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Valley News Year in Review: Part 3

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

A pile of ruined books was created as volunteers helped to clean out the Wells Library in Upper Jay.

A pile of ruined books was created as volunteers helped to clean out the Wells Library in Upper Jay. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

“It’s nice,” Marvin said about being referred to as the ELCS goalkeeper for the first time in three seasons. “Good to be back. I just thank everyone from the surgeon to the doctors to the therapists and the psychologists. I just want to thank everyone who helped to get me back out here to enjoy the game that I love.”

•A North Country source of literacy on wheels has been shut down.

The Bookmobile, run by the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, will no longer be running as of the end of the year.

CEFLS director Ewa Jankowska said in a press release that the Bookmobile was a victim of the current economic climate.

“Deep and ongoing budget shortfalls are responsible for this decision, which was a hard one to make,” Jankowska said. “However, despite the fact that we did everything we could, including not filling two staff positions, and slashing our materials budgets each year, we were faced with no alternative. Unfortunately, we needed to make a tough decision between fulfilling our mission to provide services to member libraries or to continue the bookmobile service. Our current budget climate simply cannot support both.”

•Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday, Sept. 12 announced that both lanes of Route 73 between Keene Valley and the Adirondack Northway (Exit 30) are now open.

“We’ve made remarkable progress in a very short period of time,” he said.

The announcement was made at 11 a.m. on Route 73 near the town of Keene hamlet of St. Huberts only seven days after the governor promised the highway would be open in 10 days.

“Over the weekend, I was at an event and a lady came up to me and told me that she heard the road was going to be opened this week,” state Sen. Elizabeth “Betty” Little said. “I didn’t think that could happen, but then I got the call yesterday from the governor’s office and here we are.”

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