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Friday, August 31

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Schumer tours IP plant in Ticonderoga

Launches new ‘Wounded Warriors’ Tax Credit campaign

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) toured the International Paper facility Friday, Aug. 31 and revealed his plan to prioritize the extension of The Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which is a proven success in incentivizing companies to hire veterans and is set to expire at the end of this year.

Agrees with reader over fireworks

Thank you for printing Sandy Radke's comments regarding fireworks.

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Schumer visits Adirondack Medical Center

 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer toured Adirondack Medical center’s new Wound Care Center and pushed legislation that would extend a Medicare payment program that is critical to rural hospitals across upstate New York Aug. 31.

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Saranac Lake’s Phelan brings lone experience to CVAC quarterback position

In the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference, only the Saranac Lake Red Storm will be returning a quarterback with a full season under center in senior signal-caller Matt Phelan.

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Willsboro Central ready for new school year

Students will be welcomed back to Willsboro Central School Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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Keene Central welcomes new principal, exchange students

There will be several new faces when Keene Central School opens its doors for the first day of classes, starting with the principal.

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Gear Source shows Planning Board plans for espresso bar

Sometimes it’s about the process. The Monday, Aug. 27 meeting of the Johnsburg Planning Board didn’t result in any earth-shattering decisions but in tackling the routine business or the evening, the board declared through its actions that the process is working.

Help the Adirondack's Songbird

One of America’s rarest songbirds is the Adirondack’s own Bicknell’s thrush, which is being considered for endangered species status by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to Mary Esch’s AP article (August 14).

Thursday, August 30

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Donor aids Clearly Clinton campaign

An anonymous donor from Rouses Point has pushed Clinton Community College past the million-dollar mark in its first year of the Clearly Clinton campaign.

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Black Widows win summer softball title

The Barking Spider Black Widows and Black Mountain Diamonds faced off on Tuesday, Aug. 14 for the Adirondack Women’s Softball League championship game.

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Keeseville man’s death ruled a homicide

Keeseville man’s death ruled a homicide; leaves behind two children

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Families share loss of losing a loved one to suicide

The stigma of suicide only keeps it and mental illness, which is often associated with suicide, in the dark.

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Assembly hopeful outlines her vision

Karen Bisso and David Kimmel are seeking to defeat Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, the incumbent, at the Republican primary on Sept. 13.

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New volunteer center will benefit entire region

The North Country Regional Volunteer Center hopes to engage volunteers and solve community issues.

Flippancy Fest a hit

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who joined us at Flippancy Fest IX on July 27 to celebrate life and memories of our son and brother, nephew and friend, John Costello.

Congress is Putting Rural Patients on the Chopping Block

Guest Viewpoint

There's a misguided cost-cutting plan being discussed on Capitol Hill that could severely jeopardize the health of millions of rural Americans.

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Second public hearing held on Keeseville dissolution

While the government may go away, Keeseville would remain.

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Westport Central ready for upcoming school year

Parents of Westport Central School students will get an early opportunity to meet with teachers and staff this year.

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Elizabethtown-Lewis Central starts school year of transition

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will open its doors with changing leadership.

Disagrees with vote

This past April the Elizabethtown Town Board initiated the final phase of our town water project, which is intended to install new water meters in all 400 residences within the water district.

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Depot Theatre making the final ‘Curves’

On Friday, Aug. 24, the Depot Theatre opened the final production of its 2012 Summer Season with Josefina Lopez’s coming-of-age story, “Real Women Have Curves.”

Wednesday, August 29

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Johnsburg man arrested twice for assault on woman

A Johnsburg man has been arrested and jailed twice for allegedly assaulting the same woman repeatedly over a 24 hour period.

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Cuomo brings funding for firehouse to Keene

On Aug. 29, Cuomo followed through on that promise by issuing $640,000 in funding to the town of Keene in order to start the construction on the new building, which will be located in the hamlet across from Stewart’s.

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It’s that time of year again!

Football Picking Contest

You know, when you get older, it gets harder to remember things.

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Adirondack Museum presents John, Margot Ernst with Hochschild Award

The Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Museum formally presented the Harold K. Hochschild Award to John and Margot Ernst at the annual Gala Benefit on July 28, 2012.

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North Country SPCA

Many of us have homes in which we have both dogs and cats who, if not living in harmony, at least learn to tolerate each other reasonable well.

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance: Terms of Endearment

I was recently called “sweetheart” by a male acquaintance on the street in front of my office and was somehow thrilled by it.

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A little less pain in the world would be a good thing

From the Editor's Desk

Someone recently said to me, “I can understand where Jane is coming from,” in response to Jane expressing she was in pain.

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Tropical Storm Irene remembered in hardest hit communities

Driving home from vacation last week, Essex County Board Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas passed a line of vehicles that immediately sent him back in time.

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Back to School: Tupper schools emphasize research in 2012-13

Even with the heavy hand of state government reaching down and forcing New York school districts to change their teaching and learning standards this year, Tupper Lake school officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to redefine the way they teach children and prepare them for the labor force after graduation.

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Back to School: AuSable Valley set to open its new doors

The dust has finally settled on the AuSable Valley Central School District’s capital project.

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Construction surprises at Indian Lake school meeting

Peter Clough, of the engineering firm Bernier, Carr and Associates, was on hand to update the Indian Lake Central School Board on the status of the construction project.

Affirmative interaction

Guest Viewpoint

What does it mean to interact affirmatively?

Remembering Irene

This week, and for weeks to come, we will all remember the devastation and loss that occurred at this time last year during Tropical Storm Irene.

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Autumn on the rise: Time for fur, fins and feathers

Notes from the North Woods

According to the most reliable reports, angling opportunities on most local lakes and ponds has slowed down significantly in recent weeks.

Tuesday, August 28

Adirondack Public Observatory dedicates new telescope

The Adirondack Public Observatory held a dedication for the donation of a new telescope gifted by Al Nagler in memory of his sister, Trudy Deutsch, a long-time Tupper Lake resident. 

No Relationship Between Gaming and Violence

Kids Count

While some media outlets continue to propagate stories of youth violence, youth violence continues to decline.

Who do we fear most?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Over the next two weeks we’ll have the opportunity to hear the plans both presidential nominees and their respective parties have for our nation.

Labor Day celebration?

American workers face difficult times

America will celebrate Labor Day this Monday, but expect the party to be muted. These are tough times for American workers.

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One year later: Tropical Storm Irene in videos

Videos from Tropical Storm Irene and the first recovery stages

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One year later: A look back in photos

Pictures from Tropical Storm Irene

Pictures from Tropical Storm Irene

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Farm 2 Fork Fest, Hobofest set for Sept. 1-2 in Saranac Lake

Labor Day weekend will be filled with a celebration of local food and down-to-earth music in Saranac Lake with the second annual Farm 2 Fork Festival and fourth annual Hobofest.

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Town hires firm to aid in revitalization project

The town of Westport has agreed to hire a consulting firm to aid in the towns revitalization project.

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Essex County meets with Horace Nye employees to discuss options

Essex County Personnel Director Monica Feeley wants all county employees currently working at the Horace Nye Nursing Home to know their options.

Monday, August 27

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Keeseville man's death ruled as a homicide

State Police continue to investigate the murder of a Keeseville man whose body was discovered near the closed iron footbridge Sunday morning.

New Russia man killed in I-87 accident

 A new Russia man was killed in a one car accident on Interstate 87 at on Aug. 25.

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Restrictions issued to curb congestion at ‘World’s Largest’ sale

This year's sale set for Sept. 28-29

With hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of people participating annually in Warrensburg’s World’s Largest Garage Sale, congestion of local streets and sidewalks has been a recurring problem. This week, town leaders issued a list of rules detailing new laws and toughened enforcement of existing ordinances to curb such congestion — as well as prohibiting the sale of inappropriate or illegal items.

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Johnsburg Central Class of 1970 to hold reunion

Johnsburg Central School’s biggest class graduated in 1970 with 52 students, and class reunion organizers have decided to meet up again for a weekend in September to reminisce about high school and see each other again.

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Westport DPW building to get new furnace

Building to receive system upgrades

The Westport Town Board approved the purchase of a new wood boiler for the town highway garage at their regular meeting Aug. 14.

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Garden club holds fashionable fundraiser

Flowers to Fashion annual fundraiser held for community beautification

A few simple touches of oregano and pom pom zinnia adorned tables and the latest fall fashion in leisure and country wear

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Spiny water flea just a preview of more dangerous invasives to come

Mark Malchoff believes that the presence of the spiny water flea in local lakes and canals is only a warning.

Sunday, August 26

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Photo Gallery: Getting Dirty at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Auto racing is big in Malta

Engines were roaring in Malta on Friday night as the Albany-Saratoga Speedway came to life. Thousands of people came out to see local dirt cars battle it out for cash and prizes.

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Assembly hopeful outlines vision in Plattsburgh

Karen Bisso has been to parades, gun shows and tractor pulls.

Lake Placid Hall of Fame adds six

The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee has named its nominees for induction to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

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CHC holds retreat for women veterans

Creative Healing Connections (CHC) held an arts retreat for local women veterans last week at Wiawaka Holiday House in Lake George.

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Lake Placid Car Show celebrates 30 years

The Lake Placid Ski Club has announced their 30th Annual Olympic Car Show and Parade will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid.

Saturday, August 25

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50th anniversary tournament held

On Aug. 17, the 50th annual Invitational Golf Tournament was held at the Willsboro Golf Club. Arlene Davis chaired the Golden Anniversary celebration.

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FlavorFest offers local treats in Tupper Lake

On Aug. 16, The Wild Center hosted its second annual FlavorFest, an event celebrating local food from throughout the region.

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Brookie’s Pub golf winners announced

The second annual Brookie's Pub Golf Outing took place on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Harmony Golf Club and Community in Port Kent.

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College For Every Student adds five members to staff

College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit based in Essex announces the addition of five new members to its team of professionals.

Friday, August 24

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Indian Lake Town Board meets in Blue Mt. Lake

Indian Lake Town Supervisor Brian Wells noted the larger-than-usual attendance at the Town Board’s Aug. 13 meeting at the Blue Mountain Lake firehouse and thanked all for coming out.

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Police to continue search for missing man in Crown Point

State Police continue to search for the missing man whose car was found in Crown Point. Keith Gill, 45, was reported missing after police found his car, a blue 1999 BMW with Pennsylvania plates, parked on Peasley Road on Monday, Aug. 20.

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Fresh food outreach group seeks donations of vegetables from gardeners

A new organization is providing fresh nutritious food for those of modest income, while boosting sustainable local farming, which all but disappeared in Warren County over the last century.

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Lake George eyes point system to curb unruly behavior, unkempt properties

The political trend to employ legislation to upgrade the quality of life in the Village of Lake George moves forward with ordinances intended to curb unruly behavior and prohibit unkempt properties.

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Essex County looks to charge for online maps

The Essex County office of Real Property Tax wants to make sure that it can both use modern technology and continue to keep a revenue stream.

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Seniors enjoy meal, scenery at annual Essex County picnic

More than 300 senior citizens from throughout Essex County came to the Newcomb Town Beach Aug. 16 for the annual Office for the Aging picnic, an event that almost had to be cancelled.

Thursday, August 23

Car of missing man found in Crown Point

State Police Investigators are searching the Crown Point area where a missing man’s car has been located. The missing Pennsylvania man was last seen in Loon Lake on Aug. 19.

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Newcomb Central voters approve about $2M in renovations

Voters in the Newcomb Central School District approved almost $2 million in major renovations to the main building during a special referendum Tuesday, Aug. 21, according to school officials.

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Ausable River restoration work displayed

Contractors, town and county public works departments, and state crew members gathered along the banks of the Ausable River to learn about creative ways to rehabilitate areas in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene almost one year ago.

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On the field with the Red Storm

Saranac Lake football practice

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North Country farmers doing okay despite dry summer

Farmers don’t foresee an increase in the price of locally produced food next year

Recent rains have brought relief to local farmers, who are persevering despite the dry summer.

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Essex County Fair numbers questioned

The North Elba supervisor took time during the Aug. 20 Public Works Committee Meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors to voice concerns over the response he has received about the Essex County Fair.

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Final production set at Depot Theatre

The Depot Theatre will close its 2012 Summer Season with Josefina Lopez’s coming-of-age story, “Real Women Have Curves.”

Wednesday, August 22

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Meadowbrook Block Party a slam dunk

Seniors have fun at Meadowbrook Block Party.

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Restaurant owner happy to call Plattsbugh home

Sawatdee co-owner Supanee Gilbert lived in Thailand, California before moving to North Country

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Under fire, Chestertown Farmer’s Market lauded by local leaders

Community leaders in Chestertown for years have been strategizing how to get more people to town, so the empty storefronts downtown could be again filled with thriving businesses like in bygone years. But now that the Chestertown Farmers' Market brings crowds to town — and the shoppers are spending money, one town official has issued a list of criticisms. His complaints, however, were drowned out this week by praise from town leaders and citizens

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Battle of Plattsburgh bigger and better

Lawmakers gather to discuss the economy in Plattsburgh.

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North Country farmers doing okay despite dry summer

Farmers don’t foresee increase in the price of locally produced food

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New principal at Saranac Elementary School

The United Way of the Adirondack Region has created the North Country Regional Volunteer Center.

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Lawmakers discuss economics in Plattsburgh

Lawmakers gather to discuss the economy in Plattsburgh.

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WCS shelves Varsity Soccer, but adds Cross-Country

It's been a tough tenure for Warrensburg Varsity Soccer program, with a string of seasons with precious few wins — and as of this year, it is suspended, for at least a year. Despite the tough competition in the past, however, Warrensburg players gained a lot of respect for their dedication and sportsmanship — as well as plenty of media attention as several female players competed against all male squads in the Adirondack League.

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Mental health leader retiring

Longtime CEO stepping down

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Town investigating report of feces in Schroon Lake; DEC says it’s algae

A local code enforcement official said he believes top state environmental and health officials are covering up a sewage spill in Schroon Lake, and the town of Chester may be investigating the situation

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Lake Placid dealing with Old Military Road detour

Residents and visitors are dealing with a major detour through the village of Lake Placid during the busiest month of the tourist season, and highway crews have taken steps to try to ease the congestion of traffic, particularly on Saranac Avenue.

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Whiteface again pays tribute to 10th Mountain Division soldiers, veterans

Each year, active soldiers and veterans of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division make their way to Whiteface Mountain to remember and honor their heritage.

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Saranac Lake board approves raises for mayor, trustees

Will take effect in 2014

The salaries of the Saranac Lake mayor and trustees will double starting in 2014.

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Bridge work completed in Moriah, set for Minerva

The Moriah Center Bridge was just one of two major headaches for Essex County DPW Director Anthony LaVigne recently.

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Johnsburg board says no to ATVs on town roads

After 90 minutes of public comment by impassioned partisans on each side of the ATV issue, the Johnsburg Town Board voted 4-1 Tuesday against a proposed law that would have been a preliminary step to allowing all-terrain vehicles on certain town roads.

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Bob, Tom running for Harrietstown supervisor

Town of Harrietstown Republicans Tuesday, Aug. 21 chose Councilman Bob Bevilacqua to run against village Trustee Tom Catillaz in the November election for town supervisor.

Tuesday, August 21

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NBT Bank Robber apprehended

Oneil O. Stephenson, 33, wanted for July 2, 2012 NBT Bank Robbery in Plattsburgh, was apprehended yesterday afternoon by the New York City Office of the FBI.

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Occupancy tax numbers on the rebound in Essex County

While a green winter may have been a bit of a nightmare for Adirondack businesses, occupancy tax numbers have been strong as the weather has warmed.

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CNB challenges assessments on E-town, Westport, Willsboro banks

While three properties owned by Champlain National Bank saw their assessments decrease, the company is seeking further relief.

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Izzy’s Market and Deli opens in North Creek

Izzy’s Market and Deli, owned by Dave and Kathy Waite, opened for business on May 25. Izzy’s, located at 282 Main St. across the street from the Grand Union, offers a wide selection of quality sandwiches and specialty food items.

Monday, August 20

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Warrensburg to seek upgrades for town court security

Warrensburg is going to obtain a little "hometown security" with upgrades to their town court.

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State Health Department cites Lake Geo. for youth program ‘violations’

Medical Director really needed?

The state inspects the town of Lake George's youth summer recreation program, classifies their program as a "summer camp," and cites them for not having an official Aquatics Director and a Medical Director, which prompted consternation among town officials.

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High Peaks Hospice thanks its donors

Donors enjoyed the Scragwood house in Willsboro

High Peaks Hospice held a dinner Aug. 12 to thank some of its donors.

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Economics in the North Country to be focus at Authors address

PSUC Professor Colin Read to speak at Literacy Volunteers fundraiser

The Literacy Volunteers of the North Country will hold its seventh Annual Authors Address fundraiser in an evening dedicated to the economic future of the North Country on Aug. 26.

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Clarkson launches new Adirondack Semester in Saranac Lake

Clarkson University students will be moving into their new mini-campus on Lake Flower Avenue next week to spend the fall semester studying the Adirondack Park.

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Junior skating competition set to take to Lake Placid arena ice

For the third time in its history, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the Olympic Center, in Lake Placid, N.Y., will play host to an International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix competition, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

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Minerva Central approved to host F-1 exchange students

U.S. Department of State officials recently gave the Minerva Central School (MCS) approval to start an F-1 foreign exchange student program.

Sunday, August 19

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Barker, Dyke married

Weddings

Elizabeth Marbury Dyke and Robert Ford Barker were married on Saturday June 30, at The Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt.

Resist gay scout leaders

A big hurray for the article “One Nation under God” by Dan Alexander.

Saturday, August 18

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Wrrbg. citizen battling invasive weed that’s spreading in town

Add Japanese Knotweed to the growing list of invasive species that's moved into the Adirondacks, After the unwanted weed started to take over his back yard, Warrensburg citizen John Wulfken decided to fight back.

Citizens need to focus on God’s Word

I have read several editorials lately by Adirondack Journal Publisher Dan Alexander that state he would like to see more cooperation between the nation’s political leaders.

Proud of response

As chief of Chilson Volunteer Fire Department I want to publicly thank the members of our department for their roles in saving the life of the truck driver whose rig went off Route 74 and into Eagle Lake in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Professional health care

I would like to give a huge thank you to the medical profession here in Ti.

Friday, August 17

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Lake Placid man’s body discovered after week-long investigation

The five day search for missing Lake Placid man ended Friday morning with the discovery of his body, located within 1,000 feet of his possible destination. The body, which police believe to be Seth Kilburn, 34, of Lake Placid, was discovered by the Lake Placid Police at about 10:04 a.m. as they performed a canvas search on McKinley Ave.

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Moriah may borrow for Bulwagga Bay project

Officials are hoping for a grant

Facing a 2013 deadline, the town of Moriah may be forced to make a difficult decision to save its Bulwagga Bay beach and campsite.

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Body found in Lake Placid

Press Conference scheduled for later today

Search efforts for Seth Kilburn have led to the discovery of a body in Lake Placid. Stacy Tempestilli, Administrative Assistant to the Lake Placid Chief of Police, confirmed a body had been found but could not confirm if it was Kilburn.

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SPCA breaks ground on Essex County’s new shelter

Board members of the North Country SPCA and contractors had a quiet ground breaking ceremony at the site for a new shelter Aug. 14.

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Public Health issues discussed in Essex County

Members of the Essex County Public Health Department want people to protect themselves and their animals against the spread of a pair of diseases that have been found here.

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ORDA improving 1932 Olympic Arena facade

Officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) say they are going “back in time” as they change the facade of the original Olympic Arena, the one build for the 1932 Olympic Winter Games.

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Adirondack Hardware to hold energy expo

In preparation for the winter weather, Adirondack Hardware will hold their 12th annual Energy Expo at their Keeseville location on 1698 Front Street.

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Hague to again host Oktoberfest

Sept. 21 - 23

Plans are under way for the fourth annual Hague Oktoberfest. The event will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21 - 23, at the Hague town park on Lake George.

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Wbg. Farmers' Market features 'Harvest Fest'

While shopping for fresh produce and handcrafted specialty goods in the riverside market in Warrensburg is Always a delight, the market's 'Harvest Fest' on Friday Aug. 17 makes it even more so, with live music and an expanded range of vendors.

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Arts center holds benefit at Great Camp Uncas

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts held its Great Arts Benefit Saturday, Aug. 11 on the grounds of Great Camp Uncas.

Resist change in Scouts

A big hurray for the article “One Nation under God” by Dan Alexander.

Accommodate the schoolhouse volunteers, find another site for Adirondack day camp

As a resident of the hamlet of Adirondack in the town of Horicon, I was at the meeting described in the July 28 Adirondack Journal, listening to the discussion of the use of the Adirondack Schoolhouse.

Little’s bill signed into law

Two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Aug. 1.

Tournament aids scholarship

The seventh annual Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted at the Moriah Country Club on Saturday, Aug. 4.

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Minerva woman teaches through puppetry

For nearly four decades, Kate McCormick has brought art to life through puppetry.

Thursday, August 16

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New web site aims to increase volunteerism

Many people want to volunteer. Several agencies need volunteers.

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Transportation visions for the North Country’s future

Remember when you rode a bike or walked to school? Walked to the theater? Walked to the playground and beach? Walked to a friend’s house? Remember when you walked?

New race fights for girls and a cure

Girls on the Run encourages girls to develop self respect and healthy lifestyles through participation in running programs.

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Plattsburgh city school’s budget cuts

School athletics programs suffer from loss of funding

For some, the new Plattsburgh City School District budget is cutting into something deeper than funding.

Champlain Telephone Company gives back with food

There are fewer jobs, and the majority of the ones that exist do not pay well. Health insurance is more costly, as is practically everything else, making it harder for many people to pay the bills and put food on the table.

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North Country plays softball for cancer

Billy Badger’s cousin has a brain tumor. Diagnosed with cancer, he has two months to live. So Badger is helping out by participating in a softball tournament that raises money for local cancer victims.

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Labor Day celebration to continue

Port Henry festivities Sept. 1 and 2

The town of Moriah will hold its 121st annual Labor Day celebration. Activities are planned Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 1, in the village of Port Henry. The festivities are sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

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CCC veteran earns recognition and title

Steven Frederick didn’t know what he had coming one day at Clinton Community College one day.

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Essex County washes their hands of Bookmobile

The Essex County Board of Supervisors will not be part of the future of the former Bookmobile.

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Sex Abuse lands felony charges in Beekmantown

Leonard Cormier faces jail time after touching someone who is incompetent or physically disabled, according to New York State Police. The 72-year-old from Beekmantown is currently out on bail.

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Long shot for small town

Delmar author pens account of 1980 Lake Placid games

Bethlehem resident Mike Burgess examines the intricacies of the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid in his first book, "A Long Shot to Glory."

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Clinton Community College needs more money

The state has slashed Clinton Community College’s aid by nearly $1 million over the past three years. Yet costs continue to soar.

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Essex County Fair photo gallery

Photos from the Essex County Fair in Westport

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Saranac Lake seeks consensus on Adirondack rail trail debate

The Saranac Lake Village Board is planning to invite stakeholders in the controversial Great Adirondack Recreation Trail to a meeting to begin the process of reaching a consensus on the issue.

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North Creek to host Nordic winter tune up

The Capital Region Nordic Alliance and North Creek Business Alliance are teaming up this fall for the first-ever North Creek and North Country Capital Business Alliance Winter Tune Up.

Thanks for article

We want to sincerely thank you for reporting on the new Essex County Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Chester Town hall lawn should be reserved for veterans’ memorial

I have a suggestion for the organizers of the Chestertown Farmers’ Market.

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance: Parents as role models

My mother leaves your column out every week and then asks me over (and over again) if I read it.

Thanks for Wayne Stock support

Letter to the Editor

I imagined back in 2009, giving back to a community that helped me in my time of need following my motorcycle accident in 2008.

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Fort Ticonderoga honors state senator

New York State Sen. Betty Little received Fort Ticonderoga’s Outstanding Citizen Award at the fort’s annual midsummer gala Aug. 4.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1912•

Cuts made at food pantry

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry volunteers have just received word of a severe reduction in available items we can offer to those who visit the pantry.

Wednesday, August 15

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Dual use of historic courthouse decried, citizen offers solution

Shouting, tears, accusations, picketing were rampant at a recent lake George Town Board meeting, over a proposal to occaisionally use the historic Warren County Courthouse, now in use as a museum, for court sessions. This week, a local citizen presented an alternative proposal.

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Warren Co. Heritage Festival & Youth Fair attracts all generations

Beloved traditions of the Warren County Fair, dormant for decades, are revived due to a first-ever collaboration between Warren County Historical Association and the Cooperative Extension 4H.

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DEC Region 5 search & rescue report

June/July 2012

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wednesday, Aug. 15 released its Region 5 forest ranger search and rescue report for June and July 2012.

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Ticonderoga chamber holds annual dinner, auction

Volunteers, sponsors cited

Volunteers and sponsors contributed to the 10th annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser Dinner & Auction.

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Johnsburg ATV public hearing set for Aug. 21

The Johnsburg Town Board will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed local law to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to cross approved town roads.

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Injury inspires calls for handicap accessibility

From the Editor's Desk

It started on the basketball court with a whisper – not quietly enough – from two young men, probably 17: “You wanna play the old men?”

The system needs the overhaul

Guest Viewpoint

I know that there are many who believe that government handouts are a very poor way to solve anything.

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Gadget and Gizmos

H2O Adventures

Everything the Bass fisherman thinks he needs:

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‘Mountain Days’ event prevails despite downpour

Wind ripped through tents, blowing food and vendors wares off their tables, but events at Stony Creek Mountain Days continued nonetheless, including the compelling lumberjack competition featuring internationally renowned competitors.

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Warren Co. leaders find catharsis in croquet

Warren County politicians battled for the top honors in a first-ever competition — featuring the normally genteel sport of croquet — during the recent Warren County Rural Heritage Festival

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Fundraiser at Railroads on Parade attracts many

The model train museum that has been written up in international model-train magazines and has been hailed as an important new attraction in Northern Warren County drew a robust crowd recently to an upcounty fundraiser.

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Moriah students to return to improved school

Building project completed

When Moriah Central School students return to class in September, they’ll be learning in a state-of-the-art facility. The district has completed a $9.9 million building project that administrators believe has prepared the building for the next 30 years.

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ECAC Hockey to return to Lake Placid

The ECAC Hockey championships will return to Lake Placid in March 2014.

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Search continues for Lake Placid man

Search efforts being aided by local Police, DEC Forest Rangers and Volunteer Fire Department

Lake Placid Police continue to search for a missing local man, Seth Kilburn, who was last seen early on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Don’t buy Bookmobile

I have read that commissioners in one or more counties have struggled with how much they ought to spend, if any, on making a bookmobile into a "mobile command center."

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Displaced, but still tied to the land

Notes from the North Woods

In the past few weeks, I’ve been involved in a number of discussions regarding the recent state purchase of lands from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

Tuesday, August 14

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Ticonderoga alliance gets new director

Chattie VanWert takes the helm

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has a new director. Chattie VanWert has been named to the post.

Help your community

Attention residents of Elizabethtown and New Russia! Time is running out, but it's not too late!

We must make an impact

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Since last week’s column I’ve heard from many readers representing both parties who agree something must be done to get our elected officials and their respective parties to work together to address the issues facing the nation and spend less time focused on campaign elections and catering to vocal minority groups

Railway’s extension offers multiple benefits

Editorial

In 2010, Warren County Supervisors — frustrated with the lack of success of their existing railroad — solicited proposals nationwide for ideas to develop it with an eye of boosting the county’s tourism.

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Village takes lead on Saranac Lake economic development

Village officials used their Aug. 13 meeting of the Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation (LDC) as a platform to change the direction of economic development here.

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Ticonderoga hospital ranks with nation’s leaders

MLH meets goals for electronic records

Moses-Ludington Hospital is among the nation’s leaders in electronic records. The Ticonderoga health care facility achieved “meaningful use” of its electronic health records July 31. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services only 151 of the 1,327 critical access hospitals in the country have achieved “meaningful use” and received a financial incentive payment.

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Adirondack Museum to host mountain men encampment

Representatives from the American Mountain Men organization will camp out at the Adirondack Museum on Aug. 17-18.

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Audie Blaylock to play at North Creek bluegrass fest

The 9th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek Aug. 17-19 with more than a dozen acts providing more than 30 hours of music, including several national stars and regional favorites.

Monday, August 13

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David Lang arraigned on murder charges

Lang entered plea of not guilty on two felony charges

The man accused of shooting and killing his brother recently entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment.

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Moriah Center Bridge closed

Repairs expected to take a week

The Moriah Center Bridge has been closed to allow for emergency repairs. Cars are being detoured onto Titus Road, which is too small for heavy trucks. The truck detour is on Route 9N/22 and Pelfershire Road.

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Ticonderoga chamber, community to welcome new store

Peebles ribbon cutting Aug. 23

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is urging local residents to welcome the community’s newest business. Peebles will open in Ticonderoga Thursday, Aug. 23.

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Clinton Community College needs more money

The state has slashed Clinton Community College’s aid by nearly $1 million over the past three years.

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North Creek Art Walk set for Aug. 16

Local artists are set to showcase their work on Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. for this month’s Third Thursday Art Walk.

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Lake Placid Police looking for missing local man

Lake Placid police are currently searching for a missing local man, Seth Kilburn, who was last seen early Sunday morning.

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Penfield to host Heritage Day

49th annual event Aug. 19

The Penfield Museum will host its 49th annual Heritage Day Sunday, Aug. 19.

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Tupper Lake library manager to retire

When Linda Auclair began her job as the manager for the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in 2003, people were still using paper library cards to take out books. Now, as she readies for retirement, plastic cards are used and book borrowing is processed on the computer.

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Trustee working on Lake Flower beach

Only four months after joining the Saranac Lake Village Board, Trustee Paul Van Cott is tackling an emotional issue for residents: re-establishing a municipal beach at Lake Flower.

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Lake Champlain Bridge effort cited, NY DOT honored

The New York State Department of Transportation has received the federal 2012 Transportation Planning Excellence Award for the project that replaced the Lake Champlain Bridge between Crown Point, and Addison, Vt.

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Hoss's Authors' Night set for Aug. 14 in Long Lake

The artists of the Adirondacks will gather for a night of musical jam sessions and book signing Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Adirondack Authors’ Night behind Hoss’s Country Corner.

Sunday, August 12

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'Sticky Wicket' croquet tourney set for Aug. 12

An annual friendly croquet tournament includes genial competition, a historical flair, good socializing, and a picnic to boot.

Spiny water flea discovered in Ticonderoga

Invasive species found at Mossy Point boat launch

The presence of the spiny water flea, an aquatic invasive species, has been confirmed in Lake George, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

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Pendragon season wraps up with a ‘Shipwrecked!’ event

“Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougement (as told by himself),” opens at Pendragon Theatre on Aug. 15.

Thanks for support

Letter to the Editor

My family and I would like to thank our many friends and relatives for all they have done to make life so much easier for us at the time of Mort’s passing.

Saturday, August 11

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Heritage festival, Youth Fair in Warren Co. today

A new coalition of organizations promises to revive the Warren Co. Youth Fair by adding an aspect of celebrating rural life in bygone years. The Warren Co. Heritage Festival & Youth Fair promises lots of activities and attractions for all ages.

Support dictionary project

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

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Ticonderoga students learn about ponds

Students receive books

Thanks to the Stewart’s Holiday Match the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County was able to participate in the Ticonderoga Elementary School’s year-end kindergarten program on ponds.

Friday, August 10

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Warren Co. seeks to make more land productive, generate taxes

Productive, tax-paying commercial property is the backbone of modern communities, reducing the tax burden for local families. Warren County leaders took an initial step this week towards getting more abandoned properties back on the tax rolls.

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Doheny tours Oscar’s Smoke House, seeks to hear entrepreneurs’ views

Congressional Candidate Matt Doheny says he wants to do what he can to make the federal government as business-friendly as possible — and toward this goal, he toured Warrensburg's famed Oscar's Smoke House Aug. 10 as part of his tour of North Country businesses to hear from entrepreneurs about the challenges they face.

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Wbg. residents protest, town leaders agree to modify property upkeep law

Conflicting objectives of protecting property values and public health versus limiting property owners' rights sparked impassioned discussion at Warrensburg's recent public hearing on a pending property maintenance law.

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Moriahstock coming to Port Henry

Music festival Aug. 25

The second annual Moriahstock will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Port Henry band stand in Park Place beginning at 1 p.m. The concert will feature five local performers.

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‘Heritage Sunday’ to be celebrated Aug. 19

Crown Point church to move service to Penfield

The First Congregational Church of Crown Point will celebrate “Heritage Sunday” Aug. 19. The church will join the annual Heritage Day celebration at the Penfield Museum with a service at the historic Penfield Church, at 9:30 a.m. The service will be conducted by Pastor David Hirtle.

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Wayne Stock V rocks past expectations for organizers

Despite temperatures in the 90s, the North Country Hardship Fund hosted its fifth annual Wayne Stock Music Festival Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Ski Bowl Park to a record crowd.

Race the Train organizers give thanks

Letter to the Editor

The 10th Anniversary of Race the Train was a resounding success!

Movie in the Park

Everyone likes to get away for a while, to escape their worries and the daily grind and escape, even if it is just for a couple of hours.One of the best ways to do that is by going to the movies, where audiences are taken on an adventure, made to laugh or cry, and even given a chance to think. Don’t believe us? Then let’s look at the numbers. The top three grossing movies of 2011 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) made $947.5 million.

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North Creek gets naked for calendar

Big 'reveal' set for Aug. 12

Who’s in North Creek’s 2013 naked calendar?

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School super visits Newcomb on bike trip across U.S.

Raised money, awareness for Leader Dogs for the Blind

When Mark Mansell gets back to school in the fall, he can easily answer the question of “What did you do this summer?” with four simple words: I rode across America.

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Race the Train successful in North Creek

In all, 349 runners turned out on Saturday, Aug. 4 Race the Train’s 10th year. Of those, 69 managed to best the train it its 8.4-mile ride from Riparius to North Creek.

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Depot Theatre annual Gala event set for Saturday

Coming Saturday, Aug. 11, is the Depot Theatre’s Annual Gala Dinner and Auction.

Set up for a fall

Thank you Dan Alexander, for acknowledging what many hardworking independent Americans think of Obama’s “You didn’t build that” statement.

Thursday, August 9

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Railway makes historic run to North River

Freight train service was discontinued on the tracks between North Creek and the town of Newcomb in 1989, when the Tahawus mine shut down. But that all changed Wednesday, Aug. 8 when the Saratoga & North Creek Railway opened 6 miles of track to North River.

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Surveys being conducted door-to-door in Ticonderoga

Solicitations worry town officials

Ticonderoga is conducting a door-to-door income survey as part of its water project, while warning residents not to be confused by solicitations. The town has hired Liz Tedford to canvas the community in hopes of completing an income survey that is key to grant funding for the $13.8 million project.

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Hikers learn about how to look for edible eats in the woods

Look around, and find something to eat. Members of the Master Gardener Program of Lake Placid and visitors did just that in a the Edible Wild Foods Walk, Talk & Taste event on Sunday, July 29 at the Heaven Hill Farm.

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Film Society makes their stand on need for digital funding

For the Adirondack Film Society, it’s not just about staving off the extinction of local theaters.

Essex County supervisors pass North Country Community College budget

The 2012-13 North Country Community College spending plan has the backing of Essex County.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1912•

Doheny visits Olympic Center during ‘tourism week’

Congressional Candidate Matt Doheny visited the Olympic Center in Lake Placid as part of his 50 Businesses in 50 Days campaign tour.

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Essex County to form animal cruelty sub-committee

In the wake of recent animal cruelty cases in the region, the North Country SPCA and Essex County Board of Supervisors are joining together to crack down.

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Construction has begun at old Willsboro School

Site to be home of the new Champlain Valley Senior Community assisted living facility

In case the sign in the sky has gone unnoticed, contractors for the Champlain Valley Senior Community assisted living facility have begun construction and plan to be opening doors by March 2013.

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Bus resolution stopped at the station

A resolution to purchase new buses and equipment as part of the Essex County Public transportation Department did not make it to the floor.

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A night to share progress after Irene

Project Hope to hold an open mic night for people to share their experiences since Irene

A special “Open Mic” night will be held to acknowledge those who have recovered and raise awareness for the many still in need of assistance after Tropical Storm Irene.

Depot Theatre Gala set for Saturday

Coming Saturday, Aug. 11, is the Depot Theatre’s Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. This exciting tent pole event will feature an opportunity to mingle with the cast and crew of the Depot Theatre’s current production, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” at the beautiful Westport Country Club.

Pendragon column

“Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougement (as told by himself),” opens at Pendragon Theatre on Aug. 15.

SPCA Column

This week the NCSPCA would like to remind you to save the date for our upcoming Antique and Tag sale to be held at Whallonsburg Grange on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early birds arriving between 9 and 10 a.m. will be charged $20 admission for first access to all the goodies! General admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is free. All items will be marked down to half price from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds go to benefit the NCSPCA. This is not a rummage sale; we are sure you will be delighted with the array of items on sale!

Keeseville Column

Heard from the Village Office that Mike Finnegan was instrumental in raising the money recently through TD Bank here in Keeseville for the improvements to Jaycee Park as he and his family have been long key supporters of the park.

Willsboro Column

Hopeful that you have enjoyed much of the olympics, for us that could not go in person to London, the media coverage allows us to see many of the events and rejoice that the athelates are remarkable.

Essex Column

This Saturday, the Aug. 11, Essex Farm hosts a Celebrate Summer open house. Meet in the farmyard at 10 a.m. for a tour of the vegetable, livestock and grain growing enterprises on this large and fascinating farm, which is a mile west of the hamlet on Route 22. The suggested donation is $25 for adults and includes lunch.

River lecture at museum

The Adirondack History Center Museum is offering the fifth lecture in the “Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of Their Own” series on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

Comprehensive planning committee seeks return of surveys

The Elizabethtown Comprehensive planning committee is seeking input from town residents in the return of the surveys they recently sent out.

Dreaming of Timbuctoo

The Dreaming of Timbuctoo Exhibition will be on display at Paul Smith’s College VIC thru Sept. 15, 2012, just a few miles from the black enclave settled in the late 1840s as part of an abolitionist “scheme of justice and benevolence” aimed at achieving equal voting rights and economic uplift for free African American males in New York State.

Hard Times Especially Hard on Children

Currently, 23.1 percent of America’s children are being raised in poverty. That rate puts child poverty in America at a higher rate than in Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia.

Letter: Literacy Volunteers

On Saturday, July 28 Literacy Volunteers held its first “READ” the Green Golf Tournament at Craig Wood Golf Course in Lake Placid. Randy Quayle’s team from Lake Placid took first place, followed by Pete Towns’ team from Mineville. Marci Heery’s team from Saranac Lake came in third.

Public health dept. warns about rabies dangers

Rabies is a virus that affects the central nervous system in mammals and is always fatal if left untreated. It is almost always transmitted through saliva when an infected animal bites an animal or person.

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Cuomo signs massive land deal in Lake Placid

There will soon be a lot more to the Adirondack Park experience for tourists and sportsmen.

Elizabethtown Column

It's Essex County Fair time! Events at the fair begin at 9 a.m., and continue throughout the day, then stay the evening to experience all the fun rides. The fair will run through Sunday, Aug. 12. Go, spend a day and have a great time!

Westport Column

What a great Westport Festival Day! We're truly fortunate to have all the volunteers, artists, craftspeople, and others who made it happen. And the Depot Theatre Apprentices were absolutely brilliant in As You Like It, directed by Scott Gibbs and Lindsay Pontius.

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Essex County Fair wraps up Sunday

The weekend events at the Essex County Fair in Westport have a number of large events and attractions, including a Johnny Cash impersonator and the annual Egglefield Ford Demolition Derby.

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Wbg. residents to pay $500 fee if they don’t install new water meters soon

Warrensburg is converting to a metered water system, yet 60 percent of all households have ignored notices to get new water meters installed. Local officials, who set a $500 fee for those who don't get new meters installed, said this week that probably those who had meters installed from the mid-1990s through 2010 think they are compliant — but these older models do need to be replaced.

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Corn maze to open at Fort Ticonderoga

Six-acre maze to challenge visitors

Confused? Not sure where you’re going? The “Heroic Maze” may be for you. Fort Ticonderoga will open its second annual corn maze to the public Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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Pedal cabs help North Creek with transportation

Rickshaws from the Adirondack Pedal Cab Company are now helping greet visitors arriving here on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.

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Volunteer center has been established by the United Way

A volunteer center has been established by the United Way.

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The angling doldrums of August

Notes from the North Woods

Work is underway this week on a river bank stabilization and habitat restoration project along the East Branch of the Ausable River in the hamlet of Keene Valley.

Don’t call our president names

As a young boy my mother told me of an old saying with regard to speaking out on a subject!

Tournament supported

Letter to the Editor

On Saturday, July 28 Literacy Volunteers held its first “READ” the Green Golf Tournament at Craig Wood Golf Course in Lake Placid.

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Lake stewards posted in Ticonderoga, Hague

The Lake George Association has been awarded a $14,950 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the 2012 Lake Steward program on Lake George.

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance: children and the economy

Any transition in life is an opportunity.

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Heritage Festival, Youth Fair Saturday

Warren County will again have a full-fledged fair as in past decades, as the Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair will be held Saturday Aug. 11 on the county fairgrounds off Schroon River Road.

Wednesday, August 8

Plattsburgh city school’s budget cuts

Voter-approved budget cuts axe Odyssey of the Mind program.

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Community service funding in jeopardy

Community service funding in jeopardy

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Plattsburgh Blockbuster flip flops on closure

Blockbuster in Plattsburgh closes, re-opens.

Altona woman steals cash, cars

Julie A. Perry stole more than $1.4 million in cash and vehicles over roughly five years.

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Schools share services to increase efficiency and save money

Plattsburgh State, CCC ink agreement.

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Mountain Lake PBS, Plattsburgh Public Library collaborate

Library, PBS combine efforts for the sake of kids.

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Enriching lives through pottery making

Art Quest, held at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, is about educating students about art through art history, mixed media, painting, pottery, collage and more.

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Book details stories of international border

“Crossing the Line” is a well documented narrative of the events which occurred at or near the international boundary line between New York and Quebec.

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Burglary arrests made by police

Police Report

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Hacker Boat Company to construct larger boats

The Hacker Boat Company, Inc., based in Silver Bay on Lake George, has announced that starting this year it will add larger models to its product line.

Tournament a success

On July 28 a very successful softball tournament was held in Putnam.

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King’s Garden receives International Paper grant

International Paper Foundation has awarded Fort Ticonderoga a $1,000 grant to help underwrite its 2012 children’s garden programs.

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Johnsburg board tackles sign issue

A fairly straight-forward question about where to better place an existing sign at the entrance to the hamlet of North Creek led to a far-ranging conversation about signs in general at the Aug. 7 Johnsburg Town Board meeting.

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RR freight to move on Tahawus line soon

Officials from the Saratoga & North Creek Railway (SNCRR) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the North Creek train station to celebrate the opening of the Tahawus freight line to North River.

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Sporty's owner voices frustration over raffles

A local businessman who has been providing charity for local children and other organizations brought up a number of concerns during the public comment period of the Minerva Town Board meeting on July 19.

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North Country SPCA

This week the NCSPCA would like to remind you to save the date for our upcoming Antique and Tag sale to be held at Whallonsburg Grange on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Just exactly what is the American Dream?

From the Editor's Desk

I often hear and read that we all have access to the American dream.

My Summer Job

Teen learning the ropes at local restaurant

A summer job. Three words that sound easy, right?

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Creative Healing Connections House & Garden Party In Lake Placid

Creative Healing Connections to hold a fundraiser opening up the first pending Platinum LEED home in the Adirondacks to members of the community on Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.

Hard Times Especially Hard on Children

Kids Count

Currently, 23.1 percent of America’s children are being raised in poverty.

Tuesday, August 7

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Pulowski, Beaton wed

Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beaton of New Russia, New York, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Cassandra Beaton, to Benjamin Pulowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Pulowski of Holyoke, Mass.

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Comprehensive plan committee seeking return of surveys

The Elizabethtown Comprehensive planning committee is seeking input from town residents in the return of the surveys they recently sent out.

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Mooers food pantry asks for garden vegetables

The Mooers Wesleyan Food Pantry asks that gardeners think of them if you have any extra produce.

Four more years of gridlock

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Gridlock, and the continued widening of the gap between the two political parties on the federal level, leaves most Americans questioning how we will ever resolve the many problems facing the nation.

Crash traps man in Eagle Lake

Ti, Chilson firefighters rescue driver

A driver was pulled from a truck that overturned into Eagle Lake Aug. 7. The accident was reported about 1:30 a.m., after residents near Eagle Lake heard a crash and a truck horn on Route 74.

Is there hope for a sequel?

Editorial

Everyone likes to get away for a while, to escape their worries and the daily grind and escape, even if it is just for a couple of hours.

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Fundraiser set to help replace museum furnace

Historic Saranac Lake announced a public campaign to raise funds to replace the failing furnace at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

Fundraiser set for family displaced by fire

A Horicon family with three young children lost their home to a destructive fire, and most of what they owned went up in flames — and they had no insurance, relatives say. Friends, relatives and neighbors of the Ron Rising family, however, are holding a fundraiser Saturday Aug. 18 to help them rebuild their home — and their family life.

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Jeremiah Monroe golf tourney raises cash for wounded soldiers

A young man went off to war not long ago to protect the nation's freedom, and never came back. His relatives annually pay tribute to soldier Jeremiah Monroe and keep his memory alive by raising money via a benefit golf tournament named after him —and the money goes to aid wounded soldiers and their families.

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Paving work on Rte. 9 to be extended through Warrensburg

The idea of state-sponsored roadway construction work in Warrensburg as it hosts one of the region's most popular events has town officials concerned, but representatives of the state Department of Transportation say they are committed to avoid needless traffic problems.

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Hundreds turn out to clean up Lake George litter

Hundreds of volunteers waded, snorkeled and scuba dived into the waters of Lake George to retrieve litter, while others patrolled its beaches and collected trash from nearby waterways Saturday Aug. 4 in a Lake George watershed cleanup campaign sponsored by two affiliated environmental groups.

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Ticonderoga — the summer place to be

Supervisor thankful for community support

Ticonderoga has been a whirlwind of activity this summer. Parades, concerts, plays, art exhibits, festivals, historical reenactments, fishing tournaments — you name it — it’s all happened in Ticonderoga.

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‘Once on This Island’ a new challenge for BRTF, Jr. cast

This year, they depart to the seas with a production of “Once on This Island Jr.,” which can be seen at the Whallonsburg Grange starting Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. Additional performances are Saturday, Aug. 11 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Aug. 12 (2 p.m.) for a musical that directors Dale Mason and Alyssa Carroll said they had in mind for this years’ cast.

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Essex County Fair starts Wednesday

Five days of rides, entertainment, games and displays will take place for the 164th year at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport.

Monday, August 6

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Summer A-Fair coming to Ticonderoga

Aug. 11 at Hancock House

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host its largest event of the season this weekend. The 10th annual Summer A-Fair will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn of the Hancock House at 6 Moses Circle.

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Horicon Day 2012: hot, popular, eventful

Horicon Day, a community festival that's undergone a remarkable revival for the past several years, was thoroughly enjoyed in its latest edition Aug. 4 by people of all ages — despite the extreme heat.

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Ticonderoga alliance CEO leaves position

Lack of funding cited

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance no longer has a chief operating officer. J. Justin Woods, who took the job last September, has left because of a funding shortfall.

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Warren Co. leaders vote to explore privatizing Westmount nursing home

Allowing a private company to operate Warren County's Westmount nursing home might yield plenty of benefits for taxpayers and local residents if mandates on its operation and expansion are contractually ecured in advance, county leaders said this week.

Thanks for help

We wish to thank a the many folks that have reflagged, repaired, repainted, restrung and restored the flag pole in front of the VA clinic in Westport at the old State Police barracks

Sunday, August 5

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Mountain Days events to continue Sunday despite forecasts

The community festival that showcases the traditional talents of rural citizens is continuing today, although thunderstorms were predicted, and flash flood warnings have been issued. At 9 a.m. Sunday, Stony Creek Chamber of Commerce officials said all events, including the lumberjacks competition, are going ahead as scheduled.

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Muddy River Consort at Tannery Pond

The Muddy River Consort will present a concert at the Tannery Pond Community Center at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

Agrees with editorial

As a longtime proponent of school funding reform, I applaud the thrust of your June 30 editorial “Stop Quibbling at the Expense of Education.”

Saturday, August 4

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Horicon Day offers more activities than ever

The Town of Horicon's community day just gets better each year — after the local festival was revived several years ago.

Return the stolen signs, please!

Letter to the Editor

The Chestertown Farmers Market has been a huge success and we thank all the vendors and customers who have helped make this happen.

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VA clinic flagpole repaired in Westport

The American flag will once again wave over the former Westport Troop Barracks.

Golf outing supported

On July 20, 82 golfers enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at the Westport Country Club for the second annual “Gimme Shelter” NCSPCA golf tournament.

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Parks photography on display at Pendragon

Local photographer Burdette Parks is the featured artist for the month of August in the lobby gallery of Pendragon Theatre.

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Champlain Area Trails carves a new path in Westport

Volunteers turn out to make hidden quarry trail a reality

An abandoned stone quarry became part of the Champlain Area Trails system on Sunday, July 29.

‘Give from the heart’

On this date, July 23, 2012, Elks Lodge #1494 held a joint meeting of Old Timer’s night and their regular meeting at Stanley Field on the Delano Road

Friday, August 3

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Volunteers sought for Lake George cleanup effort

Area residents are invited to make a difference in their local environment by joining an effort to clean up litter Saturday from the Lake George shoreline, lakebottom and watershed.

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Crown Point historic site to host encampment

French and Indian War event Aug. 11 and 12

History will come alive at the Crown Point State Historic Site during 15th annual French and Indian War encampment Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Appreciative of act

I want to say thank you to a cheerful young man who went out of his way for me.

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Moriah Center bridge ‘flagged’ by DOT

Weigh limit placed on span

The Moriah Center bridge, which is scheduled to be replaced next year, has been “red flagged” by the state Department of Transportation. A DOT inspection Aug. 1 determined the span should not carry traffic weighing 5 tons of more.

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Golf tourney, dedicated to fallen local soldier, set for Saturday

The legacy of Jeremiah Monroe, a soldier who gave his life for his nation, lives on through the local golf tournament in his name that raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Comment doesn’t make sense

Re:”The Benefits of Hindsight” by Dan Alexander July 21, 2012.

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Tupperpalooza comes to Tupper Lake

The first-ever Tupperpalooza will take place Aug. 4 and 5. The free event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park and will go until 10 p.m.

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Heritage festival returns to Westport

For the 12th year, the Westport community will celebrate the Heritage Festival Aug. 4.

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Jay Day brings music, arts and crafters together

Local vendors, local artists and local musicians will help celebrate Jay Day Saturday, Aug. 4.

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Essex Day set for Saturday, Aug. 4

The historic hamlet of Essex will host its 33rd Downtown Essex Day on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

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Lake George Dinner Theatre boosts local charity

'Love List’ charms audience

A performance last week of a romantic comedy will be aiding the work of an agency in helping families of northern Warren County facing hardships.

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Historic property sees new life as North River Hobby Farm

After more than one 100 years as a family summer camp, this historic property has become a picturesque “hobby farm” and at last has family members living there full time.

Thursday, August 2

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Lake George mayor: ‘No deal’ on returning partial park ownership

What a difference a month makes in politics! Lake George Mayor Robert Blais and his board change their position on sharing ownership of Charles Wood Park in even thirds with the town of Lake George and Warren County.

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Sole assessor question arises in Moriah

Current assessor opposes any change

Ten of Essex County’s 18 towns now have sole assessors. Should Moriah join them? That’s the question being asked by Tim Garrison, a Moriah town board member. Moriah now has a board of three elected assessors.

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Ticonderoga conducting dog census

People urged to license their pets

Ticonderoga is now conducting a dog census. A form has been mailed to every household in the community seeking information on dogs and providing information on how to properly license a pet.

Turning Back the Pages

•192 Years Ago – Aug. 1820•

Can we build a brain?

Notes from Planet Earth

In the late 1950s, a colleague and I installed a biochemistry lab for the purpose of doing research in brain biochemistry in a building devoted to the teaching of psychiatry.

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Saratoga wagering strong in week 2

Wagering and attendance remain up compared to 2011 after 10 days of racing at Saratoga, according to the New York Racing Association.

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Back issues of News Enterprise now online

Searchable database now available for researchers, curious readers

Weather and news does repeat itself. Proof of this can be found in articles from the latest round of newspapers added to the Northern New York Historical Newspapers website from the North Creek News Enterprise.

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Combat Veterans Association rides through area

More than 200 members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association roared through the area July 21m drawing attention to the sacrifices of American veterans.

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Black Point stormwater project planned; grant received

A $21,000 Lake George Association stormwater project on Black Point Road in the town of Putnam will start this summer with funding support from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Taxpayer credit card maxed

The (Ticonderoga) town board is now at the point where every project it starts has to be bonded, borrowed or guaranteed.

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Saranac Lake board discusses residency for employees

More sidewalks to be rebuilt

While discussing two appointments at a recent meeting, some Saranac Lake Village Board members said employees should live within the village limits.

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Saranac Lake adopts new fence law

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees Monday, July 23 unanimously approved a new fence law after two months of revisions shaped by public concerns.

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NCCC budget passes Essex County Ways and Means

The proposed 2012-13 budget for North Country Community College was passed, 16-1 (one absent - David Blades of Lewis), by the members of the Essex County Ways and Means Committee July 30.

Wednesday, August 1

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Adirondack Balloon fest and Lake George receive national attention

The Adirondack Balloon Festival is named one of the top events on the continent, and Warren County prompts new interest among tour planners, county officials learned this week.

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Phone issues frustrating in Crown Point

Local company not at fault

Crown Point Telephone customers are frustrated. So is the company. Phone patrons are reporting problems receiving long distance calls to the company — but the issue isn’t a local one, according to Shana Macey, president of Crown Point Telephone.

Keene residents not happy with assessments

Three residents voiced concerns regarding their property assessments at the Keene town board meeting July 10.

Residents in Ticonderoga question sewer upgrades

Some residents worry that new infrastructure won’t fix old problems.

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Champlain Area Trails carves a new path in Westport

Volunteers turn out to make hidden quarry trail a reality

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Plattsburgh city school’s budget cuts

This story is part one of a three-part series on the Plattsburgh city school district’s budget cuts.

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Third annual ALS golf tournament raises money to find a cure

On Saturday, the ALS Raising Hope Foundation golf tournament drew hundreds to the Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent to raise money to support ALS research.

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Building character, strengthening academics

High school students from around the North Country recently participated in Upward Bound’s summer program

Inaugural Racing 101 Fan Hub to launch at Saratoga Race Course

The New York Racing Association, Inc. has partnered with America’s Best Racing to bring the inaugural Racing 101 Fan Hub to the Saratoga Springs Race Course.

Tupper man dies after rollover in Long Lake

On July 25 at approximately 2 a.m., the New York State Police responded to a one-car vehicle rollover accident involving a 2008 Chevrolet truck on State Route 30 in the town of Long Lake.

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Railroad mass-casualty drill notable for realism in Riparius

Several fire trucks, an ambulance and other emergency support vehicles gathered around a car that seemed to have collided with a car on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway Wednesday, July 25, just south of the Riverside train station.

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Top 10 events for this weekend near North Creek

The Gore Mountain Region and Central Adirondacks will be filled with special events this weekend. Here are the Top 10 events, listed in chronological order.

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Calendar to be ‘exposed’ August 12

Producers of the North Creek … All Aboard! 2013 Calendar will be releasing the publication on Aug. 12.

Against smoking

A new report released on July 23 by the New York State Chapter of the American Cancer Society has revealed some alarming news about lung cancer.

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City seeks funding to study kayak park

Local interest has inspired city officials to apply for an $11,000 grant to study the feasibility of creating a whitewater park on the Saranac River in downtown Plattsburgh.

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Water contamination woes continue in Dannemora

Testing and monitoring continue in the wake of contaminated water in residential wells in Dannemora.

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Alumni give back to Clinton Community College

Wayne and Sylvia Manor give back to Clinton Community College.

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Johnson, Bogart wed

Tonya Michelle Johnson and Ryan Donald Bogart were married at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2011.

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Friends of the Stage plan fundraiser

The Friends of the Stage are hosting a golf tournament on Aug. 12 at the North Country Golf Club in Rouses Point. All proceeds go toward the center stage to cover lighting, a digital sign at the Recreation Center and performances.

Set up for a fall

Thank you Dan Alexander, for acknowledging what many hardworking independent Americans think of Obama’s “You didn’t build that” statement.

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Mineville-Witherbee postmaster retires

Jack Armstrong ends 35-year career

Aug. 1 marked the first day of retirement for Jack Armstrong after more than 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service, the last 26 as postmaster in Mineville and Witherbee.

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Event raises money to fund ALS research

On Saturday, the ALS Raising Hope Foundation golf tournament drew hundreds to the Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent to raise money to support ALS research.

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Bus purchases pass through ways and means with warning

Members of the Essex County Ways and Means committee gave Transportation head Nancy Dougal one more week before potentially deciding on the future of the busing program.

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Plattsburgh State a world class institution

From the Editor's Desk

I spent the majority of my journalistic career, up until this point, covering education.

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Curt Stager to speak on rivers at Adirondack History Center Museum

The Adirondack History Center Museum is offering the fourth lecture in the “Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of Their Own” series on Thursday, Aug., 2 at 7 p.m.