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Tuesday, April 30

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New program to assist Ticonderoga business startups

Ti Alliance introduces BizInc.

In an attempt to spark entrepreneurship, the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is offering to help new businesses in the area. BizInc. is the alliance’s new business incubation program. The program, according to Chattie Van Wert, alliance director, will help new and expanding businesses by offering benefits and assistance.

Walk to help find a cure for ALS

Guest Viewpoint

The ALS Raising Hope Foundation is excited to share that we will be hosting the Walk of Hope and Spring Festival on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, with registration at 8 a.m., to support research for cures for neurodegenerative diseases, (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and more).

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NY legislators get a taste of Adirondack culture, amenities & issues

Whether it was the gourmet food or microbrew beer, a crowd of legislators and their staffers were drawn to the Adirondack Day expo held April 29 in the state Legislative Office Building — giving Adirondack advocates an opportunity to lobby for their concerns of economic vitality, sustainability and support for family farms.

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Holocaust survivor to speak in Schroon Lake

Students to host Murray Jaros May 16

A Holocaust survivor, Murray Jaros has seen the worst of humanity. He’s also seen the best. Jaros will speak Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Schroon Lake Central School auditorium at the invitation of the student National Honor Society. The program is free and open to the community.

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I Love NY launches Adirondack Challenge webpage

Empire State Development officials this week launched a webpage for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Adirondack Challenge whitewater rafting event on the I Love NY website.

State increases leads to stable budget for Keene

The Keene Central School Board of Education has adopted a budget that will be under the state’s tax levy cap for 2013-14.

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Visiting Wilton, Gillibrand praises new small-farm initiatives

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and citizens of the southern Adirondacks region struck a harmonious chord this week as the Senator expressed support for a pending federal farm bill that would improve citizens' access to fresh local foods while boosting small family farm operations.

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Plattsburgh Sister nominated for NYS Woman of Distinction

Blow said recognition a milestone for everyone involved with North Country Mission of Hope

A Plattsburgh Sister is being honored for reaching across the hemisphere to bring hope to people in Nicaragua and give people in the North Country an opportunity to change lives. Sister Debbie Blow, a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, will be recognized in Albany early next month as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

Common sense, political convenience

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It almost boggles the mind how quickly our elected officials can move when properly motivated and when, in their collective judgment, know they must act.

Monday, April 29

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Bird program set at Crown Point historic site

Banding station to open May 4

The Crown Point State Historic Site will mark its 38th year of bird banding with a special program Saturday, May 4. To celebrate the opening of the Crown Point Bird Banding Association station at the site, the Friends of the Crown Point Historic Site will host Gary Lee, who will present a free program at 1 p.m. in the site’s museum auditorium.

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Dan Berggren releases new CD, 'Tongues in Trees'

Writing an objective review of Dan Berggren’s new CD — “Tongues in Trees” — is impossible for me. I’m too close to the situation.

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Ticonderoga trustees kill proposed zoning plan

Opponents, supporters criticize town board

After four years of work, debate and revision, an updated Ticonderoga zoning proposal has been scraped. Faced with withering criticism, the town board voted unanimously to kill the plan — at least for now — at its April meeting.

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Willsboro CS holds the line with budget

Willsboro Central School will present a 2013-14 budget to district residents May 21 that looks a lot like the 2012-13 version.

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Essex County to join anti-invasive movement

Essex County is joining with its neighbors to keep invasive plant species out of Lake George.

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Dinner with Carol Gregson, author of the new memoir, ‘Wet Socks’

On the menu was stroganoff, fried asparagus, salad, sweet knots, rice for the rice people, and noodles for the noodle people. Dessert was lemon pie.

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North Warren VIP & Business of the Year chosen

Two entrepreneurs who are transforming the face and future of Pottersville — and a Chestertown woman dedicated to community service and to nurturing area youth — have been honored by the North Warren Chamber of Commerce.

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Baseball game aims to save lives and remember deceased teammate

For some people, baseball and other sports are not just a way of life but a reason to live. The SUNY Plattsburgh baseball team will be combining its love of the game with the conviction to save lives in honor of former team member Brian Mehan. The baseball team will host ‘Brian Mehan Be The Match Day‘ on Tuesday, April 30. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the team will be collecting swabs for bone marrow matching in the Cardinal Lounge and before the game there will also be a swabbing station set up at the Lefty Wilson Field on Bailey Ave from 6 to 7:30 p.m. before the team plays SUNY Canton that evening.

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Primesource named Ward Lumber’s Vendor of the Year

Jay Ward, President of Ward Lumber, announced Primesource Building Products as the recipient of the 2012 Vendor of the Year Award.

Sunday, April 28

Housing group receives grant

Willsboro Senior Housing, Corp. has been awarded a grant of $2,000 from the Special and Urgent Needs Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust.

Water worries 

My husband and myself have recently become aware of the Streetroad water project and are extremely concerned. We have a private drilled well.

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Adrian Carr: A Retrospective

On Saturday, April 20, Adrian Carr put his life on display at ROTA Gallery. His show, “The Hidden Art of Adrian Carr—A Retrospective 1976-2005,” includes about 20 pieces and is open through Monday, May 6.

Volunteers lauded

The week of April 22 is National Volunteer Week.

Saturday, April 27

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Green-up Day volunteers spruce up Pburgh

As the snow receded in downtown Plattsburgh, places like Trinity Park became marred by the presence of litter and leaves blowing around like urban tumbleweed.

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Baseball game aims to save lives and remember deceased teammate

For some people, baseball and other sports are not just a way of life but a reason to live. The SUNY Plattsburgh baseball team will be combining its love of the game with the conviction to save lives in honor of former team member Brian Mehan. The baseball team will host ‘Brian Mehan Be The Match Day‘ on Tuesday, April 30. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the team will be collecting swabs for bone marrow matching in the Cardinal Lounge and before the game there will also be a swabbing station set up at the Lefty Wilson Field on Bailey Ave from 6 to 7:30 p.m. before the team plays SUNY Canton that evening.

Thanks to volunteers

The week of April 22 is National Volunteer Week.

Friday, April 26

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Fourth-grader organizes pancake benefit for manatee fund

Scarlett Archer and her classmates at Willsboro Central School then got to work to organize the event, which was held April 14 at the inn.

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Daffest set to start this weekend

Daffest will kick off this weekend, highlighted by the annual Daffest Derby, a competition of soapbox derby cars that runs on the LaPan Highway hill from the site of the overpass to the Harrietstown Town Hall.

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Donations sought for Schroon celebration

July 4th contributions needed

The 59th annual Fourth of July celebration in the town of Schroon needs assistance. Kate Huston, chairwoman of the festivities, said money and volunteers are needed to support this year’s Independence Day activities. The day-long celebration is funded entirely through contributions.

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AVCS budget under state tax levy cap

The AuSable Valley Central School Board of Education was faced with a maximum 4.4 percent state property tax levy cap threshold.

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Ticonderoga cyclists to ride in NYC event

Bike tour to aid struggling children

A group of Ticonderoga cyclist will take part in a charity ride in New York City next weekend. Kyle Stonitsch, Joelle Stonitsch, Kris Stonitsch, Ralph Todd, Krystal Burns and Ray Thatcher will take part in the third annual New York City Bike-New York TD 5-Boro Bike Tour Sunday, May 5.

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Comedians to serve up giggles for girls

 The Adirondack Comedy Club will present a mostly female show titled “Giggles for Girls” to support the Girl Scouts in Champlain/Mooers. The show will begin at 8 p.m. on April 27 at the Rouses Point American Legion, 29 Pratt Street. Performances will include Adirondack Comedy Club organizer Ray Wayman, with special appearance by comedian Carmen Lagala, Autumn Engroff Spencer and headliner Kit Rivers, who promise to give the girlish giggles in their original sets. Wayman has produced several comedy shows at the American Legion. The upcoming fundraiser will help raise money for the troop to go to New York City at the end of the year. Wayman said they have been doing fundraisers since the fall of last year.

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Gibson Brothers will play homecoming performance for seniors

The Gibson Brothers will give a special live performance in support of Ellenburg Senior Housing residents at 7 p.m. on April 26 at the Northern Adirondack Central School, 5586 Route 11.

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Town of Minerva dealing with vandalism

During the Thursday, April 18 Minerva Town Board meeting, Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey discussed several recent instances of vandalism that the town has experienced.

Commit to health

Most people probably know about the health concerns related to smoking, but they may not know that cigarette butts are the most littered item in the nation, and they’re more than just an eye sore.

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Inter-Lakes Health offers occupational therapy

Occupational therapy services are available in Ticonderoga at Inter-Lakes Health.

Powerless without guns

The reason the Times of Ti editorial can be appreciated as a fine editorial is that the words themselves appearing in the March 16, 2013 edition give us a good understanding of the issue. 

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Alexandra Harris named Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts managing director

Alexandria Harris, of Long Lake, has been named managing director for the Adirondack Lakes Center For The Arts.

Thursday, April 25

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Clean-up campaign slated in Ticonderoga

Groups to join forces for May 11 effort

Ticonderoga is going to get a spring cleaning. A host of local groups will join forces for a community clean-up project Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taking part will be the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Kiwanis, Ticonderoga Central School and the town of Ticonderoga along with volunteers.

Creekers’ billiards team wins title

The Stony Creek Tavern 16 Billiards team led by Captain Henry Soto once again won the Pops Pool League Championship by a commanding margin.

Brush dump to open

The Elizabethtown Town Board has set the following dates for opening the Brush Dump for spring yard cleanup.

On Campus

Hudson Valley Community College student Kimberly Herrick of Hague was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for two-year institutions of higher learning.

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School board candidates looking for votes on May 21

No school districts in the News Enterprise readership will have a contested race for the school board elections on Tuesday, May 21. However, there are some longtime board members who have decided not to run this year, particularly in Minerva and Long Lake.

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Boat inspection, decontamination program likely

Lake George Park Commission adopts draft plan

Boats entering Lake George will likely be required to be inspected and decontaminated starting in 2014 in an effort to keep invasive species from the lake.

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Emergency personnel receive protective training about meth labs

As the number of arrests for meth possession, usage, and manufacturing continue to rise in communities across the North Country, the emergency personnel trained to keep area residents safe must prepare themselves to be ready to respond should a meth related emergency arise.

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Local theaters unite to raise funds for digital equipment

The Adirondack North Country Association and local theaters are hosting a kickoff event for the “Go Digital or Go Dark” fundraising campaign Friday, April 26, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid.

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Financial records at center of newest battle in Elizabethtown

Supervisor Margaret Bartley called an emergency meeting of the Town Board April 18 cancel several town accounts due to their information being placed at the Elizabethtown Post Office.

Athol-Thurman

WCS Prom set for Inn at Erlowest

The Bolton Bulletin

Conservation Park work day set

Not the place

There are many forums available for political expression.

Bakers Mills News

So sorry to hear about the death of Duane (Dewey) Millington.

Two wrongs don’t make a right

This is to inform you that it seems offensive and contradictory regarding your article on “Rock Against Rape” in the April 6 issue.

Principles to live by

Chamber Connection

A colleague, good friend and inspirational leader who I worked with in a past position, wrote me a letter as I took on the role of the executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, two and a half years ago.

Ramblings

Spring is slow coming this year, but as a result we recently had on our carport/roof/feeder a huge flock of redpolls, the sparrow-like birds which “irrupt” every other year or so from the far north.

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Indian Lake planning busy season

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

While the snow is melting and we anxiously await the departure of the mud and blackflies, a group of dedicated volunteers and staff are hard at work planning various activities and events for the Indian Lake Sabael and Blue Mountain Lake.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - April, 1913

Wednesday, April 24

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Runners in Lake George footrace grieve Boston Marathon victims

More than 300 runners participated in the Lake George Half-Marathon April 21, and many of them were paying tribute to their fellow athletes — and their loved ones — injured or killed in the Boston Marathon bombings April 15.

Curbside giveaway set for Lake George

Local citizens are warned that their residential landscape may look less than tidy this Saturday and Sunday — but they shouldn’t worry, as it’s only temporary.

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News Enterprise Sports Roundup

Softball and Baseball

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State closes on second Finch Pruyn property

Nature Conservancy gives $500,000 for economic development

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, April 23 announced that New York state closed on 9,300 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands in the Adirondacks.

About FOIL request

I recently submitted a Freedom of Information Law ( FOIL ) request to the Town of Elizabethtown.

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North Country SPCA

Have you visited the NCSPCA’s website lately?

Essex Column

The Oscar winning film “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day Lewis will be shown this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange at 8.

Keeseville Column

Got an email from Danny Kaifetz, Director for the North Country Honor Flight.

Willsboro Column

There have been many signs of spring this week, the Boquet River is full and flowing down to the dam.

Westport Column

Don’t miss the Westport Central School Drama Club’s performance of High School (Non) Musical, a parody of the Disney film High School Musical, this weekend.

Elizabethtown Column

The Charles Pratt Memorial Race will be held on Saturday, May 11.

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Indian Lake may host governor’s whitewater challenge

Event tentatively set for July

With the Adirondack whitewater rafting season gaining momentum and the 56th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby on tap for May 4-5, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may soon be making a long-awaited announcement about the Adirondack Challenge. And it looks as though the governor is considering the town of Indian Lake as the headquarters for the Challenge, according to a tentative schedule acquired by the News Enterprise.

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Inter-Lakes nurses leaders in patient care

National Nurses Week May 6-12

Nurses at Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga will join health care providers across the country in observing National Nurses Week May 6 - 12.

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Lions’ Cassavaugh steals her way into state record books

Stealing may be wrong in the real world, but Elizabethtown-Lewis senior shortstop Kylee Cassavaugh has made a name for herself thanks to her softball career of pilfering bases off the opposition.

Happiness Linked to Health

Kids Count

Recently I attended a conference on how happiness affects the health of people in general.

Misconception over Safe Act

I would like to thank Mr. Sam Huntington from Dresden for his letter questioning a statement I made in my March 30 letter to Denton Publications.

The need for gaming in the Adirondacks is large

In 1990, Colorado held a statewide referendum to legalize limited stakes gambling in three struggling mining towns that were on the verge of ceasing to exist.

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The Trout Where-Abouts

Notes from the North Woods

Most rivers and streams are still running high, with water temperatures about average for the season.

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Girls on grass

Conservation Conversations

The cold weather has kept the stream temperatures down so my trout fishing hasn’t been very good.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

Two gems in downtown Plattsburgh are Cache Elegant and owner, Barbara Hugus.

Give back clean water

I offer an alternative to costly border fencing and all these expensive ways to keep America for the Americans.

Tuesday, April 23

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Film Society celebrates 10th anniversary with free ‘Lincoln’

The Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) showed its first movie in 2003 and since then it has screened nearly 170 films.

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Ticonderoga oil spill could prove costly

Town awaiting DEC report, possible penalties

After a second oil spill in the last three years, the town of Ticonderoga is waiting to hear about possible penalties from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Planning board seeks member

The Elizabethtown Planning Board has a vacancy for an alternate member of the Planning Board.

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ELCS Art Club aims to bring culture to community

Members of the ELCS Art Club, which has 32 members in total, spent the day not only working on and painting their design on the wall of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad building, but also starting to design bookmarks to help a group that is looking to bring a library to the town of Lewis.

Life in a dangerous world

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

While the events of last week continue to unfold it reminds us how fragile life is and how quickly our lives can be turned upside down in the mere blink of eye.

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Etown supervisor warns of fires, ATV use on certain trails

Local residents have worked to repair hiking trails that were recently damaged in Elizabethtown.

Monday, April 22

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Panthers have new softball coach this season

Coach Mike Ross retires

Crown Point Central School has dominated Section VII Class D softball for more than a decade.

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Youthful Vikings look to improve in 2013

The Moriah softball team will be very young in 2013. The Vikings, who graduated 10 players last spring, return only two seniors.

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New mentor leads Ticonderoga linksters

Jay Wells now the coach

The Ticonderoga golf team has a new coach at the helm.

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Wildcats look to enjoy the 2013 season

Schroon Lake linksters very young

Could this be a break out season for the Schroon Lake Central School softball team?

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Schroon Wildcats lack depth this season

When the Schroon Lake baseball team steps on the field for its first game of the season, it will be a victory for the Wildcats.

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Viking linksters optimistic; young players need to step up

The Moriah golf team has some holes to fill this spring, but the cupboard isn’t bare.

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Vikings face changes this season

Moriah now in Class D

This is a season of change for the Moriah baseball team.

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Panthers look to enjoy the 2013 season

Crown Point linksters very young

Coach John Swinton wants to be certain his Crown Point golf team has fun.

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Sentinel thinclads appear strong this season

Ticonderoga has 19 track athletes returning

Ticonderoga’s boys track team will again battle for Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII honors this spring.

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Ticonderoga primed for another title run

Ticonderoga softball just keeps rolling along.

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Lady Sentinels feature newcomers

Youth to be served on Ticonderoga track team

Young athletes will have an opportunity to shine on the Ticonderoga girls track team this spring.

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Ticonderoga baseball team eyes continued dominance

Ticonderoga High School baseball is like a run away train. The Sentinels just keep winning and winning and winning.

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In Lake George, Rachael Ray talks of her Hometown, her charities

Television sensation Rachael Ray talks about her hometown and her life during an interview in Lake George conducted for the Adirondack Journal by a top Warrensburg High School student.

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Orange will field an experienced team in 2013

Long Lake Central School teacher David Olbert returns to coach the Orange varsity baseball team this year in the hope of winning the division again and improving on the team’s 9-4 record.

Lady Jaguars return seven this season

Johnsburg Central School teacher Phil Goodman returns for his 16th year as the coach of the Lady Jaguars varsity softball team.

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Jaguars face a rebuilding year in baseball

After losing longtime varsity baseball coach Tim Leach at the end of the 2012 season, Johnsburg Jaguar fans are putting their faith in first-time coach Ryan Carpenter, who took over Leach’s teaching job at the beginning of the school year.

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Lady Orange return a veteran squad this season

One of the newest members of the Indian Lake-Long Lake varsity softball team will be the coach, Long Lake Town Highway Superintendent Chip Farr.

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Farm-fresh to be distributed in Warren Co. through CSA program

Fresh, non-GMO, pesticide-free locally grown food is now available at new distribution points in Warren County — including North Creek, Warrensburg and Glens Falls — through the Farm Share program.

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Wintery spring delays start for lady Mountaineers

Like most Adirondack high school ball teams, the wintry spring weather has been a real hardship for Coach Bruce McGinn and his Minerva-Newcomb varsity softball team.

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Mountaineers lack experience this baseball season

At first glance, a 16-player roster for the Minerva-Newcomb varsity baseball team sounds impressive, but veteran Coach Ed LaCourse is faced with several challenges this season that could prevent the team from beating its 6-4 record last season.

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Warrior girls looking to repeat as league champs

The Lake George Girls Softball team enjoys an outstanding legacy that stretches back decades, and this year, local fans are anticipating a strong season to continue that tradition.

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Talent abounds for Warriors, the reigning AL champions

For years, the Lake George High School Baseball Team has been a powerhouse.

Lady Cougars seek a turnaround for 2013

If the girls on the 2013 North Warren softball team need any inspiration, all they need to do is look in their school’s trophy cases and read the press clippings describing the successes of the 2012 Cougar basketball team or the 2010 North Warren Field Hockey Team.

North Warren has a wealth of experience for 2013 campaign

North Warren High School has traditionally developed solid athletes, who have performed way beyond expectations for schools with such small enrollment.

Armed with experience, Bolton boys are poised to advance

In 2012, the Bolton High School Varsity Baseball Team was loaded with young, relatively inexperienced players.

Eagles are young, but working hard with optimism for new coach

The Bolton Eagles Varsity softball team may have a lot of young players, but their youth is offset by a dedication to the sport and a will to win, new Varsity Coach Kristen DePace said this week.

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Experience, talent abound on lady Burgher squad

Last season represented a formidable challenge for the Warrensburg High School Softball team, following the graduation of a talented group of seniors.

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With strong 2013 start, hopes are high for Burgher baseball

Two years ago, the Warrensburg High School Boys Baseball team had a lineup of powerful athletes who took their team to the Section II finals, beating several top-seeded teams along the way.

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Woodland walk slated

Crown Point trek May 11

A walk through the woods will be held in Crown Point, sponsored by Northern Adirondacks chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The trek will be Saturday, May 11, on property owned by Peter Smallidge at 199 Breed Hill Road as part of the statewide “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative of the New York Forest Owners Association.

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Tri-Lakes Alliance's wine social packs the house

Himoff to talk about Alliance's success at APA conference

A party hosted by a group of area business leaders — known for boosting the local economy and social scene — is a remarkable success. Meanwhile, the organization, the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, plans a slate of new events.

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Ticonderoga students compete in community service

March Madness event held

Ticonderoga Middle School students were excited to take part in March Madness, but it had nothing to do with the national college basketball championship tournament.

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E.O.B. Dragoon’s Farm Equipment, Inc. celebrates 60 years of service

On April 10, Dragoon’s Farm Equipment, Inc. celebrated its 60th anniversary. They had door prizes, demos, discounts and served pancakes and sausage to thank the community for its support.

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Imaginarium launches “Blast Boredom” Campaign for area families

“We want to blast boredom from our children and give them outlets to learn on their own terms in a creative and fun way,” said Imaginarium President Jennifer Meschinelli. “So, we ask our community to help us on this mission to blast boredom.”

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Charlotte Wood at 100: ‘Enjoy each day!’

Charlotte Rumble Wood, born and raised in an era of horseback travel and oil lamps, reflected on her life and times recently as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

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Deputy will serve a year in military police in Afghanistan

Deputy Robert Budwick will serve in the military police for a one-year deployment with his Army Reserve unit at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

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Basic STAR changes coming for 2014

Taxpayers with a Basic STAR exemption will have to register with the state in order to continue receiving the discount in 2014.

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On Campus

The Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society has selected Rachel Lynn Demarais for membership in the local chapter at The College of Saint Rose.

Sunday, April 21

Garden grant funding available

The Essex County Adirondack Garden Club is accepting applications for the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund.

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Spring sports preview: Willsboro

Spring sports preview: Willsboro

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APA set to host annual Local Government Day

The 16th Annual Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference is scheduled for April 24 and 25 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Lake Placid.

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North Country Ministry receives large donation

A donation of $78,000 has been given to North Country Ministry in honor of Father Paul Cox of Cleverdale.

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Birding celebration scheduled at Paul Smiths VIC

The 11th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration is scheduled for May 31 - June 2 at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths.

Saturday, April 20

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Casino forum to feature gaming expert

For years, controversy has surrounded the concept of hosting a casino in Lake George. In an effort to explore the initiative, Village Mayor Robert Blais has invited a gaming industry executive to speak at an upcoming public forum on the issue.

Westport School looks at across the board cost saving measures

As numbers are returned to area schools, The Westport Central School Board of Education must find ways to make up for reductions in state funding.

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Spring sports preview: Westport

Spring sports preview: Westport

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Creative Stage Lighting hires new employees

Creative Stage Lighting has announced the hiring of Robin Lee for the position of Northeast Regional Sales Manager.

Response

In response to what I find are false unjust accusations made in letters to the editor by Noel Merrihew and his brother-in-law, Ken Fennimore, I offer a more factual take on their issues.

Friday, April 19

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Crammond scholarship to be awarded in Ticonderoga

Application deadline June 1

The LaChute Road Runners Club will again present the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship this spring. The $1,000 award will go to a Ticonderoga High School graduate who participated in varsity cross country and/or track & field who attends college full-time.

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Sports Roundup: April 19, 2013

Here is the News Enterprise Sports Roundup for April 19, 2013.

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National Day of Prayer to be observed

Ticonderoga event May 2

National Day of Prayer will be observed in Ticonderoga. The Adirondack Community Fellowship will sponsor the event Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the gazebo in Bicentennial Park. In the event of rain it will be held in the Cornerstone Alliance Church across the street.

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UCC clock to be replaced in Elizabethtown

Now, the time has come for the old clock, which was donated to the town and housed at the church, to make its final turns as the hands that have counted the days for residents have also counted down the lifespan of the motors and gears that have made it run.

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Spring sports preview: Keene

Spring sports preview: Keene

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Bingo set to benefit Depot

On Saturday, April 20, the Depot Theatre will host Bingo for the Depot at the Westport Heritage House from 5 to 7 p.m. The Depot has been honoring its 35th Year Anniversary with the fundraiser hearkening back to its founder, Carol Buchanan.

Responding to letter

The Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department would like to acknowledge Mr. Martins letter to the editor dated Feb. 28 in regards to Mr. Ken Fenemore’s service.

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Knights of the Night to benefit Malorie Drolette

It is amazing how quickly a person’s life can change. Malorie Drolette’s parents recently brought the 16-year-old girl to the doctor because she seemed to be suffering from a sinus infection.

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Rouses Point says goodbye to winter this weekend

Steve Merchant is sick of winter. To prove it, he’s organized a “Say Goodbye to Winter” bash at Bowl Mart Lanes in Champlain on Saturday, April 20.

Intent of zoning group compromised?

I was a member of the Lake George Village Zoning Steering Committee, tasked with recommending zoning changes. I am now compelled to express my opinion on what happened during that process.

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Long Lake school to host Community Connections meeting

The Long Lake Central School Shared-Decision Making Committee will host a “Community Connections” evening from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 at Long Lake Central School.

Thursday, April 18

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Crown Point chamber, running club team up for event

New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run slated May 18

The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was supposed to be a one-time affair to celebrate the opening of the new span connecting the two states. That was the plan, but the inaugural race was such a hit it’s returning. The second annual The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

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Lake George Community Band to perform

The Lake George Community Band has entertained audiences for a decade with their mix of show tunes, march music, plus popular jazz and blues favorites. The ensemble will be performing Saturday April 20 for their first presentation of 2013.

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At home with the Allens

Johnsburg Historical Society

A remarkable couple was interviewed by the Living History program of Johnsburg Historical Society November 9, 2012.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - April 1913

The Bolton Bulletin

Woodmen sponsor flagpole

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Town Talk

Fundraiser for mission trip set

Searching for spring

Notes from the North Woods

After waiting and watching for the backwoods ponds to shed winter’s hard cap, I couldn’t take it anymore.

Mill Creek Musings

I’m a bridge player and, as such, my partner and I are sometimes “vulnerable.”

Bakers Mills News

What changeable weather we have been having. Friday was a very icy day and dangerous. Many accidents with the ice that even had some of the Northway closed.

Sports Roundup: April 18, 2013

Here is the News Enterprise Sports Roundup for April 18, 2013.

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Blood drive slated in Schroon Lake

Honor society planning May 6 event

The Schroon Lake Central School chapter of the National Honor Society will host an American Red Cross blood drive noon to 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the auditorium of Schroon Lake Central School.

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Gore Mountain open one more weekend

Operators of the Gore Mountain ski center expect to open for at least one more weekend as the lingering winter weather has kept spring skiing an option for residents and visitors.

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Mighty Matthew and the case of the Lollipop bandits

Matthew Cech, 8 years old and from Plattsburgh, known to many in the North Country as Mighty Matthew, was sworn in by Sheriff Richard Cutting April 13 with a specific case in mind: help the department find the Lollipop Bandits.

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Essex County Supervisor fete Pre-Tech Plastics

Board Vice Chairman William Ferebee of Keene and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava presented Jim Kahler of Pre-Tech Plastics in Mineville with a resolution of congratulations on having received AS9100C Certification, a quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry and awarded by the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System. The award places Pre-tech among the best in the Aerospace and Defense Quality Management System International Standard.

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Spring sports preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis

Spring sports preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis

Atheistic, Muslim beliefs on TV

After reading your article in the Times of Ti, I was encouraged to also add my opinion to what is happening not only in our government but on our airways.

Get after school program back

No Funding, Really?

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Adirondack Teen Leadership and Service graduates first class

Question: How many teens does it take to make a difference?

Athol-Thurman

Town Wide Sale signs-ups sought

Academics aren’t the end-all

I am writing to comment on the full page ad placed in your paper by the New York State United Teachers union.

Wednesday, April 17

Guest viewpoint: global warming

If Earth were an apple, the skin of the apple would be the thickness of our world’s atmosphere.

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Day care center to open in Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga Tots open house April 23

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. as part of Ticonderoga Tots opening celebration.

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Ticonderoga food co-op discussion progressing

Mission statement adopted

A group working to create a community food co-op in Ticonderoga has adopted a mission statement and plans to formalize committees. The group will meet again Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Gallery on Montcalm Street. Meetings are open to all interested people.

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News Enterprise wins journalism award

News Enterprise Editor Andy Flynn was among dozens of journalists throughout the state to earn an award in the New York Press Association 2012 Better Newspaper Contest, announced at the NYPA Spring Conference April 5-6 in Saratoga Springs.

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Local students chosen to attend Boys’ State, Girls’ State

Two Johnsburg Central School students were chosen to attend the annual Boys’ State and Girls’ State events this summer, a program sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Post 629 in North Creek.

Willsboro Column

Wow, Wow this has been a great week for me as first I was able to see the improvements at the Smith House, the new paint colors, the waiting room has been redesigned, all very nice.

Elizabethtown Column

The Elizabethtown Social Center presents their annual spring musical titled “The Bells are Ringing”.

Westport Column

Last year at this time, the volunteers who maintain the Westport Heritage House (including the new Visitors Center) announced a summer-long “Make It Shine” raffle to fund their project to refurbish the hardwood floor in the historic building’s community room.

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Fire and ash

Conservation Conversations

Spring is here and the woodstoves will be going into the summer mode.

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Style and Substance: Trapped in ‘college behavior’

I live with my girlfriend and a female roommate. We are all around 23 years old, have graduated from college, and have jobs.

Pardon our mess

Golly — what have they done over at the pavilion? Did you see the mess?

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North Country SPCA

Although it seems to be getting off to a slow start, the trees are budding and the grass is slowly turning green, heralding the arrival of Spring! Spring Fever always seems to strike my house around this time, and I spend a considerable amount of energy thwarting my cat’s attempts to dart past me every time I open the door.

Essex Column

Last week Ginny and I found ourselves on the road between E’town and Westport, and decided to drop in to see the new SPCA shelter.

Keeseville Column

Busy Saturday (April 20) this week. First the Knights of Columbus are hosting a fundraising Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings to benefit the World War II Veterans going on the first two North Country Honor Flights.

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Comedy show will deliver laughs at Moriah firefighter’s expense

Forget about the usual bake sales and coin drops. The Moriah Volunteer Fire Department just asks that people come laugh with them to raise money for the department.

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CSEA, Essex County approve new contract

The Essex County Board of Supervisors approved a new three-year contract with members of the County Chapter of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).

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Spring sports preview: AuSable Valley

Spring sports preview: AuSable Valley

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Crown Point native experiences marathon attack

Deanne Webster finished race before explosions

Deanne Webster expected her first Boston Marathon to be memorable, she just didn’t know it would be tragic. Webster, a 1993 Crown Point Central School graduate, crossed the finished line at the 117th Boston Marathon April 15 before the two terrorist bombs exploded, killing three and injuring more than 180 people. She had just left the finish corral when the attack took place.

Internet expansion key for region

Much more work remains to be done

A statewide $25 million project to expand high-speed internet access in rural New York through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program is welcome news.

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Chazy Eagles

Spring 2013 Sports Preview

Cascades ready to get facelift through May

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today advised motorists that construction will begin Wednesday, April 24, on a project to make slope repairs along Route 73 in the vicinity of Cascade Lakes between Lake Placid and Keene, Essex County. Starting on approximately May 1, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a temporary traffic signal to control alternating one-way traffic from Lower Cascade Lake to approximately .5 miles east of Bobsled Run Road.

Support school plays

Today as I observed play rehearsal for The Elizabethtown Social Center’s Spring production, I was reminded of a letter I wrote to the community last Spring.

LOWV membership on the grow

It is my pleasure to tell you that our local League of Women Voters was recognized recently by the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) for significant growth in our membership and our continued commitment to our community and the mission of the League of Women Voters.

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Northeastern Clinton Cougars

Spring 2013 Sports Preview

Saranac Chiefs; NAC Bobcats

Spring 2013 Sports Preview

Tuesday, April 16

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Kathy Naftaly of Lake George named Crandall Library’s new director

A Lake George woman who's a lifelong advocate of public libraries, has been named permanent director of Crandall Public Library.

Guest viewpoint: state testing

How will we know if the 3-8 ELA and math state tests raise educational standards; get our students ready for college and a career and accurately measure a teacher’s effectiveness?

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Self-improvement workshop planned

‘The Bigger Game’ at Silver Bay May 9-12

Rick Tamlyn will bring his program to the Silver Bay YMCA when he presents his first “Bigger Game Expo” May 9-12. The interactive event will include speakers, panel discussions, exercises and small group exchanges.

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Schroon Lake chamber seeking leading citizen

Nominations sought for annual award

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen/Organization of the Year award.

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Lk. Geo. Village endorses tax break, but shelves townhouse proposal

Village officials okay tax break for proprietors who upgrade their downtown buildings, but back off initiative to allow townhouses in residential zones.

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‘Bells' to ring in Elizabethtown

The Elizabethtown Social Center’s community actors will bring to life the story of pre-cell phones and pre-answering machines for a comedic love story of “Bells Are Ringing,” opening April 18.

The pettiness of politics

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

United States politics is one of the biggest money businesses in the world.

Monday, April 15

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Crown Point planning Memorial Day events

Annual observance May 26 and 27

Crown Point will observe Memorial day for the 146th time next month. The organizing committee is planning a two-day event, highlighting the contributions of past and present veterans.

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Supers Debate alcohol hours

Essex County Lawmakers have come up with a compromise when it comes to the matter of when “closing time” will be here. Members of the Public Safety Committee voted April 8 to turn back the clock on the time bars and restaurants can serve alcohol — from 4 a.m. until 3 a.m. Last month, the committee tabled a resolution that would have moved last call up to 2 a.m.

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Plunge into Spring with Planned Parenthood Dive

Brave Planned Parenthood supporters took their first dive of the season into Lake Champlain on Sunday, April 7.

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Biggest Loser marathon will come to Plattsburgh

Fans of the nationally syndicated show “The Biggest Loser” are asked to put their loyalty to the test, get off the couch and participate when the Biggest Loser Fun Run and Walk comes to Plattsburgh in June.

Wear Denim to support victims of sexual assault

Officials of Planned Parenthood are asking people to wear denim April 29 in protest of a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.

Constitutional authority questioned

I was pleased to see letters from Ms. Monique Weston and Mr. John Capek which addressed the current debate surrounding the New York SAFE act in a civil and respectful tone.

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Minerva considers keeping share of sales tax

During their regularly scheduled meeting on April 4, Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey asked the Town Board to consider passing a resolution authorizing Minerva to request that its share of the sales tax collected by Essex County be returned to the town.

Sunday, April 14

Train and trail

Teddy Roosevelt, an Adirondack enthusiast, provided this guidance to those questing to achieve great things: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Tournaments a success

The Moriah Volunteer Fire Department would like to say thank you to the Mineville VFW, Mineville Bowling Lanes and everybody who bowled in our two tournaments this year.

Saturday, April 13

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Bogey’s Pub, Oscars & Lake Geo. bakery praised by Rachael Ray in local visit

In her annual visit to Lake George, television star Rachael Ray praised the cooking of chef Deric Buck — proprietor of Bogey's Pub & Grill of Queensbury — as well as the products of other local businesses. Buck catered the event, which drew a capacity crowd of 525 to the Lake George High School auditorium opn Saturday April 12. Bogey's is located at Bay Meadows Golf Center on Cronin Rd. in Queensbury.

Look at both sides

Benjamin Franklin said: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither.

ARC aids food shelves in area

The Clinton County chapter of the Advocacy and Resource Center recognized Disability Awareness Month by giving back to the community.

Fix campaign finance reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently reaffirmed his commitment to fixing New York State’s broken campaign finance system.

Friday, April 12

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DEC, Nature Conservancy update Indian Lake Town Board

Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) shared center stage at the April 8 meeting of the Indian Lake Town Board.

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Vendors sought for Crown Point event

Strawberry Festival slated June 30

Vendors interested in participating in the ninth annual Crown Point Strawberry Festival are asked to reserve their spots soon. The event, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, will be held in the town park Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Campus

The following local residents made the dean’s list for winter 2013 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology:

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Tony Jordan running for Washington County district attorney

Would resign as Johnsburg attorney if elected

As Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R-Jackson) looks to trade in his Capitol seat in Albany for the district attorney’s chair in Washington County, this North Creek native says the decision was bittersweet because he would have to leave private practice.

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Firefighters to welcome communities

Recruitment open houses April 27 and 28

Firefighters around the state and the area will take part recruitment open houses April 27 and 28. Sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the event coincides with National Volunteer Week and focuses on attracting new recruits. It’s billed as RecruitNY.

Nice event

The Lewis Fire District Board of Commissioners would like to thank the Department for inviting us to their annual banquet on March 23.

Ticonderoga firefighters busy

March was a steady month but without any serious incidents.

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Off of successful writing contest, CATS starts photo event

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has launched its first photo contest called “A View from the Trails.”

Thurman EMS— likely a tax burden

Thurman can not afford or support an E.M.S. organization.

Thursday, April 11

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Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society sets spring program

Fire towers to be discussed in North Hudson

The Schroon Lake-North Hudson Historical Society’s annual spring program will be held Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the North Hudson town hall.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - January 1913

Bakers Mills News

It sure does seem great to see bare ground beginning to show. I was thinking we were going to have snow for a couple more months. We seem to get in a hurry when spring arrives.

Stony Creek

Ladies’ Night Out

Athol-Thurman

Fundraisers set for EMS squad

Weather Watch

March 2013 was a typical Winter, early Spring month with nearly normal snowfall and slightly below normal temperatures.

Town Talk

Chamber to bestow awards

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Ticonderoga school athletic programs at risk

Budget options call for sports, personnel cuts

Facing a $540,000 budget gap, the Ticonderoga Central School board of education has identified three possible options to keep the 2013-14 spending plan within the state tax cap. All the options include cutting school sports programs and non-mandated classes such as art and music. Each also calls for personnel cuts.

Thurman EMS will prevail!

Thurman EMS will not allow the events of the April 8th public hearing at the Town Hall deter their dedication and determination.

Hearing on EMS contract raised questions

I attended the April 8 public hearing, undecided on the efficacy of one EMS plan over another, and I remain undecided.

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Camp Association purchases 130 acres from The Nature Conservancy in Indian Lake

The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter and Northern Frontier Camp April 8 announced a private land transaction in the town of Indian Lake, New York.

Casinos a bad idea

I’m disappointed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava support having casinos in Upstate New York.

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Stallsmith named Distinguished Citizen by United Way

The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. announced new board members and the new distinguished citizen of the year at its Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on March 2, at the Keeseville Knights of Columbus.

Reaction to editorial

The article “ Canada’s border policy should be revisited” was very interesting and informative.

Wednesday, April 10

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Music and conservation

Clarinets conserve nature

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New media changes Moriah town meeting dynamics

More information available; public participation down

Moriah residents are more informed, but less vocal at town board meetings. Supervisor Tom Scozzafava believes the reason lies in social media and the internet.

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North River Hobby Farm offers ‘haycations’ in restored camp

The North River Hobby Farm will reopen in May for its second season, offering picnic foods, flowers, honey, local produce and Saturday night “farm to table” dinner buffets.

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Direct Deposit of Warrensburg awarded for landscaping, charity

Community spirit comes naturally to Lou and Dean Ackley of Warrensburg, owners of Directo Deposit Redemption Center. They spend hours landscaping their business as well as helping facilitate charitable efforts.

Willsboro Column

It is a welcome sight to see many of our locals returning after spending a few months in warmer climates.

Keeseville Column

Good week for emails so I have plenty to report.

Westport Column

Here’s a reminder about the Sunday Brunch Sourdough Waffle and Frittata Extravaganza at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams this Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

Scene, Paris. A young American, studying abroad, finds himself in a hospital bed. Scene, Plattsburgh. The Prodigal Son returns home to heal and find his life’s work.

Elizabethtown Column

Our Elizabethtown Food Pantry is one of the main food banks for those in need in Essex County

Essex Column

Champlain Area Trails announces a new contest to promote the network of foot trails, their first ever photo competition.

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Putnam church a center of activity

Putnam United Presbyterian Church refurbished

The Putnam United Presbyterian Church may be small, but it accomplishes a lot. The church has served the Putnam community more than two centuries and remains a hub of local activity and worship.

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The little video that could...fix a road

Notes from the North Woods

This coming weekend, I’ll be heading back down to Newcomb to attend the final offering in the “Got Game” lecture series.

Supports city ban

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on March 18 that he is sending legislation to the City Council that would ban stores from being able to openly display tobacco products.

The media: public watchdogs

Though many people read newspapers, not many people really think of what it means to be a journalist.

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Clover food plots and frost seeding

Conservation Conversations

As an old soils guy, my mind always wanders back to crops and dirt. I am always watching and observing the ground when the snow melts.

Tuesday, April 9

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Historical Society looks at tourism

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is pleased to announce the final program of its 2013 “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 24 at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake Placid.

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STAR change leads to confusion

No action needed—now

A change to the state’s School Tax Relief Program has local assessors scrambling to answer taxpayer concerns. The 2013-14 New York State budget has changes that will require current Basic STAR recipients to re-register in order to continue receiving their exemptions.

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Schroon Lake tourism council reviews progress

Panel pleased with accomplishments

Schroon Lake continues to make advances in tourism. That’s the assessment of the Schroon Lake Tourism Council. The group, which formed four years ago, recently met to review steps in its master plan and to discuss future activities.

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Despite public outcry, Thurman board signs with Warrensburg EMS

Four years of heated controversy came to a climactic conclusion Monday April 8, as the Thurman Town Board bypassed the local ambulance squad to sign a contract with Warrensburg Emergency Medical Services to provide EMS coverage in town. Prior to taking the vote, the board members said the Thurman's squad's financial problems, intermittent shutdowns and lack of Advanced Life Support services — plus the Warrensburg agency's expertise and reliability — were reasons behind their decision.

Real life and sports

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week the news was a buzz with the now-disgraced basketball coach at Rutgers University, Mike Rice, who was fired for physically assaulting and verbally abusing his players

Monday, April 8

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Dinner to assist Ticonderoga celebration

Italian Night April 18 to aid Best Fourth in the North

Ticonderoga residents will have an opportunity to support the community’s annual Best Fourth in the North celebration and enjoy a night out. The Ti July 4th planning committee will hold an Italian Night Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall at 103 Montcalm St.

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Wrrnsbg. Supervisor Kevin Geraghty named ‘Citizen of the Year’

Forty years of basketball scorekeeping and nearly as many organizing charitable events has earned Kevin Geraghty the title of 'Citizen of the Year' — an award bestowed this week by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.

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Hancock House to host FDR program

Roosevelt scholar to speak April 12

Before Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, he was governor of New York. His experiences as New York’s leader that helped prepare him to become the nation’s chief executive will be outlined during a program hosted by the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

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Schroon Lake races filling up

Half marathon, marathon entries near limit

The 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is nearing capacity in two events.

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Eye on Business: Furniture and Décor

Furniture and Décor's grand opening

Sunday, April 7

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Warrensburg teacher recalled fondly in eulogies

Strict and exacting, Jean Frulla prepared thousands of Warrensburg students for their careers — and she was also a leader in the local effort for historical preservation, people said in eulogies delivered at her funeral Friday April 5.

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‘Pixel Project’ video fest set for Sunday

Creativity reigns in the premier area art-video festival- the People's Pixel Project, a competition conducted by the Lake George Arts Project.

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April events at Paul Smith’s VIC

The Northern New York Maple Project continues at the Paul Smith's College VIC with maple sap collecting and boiling in the sugarhouse through Monday, April 8.

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Young professionals called to action

Attracting young people to the region and keeping them here was more than a talking point at the sixth annual Adirondack Young Professionals Economic Forum. It was a call to action.

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AVCS honor roll

The following students have made the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year at AuSable Valley Middle School-High School in Clintonville:

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Shmulsky to host Ticonderoga chamber's 'After Business' mixer April 17

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce April After Business Mixer will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at the office of Alexander R. Shmulsky, Attorney At Law 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 6

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County health ratings continue to improve

According to the County Health Rankings are conducted through a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Essex County ranks as the 16th healthiest in the state.

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All Valley girls basketball team

The All-Valley team is a 12-player “roster” made up of student-athletes from schools within the Valley News coverage area, including AuSable Valley, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport and Willsboro.

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Spring Open Community Show at ROTA Gallery brings out artists

Forty works of art are on display at ROTA Gallery's Spring Open Community Show.

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Plattsburgh will come together to Rock Against Rape

Fundraiser will help raise awareness for local counseling services

Plattsburgh music lovers and supporters of victims of sexual assault can Rock Against Rape at the annual Planned Parenthood fundraiser on Saturday, April 6.

Minerva Central Honor Roll

Here is the Minerva Central School Honor List 2nd Marking Period

Friday, April 5

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Lake George stewards report released, fight against invasives ongoing

The Lake George Association has released a report with findings from the 2012 Lake Steward Program.

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Newcomb fights Albany with video to get State Route 28N fixed

When Adventure Cycling picked the route for 52-year-old Mark Mansell to take his cross-country bicycle trip through the Adirondack Park in August 2012, the company sent him along State Route 28N, through the towns of Long Lake and Newcomb.

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ACAP loses funding for after school programs in Westport, Schroon

Funding for a popular program offered by Adirondack Community Action Programs will not be available this fall, leaving kids in Westport and Schroon Lake without their usual after school activities.

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Adirondack Icons to show different facet in show at BluSeed

Kenny and Fortune, will merge their art for a show “Icons” - Lunacy & Scribblings at the BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street. The show will feature photographs and one painting by Fortune and Kenny will be exhibiting a group of intuitive “scribbles” based off his poetry.

An open letter to the U.S. senators representing New York

I understand that Samuel Palmisano, CEO of IBM, has offered the services of the company to the president to save the health care system several billion dollars FREE by rooting out inefficient methods but the president has turned him down.

Letter about fair

After Bertha Rand’s presentation about plans for the 2013 Essex County Fair at our recent March meeting, Westport Town Supervisor Dan Connell shared that the County may be interested in disposing of ownership of the Fair Grounds in Westport.

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Senator Little lobbying for tax relief

State Sen. Betty Little has joined her colleagues in proposing the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act.

Thursday, April 4

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State budget director details new initiatives during Glens Falls visit

A slate of tax cuts, 100 percent funding for full-day pre-kindergarten, lengthened school days and launching "innovation hot-spots" to inspire and attract high tech entrepreneurs were some of the initiatives that state Budget Director Robert Megna detailed at a presentation of the 2013-14 state budget Thursday April 4 in Glens Falls.

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Thurman board mulls contract with Warrensburg ambulance squad

The controversy is likely to reach a crescendo Monday Apirl 8 over whether to have the town government pay a local independent ambulance squad to respond to fewer than 100 calls per year — or to pay a neighboring ambulance corps to do so.

Bakers Mills News

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed sharing a meal with family and friends.

What is something that makes you laugh?

Question of the Month

Town Talk

Free Methodists offer zumba

Athol-Thurman

In an effort to continue their vital service to the community, Thurman Emergency Medical Services has been busy recently raising funds — and they have two events planned for the near future.

Turning Back the Pages

A grand house steeped in history

Can we learn from a worm?

Notes from Planet Earth

The short answer is yes — most decidedly. In fact this worm, known as Caenorhabditis elegans has played an important role in biologic science since 1974.

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Style and Substance: Helping aging parents

I find myself in a common situation. My parents are 88 and 89. They live on their own and are quite content; however, in the past six months I have noticed they are having difficulty with some day-to-day tasks.

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Manley to marry

Ray and Janine Manley of Crown Point have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jerrica Taylor Manley, to Cody John Wayman, son of John and Becki Wayman of Crown Point.

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Willsboro School Board heads back to class

Throughout the school years, the five-member board has been taking a “tour” of the different departments and classrooms throughout the school, learning more about what each is teaching, the goals for each department and the challenges they are facing as the state moves toward common core curriculum.

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ACAP food pantry in need of donations

The food pantry at Adirondack Community Action Programs in Elizabethtown has recently had to turn away referrals to their food pantry due to lack of supplies.

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ELCS officials work to trim spending plan

Superintendent Scott Osborne told members of the School Board and public March 27 that an increase in state aid had cut their previous deficit estimate in half, but the district was still looking for ways to cut $302,914 in the 2013-14 spending plan.

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United Way Day of Caring slated

On Saturday, April 27 the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is teaming up with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh for the Annual Day of Caring.

Response to letter

I respond to Monique Weston of Keene, whose letter to the editor in the March 30 edition of the Valley News generally supports the SAFE ACT.

Casinos don’t belong in Lake George

In reference to William Dow’s recent letter advocating casinos in Lake George, I do not believe the rosy picture presented by Mr. Dow.

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Roadrunners youth hockey team heading to National Championships

Roadrunners off to National Youth Championships.

Kids and tobacco marketing

You may think that the cigarette and tobacco racks at your local gas station, convenience store or grocery are for the convenience of the store clerks, but in reality they are placed there for tobacco marketing.

Wednesday, April 3

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Progress cited in forming Lake George Business District

The mayor of Lake George and a leading Capital Region economic development official are both optimistic about the attitude of downtown merchants towards working together to promote tourism, commerce, and special events in the village.

NY state comptroller to audit ORDA

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will launch a full financial audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) after a report by his office found that financial issues persist at a time when its operations have been expanded to include the Catskills-based Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

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North Country SPCA

Did you know that our new Frances Miller Adoption Center was paid for entirely by over 1,000 generous donors?

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Streamwalkers

Conservation Conversations

Farmers have been blamed for much of the nutrient loading going into Lake Champlain.

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A warm heart for cold weather

Notes from the North Woods

In recent weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of sign of animals on the move.

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Long Lake firefighter dies in one-car accident

A local volunteer firefighter died here in a one-car accident in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 30. Thom Ross, 22, of Long Lake, was driving alone in his 2007 Ford Focus northbound on Deerland Road on State Routes 28/30, when his vehicle veered into the southbound lane, struck a snowbank, and flipped an unknown number of times.

The price of free speech

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This country, once called the melting pot of the world, was known for taking in immigrants from all corners of the Earth and merging their cultures into ours to create a patchwork democracy.

Rough road video a winner

Town of Newcomb officials are cautiously optimistic that their attempt to shame New York state into fixing Route 28N earlier than planned has succeeded in getting the Department of Transportation’s attention.

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Westport Health Center to get expansion, renovation

Initially, the Westport Health Center will undergo a 3,700 square foot expansion that will provide space for the growing medical practice. The new space will include a comfortable waiting room, seven exam rooms, office space for physicians, a private registration area, nurses’ work station, lab area, procedure room, and patient consultation room.

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ELCS seeks a merger partner

During the March 27 meeting of the ELCS Board of Education, Superintendent Scott Osborne asked for permission to speak with the surrounding school districts to look at getting together to draft a merger feasibility study.

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Willsboro hopes state will lighten fund balance share of budget

Willsboro Central School plans on using up to $612,348 in fund balance to help keep the 2013-14 budget under the state’s cap, but is hoping they will receive some added aid from Albany.

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Lake Champlain Bridge has lighting problems, DOT eyes spring repairs

Transportation officials will wait until warm weather to investigate lighting problems on the Lake Champlain Bridge.

Tuesday, April 2

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Upswing in revenue stabilizes taxes in Lake George

Revenue from parking meters and sales tax continues to bankroll rising expenses of Lake George Village government.

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HAPEC, NeighborWorks complete housing study

The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc., announced the results of new research on the effectiveness of NeighborWorks pre-purchase housing counseling and education.

Monday, April 1

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Parade in Lake George to honor Warriors, state hoop champs

Battling through a tournament against higher-ranked teams staffed with towering athletes, the Lake George High School Basketball team racked up a string of upset victories — many of them come-from-behind wins — that earned them the state Class C Championship title. Their athleticism, heart and determination will be celebrated April 9 by the region's citizens with a ticker-tape parade and an awards presentation.

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Cogeneration to yield windfall soon for taxpayers

The state has procrastinated for a half-dozen years on paying reimbursement of expenses associated with off-the-grid electricity generation at Warren County's Westmount Nursing Home. Now after facing legal action, it looks like the state may pay up the money it promised toward the costs of providing the facility's electricity and heat.

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CFES hosts development meeting

North Country Community College staff joined their peers from seven local high schools and Dole for the event, held at the new CFES office complex in Essex.

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AVCS students to hold 3-on-3 basketball tournament

The Freshmen and Sophomore classes at AuSable Valley High School will be holding their annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday April 13.