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Fred Herbst

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Christmas wishes are big and small

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.

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Schroon Lake man earns state honor

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.

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Fort Ti to host winter programs

‘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.

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Ticonderoga NCCC expansion study approved

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.

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Moriah to adopt animal control law

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.

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Oceanographer visits with Ti students

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.

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Star Trek convention may come to Ticonderoga

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.

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Scout project saves Moriah artifacts

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.

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Ticonderoga food coop seeking logo

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.

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Schroon Lake holiday charity needs assistance

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.

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Resolution Run to kick off new year in Ticonderoga

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.

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Ticonderoga car show results released

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.

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Ticonderoga’s Legacy Park gains an addition

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.

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Ticonderoga artists create mural on retaining wall

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.

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Moriah to seek economic development

Business, jobs to be sought in 2014

Economic development will be a top priority for Moriah officials in 2014.

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Broadway comes to Ticonderoga schools

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.

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Ti Alliance gets non-profit status

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.

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Old school bells to be dedicated in Port Henry

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.

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Holiday in Hague on tap

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.

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Schroon Lake to mark holiday season

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.

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Festival of Trees slated in Ticonderoga

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.

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Community dinner canceled in Crown Point

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.

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Ticonderoga ‘shop & dine’ event planned

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.

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Volunteers sought for Red Kettle campaign

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.

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Sale to assist Ticonderoga’s 250th anniversary celebration

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.

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Champlain Chorale to welcome holiday season

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.

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Common Core criticized at Schroon forum

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.

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Vandal damages Schroon baseball field

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.

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SantaFest on tap in Ticonderoga

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.

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‘Wing War’ assists Ticonderoga Food Pantry

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.

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Ticonderoga July 4th barbecue set in December

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.

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Ticonderoga fighters seek titles on MMA card

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.

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Downtown Gallery to open new exhibit

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.

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Thanksgiving dinner to be served in Ticonderoga

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.

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Format set for education forum

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.

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Cell phone dangers to be highlighted

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.

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North Country Christmas celebration slated

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.

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Schroon to expand holiday celebration

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.

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Holiday train to kick off Christmas season

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.

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Education commissioner to visit Schroon Lake

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.

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Ticonderoga students host veterans

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.

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Sherman Free Library seeking support

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.

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Ticonderoga, Putnam elect supervisors

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.

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Crown Point to celebrate Thanksgiving

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.

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Small Business Saturday coming to Ticonderoga

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.

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Crown Point garden gets attention

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.

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Ticonderoga veterans walk planned

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.

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Schroon trims 2014 budget

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.

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Fort Ticonderoga to host veterans program

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.

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Candidates decline to participate in Ticonderoga forum

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.

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