Stories for January 2012


Tuesday, January 31

Cougars and lepers

The Tank

Draper, Utah, is now on the map for something other than being the home of the main state penitentiary.

Millennials Ready To Lead

As America’s political divide has widened, with middle-aged eyes mostly reporting on the apparent abyss, new research suggests that the generational biases in those eyes may have arrived at erroneous conclusions.

Do The Right Thing!

I keep hearing that the Democrats or Republicans are to blame for our country's troubles.

Dangers of K2

Teens and parents should be aware of a dangerous new trend – a synthetic marijuana product commonly called K2 or Spice which can be purchased by teens legally and locally.

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‘Best Fourth’ fund raising efforts begin

Volunteers, funding sought

It’s months until Ticonderoga hosts its annual “Best Fourth in the North,” but planning and well under way. So is fund raising. This year the organizing committee for the July 4th celebration has established a goal of $30,000.

Greatful for donations

n this day and age when it seems so many of us are too busy to worry about anyone but ourselves and our immediate family,

Supporting the revolution

Please consider this letter an applaud for the Denton editorial “We Need A Food Revolution!”

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Lake George officials recall Burlingame’s attributes, abilities

Reggie Burlingame was not only known for his expertise as a sewer plant operator for Lake George, but he brightened others' lives with his good humor, eve-present smile and positive attitude, recalled village officials after his death Saturday Jan. 28.

Will we be able to see past the political attacks and mud slinging?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This week I traveled to Orlando, where I was privileged to participate in the strategic planning session for the PaperChain group.

North Country Hardship Fund gives thanks for help

The North Country Hardship Fund would like to thank all for coming out to support us Saturday night.

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Polar Bear Plunge to aid sick children

Feb. 19 in Hague

The Polar Bear Plunge, part of the annual Hague Winter Weekend, will assist ailing children. The plunge will be held Sunday, Feb. 19. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. at the Trout House Village dock with the actual plunge at 2 p.m.

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Newcomb acquires Nature Conservancy land

Community and conservation goals advance together

The Town of Newcomb on Jan. 27 purchased 348 acres for a total of $256,591.00 from The Nature Conservancy.

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Moriah girls score hoop victory

Ticonderoga bowlers roll

Leading by three points, Moriah opened the second half with a 7-2 run and beat Lake Placid, 41-33, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Jan. 30.

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Warrensburg’s leaders launch effort to boost local quality of life

Warrensburg's new town board completed some homework this week, as they identified goals they'll be seeking to accomplish in 2012. According to the list they compiled, the board is aiming to either finish up or tackle some ambitious projects this year.

Monday, January 30

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Bassett: short term decisions with long term benefits

The Town of Plattsburgh supervisor reflects on his political career

As the economic crisis wreaked havoc across the country, Bernie Bassett gathered his department heads.

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George Rivers leaving office after 14 years

The Rouses Point mayor reflects on the job and his political career

George Rivers steps down as mayor of the Village of Rouses Point this March after 14 years.

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Saranac Lake Democrats choose candidates

Election for two trustees, one justice

More than 30 members of the Saranac Lake Democratic Committee Monday, Jan. 30 chose two village trustee candidates for the spring election and endorsed one justice candidate across party lines.

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Ticonderoga ice fishing tourney to aid celebration

‘Best Fourth in the North’ event Feb. 12

The Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” committee normally hopes for warm, sunny skies. Ice has never been a concern. It will be Sunday, Feb. 12. That’s when the group, which plans the annual Ticonderoga July 4th celebration, will host its inaugural Pan Fish Tournament.

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Moriah cagers drop CVAC contest

Ticonderoga second in track

Moriah lost to Plattsburgh, 43-40, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 27.

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Harrietstown seeks solutions to airport woes

Board forms citizens' airport committee

The Harrietstown Town Board will be headed downstate this month to speak with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials and formally discuss the status of the town’s financially-strapped Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.

Sunday, January 29

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Fire destroys North Creek firefighter's outbuilding

Effort begins to help rebuild small business

The North Creek Volunteer Fire Company is looking for donations to help one of its members rebuild a small business after a fire destroyed the firefighter's outbuilding on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Space aliens to invade Saranac Lake

Mid-winter carnival set for Feb. 2-12

If creatures from outer space are monitoring our radio waves – or are living among us – they know this quaint Adirondack village will be the site of an intergalactic mid-winter carnival Feb. 2-12.

Friday, January 27

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Girl donates hair to Locks of Love

The seven year old nearly always had long hair but wanted to help other children

Angie Goodspeed tried off and on for years to get her daughter to cut her hair to avoid the brushing and snarls.

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New business features treasure of items

ABC and R’s Showcase has low prices and often hard to find items

A train set rests in the corner waiting to be played with.

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Ticonderoga students raise money for field trips

Class also works on nature trail

A group of Ticonderoga Middle School students have been hard at work outside the classroom. The eighth grade Living Biology class has been raising money for a pair of field trip and a school project.

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Porous pavement may boost village’s fame

To reduce stormwater pollution now flowing into Lake George, porous pavement will be installed on one of the most famous roads in the state — and this innovation expected to bring national attention to Lake George.

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Proposed Ticonderoga zoning changes go to planning board

Adoption expected in March

The Ticonderoga planning board is reviewing proposed revisions to the town’s zoning law. The new zoning law, which town officials hope to adopt in March, has also been sent to neighboring towns and counties for review as a courtesy, Ti Supervisor Deb Malaney said.

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Schroon Lake falls to Chazy

Ticonderoga, Moriah beaten

Chazy edged Schroon Lake, 30-27, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Jan. 26.

Thursday, January 26

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Income surveys key to Ticonderoga water project

Information needed for grant funding

Many income surveys, the key to grant funding for a $13.8 million water project in Ticonderoga, still have not been returned.

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Gore Mt. Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday

Restaurant Week around Gore returns for its second year Jan. 29, with the headline event, a downhill ski competition with restaurant-centric teams Jan. 30.

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ACT announces flood grant recipients

The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) has made grants from its Special and Urgent Needs Fund to aid each of the nonprofits that applied for support.

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Fort Ticonderoga to host weapons program

Feb. 12 event

Fort Ticonderoga’s new winter series of programs will continue on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. with “The Roar of Musketry and Cracking of Rifles: An Introduction to Weapons of the 18th Century” presented by Curator of Collections Chris Fox.

Ways and Means Committee meets, passes resolutions

The Ways and Means Committee, usually scheduled to meet the last Monday of the month, met on Thursday, Jan. 26 due to the upcoming New York State Association of Counties conference in Albany, which several board members will be attending.

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Schroon Lake rolls to victory

Moriah girls fall

Schroon Lake crushed Indian Lake-Long Lake, 76-29, in Mountain and valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 25.

Wednesday, January 25

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New supervisor takes over for icon in Hague

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

One mile fun run added to Ticonderoga WinterFest Feb. 11

A mile fun run has been added to the activities during WinterFest.

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Schroon artists included in exhibition

Anne Gregson’s work on display

A Schroon Lake artist is exhibiting her work nearby.

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Port Henry man charged with arson

Police Report

Planning meals can improve health

I have just finished reading the editorial on the food revolution in the Jan. 21 edition of the Times of Ti.

Combat Vets thankful

The Combat Vets Motorcycle Association New York Chapter 19-3,

Tax cuts? Not really

The Obama administration as well as some members of Congress are hoping to continue with a reduction of employee contributions to the Social Security retirement system, passing it off as a tax savings.

Ticonderoga airport an asset

In the Jan. 14 edition a letter from Deb Allen was printed about airport questions.

Crown Point battles rage on

The “Kosmider Krowd” has come unhinged.

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Tri-Lakes business group proposes new events

A rum-runners' weekend and snocross races are among the new events proposed by the newly-formed Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, whose members are seeking to boost the economy of northern Warren County..

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Village and town will partner on solar plan

Amid unprecedented expressions of municipal cooperation, the leaders of Lake George’s two local governments decided Tuesday, Jan. 24 to work together on exploring conversion to solar energy and pursuing consolidation of functions and resources.

Perfect timing for ‘food revolution’ editorial

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

We can learn from the messages on the Brent Bertand memorial wall

Your article about the death of Brent Bertrand, the teacher (and so much more) at Warrensburg High School, touched my heart.

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Ticonderoga trash tickets now available at transfer station

Saturdays only

Ticonderoga residents can now purchase trash disposal cards at the town transfer station on Saturdays. The punch cards, required for garbage disposal, will be sold by station attendants as a convenience to customers.

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Thomas helps APA approve Tupper resort

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Commissioner Bill Thomas, of Johnsburg, voted “yes” Jan. 20 to help approve the controversial Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake.

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‘Valentine’ concert set for Feb. 4

Benefit for Adirondack Community Outreach Center

A romantic musical concert, “Valentine Hit Parade,” and a champagne reception to benefit the Adirondack Community Outreach Center

It’s hard to find U.S. made juice in stores

Regarding your editorial “food revolution.” We really should make people aware that it is almost impossible to buy juice grown in USA.

Train not most efficient mode of transportation

We should not fall prey to the false belief that a train is the most efficient form of transportation.

A history lesson for Protect the Adirondacks!

Charles C. Morrison, as a board member of Protect the Adirondacks!, has had published a letter to the editor in local newspapers under the headline "Protect the Adirondacks! gives Tahawus rail line history lesson.”

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Plattsburgh man faces weapons charges

A Plattsburgh man is in jail facing felony weapons charges.

Governor’s proposal shortchanges schools

Officials say aid in budget proposal is inadequate

It’s going to be a tight year financially, said Northeastern Clinton Central School Superintendent Peter Turner.

Pat McGrail shooting for Airborne title in 2012

Airborne Speedway competitor Pat McGrail of Candiac, QC is going all out in an attempt to return the DIRT Modified title north of the USA border in 2012.

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Thrift shop to become handicap accessible

Crown Point scout plans project

From the time Keegan Choffat joined Cub Scouts, he looked up to Eagle Scouts.

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Ticonderoga drops basketball contest

Mountainside falls

AuSable Valley routed Ticonderoga, 64-27, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 24.

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Wbg. Museum now displaying artifacts from prior popular exhibits

The popularity of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History has been swelling, and visitors can now see why, as artifacts from a variety of recent exhibits are on display, depicting the town's rich history.

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Kokalas couple to be honored for boosting Lake George Winter Carnival

From turkey bowling to a boosted treasury, they've had an impact

Whether it was launching the weekly bonfires on the beach with s'mores and live music or lobbying for financial support, Ed and Kathi Kokalas worked tirelessly for the success of the Lake George Winter Carnival, and their volunteer efforts are to be recognized at the Carnival's 2012 Kickoff Dinner-Dance Saturday Jan. 28 at Dunham's Bay Resort on Lake George.

Tuesday, January 24

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Junior firefighters make a difference

Teens become part of the program to help the community

Taylor Duquette has been coming to the fire house since she could walk.

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Demonstrators oppose decision on campaign financing

More than a dozen people gathered in the cold outside Congressman Bill Owens office

Citizens United eliminated the little guy from the political arena, said Jack Andrews.

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Ag commissioner speaks of reform

Darrel Aubertine delivers governor’s budget message

When you are looking to do a job for everybody, you have to strip the politics away, says Darrel Aubertine.

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Governor imposes teacher evaluation deadline

School officials feel the process is being rushed

Saranac Central School has been meeting regularly to devise a new evaluation system for teachers that complies with state regulations.

State business brought to local students

Lawmakers share work with local students

Students were inspired and educated about their government as Albany politics came to Peru.

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Adaptive skiing part of Empire State Game events

In conjunction with the upcoming 32nd Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid on Feb. 2-5, there will be a pair of adaptive ski clinics – each culminating in an adaptive ski race.

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Most applaud APA’s decision on Tupper’s Adirondack Club and Resort

Tupper Lake threw a big party Friday, Jan. 20 after the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved the Adirondack Club and Resort project.

Teachers influence lives; we should respect them


Kathryn Lacey asked an interesting question recently. “How many of your teachers can you remember?” she wondered. “Can you make a list naming them?”

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Sale finalized for Rolling Hills Farm

The developer who plans to put a 99-unit private recreational club recently closed on the sale of land formerly owned by Alexander “Sandy” Treadwell.

Douglas talks state

The Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman said that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to take over the growth portion of the county Medicaid expense was a good start, but more needed to be done.

Keeseville set to meet on village dissolution

The fate of the village of Keeseville is at the center of a nine month study that is expected to end with a public vote.

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Third annual ‘Cabin Fever’ series slated

For the third year, the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center will look to have a cure for the cabin fever blues.

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Essex Community Church to try expanded concert schedule

The Essex Community Church will be holding more concerts to see if there is a base for an expanded, year-round program.

Governor’s proposed budget impacts several local organizations and towns

It was a mixed bag of cuts and funding for local agencies when Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual budget address Jan. 17 in Albany.

Life or death .. what would you do?

Thoughts from the Pressline

The wreck of the Costa Concordia off the shores of Giglio Island once again reminds us of how life can change in the blink of eye.

Congrats, Tupper Lake

Notes from the North Woods

Last week, I retreated from the ice and snow to spend a few days inside at the monthly meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency’s Board of Commissioners.

Record speaks for itself

Guest Viewpoint

As I leave the Town of Elizabethtown there are some concerns that I would like the opportunity to address.

Former supervisor thankful

To the Valley News: With the passing of my term as supervisor, I want to thank all the people who supported me during my tenure.

Thankful for support

To the Valley News: I am writing on behalf of the Elizabethtown Social Center, Inc., to publicly thank Stewart's Shops for their regular support of our Teen Rec Program.

Blame habits, not stores

To the Valley News: I have just finished reading the editorial on the food revolution in the Jan. 21 edition.

Goodbye, Island Girl

To the Valley News: Sometime during my youth in the ‘70s I noticed a vanity plate outside the library that read “ISLANDGIRL.”

Responding to letter

To the Valley News: It’s difficult to respond to such vitriol as expressed by Harry Gough and Evelyn Hatch in the Jan. 14 Valley News, but I shall try.

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JCS first budget workshop covers a lot of ground

The Johnsburg School Board covered a lot of ground in their first of two budget workshops Jan. 23, which focused on staffing and benefits. Those budget items make up about $6.5 million of the slightly less than $10 million school budget.

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Contest to name Ticonderoga trail

Cook Mountain

The Lake George Land Conservancy is holding a contest to name the summit trail at its Cook Mountain Preserve in Ticonderoga.

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Saranac Lake village approves farmers' market

Contentious issue ends in re-vote

It didn’t take long for Saranac Lake Village Board members to settle in to their new home on the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall during the Jan. 23 meeting, the first one since moving from the old village offices at 3 Main St. a week prior.

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Ticonderoga bowlers sweep to victories

Sentinel girls lose in basketball

Ticonderoga defeated Saranac in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference bowling Jan. 23.

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Snowmobilers prepare for Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride fundraiser

A woman who through personal experience knows how early cancer screening can save lives is organizing a regional snowmobile run to benefit local cancer patient services. She says the Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride will take place Saturday Feb. 4 — whether there's snow or not.

Monday, January 23

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Ice fishing clinic set in Crown Point

Children invited to attend Feb. 11

The Vermont Sportsman Association will hold a free ice fishing clinic for children age 15 and younger Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to noon at Monitor Bay Park on the shores of Lake Champlain.

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Adult day care offers much to elderly

The Adult Day Care program at the Adirondack Tri-County facility is looking to boost enrollment.

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Deadline nearing for Ticonderoga tax exemptions

Assessor offers assistance

The deadline to apply for tax exemptions in Ticonderoga is approaching. Property owners have until March 1 to seek a reduction on their tax bills, according to Patti Osier, Ti sole assessor.

Sunday, January 22

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Lake George Village considers allowing overnight stays at public docks

In a rare instance of controversy between Lake George leaders, village board members questioned Mayort Robert Blais plan to reinstate overnight stays by boaters at the village's public docks.

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Ticonderoga kegler shocked by performance

McKee rolls into the record book

Jordan McKee is a very good bowler. A three-time state championship tournament qualifier for the Ticonderoga High School girls team, McKee is an established kegler. That didn’t prepare the Sentinel junior for Jan. 4. That day McKee rolled a record 750 series as Ti defeated Beekmantown in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action.

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Crown Point defeats Lake Placid

Moriah scores win

Crown Point led all the way as it defeated Lake Placid, 50-40, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 20.

Friday, January 20

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American Heart Association saves lives

Walkers turn out for awards ceremony and support

Kim Trombley underwent open-heart surgery in 2009.

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Fort Ticonderoga, bridge project earn awards

Tourism group cites efforts

Fort Ticonderoga and the Champlain Bridge project have been recognized by a regional tourism group. The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (LPCVB/ROOST) awarded Fort Ticonderoga the 2011 Tourism Marketing Award in a ceremony Jan. 12 in Lake Placid.

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Police investigating Whiteface death

25 year old male confirmed dead Jan. 20

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Big Tupper workers pleased with APA decision

"It's emotional, it's amazing, it's a long time coming," LaMere said. "I started in this process three years ago to revive and maintain the mountain and it's just phenomenal."

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Reaction positive to APA decision at Wild Center webcast

The cheers grew louder with each vote in the affirmative, until a loud cheer welcomed the vote of State Department representative Dede Scozzafava, giving the ACR permit the six votes needed for passage.

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Chilson FD to mark 50th anniversary

Dinner-dance Feb. 25

The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its annual dinner-dance Saturday, Feb. 25. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the EMA, 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.

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APA approves Tupper Lake resort

Commissioners vote 10-1 in decision

The Adirondack Park Agency today approved the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake.

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Moriah girls topple Seton

Ticonderoga falls

Moriah started the second half with a 15-2 run and went on to beat Seton Catholic, 36-25, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball play Jan. 19.

Thursday, January 19

Price Chopper recalls taco cheese

Price Chopper Jan. 18 voluntarily recalled its 16-ounce Coyote Joe's Taco Cheese.

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Ticonderoga Historical Society receives grant

Money to aid children’s program

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has received some help. The group recently was awarded a $1,000 from the Walmart Foundation to assist in its youth education programs.

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Authorities say armed man tries to slug police, flees scene

Police: 72-year-old woman steals cookies, children's book

Warrensburg Judge Mindy Fisk presided Jan. 11 over a full court session, which included several felony cases — one in which authorities said a woman struck a man intentionally with her car, another in which a gun-wilding man was accused of trying to punch a police officer and fleeing rather than getting arrested for Disorderly Conduct. In another case, a man pled Guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child for touching her private parts.

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Elvis tribute performance slated

Port Henry Knights of Columbus event Feb. 11

Elvis is coming to Port Henry. Drew Polsun, an Elvis Presley tribute artist, and his band The Fascinations will perform at the Port Henry Knights of Columbus Saturday, Feb. 11, as part of a dinner-show-dance.

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Hourglass emptying while sand reserves dwindle

Time to find new reserves, said Vanselow

Sand reserves are a looming issue for Johnsburg, said Supervisor Ron Vanselow at the Jan. 17 town board meeting. With only about a year — maybe two — of the public works resource left, the board is looking for options.

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McKibben happy about pipeline rejection

Johnsburg resident, Middlebury scholar had protested the project

The 1,711-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline, protested by longtime Johnsburg resident and current Middlebury college scholar-in-residence Bill McKibben, was denied approval Jan. 18.

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Wildcats, Panthers battle to victories

Ti, Moriah fall

Schroon Lake crushed Lake Placid, 61-9, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Jan. 18.

Wednesday, January 18

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Schroon Lake student sets his sights on Olympic gold

A little over a year ago, 17-year-old high school senior Justin Wachowski had never set foot on an icy luge track or even knew how skeleton and luge differed.

Action allegedly illegal

December 2011 Crown Point town board voted to appoint Ronnie Clarke and Glenn Russell to fill two vacancies on the board of assessment review.

Emergency personnel training

Several Hague EMT and fire personnel are attending an EMS Symposium sponsored by the West Glens Falls EMS.

Schroon Food Pantry a success

Through the generosity of many (Schroon) town individuals and the efforts of the Grand Union collecting money for the food pantry throughout the past summer season at the “cash-Outs,” the food pantry was able to provide food for at least two days to 3,785 people (1,902 adults, 1,646 children and 240 seniors).

Ti airport concerns

To the Times of Ti: I would like to ask (Ticonderoga) town supervisor and town board members, town of Ticonderoga who they plan to sell gas to at the airport.

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Wake for teacher/coach Brent Bertrand draws nearly 1,200

The ever-optimistic Brent Bertrand inspired students he taught and coached to be thoughtful, caring, and to pursue their dreams. A large crowd of people were drawn to downtown Warrensburg to pay their respects Friday Jan. 13 at Bertrand's wake — he died unexpectedly Jan. 10 at his home.

Teens Only! seeks adult volunteers

The program may be called Teens Only!, but adults can get a chance to be part of their teens' social lives while volunteering for the 10-year-old program.

Iowa-Pacific providing economic help

To the News Enterprise: I am writing to endorse the outstanding proposition which exists to provide an economic engine for the Adirondack Region.

Packer thanks community for support

To my community of friends and family:

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APA holds first day of January meeting

Adirondack Club and Resort being reviewed

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board met Wednesday, Jan. 18 at its headquarters to continue reviewing the Adirondack Club and Resort project proposed for the town of Tupper Lake.

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Adirondack Lake fishing derby approaching

The annual ice fishing derby at Adirondack Lake Jan. 21 opens for registration at 5:30 a.m., with competition beginning at 7 a.m.

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Cadyville Elementary building still on the market

Officials of the Saranac School District are still seeking a buyer for the former Cadyville Elementary School.

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Art gallery discovers success on rural Main Street

Although a number of stores in recent decades have attempted to conduct business downtown but have closed down due to a depressed retail environment, the Art in Chestertown Gallery is experiencing considerable success.

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Gregson exhibit opens Jan. 20

Several etchings by area artist Anne Gregson, which blend humor, magic and mystery, will be included in the “Winter Magic” exhibit which opens this weekend at Art in Chestertown Gallery on Main Street in downtown Chestertown.

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Talent search launched for 2012 North Warren Variety Show

A talent search is now underway to line up performers for the ever-popular biannual North Warren Variety Show — a beloved community event — which returns this March.

Spinning, squealing tires alleged

Town Court Report

Jan. 4 — Judge Bryan Winslow presiding

Protect the Adirondacks! gives Tahawus rail line history lesson

Guest Commentary

Protect the Adirondacks! is as happy as everyone else about the success of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway between Saratoga Springs and North Creek. We wish SNCR well there.

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Gov. Cuomo outlines 2012 NY budget plan

Local leaders happy with Medicaid relief proposal

With local governments struggling under the mandated 2 percent tax cap, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Jan. 17 the state should offer real mandate relief and take over increases in Medicaid and work to reduce pension costs in the proposed new state budget.

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Hague road race dropped

LaPann Memorial event won’t be held in 2012

There will not be a Fred LaPann Memorial Road Race in 2012. The 5-mile race had been held for more than a decade as part of the annual Hague Winter Weekend.

Tuesday, January 17

Champlain reduces voting districts

Several towns have asked Clinton County election commissioners to save them money when it comes to voting.

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Reading to your children is beneficial

An array of research shows reading to children helps them develop

Kurtis Hagen has hundreds of children’s books for his kids.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrated

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader in the truest sense, said Sen. Betty Little.

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Chazy students graduate DARE program

Program teaches students to resist substance abuse and violence

The DARE pogram was not offered when Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jamie Head was in school.

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The need is steadily growing for the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity

The community-action agency provides an array of vital services

The Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin counties is dedicated to providing resources and services that enhance people’s dignity and self reliance.

Rape charge for Mooers man

A man from Mooers has been charged with raping a woman in the mental health unit at CVPH Medical Center.

Holiday Express program a success

To the Editor: Mooers Elementary would like to thank the members of the Clinton Correctional Facility Union NYSCOPBA for sponsoring the Santa Holiday Express Program.

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Upper Jay library ready for next chapter

Thanks to the hard work of the community, volunteers and local contractors, the Wells Memorial Library will be opening the page on a new chapter.

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Willsboro welcoming with a pair of new signs

Signs designed be a Willsboro resident now welcome travelers and those returning home.

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Saranac Lake to be invaded this winter during Winter Carnival

“Zonker” has been looking to the skies in anticipation for the coming weeks.

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Empire State Winter Games has new sites, games

The addition of new events plus the return of old favorites will round out the competitions that will be part of the 32nd annual Empire State Winter Games.

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Local author Dana Fast releases Holocaust memoir

Lake Clear writer to share experience in Warsaw Ghetto and survival through Nazi occupied Poland in her newly released memoir, “My Nine Lives.”

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Hubbard Owners seek input

The owners of the former Hubbard Hall property are seeking community input on what to do with the site.

Supers seek doctor at VA clinic

Keene Supervisor William “Bill” Ferebee said he wanted to be the new head of the Essex County Veteran’s Committee because, as a fellow veteran, he wanted to make sure they were taken care of.

United Way joined again by local eateries for second Dine United

Helping a good cause is again on the menu for the second year in a row.

God does not take sides

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

For a country that was founded based on the principle of religious freedom, religion seems to be under fire or at the very least in question these days.

We need a food revolution


It’s time for a food revolution, starting on the road at convenience stores, fast food joints and grocery chains.

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On the frozen tundra

Notes from the North Woods

While the exact numbers have yet to be crunched, it appears the overall deer take in the Northern Zone for the recent big game hunting season, is going to be down about 10 percent from average, according to informed sources.

State of the paper

The Tank

As I have gotten older, I have tried to be more humble. I try not to get too high and, in the same token, too low when it comes to work, personal life or kids life.

Whiskey in a can?

Kids Count

Some time ago, I chronicled how alcohol producers were bad citizens for producing alcopops like “Four Loco” and others that were so obviously aimed at underage drinkers.

Come to Willsboro meeting

To the Valley News: Nearly three years ago, work began to develop a new community based comprehensive local land use planning program for the Town of Willsboro.

Support appreciated

To the Valley News: We can't even begin to thank the number of people from the North Country enough for stepping up to make our First Annual Boys' and Girls' Alzheimer's Awareness Basketball Tournaments so successful.

Thanks for kindness

To the Valley News: In Praise Of The Good Samaritan Driver, the driver who, on Jan. 12, during a snowstorm displayed a rare and random act of kindness in voluntarily taking the time to slow down and escort our broken down vehical in tow on Route 9 in Elizabethtown to Lewis, to our home.

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Icy road conditions lead to multiple accidents on Northway

The tractor trailer truck was heading north when it slid on the icy road and jack knifed into a ditch just off the Lewis on ramp.

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West Brook park to be named for Great Escape founder, $750k grant lined up

The late Charles R. Wood pioneered theme parks, established the Great Escape, built restaurants and motels, and was a major force in area tourism. Now he has an environmental park at the south end of Lake George named after him.

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Gov. Cuomo gives annual budget address

Budget address set for 2 p.m.

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Ticonderoga receives artwork

Painting donated to community

A new piece of art graces the halls of Ticonderoga’s Community Building. “War Party from Ticonderoga,” a painting by Robert Griffing, has been donated to the town and now hangs in the town hall’s lobby.

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Geo Bee champion crowned

Ti Middle School hosts contest

The Ticonderoga Middle School recently held its 2012 Geography Bee. Ten contestants representing grades 6-8 participated in the local bee.

Monday, January 16

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Board member provides students a voice

Beekmantown Central School has a student on the schoo board

Beekmantown Central School, like all districts, isn’t immune to controversy from time to time.

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Willsboro apartment complex destroyed in early morning blaze

Fire at Willsboro apartment complex

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Creative Stage Lighting APA permit approved

Company still reviewing site

The Adirondack Park Agency approved the construction application of North Creek’s Creative Stage Lighting, though company owner George Studnicky III is still reviewing his expansion options.

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Dozens tour Richards Library during Open House

Public support sought

The year 2012 presents a turning point in the history of a historic little hometown library, as the trustees of the institution are seeking public support, which they say is needed to continue its operations.

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Schroon Lake girls show heart

Wildcats overcome obstacles

The Schroon Lake Central School girls junior varsity basketball team has a lot of heart, although sometimes heart is a big concern. The team, which only has six girls, is battling fatigue and health issues this season.

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APA meets to vote on Tupper Lake resort

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at its Headquarters in Ray Brook starting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

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Warrensburg Central School Marathon Dance raises record sum for charity

A fair number of students were no-shows, but those that did turn out had a night full of fun — while they raised a record sum for charity.

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Big Tupper Ski Area opens for season

The Big Tupper Ski Area opened for the season today.

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Historic Trades program comes to Fort Ticonderoga

Workshops, demonstrations planned

Joel Anderson became a tailor out of necessity. An avid historic re-enactor, Anderson couldn’t find affordable, authentic period clothing for his hobby. The solution was simple, although not easy — he learned to make his own.

Friday, January 13

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New group aims to help disaster victims

The Long Term Recovery Group is the first of its kind in the region

A person’s whole world view can be shattered when they go through a disaster, says Jamie Grubb.

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Port Henry boy makes history

Moriah student recognized as first person across new bridge

Harrison Rich wanted a place in history. Nov. 7 he got it. Rich, a sixth grade student at Moriah Central School, was officially the first person to cross the new Champlain Bridge when it opened Nov. 7.

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Valley News Weekend Planner: Jan. 13-15

Events happening throughout the region this weekend

Thursday, January 12

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Champlain is officially Storm Ready

The Town of Champlain is first site in northern New York to earn recognition

The Town of Champlain is the first Storm Ready location in northern New York.

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Bertrand's passing prompts fond memories

An upbeat, inspiring Warrensburg teacher and coach — the beloved Brent Bertrand — inspired an outpouring of memories among students and faculty members following his unexpected, untimely death Tuesday morning.

Torchrun and fireworks Sunday at Gore

Gore Mountain’s annual Fireworks Display & Torchlight Parade is scheduled for Sunday night at dusk.

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Woman unhurt after SUV overturns

Drivers unaccustomed to driving in hazardous conditions encountered troubles Thursday Jan. 12, as the winter's second substantial storm left highways slippery with four inches of snow.

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Lewis teen’s death caused by overdose

State police warn of risk surrounding prescription drugs

New York State Police say a Lewis teen who died in December took an overdose of prescription drugs.

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Sign to honor World Series MVP

Johnny Podres to be remembered

Visitors to Port Henry will soon be greeted by a sign honoring the community’s most famous resident. A 4 x 8 feet sign will be erected on Route (n/22 south of the village in memory of Johnny Podres, the 1955 World Series Most Valuable Player and native son.

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Schroon Lake alone on top of MVAC

Crown Point records win

Schroon Lake took sole possession of first place in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference with a 51-43 decision against Willsboro in boys basketball play Jan. 11. Both teams were undefeated in league play entering the contest.

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Canon, NC Chamber support Tahawus rail

With environmental groups airing their concerns about re-opening the rail line to Tahawus, Newcomb Supervisor George Canon and the North Country Chamber of Commerce have chimed in with letters supporting the line.

Wednesday, January 11

Christmas in May set for Lake George

Visitors to Lake George Village during a weekend this May are likely to believe they are in a time warp, if the mayor’s plans are realized.

Stop Chopper from building

To the Adirondack Journal: Residents of Warrensburg, if you truly care for your community and want to see it through to a better future, then talk with your local elected officials at all levels to stop the construction of a major supermarket just outside our town limits.

Advice for Lake George officials, residents

To the Adirondack Journal: I have a few thoughts that I’d like to share with the new town board as well as the community — both residents and businesses.

All ages should learn CPR skills

To the Adirondack Journal: As a member of the North Warren Emergency Squad in Chestertown, I have seen many lives lost because bystanders didn’t know CPR.

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Cell phones to assist victims of violence

Old phones sought

The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union will host their its annual cell phone drive January and February.

Former supervisor thankful

To the Times of Ti: With the passing of my term as supervisor, I want to thank all the people who supported me during my tenure.

Support teacher concessions

To the Times of Ti: Last week I sent to the (Ticonderoga) school my thoughts on two concessions I feel are needed in the new teacher’s contract.

Airport questions

To the Times of Ti: I have been wondering about (Ticonderoga) town supervisor and the town board members.

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‘Blues Night’ coming to Ticonderoga

Jan. 28 at Knights of Columbus

The blues are coming to Ticonderoga. Knights of Columbus Council 333 will host a “Mid-Winter Blues Night” Saturday, Jan. 28, at its lounge on Montcalm Street. The event will include a happy hour 6 to 8 p.m. and the show 8 to 11 p.m.

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Empire State Winter Games now a regional event

The Empire State Winter Games are now tagged as an Adirondack event.

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Godspeed, Mr. Goodspeed

Outgoing supervisor excited about post-political future

As the son of a multi-decade Johnsburg town supervisor, Sterling Goodspeed's proud of his accomplishments in office, However, he said this week he's not going to be entering the political arena again, as long as his lady has anything to say about it.

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Minerva graduate named teacher of the year

Molly A. Brannon, an Olmstedville native and 1995 graduate of Minerva Central School, was recently named the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year

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Vets surprise soldier’s daughter

Group donates money for Disney trip

Nearly half of Courtney Clark’s life, her father has been in war zones with the U.S. Army. “It’s hard,” the 13-year-old Moriah Central School student said. “I miss my father; I wish he was home.”

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Ticonderoga, Moriah drop games

Schroon Lake girls beaten

Ticonderoga fell behind early and never recovered as it lost to Northeastern Clinton, 53-26, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Jan. 10.

Tuesday, January 10

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Chazy Central Rural School budget already thin

School district has avoided cuts to programs and layoffs so far

Unlike many other school districts, Chazy Central Rural School was able to avoid cuts to personnel and programs last budget season.

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Mooers family loses home to fire

Resident in critical condition after returning for wallet

The Red Cross has reached out to the family of a man critically injured in a fire in Mooers.

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Clinton Community College names co-chairs for capital campaign

Every resident, whether they enroll or not, should benefit from Clinton Community College, says John Jablonski.

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HEAP cuts make heating more difficult

Clinton County using more local dollars to help low-income households

Clinton County officials are dealing with major funding cuts to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by using more local dollars to make sure families stay warm this winter.

Bombardier lays off roughly 105 employees

Company hopes to bring them back when line is running

Bombardier Transportation is temporarily laying off a little more than 105 workers at its Plattsburgh assembly plant.

Plattsburgh State professor takes on teacher evaluations

Dr. Douglas Selwyn was a teacher.

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Local authorities, drivers pleased with additions to ‘Move Over Law’

After one year in existence, the “Move Over Law” in New York is expanding.

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Scozzafava talks ‘state’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes everyone has a role to play in setting the agenda for New York, says Dede Scozzafava.

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WCS students grieve after beloved coach and teacher Brent Bertrand dies

Brent Bertrand was known throughout the Warrensburg community as a dedicated coach and teacher who inspired students with his enthusiasm and positive outlook. Bertrand died Tuesday Jan. 10, prompting grief — as well as fond memories — among students, faculty and staff.

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Reverend to tell his experiences of 1963 march at MLK Day program

Rev. Bill Small didn’t think much of his participation in a 1963 event in Washington, D.C.

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New Au Sable, Black Brook water line up and flowing

Jay Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas said that the best gift he received over the holidays was the second passed test of the new water line in Au Sable Forks.

Essex County set to purchase microwave equipment

The Essex County Public Safety Committee moved a resolution to spend $1,075,715 for the purchase of microwave equipment for the new county emergency radio system.

Lake Placid Central School community wants super resignation

Students, faculty and parents showed up to the Jan. 3 Lake Placid Central School Board meeting asking again for further disciplinary action or the resignation of Superintendent Randy Richards.

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Sports - The Week In Review

Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions, AuSable Valley Patriots, Lake Placid Blue Bombers, Keene Beavers, Saranac Lake Red Storm, Westport Eagles, Tupper Lake Lumberjacks & Willsboro Warriors

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Bear with me ... New York

Over the years, I’ve listened to numerous deer hunters explain their lack of success, with excuses such as, “my sights were off” or “the brush was too thick” or “the sun was in my eyes.”

Political Action Committees drag down the entire election process

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I don’t know how you feel about how Super Political Action Committees (PACs) will influence the presidential election, but I can see nothing but trouble coming from them.

Re-open the rail to National Lead

The quarrel over re-opening the rail line to Tahawus is driven by a not-in-my-backyard protest from the environmental groups, contends the Saratoga-North Creek Railway (SNCRR) lawyer in filings to a rail regulation board.

One-size-fits-all tests not the best system

The Tank

It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you have a bad two or three days, you’re actually dumb.

More union-bashing

To the Valley News: The Valley News editorial on Jan. 7, concerning the CSEA, while thoughtful, was just more of the same union bashing we’ve been hearing so much of lately.

A response

To the Valley News: In responding to Mr. Fenimore’s latest letter to the editor, I began by attempting to set the record straight, point by point.

Upset with decisions

To the Valley News: Regarding the Jan. 3 Elizabethtown Town Board Re-organizational Meeting; a Glens Falls law firm was awarded a contract at a rate of $160 per hour, as a result of Supervisor Bartley‘s request.

Support, not negativity

To the Valley News: Ken Fenimore showed his true colors in the negative letter regarding our newly elected Elizabethtown Supervisor, Margaret Bartley.

Thankful for help

To the Valley News: With current economic times being as difficult as they are, I find myself in a continued state of thanks and appreciation to our North Country community for making a joyous holiday season for those who are less fortunate.

An easier way to give

To the Editor: This is just a reminder that the 2012 annual campaign for The United Way of the Adirondack Region is under way.

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Hague road race dropped

LaPann Memorial event won’t be held in 2012

There will not be a Fred LaPann Memorial Road Race in 2012.

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Warrensburg’s CEO: After surviving 2011, town now faces a bright future

Facing a favorable future, the town of Warrensburg reboots with new town board members after surviving a year with unprecedented challenges.

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Annual fishing derby slated on Schroon Lake

March 3 and 4

The Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club will host its 20th annual ice fishing derby. The event is slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4.

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Essex County supers behind Tahawus rail line

Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors showed their support for the reopening of the Tahawus-North Creek rail line for freight travel.

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Ticonderoga keglers battle to draw

Moriah falls

Ticonderoga and Northeastern Clinton battled to a 2-2 draw in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls bowling Jan. 9.

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Polar plunge’s popularity prompts proposed regulations

With the crowd of swimmers charging into Lake George during the New Year's Day Polar Plunge, local officials have proposed regulations to boost safety and limit municipal liability.

Monday, January 9

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New Warren Co. Treasurer gets to work on accomplishing campaign promises

New Warren County Treasurer Michael Swan respects tradition while he seeks to bring the functions of his new office into the 21st century.

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Fort Ticonderoga to host winter program

Snowshoe trek slated Jan. 22

Fort Ticonderoga’s new winter series of programs begins on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. with a “Winter Landscape Snowshoe Trek” led by Curator of Landscape Heidi Karkoski.

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Crown Point anti-bullying program to include parents

Meeting Jan. 19

Everyone has a role to play as schools take measures to prevent bullying — even parents. That’s why Crown Point Central School will host a bullying prevention program for parents Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. The program has been billed “Promoting Respect and Acceptance at CPCS.”

Rotary dinner planned in Wevertown

The local Rotary Club will host an international dinner Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Wevertown Community Center.

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Artist's lodge to become warm-up hotspot for Santanoni visitors

The historic Camp Santanoni will be open for three special long weekends this winter with warm-up spots for skiers and snowshoers.

Sunday, January 8

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Schroon Lake downs Crown Point

Moriah, Crown Point girls win

Trailing at the intermission, Schroon Lake pulled away in the second half to beat Crown Point, 58-37, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 6.

Friday, January 6

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Local Elvis impersonator accused of $50,000+ in welfare fraud

Elvis impersonator Joe Ramsey has thrilled crowds from Memphis to Montreal with his vocals and stage presence that bear an uncanny resemblance to 'The King." Now, he's facing felony welfare charges for collecting $50,000 or so more in welfare benefits than he was eligible for, based on an allegation he didn't accurately report his income as an Elvis tribute artist.

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WinterFest returning to Ticonderoga

Feb. 11

Just because it’s cold and snowy it doesn’t mean people can’t have fun outside. To help folks beat cabin fever, the third annual Ticonderoga WinterFest will be held Saturday, Feb. 11. It’s a day of outdoor recreation.

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Economic development leader retires

Adore Kurtz has long been the face for The Development Corporation.

Adore Kurtz is retiring after more than 15 years as President of the Development Corporation.

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Donegal beard champ ready to defend his crown

The top contender from the 2011 Donegal Beard Contest isn't going to let his hair-won trophy slip away this Saint Patty's Day.

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APA issues permit for Creative Stage Lighting

Warren County business to expand

Creative State Lighting Inc. has secured a permit from the Adirondack Park Agency to relocate and expanded its existing facility.

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Ticonderoga businesses struggle with economy

Restaurants close; stores cut back

When Ti Pi abruptly closed days before Christmas, Gary Namer wasn’t surprised. While national statistics show the Great Recession has ended and the United States economy is improving, a visit to Ticonderoga tells another story.

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North Country doctor to relocate practice after 31 years

Dr. Harriet Busch has been practicing in Chestertown's health center for three-decades -- a short time after it was founded. Now, just days before her practice is set to relocate in Queensbury, she offers her thoughts on her tenure in northern Warren County.

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Ticonderoga edges Moriah in last second

Gonyeau's block lifts Sentinels

Joe Gonyeau rose to the occasion — literally — for the Ticonderoga basketball team Jan. 4. Gonyeau leaped to block a last-second shot and preserve Ti’s 38-37 victory over archrival Moriah in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys action.

Thursday, January 5

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Warren County realigns leadership for 2012

With the recent retirement or election defeat of various Warren County Supervisors, changes in responsibility and leadership roles in the county were shuffled and announced Thursday Jan. 5 at the county's annual organizational meeting.

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Stec: Warren County boosted finances during 2011 despite financial stresses

Progress on environment, infrastructure cited

During 2011, Warren County was remarkably frugal despite falling revenues and increasing expenses, its top politician said in the annual State of the County speech.

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Ticonderoga chamber plans mixer

Jan. 19 in Crown Point

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce January “After Business Mixer” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Sugar Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast in Crown Point.

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Schroon Lake’s movie history reaches Italy

Rossi family movies part of festival

Schroon Lake shared the stage with Hollywood during a recent film festival in Italy. Emily Rossi-Snook of Schroon Lake attended the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia in Bologna recently to show family movies taken during the production of “Marjorie Morningstar.” The 1957 movie starring Natalie Wood was filmed in Schroon Lake.

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Ticonderoga kegler sets conference record

Crown Point posts basketball win

Jordan McKee rolled a record 750 series for Ticonderoga as it defeated Beekmantown, 3-1, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls bowling action Jan. 4.

Wednesday, January 4

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Governor says little about North Country

Cuomo delivers state of the state address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address offered little for North Country residents.

Autopsies on Crown Pt. car crash victims released

State police today released the results of autopsies performed on two people killed in a car crash in the town of Crown Point Dec. 30.

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90-year-old helps kick off Snow Train

The winter-brittled fanfare that welcomed the return of ski-train service to North Creek Dec. 30 warmed measurably as Freddie Anderson disembarked at the station.

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Town Board appoints Nightingale to fill vacancy

In the space of a few minutes, Katie Nightingale went from sitting in the audience to occupying a town board seat at Johnsburg's first 2012 town meeting.

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New snow train taps into local history

A once-familiar sight may soon return to the North Creek train station: a train arriving in deep snow with hundreds of eager skiers on board.

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North Warren Emergency Medical Squad open house set

More volunteers sought

The local ambulance squad is holding a public reception next week to familiarize local citizens with its equipment and services — and all are invited to attend.

Snowmobile safety is vital

To the Adirondack Journal: Snowmobiling season is here once again.

2012 is here — resolve to quit smoking

To the Adirondack Journal: The new year is the universal sign of renewal, and is a traditional time to prepare for new beginnings — which can include quitting smoking.

Cooperation between town, village normal

To the Adirondack Journal: Recent articles in the Post-Star have given false impressions to readers about cooperation between the town and village of Lake George.

Pantry volunteers thankful

To the Times of Ti: Christmas is the time of giving, as a tradition.

State turns its back on seniors

To the Times of Ti: New York State used to have an excellent prescription drug program for its senior citizens;

Mayor respects firefighters

To the Times of Ti: As the Mayor of Port Henry, I would like to take the time to extend my deep appreciation to the Port Henry Fire Department.

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Chili cook off to aid Schroon Lake EMS

Feb. 25 at Mountainside

The best chili cooks in Schroon Lake will face off to assist the local fire company. The inaugural Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountainside Bible Chapel. The event will benefit the Schroon Fire Department.

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New Lake George town board fires financial staff, shakes up planning panel

The new majority on the Lake George Town Board, representing the Lake George Citizen's group, lost no time in making sweeping changes to local government: in their initial meeting Tuesday Jan. 3, they fired the town's entire financial staff and shook up the town planning board, replacing two members who town officials had said served the community well.

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Schroon Lake takes MVAC lead

Ticonderoga wins, Moriah falls in hoop action

Schroon Lake took command of the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference Northern Division race with a 57-52 boys basketball win against Elizabethtown-Lewis Jan. 3.

Tuesday, January 3

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Keeseville mother did not expect to go into labor

Ashtin Jeffrey Blaise surprised his mother, and CVPH Medical Center staff, arriving earlier and quicker than expected.

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People hopeful for stronger 2012 economy

Feeling the pinch of a struggling economy, many residents cut back in 2011

Due to a slightly improved job outlook, Americans are slowly gaining faith that the economy is on an upswing

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Attempted murder for bat assault

Plattsburgh man faces up to 25 years after October home invasion

A Plattsburgh man allegedly assaulted another man with a baseball bat this past October.

Murder charge

An inmate is charged with murder after striking another inmate with a dumbbell.

Ski trains, and growing pains

Notes from the North Woods

Although traditional winter weather has largely been AWOL so far this season, I expect it will eventually arrive.

Be healthy; stop smoking

To the Editor: Now that the holiday season is at a close, the New Year begins with renewed fervor to be healthier.

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Douglas back at county helm

In a day that saw four new members take their positions on the Essex County Board of Supervisors, the highlight was the return of one supervisor to the role of chairman.

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Dewey Mountain seeks funds for renovations

As Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake is getting ready for another winter of events and activities, officials are continuing to raise money for a planned new ski lodge.

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Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates to fund another study on benefits of rec trail instead of tracks

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) held a press conference in Saranac Lake to discuss their vision to convert the railroad corridor from Lake Placid to Old Forge into a multiuse recreational trail.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital to buy Smith House

Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) has entered into a purchase agreement with Smith House Health Care Center.

Let the political maneuvering being

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

American political theater made its first curtain call this week with the Iowa Caucuses.

Civil Service Employees Association should take note of sacrifices made by unionized city library


Would you give up purchasing a doughnut and cup of coffee each morning to save the job of a co-worker?

Lighting winners named

To the Valley News: The winners of the Town of Keene 2011 Holiday Lighting Contest

Thanks for toy drive help

To the Editor: As the 2011 calendar year marked the 5th anniversary of the Holiday Toy Drive

Thanks for the help

To the Valley News: It was a joy to see an article in this paper on Dec. 31 that tells the story of creative generosity behind Martha Gallagher's CD “The Water is Wide.”

Thankful in new year

To the Editor: This time of year is special to each and every one of us in someway.

‘Transparency’ questioned

To the Valley News: Margaret Bartley, Supervisor elect in Elizabethtown, ran on a platform of “transparency” and open door style communication with the community.

Dinner workers thanked

To the Valley News: Twinkle of Christmas Stars, Snow and Servers (in Lake Placid).

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Sophie Clarke explains it all

Videos of "Survivor" winner Sophie Clarke talks about the show at a homecoming event held in Willsboro Dec. 28

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Resolution Run kicks off new year

Gabler races to win

A native son and a visitor claimed top spots in the 10th annual Resolution Run in Ticonderoga Jan. 1. Lee Gabler, a Ti High grad, toured the 3.1 miles in 16 miles, 21 seconds to win the race. Gabler is a former Sentinel and SUNY-Geneseo track and cross country stalwart.

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Arson strikes Mountain Lake Services

No injuries reported

A former Mountain Lake Services employee is suspected of starting a chain of fires that did more than $500,000 in damage at the Port Henry agency Jan. 2.

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McCoy reflects on his election loss, politics, what the future holds

In his last week in office as Lake George Town Supervisor, Frank McCoy talked about his accomplishments -- and how his re-election campaign got derailed,

Monday, January 2

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Holiday season to end with Twelfth Night

Penfield event Jan. 8

Twelfth Night will be celebrated with an ecumenical church service at the Penfield Homestead Museum. The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Penfield Church, across the street from the Penfield Museum in Ironville.

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New leadership installed in town of Lake George

New Lake George leaders talk about their initial objectives, soon after taking the oath of office Sunday Jan. 1 in front of a large audience in the historic former Warren County Courthouse.

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Ticonderoga Kiwanis look forward to spring

‘Win at 55’ contest planned

Spring may be distant memory for most area residents, but the Ticonderoga Kiwanis are thinking about warm weather. The 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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Thousands celebrate New Year in Lake George's icy waters

Whether its a way to cure a hangover, prove one's bravery or just meet people, Lake George's New Year's Day Polar Plunge has captivated the attention of people in the Capital Region. It's grown from a few dozen swimmers 15 years ago to about 2,000 this year.

Sunday, January 1

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Valley News Year in Review: Part 3

Stories from the last four months of 2011 in the Valley News

Stories from the last four months of 2011 in the Valley News