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Keeseville Column

Recently, two very active organizations have received richly deserved accolades from their fields. As I mentioned several weeks ago, Vivian and Don Papson of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association were honored for their work collecting the local histories relevant to the Underground Railroad movement. Now Chris Maron, Executive Director of Champlain Area Trails, emailed me to report that CATS “was awarded the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism’s Third Annual “Destination Award” for promoting economic vitality in NY’s Champlain Valley through hiking/skiing trails and especially our Travel Writing Contests which encourage people to visit to the area to hike, explore and patronize local businesses.” Maron wishes to acknowledge “A special thanks to George Davis for the idea of having a Travel Writing Contests, to Gretel Schueller for coordinating them, and to Joanna Bateman for tabulating the online votes!” Well done by all involved. Be sure to be on the look out for the spring or summer travel contest. Both groups have done a great job of bringing more tourism and cultural impact to our area and are sure to continue the quality work they do.

Well the voting is done and Keeseville is to be dissolved. The Village Office is now tasked with the job of developing the plan so the village can be absorbed into the communities of AuSable and Chesterfield as of January first 2015. We all must work together to make this as smooth and trouble free a transition as possible. As I hear of any information pertaining to this process I will report them here. Now is not the time for people to stall and sit back after all the wonderful progress that has been going on in our community the recent months. Regardless of the name this is an extremely viable community that has a tremendous amount to offer. My thanks to the Village Officials for all the hard work they have ahead of them.

Stay well and enjoy the snow! Namaste’

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