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Wednesday, February 29

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Warriors run to end first half downs Lions

Willsboro beats ELCS, will face Schroon Lake in D finals

Warriors defeat Lions, will face Wildcats in Section VII/Class D final

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Williams, Shaughnessy lead Wildcats to D finals

Ian scores 27, Shaughnessy records triple-double

Wildcats will face Warriors in Class D final

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Polling sites reduced to save towns cash

The many election sites recently eliminated in Clinton County were a throwback to the time of analog voting machines with levers and rolling counters.

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Schroon Lake scout to become Eagle

Court of Honor March 10

When Chris Veverka receives his Eagle Scout award he’ll be doing more than reaching the pinnacle of scouting. He’ll be carrying on a family tradition.

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North Country is a fan of the mild winter

Residents say they don’t miss the snow that has yet to fall

As the region braces for a rather tame snow storm a month before spring, area residents offered their input on the mild 2011-12 winter.

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Indian Lake cell tower could be completed as early as summer

Plans for a new Verizon cell tower to be built on Tower Hill Road in the town of Indian Lake were approved by the Town Board on Feb. 16 and are currently before the Planning Board.

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Feds may make decision on Tahawus RR appeal soon

The federal Surface Transportation Board may soon make a decision regarding the Saratoga-North Creek Railway’s proposal to operate a line on the Tahawus track between North Creek and Newcomb.

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A Day to Remember - Amanda Gerardi and Joseph Bernard Jr.

September 30, 2011

Amanda Gerardi and Joseph Bernard Jr. were wed on September 30, 2011 at Shepard’s Park in the village of Lake George surrounded by family and friends.

Hoffman Notch Wilderness plan presented to APA

The proposed final draft of the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Unit Management Plan has been released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency.

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Ambulance transport now set through Elizabethtown hospital

Elizabethtown Community Hospital has added an ambulance transport service to its emergency department.

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Events coordinator hired in Tupper

Faith Bedore has been selected for the position, which is administered by the chamber. The town and village are contributing $15,000 apiece towards Bedore’s salary, and the chamber is contributing $5,000. She is employed as an independent contractor.

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Lady Lions, Orange advance to D finals

Orange oust Westport for second year

Indian Lake/Long Lake beats Westport, ELCS dominates Willsboro

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Empire State Winter Games set record

Over 1,000 compete

“The athletes had a games this year that was really put on by the local communities and tuned to meet the needs of the athletes,” Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said. “This year, it was more our games than any other.”

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Horace Nye employees, others protest potential sale

Plans to protest in every town in the county

“We are not nurses for profit, and this home shouldn’t be for profit,” Celeste Beeman said.

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‘Wizard of Oz’ coming to Ticonderoga stage

Play dedicated to ailing student

Dorothy and a host of other beloved characters will take the stage at Ticonderoga Elementary School as students present “The Wizard of Oz” Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

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‘Shoefiti’ comes to Ticonderoga

Are dangling shoes related to crime?

Are criminals marking their turf in Ticonderoga? That’s the concern of one local resident, who has noted pairs of shoes that have been thrown over utility wires in the community.

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Ticonderoga to play for championship

Moriah falls in semifinals

Ticonderoga will play for the Section VII Class C boys basketball tournament championship. The Sentinels advanced to the title game with a 55-32 dismantling of Lake Placid in the semifinal round Feb. 28.

Stop campaign to privatize county nursing homes

There appears to be a campaign underway in New York State to privatize county nursing homes.

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Winter has yet to relent

Notes from the North Woods

After I had spent a full of week respooling fishing lines, oiling reels, sorting tackle and replacing a pile of worn out and rusted flies, the snow began to fall.

Tuesday, February 28

Super PACs harm the political process

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas for the Community Newspaper Publisher’s Summit.

School budgets: Now is the time to let your voice be heard

Editorial

The ever-present national debt has become a running joke for some, and troubles with state budgets in California and New York are leading to leaner governments.

Audit finds mistakes in Rouses Point

Though the audit of the village finances was sternly worded, everything happening at the village meetings and treasurer's office is above board, said village officials.

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Johnsburg Planning Board tackles projects

Neighbors air concerns about Ward Hill Subdivision plan

Residents of Iroquois Trail and Chatiemac Road turned out in force at the Johnsburg Planning Board meeting Monday, Feb. 27 .

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Ticonderoga church to give away free food

Distribution in Port Henry March 12

The Ticonderoga Assembly of God Church will distribute free groceries 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Mountain Time Auctions, 2997 Broad St. in Port Henry.

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Crown Point scores tournament win

Panthers to face Schroon Lake Wednesday

Crown Point reached the semifinals of the Section VII Class D boys basketball tournament with a 50-29 win against Chazy Feb. 27.

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Westport students, community helps out family

Over $2,000 donated to five displaced by fire

Members of the Westport Central School community came together recently to help out two of their own.

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MS President visits North Country

Mincer talks about upcoming fundraiser in Plattsburgh

Stephanie Mincer, president and CEO of the chapter, took time to visit with people at the Lake Placid Public Library and talk about the programs and services that they offer.

Monday, February 27

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Red Storm repeat as Section VII hockey champs

Red Storm win second straight Section VII title.

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Irishman of the Year to be named in Ticonderoga

Knights plan two celebrations

Those who are Irish, and those who wish they were, will have two opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. The Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus will host its annual Irishman of the Year celebration Saturday, March 10. The Knights of Columbus will also have their annual corned beef sandwich sale St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17.

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Chestertown to host its own farmers’ market

By launching a new farmer's market in Chestertown, the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance hopes to attract people to town this summer and boost local commerce — as well as help provide fresh, top-quality homegrown vegetables and other goods for families in norther Warren County.

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Alliance seeks to boost traffic through upcounty hamlets

Struggling with a downturn in commerce during recent years, Chestertown business owners are now fighting back with a variety of initiatives through the Tri-Lake Business Alliance. One of the group's latest efforts is to re-redirect traffic headed to Gore Mountain across Rte. 8, and increase the number of roadway signs directing people to local enterprises.

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JCS board asks community for help with goals

Cracker Barrel brainstorming session now open to public

The Johnsburg Central School (JCS) Board of Education needs your help.

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Ticonderoga alumni tourney slated

‘Best Fourth in the North’ benefit March 31

Ticonderoga High School basketball stars of yesteryear will return to the court in an attempt to recapture past glory — and help the the community’s annual July 4th celebration.

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Revenues at Essex County Jail down

Politi fearful of $500K shortfall

A 42-percent decline in revenues for the first month of the year at the Essex County Jail has one supervisor concerned.

Fire company welcomes members

At our most recent meeting, the Hague Volunteer Fire Department inducted Brandy Lyn Lastowski, Jonathon Yerdon and Teresa Medina as members, with Harley Trudeau and Karney Manning as junior members.

Sunday, February 26

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Moriah to play for championship

Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Schroon Lake eliminated

Moriah advanced to the Section VII Class C girls basketball tournament championship game with a 40-25 win against Ticonderoga Feb. 23.

Thanks for support

On behalf of the Elizabethtown Social Center, Inc., I would like to thank everyone who helped with our recent informational night on synthetic marijuana for our Teen Rec Program.

Pantry director thankful

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry wishes to extend since thanks to the organizers and organizations who conducted the recent WinterFest!

Saturday, February 25

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Hayden Head wins NYSPHSAA title bout

Defeats Alex Soutiere in final

Beekmantown senior Hayden Head wins first state title for Eagles

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Beekmantown's Hayden Head to wrestle for State title

Head makes Division II final at 285-lbs.

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FareWELL to winter event set

The town of Willsboro will be the site for the first FareWELL Festival, which will be held at the soccer fields/fairgrounds on Point Road from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

Stony Creek

Tutoring available

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Christian group comes to the aid of Willsboro family

Five members displaced after apartment fire

 A national Christian organization has come to the help of a family affected by the apartment fire in Willsboro last month.

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Residents voice concerns to dissolution committee

About 30 residents of the Keeseville area were on hand at the village offices Feb. 22 to express their concerns to members of the dissolution committee

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Three advance to state semifinals

Seymour, Perry, Head look to make championships; three others in consolation round

Semifinals Saturday in Albany

Aboard the U.S.S. Bataan

Sixty seven years ago March 29, 1945, I witnessed one of the U.S. Navy’s worst wartime disasters.

First Amendment rights should be respected

Regarding Dr. Lynne Macco’s letter to the editor in which she took issue with Dan Alexander’s “Viewpoint” article about our First Amendment rights.

Friday, February 24

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Winter storm causes a series of accidents on I-87

Drivers are warned to take caution during storm advisory

A number of accidents were reported throughout back roads in the North Country and on Interstate 87 over the course of the day Friday as winter weather descended over the area.

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Balestrini, Reid Lake Placid High School winter royalty

Seniors Danielle Balestrini and Nick Reid were named as the Queen and King of the 69th annual winter event at Lake Placid Middle/Senior High School Saturday, Feb. 11, which had the theme of “Wild, Wild West.”

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Depot Theatre makes the call on new managing director

The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce the addition of Angel Wuellner as its new Managing Director.

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Advocates, ECH spread the word about K-2 dangers

A grass-roots effort to try and curb the sale of synthetic marijuanas like K-2 and Spice are having an effect in the North Country.

Town Talk

Local footraces join forces

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ROOST sets 2012 marketing plan

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced their marketing strategy for 2012.

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Section VII athletes qualify for indoor track states

The Peru Indians indoor track and field program had plenty to smile about at the Feb. 18 Section VII State Qualifying meet, as 11 of their team members earned births to Cornell.

SOPA and PIPPA woes

I am seriously worried by the recent bills introduced into legislation which are called SOPA and PIPPA. These bills are supposedly to stop online piracy and to allow the government to i

Schools should stop promoting witchcraft

This is a reply to Lauralee Allen’s response to my earlier letter to the editor.

Health care not a Constitutional issue

After reading the letter from Jeff MacMakin titled “Constitution at risk” I came away wondering if the real reason for the letter was to attack our President and not to protect our Constitution.

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Lady 'Jacks play for Section X crown tonight

The Tupper Lake Ladyjacks sprinted out to a 19-0 lead en route to a 64-34 win over Norwood-Norfolk in Class C sectional playoff action on Feb. 16.

Thursday, February 23

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Maxam ousted as Chester’s animal control officer

The stormy three-month tenure of June Maxam as the town of Chester Animal Control Officer came to an abrupt end Thursday Feb. 23 as the town board emerged from a closed-door session and announced they were firing the controversial web publisher.

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Plattsburgh mail processing center closure OK'd

After five months of review, the Plattsburgh mail processing center will close, according to a press release from the United States Postal Service Feb. 23. The 46 Veterans Lane facility has no retail operations, and the remaining duties at the local facility will be moved to Albany.

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New insertion machine beneficial at Denton Publications

The new machine, the Kirk Rudy 512 Insert Machine, will allow papers to be produced much faster, with more inserts for the desired destinations, according to Daniel Alexander, President and publisher of Denton Publications.

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Tupper Lake town board meets

This community's stature as the home and destination of athletes and outdoors enthusiasts of all types was underscored at a Town Board meeting on Feb. 14.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – Feb.-March 1912•

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Section VII wrestlers prep for state tourney

he Section VII contingent of wrestlers did receive several rankings at the state event, with Beekmantown’s Hayden Head (37-2) receiving the second seed in the 285-lbs. weight class.

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Saving the best for last

Lady Lions clinch league, sectional seed with exciting win over Eagles Feb. 17

In a game that had everything, the Lions used stifling second half defense and a 27-for-38 night from the charity stripe to record a 59-48 win and capture the Division I title as well as clinch the top seed in the Section VII/Class D girls playoffs.

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Road conditions lead to accident in E-town

Three unhurt in rollover

Slick road conditions cited in accident, no one hurt

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Lifelong Dannemora resident appointed to highway super

After a career in corrections and a second one in water and sewer works, taking the highway superintendent position is a new challenge for Lloyd Clukey, but he said the experienced crew there is a great help.

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Tannery Pond launches search for full-time director

The Tannery Pond Community Center could have a full-time, paid director by June if a plan announced at the Feb. 21 Johnsburg Town Board meeting comes to fruition.

Thanks for help battling leukemia

The family and friends of Matthew Agard would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the following businesses who have contributed in many ways to ease the financial hardship associated with leukemia.

With levy, library would remain independent

Readers of the Adirondack Journal may also have read an article in the Feb. 14 Post-Star reporting on the recent Warrensburg School Board meeting at which there was discussion of a voting booth at the school district election in May for Richards Library’s proposition for a levy to support its operating budget.

Think 4th of July in Schroon

I know there is still snow on the ground and more winter to come, but it really is time to think summer.

Trust to offer scholarships

The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) is grateful to be able to offer nearly $200,000 in scholarship awards this spring.

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A shedding story

Outdoor Tales

An interesting anomaly seems to be occurring this year with the deer herd in the form of bucks bouncing around in mid February still wearing head gear.

Wednesday, February 22

Cuomo announces teacher evaluation agreement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Education Commissioner John King, and New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi Feb. 16 announced an agreement on a new statewide evaluation system they say will make New York State a national leader in holding teachers accountable for student achievement.

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Alumni scholarship holds first annual bowling tournament

Strikes for Students Bowling tournament planned for March 10

The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will hold a Strikes for Students Bowling Tournament March 10 - 11 at the Adirondack Lanes.

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Bridge Celebration on schedule

Events slated for weekend of May 19-20

The Champlain Bridge opening celebration is on schedule to take place May 19 and 20. The event will include an “Old Time Hometown Grand Parade” set to begin in Chimney Point, Vt. and travel across the new bridge to the Crown Point Historic Site, as well as many other events and attractions throughout the celebration.

Man threatens Times of Ti employee with hunting knife

Man claimed there is was ‘disaster heading for Ti’

A man walked into the Times of Ti office on Montcalm Street Tuesday afternoon and pulled a knife on the office manager.

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Burglar strikes Johnsburg library

Town replaces door, troopers seek leads

A burglary at the Town of Johnsburg Library has shaken the secure feeling of this small town, leaving town officials and State Police looking for leads to the crime.

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North River rafting business looks to the hills for expansion

Planning Board poised to make decision on zip line

Someone surveying the towering hill behind Whitewater Challengers rafting business along Route 28 in North River might see trees and brush, boulders and dirt and remnants of the latest snow fall.

Proposal to close Ellenburg election sites shot down

At a recent county board of elections meeting, Ellenburg Supervisor Dave Leonard was directed to ask the town board if they would close some polling places to help save money.

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New, improved events planned for North Creek in 2012

The 2012 special events calendar is shaping up for the Gore Mountain Region, with some new events being added to the annual standards.

Speedsigns needed in Merrill

The Shutts and Blanche Road loop off 374 has seen too much high-speed traffic, with about 40 locals signing their names to a petition hoping for lowered speed limits there.

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Skiing the south slopes

Notes from the North Woods

As the winter season begins to show signs of winding down, visions of an early ice out have begun to dance through my head like sugar-plums on Christmas Eve.

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Section VII basketball tournaments started

A breakdown of the Section VII basketball tournaments

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Chorus coach offers local lessons

Even if you just like howling in the shower, the Cumberland Bay Chorus is offering free vocal lessons from a well-known local singing coach at a men-only crooning camp for the next month.

Living without a mobile device

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There is a divide among people and it’s becoming larger everyday — those who can’t live without a mobile device and those who do not own one.

Boat washing plan needs more scrutiny

No one would argue that efforts should be taken to keep Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) out of the Queen of American Lakes.

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Beekmantown pushing for more transparency

New online tool provides faculty, staff and parents increased access to students

In 2005, Beekmantown Central School officials decided the district needed more transparency.

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Westport student finalist for PSA contest

Spot shows dangers of distracted driving

A video submitted by Westport Central School Sophmore, Dustin Shoenfeld, has been chosen as a finalist for a distracted driving video contest

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Renowned journalist returns to her roots

Raghida Dergham stops in at Plattsburgh State for a talk with the community

Raghida Dergham came to the North Country from Lebanon to study at Plattsburgh State.

Champlain town gets new website

The Town of Champlain is a rather elusive entity in cyberspace, with search links directing the curious to the Champlain Village website or off to phone directories. A new web address for the northeast Clinton township should make them a little easier to find in internet journeys.

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Road repairs coming in Altona

The state will soon recondition Route 11, and introduced resolutions to the town board Feb. 13 to hasten progress on the project, expected to begin in May. The reconditioning of the corridor will cover about three miles in Altona town lines.

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Workshop set at Essex County IDA

Two local organizations are looking to help those seeking to start a new business.

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Teacher evaluation agreement reached

The agreement, made between Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Education Department (SED) Commissioner John King and United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi, would usher in a new statewide teacher evaluation system that, according to a release sent out by the state Feb. 16, “will make New York state a national leader in holding teachers accountable for student achievement.”

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Trial program mulled for Lake George boat disinfection concept

Feb. 3, the Commission’s Invasives Species Spread Prevention Committee discussed establishing a trial boat inspection and vessel disinfection program within several months at Norowal Marina.

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Petition calls for removal of LPCS superintendent

EEOC rules in favor of principal

Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Randy Richards must go, and he must go now, according to hundreds of district residents.

Tuesday, February 21

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Schumer pledges to boost region's job growth

Training funds sought

Visiting a business park owned by the city of Glens Falls, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer proclaimed Monday Feb. 20 that he'd be lobbying hard to obtain a federal grant to train workers in hazardous materials cleanup and other high-technology skills at a soon-to-be-constructed training center in Queensbury. The center is to be built by a pipefitters' union that represents workers from the Capital Region north to the Canadian border.

Monday, February 20

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County leaders gamble on constructing fire training facility

Discussed and planned for a decade or more, a firefighters' training facility will be constructed soon in Warren County — in record time, due to the looming risk of losing 90 percent grant funding.

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Refinancing likely to yield windfall for Warren County

The sluggish economy has yielded a rare benefit for Warren County taxpayers — refinancing the remaining balance of the construction costs of the county Public Safety building is expected to save taxpayers $400,000 to $670,000 over the next nine years.

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Saranac Lake slate of candidates set

As the deadline to file independent nominating petitions for the upcoming Saranac Lake village elections passed at the end of business Feb. 14, no new candidates had emerged.

Campaign a success

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign did very well in Ticonderoga this past Christmas!

Sunday, February 19

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to be in Queensbury, talk about job growth

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is expected to hold a press conference in Queensbury Monday at Tech Meadows industrial park to discuss a new Pipefitter's union job training center to be built there-- and new efforts to line up grants or local job training.

Know the facts

I must respond to your last Viewpoint editorial because you make some strong statements which are simply not correct.

Thanks for a job well done

At our Crown Point (town board) Feb. 9 meeting our new supervisor informed the public that Crown Point is now in the reimbursement phase for the repairs to town roads.

Saturday, February 18

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Moriah man arrested for burglary

Police Report

A Port Henry man has been arrested in Connecticut.

Internet dangers

Earlier this week our email account was hacked into and everyone in our address book was sent an email that we were in a foreign country, had been mugged, were now stranded and needed funds to be wired to us immediately so we could come home.

Drugs are no substitute for treatment

It is always good to read editorials, like yours, that encourage public awareness of mental health.

Support appreciated

Recently our daughter (Jordan McKee) set a record and tied another in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference bowling.

Friday, February 17

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Ellenburg theater on track to re-open

It’s been awhile since the Gibson Brothers filled the room with sound at the town hall, but new Town Supervisor Dave Leonard hopes the upstairs theater will soon host lots of acts like those.

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Hockey players give back to the community

The Chazy teenagers said they wanted to help those less fortunate

The Chazy Bantam Minors know they are fortunate to be able to play hockey.

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Top musicians gather in Ticonderoga

All County Music Festival held

Top student performers from around the North Country gathered in Ticonderoga for the annual All County Music Festival Feb. 16.

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Ticonderoga chamber adds new members

Organization continues to grow

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce continues to grow. The chamber has announced the addition of 12 new members.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ reaches Ticonderoga stage

Students present Disney classic

Ticonderoga Middle School students presented a “tale as old as time” as their annual musical drama Feb. 14 and 15. “Beauty and the Beast” was performed under the direction of music teacher Andre Gordon.

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Song is a powerful communication tool

Songs can carry a message in a powerful and infectious manner, said SUNY Plattsuburgh guest speaker Dr. MaryNell Morgan.

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Schroon Lake upset in MVAC play

Wildcats fall to Willsboro

Schroon Lake’s hopes of a perfect Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball season were dashed by Willsboro, 45-41, Feb. 16.

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North Creek poised for streetscape upgrade

The streetscape along the central business district of North Creek will undergo some upgrades and aesthetic improvements in coming months.

Memory tree a success

The Ticonderoga Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who donated to our memory tree this year.

Calls for action answered in North Creek

While many Adirondack residents look to their elected officials to create economic development and improve the quality of life in their hometowns, it’s great to see that North Creek is buzzing with projects from the ground up.

Richards Library needs boost in public funding

Through the 1990s, Richards Library was able to operate on investment earnings from its endowment.

Quick correction

Correction to Mr. Thomas Lonergan's amusing and witty letter:

Thursday, February 16

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Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance adds staff

Former DEC director hired

A former top state environmental official has joined the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lowe has been hired as the group’s director of strategic partnerships and fundraising.

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Ryan, Lady Eagles continue to grow

“It’s been beneficial to have people surrounding me who like basketball,” Ryan said. “My brother and I practice together. My brother’s pretty good.”

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County Scrabble tournament assists literacy group

Ti man captures top honors

A Ticonderoga man won the Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties Scrabble Tournament in Ticonderoga recently.

Letters give glimpse into Moriah’s past

Moriah Reflections

The following are letters written by Ellen D. Witherbee Atwell in 1899 and 1900 to her nephew Tyler Reed Woodbridge of Victor, Colo.

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Learn winter survival with Adirondack TREKS February 24

Ever wonder how people survive being lost in the winter woods with sub-zero temps?

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Ticonderoga auditorium renovation eyed

Old photos needed

Nearly a century old, the Ticonderoga High School auditorium needs a face lift.

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Keene town supervisor's use of town fuel under question

Community members and board members clash over Ferebee’s use of town fuel

Town board members have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Keene Supervisor William Ferebee for pumping town fuel into his personal vehicle in early January.

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Ticonderoga falls to AuSable Valley

Crown Point beaten

AuSable Valley left nothing to chance as it completed an undefeated Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II season. The Patriots raced to a big lead and beat Ticonderoga, 69-49, Feb. 15.

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Village Shops at North Creek now The Exchange

The soon-to-open retail space at the old Mountain and Boardertown ski shop has a new name ... again.

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ELCS students attend Harvard Model U.N.

Hooper brings home delegate award

Nine students from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School attended the annual Harvard Model United Nations and, for the second straight year, one returned with an Outstanding Delegate Award.

Meal sites are important

I am writing in response to the Post Star’s editorial of Feb. 10, advocating the closing of area Senior Meal Sites in favor of preparing meals in a single kitchen and delivering them to the outlying areas.

There’s another Internet choice

Regarding the Feb. 4 editorial about broadband access in the Adirondacks, you probably have already heard this but there is another option.

Museum board thankful

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum board of trustees would like to thank the BPOE Lodge #1494 for sponsoring a benefit supper for our museum on Feb.10.

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Business classes may help Gore Region economy

Jim Murphy’s job of boosting economic development in the Adirondack region leads him to all 14 counties in the North Country.

Supports Paul

Trashing our Constitution and freedom is nothing new for our Government, so Obama's recent forcing of birth control on us shouldn't surprise anyone.

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Johnsburg mulls makeup of Planning Board

Town leaders are discussing possible changes to the town Planning Board in an effort to more consistently have a quorum to conduct business.

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Rabbit tourney set in Jay

The Sixth Annual Rabbit Tournament to benefit the Jay Fire and Rescue Department will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the fire house.

Wednesday, February 15

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Citizens call for tightened oversight of development around Lake George

Lake George is considered one of the most pristine of all water bodies in the nation, and local development needs more direction and oversight to protect its purity, two local citizens told the new town board this week.

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Crown Point to seek Monitor Bay bids

Retaining wall to be replaced

Crown Point officials hope to complete a Monitor Bay project this spring to avoid possible conflicts with the summer boating season. The town is ready to go to bid for work to replace a retaining wall in the bay, which is home to the town board launch and campsite.

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North Elba talks code changes, comprehensive plan, dog control

“We all appreciate everything you do,” Town Supervisor Roby Politi said to Dietrich, chairman of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) for the Lake Placid/North Elba Joint Planning Commission, after a presentation on 11 suggested amendments to the planning code. “You’re a real activist in terms of this project. Quite frankly, it probably wouldn’t have gotten done without you.”

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Former forest ranger promoting local backcountry trails

Thirteenth Lake to North Creek Trail System offers much

Now that Steven Ovitt is retired from the ranks of the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest rangers, he is busier than ever.

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Johnsburg school trying to stay within 2% tax cap

School board meetings are not held to dispense discouraging news, all evidence of the last several years notwithstanding.

Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Feb. 1912•

Working on Elizabethtown sewer system

Guest Viewpoint

Elizabethtown has a history of economic ups and downs.

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Schroon Lions to outline charitable efforts

Open house Feb. 27

The Town of Schroon Lions Club is proud of its charitable work. That’s reason for an open house. The Schroon Lions will welcome the public to their meeting Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Decesare’s Pizza on Route 9.

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Willsboro super still concerned about Mountain pass

Willsboro Supervisor Edward Hatch said that he would just like the work completed that was promised in 2009.

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United Way of Adirondack Region reaches annual campaign goal

The fundraising drive was a success despite challenging times

The United Way of the Adirondack Region met its 2012 campaign goal of $775,000. This year’s campaign raised a total of $775,112, which includes proceeds from special events.

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Peru student to run for Syracuse

Top state runner, Dan Lennon signs letter of intent for Syracuse University

The chase is over for stand out cross country runner Dan Lennon. The Peru Central School senior has committed to run for Syracuse University.

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Beekmantown girls hockey falls to Potsdam

Eagles' fourth straight trip to Upstate finals

Playing in front of a home crowd at the Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh, the Lady Eagles suffered a 2-1 loss to the Potsdam Lady Sandstoners in the title game, their fourth consecutive loss in the championship match.

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Sectional titles awarded in wrestling, track, swimming

It was championship Saturday in Section VII Feb. 11.

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Red Cross has new executive director

Lynn Gilbert replaces longtime Executive Director Jeanie Roberts

The American Red Cross is about helping your neighbor and providing support when it is needed, says Lynn Gilbert.

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Social Services seeks to help ACAP program

The Essex County Department of Social Services may be coming to the rescue of the Moriah and Willsboro after-school programs.

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TLCS teachers: students are being robbed

Tensions stemming from a confluence of economic factors and political decisions that School Board Vice President Daniel Mansfield termed “the most frustrating thing I’ve ever experienced” were on display at a Feb. 5 school board meeting.

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Local art to be showcased at town hall

Elizabethtown residents are invited to bring their artwork to community

An art collector and published writer, Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret "Maggie" Bartley decided to take her love of art from the walls of her home and put it onto the walls of the town hall.

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Students receive Olympian treat for good decisions

Keeseville Elementary students were rewarded with a day of Olympic games for their responsible behavior

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Saranac Lake comprehensive plan in the works

Renovations to begin at old village buildings

The Saranac Lake Village Board Feb. 13 learned about the progress of a new comprehensive plan, set tentative dates for the upcoming budget calendar, and hired someone to oversee renovations at the village’s old office space.

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wraps up, looks ahead

The 10-day Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday evening, Feb. 12, with a slide show presentation by photographer Mark Kurtz and a grand finale display of fireworks at the Ice Palace on Lake Flower, but it seems this event never truly ends.

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Nuns take over Zumba

Zumba instructors gear up in habits for new healthy lifestyle initiative

Rebecca Boire-West wants to help people get back in the habit.

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Wbg. leaders weigh new zoning laws, shift in streetlighting costs

After several years of development, local citizens' plans for the future of their town have materialized in the form of zoning code amendments.

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Moriah rallies for comeback victory

Crown Point boys, Moriah girls win

Moriah came from way behind to top Elizabethtown-Lewis, 50-45, in non-league boys basketball action Feb. 14.

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AVCS boys coach earns 100th career win

On Feb. 10, the AuSable Valley Patriots improved to 13-0 in CVAC play, blowing past Seton Catholic 75-28 and giving coach Jamie Douglass his 100th career win.

Benefit of the doubt over judgement

From the Editor's Desk

I wonder why people are often so quick to judge what they don't understand.

Infrastructure key to healthy communities

As they say in the lottery, you have to pay in order to play.

Whitney Houston: A tragic ending to a shining star

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The death of singer Whitney Houston and the outpouring of sadness remind us all how one life can touch so many people and how the influence of fame, power and riches can become so very destructive.

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Riparian Repairs

Notes from the North Woods

Recent reports indicate Essex County recently received significant funding from a combination of state and federal sources to pay for the removal of debris, and the restoration of a many local river and stream corridors.

Plight of the moderate

The Tank

If you are paying attention to the Republican primaries, there has been a theme of looking for the true “conservative” candidate.

Abuses to Constitution

Dear Mr. Alexander, after reading your piece on the first amendment, which I agree with, a glaring reality was staring me in the face.

Tuesday, February 14

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Lake George officials voice concerns over state’s illegal groundwater dumping

It's not only illegal and environmentally unsound, but it's exoensive to local taxpayers — and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, ironically, is suspected to be the culprit behind it.

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Ticonderoga coach honored by peers

Fleury CVAC Coach of the Year

Ticonderoga High School’s bowling coach has been recognized by the her colleagues. Donna Fleury, who coaches the Sentinel boys and girls teams, has been named Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. The award is determined by a vote of the league coaches.

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Ticonderoga chamber plans mixer

Feb. 22 at Times of Ti office

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce February “After Business Mixer” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Denton Publications/Times of Ti office from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Schroon Lake remains unbeaten in MVAC

Crown Point girls fall

Schroon Lake remained undefeated in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action with a 55-35 victory over Chazy Feb. 13.

Monday, February 13

Canadian woman killed in Northway crash

An accident on the Adirondack Northway took the life of an elderly passenger Monday morning.

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Hague woman to participate in D.C. walk

Donations to fight breast cancer

A Hague woman is preparing to walk nearly 40 miles to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

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Hague to host annual Winter Weekend

Events this weekend

It doesn’t look much like winter, but Hague is hosting its 39th annual Winter Weekend Feb. 17-19.

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Changes to Open Meetings Law expands public access

Boards must now provide meeting material

As of Feb. 2, New York state government began requiring boards to give the public access to their records on issues scheduled for discussion at public meetings.

Lack of North Country

Just noticed again, comments (or lack thereof) by the Governor in the State of the State (as the Jan. 14 issue about to be recycled in the bird cage) concerning the North Country

Sunday, February 12

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Poachers named by Department of Environmental Conservation

The late fall and early winter season saw poaching charges leveled all around the Department of Environmental Conservation's Region 5.

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Ticonderoga defeats Moriah cagers

Schroon Lake also wins

Ticonderoga rallied in the second half to top archrival Moriah, 50-42, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Feb. 10.

Saturday, February 11

Found a hero

There I was, 4:30 p.m. in a rush, I ran around the car to get my daughter and grab the mail at the Lewis Post Office and my daughter’s door is locked.

Crown Point man charged

Police Report

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Computer Club helps senior citizens

Many seniors take the classes to learn to communicate with family

They come to learn to communicate with their children and grandchildren.

Friday, February 10

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Zany contests, games slated for Lake George Winter Carnival this weekend

The premier winter festival of the North Country features a deep lineup of family-oriented events in Lake George Village this weekend.

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Crown Point revamping its website

Town officials to make updates

Crown Point residents will soon be able monitor local government on the internet. The town is developing a new website that will allow for regular updates and provide current information.

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Ticonderoga to host music festival

All-county event Feb. 16

Ticonderoga High School’s music program has been selected to host the 2012 All-County Music Festival. Top student musicians from high schools throughout the area will take part in the program Thursday, Feb. 16, at Ti High.

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County Radio system moves forward

The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase the Essex County share of the new microwave system for the emergency services communications project

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Wrestling titles on the line Feb. 11

Section VII tournament Saturday

The 2012 Section VII wrestling championships will feature six returning champions and one state champion.

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Moriah topples Ticonderoga

Crown Point wins, Schroon Lake beaten

Moriah led from the start as it topped archrival Ticonderoga, 37-24, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Feb. 9.

Editorial Perfect Timing

All I can say is “WOW, perfect timing for this editorial.”

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CVPH Medical Center has successful 2011

Last year proved to be a successful one for CVPH Medical Center, says President and Chief Executive Officer Stephens Mundy.

Thursday, February 9

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Plattsburgh man preserving a film medium

Andy MacDougal became a film buff at three after watching Mary Poppins

As a child, Andy MacDougall stuck pillows under his bed sheets and snuck downstairs to watch movies at night with the sound completely turned down.

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Crown Point to get hurricane reimbursement

FEMA, state money coming

Crown Point had prepared in case of a rainy day. When that came, in the form of Hurricane Irene last August, the community weathered the storm and its financial fallout well.

Warren County NY real estate transactions, Jan. 12-Feb. 7

Real estate sales in Warren County NY, as transcribed from public record.

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Elizabethtown needs sewer for growth

The Elizabethtown sewer project is in need of 150 signatures and $6.5 million in grant money to be shovel ready.

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Supers authorize surveys at Horace Nye Home

While some didn’t agree with the reason behind the study, the Essex County Board of Supervisors enacted the next phase in the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

Fire Department to donate defibrillator to Peru

Donation made in honor of former chief’s brother who died of heart failure

The Peru Fire department will donate a defibrillator to the town in memory of the former fire department chief’s brother.

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Ticonderoga Emergency Squad moves into new home

State-of-the-art building open

The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad is settling into its new home. The ambulance service has moved into its new building at 118 Champlain Avenue, located between Champlain Avenue and The Portage.

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Ticonderoga wins in overtime

Moriah, Crown Point score victories

Nate Lenhart was clutch as Ticonderoga beat Seton Catholic, 43-38, in overtime in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Feb. 8. Lenhart scored 29 points, including a three-point play with seconds remaining in regulation to force the overtime period.

Luckily, no injuries

I would like to express my relief that no one was harmed as a result of the third turbine malfunction in Altona since 2009.

North Country Crop Congresses to be held throughout North Country

The 2012 North Country Crop Congresses, organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, will cover everything from controlling weeds to climate impact to costs.

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Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Feb. 1912•

Thoughts on railroads, resort

When reading your most recent piece on the reopening of the D&H rail line and in thinking about the approval of the Adirondack Resort in Tupper Lake, I was reminded of the Pied Piper story.

Ups and downs of town

Living in the hamlet of Westport has its advantages.

Ti highway workers praised

It seems that there is a great deal of criticism of our Ticonderoga highway department.

Egg Scramble

Health Matters

Need a quick filling and healthy breakfast idea?

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AT&T fires up new cell tower in area

AT&T recently announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Warren County.

Thanks for making the Valentine Hit parade a hit

All we can say is “WOW.” The Valentine Hit Parade was sold out!

More on Tahawus railroad spur

This is to comment on Glenn Pearsall's letter of Jan. 25 on this subject.

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4-H Adirondack Guide program for youth seeks new members

A public session is to be held Thursday, Feb. 16 to introduce the 4-H Adirondack Guide program to youth in the area, their parents, and interested local citizens.

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Empire State Winter Games a success

The 32nd annual Empire State Winter Games was held on Feb. 2-5 with over 1,000 athletes competing in a number of sports disciplines.

Wednesday, February 8

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SLCS counselors to launch suicide prevention campaign

Saranac Lake School Board learns program basics

The Saranac Lake Central School District mental health team will be launching a suicide prevention campaign after spring break that will include training faculty and staff and educating students in grades 6-12.

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Ticonderoga High School welcomes veterans

Students hear stories of sacrifice, honor

Six American veterans took part in a Ticonderoga High School program Feb. 8. Nearly 90 students had a chance to meet local veterans, interview them and write biographies.

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AT&T fires up new cell tower

Wevertown area helped

AT&T recently announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Warren County.

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School backs off their voting ban

A controversy was quelled when Warrensburg School Board members reversed a recent decision to ban all elections but their own from being conducted on school district property. Find out what they'll be doing differently to comply with the law.

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Lack of ice doesn’t deter crowd from Lake George carnival

The zany outhouse race on ice held at the annual Lake George Winter Carnival has entertained people for generations. This year, people found out that the competition is just as fun and bizarre on packed snow.

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Fire contract stuck on details

The Johnsburg fire district departments still have no contract after the chiefs all gathered for a second public meeting to pass their new contract.

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Ticonderoga WinterFest to go on despite weather

Events slated Saturday

The third annual Ticonderoga WinterFest will go on Saturday despite the most mild winter season in memory.

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Teenagers escape flaming home in Westport

An early morning fire sent two teenagers to neighbor’s home

WESTPORT — Firefighters responded to a house fire on Wadhams Road Feb. 8 after two teenagers escaped the flames.

Program seeks host families

Students and adults are coming from some of the poorest countries

A group of students and adults from some of the poorest countries in the world is coming to Plattsburgh to study leadership and government.

Ticonderoga students to present play

Feb. 14 and 15

The Ticonderoga Middle School Drama Club will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a family musical, in the school auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

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Crown Point tops Johnsburg

Ticonderoga beaten

Crown Point downed Johnsburg, 50-40, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Feb. 7.

We need to stand up for our First Amendment rights

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One of the major issues with the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform legislation known as Obama Care, is that it is still a work in progress with much of its finer points still being defined and created.

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School superintendents call for mandate relief

At least one says take a thoughtful approach or students will suffer

Mandate relief is important, says Peter Turner, but he has not seen any evidence of it yet.

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Broadband access critical to Adirondack life

Editorial

Not long ago, having a high-speed data connection to the Internet was considered a luxury

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Changes to Open Meetings Law

Boards must now provide public access to meeting material

Starting Feb. 2, the New York state government began requiring boards to give the public access to their records scheduled for discussion at meetings.

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Youth Olympics here in 2012?

Lake Placid is looking to again welcome the world to the Adirondacks.

Support 40 Days for Life

Did you know that abortions are performed right here at Planned Parenthood in Plattsburgh?

Scrabble tourney a success

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties hosted a Scrabble Tournament in Ticonderoga on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Tuesday, February 7

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Moriah town board comes ‘home’

Meetings move to new court facility

After nearly two decades on the road, Moriah’s town board meetings have returned home. The meetings are now held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the newly-expanded and renovated court building, adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry.

WinterFest a go on despite weather

No snow? No problem.

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DEC kept busy this season

Notes from the North Woods

It has been a busy season for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Moriah chamber reorganizes

Looks to work closely with Ti chamber

The Moriah Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing with hopes of forging an alliance with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Schroon Lake wins again

Ticonderoga falls

Schroon Lake continued its late-season surge with a 46-31 win against Johnsburg in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Feb. 6.

Monday, February 6

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Ticonderoga school faces $1.7 million budget deficit

Public input wanted Feb. 15

Ticonderoga Central School officials are asking residents for ideas as they face a $1.7 million budget deficit and wants to hear from residents. A meeting has been scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria to garner public comment.

County board takes on a number of issues

 While some didn’t agree with the reason behind the study, the Essex County Board of Supervisors enacted the next phase in the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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Ticonderoga students go ice fishing

Hague Fish & Game conducts program

Ticonderoga Middle School students were offered a chance to learn the basics of ice fishing and ice safety recently, skills organizers said they will be able to use for life.

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Consultant outlines dissolution time table

At the kick-off meeting for committee members Jan. 31, Rondout Consulting founder Tim Weidmann went through what the next nine months would consist of in terms of deadlines for studies and public hearings.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital receives telemed grant

A grant from the United State Department of Agriculture will give Elizabethtown Community Hospital and its regional health centers the chance to enhance their services with telemedicine.

Ticonderoga Kiwanis look forward to warm weather with ‘Win at 55’ contest

The Ticonderoga Kiwanis are thinking about warm weather.

Beekmantown considers options for West Chazy Building

Dodge Memorial Library ownership must also be determined

After six years laying dormant, school district officials are considering options for the former West Chazy School building.  

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Office for the Aging vital for area seniors

The Office for the Aging tries to find answers for people, says Crystal Carter.

Sunday, February 5

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Crown Point, Schroon Lake record wins

Moriah, Ti defeated

Crown Point raced to a big lead and held on to down Chazy, 38-34, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball play Feb. 3.

Clinton County schools to promote Strive Program

First rural school to adopt program nationwide

www.clinton.edu

Young artists sought for Moriah project

Grant received for banners

Young artists are being sought in Moriah to help with a local history project.

Saturday, February 4

Fort Covington man charged with raping Plattsburgh State student

A Fort Covington man has been charged with raping a Plattsburgh State student.

Grants eyed for upcounty development

A regional micro-enterprise fund may have money available for a small-scale sewer system in downtown Chestertown, an area development official told local entrepreneurs this week.

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Buildings need work

The Town of Westport is looking into potential renovations to the current town hall but is “pouring money” into another facility, according to Supervisor Daniel Connell.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital chief promotes plan to help rural veterans’ clinics with docs

Elizabethtown Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rodney Boula has an idea that can help veterans, the Veteran’s Association and the rural hospitals that have the ability to serve both.

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Ida Atkinson celebrates 100th birthday

Ida Atkinson and many friends and family celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 28 at the Elizabethtown Hospital.

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A Day to Remember - Victoria Taibe and John Masco

Victoria Taibe and John Masco were wed on July 9, 2011 at Sacred Heart Church in Lake George surrounded by family and friends.

Friday, February 3

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After-school programs may close

Moriah, Willsboro sites in jeopardy

After-school programs in Moriah and Willsboro are at risk of closing. Funding for the two programs, which serve 85 elementary-age children, will end in April. Unless addition money is found, both sites will close.

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Cuomo speaks budget in Plattsburgh

The governor outlined his ambitious executive budget and reform proposals

The past year has brought tremendous and historic change in Albany and New York state, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Moriah bridges to be replaced

Essex County leading projects

Work is about to start on one bridge replacement while plans for another are under way in the town of Moriah.

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Skiing, ceremonies open 32nd Empire State Games

Opening events, ceremonies on first day of ESWG

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Peru considers moving sixth graders from middle school

The change would save the district money and benefit students

Peru Central School is considering moving the sixth grade from the middle school to the intermediate school in an effort to save $200,000.

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Ticonderoga girls fall to Plattsburgh

Moriah defeated

Ticonderoga played Plattsburgh tough for a half before dropping a 45-23 decision in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Feb. 2.

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Warrensburg Central School bans all elections on property — except for their own

Elections for government offices will no longer be held in the Warrensburg Central schools, according to a unanimous decision reached last week by the schools’ Board of Education.

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Thurman seeks fast, affordable broadband

The town of Thurman may soon enter the digital age, if plans for a public-private partnership for establishing wireless broadband access in the mountainous municipality becomes reality.

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Winter games partner with C&S for second year

C&S Companies again pledged their support for the Empire State Games with a donation to the program last week.

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Committee, supers talk about dissolution in Keeseville

Members of the Keeseville Dissolution Committee met with a pair of consultants and the supervisors of Ausable and Chesterfield to start the studying process Jan. 31.

Thursday, February 2

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Martens tours brook fix in Keene

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was in Keene Feb. 2, to see what had been done to help the bridge that was over troubled waters during Tropical Storm Irene.

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Fire Department honors boy’s heroism

6-year-old quick response to his mother’s aid celebrated

Robert Russell called 911 Dec. 26 when he found his mother, Cindy Hemingway, unresponsive after she collapsed during a seizure. During that time, Russell’s 18-month-old sister Paige was also in the house. Not only did he assist his mother, but he took care of Paige while emergency personnel were on their way.

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DEC's Martens gives budget address in Lake Placid

 On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens gave a presentation at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 state budget.

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Saranac Lake school district begins budget process

The Saranac Lake Central School Board got a taste of the 2012023 budgetary process Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Gov. Cuomo brings budget message to Plattsburgh

Visiting tomorrow

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will present his executive budget in Plattsburgh on Friday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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Crowd expected for Winter Carnival

Regardless of a lack of thick ice, the annual Lake George Winter Carnival is likely to present a fun-filled weekend, event officials said early this week.

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Railway operator seeks to invest $1 million into county tracks, cap its fees

The operator of Warren County's railway is seeking to temporarily stop paying a share of its revenue past a set minimum to the county, in return for the firm undertaking $1 million more in track upgrades than it already has spent.

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Burns keeps Forkin’ Fast award at races

Banging pots and pans for their ski racers while a gorilla and an '80s-era muppet danced at the slope's end, Basil & Wick's had no trouble securing the spirited spoon trophy at Gore's Restaurant Week races.

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Ticonderoga cagers score victory

Crown Point girls win

Ticonderoga led wire-to-wire as it ripped Northern Adirondack, 54-33, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Feb. 1.

Understand the symptoms of mental illness

Editorial

It has been reported now in several media outlets that the level of prescribers for psychiatric patients is dangerously low.

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Youth Olympian returns for ESG; events listed

Growing up in Georgia didn’t mean Raychel Germaine didn’t know a thing or two about the sport of luge.

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County committee talks about synthetic marijuana

BEST committee seeks action plan

Members of the Bringing Essex County Strengths Together (BEST) Committee met at the Essex County Board of Supervisors Chambers Feb. 1 to discuss the battle against synthetic marijuana.

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What is K-2?

A description of synthetic marijuana

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Edna Frasier takes over for icon in Hague

Just a few weeks ago, a political icon in Warren County and in the town of Hague retired.

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Hard work pays off for Pats’ Douglass with 1,000-point milestone

AVCS all-time scoring record within reach

Brody Douglass became the third varsity basketball player in AuSable Valley Central School history to score 1,000 points on Jan. 24, as his Patriots upended the Ticonderoga Sentinels, 64-27, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action.

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Dissolution committee holds first meeting

Public meeting set for Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

Members of a committee assigned to look into dissolving the village met with representatives from Fairweather and Rondout Consulting firms at the kick-off meeting for the process Jan. 31 in the Keeseville Village offices.

First Ways and Means meeting of year a quick one

In a meeting that lasted all of 27 minutes, the Essex County Ways and Means Committee passed a number of resolutions onto the full board Jan. 26.

Crown Point woman charged

Police Report

Applications sought for area DEC camps

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be accepting applications for its 2012 Summer Camp Program

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Cat talk on a cold day

Notes from the North Woods

Last week, I traveled to Whallonsburg to attend a lecture on bobcats in the Adirondacks.

Wednesday, February 1

Keeseville couple’s deaths ruled as a double suicide

Found dead from self- inflicted injuries

The death of a Keeseville couple has been ruled as a double suicide.

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Student talks about dangers of K-2 experienced first-hand

ELCS junior: 'scariest thing ever'

Elizabethtown-Lewis junior Sarah Sandberg knows all too well the dangers of synthetic marijuana, because she has lived through what she called, “the scariest experience ever.”

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Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – Feb. 1912•

Harry Potter and our schools

Attached contains Court rulings as to the religion of Witchcraft/Wicca.

Looking for old photos

I am looking for photos of Pucker Street Warrensburg from late 1700 to present.

Teachers union, keep in mind: ‘It’s for the kids!’

Coming from a "teacher family" consisting of my wife (retired), my son, and both sister-in-laws, I appreciated your editorial about teachers.

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Fort Ticonderoga contributions increase

New program ups donations

Despite a poor economy, Fort Ticonderoga saw an increase in contributions in 2011. Buoyed by a new program, the Fort Ticonderoga Fund, donations to the 100-year-old fort and museum jumped 12 percent last year to $600,327. The number of donors also increased by 14 percent.

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Railway gives new name to old ski shop space

Colorado exec spends months in North Country helping railway

Saratoga-North Creek Railway officials have finally cleared one of the major hurdles to reopening the retail space at the former Mountain and Boardertown ski shop on Main Street — they have a new name.

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Garnet Hill, Gore marketing North Creek amenities

While the flatlanders in Saratoga and Albany aren't seeing snowstorms this year, the woods and slopes of Johnsburg are ready and waiting for skiers to dig in their poles.

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Empire State Winter Games start with Torch Run

Students at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School got an extra dose of physical education as they joined a luger from Schroon Lake to kick off the 32nd annual Empire State Winter Games.

Locals can be trusted to take care of Adirondacks

I was a bit taken aback after reading a letter from Peter Heid in your paper today (Jan. 28).

Teachers editorial inspires letter

Commenting on your Jan. 28 editorial regarding teacher compensation:

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WinterFest returning to Ticonderoga

Merchants join Feb. 11 event

WinterFest will return to Ticonderoga Saturday, Feb. 11. It will be the third annual day of outdoor recreation.

Teachers must earn respect

I think the reasons given for respect for teachers in your opinion piece is self serving to teachers.

Ti school has earned support

I have read several letters recently that have begun again the bashing of Ticonderoga Central Schools.

Christmas campaign a success

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign did very well in Ticonderoga this past Christmas!

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Schroon Lake rolls past Westport

Schroon Lake crushed Westport, 63-11, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Jan. 31.

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Saranac Lake Republicans choose candidates

One incumbent in, one incumbent out

Unless Trustee John McEneaney files an independent petition, there will definitely be a new member of the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees in April, as Republicans Jan. 31 overwhelming chose a newcomer to represent their party over an incumbent in the spring election.

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HHHN launches major new health center

In the mid-1970s, Dr. John Rugge, a physician and outdoorsman who loved the rugged Adirondacks, came to Chestertown to establish a practice that took care of citizens' vital health care needs, regardless of their income. With community doctors leaving the area, Rugge's outreach soon expanded to Warrensburg, and Hudson Headwaters Health Network was born. In subsequent years, the chain expanded to more than a dozen health care centers spanning the lower Adirondacks. On Jan. 26, HHHN's latest health care center, West Mountain Primary Care, was christened, and area citizens hailed the development.

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ESG Torch Run started in E-town

With the countdown beginning to the 2012 Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) in the Lake Placid Adirondack region, event organizers have announced a torch run, supported by Stewart’s Shops, will be held Feb. 1-2.

Horse rescue receives $4,000 grant for rehab work

The Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (CMVHR) recently received help to continue their aid to horses in need.

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Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism back on Main Street

The Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB has returned to Main Street in Lake Placid, taking up shop in their new home in the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

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Roundtable aids with budget process

Constituents gather to provide insight to Plattsburgh Schools

The group did not gather to come to a consensus.

Biking race returns to Wilmington

For mountain bikers who like high elevation racing on the most rugged of terrain, the Leadville Trail 100 is the holy grail.