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Wednesday, July 31

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Boston vets to lead Adk marathon pace group

Bombings fresh in memory of runners

With the Boston Marathon bombing fresh in their minds, a pair of Beantown distance runners will join pacers at this fall’s Adirondack Marathon.

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Expanded Lake George Community Band has new director

Michael Craner, a musician who's made waves in the world of jazz, is now serving as director of the Lake George Community Band.

Inspectors needed for November

The Warren County Board of Elections is seeking registered voters from Warren County to work on Tuesday Nov. 5, General Election Day, as election inspectors.

Church thankful

This letter is firstly one of thanks.

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Bolton Chamber joins effort to fight aquatic invasive species

'Clean, drained and dry,' is the mantra for boaters to protect waterways from aquatic invasive species, and the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce is seeking to educate people about what they can do to protect Lake George and other waterways in new York and across the nation.

Sheriff’s report

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

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Ticonderoga chamber dinner, auction deemed a success

Director expresses thanks

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual dinner and auction at the Silver Bay YMCA was a great success, according to Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director.

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North Country SPCA

With the cooler weather we have had lately, it’s a reminder that even with the sunny summer days, Fall is just around the corner!

Westport Column

Don’t miss this weekend’s performances of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet,” in Ballard Park, on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m.

Keeseville Column

I had a week off from work this past week and managed to get to the Kingsland Square Bistro for a wonderful breakfast sandwich and smoothie.

Essex Column

The town board wants to hear your thoughts on whether the town should put the question of how to go about assessing property values on the ballot this November.

Elizabethtown Column

Can you believe it’s August! If you want to kick it off to a great start sign up for one of CATS, Champlain Area Trails Fridays on the Trail project hikes.

Willsboro Column

Entering our last month of summer, August looks like it will be as busy as the last couple of months.

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Freedom festival of Music back for second year

The Ausable Chasm Pavilion will host five artists who will come together to help raise funds for the North Star Underground Railroad Museum.

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Potts returns to win Ironman for second year

The 2013 Ironman fans screamed a familiar name at the finish line as the 2012 winner, Andy Potts, became the first competitor at Lake Placid Ironman to repeat July 29.

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NCCC budget moves to full Essex County board

Members of the Essex County Ways and Means Committee showed their support for the North Country Community College 2013-14 budget July 29, passing it on to the full board meeting next week.

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Essex County races start to take shape

Current Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley and her predecessor, Noel Merrihew, each filed party-designating petitions for the Nov. 5 General Election with the Essex County Board of Elections, two of more than 130 filed before the July 11 close of business deadline.

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Essex County Fair opens today

165th agricultural fair to feature new midway, opening ceremonies

Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

Have you ever felt anonymous in Plattsburgh?

Visual services offered

If you could not see, how would you cook, get dressed or pay bills? Where would you live?

Champlain poised to celebrate anniversary

The town of Champlain will celebrate its 225th anniversary on Aug. 17, with events planned throughout the village and town of Champlain. The all-encompassing celebration will be held to honor the birth of the town of Champlain, the founder who helped established both the town and Clinton County as well as famous activists who established an abolitionist movement in the Canadian — United States border town. It will also be a day filled with plain old family fun.

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Paul Smith’s College to bolster its fire safety efforts for students on campus

Paul Smith’s College will hire a trained fire safety officer and staff a 24-hour dispatch center on campus, bolstering the institution’s ability to respond to emergencies.

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American made organic heat

Conservation Conversations

No matter where you live, the saying seems to be, “wait a minute and the weather will change.”

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Ahhh…summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Notes from the North Woods

As I grow older, it seems the summer season has become much more fleeting than it was in my younger days, when the prospect of returning to a classroom was a constant lingering threat.

Allowed to Fail

Kids Count

Many things about being a kid today have changed since I was a kid. Parents and teachers no longer employ physical punishments such as hitting with a hand, ruler or object like a belt

Vets, check for exemptions

Being a veteran is a complicated thing.

Keeping our eye on the ball

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week President Obama lamented that Congress has taken its eye off the ball. In my opinion the President is both right and wrong.

The best $72,000 we’ll ever spend

Every public school in every state should employ at least one school resource officer — and that position should be funded by the federal government.

Tuesday, July 30

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Auction, rock music, fireworks ignite Jamboree

The 2013 Smoke Eaters' Jamboree featured an auction with some surprising items and the live band pumped up the crowd, contributing to the event's success in its 51st year.

Au Sable Forks Ambulance starts fundraising campaign

The Au Sable Forks Ambulance Service, which provides coverage to Town of Jay and Black Brook residents, has recently kicked off a major fundraising effort to secure two new 2011 X Series Defibrillators in order to equip both ambulances ($36,000 each).

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Lacrosse tournament brings some of the best to Lake Placid

The rich history and legacy of college lacrosse will play out next month when the 24th Annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic returns to this two-time Winter Olympic village.

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NY Sec’y of State christens new Lake George wetlands

A top state official who served in the Jimmy Carter Administration and was a commissioner for Gov. Mario Cuomo christens a stormwater-purifying wetlands which will help boost the water quality in Lake George. The wetlands project is part of an environmental park that is envisioned to be major tourist attraction while it protects the purity of the lake.

Tight standings in Whiteface club leagues

After five week of play at the Whiteface Club Tennis Center the various league teams and individuals are beginning to make their run for the playoffs.

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NCCC project could aid Ticonderoga police

Ti PD could locate its office in former Lowe’s building

The proposed North Country Community College expansion could mean big changes for the Ticonderoga Police Department. The department could move to the former Lowe's building.

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Churches to hold joint Penfield service

Heritage Day event slated

A pair of Crown Point churches will join for a trip back in time. The First Congregational Church of Crown Point and the United Methodist Church of Crown Point will hold a joint service to mark Heritage Day Sunday, Aug. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Penfield Church.

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Cuomo targets distracted driving violators

Fines increase for driving while texting, talking on cell phones

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Friday, July 26 announced that new and increased fines for distracted driving violations.

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Washout idles trains over holiday; new rail events set

Violent weather causes a rail-bed washout, curbing scenic train trips over the busy Fourth of July weekend on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway. With the track now repaired, the railway is offering some upcoming special excursions.

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Concerts on the Bluff continue

Some lively music will be featured in the upcoming weeks at the annual summer music series, “Concerts on the Bluff.”

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North Creek readies for Race the Train

The 11th annual Race the Train event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. As the Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars’ biggest fundraiser, race draws participants from all over the United Sates to North Creek for a competition that is truly one of a kind.

Monday, July 29

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Vermont man's body found in Lake Champlain

Michael L. Mindell, 39, of Shelburne, was found at approximately 6:15 p.m. by New York State Police divers near the Palisades Cliffs in Westport.

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School supplies sought in Crown Point

Second Blessing collecting items

Crown Point Central School students will get boost from a local church when they return to class in September. Second Blessing thrift shop, operated by the First Congregational Church of Crown Point, is collecting school supplies for local children.

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Summer A’Fair on tap in Ticonderoga

Ti Historical Society event Aug. 10

Summer A’Fair is returning to Ticonderoga. The 11th annual event, hosted by the Ticonderoga Historical Society, will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hancock House. The Hancock House is located at 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

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Hague to celebrate belated July 4th

Fireworks Aug. 2

The town of Hague will celebrate the Fourth of July in August. Heavy rain and concerns about damage to the town beach caused the community’s traditional July 4th activities to be postponed this year. Hoping for better weather, Hague will celebrate independence Friday, Aug. 2, in the town park.

Mural praised

We just wanted to congratulate and thank those persons responsible for painting the beautiful mural in downtown Ticonderoga.

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Minerva Rescue Squad is on the move

June 2013 proved to be a busy month for the Minerva Rescue Squad.

Sunday, July 28

International Paper helps out

We are writing today to offer recognition and appreciation to International Paper Company’s outdoor miscellaneous department.

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O’Connor to wed

Kylie Elizabeth O’Connor and Brandon Michael Austin have announced their engagement.

Saturday, July 27

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On Campus

Brittney La Voie of Ticonderoga graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology

Ticonderoga visitor pleased

As a great number of families in the area, my family enjoys the Fourth of July in Ticonderoga.

Friday, July 26

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NCCC proposes Ticonderoga expansion

School eyes tech center at former Lowe’s building

North Country Community College may expand its Ticonderoga campus to include the former Lowe’s building.

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School supplies being collected in Moriah

Courtney Waldron undertakes project

A Port Henry woman has decided to make life a little easier for Moriah Central School students and their parents this fall. Courtney Waldron is collecting school supplies for local children.

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Macademy offers technical advice, lessons

Macademy has opened its doors at 2307 Main Street in Essex, offering technical support for the local community. Macademy, owned and operated by Ken Hughes, “The MacMan,” is opened Wednesday through Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The business is designed to offer courses and instruction on modern technology, especially Apple.

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Crown Point gets new school administrator

Tara Spaulding named lead teacher/dean of students

Crown Point students will be greeted by a new administrator when they return to classes in the fall. Tara Spaulding has been named lead teacher/dean of students. He appointment was effective Aug. 1.

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Ticonderoga firefighter honored

Richard Clark has 60 years of service

Richard Clark was recently honored for 60 years of service with the Ticonderoga Fire Department.

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Focus on Entertainment: July 26 through Aug. 1

From the truly unique to the classic performances of Shakespeare in the park, there will be plenty of opportunities for fun for people in the Plattsburgh to Lake champlain area. There will be plays such as "Gruesome Playground Injuries," and classic tales such "MacBeth," and a "Streetcar Named Desire" in play houses across the region. Musical performances such as Le Groove, Cabinet, Doomf*ck, Pleasure Dome and The Soap, Tarred and Feathered.

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Indian Lake Farmer's Market now open

Ever since the supermarket in town closed, the community has been searching for a means to overcome the lack of a quality resource for fresh produce, baked goods, meat, poultry and even seafood.

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I Love NY launches Adirondack ad campaign

Coinciding with the inaugural “Adirondack Challenge,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has launched a new television advertisement prominently featuring the Adirondack region as a destination for outdoor tourist activities.

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Mexican-American Artistic Exchange show opens at BluSeed

An artistic journey, crossing over the Mexican-American border and nestling into the Adirondack Mountains, will arrive as a new exhibit at BluSeed Studios. The show “Paper Migration” bring the viewer from the petrified cliff off the shores of Mazatlan, Mexico to the High Peaks.

Stand your ground

Why didn’t “Stand your ground” apply to Trayvon Martin? Trayvon was a 17-year-old teen-ager, not an adult.

Thanks to the highway deptartment

I would personally like to congratulate Dan Hitchcock and the rest of the Town of Johnsburg Highway Dept.

Thursday, July 25

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In split vote, Thurman officials okay sharing bookkeeper

Thurman officials strike a deal with the Village of Cambridge for shared services that will save Thurman taxpayers $9,000 over the next five months.

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Funeral services set for Warrrensburg man who perished in house fire

Funeral services have been set for Jamie Winslow of Warrensburg, an ex-Marine who died July 22 in a house fire.

Bakers Mills News

After a week of over 90-degree weather, it is much cooler today. Better for being out working.

Mill Creek Musings

The Dog Days of Summer

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Essex County to celebrate 165 years of fair

 It is one of the oldest continuously-running agricultural and county fairs in the country. The Essex County Fair will celebrate its 165th birthday starting Wednesday, July 31. The fair, held annually at the county fairgrounds in Westport every year since the Civil War, will open on July 31 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 4, featuring a brand new midway and several new activities and shows for all ages.

Supervisors concerned over summer program regulations

It is never easy to start the summer camp program season for local youth commissions, but this year proved to be even tougher and many Essex County supervisors feel it may get worse. During the July 8 Economic Development Committee meeting, many supervisors voiced concerns that new regulations with training of camp leaders and guidelines would seal the fate of local summer programs.

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Gibson Brothers, James King share favorite songs at Grey Fox

New mandolin players settling in

Was it coincidence or fate that brought James King and the Gibson Brothers together July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, sharing a stage and possibly a recording this coming winter?

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North Creek churches to host Vacation Bible School

North Creek United Methodist Church celebrates the 10th year it will offer Vacation Bible School (VBS) to the children of the community, and the sixth year in partnership with St. James Catholic Church.

Athol-Thurman

Heritage Showcase this weekend!

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - July, 1913

The Bolton Bulletin

Summer lecture series set

Town Talk

Alumni banquet deadline looms

Labor Day celebration set

The Catholic Community of Holy Name and St. Matthew’s, Au Sable Forks announces its annual celebration of Labor Day for Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

Kids need to be allowed to fail sometimes

Kids Count

Many things about being a kid today have changed since I was a kid.

MaD advice

Mother/Daughter, cross-generational advice for women and those around them.

I recently had a pretty bad breakup with my boyfriend of 2 years and I am not coping too well. My mother doesn’t really help matters. Do you have some experience with this?

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Conservation Conversations

The last few years before I retired, I would see a bunch of guys at my morning coffee stop and I would mention I had two years to go, and then the countdown was to one year, with retirement in sight.

Essex County OKs Lake George law

Essex County enacted an invasive species transport law for Lake George at its regular monthly board of supervisors meeting July 1.

Food program available in Ticonderoga

Thanks so much for your excellent recent opinion piece (editorial July 13) on the problem of childhood hunger in our area!

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ORDA ski centers top poll for SnowEast

In a survey of more than 6,000 participants, readers of SnowEast Magazine tabbed Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington; Gore Mountain, in North Creek and Belleayre, in Highmount; as their top ski resorts in the Empire State.

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Town-wide garage sales planned in Chazy, Altona

On Saturday, July 27 the Friends of the Chazy Public Library will be holding their town-wide yard sale, with all funds going directly to support the library. Maps will be available at the library starting at 7:30 a.m. for $1, with the yard sale running from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Households wishing to participate can do so for $10.

Wednesday, July 24

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Warrensburg citizens learn about local architecture

Armed with knowledge of historical architectural design, Warrensburg residents take at homes they see often and experience a new appreciation.

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Driver scores first Airborne win

Andy Heywood of Morrisonville won the Agency Insurance Night DIRTcar 358-Modified feature July 13 at Airborne Speedway at the wheel of the Roto-Rooter/Gioiosa Wine & Spirits No. 80. at the Airborne Speedway in South Plattsburgh.

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Ticonderoga police to increase school presence

Parents ask for police in school buildings

Students will notice an increased police presence in the Ticonderoga Central School District this fall. Ticonderoga police have agreed to patrol the district’s three schools — high school, middle school and elementary school — on a regular basis and will be at schools during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal beginning in September.

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Scholarships awarded to local students

Joel Friedman, Adirondack Marathon race director, has announced four area students have each been awarded a $2,000 scholarship to support the continuing of their education.

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Jebb marries

Meghan Helen Jebb of Houston, daughter of Paul and Maureen Jebb of Ticonderoga, and Dr. P.K. Sudeep of Aurora, Ill., son of Bhaskaran Karonnan and Bhargavi Pallikkara Kuttiatoor, were married on June 29, 2013.

Physical activity guidelines

School vacations, backyard barbeques, and lazy days – all signs of summer.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA’s Grand Opening on July 20 was a success, with lots of fun and excitement for everyone, both furry and human visitors!

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Gov. Cuomo takes Adirondack Challenge title

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s extended weekend in northern Hamilton County for the first-ever Adirondack Challenge Festival was fruitful for him and for the region.

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North Creek teens home after ATV accident, fundraisers held

Two Johnsburg Central School students are home after being hospitalized last week following an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident, and fundraisers have been planned to help pay for medical costs.

How long until we are color blind?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

How significant to our country is the outcome of the Zimmerman trial?

Thoughts on Cuomo’s dog-and-pony show

Let’s be clear — we are grateful to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for establishing the Adirondack Challenge Festival.

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Relay for Life to be held in Crown Point

Annual event has added meaning this year for co-chairs

The second annual Relay for Life of Crown Point will be so much more than a benefit event for its co-chairwomen. Anita Johnson and Carrie Pertak, who started the American Cancer Society fundrasier a year ago, now have an even greater stake in the relay. Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer this spring and Pertak, her best friend, is her caregiver.

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Rebecca Kelly Ballet Company performs at the Strand Theater

Members of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and potential members are invited to enjoy the Rebecca Kelly Ballet Company this Friday, July 26.

Tuesday, July 23

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Lake George Park Commission votes for mandatory boat inspection

In what is termed a landmark decision, the Lake George Park Commission approves a mandated boat inspection program that will prohibit boats with invasive species from being launched in Lake George.

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Lake George leaders approve allowing 6-story buildings, design mandates

While the proposal to allow tall buildings to be developed in Lake George sparked considerable controversy earlier this year, the proposal was embraced with solid support at a hearing Monday — and the village board approved the zoning changes unanimously. The changes include architectural mandates for new construction and extensive renovations.

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A special swim

brother, sister duo follow in dad’s footsteps

On a warm Tuesday, July 9, a brother-and sister duo swam the 8-mile stretch between Willsboro Point, New York and Shelburne Point, Vermont. Matthew Weiskotten, 26, and Shauna Weiskotten, 24, were recreating a special swim, while their mother, father, and sister followed them in a motorboat.

Monday, July 22

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Area newswriter headed for Idaho to take on editor post

Area journalist Jon Alexander of Warrensburg, who launched his news-reporting career with Denton Publications and has since brought many vital issues to public attention, is headed for Idaho to advance his career — and undoubtedly enjoy hunting and fishing in the Rocky Mountains.

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Production slated in Ticonderoga

‘Anything Goes’ at the Hancock House July 30

The Very Merry Players will present Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” Tuesday, July 30, at 3 p.m. on the lawn of the Hancock House. The production, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society. In the event of rain it will be held at the Knights of Columbus pavilion.

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Veterans court operating in county

Information meetings set in Ticonderoga, Keeseville, Lake Placid

Information meetings on the Essex County Veterans Court program will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga VFW on Shore Airport Road; Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Keeseville VFW on Route 9; and Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Placid American Legion on Main Street.

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Public hearing Monday on whether to allow 6-story buildings in Lake George

The new zoning ordinances allowing tall buildings and mandating architectural standards have been drafted, and the public will be offering their comment at a hearing 7 p.m. Monday on the proposals which to date have prompted a measure of controversy.

Freedom festival of Music back for second year

The Ausable Chasm Pavilion will host five artists who will come together to help raise funds for the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. The second Freedom Festival of Music will take place Thursday, Aug. 1, starting at 4:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion.

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Create-your-own Travel Poster workshop at NCCCA

Combining poster design, graphic art design and advertising, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will host a class to create personalized travel posters.

Sunday, July 21

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Cuomo announces teams for Adirondack Challenge

On the morning of July 21, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the teams that would be participating in the 2013 Adirondack Challenge whitewater races later in the afternoon.

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Dean’s List released

The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College during the spring 2013 semester.

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Local girl chosen state finalist

Miss Malena Gereau, age 10, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss New York Pageant to be held Aug. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester in Rochester New York.

Saturday, July 20

On Campus

Jonathon Walraven of Ticonderoga was named to the University at Albany’s spring 2013 dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement.

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Ladies Invitational played

The Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament at Ticonderoga Country Club featured the theme Viva Las Vegas.

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Kasprzak celebrated final Mayor’s Cup Weekend

The Mayor’s Cup Festivities carried the voices of local talent, the sound of pirates with treasures scattered throughout downtown for people to find, a day of white sails stretching across the horizon on Lake Champlain and the traditional regatta.

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Rose and the Nightingale to perform at Ballard Park July 25

This eclectic concert should not to be missed, Thursday evening July 25 at 7 p.m. at Ballard Park’s Performance Pavilion in Westport.

Friday, July 19

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A special swim

Brother, sister duo follow in dad’s footsteps

On a warm Tuesday, July 9, a brother-and sister duo swam the 8-mile stretch between Willsboro Point, New York and Shelburne Point, Vermont. Matthew Weiskotten, 26, and Shauna Weiskotten, 24, were recreating a special swim, while their mother, father, and sister followed them in a motorboat.

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Businesses offer car show promotions, discounts

Ticonderoga chamber organizes events

Local businesses will take part in the 21st annual Ticonderoga Area Car Show by offering discounts and promotions.

Fort Ticonderoga awards teacher scholarship

Fort Ticonderoga has announced the winner of a teacher scholarship to attend the second annual Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain Aug. 10 and 11.

Moriah Central School presents academic awards

Moriah Elementary School students recently received year-end academic awards.

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StreetFest coming to downtown Ticonderoga

Montcalm Street to be closed July 27

Ticonderoga’s downtown will become a pedestrian mall next weekend as the fifth annual StreetFest is held. Slated for Saturday, July 27, it will feature sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, shopping, food, fun, entertainment, and family activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Montcalm Street, which will be closed to traffic for the day. The event is free.

Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars extends thanks

Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars would like to thank the many friends and supporters who responded to our recent successful communitywide fundraising campaign we call “The Mail-A-Thon.”

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Focus on Entertainment: July 19 through 25

There will be plenty of music playing through the heated weekend. Adirondack icons JIM will play one of their first stage performances since coming out of a decade-long hiatus, Loud & Stupid will join Jim in Lake Placid. In Plattsburgh the Glass Onion, Sinecure, and Folks Up Trees will perform.

Moriah man charged

A two-time felon from Moriah was jailed July 11 for allegedly hitting a woman with a flashlight and choking her unconscious, state police said.

Thursday, July 18

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No. Warren’s Summerfest heats up as the temperatures cool off

Whether it was watching a renowned balloon sculptor at work, savoring fresh-squeezed lemonade or dancing to the music of singer-songwriter Steven L. Smith, folks enjoyed activities at the recent Summerfest celebration held in Chestertown.

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Lake Champlain Bridge tour planned

New York, Vermont historic sites join for July 28 event

The drive across the Lake Champlain Bridge is more than scenic. It’s historic. That’s why the managers of the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Chimney Point (Vt.) Historic Site have decided to join forces for a guided walk across the span that links the two sites and states.

Johnsburg Library News

The Town of Johnsburg Library’s summer reading program continues with more music from Andy the Music Man on July 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Bakers Mills News

According to the weather forecast, it looks like summer will be here for most of the week.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - July 1913

Turning rain into lemonade

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

Rain, rain go away. Really. It’s OK. We have things to do.

The Bolton Bulletin

Volunteers sought for book sale

Weather Watch

June 2013 was a very wet and humid month with measurable rain on more than two thirds of the days.

Athol-Thurman

Heritage Showcase coming soon

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Classic vehicles coming to Ticonderoga

Annual car show weekend Aug. 3 and 4

Ticonderoga will host a weekend of hot rods and classic cars Aug. 3 and 4. That’s when the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 21st annual car show.

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Thee Thrifty Peddler holds eclectic mix of treasures

Combining a love for researching old machinery and getting great deals, Scott Cross has made a business being the “Thrifty Peddler.” “I’ve always been a collector and a picker, there comes a point you can’t keep everything you find,” Cross said. Cross’s store, called Thee Thrifty Peddler, is located at 18 Brinkerhoff Street and has been open for 6 months but Cross said the business of locating hidden treasures has been in his blood long before opening the store.

New website promotes healthy living in the North Country

The Get Out & Live North Country website is launched by the Creating Healthy Places (CHP) contractors in Essex, Franklin & St. Lawrence counties.

Hague Fire Department steak roast set

The annual Hague Volunteer Fire Department steak roast is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, starting at 3 p.m. at the fire house.

Thanks for the memorial

I would like to thank our Thurman Supervisor, Evie Wood, and her father, Steve, for the beautiful job they did restoring the veterans’ memorial plaque.

Deadly force

Deadly Force Training in the Border Patrol included direction to meditate on the question:

Pell-Dechame leaving Board of Elections

July 26 is the last effective day for Robert Pell-Dechame at the Essex County Board of Elections.

Wednesday, July 17

High school football officials being sought

The Champlain Chapter of Certified Football Officials (CCFOA) is seeking new candidates.

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'Adirondack Paddling' book an inspiring companion for paddlers

Released by ADK, Lost Pond Press

Phil Brown’s a busy guy.

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Cuomo ready for Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake

The governor’s coming to town, and he’s invited everyone to his party — the first-ever Adirondack Challenge Festival July 20-22.

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Two leading Lake George firefighters honored for decades of service

Two men who have dedicated most all of their adult lives to fire service, were honored by July 15 Lake George Village officials.

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HHHN launches campaign to raise cash for new Warrensburg Health Center

Born in Chester, hitting its stride in Warrensburg in 1981, the health-care colossus that's Hudson Headwaters has since grown to incorporate 14 health centers over five counties in the lower Adirondacks — providing outstanding care to more than 60,000 patients at a modest cost. Now poised to construct a modern new health center in Warrensburg to better meet patients' needs, HHHN is now seeking donations to raise $1.9 million needed beyond governmental grants to build the facility that's expected to be a major new landmark in northern Warren County.

Elizabethtown Column

It’s E-town Weekend!

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA is excited to announce our official Grand Opening this Saturday, July 20, from noon to 6 p.m., at our new location, 7700 Route 9N in Elizabethtown.

Keeseville Column

Anderson Falls Heritage Society is presenting Roger Harwood speaking on 20th Century Camps on Valcour Island Thursday July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Society Museum located at 96 Clinton Street.

Essex Column

The town hall has new hours. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except for the lunch hour from noon to one.

Westport Column

Sheila Borden would like me to pass along her thanks to all who participated in our townwide celebration of Independence Day:

Willsboro Column

Our community is very blessed as special persons make it their choice to spend the summer seasons with us;

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

The sun is finally shining and there are lively crowds at Free Advice Nights in downtown Plattsburgh.

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Fort Ticonderoga author series to continue

Thomas Chambers to speak July 21

Fort Ticonderoga’s 2013 Author Series continues on Sunday, July 21, with Thomas A. Chambers, author of Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic. The program takes place at 11:30 am in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is followed by a book signing in the Museum Store at 12:30 pm.

Speak out for those who cannot

Across the North Country the recent response from our readers about the charges against a Plattsburgh pet store owner for neglect and animal cruelty has shown how much we love our animals.

Fishing contest results released

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of their annual fishing contest from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

Camping is the most popular outdoor activity

Notes from the North Woods

Released on April Fools Day in 1869, William H. H. Murray’s book, Adventures in the Wilderness proved to be both an inspirational rant and a solid ‘How To’ manual for beginning campers.

Concerned with Comprehensive Plan

It’s been many months since a self-appointed group began work on a Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Elizabethtown.

Three summer concerts on tap

Historic Saranac Lake announced a summer line-up of three summer concerts at Cobble Spring Farm to support the Bartók Cabin in Saranac Lake.

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Lime Lake is no lemon!

Conservation Conversations

This past week I was on another mission; a working vacation combined with fishing, of course.

Tuesday, July 16

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Fife & drum corps to muster at Fort Ticonderoga

Performances to highlight July 27 activities

Battlefield music will fill the air as Fort Ticonderoga hosts its annual Fife & Drum Corps Muster. The muster, which will feature five different corps, will be held Saturday, July 27, at the fort. A twilight performance at 7 p.m. on the fort parade ground will conclude the muster.

Change to smoking rules?

Jessica Darney-Buehler of the Department of Public Health said that the tobacco committee had recommended that the designated tobacco use area on Park Street be eliminated and people would be invited to use any of the other designated areas after concerns were raised to the committee.

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Schroon Lake woman authors book

Blog becomes story of accident, recovery

A family tragedy has led a Schroon Lake woman to pen a book. Randi (Vander Wiele) Stump has authored “The Dark Stretch: A Young Wife’s Miraculous Ride from Darkness to Light.”

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Town of Bolton offers array of activities for all ages, interests

While many town recreation programs only offer kickball, crafts and swimming, the town of Bolton offers field trips, special events, free tennis and swimming lessons and various cultural activities — for area residents and visitors of all ages.

Monday, July 15

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Race to be contested in downtown Ticonderoga

Footrace at the Falls slated Aug. 17

The Footrace at the Falls, run in memory of Duane Crammond, will be contested Saturday, Aug. 17, in Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park.

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Indian Lake Theater joins the digital revolution

There are few who will argue with the definition of the Indian Lake Theater being “the cultural cornerstone of the community,” as proclaimed by the theater’s business manager Frances Armstrong.

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Ticonderoga pencil anniversary to be marked

Ti Stamp Club, Heritage Museum plan July 23 event

 If you’ve ever used a pencil — And who hasn’t? — you’ve almost certainly used a Dixon Ticonderoga. The brand, famous worldwide, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Ticonderoga Stamp Club and Ticonderoga Heritage Museum will host a special event Tuesday, July 23.

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Historic coins saluting Warren Co.’s legacy given to Wbg. museum

A treasure hunter from Warrensburg unearths a 100-year-old coin commemorating Warren County's centennial, and he donates it to a local museum so all can enjoy it this year — the 200th birthday of both the town of Warrensburg and the county.

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On Campus

Kathryn Major of Ticonderoga earned a bachelor’s degree in the 163rd commencement ceremonies at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

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Hudson River Trading Co. opens North Creek confectionery shop

The Hudson River Trading Company recently expanded, opening both a confectionery shop and a display room for the Trading Company’s home furnishing offerings.

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BluSeed offers class to paint paper with pulp

Before text messages and emails there was only paper. It is still has many uses — including serving as a canvas for artwork. With that in mind, BluSeed Studios will, for the first time, offer a class on paper pulp painting.

Sunday, July 14

Non-profit leaders pleased with Revitilization Act passage

Nonprofit leaders from across the Adirondacks are applauding the recent passage of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, which represents the first major overhaul of New York state’s charities laws in more than four decades.

Saturday, July 13

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Big Apple Circus welcomed back to Lake George

New show ‘Legendarium’ praised by critics

Renowned worldwide for its artistry and intimacy, Big Apple Circus is back in Lake george with its new acclaimed show 'Legendarium'.

Arts group could use help

The Schroon Lake Arts Council has a long history in Schroon Lake.

Friday, July 12

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Ticonderoga school restores teachers

New union deals allow jobs to be reinstated

Ticonderoga Central School District voters approved a 2013-14 $18.5 million budget that cut employees and academic programs in May. Two months later, all programs and most staff have been reinstated.

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Minerva Day 2013: The Day of the Fish

On the morning of June 29, 36 kids ranging in age from 2 to 16, many with parents, siblings and friends, descended on The Point at Minerva Lake.

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Fort Ticonderoga to carry on tradition

Annual clambake slated July 27

A century-old tradition will continue when Fort Ticonderoga hosts its annual clambake. “America’s Fort Clambake” will be held Saturday, July 27, 3 to 6 p.m. It will be followed by a fife & drums corps concert at 7 p.m.

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Focus on Entertainment for July 13 to 18

Musical Performances, theater productions and much more are planned around the region for this weekend. Mayor's Cup

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Ski Bowl Lodge renamed after World War II vet

On Saturday, July 6 a ceremony was held to recognize and honor the late Joseph G. Minder, and the North Creek Ski Bowl Lodge was renamed the Joe Minder Ski Bowl Lodge.

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‘Adirondack Waterfest’ to feature games, entertainment

Family fun is in store at Adirondack Waterfest, an expo that blends environmental education with children's activities and entertainment. The event is to be held Firday July 12 on the field behind the Chester Municipal Center in Chestertown.

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Jackson inducted to Willsboro CS Wall of Distinction

This year, Jackson himself received the same honor at the beginning of the 2013 Commencement ceremony at Willsboro June 21.

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President’s Party to feature production

Arts Trek offers ‘The Three Little Pigs’

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild President’s Party will be held Saturday, July 14, at 4 p.m. at the Ti Knights of Columbus.

Return of the Fly to leave listeners with buzz in ears

Bringing its eardrum-exploding loud, East coast punk rock music to the region, the ROTA formed band, Return of the Fly (ROTF), will play during Mayor’s Cup festivities at 7 p.m. on July 13 at the gallery, 50 Margaret Street.

Memorial Day a success

The Crown Point Memorial Day Committee held its wrap up meeting for the 2013 celebration and has begun making plans for the 146th celebration in 2014.

Planning for future of Elizabethtown

We’re all comfortable with what we know. It’s change that we fear. But change is happening all around us, every minute of every day.

Thursday, July 11

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Ticonderoga alumni awards to be presented

Ceremony slated July 26

The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will honor a veteran and an educator/community leader during its ninth annual awards ceremony. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter Charboneau of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Anne B. McDonald of Ticonderoga will be presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Ticonderoga to host relay runners

About 3,000 athletes expected

About 3,000 runners will be in Ticonderoga this fall as part of a nearly 200-mile relay race. Ticonderoga Middle School has been selected as an exchange point for the second annual Ragnar Adirondack Relay, which will feature more than 260 12-member teams running from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid.

Athol-Thurman

Fall Farm Tour expanded

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The Bolton Bulletin

Book-signing event set for Bolton

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North Creek’s Wayne Stock wins national Johnsonville award

North Country Hardship Fund gets $10,000 top prize

A humble couple trying to make the world a better place for North Country residents recently earned top honors in the Johnsonville Best of US contest, pitting unsung heroes against each other to find out who is the best in making America great.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - July 1913

Bakers Mills News

Enough is enough! Yet it keeps on raining.

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Historic signs of Johnsburg: Café Sarah

The following is the third in a series of interpretive signs featuring historic buildings in the Town of Johnsburg.

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NYC mayor to paddle in Adirondack Challenge

Part of Chain Lakes Road closed July 20-22

Indian Lake Town Supervisor Brian Wells announced during the July 8 Town Board meeting that a New York Daily News article was devoted to the fact that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be taking part in the Adirondack Challenge, racing against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a whitewater raft.

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Citizens celebrate ‘Warrensburg Day’ with gusto

To celebrate the town's 200th birthday, citizens turn out for the grandest hometown parade held in over 40 years— and a festive party that celebrates local heritage.

Man dies while swimming in Ticonderoga

Body recovered from Lake George

A man died while swimming in Lake George in Ticonderoga July 10.

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Dan Hoey earns Ray Holmes Memorial Award

What was going on at the beginning of the Au Sable Forks Elementary School Awards program was that Dan Hoey was being presented with the 2012-13 Ray Holmes Memorial Award of excellence, enthusiasm and commitment to the field of physical education — an award which he was nominated to by one of the suits in question.

Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference names spring scholar athletes

The Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) announces Scholar Athletes for the 2013 Spring Sports Season.

Elks project seeks support

Dictionaries have united people through the power of words since they were created over 2,000 years ago.

Town Talk

Donations sought for Jamboree

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Conroy’s Organics offers local music and beef at their weekly BBQ Nights

For those looking for a break from the usual night out, Conroy’s Organic hosts a weekly BBQ Night with burgers right from the farm, live music, family fun activities and more every Thursday.

Keep kids active

School vacations, backyard barbeques, and lazy days – all signs of summer. However, summer is also a great time for children to be active.

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Grand Union is now Tops again

Tops Friendly Markets officials July 2 officially unveiled 12 former Grand Union stores in eastern and northern New York under the Tops banner at grand re-opening ceremonies, including the one in North Creek.

Wednesday, July 10

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Plattsburgh pet shop owner arrested for 20 counts of animal cruelty

Northern Puppies pet shop owner Tammy Staley was arrested Wednesday, July 10 and charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty after police found sick and dead kittens in the back room of the store.

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DAR makes donation for historic maker

Crown Point State Historic Site to be recognized

The New York State Daughters of the American Revolution have donated $2,000 for a bronze historic marker to be erected at the Crown Point State Historic Site. The marker, to be placed by the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site, will note Crown Point as the beginning of the “Knox Trail,” also known as the artillery trail.

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APA hearings end on former Finch land

Many favor Wilderness classification at NYC hearing

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) staffers July 2 wrapped up their final state land classification public hearings for the former Finch, Pruyn paper company lands in the towns of Minerva, Indian Lake and Newcomb.

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MaD advice

Mother/Daughter, cross-generational advice for women and those around them.

Being avid observers of life and having an innate curiosity of why people do what they do, we have decided to address general questions that help mothers and daughters, parents and children, and individuals grow together; to have strong and loving relationships, to support each other in life, and to maintain the roles that we have been assigned.

Elizabethtown Column

The Elizabethtown Summer Concerts start this Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in Windsor Park.

Willsboro Column

These last three weekends Willsboro has been one party after another: Alumni gathering, big birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, retirements, things opening for the season.

Westport Column

This week’s Community Concert (Thursday, July 11) stars vaudeville and circus-style entertainer Stephen Gratto, who invites audience participation in his feats of juggling, rope-walking, stilt-walking, balloon-sculpting and, uh, hatchet-throwing.

Essex Column

Colin Ducolon, a long time summer resident, recently took it upon himself to spruce up the garden behind the town hall.

Keeseville Column

Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA would like to announce two upcoming events the weekend of July 20:

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Historic Ticonderoga cemetery reclaimed

Revolutionary War veteran’s grave restored near Baldwin Road

A long-neglected resting place of a Revolutionary War veteran has been reclaimed in Ticonderoga.

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Horse Rescue to hold Open House and Tack Sale

Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Inc. in Westport will hold an Open House and Tack Sale to celebrate their 10th anniversary on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

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Saranac Lake Photographer joins with poet for new show “Pull Over”

Two long-time friends and local artists have joined together for an exhibit at the Plattsburgh City Library which merges images of photography with the written word.

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Adk. Museum’s firetower exploration program set

The Adirondack History Center Museum announces three dates for the Adirondack Fire Tower Exploration Program: July 11, July 25 and August 17.

Summer hunger a growing problem in this region

As you read this, there are hungry children nearby.

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United Way golf tournament held

The Engel & Volkers Lake Placid Real Estate team consisting of Phil Thayer, Larry Barry and Tim Batt along with their guest celebrity Rick Strack (Hockey) were the Low Gross team winner with a score of 59 at the 2013 United Way Olympic Celebrity Golf Tournament.

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Weather superb for July First Weekend

Clear skies and warm weather invited locals and visitors to downtown Plattsburgh for First Weekend July 5 and 6.

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The ‘A’ team is the ‘Bee’ team!

Conservation Conversations

Every once in a while a grandfather has to discuss life with his grandsons.

Some old, but not so familiar, fishing streams

Notes from the North Woods

Last week, I spent a day traveling around some old familiar grounds up and down the Pleasant Valley of the Boquet River.

Acting American

Is someone who is doing little or nothing of value with his time and energy, as the rule not the exception, creating anything to be proud of, as an American?

Tuesday, July 9

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Controversy erupts at Warren County airport meeting

Depending on who you listen to, the pending extension of a Warren County airport runway, 95 percent bankrolled by government grants, is either a "boondoggle" that will disrupt local quality of life and drain taxpayers wallets — or a windfall that will create jobs and boost the local economy.

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Crown Point boy battles rare disease

Family organizes runners to raise awareness

Dmitri Duval, a 7 year old Crown Point boy, suffers from Juvenile Dermatomyositis, an auto immune disease that attacks skin and muscles. It is potentially life threatening, affecting only 2 in a million children.

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North Country SPCA to officially open new Elizabethtown shelter

The ribbon will officialy be cut on Essex County’s new home for the SPCA.

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Port Henry library gets new leadership

Jackie Viestenz retires

Jackie Viestenz has retired as director of the Sherman Free Library in Port Henry. Andrea Anesi is the new library director and Gail Baker the new assistant librarian.

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Area citizens honor veterans in Chester memorial ceremony

Top state official praises community spirit

More than 300 area citizens of northern Warren County show their patriotism and pride — and a top state veterans official is impressed.

Real life versus virtual reality

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

By the time you read this column, the jury may have ruled on the highly publicized and racially charged George Zimmerman trial currently under way.

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Clinton County Fair to host headliner Lorrie Morgan and more

The 66th Annual Clinton County Fair promises to deliver a non-stop musical experience in addition to the annual fun and excitement of the week-long event from July 16 through 21 at the fairgrounds, 84 Fair Grounds Road.

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Au Sable Forks fast pitch adds new teams

The 51st Au Sable Forks Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will feature the addition of two teams and the return of a Friday night crowd favorite.

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Students learn medical field at ECH

Elizabethtown Community Hospital partnered with Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, to host area students in their annual MedQuest Camp, also called MASH (Medical Academy of Science and Health) Camp, last week.

Monday, July 8

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Enclosed train station soon to be a reality in Thurman

Thurman's deluxe train platform generated a lot of criticism when it was built years ago for about $650,00. But soon the Cadillac infrastructure, built to accommodate a full train station — will be proving its worth.

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Historic battle to be re-enacted at Fort Ticonderoga

Battle of Carillon July 20 and 21

One of the most famous battles in American military history will be re-enacted at Fort Ticonderoga. The 1758 Battle of Carillon will take place at the fort Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Ribbon cutting planned for new Ticonderoga bakery

July 19 event

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Libby’s Bakery Cafe as part of their Grand Opening Weekend Celebration.

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Airport funding controversy to be aired tonight

The operating costs and future of Warren County's Floyd Bennett Airport has prompted considerable controversy lately, and county supervisors have scheduled a public meeting on these issues for 7 p.m. Monday July 8 in Crandall Library's Community Room.

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Gibson Brothers hire new mandolin player

Band returns to NY July 19 for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

The North Country’s own Gibson Brothers bluegrass band will return to New York state for performances July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival with a new mandolin player.

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Gabler, Bush race to victory

Record field runs Ti’s Montcalm Mile

A record field set a blistering pace in the 27th annual Montcalm Mile road race in Ticonderoga. The race, held just prior to the community’s July 4th parade, attracted 239 runners.

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Following national attention, local summit officially named Jimmys Peak

U.S. agency: ‘No apostrophe!’

The town of Thurman commanded international attention several weeks ago over a government agency deleting an apostrophe in naming a local mountain to honor one of the town's founders. The U.S. Board on Geographic names granted the local request, but insisted on their own dubious grammar.

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Benefit auction yields bargains, cash for NW bicentennial fest

Residents of northern Warren County enjoy an auction featuring some substantial bargains, while they raise money to help bankroll a celebration in August of the county's bicentennial.

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Return of an old Mayor’s Cup favorite

Downtown Plattsburgh will once again play host to the Mayor’s Cup. Beginning Thursday, July 11 and wrapping up Sunday, July 14, Mayor’s Cup 2013 will feature numerous activities on land and lake.

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Essex Theatre Company opens 2013 with ‘Much Ado’

The William Shakespeare classic, “Much Ado About Nothing,” will take to the stage at 7 that night, with additional performances at 7 p.m. July 13, 18, 19 and 20. There will also be a 2 p.m. show July 14 and a 5:30 p.m. curtain July 17. All shows will be at the Masonic Lodge in Essex.

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Bridge to Keene Cemetery set to be replaced

The bridge connecting the community of Keene to the new Veterans Memorial Park and the Keene Town Cemetery will be replaced as part of an Essex County Bridge bond.

Sunday, July 7

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On Campus

Educational Honors

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Essex County Sheriff's monthly report

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

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CATS photo contest winners named

Several days later, these new friends hiked the nearby Cheney Mountain Trail where Janet took a picture that tied for first place in Champlain Area Trails first Photo and Caption Contest winner. Her picture shows the beautiful view and her caption describes a chance encounter which allowed a, “stranger to become a friend.”

Saturday, July 6

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Next generation of Olympic aerialists sought at Lake Placid camp

Youth from across the Northeast made their way to Lake Placid last week to train in a specialized camp that was looking for the next generation of aerialists.

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Gov. Cuomo celebrates free fishing weekend on Saranac Lake

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo fished the Saranac Lake with Senator Betty Little and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens June 29 as part New York’s statewide Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event designed to “hook” new anglers and “lure” them into becoming fishing enthusiasts.

Indian Lake Theater goes digital instead of dark

Live theater, concerts, first-run and art house films, and social gatherings, the Indian Lake Theater is literally the heartbeat of Indian Lake.

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Adirondack Museum to host annual firetower exploration program

The Adirondack History Center Museum announces three dates for the Adirondack Fire Tower Exploration Program: July 11, July 25 and August 17.

Wellness center to open in Ticonderoga

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m. at TiNY Wellness Center as part of its grand opening celebration.

Friday, July 5

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North Creek Ski Bowl Lodge to be dedicated to Joe Minder, avid skier and P.O.W.

There's no better day than Independence Day to dedicate the ski bowl lodge in Johnsburg to Joseph Minder, a man held captive for more than three years during World War II.

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Honor Rolls

Minerva Central School, Indian Lake Central School, Long Lake Central School and Johnsburg Central School

Taxes on taxes

Here we go again; the children have their hands in the cookie jar.

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DEC to invest $3 million into upgrades at Million Dollar Beach

DEC commits to installing porous paving in their expansive Million Dollar Beach parking lot, which is expected to keep thousands of gallons of unfiltered stormwater annually from running into Lake George.

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Audrey Dickerson reflects on a century of life

Audrey “Audey” Dickerson went to the 2013 commencement ceremonies at Willsboro Central School thinking that it was members of her family who would be the center of attention.

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Summer concert series set for three towns

A trio of towns will have music ringing through the air as each begins their summer concert series.

Mountaineer to host Fly Fishing Festival

The Mountaineer is excited to host the First Annual Adirondack Fly Fishing Festival on Saturday, July 13.

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NCCCA to host Camp Boyfriend book party

Two local writers will unveil their first book, “Camp Boyfriend,” a new young adult series, at a special camp-themed party at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., on July 15.

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Focus on Entertainment: July 5-12

The weekend is packed with musical performances and entertainment in the Plattsburgh to Lake Placid area. The Complete World of Sports (abridged) will return to the tri-lakes region, Count Blastula will perform at Monopole in Plattsburgh, Saranac Heritage Farm will kickoff summer with Summerfest, Big Slyde will perform in Lake Placid, a Hot Mess and Return of the Fly in Plattsburgh.

Thursday, July 4

Ramblings, Arctic-alpines species

It seems that a critical mass of storm disasters have finally impacted enough skeptics that the country may start trying to do something about climate change.

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Mountainside Christian Academy names 4th quarter honor students

Mountainside Christian Academy has named its fourth quarter honor roll.

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Schroon Lake Central cites its top students for the 4th quarter

Schroon Lake Central School has named its fourth quarter honor roll.

The Bolton Bulletin

Festivities under way in Bolton

Athol-Thurman

Athol Hardware & Variety reopens

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - July 1913

Markets and Morals (or a Tale of Mice and Man)

Notes from Planet Earth

The effect of markets on human morals has been a source of debate and concern for centuries.

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Fourth of July & community fests abound in region

Fireworks, live music, and plenty of patriotism will be featured throughout the area this week at various Independence Day celebrations and summer festivals.

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Keene, Gov. Cuomo celebrate new fire house

Almost two years after the Keene Volunteer Fire Department’s home was partially swept away by the raging waters of Tropical Storm Irene, firefighters officially opened their new home Saturday, June 29.

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Hartley named NCSPCA Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the North Country SPCA (NCSPCA) is pleased to announce the selection of Jessica Hartley as its new Executive Director. Hartley will take over full-time at the new Frances Miller Adoption Center in Elizabethtown on July 1

Thoughts on meeting

I attended a meeting between the Elizabethtown council and the planning board where the council would be briefed on the new comprehensive plan.

Wednesday, July 3

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Special events to highlight farmers market

Youth market to be available

The Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market will feature several special events this summer. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce in coordination with Inter-Lakes Health, the farmers market is held Saturdays through Oct. 12 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 9N south of Moses Circle and Liberty Monument.

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Hague cancels tonight's fireworks

Fireworks scheduled for tonight in Hague have been postponed, according to town officials. No date has been rescheduled for the fireworks.

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Style and Substance

Just as predicted, the sun has come out and so have the hip people of Plattsburgh! Advice has been at a premium at FREE ADVICE NIGHTS, because people are excited about sharing what makes life in Plattsburgh great.

Essex Column

Next Tuesday, July 9, the Essex Town Board will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. at the town hall to discuss the hamlet water project.

Keeseville Column

Thursday, July 4, members and veterans of the North Country Honor Flight will be in the Parade in Plattsburgh.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA is pleased to announce the selection of Jessica Hartley as its new Executive Director.

Westport Column

You probably received a letter from Ambulance Squad Captain Ben Sudduth the other day asking you to contribute to our effort to buy a second power stretcher to replace our old one, which has to be raised and lowered manually.

‘New Normal’ in College Cost

Kids Count

There was a time not too long ago when it was possible to work your way through college with only minimal loans at the completion of your degree.

Elizabethtown Column

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

Willsboro Column

Well one half or 2013 is now behind us and much more exciting things are ahead.

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Schroon home, garden tour planned

Event July 28 to assist library

A tour of Schroon Lake homes and gardens will support the community’s library. The fifth annual Friends of the Schroon Lake Library House and Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 28, noon to 4 p.m.

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Ranches, Rodeos, Wranglers event set in Lake Luzerne

Two Warren County cowgirls — one from Lake Luzerne and one from Stony Creek — will spend part of their summer this year documenting the rich history of dude ranches in Warren County.

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Three days of Independence celebrations

The celebration of the nation’s birth in the North Country will open with parades and festivities Thursday, July 4, and continue into the weekend.

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Comptroller releases fiscal stress findings

Only one of the 13 towns that filed end-of-the-year reports with the New York State office of the Comptroller was designated for having some level of financial stress.

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Downtown business owners form alliance

Downtown business owners are taking the vitality of the city into their own hands in a grassroots effort to make the city center a destination. Around 20 people from several Plattsburgh businesses gathered at the Champlain Wine Company, 8 City Hall Place, for their second official Downtown Association meeting on June 27.

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Lecture series to begin at Adirondack History Center

The Adirondack History Center Museum is offering the first lecture in the Elizabeth HW Lawrence Summer Lecture Series on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. The lecture features naturalist David Thomas-Train speaking on Fire Towers in the Adirondacks. He presents early fire tower history and current fire tower issues of removal, retention, and restoration.

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Lake George students clean up stream bank

A group of local students recently demonstrated their commitment to stewardship of local waterways as they cleaned up a stream bank while learning about preventing erosion, according to officials of a local agency that conducts projects to preserve water quality.

Thanks for ad book help

The Advertisement Booklet for 23rd Annual Slow Pitch Tournament (Hosted by the Au Sable Forks Volunteer Fire Department) is completed and will be ready for distribution from July 19 through July 21 at the Billy Mitchell Memorial Field.

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Saranac Heritage Farm to kick off with music at Summerfest

Three young farmers hope to welcome summer and people to the Saranac Memorial Farm for its first Summerfest on July 6.

Comptroller criticized

Recently the State Comptroller’s Office completed a review of towns, counties and some villages to determine what, if any, fiscal stress they may be incurring at this time.

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The Joys of an Adirondack Summer

Notes from the North Woods

I do not believe there has ever been a place more suited to summer fun than the Adirondacks.

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Kaganovsky Duo premieres original “Saranac Sketches” in free concert

The husband and wife duo of Artur Kaganovsky and Eszter Szilveszter, will perform Sunday, July 7 at the United Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac.

Tuesday, July 2

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Hurricane Mountain Lane is closed in Elizabethtown

Hurricane Mountain Lane in Elizabethtown is closed from the first bridge crossing until the end of the road until further notice.

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King’s Garden slates programs

Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden is alive with trees, shrubs, flowering plants and vegetables designed to encourage relaxation and exploration.

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Scientists to examine health of Lake George in high-tech project

Hundreds of sensors, robotic instruments, supercomputers and world-class brainpower will all be utilized in a first-ever project of its kind to monitor currents, water chemistry, and pollutant levels of Lake George — to help predict its ecological future.

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Comedy show coming to Port Henry

Knights of Columbus to host dinner, program

The Port Henry Knights of Columbus will present a summer luau and the adult-only comedy show Saturday, Aug. 10. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained by calling 546-7125. Tickets for just the show are $10 at the door.

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Many contribute to success of Tri-Lakes Alliance golf tourney

Friendly competition, a round of golf, raising money for a good cause

On Campus

Educational honors

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Area conservation students take honors in state competition

A number of students from the region took honors in statewide competition in conservation-related events including Women's Log Toss and Tree Scaling.

Independence Day celebration

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This past week, we celebrated our nation’s independence and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

NYC: Is bigger really better?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was ecstatic last week, announcing that the city’s population had swollen to an all-time high of 8,336,697 as of mid-2012 Census Bureau estimates.

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Denton Publications adds new advertising opportunity

Last week you no doubt noticed a new feature sticking on the front of your North Countryman.

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‘Ticonderoga Area Summer’ on tap

Arts, historical events planned in July, August

Arts, historical and business organizations have joined to create the “Ticonderoga Area Summer.”

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Eye On Business : Crossfit athletes find home in Plattsburgh business

While the outside temperature was rising above 90 degrees, the inside of the North Country Crossfit (NCCF) gym had athletes pushing through the heat during their custom-designed workouts for their personal fitness goals.

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Vehicle tax halted by Essex County Board of Supervisors

The biggest voice advocating a “vehicle tax” changed his tune during the July 1 Essex County Supervisors monthly meeting, putting the brakes on an additional registration fee.

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Etown works on washed out road

Elizabethtown Supervisor, Margaret Bartley, wrote in an email that the worst damage from the storm occurred on Hurricane Mountain Lane. Almost two miles of road, from the Caulkin/Lord Cemetery to the hiking trailhead for Hurricane Mountain was washed out by water that overflowed the ditches and culverts.

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Haskins to open Ballard Park concert series on Fourth of July

The Westport Community Concerts is pleased to present the Taylor Haskins Quartet on Thursday evening July 4 at 7:15 p.m. in Ballard Park in Westport. This is the first concert of eight in the summer series for 2013.

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CFES hosts college persistence summit

College for Every Student (CFES) held a day-long summit that focused on the challenge of staying in college for low-income students June 6.

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Heritage Day set at LP History Museum

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society’s annual Heritage Day will be held on Saturday July 13, at The History Museum, 242 Station Street, in Lake Placid.

Monday, July 1

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Drug abuse coalition seeking input

Next meeting July 9 in Ticonderoga

A coalition seeking to address drug abuse issues in Ticonderoga wants to extend its reach. The group, which met for the first time in June, is asking concerned citizens to attend a meeting Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at the Community Building.

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Work continues on Dean Farm trail in Stony Creek

Town employees recently began their second season of construction on the 1.3-mile wheelchair-accessible trail at the Dean Homestead Museum.

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Classic tractors run through the fields of Westport

For roughly 13 years, enthusiasts of antique and classic tractors have made their way to Barber’s Homestead Park in Westport to get together and look back at the history of agricultural transportation.

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Local recreation facilities to receive funding from state for projects

Several local recreation sites will be receiving funding to support outdoor recreation improvement projects over the summer, according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Duck race a success

The Wadhams Volunteer Fire Company held its third annual Boquet River Duck Derby on Sunday, June 16.

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Spirit of Place Plein Air event set in Westport

On Sunday morning, July 7, artists will gather at Ballard Park in Westport from 9 a.m. to noon in the Champlain Valley to create art “Plein Air.”