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Thursday, February 28

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Third-ranked Wildcats back in Class D final

The third ranked team in the state of New York among Class D schools will get their chance to advance into the NYSPHSAA tournament after Schroon Lake scored a 51-23 win over the Chazy Eagles.

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Vikings defeat Lions for spot in Class D finals

The Moriah Vikings used a 29-7 first half to punch their ticket to the Section VII/Class D finals with a 48-33 win over the Elizbabethtown-Lewis Lions Feb. 28 at AuSable Valley High School.

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Essex County Judge: No changes to pistol permits

Despite concern among local sportsmen to the contrary, the ability to obtain a permit in Essex County to carry a concealed pistol in public has not been taken away.

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Boy Scouts invited to Fort Ticonderoga

Overnight program planned

Fort Ticonderoga plans to welcome Boy Scouts to the historic fortess this fall. Scout troops are being invited to camp at the fort as part of a new program to begin this fall.

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It’s home gardening time now

Every year as the days get a little longer, rural folks get the urge to browse through seed catalogs, visit their local garden centre and start planning for their vegetable gardens.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - Winter 1913

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Town Talk

Town takes action for pedestrians

Bakers Mills News

Many people plan attending the concert of “Third Day” at the Glens Falls Civic on March 1. Kathy Allen worked hard to get the tickets for about 30-plus seats.

Stony Creek

Free concert slated in Stony Creek

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The Bolton Bulletin

Cabin Fever Party is approaching

Athol-Thurman

It’s home gardening time now

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Folk music with a twist at the Koffee Kat

This Saturday, four acoustic acts will perform a punk-infused spin on folk and bluegrass music at the Koffee Kat.

Arts, culture alive in Ticonderoga area

Chamber Connection

As I read about, see and experience the many wonderful arts and cultural activities, events and happenings within the Ticonderoga area, I cannot help but be energized and excited.

Community Trust grants aid local French programs

Checks totaling $14,000 have gone to eleven foreign language projects at eight Adirondack schools.

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Thurman EMS in limbo, agency to reorganize

Although Thurman residents overwhelmingly support local emergency medical services, the residents of the town have yet to figure out how best to pay for the operations of their ambulance squad.

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Ticonderoga students to present play

‘Summertime Scrooge’ March 12

The annual Ticonderoga Elementary School play, “Summertime Scrooge,” will be presented by students in grades 3-5 Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the school auditorium. It is free to the public.

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APA helps Indian Lake with grocery study

Agency looks to help other Adirondack communities

Adirondack Park Agency staff recently completed a marketing study that could help the town of Indian Lake attract a grocery store chain.

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Ticonderoga students complete community service

The Ticonderoga Middle School students completed several community service during the holiday season.

Stands by statements

Reference is made to Ken Fenimore's letter to the editor in the Feb. 23 issue of the Valley News.

Thurman EMS: ‘We will be back for you’

We want to inform the residents of Thurman that WE ARE NOT OFFICIALLY CLOSING.

Sports

Boys & Girls Basketball

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ECH joins call to avoid sequester

Elizabethtown Community Hospital has joined with the state association to plead with national lawmakers to avoid the “sequester,” a series of cuts that would be made to federal programs if the federal government cannot come up with a budget deal before a March 1 deadline.

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County, state official debate SAFE Act

During the Feb. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting, county supervisors talked about pursuing a resolution that would be sent to the state concerning the SAFE Act, which set a band on guns deemed as assault weapons, magazine capacities and extends background checks on weapons and ammunition.

Wednesday, February 27

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Meet local farmers at this year’s Food from the Farm

Farm to Table will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the Plattsburgh City Gym.

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Irishman of the Year to be named in Ticonderoga

Knights plan two celebrations

The Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus will host its annual Irishman of the Year celebration Saturday, March 16. Council 333 will honor a local resident at the K of C hall on Montcalm Street. The Irishman of the Year is selected by a Knights of Columbus committee.

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Lake George family starts unique StoriedBoards business

A Lake George father and his two sons are breathing new life into old dilapidated barns in the Northeast, resurrecting both the wood — and the long-gone men who built them.

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Warrensburg takes action on behalf of pedestrians

Warrensburg kept the residents' health, fitness and recreational opportunities in mind when setting standards for new subdivisions.

Keeseville Column

At this point there is only one seat left on the first Honor Flight this May 18.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

If the sparkle you see in MARY DUPREY’S eyes is any indication of the energy and passion she puts into PLATTSBURGH’S BIGGEST LOSERS, her participants better watch out; their lives are about to change!

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A fish tail

Notes from the North Woods

As winter begins a slow transition towards spring, my enthusiasm for the coldest season has already begun to diminish.

Happy not Necessarily Meaningful

Kids Count

In September of 1942 Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist and nuerologist from Vienna was deported to a Nazi concentration camp along with his elderly parents and pregnant wife.

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North Country SPCA

It's official! The North Country SPCA's new shelter is complete and we are proud to announce that we will be opening at our new location on Route 9N, East of Elizabethtown, within the next few weeks.

Elizabethtown Column

This is a busy Sunday in our town.

Essex Column

This Friday evening, shimmy shake your way to Whallonsburg for an evening of dancing at the Grange.

Westport Column

The folks at Champlain Area Trails (CATs) would like to thank the more than 40 volunteers who turned out on Feb. 16 in Wadhams to help clear the new Farm and Forest Trail linking Wadhams to the Bobcat Trail.

Willsboro Column

Once again weather has many changes but we are still looking for that spring that we hope is just around the corner.

On Campus

Dean's List Honors

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Schroon, ELCS students to assist Nicaraguan counterparts

Dinner March 10 in Elizabethtown

Students from Schroon Lake and Elizabethtown-Lewis schools are joining forces to assist children in Nicaragua. A spaghetti dinner will be served Sunday, March 10, 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cobble Hill Inn in Elizabethtown to raise money to educate students in the third-world nation. Tickets are $10 a person and $30 for families of four or more people.

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Tie one on!

Conservation Conversations

March is around the corner and with a tuft of grass showing here and there, the spring fever for trout fishing and turkey hunting starts my blood pumping.

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New look for Champlain Valley Film Society

The Oscar Award winner for best picture will have a better screen to be seen on when the Champlain Valley Film Society shows it Saturday, March 2.

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Essex County may do own radio installation work

During the Feb. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting, the board passed a resolution to bid for installation and programming of all mobile radios throughout the county-wide radio system. During the discussion, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said he had talked with DPW head Anthony LaVigne about county employees doing the installation.

APA: Help me help you

Editorial

It’s not often the Adirondack Park Agency gets good press. Let this be one of those few times.

Facts not Fiction

Mr. Fenimore must not have learned much in his six years as a Town councilman, since he doesn’t know the difference between a Town road and a County road.

Tuesday, February 26

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Lady Lions cruise into Class D Finals

The top seed in the Section VII Class D tournament used a 24-2 second quarter to push an already large advantage out to a 43-7 halftime lead en route to a 73-21 victory over semifinal opponent Minerva-Newcomb Feb. 26 at AuSable Valley High School.

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Defending D champs ousted by defending C champs

Moriah defeats IL/LL, 34-30

The Moriah Lady Vikings outscored the Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange 13-3 in the final eight minutes of the game to score a 34-30 win in the sectional semifinal round Feb. 26 at AuSable Valley High School.

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New smart meters help Paul Smith’s students cut their energy use

Students at Paul Smith's College have a new tool to see just how much impact their energy conservation efforts are having: networked electricity meters that illustrate how much power is being used in their residence halls every moment of the day.

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Gore Mountain Restaurant Races results released

Skiers from around the region competed

Officials from the Gore Mountain ski center recently released the results of the annual Restaurant Races, held Jan. 28. In all, there were 55 skiers who participated, representing five teams.

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Crown Point Relay for Life meeting planned

Committee to gather March 7

The Relay for Life of Crown Point Committee will meet Thursday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at the Crown Point Central School cafeteria. All interested people are welcome. For more information contact Carrie Pertak at 304-3872 or Anita Johnson at 597-9339.

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ELCS district voters to have say on building projects March 5

Public hearing Feb. 27

Residents will also have a chance to learn about the project during a public hearing that will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27, starting at 6 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

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Mineville man arrested after posting message that he would kill officers

 An online threat against law enforcement led to the arrest of a 23-year old Mineville resident Feb. 22.

The Sequester Quest

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s appropriate that I draft this column flying at 10,000 feet while crossing this beautiful country of ours, on a quick overnight trip to Las Vegas for a publishers’ meeting.

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Eye on Business: Kidstructive Fun

Every once in a while a great white shark gets loose in the Champlain Center Mall in Plattsburgh and gracefully swims through the air, delighting unsuspecting observers. There is no danger present; the creature is merely a rare species of floating shark, an inhabitant of a toy store called Kidstructive Fun. Clearly, this isn’t your average toy store. There are no blinking lights, no buzzing noises and no video games to greet visitors.

Monday, February 25

Mineville man arrested after posting message that he would kill officers

An online threat against law enforcement led to the arrest of a 23-year old Mineville resident Feb. 22.

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Savvy young drivers outwit adults piloting wacky sleds downhill

Wacky homemade sleds, created and piloted by both adults and children, evoked laughs, cheers and occasional trepidation in the annual Krazy Downhill Derby held Feb. 23 in Chestertown.

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Workforce training coming to Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance announces plans

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has developed a plan to prepare potential workers for local jobs.

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For 2013, crowds returned to Lake George Winter Carnival

Participatory activities are increasingly popular, organizers of the Lake George Winter Carnival discovered during the 2013 edition of the region's premier off-season event.

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Work environment to be discussed in Ticonderoga

Ti chamber to host talk

A proper work environment is important. That’s why the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a lecture, “Are You Aware How Much Your Work Space Affects Your Customers & Employees.” The talk will be Tuesday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the chamber office at 94 Montcalm St.

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Johnsburg Central to hold budget work sessions

Johnsburg Central School District officials have set two work sessions to discuss the 2013-14 budget.

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Willsboro town, school district looking at joint garage

Officials from the town of Willsboro and the Willsboro Central School District are looking to come together to solve their garage issues.

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Scrabble tournament planned for literacy awareness

The Literacy Volunteers of Essex/ Franklin Counties will be holding its Winter Scrabble Tournament and Scrabble Day on Saturday, March 2, in Saranac Lake and Port Henry.

Sunday, February 24

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Warrensburg advances to Sectional semi-finals

Combining a strategic game plan with aggressive play, the Burghers' Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated one of the top squads in the region Feb. 22 and moved forward into the Section II semifinals.

Thankful for support

My 7-year-old daughter, Chasity, has recently completed cancer treatments that lasted a little over two years.

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On Campus

The following area students were named to the Dean's List.

Saturday, February 23

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Sentinels win at buzzer, Patriots cruise

Class C, D sectional recap

The AuSable Valley Patriots punched their ticket to the Section VII/Class C championships game Feb. 22 at Plattsburgh High School, but in a much less dramatic fashion then the Ticonderoga Sentinels.

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Family fun featured at concluding Carnival weekend

For decades, the Lake George Winter Carnival has been curing "cabin fever" during weekends in February — by offering a prescription of family activities. The final weekend of the Winter Carnival for 2013 — set for Saturday Feb. 23 and Sunday Feb. 24 — includes a bonfire and entertainment, snowmobile rides, demonstrations, a petting zoo, outdoor games and fireworks at dusk.

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‘Krazy Downhill Derby’ sled race set for Saturday

Winter sports enthusiasts in Northern Warren County annually express their humor and ingenuity in fashioning weird and wacky cleds for Chestertown's Krazy Downhill Derby,

Engineers key contributors

National Engineers Week was Feb. 17-23, which celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike.

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Hungry Bear releases Adirondack Park ‘User’s Guide’

Hungry Bear Publishing Feb. 17 released an eBook on Amazon.com’s Kindle platform titled “New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” by local author Andy Flynn and friends from the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership (AFPEP).

Help with tournament

I was recently invited by the members of the AuSable Forks Fire Department to assist with securing ads for the annual program they produce for their Soft-Pitch Tournament, to be hosted July 19 to 21.

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ELCS advance to D boys semis in Overtime

The third-seeded Lions were forced to overtime by the sixth seeded Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange, as senior Charlie Huttig scored five of his teams six points in the extra five minutes for a 44-41 victory.

Friday, February 22

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Eagles push Wildcats to the limit in D boys quarters

Thomas Mero hit a buzzer-beater to tie the score at 33-33 to end the third quarter with Schroon Lake Feb. 22 in the Class D quarterfinal round, setting up a last eight minutes where the Wildcats would have to prove their championship worthiness.

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‘Love Letters’ to be presented in Ticonderoga

Production March 9 and 10

“Love Letters,” a play by A.R. Gurney, will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Downtown Gallery.

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Three men uninjured after plane crash near Lake Placid

There were no injuries reported after a small plane carrying three people crashed in the Adirondack wilderness near Lake Placid on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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Basketball teams play quarterfinal games today

Three local basketball teams will be playing in the Class D quarterfinal playoffs Friday, Feb. 22 for Section VII.

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‘Battle on Snowshoes’ to be recreated in Ticonderoga

Fort Ti to host Feb. 23 event

One of the most famous battles in military history will be re-enacted at Fort Ticonderoga this winter. “The Battle on Snowshoes” will be held as a living history event Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort.

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Schroon Lake race recognized

Half marathon selected as best in Northeast

The Adirondack Distance Festival has been recognized by readers of a national running publication. Readers of “Competitor.com” have named the half marathon along Schroon Lake as the best in the Northeast.

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ELCS Model UN group goes to Harvard

Eight Elizabethtown-Lewis students made their way to Boston recently to participate in the Harvard Model UN.

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Cabin Fever Beach Party heats up the winter

On Saturday, Feb. 23, it will all come together when the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts holds the fourth annual Cabin Fever Beach Party fundraiser.

‘No ice is safe ice’

While the south basin of Lake George is completely frozen, at this writing, there is still open water in parts of the north basin, so hard water fishermen and others are urged to use due caution when venturing out onto the ice, especially if you are not familiar with conditions.

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Callanach to perform at Upper Jay Art Center

Celtic rock band Callanach will perform at the Upper Jay Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 23.

First freight shipment on Saratoga & North Creek Railway

Iowa Pacific Holdings (IPH) announced Feb. 20 that the first freight shipment in twenty five years has been transported outbound from North Creek, NY, over IPH subsidiary Saratoga & North Creek Railway (SNC).

Thursday, February 21

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Lady Patriots rally to make C finals

AuSable Valley uses a 26-2 third quarter to beat the Ticonderoga Sentinels, 51-25, in girls Class C semifinals.

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Despite reservations, John King plea deal agreed to

Citing the victim impact statements and those made by the defendant, Essex County Judge Richard Meyer was ready to throw out the plea agreement reached between Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague and John King, who pled guilty to strangling his wife, Meredith, on Sept. 25, 2011.

Bakers Mills News

It seems so good to have the days get a little longer, but by the temperature and the wind we sure do know that spring is not here yet.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - January, 1913

What does the Indian Lake Commerce do?

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) is nonprofit membership organization serving Indian lake, Sabael, and Blue Mountain Lake.

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The Bolton Bulletin

A gathering of local parishioners, holding weekly meetings, are exploring a compelling spiritual question.

Town Talk

LeCount family reunion held

Athol-Thurman

Citizens flock to spaghetti dinner

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A Day to Remember - Joanna Morin & Robert Lake

August 4, 2012

Stony Creek

Stony Creek to observe co.’s 200th

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Westport ousts defending champ Willsboro

Keene falls to Chazy

In the opening round against Westport Feb. 20, the Warriors fell behind early but clawed their way back to within two points late in the fourth quarter before the combination of Anderson and Jonathan Gay sealed a 43-36 Eagles victory.

Trout Unlimited camper scholarship available

The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested young men and women 12 to 17 years old to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program.

Week In Sports

Boys & Girls Basketball, Nordic Skiing

Food for thought

I am a retired Nassau County police officer. When in active service, we had to qualify annually at the gun range.

Schroon Lake Chamber elects officers, directors

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has elected officers and directors for 2013.

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United Way meets 95% of its 2013 campaign goal

Even though they fell short—the campaign brought in $736,250, that’s $38,750 less than the goal of $775,000—United Way volunteers said that isn't anything to be ashamed of.

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Valentine Hit Parade a triumphant end to ACOC building fund campaign

Guest Editorial

Romance was definitely in the air at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on Feb. 9.

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Essex County may have found favor in sales tax hike fight

Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas thinks the fight to raise the county's share of the local sales tax to 4 percent may be starting to turn in the county's favor.

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Calendar project to hold March 2 celebration

The Calendar Committee of the North Creek All Aboard 2013 Calendar invites the public to a free program celebrating the project’s success.

Women Voters mark anniversary

As we mark the 93rd birthday of the League of Women Voters (LWV), we congratulate and celebrate ONE BILLION RISING, its work to curb violence against women, and the devoted and dedicated women who have joined the effort, founded 15 years ago by Eve Ensler, to stop violence against women and girls.

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Keeping kids busy—and their minds sharp—during the mid-winter blues

On Saturday, Feb. 16, a group of eight kids learned about the “science of snow”—that is, imitation snow created through a mix of water and polymer—and what happens when it reacts with basic household items like vinegar.

On Campus

Dean's List honors

Dine United a success

The United way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. partnered with several restaurants from Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties to hold the third “DINE UNITED” event on Jan. 23.

Wednesday, February 20

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Artist Gharan Burton: Artassination and the abstract human form

The work of a local artist is on display at the ROTA gallery.

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Retail sales break records in Warren Co., gov't. credit rating boosted

By trimming jobs and cutting expenses, Warren County government survived the recession — and had their credit rating boosted this week. Meanwhile, sales tax revenue is breaking records, indicating that retails sales are robust.

Taxes and greed

Dan Alexander’s column (Feb. 16) gives one insight into the thinking of what a flat tax might do for our country!

Essex Column

Andy Buchanan’s four part series on the history of American agriculture winds up next Tuesday, Feb. 26, with a talk on current day farming, including a look back at the farm crisis of the 1980’s and the rise of big-time agribusiness.

Elizabethtown Column

The Depot Theatre Gallery will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for North Country artist, Becky Pace.

Westport Column

Hopefully we haven’t had our last snow of the season, but if we do get another storm (and March always seems to bring one) here’s a very important request that I’d like to pass on to you from the hard-working folks at the town shed.

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Celebrating the tradition of celebration

Notes from the North Woods

On Saturday, Feb. 23, residents of Saranac Lake will again be joined by visitors from across the region to help carry on a spirit of celebration that has kept a festive atmosphere alive in the community for several weeks.

Willsboro Column

Our snow is going away fast, even though the weather is rather cold so it looks like spring will be here soon.

Keeseville Column

I received more communication from the Director the North Country Honor Flight.

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Indian Lake woman fights kidney disease with snowshoe softball

Event chair to lose last kidney, receive another

Over the years, Elizabeth “Liz” Cannan, B.A.D. (Be A Donor) Chairperson, has worked diligently to raise awareness and funds for the National Kidney Foundation within the town of Indian Lake.

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North Country SPCA

Have you visited our "animals available for adoption" link on our website lately?

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Caldwell preschool to reopen, new director hired

After an 18 month-hiatus, Caldwell Presbyterian Church’s preschool — an integral part of the community for decades — is reopening, and it will soon be enrolling students.

Correction to Exchange story

In your article about The Exchange at North Creek closing, you stated that "more than two dozen local artists and crafters" were participating in The Exchange.

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Sweet reward for Johnsburg Central School honor roll students

Johnsburg Central School students who earned Honor Roll status for the first two quarters of the school year enjoy an ice cream treat scooped by teachers Jeff Ordway and Cathy Kennedy after lunch on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Johnsburg Central School.

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Johnsburg board considers condemning Cuomo's SAFE Act

The New York SAFE Act wasn’t on the Johnsburg Town Board agenda for the Feb. 19 regular board meeting, but it only took a question from a resident in the audience to move the issue to the forefront of the Board’s consciousness.

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Essex County to bond for bridge work

As the Essex County Department of Public Works continues to deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, Commissioner Anthony LaVigne told members of the DPW Committee Feb. 13 that more funding was needed to fix bridges.

Shooting the messenger

It’s been my habit not to ignore Malcolm Martin, or his ilk, so I shall not ignore his Letter to the Editor from Dec. 22.

In the Military

Ian R. Jensen

Mooers Library on the move

The Mooers Free Library is looking forward to a move in the not too distant future to a new facility complete with a Community Room for anyone interested in holding a meeting or a class for the general public.

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Style and Substance: Work is consuming my life!

Work is taking over my life. When I talk with friends or colleagues they seem to be feeling the same way.

A night on the town in Plattsburgh

Last Saturday, my fiance and I decided it was time to take a break from our busy schedules and enjoy a night out.

Honor Rolls - Keene Central School

The following students have been named to honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2012-13 school year at Keene Central School.

Thanks for support

On behalf of the Elizabethtown Social Center, I would like to thank both Bub's Pizza and Stewart's Shops for their regular support of our Teen Rec Program.

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Electric vehicle part of NCS fleet

In mid-February, North Country School took delivery of an unusual item: a small, fully electric, zero emission vehicle.

Relocating Otis Lane Bridge not worth the investment

The eight-year fight to replace the aged Otis bridge, carrying Otis Lane over the Boquet River just south of Elizabethtown, is finally nearing an end.

Tuesday, February 19

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Broadway comes to Ticonderoga school

Professional entertainers bring music, lessons

The Great White Way came to Ticonderoga Middle School recently. That’s when The Learning Arts, a collaboration of music and education professionals, presented “Broadway and Carnegie Hall” to students.

Whiteface Business and Tourism Center seeks nominations

The Whiteface Business and Tourism Center is now accepting nominations for candidates who are worthy of being named the Wilmington 2012 Citizen of the Year.

Disagrees with column

Citing no specific evidence Dan Alexander tells us that discrimination in the work place against women is no big problem.

Volunteer sought for English as a Second Language class

Literacy Volunteers is seeking an English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer to provide one-on-one instruction and support for Hispanic adult learners working toward a GED.

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Montcalm Street group, Ticonderoga chamber enter pact

Organizations aim to improve Ticonderoga

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership have entered into a contract, agreeing to work together with the chamber as the “coordinating” agency.

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Beer tent at county fair to be addressed again

While they would not be looking to bring it in until 2014, the Essex County Agricultural Society is again looking at bringing alcohol sales back to the annual fair.

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Ford, Estes earn state spots with track qualifier wins

AuSable Valley indoor track and field athletes Paul Ford and Ashlee Estes had been the best at clearing the high jump bar throughout the 2012-13 Section VII indoor track season.

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Warren County leaders hail Warrensburg’s 200th

The 200th anniversary of Warrensburg's existence was commemorated Feb. 15 as Warren County Supervisors held a ceremony honoring the town's bicentennial.

Get serious ... please!

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week we witnessed the annual drawing of the battle lines during the State of the Union address presented by President Obama with rebuttals from senators Rubio and Paul.

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Indian Lake School Board deals with state aid effects on budget

Indian Lake Central School District (ILSCD) officials say they were surprised by a recent notification of state aid reductions.

Monday, February 18

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Fire destroys Moriah home

A fire destroyed a two-story home on 169 Edgemont Road Sunday afternoon.

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Activist to county leaders: ‘No gambling casino study’

Proponents of siting a casino in Lake George have talked about the jobs and economic expansion that would accompany the development and operation of a $1 billion gambling resort here. Opponents of the concept have warned of the negative consequences of a gambling casino on family life, area crime, traffic, social services and infrastructure. Citizen activist Joanne Gavin said this week studying the issue was a waste of money.

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AVCS, ELCS top seeds in hoops sectionals

The AuSable Valley Patriots swept the top spot in the Class C sectional playoff brackets released Feb. 17, while the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions will be the top seed in Class D.

Rotary Club of Champlain-Rouses Point has a legacy of helping

Every Thursday morning, the Rotary Club of Champlain-Rouses Point meets at Sandy’s Deli in Rouses Point to discuss their next project. The club is part of a much larger entity, Rotary International, whose 1.2 million members make it the largest service organization in the world.

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Healthy Heart Day scheduled at ECH

Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting its annual Healthy Heart Day on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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North Creek, Long Lake Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts busy with projects

Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts continue to help out their communities and have fun while building character and learning how to become responsible members of American society.

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Fire department Fish Fry fundraiser celebrates 25 years

 The Wooden Nickel will be holding it’s 25 anniversary Fish Fry to benefit the Elizabethtown-Lewis Fire Departments on March 3.

Sunday, February 17

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January Sheriff's report released

A summary of the activities of the Essex County Sheriff's Office for the past month:

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Minerva board discusses Essex Chain of Lakes purchase

During their regular Minerva Town Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey informed the board that she and Councilman Dave LaBar had recently attended a meeting hosted by Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) Executive Director Jim McKenna and Adirondack Partnership Chair Bill Farber, who is also chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors.

Ticonderoga chamber plans February 27 mixer

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce February After Business Mixer will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 111 Montcalm St. in downtown Ticonderoga.

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Will play for food

Musicians will play to support local food pantries at Carousel

Whether you are hungry for good music, starving for community action or just in the need of a great day, local artists are pooling their musical talents to raise spirits as well as funds for local food pantries.

Saturday, February 16

Misuse the problem

Recently, while exploring the internet, I stumbled across an article in the Washington Post that dealt with ”What makes America’s gun culture totally unique in the world.”

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On Campus

Paige Hughes

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ECH Ethics Committee presents lecture series

The ethics committee of Elizabethtown Community Hospital is planning to present a trio of information lectures to the public starting Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Friday, February 15

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Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy promotes upcoming Adirondack Whitewater Challenge on Hudson River

The Associated Press reported Feb. 13 that New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy challenged mayors at the New York Conference of Mayors in Albany this week to take part in the governor's upcoming Whitewater Challenge, which has yet to be scheduled.

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MArts Madness to highlight Ti artists

Cultural events slated March 2-17

Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. MArts Madness will be March 2-17.

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Indian Lake voices concerns over New York SAFE Act, gun control

The Monday, Feb. 11 Indian Lake Town Board meeting was met with an unusually large number of attendees upset about the state’s new gun control law.

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Ticonderoga nurses, others to volunteer in Central America

NY-VT Nurses Unite to visit Honduras

NY-VT Nurses Unite, a group of area health professionals and students, will visit Honduras March 16-23. The group will provide medical care for the poor and under-served.

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Indian Lake town, school show unity at meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 6, found both Indian Lake town and school board members in a rare joint meeting to foster greater cross-communication, united thinking and a concerted effort in meeting the challenges faced in growing the town and enriching the lives of its residents.

Thankful

I wish to thank the Fish and Game and the Snowmobile Clubs of Schroon Lake for their support of the Snowmobile Safety Course that was presented at the SL F&G club Jan. 17-19.

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Cookies and Robots: A 4-H fundraiser

Robots and cookies, not the spyware but the sweets, will combine forces to raise money for the ENIAC Masterbots Robotics Team at the Winter Farmers Market on Feb. 9. Members of the ENIAC Masterbots Robotics Team, a sub-set of a Clinton County 4H group made up of area home schooled youth, hope to raise money to attend the World Festival in April.

Campaign a success

It is with great enthusiasm and appreciation that I announce the success of this year’s annual campaign for the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center.

Gun law not about stopping crime

With all the hype, outright lies about guns and gun control, not one word about why the government wants guns removed from the hands of law abiding citizens.

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Juried Art Show at Adirondack Artists Guild

The Adirondack Artists Guild will hold its fifteenth annual art competition from March 15 through April 17. The competition is open to all artists and accepts all media. Artists interested in entering may pick up a prospectus at the gallery at 52 Main St in Saranac Lake or may download one from the Guild's website, www.adirondackartistsguild.

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Depot Bingo this Saturday in Westport

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Depot Theatre hosts “Bingo for the Depot” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westport Heritage House.

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Fort Ticonderoga offering teacher scholarships

Fort Ticonderoga has announced four scholarships are available for middle and high school teachers to attend the 18th annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 17-19, 2013.

What’s wrong with flat tax?

For the life of me, I cannot understand why all the semi-literate politicians in D.C. spend their life trying to look good and institute a low tax for everyone.

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The coincidental travelers, Trips on a shoestring

A West Chazy couple who have traveled the world on a money-saving budget will host a presentation Feb. 21 to talk about how they were able to do it. Jaki and Rob Roy not only traveled on a shoestring but later wrote about it in their book titled “The coincidental traveler: an Adventure for budget-minded grown-ups.”

Thursday, February 14

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Give the gift of laughs to your love for Valentine’s Day

What will you bring your sweetie for Valentines Day? How about a night of comedy. “It’s a lot better than flowers that are going to die or lingerie she’ll throw out, no woman will slap their man in the face for buying comedy tickets,” Adirondack Comedy Club organizer Ray Wayman said.

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Vendors sought for Ticonderoga StreetFest

Event slated July 27

StreetFest is months away, but plans are being developed for the fifth annual event.

Mill Creek Musings

I have a decorative slate with the words, “Let it Snow.”

Town Talk

Bicentennial exhibit opens

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - February 1913

Athol-Thurman

Quick action at fire saves home

The Bolton Bulletin

Moonlight skating & bonfire set

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Department of Environmental Conservation camp scholarships available

The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will provide scholarships to Department of Environmental Conservation summer camp to people ages 12 to 17 this summer.

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Architecture in the Adirondacks

Johnsburg Historical Society

Presidents Day Program

Weather Watch

January 2013 had two “January thaws,” giving us a month with above normal temperatures and below normal melted precipitation and snowfall.

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Chilson firefighter honored

Jim Davis cited at dinner-dance

A long-time firefighter has been honored by the Chilson Volunteer Fire Company. James H. “Jim” Davis was cited during the department’s 35th annual dinner-dance Feb. 9.

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The Exchange at North Creek closes its doors

Less than nine months after Iowa Pacific Holdings opened The Exchange at North Creek retail outlet here on Main Street, the store has closed.

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News Enterprise Sports Wrap Feb. 14, 2013

Johnsburg Nordic ski team wraps up season

Here are the latest scores for the sports teams in the News Enterprise readership.

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Galloway awarded for decades of community service

For decades, a former Lake George Town Board member has been reaching out and helping others. This week, he was recognized for his deeds, as the town board presented him with the first annual Lake George Community Stewardship Award.

Indian Lake hosts 2013 Winterfest February 15-17

The town of Indian Lake will celebrate its 28th annual Winterfest Feb. 15-17 with the theme of “Nursery Rhymes in Chilly Times,” and activities are planned for the whole weekend.

Excellent editorial on gun laws

Excellent editorial regarding the new gun laws that were rammed through.

North Hudson auctioneer elected

Gokey chairman of state association

A North Hudson man will lead the New York State Auctioneers Association.

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Office for Aging to hold public information events

Director Patty Bashaw told members of the Human Services Committee Feb. 11 that she was preparing to go to towns and senior organizations to talk about the office and their role in the county.

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New non-profit continuing Civic Center work

A new not-for-profit committee has been set up to continue the work needed to bring back the Keeseville Civic Center.

Honor Rolls

Willsboro Central School

Somber month

January started off 2013 as a busy and somber month for the Ticonderoga Fire Department.

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Plattsburgh’s Airborne Speedway releases its 2013 stock car racing schedule

Airborne Speedway’s 2013 stock car racing schedule is comprised of 20 events beginning with its 60 Anniversary season opener, the Charley Trombley Memorial 60 for Ernie’s Discount Tools DIRTcar Modifieds, presented by Econo Lodge Saturday, May 4.

Garden club says thanks

The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club extends a thank you to all who helped to make our luncheon in August and our Greens Tea in December successful events.

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Brant Lake man arrested for first-degree sexual abuse

The Warren County Sheriff's Office arrested William J. Morehouse, 50, of Tannery Road, Brant Lake, on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony.

Winter Wacky Week in the town of Long Lake

Winter Wacky Week kicks off in Raquette Lake with the Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Thanks for the well wishes

Thank you. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for the prayers, cards, emails and personal contacts from so many people at the time of our recent accident.

Wednesday, February 13

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Another rabid animal found in Essex County

The Essex County Public Health has confirmed another raccoon with rabies in the Village of Keeseville.

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Crowd demands Thurman EMS support through taxation

Thurman board opts for merger

The most people in history attended a Thurman town board meeting — the crowd demanded government support of emergency medical services, while the board rejected the idea of boosting taxes and argued for voluntary support — or merger with a neighboring ambulance squad.

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Ticonderoga Festival Guild plans concert

Membership drive begins

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will kick-off its 2013 membership drive with a free concert. Towne Meeting will entertain Sunday, March 3, at the Best Western Inn at 3 p.m. with music ranging from swing and jazz to country.

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The Week In Sports

Boys and girls basketball

Essex Column

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 16, for a special concert at the Essex Inn with a trio of harmony specialists featuring American Idol finalist and Plattsburgh resident Ben Bright, Don Vicaro and our very own Donna Lou Sonnett.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA would like to inform you that we have LOTS of new dogs and puppies at our shelter!

College Debt Increasing

Kids Count

American college students have collectively accumulated a whopping $530 billion dollars in college debt.

Westport Column

Westport Hose Company #1 will hold its Annual Spring Car Wash on all five Saturdays in March at the Firehouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Keeseville Column

I have just learned that we have a newly founded North Country Honor Flight here in Keeseville which services Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

Willsboro Column

Well we have now had our first real SNOW day this past week with several cancellations and most people staying home.

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Ticonderoga library gains new exhibit

Black Watch honored with model

Visitors to the Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga often ask how the building got its name. The answer now greets people as they enter.

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Patriot athletes earn sectional titles

Several members of the AuSable Valley Patriots varsity winter sports programs earned Section VII championships over the weekend as the winter sports post season officially began.

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Scene in Plattsburgh

Style & Substance

We all have opportunities in life to “turn over a new leaf” and walking into A NEW LEAF florist is like a breath of fresh air, especially on a cold winter day!

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Jail carpets not being replaced

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said he had a solution for the carpet that was in disrepair at the Essex County Jail.

Embarrassed by speech

I have lived in New York all my life. Have always resented how New York City has always dictated how all the rest of us have to live.

The looming storm

Notes from the North Woods

Despite recent temperature variations that have kept local thermometers bouncing around like a pogo stick, the winter of 2012-13 has been rather blah.

Tobacco: A destructive product

You can’t walk in to a store this time of year and not be bombarded with bright colors, large signs, and displays that impact your purchasing decisions.

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Essex County may fund radio installation

Essex County will look at funding the instillation and programming for new mobile radio units for county fire departments as part of the new radio system project.

Chesterfield lands given to conservation easement

The Open Space Institute announced today that a private landowner has donated a conservation easement that will forever protect a nearly 1,400-acre forest in the northeast corner of the Adirondack Park.

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With gusto, Warrensburg citizens ring in their town’s third century

Warrensburg citizens observe the exact day of their town's bicentennial and share memories of the town's past

Tuesday, February 12

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Holderman, Maguire set dissolution timetable

Mayor Dale Holderman and New York Department of State representative Sean Maguire spoke to members of the Board of Trustees and residents Feb. 12 about the next steps in the village dissolution process.

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Ticonderoga business to assist emergency personnel, community

Century 21 offers free house numbers

A Ticonderoga business has decided to help residents place house numbers on their homes and mailboxes.

Gallant graduates basic training

Marine Corps Pvt. Nicholas C. Gallant, son of Sherry L. Gallant of West Chazy, N. Y. and Mark D. Gallant, of Franklin, Vt., earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Grants to help rehab homes in Au Sable Forks received

Town of Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas recently announced that the town has been awarded a $400,000 New York State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

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Champlain National announces promotions

Champlain National Bank recently announced the following promotions:

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Skating revue here

In the grand tradition of Lake Placid figure skating history of spectacular skating shows dating back to 1932, the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is hosting the 2013 Lake Placid Ice Revue this Saturday, Feb. 16, in the famed 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

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DEC explains Essex Chain ideas to Indian Lake audience

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann and Region 5 Natural Resource Supervisor Tom Martin and were on hand at the jam-packed Indian Lake Town Hall Thursday, Feb. 7 to present the DEC’s ideas for land-use classification for the former Finch Pruyn lands in this area.

A date worth remembering

Military sacrifices should be honored every day 

There are dates with obvious significance. Feb. 19 is not one of them, but maybe it should be.

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Teacher program coming to Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute created

Teachers will have an opportunity to go to school this summer at Fort Ticonderoga. The fort has announced the creation of The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute.

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Citizens to hail Warrensburg on its 200th birthday today

Warrensburg, historically considered the gateway to the Adirdonacks, is celebrating the 200th year of its founding throughout 2013 — with a special tribute to occur Tuesday Feb. 12 — the exact day of it was established as a town in 1813.

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Supervisor questions stocking fish and game ponds

While youth fishing derbies are popular local events each spring, one Essex County supervisor would like to see the practice of stocking trout prior to the tournaments from the Essex County Fish Hatchery stopped.

Stand up and speak out

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I am fortunate to be able to have and use this venue to voice my concerns about the direction of our country.

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CFES holds first conference at new offices

While work is still continuing, the College For Every Student organization was ready to host its first conference in their new headquarters in Essex.

Monday, February 11

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Deadline approaching for property tax discounts

Deadlines for filing property tax exemptions are now approaching and an area assessment official reviews the basics about how thousands of people can save money on their tax bills.

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Scrabble tourney to aid literacy efforts

March 2 in Port Henry

To raise money and awareness for literacy programs in the region, the Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties will hold its annual Scrabble tournament in Port Henry Saturday, March 2, at Moriah Central School.

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Arts Community receives support to fund new programs

Almost 30 area art programs were awarded funding through the 2013 Decentralization Grant Funding on Feb 1. The grants were announced by the North Country Cultural Center.

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Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School plans first budget forum

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School will host its first public forum on the 2013-14 budget process Feb. 14.

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County adds to radio lawyer contract

The Essex County Board of Supervisors will continue to use its legal counsel for the radio project through the end of the year.

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Science of Pinewood explored at Transportation Museum

In Plattsburgh, the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum and Kids Station holds an annual Pinewood Derby night, which not only helps scouts begin to create their vehicles, but also introduces them to the science of Pinewood.

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Adirondack Coffee Roasters

Coffee brought them together, and now they’re sharing that love with the North Country.

Sunday, February 10

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Bolton citizens rally to help others heat their homes

Bolton residents step forward to help their neighbors cope with high heating bills.

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CATS to do trail work in Wadhams

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is developing a new hiking/skiing trail that will be an important link in the system of trails connecting Westport to Essex. CATS will host the project to create the “Farm and Forest Trail” on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Essex County continues to spend for Horace Nye

The board voted on several resolutions pertaining to the soon-to-be-sold facility during its Feb. 7 regular board meeting, including the transfer of up to $20,000 from the contingency fund to the Horace Nye equipment account for the purchase of needed equipment, including beds.

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Maple events planned at Paul Smith’s VIC and Tupper Lake Wild Center

The recent cold temperatures bode well for a good maple syrup season – and in February and March, The Wild Center and the Paul Smith's College VIC will host several events showcasing how to make this quintessential springtime treat.

County allocating emergency food, shelter funding

Essex County is in the allocation process for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

Saturday, February 9

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Empire State Games wrap Sunday

A week of sports celebration will wrap up with the final day of events in the Empire State Winter Games set for Sunday, Feb. 10.

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‘Complete World of Sports’ at LPCA

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts in cooperation with Pendragon Theatre presents The Complete World of Sports (abridged) - a tour-de-farce of vaudevillian physical comedy that will delight every non-sports fan in the family.

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Essex County Sheriff gets hiring exemption

Supervisors approve four hires

Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors approved four new positions during the Feb. 7 regular board meeting, along with granting the Sheriff’s Department request to be exempt from having to bring any correction officer hires before the board for final approval.

Gun rights touted

I see Mr. Gary P. Guido (letter to the editor Feb. 2) did not answered my question as to “Why legal law abiding gun owners must be punished with these new laws” nor has anyone “Before you ask for our guns I ask you take a deep breath and think.”

Misuse of firearms the problem

Recently, while exploring the internet, I stumbled across an article in the Washington Post that dealt with ”What makes America’s gun culture totally unique in the world.”

Democrats seek to abridge freedoms

Kudos to the Adirondack Journal and Denton Publications for the editorial exploring key issues surrounding New York’s recent gun law which more accurately should be called the New York Citizen Disarmament Law.

Friday, February 8

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Saturday events at ESWG, World Cup Luge

The weekend will start with a slew of events at the Empire State Winter Games Saturday, Feb. 9, along with races at Mount VanHoevenberg as part of the 2013 Luge World Cup event.

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First-ever Brant Lake Winter Carnival set for Saturday

Outhouse race to be featured

An outhouse race, a snowshoe softball game, ice skating, broomball, cross-country skiing, children's games, ice bowling, a lakeside bonfire, stellar entertainment, ice bowling and more are planned for the debut edition of the Brant Lake Winter Carnival — to be held beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 9 at Jimbo's Club off state Rte. 8 in Horicon. The free family-friendly event is sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance and Jimbo's Club.

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Hickory Ski Center's slopes may open Saturday

With heavy snowfall predicted Friday Feb. 8, the ski center renowned for its vintage skiing experience, natural snow and incredibly scenic vistas may have its slopes, trails and glades open Saturday. Regardless of the snowfall, the lodge and cafe will be open.

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Snocross racing returns to Lake George this weekend

Fun in store at Lk. Geo. Winter Carnival

The second weekend of the Lake George Winter Carnival is to feature the thrill-a-minute action of East Coast Snocross — championship sanctioned snowmobile racing

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Empire State Games begin

On a cold winter’s night that saw the temperatures drop to 10 degrees in advance of a weekend snowstorm, nearly 1,000 athletes gathered in the storied Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid Thursday night as the Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) officially began.

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McGahay appointed Commissioner for BOE

Allison McGahay, who had recently resigned her position as an Assistant District Attorney with the county for personal reasons, was introduced as the new commissioner after being approved by members of the Board of Supervisors.

Snowstorm hits North Country

Winter storm to last through Saturday

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Hudson River Rafting Company guide gets one year in jail

A Hamilton County judge Feb. 1 sentenced a North Creek whitewater rafting guide to one year in jail for negligible homicide after a woman died during a rafting trip in September.

Check the facts about Thurman EMS

In regards to the Feb. 1 article in the Post-Star about Thurman EMS — It’s disheartening that so much unsubstantiated information could be printed as news, without the necessary fact-checking which should accompany such accusations.

Assessments questioned

Having just recently paid my town and county property tax, I am again reminded of our lack of leadership in Ticonderoga.

Agrees with letters

I want to thank everyone who has written a letter to the editor for their support against Governor Cuomo’s new gun control law.

Thanks for kindness

I would like to thank all my friends and family...

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Mt.Pisgah earns Destination Product Award from ROOST

The Mt. Pisgah Enhancement Project was honored for its work in modernizing facilties with a Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Destination Award.

Brant Lake Taxi’s ‘Operation Safe Ride’ successful, sponsors thanked

Brant Lake Taxi, owned and operated by Don Butler and Keith Wilkinson, reported this week that their Operation Safe Ride on New Year’s Eve was an exceptionally successful program.

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Valentine’s Day means big business for local florist

In front of the counter, Valentine’s Day is a chance to find the perfect gift for that special someone, which may end up being a flower arrangement. Behind the counter, Valentine’s Day is the busiest event of the year, according to Tracey Sayre of Flower Designs By Tracey in Westport.

Thursday, February 7

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ESWG, Luge World Cup continues Friday

With the opening ceremonies having been concluded, competition will ramp up in the second day of the Empire State Winter Games and World Cup Luge event in Lake Placid Friday, Feb. 8.

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Ticonderoga alumni to play in benefit tourney

Annual event March 23

Ticonderoga High School basketball stars of yesteryear will return to the court in an attempt to recapture past glory — and help the community’s annual July 4th celebration. The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament will be played Saturday, March 23, at Ti High. It will again benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.

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Area economic development chief is departing

Vicki Pratt Gerbino was less than two years on the job here

Vicki Pratt Gerbino, hired by Warren Co. Economic Development Corp as President less than two years ago, is leaving her post, catching county leaders off-guard. Gerbino was known as a dynamic advocate for job growth and was recognized for boosting collaboration between economic development agencies.

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Fund established to aid homeowner displaced by fire

A Warrensburg man's home that was in his family for generations was devastated by fire — and there was only limited insurance on the structure. Knowing the man's plight, a neighbor decided to help out and start a fund to help the man recover, and work towards obtaining a new place to live.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - February 1913

Athol-Thurman

Activities & events in Thurman

The Bolton Bulletin

‘Winter Break’ party set

Town Talk

Join the Bicentennial celebration

Bakers Mills News

Shannon Moffitt was able to go home from St. Peters but will have to have tests and wait about surgery.

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Ramblings

Hanging Dams are the answer

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Poverty concerns Ticonderoga superintendent

John McDonald asks for state help

Nearly a quarter of Ticonderoga students — 23 percent — live in poverty. That makes Ti the 623rd poorest district in the state. There are 684 districts. Crown Point is close. It has a poverty rate of 22.4 percent and ranks 618th.

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Salamon replaces Hamilton at Gore Mt. Chamber

While Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Director Pat Hamilton heads into retirement — again — her replacement is settling into the office space at the Tannery Pond Community Center.

Reaction to recent letter on gun control

I was struck by the immense fear of, and alienation from, this country’s leadership expressed by Mr. George Phillips.

Flood insurance changes

Last summer, Congress enacted changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that will result in dramatically higher flood insurance costs for many policyholders.

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Employee assistance program may be coming to Essex County

The Adirondack Regional Employees Assistance representative for New York state may be looking to move his office to Lewis.

NY becoming a police state

I want to thank everyone who has written a letter to the Times of Ti editor for their support against Gov. Cuomo’s new gun control law.

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Lake George scholarship available

The Lake George Land Conservancy is now accepting essays from high school seniors for its second annual scholarship program.

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Clayton Campbell: Inspiring others

Clayton Campbell wants people who view his art to walk away feeling inspired. Creating art, he said, is a privilege, and something everyone has inside them. “If you leave here with something you didn’t have before, some exchange is happening,” Campbell said. “I feel like it’s inert without a viewer. It’s not living if no eyes ever see it.”

Let’s solve Thurmanites’ grievances

It is clear from postings in the Journal and from private conversations between Thurman residents that the mood in this town is one of anger and frustration.

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Winter Carnival button collection available on eBay

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Monday, Feb. 4 listed a full set of Garry Trudeau-designed Winter Carnival buttons on the eBay auction website to raise money for the annual event.

Warren County sheriff reacts to gun control law

The sheriffs of New York are not of one mind regarding the recently enacted NY SAFE Act.

Battle of Plattsburgh essay contest ongoing

The Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Adirondack Bank and the Key Foundation, in cooperation with the North Country Teacher Recourse Center, are sponsoring an essay contest to explore local history and the critical battle of the War of 1812 that occurred in the Champlain Valley.

Contest winners named

Rob Grant and Associates is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th annual Ice Palace Contest.

Wednesday, February 6

Tee ball registration under way

The Ticonderoga Tee Ball League will accept registrations until Feb. 15 and no later.

On Campus

Students who earned top honors, degrees or were listed on the dean's list.

Ticonderoga home burns

Fire destroyed a home off Route 74 in Ticonderoga Feb. 3.

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Artists sought for Tropical Storm Irene Photo Response project

The Long Term Recovery Group of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties asked artists to channel the mixed reactions of three photographs taken in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene into art work.

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State urged to care for Lake George

Money for land purchases should be used on the lake, residents claim

New York State has a responsibility to care for Lake George. That was the message delivered to Dede Scozzafava, deputy secretary of state for local government, during a recent visit to Ticonderoga.

Deadline approaching for property tax discounts

Applications for property tax discounts — also known as exemptions — have to be filed by March 1 in order for a property owner to be eligible for tax reductions in the 2013-2014 tax year.

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A day at Long Lake Central School

Photo Gallery

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Empire State Games start with Torch Run; Day 1 events set

Opening ceremonies, events start Feb. 7

As students from several local schools got things started with the annual Torch Run, final preparations were made to get the Empire State Winter Games started tomorrow.

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Fish, Birds and Cats

Notes from the North Woods

Fish, Birds and Cats

Elizabethtown Column

Free osteoporosis classes continue to be held every Thursday, at the Hand House on River Street at 10 a.m.

Essex Column

Before I sit down to write this column, I always read essexnewyork.org for town news and events.

Willsboro Column

Last week we had a good deal of snow and cold weather, this week that is all gone, well I guess that is what North Country weather is all about.

My “Pet” pet peeve

The Tank

I have been thinking about this pet peeves column for a while.

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North Country SPCA

Is your furry friend suffering from the Winter doldrums?

Westport Column

A few weeks ago I passed on a “Thank You!” from the Westport Food Shelf to some of the businesses and groups that donated food over the holiday season.

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Style and Substance: The lost art of social courtesy

creative life coaching solutions

What has happened to the art of social courtesy?

Keeseville Column

From 4 until 7 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 10 at the Keeseville Elk’s Lodge will be a benefit dinner for Jason and Kira Witherwax who lost their house in a fire.

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The Week In Sports

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball results

Local sex offender arrested

The Warren County Sheriff's Office officials reported Jan. 29 that they had developed information that a Level 2 sex offender had moved without making the required notification.

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Johnsburg Planning Board sees changing of the guard

The Johnsburg Town Board unanimously appointed Cork Nester on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to succeed Dottie Osterhout as town Planning Board chairman after Osterhout stepped down from the board after a tenure that spanned more than 22 years.

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Ticonderoga appoints new deputy supervisor

John Bartlett named to post

John Bartlett has been appointed Ticonderoga deputy supervisor by Deb Malaney, town supervisor.

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Weather Channel makes stop in Tri-Lakes

Extreme Winter Weather Week on The Weather Channel (TWC), combined with wintry conditions and a number of events taking place in the area this week, has brought the cable network to the region.

Mayor should be more vested in arts & culture

Two weeks ago, Vision 2 Action, a forward-thinking group of business owners and concerned citizens in Plattsburgh, held a progress report at the Strand Theater in downtown Plattsburgh.

Kudos for editorial

Kudos to the Valley News and Times of Ti for it’s editorial exploring key issues surrounding New York’s recent gun law which more accurately should be called the New York Citizen Disarmament Law.

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Winter sports season shows signs of success for several local teams

As the regular season winds down, several valley varsity sports teams are preparing for what they hope are long runs into the sectional and state tournaments.

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Kamen Carson receives Neil Thomas Guay scholarship

Neil Thomas Guay graduated from Northeastern Clinton Central School in 1988.

High Peaks Hospice set to move back to previous site at Adirondack Medical Center

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care has announced that it will relocate its Tri-Lakes Clinical office back to its previous location in the Physicians & Surgeons Building behind Adirondack Medical Center in the near future.

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival concludes this weekend with fireworks

Calendar of Events for Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

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The scorebook

A recap of last week's sports action

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Despite closure talk, Thurman EMS is still responding to calls

Squad to host meeting to hear ideas, gain support

Although payroll is now non-existent, Thurman EMS is continuing to operate with volunteers — while the ambulance squad seeks to line up financial support to avoid closure.

Tuesday, February 5

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Port Henry man arrested following fight

Escape attempted

Edward Koch, age 25, from Port Henry has been arrested for assault, second degree, with intent to cause physical injury to a police officer, a Class D felony; third-degree escape, a Class A misdemeanor; third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury, a Class A misdemeanor; and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.

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Ticonderoga scout earns Eagle award

Local troops, packs serve area boys

Roger J. Sawyer III has earned the highest rank from Boy Scouts of America. A 2011 graduate of Ticonderoga High School, Sawyer has received his Eagle Scout award.

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High-achieving Bolton students earn trip to Lake Placid

A day off from school, rubbing elbows with top national athletes — perks for being an honor student at Bolton High.

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State aid figures worry school leaders

Putnam aid cut 35 percent

Area school administrators have received initial state aid figures for 2013-14. While the state has promised a state-wide increase in education spending, not all school leaders are happy.

Conservation opportunities

In late December, Richard and Leanna DeNeale donated a conservation easement to Champlain Area Trails that will keep their farmland open for farming, preserve their beautiful forest, protect clean water, and provide the public with a hiking/skiing trail.

America: Land of mediocrity

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Newly proposed legislation pending in Congress touted as giving women a new weapon in the battle for equal pay as well as protecting workers from retaliation could just be the final straw that breaks the American competitive sprit, if passed.

Monday, February 4

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ELCS seeks voter approval for building projects

Voters in the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will go to the polls in March to vote on a pair of building projects.

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Volunteers sought for Thurman's upcoming Jackwax Party

The beloved trandition of the annual Thurman Jackwax Party endures, but volunteers are needed to make it as successful as it's been for more than 50 years.

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Ticonderoga chamber adds new members

Membership reaches 226

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing to grow. The chamber recently welcomed 14 new members, bringing its total membership to 226.

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Local wineries plan tasting prior to Valentines Day

The sweets, wine and jewelry will create a romantic atmosphere for couples at local wineries during Sweethearts Wine Tour on Feb. 9. “When I think of Valentine’s Day I think chocolates, cakes, wine and jewelry,” Amazing Grace Vineyard owner Mary Fortson said.

Cuomo a politician

Excellent editorial regarding the new gun laws that were rammed through.

Sunday, February 3

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WCS places third in Class 3 Sectional wrestling tourney

Warrensburg High School places near the top of area small schools at the regional wrestling tournament — due to every one of its competitors contributing to the score — including Lane Oehler, who captured a title with a stunning upset win.

Casinos in Lake George would transform village

Here’s my new Lake George proposal: Two new casinos will open in Lake George.

Fear the ‘new world order’

With all the hype, outright lies about guns and gun control, not one word about why the government wants guns removed from the hands of law abiding citizens.

Saturday, February 2

Gun rights touted

I see Mr. Gary P. Guido (letter to the editor Jan. 19) did not answered my question as to “Why legal law abiding gun owners must be punished with these new laws” nor has anyone “Before you ask for our guns I ask you take a deep breath and think.”

Tax assistance available in Port Henry

The Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition of the Adirondack Region has established Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout its three-county service delivery area to provide free tax preparation to individuals and families with low or moderate incomes.

Fort Ticonderoga to host garden program

Garden & landscape symposium scheduled for April 13

The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga will present the second annual “Garden & Landscape Symposium: Enhancing Life through Gardening” on Saturday, April 13.

Guns and gun control hype

With all the hype, outright lies about guns and gun control, not one word about why the government wants guns removed from the hands of law-abiding citizens.

Man who assaulted officers with tractor receives 16 years

The parolee accused of trying ramming a police cruiser with a tractor has been found guilty of assault of a police officer.

Friday, February 1

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Fort Ticonderoga to host snowshoe trek

Pavilion grounds tour Feb. 10

People will have an opportunity for a unique look at Fort Ticonderoga. The fort will host “Exploration on Snow Shoes: A Timeline of Trees on the Pavilion Grounds” as part of its Fort Fever Series Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Heidi Karkoski, the fort’s director of horticulture, will lead the trek.

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State budget proposal presented in Ticonderoga

Deputy secretary of state hears concerns

Although several people took issue with specific policies, area residents seemed pleased with the proposed 2013-14 state budget following a presentation in Ticonderoga Jan. 31. Dede Scozzafava, deputy secretary of state for local government, outlined the governor’s spending plan for about 40 people at Ti’s North Country Community College campus.

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Offender sweep nets one arrest, more pending

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department made one arrest during a countywide sweep of sexual offenders Jan. 29.

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Willsboro teachers, students take over Essex Inn

CFES fundraiser successful

On Jan. 30, the Essex Inn turned its restaurant over to members of the Willsboro Central School College For Every Student (CFES) club. Four staff members, including Superintendent Stephen Broadwell, and 11 students were part of the CFES fundraiser at the Essex Inn which brought in $1,118 for the CFES Club.

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Fish stocking may be down in 2013

Due to disease at one of the key fish hatcheries in New York state, Essex County may see fewer trout being stocked into its lakes and rivers.

Medicare, women, press

While Medicare became a law, passed by congress and signed by Lyndon Johnson, the original idea was, in my opinion, a novel plan that President John Kennedy was pursuing before he was killed.

Ban part of NWO

With all the hype, outright lies about guns and gun control, not one word about why the government wants guns removed from the hands of law abiding citizens.

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Joseph Shaw takes the helm at Champlain National Bank

Joseph Shaw enjoys everything the Adirondacks have to offer, including the chance to lead a local banking institution.

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Big Apple Audio settles into a new home

What some might have seen as an eyesore, Billy Ferris saw as an opportunity. For about 11 years, Ferris has owned and operated Big Apple Audio, a one-stop shop for all things audio and video in the automotive world.

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Student delegates selected

Two student delegates from the North Country were selected to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference from April 14-17. The delegates, one from Clinton County and one from Essex County, will be Nate Casey of AuSable Valley Central School and Katie Woltner of Keene Central School.

Arts grants announced

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (the Arts Center) is pleased to announce the recipients of funds from the 2013 Decentralization Regrant Program (DEC), provided by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).