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Valley News stories of the year, part one

114th Assembly District candidate Dan Stec listens during the Ban K2 Rally at the Essex County Government Center in Elizabethtown April 30. Stec was at the Ways and Means Committee meeting earlier that day.

114th Assembly District candidate Dan Stec listens during the Ban K2 Rally at the Essex County Government Center in Elizabethtown April 30. Stec was at the Ways and Means Committee meeting earlier that day. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

Over the past year, a lot has happened in Essex County.

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.

Now, the staff of the Valley News and Denton Publications has come up with a list of the top 10 stories of the year. This week, we will go through the list of honorable mentions. In the Dec. 15 edition, we will go over the stories that finished as the sixth through 10th best stories as voted on by staff.

In the Dec. 22 edition, we will review the stories that ranked second through fifth, based not only on staff voting but online voting by Valley News readers. Go to valleynewsadk.com, and look up polls under the opinion header. The poll link will also be posted on the Valley News’ Facebook and Twitter sites. We are also asking readers to submit comments as they cast their votes for these stories that can be used online and in print.

Finally, in the Dec. 29 edition, we will unveil the story that was voted number one. The choices for the top five are as follows (in random order):

•Essex County sells Horace Nye •Single father murdered in Keeseville •Connor Marvin receives heart transplant •Synthetic marijuana/K-2 ban •Overdose claims life of Lewis teen

Voting will be open from Friday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 14.

Honorable mentions:

The 114th Assembly District race

The year started off with the Valley News asking Jay Supervisor and Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas if he would ever consider a run for state office. He responded that the only way that he would was if state Sen. Betty Little or Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward were to retire.

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