Saturday, March 31
While the fortunes of weekly newspapers in the area remain strong, the southern Adirondack region's daily newspaper laid off one-third of its entire remaining news reporting staff.
Jayne and Jim Vance, owners of the Westport Hotel and Tavern (formerly known as the Westport Hotel), are planning to open the doors on the newly remodeled bar, restaurant and hotel April 4.
There was a lot of reluctance, but the members of the Keene Central School Board accepted the retirement letter of Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston at its March 20 meeting.
Local is restoring the former grist mill to showcase its craftsmanship and preserve a piece of history
167 years later, Will Heintz is rebuilding the town’s industrial icon for a third revitalization.
The Ticonderoga Alumni Association Board of Directors thanks all who supported and/or participated in our first annual Strikes for Students Bowling Tournament on March 10 and 11 at Adirondack Lanes.
Friday, March 30
Vermont Joy Band preps for tour with Ti visit
Vermont Joy Parade, a Burlington-based band, spent a week in Ticonderoga recently preparing for two-month spring tour that will take it from New England to the South to the Midwest and Canada. It’s the band’s sixth U.S. tour. It has twice toured Europe. The group stayed with the family of band member Galen Peria.
Shopping options should increase within the year for Dannemora residents, with an 8,000 square foot discount store planned for the intersection at Resevoir Road.
Residents of Plank Road in the town of Dannemora have been dealing with water that's undrinkable and ruins appliances. Efforts are under way by state and local agencies to relieve the issue.
Gaga routine highlights Pops Concert
The Night Shadows brought down the house with their performance of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at the annual Ticonderoga High School Pops Concert March 29.
A change in the Johnsburg Central School District's insurance premium has upset the administration's preliminary spending plan for the 2012-13 school year.
A recent letter chided the use of birth control drugs by women but never mentioned that drugs for men with erectile dysfunction are available under most health plans!
Even though they are waiting on hard numbers from the state, AuSable Valley Central School Superintendent Paul Savage said they would meet the tax “threshold.”
Westport school to hold slapstick comedy performance
The students at Westport Central School will perform for the community slapstick comedy, “The Love of Three Oranges,” on March 30 and 31.
Annie Cleveland’s family would like to express a big thank you to everyone who made the Benefit a huge success.
Barring any unforeseen changes to the New York State budget, Keene Central School has its spending plan in place.
Two will vie for Section VII record in 2012-13
A pair of Peru Indian wrestlers, along with a Northern Adirondack grappler, recorded their 150th wins during the 2011-12 season.
•100 Years Ago – Spring 1912•
Thursday, March 29
The town of Elizabethtown will be afforded improvements for more energy efficient water meters thanks to rollover grant money. The meter improvements will be funded from remaining funds from the town’s Capital Water project that was completed in 2006.
INTERUPTION OF POWER National Grid will be turning the power off on March 31, 2012 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM with a Rain Date of April 7, 2012. This will effect both Westport and Wadhams.
May 4 in Ticonderoga
Music of the Adirondacks will be featured during a performance by Dave Ruch in Ticonderoga. The folksinger will offer a concert Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Ti Community Building. The concert will be free and refreshments will be served.
Very shortly now many of you will face the biggest decision of your political lives.
Now that warm weather is here, I would like to make a serious plea for drivers to use caution when behind the wheel or handlebars.
Health commissioner issues order
New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. has issued an order of summary action banning the sale of synthetic marijuana products in New York State. These substances, generally referred to as “synthetic marijuana”, consist of plant material coated by chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Class asked to study legal issue
Ticonderoga Middle School’s eighth grade Living Environment Regents class attended a “DNA in the Courtroom” Minds On Workshop at the Queensbury Hotel recently.
The ongoing site plan review for the proposed Ward Hill Subdivision took an odd twist at the March 26 Johnsburg Planning Board meeting.
Mr. (John) Sharkey seems to be confused as to the function of a health insurance policy.
No staff reductions anticipated
At a March 21 budget work session, school officials said they do not expect to see any reductions in Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School staffing levels next year and that the school district is on track to meet the state’s new tax cap.
Members of the Saranac Lake Village Board honored Trustee John McEneany during their March 26 regular meeting.
Workforce reductions in the town of Johnsburg Building and Parks Department coupled with tight budgets and limited resources in recent years worked to create a backlog of projects.
I want to thank you (Dan Alexander) for your recent editorial on the Beren’s Jewish Academy basketball team.
Wednesday, March 28
For 19 years, Dave Wick has worked on efforts to stop erosion, clean up and restore waterways and curb stormwater in Warren County, and a lot of these projects were in the Lake George watershed. This week, he was notified he's been chosen to become the next Executive Director of the Lake George Park Commission. Wick assumes the post April 23.
Cooper, Dedrick cited in 2011
Outstanding Ticonderoga High School graduates are being sought. The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will once again honor leading graduates this July during the annual Alumni Golf Tournament weekend.
Zoning code needs a good hard look, said the Champlain Zoning Board and Codes Enforcement Officer Michael Tetreault.
If numbers are an indication of success, the Johnsburg Town Board’s effort to take town government to the people is being well received.
School (Ticonderoga Central School) budget question and comments:
Rest in peace, baseball, 1845 (ish)-2012.
Nine-year-old Matthew Richards, of North Creek, was honored Saturday, March 24 at a ceremony held at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company.
Altona man Dennis Provost, 57, was taken into custody by state police March 27 under the state Mental Health Law.
Brutal, violent crimes have been linked to ingestion of synthetic marijuana and herbal incense, which is sold legally across most all of New York State and the U.S. Recently informed that it can prompt savage and near-psychotic behavior — and prompt hallucinations and suicide — Warren County leaders have taken action to ban the use, sale, possession or distribution of the substances.
Once again Westport voters are being sandbagged by the school board.
Notes from the North Woods
I’ll be along in just a minute, I’m just gonna’ take one last cast.
Members of the Harrietstown Town Board recently reacted to an accusation in the media that the town had covered up a post-executive session vote regarding a sexual harassment case against the town supervisor.
Saranac Lake Village Board members voted Monday, March 26 to hold a public hearing in anticipation of overriding the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap for their 2012-13 budget.
We are proud to announce that a Soup Kitchen program for feeding the needy is being established at St. Augustine’s Parish Center in Peru!
Thoughts from Behind the Pressline
Last week I wrote about the course adjustment that, in my opinion, our nation must take.
It was like the scene from the movie “Jaws” when you knew the shark was going to emerge and chomp down on whatever it could, you just didn’t know when.
Trains and trips boosted for 2012
The mild historically mild winter weather suppressed ridership on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, but that's not discouraging the firm's officials — they are planning to double the number of trains and trips this coming season as well as increase the Amtrak connections from two to four.
Tuesday, March 27
Warrensburg's CEO Kevin Geraghty said this week he's "absolutely" a candidate for the post of Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman — a post that would become available if present chairman Dan Stec is elected to the state Assembly.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.
The hospital, along with Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, agreed in principle to a four-hospital affiliation under Fletcher Allen Partners, the parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. and Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in Berlin, Vt.
Lions plan annual chocolate sale
The Easter Bunny will visit Schroon Lake this weekend. The rare hare will be in town to assist the Schroon Lake Lions Club with its annual sale of Easter Bunnies.
Essex County Republicans delivered a decisive blow to the state Assembly hopes of Lake Placid’s Doug Hoffman on March 21, when the county GOP committee threw its weight behind Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec in the upcoming race for the seat currently held by Teresa Sayward, who is retiring.
During the Board of Supervisor’s Ways and Means Committee meeting on March 26, over 30 community members equipped with neon colored signs and a bullhorn presented their message to passing cars and people on Court Street.
The resolution was met with protest inside the county chambers, as some supervisors were concerned over the fact that the three bidders had already submitted their responses before a resolution was passed by a vote of 11-5, with two absent.
Despite rising health care and retirement costs and pay hikes, Lake George Village government applies financial magic — various revenues including parking fees — to ward off a 2012-13 tax increaser
Monday, March 26
Local teenagers are seeking to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, and they are seeking help from area residents in their quest.
While the Back Porch Band christened the refinished town hall with some tunes, a local youth group introduced some new members to volunteerism.
Events aid students’ families
When more than 300 people turned out for the Run/Walk for Kennedy, no one was surprised. The 5-kilometer event raised money to help the family of Kennedy Taylor, an 11-year-old Moriah Central School student who is seriously ill.
Peter and Linda Ovitt, of Indian Lake, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Lynn Ovitt, to Andrew Charles Mahoney, son of Patricia Mahoney of Indian Lake.
Trees and plants are budding around Clinton County. Though that signals the start of lawn care season and return to local parks for recreation, it also signals the early close of sap season for maple producers.
The man who helped send then Willsboro Supervisor Teresa Sayward to Albany is now hoping he can do the same with Queensbury’s Dan Stec.
Memories compiled in new book
A Crown Point woman has written a book about her memories as a child growing up in Port Henry. Jean Arleen Breed has authored “Paper Girl — A Nostalgic Look at Port Henry During the 1950s and 1960s.”
It started with a dozen people willing to fight for what they believed in, what they wanted, what they knew their children needed.
Budget work to continue after spring break
The Saranac Lake Central School District may change its email system from Microsoft to Gmail in the coming year.
Sunday, March 25
The Keene Central School held the Keene Central School Super Scientific Science Slam – the first event of its kind for the school — on Thursday, March 8.
Saturday, March 24
Shows to take place Memorial Day weekend
On Thursday, March 15, a press conference was held at the entrance to the 1932 Rink in Lake Placid to announce a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The lifesaving efforts of Alexander Steele have been recognized by members of the Westport community in special ceremonies by the Fire Department and the Town Board.
Students to perform the medieval tragedy for community
The High School students at Keene Central School will bring the Shakesperian tragedy, “Macbeth,” to life on March 30
Friday, March 23
The missing man, woman and vehicle were located by mid afternoon Friday
The missing Tupper Lake man, woman and vehicle have been located by State police.
Four-person relay now available
The Adirondack Marathon is growing. Race officials have announced the addition of a four-person relay to the race, which already features a two-person relay and full marathon along with a half marathon.
DEC makes declaration
All residential brush burning is prohibited during the state’s historically high fire-risk period through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers.
Cowbells taken from Footbridge Park
Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that, sometime between Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, vandals went to the park and removed a set of musical cowbells from a stand in the park area.
The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee is asking all fourth grade students, including those who are home schooled, to submit one poster to their art, history or homeroom teacher.
Once nursing homes go private, faculty managers quickly cut costs; RNs cut by half, LPNs cut, CNAs cut; care for the residents were at an all time low as records collected by the Center For Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates.
Voting on the school budget at Lake George Central School district will be here in two months, and I wonder if the Lake George teachers' union will use the same tactics they did last year in their (unsuccessful) attempt to push through another round of increases.
The Lake Placid Village Board approved the appointment of new police office Heather LaHart at its March 19 meeting.
Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Superintendent Gail Else said that if it were not for serious decisions made in previous years, the district could be looking at much more than $279,342 in savings that they have to make in order to be in compliance with the state tax cap
Thursday, March 22
While many thought there would be a protracted tussle between Essex and Warren County factions of the Republican party over who'd be their endorsed candidate, Doug Hoffman of lake Placid announced a jaw-dropper Thursday March 22 in front of assembled Warren County G.O.P. committee members soon after he made a pitch for his candidacy.
Unseasonably warm temperatures forced the Gore Mountain Ski Center to close earlier than expected on Thursday, March 22.
Police are also searching for a stolen car and handgun
Angela Roberts found, search still on for Carl Burns, Jr.
Community remains hopeful for Gillis return
A Luminary Prayer Ceremony will be held for Colin Gillis on Friday, March 23, at the Tupper Lake Municipal park, 13 days after the 18-year-old was reported missing.
State approval needed
The Ticonderoga Central School District is asking the state education department for permission to establish an alternative high school program.
An Easter raffle is planned at the Mooers Fire Department March 31, 7 p.m.
'Taxpayers can't afford this anymore'
At issue is the airport’s yearly budget shortfall that this year is expected to top $300,000. Harrietstown taxpayers take up most of this slack through homeowner taxes.
Indian Lake Central School Board members Tuesday, March 20 voted unanimously to adopt a 2012-2013 budget totaling $5,822,831.
‘Hardest political decision I have had to make’
Randall T. Douglas, Town of Jay Supervisor and Essex County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors has decided not to run for the Assembly District seat, currently held by Teresa Sayward of Willsboro.
A late-night moose collision on Route 3 near the county line with Franklin left a Toyota Tundra inoperable and one of the park's approximately 800 moose dead but the driver unhurt.
East Middlebury man killed
A two car accident on Bridge Road resulted in the death of a Vermont man on Wednesday evening.
Inaugural event Aug. 11 and 12
Fort Ticonderoga recently received a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation supporting the first conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, which the fort will host on Aug. 11 and 12.
•100 Years Ago – March 1912•
Tom Beauvais, who turned the Westport girls varsity program into a perennial power, was inducted along with seven other coaches March 18 in Glens Falls along with a two basketball officials.
Concerns over FEMA leaving Lake Placid office also raised
Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer is preparing a final report on the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.
A ceremony honoring a local 9-year-old this weekend will be among the several events planned at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company this spring.
Organizers of the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Minerva Central School are busy preparing for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 1.
On behalf of The Mountain Laker Snowmobile Club we would like to thank the landowners of Westport, Lewis, Willsboro and Essex once again for opening up your land to us.
Joan Harris wrote that a truckload of mattresses and furniture was dumped on a property on Buyce Road and set on fire.
Wednesday, March 21
Students and teachers at Johnsburg Central School are in the final stages of preparing for this year’s musical, “Beauty and the Beast."
After early, vague legal concerns were voiced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the rail to Tahawus, the organization has come out in support of the plan to re-open the freight line to the old ilmenite mine.
A dust-up over the honor of Old Glory at Ellenburg's March 20 town meeting centered on a debate over treatment of the U.S. flag.
Signs make Ti appear unfriendly
Ticonderoga needs to make a better first impression. That’s the feeling of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
Chris Brooks was named as the new recreation director for Ellenburg's 175-kid strong youth program at the March 20 town meeting.
With the opening date for federal candidates to start petitioning for the June 26 primary in New York, a panel of U.S. judges took hold of the congressional redistricting process, turning the North Country into an unbroken region from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario March 19.
A short walk down a rural road by a homeowner allowed time a woodstove to start a blaze March 19 that destroyed a residence in the southern Adirondacks.
It’s the law for small craft, but for anyone boating at this time of year, personal flotation devices and warm clothing just make sense.
Our new town supervisor, Mike Marnell, brings to the Schroon town board meetings a refreshing warmth and openness that was non-existent at the many meetings I attending during the preceding 33 years.
The Lake George Park Commission has been investigating ways to prevent aquatic invasive species entering Lake George over the last few years
Cause of early morning fire at Paul Smiths college undetermined
A residence hall at Paul Smith's College reopened at 9 a.m. Wednesday, after an early-morning fire forced it’s evacuation.
Funding may be available
Several business owners met recently in Port Henry to discuss funding possibilities for the renovation of downtown buildings.
Saranac Lake Village Board members March 13 passed a law that rezones less than 2 acres of land on Kiwassa Road for the construction of a veterans treatment center.
Parent asks for full-time librarian in Bloomingdale
Saranac Lake Central School Board members recently began taking a hard look at their 2012-13 spending plan under the new state-mandated tax levy cap and are faced with a $1.4 million revenue shortfall.
Lake Placid Central School Board members will try to stay within the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap limit when drafting their 2012-13 spending plan. Otherwise, it could force them to cut even more from the budget.
The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club extends a thank you to all who helped to make our luncheon in August and our Greens Tea in December successful events.
Thoughts from Behind the Pressline
There was a time in this land when people worked hard, sacrificed and set things aside to make life better for the next generation.
Congressman Bill Owens, speaking recently in the City of Plattsburgh, said ideology prevents progress in Washington, D.C.
From the Editor's Desk
Politicians, political hopefuls, media loudmouths and many more have been revealing their ignorance in ways that, well, actually are not all that shocking or alarming.
Francis Baker will take the mayor's seat in Rouses Point; incumbents Amy Gehrig and Thomas Trombley kept their trustee spots in Champlain village.
Tuesday, March 20
Protect the Adirondacks joined by others
Protect the Adirondacks!, the Sierra Club, and three nearby landowners filed suit March 20 against the Adirondack Park Agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the developer proposing the 700-plus unit project in the Town of Tupper Lake, which was approved by the Agency on Jan. 20.
Defeats incumbent Meegan Rock, 157-149
Dale Holderman defeated incumbent Mayor Meegan Rock in the March 20 vote, earning 157 votes against 149 cast for Rock.
Saranac Lake voters elected political newcomers Barbara Rice and Paul Van Cott to the Village Board of Trustees March 20.
State governor leads delegation
There’s no doubt about it, the 2012 New York State Youth & Government conference was the best ever, according to the governor.
Legislators made a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo that helped assure their re-election while offering up pension reform that down the line will hurt the children currently suffering under policies that birthed the Great Recession, says Roderick Sherman.
A boat parade of lights will launch the 2012 Mayor's Cup regatta and festival.
Residents turn out in large numbers to oppose Mark Varin’s proposal
A plan for an RV park in the Town of Plattsburgh has met with vigorous local opposition.
Renowned for its love affair with automobiles, Lake George's carbon footprint may shrink a little starting this year, after a fleet of pedal-powered rickshaws start offering rides through the village to various accommodations, events and attractions. Adirondack Pedal Cab Service is planning to offer the service in exchange for voluntary donations -- people are to pay merely what they want, say the pedalcab entrepreneurs.
According to one of our recent polls, the vast majority of people believe that sports should be removed from school budgets in order to help districts stay within tax caps.
Summer-like weather seems to be marking one of the shortest winters in Clinton County memory, but it's also nipping the sugar season in the bud for local maple makers.
According to a recent USA Today report, student loan defaults are at their highest rate since 1998 and appear to be headed even higher going forward.
The village will join an elite 1 percent this year in New York state as it's among a select few to drop the tax levy.
Earlier decisions paying off
Difficult decisions the past few years are expected to pay dividends in the 2012-13 Crown Point Central School budget.
Move saves $740,000
Ticonderoga Central School District employees have agreed to a pay freeze. The district’s teaching, administrative and non-instructional staff have all agreed to forego salary increases during the 2012-13 academic year to help close a budget gap.
Monday, March 19
As the crowd roared for the competitors to ham it up, flashbulbs popped and eager hands stretched out for a chance to touch the glorious growth displayed by entrants in the fourth annual Donegal beard contest March 17.
CVES class doing the work
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department is getting some help from local students. The automotive tech class at Champlain Valley Education Services in Mineville is restoring a humvee for the police agency.
Adirondack Park Agency (APA) commissioners March 15 approved a unit management plan (UMP) for the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, located in the towns of Schroon, North Hudson and Minerva.
Since December, Rangers have responded to a total of 10 calls for assistance in Essex and Franklin Counties.
“We sold more tickets than last year and got plenty of support from Rotary member business sponsorships,” said Rotary Show co-organizer Mary Brown, adding that the club raised about $1,000 more than a year ago.
Sunday, March 18
Area students turn out for the grueling academic competition
The room fell silent as Hailey Ann Aube walked up to the microphone.
The students at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School will hold their 11 annual Chamber Music Concert and Dinner to showcase student’s talent and raise money for the music department on March 22 at 5:30 p.m.
meeting held in executive session despite Scozzafava protest
Essex County received three bids for the potential purchase of the Horace Nye Nursing Home here, which were opened March 9.
Saturday, March 17
Concerned members of the Lake George Park Commission are taking action to try to prevent the spread of nuisance species in Lake George through a boat inspection and decontamination program — and they've now devised a way they say will minimize the inconvenience of launching a craft to many who seek to merely pull their boat out of the waterway temporarily.
Although there are plenty of people in the region with Irish heritage -- or wish they had some -- a St. Patrick's Day celebration has been virtually non-existent in northern Warren County until this year — and now there's a knockout two-day fest with international talent, lots of authentic Gaelic food, and loads of family fun!~
Since Dec. 2010, the fate of the former Stewart's Shop in Warrensburg has been uncertain. Now, with Dean and Lou Ackleys' Direct Deposit Redemption Center moving into the landmark building, town officials are expecting that it will boost commercial prospects downtown.
Students from almost every grade will participate
Students in grades 2-12 will perform musical numbers and dance routines to portray the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
Friday, March 16
As spring approaches and Canada geese migrate north, Saranac Lake Central School officials are trying to come up with new ways of dealing with their goose poop problem.
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials, state police and local volunteers are set to expand the search for a missing Tupper Lake teen Colin Gillis to the area around Gull Pond this weekend.
The North Country Community College Board of Trustees will interview four finalists for college president, after a nationwide search and a search committee interviewed eight candidates before narrowing the field to four
State Class B Final 4
New branch to bring fiber optics to Ti
Crown Point Telephone and its subsidiary Crown Point Network Technologies has formed Bridge Point Communication. The new firm will begin installing fiber optic cable next week that will serve the Ticonderoga business community this fall.
A lonely stretch of pot-holed road has become a garbage-filled forest, and the town board is looking to catch the trash-tossers with a surveillance system.
Defeated by Irvington, 64-31
Lady Chiefs run ends in Final Four
Charles Russell, author of “Groundwaters,” will give an illustrated talk about his book at the Westport Library on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m.
The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is pleased to present the third program of the 2012 “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 21 at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake Placid.
The Adirondack Outdoors
t has been over two decades since “The Trip,” and yet I still quiver with a mere memory of it. Although I retain fond memories of the journey, my heart begins to palpitate as I put these words on paper. It’s likely a case of mind over matter.
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is presenting a special performance, “The Rustic Riders.” This performance will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at ADK’s High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid. This presentation is free and open to the public.
LPCA invites you to enjoy your “Just Desserts” this March.
A part time volunteer is needed at the Wilmington Nutrition Site to help serve senior meals and clean up after. Lunch is served on Tuesdays and Thursday of each week. If interested, please contact RSVP at 546-3565 or email RSVP@Logical.net.
Saranac Village at Will Rogers invites all to a Celtic Celebration featuring Steve Borst & Joel Perkins, members of the band Inisheer on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. They will perform a mix of traditional Irish tunes.
There will be a North Country Clean Energy Conference June 21-22, at the Lake Placid Conference Center. A forum for educators, practitioners, community leaders, industry professionals and others plan to share information about clean energy opportunities in the North Country
Michael and Eileen Beglin, owners of Beglin Jewelers in Lake Placid, recently attended a series of educational seminars, workshops and courses t the Independent Jewelers Organization’s Spring Conference held at Orlando, Fla.
On Saturday, March 10, The Boquet Valley Women’s League hosted a Nine-Pin Tournament to benefit the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) and the Hope Lodge in Burlington.
Letter to the Editor
I believe that you have confused the purpose of the First Amendment with the use to which people wish to put that amendment.
Schandenfruede? Schadenfruede is a German word meaning pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Minerva Central School Superintendent Timothy Farrell began his report to the School Board March 8 by informing them of a new requirement under the Open Meetings Law to make various types of documents available prior to the meeting.
Tax cap, without help, is damaging
New York’s 2 percent property tax cap and a promise to provide relief from unfunded state mandates are welcome developments for beleaguered taxpayers. After years of neglect, New York State should be applauded for finally addressing the problem of rising property taxes.
It’s not very hard to find issues to complain about when writing a weekly column or for that matter sharing a comment or two at the water cooler. The state of our political system, financial markets, economy, weather, society inequities, education, entitlements, employment, health insurance, regional and state issues, corporate greed, sporting events, addictions, and the list goes on and on. Any one can look around and see things that needs to be addressed and highlighted if we are ever to generate enough public outcry to bring about change.
During the Indian Lake Town Board meeting held March 12, Supervisor Brian Wells commented on the progress in Tectonic’s selection of a builder for the cell tower in town.
This has become a time of mergers, consolidations and downsizing. It's the era of doing more with less, much less, doing without in fact, where those who care must choose who they can care a little less for so they can continue, in some whittled down way, to care.
The Johnsburg Central School District began cutting its 2012-13 budget.
Alumni tournament, dinner March 31
“The Best Fourth in the North” is months away, but Ticonderoga will have an Independence Day feeling Saturday, March 31. That’s when the “The Best Fourth in the North” committee will hold a pair of fund raising events. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament will be played and the Ti Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner. Both will benefit the annual July 4th celebration.
She's been in politics only 14 months, but people are saying her hard work ethic, lack of political baggage and deep Adirondack heritage prepare her to be a viable candidate for the 113th state Assembly district.
Elizabethtown freshman Supervisor Margaret Bartley, Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee, and Jay Supervisor and Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas visited with Congressmen Bill Owens and Chris Gibson, Sen. Charles Schumer and a representative from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office last week.
Meeting set for March 21
The town is inviting local government officials and the public to an open forum at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in the Harrietstown Town Hall to discuss the future of the airport.
Thursday, March 15
Police to re-interview party-goers
Day four of the search for Colin Gillis has found no new signs of the 18-year old in the area surrounding his last known location, despite hundreds of volunteers, DEC Forest Rangers and State Police.
With the playground at the old Champlain village school long decayed, the only place for local kids to play is the St. Mary's Academy playground. The village board wants to give kids another option and take some of that burden off the Catholic school.
Store owners urged to stop
Doug Terbeek, executive director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County, said the sale of synthetic marijuana is common in convenience stores and gas stations in the Ticonderoga area.
Group meets with school officials
Students want to be heard as the Ticonderoga Central School District struggles to close a $1.7 million budget gap for 2012-13.
Verizon Wireless officials have changed their location for a potential cell tower site in Minerva, catching town and state officials off guard.
Like all good fanatics, skiers and snowboarders have developed their own unique terminology. In some cases, the fun-loving slang is universal between the two disciplines, and in other cases, it is derogatory toward the other. Either way though, the slopes are full of enough jargon and lingo to symbolically push old man Webster over the proverbial edge of the mountain.
The Madrid-Waddington Yellowjackets used outstanding outside shooting to upend the Willsboro Warriors 57-37 in the Class D boys regional basketball championship March 10.
The two candidates for the office of Mayor in Keeseville both spoke about the ongoing dissolution study and other key issues facing the municipality.
Four make pitch for votes in March 20 election
Four candidates for two Saranac Lake village trustee positions explained their positions on a number of topics during a Meet the Candidates forum Monday, March 12 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
Wednesday, March 14
Elizabethtown man faces up to 8 years in State Prison for secretely recording women at rest area bathroom
An Elizabethtown man could face up to eight years in prison for recording video images of women in the restroom at the High Peaks Rest Area on Interstate 87 near North Hudson
Westport’s grocery and pizza shop planned to bring flavor back into town
Westport will have Ernie’s Market back again serving the community pizza, baked goods and groceries.
'We really do not have anything new'
Officials from the New York State Police and Department of Environmental Conservation did not have a lot of new information three days into the search for a missing Tupper Lake teen.
'We just want him to come home'
Parents John and Patty Gillis, along with son Lyndon, spoke with reporters assembled at the Piercefield Highway Department March 14, headquarters in the search for 18-year old Colin Gillis.
A state-wide burn ban is effective from March 16 through May 14, announced the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Plattsburgh City School Board member Fred Wachtmeister would send a 13-percent tax-levy increase to the voters way before cutting positions and programs.
Annual event March 24
Moriah Central School is going mad. For real. Moriah Madness will be held Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school in Port Henry. Sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association, the annual event is a day of family activities.
Four companies on-scene
The fire that destroyed the home of Travis Gagnon March 13 appears to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, fire investigators said
Herbal incense linked to psychotic & criminal behavior
Smoking herbal incense or "posh" has been linked to criminal and psychotic behavior, and a Lake George community activist is pressing for her town board to make use or sale of the substance illegal.
Prevailing student lifestyle at SUNY Adirondack will soon change radically, as a 400-bed dormitory complex is now certain at the community college based in Queensbury.
Terbeek elected co-chair
The Crown Point Chamber of Commerce marked its first anniversary with a pot luck dinner recently.
Tuesday, March 13
The search for 18-year-old Collin Gillis who was reported missing by his mother Sunday continues.
Sentinel Productions to perform ‘Harvey’
Sentinel Productions, the Ti High drama club, will present the play “Harvey” this weekend. Shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the school auditorium.
With an economic outlook that includes the loss of jobs and tax income from the Pfizer facility, the village board is looking at cutting their own pay and dropping nearly all their support for the annual Fourth of July celebration.
Meeting agendas, minutes available
The town of Moriah has established a new website to serve residents and meet new state requirements.
Students present books they created about dinosaurs in class
Second-grade students were the teachers for faculty, parents and classmates, bringing everyone back to prehistoric jurassic time with books they created about dinosaurs
At the Feb. 22 meeting of the dissolution committee, which represented the public kick-off meeting, consultants Peter Fairweather of Fairweather Consulting and Tim Weidemann and Rondout Consulting said that services are a key area to look at during the drafting of a dissolution study.
The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows return to Lake Placid June 26 through July 8, and feature every level of competition from children under 7 competing in the Juliam Farm Lead Line class to Olympic veterans competing in two $75,000 Grand Prix events.
Monday, March 12
Creator of Richie Rich, Little Lotta, succumbs to cancer
Sid Couchey, creator of characters Richie Rich, Little Dot, Little Lotta, and Rascal the Raccoon, passed away Sunday, March 11.
After flare-ups finished claiming some remaining barn structure, and smoldering supports led to the oldest silo on the property being torn down, clean-up at the Glaude farm is a long a careful process.
March 23 and 24
The Wicked Witch. The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, Dorothy. They’re all coming to Schroon Lake Central School. The school’s drama club will present “The Wizard of Oz” Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, at 7 p.m.
Members of the Economic Development, Planning and Publicity Committee heard from Karen Hennessy of the Lake Champlain Bridge Committee on the upcoming bridge celebration, scheduled for May 19-20.
Sheriff Richard Cutting spoke more about the issue during the March 12 meeting of the Essex County Public safety Committee meeting and said that he has been in touch with other counties.
After winning the Section VII championship, the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange fell to the Argyle Scots 47-21 on Saturday, March 10 in Class D girls regional basketball play.
Betty Lamoria replaces retired Joan Daby
Betty Lamoria has big shoes to fill. The new Moriah town historian is replacing Joan Daby, who has retired after 20 years.
United Way of the Adirondacks officials awarded Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas the Dorothy and Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award at their annual dinner Saturday, March 3 at the American Legion Post in Plattsburgh.
Boards must provide public access to meeting material
Attorney Doug Gerhardt Feb. 21 gave the Lake Placid Central School Board of Education a brief lesson on the state’s newest amendments to the Open Meetings Law.
Sunday, March 11
A Lake Placid man died the evening of Friday, March 9 after being hit by car while walking along State Route 86, according to State Police at Troop B in Ray Brook.
Saranac Lake Village Board members Feb. 29 hired outgoing Trustee John McEneany as the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s newest paid fire driver.
Au Sable Valley Central School perform the 1939 classic film, “The Wizard of Oz” March 15 through the 18.
Saturday, March 10
The Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) announces five movies for its Spring 2012 schedule.
The annual Dr. Thomas Tanneberger Alumni Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 17, at the Westport Central School gymnasium, with game starting at 1 p.m.
Friday, March 9
As soon as Pete Light heard the village offices were going to move to the old school, he was knocking on the door. He wanted to put his years of historical research and collecting out where they could be seen and appreciated.
Moriah supervisor opts against run
Tom Scozzafava will not run for state Assembly. The Moriah supervisor made his decision today after meeting with Randy Douglas of Jay, Essex County Board of Supervisors chairman.
With the chatter of preschoolers, the aerobic thumping of a senior citizen exercise class and squeaky sneakers in the hardwood-floored gym, the village offices on Emmons Street have gone from a dusty, closed school full of surplus equipment to a colorful community center.
An electric heater in the garage is apparent cause
A faulty heater in a garage adjacent to a mobile-home is being blamed for igniting a blaze during the morning of March 7 that destroyed both the garage and the home located in the Sheehan Mobil Home Park.
Lake Placid residents are are angry over the lack of security on school social media site
Obscene pornographic postings on the Lake Placid Central School District’s recently-launched Twitter account was a subject of heated conversation during a March 6 school board meeting.
Many speculate over source of donated heart
“The timing was more than ironic, yet no one really knows,” Connor’s father, Walter “Smitty” Marvin said. “Someday, we may know and find out that they were connected, but that’s another story for another day.”
Marvin, 16, continued to recover from heart transplant surgery, the same that his brother had gone through 15 months prior at Children’s Hospital of Boston
Tom Beauvais to be honored March 18
Tom Beauvais, 66, will be inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame on March 18 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Girls, women invited to party March 12
All former, current and future Girl Scouts are invited to attend the Girl Scouts 100th Birthday Party — with cake and punch — at 4 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the Johnsburg Central School cafetorium.
Hundreds to arrive from Toronto area
Business and ski center officials are rolling out the red carpet for hundreds of Canadian visitors this coming week.
The Town of Willsboro food pantry has received a donation from the Lewis Family Farm in Essex.
Thursday, March 8
March 15 in Crown Point
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce March “After Business Mixer” will be held on Thursday, March 15, at Crown Point Telephone/Crown Point Network Technologies 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Police move on hold
Debating the future of its police station for several years, the Ticonderoga town board has decided to do a full analysis of all town buildings.
Members of the Minerva Town Board considered various options for budgeting a road repair project during their March 1 meeting.
Town Board still seeks volunteers
The Johnsburg Planning Board is one member closer to being fully staffed after the Town Board Tuesday, March 6 appointed Bill Moos to the unexpired term of Nate Pelton, who had two years remaining on his term.
Village board meets
Members of the Lake Placid Village Board spent much of their March 5 meeting discussing ways to improve the community, including the purchase of a fire truck, sign posts and software for the wastewater treatment plant.
Interested residents of Tupper Lake can join the project and will receive a loaner maple tap and bucket to help get them started. Residents then tap their own maple trees, the sap from which Wild Center volunteers pick up regularly during the maple sugar season, which is beginning now
Wednesday, March 7
Proceeds to help Annie Cleveland with doctor bills
The family of Johnsburg resident Annie Cleveland is organizing a fundraiser to help her pay costs of medical bills associated with battling cancer. She has no health insurance.
Run/walk for Kennedy Taylor Sunday
Kennedy Taylor wants to be a runner. Sadly, illness is keeping the Moriah Central School fifth grade student on the sidelines, so others will run for her Sunday, March 11.
Count this among the many charms of small-town life: Cracker barrels.
On Thursday, March 1, prayers were answered for tourism industry workers and school children alike. It was a snow day.
Oak Street Elementary Students are holding an ice cream social
Johnny, Gideon and Geronimo crept around the edges of the cafeteria, sniffing at tables and chairs and stopping for an occasional scratch behind the ears or under the chin.
The peak here, where summertime staffers would daily climb the still-standing fire tower to stand vigilant against wildfires, remains a popular climb, in part because of the history of that now-disheveled structure.
Statement: no influence to force Richards to resign
“The board cannot provide any definitive answers at this time, but we are working towards a solution that is in the best interest of the community, and we ask for your patience and understanding,” Baumbach said
State championships were competed for over the weekend in several sports, including skiing, boys swimming, gymnastics, indoor track and field and bowling.
In a Feb. 21 memo to the Saranac Lake Village Board, Mountain Manager Charles Martin outlined the financial realities of the 2011-12 ski season and made recommendations to cut expenses. In short, revenue is down and expenses are flat to slightly up.
Tax cap procedure in question
The Ticonderoga town board has asked its attorney to review the local fire district budget to determine if it was adopted legally. Ticonderoga Fire District commissioners, though, are confident the budget meets all statutory requirements.
Four vie for two village trustee seats
Voters will get a chance to learn more about the four people running for two open village trustee seats during a “Meet the Candidates” forum at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
Vikings fall to Hoosic Valley
The most successful season in Moriah girls basketball in three decades came to a crashing end March 6. The Vikings lost to Hoosic Valley, 71-20, in the opening round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls Class C tournament.
Tuesday, March 6
Trustees debate problems in codes enforcement
Faced with resident complaints, the Ticonderoga town board is wondering what to do with its code enforcement office. People are concerned the codes office isn’t open to deal with residents, that inspections aren’t being completed in a timely fashion and that permits and other paperwork aren’t being processed.
With other area villages weighing the benefits of dissolving back to their townships, ending the village government is a hot topic among trustee candidates for this month’s election.
NHS ceremony held
Becoming a member of the National Honor Society requires more than academic success. A dozen new inductees to the Schroon Lake Central School National Honor Society chapter were reminded of that during ceremonies March 5.
Mother Nature didn't cooperate this year, but Lake George Winter Carnival volunteers figured out ways to give thousands of attendees a lot of fun despite no lake ice or snow.
Tanya Wemett of Chestertown describes in detail how she nearly lost her husband Jeff to a heart attack — and how the valiant efforts of North Warren Emergency Squad members — as well as her son Nolan — saved Jeff's life.
She was a 1939 graduate of North Creek High
On March 3, the Minerva firehouse held a celebration in honor of Barbara Curtis’s 90th birthday. She has been an active and visible member of the community throughout her life.
Board of Supervisors rescinds employee regulation
The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a pair of resolutions at its March 5 meeting, rescinding the county's residency policy as well as granting residency waiver requests for 14 current out-of-county residents.
Alex Steele feted at county board meeting
Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell was joined by Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish and Westport Fire Chief James Westover at the beginning of the March 5 meeting to present a resolution to Alex Steele, a senior at Westport Central School, for his actions in getting him and sister, Moira, out of their home Feb. 8.
Vikings to face No. 2 Hoosic Valley
Moriah, fresh from winning the Section VII Class C girls basketball tournament, will open state tournament play tonight.
Monday, March 5
March 15 meeting in Hague
The Carillon Garden Club will start its new club year on Thursday, March 15, with a regular business meeting at the Hague Community Center on Route 8 in Hague at 10 a.m.
Children’s program enters 30th season
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will mark a milestone this summer as its Arts Trek program celebrates its 30th anniversary. Arts Trek is the series of free children’s programs held each summer by the guild.
Though the North Country is wrapping up a weird winter, local maple syrup producers say it’s business as usual, and the crop so far is clear and sweet.
It's known as the "mother of all parties" in the region, and this year, it was undoubtedly another blockbuster.
Sportsmen don’t want any invasive species in the pristine waters of Lake George because they are a threat to the fisheries and the water purity.
Sunday, March 4
In announcing her candidacy Sunday for the 113th Assembly District seat, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood said she'd be a good choice for the post because she was a lifelong resident of the Adirondacks, and she'd gained valuable experience in office advocating for economic development, Internet access and job growth development.
The Elizabethtown Planning Board and the Town Board of Elizabethtown are about to engage an extremely important issue regarding the property owners within our township.
Hague Winter Weekend was held Feb. 17-19.
Saturday, March 3
I have enjoyed Keith Lobdell's Tank articles in the past but his recent submission of "The Plight of the Moderate" seemed a glaring example, to me, of why our country is in trouble right now.
Trio to seek federal funding
Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas will be joined by Keene Supervisor William Ferebee and Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley on a trip that will run from Sunday, March 4, through Wednesday, March 7.
Warriors, Wildcats play at noon
Top seed Schroon Lake Wildcats, second seed Willsboro Warriors play for Class D boys basketball title at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse at noon.
Funding requests part of packet to be sent to federal representatives.
Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from Mother Nature, the third annual WinterFest was held on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Friday, March 2
Lady Orange defend their title
Voting to be at Ti Middle School
For the first time in decades, Ticonderoga voters will have a new polling site in 2012. Local residents will cast their ballots at the Ticonderoga Middle School auditorium this year. Voting had been at the Ticonderoga fire house for years.
Three may run in 113th Assembly District election
Three town supervisors say they may have an interest in running for Teresa Sayward's 113th Assembly seat this fall.
Winter arrived on Leap Year Day, and the foot-deep snowfall prompted Hickory Ski Center to open this Saturday — for the first time this season.
As 14-year Mayor George Rivers leaves office, the village is facing a challenge with the Pfizer facility closing. Efforts to encourage business are vital for the future of Rouses Point, said the candidates for the March 20 village election.
Relief committee holds public hearing in Lake Placid
Lt. Gov. Duffy, Sen. Little hear from taxpayers, local officials at Lake Placid Conference Center
Open house April 3
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Chamber Day Tuesday, April 3.
Times of Ti to offer updates during the games
The Times of Ti will post updates on its website — www.timesofti.com — and on Facebook — www.facebook.com/pages/Times-of-Ti/232030793764 — at the end of every quarter during this weekend’s Section VII boys and girls basketball championship games.
The man who resurrected the luxurious Hacker Craft antique boat business has died.
On Jan. 23, I suffered an unfortunate accident while hiking with my dog.
Website will have information and schedules for meetings, studies and more
Bobsled driver feels a connection to FDNY sled
Game March 2, 4 p.m.
Indian Lake/Long Lake seeks to defend Section VII/Class D girls title.
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.
The North Hudson Volunteer Women’s Auxiliary would like to say “Thank you” to everyone who helped make our annual memory tree another success.
Thursday, March 1
Assemblywoman won't seek re-election
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, a Republican, has announced she will not seek re-election.
Construction to start in June
A project to make the former Moses Ludington Hospital a senior citizen housing complex is on schedule. Liberty Affordable Housing Inc. and Inter-Lakes Health have informed town officials they expect to begin work on the $7 million project in June. Completion is anticipated in September 2013.
ELCS student gets transplant surgery 15 months after older brother
Connor Marvin undergoes heart transplant surgery 15 months after brother Brock receives a new heart at same hospital.
Champlain Area Trails Travel Writing Contest
An independent field biology study turned out to be especially fruitful for both teacher and student.
While parents, teachers, youth advocates, clergy, law enforcement and many supporting or focused youth agencies work to protect youth, in the end, teens themselves must be their own greatest protector.
•100 Years Ago – March 1912•
It all starts with food.
Notes from Planet Earth
As it turns out, there are good reasons to believe we can or will be able to control our aging, at least to some extent and within the limits imposed by our genetic endowment.
Community to mark 250 years
The Ticonderoga First 250 Years Committee is seeking a logo to represent the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the settlement of Ticonderoga.
Village residents wishing to air concerns or well wishes of support for the proposed veterans treatment facility on Kiwassa Road will have another opportunity to do so March 13 during a public hearing.
A little more than two decades ago, there was a groundswell of support in Essex County for switching from an 18-member board of supervisors to a five- or seven-member board of legislators.
We thank everyone who made the Cash Band event a huge success.
Effects on 2012-13 budget uncertain
Albany continues to tinker with its 2 percent property tax cap, and its most recent tweak would limit the Johnsburg Central School District not to a 2 percent ceiling but to a 0.6 percent maximum.
The newest incarnation of Boy Scout Troop 75 is only two years old. The boys are young and building their scout careers one merit badge at a time.
Let me make this perfectly clear to all readers, especially to Mr. Guido. I don’t like President Obama.
One of three Boy Scout camps in town will not be open for summer camp this year, forcing scouts throughout the region to find alternatives.
Richards Library provides many benefits to the communities it serves, besides just lending books.
Lake George High School's most famous alumnus — Celebrity chef, author and talk show host Rachael Ray — is presenting her 10th annual local benefit show Thursday, April 12 in the school auditorium
Executive session expected
The Lake Placid Central School Board of Education will hold another meeting today, most likely about embattled school Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards.
I was very happy to read your editorial "The plight of the moderate candidate."