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Fred Herbst

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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Ticonderoga Festival Guild to conclude holiday season

Twelfth Night celebration Jan. 6 in Putnam

Twelfth Night will again be celebrated by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. The annual event will be held Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Putnam Presbyterian Church.

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Fort Ticonderoga to explore winter of 1755-56

Living history event slated Jan. 11

“Carillon’s First Winter” will depict the lives of French soldiers garrisoned at Fort Ticonderoga during a living history event Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fort was named Carillon by the French.

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Ticonderoga students garner prizes for calendar sales

Proceeds to assist whale watch trips, Ti celebration

A pair of Ticonderoga Middle School students earned a Christmas bonus of sorts this holiday season. Caitlin Myers and Carson Reeves, seventh grade students, were the top sales people in a promotion sponsored by the First 250 Years Committee of Ticonderoga.

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Ticonderoga students raise money for holiday gifts

Middle school continues charity effort

The Giving Thanks to Our Community program at Ticonderoga Middle School provided three Christmas presents each to 27 elementary school students this holiday season. Students raised the money for the gifts, which were then purchased, wrapped and delivered.

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Resolution Run to kick off new year in Ticonderoga

Jan. 1 road race slated

 The LaChute Road Runners Club of Ticonderoga will kick off the new year with its 12th annual Resolution Run Wednesday, Jan. 1.

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Schroon Lake theater facing uncertain future

Fund-raising event slated Dec. 28

A group of local residents is working to ensure the future of the Strand Theater in Schroon Lake. Save the Strand is a committee raising money to assist the Strand in its conversion to digital technology.

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New Year event to aid Ticonderoga celebration

‘Ring in the New Year’ Jan. 4

The committee planning Ticonderoga’s annual July 4th celebration is planning to welcome 2014 with a fund raising event. “Ring in the New Year” will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pub on Montcalm Street.

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Crown Point rejects school merger

Board votes against possible consolidation with Ticonderoga

Crown Point and Ticonderoga schools will not merge. The Crown Point Central School board of education rejected a possible merger by a unanimous vote Dec. 17, prompting cheers from those at the meeting.

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Ticonderoga classroom reading lounge grows

IP Foundation grant adds 350 new books

The Ticonderoga Middle School Reading/Literacy Lounge has been re-stocked thanks to a grant. The International Paper Co. Foundation awarded a $2,250 grant to the school, which was used to purchase 350 new books. The reading/literacy lounge now has more than 700 titles.

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Ticonderoga Business of the Year recognized

Chamber presents annual awards

The 2013 Business of Year in Ticonderoga has made some sweet contributions to the community. Dunkin’ Donuts garnered the honor at the annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer appreciation dinner and awards ceremony recently.

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Moriah officials mull creation of DPW

Merging departments may benefit taxpayers

Moriah officials will debate the merits of a town department of public works during 2014. The community now has separate highway, water, sewer, buildings and grounds departments.

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Business leaders stress teamwork to Ticonderoga students

IP, Inter-Lakes support workforce training at Ti High

Teamwork is the key to running a successful business, so that makes teamwork the top attribute employers seek when hiring workers. That was the message delivered to Ticonderoga High School students recently as leaders from the community’s two largest employers — International Paper and Inter-Lakes Health — visited a senior economics class.

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Downtown Port Henry improvements expected

Village receives grant from state

Port Henry will receive a face lift in 2014. The village has received a $131,311 grant for the rehabilitation of six buildings along Main Street. The New York State Office of Community Renewal grant was secured for Port Henry by PRIDE of Ticonderoga.

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Student engineers compete

Kiwanis sponsor bridge building event

Future engineers had a chance to test their skills in Ticonderoga recently. Students from Ticonderoga High School, Ti Middle School, St. Mary’s School and Crown Point Central School took part in the fifth annual bridge building competition sponsored by the Ti Kiwanis Club. A total of 49 students participated.

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