Stories for June 2013


Sunday, June 30

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Westport students help bring stories to Heritage House

Visitors to the Heritage House in Westport will get the opportunity to hear about the town’s past from those who lived through it, thanks to the help of some Westport Central School students.

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New town clock rises in Elizabethtown

Mike DeLorenzo and Jim White of Verdin Co. raise one of two new town clocks into the Elizabethtown United Church of Christ June 20.

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Tahawus Center to open

The century-old historic Tahawus Center, overlooking the Ausable River just next to the Hollywood Theater as a gateway to Main Street in Au Sable Forks, will open its Discovery Programs for the summer July 1.

Thanks for rally support

On June 1, the seventh Annual A.L.S. Motorcycle Rally & Ride (Sponsored by Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club) was hosted.

Saturday, June 29

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Willsboro Pre-K students talk with military alums

Students in Linda Jacques’s Pre-Kindergarten class at Willsboro Central School welcomed two visitors to their classroom near the end of the school year.

‘Anonymous’ had other options

This letter is for “anonymous” in Ticonderoga who tuned in a fuel oil spill to the New York State Department of Environmental Commission! Anonymous you could have gone to the town highway supervisor or other town official and saved the taxpayers $46,500 that could have been used for any one of several needed projects.

There is no lack of opera

Dear Mr. Alexander, I was surprised to see your publication’s reference to the lack of opera in the Adirondacks, not because of the author’s lack of information, but because the piece got by your usually sharp editors.

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On Campus

Honoring Academic Achievements

Friday, June 28

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Heavy rains cause river floodings and road closures

Heavy rainfalls and rising rivers led to road closures all over Essex County Friday, June 28. In Elizabethtown, Route 9 near New Russia was closed as well as River Street in downtown Elizabethtown.

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Pat Cuzzacrea named Minerva Citizen of the Year

The town of Minerva has bestowed with Pat Cuzzacrea its “Citizen of the Year” award.

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State of emergency declared in Johnsburg, flooding closes roads

Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow declared a state of emergency this morning as heavy rain caused flash flooding and road closures throughout the town.

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StreetFest planned in Ticonderoga

Montcalm Street to be closed to traffic July 27

The fifth annual StreetFest in Ticonderoga is 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 to create a pedestrian mall. The event is free.

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Poet Rapper Al Basics to take over ROTA Gallery

Bringing the sounds of a Queens poet to the ROTA Gallery, Al Basics will be delivering his thoughtful cadence of spoken word poetry and hip hop during a show on June 29.

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Ticonderoga, Addison chambers plan joint mixer

July 18 in Crown Point, Chimney Point

Business leaders from two states will meet when the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Addison County (Vt.) Chamber Commerce hold a joint mixer. The mixer will be Thursday, July 18, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Chimney Point (Vt.) Historic Site.

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Grover Hills getting new roads

Project to solve long-time problem

Despite unusually wet weather, work is progressing on the Grover Hills road project. The Moriah highway department is tearing up Champlain Drive and Federal Street in Grover Hills and rebuilding the roadways.

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Square dancing returns to Schroon Lake

Wednesday nights in the town park

Square dance enthusiasts will again have an opportunity to swing their partner and do‑si‑do in Schroon Lake this summer. The community will again host square dances on Wednesday nights 7 to 9 p.m. near the band stand in the town park.

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Keene VFD to open doors on new facility

One of the main symbols of the recovery of the Keene community after Tropical Storm Irene will officially open its doors with a celebration June 29.

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Focus on Entertainment: June 28 - July 5

The weekend is packed with musical performances and entertainment in the Plattsburgh to Lake Placid area. Shows will include the Summer Gala at the Adirondack Carousel, performances by the Garcia Project, Spiritual Rez, Al Basics and Rail, Formula 5, and Miranda Di Perno.

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Wilson’s Appliance to host grand opening of Lake Placid store

The new Lake Placid Wilson’s Appliance store, located at 6193 Sentinel Road (the corner of Routes 73 and 86, next to the stoplight at the top of Mill Hill), will host a grand opening event Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Gore Region Chamber hands out awards at annual dinner

Judy Brown Citizen of Year, Izzy’s Market Business of Year

The common theme among speakers at the June 20 Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at the Garnet Hill Lodge was the crucial role of creativity and entrepreneurship in building a healthy economy and in the Adirondack Park.

Student loan concerns

It is almost July 1, when the dreaded interest rate increase on subsidized student loans goes from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Republican group born in Clinton County

Clinton County has a new political organization for 18 to 40 year old Republicans.

To the LPCS Class of ‘63

Greetings classmates and graduates of the class of ‘63.

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Plattsburgh prepares for second First Weekend celebration

The downtown area will be transformed into a lively show of community spirit and artistry for the second-First Weekend on July 5 and 6.

Thursday, June 27

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Gizmo keeps going thanks to the CMVT

Members of the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum are working quietly behind the scenes to keep the iconic mechanical “Gizmo” chugging along at the Champlain Centre Mall.

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Senate confirms appointments for APA, ORDA

Thomas, Broderick, Flacke appointed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced the New York Senate’s confirmation of his appointments to a number of state agencies and authorities, including the Adirondack Park Agency and Olympic Regional Development Authority.

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Bolton Farmers' Market is back for 2013

Fresh, local food, fine crafts, flowers, gourmet foods — and fun socializing — are in store for browsers at the Bolton Farmers' Market, held Fridays in Bolton Landing.

Mill Creek Musings

It is human nature to think that the grass is greener on the other side … of the fence … of the country … of the Pond.

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Many favor Wild Forest at Finch land hearing in Indian Lake

Adirondack Park Agency (APA) officials held another public hearing on the classification of former Finch Pruyn lands on Tuesday, June 25 in the Indian Lake Central School gymnasium, which was well attended by local residents.

Bakers Mills News

Summer has finally arrived along with a lot of blackflies and gnats.

Our government is corrupt

Thank God we live in a republic with a constitution which is the envy of the world — with its 27 amendments, the first 10 to protect the people.

Stony Creek

Sale, reading at Creekers’ library 


Quilters aid little tornado victims 

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - June-July, 1913

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Elizabethtown-Lewis Central praises graduates at ceremony

Seniors at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School gave their final bow to their school district at the school’s 75 commencement ceremony on June 21 in Huntley Auditorium.

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Westport Central graduates 10

There were lots of smiles, a sense of completion, and most likely some tears this year as 10 Westport Central School students took the stage for their 2013 graduation on Saturday, June 22.

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End of a century, end of an era

Holy Name School in Au Sable Forks says goodbye to students for the final time

The school, which announced earlier this year that it would be closing after 100 years of serving the Au Sable Forks community as a private Catholic school, held a humble and brief awards ceremony for 17 students in kindergarten through fifth grade on the last day of school, presenting students with awards and watching an end-of-year slideshow.

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Essex County receives legislative blessing for sales tax increase

A bill which would allow Essex County to increase their sales tax revenues by one-quarter of a percent now sits on the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Independence Day celebration set for Indian Lake

The town of Indian Lake’s Independence Day Celebration Weekend will take place on Saturday, July 6.

Schroon honorees thankful

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce dinner in our honor last Tuesday.

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Indian Lake Central celebrates the graduation of 20 students

High school graduation is an excellent time for seniors to stop and look back on just how far they have come — a time to celebrate successes and reflect on what has been learned from mistakes. The June 22 graduation at Indian Lake Central School was just such an occasion.

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Archie Fisher to perform at Grange

The Grange Hall Concert Series welcomes back Archie Fisher for one show on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.

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Local Day at Hudson River Adventure Center June 30 means free zip course for locals

Whitewater Challengers is excited to announce a Local’s Day free of charge for their Aerial Zip Course and an inexpensive introduction to their Paintball Activities at just $10.

Support non-profits

The Adirondack Nonprofit Network, a project of ACT, the community foundation of the Adirondacks, recently hosted its annual two-day member retreat at the Blue Mountain Center and a workshop, “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up: Creating a Sustainable, Successful Organization,” at The Wild Center.

Wednesday, June 26

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Minerva Central says goodbye to Class of 2013

Minerva Central School graduated 12 on Friday, June 21 with Patsy Sullivan delivering the commencement speech.

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Lake George graduates hail their community

It was an incredible year for Lake George High School — considering a sttate boys basketball championship, another regional athletic crown and being named a top school in the area academically. The 2013 graduation ceremonies was imbued with this spirit, as the grads looked toward further success and thanked the community for their support.

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Johnsburg graduation focuses on community

The theme of the commencement ceremony for Johnsburg Central School’s class of 2013 was the importance of community and hard work.

Elizabethtown Column

Can you believe this is the last weekend in June, already!

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North Country SPCA

Have you visited our Facebook site recently?

Keeseville Column

I had off from work this past Wednesday and took advantage to explore the new downtown Keeseville.

Essex Column

The art association’s second show opens this Friday evening, with a wine and cheese party which goes from 5 pm to 8 p.m.

Willsboro Column

Summer schedule in Willsboro sure can keep one busy, the Paine Memorial Library activities alone are great an Art show starting on June 26 featuring Rob Ivy’s work and can be viewed daily through the week during regular hours.

Westport Column

Kudos to miracle worker Caroline Thompson, who founded and—for, what, three decades?—ran the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.

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Keene graduates sent out on a high note

Keene Central School Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston described the school’s graduating class of 2013 as “one of the more unique classes to graduate from Keene” during the June 22 commencement. She was soon proved correct.

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Willsboro graduates told to hold to their visions

As the kindergarten teacher in 2000, Linda Jacques welcomed the children into the former school building as her students. Now a Pre-K teacher and guest speaker at the June 21 graduation, she wished them farewell as graduates in an emotional commencement address.

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AuSable Valley Central School celebrates the class of 2013

Families, friends, teachers and classmates gathered to celebrate graduation of the class of 2013 at AuSable Valley Central School on June 22.

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Vehicle Registration tax law set to be drafted

Full board approval sought July 1

The proposal, which would be Local Law No. 3 of 2013, would call for a fee of $5 per year to register private vehicles and $10 per year to register commercial vehicles in Essex County.

Celebrating the rich history of our region

Warren County, as well as the entire Adirondacks, is blessed with pristine waterways, looming mountains, and lush woodlands.

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Rouses Point summer concert series kicks off July 11

The fourth annual “Friends of the Stage” series in Rouses Point starts Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. The free event will run every Thursday through the rest of July and August, and will include a Tuesday night performance on August 27.

More on 2nd Amendment

For the last two months Mr Mauer and I have been having an exchange about the meaning of the Second Amendment.

Style and Substance: On spousal roles in retirement

My question is about different spousal views of retirement.

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Booze cruising!

Conservation Conversations

Energy concerns, Middle East conflicts and home-grown independence are all reasons why our nation needs to develop an energy policy that works for the people, the environment and for long term sustainability.

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Take advantage of all June has to offer

Notes from the North Woods

June has always been a great month for outdoor travelers, and especially for kids.

Tuesday, June 25

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Seagle Colony sets summer schedule

Programs to be held in Schroon and regionally

Seagle Music Colony will open for its 98th season this summer in Schroon Lake. Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States and the premier opera and musical theatre producing organization in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. This year it will feature 32 students selected from 400 applicants.

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WADA tabbed for historic register inclusion

The former home of the Lake View Grange and current offices for the town of Westport may soon be designated as a historic building.

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Mountainside graduates Class of 2013

Retiring principal bids farewell; new principal says hello

Mountainside Christian Academy awarded degrees to four graduates during its 36th commencement exercises June 15.  Family, friends, MCA faculty and students were in attendance to show their support and witness the graduation of John T. G. Andryuk, Matthew J. M. Legacy, Cole B. McNally and Elora M. Sabatini.

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Free Community Newspaper

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Those are much more than three common everyday words. Behind those words is a powerful resource that delivers true value each week to thousands of communities around the U.S.

Movie nights return to the Plattsburgh Public Library

On Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m., the Plattsburgh Public Library will host a free showing of the movie “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Movie nights have come and gone at the library as a refelction of attendance rates at the events.

Willsboro CCE farm to host open house

The Cornell University Willsboro Farm will hold an open house on Wednesday, July 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. A tour of the facilities and research plots will leave the main office at 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, June 24

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'Happy Hour' book to be released June 26 in North Creek

While most people think of hiking and canoeing as recreation in the Adirondacks, there’s another aspect that a local duo has explored.

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Moriah graduates senior class

Valedictorian appeals to individualism

The Moriah Central School Class of 2013 graduated as a group, but it’s important to remember they are individuals. That was the message delivered by valedictorian Dallas Rich during commence exercises June 28.

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Depot Theatre set to celebrate 35 years on the stage

Now in its 35th season, the Depot Theatre will offer four main plays, three On Track midweek events, the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program and gallery receptions and showings.

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Top district students recognized in ceremony at Willsboro

Students from seven school districts across Essex County were recognized for their scholastic achievements at a special ceremony at Willsboro Central School on June 4.

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Ticonderoga grads urged to have confidence in the future

Class of 2013 graduates

The future is uncertain, but that’s OK. Riley Chapman, valedictorian, urged his classmates to look forward without worry as he spoke at the Ticonderoga High School graduation June 22.

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Minerva Day returns on June 29

The 26th annual Minerva Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 29. The day will be filled with a variety of activities all across the town, concluding with a fireworks display.

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Crown Point graduates Class of 2013

Valedictorian urges class to be leaders

Graduation can be a time of reflection, but not for Gabe Macey. The Crown Point Central School valedictorian urged his classmates to look to the future during commencement exercises June 21.

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Schroon Lake grads asked to serve others

Maisonville, Whitney lead Class of 2013

The Schroon Lake Class of 2013 is right where it should be, according to valedictorian Dan Maisonville, ready to serve others.

Running, cycling event coming to Lake Placid

Trail runners and off-road cyclists are invited to participate in the inaugural ADK 80K, an eight-of-a-kind endurance racing event to be held in Lake Placid on Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 1.

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‘Copperhead’ screened at Cumberland 12

Patriot to some. Traitor to others. This is the slogan of Producer Ron Maxwell’s newest film, “Copperhead.” Maxwell, producer of “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals,” is known for bringing the trials of the Civil War era to the cinema.

Ticonderoga Fire Department answers calls

May was a busy month for the Ticonderoga Fire Department as expected with the warm and dry conditions.

Sunday, June 23

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Eclectic North Warren 2013 grads head off in diverse directions

North Warren Central School's 2013 graduates have diverse talents and interests — and their mentors say they may have been a challenging group overall to work with, but the experience was rewarding.

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WCS grads advised to keep learning, care for others — and unplug smartphones

Turn off your smartphone, unplug your computer, ignore Facebook and experience the fulfillment of real face-to-face life, Warrensburg High School Principal Doug Duell advises graduates at the 2013 commencement ceremonies held June 21.

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Bolton Central grads bask in community’s pride

The tight-knit Bolton community celebrates the graduation of Bolton High School's Class of 2013 — and the strong bond between students, faculty, school staff and local citizens is reflected in the commencement ceremonies.

We failed the village

“Keeseville: To Be or Not To Be - Hopes for a Better Tomorrow”

Roe Pond tourney a success

A very special thank you to Steve Lamere and technician Chris at our Essex County Fish Hatchery for your help with the 23rd annual Roe Pond Children’s Fishing Tournament!

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Ward Lumber announces first quarter Team Members

Jay Ward, President of Ward Lumber, announced the Team Members of the first quarter of 2013, who are being recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions they have made to Ward Lumber.

Saturday, June 22

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On Campus

Denise Plano of Elizabethtown graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with a Master of Health Administration.

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Balzac earns Rane scholarship

Samuel Balzac of Jay and graduate of Kenne Central School, said he was “incredibly surprised” to learn that he was chosen as a recipient of a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship.

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Cultivating knowledge at the Plattsburgh Botanical Sanctuary

The empty lot behind Jane Desotelle’s mother’s house on Riley Avenue looked like an overgrown wasteland. But where some saw a tangled mess of foliage, Desotelle saw life.

Like to know earlier

I was pleased to read in the Valley News of the granting of an Adirondack Park Excellence in Design Competition Award to the Town of Essex wastewater facilities.

Double standard?

I am wondering why contractor Pat Armstrong got fined $500 for allegedly mudding a part of Burleigh’s Bay.

Friday, June 21

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Ticonderoga Farmers Market to open

Youth market added in 2013

The Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, July 6. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce in coordination with Inter-Lakes Health, the farmers market will be held Saturdays through Oct. 12 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 9N south of Moses Circle and Liberty Monument.

Gore baseball

On June 12, Gore lost in the playoffs to Six Flags 14-7.

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Ticonderoga Festival Guild sets summer schedule

Arts Trek kicks off season July 3

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will open its 2013 season with an Arts Trek presentation. “Burt the Raccoon,” a puppet show presented by John Tierney of Wakefield, R.I., will be offered Wednesday, July 3, at 10:15 a.m. the Ti Knights of Columbus pavilion.

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Central Adirondack graduation ceremonies planned this weekend

School officials in the region have made final plans for their upcoming graduation ceremonies in the Central Adirondack region.

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NYCO land deal wins second state vote

Two of three votes needed to give NYCO Minerals, Inc., added life in the Adirondacks passed June 11 and June 19.

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Keeseville Elks honor the Flag

As the statue of a soldier watched over them, members of the Keeseville Elks Lodge No. 2072 honored the country and flag during its 55th annual Flag Day ceremony Saturday, June 15.

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Westport elementary students give to SPCA

The youngest students at Westport Central School showed up at the North Country SPCA with more than helping hands May 23.

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CNB names major sponsor for Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack History Center Museum is pleased to announce a $1,000 donation from Champlain National Bank, making the bank a Major Sponsor for the 2013 museum season.

Crown Point proud of tradition

Memorial Day was initiated in 1868 as Decoration Day to honor the fallen in the Civil War.

Thanks to volunteers

The devotion of the many volunteers working tirelessly at the Westport Heritage House never ceases to amaze me.

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Ausable Valley Central School announces 2012-13 sports awards

The following were the results of last night’s Senior/Athlete Awards ceremony at AVCS:

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Focus on Entertainment: June 15-22

The weekend is packed with musical performances in the Plattsburgh to Lake Placid area. Shows will include a film showing of the movie "Kock." Performances by Spring Street, Loud and Stupid, Y Not Blue, Timbre Coup, The Glass Onion, Hey Sugar, Cooter and the Crawlies, Swimming with Champy and Mister F.

Thursday, June 20

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Essex County bar closing approved by Liquor Authority

The New York State Liquor Authority approved a motion to change the time alcohol can be served from 4 to 3 a.m. during their meeting on June 19.

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Bulwagga Bay project set for 2013 completion

Engineer selected; bids being prepared

Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.

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Bolton EMS now seeking volunteers

Acclaimed as the 1996 New York State Emergency Agency of the Year, the Bolton Emergency Squad is now seeking more volunteers to maintain their outstanding level of service to area communities.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - June 1913

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Peru student makes Dean’s List at Alfred

Dr. Stephen J. Havlovic, provost & vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State, has announced the Dean’s List of students for the spring 2013 semester.

Stony Creek

S.C. Community Church news


Help sought to build playground

Bakers Mills News

Still waiting for true summer to arrive. I started my wood stove last night.

Town Talk

Free disposal days at landfill

How Do Children Learn About Farming?

Old Mc Donald had a farm, ei,ei,o. And on that farm he had some cows, chicks, pigs, ducks, etc…

Indian Lake surviving without a grocery store

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

Everyone knows Adirondackers are a tough lot.

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Best Fourth in the North on tap

Ticonderoga celebration July 1-4

Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North will be a four-day affair this summer with the traditional parade, fireworks and more.

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North Creek streetscape update coming soon

Early this summer, the LA Group will be updating residents in the town of Johnsburg about the upcoming streetscape improvement project.

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State DOT officials listen to supervisors’ concerns

The regional director of the state Department of Transportation put himself on the hot seat in front of members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors June 17.

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Horace Nye Home honors resident veterans

The Horace Nye Nursing Home paid tribute to those who served the country June 14 with a Flag Day Veterans Tribute ceremony.

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St. Joseph’s opens new Keeseville site

St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers has opened a fourth site here to help serve Essex County residents.

Strawberry Day appreciation

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our Annual Strawberry Festival on such a rainy day.

More thoughts on Minerva budget

This is in response to the most recent letter to the editor that was in here called “cuts hurt real world educational experiences.”

Panthers thankful

Panthers for a Cure would like to thank all of those who made our second annual golf tournament a huge success, because of them we raised around $2,600.

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Newcomb seniors to graduate this weekend

The Newcomb Central School Class of 2013 is a unique mixture of local and international students without a traditional valedictorian and salutatorian.

The Bolton Bulletin

Local farmers’ market is back

Wednesday, June 19

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Grass fed

More than 25 years ago I was involved in the effort to promote grazing management.

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Citizens pay tribute to Warren County’s 200-year history

Warren County passed a milestone in its rich history recently as its citizens celebrated the municipality's Bicentennial with a flair for pageantry, respect for its heritage and an eye on the future.

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Lake George Chamber takes over Northway information center

More tourists traveling north on Interstate 87 are likely to be steered toward Lake George, if the village's chamber of commerce follows through on its plans to upgrade the Welcome Center located on the highway a mile or so south of Exit 18.

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Ticonderoga to seek hamlet expansion

Initial meeting with APA positive

Ticonderoga’s hamlet may be growing. The town has asked the Adirondack Park Agency to expand the present hamlet area in Ti with an eye on decreasing regulation and increasing business growth.

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Newcomb hosts third APA hearing on former Finch land

Representatives of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) held their third public hearing on the classification of former Finch Pruyn lands on Monday, June 17, in the Newcomb Central School auditorium.

Essex Column

Downtown Essex looks pretty spiffy with all the freshly planted flower barrels, thanks to the Essex Beautification Committee.

Keeseville Column

It was great to see Front Street active again.

Willsboro Column

Two lovely weekend days just in time to enjoy some great area events.

Westport Column

The Firemen’s Golf Tournament, which was hosted by the Westport Country Club on June 1, was a great success, with sixteen teams of four competing in a day of outstanding golf.

Elizabethtown Column

There are a few new things happening around town. Every Tuesday, from 9 until 10 a.m., the Arthritis Foundation, along with the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network is sponsoring a FREE exercise program at the Hand House.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA would like to remind you that it’s not too late to take advantage of our June adoption special for cats who are ready to “graduate” from the shelter and move on to the bigger world of their forever home.

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Schroon Lake to host July 4th celebration

Parade to highlight 59th annual festivities

An Independence Day tradition will continue in Schroon Lake this summer. The community will host its 59th annual July 4th festivities and parade.

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Community turns out to celebrate new life for old school

Teresa Sayward stood where she had once watched over her children and grandchildren as they played basketball in perhaps the most famed North Country gym, “the pit.” Now, she looked out over a carpeted gathering space with a small kitchen area, dinner tables and a stage for shows and events, all part of the transformation of the former Willsboro Central School building into the Champlain Valley Senior Community.

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Essex County to look into vehicle registration fee

Members of the Essex County Finance Committee voted to draft a local law that would require residents of the county to pay a Highway Reuse Tax of $5 per year for passenger vehicles and $10 for commercial vehicles.

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No opposition shown to change bar hours in Essex County

No one spoke against Essex County’s proposal to move last call at local bars from 4 to 3 a.m. during a public forum at the Old County Courthouse June 13.

Thanks for support

A Special “Thank You” to all the people who sent the beautiful cards to me during this time of illness.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

The SCENE IN PLATTSBURGH was a busy one this past week, when we stepped out to see what was happening around downtown Plattsburgh.

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Turtles, turtles everywhere

Notes from the North Woods

It has been a very wet and truly wild week in the woods, but in between the raindrops there was a lot of fun to be had, and the wildlife has been abundant.

Graduation advice from the staff here at Denton Publications

“Right now is a time of endless possibilities.

Tuesday, June 18

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Voters approve Minerva, Newcomb school budgets

Voters Tuesday, June 18 approved the Minerva and Newcomb school budgets four weeks after they denied spending plans that exceeded the state’s mandated tax cap.

Christoff’s ‘Miracle’ memorabilia on display in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum will be unveiling a new exhibition of the Olympic jersey from one of the heroes of the 1980 U.S. “Miracle On Ice” hockey team, Steve Christoff.

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Julie North named to Trudeau board

The Board of Trustees of the Trudeau Institute has announced the election of its newest member, Julie A. North.

Cogburn wins Wilmington Whiteface 100K

Cameron Cogburn (Ashville, N.C.) has vacationed in the Adirondack region and he’s even won two road cycling races up Whiteface Mountain, but this was the first time he tried mountain biking.

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Ticonderoga artists to offer painting workshops

Hancock House to host sessions

Ticonderoga artists will share their talents with interested people this summer during a series of oil painting workshops. Joan Pulling and Stella Dwyer will instruct interested people Saturdays, July 13 and 20, on the Hancock House lawn 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Essex Theatre Company announces casting call

Essex Theatre Company is casting the role of Susan Slater for the production of “Becky Shaw,”

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Newcomb superintendent assures high school will remain

Members of the Newcomb Central School Board held their final budget hearing on Monday, June 10, covering cuts to the previous budget, as well as maintenance expenses that could not be avoided.

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Chestertown Farmers’ Market, now expanded, opens Wednesday for 2013

Have you experienced a baffling traffic jam in the sleepy hamlet of Chestertown? Without a doubt, it's because of the local Farmers' Market — with hundreds of shoppers from the region anxious to browse among the produce, gourmet foods and handcrafted goods the venue offers.

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Crown Point chamber to meet

Norm’s Bait and Tackle to host June 25 dinner

Norm’s Bait and Tackle will host the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce June 25 meeting. This will be a appetizer, salad and dessert pot luck.Norm’s Bait and Tackle will supply the food for grilling. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Local schools set commencement ceremonies

A total of 156 students will be making their final walk as high school students next weekend as graduation exercises will be held at AuSable Valley, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport and Willsboro school districts.

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Ruby, Champlain Valley K-9 visits John Brown Farm

If you get lost in the woods of the John Brown Farm, the best thing to do is find the closest tree and hug it. That is what members of the Champlain Valley K-9 Search and Rescue Unit told those who visited the state park Saturday, June 8, as part of its Hug-A-Tree education program.

American: The only label that counts

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week our Editorial Board wrote an excellent editorial about the passing of the Greatest Generation and the efforts of the Honor Flight to transport WWII Vets to Washington DC to visit the memorial erected in their honor.

Monday, June 17

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Mural graces downtown Ticonderoga

Alliance project takes a year to complete

A blank wall in downtown Ticonderoga is now a mural, depicting the community located between two lakes. The north wall of the Ti Barbershop building on Champlain Avenue is now a work of art thanks to a Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance project.

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Memories of Courtney continue to inspire others

Friends and relatives of a teenager who took her own life three years ago talk of how memories of the peace-loving girl continue to provide inspiration — to reach out to others, particularly in times of emotional distress.

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Hancock House to open new exhibit

Ladies’ fashions to be displayed

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will unveil its new exhibit, “Bid Adieu, But Enjoy the Stroll - Old Threads From Ticonderoga,” at the Hancock House Saturday, June 29, at 1 p.m. This event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Speedy Arnold receives People’s Choice Award at ACW literary event

Surrounded by family and friends that made the trip with him to the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Awards June 2, he knew there were a lot of good books that had been entered into the competition.

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ROOST releases tourism findings

People who come to Essex County do so for the outdoors activities, especially hiking. That is what the 2012 Leisure Travel Study, conducted by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), found after collecting data from over 4,000 returned surveys.

Sunday, June 16

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Live recording to mark Tannery Pond’s benefit gala

The Tannery Pond Community Center Association will host its 11th Anniversary Benefit Gala Saturday, June 22, featuring a live recording of Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

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Wilmington Whiteface 100K this Sunday

Hundreds of cyclists will hit the roads, back country roads and trails during Sunday’s, June 16, Wilmington Whiteface 100k (WW100) mountain bike race.

Adirondack Summer Playhouse presents the musical ‘Cabaret’ on Gore Mountain

The Adirondack Summer Playhouse puts a unique twist on the musical “Cabaret” in three performances this summer on Gore Mountain.

Saturday, June 15

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On Campus

The following local students were among the 548 students awarded a degree at St. Lawrence University’s Commencement ceremony, held May 19 on campus in Canton:

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ANCA hosts second Clean Energy Conference

More than 200 in attendance learned about ways to help protect the North Country environment during the 2013 Clean Energy Conference at the Lake Placid Convention Center June 5-7.

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Open burning laws debated

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava voiced concerns over DEC burning regulations during the May 20 DPW Committee meeting.

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Locals give money to locals to help fight cancer, one family at a time

A local group aims to be an advocate and a friend for people in the North Country that are affected by cancer. The North Country Cancer Fund wants to get the message out there to people in Essex, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties that they are here to help.

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Top of the class: AuSable Valley Central School

AuSable Valley Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

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Top of the class: Keene Central School

Keene Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

Let’s work together

This past year, I decided to pursue investigating one of Andy Powvorznik’s pet community projects.

Friday, June 14

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Mineville man wins $1 million

Lottery prize awarded in Port Henry ceremony

Jamie Velsini is a lucky guy, times two. The Mineville man is getting married Aug. 31 and last week claimed a $1 million state lottery prize.

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No opposition shown to change bar hours in Essex County

No one spoke against Essex County’s proposal to move the last call at local bars from 4 to 3 a.m. during a public forum at the old county courthouse June 13. In fact, most of the attendees said closing bars down at 2 a.m. would be more appropriate.

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North Country Arts Center opens summer show

North Country Arts Center opens its third Art in Chestertown exhibit of 2013, “Bountiful Summer,” with a reception on Friday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Richards Librarian to retire, new candidates sought

Help Wanted: Library Director. This coming winter, the patrons of Richards Library will be saying goodbye to the librarian who has greeted students, locals and visitors to the 36 Elm St. building since 1974.

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Newcomb, Minerva head to polls again

Voters head back to the polls Tuesday, June 18 to decide the fate of the Newcomb and Minerva school budgets, which failed to pass the first time on May 21. If the budgets don’t pass, the school boards will be required to adopt contingency budgets, which would mean even more cuts.

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Johnsburg deals with state, federal governments

Of the issues tackled by the Johnsburg Town Board at their June 4 meeting at the Wevertown Community Center, the most important went beyond the town itself. Between a proposed speed limit change and a funding mixup with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Johnsburg is up against both state and federal bureaucracy.

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Essex County workers fight cancer through rain drops

A number of people showed up to attend the Essex County Public Health Department’s cancer awareness walk that day, hosting two walks around town as well as food and information on healthy living.

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Chazy artists to show works at Depot Theatre

Tory and Norm Taber of Chazy will have a joint show at the Depot Theatre Gallery from June 14 through July 9.

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Top of the class: Westport Central School

Westport Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

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Inaugural First Weekend a success

On Saturday, Plattsburgh’s inaugural First Weekend transformed downtown into a different kind of place.

Therapy dogs praised

I am writing to praise an outstanding program at Westport Central School.

Farmers Market in a new location

The North Creek Farmers Market (NCFM) officials are excited to be partnering with the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to offer its locally produced foods and goodies in a more convenient location.

Thoughts on the Minerva budget

This letter is to the community of Minerva as to ask for all of your help in the upcoming budget voting.

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Top of the class: Willsboro Central School

Willsboro Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

Thursday, June 13

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Bertrand memorial softball tourney set for Saturday

Brent Bertrand was a teacher at Warrensburg Central Schools who inspired many through his patience, enthusiasm and dedication to students. Following his untimely death in 2012, his legacy endures through a softball tournament named in his honor.

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Ticonderoga woman turns 100

Hazel Straight reflects on century of life

Hazel Straight celebrated her 100th birthday June 11 at Heritage Commons in Ticonderoga. She lived in Port Henry before moving to Ti.

Town Talk

Extended museum hours

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The Bolton Bulletin

Summer calendars available

State grants available to North Country non-profits

The New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) today announced the availability of federal grants intended to alleviate economic distress and create jobs in local municipalities within New York’s Northern Border Region.

Weather Watch

May 2013 was a typical Adirondack Spring month with periods of very dry weather followed by heavy rains and even snow in some parts of the area.


Thurman to celebrate bicentennial

Turning Back the Pages

100 Hundred Years Ago - June 1913

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Indian Lake custodian arrested for allegedly raping student

New York State Police recently arrested an Indian Lake Central School custodian for allegedly raping a student at the school during his evening shift.

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APA hearings begin on former Finch land

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) began a series of public hearings this week to collect comments for state land classification alternatives for former Finch Pruyn lands in the Central Adirondacks.

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Moriah chamber promotion causes concern

Officials troubled by Tracy Road campaign

An effort to promote the Tracy Road as a tourist destination is causing concern among some Moriah officials, who feel the road is dangerous.

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Willsboro Academy chorus takes to the road

To help their students get a small taste of that life, Willsboro Central School gave members of its Academy Chorus a day in the life of a touring musician, as students in grades 4-6 (along with third grade drummer Anna McShane) headed out on the road June 6 for a three-stop, county-encompassing tour that included Westport Central School, the Keeseville Knights of Columbus and the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

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Classic Car show returns to Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack History Center Museum/Essex County Historical Society and Dennis Egglefield of Egglefield Ford presented the second annual Adirondack History and Antique and Classic Car Show, on Saturday, June 8.

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Top of the class: Lake Placid Central School

Lake Placid Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

CATS event a success

“Trails are a tool to build a community that cares about nature” is how William Janeway, the Adirondack Council’s new executive director began his talk at the Celebrate Champlain Area Trails event on June 1.

Dunking booth aids literacy

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties would like to acknowledge the support and generosity of Alex Bosarge, owner of Lakeside Heating & Plumbing located in Ticonderoga.

Thanks for Ski Bowl planting help

Saturday, June 8 blossomed into a dry day after two drenchers, and the Ski Bowl Park pavilion area was transformed in the space of four hours as folks showed up with shovels and rakes with their sleeves rolled up.

Willsboro Dems seek candidates

The Democratic Committee of Willsboro will assist any qualified Democrat who wishes to be on the ballot in the fall 2013 elections to fill the following positions:

Dems seek commissioner

The Essex County Democratic Committee is seeking candidates for the position of Democratic Election Commissioner

Clinton Community College releases President’s List

The following students have been named to the President’s List for the Spring 2013 Semester at Clinton Community College.

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Students get hands-on at Miner Farm

Since 1982, the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute has hosted a free open-house to fifth-grade students throughout the region called Farm Days for fifth graders.

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Top of the class:  Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

Wednesday, June 12

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Moriah supervisor published

Scozzafava offers suggestion to electricians

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava has racked up a long list of accomplishments in a career spanning three decades. Now, he can add two more items to his resume — innovator and published author.

Adirondack research to help invasive species effort

Adirondack Research, LLC, a Saranac Lake-based ecological research firm, has been awarded a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to assist the Division of Lands and Forest’s Invasive Species Coordination Unit with the assessment and classification of non-native animals in New York State.

Singers, dancers and musicians wanted

A Talent Show, open to ALL Warren County youth ages 3-21 years, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 during the Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair

Port Henry home burns

A historic Port Henry home was destroyed by fire June 10.

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North Country SPCA

Is your pet up to date on his vaccinations?

Westport Column

Time to start thinking about our upcoming Independence Day celebrations, which will take place this year on Saturday, July 6.

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Barkeater Chocolates opens factory store

It’s been a long time coming. After celebrating their fifth anniversary as the Adirondacks’ gourmet chocolate confections company, Barkeater Chocolates has changed their location and opened a small factory store to complement their web store.

Keeseville Column

The Fifth Annual Keeseville Elk’s Lodge Pig n’ Swig is this Sunday, Father’s Day.

Willsboro Column

The long awaited chance to get a look inside the New Senior Assisted Living quarters is now available in the old local school is here, the open house to the public will take place on Saturday, June 15.

Essex Column

The Goff Brothers of Plattsburgh will present a benefit concert this Friday evening, June 14, at the Essex Community Church.

Gore baseball

On June 8, Gore beat Six Flags of Warrensburg 22-11.

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Local leaders take stand against invasive aquatic species

Area politicians gathered June 7 at Rogers Memorial Park to show their support of proposed federal legislation aimed at curbing the introduction of invasive species into local waterways. The legislation, called the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Protection Act, was unveiled during a press conference and boat-washing demonstration.

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Long Lake hires Erin Barton as events coordinator

Erin Barton, of Long Lake, has been named Events Coordinator for the Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism department effective immediately.

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Veterans Court now in Essex County

The court, much like a Drug Court, where substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Veteran mentors assist with the programs.

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Etown planning under way

The annual celebration of all things Elizabethtown is set for Saturday, July 20.

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Essex Community concerts set for new season

The 2013 Essex Community Concerts, held mostly at the church, will kick off next Friday, June 14, with the Goff Brothers, which consists of Essex siblings Mitchell (violin and piano), Matthew (cello), Jonathan (piano) and Joseph (violin and piano) at 7 p.m.

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Strawberry Festival slated in Crown Point

Annual event June 30

The ninth annual Crown Point Strawberry Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, will be held in the town park Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Father’s Day 2013

Kids Count

Fathers play a special role in the lives of children.

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Trout swim, bugs bite and students write

Water levels continue to rise all across the North Country, and fortunately so do the trout, especially on many of the smaller brooks and streams which tend to flush faster and return to normal levels more rapidly than the larger rivers.

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Style and Substance: Summer Break

As you know, school is almost over for the summer. My kids are so excited and I can only secretly think that I am filled with dread.

Prepare for fair

Making plans for the summer?

The passing of the Greatest Generation

In the amount of time it took to brush your teeth this morning a World War II veteran passed away from old age.

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Wilmington Whiteface 100K this Sunday

Hundreds of cyclists will hit the roads, back country roads and trails during the Sunday, June 16, Wilmington Whiteface 100k (WW100) mountain bike race.

Tuesday, June 11

Fish & Game club raffle returns

The fall raffle at the Willsboro Fish & Game Club is back!

DOT, DEC to review the management plan for Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor

New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today that the State will initiate a public process to review the Unit Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (UMP/EIS) for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, a 119-mile section of rail line that runs through the Adirondack Park.

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Ti supervisor hopes gas pipeline can be extended

IP project may bring natural gas to community

An alternative energy source may be coming to Ticonderoga. Vermont Gas Systems officials have told town leaders a natural gas pipeline planned to serve the International Paper Co. mill in Ti could be extended into other portions of the community.

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Ticonderoga library to host children's programs

Black Watch Memorial Library to award prizes

The Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga will host an expanded children’s reading program this summer. Children attending any of the programs will be eligible for prizes.

Public or private career?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In a recent conversation with my predecessor, former Denton Publications’ Publisher Bill Denton, we compared the differences of operating a private sector company in his era (1960 through the late ’80s) compared to today.

Monday, June 10

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DEC fines Ticonderoga for highway oil spill

Town must pay $40,000; remaining fine suspended

Ticonderoga has been fined $86,500 by the state for failing a report an oil spill earlier this year. The town must pay a $40,000 cash penalty imposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The remaining $46,500 fine has been suspended as long as Ti meets the stipulations of a 19-page finding issued by the DEC.

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Ticonderoga hurdler wins state championship

Hebert defends title; heads to nationals

Jay Hebert is again a state champion. The Ticonderoga High School athlete won the Division II (small school) championship in the 110-meter hurdles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet in Middletown June 8.

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Duck Derby returns to Wadhams

For the third year, the department will be holding its Duck Derby during the Strawberry Festival in Wadhams on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16.

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Field days held in Westport for local students

 Fifth- and sixth-grade students from 10 different schools participated in the 29th annual Essex County Environmental Field Days.

Sunday, June 9

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Lake Placid lacrosse tournament set to celebrate 25 years

An event that started with seven teams 24 years ago in Lake Placid has evolved into the premiere lacrosse event in the nation as the annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament prepares for its next edition August 5-11.

Alcohol hearing set

Dennis Rosen, the Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. to elicit comments on the question of whether the changes in closing hours as outlined in the resolution by the Essex County Board of Supervisors should be approved.

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Border Boutique in Rouses Point

Rose Letourneau doesn’t think people in Rouses Point should have to drive to Plattsburgh to buy a pair of socks. Letourneau also thinks those same people should have access to affordable, fashionable clothing.

Saturday, June 8

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Johnsburg EMS

Some of the most remarkable medical advances of the last 40 years have been happening not in our clinics and hospitals, but in our living rooms and bedrooms, our roadsides and back yards.

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The Lester Family Circus came to Plattsburgh

The walls in the ROTA Gallery are always adorned with artwork, but on Friday, May 31, the space was nothing short of a spectacle.

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Vet appreciated Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.

A recent ad in the North Creek Enterprise called the attention of veterans of World War II to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. with all expenses paid trip.

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Taste of Home event held in Ticonderoga

More than great food was cooking at the area’s first-ever Taste of Home Cooking School sponsored by the Valley News June 1 at the EMA in Ticonderoga.

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Encampment returns to Bolton Landing

An encampment of French and Indian War re-enactors will be occurring on the shores of Bolton Landing on June 15 and 16, and the public is invited to witness aspects of life the way it was more than 250 years ago.

Friday, June 7

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Ticonderoga to form anti-drug coalition

Concerns prompt June 18 meeting

Concerned about drug use and drug-related crime, Ticonderoga is forming a coalition to deal with the issue. A meeting will be held Tuesday, June 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Building.

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NY comptroller audits Bolton Central School

Budget process scrutinized

The New York State Comptroller’s Office recently issued an audit for the Bolton Central School District that was critical of its budgeting process.

North Creek Depot Museum carries Teddy Roosevelt coins

With the start of the 2013 Season, the North Creek Depot Museum has begun to distribute 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar coins as change.

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Crown Point man pleads to manslaughter

David Lang reaches plea agreement

David Lang of Crown Point has admitted killing his brother as part of a plea agreement in Essex County Court. Lang pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his brother, Russell Lang. He had been charged with second-degree murder.

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Johnsburg deals with state, federal governments

Town requests reduced speed limit again, FEMA wants money back

Of the issues tackled by the Johnsburg Town Board at their June 4 meeting, the most important went beyond the town itself.

Sister recognized by Senate

Sister Debbie Blow, O.P., a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, was recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at an event in Albany on May 7.

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Monarchs released for hospice

On Saturday, June 1, dozens of people released 132 monarch butterflies in Melissa Penfield Park in Plattsburgh to celebrate spring, happiness, and the delicate balance between life and death.

Proud to be a Wildcat

Inspirational may best describe the May 28 meeting of the Schroon Lake school board on the proposed sports merger plan.

Congrats to Johnsburg Central

Special congratulations to Johnsburg Central School for ranking in the top 7 percent in the country in the U.S. News and World Report 2012-2013 school rankings and receiving a silver medal.

Thursday, June 6

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Schroon Lake chamber names citizens of the year

Jane and Bob Claus to be honored June 18

Jane and Bob Claus have been named 2013 Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year. They’ll be honored at the annual chamber dinner Tuesday, June 18, at Witherbee’s Carriage House Restaurant.

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Johnsburg Library News

Summer hours at the Town of Johnsburg Library begin July 1.

The Bolton Bulletin

Bikes & Bands returns to Bolton

Gore baseball scores

On May 31, Gore lost to undefeated Curtis Lumber of Warrensburg 19-6.


‘Old Home Days’ coming up

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - June 1913

Town Talk

‘Taste of Warrensburg’ slated

Bakers Mills News

It is hard to believe it is already June.

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Ticonderoga to hold summer youth program

Registration night June 24

Ticonderoga will have a youth recreation program this summer. The program, which served about 200 children each year, was victim of budget cuts a year ago. The 2013 program will be self-sufficient, according to Dave Iuliano, Ti trustee. It will not cost local taxpayers.

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Knicks City Dancer to hold dance clinic this weekend

On Saturday, June 8, Knicks City Dancer Amanda Eve will host two dance clinics at Center Stage Plattsburgh.

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Lady Mountaineers fall to Crown Point in softball finals

Even though the Minerva-Newcomb varsity softball team lost 9-1 Friday, May 31 in the Section VII Class D finals at SUNY Plattsburgh against Crown Point, the players and Coach Bruce McGinn have a lot to be proud of this season.

On Campus - Graduation and Dean's List Honors

The following local students graduated from Clarkson University on May 11, 2013:

Cuts hurt real world educational experiences

My name is Taylor Feiden. I am 14 and I am a freshman at Minerva Central School.

Take responsibility

I can sympathize with Dan Alexander’s Viewpoint from last week’s Times of Ti as I was a chief executive officer and I also followed President Truman’s example of taking the blame when something happened at my business.

Good news

Good news for those who wish to take responsibility for their safety into their own hands.

Wednesday, June 5

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Teen gambling concerns Prevention Team

Assistance offered to teens, families

There’s a good bet a local teen-ager has placed a wager on this week’s NBA finals. More than 40 percent of all Essex County students admit they have gambled in the past year, according to The Prevention Team. The numbers range from 15 percent of eighth graders to 53 percent of high school seniors.

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Ground broken for Riverbank Park

People for Positive Action behind effort

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Portion of County Route 11 closed due to wash out in Bolton

Almost a half mile of roadway was washed away on Rt. 11 early Wednesday morning. The portion of the County Route has been closed between Valley Woods Road and Hendricks Road.

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Ticonderoga Festival Guild sets summer schedule

Arts Trek, adult programs planned

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will again bring programs to the community for children and adults this summer.

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Minerva Central cuts positions while trimming budget

On Monday, June 3, the Minerva Central School Board finalized a round of cuts to the school’s 2013-2014 budget in preparation for a new vote.

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North Country SPCA

June is graduation month for many of our family members and friends.

Elizabethtown Column

Sunday, June 9, the Kiwanis are hosting a breakfast fundraiser at the Deers Head Inn from 9 a.m. until noon.

Westport Column

Westport Central School Class of 2016 invites you to Willsboro Bowling Center this Saturday at 3 p.m. for 9 Pin Bowling to benefit the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund.

Essex Column

The spring barn dance at Black Kettle Farm will be this Saturday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. with the traditional chili dinner, which is still only $5.

Keeseville Column

Another busy week in Keeseville with the second North Country Honor Flight flying out of Clinton County Airport on a Pen Air charter flight with sixteen World War II veterans from our area and sixteen volunteer Guardians on Saturday, June 8.

Willsboro Column

Summer just jumped right out of Spring with a burst.

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Champlain Valley Senior Community will open on June 15

The Champlain Valley Senior Community will reopen the doors of the former Willsboro Central School in a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on June 15. The building, located at 10 Gilliland Lane, will open as a place for seniors to live and enjoy the historical integrity of the building as it has been renovated into a state-of-the-art assisted living facility.

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Alcohol hearing set

Dennis Rosen, the Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. to elicit comments on the question of whether the changes in closing hours as outlined in the resolution by the Essex County Board of Supervisors should be approved. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

FREE ADVICE NIGHT got off to a great start this past Wednesday. City Hall Place was busy with friends and advice seekers stopping in to ask questions and have a glass of wine.

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Bamboo on the Boquet

Conservation Conversations

Years ago there was a TV commercial about hamburgers with an old woman asking the question: “Where’s the beef”?

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Spring’s unpredictable wildlife

Notes from the North Woods

The spring season’s unpredictable weather has certainly provided some unique challenges for outdoor travelers with high temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s and lows dropping into the 30’s, with snow, rain and heavy winds.

Graduation 2013

Kids Count

This past Sunday my daughter graduated from the University of Vermont. It was a day, both sweet and mildly bitter.

Attend public hearings

Several Keeseville Village Residents are circulating a petition to vote on the Village Plan.

It’s June, and it’s itchy

Upstate New York’s left hand has been itching for generations — jobs pouring out of the state, leaving the economy a bust. Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes to reverse that trend with his Tax-Free NY program — switching the itch from the left to right hand, thus revitalizing the upstate economy by creating new jobs.

Tuesday, June 4

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Schroon takes ownership of cemetery

Improvements needed at Protestant Cemetery

A historic cemetery in need of assistance is now the responsibility of Schroon taxpayers. The Protestant Cemetery on Hoffman Road has formally been abandoned.

Writing Center offers online classes

The Adirondack Center for Writing is thrilled to launch online writing classes with a stellar group of teachers!

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Years after his death, Marine finally honored for his decade of service

Wayne Smith served 10 years in the Marines, including four tours in Vietnam — enduring injuries while earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. Recently, he received full military honors in an memorial interment ceremony conducted at the Gerald Solomon National Cemetery, after a holdup of about seven years.

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Three advance to state track and field meet

Three boys will continue their track and field season this weekend after claiming victories at the Section VII state qualifier meet May 31 at AuSable Valley High School.

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Work continues on Cuomo's Adirondack Challenge

Volunteers needed for Indian Lake event

Tourism officials in Hamilton County last week began preparing for the July 21 Adirondack Challenge whitewater races and festival.

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PRIDE plans Ticonderoga beach benefit

Neighbors Helping Neighbors July 5

PRIDE of Ticonderoga is planning a beach party to help community residents in need. Billed as Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the fundraiser will be held at the town beach on Black Point Road Friday, July 5, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Law Enforcement learn to fight animal abuse

The workshop, titled “Investigating Animal Cruelty” brought in experts to teach law enforcement how to best address the legal and emotional consequences of animal abuse on May 11 at the Sheriff’s Department in Lewis.

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Fish released by WCS science class

The school day went to the fishes when the seventh grade class at Westport Central School released almost 70 salmon minnows into the Boquet River on May 21 at Lee Park.

Put politics aside and govern

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

One of the great benefits of putting my thoughts in print for more than 100,000 readers each week is the response I get.

Monday, June 3

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Cuomo touts Tax Free NY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Plattsburgh State University College on Thursday, May 30 to tout his new “Tax Free NY” program.

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Moriah toddler in contest finals

Kyler Tavis could make the cover of Parents magazine

A Moriah child may get national attention for being cute. Kyler Tavis has advanced in voting and is now a finalist to appear on the cover of Parents magazine. The 2-year-old is one of 12 children competing for the honor. He is the son of Amber and Kirt Tavis.

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Newcomb, Minerva work on cutting budgets

The Newcomb and Minerva school districts are sharing more than sports teams this spring; they’re sharing the pain caused by defeated school budgets.

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Girls learn life lessons on the run

‘Accept & Appreciate Me’ concludes in Ti

Girls from Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah and Willsboro came to Ticonderoga’s Bicenentennial Park June 1 to complete a 3-kilometer run. It was the culmination of the “Accept & Appreciate Me” program held at area schools this spring.

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Emergency personnel train to fight Ethanol fires with live fires

Members of Essex County Volunteer fire departments came together to learn about combating liquid fires with a certification class that included putting out live propane fires at the parking lot outside the Commonwealth Home Fashions on May 16.

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Sweet Adelines plan Singsation

The Sweet Adelines will be causing a Singsation with a six-week open music program inviting women interested in joining the a capella group or just seeing what it’s all about to be an Adeline.

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Supervisors discuss CCE building conditions

Members of the DPW Committee exchanged ideas for needed work on the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building in Westport during its May 20 meeting.

Sunday, June 2

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Americade rally expands, adds stunt shows, parties and cruises

TourExpo extended three days

Warren County's largest event is also the nation's most popular multi-brand motorcycle rally — and it will dominate Lake George Village between Monday June 3 — when registration begins — through Saturday June 8.

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Citizens urged to reach out to veterans and returning soldiers

Area citizens should reach out to returning soldiers and veterans to help them resolve issues of adjustment and to relieve emotional pain sparked by experiences in combat, a top New York National Guard official said during Warren County's annual POW-MIA Memorial Ceremony held June 2.

On Campus

The following students received honors...

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Family fun goes to school at Westport

The schoolyard and halls were filled with excitement of community and school members coming together for the annual Family and Community Night at Westport Central School on May 9.

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Eye on Business: Gioiosa’s Wine and Spirits, Inc.

Gioiosa’s Wine and Spirits, Inc. has expanded once again.

Saturday, June 1

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Crown Point honors students

Crown Point Central School has named its third quarter honor roll.

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Make paper, raise awareness for sexual assault

Panty Pulp class to be held at BluSeed

A Panty Pulping class, a program created by the Peace Paper Project, will be held at BluSeed Studio, 24 Cedar Street, on June 14 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Guest viewpoint

Memorial day is a time to remember.

Seeking family history

Thank you for the article (by David Bruce) in the May 18 issue concerning Ashley Woods.