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Monday, September 30

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Ti to budget for building maintenance, repairs

Study identifies needs in town buildings

The first time, Ticonderoga’s town budget will include a dedicated fund for building maintenance and repair in 2014. An 18-month review of town-owned buildings has been completed by a private firm with recommendations for the future. Some of those recommendations will be included in the 2014 town budget.

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Bolton's Harvest Fest to feature bed & canoe races

Canoe and bed races, children's games, a communal soup, a shared meal of home-cooked food and paddling around a scenic pond — who could ask for more from a community festival. The Bolton Harvest Festival is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 5 at Edgecomb Pond.

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Red Hats perform, solve mystery

Ticonderoga-based women’s group remains active

Whodunit? That’s what the Ladies Between the Lakes of the Red Hat Society had to figure out recently as they presented their annual mystery.

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Careening vehicles, burnouts threaten future of car show in Lake George

Success often brings accompanying problems — The lake George Adirodnack Nationals Car Show draws an immense crowd, which boosts commerce in the village, but threatens public safety with the traffic gridlock through which emergency vehicles can't navigate, as well as some unlawful behavior from spectators.

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Red Cross partners with emergency service agencies on Run for the Red

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross is taking over the Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval along with several emergency service organizations Saturday, Oct. 5, to help get their message out to the North Country.

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Lake Champlain Yoga and Wellness Center to open

A new yoga and wellness center is opening on Oct. 1 in Essex. Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness (LCY&W) will open on Main Street at the former Live Well location.

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Rouses Point man deploying to D.C. Navy Yard

Red Cross volunteer has seen numerous disaster deployments

When disasters happen, Rouses Point’s Bob Fitzgerald is likely to get the call. Fitzgerald is a member of the Red Cross’s Disaster Action Team, and responds to emergencies for anything from a local fire displacing a family, to a national tragedy like a hurricane. Since he started with the Red Cross in 2005, Fitzgerald has deployed as part of the response to Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy, as well as the recent Lake Champlain flooding locally.

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Sweet Adelines a capella group celebrate 45 years

The Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines will commemorate 45 years of harmony at a show reflectively titled “Celebrate” Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Strand Theatre. The festivities will include performances by veteran group members, including the performance of an original member.

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Donate Life event planned at ECH

The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary is offering a “Donate Life” information session on October 2 from 4-6 pm in the hospital boardroom.

Sunday, September 29

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Popular 'Festival for the Lake' continues Sunday with family activities, games, crafts, street fest

A family festival held to raise money to help protect the purity of Lake George draws thousands to enjoy music and a wide array of activities. The Festival for the Lake continues Sunday, Sept. 29 through 4 p.m.

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Cross Shores Farm wins Barrantes Cup in polo

During the past few years, Cross Shores Farm, home of the Adirondack Polo Club, has brought the sport of polo to the town of Westport.

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Four honored with induction to Westport Wall of Distinction

Family, friends and members of the Westport Central School community joined together Sept. 14 as the second Wall of Distinction induction ceremony and dinner added four new names.

Saturday, September 28

On Campus

Marissa Carey Titus of Crown Point received academic honors

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Patriots fall to Indians, prep for Saranac Lake short-handed

While they were able to come away relatively pain free, it was one penalty during the Indians’ 47-7 victory that will change the game plan heading into their Class C matchup with Saranac Lake scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Large colon takes center stage at hunters health expo

An inflatable colon took over the Elizabethtown Community Hospital waiting room Sept. 18.

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Photo exhibit of new work by Burdette Parks to open

A new photo exhibit, Heads and Tales, opening at the Adirondack Artists’ Gallery on Oct. 4, represents a revived exploration for Burdette Parks.

Flowers taken

I am writing this letter to the person or persons who felt compelled to steal the potted mums from my father’s grave at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Friday, September 27

Thurman may reinstate youth program

The town of Thurman cut its summer youth program this year due to budget constraints. But now that the budget stresses have receded, town leaders are considering reinstating some form of organized youth activities. The issue is likely to be raised at a special town board meeting Monday Sept. 20.

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Indian Lake school welcomes international students

Karl Friedricks and Zdenek Vhynls are Indian Lake Central School’s first international students, and during the Sept. 17 Board of Education meeting, the two young men had a chance to meet and get acquainted with the members of the School Board.

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New furniture store in Qby. offers top quality, high style and low prices

A furniture store that's outwitted the competition in Vermont to become the state's largest enterprise of its kind has opened a new store in Queensbury.

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Cuomo to make final Finch land classification decision

Meets with town officials, green group

As reporters waited in the sun for a press conference to begin Thursday, Sept. 26 outside the Gore Mountain Ski Center base lodge, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was meeting inside with local government leaders in a closed-door session to discuss the upcoming classification of newly acquired state land in the Central Adirondacks.

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Man hurt in North Hudson crash

Police Report

A Chateaugay man was injured in a North Hudson motor vehicle accident Sept. 18.

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Ticonderoga school to test new emergency plan

Elementary-middle school lock down slated Oct. 17

Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School will be locked down as part of a safety drill Oct. 17. Students, faculty and staff will implement a new plan designed to protect them in the event of an emergency at the building.

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'Festival for the Lake’ to take over Lk. Geo. village this weekend

Lake George is becoming known for its celebrations, and the latest is likely to extend that reputation. Billed to be Lake George's largest party yet of its kind, the Festival for the Lake is occurring this weekend, with a street fair complete with beer and wine, a lineup of musical entertainment, casino games, and a children's carnival.

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Chesterfield dedicates flagpole on anniversary of 9/11

A new flagpole now displays the American flag at the Chesterfield Town Hall.

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Dague and Streightif to wed

Brandon Philip Dague and Sabrina Rose Streightif have announced their engagement.

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Museum joins Smithsonian Museum Day Live! event

The Adirondack History Center Museum is offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 28, for Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!

RSVP seeks volunteers

Do you have extra time to have a chat, work a puzzle or take a stroll?

It’s never too late to learn

Guest Commentary

Back to school time is a second chance for adult learners.

Consider all the facts

So, the Moriah supervisor wants another study on consolidating the Mineville-Witherbee and Moriah fire districts.

Appreciative of support

In 2009, Congress designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.

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Hawae and the Big Boss Sausage to take stage this weekend

From Plattsburgh to Lake Placid there will be music and a roller derby bout the the Ally Kats.

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Lineup finalized for three day music event "Bringing it Home" at the Strand

The final line-up for the three-day music festival “Bringing it Home For the Strand” has been announced.

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Dogs take over town of Minerva

They were furry, barked occasionally, were very well-behaved, and were quite dog-like.

Thursday, September 26

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Ticonderoga walk takes aim at hunger

Annual CROP Walk set Oct. 19

The 10th annual CROP Walk to end hunger will be held in Ticonderoga. The 2013 event will Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. It will begin and end at the Heritage Museum at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. There will be mile, 2-mile and 4-mile walks.

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Johnsburg Planning Board to be downsized

Although members of the Johnsburg Town Board approved cutting two positions from the Johnsburg Planning Board at their Sept. 3 meeting, the downsizing won’t take effect until early 2014.

Town Talk

Warrensburg area residents are encouraged to submit their doll houses or “room boxes” for consideration for the upcoming holiday exhibit at the Warrensburgh Historical Museum

Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Sept. 1913•

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Indian Lake abuzz with activity

Indian Lake Chamber News - The River Starts Here

There has been a noticeable “buzz” and sense of pride in and around Indian Lake these days.

Notes from Planet Earth

Not so Lady-like Ladybugs

Bakers Mills News

Another beautiful week that ended with a change in the temperature.

Athol-Thurman

Gore to host Harvest Fest

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Youth pheasant hunt planned for this weekend

WILLSBORO ­— The Willsboro Fish & Game Club will again be hosting its annual youth pheasant hunt this weekend, Sept. 28-29, beginning at 9 a.m.

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Six-story structure, parking garage proposed for Surfside Hotel on Lake George

Although the side of Lake George's main drag that extends to the lake was specifically excluded from hosting tall buildings in recent zoning changes, the owner of a leading hotel situated on the lake has asked for a zoning variance to build a six-story structure to house 60 new rooms and a two-story parking garage, now prohibited in the hotel's zone.

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Chester awarded funding for biofuel heating of municipal complex

The town of Chester takes another step forward in sustainable practices — while saving money for taxpayers and aiding the environment.

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Fundraiser and celebration for Couch Street fire victim planned

Festivities to celebrate Alexa Limato

Friends are coming together for a night of music and dance in support of Alexa Limato who was seriously injured in a Sept. 20 house fire on Couch Street. The event will be held Sept. 26 at the Green Room from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The event titled “Help Alexa Heal” will raise funds going directly to Limato and her family.

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Fort Ticonderoga names Volunteer of the Year

Betty Rettig cited for her work in the King’s Garden

A community horticulturist has been honored by Fort Ticonderoga. Betty Rettig of Ticonderoga has been named the fort’s Volunteer of the Year for her work in Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden. Rettig has donated nearly 300 hours of volunteer service since 2009.

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Paul Taylor trial continues

The trial of the third and final suspect in the murder of Robert Rennie began on Tuesday. Paul Taylor, 39, of Keeseville was charged with second degree murder, second degree gang assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Rennie’s body was found near an iron footbridge on Mill Hill Road in Keeseville Aug. 26, 2012. Autopsy reports showed he died from blunt force trauma that caused two collapsed lungs and internal bleeding.

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Smart growth projects eyed for Adirondack hamlets

Au Sable Forks, Long Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Caroga Lake

Five Adirondack hamlets were chosen to adopt smart growth concepts as part of the state-funded Hamlets 3 project.

Elizabethtown Sewage design at center of lawsuit

Town: we have not been served, continue to negotiate

A lawsuit over payment for design work on a sewage treatment system is the latest firestorm between the current and former administrations in Elizabethtown.

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AVCS welcomes new members to Hall of Fame

Three of the four newest inductees to the AuSable Valley Hall of Fame took their place at the 50-yard line Sept. 20 in Clintonville.

When is a deal a good deal?

Guest viewpoint

Judging from the number of self-accolades being passed around, the news is big for Ticonderoga’s economic development front.

Life at Tri-County Nursing Home is enjoyable

The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, known by us older folks as The Nursing Home in North Crick, is truly a home away from home!

Food pantry gets support

The volunteers of the Ticonderoga Food Pantry wish to acknowledge with appreciation, recent donations.

Disagrees with publisher

“Is there anyone else out there….?” asks one of your letter writers.

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Nordic Tune Up slated for Sunday

The second annual Capital Region Nordic Alliance (CRNA) Nordic Tune Up is back, partnering with the North Creek business community for a one-day, family-oriented day of nordic activities on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Wednesday, September 25

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Wbg.-Lake Geo. Price Chopper groundbreaking soon

The long-awaited supermarket planned for years off Northway Exit 23 is finally coming to fruition.

Saranac Lake man's body found near Marcy Dam

The body of a Saranac Lake man was found floating in the water near Marcy Dam on Sept. 24. At 1:39 p.m., a group of hikers called 911 and reported they found a man floating in the water near the Marcy Dam, unresponsive. The man has been identified as Kevin T. Benham, 36,.

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Best Fourth planning now under way

Work has started in 2014 celebration

Summer just ended, but the Best Fourth in the North Committee is already at work planning Ticonderoga’s 2014 July 4th celebration.

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North Country economic development council files 21 priority projects

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) Sept. 24 submitted its progress report to the State.

Basket party a success

The Ticonderoga Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone that donated to our annual basket party this year.

Elizabethtown Column

The Adirondack History Center Museum is open for a few more weeks.

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Scene in Plattsburgh - Style & Substance

School is back in session, and some well respected teachers, KATHY CHURCH and LIZ JENSEN, recently shared with us their wisdom about their years of loving instruction, discipline and rewards.

Keeseville Column

I stopped into Mac’s Grocery this past weekend.

Willsboro Column

Well fall is officially here and the month of September seems to call us back into getting things organized for the months ahead.

Westport Column

Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, you may be looking for a place to work out indoors.

Essex Column

The silver screen at the Whallonsburg Grange lights up Saturday night with “42”, the story of baseball’s Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues.

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Last piece of mosaic going up this week

It’s time to place the last piece!

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Mountainside alumnae now its leader

Jennie Bensen is the new MCA principal

The new principal at Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake is no stranger. Jennie Bensen, a 1997 Mountainside graduate and former teacher at the school, is now the principal. She replaces Connie Phillips, who retired last spring.

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Smart Growth project eyed in Au Sable Forks

Five Adirondack hamlets — including Au Sable Forks — were chosen to adopt smart growth concepts as part of the Hamlets 3 project, and residents are invited to explore these community development ideas and offer their suggestions during a set of workshops Sept. 26-28.

Five Towns One Goal

Guest viewpoint

The five Towns consisting of Minerva, Newcomb, North Hudson, Indian Lake and Long Lake are working together to take advantage of the recent and future State acquisition of the former Finch Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy Lands.

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Artists at Work Studio Tour this weekend through region

Once again, dozens of artists in the northern Adirondacks will open their doors to visitors the last weekend in September, this year from Sept. 27-29.

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AmeriCorps for the ADK is seeking 2013-2014 applicants

AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks is currently seeking applications for its 2013-2014 program year.

Vote yes on Prop 5

There are few major employers in the Adirondack Park, and we must do everything we can to support them.

Suicide and millennial’s

Kids Count

Suicide is a difficult topic to consider and or write about and I do so to raise the collective consciousness around this enigmatic issue.

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I remember when the snow was this deep?

Notes from the North Woods

In recent years, the arrival of the annual big game hunting season has featured conditions more in keeping with summer’s heat, than autumn’s cool breeze.

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Dirty Dogs to benefit K9 rescue group

Obstacle race to benefit search and rescue K-9 group.

The Champlain Valley Search & Rescue K9 Unit (CVK9) wants people to get muddy for a good cause. The all-volunteer non-profit search and rescue unit based out of Keeseville assists local agencies with wildland search and rescue for lost children, hikers or hunters, and have been called all around the country following natural disasters for urban search and rescue, as well as cadaver recovery.

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First Weekend plans continue through winter

Plattsburgh’s “First Weekend” committee met this week to discuss upcoming First Weekends celebrations in November and December.

One-sided

Shawn Ryan’s article about the NYCO land swap vote in the Sept. 21 issue is completely unbalanced.

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North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA is calling all volunteers!

Tuesday, September 24

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Thurman man named new Warren Co. code administrator

A man who grew up in Thurman was chosen to lead one of Warren County government's most demanding jobs.

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Woman stabs black bear on Northville-Placid Trail

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, a woman hiking alone on the Northville-Placid Trail between Wakely Dam and the Stephens Pond (Blue Ridge Wilderness).

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Mammography available in Ticonderoga

Service seen as key to fighting breast cancer

Deaths from breast cancer in the United States have declined 33 percent since 1990. Much of that success can be attributed to increased use of mammography, according to the American Center Society.

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Indian Lake to host Adirondack Moose Festival

Organizers of the 4th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival heard the call last year — not the call of a wild moose but the call for more outdoors activities during the Sept. 28-29 event.

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Good day for pedaling, panting, paddling in Minerva

Saturday, Sept. 14 dawned cool and pleasant for the town of Minerva’s third annual Pant-Pedal-Paddle contest.

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Supervisors discouraged, speechless at APA meeting

With 4 minutes left of a two-hour meeting, Adirondack Park Agency (APA) State Lands Committee Chairman Richard Booth crushed local supervisors’ hopes of a wild forest classification for the Essex Chain Lakes in the Central Adirondacks, even though a decision has yet to be made.

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Indian Lake Town Board sets budget workshops

During their Sept. 9 meeting at the Indian Lake Town Hall, Town Board members set a series of six workshops dates for the 2014 budget.

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Garnet Hill Lodge film premiered

More than 100 people packed the Tannery Pond Community Center the evening of Friday, Sept. 6 to see the local premiere of “Approaching Normal,” an independent film shot in and around North River.

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APA approves Barber campground expansion in Westport

Members of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners Friday, Sept. 13 unanimously approved a permit for the expansion of the Barber Homestead Park campground in the town of Westport.

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AppleFolkFest to end Penfield season

Oct. 13 event a highlight at museum

The 2014 AppleFolkFest will be held Sunday, Oct. 13. The craft fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. Chili, hot dogs and apple desserts will be served at the pavilion beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be live music throughout the day.

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BluSeed goes “Back to School” with family programs

BluSeed Studios prepares to go back to school by hosting a series of art classes for the younger artist and several family workshops during the upcoming fall and winter season.

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Coming back: Big Tupper to open for 2013-14 ski season

The Board of Directors for ARISE announced Sept. 13 that they plan on re-opening Big Tupper Ski Area for the 2013-2014 ski season.

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Parker Family Farm opens for maple season preview and production expo

Parker Family Maple Farm will host an open house for maple producers large and small as well as open up the farm for retail customers to visit and watch how maple syrup is made.

Unique Navy Yard perspective

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I found myself near the site of the nation’s most recent mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.

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Nico’s Pizza finds a home in Rouses Point

There’s a new place to get pizza in the Northern Tier, since the summer opening of Nico’s Pizza on Lake Street, in the heart of the village’s downtown section. James Peralas and Chuck Kimble, both veteran pizza makers from Plattsburgh, with 26 years experience between them, realized that they had done and seen it all in the pizza business. They felt it was time to go into business for themselves. “We knew every aspect of the business, we had run and managed businesses, so we decided to make our own money, instead of making money for someone else,” said Peralas.

Monday, September 23

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Essex woman charged for neglecting 41 horses

Thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen, 41 malnourished horses have been seized and their owner, Shelley Wing of Essex, has been charged with 41 counts of failing to provide sustenance for them.

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Adirondack Marathon attracts international field

Runners from 11 nations compete in Schroon Lake

Runners from more than 30 states and 11 countries came to Schroon Lake for the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival Sept. 21 and 22. The event attracted 1,289 athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States, according to Joel Friedman, race director.

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World War II vet cheered for his service

Tony DiFebbo part of North Country Honor Flight

Tony DiFebbo doesn’t like a lot of attention, so being part of the North Country Honor Flight recently had some uncomfortable moments.

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Jay prepares for referendum on justice position

The town will hold a permissive referendum Wednesday, Oct. 16, with polling from noon until 8 p.m. at the Town of Jay Community Center on (11 School Lane in Au Sable Forks) and the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre (12 Parkside Drive, Jay).

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NYCO hopes to swap “Forever Wild” land with NY state

Essex County’s second largest private employer, NYCO Minerals, has a plan to ensure another 10 years worth of mining at their Lewis mine, but it will require a land swap with the state.

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Taste of Local Festival draws vendors, crowds

Thirteen vendors from around the region offered visitors to the Adirondack History Center Museum’s Taste of Local event Sept. 14.

Rotary Club names their Paul Harris Fellows for 2013

The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh have named their Paul Harris Fellows for 2013. Being honored at the Sept. 24 awards dinner are Courtney Chandler with Agency Insurance, Dr. Erik Eaglefeather owner of Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital, and Brian Hammond, who has been a Rotary member since 1986.

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Indian Lake Planning Committee looks at year's progress

It has been a more than a year since the Indian Lake Planning Committee set out on its mission of enriching the community at large in the town of Indian Lake using the “Guiding the Boat” plan developed in conjunction with involved residents as a means of selecting and prioritizing objectives.

Sunday, September 22

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Center creates literary map

Many famous works of literature have Adirondack links, some of them surprising.

Why merge schools?

On Aug. 21 the Crown Point Central School and the Ticonderoga Central School advisory committee met for the final time to present their findings on merging the two school districts.

Saturday, September 21

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Balloon fest's kickoff hosts largest crowd ever

As the Adirondack Balloon Fest took flight Thursday evening in Glens Falls Crandall Park, balloonists and out-of-towners praised the not only the acclaimed festival, but the local citizenry's spirit and character.

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Invasive species found spreading in Putnam

Asian clams located in Glenburnie

Spring post-treatment survey results suggested that the seven acres of mats placed on the lake floor last winter successfully killed off populations of Asian clams in Lake George.

Hague Fire Department needs volunteers

A huge, heartfelt thank you goes out to all the businesses and community members that supported the Hague Fire Department’s steak roast.

Friday, September 20

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College student seriously injured in early morning fire

An early morning house fire erupted on Couch Street on Sept. 20 with a SUNY Plattsburgh student sustaining serious injury. At approximately 1:15 a.m. City Police received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 15 Couch Street, a multi-unit apartment house where several college students lived. Patrol Officers responded with the fire department. Upon their arrival, flames were seen emanating from the second and third stories. A 21-year-old female was trapped in a third story window until the fire department could get to her with a ladder and rescue her. She was taken to CVPH and then airlifted to the Clark Burn Center at Syracuse Upstate University Hospital for treatment.

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Three players, one team to be added to AVCS Hall of Fame

The 1979-80 boys varsity basketball team will join three new members of the Hall of Fame in ceremonies that will be held Friday, Sept. 20, during halftime of the AuSable Valley varsity football team’s home game against Peru.

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Essex County primaries set party fields for November

Several candidates received the party blessing of their constituents with the results of the Sept. 10 primary held throughout Essex County.

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Patriots enter matchup against Indians on winning note

For the AuSable Valley Patriots, one win, Sept. 13 against Plattsburgh High, put an end to an 11-game skid and gave the team a shot of momentum heading into a pair of very tough match-ups in the next two weeks.The AuSable Valley Patriots varsity football team will host the team many believe to be the top in Section VII Friday night, as the Peru Indians come to town on Hall of Fame night.

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CATS trail project set in Essex

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is developing a new hiking/skiing trail that would be an important link in a trail that could connect Essex and Willsboro. CATS will host the project to create the tentatively-titled “Flatwoods Trail” on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Fair seeks vendors

The Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department Auxilaries, “Kick Off Your Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

‘Friendly rivalry’

The historical record will show that on this date, Barack Obama walked without a smile up to Vladimir Putin, shook his hand, turned to the cameras and smiled, then while exchanging a few words, in less than a minute, turned around again and almost immediately walked away. 

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“Songs to Keep” concert to be held

The final concert in the “Songs to Keep” concert series will be taking place Saturday, Sept. 21 at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Glitz Theater, in Hawkins Hall.

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Farm Fest welcomes autumn at Conroys Organics

Starting off the autumn season, Conroys Organics is inviting people to celebrate Farm Fest 2013 on Sept. 21. Festivities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the farm located at 8173 Route 9. The event is free to attend and will have something for the entire family with a hay playground set up for kids, hay rides around the farm, and a bouncy house.

Thursday, September 19

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Lake George officials: proposed hotel looks boxy, uninspired

Lake George Planning Board members say they want the village's first large-scale hotel to be architecturally interesting — a structure that the community can take pride in.

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Rockeater Adventure Race on tap this weekend

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “going against the grain” the Rockeater Adventure Race is the literal version of that phrase.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Sept. 1913•

Athol-Thurman

Veterans dinner to be held

Town Talk

‘Cancer Sucks’ walk coming soon

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The Bolton Bulletin

Benefit auction raises cash for Chamber

Bakers Mills News

So much going on in our area. It was good to see so many at and near the train station.

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Schroon man arrested

Schroon man arrested

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Gibson Brothers share songwriting tips at Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival

Between sets on the Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival’s big stage Saturday, Sept. 14, Eric and Leigh Gibson stepped into a garage-like stall of Building 16 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds to give a songwriting workshop.

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Pair of towns seek county assessors

In May, Connell presented a resolution to the board that would have authorized a contract between the county and the towns of Westport, Elizabethtown and Willsboro for assessor services. After some debate, the resolution was tabled.

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Flyers to train on Lake Placid ice

The Philadelphia Flyers will host a team “bonding camp” starting Thursday, Sept. 19, at the home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

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Art Walks conclude in Saranac Lake

The 15th annual Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks will conclude on the evening of Sept. 19.

3 local hamlets chosen for Hamlets 3

The hamlets of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake will be participating in phase 2 of the Hamlets 3 Workshops on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28.

Appreciative

On behalf of the Italy 2014 travelers, I would like to thank the community for supporting our June fundraisers.

Back to school time is a second chance for adult learners

Families across the United States are preparing to send their children back to school with new book bags and school supplies.

Wednesday, September 18

Warrensburg Car Hop builds sense of community

Not only girls, but guys too just want to have fun — and that's what the Warrensburg Car Hop served up recently, with a vintage car show, a clever radio personality and congenial waitresses serving up 1950s diner food curbside.

Johnsburg alumnus sets career scoring record at Skidmore

In Johnsburg Central School’s first year of swapping out the varsity field hockey program for girls soccer, one almnus continues to make waves on the collegiate level with her field hockey prowess.

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Ticonderoga mulls trash station’s future

Current system lost $29,000 last year

Ticonderoga officials are searching for ways to stem the flow of red ink at the town trash transfer station.

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Crowd-pleasing Balloon Fest this weekend

The 40th annual edition of the Adirondack Balloon Festival — considered the nation’s premier family-oriented event of its kind — is set for this weekend, and it features two “Moonglow” mass balloon light-up events, two nights of fireworks and a record number of specially-shaped balloons, festival organizer and President Mark Donohue said.

Willsboro Column

The Fall chill is in the air and a jacket once again feels good.

Keeseville Column

I’m sorry to see Mac’s Grocery close down.

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North Country SPCA

Have you heard about our special adoption program, Seniors for Seniors?

Essex Column

The trees are starting to change color, in response to shorter days and cooler temperatures.

Westport Column

Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which is headquartered here in town, has a couple of interesting trail projects coming up in nearby locations.

Elizabethtown Column

You can tell it’s fall when the Pleasant Valley Chorale is back in session.

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Fort Ticonderoga to host autumn festival

Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival Sept. 28

Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate fall in the Adirondacks with its Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival. The day-long event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Lake George Business Improvement District goes to public hearing

A new municipal entity is on the verge of being established in Lake George, and although it will levy an additional tax, it has widespread support as it mission is to boost economic development among businesses in the core commercial district.

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Horace Nye transfer nears the finish line

DOH Council to make final determination Oct. 3

The New York State Department of Health’s Planning Committee voted Sept. 12 to approve the Certificate of Need transfer from the county to the New York-based company, moving the process on to the full Planning Council.

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School inspection completed

Notice is hereby given that the annual Fire Inspection for 2013 of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School

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Builder aims to plug void in specialty heating and cooling in North Country

Eye on Business

Need heating or cooling? Is mold a problem? Perhaps you’re in the market for a closed loop geo-thermal system, or a wood gasification boiler? If so, Paul Tremblay of Nehemiah Mechanical Systems has seen it all before. Tremblay has been doing construction, and specifically “mechanicals,” since he got out of the Marines in 1982.

Flooding in Colorado heart wrenching

It is hard not to harken back to August 2011 and the devastation the region endured at the hands of Tropical Storm Irene when viewing the images coming from the 15 Colorado counties most impacted by the recent violent flooding there.

MaD advice

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

I am a 31 year old woman and have been struggling with this complex question….When will I get my power?

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Beware of the crescent moon

Notes from the North Woods

Last week, I had planned to write a column about the effects that moon phases play in triggering animal movements.

Tuesday, September 17

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Blanked in their second 2013 contest, Burghers now eye rebound victory at home

The Warrensburg High School football squad has endured many seasons when they both suffered slumps then enjoyed moments of brilliant play. After suffering a tilted shutout last Saturday, Burgher coach is hoping for the latter of the two to put some fire into the 2013 campaign.

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Moriah repairs Westport dam

Century-old deal makes Moriah responsible

It’s on private property. It’s in the town of Westport. So why did the town of Moriah repair a dam at North Pond?

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Coming back: Big Tupper to open for 2013-14 ski season

The Board of Directors for ARISE announced Sept. 13 that they plan on re-opening Big Tupper Ski Area for the 2013-2014 ski season.

Burke shoots hole-in-one

Golfer Dave Buske, of Saranac Lake, made a hole-in-one.

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Ticonderoga to trim ‘wish list’

Supervisor wants 2014 budget to meet the tax cap

Ticonderoga officials have submitted their “wish list,” now it’s time for serious work on the town’s 2014 budget.

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Vigano to lead Catholic Solemn Mass in Lake Placid

The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States for the Roman Catholic Church will be in Lake Placid at the end of this month to lead a special mass.

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Hat decorating with Historic Saranac Lake

Inspired by the exhibition of Ursula Trudeau’s magnificent hats, Historic Saranac Lake announced plans to host a “hat decorating social” on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street.

Response to a letter writer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I ended last week’s column with the thought that it is a sad day in America and in the North Country when anyone is ridiculed for publicly sharing their opinion.

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Civil War restoration projects taking place locally

The Clinton County Historical Society is identifying residents who fought in the Civil War, and are at rest in area cemeteries

When the bell tolled for the war between the states, more than a thousand Clinton County men answered the call, and New York soldiers fought valiantly in some of the biggest battles of the war.

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Fall Sports Preview: Willsboro

Fall Sports Preview: Willsboro

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Teen Challenge Choir to sing in Westport

The Teen Challenge Choir will sing Friday, Sept. 20, at the Westport Federated Church, 6486 Main St. 7 p.m. There is no charge, however, A Love Offering is requested to help pay their expenses.

Monday, September 16

Takes issue with publisher’s column

Is anyone else out there disturbed by the weekly racist rantings of the publisher of (Elizabethtown’s) only newspaper?

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Literacy group preps for adult learners

Tutor taring slated in Port Henry

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties is preparing to welcome adult learners this fall, according to Maria Burke, director.

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Chester hosts crowd celebrating the 1920s

A celebration of the Prohibition era — complete with gangsters, bootleggers and flapper girls — came alive this weekend in Chester in a series of events that injected new life into rural northern Warren County.

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Schroon student to reach scouting’s pinnacle

Samuel Foote to become an Eagle Scout

Samuel Foote, a member of Troop 37 in Schroon Lake, will receive the Eagle Scout Award, scouting highest rank, in a court of honor Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.

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Willsboro resident Elise Stefanik eyes congressional run

Elise Stefanik has formally filed paperwork to become a candidate for the 21st District. Stefanik currently works in sales, marketing, and management in her family’s business, Premium Plywood Products, Inc.

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ECH to host annual Hunters’ Health Screening

The annual Hunters’ Health Screening will take place at Elizabethtown Community Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for hunters to receive a basic health evaluation at no cost.

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Fall Sports Preview: Westport

Fall Sports Preview: Westport

PSUC turns away more than half of applicants

More and more students are applying to Plattsburgh State University College, allowing the college to invite the highest quality of students into the Plattsburgh community. “I think students who are here and those who have attended Plattsburgh State are telling people about their education here and letting people know how much we have to offer,” said Michelle Oullette, Director of Public Relations at Plattsburgh State University College (PSUC). “Our ultimate goal is to find students that are the best fit for what we have to offer and will be able to thrive here and add to our college campus.”

Sunday, September 15

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Lake George group seeks accreditation

Public comment period open

The Lake George Land Conservancy is seeking land trust accreditation.

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Social Service head asks about year-round four day work week

Department Director John O’Neill spoke to members of the Human Services Committee during its Sept. 9 meeting about offering department employees a four day work week.

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Sap workshops scheduled

With support from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, a series of workshops will take place this September and October to highlight research on sap yields from utilizing different spouts and droplines.

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Sheriff's report

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

Heritage Day a success

The Penfield Board of Trustees would like to extend our thanks to all who made our 50th Heritage Day a success this past Aug 18.

Saturday, September 14

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Lake George Jazz Weekend celebrates its 30th with a stellar lineup

The 30th edition of the Lake George Jazz Weekend, set for Saturday Sept. 14 through Sunday Sept. 15, features a lineup of internationally acclaimed musicians, including legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton and his new group.

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Thurman poultry farm holding Grand Opening Sat. Sept 14

Discerning diners have enjoyed the top-quality cage-free turkeys of Whitefield's Farm for years. Now, after obtaining a processing license from the state, Don and Michelle Whitefield can sell their whole turkeys as well as processed poultry products to restaurants and through retail outlets.

Vendors needed for bridal show

Copperfield Inn, Garnet Hill Lodge and Gore Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce are pleased to co-sponsor this event and we’d like to invite you to participate in “Purely Adirondack” Wedding.

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Cuomo to sheriffs: enforce all the laws, including SAFE Act

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants the law enforced no matter personal opinion.

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Fall events announced by ORDA

Some of us may be turning our attention to the upcoming winter season, but don’t forget about autumn.

Thanks

We want to express our gratitude to all of those who donated to our back to school drive.

Moriahstock a success

Moriahstock 2013 was a great success.

Friday, September 13

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Ticonderoga to host relay runners

About 3,000 athletes expected

About 3,000 runners will be in Ticonderoga Sept. 27 and 28 as part of a nearly 200-mile relay race.

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Search for missing Massachusetts man continues in Keene

New York State Police along with the Chicopee, Mass. police are working together in a search for an avid hiker who was last seen in Keene Valley. Scott Haworth, 46, of Chicopee, Mass. was reportedly last seen Sept. 5 at the Valley Grocer in Keene Valley attempting to cash a check. He was reported missing Sept. 10 by a coworker in Massachusetts when he hadn’t been heard from since Aug. 24. Chicopee Police Captain Dan Sullivan said they handed over the search to New York State Police when Haworth’s car, a 2002 Red Ford Focus, was located Sept. 5 in Keene at a parking area on State Route 73 near the Round Pond trailhead.

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'Rum-Runners Weekend’ starts Friday Sept. 13 in Chestertown

This weekend's Rum-Runners' Weekend celebrates the exploits of the Roaring Twenties, while drawing attention to the Prohibition-era heritage of local communities. Historians say that rum-runners stopped over in Pottersville and Chestertown when they were smuggling alcoholic beverages into the U.S. from Canada — transporting them down Rte. 9, the main route to New York City.

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Parolee housing proposal shelved in Hague

Plan would have created ‘transitional facility’

A “transitional facility to house recently paroled inmates” will not be coming to Hague.

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Public meeting to discuss buyout progress

Essex County will host a public meeting in the town of Jay to update those waiting on property buyouts in the wake of flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on where the process is.

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Hills and Herdman to perform at Grange

The Grange Hall is proud to present long-time collaborators Anne Hills and Priscilla Herdman on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. to open our Fall Performance Series.

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Events planned to celebrate the Adirondack Harvest

Adirondack Harvest, the community-based farm and local food development and promotion program, is celebrating the fall harvest season with several food events in Essex County.

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Focus on Entertainment for Sept. 14 through 19

The music and entertainment scene will be bringing a mix of reggae, rap and rock/funk music to show goers. Lombardi will also light up the Depot stage for it's final performance.

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Affordable Workplace Safety opens in Ticonderoga

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for Affordable Workplace Safety LLC, WBE.

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Fall Sports Preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis

Fall Sports Preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis

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Firefighters, citizens recall terror, sacrifices on 9/11/2001

Eleven area fire companies participated in the annual Sept. 11 Memorial ceremony held in Warrensburg, bearing witness to the local fire company's pledge, "We Will Always Remember," to never abandon their yearly solemn ceremony to honor those who were killed in the horrific terrorist attacks, and the valiant work of the emergency responders, many of whom sacrificed their lives for others.

Event a success

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties would like to acknowledge and thank Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life, for presenting at our Annual August Author Address on Aug. 25 at Camp Dudley in Westport.

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Rotary to host fourth annual bed race

It’s that time again. The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is holding its annual bed race as part of the 2013 Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend. The Bed Race event is being held on Sept. 14 at City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and will continue until the fastest bed crosses the finish line.

Author appreciated

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties would like to acknowledge and thank Kristin Kimball, author of “The Dirty Life,” for presenting at our annual August Author Address on Aug. 25 at Camp Dudley in Westport.

Thursday, September 12

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WOKO succeeds in raising money for DAV van.

With a hardy GOOD MORNING PLATTSBURGH!, WOKO’s Wild Bill Sargent kicked off the Drive for the DAV from the top of Plattsburgh’s Macdonough Monument.

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Ticonderoga firm changes ownership, location

Darlene Dorsett buys Martin Agency

There are big changes at the E. Stockton Martin Agency, Inc. There is a new owner and new location. Darlene Dorsett has purchased the firm from Joyce Martin-Barker and moved its office to 84 Montcalm St. in Ticonderoga.

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Mother & teen daughter both stricken with lymphoma; benefit concert set for Thursday eve. Sept. 12

Friends of Shiela Johnston were shocked when she was diagnosed in fall 2012 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. But a few weeks later, they were heartbroken when Shiela's 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with the same life-threatening illness. A fundraiser concert for their family is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 0 p.m. Thursday Sept. 12 at the Hudson River Music Hall, 10 Maple St., and a talented lineup of singer-songwriters are to perform.

Weather Watch

August 2013 was a typical Summer month with only slightly below normal temperatures and without the heat and high humidity of July.

The Bolton Bulletin

Townwide garage sale scheduled

Athol-Thurman

History of homes to be explored

Johnsburg Library News

The Town of Johnsburg Library‘s preschool story hour and craft continues every Friday from 10-11 a.m.

Mill Creek Musings

Summer may be drawing to a close, but my butterfly bush doesn’t know it.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Sept, 1913•

Town Talk

Lecture on Foster’s music features debut of new work ‘Adirondack Suite’

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Vanity Hair comes to Ticonderoga

Grand opening ceremony Oct. 3

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening Thursday, Oct. 3, at Vanity Hair, as part of their Grand Opening Celebration. Vanity Hair. The grand opening celebration will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.

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Strand Theater chandelier officially lit

With the words “Let their be light,” the Strand Theater in downtown Plattsburgh took another step on its grand restoration project.

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On Campus

Dean’s list

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Paul Smith’s hunting policy not changing

Paul Smith’s College will continue to allow students to hunt on college owned land.

“There’s nothing in the SAFE Act that prevents a college from allowing a student to store a firearm on a campus,” said Phil Fiacco, Director of Campus Safety at Paul Smith’s.

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New regulations seek faster election night results

Commissioners Allison McGahay and Mark Whitney spoke with members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee Sept. 9 about new polling rules put in place by the state.

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Four named to Westport CS Wall of Distinction

The second Wall of Distinction Dinner Ceremony will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 6 p.m. at the Westport Hotel and Tavern.

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Fall Sports Preview: Keene

Fall Sports Preview: Keene

Final week for town survey responses

Thanks to all residents who have taken the time to complete the survey mailed out to businesses and residents by the Warrensburg Economic Development Committee.

‘Stile’ differences

Regarding the story “ Essex has stile” in the Aug. 31, 2103 edition, we would like to make the following points:

Owners should check boats

Based on what I’ve read, two fishermen were ticketed for having milfoil and one with water chestnuts and they are going before the judge in Ti.

Fire department auxiliary thank you

We would like to thank anyone how helped make our chicken barbecue a hugh success.

Wednesday, September 11

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Fire consolidation talk renewed in Moriah

Supervisor would like to see a study

Fire district consolidation is again an issue in the town of Moriah.

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Carpenter, Belden wed

 Richard James Carpenter Jr. and Jennifer Marie Belden were united in marriage on May 31, 2013.

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Monroe to marry

Mr. and Mrs. Don Monroe of Crown Point have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Fauna Christine Monroe, to Ian Kristofor Lonngren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lonngren of West Greenwich, R.I.

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Annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony set for Wednesday eve.

Warrensburg's annual ceremony honoring the citizens and emergency responders who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is to be held Wednesday, 12 years to the day after the fateful event.

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News Enterprise Sports Roundup

Girls and boys soccer results

Westport Column

It’s not too late to register your child for ACAP’s Westport After School Program, which welcomes Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students in the school cafeteria from 3 to 6 p.m. on school days.

Willsboro Column

Big weather changes, colder and some tree’s are showing a little of the fall colors. I am also getting mailings featuring Christmas items for sale.

Essex Column

This Saturday evening, the film society will show a documentary on the giant screen at the Whallonsburg Grange called “Brooklyn Castle,” about a group of kids from a poor inner-city school who become champions at the game of chess.

Back to School Days…

Kids Count

Now, with Labor Day behind us and the first splashes of tree color developing, children in the North Country will be returning to school.

Elizabethtown Column

It’s going to be a busy this weekend!

Keeseville Column

I received an exciting email concerning downtown’s Kingsland Square Bistro.

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North Country SPCA

The North Country SPCA would like to let you know about a great way to remember or honor loved ones while contributing to a worthy cause.

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Disabled access advocate ready for another court fight with DEC

Despite facing a year in jail over several DEC violations for driving to close to a handicapped-accessible campsite, disabled access advocate Ted Galusha of Warrensburg vows to continue his ongoing fight to open up forest lands to those with mobility issues — and make the state live up to its promises to boost such access.

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APA deliberates on Finch land classification, no decision yet

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at its Headquarters on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13.

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Breweries may soon see boost in revenue thanks to tax reform

Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Bill Owens were in Lake Placid Friday, Sept. 6, touring the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and talking about the Small Breweries Act.

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Connell returns to county after battling rare illness

Dan Connell returned to his seat at the Essex County Board of Supervisors Sept. 9, just over a month after facing a serious illness that he can’t remember.

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Fall Sports Preview: AuSable Valley

Fall Sports Preview: AuSable Valley

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Around the Valley

A recap of high school sports

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Warren Co. Primary election results: Challengers win G.O.P. line in Thurman, upsets in Queensbury

Geraghty tops Baker in Wbg,; Stannard secures ballot spot in Lake George

Tuesday's Primary election yielded some surprises: Republican challengers in Thurman won wide margins in defeating incumbents, and political newcomer Nancy Stannard of Lake George secured the G.O.P. line.

Keeseville businesses unite

The Kingsland Square Bistro is pleased to announce that they have merged with The Skinny Baker and are now known as Kingsland Square Bistro & Bakery.

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Grinnell wins Ti supervisor primary

Malaney remains in November ballot

Bill Grinnell will be the Republican party candidate for supervisor in Ticonderoga. Grinnell won the GOP primary Sept. 10, garnering 153 votes to defeat incumbent Deb Malaney. Malaney got 85 votes.

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Minerva supervisor wins primary

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey won the Democratic nod during the Tuesday, Sept. 10 primary in a re-election bid.

Thanks for help

We would like to thank everyone that helped in our search for our lost Shepard, Ruger.

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Home grown Bio-Engineering!

Conservation Conversations

Fall is coming and the leaves on the trees and bushes are just starting to turn yellow.

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Henry Delord gets new grave marker

An anonymous donor adds marker to prominent citizen’s grave in Riverside cemetery

Henry Delord’s gravestone is showing the ravages of time, and the inscription on its face is barely readable. But now, an anonymous donor has donated a marker to accompany the historical grave stone, which mirrors the fading inscription found on its marble face.

Reform necessary for Adirondack economic success

The classification debate over the Essex Chain Lakes and other newly acquired Forest Preserve is necessary and important; however, a more focused debate over balancing economic development and land preservation in the Adirondack Park is lacking and sorely needed.

Tuesday, September 10

Lake regulations clear

The article in the Sept. 7 issue (Times of Ti) about anglers being ticketed is full of half-truths and innuendos.

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Chrome, tail-fins, lavish paint - even bare steel - on display at Lake George car show

Not only did Lake George experience shrieking burn-outs, thundering exhaust and gridlock during the Albany Rods & Kustoms car show last weekend, but more than more than 10,000 automotive enthusiasts who admired 1,500 artfully restored and customized vehicles.

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Saranac looking to teamwork to improve the season

SARANAC CHIEFS

2013 Fall Sports Preview

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Northeastern Clinton girls varsity soccer look to grow

NORTHEASTERN CLINTON COUGARS

2013 Fall Sports Preview

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Cougar boys looking for a repeat performance in B’s

NORTHEASTERN CLINTON COUGARS

2013 Fall Sports Preview

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Boys varsity team looks for seventh state championship

CHAZY EAGLES

2013 Fall Sports Preview

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Lady Eagles look to reclaim Class D title, make state run

CHAZY EAGLES

2013 Fall Sports Preview

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Moriah trash station no burden to taxpayers

User fees pay for operation, old landfill closure

The town of Moriah trash transfer station will be operated by the town of Moriah. No question about it.

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It takes a town to make a sign

Downtown Gallery gets new emblem

The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga has a new sign thanks to a community effort.

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History Center to celebrate the harvest with festival, contest

The Taste of Local Food Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, running from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Along with the festival, there will be an Apple Dessert Contest, with entries accepted at the museum before 11 a.m.

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Gibson Brothers to headline Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival

Set for Sept. 12-15 at Clinton County Fairgrounds

Ellenburg Depot natives Eric and Leigh Gibson will return to the 2nd Annual Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival for a Sept. 14 performance.

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Eagle Scout wants to build pavilion at Ticonderoga Town Beach

The Ticonderoga Town Board had been considering the idea of a pavilion for the town beach, when Eagle Scout candidate Matt Cook swooped in to help. The 17-year-old has been involved in scouting for 12 years, and just needs this final project to get over the finish line to becoming an Eagle Scout.

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Minerva puts on dog and Pant, Pedal, Paddle events

Looking for something fun and exciting to do on Sept. 14?

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‘State’ of movie grace for Tupper Lake theater

The Adirondack North Country Association announced last week that the State Theater had reached its fundraising goal of $95,000 to update the two movie screens for the coming switchover to digital film.

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Local author to appear on Discovery Channel

There’s an old journalism adage that goes “If it bleeds it leads.” That same philosophy has led Bloated Toe Publishing to the verge of prime time. Local author and publisher Larry Gooley has written and self-published numerous books, from histories of local North Country places like Lyon Mountain and Altona, to the Adirondack Literary Award winning Oliver’s War. But it’s Gooley’s numerous stories featuring North Country murders that are currently garnering the most attention.

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Ashley Furniture offers top of the line products at its family-owned downtown Plattsburgh store

Ashley’s Furniture is a brand and a model most people are familiar with as a mainstream American furniture store. But in Plattsburgh, the downtown business and a newly opened outlet, is an original family-owned business. Howard Pirofsky opened his business at 48 Margaret Street in 1993. The store, called Affordable Furniture, carried on the four-story building’s tradition as a furniture store.

Monday, September 9

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Thurman broadband access project advances

Dial-up's days are numbered in the rural, remote town of Thurman. The mountain town has gained national attention due to an innovative new wireless technology local leaders will be using soon to connect households to the Internet.

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Wrrnsbg. Farmers’ Market safety issues raised — and refuted

Would moving the Warrensbuirg Farmers' Market be beneficial or not? While some say a site change would boost pedestrian safety, others say it would lead to the popular market's demse.

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Adirondack Distance Festival returns

Marathon, half marathon to finish in Schroon Lake

The 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival is expected to bring more than 1,000 runners to the Schroon Lake area. The Adirondack Distance Festival includes a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, 10-kilometer race, 5-kilometer race and children’s race. The 2013 distance Festival will be Sept. 21-22.

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Mystery, Romance in 'The River's Tale'

Lost Pond Press Publisher Phil Brown was right.

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Festival of Nations set in Crown Point

1740s fashions to be on display

High fashion will be on display during the annual Festival of Nations / Fête des Nations at the Crown Point State Historic Site.

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With Bartholomew now chief of EDC Warren Co., area economic development sets new course

Chosen to head up Warren County's economic development agency, Ed Bartholomew, with extensive contacts in Albany, pledges to focus on small rural communities as well as the metropolitan municipalities.

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Newcomb Sportsmen’s Club celebrates anniversary

Club life has changed dramatically since 1952

Members of the Newcomb Sportsmen’s Club weren’t able to celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2012, so they held a party on Aug. 17 this year at the town beach.

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KCS exchange program enters second year

The 2013 class of students that are participating in the International Students Program at KCS come from several diverse countries, including Thailand, South Korea, Serbia, Denmark, Spain and Brazil.

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Annual Applefest on tap in Peru

The 36th annual St. Augustine’s Applefest will kick-off with returning family favorites, vendors, games, musical entertainment and plenty of food during the two-day event on Sept. 21 and 22 at the church at 3035 Main Street.

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Community members unite to ‘Save the Rock’

A group of Lake Placid residents and parents have come together to try and help save a Lake Placid landmark.

Sunday, September 8

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Burghers force Canajoharie into overtime battle

The Warrensburg High football team proves how tough their defense is — and how they can grind out offensive yardage — in a gridiron battle Sept. 7 against larger Canajoharie.

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Foster parenting ‘not a negative’

Essex County seeks more foster families

Stevie Burrows is preparing to enter her final semester of college, and she has her foster family to thank for it.

Flaming Leaves Car show to benefit Legion programs

The 7th Annual Flaming Leaves Classic and Antique Car Rally will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Marcy Field in Keene Valley.

Saturday, September 7

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Congressman Owens to conduct 'Telephone Town Hall'

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens has invited his constituents in the North Country to participate in a conference call with him Monday Sept. 9.

Gore Mountain Region fund to give awards

The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region will award $10,700 in grants to 16 organizations at its seventh annual grant awards ceremony.

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Flushable wipes ... not so much

That is what one public works superintendent is saying after twice in one week having to clear wastewater treatment pumps that had become clogged by the wipes.

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Fire department, restaurant team for fundraiser

The Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department will be participating in a special fundraising program in conjunction with the 99 Restaurant chain in Plattsburgh Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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Local teen begins singing career with two “Idol” wins

Singing has become the focus of 14-year-old Latalya “Tally” Duell’s dreams. “I always dreamed I would be famous one day,” Tally said. Tally got a taste of stardom this summer opening for two big acts, Lori Morgan and Chris Higbee, by winning local “Idol” competitions.

Friday, September 6

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WOKO host raising money for disabled veterans

The Clinton County Veterans’ Service Agency knows who to call when they need a hand: Wild Bill Sargent and WOKO 98.9-FM. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Sargent will be climbing the stairs to the top of the 135-foot Macdonough Monument in downtown Plattsburgh for an on-air fundraiser, along with his Morning Roundup radio show, to raise money for a new van for the Disabled American Veterans of Clinton and Essex Counties. He’s not coming down until his country music listeners donate enough money to buy the van.

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Volunteers sought to assist veterans

Drivers needed for medical trips

Volunteers are being sought to drive the Essex County veterans van that takes former soldiers and sailors to medical appointments.

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Newcomb, North Creek to celebrate Teddy Roosevelt

The hamlets of Newcomb and North Creek will be celebrating former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the region this month with two weekends packed with activities.

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Focus on Entertainment for Sept. 6 - 12

First weekend, the retelling of the bio-drama Lombardi, return of Reggae Thursday and run-ins with Timbre Coup and some Shameless Strangers will bring an explosion of nightlife entertainment to the area. Read full listing of events here and check out our calendar for more.

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Moriah gridder finds college success

Nick Gilbo, UB tackle national powers

Nick Gilbo always dreamed of playing Division I college football against the best players in the country. That dream came true in a big way Aug. 31 when the former Moriah High School gridder and his University of Buffalo teammates faced Ohio State.

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Ticonderoga DAR chapter promoting Constitution Week awareness

Friday, Sept. 17 begins the national celebration of Constitution Week.

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Local Teen begins singing career with two 'Idol' wins

Singing has become the focus of 14-year-old Latalya “Tally” Duel’s dreams.

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Beets and Bones show to open at Quarry Garden farm

In a fusion of art and nature, a new show will come alive from the soil of the Quarry Garden Garlic Farm in Chazy, building an all encompassing creative experience from the collaboration of four artists.

It’s crunch time

Anyone who is applying for the myriad of funding opportunities through the agencies and departments of the state of New York State is busily completing the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

Mountain Tots announces enrollment

The Lakeside School announces open enrollment for the parent-child playgroup “Mountain Tots.”

Egg facts

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Last month, as I was writing about local dairy options in the North Country, I had this niggling thought that I was missing an important component.

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North Country Chamber to hold Fall Job Fair at PSU

The North Country Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) will host its biannual Job Fair on Sept. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westside Ballroom at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

News from Champlain Valley Bluegrass Association

Sept. 8 we meet at 1 p.m. in the American Legion building in Ticonderoga.

Thursday, September 5

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Bartlett Pond getting new dam

Moriah project should end roadway flooding

Construction on a new dam at Bartlett Pond is expected to be completed this month. The barrier will replace a old dam that failed twice in recent years — during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Those failures led to flooding that washed away a portion of nearby Bartlett Pond Road.

Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago - Sept. 1913•

Ladies league champions named

The Willsboro Ladies Golf League member tournament was a two-day event played on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20.

Bakers Mills News

What another beautiful week. Wish this nice weather could last for several more months. Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.

Town Talk

Help sought for Ministry’s car seat effort

Athol-Thurman

Over the fence

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The Bolton Bulletin

Summer’s gone, but events continue

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Ticonderoga renovation recognized

Huestis Building now home to bakery, college housing

An award-winning building renovation project in Ticonderoga could be a major step in the community’s economic revitalization.

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Battle of Plattsburgh also growing as a music festival

Though the Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration revolves squarely around the history of that strategic battle, it has also quietly grown into a burgeoning music festival as well.

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Battle of Plattsburgh schedule of events for Sept 6-15

The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee has been busy gearing up for the upcoming Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration, marking the 199th anniversary of the critical War of 1812 battle. A full calendar of events is as follows:

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Adirondack Nationals car show to descend on Lake George

Event expected to break records

The Lake George Adirondack Nationals car show, one of the four largest events in Warren County, is expected to draw a record crowd to savor as many as 1,800 custom and vintage vehicles on display throughout the village.

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The Hills of Otis Mountain to be alive, again, with music

After a three-year hiatus from the festival scene, Otis Mountain in Elizabethtown will again host a weekend music festival, now to be known as the Otis Mountain Get Down.

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State asks boaters to wash off ‘hitchhiking’ invasive species

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation launched an education campaign at its 149 boat launching sites statewide urging boaters to help “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” by ridding their boats of potentially harmful invasive species before and after each visit to State Park marinas and boat launches.

Varsity Sports Schedules

Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Cross Country, Volleyball & Soccer

Concerned about plan

Only about 10 copies of Elizabethtown’s Comprehensive Plan Draft were produced by Supervisor Margaret Bartley in June.

Moriah hopes to use excess grant money

Moriah’s newest water district may pay dividends for the entire community. The town has closed the books on the Forge Hollow-Elk Inn Road-Stone Street water project with $120,000 left over from a federal grant obtained to pay for the project. Normally, leftover federal funds are returned to the federal government. Moriah officials, though, are asking to keep the money and use it in support of the new water district and the rest of the town water system. “We’d like to use that money,” Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “That’s two new miles of infrastructure and 30 new users that will require maintenance — and we need a new backhoe.”

Wednesday, September 4

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Upper Jay VFD receives $1.5 million to build new firehouse

That was before Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave them the news they had been waiting over two years to hear, at the end of his Sept. 4 press conference at the Jay Community Center.

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Jay, Keene in running for up to $6 million in NY Rising funds

Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined state Assemblyman Dan Stec, Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee in announcing the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee at the Jay Community Center Sept. 4.

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Lifeline phone service available

Crown Point Telephone participating in national program

Telephone service can be a matter of life and death. That’s why Crown Point Telephone Corporation is participating in the National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week Sept. 9-15.

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Warrensburg High's cross-country program a success right out of the gate

Just starting its second season, the Warrensburg High School Cross-Country program has record enrollment and its athletes have fared quite well in competition, some earning All-Star status.

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Winning isn’t the whole story for the Lake Geo. Cross-Country team

The coach and runners of the Lake George Cross Country team treat each other like family, reaching out to the least athletic of the squad to help them achieve their best. The result? a large number of students join the team, giving it the depth of talent it needs to capture championships — and the 2013 squad is likely to do just that.

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North Warren running team is small, but poised for achievement

North Warren High School athletes are known for their achievements which overcome their school's small enrollment. The NWCS cross-country running team for years has been a remarkable example of excellence in athletics despite such a limitation.

Westport Column

The Wadhams Free Library kicks off its fall Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser on Sept. 18, as Essex Town Historian Shirley LaForest returns to the Library for an illustrated talk entitled “Back Home in Wadhams 1812.”

MaD advice

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

I have made some bad choices in dating or stayed with boyfriends who were actually not very nice to me. Apparently I am not good at choosing up front. How would you suggest I evaluate my choices?

Essex Column

The Grange Harvest Festival is this Sunday, Sept. 8, with food, music, fire truck fountains, games and cider making.

Willsboro Column

A flip of the calendar and here we are into a whole new season; a season that very quickly takes us into a different direction and a much more organized one.

Elizabethtown Column

Happy September! I sure hope everyone had a fun safe holiday.

Keeseville Column

I received an email from Rick Weerts, Camp Director for the local Cub Scouts.

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North Country SPCA

The annual North Country SPCA Benefit Golf Tournament is swiftly approaching!

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Following a legendary mentor, Teresa Colvin takes over as new WCS field hockey coach

Although new Warrensburg High School field hockey coach Teresa Colvin follows the legendary Mary ann Bump who has mentored many championship teams over three decades, Colvin isn't likely to disappoint local sports fans, as she also has plenty of experience in guiding athletes to victory.

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Jeremy Whipple promoted to Athletic Director at North Warren

Jeremy Whipple, a six-year employee of North Warren Central School, has tackled the position of Athletic Director for the School District following the departure of Jason Humiston, who left to take on the same post at Fort Ann Central, home of two state championship sports teams.

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Ticonderoga athletic events free to spectators

School district says thanks to community

Ticonderoga sports fans are in for a treat this academic year. They can attend Sentinel home games for free.

Crown Point writer attends program

 An aspiring Crown Point author honed his skills at a college writing institute this summer. Noah LaPointe, a sophomore at Crown Point Central School, was one of 36 students selected nationally to attend the 15th annual New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. He is the son of Chris and Charlotte LaPointe.

Cost for a college education becoming exorbitant

When looking at investments, the smartest thing to do is to weigh the cost and the potential reward.

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North Country Chamber to hold Fall Job Fair

The North Country Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) will host its biannual Job Fair on Sept. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westside Ballroom. The fair will give local people the opportunity to find out what jobs are available in the region. “The job fair has a very good history of connecting employers with potential employees, I know of quite a few employers who have been hired right on the spot,” said NCCC Administrative Assistant Becky Manor. “There are a wide variety of jobs available and when people come in they will get a guide book with a complete list of employers at the fair and the available jobs.”

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Flynn to present Winter Carnival talk, book at Will Rogers

Award-winning author and newspaper editor Andy Flynn will premiere the “Sounds of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival” presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

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Ticonderoga woman receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Amy Russell from Ticonderoga recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Global Brigades. She was given the award at UC Berkley, where she attended the annual Global Brigades conference.

Grateful for donations

The Horace Nye Home Activities Department would like to send out a huge thank you for all of the efforts put fourth by the Essex County Board of Supervisors as well as community members who supported and donated items in our recent drive for supplies.

Tuesday, September 3

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Moriah hopes to make building improvements

Town seeking grant for Iron Center, town hall

The town of Moriah hopes to make improvements to a pair of historic buildings. The town is seeking a grant from the Department of New York State Parks and Recreation to refurbish the town hall and adjacent Iron Center museum.

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Weapons training officer accidently shoots himself

Non-life-threatening injuries reported

A weapons safety expert at the Moriah Shock facility in Mineville accidently shot himself in the hand Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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Tahawus moved to Newcomb 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, the National Lead company moved its workforce from the mining village of Tahawus 10 miles away, to the village of Newcomb.

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Lake George volleyball team has deep experience

The Lake George High School Volleyball team's lengthy legacy of victory is likely to continue for 2013, as they have eight experienced Seniors returning.

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Warrensburg High volleyball team ready to set new course

With a new coach with a positive attitude — and a lineup of experienced seniors, this is the year the Warrensburg High School volleyball team is likely to be changing course and winning a good number of games.

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Delmar harrier claims Ticonderoga race

LaChute Road Runners sponsor event

There was little suspense at the annual Footrace at the Falls in Ticonderoga. Chris Shaw of Delmar led wire to wire in winning the 5-kilometer cross country race in Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park. He was clocked in 18 minutes, 53 seconds.

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Adirondack Hardware celebrates 13 years of Energy Expo

Adirondack Hardware will host its 13th annual Energy Expo Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at its Keeseville store at 1698 Front St.

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One room schoolhouse opens in Champlain

Former student, now 89, donated land, restored schoolhouse.

The one-room schoolhouse where 89-year-old Edward Bechard first learned to speak English is once again in the education business, newly re-opened as the Coopersville Schoolhouse of History. Its been on quite a journey from it’s days on the Mason Road in Champlain, as Champlain District Schoolhouse Number 9. Built in the 1860s, on what was then known as the Lord Road, the schoolhouse fell prey to centralization in 1931. It was purchased in the forties by William Pauquette, and turned into a summer cottage and fishing camp. The Paquette family owned the building until a few years ago, when C

September’s fresh start

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I can’t exactly put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s just a holdover from childhood school days, or maybe it’s just a more normal structure of life, but September always seems to bring a fresh start to so many things.

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Areas schools ready for 2013-14 first day

Local schools will welcome students back to their hallways and classrooms next week, with all area schools opening Thursday, Sept. 5.

Monday, September 2

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The sky’s the limit for the WCS field hockey team

The stars seem to be aligned for the Warrensburg Field Hockey Team to achieve a championship this year, despite toughened competition stemming from the merger of the Adirondack and Wasaren field hockey leagues.

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North Warren field hockey team has deep but young roster

It's been three years since the Cougar 'miracle team' in field hockey captured the imagination of the region's sports fans, but considering the spirit of North Warren athletes, the 2013 squad may pull off another upset championship season.

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Renaissance inspired painter, Ken Wiley, opens show at Artists Guild

Painter Ken Wiley, will invite visitors to share his journey during the past 50 years through his new exhibit “There & Here: Fifty Years.”

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Ragnar foot race returns to Adirondacks

The Ragnar Relay Adirondacks will be run Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, bringing with it more than 2,000 runners to take on the 196.2-mile course that travels from Saratoga Springs and finishes at the Lake Placid Horse Show grounds.

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September marks beginning of new school year for area students

There will be a collective sigh across the North Country this week as students, parents and school faculty members catch the final breaths of summer and gain enthusiasm for the upcoming school year. “We’re excited for everyone to come back and we’re ready to get back to work in our schools,” said Chazy Rural School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein. At Chazy, Fairchild said students will be welcomed with a lot of energy from new staff members.

Superintendents react to poor test scores

On Aug. 7 the New York State Ed ucation Department released the results of the new math and English language arts (ELA) tests for grades 3 through 8, and scores were down noticeably from previous years. Accompanying the release of the grades was a letter from John King Jr., the New York State Commissioner of Education, explaining the low scores.

Northern Lake George Rotary Club to host International Dinner

The Northern Lake George Rotary Club will be hosting its annual International Dinner on Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. The dinner, which is open to the public, will feature foods from around the world, created by the chefs at the Silver Bay YMCA in Gullen Lounge.

Sunday, September 1

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Rebuilding Cougar soccer team likely to beat the odds

New coach Jeremy Whipple at the helm

Following predecessors known for remarkable accomplishments, both the North Warren Soccer Team and their new coach Jeremy Whipple face challenges ahead. But the local fans shouldn't worry — there are experienced, talented athletes on the squad.

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Warrior girls soccer team has challenges ahead

Facing tough competition in the Adirondack league, the Lake George High School Girls Soccer Team is working hard to extend the winning ways they enjoyed in the second half of their 2012 season

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Lake George Soccer team is rebuilding after a stellar 17-0 season in 2012

Following the footsteps of a 2012 squad that tallied an undefeated regular season, the 2013 Lake George Boys Soccer Team has its work cut out for them to extend the string of victories.

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Bolton girls soccer team's goal: a championship season

For 2013 Bolton Girls soccer team is ready to take on all competitors in the Adirondack League, since they've got a full roster of veteran players returning from their 2012 team that won second place in the league.

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Bolton boys soccer team retooling for 2013

Award-winning Bolton Central soccer coach Francisco Roca is working with a 2013 Boys Soccer team to build skills and experience to compete effectively in the Adirondack League.

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Westport Bicentennial Committee seeks help

The Westport Bicentennial Committee is already at work, making preparations for the festivities that will take place during Fourth of July weekend 2015.

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White Pine Camp to host plein air workshops

White Pine Camp will be hosting a plein air painting workshop exploring methods of painting outdoors with pastelist Diane Leifheit and watercolor/oil painter Tim Fortune on Osgood Pond in Paul Smiths in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The five-day painting workshop will take place Sept. 22-27, at the near peak of the Adirondack color season.