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Friday, January 31

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Lake George Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend

Real winter weather, a crowd with cabin fever, and dozens of competitors in the annual outhouse races on ice will combine this weekend for a standout edition of Lake George Winter Carnival.

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Moriah supervisor calls for property tax reform

Present system is unfair, Scozzafava claims

Tom Scozzafava supports the governor’s proposals to limit property tax increases, but he wishes the state legislature would go further.

Brown hired at Essex Pallet

Essex Pallet and Pellet Company of Keeseville is excited to welcome their newest team member; Tammy Brown of West Chazy.

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Ticonderoga downtown group sets 2014 agenda

Ti Montcalm Street Partnership schedules events

The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is planning a number of events and projects this year designed to attract people to downtown Ticonderoga.

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Timber!

Paul Smith’s Woodsmen to demonstrate logging skills of yore

While carnivals in the tamer, less hardy parts of the country tend to feature innocuous demonstrations like baton twirling and juggling, North County folks are cut from a sturdier cloth and prefer to take their festivities with a flash of blue steel and glimpse of danger.

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Bickford earns Spelling Bee title at AFES

For three Au Sable Forks Elementary School students, their schools’ Spelling Bee has them her one step closer to competing for the national title.

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Valley Sports: Warriors, Eagles, Lady Pats win

Warriors, Eagles, Lady Pats win

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NYSP cracking down on DWI, texting Super Bowl weekend

Major Richard C. Smith Jr., Troop B Commander wants to remind motorists that the New York State Police in Troop B will join other law enforcement agencies across the Troop in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend.

Want to stop development

The news that Greens will try to stop the NYCO land swap should show everyone the main goal of Greenism: preventing economic development.

Thanks rescuers

We would like to thank the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department, Warrensburg Rescue, the EMT’s and the North Warren Rescue Squad who aided us after a very serious vehicle accident on Jan. 14.

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Camp Chingachgook fishing tournament planned

YMCA Camp Chingachgook welcomes ice fishermen to its shores Feb. 15 and 16 to raise funds for camper scholarships.

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L.G. Warriors - reigning state champs - continue their winning ways in 2014

Following a year in which they won the New York State Class C Championship, the Lake George Basketball Team is headed toward competing for the title again as they fend off one talented team after another. Their effort is being led by Joel Wincowski, the high-scoring, ultra-quick athlete with a deadeye shot who was named the state's Class C Player of the Year — and is now being scouted by Division I college teams.

Thursday, January 30

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Board airs concerns over Lake George hotel project

Despite major changes being made to plans for the proposed Lake George Marriott hotel in response to requests by the village planning board members, the panel requested additional information about the project from the developers and raised more concerns at a recent planning board meeting.

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Indian Lake Ice Fishing Derby is a Big Success

It has become a tradition and a big attraction to the Town of Indian Lake. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Fish and Game Association, Inc. sponsored the ninth annual Ice Fishing Derby. One couldn’t ask for better conditions. The ice was 14 inches thick with a small amount of snow cover and no slush. The temperature was 8 drgrees at 5 a.m., but by early afternoon it had risen into the low 30’s and it was sunny with calm winds until late in the day.

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Performing arts troupe to bring China to Plattsburgh for Lunar New Year

While the holidays may be in the rearview for most North Country residents, for a fifth of the world’s population, the new year’s clock won’t click over until midnight on Saturday, Feb. 1.

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Technology saves Mineville home

Firefighters douse fire without using water

A Mineville home was saved from fire through technology Jan. 29. Firefighters utilized the STAT X fire interruption system, which releases chemicals into the air to suppress fire.

On Campus

Educational honors

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Local photos win in Champlain Area Trails contest

Port Henry, Ticonderoga shots take honors

A pair of local photos won prizes in the Champlain Area Trails Photo and Caption Contest.

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Moriah officials eye shared services

Town, village, school leaders to discuss possibilities

The benefits of shared services have been obvious to Moriah and Port Henry officials for decades, but there’s a new emphasis on the idea following the governor’s state of the state address.

WCS New Superintendent | Town Talk

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 a small group of parents, students, teachers and board of education members gathered to personally welcome Mr. John Goralski as the new WCS Superintendent, Mr. Goralski comes to WCS from the Stillwater Central School District.

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It takes many crossroads to make a musical landscape

Plattsburgh’s music community cannot be painted with a broad brush. It would be hard even to paint the music landscape on one mural.

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Frazil ice | River Ramblings

For winter newcomers to the Upper Hudson, and you who have not read or understood my many attempts to explain this before: That brilliant white stuff that sometimes fills the Hudson from Thurman to The Glen is not snow, and has nothing to do with it.

Groundhog Day | Athol-Thurman

Groundhog Day is Sunday, Feb. 2 and tradition has had it that if the critter doesn’t see his shadow there will be an early spring.

Severe earthquake garners fear | Turning Back the Pages

• One Hundred Years Ago, February, 1914 •

Old Man Winter | Bakers Mills News

Oliver Dalaba turned 80 on Jan 25.

Personhood for Chimps? | Notes from the Planet Earth

Recently filed lawsuits, in three New York counties, have the potential to interrupt a variety of biomedical research programs.

Kenzie Tennent acknowledged by top honors program | Bolton Bulletin

Kenzie Tennent of Bolton Landing has been chosen by the National Academy of Future Physicians to attend an honors program, The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14-16.

On Campus - Hannah Joy and Dante Siletti

Several area residents have been named to the Deans’ List for the fall 2013 semester at SUNY Oswego.

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Ursula Trudeau named Grand Marshal of Carnival Parade

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Ursula Trudeau as its 2014 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 8.

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Horace Nye handover imminent

County: Staffers to be placed on “preferred list” for new jobs

As New York City-based health provider Centers for Specialty Care prepares to take ownership of the Horace Nye Nursing Home from Essex County Jan. 31, county officials discussed what the endgame would be for the facility’s 130-plus staffers.

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Willsboro elementary students present ‘Winnie the Pooh kids’

The school will present “Winnie the Pooh Kids,” based on the A.A. Milne story that has been retold in motion pictures and more starting Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Additional performances will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.

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Your guide to this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

The east coast’s longest-running wintertime celebrations, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, kicks off Friday, Jan. 31 and runs until Sunday, Feb. 9.

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Clinton Community announces Dean’s List students

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

Grateful to community

On Jan. 3, we lost our home and all of its contents to a structure fire.

Joint Statement from towns

The Towns of Long Lake and North Hudson, two of the Five Towns that have joined together as the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub and located in both Essex and Hamilton Counties, are pleased to learn of the Governor’s new initiative to grow Upstate tourism by opening nearly 50 state properties for recreational activities.

Program a success

The committee of the Distinguished Young Women of Moriah would like to offer sincere gratitude to all of the individuals and businesses that made the recent program a huge success.

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Projects sought for annual Day of Caring event

The United Way of the Adirondack Region will up with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh for the its annual Day of Caring Saturday, April 5.

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Adk Young Professionals seek new members

The North Country has long had a problem attracting and retaining young professionals into the ranks of its business class.

Wednesday, January 29

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Ticonderoga church to present seminars

Financial, marriage programs planned

The Lakeside Regional Church, with campuses in Hague and Ticonderoga, will present financial planning and marriage seminars.

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Ida Atkinson turns 102 and is recognized as oldest person in Essex County

It might be just another birthday to Willsboro resident Ida Atkinson, but being recognized as the oldest person in Essex County at the age of 102 is something community members thought should be celebrated.

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Abandoned puppies happy in their new homes

In early August, 24 puppies were abandoned by the husband of the owner of Northern Puppies, Michael Staley.

2014 Saranac Lake Ice Carnival | Elizabethtown Column

It’s Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, the Denver Broncos vs the Seattle Seahawks.

Putting Christmas to rest | Willsboro Column

I found this year that putting Christmas to rest for another year has been harder for me putting the decorations away, makes me think that next year maybe not to put out so many decorations.

Mural Making as Community Building | Westport Column

Anyone who’s walked through the halls at Westport Central School over the years has probably noticed the expressive murals that decorate many of the hallway walls.

Film society presents “Captain Phillips” | Essex Column

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the film society will present “Captain Phillips” at the Whallonsburg Grange hall at 1 p.m

American Bald Eagles are back | Keeseville Column

My heart goes out to all the families that lost so much during last Friday’s fire in Port Kent.

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Field trip | North Country SPCA

The animals at the North Country SPCA enjoyed a real treat last week with a surprise visit from the Pre-K class of Willsboro Central School!

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Style & Substance: on the preparation of job applicants

I am a local Plattsburgh employer, employing about 15 people who have a wide range of duties to make my small business operate smoothly.

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Forever homes | Elmore SPCA

Kitty Purry was found by a concerned citizen in the city of Plattsburgh.

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Probation and fine only for Northern Puppies couple

On consecutive days last week, Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers handed out nearly identical sentences to Michael and Tammy Staley for their roles in the Northern Puppies abuse and abandonment cases from last summer.

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Ticonderoga chamber gets new president, mission

Scarlette Merfeld to lead chamber board

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has a new leader and a new mission. The chamber board has elected Scarlette Merfeld as its 2014 president and adopted a new mission statement.

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‘Captain Phillips’ at Grange Hall comes complete with Capt. Richard Phillips himself

Capt. Richard Phillips, the Merchant Marine thrust into the global spotlight in 2009 when he and his ship, the Maersk Alabama, was taken captive by Somali pirates, will be the featured speaker when the Champlain Valley Film Society presents the film “Captain Phillips,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.

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Willsboro chorus students wanna rock with Foreigner

Members of the Willsboro Central School Chorus have the chance to take to the Flynn Center stage in Burlington, Vt., with 80’s rock band Foreigner as a finalist for a contest sponsored by local radio station WIZN as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

Lake Placid Central School student-athletes awarded

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association honors student-athletes that excel in the classroom.

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Railway’s new initiatives, freight and local wine, praised by county officials

The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad reveals its new marketing and freight initiatives to Warren County officials.

Reacts to story

“LOL!” as they say in internetease. The little front page article in the Jan. 18 issue of the Valley News immediately reminded me of the situation that many feel exists in our society today.

Common Core the wrong choice

The adoption of the Common Core learning standards in New York State has created a lucrative opportunity for educational publishers like Pearson Education, while leaving our children behind.

Road Trip! | Conservation Conversations

Okay, its minus 10 degrees once again, your honey is giving you the stink eye and there’s frozen sand in your shoes, so what do you do?

Tuesday, January 28

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Lake George boats to be inspected

Lake George Park Commission adopts plan

A mandatory boat inspection program for Lake George has been approved. Beginning May 15 all boats entering the lake must be inspected at one of six regional stations.

Scottish scholie applications sought

The Scottish St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks offers scholarships to pipers, drummers and highland dancers that may be used for lessons, band camp or competition fees.

Jay to produce business brochure

The Town of Jay Supervisor’s Office will be publishing a new business brochure.

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Saranac Lake gears up for annual winter carnival

For 10 days, this small village seven miles from Lake Placid will host a constellation of over 100 events spread across the frigid landscape, including three sets of fireworks, parades, musical performances and demonstrations from a wide variety of local organizations, from woodmen to women tossing custom-designed frying pans.

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Ticonderoga chamber membership swells

Nearly 250 businesses now part of group

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce continues to grow. The chamber has announced 40 new members, which brings total membership to 243.

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Beat the Winter Blahs: Social center Zumba

“It’s fun for people who like to move to music and get a little exercise as well,” Elizabethtown Social Center Director Arin Burdo said. “It is a fun atmosphere. You are really trying to focus on that party atmosphere and there is not a lot of pressure on you to have to know all of the moves and do them exactly right.”

More of the same, but different

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

More snow and bitter cold lies in our future. Another major retail chain, Michael’s, has announced the hacking of their customer’s credit card files.

Monday, January 27

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Schroon Lake chamber seeking director

New position created as chamber grows

The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce is seeking an executive director.

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Ticonderoga church dinners reach milestone

Free meals enter fourth year at First United Methodist Church

It’s hard to beat the community dinner program at the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga. It offers good food and good company for an unbeatable price — it’s free.

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Fire destroys Crown Point eatery

Frenchy’s blaze displaces family

Firefighters from several area departments helped fight a fire that started at Frenchy’s Restaurant on Main Street in Crown Point Jan. 24.

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Empire State Winter Games names title sponsor in Hannaford

Games’ organizers announced Jan. 15 that Hannaford Supermarkets had signed a deal to become the first presenting sponsor of the Winter Games, which will take place from Feb. 6 through Feb. 9.

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State to fund improvements for trails

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced $67 million in funding for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use enhancement projects throughout the state of New York. Three North Country projects received funding, including $761,600 to the Village of Saranac Lake and $1,626,000 to the City of Plattsburgh.

Sunday, January 26

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Hall found alive in Florida

A Middlebury man has been located by police in Orlando, Fla., after he was reported missing under “suspicious” circumstances.

Saturday, January 25

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Local golf pro missing in Florida

Police in Florida are searching for the part owner and general manager of the Westport Country Club after he went missing earlier this week.

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Bolton Central’s principal promoted to district CEO role

Michael Graney, who has a strong background in secondary education in the region, has been chosen for the position of Superintendent of the Bolton Central School District.

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Lake George officials consider changes to parking policies and fines

While the village board is considering giving people a little slack in overtime parking, they are also considering hiking the fines for most parking violations. In other business, they heard that to establish a simple crosswalk across Canada St. — and meet D.O.T. specifications — it would cost as much as $40,000.

Miner Institute lands $330,000 grant

Miner Institute has been awarded a $330,000 research grant from the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) to monitor surface runoff and tile drainage effluent from two corn fields.

Red Kettle campaign a success

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign had many wonderful donations to the kettles this past Christmas season and very generous donations to our toy drive with Wal-Mart! T

Friday, January 24

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Northern Puppies saga ends in probation, fine

As he did just 24 hours before, Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers ignored the pleas of Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx, and sentenced one of the principals of the ‘Northern Puppies’ saga to probation and a fine, avoiding any jail time for the former pet store owner at the heart of one of the more gripping animal abuse cased in recent Clinton County memory.

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Hague to host Winter Weekend

President’s Day weekend events slated

Hague will host its 41st annual Winter Weekend Feb. 14-16. Formerly known as the winter carnival, the event is held the weekend prior to President’s Day in Hague.

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On Campus

Adriana Clark, Benjamin Karkoski, Joseph Gonyeau and Travis Nephew

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Putnam home burns

Ti chamber assisting Curcio family

Putnam and other area firefighters responded to a blaze at 1186 County Route 2 Jan. 23. On arrival they found heavy smoke coming from the second floor with the flames fully involved on the first floor, according to Doug Thatcher, Putnam fire chief.

Climate change to be discussed in Chazy

The impact of climate change on Northern New York agriculture is on the agenda of the 2014 North Country Crop Congresses, Tuesday, February 18 at W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, in Chazy.

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Stage may be set for legal challenge to NYCO amendment

Four environmental advocacy groups have joined with a California environmental “law organization” to express their concerns over the recent passage of a state constitutional amendment allowing for a land swap between the State of New York and NYCO Minerals, based in Willsboro with mining operations in Lewis.

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Tupper Lake to self-fund tourism guides

At first glance, the waters of the expansive lake that lends its name to this village in southwest Franklin County are as tranquil as ever. Beneath the icy surface, however, a dispute over how tourism funds should be allocated is causing waves.

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Valley Sports: three-in-three for AVCS girls

Girls basketball, boys and girls bowling

Bad weed

I offer anecdotal evidence regarding the intoxication by marijuana and therefore suggest that people wait for properly prepared weed before imbibing.

Paul Revere rides again?

In April 1775 Paul Revere famously rode his horse to Lexington, Mass., to warn of a British invasion.

Thursday, January 23

Stage may be set for legal challenge to NYCO amendment

Four environmental advocacy groups have joined with a California environmental “law organization” to express their concerns over the recent passage of a state constitutional amendment allowing for a land swap between the State of New York and NYCO Minerals, based in Willsboro with mining operations in Lewis.

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Staley gets probation in puppy abandonment case

Michael Staley avoided jail time in his puppy abandonment case, over the impassioned pleas of Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx.

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Tupper Lake to self-fund tourism guides

At first glance, the waters of the expansive lake that lends its name to this village in southwest Franklin County are as tranquil as ever. Beneath the icy surface, however, a dispute over how tourism funds should be allocated is causing waves.

Ladies Luncheon Tea | Bakers Mills News

More bad weather to talk about.

Stand-off ends peacefully in West Chazy

A Jan. 19 phone call lead to a tense, 10-hour standoff with State Police.

Economic Development Committee | Town Talk

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care has been awarded the second Annual Have a Heart Scholarship from the local Saratoga, Warren, Washington Interagency Council.

Danger of indecency | Turning Back the Pages

One Hundred Years Ago - January, 1914

Valentine’s for Vets | Athol-Thurman

Valentine’s for Vets is scheduled for Feb. 8 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Thurman town hall with refreshments to follow.

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Snowmobile ride & party to raise $$ for area cancer patients

Snowmobilers show they have heart and a thirst for adventure in their participation in the annual Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride. The 100-mile-long excursion and party following annually raises thousands of dollars to help cancer patients and their families.

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Dreimiller, Graf to wed

Mr. and Mrs. John Dreimiller of Ticonderoga have announced the engagement of their daughter, Krista Megan (Meg) Dreimiller, to Philipp Matthew Graf, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Graf of Galesville, Wis.

Blue Box a success

In early 2013, High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care got permission from Jody Olcott, from Essex County IDA, to have a Blue Clothing Donation Box placed on the corner of Tom Phelps Way and Plank Road in Mineville.

Toy drive a success

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire community for their generous contributions to our toy drive.

Help United

The need for the services that the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. helps support has never been greater.

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Valley Sports: AVCS ladies score second win in as many days

Boys and girls basketball; boys and girls bowling

Wednesday, January 22

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Ticonderoga chamber creating calendar of events

Organizations asked to submit events

A master calendar of events for the Ticonderoga area is being compiled for 2014. The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is as asking local groups to submit the dates of events.

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Man arrested under Leandra’s Law

Last weekend the New York State Police arrested a 34-year-old Peru man for aggravated driving while intoxicated, for violating Leandra’s Law by having a child under 16 in a vehicle while he was intoxicated.

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Peru man one of only 249 to receive Legion of Honor ribbon

Napoleon Light went to Europe, he says, by rail — hugging the rail of one of the three transport ships that brought 15,000 American soldiers to England to prepare for D-Day, wracked by sea-sickness.

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Basketball roundup

Girls and boys results

Squirrel–proof feeders | Keeseville Column

I haven’t seen lights on in Kingsland Square Bistro and Bakery for a while now.

Senior Assisted Living worship service | Willsboro Column

January weather has good and bad days, this week we went from a few bad storm days and one January thaw like day, now we are heading into some real cold days.

Community service | Kids Count

his week, America celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

First Saturday Dance | Westport Column

Westport music maestro Rose Chancler, artistic director of Piano by Nature, invites you to the latest Piano by Nature concert at the Hand House in Elizabethtown, this Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

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Check out our Facebook page | North Country SPCA

Have you checked out the North Country SPCA’s Facebook page recently?

Agricultural census work | Essex Column

It’s been quite a winter for the town road crew, with endless cold and occasional rain storms that keep the highways coated with ice.

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“Grow strong” during the winter months | Scene in Plattsburgh

Style & Substance

Whether one winters in Syracuse or Plattsburgh, thriving in winter does make one heartier.

Prom Dress Sale | Elizabethtown Column

It’s January sales time at our own awesome little department store known as the Elizabethtown Thrift Shop.

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Former Ticonderoga principal named Bolton superintendent

Bolton Central School District principal Michael Graney has been chosen as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools.

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Ticonderoga school found to be fiscally stressed

Report shows district’s financial health is improving

The Ti district is “financially susceptible to financial stress,” according to a report by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. That’s not good news, but it’s better than an earlier report that listed the Ticonderoga district as having a “significant” likelihood of financial stress.

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Tupper Lake to host ice car races

The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club (AMEC) is scheduled to bring automotive ice racing to Tupper Lake for the fourth time in their 60 year history this weekend, Jan. 25-26.

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Who's in, who's out, who might for NY 21st

The announcement last week that Congressman Bill Owens would not be seeking re-election in November has both Republicans and Democrats moving around the deck chairs to seek out their top candidates for what may be a wide-open contest.

DEC camper scholarships available

The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested young men and women 12 to 17 years old to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program.

Help the campaign

It has been said that our true character is demonstrated when times are tough.

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Adirondack Council mixed on State of State

The Adirondack Council, an environmental advocacy organization with offices in Elizabethtown, today expressed concern with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, saying it liked the parts about improving rural infrastructure and tourism but didn’t hear much about investments in the quality of the state’s environment.

Proposal spells three strikes against region

While we applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing efforts to revitalize and open up the North Country through a series of forward-looking proposals and policies, we’re skeptical about the trial balloon he floated at the State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 8 that will, if enacted by state lawmakers, suspend driver’s licenses for life for motorists found guilty of three convictions of driving while intoxicated in their lifetime.

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The damned dams of the Adirondacks

Notes from the North Woods

Dams provide opportunities for power, navigation, fish barriers, and often serve as bridges for snowmobilers, hikers, bikers and skiers.

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Valley sports: AVCS, Keene girls dominate in wins

Boys and girls basketball, wrestling

Tuesday, January 21

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Rookie firefighters hailed after they complete basic training

The new firefighting recruits attacked flames inside a burning building, doused a blazing vehicle and learned about handling hazardous materials as they took the basic firefighting course over 11 weeks recently. Monday Jan. 20, these volunteers were lauded by a crowd of area citizens as they received their graduation certificates.

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Retiring Bolton highway chief honored for 40+ years of service

Long-time town of Bolton Highway Superintendent Tim Coons has dealt with ice storms, blowdowns, road washouts and historic, violent storms, responding with dedication and commitment to public safety. At his retirement party, his wife Doris revealed that over the years, her husband wore a path in their home's floor, pacing back and forth, worrying about his fellow citizens and their safety.

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Ticonderoga highway crew battling Mother Nature

Winter taking a toll on workers, equipment, materials

With two months remaining, the winter of 2013-14 has been tough on Ticonderoga roads and its highway crew. Early heavy snows and ice storms have made for long hours and lots of expense.

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Winter Carnival unveils new website

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee recently launched the new website for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

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Schroon Lake to host ice fishing tourney

March 1 and 2

The Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club will host its 22nd annual ice fishing derby Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2.

Local environmentalists battle feds

Pending decision to remove gray wolf violates ESA, argues Adirondack Council

The region’s leading environmental advocacy group, the Adirondack Council, has placed themselves front and center in the fight against the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) pending decision to remove the gray wolf from its endangered species list and their decision to list the eastern wolf as a new separate species with a distinct evolutionary heritage, an action that means that the eastern wolf is no longer technically endangered and doesn’t warrant federal protection.

Local author donates proceeds from latest book

At 88 years old, Elizabethtown resident Leona R. Warners latest publication “Just Everyday Folks,” Chronicles the life of her Adirondack family over one of the most trying quarter centuries in U.S. history.

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Lake Geo. Chamber & bed tax awards criticized in wake of B.I.D. defeat

Downtown Lake George merchants want more promotion of the village and events — but they don't want an additional tax to pay for it. Instead, some say the money now spent on marketing the resort village could be spent more effectively.

Three more years in neutral

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

While discussing job creation and training at a recent regional workforce investment board meeting, we were told not to expect much changing over the next few years until the nation undergoes an administrative change in 2017.

Monday, January 20

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Long-time Warrensburg Chamber president steps down

For over a decade, she's been the driving force behind the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce's accomplishments, including their mammoth annual World's Largest Garage sale event. Long-time Chamber president Lynn Smith stepped down recently, saying that 'new blood' in the organization is a good idea.

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Polar Bear Plunge to aid children’s hospital

Hague swim Feb. 16

People with warm hearts will take a cold plunge for children as part of the annual Hague Winter Weekend. The Polar Bear Plunge, part of the Hague event, will benefit the WOKO Big Change Round Up that supports the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

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Ticonderoga bingo in jeopardy

Fire company mulls future of 40-year tradition

The Ticonderoga Fire Department may close its weekly bingo games after 40 years.

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Winter Fisherman gear up for Tupper Lake ice

It certainly has been cold enough, and now ice fishermen from across the country will be heading to Tupper Lake for a pair of major fishing tournaments.

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Local Recipient of Papal Honor

Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha, a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Schroon Lake, was recently presented with the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice,” a papal medal.

Ticonderoga firefighters busy

2013 was a very busy and productive year for the Ticonderoga Fire Department.

Sunday, January 19

Kudos to Crown Point

In response to a letter submitted to “Letters to the Editor” by a Ticonderoga resident in the Dec. 28 issue, I must ask, who are you to point fingers at those who stand up for what they believe is in their best interest?

Saturday, January 18

Funds aid Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties would like to thank the International Paper Foundation for its generous grant of $1,870.

Friday, January 17

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Schroon food pantry serves community

Nearly 5,000 people assisted in 2013

The Schroon Lake Food Pantry served nearly 5,000 people during 2013. A report prepared by Lenchen Marnell, pantry director, shows 1,962 families, 3,261 adults, 1,350 children and 974 senior citizens received support from the pantry last year.

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Local orthotist/prosthetist helps to equip adaptive athletes

When it comes to sporting equipment for handicapped athletes, there are very few places in the country where you can find an expert in the field. One of those very few places is right here in the North Country.

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At-risk bridges to be replaced in North Country

A total of 14 bridges in Essex and Clinton counties will be replaced in an effort to shore up infrastructure in the wake of extreme weather.

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Valley Sports: Eagles even series with Seton

Boys and girls basketball; boys and girls bowling

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On Campus

President and Dean's List Honors

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Collegiate ski and board championships coming in March

On March 8-15, Lake Placid and Wilmington will play host to the 2014 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship.

Trooper lauded

This is in reference to the article placed by Fred Herbst (Nov. 30) regarding the vandalism to the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club ball field.

Thursday, January 16

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Queensbury man located near Syracuse

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office just sent out a bulletin asking the public to help locate a missing person.

Mountain Lake PBS launches KIDS writers’ contest

Mountain Lake PBS is once again encouraging early elementary-aged students to stretch their creative wings by hosting the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Hoskins describes a blood bath | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — Jan. 1914•

Keeler getting help on food pantry duties | Athol-Thurman

While the Myrna Keeler has been on vacation enjoying much-needed rest and relaxation, several Thurman residents have stepped up to the plate to try as best they can to fill her shoes at the Food Pantry.

Discount at Warrensburg landfill | Town Talk

The Warrensburg town board voted last week to hold its annual sale of landfill punch cards from Feb. 3 through Feb. 7.

Presentations sought for conference

The North Country Conference Planning Team is requesting abstracts for presentations at the third annual Clean Energy Conference, to be held June 4-6 at the Lake Placid Conference Center.

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Missing Australian man found dead

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, New York State Forest Rangers located the body of missing Australian man Captain Paul John McKay, 33, ending a search effort that lasted nearly two weeks.

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Region-Wide Sand/Salt use up

Officials throughout the region are using more sand and salt on area roads this winter. An unusual number of ice storms and temperature fluctuations have many local highway departments exhausting their supplies at a rapid pace.

Information needed

My name is Tim Balonek from Batavia. I am currently working on a book for The Gold Star Soldiers of Genesee County, men that were killed while in service from Korea and Vietnam.

Lake George B.I.D. process was one-sided

The recent victory in the defeat of the proposed Business Improvement District in the Village of Lake George is significant because the entire process for its approval was a stacked deck.

Another side to wage debate

There are, no doubt, many valid reasons to want to raise the minimum wage for working families.

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Valley Sports: Bowlers set personal marks on lanes

Boys and girls bowling, boys and girls basketball

Wednesday, January 15

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Chester Man arrested for sex with underage girl

Peter W. Stewart, 46, of Chester was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 14, for felony rape in the third degree after he allegedly had a year-long relationship with a girl under the age of 17.

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County supervisors discuss rising utility rates, tourism, public health

The Essex County Board of Supervisors had a full slate at the first round of monthly committee meetings at the board of supervisors chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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.

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DEC To Dismantle Marcy Dam

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to dismantle Marcy Dam, which was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

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Ticonderoga to look at ‘nuisance’ properties

Water leak sparks discuss of building code issue

Ticonderoga will review “nuisance” properties in the community this year. Supervisor Bill Grinnell said he will meet with Ti Police Chief Mark Johns and Building Inspector Bill Ball to discuss properties that fail to meet town standards and could pose a health or safety risk.

Set the record straight

I’m setting the record straight – again. Back in 2000 we had only looked at the house #16 Baldwin Road – we never even made an offer on the house at that point.

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LOCAL FLAVOR - Irises

Whether it’s brewing a craft IPA in Lake Placid, or scratch-making a French Bechamel sauce at one of the many Northern Tier restaurants he’s worked at over the years, Rob Davis is a self-described foodie, who taught himself to be a chef.

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Scholarship supports CVPH nurses’ continuing education

Since 2010 the Foundation at CVPH has been helping to finance continuing education for registered nurses through a special in-house scholarship.

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Local man helps equip adaptive athletes

When it comes to sporting equipment for handicapped athletes, there are very few places in the country where you can find an expert in the field. One of those very few places is right here in the North Country.

The Town of Johnsburg Library is hosting a series of programs this spring

The Friends of the Town of Johnsburg Library are hosting a jewelry making workshop with Judy Brown and Judy Monroe Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.

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Share the companionship and comfort of a furry friend | North Country SPCA

After a tremendous response to our “Home for the Holidays” adoption special, January has been a quiet month at the NCSPCA.

CATS, CATS, CATS! | Westport Column

CATS, CATS, CATS! Sometimes I feel like a cat lady when I sit down to write this column.

Honor Flight for the flight of a lifetime | Keeseville Column

Received an email from Danny Kaifetz, Director of North Country Honor Flight, who reports: “In 2013 we flew FIVE flights and 82 WWII veterans to their Memorial in Washington DC, and for 2014 we have SEVEN flights scheduled for over 100 veterans, plus three flights planned for Vermont.

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Style & Substance: on assisting aging parents

I was recently the “least busy” of my siblings, so was the obvious choice to come home to the Plattsburgh area to assist my aging parents with making some decisions about much needed assisted living and cleaning up the house where we all grew up.

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Pereau’s Garage | Johnsburg Historical Society

As North Creek developed into a bustling hamlet in the 19th and 20th centuries due to the successes of the tanneries, timber industry, the railroad, and tourism, several entrepreneurs saw the need for automobile garages.

Patchwork quilts | Mill Creek Musings

A commercial about “the touch and feel of cotton, the fabric of our lives” brought to mind patchwork quilts and how our lives are a patchwork created by our many diverse experiences.

Pleasant Valley Chorale begins practice | Elizabethtown Column

Although, the ice plagues us and we’re light on snow so far this winter, there are still things to do outside if your brave.

Imperturbable Percheron draft horses | Essex Column

Beginning this Saturday and running through March the Whallonsburg Grange hosts a “Play Gym” for kids under five.

Good Samaritan help | Willsboro Column

In getting around the community and learning of the many great way that people reached out to many others over the holidays, makes me proud and happy to live in Willsboro.

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Sochi 2014 athletes

Chris Mazdzer, Bill Demong, Tim Burke & Lowell Bailey

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Schroon nutrition site hopes to serve more

Senior citizen meal program available

Attendance is down at the Schroon senior citizen nutrition site. The Schroon nutrition site is not unique. Patty Bashaw, director of the Essex County Office for the Aging, told the county board in December fewer seniors are attending the meals served at 14 locations around the county.

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Thurman votes ‘Yes’ for embattled white-space broadband project

It took pleas from two state officials, a live demonstration and a crowd of people urging them on, but the Thurman Town Board finally voted Tuesday Jan. 14 to support their town supervisor's initiative and move forward with their pending grant-funded project to bring white-space broadband Internet access to their remote community.

Full Winter Carnival button set available

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Friday, Jan. 10, listed a full set of Garry Trudeau-designed Winter Carnival buttons on the eBay auction website to raise money for the annual event.

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Essex County Committee assignments set

Chairman Randy Douglas released the committee assignments for the year at the annual Organizational Meeting, with North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi replacing former Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney as the chair of the Economic Development Committee.

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High Peaks Resort to hold collector’s event on Friday, Jan. 17

What were you doing 34 years ago this past February? How about 82 years ago? If you were at the 1980 Winter Olympics, or even the first Winter Olympics that was held in the United States in 1932, then the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid wants you to swing by with your souvenir collection and youthful sense of wonder.

Boys and girls basketball results

he Jaguars got off to a better start than the Panthers Tues. night Jan. 7th , leading 23 - 13 at half.

New board, new vision

I’m sure few would be surprised to hear me say that I’m delighted to have a new Town Board of Elizabethtown who will, without question, return our local government process to one of legally proper procedure.

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Doing it outdoors, with Hope and a Prayer

Notes from the North Woods

Occasionally, in my zealous effort to promote getting kids outside, I’ve often neglected a pressing need to do the same for adults.

Tobacco customers should be 21 or older

There’s still time to make a pair of important New Year’s health resolutions.

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Is Cabin Fever Getting to you yet?

Conservation Conversations

The weather has been very interesting so far! Rain one day, then minus 20 degrees another, and ice, and lots of it, then back to rain and maybe even some snow one day, then back to pouring rain, and then back to freezing and more ice.

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Valley sports: AVCS scores win against NCCS

Girls basketball, Boys basketball and wrestling

Tuesday, January 14

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Bill Owens not running for re-election

With little fanfare, Representative Bill Owens’ (D-NY 21) office issued a press release Tuesday announcing that he will not be seeking re-election for the Assembly seat he currently holds.

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Ticonderoga to review town operations

Greater efficiency, costs savings sought

Ticonderoga will attempt to operate more efficiency in 2014. A committee plans to review and analyze Ticonderoga’s departments and services this year with an eye toward making them more effective and less costly.

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Employment training to be available in Ticonderoga

Courses to be taught at NCCC campus

Job training will be available at the North Country Community College Ticonderoga campus this year. Work Readiness Credential and National Retail Federation Customer Service Credential courses will be taught in coordination with CV-TEC and OneWorkSource.

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Friends of Poke-O seek funds for Ranger Trail

Friends of Mount Poke-O-Moonshine have started a fund raiser called, “Sum(m)it Up for Poke-O,” focused on making needed repairs and renovations to the Ranger Trail, a steep, one mile path leading to the top of the mountain located in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest area.

It’s just business as usual

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s so hard to know who and what to believe any more. Our political system has played the spin card so often on the American public, they may have spun themselves completely out of sight.

Monday, January 13

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Warrensburg highway chief wins top environmental award

Warrensburg Superintendent of Highways Ed Pennock is noted for his collaboration and willingness to assist with other area projects across the county. Now, he's been chosen for a top environmental award for his work to abate erosion and protect the landscape as well as for his commitment to public safety.

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Chili cook off to aid Schroon EMS

Third annual event Feb. 22 at Mountainside

Regardless of the winter weather, there will be plenty of heat in Schroon Lake Feb. 22. That’s when the third annual Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off will be held to benefit the community’s emergency services.

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Freestyle skiiers descend on Placid, Wilmington for World Cup

Before the sporting world shifts its attention towards Russia next month for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Lake Placid and Wilmington will take center-podium as they host the FIS USANA Freestyle World Cup from Jan. 15-18.

Benefit set for house fire victims

The American Legion Post 504/Au Sable Forks will be hosting a spaghetti dinner and live auction on Jan. 18 to benefit the Drake family.

Sunday, January 12

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Living ‘off the grid’ in the Adirondacks, savoring the rhythm of nature

Bill Campbell has shunned materialism and engaged with nature as he leads a sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyle in Bolton.

Saturday, January 11

Ti’Coustic is a hit

There are so many talented people that live in our communities, and so many that participate in local civic and community organizations.

Reader got meaning of cartoon wrong

I may be wrong, but I believe Mr. Gardner’s interpretation of the political cartoon published in the News Enterprise on Dec. 20 (“Bigoted Cartoon”, News Enterprise, Letters to the Editor, Jan. 4) was in error.

Friday, January 10

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Kiwanis contest looks toward spring

Benefit asks people to guess when Ti reaches 55 degrees

Spring may be a distant hope for most area residents, but the Ticonderoga Kiwanis are thinking about warm weather. The Kiwanis are now selling tickets for their annual “Win at 55” contest.

Police searching for suspects in church burglary

Suspects made off with money from collection box

On Dec. 25, 2013, State Police responded to a report of a burglary at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Church Street in Champlain. The suspects had entered the church sometime during the night of Christmas Eve, following the evening mass, and stole an undetermined amount of money from the collection box. The suspects also damaged other property within the church.

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New director at War of 1812 museum

The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, will be ringing in the New Year with a new museum manager.

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Disabled athletes to compete in Empire State Games

The only difference between them and other athletes is the gear.

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Ellenburg Town Clerk retires after 44 years

The last time Ellenburgh had a town clerk other than Thelma LaBombard, Richard Nixon was in the White House, gas cost 35 cents a gallon, and a dozen eggs could be had for 62 cents.

Tracking hike cancelled

Tomorrow’s tracking hike is postponed until Saturday, February 15. The weather prediction is warm and rainy -- not conducive for a good tracking experience.

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Red Kettle campaign comes up short

It seemed like it was going to be a good year for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, right up until the final tally.

Jay sand available for town residents

Town of Jay residents will be allowed to access sand from the Town of Jay Highway Garage located on the Valley Road in Jay, Monday-Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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SWEARING IN

Pburgh ushers in new mayor

Jim Calnon was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh on Jan. 1, and he’s doing his best to hit the ground running. He was administered the oath of office at the auditorium in City Hall by Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers.

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Schroon nurse brings relief to typhoon victims

Jeff Subra part of medical mission to Philippines

Jeff Subra of Schroon Lake, a registered nurse, went to the Philippines as part of relief team sent by the Christian Medical & Dental Association. The Bristol, Tenn.-based group has rotated teams in-and-out of the Philippines every two weeks since the disaster hit Nov. 8, killing more than 6,000 people and leveling entire communities.

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Three supervisors sworn into office

One of the new members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors entered his first elected office, while a second moved up from his town council seat to the chief administrative position and a third returned after a two-year hiatus.

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Essex County Youth Bureau basketball season begins

Youth in grades 3-6 will have the chance to take to the court starting this Saturday with the beginning of another Essex County Youth Bureau basketball season.

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Valley Sports: Patriots defeat Bobcats

Boys and girls basketball plus recaps from earlier this week

Meal baskets help appreciated

I believe the holiday season is when our hearts are the most open to giving.

State agency needs new leadership, $$ should not be diverted

Last May, State Assemblyman Dan Stec published an article that called for proactive solutions in New York.

Credit where credit is due

The article in the Times of Ti regarding International Paper and Inter-Lakes supporting workforce training at Ti High (Jan. 4) was nicely written and positive publicity for the program and the organizations that participate. 

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Sheriff’s Department monthly report for December

The following is a summary of the activities of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office for the month of December, 2013:

Tannery Pond Community Center Association, Inc. receives grants

The Tannery Pond Community Center Association, Inc. (TPCCA), a non-profit organization located in North Creek and dedicated to providing the surrounding communities with cultural, educational, recreational, and social opportunities for all ages, is pleased to announce the receipt of several grants over the past year from local businesses and regional foundations in support of the TPCCA.

Thursday, January 9

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Rivers sentencing delayed

Third man to be convicted in death of Keeseville man seeks new council

Michael Rivers, the man convicted on May 30, 2013 of first-degree manslaughter and gang-assault in the death of Keeseville resident Robert M. Rennie requested new counsel at his sentencing Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Essex County Courthouse. The request once again delayed sentencing for the third and final individual to be charged in relation to the father of two’s death.

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Cuomo: boost education, spur industry, promote biomass — and cut taxes

In his State-of-the-State speech Jan. 8, Cuomo proposed a wide array of initiatives — many of them targeting vital upstate issues.

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Former State Supreme Court Judge arrested for felony DWI

Former Essex County State Supreme Court Justice James P. Dawson, 68, of Elizabethtown was remanded to Essex County Jail on Sunday, Jan. 5 charged with a felony DWI.

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Shooting gallery open to public

Whitehall Athletic Club’s indoor range available

Gun enthusiasts can practice their sport in comfort this winter. The Whitehall Athletic Club at the Armory has opened its shooting gallery to the public.

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Westport town board shuffles seats

The Westport Town Board is seeking to fill a vacancy left by former Councilman Michael Tyler who resigned to fill the town justice spot he was elected to in November.

Warrensburg officials sworn in | Town Talk

Warrensburg Town Board members who were re-elected in November to new four-year terms

Public demo of ‘white space’ broadband | Athol-Thurman

The Thurman Town Board meeting on Jan. 14 will feature a special presentation of how white space broadband Internet accesss will work for Thurman.

Jailed horse thief slashes his throat | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — Jan. 1914•

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Ticonderoga to get second opinion on water project

New board agrees to seek engineering proposal

Ticonderoga’s water project, which seemed committed to a new groundwater source a month ago, will be reviewed and may be changed. New Supervisor Bill Grinnell, who made the water project a central part of his campaign for office, asked the town board to reconsider the project in his first meeting.

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Cuomo property tax freeze raises concerns

Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed his fiscal hand two days prior to the annual State of the State address Jan. 6, proposing a two-year property tax free for residents as long as their political leaders keep budget increases within the state’s tax levy cap. Under his proposal, tax credits would be given to residents of any municipality where the government stays within the cap in the next two fiscal years which would, in essence, freeze their tax rate.

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Valley Sports recap

Wrestling, indoor track and field, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys bowling, girls bowling

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Comments sought on proposed boating regulations

DEC expects to have Lake George rules in place this year

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has posted online for public comment its proposed regulations to help stop the transport of aquatic invasive species.

Appreciates local volunteers

Once again we want to say what a priviledge it is to live in the town of Johnsburg.

Beware: children follow their parents’ example!

The area news media recently covered the tragic story of Clifford Burns, a man who had a long history of committing abuse, culminating in his commission of homicide to a family member.

Panther pride

Shame Mr. Richard Wray? (“Shame on Crown Point” letter Dec. 28)

Events to help family

On the evening of Jan. 3, Howard and Amy Drake of Golf Course Road lost their home and personal belongings to a structure fire.

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Fourth annual Dine United event set for Jan. 15

The fourth annual Dine United for the Adirondack Region will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show upcoming

Celebrate Vermont’s Hunting and Fishing Heritage, Jan 17 – 19, 2014

The 22nd Annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show will be held Jan. 17 through the Jan. 19 at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Wednesday, January 8

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Chilson firefighters plan dinner-dance

Annual benefit event Feb. 8 at EMA

The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company will host its 36th annual dinner-dance Saturday, Feb. 8, at the EMA, 9 Maplewood Drive, Ticonderoga. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.

Mother Nature reminders | Willsboro Column

I guess Mother Nature thought that we needed a reminder of just what winter was really all about.

What is true steam? | Essex Column

A snow shoe expedition on the southern flanks of Pokomoonshine Mountain will take place this Saturday morning to study animal tracks

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New state-of-the art shelter | North Country SPCA

The NCSPCA had a very successful year in 2013, highlighted by our auspicious move to our beautiful, new, state-of-the art shelter in Elizabethtown.

Elizabethtown Social Center Spring Musical | Elizabethtown Column

Even though we are frozen to the bone, one of the first signs that Spring is around the corner is the auditions for the annual Elizabethtown Social Center Spring Musical!

A typical December in the North Country | Weather Watch

December 2013 was a colder than normal month with near normal levels of snow and precipitation.

Cold weather across the nation | Bakers Mills News

Wow! We sure are having a cold snap.

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Style & Substance: on facing your alter ego

Do you think that we all have an alter ego?

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Come meet our rescued animals | Elmore SPCA

Jake and Saint

Mammal and bird tracking hike | Keeseville Column

Your volunteer firefighters of Westport Hose Company No. 1 would like to thank all those who offered their support by purchasing raffle tickets for our annual holiday Baskets of Cheer.

Dedicated service | Westport Column

I wish to acknowledge one of Keeseville’s residents who just retired from Clinton Community College after many years of dedicated service greatly enhancing the lives of those blessed to have encountered him.

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Public ‘white space’ broadband demo set for Thurman Town Hall

While a handful of Thurman residents have seen 'white space' broadband's blazing-fast downloads and how it can accomplish various Internet tasks simultaneously, a number of local citizens continue to claim it will be slow, will stall, and suffer interruptions. In respponse, the town board and the network engineer constructing Thurman's acclaimed broadband access system will be conducting a demonstration of the technology at 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 14 in the Thurman Town Hall.

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New Ticonderoga town board makes few changes

Annual appointments look much like 2013

The town of Ticonderoga’s new administration is now in place, but residents shouldn’t expect many major changes.

Agri exemption class offered

The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will be assisting agricultural landowners with completion of Soil Group worksheets for agricultural exemption.

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Lake George business district plan defeated

In an unprecedented eleventh-hour campaign of opposition, Lake George merchants defeat the business improvement district plan that had been unanimously endorsed by the village leaders and was assumed to become a reality this year.

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Horace Nye sale delayed into new year

Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors approved the use of $128,000 from fund balance to operate the currently county-owned facility in Elizabethtown for another month during its Jan. 6 Organizational Meeting.

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Douglas returned to Essex County stand as chairman for fifth term

The Jay Supervisor was unanimously elected to serve an unprecedented fifth term as the boards chairman, with vice chairman Bill Ferebee of Keene being re-elected as well.

Film fundraiser a success

Adirondack Treks would like to thank the folks that stepped up and contributed door prizes for our annual Warren Miller Film fundraiser on Dec. 27:

Toy drive a success

Each holiday season, I find myself in complete awe and appreciation of how this magical time of the year brings out the characteristic of giving among North Country residents.

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What about the Birds? | Conservation Conversations

My last column dealt with feeding deer and it sparked some interest, in at least one reader.

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Annual Winter Carnival button unveiled

“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Legalizing marijuana: Lets look at the facts

A week ago, the seemingly unthinkable happened: marijuana became legal in one of the United States: Colorado.

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Racing for everyone, with everyone in the race

Notes from the North Woods

By all appearances, the winter season is here to stay.

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Ice Fest returns for another year

World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his third Ice Fest event.

Tuesday, January 7

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‘White space’ broadband demonstration in Thurman streams fast video, data

Cultural observers have said providing Internet access over contemporary countryside is akin to the rural electrification program of the 1930s. In Thurman, "white space" broadband is envisioned by network engineers to provide the answer — but some local folks have been saying it won't work, and state money shouldn't be spent on it, while others say its vital for education of children, the local economy and jobs development. Dec. 30, an engineer proved that "white space" broadcast not only works, it's far faster and more capable than both DSL and satellite — and cable under many common conditions.

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Lake George polar plungers cite reasons for freezin’

Due to the frigid weather, only the hardiest — no pretenders or polar wannabes — participated in the 2014 New Year's Day Polar Plunge!

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Moriah Valentine’s Day dinner-dance to aid project

Garden, park to be constructed at town hall

A Valentine’s Day dinner-dance will assist efforts to construct a garden and park in Port Henry for families who have lost a child. The benefit for the Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument will be held Friday, Feb. 14, at the Mineville VFW. There will be a cocktail hour with appetizers and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Riparius woman charged with welfare fraud for medical aid

Lynette Delczeg, 40 years of age, of 493 River Road, Riparius was charged with Welfare Fraud

MVAC Scholar athletes named

The Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) announces Scholar Athletes for the 2013 Fall Sports Season.

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Lake George committee eyed in Ticonderoga

Group would work to protect resource

Local residents are being asked to take an active role in protecting Lake George. A Water Quality Awareness Committee is being formed in Ticonderoga. The panels, which are being formed in communities bordering the lake, work with the FUND for Lake George and the Lake George Waterkeeper program.

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Lewis heading toward hearing on Comprehensive Plan

Supervisor David Blades said the town has scheduled two more Comprehensive Plan Committee meetings to be held Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Town Hall before moving forward with a draft plan for the public to weigh in on.

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NW Trailblazers snowmobile group offers various events, benefits

One of the leading snowmobile organizations, which has experienced remarkable growth and has an admirable history, is holding their annual 'Winter White Out' party soon.

The other side of minimum wage

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In last week’s paper, our editorial board took a stand on increasing the minimum wage.

Monday, January 6

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New L.G. board member says town should focus on infrastructure

Minutes after her induction, new Lake George Town Board member Nancy Stannard says the town board should upgrade its infrastructure rather than acquiring property, which the board has already taken steps toward.

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Crammond scholarship awarded

Former Ti High runner receives $1,000 grant

 Hannah Herbst, a former Ticonderoga High School distance runner and honor student, has been given the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship by LaChute Road Runners Club.

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Runners start new year in Ticonderoga

Berube, Sommerville win Resolution Run

Jay Berube won the 12th annual Resolution Run in Ticonderoga. Berube, a former Ti High runner now competing at SUNY-Oneonta, won the 5K in 17 minutes, 43 seconds.

Thanks to town

I appreciate the opportunity to say thank you to the voters of the Town of Essex for allowing me to work as their Supervisor for the past four years.

Sunday, January 5

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Key posts shift in Warren Co. as new supervisors join board

With a Republican sweep occurring in Queensbury in the recent election, and a conservative turnover in Glens Falls Ward 4, several key policymakers were replaced on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Here's a preview of who is now stepping into the leadership roles they held.

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Local residents discover wintry wonders at Stone Bridge & Caves

Although Natural Stone Bridge & Caves is considered a premier fair-weather attraction in the Adirondacks, people are now discovering that it offers a remarkable experience in the winter, too.

Relies on leader

I have read with interest Mr. Douglas’ frustration with the lack of public input to the county budget, and also the letters it provoked.

Saturday, January 4

Appreciates support

The Willsboro Community Housing Assistance Taskforce – Food Shelf and Emergency Fund would like to sincerely thank all of the individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped to supply food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets this 2013 holiday season.

Friday, January 3

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Warren Co. chief: road repair, court space, more jail guards are top 2014 priorities

Zero tax increase forecast

As Warren County held its annual organizational meeting Jan. 3, the county's top official revealed his top objectives for 2014

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Keeseville Elementary officially part of ‘No Excuses’ network

The school recently earned membership into the No Excuses University Network of Schools, an organization that strives to build a bridge for all students to attend college as it begins promoting a comprehensive college readiness model starting in pre-kindergarten. Keeseville Elementary is only the second school in the state to earn membership.

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Keene hoops teams off to solid starts

Combined, the Keene varsity girls and boys basketball teams have started the season 10-1, with the girls opening Northern Basketball League Division III play with a perfect 4-0 record and the boys team starting season 6-1 overall and 5-0 in Division III.

Thanks board

Thank you to all the Town Board members for their work this year and a special thank you to the following:

New facilities needed

Back in November I read an article from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about the Veteran’s Memorial Highway on Whiteface Mountain getting $12 million in repairs.

Bigoted cartoon

The cartoon published in the 12/20 edition of the North Countryman was unusually ignorant and stupid.

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Lake Placid Loppet to return January 25

The 32nd Lake Placid Loppet, presented by High Peaks Cyclery and Nordic Specialist, cross-country ski races will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Ski Center in Lake Placid.

Thursday, January 2

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Rod Kenyon tallies 50 years as teller for Glens Falls bank

In an era that job longevity has all but disappeared, Rod Kenyon has held a job as a teller for Glens Falls National Bank — sharing smiles, jokes and memories with depositors — for no less than 50 years!

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Children, adults enjoy Christmas party in Thurman

Embracing traditional values, residents of the mountain town of Thurman gather to celebrate Christmas with their children.

Another icy day | Bakers Mills News

We all survived the big snow storm and now having another icy day.

Cooperators and Defectors | Notes from Planet Earth

Cooperation among individuals in human societies is well known.

Exercise classes scheduled | Bolton Bulletin

Zumba classes with Anna Haye continue in Bolton with new, lower rates for the new year.

‘Coy dog’ seen on Dippikill Road | Athol-Thurman

There was a report of a coy dog sighting last week on Dippikill Road.

Stallion breaks man’s leg | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — Jan. 1914•

Chamber elects new directors | Town Talk

The Warrensburg Chamber Chamber of Commerce elected new directors at its December meeting.

LGA offers suggestions for Christmas trees

Recycling efforts suggested

Looking to recycle your Christmas tree when the holidays are over?

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ELCS seeks public approval for new buses

A public referendum will be held for district voters Thursday, Feb. 6, from noon until 8 p.m. in the school lobby to consider a pair of propositions that would lead to the purchase of two new buses.

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Valley Sports recap

Boys basketball and bowling, girls basketball and indoor track and field

Thanks to donors for their help boosting RSD awareness

We’d like to express a big Thank You from Timothy Lucid for all those who participated in the recent Cut-a-Thon for RSD — to boost awareness of the syndrome and help others who are enduring the extreme-pain disease.

Losing an icon

Willsboro has lost yet another icon: Ralph Marcotte.

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Plattsburgh music scene at a crossroads?

The area music scene might just be standing at an important crossroads. Where it goes from here may well be in the hands of a few motivated individuals, with a vision for a rejuvenated Downtown.

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Denton reporter receives award

A reporter at Denton Publications was honored at the recent North Country Honor Flight Christmas party with an award for his continuing coverage of Honor Flight events, and World War II veterans.

Wednesday, January 1

The last year for the village of Keeseville | Keeseville Column

Well, 2013 is in the past and 2014 has started.

Noble Terrace Ice Rink opens | Elizabethtown Column

It’s 2014, the years sure do fly by.

Mother Nature | Willsboro Column

Wow this will be a Christmas holiday that will go down in the history books — at least for me, anyway.

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Finding forever homes | North Country SPCA

The town of Lewis is closing in on a Comprehensive Plan to present to the public in the coming months.The NCSPCA has seen an amazing number of our furry friends find their forever homes over the past several weeks of our adoption special.

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Come in and meet our animals | Elmore SPCA

Honey is a great kitten that was born in a colony of feral cats that live behind the Newman Center in Plattsburgh, New York. Patch is a fun loving dog that was found running at large in the Town of Beekmanton.

2013, not-so-memorable year | Kids Count

Gun violence in America seemed to play out almost daily on the evening news as yet another tragic story of a shooting was revealed.

New Health tai chi classes | Essex Column

The ice storm of last week deposited a nice even sheet over the landscape and adorned the trees.

Special public budget hearing | Westport Column

Well, with the holidays over it must be time for the annual reality check that comes as we settle in for the winter.

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Style & Substance on keeping New Year’s resolutions

Happy New Year to our North Countryman and Burgh readers!

DNC not dirty

While the DNC (Do Nuttin’ Club) was shocked to hear that we have been accused of launching a conspiracy to defeat a candidate in the recent Essex Election, we were more upset at the accusation that our attendees are a cabal of old, dirty, subversive conspirators, misogynists prone to Comstockery, favor agonistic attitudes, and assume basilisk postures.

It is time to raise the minimum wage

One of our veteran editors wrote an article several years ago describing the extreme hardships a family in Johnsburg was enduring as the parents were working long hours at minimum-wage jobs.

Small change, long-term improvements

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Over the next two weeks, we will be working with the US Postal Service throughout Northern New York and Vermont to further improve the delivery of your free community newspaper.