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Jon Hochschartner

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Whiteface rededicated to 10th Mtn Division

Whiteface Mountain was rededicated to World War II era ski troops in the army’s 10th Mountain Division on July 29 in a ceremony held at the resort’s base.

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Saranac teenager honored for saving life

At the 2014 American Red Cross North Country Chapter Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event at the Naked Turtle in Plattsburgh June 24, 16-year-old Riley Baughn of Saranac was honored for saving the life of a fellow student who was choking.

DEC holds forest ranger training

 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a swift water training for approximately 20 forest rangers, who make up about half of Region 5’s force, June 12 on the Sacandaga River in Hadley.

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Route 9 reopened in New Russia

The section of Route 9 that was temporarily closed between Roaring Brook Lane and Simonds Hill Road in the hamlet of New Russia was reoppened in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

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Route 9 closed in New Russia

ELIZABETHTOWN — Motorists are advised that Route 9 between Roaring Brook Lane and Simonds Hill Road in the hamlet of New Russia, Town of Elizabethtown, has been closed indefinitely due to a failing culvert underneath the road.

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Mineville CVES holds open house

The Mineville branch of Champlain Valley Educational Services, a technical school with 81 students, held its spring open house April 30.

Beekmantown drafting solicitors law

Board member worried about shady business

Beekmantown is developing a local law regarding the regulation and licensing of peddlers, solicitors, and transient retail merchants.

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E-town allows supervisor to enter emergency contracts

The Elizabethtown Town Board passed a motion at its Sept. 20 meeting to allow the supervisor to enter into emergency contracts to clean up from Tropical Storm Irene. Additionally, the board tabled a motion to adopt a noise ordinance, saying it would be difficult to enforce.

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Champlain installing interpretive panels

The roles of the village and town of Champlain in the War of 1812 are being honored by three new historical interpretative panels.

Saranac Lake goal to fill upper floors

The Preservation League of New York State held a workshop Sept. 20 intended to help owners of downtown structures fill their often vacant or underutilized upper floors.

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O’Neill named woman of year

Beckie O’Neill was named Woman of the Year by the New York State Women Inc. Adirondack Chapter at a surprise party thrown at the Red Fox restaurant here Sept. 14.

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Peru kids fair on tap next weekend

Apple bobbing, sack racing planned

The Babbie Rural & Farm Leaning Museum is hosting a kids fair and festival Sept. 24 and 25.

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Peru Applefest is on rain or shine

Parade, music, and BBQ slated

St. Augustine’s Parish is baking up a fresh Applefest for its 34th year.

Saranac Lake revitalization workshop set for Sept. 20

Goal: fill upper floors of downtown buildings

The Preservation League of New York State will hold a workshop Sept. 20 intended to help owners of downtown structures fill their often vacant or underutilized upper floors.

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PRIDE grants aid Ti Main St.

Businesses using matching funds for renovations

The unmistakable sounds of revitalization can be heard these days in downtown Ticonderoga, thanks in large part to public grants secured by PRIDE of Ticonderoga.

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Santa’s Workshop hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene, rebuilds

Matt Stanley, the general manager of Santa’s Workshop, stood at the edge of a 20-foot wide by six-foot deep chasm that floodwater had carved through his facility.

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Town of Keene holds cookout to thank storm cleanup volunteers

The town put on a cookout Sept. 2 to show appreciation for all of the volunteers who helped with cleanup efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Dear Virginia, bad news...

Santa's Workshop devastated by Tropical Storm Irene

“All the work that we did this spring — gone,”

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Recreational trail group rallies support

A newly formed group that wants to convert the Adirondack Scenic Railroad line into a 34-mile recreational trail met wide support at its organizational meeting Aug. 30 at the Crown Plaza.

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LP picks up after

The village is in pretty good shape following Hurricane Irene, which hit the region Aug. 28. That’s according to Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall.

Listen to local musician

Readers should check out these five songs by Lizzy Grant, a Lake Placid-raised musician who performs under the stage name Lana Del Rey.

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Visitors reflect on bridge arch raising

Government and corporate officials joined unaffiliated visitors the morning of Aug. 26 to witness history being made as the middle arch of the Lake Champlain bridge was ever-so-slowly lifted into place.

Visitors react to pending arch-lift

Locals watch Flatiron workers in Port Henry

Visitors gathered here Wednesday, Aug. 24 as Flatiron Construction workers put the finishing touches on the arch span that will be a key component of the new Lake Champlain Bridge.

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Underground Railroad historical tour offered

Trips held every Saturday in September

The North Country Underground Railroad Association will be offering guided tours of anti-slavery sites in both Peru and Keeseville every Saturday in September. The trips will be led by organization President Don Papson.

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Council takes on accounting mess

Board members examine transferring of finances

The Peru Town Council waded through confusion at its Aug. 22 meeting regarding whether funds intended to go toward the Heyworth Mason Park and walking trail projects had been transferred into a reserve account as planned.

North Country feels effects of Virginia earthquake

An earthquake struck the North Country the afternoon of Aug. 23

Supers wrangle with new tax cap

North Country towns and villages are struggling to deal with the requirements of the 2 percent property tax cap Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in June.

Lewis holds BBQ for volunteer fire department

The Lewis fire department will be holding its annual ox roast at the firehouse on Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m.

Beekmantown discusses lack of FEMA relief

The Beekmantown Town Council discussed, at their Aug. 15 meeting, the lack of flood-damage relief for individuals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Council sends Wells Communications back to drawing board for antenna replacement

Town officials have told Wells Communications to follow an established process if it wishes to replace a defective antenna.

Are we alone in universe?

Super 8.” “Cowboys & Aliens.” “Battle: Los Angeles.” If this year’s crop of movies is any indication, our interest in the possibility of extraterrestrial life remains strong.

Jay mulls responsibility of potential Arto Monaco park

Representatives from the Arto Monaco Historical Society are gauging the town of Jay’s interest in taking ownership of a park the organization hopes to construct in the area.

Tax cap will likely require budget cuts in Jay

Board also discusses safety concerns about Rt. 9 closure, among other things

Supervisor Randall Douglas said at the Jay Town Board’s Aug. 11 meeting the new statewide 2 percent property tax cap will likely require budget cuts in Jay.

Lewis applies for park grant, discusses impact of tax cap on budget

The Lewis Town Board voted to authorize Supervisor David Blades to apply for a $30,000 state parks and recreation grant to rehab Milholland Park.

Fire at massage therapy business considered suspicious

Owner is not convinced

Two local massage businesses suffered damage from a fire which investigators consider suspicious

New program available for special needs preschoolers

A new pre-school program to help non-typically developing children will be opening this September at Ticonderoga Elementary School. An identical program will be opening shortly after at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

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Tractor Supply store opening

Store scheduled for opening this fall

A new Tractor Supply Co. store, currently being constructed, is scheduled to open here in October.

Council borrows money from reserves to help highway department

The town board passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of $125,000 from the highway department’s unappropriated, unreserved fund balance to various other highway expense funds at their regular Aug. 8 meeting.

Peru council race heats up

The race for Peru town council is beginning, with Geoffrey Spear running under the Republican ticket, and incumbents Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno running under the Democratic one, among others.

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North Warren student races for good cause

Sophomore raises money to fight cystic fibrosis

Jared Howe, 15, is racing to fight the disease cystic fibrosis (CF). On Aug. 2, he won first place in the youth division of the 12th annual WCKM Celebrity Go-Cart Challenge at Adventure Racing in Lake George. The money raised from the event goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and five other charities.

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Local woman recalls life under Hitler and Stalin Germany, Europe

Sapp will tell her story Aug. 13 at Underground Railroad Museum

Ingeborg Sapp, 78, has lived through the defining ideological battles of the twentieth century. And she’s going to tell her story on Aug. 13 at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum.

Biography would make good movie

I live a mundane life. I think that’s part of the reason I love biographies. Reading them, I can get all the action and adventure a nerd needs, from the comfort of the public library.

NCCS prepares for budget woes

Board president calls crisis ‘perfect storm’

The Northeastern Clinton Central School District board of education mulled possible ways of saving money at their Aug. 2 meeting.