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John Grybos

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Discount store planned for Dannemora

Shopping options should increase within the year for Dannemora residents, with an 8,000 square foot discount store planned for the intersection at Resevoir Road.

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Massively salty groundwater relief efforts begun at Plank Road

Residents of Plank Road in the town of Dannemora have been dealing with water that's undrinkable and ruins appliances. Efforts are under way by state and local agencies to relieve the issue.

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Kids get involved with Ellenburg youth group

While the Back Porch Band christened the refinished town hall with some tunes, a local youth group introduced some new members to volunteerism.

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Spring buds mean maple sap's done

Trees and plants are budding around Clinton County. Though that signals the start of lawn care season and return to local parks for recreation, it also signals the early close of sap season for maple producers.

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Easter raffle set at Mooers FD

An Easter raffle is planned at the Mooers Fire Department March 31, 7 p.m.

Moose struck on Route 3, driver unhurt

A late-night moose collision on Route 3 near the county line with Franklin left a Toyota Tundra inoperable and one of the park's approximately 800 moose dead but the driver unhurt.

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DEC, DOT now back Tahawus RR

After early, vague legal concerns were voiced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the rail to Tahawus, the organization has come out in support of the plan to re-open the freight line to the old ilmenite mine.

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Flag-themed sofa causes debate

A dust-up over the honor of Old Glory at Ellenburg's March 20 town meeting centered on a debate over treatment of the U.S. flag.

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New Ellenburg rec director named

Chris Brooks was named as the new recreation director for Ellenburg's 175-kid strong youth program at the March 20 town meeting.

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North Country is unbroken in congressional redistricting

With the opening date for federal candidates to start petitioning for the June 26 primary in New York, a panel of U.S. judges took hold of the congressional redistricting process, turning the North Country into an unbroken region from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario March 19.

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Watching tree tops, maple makers hope for cold weather

Summer-like weather seems to be marking one of the shortest winters in Clinton County memory, but it's also nipping the sugar season in the bud for local maple makers.

Champlain vil. dropping tax rate

The village will join an elite 1 percent this year in New York state as it's among a select few to drop the tax levy.

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Celeb treatment for bearded men at Donegal contest

As the crowd roared for the competitors to ham it up, flashbulbs popped and eager hands stretched out for a chance to touch the glorious growth displayed by entrants in the fourth annual Donegal beard contest March 17.

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Cameras could catch litter scofflaws in Altona

A lonely stretch of pot-holed road has become a garbage-filled forest, and the town board is looking to catch the trash-tossers with a surveillance system.

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Rec area effort under way on Main Street in Champlain village

With the playground at the old Champlain village school long decayed, the only place for local kids to play is the St. Mary's Academy playground. The village board wants to give kids another option and take some of that burden off the Catholic school.

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Rouses Point's July 4th will make do with less

With an economic outlook that includes the loss of jobs and tax income from the Pfizer facility, the village board is looking at cutting their own pay and dropping nearly all their support for the annual Fourth of July celebration.

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Glaude farm cleanup still under way in Ellenburg

After flare-ups finished claiming some remaining barn structure, and smoldering supports led to the oldest silo on the property being torn down, clean-up at the Glaude farm is a long a careful process.

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Museum spotlights Dannemora history

As soon as Pete Light heard the village offices were going to move to the old school, he was knocking on the door. He wanted to put his years of historical research and collecting out where they could be seen and appreciated.

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Dannemora community building comes to life

With the chatter of preschoolers, the aerobic thumping of a senior citizen exercise class and squeaky sneakers in the hardwood-floored gym, the village offices on Emmons Street have gone from a dusty, closed school full of surplus equipment to a colorful community center.

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Lyon Mountain fire tower could use some friends

The peak here, where summertime staffers would daily climb the still-standing fire tower to stand vigilant against wildfires, remains a popular climb, in part because of the history of that now-disheveled structure.

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Champlain village candidates talk dissolution, beautification

With other area villages weighing the benefits of dissolving back to their townships, ending the village government is a hot topic among trustee candidates for this month’s election.

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So far so good, say Clinton County maple makers

Though the North Country is wrapping up a weird winter, local maple syrup producers say it’s business as usual, and the crop so far is clear and sweet.

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Candidates in Rouses Point say small business is important

As 14-year Mayor George Rivers leaves office, the village is facing a challenge with the Pfizer facility closing. Efforts to encourage business are vital for the future of Rouses Point, said the candidates for the March 20 village election.

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Polling sites reduced to save towns cash

The many election sites recently eliminated in Clinton County were a throwback to the time of analog voting machines with levers and rolling counters.

Audit finds mistakes in Rouses Point

Though the audit of the village finances was sternly worded, everything happening at the village meetings and treasurer's office is above board, said village officials.

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Plattsburgh mail processing center closure OK'd

After five months of review, the Plattsburgh mail processing center will close, according to a press release from the United States Postal Service Feb. 23. The 46 Veterans Lane facility has no retail operations, and the remaining duties at the local facility will be moved to Albany.

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Lifelong Dannemora resident appointed to highway super

After a career in corrections and a second one in water and sewer works, taking the highway superintendent position is a new challenge for Lloyd Clukey, but he said the experienced crew there is a great help.

Proposal to close Ellenburg election sites shot down

At a recent county board of elections meeting, Ellenburg Supervisor Dave Leonard was directed to ask the town board if they would close some polling places to help save money.

Speedsigns needed in Merrill

The Shutts and Blanche Road loop off 374 has seen too much high-speed traffic, with about 40 locals signing their names to a petition hoping for lowered speed limits there.

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Chorus coach offers local lessons

Even if you just like howling in the shower, the Cumberland Bay Chorus is offering free vocal lessons from a well-known local singing coach at a men-only crooning camp for the next month.

Champlain town gets new website

The Town of Champlain is a rather elusive entity in cyberspace, with search links directing the curious to the Champlain Village website or off to phone directories. A new web address for the northeast Clinton township should make them a little easier to find in internet journeys.

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Road repairs coming in Altona

The state will soon recondition Route 11, and introduced resolutions to the town board Feb. 13 to hasten progress on the project, expected to begin in May. The reconditioning of the corridor will cover about three miles in Altona town lines.

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Ellenburg theater on track to re-open

It’s been awhile since the Gibson Brothers filled the room with sound at the town hall, but new Town Supervisor Dave Leonard hopes the upstairs theater will soon host lots of acts like those.

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Song is a powerful communication tool

Songs can carry a message in a powerful and infectious manner, said SUNY Plattsuburgh guest speaker Dr. MaryNell Morgan.

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Fire contract stuck on details

The Johnsburg fire district departments still have no contract after the chiefs all gathered for a second public meeting to pass their new contract.

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Burns keeps Forkin’ Fast award at races

Banging pots and pans for their ski racers while a gorilla and an '80s-era muppet danced at the slope's end, Basil & Wick's had no trouble securing the spirited spoon trophy at Gore's Restaurant Week races.

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Garnet Hill, Gore marketing North Creek amenities

While the flatlanders in Saratoga and Albany aren't seeing snowstorms this year, the woods and slopes of Johnsburg are ready and waiting for skiers to dig in their poles.

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JCS first budget workshop covers a lot of ground

The Johnsburg School Board covered a lot of ground in their first of two budget workshops Jan. 23, which focused on staffing and benefits. Those budget items make up about $6.5 million of the slightly less than $10 million school budget.

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Adult day care offers much to elderly

The Adult Day Care program at the Adirondack Tri-County facility is looking to boost enrollment.

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Hourglass emptying while sand reserves dwindle

Time to find new reserves, said Vanselow

Sand reserves are a looming issue for Johnsburg, said Supervisor Ron Vanselow at the Jan. 17 town board meeting. With only about a year — maybe two — of the public works resource left, the board is looking for options.

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McKibben happy about pipeline rejection

Johnsburg resident, Middlebury scholar had protested the project

The 1,711-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline, protested by longtime Johnsburg resident and current Middlebury college scholar-in-residence Bill McKibben, was denied approval Jan. 18.

Teens Only! seeks adult volunteers

The program may be called Teens Only!, but adults can get a chance to be part of their teens' social lives while volunteering for the 10-year-old program.

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Gov. Cuomo outlines 2012 NY budget plan

Local leaders happy with Medicaid relief proposal

With local governments struggling under the mandated 2 percent tax cap, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Jan. 17 the state should offer real mandate relief and take over increases in Medicaid and work to reduce pension costs in the proposed new state budget.

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Creative Stage Lighting APA permit approved

Company still reviewing site

The Adirondack Park Agency approved the construction application of North Creek’s Creative Stage Lighting, though company owner George Studnicky III is still reviewing his expansion options.

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Canon, NC Chamber support Tahawus rail

With environmental groups airing their concerns about re-opening the rail line to Tahawus, Newcomb Supervisor George Canon and the North Country Chamber of Commerce have chimed in with letters supporting the line.

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Godspeed, Mr. Goodspeed

Outgoing supervisor excited about post-political future

As the son of a multi-decade Johnsburg town supervisor, Sterling Goodspeed's proud of his accomplishments in office, However, he said this week he's not going to be entering the political arena again, as long as his lady has anything to say about it.

Rotary dinner planned in Wevertown

The local Rotary Club will host an international dinner Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Wevertown Community Center.

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Donegal beard champ ready to defend his crown

The top contender from the 2011 Donegal Beard Contest isn't going to let his hair-won trophy slip away this Saint Patty's Day.

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Town Board appoints Nightingale to fill vacancy

In the space of a few minutes, Katie Nightingale went from sitting in the audience to occupying a town board seat at Johnsburg's first 2012 town meeting.

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MCS on verge of allowing academic visa students

Though they've seen plenty of international students through sports and academic program sharing with Newcomb Central, the Minerva Central School is hoping to build international attendance in its own home rooms.

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