Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

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Scots Day to be held at Fort Ticonderoga

Black Watch to be honored June 15

Scotland’s role at Fort Ticonderoga and Scottish heritage will be on display during the sixth annual Scots Day. The event will be held at Fort Ti Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Focus on Entertainment June 1 through 7

Here are a few things to do in the area for the week.

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Warrensburg Bike Rally returns to Warren County fairgrounds for 9-day run

Riding on the coattails of Americade's TourExpo, the largest motorcycle equipment exposition in nearby Lake George — the upstart Warrensburg Bike Rally returns to the Warren County fairgrounds for a 9-day run.

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Pictures from Memorial Day ceremonies in Elizabethtown, Au Sable Forks, Wadhams, Westport and Willsboro.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Westport CS Adopt-a-Town

Students at Westport Central School spent a day on the town May 23 learning how to give back to their community.

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Jungle Book Kids come to Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Elementary School Drama Club will bring the colorful story of a young boy living as an animal in the wildly zany story of the Disney play the Jungle Book Kids.

Good news

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

Thanks to students

The students, faculty, and staff of Westport Central School deserve a big thank you and round of applause for their dedication and hard work on Thursday morning, May 23, for their “Adopt Our Town” spring clean-up project.

Wildflower photography exhibit at Widlund Gallery

Curt Austin and others will be featured in the “Photos of Wildflowers of the Adirondacks” photography show June 1-26 at the Tannery Pond Community Center’s Widlund Gallery.

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Museum Days offers excellent opportunity for learning

The sixth annual Museum Days, to be held Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, will include 24 museums, galleries and wineries throughout the North Country.

Thursday, May 30

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Traditional rural skills to be demonstrated at Thurman 'Woods Walk'

Age-old woodworking and construction skills — along with crafting techniques — will be demonstrated at the 'Woods Walk' expo set for set for Saturday in Thurman.

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‘Burgher Dash’ set for Saturday in Warrensburg

A footrace that was founded in Warrensburg to promote healthy lifestyles, now a tradition embraced by many, is scheduled for this Saturday.

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Schroon trash station investigated

Crime or mismanagement?

State auditors believe a crime may have been committed. Schroon Supervisor Mike Marnell disagrees. District Attorney Kristy Sprague will have the final say. At issue are Schroon trash transfer station revenues.

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Remembering North Creek veterans

During the Memorial Day ceremony here Monday, May 27, American Legion Post 629 Commander Terry Waterston and Pastor Terry Mosholder, who heads the Schroon Lake Community Church and will soon lead the North Creek United Methodist Church, spoke of the importance of remembering both the sacrifices of veterans and the needs of those who are returning home.

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Rivers found guilty in Keeseville murder

A jury found Michael D. Rivers guilty of first-degree manslaughter and first degree gang assault on May 30 in relation to the death of Robert M. Rennie.

The Bolton Bulletin

Community Boat cruise set


Varied activities at Woods Walk

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - June 1913

Town Talk

Extra study session

Crab Shack to open in Crown Point

Ribbon cutting June 5

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 5, at 4:30 p.m. as part of The Crab Shack grand opening celebration.

Notes from Planet Earth

It’s About Time!

Bakers Mills News

Is it really coming spring? This weekend did not prove to be the fact. Bitter cold, windy and rainy.

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Ticonderoga merchants to lead July 4th parade

Participants sought for annual event

Howard and Susan Rathbun will star in the annual Best Fourth in the North parade in Ticonderoga. The couple has been selected as grand marshals for the 2013 parade, which has a theme of “Movie Classics.” They are owners of Rathbun Jewelers in Ticonderoga.

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Westport students take to the town for a day of service

The school participated in an Adopt Your Town Day throughout the town, a program that was expanded from a previous cleanup day at Ballard Park by students in third through sixth grades.

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A collaboration of voice and winds

On Saturday and Sunday, NAVE will team up with the Four Winds Recorder Consort to perform two performances of “Madrigals, Motets and Merriment.”

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Troopers honor fallen members at Memorial service

Troopers past and present assembled at the Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook May 22 for the annual Troop B Memorial ceremony.

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Barbecue to benefit the Elmore SPCA planned

The Elmore SPCA’s fourth annual fundraising barbecue is Saturday, June 1 this year.

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Lady Mountaineers face Crown Point in finals

Softball & Baseball results

Real issue taxes, not statements

Much has been written about the infamous “ breach of financial security “ with regard to the release of Town of Elizabethtown bank statements, which reflect nearly a million in cash as of 12/31/2012.

Food drives aid pantry

The volunteers of the Ticonderoga Food Pantry have received with sincere appreciation, the results of two recent food drives.

Gore baseball results

On May 13, Gore beat Oscar’s of Warrensburg 18-9.

Wednesday, May 29

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Montcalm Mile on tap July 4th in Ticonderoga

Fastest course in the North Country

The 27th annual Montcalm Mile will start at 1:45 p.m., just prior to Ticonderoga's 2 p.m. July 4th parade, in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.

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Lake George Elvis Festival features strong lineup of talent

The festival that brings to life the legacy of Elvis has expanded to five days this year due to a long roster of Elvis tribute artists participating. The linup of daily shows and competitions starts Wednesday May 29 in Shepard Park with a free presentation of about eight performers.

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North Country SPCA

This week, the NCSPCA would like to remind you of some of the benefits of adopting a senior animal.

Willsboro Column

Willsboro sure is coming alive with many different activities to take in.

Essex Column

This Friday evening, the Adirondack Art Association will have an opening party to celebrate the first show of the year.

Westport Column

Congratulations to Jim Westover, Jr. and Bruce Hoskins on their recognition recently for 50 years of service as volunteer firefighters for Westport Hose Company Number One.

Keeseville Column

I received this notification from North Country Honor Flight Director Danny Kaifetz, “One of our Honor Flight veterans, Mr. Albert Sabanos was not able to make our initial flight as he was rushed to Long Island by ambulance and underwent heart surgery last week.

Elizabethtown Column

Welcome Summer! The Thrift Shop would like you to think of them as you’re sorting those summer clothes.

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Schroon Lake archers on target

Students qualify for national tournament

Schroon Lake students aim to please. In fact, their aim is so good, a quintet is among the best in the state. Shannon Garland, Sam Foote, Dawson DeZalia, Derek DeZalia and Megan Hall have distinguished themselves as archers.

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Golf tournament honors Jeremiah Monroe’s sacrifice

In a fitting tribute to fallen soldier Jeremiah Monroe, the golf tournament held in his memory raises money to uplift and help heal the lives of other soldiers.

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Mehr brings ‘Fort Apache’ home

The scenes were part of the movie, “Fort Apache,” which was directed by Westport native Addison Mehr as part of his senior project at NYU.

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Willsboro Students to perform 12 Angry Men

Willsboro Central School students will give an intimate performance with the audience taking to the stage for their portrayal of modern-day Reginald Rose’s Emmy Award-Winning Classic Drama “12 Angry Jurors.”

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Marvin advances to state golf meet; local teams ousted early

Junior Connor Marvin used rounds of 84 and 86 at the Section VII golf championships May 23-24 at the Saranac Inn, placing in a tie for fifth place making it to the state tournament.

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The Saranac 6’ers

Notes from the North Woods

Heavy rains, strong winds, floods and more than three feet of fresh snow combined to usher in a most memorial, Memorial Day weekend in the Adirondacks.

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Co-workers come together to help after Cancer Diagnosis

 Friends and coworkers of a Chazy woman are coming together to help raise money to aid in her fight against cancer. A fundraiser will be held on June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eye Care For The Adirondacks, 450 Margaret Street. Guests can drop off unwanted cans and recyclables, enter raffles for homemade basket packages, buy baked goods from the bake sale, have their car washed and check out a yard sale put together to raise money for Eye Care employee Gail Reyell.

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Style and Substance: Use your words!

Twice this week I have heard someone say, ‘use your words’. I always think of it as a sarcastic remark, but does it actually have some value?

Plattsburgh roller derby presents: Born in the USA doubleheader

North Country Lumber Jills take on the Hellions of Troy again

The Lumber Jills are not only ready to face the Hellions of Troy (Herculadies) again this season on Saturday June 1st but also ready to invite the Vermont Men’s Roller Derby (Mean Mountain Boys) and the Capital District Men’s Roller Derby (Trauma Authority) to face off in a derby double header!

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Cow pie, cut me a slice

Conservation Conversations

It wasn’t that long ago when manure was thought of as a waste product.

Keep the Ash Borer out

The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading vigorously and it is getting closer to Vermont.

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Community service helps build character

Local students have been learning a lot in the classroom during the 2012-13 school year and are preparing for their finals and Regent’s examinations as we speak.

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Two finalists selected in search for Wbg. school system CEO

Two finalists for the job of Warrensburg Central School District Superintendent have been chosen, and the public is invited to hear their presentations this next week on their initial plans for the school system.

Tuesday, May 28

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Crown Point chamber, club team up for event

New York/Vermont 5K hailed as a success

The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run looks like it may be here to stay. Originally planned as one-time event to mark the opening of the Champlain Bridge in 2012, it was so popular a second edition was held May 18. That race attracted more than 70 athletes.

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Former students talk about role CFES played for them

“I had centered my whole life in basketball,” Johnson said to those who attended the grand opening of the College For Every Student Center in Essex May 10. “CFES helped me to re-direct my path and made me focus on school and getting my grades up.”

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Classic car show returns to History Center

The Adirondack History Center Museum/Essex County Historical Society presents the second annual Adirondack History Antique and Classic Car Show, on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Ticonderoga chamber looks to future

Leadership retreat held at Fort Ti

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is changing. Realizing that fact, chamber leadership recently held a retreat at Fort Ticonderoga to brainstorm and plan for the future.

‘I am not a crook’

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Perception, intention, power, arrogance, authority and many other character qualities become a part of actions that, to one person, cross the line yet to another do not.

Monday, May 27

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Crowd in Warrensburg honors those who served nation

A large number of area citizens turned out for the Warrensburg Memorial Day services and parade, paying tribute to the military personnel who have sacrificed for our nation.

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Westport Hose honors pair of 50-year members

Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department came together May 18 for an annual banquet and a chance to honor a pair of peers who have served the company for 50 years.

Sunday, May 26

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Dozens of Home Depot volunteers upgrade Chester Veterans Plaza

Working on their days off, 40 Home Depot employees volunteered to install new walkways and landscaping at the Chester Veterans' Memorial Plaza, following the Home Depot Foundation's donation of $11,000 towards the treasured area landmark.

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Rain, flies didn’t curtail fun at Black Fly Barbecue

Those pesky little insects of the North County are immortalized with a fundraising event in northern Warren County named for them.

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Featuring mock kidnapping mystery, benefit gala raises record sum

North County Ministry's annual gala provided a lot of humor with a mock-kidnapping mystery that featured ad-libs from generous donors in the audience who helped solve the "crime."

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Rivals join to raise money for cancer research

Members of the Westport Lady Eagles and Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions joined for a Coaches v. Cancer game in Elizabethtown that day, raising $1,000 to go toward cancer research.

Saturday, May 25

On Campus

Education honors

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Dan Hill of Adirondack headed for West Point

An 11th grader from Adirondack NY has been described as possessing an exceptional work ethic, outstanding academic focus and dedication to community service. Recently, he was chosen to attend the West Point Leaders Experience, a precursor to attending the renowned military college.

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A day of tastings for a cause

The second Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Fundraiser to benefit the Treasure Chests Relay for Life Team is slated for Saturday, June 1 at Hid-In-Pines Vineyard.

Time for action

The State of New York must now decide on the best use of the 90-mile stretch of rail corridor that connects Old Forge and Lake Placid.

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Consignment shop and book store opens in Westport

Westport welcomed a new business with a vast collection of books and style at Champlain Avenue Inc.

Friday, May 24

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Putnam voters OK school budget

Superintendent pleased with 76 percent support

Putnam Central School District voters gave overwhelming support to the 2013-14 budget in balloting May 21. The $2.2 million spending plan was approved by 76 percent of voters, 54-17.

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Donations sought for Schroon celebration

July 4th contributions needed

The 59th annual Fourth of July celebration in the town of Schroon needs assistance. Kate Huston, chairwoman of the festivities, said money and volunteers are needed to support this year’s Independence Day activities. The day-long celebration is funded entirely through contributions.

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Memorial Day events scheduled

Four area town will be holding Memorial Day services Monday, May 27, to honor those who died while fighting for the United States of America.

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Saranac Lake launches new 6er program

But Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau wants the world to know that his village, on the fringe of the High Peaks region, has mountains, too. So the village designated six mountains, all within 15 miles of Saranac Lake, as “6ers.”

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Essex County Sheriff’s Department: There’s an app for that

Sheriff Richard Cutting and Capt. Thomas Murphy unveiled the new way for people to access the department to members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee May 13.

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Conservation District employees clean up Halfway Brook, Hovey Pond

n 1783 during a trip to inspect forts in upstate New York, a party of military officials lead by General George Washington took a brief respite at Halfway Brook, near what is now the Glens Falls-Queensbury town border. In recent years, this historic waterway has been subjected to littering, although many routinely enjoy it for its scenic aspects. Last week, a group of Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District employees took time out of their workday to pick up trash along the brook so others can enjoy its natural beauty.

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Focus on Entertainment: May 24 - 31

The weekend is packed with musical performances in the Plattsburgh to Lake Placid area. Shows will include performances by: Until We Are Ghosts & I for an Eye at ROTA, Ben Bright will play at Irises, Hot Mess takes over the Naked Turtle Stage, Bootleg will pirate the 8-Ball stage, Dynomatics bring the funk to Monopole, Livin’ & Lovin’ Country Dance Party at the Crete Center, Doom F**k, Heard, Haus of Starr & Rail play at Monopole.

ALS fundraiser slated

On Saturday, June 1, the seventh Annual A.L.S. Motorcycle Rally & Poker Run (Sponsored by Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club) will be hosted at the Elks Lodge 2072 in Keeseville.

Thursday, May 23

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Crown Point school budget gets OK

Programs, staff remain in tact

Crown Point Central School District voters have approved a 2013-14 budget that mirrors the present spending plan. The budget, approved 97-10, maintains all existing programs and staff. There are no cuts.

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Honor rolls

The following students have been named to the honor roll at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School for the third marking period of the 2012-13 school year:

Services set

The American Legion invites all in the area to attend our annual Memorial Day Service in Au Sable Forks at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 27th.

CVFS to end season with Westport native’s ‘Fort Apache’

Westport native Addison Mehr, will present his movie Fort Apache at a Champlain Valley Film Society show on Saturday, May 25th.

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True North school districts meet, discuss shared services

Superintendents and board members of the five True North school districts recently met to discuss sharing services to keep costs and taxes down while maintaining scholastic standards for local children.

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Moriah school budget approved

State aid boost helps district

There was little drama in preparation of the 2013-14 Moriah Central School District budget. After several years of struggling to meet the state-mandated tax cap, Moriah caught a break when the state increased aid to the district. The result is a $15 million budget that was approved by voters, 238-50, during balloting May 21.

Two ways to manipulate

Taxes on land can be manipulated in two ways: manipulating rate or manipulating assessment.

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The specters of Plattsburgh

The Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company brings Plattsburgh's eerie past to life.

Spirit of Place show set in Westport

Lake Champlain Region artists are invited to take part in the Sixth Annual Spirit of Place Plein Air Day, Studio Tour, and Art Exhibit designed to showcase art inspired by living, working or visiting in the Champlain Valley for the benefit of the artists and Westport Heritage House in Westport.

Langelier-Lebeda’s ‘Shorelines,’ at Artists Guild

“Shorelines,” a solo exhibit of new drawings by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda, will open on Friday, May 31 at the Adirondack Artists Guild, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Classic car show returns to Adirondack History Center

The Adirondack History Center Museum/Essex County Historical Society presents the second annual Adirondack History Antique and Classic Car Show, on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22

Viewpoint regarding annexing American Management Association

Input has been requested to make comments and submit documents from the public regarding annexing American Management Association(A.M.A.) in the village of Saranac Lake. This is my input.

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Schroon Lake school budget approved

Armstrong edges Murdock for board seat

Schroon Lake Central School’s 2013-14 budget has been approved by voters. Residents OKed the spending plan, 200-144, in balloting May 21.

Willsboro Column

Hard to believe that nearly five months of 2013 has slipped past us, but hopeful that you noticed all the beautiful flowering tree’s and shrubs, it has been a glorious spring.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA had a wonderful Mother’s Day recently, with a new litter of Tabby-striped kittens who will be available to go to their forever homes in July.

Keeseville Column

My apologies to our soon to open new Bistro in downtown Keeseville, I left out a word in its name last week.

Westport Column

June is bustin’ out all over!

Elizabethtown Column

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of a busy summer!

Essex Column

The film society’s last film of the season will be shown this Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange.

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Ticonderoga voters OK budget, cuts

Jobs, programs eliminated, reduced

Ticonderoga Central School District voters have approved a 2013-14 budget that cuts employees and academic programs. The budget was approved, 550-382, in balloting May 21.

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Hudson River Rafting company can resume river runs

The Hudson River Rafting Company, based in North Creek, can resume guiding trips under certain restrictions according to a ruling handed down by the State Supreme Court in Johnstown.

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North Country WWII veterans honored all the way to D.C.

As the sun rose over Vermont’s Green Mountains on Saturday, May 18, 18 World War II veterans left Plattsburgh to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. The trip marked the inaugural flight of North Country Honor Flight, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring World War II veterans by taking them to the memorial.

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Three towns come together to ask for county assessor

Members of the Finance Committee voted 5-2 to move a resolution to the Ways and Means Committee that would allow the towns of Westport, Elizabethtown and Willsboro to hire a county-appointed assessor. The three towns currently are part of a Coordinated Assistance Program.

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School budgets approved

Voters OK spending plans

Voters have approved area school district budgets for 2013-14. Spending plans for Crown Point, Moriah, Putnam, Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga all got the OK from residents during voting May 21.

Come to ceremony

On behalf the members of the American Legion Post 504, I welcome you to join us at the Au Sable Valley Veteran’s Park (Located at the corner of School Street/Across from the Holy Name Church) on May 27 at 11 a.m.

Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

The Volunteer Scene

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Crown Point sets Memorial Day example

Memorial Day will be observed throughout the North Country, but this weekend belongs to the community of Crown Point.

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Students get chance to be job shadows

Have you ever held four human skulls? That’s just what Sophia Rible, an eighth-grade student at Beekmantown Middle School, did and during her school-day, nonetheless. Sophia, along with her 14 classmates in Dawn Finley’s Home and Career Skills Class at Beekmantown Middle School, participated in the second annual Job Shadow day sponsored by The Clinton County Workforce Council and the North Country Workforce Investment Board on March 27.

Tuesday, May 21

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Voters decline Newcomb, Minerva school budgets

Other local budgets pass

Members of the five True North school districts had mixed results during the May 21 budget vote.

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'Dial-up’ Internet an endangered species in Thurman

'White space’ access tests conducted

Residents of Thurman are used to either extremely slow 'dial up' Internet access or having their satellite Web connection interrupted by sunspot activity or storms. However, in a project that's gained national attention, a new broadband Internet broadcast technology is coming to Thurman that will connect the town's rural households to the modern digital world.

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Essex County busts on casino

Under an agreement reached May 21 between the State of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the county, along with seven others, will not be eligible to house one of three new gaming casinos proposed earlier this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Hutchins named Director of Student Services at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central Board of Education appointed Cheryl Hutchins to an administrative position as part of the School district’s recent restructuring of administrative personnel.

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Lake George hearing slated in Ticonderoga

Proposed boating regulations to be discussed June 12

Area residents will have an opportunity to comment on proposed Lake George boating regulations aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species. The Lake George Park Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed plan Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at the Best Western in Ticonderoga.

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Race to fight childhood hunger

Schroon contest June 15

A 5-kilometer race will be held in Schroon Lake Saturday, June 15, to fight childhood hunger. Clare Whitney, a student at Schroon Lake Central School who met many hungry children during Mission of Hope visits to Nicaragua, has planned the second annual Corazones Y Pies 5k Race.

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Gibson Brothers begin new tour with guests on mandolin

The Gibson Brothers are maintaining world-class caliber performances this spring while promoting their newest album thanks to a succession of professional guests on the mandolin.

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New camera system may be coming to county lockup

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting received preliminary approval to upgrade the system at the jail for $149,985 of budgeted funds.

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Great Adirondack Trail Run set for June 15

The Mountaineer in Keene Valley will be hosting the ninth annual Great Adirondack Trail Run on Saturday, June 15. Event proceeds will support the Ausable River Association (AsRA) and the Boquet River Association (BRASS).

Second terms and three strikes

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Is it just that the lure of a second presidential term is so unlike anything else that administrations will do anything to secure it?

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Vocal ensemble set to perform in Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble has teamed together with The Four Winds recorder consort for two performances of “Madrigals, Motets, and Merriment,” a lively program of renaissance musical delights. They will perform Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh and Sunday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake.

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A day of technology at the Champlain Telephone Company

On Thursday, May 2, the Champlain Telephone Company held the 2013 Technology Showcase at the Knights of Columbus on Oak Street. It was the first showcase of its kind since the company was started in 1903.

Monday, May 20

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Best Fourth in the North seeking sponsors

Money needed for 2013 July 4th celebration

Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North committee is seeking assistance. The committee is in need of donations and sponsorships to support this summer’s celebration, which will be held July 1 - 4.

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DiNapoli to Warren Co. leaders: state’s economy is rebounding, but financial stresses persist

Visiting Glens Falls, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli expressed positivism that an economic rebound was underway in the state but he warned that the state and its municipalities were likely to experience continued financial stresses. He also spoke of a new initiative in his office to reinvest in local businesses — in order to spur job growth within the state.

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Memorial Day program set in Ticonderoga

Legacy Park event May 26

Memorial Day will be observed by the Ticonderoga Historical Society. The society will present “Remembrances - Traditions of Yesterday” at Champlain Legacy Park in Ticonderoga Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m.

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Two vie for AVCS school board seat

Current board member Susan Richards will face Charles A. Potthast Jr. for a three-year term on the AVCS board, with voting from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the AuSable Valley Middle High School cafeteria.

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Hosts sought to welcome Canadian students in Plattsburgh

Officials of Plattsburgh University are seeking community members who are interested in hosting an exchange student from a neighboring country while the student learns about American government and community services.

Again with 2nd Amendment

In her letter to the editor on May 4, Monique Weston begins by quoting the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Sunday, May 19

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Adirondack History Center Museum sets 2013 schedule

Director Margaret Gibbs announced the 2013 summer schedule recently, which will include the return of the “Worked/Wild,” exhibit along with “The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War.” Events and speeches throughout the summer will also focus on the Civil War, which was waged 150 years ago.

Report unfair

With respect to an article “Ti Board Rejects Zoning Proposal” in the Times of Ti, May 4, 2013, I believe that there should be some fairness in reporting.

Jay receives housing block grant

The Town of Jay is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant.

Johnsburg Central earns silver medal

The Johnsburg Central School recently received a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report.


Around here these days it seems there are a couple of different groups heading in different directions on the same railroad track.

Saturday, May 18

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Warren County leaders approve earlier ‘last call’ in bars

In an attempt to balance entrepreneurial freedom with public safety concerns, Warren County Supervisors strike a compromise as they vote to establish 'last call' for drinks in bars at 3 a.m. rather than 2 a.m. as many of them sought to do. The present time for 'last call' in Warren County is 4 a.m., the state maximum.

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Lake Geo. Italian street festival this weekend

European culture and traditions are to be celebrated this weekend in Lake George, as thousands are expected to participate in the first-ever Lake George Italian Festival — which promises activities for people of all ages.

Willsboro teacher estate gives to Shriners

Thanks to the estate of Noble Roy and Marge Sandberg, Oriental Shriners Hospital Transportation Fund was able to make $125,000 donations to hospitals in Springfield, Boston and Montreal.

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Essex County details active shooter policy

Social Services Director John O’Neill briefed members of the Human Services Committee about the Armed Intruder Response Policy that was drafted with input from several department heads and research on similar policies in other counties.

Can’t have both

Steve Erman’s “It Needn’t be Rails vs Trails” says if the current Corridor Management Plan were to be “fully implemented”, it would “satisfy a very wide range of interests.”

Firefighters busy

May was our busiest month thus far in 2013 and appears to have kicked off our busy season.

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Lake stewards back at work to combat invasives in Lake George

The Lake George Association’s lake stewards are back at work protecting Lake George from foreign species that threaten the water quality as well as the lake's ecology and recreational aspects.

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A ‘Field Trip’ at the Grange

The Grange Spring Concert Series continues with the slack country blues band Field Trip on stage on Saturday, May 18. Featuring Montana-to-Westport transplants Cache (guitar and vocals) and Will Hartzell (lap steel guitar and vocals), the five-piece group brings a backroads Americana sound for listening and dancing. Originally from Bozeman, Mont., the Field Trip show will be a fun night of music for all ages.

Northern Lights partners with SLCS for universal Pre-K

The Northern Lights School announced that it has been selected by the Saranac Lake Central School District to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten Programming for eligible four year-old students living in the school district.

On Campus

Bridget Simpson of Mineville received a master of business administration degree.

Friday, May 17

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Crown Point teacher leads Costa Rican tour

Group to visit Europe in 2014

A Crown Point teacher recently led a group of local students and adults on a tour of Costa Rica. Jayna Andersen led the nine-day Education First adventure.

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Taste of Home coming to Ti E.M.A.

All of the excitement of the Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to the Employees Mutual Association in Ticonderoga on Saturday, June 1.

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Central Adirondack school voters head to polls May 21

Voters in the five True North school districts will be heading to the polls Tuesday, May 21 to choose school board candidates and decide whether to approve their 2013-14 budgets.

What do you think makes a good friend? 

Question of the Month

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A taste of Broadway at Seton Catholic Central

A miniature version of a classic musical, “Godspell,” is coming to Seton Catholic Central High School this weekend.

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Indian Lake to host one APA hearing on Finch lands

During the Monday, May 13 Indian Lake Town Board Meeting, Town Supervisor Brian Wells announced that he had written a letter to Leilani Ulrich, APA Chairwoman, on April 11.

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Ticonderoga chamber plans annual dinner, auction

Sponsors sought for June 14 event

The Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to its annual dinner and auction. The 11th annual event will be Friday, June 14, at the Silver Bay YMCA’s Gullen Lounge. Appetizers will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The silent auction, live auction and dancing will follow.

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Footrace on Saturday honors memory of young Lake George teacher

Randal Madison was a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Lake George Elementary who inspired his students to achieve in academics and to lead fulfilling lives. He died unexpectedly in 2001 of a brain aneurism, and since then hundreds of people have participated in a footrace to honor the beloved instructor. Randy's Run is to take place Saturday on the Warren County Bikeway. It starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lake George Elementary School.

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Willsboro CV-TEC student wins state SkillsUSA event

Lee Sloper, a senior at Willsboro Central School and a member of the CV-TEC small engineering program, earned a trip to the national SkillsUSA competition to be held in Kansas City June 24-25 by placing first at the New York State competition, recently held in Syracuse.

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‘Adirondack Kids’ authors to release book about Adirondack Carousel

The who-done-it book, “The Carousel Case, the Bicycle Race & The Blackfly Bad Guy,” will be released at a joint one-year anniversary party of the Carousel’s opening on May 25.

Mission trip fundraiser set for May 25 at Scout Hall

Many of you may remember an article that the News Enterprise ran for us back in the fall to help advertise the barn sale that we were having to help raise support for the missions trip that we are taking as a family this summer.

Thanks for help

The Board of Directors and Staff of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., SUNY Plattsburgh Project H.E.L.P and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the 561 volunteers and all those who donated over 1250 food items on the Day of Caring.

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Community Theatre Players to present ‘Evita’

The Community Theatre Players are pleased to announce their 2013 spring musical, Evita, with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber with lyrics and book by Tim Rice. Bonnie B. Brewer is directing the production, with music direction by Phill Greenland and choreography by Terpsie Toon.

Cultural genocide is under way

It is too easy to dismiss the arguments of the tea party members as simplistic fear of one-world socialist government orchestrated through the United Nations, as some opponents to Washington County tea party resolutions seem to think, according to news reports.

Moriah linkster records hole-in-one

Roy Bristol of Moriah got a hole-in-one May 8 in the Wednesday Night Men’s League at Moriah Country Club.

Ramblings, really?

It’s quite troubling why a certain writer would label comments by gun proponents as “rambling.”

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Indian Lake students visit SUNY Adirondack for High School Business Day

Several Indian Lake Central School students had a great day at the 20th Annual High School Business Day at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

Thursday, May 16

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Boston runners invited to Schroon Lake

Free entry for those affected by bombings

Organizers of the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival are offering free entry into the Adirondack Marathon this fall for 50 runners who were prevented from finishing the Boston race.

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Chester to buy boat washing station, boost inspection of watercraft

While the state has balked at sponsoring boat inspection and decontamination to control the spread of aquatic invasive species, the town of Chester has voted to purchase a boat decontamination station and locate it at Loon Lake. They've also voted to boost the hours for lake stewards to be posted at local lakes to inspect boats for invasives before the watercraft are launched.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - May 1913

Bakers Mills News

We are talking about the weather again. We know that May is a month of very mixed types of weather.

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Mill Creek Musings

For Mother’s Day my family gave me a plaque showing the Nickerson Family Tree, est. 1960.


Bargains likely at Thurman sale

Notes from Planet Earth

Maternal behavior of a different sort

Reader asks for compassion

In regards to Bob Nessle’s letter to the editor in last week’s issue, he seems to be just as disrespectful and childish as the liberals are.

Town Talk

Talk set on history of trout fishing

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Champlain Valley Chorale to celebrate ‘American Song’

Concerts May 31 in Schroon, June 2 in Ti

The Champlain Valley Chorale’s spring concert will be “A Celebration of American Song.” The Champlain Valley Chorale will perform at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Schroon Lake on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. and at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m.

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Minerva Town Board mulls Finch land deal

In her May 2 report to the board, Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey noted that the Nature Conservancy has committed a $500,000 pool of funds to support local projects that help the five towns to develop opportunities resulting from the land purchase.

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Westport sixth graders come together at Dudley

As many as 14 sixth-grade students crowded onto a pair of small boxes set up at the other end of a rope swing, trying to stay out of the “lava.”

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Mental Health awareness takes to the streets

Students, caregivers, families and friends took to the streets of Elizabethtown May 10 to promote awareness for children with mental illness.

Gore baseball results

On May 6, Gore lost to Rotary of North Creek 14-9. With the bat, Shawn Mulligan was 4-for-4, with a double, triple, and 3 RBIs.

Proud of Ti

These past two weekends I have been touched by the volunteers who were working to make our community great!

Habitat for Humanity house available

The Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for families interested in owning a Habitat house.

Flagging respect

Now that Sheriff Cutting has opened the topic of respect for the American flag (Valley News May 4), I feel compelled to further the conversation with my own humble observations.

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Ross to marry

David and Christine Ross of Ticonderoga have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miranda Jeanne Ross, to Bryce Beuerlein, son of Bruce and Maria Beuerlein of Ticonderoga.

Consider LGCS expenditures

Why will it cost Lake George Central School District taxpayers over $23,208 to educate each student next year?

Wednesday, May 15

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Ticonderoga woman marks 90 years

Belva Blood looks forward to future

Belva Blood will celebrate her 90th birthday May 31, but the Ticonderoga woman isn’t about to concede to age.

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Ticonderoga road to be closed

DOT to replace culvert

Motorists are advised that a half-mile stretch of Route 9N between Route 74 and Burgoyne Road in Ticonderoga, Essex County, will be closed beginning Monday morning, May 20, for a culvert replacement project.

Willsboro Column

Hope all mothers were treated well this past Sunday, I know for myself it was great as I was able to enjoy four generations of my family at the same table.

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North Country SPCA

Have you had the opportunity to visit the new NCSPCA shelter in Elizabethtown?

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Style and Substance: On having children

My wife and I are in our early 30s and have been married for 2 years.

Keeseville Column

All the hard work has paid off this weekend as the first North Country Honor Flight will head to the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Essex Column

The Adirondack Art Association’s first show of the year opens on May 31 at the gallery in the former firehouse in the heart of downtown Essex.

Westport Column

A while back I reported that funding had run out for the ACAP After School Program in Westport and that it wouldn’t be continuing for the next school year.

Elizabethtown Column

The Pleasant Valley Chorale’s Spring Concert is this weekend.

News Enterprise Sports Roundup

Baseball & softball results.

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$11,000 donation prompts upgrade of Chester Veterans Plaza

Following an outpouring of generosity from local businesses to construct the Veterans Monument in Chestertown, Home Depot steps forward with $11,000 for enhancements, and 40 of the Glens Falls Home Depot employees sign up for a workday to install landscaping and walkways.

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CFES officially opens Essex facility

The CFES offices in Essex were unveiled at a grand opening reception attended by Congressman Bill Owens, State Assemblyman Dan Stec and former New York Gov. and Essex resident George Pataki.

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Ticonderoga senior housing project on schedule

Tenant applications to be accepted beginning June 1

Construction of the Moses Circle Senior Apartments in Ticonderoga is on schedule and the complex is expected to open in September.

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Sheriff honored for work with military employees, veterans

Murphy, who works with employers and soldiers to educate them on their responsibilities that go with deployment and getting back into the workforce after employment, was there to present the Patriot Award to the sheriff, a surprise honoring that only he, Undersheriff Michael Badger and Deputy Mark Bruce, who also serves in the Navy Reserve, knew about.

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A year’s worth of weather, in a week

Notes from the North Woods

It certainly has been an interesting week to be in the woods.

Farmers markets: shop while supporting the community

It’s that time of year again. Time to enjoy life without layers, time to enjoy the extended days and time to enjoy the bounty of our local farmers’ harvests.

Editorial on target

Your paper’s recent editorial was right on track, hopefully will be understood and appreciated by your readers.

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Fly fishing prairie guys

Conservation Conversations

They say the early bird gets the worm. It should read: “The early riser gets the bird,” and hopefully that bird’s a turkey, but for me, I think the “bird” is all I’m getting, so to speak!

A Million Dollars an Hour?

Kids Count

Les Leopold has penned a book that if factual, is enough to you make you very uneasy and at some junctures downright angry.

Tuesday, May 14

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Golf carts taken from Cobble Hill Golf Course

For the second time in several months, a golf cart has been stolen from the Cobble Hill Golf Course.

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Iron Ore challenge returns

Cheney Mountain hike slated June 1

The second annual Mineville Iron Ore Man Challenge hopes to build on last year’s success while attracting attention to the community’s newest hiking trail.

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True North schools to hold budget hearings

In preparation of the annual school budget vote on May 21, school officials in the True North districts are set to hold public hearings on their spending plans on May 13 and 14.

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Essex County to ramp up child safety seat checks

Essex County is looking to better help parents keep their young children safe while on the roads.

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Pasta fundraiser to benefit Outing Club

The Lake Placid Outing Club is hosting its annual Pasta Dinner Fund Raiser and Summer Trip Planning Meeting on Thursday, May 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Elementary School cafeteria.

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Ellsworth hailed for work with youth, boosting community pride & patriotism

Joanne Ellsworth of Chestertown is known both for nurturing patriotism, and responsibility in children through her pre-school — and for her work in leading the local American Legion Post, which is an influential organization locally. After years of service to her community, Ellsworth has been honored for her efforts — she's been named the local V.I.P. of the Year.

Truth or consequences

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Back in the 1950s, “Truth or Consequences” was a popular television show where contestants received roughly two seconds to answer a trivia question correctly before “Beulah the Buzzer” sounded.

Monday, May 13

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Lions plan charity auction, sale

Schroon Lake event May 25 and 26

The Town of Schroon Lake Lions Club will again hold its annual Memorial Day weekend charity auction and garage sale.

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Ticonderoga school budget calls for cuts

25 positions eliminated or reduced

Facing a $540,000 budget gap, the Ticonderoga Central School board of education was forced to make tough decisions when preparing the proposed 2013-14 budget. The spending plan calls for the elimination of 11.6 full-time equivalent jobs and cuts in academic programs.

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Night paving to prompt one-lane traffic through downtown Warrensburg

For up to two weeks, traffic on about a half-mile of busy Rte. 9 through downtown Warrensburg will be reduced to one lane on weekday nights to accomodate paving work.

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North Country careers available at biannual job fair

North Country job seekers will have an opportunity to meet perspective new employers at the North Country Chamber of Commerce Job Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. May 15 at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road.

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Come see the Belle of Amherst at the NCCCA

“The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman play written by William Luce, will be performed at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts next weekend. The play was originally directed by Charles Nelson Reilly and starred Julie Harris. It opened on April 28, 1976, at the Longacre Theatre in Manhattan, where it ran for 116 performances.

Sunday, May 12

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“Bird Feeder Bandit” caught on camera

An unruly neighbor who pulled down a local family’s bird feeders and was even so bold as to get less than a foot from their kitchen window at night threatens to make them take their feeders inside

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Winners of PBS writers contest announced

On Tuesday, April 30, Mountain Lake PBS honored the winners of its “PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.” The contest invited children from kindergarten through third grade to submit stories they wrote and illustrated for judging.

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Johnsburg Central to host art show, concert the night of budget vote

The Johnsburg Central School will be hosting an art show reception and concert the night of the annual budget vote, Tuesday, May 21.

Saturday, May 11

On Campus

Michael Badger a sophomore homeland security major from Moriah, was honored for excelling academically at SUNY Canton’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Hardship Fund gives thanks for party help

The North Country Hardship Fund would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out Friday night to our “ 2nd Annual Spring Run Off Party.”

Change second amendment

Reading the ramblings of those against any kind of gun control, is like reading a fiction novel written by “Chicken Little!”

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Willsboro Outdoor World welcomed 'back' by community

Hotaling, who graduated from Plattsburgh State in December with a degree in business, said that opening a sporting goods store was not her top option, but realized that there was a need for it in the community.

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Olympic Regional Hall of Fame seeks 2013 nominations

The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee is seeking suggestions from residents of the Olympic region regarding possible nominations for 2013.

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Marchers rally in the day to send out Take Back the Night’s message

Plattsburgh State students, staff and community members joined in a rally on April 30 to empower survivors of sexual violence and to demand accountability after the annual Take Back the Night march was interrupted by negative remarks from a group of young men on Brinkerhoff Street April 27.

Friday, May 10

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Crown Point budget proposal maintains programs

Spending plan similar to current budget

Difficult choices the past five years are now paying dividends for the Crown Point Central School District. The proposed 2013-14 Crown Point budget maintains all existing programs and staff. There are no cuts.

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Skaters' dreams to be realized in Lake George Skate Park

What started out as an apprehension of young skateboarders has resulted in a new recreational venue not only for local athletes, but for competitive 'boarders and tourists from all over the nation.

Oral history help

The Warren County Historical Society will be conducting oral history interviews during the Rural Heritage Festival and Youth Fair at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg on Aug. 10.

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NY Comptroller audits town of Johnsburg

Lists ways to improve management, online banking

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office recently filed an audit for the town of Johnsburg and made several recommendations regarding management oversight and online banking.

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Crown Point to mark its founding

Memorial Day festivities May 26 and 27

Crown Point has observed Memorial Day for 145 years, but the 2013 festivities will mark an even bigger anniversary. Crown Point is celebrating the 225th year of its founding.

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Essex stormwater line project stalled

Essex County Department of Public Works Director Anthony LaVigne said that the work in the hamlet of Essex to replace the stormwater line on Beggs Point Road had to be halted recently when it was found out the line would run directly into the current town water line.

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School board seats to be contested at AVCS, Keene

A total of 10 North Country residents are running for eight open seats on the five local school boards in the region, with only three seats being contested.

Upset by comments

I take great exception to Mr. (Jim) Major’s and Supervisor (Deb) Malaney’s assessment of the group of business people, past and present town officials and legitimate resident voters of Ticonderoga in the May 4 Times of Ti.

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Former Plattsburgh resident to compete in Battle of Plattsburgh 2

Long before Battle of Plattsburgh festivities take over the city in September, there will be a different battle in Plattsburgh. And this one will involve mixed martial arts.

Thoughts on the U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has done hardly anything in the last decade that sustains any respect from me.

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Chazy Central Rural School to perform Spring Concert

On Monday, May 13, more than 150 students will perform in the Chazy Central Rural School’s Spring Concert.

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‘Aladdin’ to take the Pendragon stage

Pendragon Theatre is pleased to announce its’ 2013 spring family classic, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” by Michele L. Vacca.

Thursday, May 9

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Schroon Lake school budget meets tax cap

Teaching positions restored in proposed plan

Schroon Lake Central School’s proposed 2013-14 budget meets the state-mandated tax cap while restoring teaching positions cut a year ago.

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Relay for life team gets physical for purple power with a Zumbathon

 The Relay for Life team “Motivators” will host a Zumbathon at the Our Lady of Victory Church at 4919 South Catherine Street, on May 10. The Zumbathon will begin at 7 p.m. and go till 8:30 p.m.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago - May 1913•


Warm weather warnings

Bakers Mills News

Another beautiful and very busy week and weekend. The flowers are beginning to bloom, and the leaves are starting.

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Johnsburg Library News

Author to visit library May 16

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APA details classification alternatives for former Finch lands

The Adirondack Park Agency Board met May 9 at APA headquarters and discussed alternatives to classify the state’s newly acquired land formerly owned by the Finch, Pruyn paper company.

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Ticonderoga youngster tackles cancer

Grace Harker raising money for St. Jude’s

Grace Harker will walk in Ti’s Bicentennial Park Saturday, May 25, at 3 p.m. to raise money for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Her goal is to raise more than $400.

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Families First to host mental health walk Friday

During the May 6 Essex County Board of Supervisors monthly meeting, Families First Executive Director JoAnne Caswell talked to the members of Mental Health Month and Children’s Mental Health Week while announcing that the group would be holding an awareness walk in Elizabethtown this Friday.

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Essex County approves hazardous waste disposal day funding

The Board of Supervisors voted to add $40,000 from contingency to an existing $20,000 budgeted to hold a hazardous waste disposal day at two sites in the county.

Gore baseball results

April 29, Gore beat Oscar’s of Warrensburg 9-7. Matt Richards pitched five innings, giving up 3 hits with 7 strikeouts.

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Kickball tournament raises money for cancer research

On August 9, 2009 our lives were changed forever.

Johnsburg Youth Athletics thanks sponsors

ohnsburg Youth Baseball & Softball would like to take this time to thank the following for sponsoring the baseball and softball program for the 2013 season:

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Politicians and performers at CFES dedication

College For Every Student (CFES) will unveil its new building at 2303 Main Street in Essex, NY, on Friday, May 10th, during a dedication ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m.

Elizabethtown GOP seeks candidates

The Town of Elizabethtown Republican Committee will be interviewing candidate(s) for the expiring terms(s) of Town Supervisor, Town Clerk, Town Council (two seats), Town Highway Superintendent and Town Justice (two seats).

Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring was held on April 27 and across the North Country approximately 70 projects were completed with help from more than 500 volunteers.

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56th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby results

Below are the results from the 56th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby, held the weekend of May 4-5, submitted by organizer Kate Nightingale.

Tax service a success

The AARP Tax Aide program, sponsored locally by the Hague Chamber of Commerce, helped friends and neighbors in Hague, Ticonderoga and surrounding towns and villages to prepare and electronically file 2012 tax returns.

Wednesday, May 8

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Moriah gets pleasant surprise

Increased state aid, retired debt help proposed budget

After several years of struggling to meet the state-mandated tax cap, Moriah Central School caught a break as it prepared its proposed 2013-14 budget. Moriah’s state aid for next academic year is up $318,520.

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Denno found guilty for murder of Keeseville man

A jury found Scott E. Denno guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree gang assault after three-hour deliberation on May 8 for the death of Robert M. Rennie, of Keeseville. Acting Supreme Court Justice Richard Meyer sent the jury into deliberations shortly after 10 a.m., and they were back with a verdict shortly after 1 p.m.

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DEC announces new fishing spots on former Finch Paper lands

Fishing opportunities on stretches of shoreline along four Adirondack trout waters and one pond are now open to anglers New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced May 1.

Proposed power line gets state OK

Federal permits still needed for Lake Champlain project

The state Public Service Commission has approved a high-capacity electricity transmission line that will be submerged beneath the waters of Lake Champlain.

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North Country SPCA

This week the NCSPCA would like to announce that our first litter of kittens born at the new shelter are now seven weeks old and ready for adoption!

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The wave

Notes from the North Woods

Adirondackers have again begun practicing that old, familiar wave.

Thankful for support

Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) would like to thank the community for the support we received after the article about our food shelf appeared in Denton Publications.

Essex Column

The CATS photography contest winds up May 15, so get your camera or smart phone or whatever technology you prefer, and hit the trails.

Westport Column

It’s hard to believe this is the fifth season that the handsome Visitors Center at the Westport Heritage House has been there to welcome newcomers to our region and our community.

Elizabethtown Column

There are some fun activities to get involved in this Saturday, May 11.

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Essex, AES earn design award for municipal treatment plant

However, inside the two barns is the Town of Essex Wastewater Treatment Plant, which recently won a 2013 Excellence In Building Design Competition Award during the Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference held in Lake Placid.

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Closing time rule change passes through Essex County board

While there was little opposition to changing the rules for alcohol sales during the Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting May 6, most of the discussion focused on a change to when it could be sold on a specific day.

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Hague to host Memorial Day activities

‘FunFest,’ parade, observance planned May 25

Hague will mark Memorial Day, honoring World War II and Civil War veterans. Sponsored by the Hague Senior Citizens Club, the festivities will be held Saturday, May 25, and will include activities in the town park, a parade and a memorial service.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance


Nothing good occurs after 2 a.m.

Week after week it seems, we read about violent acts in the region fueled by alcohol abuse.

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Fight the good fight!

Conservation Conversations

The weather has gone from winter to summer in about three days. The lack of rain and hot sun are warming things up and drying things out.

Tuesday, May 7

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Putnam budget proposal meets tax cap

Spending plan maintains programs, staff

Thanks to a reprieve from New York State, the proposed 2013-14 Putnam Central School budget meets the state-mandated tax cap.

It Should Not be About Rails Versus Trails

The Adirondack North Country Association hereby re-states its support for the mixed-use management objectives of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Final Management Plan, currently in force, and further supports the retention of all railroad infrastructure which can support economic development, including tourism, through enhanced rail operations in the future.”

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Schroon to welcome summer

‘Opening Weekend’ May 25

Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer in most communities. In Schroon Lake, it’s official. Schroon Lake will host its second annual “opening weekend” Saturday, May 25. Sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, it will be 1 to 5 p.m. in the town park.

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Remingtons’ 2013 spinal cord benefit yields $33,718

Injured in 1999 in a logging accident, Scott Remington has dedicated considerable effort — likewise his family members — in raising more than $400,000 for cures and therapies for spinal cord impairment through the Christopher Reeve Foundation. The Remingtons' annual fundraiser hasn't lost support through the years, and those in northern Warren County supporting the Remingtons' grassroots effort have been hailed for their generosity.

The era of rage

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We see it on the highways. It’s becoming more apparent in politics these days.

Monday, May 6

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Youth advocate Irv West: Be wary of meds — Listen to teens instead

For years, youth advocate Irv West has contended that medications are needlessly administered to troubled teens who may need merely to be listened to and respected.

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Ticonderoga group tours Grand Canyon

Students, adults make western trek

A group of Ticonderoga students and adults made a trip through the western U.S. during the school’s April break. While it was a vacation, there was little time to rest.

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Ticonderoga High School again earns national recognition

Schroon Lake also among the nation’s best, magazine reports

Ticonderoga High School has again been ranked as one of the best in the nation. Ti High was awarded a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report magazine in its annual ranking of the country’s best schools. It’s the fourth straight year the school has been honored.

Keep the town clean

I moved to Willsboro five years ago.

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Farm-fresh food to be distributed in Warren Co. via CSA program

A century ago, family farms were common throughout the Adirondacks, providing local food to area residents — but industrialized farming took its place in the mid-1900s. But now, after a 70-year absence, small farms in the Adirondacks are on the rebound. One milestone in this trend is that fresh, naturally-grown vegetables, meat, eggs and yogurt — all produced locally in the Adirondacks — will be available this summer in Warrensburg as well as North Creek and Glens Falls due to a new Farm Share program.

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Livin’ & Lovin’ Country Dance Party will bring top country artists to Plattsburgh

Top Country artists will headline at a day long music and fun festival at the Crete Memorial Civic Center in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 25.

Sunday, May 5

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Harlem students make a CFES trip to Willsboro

Students from the Wadleigh Secondary School and Frederick Douglass Academy II in Harlem spent three days with students from Willsboro Central School, part of a College For Every Student (CFES) exchange program between the two districts.

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Make-A-Wish gives a Plattsburgh teen tools to make a dream come true

Teen with cystic fibrosis receives photography equipment

A local teen received the ultimate set of equipment to prepare him for his dream job as a photographer through the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Interpretation of amendment

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” - Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Saturday, May 4

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Alcohol proposal headed to full Essex County board

The resolution in support of changing the hours in which an establishment can sell alcohol from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. passed through the committee, 13-2, making its way to a weighted full board vote May 6.

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Essex County Sheriff’s Department receives comptroller recommendations

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department recently received several suggestions to help streamline financial processes from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

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Christopher Taylor is newest Rotary member

The North Creek Rotary Club officials are pleased to welcome their newest member, Christopher Taylor, pastor at Bakers Mills Wesleyan Church.

Run a success

The Moriah Teachers Association Scholarship Committee would like to express its sincere appreciation to all who worked to make our recent 5K run/walk a success.

Friday, May 3

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The Sagamore Resort to resume year-round operations

Area leaders hail decision

Rebounding from the recession, the nationally renowned Sagamore Resort will now be open year-round, its general manager announced Friday May 3 as he conducted a tour of the resort's remodeled Lodge suites, their reconstructed Spa & Salon, and renovated Conference Center.

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WWII program coming to Ticonderoga

Ti Historical Society program May 17

Diane O’Connor will present her program, “We Interrupt This Program…,” in the downstairs program room at the Hancock House on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The program will focus on World War II.

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Route 73 work through Cascades postponed

The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists that construction on a project to make slope repairs this month along Route 73 in the vicinity of Cascade Lakes between Lake Placid and Keene, Essex County, has been postponed.

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North Country Niche now open in North Creek

Steve Studnicky has moved into Kim’s Closet, changed the name and expanded to offer a full consignment shop at 282 Main St. on the second floor of Izzy’s Market.

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Huestis to wed

Mr. and Mrs. John Huestis of Ticonderoga have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth Huestis, to Brian James Warren, son of Marc Warren of Ticonderoga and the late Kathleen Sweeney of Crown Point.

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Crown Point museum to open

Historic site ready for 2013

The Crown Point State Historic Site museum will celebrate an anniversary when it opens for the 2013 season. The historic site museum, located on the New York State end of the Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point, will open Saturday May 11.

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Denno trial: Medical examiner says death caused by severe trauma

Autopsy results concluded the death of Robert Rennie was caused by severe blunt force trauma that caused extreme internal bleeding.

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Hudson River Whitewater Derby this weekend

Adirondack Adventure Festival also set

It’s time to celebrate the 56th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby and 4th Annual Adirondack Adventure Festival May 3-5.

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Music from around the world comes to Lake Placid

The event, the World Music Festival, will be the largest fundraiser ever held to benefit Reason 2 Smile, a non-profit organization that helps orphaned and at-risk children in developing countries.

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Keene earns first baseball win against former ‘Beagle’ mates

This year, players from Keene and Westport came together again — not as teammates, but to renew acquaintances as foes on the diamond.

Enough is enough

I think I can speak for at least half of the town of Elizabethtown when I say enough is enough. We have the facts. We are free to make up our own minds.

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Ustad Shafaat Khan to perform at Tannery Pond

Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-reknown classical Indian musician, will perform a concert at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 2

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Moriah student assisting cancer center

Senior project in honor of great-grandfather

A Moriah Central School student is completing her senior project while honoring her great-grandfather and helping others. Carolyn Evens is raising $1,000 for the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh.

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Exhibit in Lake George: Kozol’s abstract art, inspired by nature

Melanie Kozol's paintings are glorious, harmonious eruptions of color — inspired by nature. Her work is to be on exhibit beginning Saturday May 4 in the Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery.

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Couple marks 60 years

Rolland and Agnes Yaw of Ticonderoga celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 2.

Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - May 1913

Bakers Mills News

What a beautiful weekend. Warm, nice breeze and NO bugs.

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Keeseville Murder suspect conflicting stories revealed in court testimony

Investigating officers who questioned Scott E. Denno revealed during the second day of trial that he changed his story many times over the course of the investigation of his involvement in the death of Robert Rennie.

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Chris O’Connor Memorial golf tourney set for Saturday

A A departed Bolton man known for his friendly demeanor and community involvement is memorialized in a golf tourney, set for this weekend, that raises money for continuing expenses of raising his children.

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Fort Ticonderoga readies for 2013 season

Fort Carillon, 1755 to be featured

Fort Ticonderoga will return to its roots — literally — during its 104th season. The fort, which opens Friday, May 17, will focus on the events of 1755. That’s the year French soldiers began construction of Fort Carillon, today’s Fort Ticonderoga.

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Westport school board, teachers make agreement that balances budget

The Westport Central School board approved a $5,505,000 2013-14 budget to put before voters at a regular meeting on April 25.

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Essex County work on Little Whiteface to move forward while monitoring Bicknell’s Thrush

Work on the new radio tower on Little Whiteface will move forward after concerns over the mating habits of an endangered bird were raised last week.

Johnsburg EMS: An evolution of care

In those vital moments when a medical emergency strikes, you don’t want to wonder about the quality of your town’s ambulance squad, about who is standing by, and how they’ll arrive, and what can they do to help.

Constitution and liberty

This is an additional response to the question by Mr. Sam Huntington of Dresden, regarding my statements of constitutional authority and responsibility of oath-takers in my March 30 and April 27 letters to the Times of Ti.


Over the fence

School employee expenses need to be cut

We are nearing the May 21 vote on the 2013-14 budget and all-important election of four candidates to the school board to represent you the parents, students, and taxpayers.

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Gore starts season with win, loss

Playing for Gore youth baseball team this season are 12-year-old Logan McKinney, 11-year-old Gabe Smith, Jon Lorensen and Connor Cavanagh, 10-year-old Anthony Galle, Shawn Mulligan, Dominic Brouthers and Matt Richards, 9-year-old Jaxon Roblee and 8 year old Silas Taylor.

Respect the flag during parades

The great American tradition of parades is almost upon us again.

Wednesday, May 1

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Lake Geo. citizens debate casinos: a windfall or curse?

Debate heats up over whether a casino in Lake George would spark prosperity or degrade the local quality of life.

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Lake Champlain Bridge recognized

Local coaliton pleased with honor

The Lake Champlain Bridge has received national recognition. The American Council of Engineering Companies has presented HNTB Corp., the firm that designed the span, with its Grand Award.

Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring was held on April 27 and across the North Country approximately 70 projects were completed with help from more than 500 volunteers.

Sports Roundup

Softball and Baseball Results

Essex Column

The Town of Essex won an award at the recent Adirondack Park Local Government conference in Lake Placid.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA is happy to announce that we have seen a wave of recent adoptions!

Elizabethtown Column

Spring is finally here!

Westport Column

Well, planning for summer is now officially underway.

Keeseville Column

Happy May to everyone reading this column. Hopefully the April showers will bring Goff Flowers to us soon!

Willsboro Column

Great weather to start getting outside to do yard work or just walking, have seen several bikers going by, the sounds of nature are great.

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‘Go Digital or Go Dark’ campaign under way

Almost 200 people made their way into the main screening room at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid April 26 to help launch a campaign to keep small town movie cinemas in the Adirondack region alive.

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ELCS keeps budget under tax cap

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board of Education will present a budget to district voters that comes in below the state tax levy cap

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Ticonderoga hopes to revive summer rec program

Advanced registration, payment required by June 1

The town of Ticonderoga will attempt to renew its annual summer youth recreation program. The program, which served about 200 children each year, was victim of budget cuts a year ago.

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Style and Substance: In the heat of the argument

I have a few friends that take up the whole conversation when we go out together, when I talk with them on the phone, or am out running errands.

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Connected by natural rhythms

Notes from the North Woods

Most rivers and streams are still running high, with waterconnected by natural rhythms.

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Conservation Conversations

All my life I have loved the adventure of traveling.

Not the time for petty politics

If you want the type of finger-pointing and sabre-rattling that often comes with state and federal government, then look no further than the small Essex County town of Elizabethtown.

Thankful for support

The 2012-13 Plattsburgh Youth Hockey 16U Boys Midget team was formed with the simple purpose of giving local hockey players the opportunity to play some additional games around their respective high school schedules.