Stories for February 2014


Friday, February 28

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Lady Vikings Win Section 7 Class D Hoop title

The Moriah Vikings got off to a rapid start with a 17-1 first quarter lead in the Section 7 Class D Championship game against Elizabethtown Friday evening at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

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Ticonderoga students collect food for shelter

Contest benefits North Country SPCA

Raegan Granger and Brayton Molina led a pet food drive to assist animals at the North Country SPCA shelter in Westport. They are fourth grade students at Ticonderoga Elementary School.

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Playground to be constructed in Grover Hills

Grant to pay for town-school project

Like the Vikings of centuries ago, local children will soon have a new opportunity to explore and have fun. But instead of heading out to sea, they can enjoy their adventures at a new playground.

On Campus

Jamie Patchett, Caitlin Williams and Paige Hughes

Conscientious team

Responding to the second appearance of “poor management” regarding the “Schroon Transfer Station Turns Around” in the Times of Ti, I would like to make the following statement.

Divided, puzzled

When it comes to gun safety laws I find myself divided about what’s right and what’s possible.

Thursday, February 27

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Saturday's '24-hour Play Fest' requires performance under pressure

Last year's '24-Hour Play Fest' presented in Glens Falls featured well-crafted, ingenious plays with sharp dialogue, clever plots and compelling acting. This year's production, featuring plays written, rehearsed and presented within 24 hours, is to offered to the public at 8 p.m. Saturday March 1 at the Charles Wood Theater, Glen St.. Tickets are available online at: www.woodtheater.org or by calling the box office at 874-0800.

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Bill to add family court judge in Warren Co. advances in NYS Senate

For years, Warren County's family court system has been overloaded. Now, it looks like relief is on the horizon.

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BackPack program expands

United Way assists Ticonderoga effort

More than 100 Ticonderoga students have access to nutritious food during weekends thanks to the community’s BackPack program.

Glacial/interglacial cycles | Notes from Planet Earth

Glacial/interglacial cycles, at least those that have occurred over the past million years, have been considered to be largely the result of the natural increases and declines in solar radiation striking the higher latitudes on Earth (those regions closer to the North and South Poles).

Winter “irruptive” birds | Ramblings

A powerful power point show on winter “irruptive” birds brought out a crowd from far and wide to the Tannery Pond Community Center on Feb. 22 for a “Cabin Fever” lecture sponsored by the Adirondack Museum.

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Donkey Basketball returns | Town Talk

Students and teachers at Warrensburg High School will soon be competing in Donkey Basketball.

Violent canine crime | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — March 1914•

‘Cabin Fever Party’ set | Bolton Bulletin

All are welcome to attend the ever-popular annual Cabin Fever Party, which offers hearty pot-luck food, great socializing, and dancing to live music.

Jaxsen David arrives | Athol-Thurman

James Wallace, 11, and Alex Wallace, 6 would like celebrate the arrival of their baby brother with a birth announcement.

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Warren Co. emergency dispatchers foil suicide, avert potential gas explosion

Under duress, Warren County dispatchers respond quickly and with expertise — not only saving a man's life, but averting a mass explosion that could have leveled a Glens Falls neighborhood.

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Public hearing set on Hurricane, St. Regis Mt. fire tower

The APA announced that the proposed final drafts of the Hurricane Mountain and St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area Unit Management Plans (UMP) would be the topic of a public hearing Wednesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. with attendees being able to review the document starting at 5 p.m.

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Westport residents learn cost for new, renovated buildings

Almost 60 residents in the town of Westport turned out for the third time to hear the price tags for bringing three community service buildings into the 21st Century.

Saranac Lake gears up for 30th Annual Colby Classic

Hard water anglers are encouraged to cast off and reel in a winner at the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s 30th Annual Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby starting on Saturday, March 1, at Lake Colby.

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Westport to face Moriah for Class D boys title

Westport (15-5), trailing 31-29 entering the final eight minutes, scored the first four points of the quarter and went on a 12-3 run that spanned the first six minutes in scoring a 48-41 win Feb. 26.

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L.G. Village officials debate employee pay & benefits as they unveil budget

As a flat-tax budget is announced, Lake George officials spar over village benefits and raises.

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Ticonderoga meat plant begins operation

Retail outlet to follow soon

A meat processing plant in Ticonderoga is now operational. Adirondack Meat Co., located in the Ti Industrial Park, started production Feb. 12.

Bill Orluk: a caring, compassionate man

I want to take a few moments to recognize Bill Orluk for the kindness and compassion he has shown to the people in the region whose lives he has touched.

Inter-Lakes cuts dental staff

In 2007, when I spoke with Kevin Haughney and Gordonna Blodgett about joining the dental staff at Moses Ludington Hospital, it was to start a new page in my life.

Supporting community

Seven years ago the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce contacted the Elizabethtown Postmaster about the possibility of having a Community Bulletin Board inside the foyer of the Elizabethtown Post Office.

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Run for hope registration deadline set

The 34th Annual Doc Lopez Run for Hope to benefit Cystic Fibrosis will take place on Saturday, March 22.

Wednesday, February 26

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Ticonderoga Festival Guild releases 2014 schedule

Programs have historic theme

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild has released its 2014 schedule with an eye on history. The arts group has planned its events to coincide with the community’s “Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years” celebration being held this summer.

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Man arrested in North River

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel J. Thompson, age 28, of River Street, Warrensburg and charged him with burglary first degree, a class B felony, and the misdemeanors of assault third degree, criminal mischief fourth degree, and obstruction of breathing.

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WCS leaders reveal initial 2014-15 budget, ask citizens to lobby for more state aid

Frustrated with aid cutbacks in recent years and concerned about the tax load shifting to property owners, Warrensburg Central School Superintendent John Goralski is active in lobbying for restitution of lost aid and relief from unfunded state mandates. Both Goralski and Lake George Superintendent of Schools Patrick Dee hosted a forum this week on these concerns.

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Jbg. grad named national field hockey Player of the Year

For a person to raised in a rural local town and rise to national recognition in athletics is truly remarkable.

A peanut railroad | Keeseville Column

The final film in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Story” series “The Loving Story” will air this Saturday, March first at 1 p.m. in the Plattsburgh Public Library with a community discussion to follow afterwards

Make your heritage part of the Bicentennial | Westport Column

Congratulations to Arthur Dodge on his retirement last week, after 27 years of connecting us all to the outside world (or should that be connecting the outside world to us?).

The neighbor’s sugar house | Essex Column

The movie this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange is “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

“One on one” time | Willsboro Column

It is great to see changes in the weather, snow piles are shrinking, days are inching a little longer, more birds are showing up and a few tight buds are showing on tree’s and schrubs.

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Amazing women | Scene in Plattsburgh Style & Substance

You don’t have to look far in Plattsburgh to find amazing women, taking on business and performing an on-going balancing act with family, work and well-being.

Loving homes needed | Elmore SPCA

Stefani & Tiger Lily

Back Country Skiers | Elizabethtown Column

The fifth Grade of Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School would like you help them raise money for their June educational trip to Washington D.C.

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Warm your hearts | North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA is overflowing with adoptable animals right now who are hoping to find their forever homes before the snow melts from the ground.

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Remington’s Spinal Cord Benefit coming soon

Scott Remington of Brant Lake — along with those in the region who help him with his charity — have annually demonstrate their caring character through this vital fundraising effort.

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ELCS, Moriah advance to D finals

The Lions used a 13-7 second quarter to extend an early lead to 27-20 at the half and held off a couple of Keene surges in the second half to keep the lead.

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Ticonderoga alumni to return to hardwood

Annual tourney to aid ‘Best Fourth in the North’

Ticonderoga High School basketball stars — and fans — will again have an opportunity to live their “Glory Days” when the annual Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament is played.

Editorial Missing the Point

I was saddened to read your recent Op-Ed in support of repeal of the SAFE Act, because it seemed to me that it quite clearly missed the point on what this legislation is trying to do and at the same time you seemingly glossed over the problem of gun violence in America today.

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Krazy Downhill Derby features wacky sleds, prompts memories

Chestertown-area residents — and people from afar — display they humor and creativity through their participation in the Krazy Downhill Derby, a race of wacky homemade sleds.

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Cold winds and summer camp | Notes from the North Woods

As the cold winds of winter continue to whip across the region, it is difficult to conjure up the image of kids enjoying themselves at a Summer Camp.

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Conservation Woodshop | Conservation Conversations

I stopped in for fuel one day, to satisfy my thirsty 6 liter V-8 engine and got talking to a fellow at the local CITGO gas station in Port Henry.

Tuesday, February 25

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Schumer seeking federal funding for brownfield cleanup

Citing the benefits of protecting public health, boosting property values and spurring economic development, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said during a visit to Glens Falls that he'll be lobbying the U.S. Environemntal Protection Agency for $700,000 to clean up six brownfield sites in the city.

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Ticonderoga food co-op reception planned

Voting under way in logo contest

With a time line and financial plan in place, the group working to form the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op will hold a public reception and information session. The event will be Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at the PRIDE office on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga.

Savage hockey all star

Briana Savage, a student at AuSable Valley High School

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Inter-Lakes CEO stepping down

Chip Holmes takes another position

The chief executive officer of Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga is leaving, stating his plans a week after announcing the facility is eliminating 33 jobs. Chip Holmes, the Inter-Lakes CEO for the past two-and-a-half years, has accepted a position with Quorum Health Resources, effective April 4.

Prison, the college alternative?

Thousands of New York State families struggle every day to pay the costs of college education for their children.

Not so affordable health care | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The writing has been on the wall for some time. Our great fears are coming to pass and no one is taking the steps to fix what is clearly a bad and ill-conceived law.

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Cougars defeat Fort Ann, advance in Sectional tourney

The North Warren boys basketball team continues their remarkable winning streak — after suffering deep early-season losses.

Monday, February 24

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Chili cook off aids Schroon EMS

Top chefs compete for honors

The third annual Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off was a rousing success. The event raised more than $1,226 for local emergency services, reported Shelby Davis, who organized the cook off. That’s $500 more than a year ago.

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Nettle Meadow Farm featured on new NYC webzine

A farm located in the remote rural mountain-town of Thurman that raises goats and other creatures with humane practices — and creates world-class cheeses — was hailed recently in a new Manhattan-based webzine.

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Lake George Festival revenue earmarked for boat patrols

People visiting Lake George and enjoying the entertainment and craft vendors at last year's Festival for the Lake unwittingly helped protect the future purity of the waterway.

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Sentinel Support Fund created in Ticonderoga

Ti alumni bowling tourney March 8-9

The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will help school groups this spring. The Sentinel Support Fund will assist projects not funded through the school district budget, according to Steve Boyce.

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County to hold meth workshop

Methamphetamine use is apparently on the rise in Essex County and is no longer unavoidable, District Attorney Kristy Sprague told the Board of Supervisors last month.

New report on smoking alarming

5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking related diseases unless smoking rates drop, says the latest Surgeon General’s Report.

Sunday, February 23

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Dumas big as Keene advances in D playoffs

Cosgrove paces Pats in double OT; Westport advances

The fourth seeded Keene Beavers wanted to take advantage of their interior play against No. 5 Willsboro in the Section VII/Class D playoffs Feb. 22, and Brandon Dumas was up to the task.

CVS lauded

I was very excited to wake up this morning and hear the news that CVS made the decision to stop selling tobacco. J

Mark Bergman named Realtor of Year

The Warren County Association of Realtors has recognized Mark S. Bergman as “Realtor of the Year.”

Saturday, February 22

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism announces 2014 Board of Directors

Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga represented; Moriah trustee steps down

The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) is pleased to announce its 2014 Board of Directors.

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Lake George Winter Carnival to host car races, family fun this weekend

Lake George Winter Carnival's last weekend for 2014 includes car races and plenty of family-friendly activities.

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Lady Patriots rally falls short to Gillespie, Saranac

ELCS, Keene advance while Westport, Willsboro out

The No. 3 AuSable Valley Lady Patriots again found themselves in another tough fight against No. 2 Saranac Feb. 21 in the Class B semifinals at Plattsburgh High School.

Be wary of creeping development

I go to the Adirondacks for 6 to 8 weeks every year to fish -- in the Spring for trout primarily in the Hudson River, and in the Fall, for steelhead in the Salmon River near Pulaski.

Goodbye, Miss Sullivan

To many relatively newer residents of Willsboro, you have seen but probably did not know, and could not have appreciated, that downtown Willsboro bent-over elderly woman patrolling Route 22 between the diner and St. Philip’s Church.

Events planned at SUNY Plattsburgh to recognize the Holocaust

On the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, professors are getting ready for a visit from a Holocaust survivor, which is happening on March 31.

Friday, February 21

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Saturday's 'Krazy Downhill Derby’ — full of creativity & fun

This event — one of the highlights of the year in northern Warren County — just has to be experienced to be fully appreciated!

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Dynamite Hill: a prime destination for a half-century

A modest sledding hill and ski slope in northern Warren County is the source of fond memories for generations of area residents. A belated celebration of its 50th anniversary will be held mid-morning Saturday Feb. 22 at the ski slope, in conjunction with the annual Krazy Downhill Derby in Chestertown.

ROOST earns accreditation

The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has been granted renewal of its accreditation through the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP).

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Lindsay-Doyle | Engagement

Steve and Kim Lindsay of Willsboro announce the engagement of their daughter Shannon April Lindsay to Thomas Edward Doyle.

Disagrees with letter

I would first like to sincerely thank the Valley News for a positive and objective write up about pot laws and especially for choosing to print the letter from Ms. Gail Durand regarding “bad” weed.

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The sound of a billion feet ... well, almost

Plattsburgh was part of a world-wide event last weekend, meant to shine light into the dark world of domestic violence.

Thursday, February 20

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Six-story hotel approved for Lake George by local planning board

After months of multiple hearings that featured outcry by local citizens — as well as revisions in plans by the developer — a six-story Marriott Courtyard, far taller than any building now in Lake George, was approved by the local planning board.

Soldier’s widow granted military pension | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — February - March 1914•

Local snowmobile trails now open | Athol-Thurman

Members of the Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club report that their trails are open and groomed.

Emma Parsons celebrates 94 years | Bakers Mills News

Courtney Millington took Earl Allen to Saratoga for his eye appointment.

Craft & Carafe session slated | Town Talk

Amber Grace of the Plaza Salon will be holding an crafts instruction session entitled Crafts and Carafe on Tuesday Feb. 25 in Lizzie Keays’ banquet room.

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Square dance to begin Ticonderoga arts celebration

MArts Madness March 1-16

A family square dance will be kick off the second annual MArts Madness, a celebration of Ticonderoga area arts. The dance will be held Saturday, March 1, at the Knights of Columbus, 103 Montcalm St., at 6 p.m.

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Doheny enters NY-21 race

Matt Doheny announced his bid for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat Feb. 19.

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Dems choice keeps quiet

Members from the Democratic committees met in Long Lake two days before Valentine’s Day to quietly make their choice for a candidate to replace the current incumbent Congressman, Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, who announced earlier this month that he would not be seeking re-election.

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Baker, Rivers earn state erstling berths

Jonathan Gay makes indoor states

Dylan Baker and Kenny Rivers each earned spots on the sectional wrestling team with wins in the Section VII championships Feb. 15 held on their home mats at AVCS.

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Lions advance to Class D boys quarterfinals

The Elizabethtown-Lewis boys varsity basketball team did its part to set up a sectional matchup with neighbor and rival Westport with a 10-point win against Johnsburg Feb. 19.


The Ticonderoga Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone that donated to the annual memory tree this past year.

ILCS Coaches vs. Cancer Game

With money still coming in, the 2nd Annual Indian Lake/Long Lake Coaches vs. Cancer game raised at last count $1,507 for the American Cancer Society.

Vet’s exemption unfunded

School boards across NY are having to consider whether to give a “veteran’s exemption” to partially exempt some veterans from paying the school taxes on their homes.

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Educator lauded for four decades

Seton Catholic Central Vice Principal Mary Forbes was honored recently for her 40 years as an educator at Seton Catholic Central, and St. John’s Academy before that.

Wednesday, February 19

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Sen. Schumer to visit Glens Falls, talk about securing $700,000 brownfield cleanup grant

Sen. Schumer is to announce lobbying for money he says will boost Glens Falls' economic development and mitigate potential public health hazards from exposure to chemical pollution.

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Lake George town & village sign joint services agreement

To boost efficiency and save taxpayers' cash, the town and village of Lake George agree to consolidate an array of their municipal services.

Lake George festival revenue donated to LGPC for boat patrols

The Village of Lake George and the S.A.V.E. Committee has donated the proceeds of the village’s first annual “Festival for the Lake” to the Lake George Park Commission.

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New Businesses in North Creek

North Creek Antiques, The Gore Mountain Lodge and The Black Mountain Lodge and Restaurant

Malone man faces life in prison for distributing marijuana

A Malone man was convicted in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana recently.

Film series features black history in the U.S.

Hiding outside of the kitchen, Frederick Douglass heard desperate screams of help.

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Style & Substance: on being ready for change

This week, we are asking the question or maybe just giving some answers!

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Olympic dreams and the Adirondack scene

Notes from the North Woods

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, and the timing couldn’t have been better.

The new Senior Community | Willsboro Column

I guess the groundhog knew it’s stuff, winter is not over yet.

Honor Flight Curling Tournament | Keeseville Column

This week the feature film in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Story” series is “Slavery by Another Name.”

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Come enjoy a new dog or cat | Elmore SPCA

Ruby is a fun and quirky dog who was found running at large in the city of Plattsburgh.

Impacts of climate change on northern animal species | Essex Column

This Friday evening there will be a talk at the Whallonsburg Grange given by well known photographer and naturalist Susan Morse.

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February adoption special | North Country SPCA

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there’s still time to take advantage of our February adoption special!

Public meeting for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage | Westport Column

There will be a public meeting this Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to discuss the plans for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage, and also to discuss the plans to renovate the Town Hall building.

Healthy Heart Day | Elizabethtown Column

Spring is just around the corner, only a week left in February!

Our Food Comes From Where! | Kids Count

Over the past weekend I travelled with a friend to an estate sale and auction.

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Pearsall Foundation pairs with Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation has partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to bring free books monthly to preschoolers throughout the Adirondacks.

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Kerrigan Roth of WCS signs to play collegiate Field Hockey at Adelphi

Warrensburg High's Kerrigan Roth, a member of an extended family of exceptional athletes, has signed a national Letter of Intent to play Field Hockey at a Division II collegiate hockey.

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Sochi wrap: Weibrecht leads local Olympic results

Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht was one of the last members named to the United States Alpine Ski team that headed to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games, which may have fueled him to another improbably podium run.

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From ESG to Sochi: three paralympians set to head for Russia

Three members of Team USA going to the Paralympic Games at Sochi, Russia in March, competed in the 34th Empire State Winter Games presented by Hannaford Supermarkets last weekend.

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Lady Patriots cruise to matchup against Saranac

A balanced attack led the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots to the Section VII/Class B girls basketball semifinals with a 70-33 victory over Saranac Lake Feb. 18.

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Tailgate party, men’s sale planned at Hudson River Trading Co.

A leading North Creek Business hosts a truly unique event.

Experience with ID theft

Law enforcement officials have urged me to share my own experience with hacking.

State needs to repeal the SAFE Act now

“Nobody needs 10 rounds to kill a deer,” or so bloviated our governor while he was in the process of ramming the so called “SAFE Act“ down New Yorker’s throats.

Tuesday, February 18

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Essex County needs psychiatrist... but they're not alone

Essex County's ongoing search for county medical director, psychiatrist mirror national trends

Willsboro seeks pre-k students

Any child living in the Willsboro Central School District that will be four years old by Dec. 1, 2014, is eligible to enroll on pre-kindergarten at the school.

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Crown Point brothers develop growing business

One of the many signs that winter is at its end is the warm February sun pushing the temperature above freezing. For the Peters family this time of year means getting out in the woods and tapping maple trees for their business, Buck Mountain Maple Syrup in Crown Point. The Peters brothers, Bruce, Eric, Brad and Jason, began tapping about 150 trees for syrup in 2008 around their own houses, making about 20 gallons of syrup to supply their families for the year.

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Garden Club donates to local organizations

The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club gave back to the community during its Feb. 6 luncheon.

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Etown replacing town water meters

Town employees are working with Riznick Construction to install new digital-read water meters in each home and business in the district.

Peak’s name change to honor Battle of Plattsburgh hero

The name of an Adirondack Peak in Lewis has been changed back to its original name, MacDonough Mountain.

The times they are changing | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There are so many things one can observe and experience the longer you have the opportunity to hang around in this world.

Monday, February 17

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Montréal adventurer gears up for Project 46

KEENE — For one man, his attempt to scale all 46 High Peaks in 12 days starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, is a way to honor the memory of his son while raising money for a good cause.

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Crowd enjoys deep snow, powder at Wbg.’s Hickory Ski Center

Hickory Ski Center, renowned for its traditional skiing experience is back in a big way after the recent heavy snowfall and cold weather.

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Warrensburg history book welcomed at its debut

A new book has been released that details Warrensburg history — but it's not a dry recitation of facts, its a collection of colorful articles on people, places and events that gives readers a taste of life in Warrensburg during bygone years.

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CATS photo contest winners announced

Three entries were named tops in their division as part of the latest photo and caption contest put on by Champlain Area Trails.

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First aid? Not so fast

ECH encourages residents to make ER last-chance stop

Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) wants the public to know that while they’re always delighted to see you, residents with non-life threatening medical situations should first visit their primary care physicians before taking potentially costly trips to the emergency room.

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Last of the small town games

North Elba chief Roby Politi recalls 1980 Games on CBS’s 60 Minutes

North Elba supervisor Roby Politi appeared on a 60 Minutes Sports segment broadcast nationally Wednesday, Feb. 5, to discuss how a crew of civic leaders spearheaded the push to bring the Winter Olympics to Lake Placid in 1980.

Sunday, February 16

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Warrensburg revitalization projects eyed

With an intent on upgrading the pedestrian experience in Warrensburg and enhancing the streetscape, two town employees are seeking grants for a variety of projects.

Saturday, February 15

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Warrensburg water system upgraded

The town board announced a new water well is now online, the town is having a plan developed for a new park on Queen Village Pond off Rte. 418, and an engineer will be preparing a study of the municipal sewer system.

Friday, February 14

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Storm water project planned in Schroon

Grant to cover cost of work

A storm water run off project will be completed in Schroon Lake hamlet this fall. Supervisor Mike Marnell expects work to begin after Labor Day on the project, which will collect and treat storm water before it reaches Schroon Lake.

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Empire State Winter Games boasts record turnout, spirited competition

Over 1,400 athletes from throughout New York returned to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid to compete for gold and glory in the Empire State Winter Games Feb. 6-9.

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Parade winners announced in Saranac Lake

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade results are as follows for the winners of first and second place trophies in various categories, as well as the Louis Fobare Memorial Trophy for Best of Show.

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ELCS voters pass pair of bus purchases

 The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will be getting two new buses to help replace an aging fleet.

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Valley Sports: Westport ends D-II season with win over Warriors

Westport v. Willsboro boys basketball

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Montcalm Street survey under way

People asked for their views of downtown Ti

What does downtown Ticonderoga need? The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is asking residents, business leaders and elected officials that question with hopes of developing clear goals for the community’s future.

Thursday, February 13

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Occupancy, mortgage taxes see revenue increases from last year

A handful of county department heads delivered their annual reports to the Essex County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, Feb. 12, bringing rays of cautious optimism to a cash-strapped county.

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Inter-Lakes cuts staff

33 positions being cut in Ticonderoga

Inter-Lakes Health is eliminating 33 full-time positions. Chip Holmes, Inter-Lakes CEO, announced the personnel cuts Feb. 12.

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Horace Nye sale delayed, again

The sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home to the Bronx-based Centers for Specialty Care (CSC) was delayed again last week as the parties continued to negotiate a resolution to an issue involving the septic system and sewage pits as a result of the detection of some contaminants, county attorney Daniel Manning told lawmakers at their full board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6.

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Friedrich headed back to state swim meet

Sectional recap

Gavin Friedrich of AuSable, Jonathan Gay of Westport win sectional titles

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Valley Sports: Patriots atop Division I, with company

Boys and girls basketball

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L.G. Marriott project moves forward despite citizens’ concerns

Lake George citizens continue to raise concerns about the Marriott hotel and conference center planned for the northern downtown area of the village.

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Route 9 paving project planned

Road to be repaired from Schroon to Pottersville

After years of complaints, a section of Route 9 from Schroon Lake south to Pottersville will be paved this year.

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Brant Lake fest on ice surpasses expectations

People from Speculator to Albany attended the Brant Lake Winter Carnival for a variety of outdoor activities dreamed up by the members of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, a local group that is boosting not only the regional economy but community life in the lower Adirondacks.

Wednesday, February 12

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Surpassing 11 wrestling teams, Warrensburg takes 2nd in Class III tourney

With a lot of grit and heart, the Warrensburg wrestling team takes home the runner-up Class III trophy by defeating some very tough teams in the Sectional tournament.

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Proposed energy project excites Moriah supervisor

Hydroelectric plant could boast tax base, create jobs

A $264.1 million hydroelectric project has been proposed for Mineville. Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava called the project a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Moriah.”

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Stefanik the choice for NY-21 GOP chairs

Essex County GOP Chairman Ron Jackson, former Essex Supervisor, announced that 11 of the 12 counties had given their blessing to Elise Stefanik, the current Willsboro resident who has served in the George W. Bush cabinet and the Paul Ryan Vice Presidential candidacy team.

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Olympic dreams: locals in Sochi

The Winter Olympic Games have begun in Sochi, Russia, with several competitors with local ties taking place in the early rounds of competition.

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Valley Sports: Keene wraps up Div. III crown

Girls and boys basketball, wrestling

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Despite citizens' concerns, Lake George Marriott project moves forward

A proposed six-story hotel and conference center in Lake George moves forward in the approval process, despite concerns over height, village ambiance, traffic, and the ability of the village to properly treat its sewage output. Some wonder that if approved, the project might spur other towering development projects in the Adirondacks.

Tuesday, February 11

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Center gives kids much needed place to just be kids

Nestled amongst the hulking apartment buildings that make up the core of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, the diminutive Ted K. Center offers a safe retreat for children from the housing authority to play, do crafts, get help with homework, garden, play video games, and just all around be kids.

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Benefit helps local fire victims in Ausable Forks

After a fire took Amy and Howard Drake’s house the evening of Jan. 3, the community put their heads together to make a plan to help.

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Lake George regulations could impact Schroon Lake

SLA president expects increased boat traffic on Schroon Lake

Will new boating regulations on Lake George affect Schroon Lake? Mark Granger, president of the Schroon Lake Association, believes so.

Time to reform election law | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Now is the time to encourage changes in the election laws that have put a strangle hold on the election process in this country.

Monday, February 10

Woman, man found dead following murder, suicide

At 5:10 a.m. Feb. 10, the Plattsburgh Police Department received a 911 call from a paper carrier on Maryland Road who found a note on the door at 79 Maryland Road reporting a murder suicide.

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Athletes discuss college with local students

Middlebury hockey players visit Ti, Crown Point

Middlebury College hockey players recently visited Ticonderoga Middle School and Crown Point Central School as part of a College For Every Student program designed to encourage local middle school students to think about attending college.

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Retiring North Warren school chief honored by students, peers

The North Warren School community pays tribute to their retiring Superintendent of Schools who's concluded a 50-year career in education.

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Historic horse-drawn hearse from Warrensburg featured in museum exhibit

Adirondack Museum to host family activities

The Adirondack Museum is a treasure-trove of artifacts and information about area heritage — and this week and next, selected exhibits will be open and special family-oriented activities will be offered.

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ELCS seeks community input on budget process

At Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, the Board of Education is set to host a trio of public forums starting Monday, Feb. 10, to address the issue of the budget. The first forum will take place at 6 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

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Olmstedville boy selected for national conference

Schroon Lake student going to Washington, D.C.

A Schroon Lake student has been selected to attend a leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Derrick Loiselle, a sixth grade student, will take part in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference: Foundations of Leadership program in the nation’s capital this summer.

Saturday, February 8

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Brant Lake Winter Carnival on Saturday features an array of activities

Grab your skates or sled! ...Or compete in snowshoe softball or broomball. Try your hand at throwing a frying pan the farthest! A rousing success in its debut year, the second annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival has a strong lineup of activities and events appealing to all ages.

Friday, February 7

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Local officials, agencies react to Gov's approval of Finch

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally approved the state land classifications for 42,000 acres recently added to the State Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park on Friday, Feb. 7.

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‘Cabin Fever’ coming to Ticonderoga

Businesses to offer specials, promotions

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has announced “Cabin Fever” specials and promotions at area businesses Saturday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, March 22.

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Warrensburg to host Sectional wrestling tourney Saturday

The town that loves wrestling is hosting a major regional tournament featuring some of the top wrestlers around.

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Winter Empire State Games’ events continue

Events take place through Sunday, with athletes of all ages from every corner of the state descending on Lake Placid and the Tri-Lakes area to compete for the gold, much like the global Winter Olympic Games taking place at the same time in Sochi, Russia.

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Essex County officials question state budget areas

As part of a series of informational forums held after Cuomo’s annual budget address, Deputy Secretary of State Dede Scozzafava was on hand at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown to hear both praise and concern from government officials and the public.

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Valley sports: Keene boys overcome 21-point deficit

Boys and girls basketball

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Fort Ticonderoga to offer glimpse of 1759

Living history event Feb. 15 and 16

Fort Ticonderoga will host a living history event highlighting the lives of Massachusetts provincial soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga in 1759. It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fundraiser successful

On Saturday, Jan. 18, a Spaghetti Dinner and Live Auction Fundraiser was hosted to assist friends, Amy & Howard Drake, who endured a house fire on Jan. 3 in Au Sable Forks.

Thursday, February 6

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Hijacked skeletal remains from Fort William Henry to be returned

Skeletons that aren't in the graves in Lake George where they were supposed to be — according to public pronouncements — will likely be returned later this year.

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Sheridans’ Spanish pilgrimage featured | Bolton Bulletin

On Jan. 29, Carol and Ed Sheridan of Bolton presented a slide show depicting their lengthy hike last summer over a famous trail through the northern Spanish countryside.

New exhibit on local churches | Town Talk

The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History is planning an exhibit commemorating the history of all the local churches, and all of them are invited to participate in preparing materials for the displays.

Mighty blizzard blankets Northeast | Turning Back the Pages

A snow storm which in widespread severity rivaled the big blizzard of March 12 and 13, 1888 began at 10 p.m. Feb. 12, 1914 and continued until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

High utility bills despite some relief | Athol-Thurman

Many Thurman residents have phoned me this week reporting their extremely high energy bills – nearly double or triple in some cases the total of prior years.

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Truck, train collide in Ticonderoga

IP employee critically injured

An International Paper Co. employee was critically injured when the truck he was driving was struck by a passenger train in Ticonderoga Feb. 5.

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David Van Lloyd and Daniela Lucia Villalobos | Engagement

David Van Lloyd and Daniela Lucia Villalobos will be married June 6, 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Richard Phillips packs Whallonsburg Grange Hall

The Champlain Valley Film Society showed the Academy Award-nominated, “Captain Phillips,” a viewing that included the chance to hear from the film’s title character, Merchant Marine Capt. Richard Phillips, who was taken captive by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa in 2009.

Curtis Lumber promotes Laramie

Curtis Lumber announced the promotion of Gerald “Jerry” Laramie to the position of Lead Kitchen Designer, Adirondack Region at their Queensbury, NY store.

Happy for Chestnut

What a splendid surprise to pick up the Senior Life and see this beautiful picture of Priscilla Morris Chestnut on the front page.

Reader agrees with editorial: ‘Common Core’ initiative is a disaster

I want to thank your editorial board for the article entitled “Common Core — The Wrong Choice” published in the Feb. 1 edition of the Adirondack Journal and other Denton Publications newspapers

Engineering a great career

National Engineers Week is Feb. 16-22, which celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike.

Generosity appreciated

Tim Green and his family would like to thank everyone for all their support for his event during his time of need.

CVPH drive a success

The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center builds a healthier North Country by supporting health and wellness initiatives within the Hospital as well as outside the walls of the Medical Center.

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Crown Point man arrested

A Crown Point man has been charged with a pair of felonies following his arrest Feb. 1.

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State announces new site to promote Adirondack touring

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a new interactive Adirondack recreation planning tool to promote tourism attractions in the Adirondack Region and spur economic development opportunities.

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Willsboro Central School | Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the Willsboro Central School honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2013-14 school year

Wednesday, February 5

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Lake George outhouse race pitted 'newbies' against veteran competitors

Lake George's iconic outhouse race over ice attracted some intriguing competition this year, including a new bride in her wedding dress and firefighters with a giant mock fire hydrant.

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Hockey tourney to raise funds for kids charity

Law enforcement officers from two states and two different countries are descending on the village of Rouses Point, but instead of night sticks, they’ll be swinging hockey sticks.

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County hatchery prepares for spring

The Essex County Fish Hatchery in Crown Point is getting ready for another busy spring. Soon, hatchery workers will begin stocking local waters with thousands of trout.

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Approval of Lake George boat inspection program hailed

For years, environmentalists have warned that invasive species would threaten the purity of lake George and compromise its wildlife as well as hampering its recreational uses and throttling the local economy. Last week, state's Lake George Park Commission decided to take action to curb the introduction of invasive aquatic species, and local community leaders are hailing their move.

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MArts Madness returning to Ticonderoga

Cultural programs slated March 1-16

MArts Madness, a celebration of Ticonderoga area arts, will return for a second year. The second annual event will begin March 1 and continue through March 16. It will include two dozen shows, events and activities.

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Bolton couple's Spanish pilgrimage featured

The Sheridans have been to Nepal, the island of Crete and various exotic destinations around the world, and they've come back to their hometown of Bolton and shared their adventures with the community, Their latest expedition was hiking the Way of St. James in northern Spain, and Bolton residents recently got to hear about their eventful trip.

Seeking North Warren families with pre-schoolers

North Warren Central School will conduct Kindergarten Census Week from Feb. 10 through 14.

Winter Vacation | Bakers Mills News

Many “Out of Town” Folks have been enjoying their winter vacation at many rentals in the Bakers Mills Area.

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Style & Substance: on “ranting” parents

I was recently accused by one of my adult children of going on a “rant” when I was frustrated about some circumstances at work.

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Changes in Lifestyle | Elmore SPCA

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New water meters being installed | Elizabethtown Column

Most of us do not have the opportunity to travel to Sochi, Russia to support our USA Olympic Athletes, but we have the next best thing.

Solomon Northrup: The Free Slave | Keeseville Column

Received an email from the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association concerning a new film series at the Plattsburgh Municipal Library located at 19 Oak Street for the next five Saturdays starting with Feb. 1.

Ida Davis Atkinson celebrates 102 years | Willsboro Column

The weather is like a January thaw, but more winter is predicted on this Groundhog Day.

Shortage of kale seed | Essex Column

The regular monthly meetings of the Essex Town Board are now on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

PTO Volleyball Tournament | Westport Column

Are you interested in local lore and the history of our community?

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My Furry Valentine | North Country SPCA

The North Country SPCA would like to announce our February adoption special, “My Furry Valentine.”

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North Country girl in long struggle for her life from Ecoli

Sierra Reynolds just wants to be like every other kid in her grade...she wants to be healthy.

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Girls and boys hoops | Sports in review

Basketball results

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Schroon transfer station turns around

Revenue up $70,000

Less than a year after a police investigation of the Schroon trash transfer station, the town’s garbage operation is a success story.

Emus need coach

The Westport Central School District announced vacancies for a track coach and assistant track coach for the combined EKMW (Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Moriah and Westport) for the 2013-14 school year.

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From Horace Nye to Essex Home for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

The handover for the county-run facility to the private organization Centers for Specialty Care (CSC) was delayed yet again several days before its scheduled handover on Friday, Jan. 31, this time because the parties wanted to “address a few loose ends,” relative to the septic system, said county attorney Daniel Manning.

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Valley Sports: Keene girls win 10th

Girls and boys basketball results

Medical marijuana can help patients

I appreciate the editorial published in Denton Publications urging the public to examine the facts associated with proposals to legalize marijuana.

Don’t feed the deer

It’s 9:30 pm, it’s February, it’s dark, and you’re driving on State Route 28N in Minerva.

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Four NY Guard soldiers go sledding in Sochi

Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers will be part of the United States Olympic team at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.

I’ve been hacked! | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We read about it in the newspapers and hear about it on the evening news all the time.

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Outdoor playing fields | Notes from the North Woods

A few weeks back, I published a story titled The Outdoor Gym.

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‘Take me back to the old ball game’

A lively history of baseball in the town of Johnsburg is the topic at Wevertown Community Center on Monday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

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Denton family loses one of its own

The family here at Denton Publications lost one of its own last week when our longest serving employee Don Drew passed away.

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A Friend of Ruff is a Friend of Mine! | Conservation Conversations

The weather is starting to break and I will be out with the dogs, bird hunting soon.

Tuesday, February 4

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Ticonderoga home destroyed by fire

Red Cross aids family of six

A Ticonderoga home was destroyed by fire, displacing a family of six, Feb. 3. The house is owned by Laura Fuller and occupied by her grandson Kendell Mclaughlin and his family.

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Owens plays role in bill to aid local farmers

Things could get a little easier for New York State farmers after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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Douglas opts out of NY-21 race

Douglas announced Feb. 4 that he would not be seeking the NY-21 seat, currently held by Plattsburgh’s Bill Owens, who has announced he will not seek re-election.

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Beat the blahs on the trails of CATS

However, if that exploring does not include a trip up a high peak, Champlain Area Trails, along with other town and community trail systems, offer the chance to get into nature and hike without the extreme conditions that come with higher elevation excursions.

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Olympic Flame to return to Lake Placid cauldron

The host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games will again light the cauldron located at the Lake Placid Horseshow Grounds as the latest version of the games take place in Sochi, Russia.

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Ticonderoga High to get new principal

John Donohue to move from elementary-middle school

John Donohue has been named Ticonderoga High School principal. Donohue, currently the Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School principal, will begin his new duties July 1.

Monday, February 3

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Winter Empire State Games to share stage with global counterpart

If not and you still seek the thrill of live winter sports action and competition, the Lake Placid area will again be filled with athletes from across the state of New York as the 34th annual Empire State Winter Games are set to begin Thursday, Feb. 6, and run through Sunday, Feb. 9.

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Lakes to Locks previews new tourism app

Those in attendance at a gathering of local chambers of commerce in Westport Jan. 23 got the chance to see a first-of-its-kind app being developed for Lakes to Locks Passages.

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Town, county officials spar over foreclosed properties

Task force set up to determine fate of long-derelict structures

Town supervisors faced off against county officials Tuesday, Jan. 21, in an attempt to determine exactly who has ultimate responsibility over foreclosed and condemned properties within Essex County.

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Book on Warrensburg history to debut

Five years of work by Warrensburg Town Historian and about 20 other volunteers has culminated in a 184-page book that explores personalities, places and incidents of the town's first 200 years.

Disheartened by editorial

I was deeply disheartened to read your editorial on the proposed three strikes legislation.

Sunday, February 2

No to Big Oil

As a consumer I have to be skeptical of Big Oil and what will happen once the Keystone Pipe Line is finished and oil is flowing to the gulf.

Saturday, February 1

Thankful for support

The North Country Hardship Fund would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who came out to support our recent fundraiser the “3rd Annual Cabin Fever Party.”

Disagrees with editorial

I disagree vehemently with your editorial of Jan. 25, opposing Cuomo’s proposal to enact a law which would take away a driver’s license for life after three DWI’s.