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Champlain poised to celebrate anniversary

— Paquette said Federal Law made it a crime to help slaves escape from their owners. Even in northern New York so-called slave catchers, modern day bounty hunters, came searching for runaways. Canada was the only safe place for slaves to escape. Noadiah not only operated the terminal station on the Keeseville-Champlain Underground Railroad route, he was a founder of the Clinton County Anti-Slavery Society and the leader of the local chapter of the Liberty Party. Caroline was a leading member of the Champlain Female Anti-Slavery Society.

Don Papson, founder of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, will speak at the ceremonies, along with current president Jacki Madison. Also slated to speak is Mayor Greg Martin, among others.

“There are a multitude of events to take place in town and in the village,” Paquette said.

After the unveiling, the village festivities will continue in Riverside Park, along the Great Chazy River, with the third annual Village Fest.

The Champlain Telephone Company will open to the community for its annual Open House at 9 a.m. and the town-wide garage sale will go on throughout the day with maps available at the town hall.

The history center will be open with two showcased exhibits. The exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include: Sheridan Iron Works and its over 100-year history in Champlain, and Champlain artist, Irene Lalonde. A small exhibit of Edmond Lalonde’s barber equipment will also be on view.

A formal ceremony dedicating a Wayside Panel in front of the town hall will be held at 4 p.m. The ceremony will honor the town’s founder, Pliny Moore.

A pictorial stamp cancellation ceremony will also be held in honor of Moore. The collectible stamp features the silhouette of Moore and stamps will be available for sale. The ceremony will take place from noon to 4 p.m. outside the Town Hall. Paquette said there will be books for sale and readings of proclamations from state officials during the ceremony.

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