Stories for January 2013


Thursday, January 31

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Vision for Plattsburgh outlined at the Strand

The Vision to Action campaign received its report card from the community Jan. 24, with invested members of the community turning out to contribute to the direction they’d like to see Plattsburgh head.

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Lake George readies for Winter Carnival

The Lake George Winter Carnival will blanket the town with excitement during the month of February.

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Ticonderoga readies for 2013

Board makes appointments

Ticonderoga’s town board is ready for 2013, making a series of appointments during its annual organizational meeting.

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Thurman EMS on verge of dissolving

After months of financial struggles and contentious showdowns with the Thurman Town board over operating support, the Thurman ambulance squad officials vote to shut down the agency.


Groundhog folklore is fun

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Creative Stage Lighting adds staff

Creative Stage Lighting has announced a number of staff changes to prepare the company for growth in 2013.

Town Talk

Historical Society to meet

Toboggan championships set in Lake Placid to benefit USA Luge team

Fans of sliding sports, already buzzing by the prospect of World Cup luge returning to Lake Placid, together with the annual Empire State Winter Games and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, have one more event to get excited about in the Olympic village.

The Bolton Bulletin

Bolton ‘Soup Swap’ scheduled

Stony Creek

Michael Jerling to perform

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - February 1913

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Police release names of Indian Lake fire victims

New York State Police today released the named of the two people killed in the Jan. 30 fire at 197 Pratt Road in Indian Lake. Both were residents of the mobile home: Anna M. Tracey, 71, and Roy J. Tracey Sr. Autopsies were performed the same day as the fire at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Morgue by Dr. Jungeun Lee. Police are saying they have been “tentatively” identified; positive identification is pending further forensic examination.

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Moriah group earns tourism award

EDGe recognized

The Moriah Economic Development Group, EDGe, has been honored for its contributions to the community. EDGe recently received the Tourism Advocate Award from the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism at its annual meeting and reception in Lake Placid.

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Early voting slammed as costly and impractical

While believing in boosting voting turnout, Warren County election commissioners blast the Early Voting initiative now pending in the state Legislature, claiming it will prompt an administrative nightmare and cost taxpayers plenty. The elections officials have a substitute method of accommodating expanded voting opportunities which avoids the expense and logistical problems.

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High winds, rain hit area hard

Morning commuters were faced with high winds and rain that caused problems throughout the region the morning of Jan. 31, knocking down trees and closing Route 9N between the towns of Lewis and Chesterfield.

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CATS Writing Contest earns its own award

ROOST honors writing contest with Destination Award

On Jan. 24, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) recognized the efforts of CATS and the writing contest with one of its three annual Destination Awards, the Tourism Marketing Award.

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Essex Post Office learns its fate

Weekday hours may be reduced

Just a little more than a week after United States Postal Service Regional Representative Jeff Sands was in New Russia to talk about the future of their site, he returned to Essex County and the hamlet of Essex.

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Adaptive sports finding a home at Empire State Winter Games

As the world of adaptive sports continued to grow, organizers of the Empire State Winter Games hope that the annual Lake Placid event will continue to be at the competitive forefront.

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Egglefield donates over $1,800 to NCSPCA

Egglefield Ford in Elizabethtown drove for their community and delivered a check for $1,810 to the North Country SPCA.

Do fungi deserve more respect?

Notes from Planet Earth

As far as we know, fungi have been around at least as long as plants have and both apparently originated as marine organisms perhaps as much as a billion years ago.

Who is safer

Who is safer? Thanks to our power hungry politicians in Albany, NYS is supposed to be a safer place.

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Couple marks 65 years

Dick and Jean Newell of Paradox Lake celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31, 2013.

Free tax preparation available for low, middle income people

Service in Hague, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Elizabethtown

Free income tax preparation is again available through the AARP Tax-Aide program.

Water over the Dam

Notes from the North Woods

In recent years, winter weather patterns have become increasingly difficult to predict, especially in the Adirondacks, which has always managed to maintain a tried and true tradition of having snow on the ground by Thanksgiving, followed by a white Christmas and a brief January thaw.

Thurman EMS to close

It has been said that you can't fight "city hall," Well, we tried, and we lost.

Townsend new APA counsel

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich announced Jan. 10 that former Board Member James Townsend will serve as the next APA general counsel effective Jan. 29.

Local Sports Wrap

Girls Basketball & Boys Basketball

Agrees with gun control editorial

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

Angel Connection thankful

Angel Connection is a non profit organization that promotes and assists in the spaying/neutering of cats in Ticonderoga and surrounding communities.

Wednesday, January 30

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Warrensburg Central’s CEO to retire

Tim Lawson, the top administrator of Warrensburg Central that's led the school district through challenging financial times, is retiring as of November.

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Essex County drug sweep nabs six suspects

More arrests are pending

A year long narcotics investigation by the Essex County Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest of the five Essex County residents and one Clinton County resident relative to their involvement in the illicit drug trade in Essex County.

Garden club recycling wreaths

The Carillon Garden Club is recycling balsam wreaths.

Ticonderoga Kiwanis receive grant award

The North Country Regional Volunteer Center, located at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., remembered Martin Luther King Jr. Day by offering seven mini-grants throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.

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Ticonderoga chamber wants to ‘Save the Date’

Calendar designed to avoid conflicts

Hoping to avoid scheduling conflicts, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has started a “Save the Date” program.

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Indian Lake fire leaves two dead

An early morning fire on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Indian Lake was fatal for two people.

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Photo Gallery: A day at Newcomb Central School

Various students hard at work.

Thanks for fundraising help

The North Country Hardship Fund wishes to thank all that came out to support us at the 2nd Annual Cabin Fever Party on Saturday night.

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Indian Lake-Long Lake teams host Coaches vs. Cancer event

The traditional orange and black team colors of the Indian Lake-Long Lake varsity basketball teams changed to pink on Monday, Jan. 14 as the teams sponsored a Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising event versus Schroon Lake.

Willsboro Column

The recent cold weather shows us that we can not say that we have not had a real winter this year, lets hope that the extreme cold will kill all those germy bugs that ae floating around this season.

Elizabethtown Column

Are you a caregiver or might be needed as one in the near future.

Essex Column

This Saturday evening, Feb. 2, the Champlain Valley Film Society will show the Oscar nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at the Whallonsburg Grange.

On Campus

The following local residents made the Dean's List for Fall 2012

Keeseville Column

Recently, two very active organizations have received richly deserved accolades from their fields.

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North Country SPCA

Wow! Our Facebook page has really become popular.

Westport Column

Last fall Westport Central School honored six outstanding graduates and staff by giving them a place on its Wall of Distinction, which the school is now in the process of making ready for viewing.

Juried art show winners named

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is pleased to present the 2013 Black & White Juried Art Show: A Showcase of Regional Artists.

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Scene in Plattsburgh

Style & Substance

Scene in Plattsburgh is a new biweekly column, showcasing the places and people who make Plattsburgh a vibrant and welcoming community.

Class and classroom

Kids Count

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has administered the PISA or Program for International Assessment for years.

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Ticonderoga teen center aids youth, town

Silver Bay operating new program

A new youth program is providing teen-agers with fresh opportunities while saving Ticonderoga money. The town has entered in to an agreement with the Silver Bay YMCA of provide an after-school program for students in grades 6-12 at the Armory on Champlain Avenue.

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County seeks answers to rabies outbreak

From no positive reported cases in 2010 to 16 in 2012, the spread of the animal-borne disease has made its way into the Champlain Valley.

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Let the skating begin

At the Keeseville Community Center, the skaters have started lacing up and enjoying a classic winter past time. The rink, located at 58 Liberty Street, was opened to the community on Dec. 31.

Early voting warrants more consideration

The members of the New York State Legislature recently drew the ire of many residents by rushing to pass a bill, a mistake that should not be repeated when it comes to the topic of early voting.

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The scorebook 2-2-13

Girls basketball, Boys basketball, Wrestling, Boys Swimming and Indoor track and field

Likes editorial

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

Competitors ski in annual loppet

The Lake Placid Loppet, celebrating its 31st year in cross-country skiing excellence was held, Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Olympic Sports Complex cross country ski center in Lake Placid.

Tuesday, January 29

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Troopers talk SAFE in Lake Placid

NYSP Col. Tom Fazio, Assistant Council Kevin Bruen and Senior Investigator Joe DeMaria addressed media and over 50 who attended the SAFE Act public information meeting at the Lake Placid Conference Center.

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Grand Marshal named, Carnival set

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen local real estate professional Chris Covert as its 2013 grand marshal for the Feb. 9 Gala Parade.

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Hague to host winter weekend

40th annual event Feb. 15-17

Hague will host its 40th annual Winter Weekend Feb. 15-17. The focal point of the weekend is the town’s Beste Scholarship Fund. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund.

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A century later, SLA still fighting for Schroon Lake

Mark Granger elected new president

The Schroon Lake Association was founded more than a century ago in response to a threat to the lake’s very existence. The group is now led by Mark Granger, its new president.

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Warren Co. officials weigh prospects of casino gambling in Lake George

Whether casino gambling in Lake George would destroy the family atmosphere — or provide good jobs and revenue — is now in the limelight as Warren Co. announces its intention to sponsor a study on the impact of hosting such a development here.

Politically correct or bust?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s a term we hear bantered about in so many of the everyday things we think and do.

Monday, January 28

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Lack of house numbers a concern

EMS personnel troubled by missing address numbers

Area emergency personnel are pleading with residents to post their house numbers prominently on their homes and mail boxes.

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Polar Bear Plunge to benefit ailing children

Hague swim Feb. 17

The Polar Bear Plunge is a highlight of the Hague Winter Weekend. The 2013 plunge will be held at 2 p.m. at the Trout House Village dock with registration at 1 p.m.

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Town of Johnsburg seeks to fill board vacancies

Johnsburg Town Board members are looking for residents to volunteer for the town Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Review.

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Cunningham acquitted on two charges

A Hamilton County grand jury Thursday, Jan. 17 found the owner of the Hudson River Rafting Company not guilty on two criminal charges.

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Early voting could lead to budget woes

A plan to bring early voting to the state of New York could spell financial hardship for many counties, including Essex.

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LPHS Winter Carnival to celebrate 70th year

The 70th Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival will take place from Thursday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, Feb. 2.

Sunday, January 27

On Campus

Dean's List

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Fort honors store manager Peg Shaw

Fort Ticonderoga honored Peg Shaw recently for her service as the museum store manager.

New York gun law praised

The letter from Lorraine Kovarovic of Schroon Lake asks why do responsible gun owners get more laws?

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ramping up

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is feverishly making last-minute preparations for the 2013 event to be held Feb. 1-10 so the entire community can enjoy some time “Under the Sea.”

Saturday, January 26

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Memories of Walt Grishkot shared at L.G. Winter Carnival gala

Adirondack Balloon Festival founder Walt Grishkot — visionary, huckster, showman and promoter extraordinaire — was recalled Feb. 25 at the Lake George Winter Carnival Gala dinner-dance, which was dedicated to Grishkot and his beloved wife Joan for their decades of service to the carnival and other Warren County events.

Stewart’s completes successful Holiday Match program

The 26th annual Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match program has once again topped the million dollar mark in contributions for local children's charities.

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Snowmobile racing this weekend in Lake George

High-octane winter racing is to occur in Lake George this weekend as professional and amateur racers compete in the East Coast Snocross events.

Gun legislation helps

We the People

Donation appreciated

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.

Friday, January 25

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Businesses to participate in WinterFest

Ticonderoga sales, promotions planned

Ticonderoga businesses will participate in the annual WinterFest by offering sales and promotions. WinterFest, Ticonderoga’s celebration of winter fun, is slated for Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bicentennial Park and surrounding venues.

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Wiley, Reale to wed

Mr. Francis Wiley and Mrs. Kathleen Wiley of Olean, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Grace Ellen Wiley, to Thomas Anthony Reale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reale of Ticonderoga.

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Book marks Crown Point anniversary

Town turns 225 this year

Crown Point will celebrate 225 years as a township in 2013 with the publication of a historic guide book.

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Under pressure from state, L.G. recreation program evolves

Lake George leaders were aghast when state officials in August classified the town's summer recreation program as a "summer camp" and imposed a set of onerous restrictions that threatened the program's existence. Now, the town board, local citizens and public school officials are working together to restructure and relocate the program to meet the mandates.

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Volunteers sought at Warrensburg museum to serve as guides

The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History has won accolades for its professional presentation of artifacts, its themed exhibits and its collections. Due to the venue's popularity, the museum is now seeking volunteers to serve as docents, or museum guides.

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Journal reader: 'Thurman residents, support your EMS squad!'

Due to financial pressures, the Thurman Town Board eliminated its traditional public funding for the town's local ambulance squad, Thurman Emergency Medical Services. The action has caused dismay among many local citizens who worry about availability and response time of ambulances in Thurman.

Winterevent coming to Schroon Lake

February 15 to March 17

Winterevent is coming to Schroon Lake.

On Campus

Dean's List

Free tax return preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County is offering free tax help to families and individuals whose household income is below $50,270.

Red Kettle record in Ticonderoga

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign hit a new record in Ticonderoga this past Christmas and raised more money than ever before!

Thursday, January 24

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Annual fishing derby slated on Schroon Lake

March 2 and 3

A North Country tradition is returning. The Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club will host its 21st annual ice fishing derby. The event is slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3.

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Area residents are saving pull-tabs to benefit charity

Savvy, thrifty local residents know they can help area charities by saving those convenient rings on the top of soda and beer cans and pet-food containers — pull tabs made of high-grade aluminum.

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Lake George’s Lena Chase, 95, is leading a colorful life

Friends and family talk about the attributes of Lena Chase, 95, on the occasion of her birthday — describing her determination, strong will, outspokenness and strong work ethic.

Locals on SUNY Adirondack dean’s list

SUNY Adirondack has announced the dean’s list for the Fall 2012 semester.

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Winners named in Ward’s Bick Buck contest

Ward Lumber has announced the winners of the 20th Annual Buck Contest.

Thanks for support

I am writing on behalf of the Elizabethtown Social Center to thank all who supported our recent Teen Rec project Care Packages for Soldiers.

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Verizon, APA conduct balloon test for Minerva cell tower

Representatives from Verizon and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) conducted a balloon test Wednesday, Jan. 16 for the phone company’s proposed cell tower.

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Ticonderoga program takes aim at healthy lifestyle

Group drops 2,000 pounds

The Ticonderoga area is a ton lighter this year than in 2012. That’s the pounds lost by members of the community’s “weight-loss challenge” a year ago. But that’s the just the beginning. Now starting its second year, the program has set a goal of 10,000 pounds lost for 2013.

Town Talk

Bicentennial meals offered

Essex County Sheriff’s Office Report

The following is a summary of the activities of the Essex County Sheriff's Office for the month of December:

Thurman residents, stand your ground!

Irv West mentioned last week, “Let Thurman folks decide on EMS coverage."

Squad pleased with 2012

We just wanted to take some time to share a little bit about our organization and highlight some things from 2012.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - January 1913


Residents’ reminiscences sought

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Style and Substance: Remembering people’s names

I have an awful problem of not being able to remember who people are that I have previously met when they are “out of context.”

Bakers Mills News

Rob and Irma Russell are doing OK after being hit on Quaker Road one day last week.

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Adirondack Teleworks Project online

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

For the many visitors that say, “I would love to live here, find me a job,” I offer — the Adirondack Teleworks Project.

Local Sports Wrap

Boys & Girls Basketball

Warrensburg Town Court Report

Judge Mindy Fisk presiding & Judge Bryan Winslow presiding

The Bolton Bulletin

Dinner to benefit Morel family

Minerva super responds to meetings law story

Guest Commentary

I read with interest the recent editorial and your article this week on the new Freedom of Information Law amendment that requires municipalities and other public entities to publish online all materials prior to their meetings

Essex County Sheriff’s Office Report

The following is a summary of the activities of the Essex County Sheriff's Office for the month of December:

Youth baseball team forming

The Adirondack Wildcats, a 14-and-under travel baseball team, is now recruiting 13- and 14-year-old players to join the team for the 2013 spring and summer season.

Wednesday, January 23

Au Sable Forks Fire Chief arrested for stealing from department

The Au Sable Forks Fire Department Fire Chief has been arrested for stealing more than $3,000 in department funds.

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Moriah supervisor concerned with budget plan

State aid to municipalities frozen

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is generally getting good reviews for his 2013-14 state budget proposal. Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava has concerns.

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Local schools hold Coaches vs. Cancer events

The Johnsburg Central School (JCS) gymnasium was a sea of pink for the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball games that took place on Friday, Jan. 18.

Letter of thanks

This is a letter of thanks, a small token of our deep gratitude.

Students raise money, awareness for Sudan

The SUNY Plattsburgh chapter of Theta Nu Xi multicultural sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is raising funds and awareness for the people of Southern Sudan.

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Blues singer performs in Ticonderoga

Teaches students about music, history, race

Ticonderoga Elementary School students are too young — hopefully — to have the blues, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn about them. Bluesman Guy Davis marked Martin Luther King Day with a performance at the school Jan. 22, touching on music, history and race.

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North Country Auto Glass & Trim Shop

Eye on Business

When Johnson’s Auto Glass and Trim Shop closed Oct. 26, Kevin Bushey and Trevor Gillespie decided it was time to open a shop of their own.

Essex Column

Next Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Postal Service will hold a public meeting at 2 p.m. in the Essex Post Office to discuss the future of the local post office.

Willsboro Column

I had a wonderful experience this past week as I read the book "Waiting for Jo" by Rita Devan of Willsboro.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA would like to remind you that it's not too late to take advantage of the January White Sale!

Westport Column

Here’s a reminder for those seeking a cozy reading spot on a dark winter afternoon or evening that we’ve got two outstanding libraries serving our community, one in Westport and one in Wadhams.

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The scorebook 1-26-13

Boys swimming, Boys basketball, Boys bowling, Wrestling, Girls bowling & Girls basketball

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Outdoor sports and gym class

Notes from the North Woods

As debate over gun control continues to rage across the country, it is interesting to note two proposed bills that were introduced in the New York State Assembly and Senate last year.

Cuomo’s gun law will do little to prevent further violence

We needed thoughtful debate in the wake of the Newtown and Webster tragedies about preventative measures to help thwart or lessen the severity of these type of incidents in the future.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Kids Count

I travelled to New York City to pick my daughter up this past weekend who is just back from Africa.

Elizabethtown Column

It's hard to believe that January is just about over.

Tuesday, January 22

Emergency HEAP funding available

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced that beginning Jan. 2, eligible low-income New Yorkers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel, can apply for emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits.

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Cuomo presents NYS 2013-14 budget plan

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday, Jan. 22 unveiled the proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget and Management Plan.

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Snow artists needed in Schroon Lake

Snow sculpture contest planned

Snow artists are being sought in Schroon Lake. Participants are wanted to take part in a snow sculpture contest. The contest is part of the inaugural Winterevent, a series of activities in the community Feb. 15 through March 17.

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Lake Geo. Village amending sign regulations to boost off-season commerce

In recent decades, Lake George citizens have envisioned their village recapturing its character of many decades ago -- a community with year-round commercial vitality. Now, village officials say they are going to amend sign regulations to help achieve that vision.

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Lake Geo. Village amending sign regulations to boost off-season commerce

In recent decades, Lake George citizens have envisioned their village recapturing its character of many decades ago -- a community with year-round commercial vitality. Now, village officials say they are going to amend sign regulations to help achieve that vision.

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Ticonderoga to host WinterFest

Activities slated Feb. 9

WinterFest, Ticonderoga’s celebration of winter fun, will return. The fourth annual WinterFest is slated for Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bicentennial Park and surrounding venues.

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Market and Carnival day celebration at NCCCA

 A special artists’ market will display a vast array of artwork done in varying mediums and will include a family fun carnival day with activities for the whole family on Jan. 26 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff Street.

Ti firefighters busy, prepared

2012 was another busy year for the Ticonderoga Fire Department. We responded to 213 emergencies ranging from building fires (10), motor vehicle accidents (32), assisting EMS agencies (24), fire alarm activations (42) and 107 other emergencies.

Creating a College Culture Nationwide: Big Vision in a Small Town

Imagine this: You’re a 16-year-old high school student scraping by with a C average.

Monday, January 21

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Bolton’s Ron Conover advances in Warren County government

Town of Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover moves up the political ladder in Warren County.

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Lk. Geo.Mayor: Grant for docks will boost tourism, aid taxpayers

Lake George Village's public docks are not only popular with tourists, but income from their use offsets a portion of the local tax burden. New York State recently earmarked $177,000 to rebuild several of the village docks, and local officials said this week they appreciate the gesture.

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Burst pipe stops Ticonderoga zumba program

Best Western making repairs

A broken water pipe has suspended zumba lessons at the Ticonderoga Best Western Inn.

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Warren County’s not finished with its cost-cutting

in the face of fiscal pressure, Warren County leaders are continuing to devise new ways of saving taxpayers' money.

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Indian Lake Central evaluates the role of social media in education

Facebook under the microscope

The Indian Lake School Board devoted a healthy share of its four-hour meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15 to understanding and evaluating what role, if any, online venues such as Facebook should play in primary education.

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Local officials say preliminary education report leaves out ‘meaty’ issues

 While many local school officials are pleased that the current state administration is looking at the education system, they feel many key issues were not tackled in a recent report.

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Strong, Saltus lead AuSable backcourt to forefront of CVAC

Coming into the 2012-13 CVAC basketball season, opponents of the AuSable Valley Patriots girls varsity basketball team knew they would have to keep their eye on point guard Meghan Strong. What soon became apparent was the other scoring force the Lady Patriots had in their backcourt.

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Crown Point teachers make presentation to commissioner

Common Core efforts highlighted

Crown Point Central School is a leader in meeting New York State’s new educational requirements. That’s why the school was selected to make a presentation to John King Jr., state education commissioner, during his recent tour of the North Country.

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Transportation museum fundraiser will bring together local wine makers and producers

Regional wine makers will be bringing their finest vino to the fourth annual Winter Wine Fest to raise money for a new exhibit at a local museum.

Veteran’s request

Paul Bourgeois is a disabled war veteran, a life member of VFW Post 146 of Ticonderoga and I received the following request from him shortly after Christmas.

Sunday, January 20

Memory tree a success

The Ticonderoga Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who donated to our memory tree this year.

Benefit a success

Many thanks to everyone who came out on Jan. 5 to support the fundraiser for the Best Fourth in the North committee at The Pub.

Saturday, January 19

It’s not guns, it’s people

I’m so tired of hearing how guns are the problem. For the love of God, it’s not guns, it’s people!

New research explains weakened immune response in elderly

Researchers from the Trudeau Institute have recently uncovered abnormal behavior in aging cells that helps explain the loss of previously acquired immunity.

‘Molon Labe!’

To all misguided gun grabbers: I’m quite sure any teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary or an adult movie-goer in Aurora, Colo., would have wanted a fighting chance.

Schroon woman returns to health, business

Joan Cunningham to expand

“I am excited about 2013,” exclaimed Joan Cunningham, creator of Joanie’s Goodies.

Friday, January 18

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Willsboro Senior Community on schedule to open in March

The former Willsboro Central School — now the home of the Champlain Valley Senior Community — will welcome a former student as one of the building’s first residents.

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Local students set for Mission to Nicaragua

Students from Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene and Willsboro school districts will join youth from throughout the North Country, traveling to Nicaragua to help those in need.

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Mineville plant earns certification

Pre-Tech gets top rating

Pre-Tech Precision Machining may be a well-kept secret locally, but it’s known to people in the aerospace industry. The local shop recently received coveted AS9100C certification.

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Indian Lake town eases property taxes for seniors

Members of the Indian Lake Town Board Monday, Jan. 14 unanimously passed a law providing a partial tax exemption of real property taxes for residents who have limited income and are 65 and older.

Stop the ‘sideshow’

For those of us who don't live in Elizabethtown, Ken Fenimore's weekly diatribes in the Valley News letter columns provide an opening act of a terrific sideshow.

ACAP seeks applications

The ACAP After-School Program is accepting applications for program sites at Moriah Central School, Westport Central, and Schroon Lake Central.

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Ticonderoga students assist sick children

FBLA work at Ronald McDonald House

A group of Ticonderoga students recently spent a day helping ailing children and their families.

Thursday, January 17

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Chilson fire company elects officers

Steve Hunsdon to serve as chief

The Chilson Fire Volunteer Department has elected new officers.

Sheriff asks for hiring freeze exemption

Stating that the process could take too long if it had to go through committee, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting sought and received a preliminary exemption from the Essex County hiring freeze policy. Cutting asked that his office be considered in the same class as the Horace Nye Nursing Home when it came to hiring, meaning he would not have to go through committee review before seeking to fill a position. As part of the 2013 budget talks, supervisors resolved to have all hiring requests come through committee to be approved.

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Police Report

Criminal mischief alleged

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Snow Train returns to North Creek

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Friday, Jan. 11 welcomed the return of the Snow Train with an expanded schedule designed to serve day-trippers and skiers alike for the 2013 winter season.


The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum board of trustees would like to thank the BPOE Lodge #1494 for sponsoring a benefit breakfast for our museum on Jan 6.

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The Delta Blue is bringing ‘smokey tastes’ and blues to Lake Placid

With the smell of barbecue in the air, fall off the bone smokey ribs on your plate and the smooth bass and drums pumping in your ears: it’s a melody for the senses. This is Wednesday night at Delta Blue. The Delta Blue, 2520 Main Street, was born from a style straight from the Mississipi Delta. It has brought some “Southern Hospitality” to the Adirondacks and hosts one of the only year-round venues for music in Lake Placid.

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Adirondack-inspired art at Soul Roots

Rachel King sat in Soul Roots Studio, carefully bending a thin strip of sterling silver into the shape of a lotus petal. The studio is almost hidden, quietly tucked into the back of the Alpine Mall in Lake Placid. Inside, its earth-tone colored walls are accented by simple, white birch tree silhouettes, and there is artwork displayed everywhere.

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Ticonderoga athletes cited for academic achievement

Every fall team honored by state

All four Ticonderoga High School varsity teams — football, women’s soccer, men’s cross country and women’s cross country — have earned the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team award.

After-school program available

The ACAP After-School Program is accepting applications for program sites at Moriah Central School, Westport Central and Schroon Lake Central.

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Johnsburg Central adopts policy to deal with sex offenders on school property

During their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Jan. 14, Johnsburg School Board members adopted a policy requiring any registered sex offender to meet with Superintendent Michael Markwica prior to entering the school or its grounds.

Bakers Mills News

It has been great to have a few days with warmer weather.

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Film Society sets winter lineup

The Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) announced five movies for their Winter 2013 schedule.

Don’t punish gun owners

Gun laws punish the law abiding citizens who own or want to own guns, not the criminals or the mentally ill who have gotten them illegally.

Weather Watch

After a slow start December 2012 became a perfect Winter month for those who enjoy Winter sports, with abundant snow and pleasant temperatures.

Let Thurman folks decide on EMS coverage!

As a founding member of Thurman Emergency Medical Services Inc., it has been distressful to watch the bickering between the town administration and the local EMS volunteers and townspeople.

Historical society looks back at 2012

Johnsburg Historical Society

From the Archives

Stony Creek

Annie & Hedonists rescheduled

Blais: Grant for docks to boost tourism

Village officials noted recently that a state grant of $177,000 to install new public docks on Beach Road will boost tourism while saving taxpayers some money.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - January 1913


Martin Luther King Day

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New restaurant opens in Ticonderoga

The Sentinel Grille, formally the Carillon and Tierney’s Restaurant on Route 9N, is now open and will hold its grand opening Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.

Not the answer

Wayne LaPierre says the NRA's solution to gun violence is to have more, "good guys with a gun" to deter the, "bad guys.” He said the 911 response should be, "one minute away" rather than, "one mile" away.

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Style and Substance: On an Internet crazy spouse

My husband spends much of his down time playing video games, watching TV., surfing the net or playing fantasy football.

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Town Talk

Presbyterians slate Mardi Gras

Wednesday, January 16

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Wbg. High's Dance Marathon demonstrates spirit of giving

Dancing the night away for charity, the students of Warrensburg help others while having loads of fun.

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Ticonderoga food co-op can succeed, according to report

Study shows potential for store

A natural food co-op in Ticonderoga could be successful. That’s the result of a study conducted by a Minnesota consultant.

Hague FD to be part of activities

The Hague Volunteer Fire Department, as usual, will be deeply involved in the annual Hague Winter Weekend Feb.15-17.

Essex Column

Lawns turned green this week, the result of a prolonged January thaw that melted our beautiful snow and created a lot of mud.

Hope is Eternal

Kids Count

Our media dominated world saturates us with news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Elizabethtown Column

Just a few updates: There will not be a ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) meeting tonight.

Willsboro Column

Holiday's are over and for most of us the decorations are put away for another year.

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North Country SPCA

This week, the NCSPCA would like to share some facts about the advantages of spaying/neutering your pets.

Keeseville Column

Not much new to report this week.

Westport Column

A great local tradition returns this Saturday, Jan. 19, when the Westport Heritage House will host “Bingo for the Depot” from 5 to 7 p.m.

Letting the cat out of the bag

Notes from the North Woods

Eastern cougars were listed as Endangered Species in 1973, however in March 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a change of status for the big cats when agency biologists requested cougars be removed from the Endangered Species list.

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Mixed grades for town, school compliance with Open Meetings Law amendment

Meeting packets must be placed online

In last week’s editorial, we wrote about the state’s newest Open Meetings Law amendment and how many of the region’s towns, schools and other public bodies have fallen short with compliance.

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Chilson firefighters plan Valentine’s event

EMA to host Feb. 9 dinner-dance

Chilson Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 35th annual dinner-dance Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the EMA at 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.

Long Lake to host Winter Carnival this weekend

The 2013 Moonlighter’s Long Lake Winter Carnival gears up and gets off the ground on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Supervisors voice displeasure with Hacker Boat decision

During the Jan. 14 Economic Development Committee meeting, supervisors lashed out at the company, which recently announced it is using a state grant that was secured through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to move from Ticonderoga to Queensbury.

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County health officials warn about flu season

As New York state continues to deal with a flu outbreak, Essex County Public Health officials said they are ready to help with vaccinations and medical assistance.

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Empire State Games preparing for Feb. 7-10

Now in its third year of local organization, the Empire State Winter Games are preparing for opening ceremonies Feb. 7.

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Johnsburg Town Board awards scrap metal bid

The Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday, Jan. 15 awarded the 2013 scrap metal bid to Eastside Metals and Recycling. The company will pay the town $203 per net ton for scrap metal hauled away from the town transfer station.

Legal action

The Sugarman Law Firm of Auburn, Buffalo, and Syracuse are representing sewer project engineers Barton & Loguidice in a legal action against the Town of Elizabethtown.

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The scorebook 1-19-13

Indoor track and field, Boys swimming, Boys basketball, Girls bowling, Boys bowling, Wrestling & Girls basketball

Dine United fundraising event set for January 23

What’s so special about Wednesday, Jan. 23?

Tuesday, January 15

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After two-year stalemate, WCS teachers and school district agree on work contract

In a new contract signed between the Warrensburg School District and its teachers, Warrensburg taxpayers are gaining a little protection from future health care costs but paying a little more toward salaries.

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Nutrition lesson based on song, dance

St. Mary’s School hosts program

Jay Mankita presented a program to St. Mary’s students, asking them to join in the songs and dance about the gym. It was fun, but the point was serious — good nutrition leads to good health.

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Crammond scholarship presented

Ben Karkoski wins award

Ben Karkoski has received the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship.

Are kids pointed in the right direction?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One thing we never seem to be short of are studies in human behavior.

Monday, January 14

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Plattsburgh author prints second edition of “Heart of a Horse”

Katherine Call-Morin has always been a writer.

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Ticonderoga begins water project

Test well being drilled

Ticonderoga has started its first test well, at a cost of $25,000, trying to find a water source as part of a $13.8 million water system improvement project.

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War of 1812 program planned

Concert Jan. 24 in Ticonderoga

Dave Ruch will present “The War of 1812 - Songs and Stories from New York and Beyond” Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Community Building.

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United Way pitch made to county employees

Social Services Director John O’Neill and Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow made an appeal to county supervisors and employees to give to the annual United Way campaign.

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Lewis, Essex moving forward

The property dispute between Salim “Sandy” Lewis and the Town of Essex is getting closer to either a settlement or a court date.

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Ticonderoga hurdler sets school, section records

Jay Hebert wins at Dartmouth Relays

Jay Hebert of Ticonderoga set a school and Section VII record in winning the 55-meter hurdles at the Dartmouth Relays Jan. 12.

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Video contest challenges Indian Lake students

Middle, high schoolers asked to make promotional video of town

The newly formed Indian Lake Community Development Corporation is challenging middle and high school students with a video contest that will be used to market the town to visitors and people who are looking to relocate to the Adirondack Park.

Meal basket drive a success

The 2012 holiday season was another wonderful time of the year for giving.

Schroon celebration a success

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the New Year’s celebration in Schroon Lake, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the volunteers and organizations who helped make it possible.

Sunday, January 13

Thanks to road crews

I want to say thank you to the men and women who work on the road crew all year long.

21st annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic Show to be held in Vermont

Celebrate Vermont's Hunting and Fishing Heritage, Jan 18 - 20

The 20th annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic Show, will be held Jan. 18 - 20th at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vt.

Cullen on dean’s list

Colden Cullen, 2011 valedictorian of Newcomb Central School, earned a place on the dean's list.

Saturday, January 12

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Wbg. grad in marching band at Obama’s inauguration

A former Warrensburg High School student, noted for her musicianship, is now pursuing a military career with an eye on joining a touring U.S. military band. In the meantime, she's commanding a 300-cadet battalion at Norwich University, and performing with the college band at Obama's inauguration.

Appreciation Day held

The Schroon Lake Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company celebrated its 45th anniversary and assisted three local causes during its Community Appreciation Day recently.

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Donegal beard contest returns in North Creek

Participants in the 2013 Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest are shaving their facial hair in preparation for growing their Donegal Beards for this year’s contest to grow the best Irish beard.

Lake George Arts Project elects directors

The Lake George Arts Project new Board members Dec. 8 at the group’s annual meeting, held at the East Cove Restaurant.

No need for assault weapons

The recent episode of killing by a deranged person using an assault weapon has once again brought out all kinds of comparisons by gun enthusiasts!

Disagrees with document

I recently received a document entitled “ABOUT YOUR 2013 PROPERTY TAX BILL,” reputedly from the Essex County Board of Supervisors, though owing to its misleading nature, I wonder.

Friday, January 11

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Moriah scouts learn about fire safety

Girls tour Moriah FD

The Moriah Volunteer Fire Department’s recently meeting was put on hold for a special tour for the young ladies of the Moriah Girl Scouts.

On Campus

Several local students were recently named to the president’s list at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

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State closes on Essex Chain of Lakes purchase

Minerva board discusses Verizon cell tower

In late December, New York state closed on the purchase of about 18,000 acres of land previously owned by the Finch, Pruyn paper company, which includes the Essex Chain of Lakes parcel, located in the towns of Minerva and Newcomb.

Stewart’s holiday match program generates $1.3 million for charities

The 26th annual Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match program has once again topped the $ 1 million mark in contributions for local children’s charities.

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Remembrances of Charlie Green and his store at Adirondack Artists’ Guild

“The Market Show: The Guild Celebrates Charlie Green,” an exhibit featuring interpretations of markets far and wide, will open with a reception Friday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 52 Main St., the former home of the famed Green’s Market, and run through Tuesday, Jan. 29.

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Local filmmaker prepares to make third independent film

A local filmmaker is seeking a few good actors and actresses to be a part of his newest independent film, “A Promise Made of Wax.”

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Indian Lake Town Board organizes for 2013

During a brief annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Indian Lake Town Board approved a number of appointments and actions for the coming year during their 2013 organizational meeting.

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Wadhams church members to make hats for kids

Members of the Wadhams United Church of Christ will be building hats for children Sunday, Jan. 13.

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Ticonderoga falls in overtime

Graney leads Sentinels

Shane Douglas was just too much for Ticonderoga as the Sentinels lost to AuSable Valley, 57-55, in overtime in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 10.

Lack of leadership

After watching the actions of the Ticonderoga town board for the last few years, the fact that our town has a severe leadership void is more than a little apparent.

Holiday trains collect more than a million

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains, one of which passed through this region last month, collected more than $1 million in Canadian currency and 400,000 pounds of food in 2012, according to a release from the company.

ACOC thanks community

This Community is wonderful! Thank you for your generous support this holiday season and throughout the year.

Likes cartoon

Off the Wall: Don't you just love that cartoon of a Simon Lagree type employer, as if in today's world (or even yesterday's for that mater) with all the minute by minute contacts with current technology, there could be anyone out there who would be unaware?

Exemption deadline set

The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will be assisting agricultural landowners with completion of Soil Group worksheets for agricultural exemption.

Kranick on dean’s list

Levi B. Kranick, of Bakers Mills, a 2011 graduate of Johnsburg Central School, has earned a place on the dean’s list.

Thursday, January 10

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WCS Marathon Dance to involve communities

Event is open to students from other schools

Warrensburg's Marathon Dance continues its tradition of reeaching out to others while involving dozens of adults in a charitable venture.

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Keeseville man arrested for Pburgh Stewart’s Shop robbery

Police are still investigating if crimes are connected

A Keeseville man has been arrested in connection with the early morning robbery of the Stewart’s Shop on Cumberland Head on Jan. 9. New York State Police in Plattsburgh arrested David A. Brown, age 49, of Keeseville, in connection with the robbery of the Stewart’s Shop on State Route 9 at approximately 5 a.m. that same day.

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WIll Cuomo's Adirondack Challenge be in North Creek?

Cuomo took rafting trip down Hudson River in 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, Jan. 9 proposed launching the Adirondack Challenge, a national whitewater rafting competition in the North Country, during his annual State of the State address.

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Winter Carnival Committee ramping up

 In just under three weeks, the King and Queen will be named and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will be under way.

Talking Trash

Notes from Planet Earth

Trash, prominent in the aftermath of the holiday season, is not a pleasant topic, but neither is it a hopeless topic

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Stony Creek

Library Art Show

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Thurman to hold ‘Old Home Days’

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - January 1913

Town Talk

Chamber seeks nominations

Schroon man charged

Police Report

Bakers Mills News

It seems pretty quiet now as far as finding out news. Please call or email me with your news.

Mill Creek Musings

I grew up believing that it was good to be “in the box.”

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Schroon Lake cager reaches milestone

Shaughnessy gets 1,000 points; girls teams lose

Jesse Shaughnessy of Schroon Lake reached a milestone as his Wildcats beat Loudonville Christian, 46-40, in non-league boys basketball play Jan. 9.

First Wilderness Heritage Corridor for tourism promotion?

In regard to your recent piece “NY funds to boost railroad corridor projects,” the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, this project as any sort of tourism promotion has boondoggle written all over it!

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Style and Substance: On New Year’s Resolutions

In anticipation of the new year, I always make a new year’s resolution and stick close to it the first 2 to 3 weeks of the new year….and then somehow I get distracted and am back to doing what I have always done. How do I make the resolution stick?

How safe are our schools?

Guest Commentary

Our children are not as safe during the school as we’d like to think they are. The safety and education of our children should be the top priority of school officials.

TFCU set for annual cell phone drive

The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) will hold their fourth annual cell phone drive, this January & February.

Thanks for support

The sixth Annual Holiday Toy Drive (Sponsored by M&M Diner) was once again a huge success for our small community.


The Adirondack Eagle’s Aeries #4410 would like to send out a special thanks

Peru Stewart’s Shop robbed

The Stewart’s Shop on State Route 22 in Peru was robbed by an armed suspect at 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, according to the New York State Police in Plattsburgh.

Johnsburg Central School student’s photo picked for magazine

A photograph by Johnsburg Central School junior Courtney Allard will be printed in the annual literary magazine “Talent Unlimited.”

Supermarket smarts at local stores

Clinton County Health Department, through the support of Eastern Adirondack Healthcare Network’s Get moving for Healthy Aging Initiative, is pleased to be offering a new resource to residents looking to make healthier eating choices.

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Willsboro Navy vet attends “Big E” inactivation ceremony

On Dec. 1, 2012, AE2 Richard E. Morgan of Willsboro, travelled to Norfolk, Va to be part of the inactivation of the USS Enterprise, CVN-65.

Saratoga gun show will go on as planned

It appears the saying that the White House Administration likes most, “Never let a good disaster go to waste … “ or something like that, is in the forefront of this new gun controversy.

Wednesday, January 9

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A second Stewart’s Shop robbed within same week

Police are investigating if incidents are connected

The armed robbery suspect at the Plattsburgh Stewarts matches the physical description of the robbery at the Peru Stewarts Shop on Jan. 2. State Police Lieutenant Brent Davison said at both crime scenes the witness description of the getaway car and the suspect are similar.

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Cuomo proposes national whitewater rafting challenge in North Country

Location, date and details still unknown

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, Jan. 9 proposed launching the Adirondack Challenge, a national whitewater rafting competition in the North Country, during his annual State of the State address.

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Chili contest to aid Schroon EMS

Chili cook off Feb. 23

There may be a five-alarm fire in Schroon Lake Feb. 23, but it won’t be an emergency. That’s when the second annual Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off will be held to benefit the community’s emergency services. The cook off will be 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club.

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Gov. Cuomo gives State of the State speech

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday, Jan. 9 delivered his 2012 State of the State Address.

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Wooden Blocks aid children’s program

Essex Industries recently crafted 1,000 wooden blocks for the Essex County Children with Disabilities program.

Kudos to Times of Ti staff

I would like to offer my congratulations to the following people for their lack of fear for freedom of speech.

Keeseville Column

The big vote concerning the potential to dissolve Keeseville is coming up quickly.

Snocross planned for this weekend at Airborne

High-performance snowmobile racers from Canada, New York and New England will compete over a course of jumps, bumps and table tops in the first event of the International Triple Crown Series planned for Jan. 12 and 13.

Elizabethtown Column

Winter has finally settled in around us and I think it just might stick around.

School Tragedy

Kids Count

On the surface, the school shooting at Newtown defies any rational or irrational explanation.

Westport Column

Here’s an email I received from my friend Sue Frisbie, who volunteers at the Westport Food Pantry:

Couple robbed at gunpoint

A couple from Queens was held up at gunpoint early Sunday morning, Jan. 6, by five Hispanic men off Exit 33 of Interstate 87, according to New York State Police.

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Gore Mountain Region - Purely Adirondack

Chamber happenings

Winter gives way to sports show season

Notes from the North Woods

Winter gives way to sports show season

Willsboro Column

How quickly with the turn of the calendar into a new year we tend to fall into our regular routines.

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North Country SPCA

This week, the NCSPCA would like to announce our January WHITE SALE for CATS!

Essex Column

If you’ve ever wanted a cat, now is a great time to adopt an adult from the SPCA, when for the month of January only, the adoption fee is only $15.

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The Week In Sports

Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball

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Winter Outdoor Recreation seminars set

Steve Ovitt of Wilderness Property Management Inc. (WPM) will present two seminars on Winter Outdoor Recreation on public trails in the Southern Adirondacks.

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St. Mary’s students highlight community

Models on display at Ti chamber

What are the most important places in the community? That was the question posed to St. Mary’s School, Ticonderoga, first grade students recently as part of a social studies project.

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Stec, Little address Essex County

Essex County’s representatives to the state were on hand for the 214th Organizational Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Jan. 7.

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ECH parent group combines with Fletcher Allen Partners

Deal brings four regional hospitals together

Community Providers, Inc., the corporate parent of Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, announced that the New York State Department of Health had approved a corporate affiliation with Fletcher Allen Partners, the parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care based in Burlington and Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

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Rafting company proposes new base complex; neighbor objects

Beaver Brook Outfitters, Wevertown

Sometimes one man’s vision is another man’s blight. Such is the case in North River where Peter Burns seeks to move the base of operations for Wevertown-based Beaver Brook Outfitters to a parcel of land along Route 28.

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Essex County welcomes new faces, re-appoints Douglas as chair

Saying that it was a challenge, “that I must do,” Randy Douglas again took the gavel to preside over the Essex County Board of Supervisors for an unprecedented fourth term.

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Schroon, Crown Point record victories

Ti, Moriah defeated

Schroon Lake led almost all the way as it beat a stubborn Elizabethtown-Lewis crew, 52-45, to remain undefeated in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball action Jan. 8.

Time to follow the Open Meetings Law

It’s been almost a year since Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved an amendment to the Open Meetings Law (section 103e) requiring public bodies — school, town, village, city, county and state boards — to provide meeting material to the public prior to their meetings.

Canopy collapses at Sunoco

High wind combined with the weight of snow caused the canopy over the gas pumps at the Sandri Sunuco gas station to collapse early in the morning New Year’s Day.

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The scorebook

Basketball, Wrestling & Bowling

Clearing up confusion

Re: Seeks sanity

MVAC announces scholar athletes

The Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) announces Scholar Athletes for the 2012 Fall Sports Season.

Tuesday, January 8

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Schroon Lake dog sled races cancelled

Lack of funding cited

A major event planned for Schroon Lake this winter has been cancelled. Dog sled races scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10 will not be held.

Community support

The Horace Nye Home Staff would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the generosity shown by local community members this holiday season.

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Artists co-op forming in Port Henry

Meeting to be held Jan. 24

Port Henry may soon have an art gallery. A meeting of local artists has been scheduled to gage interest in the creation of an artists cooperative. The meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon at George’s Restaurant.

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Johnsburg Town Board organizes for 2013

Councilman questions town attorney appointment

The Johnsburg Town Board made quick work of its 2013 organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Wevertown Community Center, spending just 27 minutes gavel-to-gavel to approve a host of resolutions designed to give the board form and structure for the coming year.

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Green groups lobby state for mandatory boat inspection on Lake George

As invasive species fouling waters across the U.S., leaders of environmental groups call for a mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program to be in place this year for boats launched on Lake George — historically one of the nation's most pristine waterways.

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Ticonderoga keglers roll to win

Moriah falls

Ticonderoga downed Northeastern Clinton, 4-0, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls bowling Jan. 7.

More violence is not the answer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The recent increase in highly visible shootings around the country has many talking about guns and legislations.

Monday, January 7

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‘Haunted Major’ to be presented

Ti Historical Society program Jan. 18

Virginia LaPointe, Ticonderoga Historical Society board trustee, will present “The Haunted Major” at the Hancock House on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

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Ticonderoga hospital gets new emergency director

Dr. Todd Menia joins staff

Moses-Ludington Hospital has a new director of medical emergency care. Todd G. Menia, MD, has been appointed medical director of the emergency department at the Ticonderoga hospital, a division of Inter-Lakes Health.

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Keeseville prepares for vote on dissolution

With the new year comes the chance for residents of the village of Keeseville to have their voices heard. Residents will go to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 22, to vote on the future of the municipality and whether it should be dissolved.

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Assemblyman Dan Stec identifies initial priorities

Newly elected 114th Assembly District representative Dan Stec, already named to several influential state posts, identified his initial objectives this week as he prepared to go to work in Albany.

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Moriah girls down Ticonderoga

Sentinel bowlers roll

Moriah topped Ticonderoga, 44-35, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball action Jan. 4.

Sunday, January 6

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Ticonderoga chamber plans mixer

January 17 at Dunkin Donuts

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce “January After Business Mixer” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dunkin Donuts is located at 1141 Wicker St. in Ticonderoga.

Saturday, January 5

Seeks sanity

Please help me understand this.

Pixel project entries sought

The People’s Pixel Project annually presents innovative, provocative videos created by area residents of all ages, and entries in the contest are now being sought.

Police Report

Putnam man charged

Friday, January 4

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New Warren County chief sets goals for 2013

Known as a tight-fisted financial manager and tough negotiator, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty was sworn in Friday Jan. 4 as Warren County's Chairman of the Board of Supervisors — and he identified objectives for 2013 during his "State of the County" speech.

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Ticonderoga alliance founder steps down

Alex Levitch resigns from board

The founder of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has left the organization. Alex Levitch has resigned from the executive board of directors.

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CATS receives easement from Willsboro family

Part of the Essex Highlands will soon be the home to a new set of trails.

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NY funds to boost First Wilderness Heritage Corridor projects

Projects along the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor — from Saratoga Springs to North Creek — will get a financial boost this year after receiving a grant from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

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Moriah downs Ticonderoga cagers

Crown Point, Schroon record wins

Moriah posted a dominating 55-43 win against Ticonderoga in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball play Jan. 3.

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Lake George trustees to consider high-rise plan

Special meeting set for Jan. 9

A recommendation to allow high-rise buildings in downtown Lake George — a controversial proposal — is to be presented to the village board soon.

Ticonderoga chamber to host open house

Business seminar January 15

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open house with the North Country Small Business Development Center on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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Artist Jenny Curtis: Nature made abstract

Saranac Lake artist Jenny Curtis has a solo exhibition on display at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh.

Time for legislators?

Essex County Needs Your Help!

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ACAP helps spread holiday cheer

ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing is in full swing filling bags of toys for Essex County children.

Adirondack Grilling Pellets add flavor

Flavor-infused BBQ grilling is one of the hottest cooking trends in the country and now an Adirondack manufacturer is producing apple flavored grilling pellets made with apples from local orchards.

Thursday, January 3

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Indian Lake trooper arrested for DUI following snowmobile accident

An off-duty New York State Police trooper was arrested on New Year’s Day for operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol.

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Ticonderoga High School yearbook on sale

Deadlines approaching

The 2013 Ticonderoga High School yearbook is currently on sale for $40. Students who order their yearbook on or before Jan. 25 will receive free name stamping.


Bed tax grants to be allocated

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Our life coaches, Style and Substance: On questioning your life

Do you ever really look in the mirror and wonder who you are, how you got to this point in life, and where you are going?

The Bolton Bulletin

Donate to ‘Heat Our Neighbor’

Bakers Mills News

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.

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Town Talk

Karate classes now offered here

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago - January, 1913•

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Warren County’s retail sales approaching a record high

Who says the economy is in trouble? Warren County is nearing record-high retail sales, according to sales tax receipts data issued recently

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Dan Stec steps into statewide role as Assemblyman

The 114th state Assembly District has a new representative — Warren County's board chairman Dan Stec — and citizens expressed high hopes at his swearing-in ceremony jan. 1 for his prospects of bringing needed changes, progress and a spirit of consensus to the state legislature.

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Hacker to leave Ticonderoga

Jobs going to Queensbury

When Hacker Boat Co. received a state grant last month it was hailed as good news for the local economy. That turns out to be wrong.

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Frigid weather doesn’t deter polar plungers

Whether its a matter of revelry, bravado, a health practice or just plain fun, thousands of people annually go swimming in Lake George on New Year's Day. People taking the frigid plunge in this year's event talk about what inspired them to brave the frigid cold, with the wind-chill factor at close to zero degrees.

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Garbage ticket rates to go up in Etown, Lewis

Trash disposal will cost a little more for residents of Elizabethtown and Lewis Feb. 1.

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A season with a reason

Notes from the North Woods

As I gaze out my office window, a stiff and steady west wind is sending tiny tornados of snow, tumbling across the frozen ground in my side yard, and finally the wind-driven snow is beginning to pile up.

Trudeau doctor receives grant

Trudeau Institute faculty member Stephen T. Smiley, Ph.D., has been awarded a grant to evaluate new strategies for improving patient survival after a bacterial infection.

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Local filmmaker to hold open audition at ROTA

Local filmmaker Jason Torrance is seeking a few good actors and actresses to be a part of his newest independent film, “A Promise Made of Wax.”

Story on Swiss TV

Swiss national television, RSI - Radiotelevisione svizzera, aired a 3-minute news story on the late Dr. Rene Joyeuse on Christmas Eve with scenes from Saranac Lake and Arlington National Cemetery.

Honor rolls

Lake Placid Middle and High Schools

Tickets to be raffled to benefit the United Way

A pair of tickets to the sold out Oswego-Plattsburgh State Hockey game will be raffled off during the Plattsburgh State hockey game at the Stafford Ice Arena.

Thanks for help

We would like to thank the following people for their generous donations to the benefit for Mark Spooner that was held on Dec. 1.

Wednesday, January 2

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Impact of former librarian remembered at PSUC

Phyllis Wells passed away at 82 roughly a year ago.

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Berube family dominates Resolution Run

LaChute Road Runners event kicks off 2013

Jesse Berube showed the way at the 11th annual Resolution Run in Ticonderoga Jan. 1.

Keeseville Column

Happy New Year every one. I hope the year brings you much peace and love.

Dr. Martin Luther King mini grants available

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Essex Column

Land tax bills arrived last week, and it may be possible to make four installment payments rather than pay in one lump sum.

Westport Column

Finally, we’ve got snow! And just in time to bring in the New Year.

Willsboro Column

Winter truly has arrived, big time and we are truly in a winter wonder land.

Elizabethtown Column

I hope everyone had a safe, peaceful, and fun New Years. Now we head into 2013 with the hope of new beginnings and a positive future.

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North Country SPCA

Have you been considering adopting a pet from an animal shelter, but have concerns about whether that animal will has a history of abuse or behavior problems?

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Police attend Indian Lake Central School anti-drug assembly

The Indian Lake Central School recently hosted an assembly on the topic of the risks involved with using illegal drugs and underage drinking.

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Schroon Lions screening for eye problems

Local club part of new initiative

The Town of Schroon Lions Club, which is involved in many local charitable efforts, is getting back to its roots. The Lions, which has a long history of helping the blind, are now helping identify sight problems in elementary school children through the Lions SEE program.

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Snow is Christmas present enough for Mountain Lakers

 It may be past Christmas, but there are many in the North Country who live by the lyrics, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

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The scorebook

Valley Leaders

Welcome to 2013!

With the Mayan Calendar ending on Dec. 21, 2012, for some, the idea we would all still be here for the year 2013 was unthinkable

Three courses offered this winter/spring semester

The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department and Clinton Community College Center for Community and Workforce Development have partnered to offer three non-credit fitness classes that will take place during winter session and spring semester of 2013.

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Adirondack Council proposes new Wild Rivers Wilderness Area

Located in towns of Minerva, Newcomb, Indian Lake

New York state is poised to acquire thousands of acres of forestry land in the Adirondacks over the next several years, and environmental groups are already lining up to influence the Adirondack Park Agency’s Forest Preserve classification process.

Help your county

Essex County Needs Your Help!

Appreciates community support

I would like to take time to say thank you to some wonderful individuals and my community.

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East Coast Snocross coming to Airborne

High-performance snowmobile racers from Canada, New York and New England will compete over a course of jumps, bumps and table tops in the first event of the International Triple Crown Series planned for Jan. 12 and 13.

Tuesday, January 1

What does $6 billion buy?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The financial results are now in from the recent 2012 federal election.

Water woes

Water or not, here we come!