Monday, December 31
Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer said he would let the board decide if he would return to the position for the next two years. Indeed, he will.
Randy Douglas will seek an unprecedented fourth term as the chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
Today’s school budgetary environment weighed heavily on the minds of Indian Lake School Board members during their monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18.
‘Win at 55’ contest under way
Ticonderoga Kiwanis are now selling tickets for their annual “Win at 55” contest. Participants are asked to guess the date and time the temperature in Ticonderoga will reach 55 degrees.
Tyler Snyder of Mineville, a student at Northlands Job Corps Center, recently won the forestry competition at the Tree Care Industry Association Expo in Baltimore.
Marie Blatchley, a French teacher at Willsboro Central School has earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Sunday, December 30
Ticonderoga boys score victory
Moriah routed Westport, 57-27, to win the Moriah Holiday Tournament in girls basketball action Dec. 29.
I would like to publicly praise and thank the staff of both the Keene Valley Neighborhood House and the Horace Nye Home for the care that my mother, Virginia Sheasby, received at these two institutions during the last few years of her life.
Saturday, December 29
Principal, Dan Mayberry of Keene Central School announced that Samuel Balzac has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Thank you for the recent article by Shaun Kittle, “Essex County Board votes to table bed tax” (Dec. 6 online), which was right on the mark.
Those were the topics on the minds of the kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at Westport Central School who held a poetry reading Wednesday, Dec. 19, days before the Christmas vacation break.
United Way project
The North Country Regional Volunteer Center located at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 21, by promoting volunteerism throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
There will be a blood drive at Elizabethtown Community Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 28
Volunteer of Year named
A Massachusetts man is the 2012 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteer of the Year.
Levi B. Kranick, of Bakers Mills, a 2011 graduate of Johnsburg Central School, has earned a place on the dean’s list.
At the beginning of the Champlain Area Trails “Welcome to Winter Hike,” Paula Castner, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, was awarded the $500 first place prize in the CATS Travel Writing Contest.
Schroon ski area opens
The Schroon recently found and purchased a generator that is now online at the Schroon Lake Ski Hill. The generator powers the ski tow, lights, heaters and the warming hut.
Hudson Chair opens Dec. 28
The Gore Mountain ski center opened the Ski Bowl Park’s tubing run for the season on Dec. 21 and the Village Slopes for skiing and snowboarding on Dec. 26. But not everything at Gore this past week went as planned.
Westport Central School students worked together to support High Peaks Hospice, and through bake sales, raffles and other fundraisers, they were able to donate $600.
I am worried that Mr. Fenimore’s misinformation and incorrect data in his recent letter may cause concern for some Elizabethtown residents.
We are pleased that the Adirondack Journal is keeping the public informed about the changes and improvements coming with the new Warrensburg Health Center — “Warrensburg Health Center plans revealed,” Dec. 1 edition.
While Christmas and the holidays are thought of as special times for children, they can also be special for the young at heart.
Thursday, December 27
Jay Berube, a sophomore from Putnam, was a member of the 2012 Oneonta State men’s cross country team.
Kiwanis sponsor event
Future engineers showed their skills during the annual Ticonderoga Kiwanis bridge building contest recently.
Dine United For United Way Of The Adirondack Region is an event designed to bring the restaurants of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties together in an effort to help the people of our community.
Congratulations, you did it, sensationalism at best.
100 Years Ago - December 1912
Reaching out to Newtown PTA
Guidance in knitting offered
Creative Stage Lighting recently provided crew and lighting for the first annual City Bisco festival.
A former Hague justice allegedly held court while under the influence of alcohol and abused her office.
There is one thing we can be certain of - the Heavens opened up with a splendor and love reserved for such horrible incidents as happened at Sandy Hook the other morning.
A Saranac Lake teacher has received National Board Certification.
“We have great weather coming our direction,” ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said during the Dec. 18 ORDA Board meeting at the Olympic Center. “I think it’s important that we go in with enthusiasm.”
It’s no longer about tweaking the health care system, says Chandler Ralph, President and CEO of Adirondack Health.
Wednesday, December 26
Diana Jane Cook and Brett Stephan Giaconia were married at Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, on July 6, 2012, by the Rev. Terrance O'Neil.
Maj. Richard C. Smith Jr., Troop B Commander, has announced that the New York State Police are participating in a national impaired driving enforcement campaign called the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” through New Year’s Day.
The Depot Theatre in Westport continues its WOW-Women of Westport Art Show in the Depot Theatre Gallery located in the lobby of the 1876 train station.
The NCSPCA would like to remind you that it's not too late to adopt one of our "31 Cats of December" for FREE!
The holidays are here and I feel a sense of dread.
Retired Glens Falls administrator named to post
Ticonderoga High School has a new principal. Paul Berkheimer, who retired last June after 32 years as principal at Jackson Heights Elementary School in Glens Falls, has been appointed as interim principal by the Ti school board.
Gag gifts, praise and political reflections prevailed as Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec said goodbye to other Warren County supervisors Dec. 21 as he presided over his last county board meeting before heading off to Albany.
The Saranac Lake First Night Committee looked past the impending doom that was scheduled for Dec. 21 and made their preparations anyway for the annual First Night event, which kicks off at the Harrietstown Hall Monday, Dec. 31, at 5:45 p.m. with opening ceremonies and ends at midnight with a traditional ball drop and New Year’s Day celebration.
You can’t walk in to a store this time of year and not be bombarded with bright colors, large signs, and displays that impact your purchasing decisions.
Thoughts from Behind the Pressline
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be happy to turn the page on 2012 and look forward to the optimism 2013 will ring in, a few hours from now.
The Town of Wilmington and the Ausable River Association were some of the recipients of the latest round of New York State Economic Development Council awards.
Basketball, Bowling and Indoor Track
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2013 Winter Carnival king and queen.
Someone said, in the wake of the horrific tragedy that claimed the lives of 26 individuals in Newton, Connecticut, 20 of them children, that the families had likely already purchased Christmas gifts for the deceased.
The Westport Central School Wall of Distinction Committee would like to acknowledge and extend gratitude to the following sponsors who helped to make our golf tournament this past October a success:
Tuesday, December 25
Not to worry: although Warrensburg Central is ditching their food-service program and turning it over to private enterprise, students will continue to have freshly prepared meals, not microwaved prepackaged meals as rumors have suggested.
It’s hard to believe we have been in Westport for almost one full year!
An active entrepreneurs' group dreams up another fun family event in northern Warren County.
As holiday office parties ensue and “Secret Santas” work their magic, one group decided to put away the gifts and bring in food and essential items for the local food shelf.
What started as a generous gift has turned into a wave of support for the Willsboro and Essex Community Food Pantry.
Monday, December 24
Gifts provided to 200 children
Community spirit was on display at the annual Tiny Tim Christmas Wish concert recently. Area musicians gathered to present holiday music to a capacity audience at the First United Methodist Church as donations were accepted to support the Tiny Tim program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children living in the area.
Churches in the Queen Village plan celebrations of Christ's birth -- and all are welcome to the services.
TV show filmed locally
A bit of Hollywood came to the area recently. Susan Rodriguez and Eric Berman of Queens were married at an undisclosed Hague location Dec. 12 for the television program “Bridezillas.”
Undoubtedly, the mountain town of Thurman NY has embraced the holiday spirit — double the number of people this year attended the town's Christmas party.
Over the past two years, two brothers have received the gift of life from anonymous sources.
Supervisors expected to vote Dec. 31 on County Manager post
After a two-hour executive session following the Dec. 17 block of Essex County Board of Supervisors committee meetings, the pending retirement of County Manager Daniel Palmer is on hold.
Since mid-March, residents of the Tri-Lakes area have been wondering where an 18-year old Tupper Lake resident vanished to.
Thank you, Dan Palmer, for being a wonderful Essex County manager. Now, please leave Elizabethtown and head back home to Minerva.
Sunday, December 23
Ti keglers win
Ticonderoga downed AuSable Valley, 4-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls bowling Dec. 21.
Launching a new era after a reorganization, the embattled North Warren ambulance squad is back on duty.
Warrensburg Central Schools had advanced security monitors in place at entry doors months before the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School shocked the nation.
Local youth win big at Clarkson Lego competition.
Saturday, December 22
They gathered at the Old Post Cemetery in Plattsburgh as part of Wreaths Across America, a coordinated, nationwide event at military cemeteries across the United States.
Friday, December 21
What are your goals for 2013?
A new year, a new chance to live a better life. That’s the idea behind making a New Year’s resolution.
The state Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is looking forward to a lucrative winter season.
Construction to begin in March or April
The Adirondack Meat Co. hopes to be operational by late summer. Plans to construct the $1.4 million meat processing facility at the Ticonderoga industrial park were finalized when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $300,000 grant Dec. 19 as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Students at Willsboro Central School took time away from the books and classroom Dec. 12, opting to help their community.
Special Olympian athletes are practicing on White Face Mountain as their final training session together before they athletes compete in 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea.
Construction crews have started the work to replace the bridge, and members of the Essex County Public Works Committee were briefed on the project by DPW Supervisor Tony LaVigne.
Ti basketball teams fall
Moriah downed Northeastern Clinton, 50-42, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 20.
Summer is long gone in the North Country, but the Plattsburgh farmers market is still going strong.
It's the season for new toys! Safety can be reduced to three words: Focus and Think. If it's not a good time for that, sit down.
Thursday, December 20
Communities in the Adirondacks and the entire North Country are the chief beneficiaries of generous economic development grant awards announced Dec. 19 by Gov. Cuomo. Projects and programs throughout the Adirondacks received a hefty share of the $738 million awarded statewide. The projects and programs funded address not only economic vitality and jobs growth, but environmental protection and enhancement, tourism, and sustainability and cultural enhancement.
Jan. 6 in Ticonderoga
Twelfth Night will again be celebrated by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. The annual event will be held Sunday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church on Champlain Avenue.
Moriah, Port Henry get grants
The town of Moriah and village of Port Henry will receive $1.2 million in grant funding from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Ti bowlers roll
Mountainside Christian Academy topped Trinity Baptist, 27-12, in girls basketball action Dec. 4.
On Nov. 8, at the Elizabethtown Budget Hearing, I asked Supervisor Bartley if the Town was being sued over the sewer project.
Area business people got together and held a free clothing event at the North Country Co-op.
Wednesday, December 19
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Dec. 19 announced that $738 million has been awarded through Round Two of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Beavers, debris obstruct waterway
There was a time when the LaChute River was an important transportation corridor to Ticonderoga. Those days are gone, but some people would again like to see boats ply the LaChute.
The North Creek Ski Bowl Tubing Park, operated by the Gore Mountain ski center, will open for the season this weekend.
Mary Alice Shemo of People for Positive Action organized a candlelight vigil in Trinity Park in Plattsburgh in response to the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.
Roughly 500 graduated at Plattsburgh State’s annual winter commencement ceremony.
The NCSPCA is excited to announce that our friend Martha Gallagher, also known as the Adirondack Harper, has generously offered to donate 10 percent of her CD sales from her current national tour and online from now until the end of the year!
The lights are on many houses and in the distance, snow can be seen on the mountains and that holiday feeling is in the air.
Children make gingerbread trains
Moriah Central School students prepared for Christmas by celebrating Polar Express Day.
Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said the time has come to pay the piper at the Essex County Fairgrounds.
Ti, Crown Point basketball teams fall
Schroon Lake rolled past Chazy, 52-31, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 18.
With the Christmas and holiday celebration season upon us, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting has provided some safety tips that will help everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
This week people around the world will celebrate Christmas.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, I took my great-grandmother Noda Howard into Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School to visit Mrs. Rock's second grade class, where my daughter Jozlyn Welch is a student.
Since Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley took office, I have observed a barrage of letters to the editor by Kenneth Fenimore ridiculing and making light of her job performance.
Basketball, Bowling, Swimming and Wrestling
Notes from the North Woods
Born in 1956, I remain the product of a lifetime spent primarily in small town America.
Tuesday, December 18
Jan. 5 at The Pub
Ticonderoga will “Ring in the New Year” will a benefit event. Bobby and Tommy Dedrick will welcome people Saturday, Jan. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Pub on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga. Dubbed “Ring in the New Year,” the event will benefit the community’s annual Best Fourth in the North celebration.
Homecoming dance raises money for agency
When High Peaks Hospice issued a challenge, Ticonderoga High School students answered.
School officials around Essex County did their best to make the school day following the Dec. 14 mass homicide at a Connecticut elementary school as normal as possible.
A recent showing of the documentary “Gasland” sparked a discussion at the Plattsburgh Public Library.
Viking keglers fall
Schroon Lake dispatched Wells, 38-22, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 17.
A big, energetic thank you is in order to the participants, organizers, and donors of this year’s basket raffle and spaghetti dinner held at St. Mary’s School on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Thoughts from Behind the Pressline
This is normally the time of year when our thoughts turn to family, joy and the Christmas miracle, born in a manger some 2,000 years ago.
Monday, December 17
Nancy Dunn will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of her shop — Seven Sisters Artisan Gifts — this week. And, so far, business in North Creek has been good.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce wants to be the go-to-place for events in the area. That’s why the chamber is working to improve its community calendar of events in hopes of becoming the central calendar for the area.
One man on his way to the Wadhams Water meeting was shocked and honored in a special surprise ceremony held to celebrate his service to the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Department for over 68 years.
Even though he is no longer a member of the town council, Ken Fenimore has kept his eye on Elizabethtown issues.
We’ve just entered into a new America, an amended America.
The anthrax came in the mail, immediately exposing several senior citizens. The community flooded the Clinton County Health Department’s medication site, where staff were expected to process at least 50 individuals every 15 minutes. The drill went better than expected.
Allegiant Air is offering new, nonstop jet service between Plattsburgh and Fort Meyers/Punta Gorda, via Punta Gorda Airport, beginning Feb. 23.
Sunday, December 16
Conscious of pending developments and proud of recent upgrades, Village of Lake George officials are hosting tours of its sewer plant and water filtration plant beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday Dec. 17.
Crown Point drops game
Schroon Lake crushed Minerva-Newcomb, 78-26, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 14.
A traffic stop last week ultimately led to the arrest of a pair of local men charged with running a meth lab. Jason C. Donah, 32, and Kelly D. Meseck, 33, both of Plattsburgh, were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony, according to New York State Police.
As the public information officer of the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department I would like to take this opportunity and thank the town of Moriah residents and everybody else who has made 2012 an outstanding year for our fire department
While one man sat with the children in a home in Altona, police pulled over a woman for speeding. They found drugs in the car and eventually discovered a meth lab in the home the children lived in.
Saturday, December 15
The Essex Community Fund announces that Lawson and Clint Allen of the “Barracks” on Lake Shore Road in Essex have recently increased their support of the Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship with an additional donation of $26,500.
A group that has made many trips to help families in storm-ravaged coastal areas shifts its focus to help out locally — by expanding a Warrensburg food pantry as well as rebuilding a Chestertown woman's trailer.
It’s the largest children specialty apparel retailer in North America. Anyone from newborns to teenagers can find clothes on its shelves. And it’s coming to Plattsburgh.
It is about the words we choose to use. A disabled individual constantly hears “retarded,” and while the word isn’t used directly to insult someone who is mentally retarded, the common and literal use carries the same connotation and reinforces the stigma that the individual is different, in a negative way, compared to the majority.
More than 40 artists will have their work on display through Jan. 12 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts annual Holiday Member Show.
On Nov. 8 the Elizabethtown Town Board held its annual Public Hearing for the 2013 budget.
On November 8, 2012, the Elizabethtown Town Board held a Public Hearing on the 2013 Preliminary Budget.
Indian Lakers are leading the charge among North Country communities in reducing their home heating expenses.
I attended the Royal Winter Pageant Dec. 7 at Ticonderoga High School and would like to acknowledge Jamie Harrington, the director, for the outstanding job she did with these 15 girls.
Friday, December 14
One woman’s words and another woman’s collection of hundreds of stuffed animals led to the delivery of Christmas presents for fostered children across the country.
Impeerium helps people move forward with confidence and skills. The goal is to empower them to begin pursuing their goals and wants. “Whatever that person wants, we are here to assist,” said Sheri King, Program Director at Impeerium Peer Network located at 14 Healey Avenue in Plattsburgh.
A bookkeeper for a local construction company was arrested by State Police for stealing more than $50,000 from the business over the past 12 years. Lawrence R. Jaques, 63, of Keene, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 12 for second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.
Schroon Lake Central School students presented the sounds of the season to the community during their annual holiday concert Dec. 14. The show featured students from pre-kindergarten through the high school.
The owner of the Hudson River Rafting Company faces additional charges of reckless endangerment. Patrick Cunningham, of North Creek, was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Hamilton County Court.
The Carillon Garden Club wishes to thank all individuals and businesses in the Ticonderoga area who supported their recent wreath sale fund raising project.
The first-ever event will feature five wineries and one cidery in the Plattsburgh area. Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery in Chazy, Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville, Vesco Ridge Vineyards in West Chazy, and the Champlain Wine Company, Everett Orchards and Elf’s Farm, Winery and Cidermill, all in Plattsburgh, are participating in the tour.
After almost 40 years in the business of numbers, Champlain National Bank President and CEO Jon Cooper is looking forward to a morning walk.
Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee reported at the Dec. 10 Public Service Committee meeting that the doctor who had been hired to provide services for the clinic located at the former New York State Police barracks in Westport and the Saranac Lake satellite office had resigned.
Stories 10-6 of the year as voted on by Denton Publications staff
Event to assist with radio purchases
Chilson Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 35th annual dinner dance Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the E.M.A. at 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.
During their regular meeting held on Monday, Dec. 10, Johnsburg Central School Board members unanimously approved the Annual Professional Performance Report (APPR) plan that the administration had developed in collaboration with faculty to meet the new state requirements.
I am writing on behalf of the Third Age Adult Day programs in Elizabethtown and Saranac Lake to extend my thanks and appreciation to the Second Annual Alzheimer's Basketball Tournament which donated the proceeds from the tournament to the Third Age programs in Essex County.
How absurd! Only a handful of people attended the Thurman Town Board meeting last week.
History repeats itself. I’m fascinated how civilizations reach greatness and then decline.
The family of local World War II hero, Dr. Rene Joyeuse, who passed away earlier this year, recently received approval from the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, for the burial of Dr. Joyeuse’s remains in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
Thursday, December 13
Seasonal music performed
Ticonderoga High School’s music department presented its annual winter concert to a capacity audience Dec. 12. The school’s concert band, Sentinel Big Band, Night Shadows male choir and mixed chorus performed an assortment of holiday and seasonal songs.
Shortly before the November meeting of the Schroon Lake Central School board of education, I became aware of an essay circulating in local coffee shops.
During the Indian Lake Town Board’s Monday, Dec. 10 meeting, Indian Lake Assessor Meade Hutchins said that a schedule of aged exemption limits outlined in a local law providing a partial tax exemption of real property taxes for legally resident owners over 65 have not changed since March 1, 2005.
Supervisor: There’s no choice
Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.
Sayward is now preparing to leave the world of public service after 11 years on the ZBA followed by terms as Willsboro supervisor for 11 years, chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors and 10 years as the state assemblywoman for what is now the 114th district.
Lady Patriots defeat Vikings
Elizabethtown-Lewis defeats Willsboro, AuSable Valley Lady Patriots win in Moriah
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions have started the 2012-13 season in dominating fashion, averaging over 50 points per game while holding opponents to less than 20.
FEMA to buyout 26 porperties
During the Dec. 10 Economic Development, Planning and Publicity Committee meeting, IDA Director Carol Calabrese said her agency was working on a new plan to help attract business to the county.
Warren County leaders chose this week how to divvy up nearly $400,000 to help support upcoming 2013 events that are expected to bring visitors to the area. A shuttle service in the unincorporated village of North Creek NY was a big recipient.
Under a previous administration, the Lake George town government provided a diesel trolley and driver to transport local seniors each month to the Saratoga Raceway & Casino for a day's outing. The new town administration stopped the practice, noting the aging trolley wasn't safe nor built for highway travel. This week, the seniors aired their anger over not having the transportation provided to the Racino and other destinations.
For decades — despite economic circumstances — citizens of the rural remote town of Thurman NY have annually reached out to their neighbors to provide them with holiday cheer, and 2013 was no exception
Ti bowlers victorious
Crown Point and Schroon Lake posted boys basketball wins, while Ticonderoga won in bowling Dec. 12. Moriah dropped a girls basketball game.
We want to respond to the News Enterprise article in last week’s paper about the Town Board overriding the Bed Tax Committee, to set the record straight as it contained many inaccuracies.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Katy Van Anden has been hired as Chambers new Executive Director.
Johnsburg Historical Society
An interview with Ed Zahniser of Bakers Mills and Shepherdstown, West Virginia adds a new subject to the archives of the Johnsburg Historical Society: the connection between the Federal Wilderness Act of 1964 and two Adirondack men with camps in the Town of Johnsburg.
William Moffitt is a patient in Glens Falls Hospital.
The Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) announces Scholar Athletes for the 2012 Fall Sports Season.
The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union is again offering local high school seniors the opportunity to win several scholarships toward tuition at a two or four-year accredited college.
Property donated to Historical Society
100 Years Ago • December, 1912
Christmas charity prevails here
In referencing the Dec. 8 article “Mayor seeks input over zoning, high rise hotels in Lake George,” writer unknown, “…many believe that high-rise hotels in the Village would alter the status quo” is far from the findings of The Lake George Citizens’ Group.
Open House set at Conservancy
John Krueger spoke at the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s 100th anniversary celebration in a room packed with members and representatives from various businesses and local officials.
Imagine our region…
Wednesday, December 12
While various versions of Santa are seen all over the place each December, Chestertown Rotary Club's Santa might as well be the genuine one. He brings real presents along with joy and encouraging comments to hundreds of children each year.
Ten young artists, 5 to 8 years of age, crowded around a rectangular table in the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, busily putting the final touches on their ceramic cookie plates.
A Moriah woman was airlifted to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington following a single car accident in Port Henry Dec. 11.
On Oct. 31, the Smith House health center at 39 Farrell Road in Willsboro was officially made part of the Elizabethtown Community Hospital family.
Voted on by staff, the stories that rated 10-6 in the Valley News this year
King is the first person prosecuted in Essex County under new law
Hours before jury selection was scheduled to begin, a Westport man changed his plea to guilty first-degree strangulation on Dec. 10.
I would like to personally thank everyone who supported the fundraiser for me on Nov. 18 at the Burleigh House Restaurant.
Celebration Dec. 31
Schroon Lake will bid adieu to 2012 and welcome the new year. The community will host a First Night celebration Monday, Dec. 31. The event will be sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
No more reaching for the milk carton only to find out that it has been put back in the refrigerator empty.
Notes from the North Woods
Back in early October, I had the pleasure of leading a hike for a group of visitors from Europe.
Shannon Ovitt has been named an All-State Field Hockey Player at the Section II All Star Field Hockey luncheon held at the Century House in Latham on Dec. 2.
False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time.
In the Dec. 8 edition of the News Enterprise, a letter to the editor by Mark Bergman has some inaccuracies that should be addressed.
Crown Point, Moriah fall
Ticonderoga beat Northern Adirondack, 33-28, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 11.
Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling
Westport Chamber members recalled that last Christmas Molly Kasriels wrote a Shop Local Letter full of great gift ideas.
The Lake Placid holiday decorating contest committee is pleased to announce this year’s winners:
Tuesday, December 11
Burglary, under-age drinking alleged
Police have arrested 29 people in connection with thefts and under-age drinking at a summer residence in Crown Point. An October investigation of a burglary led to a seasonal camp that, state police report, was used for four separate parties allegedly involving under-age drinking.
Ausable Valley placed Third in the Travis Capen Memorial Duals.
LGLC selling land as part of conservation agreement
Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? How about property on Lake George? The Lake George Land Conservancy is selling an 8-acre plot with 350 feet of lakeshore in the town of Putnam.
The latest estimate of the world’s demise has humanity’s fate sealed on Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice.
Businesses sought for industrial park
Attracting a business to the Moriah Business Park will be a top priority for the Moriah town board in 2013.
Lake George Town leaders expressed support this week for taking quick action to curb invasive species from further spread in Lake George — and they suggested raising the sales tax in Warren County by 1/4 of a percent — or a hike in boat registration fees — to pay for invasives control measures.
Sentinels score bowling wins
Ticonderoga defeated Moriah in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference bowling action Dec. 10.
Thoughts from Behind the Pressline
I come from a long line of worriers. As a youngster and even as an adult I found it difficult to understand why mom would worry about the smallest of things.
Monday, December 10
The tentative 2013 Essex County Budget was passed easily under weighted voting, adopting a spending plan that represented a 1.13-percent increase to the tax levy.
Ticonderoga, Crown Point schools conducting study
Volunteers are being sought to serve on a advisory committee investigating a possible consolidation of the Crown Point and Ticonderoga school districts.
Three Keeseville teenagers were arrested Sunday, Dec. 9 for armed robbery after allegedly attempting to rob the Keeseville Mobil Station. Dexter T. Nash, 16, of Keeseville, Kevin J. Archer, 19, of Keeseville, and a 12-year-old male juvenile were arrested without incident following the attempted robbery.
At 9:15 a.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will convene to determine approvability for the Essex County, New York State Police and New York State Electric and Gas proposed public safety radio system and shared microwave network.
Alliance offering free items
A winter clothing swap in Ticonderoga is now a give-away. The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance’s “Jacket & Coat Swap with Santa” Dec. 7 and 8 generated so much winter clothing, it will be continued as a free service.
Following a principle that collaboration trumps confrontation, Warrensburg School District officials are holding a series of community forums to gather ideas and gauge opinions on school district programs and spending. The first one for this year's budget-drafting process is to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday Dec. 10 in the high school cafetorium. All are invited.
A recent showing of the documentary “Gasland” sparked a discussion at the Plattsburgh Public Library.
Funds available for tourism-related projects
With various groups in the town of Johnsburg competing for tourism-project funding through the Warren County occupancy tax program in 2013, many here want to know: What is the occupancy tax, and how does the funding work?
David Patrick likes to spend his time examining old documents and newspaper articles and connecting the dots. “A lot of historical information has been lost or forgotten about as people have died,” Patrick said. “Many people today do not know much about the Town of Champlain’s history, yet there are hints all around us of what people did 100 or 200 years ago.”
Sunday, December 9
For years, Warren County officials have strategized on how to persuade travelers to visit the Lake George area rather than Vermont. This last week, the county leaders discussed setting up a tourism information center on Rte. 9 just north of Northway Exit 20, a leg on the main route from New York City and New Jersey to Vermont.
Basketball, bowling teams in action
Crown Point edged Chazy, 65-57, in overtime in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 7.
Embroiled in controversy for years, the North Warren Emergency Squad quit dispatching ambulances as of Dec. 3 and began a reorganization process.
An experienced high school principal from Ticonderoga was chosen recently to take charge of Bolton Central School, a K-12 public institution.
Town water use slashed
The Warrensburg Town board recently heard that a brownfield downtown may be back on the tax rolls — and that local citizens are cutting their water use substantially after the installation of water meters and converting to billing by gallons used rather than flat fees.
The currently defunct Wevertown Volunteer Fire Company will be able to sell off equipment to pay bills, according to a Nov. 19 decision by state Supreme Court Justice Robert Muller filed with the Warren County Clerk.
Saturday, December 8
With the state balking on taking action to curb the ever-growing spread of invasive species threatening the ecology of its lakes and ponds, Warren County leaders decided to take action — they voted to draft a law mandating that boats be inspected, and decontaminated if necessary, before being launched in the county's waterways.
Another skunk, shot in Peru on Nov. 6, tested positive for rabies according to local public health officials. “The rabid skunk was shot by a resident on the Jabez Allen Road. The latest rabid animal was found about 6 miles north of the Village of Keeseville where several rabid animals were recently confirmed,” Principal Sanitarian at the Clinton County Health Department Rita Mitchell said.
Friday, December 7
North Creek Business Alliance officials were lobbying hard this past week to keep their free shuttle service alive for another year in 2013, going on the offensive in order to persuade town officials to grant them more funding through the Warren County occupancy tax program.
Residents here held a number of special events Saturday, Dec. 1 as part of their annual Lights On holiday celebration.
Hudson Headwaters wants 10-year deal
Hudson Headwaters Health Network hopes to maintain a presence in the town of Moriah for many years.
A month ago, our family was struck by tragedy.
From the sale of the county-owned nursing home to the gift of life for several local families to the killing of a now-famous moose, there have been plenty of stories that have had people talking.
Donations save service
Struggling two months ago, the Moriah Food Pantry is now well-stocked and ready for the holidays.
For the past 150 years, America has been through a major social change to try to create a climate where all races are equal regardless of color. The signing of the emancipation proclamation was the first step in putting the freedom of slaves on paper.
Warrensburg's central downtown area will undergo a radical transformation when the new Warrensburg Health Center is built in 2013. The two-story building —expected to be an architectural showpiece — features towers with arches, a glassed atrium, plus a brick and stone facade.
The multi-colored strobe light seemed to keep beat to the thumping of the bass as feet and fists flashed in the darkness.
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is among the elite. It is now ranked among the top 1 percent of America’s chambers. Recently, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the North Country Chamber of Commerce 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organization and positive impact on the region.
The time has come to venture into the basement and dust off those unwanted VHS tapes, old books and odds and ends and trade them for treasures. The ROTA Gallery, located at 50 Margaret Street in Plattsburgh, will be giving collectors of interesting things a chance to nerd out at ROTA*CON, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Ticonderoga High School cross country team would like to sincerely thank Fort Ticonderoga for their generosity in allowing us to host our races at historic Fort Ticonderoga.
If you have been to the hospital or even a doctor’s office anywhere in the North Country, chances are that one of the nurses or radiologic technologists who took care of you was a North Country Community College graduate.
Thursday, December 6
Project aids Ti celebration
Ticonderoga Middle School seventh graders recently sold more than 530 calendars for the community’s First 250 Year Committee. Proceeds from the 2013 historical calendars will help pay for the group’s “signature event” during the 2014 celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the community.
The Adirondack Community Outreach Center (ACOC) is once again asking town of Johnsburg residents to help their neighbors in need with Christmas presents this year.
Lady Burghers have young but athletic players this year, and they'll be offering fans a lot of action on the court.
As administrator of Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, I want to eliminate some rumors about our financing.
There are cookies and milk. Pony rides are also available, and balsam trees are waiting to be decorated. But most importantly, Santa and Mrs. Claus are going to spend time with the children.
On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York we would like to express our deepest appreciation to Mr. John Boyea and the staff of Boyea’s Deli, and Mr. Ben Winters and the Moriah Fire Department for their support of Chasity O’Connor’s Disney Wish.
Municipalities, schools need assistance
Ticonderoga school officials have it right, the Adirondack Park is a special place with special needs, according to Moriah’s town supervisor.
They rolled up their sleeves, rolled out the clay, shaped it and colored it with all of the reds, greens and whites of Christmas. Ten young artists, 5 to 8 years of age, crowded around a rectangular table in the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, busily putting the final touches on their ceramic cookie plates.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors has decided to place on hold a move to increase the county occupancy tax from 3 to 5 percent.
A calm overtakes Dr. Haagen Klaus when he measures teeth. “It is very systematic,” Klaus said. Through the study of skeletons, he can learn the totality of the lives he is investigating.
Victoria St. John could use a donated vehicle. A gas card someone else paid for would be nice. She’d just like to see a slight rise in donations, which have dropped considerably over the past few years.
The sale of a county-owned nursing home, the search for several people missing, with some still unaccounted for, the killing of a now-famous moose and more have had people talking. Now, the staff of the Valley News and Denton Publications has come up with a list of the top 10 stories of the year.
The brains behind the 165th Essex County Fair brought their ideas for an exciting way to bring the members of the entire county together to celebrate and enjoy the event.
Crown Point drops game
Schroon Lake edged Willsboro, 32-26 in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball play Dec. 5.
How absurd! Only a handful of people attended the Thurman Town Board meeting last week.
Mr. Scott David Harris, in rebuttal to your article (letter to the editor) in the Times of Ti Nov. 24, I have
History calendar now published
100 Years Ago • December 1912
Responding to some recent controversy over public input on zoning, Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais has set up informal sessions to hear ideas from residents concerning future growth in the Village and opinions concerning a developer’s plans to construct a high-rise hotel in the commercial district.
The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, the Abenaque Order of the Eastern Star No. 745 and the Long Lake Fire Department join forces for the first Feelin’ Long Lakey December Dip on Dec. 29.
For the first time, all 210 members of Special Olympics Team USA will be in historic Lake Placid for Special Olympics Team USA’s official training camp, prior to their participation in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea.
Wednesday, December 5
The first time I set out to hike Jay Mountain a few years ago I remember thinking that if it hadn’t been for the cars parked along the shoulder of the road, I would have driven right past the beginning of the unmarked, unmaintained trail.
There is a saying in the military,when someone calls you a POG pronounced "POOG", it means "Person other than GRUNT" A grunt can take anything.
Sometimes, you just have to stand back and let the man do his thing.
Notes from the North Woods
The first significant snow of the season has finally arrived, and while accumulations remain far too meager to jump-start the backcountry ski season; the woods are again white.
The recent U.S. political campaign held many surprises including super storm “Sandy.”
Lions score a 48-39 win over the Eagles
Old Tyme Christmas Dec. 8
Schroon Lake will host its Old Tyme Christmas celebration Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening will be sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The Minerva/Newcomb boys varsity basketball team ended last season with a 9-9 score and had four players graduate, including two starters.
Despite the Occupancy Tax Committee’s recommendation not to grant the North Creek Business Alliance $13,200 for its tourist shuttle, Johnsburg Town Board members Tuesday, Dec. 4 decided to override the committee and grant $10,000 to the group.
The Johnsburg Town Board has done it again. They continue a long tradition of insider dealing and politics.
Pictures from the Nov. 27 game between the Lady Wildcats and Lady Lions, part of the Alzheimer's Awareness Tournament at ELCS
Descendents of Frederick Douglass and John Brown continue to fight slavery in the modern world together
Descendents of Frederick Douglass and John Brown continue to fight slavery in the modern world together
It may have been a loss in the scorebook, but the Nov. 26 boys varsity basketball game between the Keene Beavers and Westport Eagles was a win for Keene athletics.
MVAC season opens
Crown Point topped Minerva-Newcomb, 57-24, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 4. It was the season-opening game for the Panthers.
From the Editor's Desk
Public education is increasingly squeezed each year.
I am embarrassed to say this, but I am finding that I am a very jealous person.
SUNY Plattsburgh students are joining forces to raise funds for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
Tuesday, December 4
Demand up, donations down
A holiday charity in Schroon Lake is struggling this year. The Children’s Christmas Express, which provides holiday gifts for needy children in Schroon and North Hudson, is facing increased demand and decreased contributions in 2012.
“Lake George is, without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw ... its water is as limpid as crystal.”
Ryan Bush going to Junior Olympics
A young runner with ties to Ticonderoga will compete for a national championship Dec. 8 in Albuquerque, N.M. Ryan Bush, age 8, will run in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
Adirondack Community Outreach Center (ACOC) volunteers are getting ready for their annual Christmas food basket drive, and they are receiving some much-needed help from the community for a variety of their programs.
Thoughts from Behind the Pressline
Our nation is severely polarized. That’s certainly nothing new.
Monday, December 3
‘Shop and Dine Night’ planned
Downtown Ticonderoga visitors will be treated to the sounds of the holiday season during the community’s “Shopping & Dining Night” Friday, Dec. 7. Ticonderoga Central School music teachers Michael Iturrino and Jolene Harrigan will have students perform 5 to 8:30 p.m. throughout downtown.
The longest-serving member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors passed away Dec. 3 at the age of 77.
Dan Palmer cites budget battle as reason
Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer abruptly announced his retirement Dec. 3, and did not pull any punches when asked why.
Hancock House to host Dec. 9 celebration
The 22nd annual Festival of Trees promises to fill the Hancock House with holiday spirit. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the event will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hancock House at Moses Circle in Ticonderoga.
A Warrensburg man was shot and killed during a hunting accident Saturday, Dec. 1 in the town of Chester, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
The crisp November evening was set ablaze by firelight as it passed through hundreds of differently colored bottles.
The Saranac Central School District superintendent is leaving with mixed emotions.
Saratoga & North Creek railway hires local for general superintendent
Justin Gonyo is carrying on a family tradition. He’s a railroad man.
The Saranac Lake SkatePark Committee has prioritized their choices for the site of the equipment formerly owned by the Town of North Elba.
Sunday, December 2
The 2011-2012 North Warren Girls Basketball team upset the status quo in the Adirondack League with their athleticism and talent. With five of that outstanding squad gone due to graduation, the Cougars are determined to work hard to make their own mark.
North Warren is one of the smallest schools in the region, yet they've fielded some highly competitive sports teams, including their 2011-12 basketball team. Now, with only a few graduating, the Cougars' 2012-13 squad is poised to again make headlines.
Sentinels top Moriah
Ticonderoga won the Alzheimer’s Awareness Tournament in boys basketball action Nov. 30, beating Moriah, 48-36, in the championship game.
Firefighters offer holiday safety tips for families
There is a saying in the military,when someone calls you a POG — pronounced “POOG” — it means “person other than grunt.”
Saturday, December 1
Those attending Christmas in Warrensburg festival this weekend will undoubtedly experience the holiday spirit of many years ago.
You can’t just toss your old television in your car and then chuck it with the trash.
When so much of our attention and news is centered on financial despair, arguably created by greed and misconduct, I believe that a little good news goes a long way during this season of joy and hope.