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John Grybos

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As snow train approaches, preparations commence

As fat snowflakes fell on Main Street Dec. 27, Mike Bowers, co-chair of North Creek's Business Alliance, pointed out the window of the former Mountain and Boardertown space and said, “That's money.”

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Time Magazine honors professor for protest efforts

Following a civil disobedience protest in late August where 1,253 climate change activists were arrested in front of the White House over a two-week sit-in, longtime Johnsburg resident and current Middlebury professor Bill McKibben was recognized in Time Magazine for his efforts.

Vanselow chairs last 2011 Johnsburg Town Board meeting

With Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed absent for the last town meeting of 2011, Supervisor-Elect and current Councilman Ron Vanselow got a chance to test drive his new seat as meeting chair Tuesday, Dec. 20.

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Sales tax bump requested in Hamilton County

One of only 11 counties of New York's 62 still under 8 percent sales tax, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors would like to move out of that minority and increase revenues to bolster underfunded budget lines.

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High speeds coming to the High Peaks

Broadband is a sore issue in the central Adirondacks, with few hot spots for high-speed to satisfy the needs and wants of businesses and individuals in the 21st century. But following the first competitive funding applications under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development councils, two projects to string fiber-optics into underserved population centers in the county should begin soon.

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Garnet Hill Lodge sale finalized

Former software developer and a Minerva local taking over

The sole offer on Garnet Hill Lodge, a $1.2 million bid, was closed Dec. 9, with new owner Don Preuninger and his companion, 20-year Minerva resident Mindy Piper, taking over the historic facility.

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Field hockey Jaguars' trophy case gets crowded

Adirondack League champions Johnsburg Jaguar field hockey gathered one last time in team colors to show off their awards for this year’s play.

Out with the old clunker, says Johnsburg board

A new software system for the town's finances should help streamline bookkeeping efforts and increase the level of information available to citizens when the budget approval process happens.

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Creative Stage looking for creative solutions

Though approaching the final stages of approval for a new Chestertown site for Creative Stage Lighting, owner George Studnicky III said the cost of building on the site needs more consideration.

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Bakers Mills featured in music video

Following a night of carousing at J&J’s tavern, California Jane turns on her date, knocking him over the head with a tire iron and stealing his truck.

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Holiday Celebration packs Tannery Pond

The North Country Singers' Holiday Celebration pulled a standing-room-only crowd into the Tannery Pond Community Center Dec. 4.

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Ski train starting up in North Creek

Town looks to improve offerings to visitors

It's time to challenge Lake Placid's post-ski nightlife on North Creek's Main Street, said Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed.

Fresh Air Fund needs friendly families next summer

The Fresh Air Fund could breathe easier if more local families sign up and invite New York City kids into their homes.

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Jaguar alum earns top field hockey honors

Former Jaguar field hockey player Kelly Blackhurst earned a slew of accolades this season for her outstanding performance with the Skidmore Thoroughbreds.

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Gore’s opening cut short by fickle weather

Attendance still solid

Though the weather had some late season hot and cold flashes, Gore’s slopes stayed cool enough for some skiing. About 1,000 visitors hit the slopes over the three-day weekend, a number in line with last year’s attendance, said Gore spokesperson Emily Stanton.

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ILCS considers intnl. student program

International students may become as commonplace in Indian Lake as they are in Newcomb if an initiative to build a program there is successful.

Town passes budget, discusses mealsite

The Johnsburg town budget was passed with some minor revisions for town employee raises and fire department funding at the Nov. 17 meeting.

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IL town truck overturns, Xterra crushed

A four-vehicle collision on Route 30 three miles east of Durant Road left a town-owned dump truck overturned and a 2011 Nissan crushed under a utility pole, according to State Police Troop B in Ray Brook.

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Budget passed, ski hill discussed

The town's budget came in well under the tax cap, with a levy increase of 1.3 percent.

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Vanselow “not a wild-eyed renegade,” enjoys volunteering

After trying his hand in jobs all around town, Ron Vanselow has settled on the town supervisor seat, though he doesn't expect to make a career out of it.

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Wevertown-born Civil War photographer recognized with marker

Every time you look at a five dollar bill there’s a little bit of Johnsburg in its history. The iconic portrait of President Abraham Lincoln was taken by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, who it turns out came from Wevertown near The Glen.

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Local veterans honored in online album

Veterans Day is Nov. 11

Honoring veterans in the digital age, Cherie Ferguson, Johnsburg town secretary, is building a Facebook album featuring local men and women who've served their country.

JBurg history marked with new signs

Five new markers installed in North Creek and Wevertown tell a little bit of the history of Johnsburg's edifices, and sign designer Michelle SanAntonio said there's plenty of history to make more, if funding can be found.

Newcomb races rounded up

George Canon retained his seat with 237 votes, while Eleanor Yandon earned 48. In the highway superintendent race, Mark Yandon leads by 24 votes in the unofficial tally with 155 over John Helms’ 131 votes.

Indian Lake, Long Lake votes tallied

The Hamilton County district attorney race found Marsha Purdue with a landslide vote over her contenders at 1411, while Allen Day tallied 348 and Paul Roalsvig 278.

Johnsburg election day results pulled out

In the town supervisor race, Ron Vanselow ended the night with a sizable lead of 422 votes over Chuck Martin, who tallied 178.

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Community involvement big for Minerva Central students

With candidates for Minerva Central's special board election calling for better communication and more school spirit, the school's student council said they're already on it.

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Jburg budget detailed

Critics step forward

The Johnsburg town budget, now preliminary with a 1.98 percent levy increase, got a few new ideas from Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed, and more criticism from Councilman Gene Arsenault.

Three vie for Hamilton County DA position

Three candidates are vying for the Hamilton County district attorney seat, with incumbent James Curry not running for re-election.

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North Creeker returns from reporting in Africa to share experience

Skiing a glacier in Uganda’s Rwenzori mountains evoked a childhood on North Creek’s local slope for returning African adventurer Nicole Dreon, who presented a slideshow on her travels at Tannery Pond Oct. 26.

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Johnsburg candidates field questions at Tannery Pond

Meet the Candidates part two at Tannery Pond attracted a much larger crowd than the first Ski Bowl forum organized to allow town government hopefuls a chance to make their cases for office.

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Economic development council meets at Indian Lake Theater

Closing in on their submission deadline, members of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council said networking, not dollar numbers, is their focus so far during an Oct. 19 public forum at the Indian Lake Theater.

Term limits on the Newcomb ballot

Term limits for three elected town positions may get bumped up from two years to four if a ballot measure passes this election day.

Johnsburg town budget barely under 2 percent tax cap

Bumping into the New York state-mandated 2 percent tax cap, but not breaking it, Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed’s budget will mark a 1.98 percent increase to the tax levy over last year's.

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JBurg town budget goes public

Town meeting wrapup inside

Bumping into the 2 percent tax cap, but not breaking it, Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed’s budget will mark a 1.98 percent increase to the tax levy over last year's.

Schumer tells House, keep LIHEAP funded

Facing a nearly 30 percent increase in fuel costs this winter, proposed cuts to New York's Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program could make life difficult for North Country residents, especially senior citizens, said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in a conference call Oct. 12.

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Lady Jaguars close regular season as champs

Cougars 2, Jaguars 1

Rallying after a huddle, Johnsburg's field hockey team rattled their sticks and shouted, “Are we Adirondack League champions?!” Yes, they are.

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Fall at Gore Mountain ends with festival

An October weekend with warm temperatures and blue skies made for busy days at Gore and in North Creek for the mountain resort's Harvest Fest and the town's second Autumn Street Fair.

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Tri-County nursing building endowment

The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are building an endowment to help with shrinking Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.

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Minerva board approves new heating system

A new wood-boiler heat system for town buildings was approved by a three-to-two vote after animated discussion at the town meeting Oct. 6. Projections Highway Superintendent Bruce McGinn has seen estimate a 71 percent savings on energy expenses compared to current, fuel heating.

Board removes winning boys coach

Shaughnessy replaced with part-time phys ed teacher

A six-year basketball coach with a winning record has lost his job, though he's still rooting for his team.

Panelists gather with goal of solving Adirondack woes

Magazine reporter's article discussed

Adirondack towns need leadership and unity as times change and government budgets shrink, said panelists at the Visitors Interpretive center Sept. 30.

Officials discuss post office, 2012 budget

The Tannery Pond Community Center will get an added line to its north-facing sign, and the U.S. Postal Service responded to the town board's letter of support for the Riparius post office at the Oct. 4 town meeting.

Capital Region economic development council holds meetings

One man represents Warren County

The recently established Capital Region Economic Development Council hosted a meeting at the Glens Falls Civic Center Sept. 30 and another Oct. 3 in Saratoga Springs to invite public comment.

Pastor and school nurse retiring

After tending to her parish for seven years, BJ Stewart said she and her husband, Bill, are ready to spend their golden years soaking up sun rays in Myrtle Beach.

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'Endangered species' gathers at VIC

Magazine reporter's article discussed

Adirondack towns need leadership and unity as times change and government budgets shrink, said panelists at the Visitors Interpretive center Sept. 30. Reporter Brian Mann's article “The Other Endangered Species” in October's Adirondack Life Magazine sparked a panel dicussion Friday, with another planned Oct. 5 in Lake Placid.

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First moose-calling contest gets laughs

The still-elusive Adirondack moose did not put in an appearance at the Indian Lake Theater Sept. 24, but some convincing imitations were made to lure one in by contestants who honked, grunted and hollered their way through the town's first moose-calling contest.

Final primary tallies released

The final tallies for primary elections are completed, and successful candidates are prepping for the big show in November.

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Pro fighter says don't bully

A mixed martial arts fighter visited Johnsburg Central School and gave tips on intervening when a peer is bullied.

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County home health care closer to privatization

Home health care in Clinton County is one step closer to privatization after the county legislators voted yes to resolution 639 Sept. 14.

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