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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.

While several issues did not pertain directly to FEMA, several supervisors wanted it known what their towns were now facing.

Board Chair and Jay Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas said that his main concern is the state of the Ausable River and the potential for flooding in the future due to erosion from the last three flooding events.

“There is definitely some research that needs to be done on the Ausable and the streams that flow into it,” Douglas said. “I understand that environmental groups are concerned about having machinery in the rivers, but I have to do what is best for the public safety of the people in my town and in my county.”

October

•There are signs everywhere of the life that the large brick building in the center of Willsboro once had.

While developer Eli Schwartzberg gave people a chance to tour the site of the future Champlain Valley Senior Community on Oct. 1, those in attendance also saw the fading signs of the former home of Willsboro Central School.

Murals painted throughout the building were covered in order to be preserved, classrooms had reminders of those who had once learned there, and the scoreboard still hung in the walkway that fans used to look down from during basketball games in “the pit.”

Schwartzberg said that he hopes the project he is working on will be a marriage of the building’s past and present.

“We are not going to hide the fact that this used to be a school,” Schwartzberg told a group of people interested in the work being done. “We want to keep that character, and we want people to be able to come here and feel that part of the history of the building.”

•Della Strong Garvey celebrated a healthy 100th birthday with family, friends, staff and patients at the Horace Nye Retirement home on Friday, Oct. 7.

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