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Monday, December 31

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Palmer re-appointed as county manager

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.

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Douglas seeks fourth term as county chair

Randy Douglas will seek an unprecedented fourth term as the chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

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Indian Lake School Board stresses creativity for survival

Today’s school budgetary environment weighed heavily on the minds of Indian Lake School Board members during their monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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Ticonderoga Kiwanis look forward to spring

‘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.

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Mineville student Tyler Snyder wins competition

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.

Willsboro teacher earns certification

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

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Moriah girls win holiday tournament

Ticonderoga boys score victory

Moriah routed Westport, 57-27, to win the Moriah Holiday Tournament in girls basketball action Dec. 29.

Thanks

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

Balzac named commended student

Principal, Dan Mayberry of Keene Central School announced that Samuel Balzac has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

No more occupancy tax

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.

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Young students bring poetry reading to Westport CS

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.

Volunteer grants available

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.

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Blood drive at ECH

There will be a blood drive at Elizabethtown Community Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 28

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Fort Ticonderoga volunteer recognized

Volunteer of Year named

A Massachusetts man is the 2012 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteer of the Year.

Kranick on dean’s list

Levi B. Kranick, of Bakers Mills, a 2011 graduate of Johnsburg Central School, has earned a place on the dean’s list.

Castner wins Champlain Area Trails travel writing contest

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. 

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Generator carries skiers, saves money

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.

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Gore opens Ski Bowl for season

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.

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Westport students donate $600 for Hospice care

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.

Further concerns

I am worried that Mr. Fenimore’s misinformation and incorrect data in his recent letter may cause concern for some Elizabethtown residents.

New Warrensburg health center: added space for pediatrics

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.

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Kinney Drugs gives gifts to area seniors

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

On Campus

Jay Berube, a sophomore from Putnam, was a member of the 2012 Oneonta State men’s cross country team.

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Ticonderoga students win bridge competition

Kiwanis sponsor event

Future engineers showed their skills during the annual Ticonderoga Kiwanis bridge building contest recently.

Dine United to help counties

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.

Lake George should support seniors!

Congratulations, you did it, sensationalism at best.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - December 1912

Athol-Thurman

Reaching out to Newtown PTA

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The Bolton Bulletin

Guidance in knitting offered

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Creative Stage Lighting shines at City Bisco

Creative Stage Lighting recently provided crew and lighting for the first annual City Bisco festival.

Report critical of former justice

A former Hague justice allegedly held court while under the influence of alcohol and abused her office.

Better world

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.

Zullo earns board certification

A Saranac Lake teacher has received National Board Certification.

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ORDA looking forward to 2013 winter sports season

“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.”

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Regional health care under the knife

It’s no longer about tweaking the health care system, says Chandler Ralph, President and CEO of Adirondack Health.

Wednesday, December 26

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Cook marries

Diana Jane Cook and Brett Stephan Giaconia were married at Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, on July 6, 2012, by the Rev. Terrance O'Neil.

Police target alcohol-related offenses

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.

Depot arts show continues; new season set

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.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA would like to remind you that it's not too late to adopt one of our "31 Cats of December" for FREE!

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance: On holiday dread

The holidays are here and I feel a sense of dread.

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Ticonderoga High gets interim principal

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.

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Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec praised and razzed as he heads for Albany

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.

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First Night festivities planned in Saranac Lake

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.

Curb tobacco advertising

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.

Ring in the New Year 2013

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.

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Wilmington, AsRA receive state funding

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.

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The scorebook

Basketball, Bowling and Indoor Track

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Nominations sought for annual Winter Carnival royalty

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2013 Winter Carnival king and queen.

Cherish what’s most important

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.

Thanks for support

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

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Warrensburg Central to outsource school meals

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.

Thanks for business

It’s hard to believe we have been in Westport for almost one full year!

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Winter carnival proposed for Brant Lake

An active entrepreneurs' group dreams up another fun family event in northern Warren County.

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Westport town workers act as Secret Santas for the food shelf

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.

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Willsboro, Essex Food Pantry thankful for community support

What started as a generous gift has turned into a wave of support for the Willsboro and Essex Community Food Pantry.

Monday, December 24

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Concert supports Tiny Tim charity in Ticonderoga

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.

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Christmas Eve services scheduled in Warrensburg

Churches in the Queen Village plan celebrations of Christ's birth -- and all are welcome to the services.

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‘Bridezilla’ weds in Hague

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.”

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Thurman's Christmas party draws crowd

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.

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Valley News Story of the Year: Connor Marvin

Over the past two years, two brothers have received the gift of life from anonymous sources.

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Palmer to leave future in hands of board

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.

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Tri-Lakes story of the year: the search for Colin Gillis

Since mid-March, residents of the Tri-Lakes area have been wondering where an 18-year old Tupper Lake resident vanished to.

Editorial: Palmer was right, 'take this job and...'

Thank you, Dan Palmer, for being a wonderful Essex County manager. Now, please leave Elizabethtown and head back home to Minerva.

Sunday, December 23

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Lady Sentinels roll to victory

Ti keglers win

Ticonderoga downed AuSable Valley, 4-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls bowling Dec. 21.

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North Warren ambulances back in action

Launching a new era after a reorganization, the embattled North Warren ambulance squad is back on duty.

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Security monitors now screen school visitors in Warrensburg

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.

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Local youth win big at first Lego league competition at Clarkson

Local youth win big at Clarkson Lego competition.

Saturday, December 22

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Wreaths remember the fallen

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

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A new year, new resolutions

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.

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ORDA looking forward to winter season

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is looking forward to a lucrative winter season.

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Ticonderoga plant receives final funding

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.

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Willsboro students make food chain to pantry

Students at Willsboro Central School took time away from the books and classroom Dec. 12, opting to help their community.

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Special athletes train at White face before 2013 Olympics

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.

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Otis Bridge replacement begins

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.

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Moriah girls win down the stretch

Ti basketball teams fall

Moriah downed Northeastern Clinton, 50-42, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 20.

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Farmers market ongoing throughout the winter

Summer is long gone in the North Country, but the Plattsburgh farmers market is still going strong.

Keep toys safe

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

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North Country communities net hefty share of state's $738 million in grants

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.

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Twelfth Night to conclude holiday season

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.

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State to fund Bulwagga Bay project

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.

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Mountainside, Schroon girls score wins

Ti bowlers roll

Mountainside Christian Academy topped Trinity Baptist, 27-12, in girls basketball action Dec. 4.

It’s a suit

On Nov. 8, at the Elizabethtown Budget Hearing, I asked Supervisor Bartley if the Town was being sued over the sewer project.

Area businesses host free clothing event

Area business people got together and held a free clothing event at the North Country Co-op.

Wednesday, December 19

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North Country to get more NY economic development funding

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Dec. 19 announced that $738 million has been awarded through Round Two of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

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LaChute River being cleared

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.

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North Creek Ski Bowl Tubing Park opens Dec. 21

The North Creek Ski Bowl Tubing Park, operated by the Gore Mountain ski center, will open for the season this weekend.

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Candlelight vigil held in wake of tragedy

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.

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Area colleges host graduate ceremonies

Roughly 500 graduated at Plattsburgh State’s annual winter commencement ceremony.

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North Country SPCA

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!

Holidays 2012

Kids Count

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.

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Polar Express Day held in Moriah

Children make gingerbread trains

Moriah Central School students prepared for Christmas by celebrating Polar Express Day.

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Connell wants to turn lights out on fairgrounds freeloaders

Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said the time has come to pay the piper at the Essex County Fairgrounds.

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Schroon cagers win; Ti track team tops field

Ti, Crown Point basketball teams fall

Schroon Lake rolled past Chazy, 52-31, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 18.

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Holiday tips from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department

Guest Viewpoint

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.

Merry Christmas!

This week people around the world will celebrate Christmas.

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Generations come together in ELCS classroom

Guest Viewpoint

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.

Questions writer

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.

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The scorebook

Basketball, Bowling, Swimming and Wrestling

Life and death ... in a small town

Notes from the North Woods

Born in 1956, I remain the product of a lifetime spent primarily in small town America.

Tuesday, December 18

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New Year’s event to aid Ticonderoga July 4th celebration

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.

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Ticonderoga students assist hospice

Homecoming dance raises money for agency

When High Peaks Hospice issued a challenge, Ticonderoga High School students answered.

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Area schools try to cope after carnage in Connecticut

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.

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A frack-tastic film showing

A recent showing of the documentary “Gasland” sparked a discussion at the Plattsburgh Public Library.

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Schroon Lake, Moriah win hoop contests

Viking keglers fall

Schroon Lake dispatched Wells, 38-22, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 17.

St. Mary’s thankful

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.

We must turn tragedy into hope

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

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Seven Sisters celebrates one-year anniversary

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.

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Ticonderoga chamber compiling calendar of events

Submissions sought

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.

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Jerdo honored for 68 years of service to fire department

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.

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Budget, sewer lead to another war of words in Elizabethtown

Even though he is no longer a member of the town council, Ken Fenimore has kept his eye on Elizabethtown issues.

Amended America

We’ve just entered into a new America, an amended America.

Anthrax scare at Senior Citizens Center

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 begins new service to Punta Gorda Airport in February

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

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Tours of Lake George water and sewer facilities set for Monday

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.

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Schroon, Moriah, Ticonderoga record wins

Crown Point drops game

Schroon Lake crushed Minerva-Newcomb, 78-26, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 14.

More methamphetamine discovered in Clinton County

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.

Firefighters thankful

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

Meth lab discovered in Altona

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

Allen Scholarship to benefit Essex grads

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.

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Volunteers help expand Wbg. food pantry

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.

The Children’s Place at Champlain Centre

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.

Chipping away at the stigma of mental illness

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.

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Holiday Member Show kicks off at NCCCA

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.

Budget not within cap

On Nov. 8 the Elizabethtown Town Board held its annual Public Hearing for the 2013 budget.

Response

On November 8, 2012, the Elizabethtown Town Board held a Public Hearing on the 2013 Preliminary Budget.

Indian Lake residents take lead on saving money on heating bills

Indian Lakers are leading the charge among North Country communities in reducing their home heating expenses.

Impressed

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

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Plattsburgh women bring Christmas to foster children

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.

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Recovery Center helps individuals move forward

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.

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Keene man arrested for stealing more than $50,000 from company

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.

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Schroon musicians present holiday concert

Students perform

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.

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Rafting company owner in North Creek faces additional charges

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.

Garden club appreciative

The Carillon Garden Club wishes to thank all individuals and businesses in the Ticonderoga area who supported their recent wreath sale fund raising project.

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Holiday wine tasting tour this weekend

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.

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Champlain National leader retiring

After almost 40 years in the business of numbers, Champlain National Bank President and CEO Jon Cooper is looking forward to a morning walk.

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Doctor again needed at VA

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.

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Tri-Lakes stories of the year part two

Stories 10-6 of the year as voted on by Denton Publications staff

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Chilson firefighters plan Valentine’s event

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.

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Johnsburg Central approves teacher evaluation plan

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.

Thanks for donation

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.

Thurman EMS needs your support

How absurd! Only a handful of people attended the Thurman Town Board meeting last week.

Wake up, America!

History repeats itself. I’m fascinated how civilizations reach greatness and then decline.

Vet to be buried at Arlington National

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

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Ticonderoga High presents annual concert

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.

Get answers at board meeting

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.

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Indian Lake considers adjustment to aged tax exemption limits

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.

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Moriah to complete Bulwagga Bay project

Supervisor: There’s no choice

Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.

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Sayward prepares to leave Assembly

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.

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Lions get early lead, defeat Warriors (w. galleries)

Lady Patriots defeat Vikings

Elizabethtown-Lewis defeats Willsboro, AuSable Valley Lady Patriots win in Moriah

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After dominant start, Lady Lions prepped for Orange

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.

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IDA formulating plan to attract businesses

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.

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Warren Co. government leaders choose 2013 events to bankroll

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.

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Lake George seniors want town-subsidized gambling trips restored

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.

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Christmas charity prevails in Thurman

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

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Crown Point, Schroon Lake cagers win

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.

Townhouse managers respond to shuttle story

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.

Van Anden hired as new Saranac Lake chamber head

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.

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Local conservation history in archives

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.

Bakers Mills News

William Moffitt is a patient in Glens Falls Hospital.

Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference names fall scholar athletes

The Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) announces Scholar Athletes for the 2012 Fall Sports Season.

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Scholarships available to area students

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.

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Town Talk

Property donated to Historical Society

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago • December, 1912

Athol-Thurman

Christmas charity prevails here

Lake George needs solid plan for future growth

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.

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The Bolton Bulletin

Open House set at Conservancy

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North Country Chamber turns 100

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

Imagine our region…

Wednesday, December 12

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Rotary’s Santa brings joy, gifts to Chestertown

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.

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NCCCA begins weekend holiday art workshops

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.

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Moriah couple crashes in Port Henry

A Moriah woman was airlifted to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington following a single car accident in Port Henry Dec. 11.

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ECH makes Smith House purchase official

On Oct. 31, the Smith House health center at 39 Farrell Road in Willsboro was officially made part of the Elizabethtown Community Hospital family.

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Valley News stories of the year, part two

Stories 10-6

Voted on by staff, the stories that rated 10-6 in the Valley News this year

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Westport man pleads guilty to strangling wife

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.

Community pulls together

I would like to personally thank everyone who supported the fundraiser for me on Nov. 18 at the Burleigh House Restaurant.

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First Night coming to Schroon Lake

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.

Life after Children

Kids Count

No more reaching for the milk carton only to find out that it has been put back in the refrigerator empty.

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St. Hubert, the Jagermeister

Notes from the North Woods

Back in early October, I had the pleasure of leading a hike for a group of visitors from Europe.

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Ovitt named All-State field hockey player

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.

U.S. government: World will not end in 2012

False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time.

Johnsburg Town Board minutes are clear in regard to justice position

In the Dec. 8 edition of the News Enterprise, a letter to the editor by Mark Bergman has some inaccuracies that should be addressed.

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Ticonderoga scores basketball wins

Crown Point, Moriah fall

Ticonderoga beat Northern Adirondack, 33-28, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Dec. 11.

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The scorebook

Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling

Shop local for the holidays

Westport Chamber members recalled that last Christmas Molly Kasriels wrote a Shop Local Letter full of great gift ideas.

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Decorating contest winners named

The Lake Placid holiday decorating contest committee is pleased to announce this year’s winners:

Tuesday, December 11

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Crown Point parties result in 29 arrests

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.

Pats finish third hosting duels

Ausable Valley placed Third in the Travis Capen Memorial Duals.

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Putnam lakeshore property for sale

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.

Essex County’s own fiscal cliff

The latest estimate of the world’s demise has humanity’s fate sealed on Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice.

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Moriah aims for business growth in 2013

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.

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Town of Lake George ramps up invasives fight

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.

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Ticonderoga rolls over Moriah

Sentinels score bowling wins

Ticonderoga defeated Moriah in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference bowling action Dec. 10.

Don’t worry, be happy

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

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Essex County adopts budget with 1.13% levy increase

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.

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Consolidation committee seeks members

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.

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Three Keeseville teens arrested for attempted armed robbery

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.

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Essex County radio system on APA agenda

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.

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Winter clothing available in Ticonderoga

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.

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Public forum scheduled on Warrensburg school district budget

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.

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A frack-tastic film showing

A recent showing of the documentary “Gasland” sparked a discussion at the Plattsburgh Public Library.

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Warren County occupancy tax explained

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?

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Calendar helps tell Champlain’s storied history

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

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Warren Co. may move tourism dept. into busy shopping district

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.

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Ticonderoga, Moriah, Crown Point win

Basketball, bowling teams in action

Crown Point edged Chazy, 65-57, in overtime in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Dec. 7.

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North Warren ambulance squad suspends operation; reorganization underway

Embroiled in controversy for years, the North Warren Emergency Squad quit dispatching ambulances as of Dec. 3 and began a reorganization process.

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Bolton Central hires Ti principal to lead K-12 school

An experienced high school principal from Ticonderoga was chosen recently to take charge of Bolton Central School, a K-12 public institution.

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Downtown Wbg. brownfield cleared for redevelopment

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.

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Judge favors Wevertown Fire Company over spat

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

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Warren Co. drafting law requiring boat inspection, washing

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 rabid skunk discovered in Clinton County

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

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North Creek business group hopes to grow shuttle

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.

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Lights On kicks off the holidays in North Creek

Residents here held a number of special events Saturday, Dec. 1 as part of their annual Lights On holiday celebration.

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Moriah, HHHN begin talks on lease

Hudson Headwaters wants 10-year deal

Hudson Headwaters Health Network hopes to maintain a presence in the town of  Moriah for many years.

Clevelands thank community for help

A month ago, our family was struck by tragedy.

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Valley News stories of the year, part one

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.

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Moriah rallies for food pantry

Donations save service

Struggling two months ago, the Moriah Food Pantry is now well-stocked and ready for the holidays.

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Emancipation Anniversary celebrates North Country abolitionists

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.

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Warrensburg Health Center plans detailed

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.

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Kicking for kids for Christmas

The multi-colored strobe light seemed to keep beat to the thumping of the bass as feet and fists flashed in the darkness.

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North Country Chamber ranked among the elite

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.

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Fourth ROTA*CON to offer Plattsburgh a chance to “nerd out”

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.

Harriers appreciative

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.

NCCC teachers want a contract

Guest Viewpoint

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

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Ticonderoga students awarded for calendar sales

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.

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Outreach Center looking for toy drive help in North Creek

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.

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Lady Burghers offer intrigue, promise

Lady Burghers have young but athletic players this year, and they'll be offering fans a lot of action on the court.

Nursing home sets record straight

As administrator of Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, I want to eliminate some rumors about our financing.

Santa at Begor’s Supply

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.

Make-A-Wish comes true

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.

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Moriah supervisor wants more state help

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.

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NCCCA begins weekend holiday art workshops

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.

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Essex County Board votes to table bed tax

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.

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Archaeologist studies human skeletons

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.

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Local woman helps control stray cat population

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.

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Tri-Lakes stories of the year, part one

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.

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Essex County fair board seeks ideas

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.

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Schroon cagers, Ticonderoga keglers win

Crown Point drops game

Schroon Lake edged Willsboro, 32-26 in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball play Dec. 5.

Thurman EMS needs your support

How absurd! Only a handful of people attended the Thurman Town Board meeting last week.

Moving forward?

Mr. Scott David Harris, in rebuttal to your article (letter to the editor) in the Times of Ti Nov. 24, I have

Athol-Thurman

History calendar now published

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago • December 1912

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Mayor seeks input over zoning, high-rise hotels in Lake George

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.

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Feelin’ Long Lakey December Dip to debut December 29

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.

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

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

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Trail review: A new path up an old favorite

Adirondack Bark

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.

Thanks to grunts

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.

Let the kid do his thing

The Tank

Sometimes, you just have to stand back and let the man do his thing.

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Season-ending snow

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.

Global Warming Real

Kids Count

The recent U.S. political campaign held many surprises including super storm “Sandy.”

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ELCS boys open MVAC season with win over Westport (with gallery)

Lions score a 48-39 win over the Eagles

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Musical acts added to Schroon celebration

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.

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Minerva-Newcomb boys basketball

 The Minerva/Newcomb boys varsity basketball team ended last season with a 9-9 score and had four players graduate, including two starters.

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Johnsburg board overrides bed tax committee, grants shuttle funding

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.

Justice position questions

The Johnsburg Town Board has done it again. They continue a long tradition of insider dealing and politics.

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Photo gallery: Schroon Lake v. Elizabethtown-Lewis

Pictures from the Nov. 27 game between the Lady Wildcats and Lady Lions, part of the Alzheimer's Awareness Tournament at ELCS

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Adirondack Abolitionist families reunited after 153 years

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

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Keene boys varsity basketball returns to the court

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.

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Crown Point, Schroon win hoop games

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.

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Two great educators are retiring this year

From the Editor's Desk

Public education is increasingly squeezed each year.

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance: On jealousy

I am embarrassed to say this, but I am finding that I am a very jealous person.

Students raise money for Sandy relief

SUNY Plattsburgh students are joining forces to raise funds for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Tuesday, December 4

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Schroon holiday charity needs help

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.

Time to battle invasives is now

Editorial

“Lake George is, without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw ... its water is as limpid as crystal.”

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Young runner to race in national championship

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.

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Johnsburg Food Pantry readies for Christmas baskets

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.

The reoccurring nightmare

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Our nation is severely polarized. That’s certainly nothing new.

Monday, December 3

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Ticonderoga students to provide holiday music

‘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.

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Longtime St. Armand supervisor passes away

The longest-serving member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors passed away Dec. 3 at the age of 77.

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Palmers retire from county service

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.

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Festival of Trees on tap in Ticonderoga

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.

Warrensburg hunter killed in hunting accident

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.

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Local artist creates glass bottle kiln

The crisp November evening was set ablaze by firelight as it passed through hundreds of differently colored bottles.

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Saranac Central superintendent to retire

The Saranac Central School District superintendent is leaving with mixed emotions.

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Justin Gonyo a fourth generation railroad man

Saratoga & North Creek railway hires local for general superintendent

Justin Gonyo is carrying on a family tradition. He’s a railroad man.

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William Morris leading area for Saranac Lake skate park

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

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Cougar girls seek to build on last season’s glory

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.

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For 2012-13, Cougars have talent and ambition

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.

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Ticonderoga wins tournament title

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 to avoid accidents

Firefighters offer holiday safety tips for families

Hurricane Sandy victims appreciate help

There is a saying in the military,when someone calls you a POG — pronounced “POOG” — it means “person other than grunt.”

Saturday, December 1

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Christmas in Warrensburg festival Saturday & Sunday

Those attending Christmas in Warrensburg festival this weekend will undoubtedly experience the holiday spirit of many years ago.

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Champlain collecting computers, TVs, etc.

You can’t just toss your old television in your car and then chuck it with the trash.

‘Thanks giving’ spirit lauded

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.