open seven days a week.

Jay seeks donations for school, pantry drives

For the fourth year, the town of Jay is asking the community to come together to help students have the edge they need when they go back to school.

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Local woman recalls life under Hitler and Stalin Germany, Europe

Sapp will tell her story Aug. 13 at Underground Railroad Museum

Ingeborg Sapp, 78, has lived through the defining ideological battles of the twentieth century. And she’s going to tell her story on Aug. 13 at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum.

Block party scheduled

The communities of the Champlain Valley are invited to a blockbuster celebration at the second Annual Grange Block Party, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Conte to perform, name your price nights at Depot

The Depot Theatre, a nonprofit professional theatre in its thirty-third season, will present an evening of jazz standards performed by singer and bassist, Chris Conte, on Wednesday , Aug. 17, at 8 p.m.

Auditions for ‘Little Mermaid’

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is excited to announce the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre free summer residency program and workshops. On Monday, Aug. 15, at 9:30 a.m., open auditions will be held for “The Little Mermaid.”

Raptors up close at presentation

The Adirondack Mountain Club presents “Adirondack Raptors, up close and personal,” with Steve and Wendy Hall, who run the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK’s) High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid.

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North Country School pilots online algebra class

While classrooms at North Country School are mostly quiet during summer months, a second floor room has hummed on recent mornings with the familiar murmurings of students and teacher at work.

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Paul Smith’s College to work with Domincan Republic institution

Paul Smith's College will share its expertise in sustainable forestry and ecotourism with an institution in the Dominican Republic as part of a new agreement.

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Bridge designer to speak

 A former camper at Camp Dudley YMCA in Westport will return Aug. 21 to talk about his latest project in the North Country.

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10th Mountain Division honored

Members past and present from the 10th Mountain Division came together at Whiteface Mountain to remember comrades and heroes Aug. 3.

Biography would make good movie

I live a mundane life. I think that’s part of the reason I love biographies. Reading them, I can get all the action and adventure a nerd needs, from the comfort of the public library.

Poor taste

To the Valley News: A month ago, when I saw the enclosed cartoon (“Ash Hole,” July 2, 2011) I had a strong visceral reaction. I set it aside to see if that reaction would mellow with time.

Golf outing a success

To the Valley News: The first annual Brookie's Pub Golf outing was held Saturday, July 30 at the Port Kent Golf Club and Community located in Port Kent. Many thanks to all golfers and sponsors who helped make this event such a succe

Water rates should benefit taxpayers, not county

To the Valley News: The July 13 (Lewis) Town Board meeting regarding water sales to the county has left many people wondering why this was suggested by the town supervisor to capping the water rate at the 1 million-gallon rate.

A return to our core values

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We need the government to work for everyone while providing each of us the freedoms we value and opportunity to create the type of life that fits each citizen’s personality.

Farmers markets a worthwhile stop

If you know the person who produced your food on a first-name basis, you’re living the dream.

Social Center trip planned

The Elizabethtown Social Center, in conjunction with North Wind Tours, presents a trip to New York City to see the 3D Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes on Nov. 12 and 13.

ELCS meeting scheduled

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board of Eduction will hold its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in the conference room.

Soccer registration set for ELYC

Registration for the Elizabethtown-Lewis fall youth soccer season has begun.

Essex County Sheriff releases monthly figures

The following is a summary of the activities of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office for the past month.

County overtime issue matter of union contract

The need to pay Essex County employees overtime for work done in a situation like working as election inspectors while taking a vacation day from their regular job comes down to a combination of the Union Contract and labor laws.

Elizabethtown highway super passes at 48

Aubin ‘dedicated’ servant

Former Elizabethtown Highway Superintendent Dennis Aubin was remembered as a dedicated town servant and friend after his passing last week.

Improving teacher assessments

Guest Viewpoint

How to improve the evaluation of teachers has become a hot topic.

Tuesday, August 9

Keeseville Column 8-13-11

Congratulations to the Village of Keeseville for the steady hard work which earned the village $50,000 in the Pepsi Refresh funding. This money will be applied to the ongoing renovations at the J.C. Park. People interested in helping out with the project should contact Tonia Finnegan. Contact the Village Office for more information. Now I must admit and call on readers to clear something up for me. I have recently seen the Park referred to as “Jay Cee,” “JC” and “J C.” Can anyone tell me which is correct and what is the history of the park? Again, very exciting to see a small community like ours get something of this nature and further exciting that good use will be made of the money.

Workshops for woodland owners scheduled

Many woodlot owners want to be more active in gathering logs or firewood from their property. Often there are too few acres or too few trees to attract a commercial-scale operation. In other cases, the owner just wants to be more closely involved in the selection, felling and moving of wood. On Saturday, September 10th join Dr. Peter Smallidge of Cornell University Cooperative Extension for a small-scale woodlot and sugarbush management workshop. This workshop will focus on the skills needed to remain safe and accomplish the goals. This workshop is sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Essex and the local chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association.

Willsboro Column 8-13-11

We are not hearing the buzz of lawnmowers around the community, as most of our lawns are turning brown for lack of water. We are hopeful that the rain predictions will give assistance soon. It was another busy weekend with the downtown Essex days busy activities; many people came out to enjoy the outing. This summer we have noticed many bikers travailing through our community, this seems to be a popular route. This past weekend we had large number of bikers go through with a motorcycle escort to block intersections for them to travel through safely.

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North Country SPCA 8-13-11

The NCSPCA would like to remind you to mark your calendar and save the date for Saturday, Aug. 27, when we will be having our Antique and Tag Sale at the Whallonsburg Grange to raise money for shelter expenses. The benefit will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 9 to 10 a.m., "Early Birds" can be admitted for $20 and get a head start on the shopping. Open admission is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m. prices will be reduced for a half-price extravaganza! This is NOT to be confused with a rummage sale; the event will feature furniture, china, glassware, antique kitchen tools, toys, Adirondack-themed items, rugs, photographs, and much, much more! Coffee, soft drinks, and snacks will be available. It's sure to be an entertaining and enjoyable experience for anyone who loves antiques - or just shopping in general!

Westport Column 8-13-11

Happy Fair Week, everyone. Unfortunately, family obligations are taking me out of town this weekend, but here’s a shout-out to my fellow Dogwood Bread Company employee, Kalika Hopkins, who’ll be entering again this year. Good luck, Kalika!

Elizabethtown Column 8-13-11

Once up a time the Essex County Fair was held in Elizabethtown, next to Riverside Cemetery. Hand Avenue was then called Fair Street. In the 1850s one of the farmers who brought his sheep to the Fair in E-town was none other than John Brown, the famous abolitionist. The Fair outgrew its Riverside location and moved to Westport in 1865. This year is the 163rd for the Essex County Fair, and most E-towners will make the trip to Westport, August 10-14. Many attractions have changed over the years, but there are still horse-pulling contests, and plenty of farm animals.

ECH tech featured in national publication

Elizabethtown Community Hospital is featured in two stories in the July issue of Health Leaders magazine.

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American Legion post facelift progressing

The look of American Legion Post 769 is changing.

NCCS prepares for budget woes

Board president calls crisis ‘perfect storm’

The Northeastern Clinton Central School District board of education mulled possible ways of saving money at their Aug. 2 meeting.

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City man murdered near boat launch

Suspect taken into custody

A city man has been arrested and arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

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First Choice Power Wash’s business is cleaning up

Cliff Sterling prides himself on his attention to detail. It's a trait he picked up during his 17-year career in the Vermont Air National Guard.

Our Furry Friends

Our Furry Friends is a weekly feature brought to you by Denton Publications.

Ways to burn unwanted fat

Health Matters

This month, I’m going to have you take your workout outside — it is the summer after all. Find a field, football or soccer fields work, but any field will do. This workout has been designed to rev up your metabolism and get your body into fat-burning mode.

Insects are an important to your gardens

North Country Gardening

When most people think of insects, bad ones come to mind. Fortunately, the vast majority of insects in the world are not pests and because every pest has a predator, many insects are beneficial.

Helping Elmore SPCA

The Elmore SPCA, which serves all of Clinton County, is in need your immediate assistance. Presently, the shelter is filled to overflowing with over 65 cats and kittens. These homeless animals are just the tip of the cat population explosion. Daily, people call the shelter frantic about what to do after discovering abandoned and homeless kittens along with mother cats barely out of kitten hood themselves. The animal rescues throughout the North Country are bursting at the seams with unspayed or unneutered cats and a steady stream of kittens…the terrible consequences of irresponsible cat ownership. Litters of kittens have been born this spring, and continue to be born.

New campaign kicking butts

New York State Tobacco Control Program has launched a new campaign to educate New Yorkers about the benefits of tobacco-free outdoor recreational areas.

Thoughts on airport’s design

I had the pleasure of visiting Plattsburgh International Airport for the first time to pick up a family member from out of town.

Library readies for its big move

Laura Pritchard is anxiously awaiting a move of her own.

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Ellenburg Post Office to be studied for potential closure

The future of the Ellenburg Post Office is in question, though no final decision has been made to close the facility, according to a U.S. Postal Service representative.

Help needed for playground

As a representative for the upgrade efforts of Chazy Recreational Park Playground, I am asking local businesses to donate items and/or money from their stores to help collect funds to update the playground.

Mayor’s Cup celebrates another success

Mayor’s Cup 2011 can easily be compared to the shifting winds of sailing.

Thanks for Museum Day help

The docents of the Plattsburgh State Museum would like to thank Lita Kelly Paczak and the members of the Seton Academy and the Seton Catholic chorus and Rock Group for participating in this year's Museum Day activities on June 4.

Jeers to getting jeered

I just wanted to start out by thanking all the fans that came out to see wrestling superstar Mick Foley. We were recently jeered in another paper for not being fan-friendly at a recent event, so I thought I would give a little reply back to that.

More about the North Country Regional Economic Development Council

Your editorial regarding the North Country Regional Economic Development Council was on the mark in terms of noting the need for a distinct conversation regarding the unique economic needs within the Adirondack Park. However, it was premature in that it came ahead of the full story.

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A new economic vision for the Adirondacks: One park, one agency

In designing the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) around the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did what all other governors before him had done. He split the Adirondack Park into several pieces, connecting each of those pieces to a city and region outside of the park’s borders. This is disheartening. The Adirondack Park is a distinct region with unique economic needs and opportunities.

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Roy wins second straight, gains Airborne Speedway’s point lead

Martin Roy swooped around leaders Greg Atkins and Leon Gonyo with nine laps to go and went on to his second straight DIRTcar Modified win on Della Auto Group Night at Airborne Speedway Aug. 6.

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A bear named sunscreen

When I was a kid — way before the World Wrestling Foundation, E.T. or even Star Wars — the Saturday evening entertainment wasn’t a night out at the movies, it was watching black bears gorge themselves on table scraps at the Newcomb dump.

Maple Sugar Bowl: New Hampshire defeats Vermont

In the third consecutive Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl held at Windsor High School, the recently graduated seniors of New Hampshire beat Vermont for the 11th consecutive year with a 45-21 victory over the Green Mountain State.

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Weathersfield plans 250th celebration

One of the many activities at the Town of Weathersfield’s 250th birthday celebration Aug. 20 will be the Weathersfield Cake Quilt Contest.

Coleman Brook Tavern wins national award

Coleman Brook Tavern, located in Okemo Mountain Resort’s Jackson Gore Inn, has been honored with the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. Although Coleman Brook Tavern has been recognized by Wine Spectator in the past, this is the first time the restaurant has received this second-tier award.

Domestic assault in Pittsford Aug. 3

On Aug. 3, at approximately 5:32 p.m., Edward Kimball, 32, reported a family fight that occurred at his residence at 3714 U.S. Route 7, in Pittsford.

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Vermont firm receives $2 million defense award

Revision officially marks its expansion into the Soldier Systems helmet business with a significant three-year contract to develop the U.S. Army’s next-generation head protection system.

Suspects accused in theft of copper

Over the past several weeks, Killington Ski Resort officials have reported burglaries occurring at several maintenance buildings and storage facilities on the mountain property.

Chester Music Series wraps up with Yankee Chank

On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Chester Music Series welcomes back Vermont’s own Cajun band, Yankee Chank, a group of musicians from throughout Vermont who perform traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana which, for the uninitiated, is Cajun and Creole music.

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MS bike riders start, finish trek at CSC

Hundreds of bicycle riders from Vermont and across the northeast completed the the Bike MS: Green Mountain Getaway that benefits victims of multiple sclerosis in Vermont.

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Next Arts Walk Aug. 12

The next Middlebury Arts Walk event is at the downtown Marble Works Aug. 12, and features musician Patty Doyle.

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Local teens help Conn. families

North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church members transported nine Addison County teens to Connecticut to work on mission project July 27.

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Little City to celebrate 30th Vergennes Day festivities

Vergennes Day celebrates its 30th year Saturday, Aug. 27. On the Friday evening before, the event kicks off with a street dance featuring the music of “The Hitmen”, 7-11 p.m. Vergennes Day, hosted by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, is a celebration of city and community and can be enjoyed by all ages. Full details of the event and a schedule of activities are available at www.vergennesday.com.

Friday, August 5

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North Warren student races for good cause

High school sophmore raises money to fight disease

Jared Howe, 15, is racing to fight the disease cystic fibrosis. On Aug. 2, he won first place in the youth division of the 12th annual WCKM Celebrity Go-Cart Challenge at Adventure Racing in Lake George.

Steel towers for new Mt. Pisgah ski lift arrive in SL

A small ski hill in Saranac Lake received a big shipment of steel recently as crews prepare to construct a new ski lift.

Thursday, August 4

Copper thefts on the rise

The rising price of copper has led to an increase in crime, and Vermont is not immune.

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Focusing on nature

Denise and Scott Stoner are sharing their photos of nature in exhibit at Professor Java’s

Denise and Scott Stoner share the same love for nature and preserving those images in photographic form, but both have a different preference of where they like to travel to do it.

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Area author discusses sports and fatherhood

Burnt Hills resident to speak at Schenectady County Public Library

Jack Rightmyer, a Burnt Hills resident, will discuss his book on fatherhood and coaching at the Schenectady County Public Library, where he teaches summer creative writing courses.

SCCC OKs student housing project

Another survey to gauge demand to be done

Schenectady County Community College moved another step closer creating a complete college environment through student housing adjacent to the campus.

Number of R’dam primary races unprecedented

Schenectady County as a whole sees uptick

Primary elections are typically calm in comparison to the general election that follows, but Schenectady County primaries this year are nothing to balk at.

Clifton Park eyes riverfront parcel

Town looks at possible purchase of 41-acre riverfront parcel

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett discussed the town’s possible acquisition of a 41-acre open space parcel with riverfront access on Riverview Road at the Monday, July 18, Town Board meeting.

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Helping she who helped her country

Local American Legion posts organize showers for pregnant veterans

Several local Legion Auxiliaries have organized baby showers for pregnant veterans.

Police plan 'Speed Week'

State Police will be cracking down on speeders next week.

Wednesday, August 3

Summer thoughts turn to football, basketball

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game is a sure sign that high school football season is not many weeks away. The annual regional bowl game was held at Windsor High over the weekend with New Hampshire defeating Vermont 45-21. The Vermont side the game followed an all too familiar theme with the boys from the Granite State pulling away for a lopsided win.

Farms get needed help after floods

In partnership with Farm Aid, Rural Vermont is excited to announce an effort to provide grant funding to a limited number of Vermont farms that where damaged by the recent rain and subsequent floods. Rural Vermont said applications from farmers for “micro-grants” of up to $500 that are aimed at providing financial assistance to farms attempting to cope with the record setting rain.

Author to address politics of dairy farming

James Maroney, author of “The Political Economy of Milk” will address the “get big or get out” theory of dairy farming and the governmental issues that discourage the family farmer in today’s economy at the quarterly Bob-White Systems’ Cheese Night on the South Royalton town green, Friday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Support Monkton Volunteer F.D.

To the editor: Whether you have been every year for the last five years or if this is going to be your first year you need to come and check out the Monkton Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Grass Drag and Mud Bog fundraiser Sept. 17.

School-crisis training class at Police Academy

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium or RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security-certified course,“AWR Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems,” Aug. 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford.

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Meet another Vermont monster

Creature claimed to live in the Conn. River

Loch Ness has her Nessie, Lake Champlain has her Champ, Lake Mephremegog has her Memphre and the Connecticut River—well, the sting of it is that she has her monster, it just hasn’t been named yet.

Happy Farmers’ Market Week!

Vt. group leads local celebrations

With over 90 farmers’ markets in the state, Vermont has good reason to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week through Aug. 13, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-Vt.) will be joining the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and farmers’ markets across the country to observe how farmers’ markets bolster local economies, improve community health, and bring diverse groups of people together through a shared social space.

Name change for cider maker

Bret Williams, President and CEO of Green Mountain Beverage, recently announced that the hard cider company changed its name to Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC effective Aug. 1. The company produces Woodchuck Hard Cider available in all 50 states and currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Opera House homecoming for music pair

Former area resident and pianist Laura Ouimette and violinist Mitchell Drury make a return performance to the Vergennes Opera House stage with another selection of lively classical music on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Their “Songs from Home and Abroad” will feature both familiar and uncommon works by Copland, Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and more. The performance promises to be lively, entertaining and accessible for all ages and interests.

Man arrested in assault, attempted arson

On Aug. 4, Vermont State Troopers were dispatched to a report of an assault and attempted arson in Ferrisburgh.

Hinesburg story has GOP faithful riled

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) and Vermont’s Democrat legislators have been targeted by state Republicans for their alleged inability to make changes in Vermont's property tax structure. Republicans claim it is costing Vermonters jobs.

Hello 50

So, hello 50. So the doc said I “should get a colonoscopy.” He alerted the colonoscopers, and the colonoscopers contacted and scheduled me for Aug. 2.

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Did Earth have a second moon?

Seeing Stars

A new theory about a second moon that orbited Earth billions of years ago has been proposed by Erik Asphaug of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Martin Jutzi of the University of Berne. The research team describe the unusual theory in a paper just published in the scientific journal Nature.

Hemorrhaging doctors

From the Editor

Vermont faces a medical crisis on multiple levels. Aside from the challenges of a largely rural state attracting top-notch medical professionals, we now heap upon it the proposed state-government controls of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s health-care reform.

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Locals to compete in Dragon Boat Fest

Middlebury and Hinesburg are well represented at the annual Dragonheart Vermont’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival held at the Burlington waterfront. The boat teams, including Danforth Pewter, Citizens Bank and NRG Wind, return for the watery action again at the 2011 festival to be held this Sunday, Aug. 7.

Shelburne Museum gets public funds

Shelburne Museum has been awarded two taxpayer-funded grants totaling $96,318 for technology and support of museum operations, interim director Robert Skiff Sr. announced.

Police complete Rene Viau autopsy

State detectives, after reviewing the autopsy report, have determined that Rene Viau, 46, of Ferrisburgh, died from injuries sustained after he fell overboard on July 23 during a boating incident on Lake Champlain between Kellogg and Porter Bays, near Ferrisburgh.

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Committee debates mudpuppy’s fate

Ancient salamander threatened in Vt.

The prehistoric-looking mudpuppy, which has ancestral roots dating back to the Triassic Period over 200 million years ago, may soon be classified as an endangered species in Vermont.

Middlebury mourns passing of Neuberger

Fred Neuberger, one of Middlebury’s most influential college administrators over the past half century, died July 30 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was 86.

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An air affair

Aeromodelers Club holds fun fly at Maalwyck Park

In Maalwyck Park in the Town of Scotia, tucked away off Route 5, is a field unlike any other in the Capital District.

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Town OKs landfill agreement

Final public hearing sees questions on finances and odor control

The Colonie Town Board passed a resolution Thursday, July 28, to award the contract for an operational agreement for the town’s landfill to Waste Connections, Inc.

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The ultimate Syracuse bildungsroman

In his gripping debut novel, “Transgressions,” Jim Jacobs has imagined Syracuse as the principal setting in an era when Frankie Carbo of Murder, Inc. and “Blinky” Palermo controlled pro boxing through the International Boxing Club.

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RCS names interim superintendent

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has selected Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Elisabeth Smith to serve as interim superintendent.

Guilderland woman charged with sexual abuse

Guilderland police have arrested a woman they say sexually abused an 11-year-old girl.

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Students to perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Mill River Union High School juniors Rachel Montross and Leslie Hixon have been selected to perform with Spirit of America Productions at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ski Vermont partners with Consortium of Vt. Colleges

Getting a ‘higher education’ in Vermont takes a deeper meaning today as the Consortium of Vermont Colleges and Ski Vermont announce a partnership expected to boost both tourism and enrollment at Vermont’s many public and private institutions of higher education.

Tuesday, August 2

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Wine and music meet

Show kicks off national tour in Saratoga Springs

What do you get when you combine Broadway actors, a touring musical and a wine-drinking audience? You get “Wine Lovers.”

Board to discuss supervisor's term length

A proposal to double the term of the Bethlehem town supervisor will be moving forward.

County offers discounts for vets

Return the Favor program a way for local businesses to show their appreciation

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin said he doesn’t want war veterans to receive the lukewarm reception he got after 12 years of service in the Army during the Vietnam era. Instead, he wants them to know he’s grateful for their service and make life a little easier for them.

School supply donations needed now more than ever

Bethlehem Food Pantry now serving 1,600, triple from 18 months ago

For an increasing number of local parents, outfitting growing children with clothes and finding a seemingly ever-increasing list of classroom supplies can be a real challenge.

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Cuomo hopes to spur competitive spirit

Capital District to be part of council to compete for $1B in state funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, July 28, announced the members of the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council at Schenectady County Community College. The 10 councils will compete against one another to submit plans for economic development to attain the biggest chunk of the $1 billion in state funding.

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Nick Polsinelli enjoys change of scenery

Guilderland grad moves from Albany to Amsterdam for 2011 PGCBL season

It’s been a different summer for the Polsinelli family of Guilderland.

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Bethlehem library names new director

Geoffrey Kirkpatrick says expanding role of technology key to library's future

There's a new sheriff in town at the Bethlehem Public Library, and his name is Geoffrey Kirkpatrick.

Depleted Dutchmen lose to Amsterdam

Injuries leave Albany shorthanded in final week

With a depleted lineup and a short bullpen, the Albany Dutchmen couldn’t hold back the Amsterdam Mohawks.

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WFP makes another pick in Bethlehem super race

WFP hopes third time's the charm

The Working Families Party has made another endorsement in the race for Bethlehem town supervisor, and it's hoping this one will stick.