Stories for March 2012


Saturday, March 31

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Post-Star lays off one-third of news reporting staff

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.

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Westport Hotel and Tavern set to open doors

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.

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Keene seeks options with Ford-Johnston retirement

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.

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Reviving an industrial icon

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.

Bowling event a success

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

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Vermont band brings joy to Ticonderoga

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.

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Discount store planned for Dannemora

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.

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Massively salty groundwater relief efforts begun at Plank 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.

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Night Shadows rock Ticonderoga

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.

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Johnsburg Central still trimming budget to stay under tax cap

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.

Women can make their own decisions

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!

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AVCS budget will come in under 2.49 percent 'threshold'

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.”

Discover the Love of Three Oranges

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.

Cleveland family gives thanks for support at fundraiser

Annie Cleveland’s family would like to express a big thank you to everyone who made the Benefit a huge success.

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Keene CS adopts budget for vote

Barring any unforeseen changes to the New York State budget, Keene Central School has its spending plan in place.

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Three wrestlers earn 150 win during season

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.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – Spring 1912•

Thursday, March 29

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Rollover grant to be used for new meters

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.

Power Interuption planned in Westport, Sturday

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.

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Adirondack music to be featured in concert

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.

A plea to Essex County Supervisors

Guest Viewpoint

Very shortly now many of you will face the biggest decision of your political lives.

Be safe driving as temperatures rise

Guest Viewpoint

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.

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New York bans sale of synthetic marijuana

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.

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Ticonderoga students attend DNA event

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.

Fire chief: Ward Hill Subdivision’s access road doesn’t make the grade

The ongoing site plan review for the proposed Ward Hill Subdivision took an odd twist at the March 26 Johnsburg Planning Board meeting.

If you pay for it, it’s a right

Mr. (John) Sharkey seems to be confused as to the function of a health insurance policy.

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ELCS budget whittling continues

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.

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Saranac Lake village honors Trustee McEneany

Members of the Saranac Lake Village Board honored Trustee John McEneany during their March 26 regular meeting.

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Johnsburg mulls growing list of projects

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.

Jewish support appreciated

I want to thank you (Dan Alexander) for your recent editorial on the Beren’s Jewish Academy basketball team.

Wednesday, March 28

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Wick approved by Cuomo to lead Lake George Park Commission

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.

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Ticonderoga High seeking distinguished alumni

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.

Time for a zoning code update, says town of Champlain

Zoning code needs a good hard look, said the Champlain Zoning Board and Codes Enforcement Officer Michael Tetreault.

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Johnsburg Town Board takes government to the people

If numbers are an indication of success, the Johnsburg Town Board’s effort to take town government to the people is being well received.

Ticonderoga teachers are the problem

School (Ticonderoga Central School) budget question and comments:

Death of baseball? Hope not

The Tank

Rest in peace, baseball, 1845 (ish)-2012.

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North Creek Fire Co. honors 9-year-old

Nine-year-old Matthew Richards, of North Creek, was honored Saturday, March 24 at a ceremony held at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company.

Massive police response to Altona ends peacefully

Altona man Dennis Provost, 57, was taken into custody by state police March 27 under the state Mental Health Law.

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Ban on synthetic marijuana launched by Warren County leaders

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.

Voters being sandbagged

Once again Westport voters are being sandbagged by the school board.

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One last cast ...

Notes from the North Woods

I’ll be along in just a minute, I’m just gonna’ take one last cast.

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Harrietstown defends integrity of town clerk

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.

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Saranac Lake village seeks to override tax cap

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.

Soup kitchen benefits area

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!

The nation’s moral compass is off

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I wrote about the course adjustment that, in my opinion, our nation must take.

Sharks attack over APA decision

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.

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Railway is happy with winter ridership despite scant snow

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

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Warrensburg’s supervisor declares he’s ready to take on top county post

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.

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State budget agreement reached

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.

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ECH, CVPH to partner with Vermont hospitals

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.

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Easter Bunny coming to Schroon Lake

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.

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Essex County GOP picks Stec for Assembly

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.

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Protesters picket outside Essex County Supervisors meeting

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.

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Resolution over higher Horace Nye bids sparks controversy

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.

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Lake George Village approves frugal budget

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

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Warrensburg teens plan mission to assist homeless

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.

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Kids get involved with Ellenburg youth group

While the Back Porch Band christened the refinished town hall with some tunes, a local youth group introduced some new members to volunteerism.

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Moriah rallies to help ailing children

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.

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Ovitt, Mahoney engaged to wed

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.

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Spring buds mean maple sap's done

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.

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Belanger part of Dan Stec’s Assembly bid

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.

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Author recalls growing up in Port Henry

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.”

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Community organizes for school support

It started with a dozen people willing to fight for what they believed in, what they wanted, what they knew their children needed.

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Saranac Lake schools may switch to Gmail

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

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Keene Central School Scientific Science Slam a positive experiment

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

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Concert to benefit Wounded Warriors fund

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.

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Westport honors life saving efforts of Alex Steele

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.

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Keene to bring 'Macbeth' to the stage

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

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Missing Tupper Lake man found near stolen vehicle

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.

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Adirondack Marathon adds event

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.

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Burn ban in place during dry spring

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.

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Vandals steal property at new Elizabethtown Park

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.

Annual poster contest scheduled

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.

Nursing home concerns

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.

Soon — another school budget showdown!

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.

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LaHart hired as new LP Police officer

The Lake Placid Village Board approved the appointment of new police office Heather LaHart at its March 19 meeting.

Elizabethtown-Lewis set to tackle $279,342 gap

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

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Hoffman withdraws, Stec wins Warren County G.O.P nod

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.

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Warm temps force Gore to close early

Unseasonably warm temperatures forced the Gore Mountain Ski Center to close earlier than expected on Thursday, March 22.

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One found, one sought in Tupper Lake

Police are also searching for a stolen car and handgun

Angela Roberts found, search still on for Carl Burns, Jr.

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Prayer ceremony to be held for missing Tupper teen

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.

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Ticonderoga looks to start alternative ed program

State approval needed

The Ticonderoga Central School District is asking the state education department for permission to establish an alternative high school program.

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Easter raffle set at Mooers FD

An Easter raffle is planned at the Mooers Fire Department March 31, 7 p.m.

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Future of airport discussed in Harrietstown

'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.

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Indian Lake Central adopts 2012-13 budget

Indian Lake Central School Board members Tuesday, March 20 voted unanimously to adopt a 2012-2013 budget totaling $5,822,831.

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Douglas will not seek 113th assembly seat

‘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.

Moose struck on Route 3, driver unhurt

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.

Accident claims life of Vermont man in Crown Point

East Middlebury man killed

A two car accident on Bridge Road resulted in the death of a Vermont man on Wednesday evening.

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Ticonderoga lakes conference receives grant

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.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – March 1912•

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Beauvais enters BCANY Hall of Fame

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.

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Supervisors to receive report on Nursing Home

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.

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North Creek Fire Co. plans spring events

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.

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Minerva egg hunt set for April 1

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.

Thanks for land use

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.

Thurman town board is not to blame

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

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JCS students prepare for 'Beauty and the Beast'

Students and teachers at Johnsburg Central School are in the final stages of preparing for this year’s musical, “Beauty and the Beast."

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DEC, DOT now back Tahawus RR

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.

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Flag-themed sofa causes debate

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.

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Need for vendor notices questioned in Ticonderoga

Signs make Ti appear unfriendly

Ticonderoga needs to make a better first impression. That’s the feeling of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.

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New Ellenburg rec director named

Chris Brooks was named as the new recreation director for Ellenburg's 175-kid strong youth program at the March 20 town meeting.

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North Country is unbroken in congressional redistricting

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.

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Fire consumes Stony Creek home

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.

Spring safety stressed

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.

‘Open Mike’

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.

Controlling invasive species is vital

The Lake George Park Commission has been investigating ways to prevent aquatic invasive species entering Lake George over the last few years

Dormitory fire forces students from their beds

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.

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Port Henry renovation discussed

Funding may be available

Several business owners met recently in Port Henry to discuss funding possibilities for the renovation of downtown buildings.

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Saranac Lake board rezones land for veterans treatment center

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.

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Saranac Lake school district starts budget talks

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.

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Lake Placid Central aims to stay within tax cap limit

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.

Donations given

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.

We need a course adjustment

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.

Political squabbling hurts average Americans


Congressman Bill Owens, speaking recently in the City of Plattsburgh, said ideology prevents progress in Washington, D.C.

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Amid the outrage exists hypocrisy

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.

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Election results in for Rouses Point, Champlain village

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

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Enviro group sues APA over ACR permit

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.

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Dale Holderman wins in Keeseville

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.

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Rice, Van Cott win Saranac Lake village elections

Saranac Lake voters elected political newcomers Barbara Rice and Paul Van Cott to the Village Board of Trustees March 20.

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Ticonderoga students take ideas to Albany

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.

Pension reform draws mixed reviews

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.

Mayor’s Cup schedule announced

A boat parade of lights will launch the 2012 Mayor's Cup regatta and festival.

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Neighborhood does not want RV park

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.

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Pedal-powered rickshaw rides coming to Lake George?

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.

Cutting sports, music, arts from school budgets is a bad idea

The Tank

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.

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Watching tree tops, maple makers hope for cold weather

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.

Will this generation sink under college debt?

Kids Count

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.

Champlain vil. dropping tax rate

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.

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Crown Point school budget to meet tax cap

Earlier decisions paying off

Difficult decisions the past few years are expected to pay dividends in the 2012-13 Crown Point Central School budget.

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Ticonderoga school staff agrees to pay freeze

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

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Celeb treatment for bearded men at Donegal contest

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.

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Students restoring vehicle for sheriff’s department

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.

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APA approves Hoffman Notch Wilderness plan

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.

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DEC reports busy winter for rangers

Since December, Rangers have responded to a total of 10 calls for assistance in Essex and Franklin Counties.

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Rotary Club show a success

“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

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Regional Spelling Bee a success

Area students turn out for the grueling academic competition

The room fell silent as Hailey Ann Aube walked up to the microphone.

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Chamber Music Concert and dinner planned for Elizabethtown-Lewis school

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.

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Nursing Home committee reviews bids, wants more

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

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Lake Geo. boats might be sealed to trailers to certify no contamination

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.

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St. Patrick’s Day party, parade set for Lake George this weekend

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!~

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Direct Deposit to fill empty downtown Wbg. storefront

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.

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The Sound of Music set to ring through Willsboro

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

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Saranac Lake High School gets ready to outwit geese

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.

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DEC continues search for missing Tupper Lake teen

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.

North Country Community College board to interview four presidential candidates

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

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LIVE! Saranac v. Irvington in B Final Four

State Class B Final 4

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Crown Point Telephone expanding service

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.

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Cameras could catch litter scofflaws in Altona

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.

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Lady Chiefs fall in state semis

Defeated by Irvington, 64-31

Lady Chiefs run ends in Final Four

Westport Author to speak at library

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.

Guideboats featured

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 Quick trip

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.

Rustic Riders at ADK Club

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.

‘Just Desserts’ at LPCS

LPCA invites you to enjoy your “Just Desserts” this March.

Volunteers Needed in Wilmington

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.

Celtic celebration set

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.

Clean energy conference set

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

Beglin attends conference

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.

Thanks for 9-pin support

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.

Frist Amendment issue

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.


Kids Count

Schandenfruede? Schadenfruede is a German word meaning pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.

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Minerva Central talks open meetings, teacher evaluations

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.

Mandate relief should have come first

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.

The really important things in life

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.

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Indian Lake supervisor wants active role with cell tower builders

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.

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Complacency over outrage

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.

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Johnsburg Central budget cuts begin

The Johnsburg Central School District began cutting its 2012-13 budget.

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‘Best Fourth’ fund raising events slated

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.

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Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood confirms Assembly candidacy

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.

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Douglas, Ferebee and Bartley return from D.C.

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.

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Harrietstown invites public, officials to help with airport

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

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Search for Gillis to continue into weekend

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.

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Rec area effort under way on Main Street in Champlain village

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.

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Synthetic marijuana being sold in Ti, Crown Point

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.

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Ticonderoga High students express budget worries

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.

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Verizon changes spot for Minerva cell tower

Verizon Wireless officials have changed their location for a potential cell tower site in Minerva, catching town and state officials off guard.

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Slang on the Slopes

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.

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Warrior boys, Lady 'Jacks fall in regional finals

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.

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Candidates for Keeseville mayor talk about dissolution and issues

The two candidates for the office of Mayor in Keeseville both spoke about the ongoing dissolution study and other key issues facing the municipality.

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Saranac Lake trustee candidates square off in forum

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

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Bathroom voyeur pleads guilty to unlawful surveillance

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

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Ernie’s set to reopen Friday

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.

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Search for Colin Gillis offers few new leads

'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.

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Family of Colin Gillis speaks

'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.

Burn ban effective, March 16 to May 14

A state-wide burn ban is effective from March 16 through May 14, announced the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Plattsburgh City School faces tough cuts

Plattsburgh City School Board member Fred Wachtmeister would send a 13-percent tax-levy increase to the voters way before cutting positions and programs.

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Moriah Madness strikes school

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.

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Cause of home fire in Keene thought to be faulty wiring

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

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Local ban on ‘posh’ urged

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.

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Student housing at SUNY Adirondack soon a reality

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.

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Crown Point chamber marks anniversary

Terbeek elected co-chair

The Crown Point Chamber of Commerce marked its first anniversary with a pot luck dinner recently.

Tuesday, March 13

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Search continues for Tupper Lake teen

The search for 18-year-old Collin Gillis who was reported missing by his mother Sunday continues.

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Invisible rabbit visits Ticonderoga High School

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.

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Rouses Point's July 4th will make do with less

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.

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Moriah launches new website

Meeting agendas, minutes available

The town of Moriah has established a new website to serve residents and meet new state requirements.

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Second grade class goes ‘prehistoric’

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

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Services big questions in Keeseville study

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.

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Lake Placid horse show dates set

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

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Cartoonist Sid Couchey dead at age 92

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.

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Glaude farm cleanup still under way in Ellenburg

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.

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Schroon students to present ‘Wizard of Oz’

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.

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Supervisors learn about bridge celebration


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.

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Essex County Jail revenue again discussed in committee

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.

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Lady Orange falls short against Argyle

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.

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Moriah historian settles into new job

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.

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United Way celebrates a successful year

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.

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LPCS board gets Open Meetings Law lesson

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

Lake Placid pedestrian killed by car

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.

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Village hires McEneany as new fire driver

Saranac Lake Village Board members Feb. 29 hired outgoing Trustee John McEneany as the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s newest paid fire driver.

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AuSable Valley Students to bring Oz to the school stage

Au Sable Valley Central School perform the 1939 classic film, “The Wizard of Oz” March 15 through the 18.

Saturday, March 10

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Film Society announces spring series

The Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) announces five movies for its Spring 2012 schedule.

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Tanneberger tournament set for March 17

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

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Museum spotlights Dannemora history

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.

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Scozzafava not running for Assembly

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.

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Dannemora community building comes to life

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.

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Willsboro house fire leaves residents homeless

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.

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Lake Placid school Twitter page hacked by porn

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.

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Marvin family grateful for two organ donation decisions

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.”

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Connor Marvin continues path toward recovery

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

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Former Westport coach to be inducted to hoops hall

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.

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North Creek Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years with party

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.

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North Creek welcomes Canadian ski tour

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.

Lewis Farm donates meat to Willsboro pantry

The Town of Willsboro food pantry has received a donation from the Lewis Family Farm in Essex.

Thursday, March 8

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Ticonderoga chamber mixer slated

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.

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Ticonderoga to review all town buildings

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.

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Town Board seeks to manage resources and reduce debt

Members of the Minerva Town Board considered various options for budgeting a road repair project during their March 1 meeting.

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Johnsburg fills one vacancy on Planning Board

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.

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Lake Placid to buy new aerial fire truck

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.

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Maple sugar event held in Tupper Lake

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

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Benefit planned for local cancer patient March 10

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.

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Moriah event to honor ailing child

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.

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Community discusses school issues at Cracker Barrel

Count this among the many charms of small-town life: Cracker barrels.

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Snowstorm in North Creek better late than never

On Thursday, March 1, prayers were answered for tourism industry workers and school children alike. It was a snow day.

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Students use ice cream to help animals

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.

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Lyon Mountain fire tower could use some friends

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.

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LP School board responds to community petition for Richards resignation

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

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Local athletes compete for state championships

State championships were competed for over the weekend in several sports, including skiing, boys swimming, gymnastics, indoor track and field and bowling.

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Mt. Pisgah deals with short season, revenue shortfall

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.

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Ticonderoga fire budget to be reviewed

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.

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Meet the Saranac Lake candidates March 12

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.

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Moriah eliminated from state tourney

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

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Codes concerns dominate Ticonderoga meeting

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.

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Champlain village candidates talk dissolution, beautification

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.

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Schroon Lake inducts honor students

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.

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Lake George Winter Carnival wraps up challenging season

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.

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Fast action of emergency responders saved local man’s life

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.

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Minerva holds 90th birthday party for Barbara Curtis

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.

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Residency no longer a requirement in Essex County

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.

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Westport student honored for life-saving actions

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.

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Moriah opens state tourney play

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

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Garden club to begin new year

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.

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Arts Trek to mark anniversary

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.

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So far so good, say Clinton County maple makers

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.

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Bands ‘N Beans party rocks Roaring Brook

It's known as the "mother of all parties" in the region, and this year, it was undoubtedly another blockbuster.

Education key to keeping invasive species out

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

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Evelyn Wood of Thurman now a candidate for Sayward’s Assembly post

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.

Comprehensive plan important to Elizabethtown

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 a success

Hague Winter Weekend was held Feb. 17-19.

Saturday, March 3

Cautious of moderates

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.

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Douglas, Bartley, Ferebee head to Washington

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.

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Class D boys title game features Willsboro, Schroon

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.

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Supervisors pass resolutions for DC

Funding requests part of packet to be sent to federal representatives.

WinterFest a success

Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from Mother Nature, the third annual WinterFest was held on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Friday, March 2

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Indian Lake/Long Lake wins Class D girls title

Lady Orange defend their title

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Ticonderoga polling site moving

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.

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Interest begins in Sayward’s Assembly seat

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.

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Snowfall prompts Hickory Ski Center opening

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.

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Candidates in Rouses Point say small business is important

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.

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Lt. Gov. Duffy hears mandate concerns

Relief committee holds public hearing in Lake Placid

Lt. Gov. Duffy, Sen. Little hear from taxpayers, local officials at Lake Placid Conference Center

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Ticonderoga Chamber Day activities planned

Open house April 3

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Chamber Day Tuesday, April 3.

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Ticonderoga, Moriah, Schroon to play for titles

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.

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Former Hacker Boat Co. owner dies

The man who resurrected the luxurious Hacker Craft antique boat business has died.

Thanks to those who helped out after accident

On Jan. 23, I suffered an unfortunate accident while hiking with my dog.

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Website to keep Keeseville residents in the know about dissolution process

Website will have information and schedules for meetings, studies and more

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Bobsled remembers heroes

Bobsled driver feels a connection to FDNY sled

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Lady Lions, Orange set for D title game

Game March 2, 4 p.m.

Indian Lake/Long Lake seeks to defend Section VII/Class D girls title.

Thanks for help battling leukemia

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

Auxiliary thankful

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

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Sayward to step down

Assemblywoman won't seek re-election

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, a Republican, has announced she will not seek re-election.

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Ticonderoga senior housing project on schedule

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.

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Connor Marvin receives heart transplant

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.

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Mineville student wins essay contest

Champlain Area Trails Travel Writing Contest

An independent field biology study turned out to be especially fruitful for both teacher and student.

Must safeguard themselves

Kids Count

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.

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Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – March 1912•

Nutrition and your metabolism

It all starts with food.

Can we control our aging?

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.

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Logo sought for Ticonderoga celebration

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.

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SL veterans treatment center public hearing set for March 13

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.

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County supervisors vs legislators: Which makes more sense?

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.

Great time had by all

We thank everyone who made the Cash Band event a huge success.

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JCS: Tax cap formula keeps changing

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.

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Boy Scout Troop 75 in Long Lake still growing

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.

A nation on the dole

Let me make this perfectly clear to all readers, especially to Mr. Guido. I don’t like President Obama.

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Cedarlands shutting down summer scout camp in 2012

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.

Services at Richards Library to increase

Richards Library provides many benefits to the communities it serves, besides just lending books.

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Tickets still available for local Rachael Ray show

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

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Lake Placid School Board to hold another meeting

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.

Agrees with column

I was very happy to read your editorial "The plight of the moderate candidate."