Hancock House to host Dec. 8 event
The 23rd annual Festival of Trees is under way at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga. Highlighting the month-long Christmas celebration will be an open house Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Winter weather forecast nixes Thanksgiving event
The Crown Point Community Thanksgiving dinner has been canceled. Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Crown Point United Methodist Church on Creek Road, the event will not be held because of weather forecasts calling for a winter storm.
Restaurants, stores part of Dec. 6 effort
People will have a chance to get out, enjoy a meal and do some holiday shopping as part of the “Shopping & Dining Night” in Ticonderoga. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held Friday, Dec. 6, as part of the annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas Celebration.
Volunteers sought for Red Kettle campaign
Christmas is a time for giving, something Glen Buell knows about. Buell is the Ticonderoga coordinator for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. He is lining up help for the traditional charity effort.
Ti, St. Mary’s students selling historic calendars
As Ticonderoga residents look forward to the community’s 250th anniversary, they’re calling on history to help finance the celebration. The First 250 Years Committee is selling 2014 historical calendars. Proceeds from the sale will help pay for the group’s “signature event” during the 2014 celebration.
Concerts slated in Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga
The Champlain Valley Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Schroon Lake and again Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street in Ticonderoga.
State officials hear complaints from parents, teachers, school leaders
The Common Core learning standards are not popular in the North Country. About 300 people attended a forum on the education program with state officials in Schroon Lake Nov. 20, delivering a clear message — they don’t like efforts to standardize learning across the country.
Police seeking information
Before Schroon Lake youth baseball players can take field next spring, they’ll have to repair it. A vandal drove onto the Little League complex recently, destroying the outfield. The green grass is now a mess of tire tracks and mud.
Annual event to conclude Ti Area North Country Christmas
The seventh annual Santa Fest will conclude the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Building. The free event will include music, games, crafts, face painting and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be available.
Demand increasing at local food shelf
The Knights of Columbus came out on top in the third annual “Wing War,” but the Ticonderoga Food Pantry was the big winner.
Best Fourth in the North event Dec. 5
The calendar may disagree, but Ticonderoga residents are preparing for the Independence Day. The second annual Fourth of July in December chicken barbecue will be held Thursday, Dec.. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Ti Knights of Columbus.
Carbon Jiu-Jitsu to compete in Whitehall event
A group of Ticonderoga mixed martial arts fighters will seek championship belts. Members of the Ti-based Carbon Jiu-Jitsu MMA club will be part of a card at the Whitehall Athletic Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The former Whitehall armory is located at 62 Poultney St.
Part of annual Ticonderoga North Country Christmas
A new exhibit will open at The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga as part of the community’s annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas. “Adirondack Landscapes” by the Upper Hudson Valley Water Color Society will be displayed Nov. 30 through Jan. 25.
Free meal at Ti fire house noon to 2 p.m.
Thanksgiving dinner will again be served in Ticonderoga. The fifth annual “Miracle on Montcalm Street — Adirondack Dinner Table” will be shared Thanksgiving day noon to 2 p.m. at the Ticonderoga fire house.
Commissioner of education to visit Schroon Lake
Details of State Education Commissioner John King’s forum at Schroon Lake Central School have been set. King will discuss the new Common Core learning standards Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Crash victim to speak in Schroon Lake
Schroon Lake Central School students will hear a first-hand account of the dangers of cell phone use while driving. Jacy Good, who survived a car crash that killed her parents, will speak at the school Monday, Nov. 25, at 8 a.m. Good’s accident was caused by a distracted driver on a cell phone.
Nov. 28 to Dec. 8 in Ticonderoga
The fourth annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas promises to be bigger and better than ever. The 2013 event will be Nov. 28 through Dec. 8 and is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vendors sought for craft and food bazaar
Schroon Lake’s Olde Tyme Christmas growing. The 28th annual event, scheduled Saturday, Dec. 14, will add a holiday craft and food bazaar in 2013. Community groups are also being asked to take part.
Thanksgiving stops planned in Ti, Port Henry
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, decorated in holiday lights and carrying a live musical show, is scheduled to pass through the North Country on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The train will arrive in Ticonderoga at 3:15 p.m. and stop in Port Henry at 5 p.m. Times are approximate.
Controversial Common Core forums resume
State Education Commissioner John King will hold a forum at Schroon Lake Central School to discus the new Common Core curriculum. King will discuss the new learning standards Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Ti vet celebrates 93rd birthday on Veterans Day
Charles “Gusher” Smith has proudly served for decades. A World War II veteran, Smith has long been a civic leader in Ticonderoga — perhaps best known for his work with fellow vets and his years as the local scoutmaster. Smith was honored along with other veterans during a Veterans Day program at Ticonderoga Elementary School. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, just happens to be Smith’s 93rd birthday.
Fund-raising campaign now under way
Moriah residents are being asked to support their local library. The Sherman Free Library, located at 20 Church St. in Port Henry, is in the midst of its annual fund raising campaign.
Grinnell, LaPointe elected to lead towns
Bill Grinnell will be the next Ticonderoga supervisor. John LaPointe was re-elected to his 14th term as supervisor in Putnam.
Community dinner slated Nov. 27
Crown Point will observe Thanksgiving with a community dinner, sponsored by the town’s churches and businesses. The turkey dinner will be served Wednesday, Nov. 27, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crown Point United Methodist Church on Creek Road. The dinner is free.
Chamber to sponsor events; businesses offer specials
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will join the rest of the nation for Small Business Saturday. The fourth annual event will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, and will feature local businesses offering specials to holiday shoppers.
Carillon Garden Club plants spring flowers
Winter is nearing, but the Carillon Garden Club is already thinking spring. Club members recently planted 200 daffodil bulbs at the Blue Star Memorial Garden near the Crown Point Bridge.
Annual tribute to vets Nov. 10 at Valley View Cemetery
“On Hallowed Ground, A Veterans Memory Walk at Valley View Cemetery,” will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. in the west Pine Section of Valley View Cemetery.
Taxes to decrease next year
Spending and taxes will decrease in 2014 for town of Schroon residents. The budget for next year, adopted by the town board, totals $1,693,744. That’s $20,349 — 1.2 percent — less than the current spending plan of $1,714,093.
Living history event Nov. 9
Fort Ticonderoga will honor veterans with a living history event. “The First Call of Duty, Honoring Veterans from 1775 and Beyond” will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Event still scheduled Nov. 1 at Community Building
A candidates forum will be held in Ticonderoga, despite a decision not to participate by two supervisor hopefuls. Republican nominee Bill Grinnell and Independent Steve Whitford will not take part, according to Lew Sanders, Ticonderoga Republican Party chairman.
Study completed; presentation Nov. 12 in Crown Point
If Crown Point and Ticonderoga school districts merge, taxpayers will save money and students will have more opportunities. That’s the conclusion of a report by Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants, a Syracuse-based firm hired by the two districts to study a possible merger.
Jean Arlene Breed releases ‘Adirondack Paper Girl’
Jean Arlene Breed is establishing herself as a prolific author. The Crown Point woman has released her fifth book, “Adirondack Paper Girl.” It’s a collection of 50 poems compiled to tell her story as the daughter of an Adirondack miner.
Food, cash donations sought
Normally people come to the Moriah Food Pantry for help. Now, the tables have turned. Pantry officials are asking the public for assistance. The holidays are approaching and the Moriah Food Pantry is not prepared. Its shelves are near empty.
Ti candidates forum Nov. 1
Contested supervisor races in Ticonderoga and Putnam headline Election Day battles in the area. Voters will go the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Key step in town’s water improvement project
Ticonderoga has taken a major step toward meeting a state order that its water system be upgraded. A substantial groundwater source has been located at a second test well site on the east side of Streetroad, Route 9N, according to Supervisor Deb Malaney.
Veterans Day service Nov. 10
First Congregational Church of Crown Point will host its third annual Veteran’s Recognition and Appreciation Sunday, Nov. 10, as part of its 9:30 a.m. worship service.
Fishermen admit to carrying invasive species
Two fishermen have been fined after admitting they introduced “aquatic invasive species” into Lake George during a Ticonderoga bass fishing tournament.
Falling tree damages Knapp Center; forces change
Forced to relocate following an act of nature, the Crown Point Senior Citizens Center is up and running with meals and activities. The center is now in the basement of the Crown Point Methodist Church on Creek Road.
Garden, park to be constructed at town hall
Luci and Tom Carpenter of Moriah, whose son Brian died in a car accident in 2005, are leading the effort to create a Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument. It will be located at the Moriah town hall, Park Place, Port Henry.
Deadline Nov. 10
The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program is now taking applications for its 2013 holiday gift distribution. The program, now in its 33rd year, provides Christmas gifts to needy children living in the area.
National Honor Society plans Oct. 29 program
Dr. Richard Seegal, scientist emeritus at the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health and a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, will speak at Schroon Lake Central School as part of the school’s National Honor Society lecture series.
Halloween party slated Oct. 26
Schroon Lake has a new community center. The facility has opened in Joanies Goodies, a restaurant located at 1061 Route 9.
Halloween event Oct. 25-27
The Penfield Museum will not be a place for the faint-of-heart Halloween weekend. The museum and Retro Film Studios will present the fifth annual “The Penfield Haunted Homestead” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25, 26 and 27.
Montcalm Street to be closed Oct. 31
Ghosts, goblins and assorted creatures will descend upon downtown Ticonderoga again this fall. The annual HalloweenFest will be held Thursday, Oct. 31. Montcalm Street will be closed from Lake George Avenue to Lake Champlain Avenue 3 to 4:30 p.m. to allow youngster the freedom to run from business-to-business seeking Halloween treats.
Public hearing slated Nov. 7
The 2014 Moriah town budget will meet the state tax cap and make few changes in spending.
Town, village want a study of their campgrounds
The town of Moriah and village of Port Henry are seeking a grant to review each municipality’s campsite.
On Common Ground writes, performs play
On Common Ground, a group of Moriah Central School students, is tackling teen issues through acting.
First resident pleased with new home
At age 86, Lorraine Dudley is a pace setter. The former Crown Point woman is the first resident at the new Moses Circle Senior Apartments in Ticonderoga.
New York, Vermont students benefit
In an era of computers, smartphones and other technology, are paper dictionaries still relevant? Ticonderoga Elks Lodge 1494 believes so.
Ticonderoga, Schroon events Oct. 26
The Ticonderoga Community Coalition will partner with the town and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to host a “Take Back” event at the Ticonderoga Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department will also host “Take Back” events that day at the Schroon town hall and the public safety building in Lewis.