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Fred Herbst

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Ticonderoga, Crown Point school merger could save millions

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.

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Crown Point woman pens book

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.

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Moriah Food Pantry needs assistance

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.

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Ticonderoga, Putnam supervisor races highlight Election Day

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.

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Ticonderoga locates groundwater source

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.

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Crown Point church to honor veterans

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.

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Anglers pay fines for Lake George violations

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.

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Crown Point Senior Center moves

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.

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Port Henry monument to honor deceased children

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.

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Tiny Tim applications available

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.

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‘Brain Man’ to lecture in Schroon Lake

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.

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Community center opens in Schroon Lake

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.

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‘Haunted homestead’ slated at Penfield

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.

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HalloweenFest coming to Ticonderoga

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.

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Moriah budget to meet tax cap

Public hearing slated Nov. 7

The 2014 Moriah town budget will meet the state tax cap and make few changes in spending.

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Moriah, Port Henry seek campsite grant

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.

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Moriah actors take aim at bullies

On Common Ground writes, performs play

On Common Ground, a group of Moriah Central School students, is tackling teen issues through acting.

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New Ticonderoga senior housing complex opens

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.

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Ticonderoga Elks complete Dictionary Project

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.

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Police to collect unused prescription drugs

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.

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Animal abuse cases perplex local officials

Who decides, who pays for neglected animals?

A recent case of animal abuse in Essex is raising questions in Moriah.

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‘Wing War’ returning to Ticonderoga

Benefit event Oct. 19 at Knights of Columbus

Ticonderoga eateries will battle for bragging rights during the third annual “Wing War,” but the real winner will be the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. Hosted by the Ti Knights of Columbus, the “Wing War” will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 a person. Proceeds will benefit the Ticonderoga Food Pantry.

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Ticonderoga supervisor candidates agree to debate

Dates, details need to be worked out

Ticonderoga incumbent Supervisor Deb Malaney has challenged Republican challenger Bill Grinnell and independent candidate Steve Whitford to a debate before the Nov. 5 general election.

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Hague Oktoberfest draws record attendance

Organizers pleased with fifth annual event

The fifth annual Hague Oktoberfest drew more than 1,000 visitors from 21 states and Canada this fall.

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Bishop to preach at Ticonderoga church

First United Methodist to host new bishop Oct. 20

The First United Methodist Church will welcome Bishop Mark Webb to Ticonderoga Sunday, Oct. 20. Webb will participate in the 10:30 a.m. worship service, which will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

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Crown Point school receives national recognition

‘School of Distinction’ award presented

After winning its fourth consecutive “School of Distinction” award, students at Crown Point Central School have a new slogan. Strive for Five!

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Ticonderoga water project on schedule

Town facing 2016 state deadline

Ticonderoga is in a position to meet a state mandate requiring work be completed on the town water system, according to Supervisor Deb Malaney. New York State has ordered upgrades and/or new water sources be in place by 2016.

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Moriah Business Park to grow

IDA to use CV-Tech students in new construction

The Moriah Business Park is going to going to expand. The Essex County Industrial Development Agency, which owns and operates the Mineville facility, has plans to construct a new 3,000 square foot building at the site.

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Elvis performance to aid Ticonderoga Historical Society

Jim Cawley performance Oct. 19 at Ti High

James Cawley of Ticonderoga, an Elvis impersonator, will perform a benefit show for the Ticonderoga Historical Society Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium.

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Crown Point speed limit reduced

Political leaders involved in decision

Motorists traveling through Crown Point had better slow down. The state Department of Transportation has reduced the speed limit on Route 9N/22 through the hamlet of Crown Point from 40 mph to 30 mph.

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Ticonderoga deacon observes anniversary

Elliott Shaw marks 25 years at St. Mary’s Church

Elliott Shaw celebrated his 25th anniversary as a Catholic deacon Oct. 1. A life-long Ticonderoga resident, Shaw serves St. Mary’s Church in Ti.

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Verizon cell phone service delayed

New tower in Port Henry not yet active

Port Henry residents wishing to access a new Verizon cell phone tower in the village will have to wait. Scheduled to go online in September, the tower, located at the end of Spring Street, remains inactive.

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Ti to budget for building maintenance, repairs

Study identifies needs in town buildings

The first time, Ticonderoga’s town budget will include a dedicated fund for building maintenance and repair in 2014. An 18-month review of town-owned buildings has been completed by a private firm with recommendations for the future. Some of those recommendations will be included in the 2014 town budget.

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Red Hats perform, solve mystery

Ticonderoga-based women’s group remains active

Whodunit? That’s what the Ladies Between the Lakes of the Red Hat Society had to figure out recently as they presented their annual mystery.

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Ticonderoga school to test new emergency plan

Elementary-middle school lock down slated Oct. 17

Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School will be locked down as part of a safety drill Oct. 17. Students, faculty and staff will implement a new plan designed to protect them in the event of an emergency at the building.

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Ticonderoga walk takes aim at hunger

Annual CROP Walk set Oct. 19

The 10th annual CROP Walk to end hunger will be held in Ticonderoga. The 2013 event will Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. It will begin and end at the Heritage Museum at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. There will be mile, 2-mile and 4-mile walks.

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Fort Ticonderoga names Volunteer of the Year

Betty Rettig cited for her work in the King’s Garden

A community horticulturist has been honored by Fort Ticonderoga. Betty Rettig of Ticonderoga has been named the fort’s Volunteer of the Year for her work in Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden. Rettig has donated nearly 300 hours of volunteer service since 2009.

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Best Fourth planning now under way

Work has started in 2014 celebration

Summer just ended, but the Best Fourth in the North Committee is already at work planning Ticonderoga’s 2014 July 4th celebration.

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Mountainside alumnae now its leader

Jennie Bensen is the new MCA principal

The new principal at Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake is no stranger. Jennie Bensen, a 1997 Mountainside graduate and former teacher at the school, is now the principal. She replaces Connie Phillips, who retired last spring.

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Mammography available in Ticonderoga

Service seen as key to fighting breast cancer

Deaths from breast cancer in the United States have declined 33 percent since 1990. Much of that success can be attributed to increased use of mammography, according to the American Center Society.

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AppleFolkFest to end Penfield season

Oct. 13 event a highlight at museum

The 2014 AppleFolkFest will be held Sunday, Oct. 13. The craft fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. Chili, hot dogs and apple desserts will be served at the pavilion beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be live music throughout the day.

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Adirondack Marathon attracts international field

Runners from 11 nations compete in Schroon Lake

Runners from more than 30 states and 11 countries came to Schroon Lake for the 17th annual Adirondack Distance Festival Sept. 21 and 22. The event attracted 1,289 athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States, according to Joel Friedman, race director.

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World War II vet cheered for his service

Tony DiFebbo part of North Country Honor Flight

Tony DiFebbo doesn’t like a lot of attention, so being part of the North Country Honor Flight recently had some uncomfortable moments.

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Ticonderoga mulls trash station’s future

Current system lost $29,000 last year

Ticonderoga officials are searching for ways to stem the flow of red ink at the town trash transfer station.

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Fort Ticonderoga to host autumn festival

Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival Sept. 28

Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate fall in the Adirondacks with its Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival. The day-long event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Moriah repairs Westport dam

Century-old deal makes Moriah responsible

It’s on private property. It’s in the town of Westport. So why did the town of Moriah repair a dam at North Pond?

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Ticonderoga to trim ‘wish list’

Supervisor wants 2014 budget to meet the tax cap

Ticonderoga officials have submitted their “wish list,” now it’s time for serious work on the town’s 2014 budget.

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Literacy group preps for adult learners

Tutor taring slated in Port Henry

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties is preparing to welcome adult learners this fall, according to Maria Burke, director.

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Schroon student to reach scouting’s pinnacle

Samuel Foote to become an Eagle Scout

Samuel Foote, a member of Troop 37 in Schroon Lake, will receive the Eagle Scout Award, scouting highest rank, in a court of honor Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.

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Ticonderoga to host relay runners

About 3,000 athletes expected

About 3,000 runners will be in Ticonderoga Sept. 27 and 28 as part of a nearly 200-mile relay race.

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