Stories for December 2011


Saturday, December 31

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Valley News Year in Review: Part 2

Stories from the months of May through August in the Valley News

Stories from the months of May through August in the Valley News

Friday, December 30

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Valley News Year in Review: Part 1

Stories from the first four months of 2011

Stories from the first four months of 2011

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Kmart and Sears staying open

The Plattsburgh stores avoided a list of 79 stores closing across the country

Denise LaPine buys her grandchildren’s clothes at Kmart.

Two die in Crown Point car crash

Two injured sent to hospital

Two people were killed and two injured in a one-car accident in the town of Crown Point early this morning, according to state police.

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Colder weather means more base at Whiteface

Weekend forecast more favorable for Mother Nature to add to man-made base

“There is not a lot of Mother Nature snow yet, but the cold weather has been ideal for snowmaking,” Jon Lundin of ORDA said. “It’s been a rough opening for everyone in the East, but we have been able to stay open since the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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New Year's weekend planner

The New Year is approaching rapidly, and there are a number of events throughout the North Country to get people into the spirit of 2012.

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Debut 'Snow Train' takes passengers to North Creek

Transportation available to ski center

Historic passenger service to North Creek, offering skiers and sightseers alike the benefits of relaxing, scenic train travel.

Thursday, December 29

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Thurman highway workers recall floodwaters

Thurmanites express thanks with food

Finishing off a home-cooked meal in the Thurman Town Hall, local highway workers reminisced about the mayhem they had to deal with seven months ago, when pounding rains and resulting floods washed out virtually every road in Thurman and swept away entire bridges.

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Big pigs in the Adirondacks

On Jan. 14, 2010, I was in Albany to attend a Roundtable Meeting with the NYSDEC, to discuss a wide range of sportsman’s concerns and issues.

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MCS on verge of allowing academic visa students

Though they've seen plenty of international students through sports and academic program sharing with Newcomb Central, the Minerva Central School is hoping to build international attendance in its own home rooms.

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Sophie Clarke returns triumphantly home

‘Survivor’ winner speaks at alma mater in Willsboro

“Sophie, welcome home and congratulations,” Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said in welcoming Willsboro alumnus and CBS television reality show winner Sophie Clarke back to the community, just over a week after she was named the $1 million prize winner Dec. 28.

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Mount Pisgah in full snowmaking mode

Snow guns at the ski mountain have been going non-stop since temperatures dipped Dec. 28, working to build up a base for what manager Charlie Martin hopes is a Jan. 3 opening.

Rabid cat found in Westport

 A rabid stray cat has been identified in the Westport area.

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Plattsburgh Public Library saved

Common Council approves funding as last step to save positions and library

It was a concerted effort and all the pieces had to fit to save the Plattsburgh Public Library, said Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzack.

Wednesday, December 28

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Plans for Price Chopper supermarket plaza at Northway Exit 23 move forward

Thousands of shoppers per day may be headed toward Warrensburg in the near future, as plans are progressing for a shopping plaza with a 30,000 square-foot Price Chopper supermarket to be built just off Northway Exit 23.

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Warrensburg now seeks solar power

Inspired by neighboring Town of Chester’s commitment to harness the energy of the sun, Warrensburg town government is now pursuing solar power to energize their various facilities.

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Cougars cruise through first third of season

Girls team is hard working

The pre-season predictions of area sports fans have proven true so far this year.

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Jan. 1912•

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As snow train approaches, preparations commence

As fat snowflakes fell on Main Street Dec. 27, Mike Bowers, co-chair of North Creek's Business Alliance, pointed out the window of the former Mountain and Boardertown space and said, “That's money.”

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Donegal beard contest sprouting again

New Year’s Day marks a new beginning for beards as the fourth annual Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest begins.

Veterans thankful

To the Times of Ti: The Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, New York Chapter 19-3 would like to send out a grateful appreciation to all that supported and donated to our 50/05 Christmas raffle.

A precious memory

To the Times of Ti: Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa Cottrell's! Such a precious memory. Let me tell you about it. 

Employees vote to save Plattsburgh Public Library

Several concessions made to save jobs

Library employees took less pay and hours to save the Plattsburgh Public Library.

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Move to save 10 Essex County jobs fails

Absent Minerva supervisor was swing vote

Morrow said that if the resolution would have passed, he was going to suggest using the money budgeted for unemployment and other benefit funds to pay for the positions.

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Sophie Clarke in Willsboro tonight

Survivor winner and Willsboro native Sophie Clarke coming home for event.

Tuesday, December 27

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Festive ‘Gingerbread House’ off Northway captivates folks passing by

This year might be the last

Billy Norton, a night maintenance worker at the Warren County Municipal Center, spends a month each year meticulously stringing up lights to make his family’s vintage farmhouse near Warrensburg look like a storybook gingerbread house — and those passing nearby on the Northway appreciate his artistry.

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Plattsburgh City School looking for community input

School officials want stakeholders involved in the budget process

Officials of Plattsburgh City School want to avoid the sway of narrow interests this budget season.

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Essex budgets $80K for Lewis suit

The town of Essex has set $80,000 aside for a potential legal fight with the owner of the Lewis Family Farm.

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Conditions set for Horace Nye sale

The Essex County Board of Supervisors outlined what a potential buyer of the Horace Nye Nursing Home here would have to do in order to complete a sale.

Reflecting on another year past

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Well it’s that time of year when we reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and set our goals for the coming New Year.

Let 2012 be about ‘hope’


For our New Year’s Eve edition, we’d rather focus less on the term “resolution” and more on the term “hope” when looking ahead to 2012.

The cyber times, they are changing

Kids Count

In 2010, 60-percent of college associate degrees, 54-percent of bachelor’s degrees and 60-percent of master’s degrees were granted to women. 50-percent of medical degrees and 48-percent of law degrees were granted to women.

Disagrees with letter

To the Editor: After reading the letter from Essex County Republican Committee Chairman Ron Jackson complaining about the cartoon titled “Republican Science,” I couldn’t help but laugh to myself!

Thanks to officers

To the Valley News: As we enjoy the holiday season with family and friends, let us also take time to remember those who serve and protect and are at work over the holidays.

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Firewood stashed by Warren County will now go to families in need

It was a good idea in 2008 — for Warren County highway workers to gather, cut and split fallen timber beside roadways to help needy families heat their homes — but somehow the program got stalled, and the wood piled up and decayed. Now, there's a heart-warming and home-warming solution.

Monday, December 26

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Calendar covers Champlain cemeteries

David Patrick has covered Champlain’s history for some time.

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Kindergarten growing

Elementary enrollment at Plattsburgh City School is on the rise.

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Plea deal pending for Warren County commissioner

A plea deal has been reached that offers Warren County Social Services Commissioner Sheila Weaver dismissal of felony and misdemeanor charges against her and $59,000 in unearned pay -- in exchange for her resignation Jan. 18 and promising not to sue the county.

Saturday, December 24

NY snowmobile trail app now available

Mohawk Valley GIS, creators of the NYSnowmobileWebMap.com interactive trail map and trip planner website, has just released a trail app for Android smart phone users.

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Male cheerleader breaks gender barrier

In a community of loggers and construction workers, Warrensburg High School Senior Seth Wood is taking on an unconventional role -- with success and support from others.

Friday, December 23

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Vigil held after Lewis teen's death

Friends gather to remember sophomore

Friends of a Lewis teenager who died this past week gathered at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School the evening of Friday, Dec. 23 for a candlelight vigil.

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Time Magazine honors professor for protest efforts

Following a civil disobedience protest in late August where 1,253 climate change activists were arrested in front of the White House over a two-week sit-in, longtime Johnsburg resident and current Middlebury professor Bill McKibben was recognized in Time Magazine for his efforts.

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Road re-dedicated in honor of retiring Lake George employee

The Lake George village employee with an impish smile, an optimistic attitude and a deep commitment to his work — Sewer Plant Superintendent Reggie Burlingame — has been honored by the village trustees with a street named in his honor.

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Week in sports photo galleries

Photo galleries with AuSable Valley, Willsboro, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake

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Holiday season to end with Twelfth Night

Ti Festival Guild event Jan. 6

Twelfth Night will again be celebrated by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. The annual event will be held Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Cornerstone Alliance Church on Montcalm Street across from Bicentennial Park.

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Weekend planner

Weekend events and a look ahead to next week.

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Ticonderoga grad brings music home

Megan Walls teaches, performs in Ti

Megan Walls has always marched to the beat of a different...trombonist.

Thursday, December 22

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More with less is wrong

Superintendent anticipates tough budget year with lots of cuts

FFA is a vital program for students and engages them in a way other academic offerings might not, says Laura Marlow.

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Some New Year resolutions make it, some don’t

People share their thoughts on New Year resolutions they are making and success and failure in the past

Sally Zoss doesn’t make New Year resolutions.

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Ticonderoga teams earn scholar-athlete awards

Soccer, football, XC all cited

Ticonderoga High School athletes enjoyed a successful fall season on the field and in the classroom. For the first time in school history, the Sentinel soccer, football and boys cross country teams have earned state scholar-athlete awards in the same season.

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Deer take down 10 percent in northern zone

While some really nice antlers hit the forest floor this hunting season, I think the universal theme coming from Adirondack hunting camps was that less deer were being seen. I know that was our experience at my camp. The preliminary deer take numbers in the northern zone seem to follow that trend, according to senior wildlife biologist Ed Reed.

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Ticonderoga musicians take well-deserved break

Students busy during holidays

This holiday season Ti student musicians had four performances — the annual community Tiny Tim concert, the Kiwanis senior citizen holiday party, a visit to Heritage Commons nursing home and the annual school concert — in two weeks. That flurry of activities capped four months of rehearsals.

Police investigating Lewis teen death

School releases statement

The autopsy performed on a Lewis teenager Wednesday, Dec. 21 did not reveal the cause of death, according to New York State Police.

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Ticonderoga seeks comments on proposed zoning changes

Concerns expressed at hearing

Ticonderoga residents still have time to comment on a proposed revision of the town’s zoning law.

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Study of gambling casino in Lake George endorsed by village leaders

With casino gambling poised to be brought to public vote in New York State, Lake George Village leaders expect Lake George will be a targeted site for such a development, and they want the public to be informed of the potential impact of a local casino.

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Snowmobilers get new privilege in Lake George

With an eye on boosting tourism, Lake George trustees extend a new 'perk' to snowmobiliers.

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Plan could save Plattsburgh Public Library

It means concessions, but jobs would be saved and the library strengthened

Plattsburgh Public Library’s Board of Directors voted Dec. 20 on a plan that would save four positions that had been slated for elimination.

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Changes coming to GED test

Literacy chief expresses concerns

Test changes may make it more difficult to earn a GED — general education development degree. That’s the concern of Maria Burke, director of the Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties.

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Ticonderoga keglers bowl over rivals

Moriah wins in basketball

Ticonderoga downed Plattsburgh in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference bowling action Dec. 21.

Wednesday, December 21

No more health insurance for life for Warrensburg politicians

The Warrensburg Town board took action last week to end the controversial practice of granting free lifetime health insurance for board members in office at least 10 years.

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Burgher wrestlers defeat rival War Eagles

The talent of new Varsity wrestlers of both Warrensburg and Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George demonstrated their potential as the Burghers continued their unexpected winning streak Dec. 14 by defeating the War Eagles.

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Dec. 1911•

Thanks for the day I’ll never forget!

To the Adirondack Journal: To my community of friends and family, we want to express our appreciation for your generosity in support of the benefit event held for me and my family on Dec. 11 at the Chestertown Firehouse.

Bond with others this holiday season

To the Adirondack Journal: I always liked the graveled voice of Louis Armstrong.

Vanselow chairs last 2011 Johnsburg Town Board meeting

With Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed absent for the last town meeting of 2011, Supervisor-Elect and current Councilman Ron Vanselow got a chance to test drive his new seat as meeting chair Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Minerva could let more seniors enroll in tax-saving program

With one of Essex County's most restrictive policies for giving tax breaks to low-income seniors, the Minerva Town Board could loosen its rules and let more seniors enroll in a tax-saving program.

Moriah man faces drug charges

Police Report

A Moriah man has been arrested and charged with drug possession and sale.

Student blood drive makes Moriah proud

To the Times of Ti: I returned a few hours ago from participating in the Red Cross blood drive at Moriah Central School (Dec. 8) in honor of their teacher, Mr. (Dayton) Dedrick, who just returned to work after an accident this fall which almost killed him.

Thankful for support

To the Times of Ti: I would like to thank everyone that attended, worked or baked goods for the spaghetti dinner held for me last week at Ticonderoga High School.

Firefighters elect officers; offer holiday wishes

To the Times of Ti: Recently the Hague Volunteer Fire Department elected the officers who will lead it through the year 2012.

St. Mary’s School event fun and successful

To the Times of Ti: Our annual basket raffle and spaghetti dinner held at St. Mary’s School on Dec. 3 was a roaring success.

Moriah’s Scozzafava lauded for his efforts

To the Times of Ti: As a non-resident property owner in two North Country communities, I have an opportunity to compare the effectiveness of leadership in identifying problems and the process of getting those solved.

Believe in miracles; they do happen

To the Editor: Miracles….

Teachers must make concessions

To the Times of Ti: Starting in January a new, four-year Ticonderoga teacher’s contract will be negotiated. As school tax payers we need to voice our opinion about this contract to the school board, school superintendent and the school business manager.

Police continue to search for suspects in string of home break ins

Police continue to investigate series of home burglaries in Peru, West Chazy, and Altona.

Mayor blasts Plattsburgh Public Library

City lawmakers fault some library employees for library’s fiscal woes

Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald Kasprzak weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Plattsburgh Public library.

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Crown Point, Schroon Lake claim wins

Moriah, Ticonderoga fall

Crown Point crushed Wells, 54-34, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Dec. 20.

Tuesday, December 20

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Mooers Elementary students trade gifts for food

Nolan Gonyo doesn’t want people to go without food.

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Optometrist looks forward to eye care

Franz opened his own practice in Plattsburgh

Douglas Franz has been in charge of six different optometry clinics around the world.

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Sophie Clarke fans rejoice

Fans from the South Pacific to Willsboro watched Sunday night, Dec. 18, as Willsboro native Sophie Clarke endured physical and strategic challenges to become champion of the hit television show “Survivor” and win $1 million.

Requested residency report presented to Essex County supervisors

The presentation of a list of names of Essex County employees currently not living within the boundaries of the county led to debate Monday, Dec. 19 over language in the current employee policy manual.

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Local politicians react to Sophie Clarke’s victory

Town Supervisor Edward “Ed” Hatch said that there is so much more to the story of Willsboro native Sophie Clarke then the 15 episodes of “Survivor.”

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Schroon Lake chamber planning First Night

Entertainment, fireworks scheduled

Schroon Lake will have a new holiday celebration this year. The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration after 25 years. Instead, the chamber will hold First Night Dec. 31.

Christmas wishes 2011

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This time of year my family is always asking for clues on possible Christmas gifts.

Experience the joy ... all year long


Doubtlessly, most of our readers will be attending church this weekend, enjoying the melodic, memory-filled strains of the classic Christmas carols, hearing comforting words from clergy, and perhaps enjoying the warm glow of candlelight in the faces of parishioners at Christmas Eve services.

Merit, but stop whining

To the Valley News: I think the “Occupy Wall Street” movement has merit but the whining of the 99 percent is really getting under my skin.

Otis Bridge ‘haunting’ issue

To the Valley News: Well it looks like the Otis Bridge issue has come back to haunt Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew.

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Fort Ticonderoga honors employee

Belva Blood recognized

Fort Ticonderoga honored Belva Blood at its staff Christmas party. More than 50 employees joined together in thanking Blood for her long-time service to Fort Ticonderoga.

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Crown Point Lady Panthers score victory

Schroon Lake falls

Marissa Titus led Crown Point past Wells, 43-30, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball play Dec. 19.

Monday, December 19

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A lifetime saving cats

Victoria St. John now runs a non-profit animal-rescue organization

As a little girl, Victoria St. John wanted to know what it was like to be a cat.

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Willsboro's Sophie Clarke still in awe of 'Survivor' win

'Survivor' winner talks about her support from home

Clarke talks about finale of CBS reality show, support from Willsboro and North Country

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Sophie Clarke wins 'Survivor' championship

Sophie Clarke wins CBS show

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Resolution Run to kick off the new year in Ticonderoga

Jan. 1 road race

Will one of your New Year’s resolutions be to get more exercise? If so, the LaChute Road Runners Club of Ticonderoga can help. The club is planning its 10th annual Resolution Run Jan. 1, 2011. The event will include a five-kilometer (3.1 miles) run and a four-kilometer (2.5 miles) walk.

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CV-Tec students assist food pantry

Class raises $250 through soup, cookie sales

The Moriah Food pantry is getting a holiday gift from a group of students at the Yandon Dillon Center in Mineville. Champlain Valley Educational Services students sold soup and cookies during the holiday season to raise money for the local food shelf. They raised $250.

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Burghers win championship in Granville wrestling tourney

Despite a thin roster heavy with underclassmen, the Warrensburg Wrestling team beat 15 other teams to take home the championship trophy at the annual Granville wrestling tournament.

Au Sable Forks water system repairs slated

To take place Dec. 20

High Peaks Ringers to perform

Concert Dec. 21.

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Moriah, Ticonderoga post wins

Sentinel keglers roll

Hailey Chapuk came up big as Moriah topped Seton Catholic, 46-41, in overtime in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball play Dec. 16.

Saturday, December 17

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Warren County bids farewell to Belden, other Warren County chiefs

Nearing the end of his 40-year reign of public service, Dan Belden reflects on his years in office. Dec. 16, Warren County Supervisors recognized Belden for his work on behalf of area citizens.

Friday, December 16

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Childhood poverty growing in Ticonderoga area

20 percent of local children live in poverty

One of every five local children is living in poverty this Christmas. The childhood poverty rate for Essex County is 19.3 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s an increase from 17.1 percent five years ago. In Ticonderoga 21.4 percent of people age 17 and younger live in poverty. In Crown Point it’s 20.9 percent, Moriah 17.4 percent and Schroon 8.2 percent.

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Tupper Lake resort meeting Day 2 begins

APA Board hears more about the project

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners continued to hear about the various details regarding the Adirondack Club and Resort at APA Headquarters today, which is day two of the Agency's regular monthly meeting for December.

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Sales tax bump requested in Hamilton County

One of only 11 counties of New York's 62 still under 8 percent sales tax, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors would like to move out of that minority and increase revenues to bolster underfunded budget lines.

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Ground beef recalled at Hannaford Supermarkets

Any ground beef with a "sell-by" date of Dec. 17 or earlier

In connection with a USDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) food safety investigation, Hannaford Supermarkets is voluntarily recalling ground beef and advising consumers to check for any ground beef purchased at its stores with a "sell-by" date of Dec. 17 or earlier.

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It's the valleynews.org weekend planner

A wrap of this weekends events in the region

This is the first in a new weekly series at thevalleynews.org, looking at events and activities coming up over the weekend, from plays and concerts to craft fairs and gatherings.

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Schroon Lake teacher seeks online donations

Books sought for political science class

A Schroon Lake Central School teacher has reached into cyberspace to help her students. Laura Corey is using DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects contributors with schools in need, to secure books for her senior political science class.

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Library positions could be saved

City lawmakers also faulted some library employees for its fiscal woes

Common Council member Timothy Carpenter is in talks that could save four Plattsburgh Public Library positions slated for elimination due to a hefty deficit.

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Plattsburgh librarian’s job eliminated

Kelly Julian Sexton doesn’t know what her next move will be

It took Kelly Julian Sexton a while to find her way to the library. But now that she’s been there a bit, the Plattsburgh Public Library librarian loves her job.

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Moriah falls to Seton Catholic

Vikings drop close contest

Seton Catholic edged Moriah, 68-62, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 15.

Thursday, December 15

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**Updated - Tupper Lake resort meeting concludes for the day

New economic affairs staffer introduced

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners wrapped up day one of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting for December at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook and will resume day two of their meeting on Friday, Dec. 16.

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Ticonderoga grant money a ‘huge gift’

Town, fort projects funded by state initiative

Christmas came early for Ticonderoga officials. Supervisor Deb Malaney learned Dec. 8 the community has been included in the state’s $785 million Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

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Railway CEO: Tahawus line to open, trains are ‘wildly successful’

Bolstered by the smash-hit Polar Express train excursions, the Saratoga-North Creek Railway is breaking records; meanwhile the railway's CEP says freight service will be extending 30 miles north of North Creek as soon as 2012.

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High speeds coming to the High Peaks

Broadband is a sore issue in the central Adirondacks, with few hot spots for high-speed to satisfy the needs and wants of businesses and individuals in the 21st century. But following the first competitive funding applications under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development councils, two projects to string fiber-optics into underserved population centers in the county should begin soon.

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Community members sought to help choose new Peru superintendent

The Peru Central School Board of Education is inviting residents to come forward to aide in the search for a new superintendent.

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Drama club teaches teamwork

Maeghan McDonald wanted a role that tested her acting skills. She usually plays a nice person or the damsel in distress and jumped at the chance to play the villain in Chazy Central Rural School’s recent production of The Knights of the Rad Table by Pat Lydersen.

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Ticonderoga High musicians bring holiday cheer

Annual winter concert held

Ticonderoga High School musicians delivered their annual holiday gift to the community Dec. 14, performing their winter concert for a capacity audience. More than 100 students took part in the show, which featured the band, Sentinel Big Band, Trebled Voices girls choir, Night Shadows boys choir and chorus.

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Titus gives Crown Point victory

Schroon Lake, Moriah fall in girls basketball

Marissa Titus hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds to play to lift Crown Point over Indian Lake-Long Lake, 25-23, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 14.

Wednesday, December 14

Moriah class thankful

To the Times of Ti: The Moriah Central School Class of 2012 , along with their advisers, would like

Republicans acted in ‘poor taste’

To the Times of Ti: After reading the letter from Essex County Republican Committee Chairman Ron Jackson complaining about the cartoon titled “Republican Science,” I couldn’t help but laugh to myself!

Sign decision regrettable

To the Times of Ti: It has come to my attention that the (Inter-Lakes Health) hospital board has decided not to renew Scott Hearburg’s lease for the McDonald’s sign on Route 9N just before the monument.

Publisher responds

Ron, Thanks for the letter to the editor last week and thanks for the promotion to editor. I’m sure John, Andy, Fred and Keith will be surprised.

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Plattsburgh Library employees suggest cuts over layoffs

They say their suggestions would save positions

Library employees presented the Board of Directors with a list of ways to cut the budget without impacting positions.

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Local legend passes

Frank Pabst was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago

Frank Pabst sailed off into the sunset.

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St. Mary’s students get new technology

Kindles purchased in memory of Eleanor Smith

When St. Mary’s School students start a lesson, no one opens a book. That’s because the Ticonderoga school is the first in the area to have Kindles for its students.

Saranac Central voters approve capital improvement project

The Capital Improvement Project for Saranac was approved by voters Tuesday Dec. 13.

Lake George to ‘grandfather’ Leather Outlet tents

In their last meeting before their roster is changed radically, the Lake George Town Board passed a resolution grandfathering the use of tents at Leather Outlet/World Famous Tepee on state Rte. 9 south of the village.

Chewing tobacco now prohibited on town property

Town’s finances are rosy

A policy prohibiting the use of chewing tobacco on town of Lake George property, including government buildings and vehicles, was enacted Monday, Dec. 12 by the Lake George Town Board.

Child endangerment alleged

Town Court Report

Nov. 30 — Judge Mindy Fisk presiding

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Town Talk

Calendar sponsors sought


Churches plan holiday events

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Dec. 1911•

Church questions county’s mealsite concerns

The Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg would like to set the record straight regarding Warren County’s use of the church as a mealsite

Thanks to board members for public service

Open letter to Lake George residents:

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Big night for Sophie Clarke on 'Survivor'

One episode remains until three-hour Sunday finale

Willsboro native Sophie Clarke can get closer to the $1,000,000 grand prize... if she makes it through episode 14...

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Ticonderoga chamber adds staff

Molly Bechard named to post

Molly Bechard has been named visitor and member service representative/office assistant with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Thurman squad says ALS will be back soon

Thurman's ever-controversial relationship with their local ambulance squad takes a new twist, as they look to regain legal Advanced Life Support services months after they were expected to fold due to cancellation of their contract with their host town.

Reader asks Gibson to put constituents before lobbyists

To the News Enterprise: I learned from Chris Gibson that he has signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to oppose any effort to increase marginal tax rates for individuals or businesses.

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Crown Point, Schroon, Ticonderoga win

Moriah falls

Crown Point edged Indian Lake-Long Lake, 48-41, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Dec. 13.

Tuesday, December 13

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AuSable Forks Funeral Home “a total loss” after fire

A fire broke out immediately after a funeral service at the Zaumetzer and Sprague Funeral home late Tuesday morning.

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Local student shows animals to the top

Matt Carter took a first-place win in states to a top-10 finish in nationals

Matt Carter grew up surrounded by farms.

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Chazy student chases Pepsi funds

The tenth grader wants to relieve the school’s burden during tough economic times

Chazy Central Rural School has long ensured its students attend the Harvard Model United Nations.

Strive Network: From cradle to career readiness

Clinton County first in nation to embrace education partnership

Less than 20 percent of all ninth graders make it to the post-secondary finish line, says State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

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Brock Marvin a finalist for Inspireum Awards

ELCS keeper's story one of 12 chosen by fan voting

Marvins transplant story inspires online soccer community to vote the ELCS goalkeeper into the finals for award.

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Treasure hunters come to Ticonderoga

At Best Western this week

American Coin Buyers Guild is searching for valuable currency in Ticonderoga. The group is hoping area residents will bring rare coins and jewelry to the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites at 260 Burgoyne Road this week.

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Champlain Valley Athletic Conference season starts with Coaches v. Cancer fundraising challenge

Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys and girls basketball programs started their season at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse Dec. 9-10, part of the annual Coaches v. Cancer CVAC Challenge.

Douglas: ‘I did not walk away’ from union

Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas said he has had enough.

The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County benefits from funding

The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC) along with the towns of Lewis and Willsboro were the recipients of awards through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

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Stegemann tabbed as new regional director for Department of Environmental Conservation

Robert S. Stegemann started Monday, Dec. 12, as the new Region 5 director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation based out of Ray Brook.

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Au Sable Forks funeral home ablaze

Fire departments respond to scene; river used as water source

Regional Economic Development Council grant money a home run for the region

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It was no easy task. Certainly not a slam dunk. But neither was it sheer luck that the North Country Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $103.2 million dollars, second highest amount awarded, for the Best Plan among the 10 regions vying for state support.

Pass it on and pay it forward this season


Last year, a young woman drove 30 minutes in the dark to the nearest gas station to fill her tank.

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Back to the future!

Notes from the North Woods

I grew up in a one-car family. At the time, most families had only one car.

Don’t rob kids of the farm

The Tank

You have got to be kidding me. This week, one of our reporters wrote on new regulations that have been proposed by the Federal Department of Labor that would make it all but impossible for children under the age of 16 to work on a farm, unless it is owned by their parents.

Alcohol Industry, Bad Citizens

Kids Count

When the alcohol industry developed and marketed sugary sweet wine coolers with kid friendly flavors like bubble gum and Cherry Coke, they had young people in mind.

Believe in miracles

To the Valley News: Miracles….

Good things happening

To the Valley News: I would like to comment on two things I have seen happening in the community that have warmed my heart and made me think Christmas is really coming.

Cartoon ‘in poor taste’

To the Valley News: I have to admit that I thought your “cartoon” on Republican Science was in poor taste.

Book highlights bridge

To the Editor: I want to thank Denton Publications for publishing “The Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Book.”

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Ticonderoga Kiwanis to sponsor bridge contest

Students to compete Jan. 21

The fourth annual Kiwanis Bridge Building Contest will be held in Ticonderoga.

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Ticonderoga keglers top Moriah

Sentinels sweep

Ticonderoga rolled past Moriah in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference bowling action Dec. 12.

Monday, December 12

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Labor Department goes after farms

Proposed changes would limit the ability of youth to work on family farms

Chelsey Trombley has been around farms since she was five.

Clinton County budget hearing quiet

Spending plan below the new property-tax cap

The Clinton County budget hearing drew little interest.

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Taxes up, jobs out in Essex County

Supervisors pass 2012 budget

“In my 20-plus years here, this has been by far the most difficult budget process,” Moriah Supervisor and budget liaison Thomas “Tom” Scozzafava said.

Essex County budget hearings underway

Supervisors look to finalize spending plan

Special board meeting held for budget process.

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Garnet Hill Lodge sale finalized

Former software developer and a Minerva local taking over

The sole offer on Garnet Hill Lodge, a $1.2 million bid, was closed Dec. 9, with new owner Don Preuninger and his companion, 20-year Minerva resident Mindy Piper, taking over the historic facility.

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Tiny Tim ready for Christmas in Ticonderoga

Gift distribution Dec. 17

The shopping is done. The presents have been wrapped. This holiday season the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the Ticonderoga area, will service 140 children from 52 families.

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Field hockey Jaguars' trophy case gets crowded

Adirondack League champions Johnsburg Jaguar field hockey gathered one last time in team colors to show off their awards for this year’s play.

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Ticonderoga highway chief asks for public help

Ti crew ready for snow

With winter weather approaching, the Ticonderoga highway department is asking for help with snow removal.

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Ticonderoga, Moriah, Schroon win

Basketball teams victorious

Ticonderoga won a defensive struggle with Seton Catholic, posting 31-24 win in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Dec. 10.

Saturday, December 10

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Keene inducts new Honor Society members

The ceremony was held in an assembly at the school on Monday, Dec. 5. Parents, teachers and students from all grades were able to participate in honoring the students.

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Helicopter makes surprise visit to Keene Valley

NYS Police Aviation lands in local field

The Bell 430 2001 twin engine helicopter had been flying from Saranac Lake to Albany for routine maintenence service at the NYS Police Aviation headquarters before the helicopter’s sensors were triggered.

Friday, December 9

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Ticonderoga police move hits snag

State law may stop move to former Rite Aid building

Efforts to move the Ticonderoga Police Department have hit a snag. After a residents committee and the town board believed they had found a way to move the police headquarters to the former Rite Aid building on Montcalm Street, a state law was discovered that has placed the plan on hold.

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Supporters continue fight for library

Plattsburgh Common Council is concerned about use of funds

Plattsburgh Public library supporters say they are pushing forward to save jobs and the library itself.

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Town of Chester switches to solar power

While people and organizations are merely talking about “going green,’ the Town of Chester is really doing something about it — in a big way.

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Ticonderoga chamber presents annual awards

Hearburg, Ross, Best Western recognized

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce thanked its volunteers and recognized its members during the annual chamber dinner. Scott Hearburg, who led the campaign to construct a new playground at Ticonderoga Elementary School, was named 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year. Lori Ross was named 2011 Chamber Volunteer of the Year. Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, represented by owners Mike and Jovana Stipo and Sales & Marketing Director Allison Kaupelis, was named 2011 Business of the Year.

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Play to benefit Tropical Storm relief funds

“The Belle of Amherst” will be presented in a special performance benefiting residents of the town of Jay who experienced the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

APA has new web address

New website address is apa.ny.gpv

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Lumberjacks split on hardwood with Chateaugay

Boys hockey team beat; CVAC hoops starts today

Coaches V. Cancer CVAC Challenge opens season; Lumberjacks split in hoops

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Regional Economic Development Council awards announced

North Country region get $103.2 million

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $785 million has been awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, continuing the Governor's efforts to redesign the way state government works in order to drive economic growth and create jobs.

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Crown Point, Schroon Lake post victories

Mountainside, Ti also victorious

Crown Point opened the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball season with a 55-21 victory over Johnsburg Dec. 5.

Thursday, December 8

Cradle to career readiness

Clinton County first in nation to embrace education partnership

Less than 20 percent of all ninth graders make it to the post-secondary finish line, says State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Out with the old clunker, says Johnsburg board

A new software system for the town's finances should help streamline bookkeeping efforts and increase the level of information available to citizens when the budget approval process happens.

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Clarke gets surprise visitor on ‘Survivor’

Father pays visit to show

Thurston Clarke makes appearance on CBS reality show

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Depot board starts search for Casquilho replacement

Board of trustees set to advertise for position.

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Warriors out-scrap Lions for MVAC win

Chapple opens bowling season with 300, Peru earns mat victory

MVAC boys basketball, CVAC bowling and wrestling

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Floating Lake George classroom proves popular

More than 2,000 visit LGA boat

More than 2,000 people came aboard the Lake George Association’s floating classroom to learn about lake protection and ecology this year.

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Creative Stage looking for creative solutions

Though approaching the final stages of approval for a new Chestertown site for Creative Stage Lighting, owner George Studnicky III said the cost of building on the site needs more consideration.

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Plattsburgh Public Library cuts anger public

Suzanne Barton has four children, her husband’s pay has been slashed and she just found out she’s losing her job at the Plattsburgh Public Library.

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Residents ask supervisors to put funding back in budget

Union agrees to meet with county for ‘talk’

Public hearing on 2012 budget draws over 100 people

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Officials seek return of water surveys

Information key to grant funding

Ticonderoga residents may soon hear a knock at their door, but it won’t be a holiday caroler. Town officials are beginning a door-to-door canvas of the community’s water districts seeking the return of income surveys that may hold the key to grant funding for a comprehensive drinking water project.

Wednesday, December 7

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Bolton enjoying increase in tourism, business revenue

While vacation destinations elsewhere have experienced declines in tourism, Bolton Landing is enjoying a robust increase. Town Supervisor Ron Conover explores the reasons why.

Marina project to move ahead

Bridge construction delayed work

Stalled by the construction of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, a Port Henry marina project is gearing up to move forward.

Hearing: save jobs, spend on budget

More than 100 people packed into the Old Courthouse at the Essex County Government Center with a request that some may not have expected to hear.

Penfield board appreciative

To the Times of Ti: The Penfield Homestead Museum would like to thank all the people in Crown Point and surrounding communities that came together to help us during and after tropical storm Irene.

Plattsburgh on cutting edge of teacher evaluations

Plattsburgh City School is close to finishing a teacher evaluation system that is to be a model for New York state, possibly the nation.

Three-car accident briefly closes Route 73

Witherbee woman injured

State police closed a section of Route 73 for about an hour around daybreak Wednesday, Dec. 7 after a three-car accident just west of the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

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Warren County to name new real property director

With Michael Swan moving into the Warren County Treasurer’s post as of Jan. 2, county leaders are now in the process of selecting a new chief of the county Real Property Services office, which Swan now heads up.

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Chestertown man honored for military, community service

Bearing flags, a silvery bugle and solemn expressions, veterans stood at attention while county and state officials recounted the military service of the late Frederick J. Vetter, a pillar of the Chestertown community for decades.

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Santa plans visits for towns in northern Warren County

That jolly super-sized elf who annually spreads good cheer will be visiting two northern Warren County towns on Saturday Dec. 10.

Jail time for cookie thief

Warrensburg Town Court

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Dec. 1911•

Mixed feelings about editorial

To Adirondack Journal: I am a life-long resident of Tupper Lake and read your editorial with interest, about how my community was under siege.

Cartoon was a cheap shot

To the Editor: I have to admit that I thought your “cartoon” on Republican Science was in poor taste.

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Hunters, hikers collide on Cheney Mountain

Moriah may close new trail during hunting season

There are safety concerns with the new Cheney Mountain Trail in Moriah.

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Bakers Mills featured in music video

Following a night of carousing at J&J’s tavern, California Jane turns on her date, knocking him over the head with a tire iron and stealing his truck.

Trashing rechargeable batteries now illegal in NY

On Monday, Dec. 5 it became illegal in New York state to throw rechargeable batteries in the garbage.

Local woman dies after car lands in Schroon River

A Horicon woman died Monday, Dec. 5 after her sedan veered off Schroon River Road, slammed into a utility pole and landed upside down in the Schroon River, police said.

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Mid-century photo collection donated to Long Lake Archives

An avid local photographer’s mid-20th century work is now part of the Long Lake Archives Collection, thanks to his daughter.

Thanks from the historical society

To the News Enterprise: The Johnsburg Historical Society extends a sincere “thank you”

Where’s the reporting on Tupper’s ACR?

To the News Enterprise: In the Nov. 26 News Enterprise, your editorial board criticized residents and groups who do not “support” the present Tupper Lake ACR project without any reservations.

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MVAC girls season kicks off with wins for Lions, Eagles

Lake Placid remains unbeaten in boys hockey

Recaps from first part of the week in sports

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Chazy's LaPier named Class D Player of Year

All state teams announced in girls soccer

Tooke, Reynolds, Doran, Cassavaugh, Huber, Hamilton, Clookey, Bushey also named state all stars

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Ti chamber plans mixer

Dec. 15 at Hancock House

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce December After Business Mixer will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga next to Liberty Monument. The Ticonderoga Historical Society and Ticonderoga Arts will co-host the event 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6

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Chazy Public Library move means more books

People will lose themselves in the stacks at the new Chazy Public Library, says Emily Castine, president of the Board of Trustees.

Mailboxes your problem

When the snow piles and plows barrel through sending tons of hard wet snow to the same shoulder of the road your dolphin mailbox used to sit, that crumpled up box with the utility bill trapped inside could now be the homeowner’s problem to replace.

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Some like it hot

Notes from the North Woods

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), global temperatures for the year of 2011, currently rank as the tenth highest since records were first established in 1850.

December’s Express Workout of the Month

Health Matters

This time of year especially, things get crazy, we are running around trying to get all our shopping done, cooking, baking, wrapping presents, parties.

Depot’s Chris Casquilho moving on

The managing director of the Depot Theatre in Westport has accepted a job at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Douglas tries to help family cope with memories of tragic past

For Jay Town Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas, a tragedy that struck his community last week was something that he knew all too well because he lived through it once before.

Does a flawless candidate really exist?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One has to wonder, with Herman Cain now withdrawn from the presidential race due to his drop in the polls and the excessive media coverage over several sexual allegations and scandals, can any of the prominent figures in government stand up to the trust and expectations of the American public?

Marine Academy a boost to students, economy


The new Marine Academy scheduled to open at Ticonderoga High School next fall will be a welcome addition to the region’s education system and economy.

Take a freeze

To the Valley News: Everyone is frustrated with rising taxes to finance public employee pay increases without recognizing the hardship paying for it imposes on the larger community,

Extend IRA rollover

To the Valley News: With the approach of the holiday season, many think of giving to those most in need.

Upset with cartoon

To the Editor: What a disappointing editorial cartoon in your Dec. 3 editions.

Exception to editorial

To the Editor: As a Tupper Lake resident and businesswoman I take great exception to your recent editorial, “Help a community under siege.”

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County gets bridges from state DOT

Tax breakdown of state mandated services will now be on tax bills

Tax bill to show amounts that go to county programs, state mandates

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Essex County votes for tax cap override

Loss of funding, Medicaid share behind decision

"Randy's" vote against override

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Ti concert to aid Moriah students

Snow Bones Ensemble to play Dec. 21 in Ti

A Ticonderoga graduate is coming home to perform a benefit for Moriah students. Megan Walls, a graduate music student at Illinois State University, has organized a concert by the Snow Bones Trombone Ensemble. The show will be Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Ticonderoga and will benefit the Moriah Central School women’s chorus, which is raising money for a trip and performance at Disney World this spring.

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Author basks in his Plattsburgh digs

M. Dylan Raskin, known for his cynical, angry writing, appreciates the peace he has found in the North Country

M. Dylan Raskin wrote his second book while homeless, shacked up in a walk-in closet.

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Crown Point fan featured in book

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans remembered

Lorraine Dudley remembers her first crush. It was a horse...Trigger, the faithful steed of singing cowboy Roy Rogers.

Monday, December 5

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Holiday Celebration packs Tannery Pond

The North Country Singers' Holiday Celebration pulled a standing-room-only crowd into the Tannery Pond Community Center Dec. 4.

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Children want basics for Christmas

A Champlain business owner is working to make the family’s holiday special

Joy Sarbou-Jubert couldn’t hold back the tears as she read the four little girls’ Christmas lists.

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State seeks to replace deteriorating bridge

The Route 22B bridge has been the scene of many accidents

A plan to replace a deteriorating bridge is moving ahead.

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Ti man wants to attract breweries to region

Beer could become major contributor to local economy

Ken Tucker believes beer could be an economic force in the Adirondacks. The Ticonderoga man has embarked on a project to attract small breweries throughout the region. He believes the effort will result in $3 billion in revenue a year and 5,000 jobs in 15 years.

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Festival of Trees returns to Ti

Hancock House open house Dec. 11

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host its annual Festival of Trees this December at the Hancock House. This marks the 21st year for the holiday tradition, which features a festive display of trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, families and individuals.

Sunday, December 4

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New business group's founders say infrastructure upgrades are vital

A group is forming to boost business activity in the towns of Chester and Brant Lake.

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Quilting, fabric shop now open in Chestertown

Those seeking instruction in quilting in addition to sewing supplies and equipment can now find them locally in downtown Chestertown.

Friday, December 2

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Moriah borrows to pay storm costs

FEMA help expected

The town of Moriah is borrowing $500,000 to help cover expenses from major storms that hit the community this year. The loan will not affect local taxpayers, according to Supervisor Tom Scozzafava.

Edward Dashnaw gets life without parole

Guilty of killing David and Lorraine Donivan of Schuyler Falls

Clinton County Court Judge Patrick McGill handed Edward A. Dashnaw, 42, two concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Thursday, December 1

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Beede death ruled suicide

Investigation shows Lake Placid hunter's gun was source of self-inflicted fatal wound

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Autopsy reports confirm Caitos died from drowning

Autopsy reports confirmed Thursday that Theresa Caito, 75, and her grandson, 7-year-old Henry D. Caito of Jay, died as a result of asphyxiation due to drowning.

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'Survivor,' Clarke back on air tonight

Willsboro native one of six remaining on main island of CBS Television show

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Colby, Marvin up for national soccer award

Award honors inspirational soccer stories

AVCS midfielder Megan Colby battles Cystic Fibrosis; ELCS goalie Brock Marvin returned after heart transplant.

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Indians score win to open wrestling season

Lady Eagles win Alzheimer's Awareness Tourney

Peru, Northern Adirondack score opening night wrestling wins; Westport, Tupper Lake win in girls hoops.

Free soup social slated

A free soup social is planned Dec. 9 at the Tannery Pond Community Center, 6 p.m.

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Crown Point hires sole assessor

Will start work Jan. 1

Crown Point has hired a sole assessor. Richard Maxwell of Syracuse-based of Maxwell Appraisal Service was appointed by the town board during a special meeting Nov. 30. He’ll assume his duties Jan. 1.

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LP hunter found, investigation ongoing

Autopsy to be conducted

Autopsy for Lake Placid hunter to be performed afternoon of Dec. 1.

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Lake steward report released

Program seeks out invasive species

The Lake George Association has released preliminary results from the 2011 Lake Steward program.

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Ski train starting up in North Creek

Town looks to improve offerings to visitors

It's time to challenge Lake Placid's post-ski nightlife on North Creek's Main Street, said Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed.

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N. Warren voters to decide on $2.7M in repairs

North Warren School District officials are seeking public approval for financing $2.7 million in repairs and improvements to the district’s buildings — primarily the North Warren K-12 school and the bus garage.

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French teacher bridges over the Atlantic for students

NAC’s students will visit Sister school in France

French teacher Joseph Marcil has successfully bridged the 3,635 mile gap between students of Northern Adirondack Central School and those attending a sister or “twinned” school in Nantes, France.

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Saranac Central School residents to vote on project

Government funding should cover all project costs, says school officials

 Saranac Central School residents will decide on a capital project that has little to no impact on taxes.

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Plattsburgh City School turns to Facebook

The school district is using the popular social-networking site to communicate with residents

Plattsburgh City School discovered social networking about a month ago.

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Concert to benefit Tiny Tim program

Dec. 9 in Ticonderoga

The annual Tiny Tim Christmas Concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street. The concert, featuring the Ticonderoga Community Band, raises money for the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the area.