Students ask for a baby, gifts, peace
Santa will be especially busy in the Ticonderoga area this Christmas Eve. A survey of local students shows a long and diverse wish list.
Farm Bureau cites Larry Phillips
A Schroon Lake man has been recognized by the New York State Farm Bureau. Larry Phillips received the Most Valuable Volunteer Award during the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Syracuse recently.
‘Fort Fever,’ workshops slated
Fort Ticonderoga is officially closed for the season, but the site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War will be a busy place this winter. The “Fort Fever Series” will again be held this winter along with workshops and seminars at the fortress.
State to fund analysis of proposed tech center in Lowe’s building
A proposed North Country Community College technical center in Ticonderoga has cleared its first hurdle toward becoming reality. The state has agreed to fund a feasibility study on the plan to expand the college’s Ti campus to the former Lowe’s building on Wicker Street. That building would become an applied technology center.
Gerbils convince supervisor new legislation is needed
Gerbils. The burrowing, mouse-like rodent, was the last straw for Tom Scozzafava. The Moriah supervisor wants to scrap the town’s existing dog ordinance and replace it with an animal control law. He expects town board action on the proposal in 2014.
TED presenter David Gallo shares his work
David Gallo has been to great depths, literally and figuratively. Gallo was a poor student who struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder. Today he’s a world-renown oceanographer who has explored the Titanic.
Plans being discussed for annual event
Star Trek fans maybe making the trip to Ticonderoga next year. James Cawley, a Star Trek enthusiast, actor and movie producer, wants to bring fellow Trekkies to his hometown.
Mineville, Moriah school bells now on display
A Moriah student has revived a portion of her community’s heritage. A pair of bells — from the old Mineville and Moriah schools — are now on display at Moriah Central School thanks Brooke Mildon, a seventh grade student.
Contest to determine group’s symbol
The committee working to establish a food cooperative store in Ticonderoga is now seeking a logo. The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Coop committee has announced it will hold a contest to select a logo for the yet-to-be-created store.
Children’s Christmas Express faces shortfall
Children’s Christmas Express, a Schroon Lake holiday charity, is asking for public support. The program, which provides holiday gifts to children in need, is experiencing a shortage as Christmas nears.
Jan. 1 road race slated
Will one of your New Year’s resolutions be to get more exercise? If so, the LaChute Road Runners Club of Ticonderoga can help. The club is planning its 12th annual Resolution Run Jan. 1, 2013.
Chamber hails 21st annual event as a success
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has closed the books on its 21st annual Ticonderoga Area Car Show.
Grant allows for new park bench
Champlain Legacy Park has a new addition. A park bench has been placed in direct view of the LaChute River Falls by the Ticonderoga Historical Society. The Champlain Legacy Park is located adjacent to Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park.
Project involves many community helpers
A retaining wall on Wicker Street in Ticonderoga is becoming a work of art. Work has started to paint a mural on the concrete structure near Inter-Lakes Health. It’s scheduled to be completed in the spring.
Business, jobs to be sought in 2014
Economic development will be a top priority for Moriah officials in 2014.
The Learning Arts performs, teaches
Ticonderoga students got a taste of Broadway recently. The Learning Arts, a collaboration of music and education professionals, recently presented “Broadway and Carnegie Hall” to students.
IRS approval comes in time for year-end donations
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has received 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity from the federal Internal Revenue Service.
Dec. 7 ceremony set for old Mineville, Moriah bells
A pair of bells — from the old Mineville and Moriah schools — will toll at Moriah Central School thanks to a local Girl Scout. A dedication ceremony for the bells will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at the school. Refreshments will follow in the school cafeteria.
Christmas parade, other events Dec. 7
The annual Holiday in Hague will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, as community organization and merchants join for a day-long celebration. Highlighting the festivities will be a Christmas parade and a holiday open house.
Community celebration Dec. 14
Schroon Lake will host its 28th annual community holiday celebration this winter. The Olde Tyme Christmas, scheduled Saturday, Dec. 14, will add a holiday craft and food bazaar in 2013. Community groups are also being asked to take part.
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.