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Sunday, March 31

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Ticonderoga soldier gets lift from rival Moriah

Sentinel thankful for Viking gifts

Andrew LaVallie admits there may have been times he didn’t hold the town of Moriah in high esteem. That’s certainly changed for the Ticonderoga soldier, who is now serving in Afghanistan. That’s because one-time archrival Moriah has come to the aid of the former Ti High Sentinel athlete.

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Eye on Business: America’s Mattress

America’s Mattress in Plattsburgh offers its customers a good night’s sleep.

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PAFB Museum taking shape

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3, in the War of 1812 Museum on the old Air Force base to discuss plans for the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum.

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Mountain Lake Services hosts Family fun day at ELCS

Mountain Lake Service residents and friends helped with games and enjoyed a day of fun in the school’s auditorium. The event was part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Saturday, March 30

Smith at BluSeed

Visiting artist Robynn Smith will preview a new, easier way for print makers to create their artforms in a class introducing silk cut linoleom.

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Charm’s Hands at new E-town location

Charm’s Hands in Elizabethown has moved into a space its owner can now call her own on Water Street.

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Champlain Valley Transportation Museum prepares for opening day

The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum is abuzz with activity as museum personnel prepare to take its contents out of hibernation for the museum’s opening day on Tuesday, April 2.

Against repeal

I attended the Essex County Board of Supervisors Meeting at which the Board voted in favor of repeal of the SAFE ACT.

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Poultry Night at Ward Lumber

Ward Lumber is hosting a free Poultry Night at their Jay Store location on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for anyone who is interested in raising chickens.

Friday, March 29

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Workshops to persuade innkeepers to feature local agricultural products

With a mission to boost the area economy and promote sustainable practices, various regional organizations are collaborating in a project to prompt hoteliers and innkeepers to feature locally-grown agricultural products.

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Westmount site may evolve into senior care campus

Bidders reveal privatization plans

Corporations bidding to purchase Warren County's Westmount Nursing Home revealed their plans recently — and o a CEO of one firm seeking to privatize the home talked of developing a health care campus for seniors at the Westmount site.

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State boosts roadway repair funding

With pothole season here, motorists swerving to miss those suspension-jarring pits in the asphalt can take solace in knowing that state legislators have boosted funding for local roadway and infrastructure repair by more than 20 percent.

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Small business owners to host Ladies Night Out Expo

A night for fun pampering and business collaboration for local women will come together for a “Diva Shopping Expo” at the Plattsburgh Comfort Inn on April 12.  

Minor arrested in Ti for forcible rape of another minor

A male under the age of 16 was arrested for forcible rape of a minor on March 27.

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Good news at Adirondack Regional Airport

The Adirondack Regional Airport in Harrietstown has had a good year, according to manager Corey Hurwitch.

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All Valley Boys basketball team

The All-Valley team is a 12-player “roster” made up of student-athletes from schools within the Valley News coverage area, including AuSable Valley, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport and Willsboro.

Respect decision, locals

Since the Article 78 lawsuit was filed against the APA one year ago by PROTECT the Adirondacks, Sierra Club, Thompson, and Harrison regarding the Adirondack Club permit, people throughout the Adirondack Park felt that the Plaintiffs actions were frivolous and selfishly driven.

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The ethical quandary of ALEC

Documentary by Bill Moyer to be shown locally.

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All things maple celebrated in North Country

Smoke billowed from the sugarhouse on the 1812 Homestead March 23 as locals and tourists got a chance to see how maple syrup was made in the 19th century.

Thursday, March 28

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Allowing tall buildings prompts debate at Lake George zoning forum

At a recent zoning hearing, all the Lake George Village Board members expressed support for allowing buildings up to six stories tall to be built in downtown Lake George — a proposal that has sparked considerable controversy locally.

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Northway Exit 23 Price Chopper tax break approved

The developers of a long-awaited full-size Price Chopper supermarket plaza were granted a 10-year tax break for their development off Northway Exit 23 in the town of Lake George, just south of Warrensburg.

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Tannery Pond to start 2013 series with trio

The Tannery Pond Community Center officials this past week released their performance schedule for 2013, which starts with a concert by the Parnas/Adragna Trio at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4.

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Local officers get active shooter training in Lake Placid

The sequence of events was part of two days of intensive training March 20-21 at a former office complex in Lake Placid held for local New York State Police, Sheriff’s departments, municipal police and DEC law enforcement, among others.

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Essex County seeks Gov.’s blessing for casino bid

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas said March 25 that he sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him if Essex County would be a candidate for one of three gaming facilities proposed to be built in upstate New York earlier this year.

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Canadian Consulate General addresses North Country

PLATTSBURGH—Co-operation between Canadian and American economic ventures was discussed at the North Country Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 25.

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111 turn out for the Doc Lopez Run for Hope

The 111 run participants ran and or walked either the 3.1 mile course or 13.1 mile race that included a run up Baxter Mountain on Route 9N as part of the 33 Annual Doc Lopez Run for Hope which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Re-Thinking Dissolution

We were glad when we were told that a study for dissolution was going to be done.

Wednesday, March 27

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Off-site galleries taking hold in region

Ron Nolland has 20 photos on display at the Best Western Plus in Plattsburgh’s new gallery space.

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North Country SPCA

Our new shelter has been positively buzzing with activity during the past week.

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Farmers: True caretakers of the land

Conservation Conversations

My career with the Soil Conservation Service, now renamed the Natural Resources Conservation Service, spanned 27-plus years and three counties; Washington, Clinton and Essex.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

Sweet, spring themed windows draw the downtown Plattsburgh stroller in to DRESS CODE.

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A day at the Adk Sportsmans Dinner

Notes from the North Woods

As has been my custom in recent years, I spent the third Saturday of March at the Adirondack Sportsmans Dinner in Schroon Lake.

Essex Column

Our local movie mavens strike again, this time with “Zero Dark Thirty” showing this Saturday at the Whallonsburg Grange at 7:30 p.m.

Westport Column

Bad news from A.C.A.P., my employers at the After School Program: the grant runs out this year, and so at this point it looks like there won’t be an After School Program at Westport Central next year.

Keeseville Column

Fairly quiet week with nice weather.

Willsboro Column

Winter still lingers but the activities keep us so busy that we really have a hard time taking in all that we would like to take part in and enjoy.

Elizabethtown Column

Although there's snow on the ground, it's Easter weekend and there's music in the air.

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AVCS officials looking to fill budget gaps

Superintendent Paul Savage presented three plans to the AVCS Board of Education during its March 20 meeting, with deficits ranging from $834,494 to $1,119,223.

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Essex County set to hire new probation director

Juliann Beatty was introduced as the new Essex County Probation Department director March 25, although her appointment must still go before the entire board of supervisors.

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Warren County leaders: let’s retain Countryside Adult Home

Since the 1800s, Warren County has provided a public home for its elderly of modest means. But in recent years, budgetary stress has prompted repeated calls to close Countryside Adult Home. County supervisors, however, voted March 22 to keep it in operation.

Canada’s border policy should be revisited

We all make mistakes. Sometimes, they can cost us money, a job, or even earn us time in jail.

Letter about fair

After Bertha Rand’s presentation about plans for the 2013 Essex County Fair at our recent March meeting, Westport Town Supervisor Dan Connell shared that the County may be interested in disposing of ownership of the Fair Grounds in Westport.

Tuesday, March 26

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Owens says jobs are his top priority; citizens air opinions on gun control

In Republican territory, Democratic Congressman Bill Owens handles questions from the public on gun control, jobs and the proposed minimum-wage hike during a forum held March 26 in Glens Falls.

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WCS, Newcomb students fare well in Berklee band competition

The student musicians of Warrensburg and Newcomb win honors in the recent competition at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

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Ticonderoga soldier gets lift from rival Moriah

Sentinel thankful for Viking gifts

Andrew LaVallie admits there may have been times he didn’t hold the town of Moriah in high esteem. That’s certainly changed for the Ticonderoga soldier, who is now serving in Afghanistan. That’s because one-time archrival Moriah has come to the aid of the former Ti High Sentinel athlete.

Holy Days still relevant

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There seems to be so much head shaking craziness all around us these days.

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Student artists needed for Battle of Plattsburgh poster contest

North Country teachers are seeking fourth grade artists to create a new logo for the Battle of Plattsburgh festivities for 2013.

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Ziti fundraiser set for Mineville woman battling cancer

Friends of Mineville resident Lorraine Bergeron are holding a special baked ziti dinner fundraiser for her with raffles and silent auctions from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 30 at the Lewis Fire Department, 18 Fire House Lane.

Monday, March 25

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Naval history to be discussed in Ticonderoga

Hancock House program April 5

The naval history of upstate New York will be the topic of a program hosted by the Ticonderoga Historical Society. Robert Lamb, a society trustee, will present, “The Naval Lore of the Lakes - 1812 - 1814,” in the downstairs program room at the Hancock House on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. It will feature a slide show.

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Three towns look at assessor options

The towns of Westport, Willsboro and Elizabethtown have been working under a Coordinated Assessment Program (CAP), which allows the three towns to operate as one municipality when it comes to the hiring of an assessor.

Sunday, March 24

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Boy Scouts thriving in northern Warren County

While the scouts organizations are experiencing falling membership in many metropolitan areas, Boy Scouts in northern Warren County are flourishing, and scouts are enjoying various adventures whie building valuable life skills.

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A chance to dance with fire

Kimberly LeClaire will be holding a four-week beginner’s course in the art of poi fire dancing at the ROTA Gallery, 50 Margaret Street, starting April 4.

Hague Fire Department readies for summer

Vacations and illnesses made for light attendance at the March meeting, but it did not prevent our recognizing the successes that occurred in all the events in which we were involved during the Beste Scholarship Weekend, crowned by the Polar Bear Plunge and followed by another successful Chili Bake Off.

Saturday, March 23

Ticonderoga firefighters busy

February continued to be a busy month for the Ticonderoga Fire Department.

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A night with the Haus of Starrs

The Haus of Starr’s All Starr’s Show will be held at the VFW in Plattsburgh.

Friday, March 22

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Warren County hailed on its 200th anniversary

Warren County — known for tourism, its natural resources and its prominent role in American history — was honored this week on the 200th anniversary of its founding.

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Fort Ticonderoga takes next step in master plan

Historic site to develop new programs

Fort Ticonderoga is continuing work on a three-part master plan to position the historic site for the future. The 10-year master plan will set Fort Ticonderoga’s future course, focusing on sustainable growth, market needs and its mission.

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Minerva teachers encourage budget work session attendance

The Minerva Central School community has a long-standing tradition of coming together for our students’ success.

School board has opening

The Westport Central School District is seeking a candidate to fill one (1) five-year term vacancy on the Board of Education. The seat is currently held by Jim Carroll.

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Holy Name School to close in June

Holy Name School Principal Christine Reynolds said her elementary students were sad when they came to school Friday, March 22 officially knowing they would be the last ones in the school’s 100-year history.

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Ticonderoga campus to mark NCCC inauguration

Human rights program April 1

A human rights program will celebrate the inauguration of North Country Community College’s new president in Ticonderoga.

North Creek Railway Depot Preservation Association meeting set

The Board of Trustees of the North Creek Railway Depot Preservation Association will hold its March meeting Monday, March 25.

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Family ties to history

Jacqueline Madison is going to share a different perspective on history. On Sunday, March 24, she will give a presentation called “From Slavery to Citizenship” at the Peru library at 5 p.m.

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Stager to speak at Grange

The last two years of extreme weather is — according to historical records, models, and scientists — what global warming looks like in the North Country. On Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m., the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host a presentation and discussion called Water Proof: Are rising water and shrinking ice the new norm for the North Country?

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ROTA will host a three part show

Three bands to perform at ROTA Gallery

Proves it’s time

The recent comments concerning the heating system in the County Jail caps off the litany of problems that have plagued the project management by the County Supervisors.

For shame!

or shame! Shame on Congress for not doing their job.

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Research discovers mechanism that regulates immune response to influenza

Trudeau Institute researchers have found a key mechanism that limits damage from the immune response to the influenza virus.

Thursday, March 21

Musical ‘Grease’ this weekend at Warrensburg High

Year after year Warrensburg High School presents musicals that provide top-quality entertainment — because Director Jim Corriveau Jim Corriveau has developed an exceptional drama program that has enriched the lives of students from pre-teen years through high school.

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Moriah students construct boats

Vessels tested in race

A century after the ill-fated Titanic was launched, a group of Moriah Central School students have demonstrated their ship-building skills — with better results.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - March 1913

Town Talk

Chambers to offer presentation

The Bolton Bulletin

Family fun at Winter Warm-Up

Bakers Mills News

Spring has arrived and also another snowstorm.

Athol-Thurman

Winter fun yields tasty dessert

Community Development Corporation a welcome addition to Indian Lake

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

I have heard several times over the years that Indian Lake residents don’t like change.

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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders outline Agreement on 2013-1014 Budget

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today outlined the agreement on the 2013-14 Budget.

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Hawaiian visitors greeted by snow in Ticonderoga

CFES exchange program continues

Despite being shocked by nearly a foot of snow on their arrival, a group of Hawaiian students visiting Ticonderoga Middle School feel right at home.

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Sheriff's Department welcomes new vehicle

Through the auspices of the 1033 Excess Military Program, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain a used military Humvee vehicle which was recently put into service.

Alexander has right approach

By his own admission Dan Alexander, the CEO of Denton Publications, is not a CPA, accountant or lawyer!

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Gore ski program participants give thanks

Thank you to the town of Indian Lake for their support of the Gore Regional School Program and to Gore Mountain for offering this opportunity to regional families.

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Variety of art on display at the NCCCA

More than 100 works of art from some of the area’s best young artists are on display at the North Country Cultural Center for the Art.

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Tyniec and Cargill wed

Mark Tyniec and Sharon Belle Cargill are pleased to announce their marriage on Thursday March 14, 2013 at their home in Stony Creek.

‘Gall’ and ‘chutzpah’

I’ve struggled to find the right word, but I suppose it has to be “gall.” It’s in the context of describing the costly Otis Bridge drama, and the outrage of Harry Gough.

Name the snack shack for Gramma Izzy!

I'm writing this letter tonight with tears of joy rolling down my cheeks. You see, I just got home from my grandmother’s funeral.

Wednesday, March 20

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Ticonderoga police chief to attend chamber forum

Mark Johns to speak April 24

Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns will make a presentation at the next Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce business roundtable.

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North Creek theater group to spread 'Rumors' with comedic play

There were a lot of questions and a lot of different theories about what happened to the deputy mayor as his friends arrived to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary. The story will unfold in the Our Town Theatre Group production of “Rumors,” by Neil Simon.

Elizabethtown Column

The new North Country SPCA is now open in Elizabethtown.

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Style and Substance: In the heat of the argument

My mate and I are vicious fighters when a problem arises

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A Return to the South Slopes

Notes from the North Woods

Following last week’s spell of foul weather which threatened to wash away winter, it appears the season has rebounded.

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Fly rods - DIY!

Conservation Conversations

Our Lake Champlain Trout Unlimited Chapter held its monthly meeting at the Gander Mountain store in Plattsburgh last week.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA would like to post a correction to our new phone number, which was incorrectly listed in last week's article.

Essex Column

On Sunday, March 24, Paul Smiths College professor Curt Stager will give a talk at the Whallonsburg Grange entitled “Water Proof: Are Shrinking Ice and Rising Water the new norm in the North Country?”

Westport Column

Last year I wrote about the writer’s retreat that Mary Beth Coudal led at Skenewood, the beautiful and historic Jones family property on Dudley Road.

Keeseville Column

First up congratulations to the Lady Patriots for a remarkable season. You all should be very proud of your accomplishments.

Willsboro Column

Hope everyone that likes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day had some of the traditional food that is tipical for this special holiday.

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Eye on Business: Rambach's Bakery

Rambach's has a bevy of freshly baked goods.

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Moriah chamber gets town support

Chamber office to open in Port Henry

The Moriah Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing with the support of the town board. Town trustees recently voted to enter into a contract with the chamber for economic development services. The town will pay the chamber $2,000 this year.

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Essex County lawmakers seek tax sale

During the March 18 Personnel Committee meeting, North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said he hoped the county would work quickly to hold that tax sale due to the need for revenue in the county.

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LaVigne hopeful for more CHIPS funding

Public Works Commissioner Anthony LaVigne said that recent lobbying efforts on the part of county and town highway departments had been fruitful as both the state Assembly and Senate have presented resolutions to increase Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding through the state Department of Transportation.

Chazy theater group will take audience for a ride where “Anything Goes”

The Chazy Music Theatre will perform a high-seas comedic event with the production of “Anything Goes” at Chazy Central Rural School March 21 - 24.

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Indian Lake School Board asks Town Board for budget understanding

The Indian Lake Town Board’s March 11 meeting was capped off with a visit from Indian Lake School Board Vice President David Harrington.

Thanks for work done

Since I am a new resident of Elizabethtown, I thought I would stop by the town hall and take part in the Supervisor’s coffee hour on Friday morning.

Gag order doesn’t serve the public good

This last Friday, Mark Streb, an aide of Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the Warren County Board of Supervisors to present a proclamation honoring Warren County on the 200th anniversary of its founding.

Tuesday, March 19

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Moriah supervisor bemoans lack of internet

Scozzafava disappointed town didn’t get state grant

Moriah officials have repeatedly asked the state to help extend internet service throughout the community, but when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $2.1 million grant to expand high-speed internet access in North Country communities March 5 Moriah was left out.

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Essex County votes for repeal of SAFE Act

Essex County residents packed the Old Essex County Courthouse March 18 as the Board of Supervisors voted to seek a repeal of the highly debated New York SAFE Act.

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Lady Patriots fall to eventual C champions

Meghan Strong scored six of her team-high 14 points in the third quarter to turn a 28-21 deficit into a lead midway through the third quarter against the Lady Kings. It was the Kings that would own the final eight minutes of play, outscoring the Patriots 15-2 and, ending their season in the Final Four with a 56-41 defeat.

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FCC action may help with Crown Point phone issue

Crown Point Telephone hopeful

Crown Point Telephone officials are hopeful settlement of a Federal Communications Commission complaint will help solve a local problem.

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‘Guys and Dolls’ comes to Keene stage

In a show with pizazz, gangsters, good girls, glamour and the music and tales of composer Frank Loesser, the production “Guys and Dolls” will come to the stage at Keene Central School March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.

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Tupper Lake actors will take you 'Back to the 80’s'

Ferris Bueller won’t have to take the day off, but he’d better prepare to “go back in time” when the Red and Black Players present “Back to the 80s: The Totally Awesome Musical!” at the Tupper Lake Middle/High School auditorium on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

Optimism is a gift

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I worry at times about using this column too often to complain about a variety of topics that, seem to me, have our country going in the wrong direction.

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Literacy programs benefit from tourney

Scrabble winners named

There were 16 competitors, but the big winner was Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties in its annual scrabble tournament.

Monday, March 18

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Ticonderoga job training program touted

Registration deadline March 25

Area employers are being urged to take advantage a new job training program in Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has announced it will join with other local businesses and agencies to offer a nationally-recognized employment training program. National Work Readiness, National Retail Federation & Customer Service Credential classes will be held in April and May. The deadline to register is March 25.

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Essex County signs Horace Nye sale contract

Essex County Attorney Daniel Manning announced March 18 that the county had signed the contract between the county and Center for Specialty Care out of New York City had signed the contract for the sale of the county-operated care facility.

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Essex County to make SAFE Act stance today

Meeting set for 6 p.m.

Essex County Lawmakers will decide today if their voice will join the growing number of counties that have called for state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to re-think the SAFE Act.

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Johnsburg Central School budget on target

After the regularly scheduled School Board meeting this past Tuesday March 11, Johnsburg Central School Superintendent Michael Markwica and Business Manager Kathy Spring gave a budget presentation to the board.

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Essex County probation chief retiring after 32 years

Scott McDonald recently announced that he would be stepping down as the County Probation Office Director effective March 22.

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Ward Memorial Tournament scheduled

The 23rd annual Part Ward Memorial Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 23 with games featuring eight men’s and two women’s teams starting at 11:30 a.m.

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Business seminars slated in Ticonderoga, chamber to host events

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host two business seminars this spring in coordination with the North Country Small Business Development Center.

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Annual community dinner set in Wilmington

Robert Hockert to be honored

The public is invited to attend this year’s event which will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at the Hungry Trout Restaurant in Wilmington.

On Campus

Honors

Sunday, March 17

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Community turns out to support arts grants

The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts hosted its first annual Decentralization Grant Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 8.

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Girls Night takes over Beekmantown High School

It was a night full of girl power at Beekmantown Central School as teens from local schools came together for National Women’s Day on March 8.

Lake George casino would prompt residents to spend money locally

We do need a casino upstate, so that people will spend money in Lake George and in surrounding areas.

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In upset victory, Lake George captures first basketball state championship.

Lake George basketball team makes history as they overpowering a far taller team and top of an outstanding season by winning the New York State Class C. Boys Basketball championship.

Saturday, March 16

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LIVE: NYSPHSAA Class C Final Four here

AuSable Valley takes on Bishop Kearney

Join the Valley News' Keith Lobdell as he calls today's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C state semifinal game between the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots and Bishop Kearney Knights. The webcast will start at 2 p.m.

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Jamming for a cause at the Upper Jay Arts Center

On Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 6 p.m., January Jams will return to the Upper Jay Arts Center, but this time, it’s for a cause. There is a $5 suggested donation, with all proceeds going toward Reason 2 Smile.

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Variety abounds at ROTA staff show

Paintings, poetry, sculptures and photographs of Barbie dolls—it’s all on display at ROTA Gallery’s Staff Art Show.

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Rabid raccoon found in Keene

A rabid raccoon was recently found in the town of Keene but not tested, which is the norm under Public Health Department policy.

Town of Thurman leadership needs to listen to citizens

This is not a letter about the preservation of Thurman EMS.

Friday, March 15

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Llama farm among Thurman Maple Days’ attractions

Thurman Maple Days isn't just about all things maple — it also features visits to the Peru Llama Farm, where children can enjoy an old-fashioned hay barn experience as well as an encounter with a llama or two.

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New administrator named for Warren County's nursing home

With Warren County's nursing home on the block, it was no surprise that the facility's CEO decided to leave her position — and on March 15, Warren County leaders appointed her replacement.

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Bishop Kearney enters Final Four on 10-game streak

Patriots to play Kings Saturday

The Bishop Kearney Lady Kings enter the 2013 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four having won 10 straight games heading into their semifinal matchup with the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots.

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Chamber Day to be observed in Ticonderoga

Membership plaques to be delivered

Chamber Day will again be celebrated by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. The third annual event will be Tuesday, April 2.

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Meet the Lady Pats, Part III

Members of the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots, who are playing in the NYSPHSAA Class C Final Four against Bishop Kearney Saturday, March 16, at 2:15 p.m.

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On Campus

Colleen Walls of Ticonderoga has been named a Kellas Scholar at Russell Sage College in Troy.

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Lady Patriots receive Final Four send-off

The AuSable Valley girls varsity basketball team received a sendoff from classmates and community members early Friday, March 15 as they made their way toward Troy and the NYSPHSAA Class C Final Four.

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Crown Point school seeking alumni support

Former Panthers asked to donate for new banners

Crown Point Central School athletes of yesteryear are being asked to rally in support of their heritage. The school varsity club is seeking donations to replace seven championship banners that were once displayed in the school gym.

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Willsboro Key Club walks for High Peaks Hospice

The school's Key Club held its second all-night Walk-a-Thon March 8-9 in the school, with students in grades 7-12 spending the nights walking the halls of the school and participating in games, dances and other activities to keep their eyes open through the night.

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Budget committee discusses sale of fairgrounds

While plans for the 165th annual Essex County Fair are well into the works, the fate of future fairs may be up to the Essex County budget committee.

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Keene Science Slam delivers a night with all the elements

Volcanoes, time machines, a life size model of the human body and models of centrifugal force were some of the many things demonstrated for visitors at Keene Central School’s Science Slam March 8.

Disputes claims

Harry Gough's representation that he and Margaret Bartley "gave" the people of Elizabethtown and Essex County anything but a good fleecing is outrageous and insulting.

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Giuseppe’s Pizza Shop

Eye on Business: Giuseppe's Pizza Shop

A local casino would boost incomes and property values

In the Feb. 23 Adirondack Journal, I read Joanne Gavin’s anti-casino statement to the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

Outreach Center GED Program Seeking Volunteer Tutors

Looking to make a real difference in people’s lives?

Thursday, March 14

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Krystal Chrysler rewards woman who returns $11,000 in cash

An armored Brink's truck spewed $11,000 like a rolling ATM along a desolate rural roadway. Patty Wesner, following in her vintage SUV, couldn't believe her eyes. She pulled over, gathered the money and called the police, an act which a responding state Trooper called "unbelievable" honesty. To reward the good deed, Krystal Chrysler of Warrensburg fixed her car and filled her gas tank.

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AuSable Valley: from opener to Final Four

A 2012-13 Lady Patriots season recap, so far

The AuSable Valley Lady Patriots head into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C Final Four on an 11-game win streak, one game longer than the streak of their opponent.

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Science expo/fair slated in Ticonderoga

March 27 at Ti Middle School

Present and future scientists will display their talents during the annual Ticonderoga Science Expo/Science Fair. The event will be held Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ticonderoga Middle School.

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Sign tells Straight House history

Johnsburg Historical Society

The following narrative is part of a series of historical interpretive signs developed by the Johnsburg Historical Society as a result of a grant from the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. The sign is on view at Community Bank.

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Meet the Lady Patriots, Part II

Members of the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots, who are playing in the NYSPHSAA Class C Final Four against Bishop Kearney Saturday, March 16, at 2:15 p.m.

Bakers Mills News

Winter is about to disappear as far as the calender. Well, take a ride to Bakers Mills and you will see it will be weeks before spring arrives.

Mill Creek Musings

This month I’ve been thinking about Personification, Glorification and Euphemisms. Now that’s a mouthful!

Stony Creek

Stony Creek library news

Town Talk

Pitkin’s legacy: to help others

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The Bolton Bulletin

‘The Little Mermaid’ slated at Bolton Central

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - March 1913

Athol-Thurman

Quirky facts about St. Patty’s Day

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With EMS squads in jeopardy, Warren Co. mulls Advanced Life Support ‘fly cars’

With volunteerism on the decline and ambulance squads short of ALS-trained manpower, a new idea has surfaced concerning meeting emergency medical needs in rural areas.

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Crown Point author releases book

‘The New Kid’ by Jean Arleen Breed

A Crown Point author has drawn on her experiences as a child to pen a book. Jean Arleen Breed has written “The New Kid,” her fourth book.

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Minerva board opposes SAFE Act gun law

During the March 7 regularly scheduled meeting, the Minerva Town Board passed a resolution asking the state to repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

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Connect New York Grants awarded to Jay, Wilmington

Essex County officials are most pleased with Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement of the Connect New York Grants.

North Country Ministry’s upcoming gala promises an evening of fun

North Country Ministry of North Creek and Warrensburg is inviting the community to join us for a night of mystery and fun.

Appreciates column

I want to thank Mr. Hurlburt for his article “Happy not necessarily meaningful’ in the Valley News March 3 edition.

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Community turns out to support arts grants

The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts hosted its first annual Decentralization Grant Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 8.

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Saranac Lake HS to deliver the tale of “Once Upon a Mattress”

Students at Saranac Lake High School will bring the beloved children’s tale the of a princess and her slumber on a pea in the tale of Once Upon a Mattress to the stage.

Wednesday, March 13

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Eve Ticknor: water through a lens

Essex photographer’s work on display at Pine Harbor Assisted Living Facility.

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Deep tax breaks sought for Price Chopper plaza near Warrensburg

Warrensburg residents have been waiting with keen anticipation for the new Price Chopper supermarket to be built near I-87 Northway Exit 23. But their enthusiasm cooled this week when the project developers requested a hefty tax break that represents a windfall for developers but a substantial loss of potential tax revenue for the school district and town — at a time they are facing extreme financial stress.

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‘Sham-Rock the Block' fest returns to Lake George

Lake George has always been known to provide a good time for revelers. But right out of the gate, the 'Sham Rock the Block event, a St. Patrick's Day party, has proven with its popularity that it's far more, providing a memorable time for children as well as the older partyers.

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Casino to be built in Port Henry?

Moriah board likes the idea

A casino on the shore of Lake Champlain makes sense to the Moriah town board. That’s why trustees will ask New York State to consider Port Henry as a site for one of the seven casino locations to be approved later this year.

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Area musicians perform at Johnsburg Central School

The Johnsburg Central School hosted the Central Adirondack School Music Association All County Music Festival on Saturday, March 9.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

Have you recently done a double take when driving past the “MADE BY ME GIFT SHOP” sign on Tom Miller Road?

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Ancient anglers

Notes from the North Woods

The recent thaw has raised the expectations of many local anglers for another early ice out, as any of the region’s lakes and ponds were free and clear of ice for the opening day of trout season on April 1st.

Wild-land fire adventures

Conservation Conversations

Are you are getting bored with your life? Do you like the outdoors and hard physical activity?

Essex Column

This Friday evening, March 15, a group from Middlebury College that specializes in a capella performances of Renaissance music will be at the Essex Community Church.

Westport Column

This Saturday, March 16, the annual Tanneberger Basketball Tournament will be held in the Gym at Westport Central School starting at 1 p.m., with proceeds to go the Thomas Tanneberger Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Keeseville Column

The weather is changing and the AuSable Chasm is absolutely gorgeous as is the Lake.

Willsboro Column

How exciting it has been for me this last couple of days, the snow is nearly gone, and there is evidence of new life sprouting up from the cold ground, and even can see the buds on the tree's starting to show us that the season is changing.

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North Country SPCA

The new shelter is officially open!

Elizabethtown Column

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad is presenting a CPR training class on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Social Center, they will also present a First Aid class on Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Meet the Lady Patriots, Part 1

Members of the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots, who are playing in the NYSPHSAA Class C Final Four against Bishop Kearney Saturday, March 16, at 2:15 p.m.

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O’Bryan to wed

James and Shari O’Bryan have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kaitland Elizabeth, to Ryan Jeffrey Kubat, son of Mindy Kubat of South Hackensack, N.J.

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Putnam soldier concludes career

Pilot takes final flight

As Chief Warrant Officer Tom Bain brought his plane to a rest Feb. 22, the aircraft was sprayed by ground crews. No, it wasn’t an emergency landing. It was Bain’s last flight.

A chance to be heard

The state of New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo could take a lesson from the Essex County Board of Supervisors regarding how to pass legislation.

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Essex County may guarantee emergency rides for employees

Members of the Public Services Committee moved a resolution on to Ways and Means which would guarantee that any employee who needed a ride home in case of an emergency would have one.

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Lewis Family Farm sells land to CATS for preservation, trail corridor

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) purchased two parcels of land from the Lewis Family Farm that conserve important wildlife habitat and provide for public hiking trails.

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Sprague announces re-election bid for Essex County DA

Sprague announced Thursday, March 7 that she would seek re-election to the position during a gathering with family and supporters at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid.

Thanks to town, county

I just want to thank the Town of Chesterfield and Essex County DPW for their quick attention to a very important matter.

Tuesday, March 12

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‘Oklahoma!’ coming to Schroon Lake

School play March 22 and 23

“Oklahoma!” will be presented by Schroon Lake Central School students Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Shows are at 7 p.m. each evening in the school auditorium.

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Lady Patriots preparing for Final Four

Indeed, that includes the Lady Patriots (19-2), who proved just how good they were when they scored a 48-43 victory over top-ranked and defending state champion Hoosic Valley March 9.

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Literacy awareness program slated

Ti chamber to host March 26 event

The ability to read is a key factor in finding employment. With that in mind, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community awareness event Tuesday, March 26, 4 to 6 p.m. at its office at 94 Montcalm St. The program will be presented by Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties.

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Essex County leaders push for SAFE Act repeal

Full board to vote March 18

Members of a special SAFE Act task force voted Monday, March 11, to seek a resolution from the full board asking the state to repeal the controversial gun laws which started taking effect Jan. 15.

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Essex County may turn back the clock on alcohol sale hours

Members of the county's Public Safety Committee tabled a potential resolution to curtail the hours of alcohol sales in Essex County form 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Lake George merchants to meet on business improvement district proposal

After years of balking on the concept, Lake George merchants are now expressing nearly unanimous support for the proposal of forming a business improvement district in the village.

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AuSable Valley students to present ‘Charlie Brown’

AuSable Valley Central School students, ranging from second grade to seniors, as the AuSable Valley Players present “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. March 14-16 and 2 p.m. March 17 at the AVCS Middle/High School Auditorium.

Leadership starts at the top

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’m not a CPA, accountant or lawyer. I have no degree in political science or economics. I’m a high school grad with a couple years of college.

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Dudley names new food service director

Camp kitchen to focus on local foods

Dan Stromberg recently joined the staff in the new position.

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Local artists to receive grant money

Regional artists were awarded grants at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts on March 8 for the first annual Tri-County Decentralization Grant Awards Ceremony. The event will be held simultaneously with the closing ceremony for the senior art show.

Monday, March 11

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Heritage Museum plans new exhibit

Dinner to aid project March 19

A new exhibit highlighting the significance of the LaChute River is planned at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum this year. “The Impact of the River” will provide a glimpse at the businesses that grew and flourished along the river that winds through downtown Ti.

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Ticonderoga hurdler eighth in national meet

Hebert caps championship season

Jay Hebert of Ticonderoga finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Track & Field National Championships March 10 in New York City.

Doesn’t believe...

Gibson and Owens, bipartisan allies in the U.S. House should listen up, as a taxpayer I do not believe in spending what we do not have or can’t repay within 12 months.

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New-’faced’ radar detectors part of Healthy Places grants

Essex County Department of Public Health Director Linda Beers told members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors March 4 that the town of Wilmington would be receiveing a detector as part of $26,000 in funding through the Creating Healthy Places Grant Program.

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Alumni return for annual Tanneberger Tournament

The annual Dr. Tom Tanneberger Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, March 16, with games starting at 1 p.m. and running throughout the day featuring four men’s and two women’s teams.

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Mad Hatter’s Ball in Lake Placid to help women’s retreats

Creative Healing Connections will be holding the third annual Mad Hatter’s Ball to raise money for its women’s retreats.

Sunday, March 10

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Crowd savors food and fun at Thurman’s Jack Wax Party

Since the mid-1930s, Thurman residents have demonstrated their community spirit and charitable character through their involvement in the annual Jack Wax Party — a hometown fest that features maple syrup drizzled over shaved ice or snow.

Firefighters thankful

On behalf of the members of Chilson Volunteer Fire Department, I’d like to express our thanks to the Chilson and Ticonderoga communities for their generous support at our annual dinner dance on Feb. 9.

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Family days slated by Mountain Lakes Services

Executive Director Marty Nephew said that the two events will include a family carnival at the Schroon Lake City Beach on Saturday, March 16, starting at 1 p.m. The other will be a Family Fun Day which will be held at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School starting at 10 a.m.

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The Squirrel’s Nest Diner in Rouses Point

Walking into the Squirrel's Nest diner in Rouses Point is like stepping back in time.

Saturday, March 9

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A flight to honor WWII veterans

On Saturday, May 18, North Country Honor Flights will bring its first group of veterans to the memorial, and Cowles will be among them.

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State legislators sound off at legislative breakfast

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas announced the findings of the chamber’s business confidence survey at the annual State Legislative Forum breakfast on Friday, March 1 at the Holiday Inn in Plattsburgh.

Thankful

The Port Henry Fire Department would like to express our utmost thanks for all of those who supported our annual toy drive this year.

Friday, March 8

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Allergies force family, school to make changes

Ethan Thompson typical in every other way

Ethan Thompson doesn’t consider himself as a pioneer, but the 13-year-old is paving the way for students with severe allergies at Ticonderoga Central School.

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Art Center to host Tutus and Tiaras

The Tutus and Tiaras Dance will take place from 1-2 p.m., March 8 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh.

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Literacy program benefits from tourney

Scrabble winners named

There were 16 competitors, but the big winner was Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties in its annual scrabble tournament.

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North Country SPCA animals move to new shelter Elizabethtown

It was an emotionally charged afternoon for volunteers and friends of the North Country SPCA as 36 cats and 10 dogs made their journey in 11 cars from the 45-year-old aging shelter in Westport to the new state-of-the-art facility in Elizabethtown.

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The world comes to Keene Central School during International Night

The world came to Keene through a special group of international students and performances of Spanish music from students in all grade levels for the Keene Central School’s first International Night on Feb. 28.

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Free play reading at the Upper Jay Arts Center

The Upper Jay Arts Center will host a free reading of The Lyons, a Broadway play by Nicky Silver, on Saturday, March 9.

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Depot Theatre to host ‘Soup and a Reading’ series

The Depot Theatre is excited to present a reading of “a comic exercise that turned into a play,” for their monthly “Soup and a Play Reading” series. On Sunday, March 10, the audience will enjoy homemade soup and hear “Bat Jar,” written by Depot Artistic Director, Shami McCormick. Soup will be served at 6 p.m., with the reading (followed by discussion) at 6:30 p.m. The event is free though donations are gratefully accepted.

Boehner protects the rich

If one takes the time to listen to The Speaker of the House John Boehner, he/she would think they are hearing a broken record!

High School art show winners announced

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will host the annual North Country High School Juried Art Show through Friday, March 8.

Thursday, March 7

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Events to benefit Ticonderoga’s ‘Best Fourth in the North’

Alumni hoop tourney, ‘Best Fourth Night’ March 23

Independence Day is months away, but people will have an opportunity to support the annual Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” during a pair of events Saturday, March 23.

Bakers Mills News

Another up and down week. Guess we saw a little snow each day and a lot on Wednesday.

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Legislators sound off at annual breakfast

Business confidence reports show that North Country residents have faith that the local economy is on firm ground.

Bowling Scores

Results of Mineville VFW Lanes bowling leagues through March 3 include:

Complications in causes, cures of cancer

Notes from Planet Earth

Humans have been struggling with cancer for centuries but it has been only in the last 100 years that many of the root causes of cancer have been revealed.

The Bolton Bulletin

Cabin Fever Party this Saturday

Stony Creek

Board Game & Popcorn Party

Athol-Thurman

Town’s Easter party scheduled

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - March 1913

Town Talk

Methodists’ meatloaf dinner set

Weather Watch

February 2013 was a pleasant Winter month here in the North Creek area as temperatures and snowfall were near normal.

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Willsboro kids will perform ‘A year with Frog & Toad

“A Year With Frog and Toad For Kids” is a whimsical show following the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad. The play was performed on Broadway and has been adapted for children. The students will perform in the Willsboro Central School Auditorium, 421 West 54 Street, on March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and on March 10 at 2 p.m.

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Local athletes compete in state championship events

Six local high school athletes competed at three state championship events over the past weekend.

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Run For Hope scheduled for March 23

Early registration deadline March 8

The 33rd Annual Doc Lopez Run for Hope which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will take place on Saturday, March 23.

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Trivia night in Westport to help honor student-athletes

The Westport Booster Club is hosting a series of Trivia Nights in the school cafeteria, with the next taking place Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Locals react to high-speed chase through Schroon, North Hudson

Tom Tyler was watching an episode of “Cops” in his home along State Route 9 in the town of North Hudson around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

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Troopers identified in North Hudson shooting

Troop B Troopers Leston W. Sheeley and Marcia L. Pooler were identified by officials as the two officers who followed Howard J. “Joey” Aubin into the woods in North Hudson after his black 2005 Chevrolet Colorado truck was stopped with the use of spike strips at the end of a high-speed chase.

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State to fund Schroon internet expansion

North Hudson included in project

Internet will be expanded in the towns of Schroon and North Hudson to people without access to cable service.

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Saranac Lake 6er mountain hiking program gets official logos

The Village of Saranac Lake has chosen official logos for its new Saranac Lake 6er Program and will be soon licensing them to vendors who wish to sell official “6er” gear and apparel.

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Local artists to receive grant money

Regional artists will be awarded grants at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts on March 8 for the first annual Tri-County Decentralization Grant Awards Ceremony. The event will be held simultaneously with the closing ceremony for the senior art show.

Scholarships available

ACT (the Adirondack Community Trust), the community foundation serving the Adirondacks, offers $165,000 in scholarship opportunities this spring.

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Indian Lake Central School essay winners honored as carnival prince, princess

The prince and princess for the 2013 Indian Lake Winterfest — Feb. 15-17 — each won an essay contest to earn their spots on the royalty float in the annual parade,

Wednesday, March 6

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Moriah chamber to host business mixer

March 21 event at King’s Inn

The Moriah Chamber of Commerce, making an effort to become more active in the community, will host an after-hours business mixer.

Nurses are willing to negotiate

The registered nurses employed by Moses Ludington Hospital, represented by the New York Nurses Association (NYSNA), have been trying to negotiate a contract renewal since August 2012.

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A flight to honor veterans

North Country Honor Flight transports vets to WWII memorial.

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Au Sable Forks man killed after struggle with Troopers

Two New York State Police officers were involved in a high speed chase that ended with the suspect being shot and killed Tuesday, March 5.

Thanks

We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us during and after our house fire on Edgemont Road, Moriah, on Feb. 17.

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International Paper recognized by FORTUNE magazine

International Paper has announced that it has once again been named by FORTUNE magazine as the No. 1 company in the Forest and Paper Products sector according to FORTUNE’s annual report of “America’s Most Admired Companies.”

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Habitat heroes!

Conservation Conversations

What’s so cool about March is that we have finally broken over the hump of winter and entered a time zone where there is enough light to finally get something “real” done after getting home from work.

Keeseville Column

I talked to Mary Ann Goff of the Keeseville Free Library right before writing this column.

Willsboro Column

As the season is making changes I find that no matter what source the news of the world comes at me it is mostly depressing and only seems to stress the bad in the world.

Westport Column

Congratulations to Bruce Estus on his recent retirement after 39 years of service to the town, which was celebrated with a surprise party at the Town Shed a couple of weeks ago (see the story in last week’s paper).

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North Country SPCA

The new Francis Miller Shelter at 7700 Route 9N in Elizabethtown is up and running!

Essex Column

This Saturday, March 9, Essex Farm is hosting a tour which starts at 10 a.m.

Elizabethtown Column

If our long snowy winter is getting to you, there's a few activities to do this Sunday, March 10.

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Turning back time

Notes from the North Woods

According to most calendars, the spring season officially arrives during the month of March.

Bullied Boy Dies

Kids Count

Bailey O’Neil was a handsome, 11 year-old honor student from Darby, Pennsylvania.

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Style and Substance: My son is nearing the age to begin dating

I can see that my son is getting to the stage where he will want to begin dating. Do you have some advice on how to set some guidelines to avoid some of the difficulties of this rite of passage?

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Grapplers to assist ailing child, soldiers

Crown Point show March 30

There will be plenty of villains and heroes to cheer for when a benefit wrestling show comes to Crown Point. Performance Arts Connection, a Moriah-based company, will present a night of mayhem at the Crown Point fire house Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m.

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Public to hear proposals to privatize Westmount nursing home

After receiving proposals from private firms detailing potential privatization of the taxpayer-owned Westmount nursing home, Warren County officials have decided to have each bidder explain their offers to the public before negotiations begin.

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Rachael Ray show in Lake George — tickets on sale this Saturday

Every year. celebrity chef Rachael Ray — Lake George High School's most famous alumnus — returns to her alma mater to meet and greet her hometown fans, and tickets for her 2013 appearance are going on sale this Saturday.

Nicaraguan effort laudable

To better understand the severe poverty and unspeakable living conditions Nicaraguans endure every day, a couple from California decided last June to move there and live off $2 a day like 80 percent of Nicaragua does.

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ELCS building votes pass easily

The district received the overwhelming go-ahead from voters to proceed with a pair of Capital projects to help repair and renovate the school building, with the first proposition passing by a total of 142 in favor and 16 against, while proposition two past with 111 votes in favor and 39 votes in opposition.

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Vikings fall at buzzer to Jackets

The Moriah Vikings held a lead form early in the second quarter to the middle of the fourth quarter, which turned into an edge-of-your seat thriller until the final buzzer sounded.

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Lady Lions run ends in regional semis

After losing a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to Chateauguay in the Class D soccer regional finals in November, the Lady Lions returned to town to face Hammond in the Class D regional semifinal March 5, this time falling to the Red Devils, 47-31.

Tuesday, March 5

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United Way honors volunteers during annual meeting, dinner

The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held its Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Saturday, March 2, at the Keeseville Knights of Columbus on Route 9.

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Seedling sale set in Essex County

The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District is now holding its annual seedling sale.

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Hancock House to host social

Cellist to highlight March 16 event

A Saturday Afternoon Social will be held in Ticonderoga next weekend. The event, which will include live music, will be Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at the Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

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Governor Cuomo fetes Rangers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today recognized the nine Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers and the dispatcher involved in the rescue of three men whose plane crashed in the Adirondack Mountains last week.

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Lady Lions set to face Hammond in regional semis

Two of the top six teams in NYSPHSAA Class D girls basketball get together tonight when Section VII champion Elizabethtown-Lewis travels to SUNY Potsdam to take on Section X champion Hammond.

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Job training classes set in Ticonderoga

NCCC to host program starting April 12

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has announced it will join with other local businesses and agencies to offer a nationally-recognized training program. National Work Readiness, National Retail Federation & Customer Service Credential classes will be held in April and May.

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Essex County may decide their SAFE Act stance March 18

Essex County may have their official stance on the controversial SAFE Act in resolution form for a special meeting that would be held March 18.

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ELCS Capital project vote today

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District residents will vote today on two building projects.

Service above self

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Is it a phrase that just sounds good, or is it how we live our lives?

Monday, March 4

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Town of Lake George poised to repurchase stake in Charles Wood Park

The town of Lake George is preparing an offer to reclaim ownership in Charles Wood Park. Although the previous town administration sold their share of ownership, claiming the park was likely to be a money pit, present town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said this week his town would likely reap considerable revenue from adjacent parking — a key element of the pending ownership negotiation with Warren County.

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Ticonderoga kegler ends stellar career

Jordan McKee leaves with school, section records

Jordan McKee joined the Ticonderoga High School bowling team to strengthen her arm for softball season. She ended her career as the top kegler in school history.

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Alcohol may be factor in death of two snowmobilers on Indian Lake

Alcohol is a suspected factor in the death of two downstate men who were killed in a snowmobile collision on the ice of Indian Lake Saturday, March 2.

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Ticonderoga thinclad ranked tops in nation

Hebert wins state, Federation titles

Jay Hebert is breathing rarified air these days. The Ticonderoga High School junior won a pair of state titles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships March 2. Then things got crazy. Following the meet the 55-meter hurdle specialist learned he had become the top athlete in his event in the nation.

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Keeseville students get tropical treat for PBIS

Students at Keeseville Elementary School kicked off their snow boots and gloves and traded them for grass skirts and sunglasses for their PBIS Day.

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Tuberculosis researcher named Francis B. Trudeau chair

The Board of Trustees of the Trudeau Institute has named senior faculty member Andrea Cooper the inaugural Francis B. Trudeau Chair in Tuberculosis and Related Research.

Ticonderoga school to use snow days

There will be no school for Ticonderoga Central School District on Friday, March 8, as a return of an unused snow day providing there is no cancellation of school before that date.

Sunday, March 3

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Village officials seek prosperity through stricter standards, taller buildings

Lake George officials are seeking to allow development of buildings of up to six stories tall, as well as strengthen their architectural standards — in an effort to boost prosperity.

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Second graders create dinosaur books

The prehistoric adventures of the tykes from millions of years ago were revealed through the eyes of young authors at Westport Central School.

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Aureus Winds to perform, visit local schools to work with students

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is pleased to welcome back Aureus Winds, a student woodwind quintet from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

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Eye on Business: Aleka’s restaurant

The food at Aleka's in downtown Plattsburgh is more than a meal—it’s a celebration.

Saturday, March 2

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AVCS wins Class C title over Ticonderoga

The AuSable Valley Patriots stuck to their game plan, playing aggressive defense and running the floor on offense to win the Section VII/Class C boys basketball title March 2.

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Moriah defeats Schroon Lake for Class D title

Trailing by 14 early in the fourth quarter, the ‘Cats scratched their way back to within three points of the Moriah Vikings in the Section VII/Class D championship game March 2, but were unable to convert on key free throws and turnovers as the Vikings scored a 49-44 win.

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Bands & Beans fest will ‘rock the house’ Sunday in Lake George

Wall-to-wall people intent on partying, gourmet hearty food, bands on two stages — It's northern New York's "mother of all parties" — the Bands 'N Beans benefit for the Lake George Arts Project!

WWII veterans being sought

The Crown Point Memorial Day Committee is seeking Crown Point residents who served in World War II.

Statements a ‘Cheap shot’

Guest Viewpoint

Supervisor Randy Douglas’s comments in the Feb. 19 Press Republican’s article concerning the utility audit of The Town of Black Brook are nothing more than a cheap shot, from a small town bully, at an employee of the Town of Black Brook, who was at all times just following instruction of the Town Board of The Town of Black Brook.

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Missing Children’s Tournament next weekend in Au Sable Forks

Local fifth- and sixth-grade basketball players will take to the courts of the Jay Community Center and Holy Name School over the next weekend as the 24th Annual Missing Children’s Tournament tips off.

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Sheriff’s Association membership drive

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Essex County within the next week according to Sheriff Richard Cutting.

On Campus

Nerney studying in London; Locals on dean’s list for fall 2012; Locals on SUNY Potsdam president’s list

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Formula 5 to return to the Monopole this Friday

Hit the Monopole this weekend for some Formula 5.

Viewpoint is a ‘misrepresentation of facts’

Guest Viewpoint

We, the Town Board of the Town of Jay, have been made aware that some members of the Town of Black Brook Town Board, but not all, have submitted an our opinion letter to the media in regards to our towns’ dispute over proper payment for services rendered, or in this case, not rendered.

Friday, March 1

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Lady Patriots atop Class C

The AuSable Valley Lady Patriots used a 17-4 second quarter against the Northern Adirondack Bobcats to earn their first Section VII trophy since 1991/92, this one in Class C March 1.

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Lady Lions claim Class D championship

Defeat Moriah, 49-34

The Elizabethtown-Lewis girls varsity basketball team made their third time to the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse a charm, earning the Section VII/Class D championship with a 49-34 win over the Moriah Vikings.

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Ticonderoga High School fire a story of triumph

Historic fire 80 years ago

It was 80 years ago that Ticonderoga’s “proudest possession” was nearly lost. The new Ticonderoga High School was almost destroyed March 9, 1933, by a roaring fire battled for hours by Ti and Port Henry firefighters.

Adirondack Lakes Center for Arts hires communications firm

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, in Blue Mountain Lake, has hired JS Consulting & Productions in Oneida to assist with marketing communication and development during 2013.

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New rafting company to open in North Creek

If two local entrepreneurs succeed in launching their business from a garage behind Izzy’s Market on Main Street in North Creek, the area will add another rafting company to its offering of outdoor adventure experiences.

Free tax assistance available

Free taxpayer assistance is available to local taxpayers.

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Crown Point artists to be showcased

‘Savor the Arts’ March 14

Crown Point Central School students will display their talents as they garner support for their programs. “Savor the Arts” will be held at the school Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. It will feature about 50 student musicians, actors and artists.

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Sunday’s ‘Wing-Off' in Warrensburg to fund youth mission

Teens look forward to brigntening others' lives

A group of Warrensburg teens are embarking on a mission to help make a difference in others' lives, and they're holding a fundraiser to help pay for the trip's expenses.

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Bolton's 'Winter Break Party considered a success

The town of Bolton Recreation Department, known for sponsoring activities that brighten area residents' lives, devises yet another crowd-pleasing event.

SUNY schools to go tray-less in an effort to reduce food waste

Key Members of the Student Assembly met recently and have started to push the idea of removing trays from the SUNY campus dining facilities to support environmentally conscious action.

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39 years of service celebrated for retiring Westport employee

Bruce Estus said he is going to spend his time ‘enjoying life’

After over 39 years of welcoming people with a smile and always having something nice to say on the chilliest and ugliest days, long-time Westport employee Bruce Estus has retired.

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League of Women Voters tout campaign finance reform

LWV to make a case for campaign finance reform in New York State.

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Jail honored for partnership with U.S. Marshals

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department was honored for its years of work with the District of Vermont of the U.S. Marshals Service Feb. 25.