Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

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Rustic event and wedding venue launched in Thurman

Burlap & Beams

Folks planning on holding a memorable wedding or special event have a new option: the pastoral Thurman setting of the new “Burlap & Beams” enterprise.

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Ticonderoga wins baseball, softball titles

Crown Point baseball, softball advance

Ticonderoga blanked Moriah, 11-0, to win the Section VII Class C baseball championship May 30. It’s the eighth straight section title for the Sentinels, who advance to the state Class C championship tournament. Ti will face the Section X champ Monday, June 4, at 4 p.m. at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

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Keeseville residents question dissolution team

Around 53 residents of the village of Keeseville and towns of Chesterfield and Ausable were at the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department May 23 to hear the latest on the possible dissolution of the village.

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Lake Placid village budget inked under tax cap

Public hearing set for June 4

The Lake Placid Village Board plans to keep the 2012-13 village budget under the state-mandated tax cap, according to preliminary figures presented at their Monday, May 21 meeting.

ILCS third grade and Earth Day

As part of our celebration of Earth Day, we performed “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss and planted sunflowers to stand for the truffula trees.

EMS workers important

Last week, EMS Week offered Elizabethtown Community Hospital an opportunity to reflect on the important role of the EMS worker.

Parenting in Transition

Kids Count

Not too many years ago, it seemed that there was a common understanding about parenting.

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Willsboro students to perform Aladdin Jr.

“A Whole New World,” is going to shine over the students at Willsboro Central School.

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Brew Fest returns to North Creek

Set for June 2

The second annual North Creek Brew Fest on the Hudson will return to Riverfront Park in downtown North Creek on Saturday, June 2 from noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30

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Schroon Lake names Citizen of the Year

Katie Huston to be honored June 19

When Kate Huston learned she had been named the 2012 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year she was overcome by emotion.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – June, 1912•

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Warrensburg mother awarded grant, local students learn about asthma

Warrensburg Elementary students are learning about asthma and its treatment because a local woman, whose sons have the condition, won a competitive national grant that funds asthma education.

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Elvis Fest expected to draw thousands to Lake George this weekend

Now in its ninth year, the Lake George Elvis Festival features more events and activities than ever. Whether you want to see Elvis perform marriage ceremonies, cavort onstage, or just sing a favorite number, Lake George is the place to be this weekend.

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Port Henry dinner aids firefighters

On Monday May 7, 2012, the Port Henry Fire Department held its 13th annual benefit dinner sponsored by and held at Kings Inn.

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Hiking trails in the North Creek region

Relaxing one to two-hour scenic walks or a half day hike.

Clarification on recent Essex County jail articles

To clarify a recent article and “disbelief” expressed both at the County meeting and in comments on-line: New York State closed our old jail as outdated, dangerous and inadequate.

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Loss of civility and misguided anger

From the Editor's Desk

At the Memorial Day ceremony I attended, sweat running down my back under the hot sun, the American flag flapping in the wind and a nearby pond smooth as a pane of glass, my thoughts drifted to my daughter’s Opa.

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Ticonderoga revitalization to be discussed

Speaker series planned in June

Community revitalization will be the focus of a series of talks in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance and the town will host four speakers during June, all with messages about community renewal.

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Johnsburg Head Start numbers too low, may be dropped

Pre-K numbers are up

It’s likely the Head Start Program will not be offered in Johnsburg during the 2012-2013 school year because of an insufficient number of eligible children, Superintendent Michael Markwica told the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 29.

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Votraw wins Section VII golf title

Saranac Lake edges ELCS for team title

Plattsburgh High senior Ethan Votraw made his fifth Section VII team that will compete at the NYSPHSAA golf tournament this week. What was new this time around was that Votraw will head to Cortland as the Section VII individual champion.

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Carousel at the end of an Adirondack rainbow

Saranac Lake attraction opens to large crowd

The Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake began its first run Saturday afternoon, May 26, with the help of a banjo and a frog.

Thanks to EMS workers

As a physician and community member, I offer my sincere thanks to the local EMS personnel.

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Making memories for a lifetime

H2O Adventures

Fishing is about making memories. I have a ton of great ones dating all the way back to childhood.

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New Chief Financial Officer at Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union

The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) is pleased to announce the addition of Paris Aranguiz to their team.

Tuesday, May 29

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Bridge history now on exhibit

State display remembers old span

The old Lake Champlain Bridge is gone, but not forgotten. The New York State Department of Transportation has announced a commemoration program highlighting the original 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge, which was replaced by a new span last fall.

Camp volunteer drowns in Upper Saranac Lake

On Saturday, May 25, the New York State Police in Ray Brook investigated a drowning at the Young Life Adirondack Camp, located at 4014 State Route 30 in the town of Harrietstown.

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Horace Nye Task Force tabs Centers for Specialty Care

Group bid less, but provided better services

Members of the Horace Nye Task Force have made their recommendation to sell the Essex County owned nursing home to Centers for Specialty Care. Supervisors will need 12 to bring it to full board floor.

Have we lost a strong sense of community?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Community newspapers are not mass media.

Innovation is the route to our future


In recent decades, life in the Adirondacks — particularly in the remote areas — has become challenging for year-round residents.

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Ticonderoga man assisting Civil War preservation effort

Tom McGrath prepares reports for Congress

The 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown is little more than a footnote in American history for most people, but to Tom McGrath it has become an important part of his life.

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Saranac Lake honors Vietnam veterans on Memorial Day

Southeast Asia came home to Saranac Lake on Monday, May 28, as guest speaker JR Owens gave a tribute to the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

Monday, May 28

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North Creek remembers soldiers at service

Terry Waterston, commander of the American Legion Post 629, set the tone for the Memorial Day service held Monday, May 28 at the veterans’ memorial on Main Street with her opening words.

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Hitchcock remembered as caring, dedicated

Thurman Town Board member Becky Hitchcock was devoted to helping others through volunteer efforts. Following Hitchcock's unexpected death Friday May 25, her devotion and diligence was recalled by friends and associates.

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Chestertown citizens pay tribute

Patriotism is a tradition in northern Warren County, and the spirit was in full bloom Monday May 28 during the Memorial Day ceremonies celebrated jointly by citizens of Chestertown, Pottersville and Horicon.

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Bird houses to decorate Ticonderoga

Third annual street art project planned

The third annual Ticonderoga street art project seeks to decorate downtown sidewalks and stores with hand-painted, hand-crafted birdhouses.

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Dinner to assist Ticonderoga Festival Guild

‘Progressive Dinner’ June 12

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will offer people a night on the town when its holds its “Progressive Dinner.” The biennial dinner will be Saturday, June 12. It’s theme is “Wine, Winning and Song.”

Sunday, May 27

Firefighters thanked for cutting wood

My husband and I would like to send out our thanks and sincere appreciation to both the North River Fire Department and the News Enterprise.

Likes column

I commend and applaud Dan Alexander for his “A House Divided or United?” article (as well as many others).

Saturday, May 26

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Ticonderoga, Moriah to face off for baseball title

Sentinel softball reaches championship game

Ticonderoga and Moriah will face off for the Section VII Class C baseball championship.

Clean up appreciated

Thank you to Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, PRIDE, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Ticonderoga Kiwanis for once again bringing Good Point Recycling from Middlebury as part of Spring Cleanup Day.

McTeacher Night a success

Ticonderoga’s teachers would like to thank everyone who came out to McDonald’s on May 1 and supported their efforts to raise funds.

School didn’t impact homeschooling choice

In the May 12 edition of the News Enterprise, Anthony Moro’s advertisement on page 5 states that JCS has lost kids to homeschooling because of dissatisfaction with the quality of the education in our district.

Always putting motorcyclists down

‘Tis the season for motorcycling, and I plus many others like me polish the chrome and tinker on our motorcycles to prepare for a great season of riding on our roadways.

Thanks to students, teachers

The outpour of support for Johnsburg Central School was evident Tuesday night when the community came out in large numbers to vote and support our students.

Friday, May 25

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Donations sought for annual Schroon Lake celebration

July 4th money needed

Fund raising for the annual Schroon Lake Independence Day celebration is under way. Kate Huston, event chairwoman, said money is needed to secure bands for the community July 4th parade and to plan other activities.

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Whale watch a hit with Ticonderoga students

Class raises $20,000 for trip

Ticonderoga Middle School seventh grade students recently went on a three-day trip to the Boston area. They visited historic sites and museums along with making a whale watch on the Atlantic Ocean.

‘MS Busters’ thankful

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 the first Walk MS event was hosted at the US Oval in Plattsburgh.

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2nd Annual North Creek Brew Fest set for June 2

The second annual North Creek Brew Fest on the Hudson will return to Riverfront Park in downtown North Creek on Saturday, June 2 from 12 to 5 p.m.

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Johnsburg Travel Club students go to Boston

Each year, Johnsburg Central School middle school students in Travel Club, accompanied by students from Long Lake and Newcomb, spend four days in either Washington, D.C. or Boston.

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North Creek, Warren Co. work on attracting NYC train travelers

Now that the Saratoga and North Creek Railway has established daily runs to the North Creek train station this summer and fall, business leaders and tourism officials are working hard to attract New York City travelers.

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Valley News area Memorial Day services set

Memorial Day services are planned throughout the community, along with parades and other events.

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Old Courthouse pillars need work

The pillars on the front of the Old Courthouse need to be repaired.

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Sidewalk construction continues in downtown Saranac Lake

Reconstruction of the sidewalks in downtown Saranac Lake continued this past week.

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General Composites ready to take the next step

Job fair part of expansion

The company that was started by Jeff Allott in 1987 is ready to take a more prominent role on the world stage.

Log truck rollover takes the life of driver

 A log truck rollover on Route 9 N resulted in the death of the driver.

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Ticonderoga grad earns All-American status

Lee Berube fourth at national championship race

Lee Berube of Putnam earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III track and field championships in Claremont, Calif., May 24.

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Paradox Lake group fights milfoil

Efforts proving successful

Eurasian milfoil was first discovered in Paradox Lake by Lake Manager Steve LaMere of Adirondack Ecologists in 2008, and the Paradox Lake Association has been very aggressive in its efforts to control this invasive plant since then.

Community pulls together

The Crown Point Memorial Committee held its annual fundraising dinner/silent auction on Friday May 11, at the Crown Point fire house.

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Paul Smith’s professor, students research in South Africa

Warming climate may mean less rainfall for drought-sensitive regions of the Southern Hemisphere, according to a study published by a professor at Paul Smith's College and an international team of researchers and students.

Campsite closures show APA, DEC are working against us

In his recent letter-to-the-editor, Don Sage is right on the money in calling for the abolition of the APA.

Thursday, May 24

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Rustic event & wedding venue launched

A unique, new option exists for a wedding or party venue. Why not go rustic at Burlap & Beams, situated on a historic farm?

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Supervisor found guilty of unethical behavior

County Ethics board proposes revision of ethics law to include elected officials

The Essex County Ethics Board found Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee guilty of unethical behavior on May 24 after an investigation into his use of town fuel for a personal vehicle.

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Library fans, trustees accomplish the improbable

Facebook & Adirondack Journal were factors

Residents of Warrensburg Central School District recently voted to raise their own taxes to fund the financially-strapped Richards Library - and this week the library trustees revealed their strategies in getting the tax hike during an era of economic distress.

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‘Bikes & Barbecue’ event launched in Lake George

Fest to be held during Americade

Beer, motorcycles, barbecued food and rock music seem to be a natural combination — and a festival featuring all four is planned to be held at the corner of Amherst and Canada streetsdaily on Wednesday June 6 through Saturday June 9 during Americade.

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Lake George considers ban on covering store windows

Rejecting an idea for a senior parking pass, considering a ban on masking store windows, and approving a carpeted outdoor walkway were all actions taken May 21 by the Lake George Village Board.

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Schroon Lake teen tackles childhood hunger

Race to raise money for lunch program

Clare Whitney has seen the face of poverty. It wasn’t pleasant. Whitney, a student at Schroon Lake Central School, met many hungry children during a Mission of Hope visit to Nicaragua in February. She came home determined to help. That’s the reason’s she’s planning a 5-kilometer race Saturday, June 16.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – May 1912•

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Adirondack Museum opens May 25, gives residents free admission

The Adirondack Museum invites year-round residents of the Adirondack Park to visit free of charge every Sunday, and on all open days in May and October.

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North Country SPCA

A few weeks ago, the NCPSCA briefly announced an upcoming event that promises to be truly worthwhile.

Thanks for the support

On May 6, the first Walk MS event was hosted at the US Oval in Plattsburgh.

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Department store to open in Ticonderoga

Peebles coming in August

Peebles department store is coming to Ticonderoga. Company officials made the announcement last week. It had been reported in the Times of Ti April 28.

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Public voices frustration with Verizon during Minerva board meeting

Several community members at the May 17 Minerva Town Board meeting voiced their concerns, questions, and frustrations on the lack of cell phone service in town.

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Board discusses Indian Lake cell tower, Blue Mt. Lake pavilion

Indian Lake Town Supervisor Brian Wells reported at the Town Board meeting Monday, May 14 that Verizon has selected a contractor to build the new cell tower in town.

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Crown Point wins baseball, softball games

Ticonderoga falls

Crown Point finished the regular season undefeated, beating Minerva-Newcomb, 17-5, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference baseball play May 23.


The senior class of Moriah Central School would like to thank Dave Malbon for donating two Adirondack chairs for a fundraiser to help support the senior class trip.

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Pre-spawn lockjaws

H2O Adventures

Spring has arrived in the North Country, trees are leafing, daffodils are blooming and that means it’s spawning time on Lake Champlain.

On human enfirons

Guest Viewpoint

When our fore-people came to the continent of America many years ago, they saw mile after mile of beautiful environs with an abundance of wildlife.

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Johnsburg man arrested for assaulting ex-girlfriend

On Thursday May 10 at 11:36 p.m., the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was called to 64 Bartman Road in the Town of Johnsburg for a domestic violence incident in which the caller’s ex-boyfriend allegedly broke into her home and assaulted her.

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Cook to marry

Susan Cook of Port Henry and Dr. Dean Cook of Ticonderoga have announced the engagement of their daughter, Diana Jane Cook, to Brett Stephen Gianconia, son of Tim and Narda Gianconia of Broadalbin.

Wednesday, May 23

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Chester veterans memorial taking shape

Dedication set for July 7

The long-awaited goal of honoring all veterans of the town of Chester is finally being achieved with the support of many in area communities.

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Chester veterans memorial taking shape

Dedication set for July 7

The long-awaited goal of honoring all veterans of the town of Chester is finally being achieved with the support of many in area communities.

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It’s official: West Brook plot is now ‘Charles R. Wood Park’

Ownership debate afoot

The godfather of theme parks, Charles R. Wood, is now memorialized with a Lake George envirnmental park and festival grounds bearing his name.

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Barbara Wilson recalled as enthusiastic, dedicated to the arts

Known for her buoyant enthusiasm and dedication to promoting the arts, Barbara Wilson of Chestertown was remembered fondly this week — following her death Friday May 18.

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Memorial Day events planned in North Creek region

Several events will be held in the region this Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans, including services, parades and concerts in North Creek, Indian Lake, Blue Mounatin Lake and Long Lake.

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Big Apple Circus receives warm welcome in Lake George

When Lake George's mayor sent out invitations to various attractions to set up in the village's new festival grounds, he was astonished to get an enthusiastc response from one of the nation's top circus troupes. The result is that the renowned big Apple Circus — which has attracted crowds in Boston, NYS's Lincoln Center and the Washington D.C. area — will be situated in Lake George for two weeks this July. This series of 25 performances in Lake George is seen as providing a vital marketing tool to bring other top-quality events to Lake George and boost the area economy.

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Friends, family honor retiring Johnsburg Coach Tim Leach

Friends and family honored retiring Johnsburg Central School coach Tim Leach Monday, May 21 during a home baseball game against the Minerva-Newcomb Mountaineers.

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Superintendent Peter Turner set to leave NCCS for Carthage

Turner’s last day at Northeastern Clinton Central School is June 30.

Breakfast for Lyon Mountain museum upcoming

A breakfast will be held at the Lyon Mountain American Legion Home on Saturday, June 2, from 7-11 a.m.

City voters demolish budget, more cuts coming

Plattsburgh City School officials recently laid off 10 more employees and eliminated a total of 20 positions. Those cuts are on top of roughly $6 million in spending reductions over the past few years, which have cost many jobs and whittled numerous important educational programs, but the public spoke loud and clear, school officials said, destroying the 2012-13 proposed budget (which carried a 5.8 percent tax levy increase) by a vote of 1,365 to 729 on May 15 and demanding further educational cuts.

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Plattsburgh Library offers summer programs for kids

Growing up, the library provided the escape Sharon Brandhold needed from the pain in her life. “I don’t know what I would have done without the library,” said Brandhold, youth services librarian at Plattsburgh Public Library.

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Flotilla to assist at Ticonderoga tournament

Coast Guard auxiliary to offer safety info

Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15/13 will once again join with the Ticonderoga Elks in working to make the 2012 Elks Fishing Tournament a success.

Program a success

We had a successful Arrive Alive Week at the Lake Placid Middle/High School.

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Coat liner honors Army nurse

Johnsburg Historical Society - From the Archives

A wool coat liner donated to the Johnsburg Historical Society in 2011 by Helene Goodman helps tell the story of an Army nurse.

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance, on communicating

Whenever I want to talk about something important with my boss, partner or children I get anxious.

Thanks for running for school board

As the polls close and the results are published, it is important to thank the citizens who stepped up to offer their knowledge and skills to the service of the community school.

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Bridge celebration draws a crowd

Both sides of the Lake Champlain Bridge were lined as classic cars, bands and floats officially welcomed back the crossing between two states, more than six months after the bridge opened to the public on Nov. 7, 2011.

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Horace Nye supporters to hold public forum

Day to support county nursing home to be held

Horace Nye supporters have organized a special day to show their support for the county-owned facility Saturday, June 2, at the Memorial Park on Main Street here.

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Horace Nye fate may be revealed

The next chapter in the Horace Nye Nursing Home saga may start to be written next week.

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Ticonderoga, Crown Point clinch championships

Moriah posts baseball win

Ticonderoga won the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II championship with a 3-0 win against AuSable Valley May 22.

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Clinton Community student-athletes honored

The Clinton Community College Athletic Department hosted its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 11, at Clinton Community College.

MMA still out in N.Y.

The Tank

In 2005, two brothers won New York State Division I wrestling titles for Union Endicott High School.

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Of Bugs and Brookies

Notes from the North Woods

In 1624, a Jesuit priest traveling through the Dismal Wilderness of the Adirondack region claimed his experience with the demons of the north was, “The worst martyrdom I have ever suffered in this country.”

Tuesday, May 22

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Veteran and author speaks at Clinton Community College

From Chazy to Iraq to Veterans Fund event

Schuyler Falls judge steps down amid accusations

Reome, 76, denies wrongdoing, cites health concerns

Faced with an array of accusations of misconduct, Schuyler Falls Town Justice Richard Reome resigned from his post.

Is health care moving in the right direction?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I think we could all agree that as a country America would like to see affordable health care for all its citizens.

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Memorial Day about sacrifice


When members of the North River Volunteer Fire Company were cutting firewood May 5 for fellow firefighter Matthew Allen, who is currently serving in the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, his wife Julie spoke of the sacrifices Americans make during times of war.

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Indie film being shot at Garnet Hill Lodge

A young team of filmmakers from Boston’s Emerson College began their three-week shooting of the indie film “Approaching Normal” on Monday, May 21 at the Garnet Hill Lodge.

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Local schools earn national recognition

Magazine cites Ti, Moriah, Crown Point, Schroon Lake

Area students are receiving an excellent education, according to a national news magazine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Ticonderoga, Moriah, Crown Point and Schroon Lake high schools among the best in the nation.

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Let’s focus on justified anger

From the Editor's Desk

The proposed Plattsburgh City School budget fueled anger on both sides, as civility vanished like affordable gas prices.

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Ticonderoga High grad eyes national titles

Lee Berube to run in championship meet this weekend

As the semester nears an end so does one of the greatest athletic careers in SUNY-Geneseo history. Senior Lee Berube will run his final race in blue and white this weekend at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Calif. Berube is a Ticonderoga High School graduate and Putnam native.

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Crown Point clinches MVAC title

Ti, Moriah, Schroon win events

Crown Point clinched the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference Division I championship with a 14-4 win against Schroon Lake May 21.

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Lunch with your Keeseville student

Students invite their family and friends to Older Citizen’s Day

On May 8, 9, and 10, kindergarten through second grade students had a chance to invite someone to join them for lunch during “Older Citizens Day.”

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Families First walks to support children’s mental health

Members of the Families First community took to the streets of Elizabethtown May 11 to show their support for children’s mental health.

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Westport Student wins film award

Dustin Schoenfeld, a sophomore at Westport Central School, was awarded Best Director at the Rod Serling Video Festival, a state-wide film competition for students.

Monday, May 21

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Ticonderoga observance to focus on Civil War

May 27 at Champlain Legacy Park

Ticonderoga will observe Memorial Day by recalling the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. The Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years Committee will sponsor a ceremony Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Champlain Legacy Park, located on the north side of the LaChute River across from Bicentennial Park.

Driver hits cows while checking email

A Cadyville man was checking his email while driving when he plowed into a herd of cows, ultimately killing five of the animals.

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Water craft invited to Schroon Lake boat blessings

‘Opening Weekend’ May 26-28

Boats of all types are invited to take part in the blessing of the boats on Schroon Lake. Pre-registration is not necessary for the May 26 event. Boaters simply need to show up.

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Several incumbents ousted in Warren County school elections

Voters throughout Warren County showed their support for the trimmed school district budgets, but in several instances booted long-time school board members in favor of their challengers.

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Ecumenical service to kick off Memorial Day observance

Crown Point events may 27 and 28

Crown Point's 144th annual Memorial Day observance will begin with an ecumenical church service. The service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27, in Veterans Park.

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Warren Co. to slash copier and printer expenses

After a lengthy cost-analysis, Warren County officials concluded that desktop printers and copiers of various makes and models are wasting tens of thousands of dollars per year. They responded by taking action to pursue a contract providing coordinated and consolidated printing and copying at a savings to county taxpayers estimated at more than $500,000 over the next decade.

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Hayes to speak at ECH

Elizabethtown Community Hospital will host an evening on the subject called, “If You Meditate, You Will Love Everything More,” on Monday, May 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the ECH boardroom, part of the ECH Wellness Lecture Series.

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Worked/Wild earns top honors from Museumwise

An exhibit created in part by the people of the North Country has won top honors from a statewide organization.

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Doctor back for summer at VA clinic

Keene Supervisor and veteran’s committee chair William Ferebee told members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee May 14 that the doctor who has been working during the summer months at the VA Clinic in the former New York State Police barracks in Westport had returned.

Sunday, May 20

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Ticonderoga wins CVAC division crown

Crown Point, Schroon Lake record victories

Ticonderoga blanked Moriah, 15-0, to win the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II softball title May 18.

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Elizabethtown, Westport church leader stepping down

Father Riani to retire after 13 years at the two parishes

For the past 13 years, Father Peter Riani has presided over the St. Elizabeth’s and St. Philip Neri Catholic Churches in Elizabethtown and Westport. Last week, Riani, 82, announced that it was time to retire.

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Post-Irene repairs to Wilmington dam stalled

River will be low during tourist season

Wilmington’s town council discussed the Lake Everest dam; the pending purchase of the “town” t-ball field; a recently activated cell phone tower; a new employee at the town’s youth center and other topics at the board’s monthly meeting May 8.

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Ross to marry

Carl and Debra Ross of Crown Point have announced the engagement of their daughter, Marijane, to Andrew Stanley, son of Paul and Mary Stanley of Witherbee.

Spruce Up Day a success

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge the efforts of all the volunteers who picked up trash around town on May 12 for the Schroon Lake Spruce Up Day.

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Five make boys basketball all-state teams

MVAC announces all stars

Five North Country boys varsity basketball players were named to the New York State Sportswriters Associations All State list for the 2011-12 season.

Saturday, May 19

Workers deserve a raise

It’s about time the town of Ticonderoga is raising the trash disposal fees.

Save ‘our’ home

We are the parents of a Resident at the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

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E’town Day plans underway

Plans for the annul Elizabethtown Day Celebration are under way and will kickoff with a bake sale to raise money for the day’s events.

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FEMA buyouts on the horizon

Property buyouts for those who suffered substantial damage from Tropical Storm Irene is on the horizon.

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Rabies vaccination clinic added in Westport

Responding to an increase in cases of rabies in Essex County, the county Department of Public Health has added to its vaccination schedule.

Friday, May 18

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Committee to review proposed Ticonderoga zoning changes

State grants Ti six-month extension

Proposed changes to the Ticonderoga zoning law are on hold. The town board has appointed a committee to review the proposed revisions after learning the town planning board is too busy to complete the task.

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Elizabethtown man charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest, criminal mischief

Man allegedly drove 92 mph in downtown Plattsburgh

 Plattsburgh City Police arrested a man May 16 after he allegedly hit speeds of 92 mph while driving on North Margaret Street and later rammed five vehicles, including a police vehicle, in an effort to escape police apprehension.

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Crown Point group tours Europe

Students, adults visit Italy, France, England

Three countries in 10 days. It’s no wonder Jayna Andersen is tired. Andersen, a Crown Point Central School teacher, led a group of students and adults on a tour of Europe recently, visiting Italy, France and England.

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Sidewalk construction continues in downtown Saranac Lake

Reconstruction of the sidewalks in downtown Saranac Lake continued this past week.

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Ticonderoga races to track victory

Schroon Lake wins softball game

Ticonderoga ran past Northeastern Clinton, 85-46, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys track and field action May 17.

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Community comes to Westport school for family and career night

Students, family, faculty and community were invited into Westport Central School May 10 for the second annual Family and Career Night.

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Saranac Lake village moves toward tourism signage plan

Finance Committee approved

Village Board members called it a “wayfinding plan” Monday, May 14, when they approved $20,250 to hire Alta Planning & Design to complete the project.

Bullying a problem

I wanted to take some time to inform you about two subjects I think something must be done about — bullying and cyber-bullying.

Thanks for contributions

Thanks to the many individuals, organizations, clubs and businesses that have contributed to the Mooers Wesleyan Food Pantry both personally and via fundraisers during the past year.

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Suspect charged with text messaging harassment

Warrensburg Court Report

April 18 - Judge Mindy Fisk presiding

Advice for grads

To High School Graduates; before taking on enormous debt to further your education, make sure if the investment you intend, i.e. whether it is a good one or a bad one.

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Westport opens youth fishing derby season

Fifty children from the Westport area made their way to the Fish and Game Club off Mountain Spring Road May 12 to take part in the first of several youth fishing derbies in the region.

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Tips from the Ski Bowl Garden

Garden Corner

The Ski Bowl Garden is already giving us beauty!

Thursday, May 17

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Fort Ticonderoga offers look at colonial weapons

New exhibit available this year

Fort Ticonderoga offers visitors a new exhibit this season. “Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution” is now available for view at the historic site. It features more than 150 weapons from the museum’s collection.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – May 1912•

Appeal American Legion Post members

Your American Legion Post currently has 92 paid members, most of whom never participate.

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Ticonderoga Arts readies for season

Gallery to open June 7

Ticonderoga Arts is preparing for another season. The local artists gallery will open Thursday, June 7. The gallery is located in the Hancock House at Moses Circle.

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Moriah linksters roll to victory

Schroon Lake, Crown Point beaten

Moriah thrashed Plattsburgh, 5-1, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference golf play May 16.

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Lake Placid board spends $12,500 for planning efforts

Village creates Facebook page, gives away bricks

Dean Dietrich appeared before the Lake Placid village board to ask for funding for the creation of a new joint comprehensive plan for the town of North Elba and the village of Lake Placid.

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Sheriff, supers talk spending and revenues at county jail

The quest for more answers on staffing and overtime at the Essex County Jail led to supervisors agreeing to tour the facility next week.

Abortion more than an ‘issue’

An article on page five of The North Countryman on April 28, titled “Community remembers the Holocaust,” definitely needs to bring our thoughts and hopes to our present day.

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North Creek home to ballroom dancing

Ballroom dancing is dead. It’s a memory. It’s the canceled Lawrence Welk Show. It’s a caricature. It’s definitely not what Indian Lake’s Bruce and Martha Merchant were doing recently in Johnsburg Central School’s cafetorium.

Thanks for support

On behalf of the Westport Central Speech and Debate Club I would just like to extend a thank you to the community.

Trouble in Crown Point

The “Kosmider Krowd” is still on the hunt for any dirt or miss-step by the Crown Point town board.

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Johnsburg students travel to Ireland, Paris

Students and chaperones alike report that the Johnsburg Central School trip to Ireland and Paris during April vacation was a wonderful trip.

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North Elba could recycle food scraps to grow more food

Town hears proposal to build anaerobic digester

North Elba Town Board members are considering a plan to build an anaerobic digester at the transfer station that would turn food scraps and other matter into fertilizer that could help them grow produce.

Cool it Daddio!

Kids Count

Those words probably sounded strange to the parents that overheard these words spoken by teenagers in the 50s.

Wednesday, May 16

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Caged for a cause: students raise money for shelter

“You gotta do what you gotta do,” Boe said matter-of-factly, and what he had to do that day was raise awareness of, and money for, the Adirondack Humane Society in Plattsburgh and the thrift shops that support it.

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Indian Lake Chamber president steps down

The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce announced May 16 that Nancy Harding, president of the Board of Directors, has resigned her position effective June 1.

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Schroon Lake gets AA rating

Other lakes don’t fare as well

Schroon Lake is beautiful. That’s more than an opinion. The Schroon Lake Association has the facts to prove it.

Close call at Clonan

Moriah Reflections

In December 1948 or January 1949, the following close call took place at Clonan Shaft, across from the Open Pit #21 Mine, in Mineville.

Save Horace Nye

We are the parents of a Resident at the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

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Saratoga-North Creek Railway expands summer season

To offer daily service, themed train events

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway announced May 16 that it will return to the rails with an expanded daily schedule for summer and fall 2012.

Clean up help appreciated

This letter is to say thank you to everyone who joined in and helped to spruce up our town.

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Feds rule on Tahawus railroad line

Appeal denied but exemption no problem

The federal Surface Transportation Board Monday, May 14 announced that it has ruled on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway’s case to operate the Tahawus Line from North Creek to the former mine in the town of Newcomb.

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10 Years at Tannery Pond

Robert Zilch, who lived at Garnet Lake with his family before they moved to Queensbury, was selected as the architect for the new Tannery Pond Community Center.

Business and ballroom dancing

News Enterprise Editorial

North Creek has many assets that make it the envy of the North Country, including the Tannery Pond Community Center, the Saratoga-North Creek Railway and the Gore Mountain ski center.

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Westport to host town wide yard sale Memorial Day weekend

Kelly Ecker and other members of the Westport community are coming together to bring that same success to a town-wide version Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27.

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School budgets pass throughout region

Voters say yes in AuSable, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Lake Placid, Westport and Willsboro

Voters say yes in AuSable, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Lake Placid, Westport and Willsboro

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Voters approve public funding of Richards Library

Warrensburg's Richards Library, founded by sisters 111 years ago and supported by their endowment since then, will now receive public funds to help offset rising operating costs. The annual tax levy of $98,100 approved May 15 by local residents will also allow completion of an expansion project that has been in limbo for about six years.

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Town to test for asbestos at Riverfront Park building

The Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday, May 15 agreed to proceed with asbestos testing at one of three buildings at Riverfront Park.

Benefits going away

We are hearing and reading more each day about how America is rapidly approaching the fiscal cliff.

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Fishless Joe

Notes from the North Woods

Almost every angler has suffered at least one embarrassing incident while pursuing fish.

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Fur prices trending upward

Outdoor Tales

I used to love to trap. Some of my most fond memories growing up in the Adirondacks involve wading around bug-infested beaver meadows, a packbasket laden with steel traps tugging on my shoulders.

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance, on being laid off

I was recently laid off from a job that I loved and where I thrived.

NFL starting to look like WWE

The Tank

I think that there are some who are missing part of the picture when it comes to the death of Junior Seau.

Tuesday, May 15

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Warrensburg area voters approve school budgets

Some incumbents ousted on school boards

Recent years' controversy and wrangling over school district spending lead to the approval May 15 of all upcounty 2012-13 proposed budgets, but prompted the defeat of a number of incumbent school board members.

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Ticonderoga area school budgets approved by voters

Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, Moriah, Crown Point, Putnam plans pass

Residents approved area school district budgets for 2012-13 during voting May 15. All the area budget plans meet the new state tax cap.

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Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake school budgets pass

New candidates to join school boards

Voters approved the 2012-13 budgets for the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake school districts and elected new School Board members Tuesday, May 15.

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School vote results for North Creek region

All budgets pass, DeGroat and Richards win in Johnsburg

School district officials from around the region have reported results from budget votes and school elections that were held Tuesday, May 15.

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Crown Point road honors slain trooper

Group works to clean section of highway

Trooper Lawrence Gleason was killed in the line of duty more than a decade ago, but his memory was alive as a group recently worked in his honor to clean up a section of highway near the new Lake Champlain Bridge.

Plattsburgh man arrested for impersonating an officer

State Police in Dannemora arrested a Plattsburgh man on May 5 and charged him with impersonating a police officer.

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BHSN opens its new Center for Well Being

“The opportunities here far outweigh the outdated, inadequate building with no green space and limited parking,” Trout said. “This site has 10 acres, so there is plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities.”

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Chazy elementary school gets national recognition

Chazy Elementary School is in the running for a National Blue Ribbon Award.

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Society needs to practice a little more empathy

From the Editor's Desk

President Obama publicly supported gay marriage.

It is time for citizen legislators, term limits

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I receive a lot of emails from North Country readers and even a few from folks around the country who find the column online.

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Little League baseball a hit


Hundreds of children are playing Little League baseball this spring in our region. It’s a tradition that goes back decades.

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Tourney to assist Ticonderoga July 4th celebration

June 2 and 3 in Putnam

A Putnam softball tournament will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration. The co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination event will be played June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field.

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Crown Point winning streak snapped

Moriah softball, Schroon golf win

Crown Point and Willsboro split a twinbill in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference softball action May 14. The Panthers won the opener, 4-1. Willsboro took the nightcap, 5-4. The loss was Crown Point’s first this season and its first conference loss since April 26, 2008.

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Community Garden to support growth

Plots available to community members

Taking steps forward to make Elizabethtown a more healthy community, the town will be providing plots of land for a community garden.

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Four school districts to hold uncontested board elections

While four local school districts will have contests to fill seats on their respective boards, four others will have uncontested races.

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Fire chiefs honored for years of service

Two local fire chiefs were honored for their service by the Essex County Department of Emergency Services May 7.

Monday, May 14

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Politicians hail fed decision on Tahawus railroad line

Proposal now qualifies for class exemption

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Bill Owens May 14 announced that the Federal Surface Transportation Board has heeded their call and approved Iowa Pacific Holdings’ request for common carrier status, which will allow them to reopen the Tahawus Line between North Creek and Newcomb, and resume hauling freight to and from businesses along that line.

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Ticonderoga chamber plans annual dinner

June 15 at Silver Bay

“A Royal Affair” is coming. That’s the theme of the 10th annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce fund raising dinner and auction that will be held Friday, June 15, at the Silver Bay YMCA’s Gullen Lounge.

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Schroon restaurant gets new management

Drake’s now open

Drake’s Restaurant in Schroon Lake has new management. Carl and Debra DeSantis have taken over the long-time eatery at 1299 Route 9. They plans few changes.

Public input sought on budget cuts

Warren County expenditures grew from $72 million in 1998 to $145 million in 2012 while our population only grew 4 percent.

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School budget snapshot

A look at eight adopted school budgets up for vote

School funding changes needed

Our Ti school district has weathered past financial crises.

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Two vie for unexpired board term at ELCS

While current Elizabethtown-Lewis School Board president Brett Sicola will not face a challenge in the upcoming school board election, the man who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Tammy Apthorp will.

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Keene Valley to put 1.68 tax levy before voters

Keene Central School residents will vote on the proposed school budget and a board member Tuesday, May 15.

Sunday, May 13

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Ticonderoga, Crown Point win in baseball

Ti softball, Moriah golfe post victories

Ticonderoga shut out Northern Adirondack, 11-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball action May 12.

Unhappy with Schroon budget

Information disseminated to the public as to the Schroon Lake Central School budget paints a hunky-dory picture, but fails to disclose the following:

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Fuss about chairs irks Chair Douglas

Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas was not pleased that some have tried to politicize the purchase of new chairs.

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Miller reflects on boats, canons

When the Lake Champlain Bridge Grand Celebration Parade begins, William Miller will be the one to kick it off.

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Tupper Lake school budget to restore several positions

Tupper Lake Central School District Superintendent Seth McGowan explained some of the teacher restorations in the proposed 2012-13 budget at the budget hearing Monday, May 7 in the L.P. Quinn Elementary School library.

Clarification on library proposition

The Warrensburg Central School District legal notice published earlier in April stated that the proposed levy for Richards Library would be Proposition #3 on the ballot at the May 15th election at the high school.

Ti budget plan saves programs

On April 19 the Ticonderoga Central School District adopted a proposed spending plan of $17,849,823 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Saturday, May 12

Looking for quilt

The Westport Heritage House Visitor Center Committee is trying to locate the 1976 bi-Centennial quilt that was quilted prior to that celebration by these local Westport quilters:

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Westport voting to decide building improvements and 2012-2013 budget

On May 15, Westport voters will decide on a 2.85 percent tax levy increase to the 2012-13 school budget, an EXCELL Project and vote for a school board candidate.

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Four run for two spots on Tupper Lake School Board

Four people are running for two positions on the Tupper Lake Central School Board this year.

Teachers save Ti district money

This letter is in response to Mr. (Tom) Allen’s letter to the editor concerning health insurance costs.

Town plan calls for library support

The new Comprehensive Plan for the town of Warrensburg, recently adopted by unanimous vote of the Town Board, expresses strong support for Richards Library as one of its goals.

Friday, May 11

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Crown Point restaurant changes name

Frenchman’s now Crown Point Barbecue

Crown Point has a new restaurant. Well, not really...sort of. Frenchmen’s Restaurant a long-time fixture on Main Street has a new name. Owners Joe and Cindy Bodette have changed the name of the eatery to Crown Point Barbecue Restaurant and Catering.

Thanks for ‘mock’ help

On Friday, April 27th, a mock accident was staged behind the school in Elizabethtown.

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Minerva waits to sign real property tax memorandum

At the May 3 Town Board meeting, Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey asked the board to table signing a memorandum from the regional Real Property Tax Office.

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Forum’s Simmons works to create elite hockey club

Former N.S.A. coach set to establish Lake George team for those ages 18-20

LAKE GEORGE — Former National Sports Academy head men’s hockey coach Rod Simmons, now employed as the manager of the Lake George Forum, hopes to continue to enjoy success as a hockey coach in Lake George, where he is going to establish a new Junior A team.

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Moriah baseball falls; Crown Point softball wins

Ti scores track victory; Schroon golfers lose

Moriah was blanked by Plattsburgh, 13-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball action May 10.

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Horace Nye sub committee completes visits

The Horace Nye Nursing Home sub-committee started their tours of facilities in their own back yard recently.

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Four run for two seats on Johnsburg School Board

Four people are running for two positions on the Johnsburg Central School Board this year.

Committee thankful

On Saturday, April 28, Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties held its 10th annual Spelling Bee at Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago – May 1912•

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County proclaims organ donor month with Marvins, Spear

Provoncha was speaking as the County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May as Organ Donation Month in the county, encouraging people to sign up as an organ donor through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Six run for three spots on Saranac Lake School Board

Six people are running for three, three-year positions on the Saranac Lake Central School Board this year.

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North River firefighters cut wood for soldier serving in Afghanistan

Marge Donohue was shuffling bags of donuts and bread at the corner of Route 28 and the Barton Mines Road early Saturday morning, May 5 for the North River Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary bake sale.

Outdoor dining option taken away?

I’m from Chestertown, but now I’m in Florida for the winter.

Thursday, May 10

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Hague triathlon benefits area groups

Sixth annual race June 30

Another not-for-profit group will benefit from the North Country Triathlon.

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Johnsburg superintendent responds to accusations in political ads

While Johnsburg Central School Superintendent Mike Markwica concedes that taxpayers have a right to voice their negative opinions about public officials, he says one critic has printed some factual errors in his recent News Enterprise advertisements.

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Johnsburg School Board candidates explain positions

In a ritual as old as modern public education, candidates for office stood before their peers a final time to win votes.

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Area schools put budgets up for vote May 15

School district officials throughout the region are asking voters to approve their proposed 2012-13 budgets on Tuesday, May 15.

Get off the chairs

An article that appeared in the Sunday, May 6, 2012 Press Republican was titled: Essex County Supervisors fear sitting on a Powder Keg.”

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Crown Point to mark Memorial Day

144th annual observance May 27-28

Crown Point will keep tradition alive when it hosts its 144th annual Memorial Day celebration and observance. Events will be held Sunday and Monday, May 27 and 28.

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New library opens in Chazy

The gifted building has undergone a complete renovation of its main floor and now encompasses a circulation area, a reading room, three computer stations with a total of six computers, a children's area, a main collection area, and a reference area. The new facility offers complete handicapped access.

Nova Bus inks deal with Minnesota transit authority, plans to invest in buses fueled by natural gas

Nova Bus is moving ahead with new partnerships, innovations and legislative assistance that will benefit its local operation.

Library director hopeful speaks to public

Plattsburgh Public Library is open to all. “It is the great equalizer,” said veteran librarian Colleen Pelletier, who hopes to replace Stanley Ransom as the library’s director.

Tour of historic sites offered in Chazy on May 12

Bob Cheeseman’s latest adventure will take him through local cemeteries. The Clinton County Historical Association’s program scheduled for May 12 will feature the Chazy Town Historian as he takes participants on an exploration of historic sites in Chazy as part of the Clinton County Historical Association’s partnership with town historians to explore historic venues and cemeteries in Clinton County towns and villages.

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Towns, village push for boat decontamination law on Lake George

For many decades, Lake George has been one of the purest water bodies in the U.S. Environmentalists — and now municipal leaders — are seeking to uphold water quality as they are pushing for the state to pass a mandatory boat inspection and decontamination law to prevent the introduction of invasive plant and animal life into the lake.

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Warrensburg school board candidates focus on goals

Whether it was bolstering Advanced Placement Programs, consolidating with other school districts or pursuing solar electricity, Warrensburg school board candidates offered a variety of ideas as they revealed their goals for the school district at a Meet the Candidates Night held May 8.

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Shine On! Conference turns spotlight on girls’ confidence

Morgan Polhemus knows that models in magazines use a lot of makeup and that photos of them are digitally manipulated. The 10-year-old Momot Elementary School fifth grader gained that insight last weekend at the Shine On! Conference, an overnight event held at the CVPH Wellness Center in Plattsburgh for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls.

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Four dead in Ohio: PSU recalls Kent State shootings

The country has come a long way since the massacres at Kent State and Jackson State, said Plattsburgh State Student Association President Charles Sanchez, but freedom of expression still has a cost, and maintaining your rights — including your ability to challenge authority — requires ongoing effort.

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School’s 21st Century Learning Center morphs into Project CONNECT

A few years ago the federal government awarded Plattsburgh City School a grant intended to make a difference in the lives of students and their families. The result of that grant, the 21st Century Community Learning Center, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children during non-school hours. It was designed to help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. The federal money runs out this June, but the program will continue through a new partnership with Plattsburgh State.

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Civil War re-enactors battle in Beekmantown

John Dodge appreciates the time he spends sleeping under a tent in full Confederate gear.

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Plattsburgh City School voters will decide whether to make more cuts

Tired of gutting their educational system, Plattsburgh City School officials drew a line in the sand. They are turning to the public to find out what the community will support before they make any more budget cuts. “The board drew a line in the sand and was tired of reductions and is asking the community to vote,” Superintendent James “Jake” Short said. “It is the community’s voice and the community’s choice.”

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Digging in at Plattsburgh Community Garden

The Plattsburgh Community Garden was first established at Melissa L. Penfield Park in the City of Plattsburgh. Today, the group has 54 plots between Penfield and the Mary Hulbert Memorial Garden on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.

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'Cats, Sentinels, Panthers record wins

Moriah wins in golf

Schroon Lake rolled past Westport, 14-7, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference baseball action May 9.

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Teachers question administration at LPCS forum

Educators express concerns about spending priorities

Lake Placid School Board candidates Mary Dietrich, Patti Gallagher, Joan Hallett Valentine, and Martha Stahl attended a candidate’s forum at Lake Placid Elementary School on May 3.

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Our life coaches, style and substance, on parenting a teen

I am the mother of a 15 year old girl.

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Horace Nye to get new sprinkler system

The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to install a new sprinkler system at the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

Time for county supervisors to get out of their chairs

An article that appeared in the Sunday, May 6, 2012 Press Republican was titled: Essex County Supervisors fear sitting on a Powder Keg.”

Vote for Murphy and Klein for progress

A change in the Lake George School District Board of Education membership is of utmost importance to guarantee movement towards an efficient school system.

Vote ‘No’ on Lake George school budget!

The average annual school tax paid by Lake George residential taxpayers is $2,963.

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Blair ‘sick and tired’ of criticism of board

Lake Placid school board member Gerald Blair, a former superintendent of the school system, spoke out during the public comment section of a school budget hearing May 1 at Whiteface Mountain’s base lodge.

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Tupper Lake village adopts budget with 9.72 tax increase

Tax rates to decrease due to assessment reval

Tupper Lake Village Board members May 1 unanimously adopted their 2012-13 budget, exceeding the state’s mandated tax levy increase, but the tax rate is much lower due a revaluation of the town’s assessment roll.

Wednesday, May 9

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Hague to observe Memorial Day

May 26 parade and activities

A pair of veterans will speak during Hague’s 10th annual Memorial Day celebration and observance. The event will be held Saturday, May 26.

School board fails at transparency

It is troubling to me that Lake George School Board member and candidate for re-election Virginia Etu and the majority of the Board of Education continue to preach transparency, yet fail to practice transparency in the true sense of the word.

Hardship Fund gives thanks for successful party

The North Country Hardship Fund wishes to thank all that came out to support the NCHF at our 1st Annual Spring Run Off Party fundraiser.

Concerned with column

There is a long-standing disdain among professional journalists for newspaper publishers and CEO's who write editorial columns in their own publications.

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Fort Ticonderoga to open for season

New exhibits, events on tap

Fort Ticonderoga will offer new exhibits and programs this season. The fort, site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War, will open for its 103rd season May 18.

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Essex County votes no on beer tent

Several Essex County supervisors reversed their course as a resolution to allow a beer tent at the Essex County Fair fell May 7.

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Cascade Lakes project to close Route 73

Through traffic detoured through Wilmington for two weekends

Work began Tuesday, May 8 to stabilize the slope along the south side of Route 73 near Stagecoach Rock in the town of North Elba, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

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Ticonderoga runs to track victory

Hebert paces Sentinels

Ticonderoga raced to a 69-53 victory against Seton Catholic in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys track and field action May 8.

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March for outdoor seating and electric cars

From the Editor's Desk

Ever drive past Irises and the Pepper on City Hall Place or Olive Ridley’s on Court Street and feel the urge to reach out the window and grab a cheeseburger, perhaps some seared tuna or maybe even a plateful of burritos?

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Going buggy

Notes from the North Woods

In last week’s column, I purposely raised the alarm to be on the lookout for ticks.

A House Divided or United?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’m sure we are getting more mail and electronic messages of a political nature than anytime I can remember in the past.

Postal Service bailout a flawed plan


The United States Postal Service — the country’s second-largest civilian employer after Wal-Mart — is on the brink of a colossal financial meltdown.

Tuesday, May 8

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Region welcomes Obama

President says nanotech key to economic recovery

According to President Barack Obama, job creation is key to a full economic revival.

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‘Opening Weekend’ set in Schroon Lake

May 26 - 28

Schroon Lake will kick off the summer season in style. The community will host “Opening Weekend 2012—The Official Start of Summer” May 26-28.

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Crown Point assessment battle continues

Lawsuit filed against town board

The assessment battle in Crown Point did not end when a new town administration took office earlier this year.

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North Creek Art Walks begin May 17

The Third Thursday Art Walks will begin May 17 with an assortment of artists holding receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. at businesses throughout the community.

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Ticonderoga posts softball victory

Moriah, Crown Point win in baseball

Ticonderoga topped Lake Placid, 4-1, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball action May 7.

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Fourth of July parade to take new direction

Trophies to be offered to winning floats

The Westport Fourth of July Parade will include new props, a new time and be hosted by a new leader.

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Dissolution draft study being prepared in Keeseville

Consultants are preparing for the next step in the dissolution process in Keeseville.

Monday, May 7

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Ticonderoga Historical Society to host open house

New York Heritage Weekend May 19

New York Heritage Weekend will be observed in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Historical Society will mark the event during an open house reception Saturday, May 19, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hancock House.

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Monks from India visit Plattsburgh

The monks sat cross-legged, bent at the waist as they created the sand mandala on the ground between them.

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Vendors sought for Ticonderoga StreetFest

Annual event July 28

StreetFest will return to Ticonderoga this summer. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership Enterprise Committee, the fourth annual event will be held along Ti’s main street Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Westport SPCA on schedule to break ground with smaller plans

Members committed to continue the building project

The Westport SPCA building project is on schedule to break ground with smaller designs.

Husband: Vote Passno

I am writing on behalf of my wife, Debbie Passno, to encourage Beekmantown district residents to vote for her for the Board of Education.

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Climate the topic at Saranac Lake event

On Earth Day, April 22, The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Adirondack Program and the Adirondack Green Circle held a forum at the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake to discuss global climate change and its impact upon the Adirondacks.

Sunday, May 6

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Schroon Lake scores baseball victory

Moriah golfers win

Schroon Lake edged Wells, 5-4, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference baseball play May 4.

Beekmantown in turmoil

Beekmantown Central School has had a turbulent year.

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Mock accident shows students dangers of drinking and driving

With prom, graduation, and an opportunity to go out and participate in summer partying, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Medical Squad, Elizabethtown-Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, State Police and W. M. Marvin’s Sons Funeral Home staged a mock accident to portray the unpleasant and real life outcomes of drinking and driving on April 27.

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Bridge book, Denpubs website garner awards

The Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Book earned top honors at the New York Press Association (NYPA) and Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) at recent award ceremonies.

Saturday, May 5

A good investment for your dollar

For a very small cost per capita the Richards Library addition can be completed and the library’s future can be secured.

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Westport teachers give back to community volunteers

Hours after responding to a major structure fire in Moriah, members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department were treated to breakfast April 28.

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North Creek looks for another seat on ORDA board

Business community wants equal representation for Gore facility

With two downstate board members slated to join the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) Board to look after the interests of the Belleayre Mountain ski center, the business community in North Creek wants to add one more ORDA board member to look after the interests of the Gore Mountain ski center.

Passno for school board

I write this letter in support of Debbie Passno, a resident of Beekmantown.

Friday, May 4

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Celebration to mark bridge opening

May 19 and 20

The Lake Champlain Bridge is a key to the region’s success. If there was ever any doubt about it, residents quickly learned of the span’s importance when it was unexpectedly closed in 2009. Now, with a new bridge in place, a party will be held May 19 and 20 to highlight the link between New York and Vermont.

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Lady Chiefs Linder, Ducatte make all-state girls basketball team lists

Eight Section VII girls varsity basketball players were named to All-State teams by the New York State Sportswriter’s Association for the 2011-12 season. The local selections were led by the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference’s MVP, Saranac’s Stephanie Linder, who was named to the Class B third team. Linder, a senior, led the Lady Chiefs to the NYSPHSAA Class B final four and averaged a double-double throughout the playoffs.

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Supermajority needed for zero tax increase

Northern Adirondack Central School’s 2012-13 budget carries no tax-levy increase, yet 60 percent of the voters, or a supermajority, will be required to pass the spending plan.

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Local Knights of Columbus council celebrates 60 years

The Knights of Columbus Father Francis X. Chagnon Council 3525 is celebrating six decades of life.

Many motorcycles are far too loud

Well, here we go again. Warm weather brings out a fair amount of ear-shattering, ground-shaking, fire-breathing, two-wheeled mechanized beasts known as motorcycles.

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Port Henry firefighters honored

138th annual banquet held

The Port Henry Fire Department honored a member for heroism during its 138th annual banquet recently.

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Ticonderoga scores track victory

Crown Point wins in softball; Ti wins baseball game

Ticonderoga defeated Beekmantown, 73-57, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys track and field action May 3.

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Soap box derby a clear winner in Saranac Lake

Daffest heads into second weekend

This was no video game. Kids of all ages drove their soap box derby cars down the LaPan Highway Saturday, April 28, trying not to bump into their competitors, or worse, the crowds hovering around the hay bales lining the course.

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Ausable purchases Wayne Clark building

The town of Ausable will be consolidating its highway and town offices into one building.

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Donkeyball comes to Minerva Central School

Donkeyball was the name of the game April 27 in Minerva.

Thanks Pyramid Company

I would like to commend Pyramid Management Group, LLC owner of Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh for deciding on making all of their 15 shopping malls throughout New York and Massachusetts 100 percent tobacco free.

Thanks for the support

The Lady Miners AAU basketball team would like to thank all the businesses that donated for our basket raffle.

Schroon, Port Henry bridges get state money

A Schroon bridge will be repaired as part of a new state program.

Thursday, May 3

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Port Henry sign to honor World Series MVP

Johnny Podres to be remembered June 9

A ceremony is planned to dedicate a Johnny Podres tribute in the town of Moriah.

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Prevention Team: keep fair dry

The head of the Essex County Prevention Team voiced his concern over the return of a beer tent to the Essex County Fair in Westport.

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Johnsburg School Board candidate’s advertisements questioned

Anger is growing in the Johnsburg Central School District over election ads that accuse the board of keeping financial and student-performance secrets from the community and kowtowing to its unions.

School cutbacks should be justified

Your Viewpoint column of April 21 in support of "our traditional core values," refers to "recognizing honest differing opinions and a sense of fairness."

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Ticonderoga animal law to be enforced

Dog feces a problem in community

Spring weather has encouraged many Ticonderoga residents to begin walking. They’ve found dog feces throughout the community.

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Moriah golfers down Ticonderoga

Panthers win in baseball; Sentinels win in softball

Moriah downed Ticonderoga, 5 1/2 - 1/2, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference golf action May 2.

Fighting the ‘war’

In response to rallies planned in state capitals across the country on Saturday, April 28, to protest the “War Against Women,” members of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign have shared how they see the real war against women, and their comments share a common conclusion.

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Keeseville dissolution committee breaks down draft study

Members of the Keeseville Dissolution committee met for the first time in two months to go over the services that would still be needed if the village government were to go away.

Dog park needs help

The Ticonderoga Dog Park has been made possible by the assistance of hardworking volunteers and private donors, and is dependent on private support for maintenance.

Supports Anderson

Eric Anderson is a father of 5 young children in the Beekmantown School System.

Wednesday, May 2

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Ticonderoga honor society inducts members

Candlelight ceremony held

New members of the Ticonderoga High School National Honor Society Black Watch Chapter were inducted during a ceremony May 1.

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Peru school chooses new superintendent

Every student is the school community’s shared responsibility, says Dr. Patrick Brimstein.

Turning Back the Pages

100 years Ago - May 1912

Class thankful

The Moriah Central School sophomore class of 2014 would like to acknowledge the following:

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Adventure Fest, White Water Derby set for this weekend

Now that ski season is over, North Creek residents and visitors are ready for warm weather, and the 3rd Annual Adirondack Adventure Festival this weekend will help people get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Johnsburg town board moves forward with Ski Bowl Park grant

The Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday adopted a strategy to accomplish a grant-funded project at Ski Bowl Park that will include a new playground featuring a climbing boulder and a multi-use hike-and-bike path.

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8 & 9 Ball Championship Finals

Dennis Velez defeated three time champion, Dave Galarneau, 3-1, to claim his first title in a classic duel showcasing two very distinctive styles of play.

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Our life coaches, style and substance, on wedding attire

I am going to a summer wedding for my niece and haven’t worn a dress in years. When I inquired about the “dress code”, I was told “wedding attire”….Help!!

College Graduates Face Tough Times

Kids Count

College graduates with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly either unemployed or underemployed.

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Salary freeze helps Ticonderoga school meet tax cap

Proposed school budget is down 6 percent

It’s been a difficult budget process for the Ticonderoga Central School District. Facing a nearly $2 million deficit when work started, the board of education has adopted a 2012-13 budget proposal that meets the state tax cap.

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‘Beer tent’ to go before full board

Connell: did not think matter would be 'controversial'

Speaking during the April 30 Ways and Means Committee meeting, the Fair Committee chair from Westport said that he did not expect a request from the Agricultural Society to bring back a beer tent at the Essex County Fair for a one-year trail would be “so controversial.”

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Students rally against synthetic marijuana at county center

When Brody Hooper started his campaign against synthetic pot, he hoped it would come to this.

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Moriah, Crown Point score big victories

Viking, Panther bats come alive

Lindsay Brace had a big day for Moriah as the Vikings beat Northern Adirondack, 16-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball play May 1.

Combat Vets raffle a success

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 19-3 would like to send out a grateful appreciation to all the people and businesses that made our second basket raffle a great success.

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They were biting this morning ...

Outdoor Tales

It’s Monday morning as I write this and all I can think about is that old Labatt Blue commercial of the fish on the phone with the guy at his office.

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Autism Awareness Walk

The Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York held its annual Autism Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the US Oval in Plattsburgh.

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We have become a society of enablers

From the Editor's Desk

E-N-A-B-L-E-R-S. Enablers.

Vote Passno, Bingel, Anderson

As a longtime resident of the Town of Plattsburgh and the Beekmantown school district, I feel it's time for more accountability in the school district.

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State backs off TB test mandate for senior mealsite patrons

Site move to go forward

The state Health Department backs off a mandate that local people perceived as unreasonable and excessive, and a local senior mealsite program — which provides socialization as well as good nutrition — will now apparently go forward in a new site that will cut costs and benefit taxpayers.

Tuesday, May 1

Seeking WWII memories

Are you a WWII veteran?

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The annual blood drive is on its way

Notes from the North Woods

Despite the early arrival of the spring season, there really hasn’t been much of a problem with skeeters or black flies to date.

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Schroon senior citizens purchase defibrillator

Members learn to use equipment

Schroon Lake’s senior citizens are serious about the health of the community. The local senior citizen club has purchased a Power Heart Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to serve the community in case of a cardiac emergency.

Supports Passno

Sometimes I think people are elected to school boards without much thought by the district voters, or sometimes school board members are elected because they are related to someone working for the district and sometimes people are elected because no one else wants the thankless jo

Is the sky falling?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I really hate to be pessimistic. I also want to avoid being politically slanted.

Thoughts on Randy Richards


There may be compelling reasons why Lake Placid’s school board continues to stand behind embattled Superintendent Randy Richards.

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Crown Point school budget lowest in years

Retirements help trim spending

The proposed 2012-13 Crown Point Central School budget is less than district spending four years ago.

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New, larger health center okayed for Warrensburg

$5 million federal grant approved

For decades, Warrensburg health care professionals have complained about the problems posed by their existing building housing the Warrensburg Health Center, which hosts 41,000 patient visits per year. Also, town of Warrensburg officials have complained about the high utility bills in the building originally constructed as a grocery store. Now, due to a $5 million grant announced May 1, the health center — a patchwork of additions and expansions — will be replaced with a brand new, $6 million state-of-the-art facility.

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Senate approves bill criminalizing fake pot, bogus meth

Synthetic marijuana, which prompts delusions, violent behavior, suicide attempts, convulsions and various health problems, has been a spiraling problem with area youth. But April 30, the state Senate passed a bill criminalizing the use, distribution or possession of the substance, along with so-called 'bath salts' which mimic methamphetamine. Now it's up to the stae Assembly to join the movement towards curbing the use of the substances.

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Crown Point tops Schroon in baseball, softball

Ti softball, Schroon golf win

Crown Point blanked Schroon Lake, 4-0, in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference baseball action April 30.