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Monday, April 30

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99 Percent takes aim at spring

They gathered to form a local community of people committed to non violent direct action to forge a more just economy.

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Ticonderoga raising trash fees

Board wants transfer station self sufficient

The price of trash disposal in Ticonderoga is going up. The town board has approved a rate increase from the present 10 cents a pound to 15 cents a pound. The increase will be effective as soon as new trash tickets are received from a printer.

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Runners to traverse new bridge

Road race part of Lake Champlain Bridge celebration

Runners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of the grand opening celebration for the new Lake Champlain Bridge. “The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run,” a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) road race, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

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Spring Run Off party to help families in need

Those looking to have fun and help families in need can do both at the first-ever Spring Run Off Party Friday, May 4 at the Copperfield Inn.

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Adirondack Carousel sets opening date

Volunteers step up to finish construction

More than a decade after the project began, the Adirondack Carousel is finally set to open on Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, April 29

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McKee leads Ticonderoga past Moriah

Austin belts home run

Ticonderoga came from behind to beat Moriah, 9-2, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball action April 28.

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Moriah Center home burns

Blaze seen for miles

A century-old Moriah Center building was destroyed by fire April 28.

Westport approves 2.85 tax levy to put before voters

Community forums planned

The Westport Central School District approved it’s budget of $5,408,000 for the 2012-2013 school year to put before voters.

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Locals join Champlain Area Trails to clean trails for Earth Day

Over forty volunteers participated in the two Earth Day Projects that Champlain Area Trails (CATS) coordinated on Saturday, April 21.

Saturday, April 28

Health insurance a concern

The recent letter by Tom Allen of Ticonderoga makes sense and brings out two problems.

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Ward Lumber to host alpaca night

Ward Lumber is hosting free Alpaca Night on Tuesday, May 1, for anyone interested in learning more about or raising alpacas.

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Ticonderoga defeats Moriah

Crown Point no-hits Wells

Ticonderoga toppled Moriah, 14-2, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball action April 27.

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ELCS approves budget

The Elizabethtown Lewis School board unanimously voted to adopt the 2012-2013 budget, totaling $7,421,195, at its April 17 meeting.

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AuSable Valley adopts school spending plan

The budget, approved unanimously during the board’s April 18 meeting, called for a $271,251 increase to the tax levy, up from $11,793,511 in 2011-12 to $12,064,762 in the proposed plan.

Friday, April 27

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Spring cleaning planned in Ticonderoga

Volunteers needed for May 12 event

Ticonderoga will get a spring cleaning next weekend. Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, PRIDE, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Ticonderoga Kiwanis will join forces for a clean-up day Saturday, May 12.

What makes a Parasite?

Notes from Planet Earth

Symbiotic organisms that live on and within us are rarely discussed, in spite of their benefits for our survival.

Don’t silence voices

In the editorial titled Horace Nye: It's Time to Sell the authors stated their "fear further dialogue in settings such as public hearings would be dominated by" employees voicing concerns.

Schroon budget meets tax cap

On April 4, 2012, the Schroon Lake Central School Board of Education adopted a school budget in the amount of $7,243,314.00.

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Family fights cancer in father’s memory

‘Team Ice Cream’ part of NYC event

Never under estimate the power of ice cream. Jim Dayton loved dessert. Now, in his memory, his family has formed “Team Ice Cream.”

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Ticonderoga hurdler sets record in victory

Softball, golf teams also in action

Jay Hebert set a league and section record as he led Ticonderoga to a 77-56 win against the combined Elizabethtown-Keene-Moriah-Westport team in Champlain Valley Valley Athletic Conference boys track and field action April 26.

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North Creek: Don't forget Gore in Belleayre transition

The business community in North Creek wants to add one more ORDA board member to look after the interests of the Gore Mountain ski center.

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Supervisors receive report on Horace Nye Home

Essex County supervisors now have a new tool in weighing the fate of the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

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Daffest kicks off this weekend in Saranac Lake

The second annual daffodil festival — Daffest — will begin on Friday, April 27 and continue for three weeks until Mother’s Day.

Thursday, April 26

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Blood drive set at Schroon Lake school

Senior class plans event

Schroon Lake Central School’s senior class wants to leave a lasting impression. That’s why the class will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, May 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at the school auditorium.

Former principal addresses LPCS board

Guest Viewpoint

I would like to voice my concerns and to give my opinion regarding Lake Placid Central School's failed leadership.

Tax program aids local people

Many thanks to the Times of Ti for letting local taxpayers know that free tax preparation assistance has been available again this year.

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Tactfully declining an invitation

I am a busy working mom, never having any time to myself.

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Eight locals make all-state girls hoops list

Eight Section VII girls varsity basketball players were named to All-State teams by the New York State Sportswriter’s Association for the 2011-12 season.

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Keene voters give the green light to firehouse project

Voters approved, via permissive referendum, a resolution approving the department’s plans to build a new firehouse at the Mountain Manor site across from Stewart’s by a vote of 116-35 April 24.

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No big changes in Putnam budget proposal

District meets state tax cap

The area’s smallest school district continues to get smaller. Enrollment at Putnam Central School has declined each of the past three years — a trend that is expected to continue.

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Ticonderoga squeezes out baseball victory

Crown Point baseball, Ti softball win

Ticonderoga played small ball to beat Saranac Lake, 12-11, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball action April 25.

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Still no word from Verizon with Minerva cell tower initiative

During the April 19 Minerva Town Board meeting, the status of the Verizon cell tower project was discussed.

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Minerva Central approves budget under tax cap

During their April 19 meeting, Minerva Central School Board members approved the 2012-2013 budget.

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After year of record highs, 2012 brings near-record lows for Champlain

However, on April 23 of 2012, the lake level was at 96.24 feet, less then one foot above the record low of 95.43 and well below the average of 98.78 feet.

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Saranac Lake stays under tax cap with new budget

As Saranac Lake Village Board members unanimously approved their 2012-13 budget April 23 — staying within the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap — they began planning for next year’s budget with the proposed creation of a village Finance Committee.

Wednesday, April 25

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Mooers students learn anti-bullying tactics

Bullying triggers empathy in Hannah Hemingway, who wonders how horrific someone’s life must have been to turn that individual into a monster who now terrorizes others.

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Taste of Ti to benefit Heritage Museum

10th annual event May 17

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum will host the 10th annual Taste of Ti on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ticonderoga Elementary/Middle School cafeteria.

Spirit Airlines steps up to fill the void

Spirit Airlines is increasing its flights from two to three times weekly between Myrtle Beach and Plattsburgh. The airline, which was recently criticized for distasteful advertising, was already scheduled to start offering two weekly trips in May.

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Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day events continue to grow locally as residents focus on sustainability

Children and adults danced around the room and filtered in and out of the groups gathered to mark the area’s fourth annual Earth Day Celebration.

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Holocaust remembered during commemoration

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the Holocaust Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.

Community gathers to talk recreation and promote area

Luke Cyphers wants to start a dialogue about the many recreational blessings Clinton County residents can enjoy. He and other proponents want to promote what already exists and explore ways to expand recreational opportunities for everyone in the North Country.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - April 1912

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Many newcomers to Johnsburg tennis team

Only three players return to the nine-member Johnsburg Central School varsity tennis team this year under the guidance of coach Heather Flanagan.

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Possible teacher assistant cuts discussed in Indian Lake

The possible cuts of teacher assistant positions was discussed at the April 17 Indian Lake Central School Board of Education meeting.

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White Water Derby organizers expect larger crowd this year

With Mother Nature blessing the Hudson River with much-needed rain this week, organizers of the 55th Annual White Water Derby on May 5-6 are expecting a larger crowd than last year.

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Johnsburg board seeks clarity in smoldering fire protection case

The Johnsburg Planning Board and an applicant seeking site plan review for a proposed subdivision find themselves between the proverbial rock and hard place when it comes to certifying the subdivision will have adequate fire protection.

Thanks to volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Essex & Clinton Counties would like to thank the 700 women and men who serve our communities all year-long.

Happiness Not Just for High Achievers

Kids Count

Such is a line from a popular song that refrains with “there is life at both ends of that red dirt road.”

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Moriah’s proposed school budget meets tax cap

All programs maintained

The proposed 2012-13 Moriah Central School budget meets the new state tax cap, but it squeezes existing programs for students.

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Douglas names Horace Nye sub-committee

Following the debate and suggestions at the April 16 meeting of the Horace Nye Committee, the chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors had the final say.

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Connor Marvin back to school

Hopes to get back to things he enjoys

Connor Marvin has returned with a new heart and the ambition to get back to golf, friends and his school work.

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Warren Co. officials dismayed over Lake George park ownership dispute

The former Lake George Town Board divorced itself from the Charles Wood Park, and the Village of Lake George bought out its share in the joint municipal project for $210,000. But now that the new board now wants to rejoin the partnership, the Village is unwilling to sell any of its portion back to the town, and Warren County officials are dismayed.

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Synthetic marijuana ban endorsed, now set for public vote

Warren County is moving faster than New York State in criminalizing the use and possession of synthetic marijuana substances, and other municipalities are now seeking the advice of county officials in pursuing a similar ban.

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Ticonderoga races to track win

Ti, Moriah, Schroon Lake fall in baseball, softball

Ticonderoga dominated Lake Placid, 96-18, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys track and field action April 24. The Sentinels won all but two events in the meet.

Handling the GOP’s hot potato

Though some may find the forecast far-fetched, global warming could prove fatal to the GOP this November – or in the near future.

Tuesday, April 24

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NCCC student learning about Ticonderoga business

Internship program aids chamber, school

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is getting some help this spring thanks to North Country Community College. The chamber has an intern from the NCCC Ticonderoga campus.

Not enough

Hooray, Westport School District has finally succumbed to common sense and is now charging tuition for out of district students.

Change demands we speak out

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

If we hope to make our world a better place for our children we must begin changing some of the recent behavior and not allow opportunities to make change pass without speaking out.

Increase sensitivity to women’s issues

Editorial

I sat quietly in the dark, tears streaming down my face as her voice whispered in the blackness.

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NCCC names new president

The North Country Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Steve Tyrell to serve as the college’s sixth president, effective June 15, 2012.

Spelling Bee Creates Buzz in Two Counties

Event this Saturday

The Tenth Annual North Country Spelling Bee is scheduled to take place at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

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Property tax break expanded for Warren County seniors

Property tax exemptions are popular, as people hold opinions that some facing particular hardships ought to have a break. But awhen people realize that all the other taxpayers have to pick up the taxes exempted -- including the working poor and financially stressed middle class, the question of fairness arises.

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Department store may be coming to Ticonderoga

Peebles being discussed

Ticonderoga could soon have a new department store. Stage Stores, Inc. is in discussions that could lead to the opening of a Peebles in the community.

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Schroon Lake, ELCS battle to tie

Wildcats lose in softball

Schroon Lake and Elizabethtown-Lewis played to an 11-11 tie in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference baseball action April 23. The game was suspended after seven innings because of rain.

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Lewis Family Farm files suit over Essex assessments

Lewis, who famously defeated the Adirondack Park Agency over a challenge to houses on his property in 2009, now has his sights set on the town of Essex.

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Beer tent may be back at fair

The return of a "beer tent" to the Essex County Fair is one step closer.

Monday, April 23

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‘McTeacher Night’ returning to Ticonderoga

Teachers to work at restaurant May 1

Have you ever wanted to tell a teacher what to do? Students — and others — will have a chance to do just that during the annual “McTeacher Night” in Ticonderoga Tuesday, May 1.

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Warren County Youth Fair to expand, include rural heritage festival

Many area residents recall the heydays of the Warren County Youth Fair, when up to 10,000 people were drawn to its carnival rides, a midway, a pony pull, farm animal exhibits, and entertainment by prominent rock and country bands — and many have hoped for the fair to reclaim its glory days. This year, through a new collaborative effort planning the newly-titled county Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair may return to its former eminence.

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Schroon Lake teacher to discuss gorilla trek

Honor society to sponsor May 4 event

A first-hand account of “Mzungus in the Mist” will be presented at Schroon Lake Central School. The program, sponsored by the school’s National Honor Society, will feature teacher Cookie Barker Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is a canned food item or a donation to the Schroon Lake Food Pantry.

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Area citizens, politicians rally at Capitol to protest costly state mandates

Property taxes are bad enough without the state's excessive regulations and dictates that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, protesters said April 21 at a rally held against unfunded state mandates.

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Take back day set in Essex County for prescription drugs

Local law enforcement will be teaming up with The Prevention Team to help dispose of old prescriptions.

Sunday, April 22

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New Wilmington business off to a strong start

Chef has rich local heritage

“I remember my grandmother looking across the street at this place,” said Chris Kueller. “It was for sale, and she said, ‘That place is a goldmine if you get the right person to run it right.’”

Saturday, April 21

Thanks to Sheriff’s

I want to thank the member of the Sheriff’s Department who came and removed the dead deer on my property this morning within 15 minutes after I called.

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Crown Point shuts out Ticonderoga

Schroon, Moriah record wins

Crown Point earned local bragging rights by beating Ticonderoga, 11-0, in non-league baseball action April 20.

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Sayward speaks at county

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward brought the message of the New York State budget to members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for her final time.

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Sentencing postponed for horse neglect case

Ti Man could face up to a year in jail for shooting horse

The sentencing of Ticonderoga man Bruce Crammond for animal cruelty has been postponed to April 27.

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Pancake breakfast raises $1,000 for local food shelf

A local food pantry will be able to meet the needs of a community for a month with funds raised by piles of pancakes.

Friday, April 20

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Church to recognize Crown Point scout

Eagle project to be blessed

A Crown Point Boy Scout will be honored for his community service. First Congregational Church of Crown Point will recognize Keegan Choffat and bless a handicap-accessibility ramp he constructed as part of a community service project required of Eagle Scout candidates.

Stop selling ‘our’ property

How long are the American people going to stand by while public bureaucrats sell off public property to the highest bidder?

Loves the Richards Library

I love the Richard’s Library! I’m a recent transplant to Warrensburg from flatlander territory (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and the location of the town library was on of my first questions.

Kick Cancer Tournament set

On May 5, there is a Kick(ball) Cancer Tournament to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of our father, James W. Deppe.

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Fort Ticonderoga initiates ‘Ambassador Pass’

Program will provide free admission to Ti residents

Ticonderoga residents will again receive free admission to Fort Ticonderoga this season, but only after applying for an “Ambassador Pass.”

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Saranac Lake Central cuts positions to balance budget

Tax levy increase stays within state limit

Members of the Saranac Lake Central School Board of Education adopted their proposed 2012-13 spending plan Aug. 17.

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Ticonderoga scores softball victory

Moriah falls

Kiley Austin fired a one-hitter to lead Ticonderoga past Northern Adirondack, 11-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball action April 19.

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Willsboro CS budget in line with state threshold

The Willsboro Central School Board of Education adopted a budget with a 2.12 percent increase to the tax cap that will now go before the district’s voters May 15.

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Supers debate lunchtime closures for departments

A discussion on changing the summer hours for one county department led to talk about all departments during the Finance Committee meeting April 16.

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Junior volunteers busy at Minerva VFD&RS

There are plenty of important activities going on with the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (MVFD&RS) this spring.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – April 1912•

Sunrise service a success

The Area Clergy Association would like to thank all those who came out and donated to the Easter Sunrise Service.

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ELCS Superintendent Gail Else to retire

School board will begin search for new supervisor

After 39 years in education and nine years of service as the Superintendent of School for the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, Gail Else will officially retire as of June 30.

Thursday, April 19

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Johnsburg Central meeting gets vocal

Board refutes allegations

Opposition to Johnsburg Central School District's proposed 2012-13 budget became vocal this week, shortly after the school board approved the document.

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State to help out Irene-affected communities

Take care of local share for cleanup expenses

New York State will take the bill for Tropical Storm Irene and Lee cleanup.

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World record candy bar visits Ticonderoga

St. Mary’s School hosts 6-ton chocolate bar

St. Mary’s School students received a sweet treat recently. The world’s largest chocolate bar visited the Ticonderoga school.

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Banana truck skids off 87 to avoid deer

Driver transported to CVPH for observation

At a little after 3 a.m. on Thursday, a tractor trailer truck driver swerved to avoid a deer in the road and flipped his truck onto its side in the grass median on Interstate 87.

Support victims rights

National Crime Victims Rights Week is recognized this year the week of April 22-April 28.

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Celebrate Local Talent to benefit music scholarship April 28

When Heather Osowiecki graduated from the Johnsburg Central School in 2007, she was glad to have a scholarship to study at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam.

Thanks for library story

Thanks to the Adirondack Journal for publishing a fine article about Richards Library in its April 14 issue. I’d like to elaborate a little further:

Newcomb teen arrested for taking lewd photos of woman

New York State Police arrested a Newcomb teenager at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, April 12 for allegedly taking nude photos of girl without her permission and sending them to others online.

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School board candidates looking for votes May 15

Only one school district in the News Enterprise readership will have a contested race for the school board elections on May 15.

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No bike lanes for Route 86

During their April 10 meeting, Jim Morganson asked North Elba Town Board members whether they had received any feedback or information regarding bike lanes on Route 86 or Old Military Road.

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Crown Point, Schroon, Moriah, Ti win in baseball

Panthers claim softball victory

Crown Point defeated defending Mountain and valley Athletic Conference champion Chazy, 8-2, in baseball action April 18.

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Preston: Sell Horace Nye

Responding to a question from the press, Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston took a strong stand against public ownership of the Horace Nye nursing home at an April 10 Wilmington town council meeting.

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North Elba to give away skateboard park equipment

Offered to village, may be headed to Saranac Lake

The town of North Elba will be giving away its equipment at the local skateboard park, but the question remains: Will it stay in Lake Placid or be shipped to Saranac Lake?

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On Campus

Scholarship winner and dean's list honors

Response to health care letter

I want to comment on Bob O'Brien's letter in the April 7 edition of the News Enterprise.

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Tupper Lake village begins budget process

Trustees face initial tax levy increase of 28 percent

Tupper Lake Village Board members began the process of crafting a 2012-13 budget this past week with the expectation of adopting a spending plan by May 1.

Thanks for library support

To the folks who came to my book signing at the Port Henry train station, I say thank you so much for your generous support to the Sherman Free Library in Port Henry.

Wednesday, April 18

Ausable man arrested for running into parole officers with farm tractor

An Ausable man is in State Police custody after he rammed a vehicle occupied by parole officers and intentionally struck one of the officers with a farm tractor.

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Lake Placid School super staying despite calls for resignation

Former principal: I’ll vote no on budget in protest

The mysterious recent exit of Principal Katherine Mulderig went unmentioned at the April 17 Lake Placid Board of Education meeting — until the time came for public comments, when the public unloaded on the board, repeatedly questioning the judgement of Superintendent Randy Richards and calling for his resignation or dismissal.

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Stec wins over opposition

On Tuesday, Robert Regan dropped out of the race to represent New York State’s 114 Assembly District in Albany. Regan endorsed Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec, clearing the field for Stec, who is now unchallenged for the Republican Party’s nod.

The True Heroes

I would like to thank the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company for honoring me in a special ceremony on March 24.

Thoughts on sports

The April 7 issue of the Valley News published an article entitled "Without Beagle-ball or merger, Keene seeks answers to merger needs" of which I was quoted in.

Holding On and Letting Go

Kids Count

It was my daughter’s birthday this week and while she lives in another state, I spoke with her at some length on the telephone.

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Psychologist wants to connect with parents

Kristin McAuliffe, a school psychologist and parent, doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to child rearing.

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Moriah choir shines at Disney performance

Local chorus sings in Florida

The Moriah Central School women’s choir performed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program March 21 to 26.

School insurance cost

There was a great article in the Post-Star last week concerning school employees insurance.

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Local stores fall victim to the battered economy

The Great Recession continues to leave victims in its wake as a pair of area Wilson Farms stores close their doors at the end of the month.

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Committee to research, visit potential Horace Nye buyers

A sub-committee of five will start to take a deeper look at three potential buyers of the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

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LPCS principal walks away

Richards expected to keep job

The long-running saga involving Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Randy Richards and High School Principal Katherine Mulderig took another turn last week, when word broke that Mulderig went on an extended leave of absence beginning Monday, April 16.

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Saranac Lake village to hold budget hearing April 20

Saranac Lake Village Board members continue to work on their proposed 2012-13 spending plan and will hold their annual budget hearing at 5 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the village offices at 39 Main St.

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Ticonderoga, Crown Point post wins

Ticonderoga topped Lake Placid, 15-2, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball action April 17.

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Resident to Johnsburg Town Board: Be more transparent

Planning Board gets new member

The Johnsburg Town Board meeting was only minutes old Tuesday when controversy erupted over the board’s decision to immediately go into executive session.

Tuesday, April 17

Addison County looses sheriff of 31 years

After 31 years of service to Addison County, Sheriff James B. Coons lost his battle to illness Monday, April 16 at his home in Middlebury.

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Ticonderoga Emergency Squad to formally open facility

Chamber plans day-long activities May 12

Although it’s been in use for several months, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the new Ticonderoga Emergency Squad Building Saturday, May 12.

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Waters connect

Notes from the North Woods

The adventure of outdoor travel is no longer considered a normal part of life for a majority of the country’s population.

Defining our traditional core values

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

What are the traditional core values I keep referring to as the critical building blocks of our society?

Online historic newspapers an asset

Editorial

For years, loyal readers, researchers and editorial staffers have yearned to flip through back issues of the various papers owned by Denton Publications, whether they want information from two years in the past, 20 years ago or all the way back in the 1800s.

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Ticonderoga chamber plans spring open house

May 9 event

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a spring open house Wednesday, May 9.

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Rachael Ray talks of life in Adirondacks, offers advice to youth

In an interview conducted by Denton Publications reporter Katherine Clark, celebrity chef and talk show host Rachael Ray talks about growing up in Lake George, life in her retreat in the Adirondacks — and she offers advice to area students on pursuing their dreams.

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Panthers dominate season openers

Softball, baseball teams win behind no-hitters

Crown Point established it is once again the team to beat in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference softball race. The Panthers, who have won the last six Section VII Class D championships, hurled a no-hitter and beat Westport, 13-0, in their season opener April 16.

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Republican presidential primary set in one week

Field shrinks for Presidential nominating election

New York is on deck when it comes to the Republican Presidential Primary.

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Colorful carousel arrives in Lake George

The busiest corner of Lake George Village will soon have a carousel — a festive attraction that has traditionally been enjoyed by families visiting resort towns.

Monday, April 16

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Three Canadian women taken to hospital after one-car accident on I-87

Emergency officials responded to a one-car accident around 1:15 p.m. Monday, April 16 that resulted in the injury of three Canadian women.

Drug Abuse Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall Meeting will be held April 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plattsburgh High School, located at 1 Clifford Drive, Plattsburgh. The town meeting, titled "Our Youth at Risk," will focus on the dangers of the abuse of prescription drugs and use of synthetic drugs.

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Westport School project set to cost district nothing

Westport Central School has voted to put a Capital Improvement project before voters on May 15 for construction proposed that would cost district taxpayers nothing.

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Spring Sports preview: Lake Placid Blue Bombers

2012 Lake Placid Blue Bombers spring sports previews

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E-town's gonna cut ‘Footloose’

Breaking all the laws against dancing and rock ’n’ roll, the Elizabethtown theater group will be gyrating and vocalizing songs from the 1980 and 2011 remake of the hit film, “Footloose,” with a diverse and compelling cast on April 19.

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Spring Sports Preview: Saranac Lake Red Storm

2012 Saranac Lake Red Storm spring sports previews

Sunday, April 15

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After effects of Irene still being felt in Essex County

Project Hope is a crisis counseling program created by New York state to help in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Services are provided through the Mental Health Association in Essex County Inc.

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Westport Bible Church begins rectory expansion

Church broke ground on Easter Sunday

The Westport Bible Church broke ground on Easter Sunday, April 8, beginning construction on an addition to the church’s rectory.

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Spring Sports Preview: Keene Beavers

2012 Keene Beavers spring sports preview

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Spring Sports Preview: Tupper Lake Lumberjacks

2012 Tupper Lake Spring Sports preview

Saturday, April 14

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MacMillen Construction moves into former Chester firehouse

Firm joins forces with architectural designer

The big four-bay historic former Chestertown firehouse is the ideal new headquarters for MacMillen Construction. Contractor John MacMillen has joined forces with architectural designer Michael Rice to expand his range of services which focus on building gracious homes with exceptional Adirondack-style detailing.

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Chester Eagle Scout builds local landmark for veterans

In a show of appreciation for veterans' service to the nation, Chester Eagle Scout Jacob Hill has built a new sign for local Legion Post. The project included consturcting a parking lot, earth grading, planting a sod lawn, landscaping and illumination for a repositioned flagpole.

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Spring Sports Preview: Westport Eagles

2012 Westport Eagles spring sports preview

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Spring Sports Preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions

2012 Lions spring sports preview

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Veteran’s Park receives service Honor Roll wall

On March 24, several gathered to mark the creation of the Keeseville Honor Roll sign, which will list the names of soldiers who have recently returned from active duty tours or completed their time in service to the country.

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The park bells will ring again

Stolen cowbells from Footbridge Park found on Boquet River

The Footbridge Park’s missing cow bells were discovered by local fisherman and will return to the park for visitor’s enjoyment.

What about a wood boiler

Unfortunately, I am not very good about keeping up with school's budgeting process.

Friday, April 13

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Rachael Ray beguiles crowd at local benefit show

Before the annual Rachael Ray benefit show at Lake George High School, the perky talk-show host and celebrity chef modestly wondered why local people would come back year after year to see her cook up a few entrees and chat about her life. An hour later, the auditorium was packed with her adoring fans, many of them said they simply love her personality — as well as easy-to-cook meals.

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Spring Sports Preview: AuSable Valley Patriots

Previews of the 2012 Patriots

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Spring Sports Preview: Willsboro Warriors

2012 Willsboro Warriors spring teams

Disagrees with editorial

While I can appreciate that you have taken a stand on the Horace Nye Nursing Home Sale, you have failed to address the following areas while doing so.

Wellness Fair a success

St. Mary’s School would like to thank everyone who made our Wellness Fair on March 30 a great success.

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Ski Club keeps Tupper Lake students outside in winter

The unusually warm weather prevented Tupper Lake students from skiing at the Big Tupper Ski Area as often as they would have liked, and they were forced to travel to ski centers in the region that offered snowmaking.

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Why Knot Pizza opens in Westport

Third business in past month opens doors here

On April 12, Kevin Simpson opens Why Knot Pizza, adding to the growing list of new businesses for the town.

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Field narrows as Stec receives incumbent’s blessing

Regan only other announced candidate

At the moment, only two candidates remain to replace Teresa Sayward in the New York State Assembly.

Thursday, April 12

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Dig uncovers key War of 1812 evidence

Researchers further cement location of Pike’s Cantonment

Doubt hung thick in the air when nails, glass, clay pipes and brick were the only evidence to turn to, but then a bayonet scabbard was found, followed by ammunition and military jacket buttons, offering strong evidence that Pike’s Cantonment had been found.

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Peru seeks to shrink bus costs

A senior consultant spent two days engaging members of the Peru Central School transportation department, bus mechanics, faculty, parents, support staff, administrators and supervisors.

Sixth grade leaves middle school

This year’s fifth graders at Peru will remain in the intermediate school next school year.

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North Country native starts new publication

He’s freelance writing to keep his head above water and applying for jobs, struggling alongside his fellow Americans. He’s also putting out a magazine called the Backwoods Bugler, an alternative newspaper that features odd and wonderful stories of the people and places in the North Country instead of the hard-news statistical dread commonly found in newspapers.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – April 1912•

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Minerva officials surprised by DEC campsite removals

The removal of several state campsites along the North Woods Club Road grabbed the attention of Minerva Town Board members during their April 5 meeting.

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ARC gives back to the community

For the second year in a row, in recognition of Disabilities Awareness Month, individuals from ARC’s Day Habilitation Services collected food at various sites throughout March.

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Upward Bound students provide Easter fun

Upward Bound students converged on CVPH Medical Center April 7 for the hospital’s annual Easter egg hunt, which is sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH/Auxiliary. The free event was open to children in second grade and younger. Starting in January, volunteers stuffed 10,001 plastic eggs with chocolate, which Upward Bound students and others spread on CVPH’s front lawn on Saturday morning.

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Volunteers give away free books

On April 23, Plattsburgh Public Library Director Stan Ransom will join thousands of volunteers across America who are giving away free books.

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Take Back the Night defeated?

Council seeks to restrict marchers to sidewalks

Organizers of a yearly rally held to protest sexual violence against women don’t understand why they cannot take to the streets this year

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LP School Board trims spending on BOCES, sports, summer school

Faced with negotiated spending increases on salaries and benefits and the state’s new tax cap, Lake Placid Central School officials made budget cuts this spring.

Plattsburgh school officials make cuts, but seek to override tax cap

Projected tax-levy increase is 5.82 percent

 It started with roughly $600,000 in cuts for the 2009-10 school year, a model academic program suffering as the nation struggled through the Great Recession.

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NY budget good news for Tupper Lake school budget

New York state’s newly adopted 2012-13 spending plan spelled good news for the Tupper Lake Central School District, as officials plan to present a budget to voters in May well within the state’s mandated tax cap.

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Saranac Lake welcomes new trustees with song and dance

The dry reading of official banks and meeting dates for the year was punctuated with song and dance before an audience of family, friends and the Village Board, which included two new trustees.

Stop marketing tobacco to kids

In 1998, the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco companies was enacted.

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Minerva supports Tahawus Line

Town of Minerva officials this week advised the National Surface Transportation Board that they have made official the town’s support for the Saratoga-North Creek Railway’s request for an operation exemption for the Tahawus Line to the town of Newcomb.

Thanks for support

I would like to thank everyone who donated to the Indiana Tornado Fundraiser.

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Power delivery questioned with Indian Lake cell tower

Powering the proposed cell tower in the town of Indian Lake is an issue that has yet to be resolved.

Wednesday, April 11

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Economic conference helps small businesses

It's still very difficult to find pools of optimism among business owners in the Southern Adirondacks, but there was a certain ebullience evident this week during the Adirondack Economic Development Conference held Tuesday, April 10 at the Tannery Pond Community Center.

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Johnsburg fighting fire company issues on two fronts

With the Wevertown Volunteer Fire Company officially inactive, Johnsburg Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow has requested some of the town’s other contracted fire companies provide coverage for Wevertown residents.

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Wevertown Fire Co. disbands

The Wevertown Volunteer Fire Company Inc. answering machine is still taking messages, but its members won’t be responding to fires anytime soon.

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Local history museum sets course for its future

No less than several hundred ideas relating to the future of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History were discussed at a recent day-long workshop attended by town officials along with 16 members of the Warrensburgh Historical Society.

Minerva Fire/Rescue to hold Open House

Looking to give something back to your community in a way that makes you feel really good about volunteering your time?

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Inter-Lakes Health recognizes local physicians

Physicians were honored at Inter-Lakes Health on April 2 in recognition of National Doctors’ Day.

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News Enterprise back issues to be available online soon

News Enterprise Editorial

For years, loyal readers, researchers and editorial staff have been yearning to flip through back issues of the News Enterprise, whether its two years in the past, 20 years or all the way back to when the paper was founded in 1924. Well, we have some good news

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Prospects good for $483,780 grant to build bridges in Thurman, Bolton

Floodwaters ripped up roadways in northern Warren County during several unprecedented storms in 2010. Most all federal flood restoration grant requests were turned down, despite damage that approached $8 million. But local officials say a state grant application to rebuild two bridges has good prospects due to the fast, diligent work of county employees and a local town supervisor.

Synthetic pot: The fight is not over

Editorial

The troubling news reports began late last year, describing the dangers linked with the use of synthetic marijuana or herbal incense products sold over-the-counter.

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The trout whereabouts

Notes from the North Woods

Due to summer-like weather patterns that had arrived by the early spring, this year’s trout season has been greatly accelerated.

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APA queries Verizon about Minerva cell tower

Town officials and Adirondack Park Agency staff would like Verizon Wireless to improve its communication when planning cell phone towers in the town of Minerva.

A return to our traditional core values

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In previous weeks this column has addressed concerns with the breakdown of certain values in our society.

Its about what we get

It disturbs me that there is constant reference to how much the Horace Nye Home loses each year, instead of establishing what the county gets for its residents for that amount of money.

Tuesday, April 10

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The Tank

It's amazing to see how much more advanced kids are than we were.

Medicare v. Medicaid is why Horace Nye should remain public

Guest Viewpoint

This is in response to the recent Editorial “Horace Nye: It's time to sell”

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Stec’s state Assembly campaign moves forward

Last month, the race to succeed Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward was crowded. This week, with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood dropping out of the quest, it's down to two Republican candidates in a mutiple-county region that's a G.O.P. stronghold. The candidate that's lined up nearly all the political endorsements, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec, talked this week about his campaign's momentum.

Role Models and Heroes

Kids Count

Young children often see their parents as heroes as well as those that act as caretakers or as situational parents such as teachers, daycare providers and so on.

Monday, April 9

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Elevator, addition to boost Richards Library's access

Warrensburg's gracious historic Richards Library now sports a modern convenience, particularly useful for those with mobility limitations — a full-fledged elevator.

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Hudson River Trading Company opens Outlet Store

Marks beginning of expansion plan

A broken leg wasn’t going to stop Laurie Arnheiter from expanding her shop, the Hudson River Trading Company. Not now, with big plans for the future.

Sunday, April 8

Appreciates retiring colleague

Every time I notice “Teach Like A Champion” by Doug Lemov on my bookshelf at Ticonderoga High School, I think of my 30-year 304 neighbor John Dreimiller.

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Westport to sell commemorative bricks again

Back by popular demand, the Town of Westport will be offering people a chance to make their mark on a Main Street sidewalk.

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Three students to attend George Mason conferences

From AVCS, ELCS, Willsboro

Three students from different schools were selected for conferences at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. to participate in a pair of conferences in July.

Saturday, April 7

Make every day Earth Day

Enough is enough! On my daily walk around Mossy Point today, I picked up two more empty bottles of vodka mysteriously tied off in plastic Walmart bags.

Writing contest

The Winter/Spring Travel Writing Contest to showcase New York’s Champlain Valley is underway and anyone can submit an article—just do it by April 30.

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Climate the topic of Wild Center event

At the center of discussion was the Responding to Climate Change in New York State report (known as ClimAID) recently released by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

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Two-year state title idea silenced

Recently, Section XI proposed to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) a two-year hiatus on state championships in all sports, starting in the 2013-14 season. They also proposed that once championships return, they only be held in “major” sports.

Friday, April 6

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Firefighters prevent forest fire in Elizabethtown

A brush fire nearly escalated to a forest fire on Brainard’s Forge Road Friday, April 6.

Letter writer mistaken

There has been much in the media lately about the dangers of synthetic marijuana, which has been marketed as incense, sold as products such as K2 or Wicked XXX, among others, and labeled “not for human consumption.

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Willsboro CS to reach tax levy threshold

The Willsboro Central School Board of Education will stay under the state tax cap when it adopts a 2012-13 budget.

Youth baton, cheerleading classes

My name is Cindy Altman RN and I am starting Youth Baton and Cheerleading classes to be held on Thursdays after school at Warrensburg Elementary School.

Thanks for funding

A heartfelt thanks to the Stewart’s Shops and their customers who collected $1,000 for the Adirondack Carousel as part of the Holiday Match Program sponsored by Stewart’s Shops!

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Westport continues to seek alternatives for highway garage

The town of Westport continues to seek alternatives to meet the demands for the town shed.

Thursday, April 5

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Fair concludes Wellness Week

St. Mary’s School hosts event

A Wellness Fair capped Wellness Week at St. Mary’s School. Each day of the week emphasized a healthy lifestyle choice, leading up the main event — the Wellness Fair.

Visit Montcalm Manor

Montcalm Manor is a 40 bed facility in Ticonderoga.

Volleyball Tournament Benefit

I would like to thank all those who played in the Indian Lake Volleyball Tournament as well as the spectators who participated in a night full of laughter and enjoyment.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - April 1912

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Fort to conclude lecture series

April 22

Fort Ticonderoga’s new “Fort Fever Series” concludes for the season on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. with “Henry Knox: Beyond the Noble Train of Artillery” presented by Director of Education Rich Strum.

Moriah Madness a success

On behalf of the Moriah Central School Parent-Teacher Association, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in helping to make this year’s annual family fun event, Moriah Madness, successful.

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Village organizes, clerk questions linger

The Lake Placid Village Board sped convivially through its annual organizational meeting on April 2

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Westport honors former DPW head

The Westport town board honored former Highway Superintendent Jerold Sherman for his years of dedication.

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AVCS students pen digital book

First copies set to be printed

Evan Maicus, a current AVCS student along with his graduate cousin, Jeremy Wood, co-authored “The 15th Company,” which is currently being sold as a digital work on Amazon for Kindle.

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Farmer named Section VII AD of the year

Saranac Lake Athletic Director Mark Farmer has been named the Section VII Athletic Administrator of the Year.

Thanks for the skating rink

On behalf of the Warrensburg Central School and the “Burgher Skating Club,” I would like to extend a very gracious thank you to those of you who contributed to the efforts of making and maintaining a skating rink at the recreation field pavilion this past winter.

Take part in drafting the Elizabethtown comprehensive plan

Guest Viewpoint

The Elizabethtown Planning Board is working to update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.

Wednesday, April 4

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Board of Education seats up for grabs

Seven board of education positions in the News Enterprise readership area will see terms ending for the Johnsburg, Indian Lake, Minerva, Newcomb and Long Lake school districts.

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Johnsburg buried in cemetery grass

The town of Johnsburg has 13 town-maintained cemeteries. That’s a lot of grass to cut.

Teachers not the problem

In last week’s letter to the editor the headline was “Teachers are the problem.” That headline was not written by me or part of my letter.

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Yearbooks on sale at Ticonderoga High

Delivery in May

Orders are being taken for the 2012 Ticonderoga High School yearbook.

Appreciate support

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our annual Palm Sunday Breakfast.

Just what are we humans?

Notes from Planet Earth

With the recognition that our resistance to disease is based on more than just our immune systems and often involves the activity of the many different, usually symbiotic, microorganisms that reside on and within us, increasing research is being focused on determining just what these organisms are and what t

Reader takes issue with editorial cartoonist

To the News Enterprise: Your cartoonist loves to take shots at conservatives on a weekly basis.

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Chestertown to host its own farmers’ market

The festive ambiance of an artisans' fair and farmers' market is bound to enliven downtown Chestertown on Wednesdays this summer.

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Car show seeking sponsorships

Event organizer Chris Straight said that they are currently seeking sponsorships for the Third Annual Adirondack Show and Shine Car Show to be held Aug. 25, with proceeds going to the benefit funds for victims of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Northern Puppies under fire

Store owner says claims are untrue

Tina Dashnaw Rock arrived at Northern Puppies at the same time as employee Sandra Barber made her way inside and the former snapped a photo of the puppy pen.

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Ticonderoga tops Schroon Lake

Sentinel bats rattle ‘Cats

Ticonderoga’s bats were alive as the Sentinels topped Schroon Lake, 18-3 in non-league baseball action April 3.

Layoffs at corporately owned daily newspapers nothing but greed

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’ve been accused over time of not liking daily newspapers and being overly bias toward weekly newspapers.

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Elizabethtown water project faces restructuring

After learning from local officials the $8.5 million the town seeks for the completion of it’s sewer system project has been drastically trimmed, Bartley has asked project contractors Barton & Loguidice to construct three new water districts.

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Saranac Lake closes ‘city’ study

In a contested vote, Saranac Lake Village Board members March 26 decided to close out a study that may have led to the village to change its municipal designation to a city.

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Harrietstown supervisor ‘retires’ amid controversy

Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller submitted a letter of retirement Thursday, March 29, leaving his post less than a year after three councilmen asked for his resignation.

Try to Remember, it’s a kids game

Kids Count

Sports researchers say that people love sports because people with talent or skills combined with determination and dedication can do very well in sports.

Horace Nye: It’s time to sell

Editorial

The time has come for the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown to no longer be the responsibility of the Essex County taxpayer.

Tuesday, April 3

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Ticonderoga faculty tops seniors

Annual basketball game played

The 12th annual Ticonderoga High School senior-faculty basketball game was held recently. The faculty won the game and bragging rights for another year.

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Troubles in camp

Notes from the North Woods

For those of us who were fortunate enough to have settled within the borders of one of the world’s finest parks, it appears we made a wise decision.

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Evelyn Wood withdraws from state Assembly race

Political newcomer Evelyn Wood had hoped to garner the support of other native Adirondackers in her quest for the state Assembly. After a flood of G.O.P. endorsements went to her opponent Dan Stec, who's served in local government for 16 years instead of 15 months, Wood dropped out of the race, but said she's not excluding the possibility of a future candidacy

Agrees with ‘sharks’ piece

I enjoyed your editorial. I was overjoyed when the APA and The Adirondack Club and Resort finally came to an agreement.

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Strawberry Festival to return to Crown Point

Vendors sought for annual event

The First Congregational Church of Crown Point will host its eighth annual Strawberry Festival this summer.

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County to seek higher price tag for Horace Nye

Bid price will not be sole factor in sale

Supervisors voted to seek the “highest and best” bid from a trio of prospective buyers of the Horace Nye Nursing Home during its April 2 regular meeting.

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Officers honored for New year’s heroism

Sheriff Richard Cutting presented resolutions to Deputies Erin MacDougal and William Allen, along with New York State Troopers Scott Tart and Michael Flaherty for their actions in helping to protect Port Henry firefighters in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

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Douglas wants Horace Nye debate about facts, not name-calling

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said that while he appreciates debate over the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home, some of the mud-slinging had to stop.

Monday, April 2

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Ticonderoga police officer arrested

Part-time officer charged in Whitehall

A part-time Ticonderoga police officer was arrested in Whitehall March 30. Thomas Ruby, 44, a part-time officer with the Ticonderoga and Whitehall police departments, was charged with violating an order of protection his estranged wife has against him, state police said.

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Lenny Baker signs pro contract for mixed martial arts cage fights

Known to never back down from a challenge Warrensburgh High School graduate Lenny Baker has signed a professional fighting contract for caged mixed martial arts bouts. Locals know he's already won the 2001 NCAA National Wrestling Championship at 141 pounds. Now he's training with WCS 1994 grad Darin Rafferty to learn to throw devastating punches in preparation for his pro career.

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Fire closes Lake Placid Main Street

Fire closes street Monday morning, April 2

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Senior alumni win Ticonderoga tourney

Games benefit Best Fourth in the North

The old guys have bragging rights for the next year. The “senior team” won the annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament March 31 at Ti High School.

Essex County approves purchase of new truck for fish hatchery

LaMere addressed the Essex County Ways and Means Committee March 25, seeking funds to purchase a new vehicle and further repairs to the facility from a fund that was previously set aside for waterline repairs at the Hatchery.

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Science Fair grows in second year at ELCS

“We have over 65 projects from students in kindergarten through 12th grade,” Fielder said. “It is all-encompassing and open to anyone who wants to enter. It is a very huge turnout considering this is all voluntary.”

Sunday, April 1

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Ticonderoga captures season-opening tourney

Moriah takes fourth place

There were snow flurries. The temperature was about 30 degrees with a cold wind. It was a perfect opening day for the Ticonderoga High School baseball team. The Sentinels won their season-opening tournament March 31, taking wins from AuSable Valley and Peru.

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Keene seeks answers to sports needs

Seeking a merger with ELCS, Westport

At the March 20 regular meeting of the KCS board of Education, Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston said she had been involved in preliminary discussions with Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School about an all-sport merger.