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Katherine Clark

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ELCS seniors to present humorous look at college process

The senior performance of the skit-based play, “14 Ways to Screw up your college Interview,” will be performed by 13 student-actors at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.

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Westport talks revitalization plans

More than 70 people came out to learn the results of the town’s recently completed economic revitalization strategy.

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Saranac Lake woman charged with murder

Ward Guy Wilbur, 66, of Saranac Lake was pronounced dead on Monday Nov. 25, after police responded to 19 Morris Way. Angela Ball, 29, of Saranac Lake was arrested for murder later that day.

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Taste of the North Country brings out local flavors and fun

The Taste of the North Country was savored at the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser Nov. 7. “It was bigger than ever, just great food, great people and a chance for people to learn about different area businesses and their services and products,” said Jody Parks, Executive Vice President of North Country Chamber of Commerce.

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Focus on Entertainment: Nov. 23

Symphonic Band presents “JFK Memorial Concert, Symphonic Band presents “JFK Memorial Concert, Night of Nations annual showcase of student acts from around the world, Northeastern Clinton Central School District Drama Club will present the fairy tale courtroom comedy, Mister F will perform, and Glass Onion band will perform. Check out full event listings here.

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PBS to hold early Downton Abbey Premier and gala

For the adoring fans of the period drama, Downton Abbey, the wait for the first episode of the season will come a little bit sooner! The pre screening will be celebrated with a character inspired gala on Dec. 14.

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CVPH opens new wing as progressive care center

CVPH Medical Center officially unveiled its newest renovation Nov. 12. The new wing containing 22 private and health efficient rooms is located on the medical center’s fourth floor. It will open to patients Nov. 20.

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With better broadband, telecommuting could help local economy

Job opportunities in the North Country is no longer reliant on the industries of mining, agriculture and timber. In rural communities, the future for filling homes and schools with year-round residents and job creation for current residents could come from employment at companies elsewhere through telecommuting.

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Focus on Entertainment: Nov. 15-21

Bringing you the music and performance news from around the North Country.

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Open Minded Mic Night returns to BluSeed

BluSeed Studios will begin a new season of Open Minded Mic Nights (OMMN) with a fall event.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Willsboro Central School

Skid row, doo wop and a blood thirsty plant from outer space take over the Willsboro Central School (WCS) stage to bring the comedic musical “Little Shop of Horrors (LSH),”to life.

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Murder at the big reveal of “Golden Asp” Relay for Life Fundraiser

Guests are invited to a two-night viewing of the grand Egyptian Asp, the dinner will be hosted for its extravagance and mystery and possibly a murder. The Curse of the Golden Asp Mystery Dinner Theater, hosted by the Woodman of the World chapters 462 and 1016, is a fundraiser for the Plattsburgh Relay for Life Survivor Committee. The event will take place at the Plattsburgh Elks Club, 56 Cumberland Ave. The two night performance will be held Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Doors Open at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. This will be the third year WOW will host the theater group for their annual fundraiser and the second year they do it to raise money for the Relay for Life.

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Brandon Sorrell Memorial Scholarship fundraiser planned, Nov. 9

As the 23-month anniversary of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of four high school students comes and passes, their families and parents continue to fight to decrease the odds of similar tragedies.

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Connell cruises to re-election in Westport

Incumbent town supervisor Dan Connell will remain in office for town of Westport. Connell won the election by 185 votes. Connell received a total of 325 votes while first time candidate Jim Carroll received 140 votes.

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Keeseville Elementary students are college bound

Keeseville elementary students are getting ready for college with the introduction of a new program called No Excuses University. School officials kicked off their program with a lively assembly on Oct. 4.

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Meet the candidates in Westport

Candidates for the four open seats in the upcoming election put themselves and their political ambitions on the table for Westport’s Meet the Candidates Night Oct. 17.

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Body of missing Mass. man found in Keene Valley

The body of Scott W. Haworth, 46, of Chicopee, Mass., was located on Oct. 12 at approximately 4 p.m. after hikers reported to New York State Police they had discovered a body about one-quarter mile off the Round Pond Trailhead, where his car had been discovered Sept. 10.

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County takes ownership of seized horses

Ownership of the 41 horses seized from an Essex Farm now lies with Essex County after the owner failed to produce a $43,890 bond for their care while the criminal investigation continues.

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YMCA to create aquatic pumpkin patch for “Bobbing” event

Looking for an alternative to the average pumpkin patch picking? Try taking the plunge and out swimming other youth for the best pumpkin at the Bobbing for Pumpkins event at the Plattsburgh YMCA. Bobbing for Pumpkins will be held at the YMCA pool, 17 Oak Street, Oct. 27 and “bob” times will vary for age groups. Kids age 3 to 5 will take the plunge between 12:30 and 1 p.m., kids age 6 to 8 will take the plunge between 2 and 2:30 p.m., and kids age 9 to 14 will take the plunge between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m.

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Fundraiser for Couch Street fire victim brings in community support

Friends came together for a night of music and dance in support of Alexa Limato who was seriously injured in a Sept. 20 house fire on Couch Street. The event “Help Alexa Heal” was held Sept. 26 at the Green Room and raised more than $3,000 that went directly to Limato and her family.

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FOE: Jazzy-funk trio meets international guitar duo and much more

The Strand Theater will bring a plethora of amazing acts to their three day fundraiser, the Monopole will light up with jazzy-funk trio Groovestick, Mister F will make the rounds hitting up Lake Placid and Plattsburgh, the Palmer Street Cafe reopens for it's new season with Blue Grass concert, International Guitar duo Loren and Mark will take the stage at Pendragon and ROTA will invite community artists to hear readings from their featured poet and also to read their own collections.

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Zombies are coming to Plattsburgh...again

The mysterious, jaw dropping infection started spreading four years ago with unaware members of the community being caught up in the frenzy. Zombies continue to walk among us and will be bringing some friends as well during the fourth annual Zombie Walk Oct. 19.

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Paul Taylor found guilty of murder

The third and final trial in the murder of Keeseville man Robert Rennie, Jr., ended with a guilty verdict against Paul Taylor, 39, of Keeseville. A jury returned with guilty verdicts on all three charges on Oct. 1 after one day of deliberation, murder in the second-degree, first-degree gang-assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Taylo

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United Way kick off breakfast brings record crowd

The United Way of the Adirondack Region (UWAR) celebrated the work of its community supporters with a kick-off breakfast Sept. 20 at the American Legion in Plattsburgh. The breakfast was busting at the seams with a record-breaking crowd of more than 200 people. The event’s 216 attendees included supporters, pacesetters, community partners, board members and volunteers.

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Sweet Adelines a capella group celebrate 45 years

The Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines will commemorate 45 years of harmony at a show reflectively titled “Celebrate” Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Strand Theatre. The festivities will include performances by veteran group members, including the performance of an original member.

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Large colon takes center stage at hunters health expo

An inflatable colon took over the Elizabethtown Community Hospital waiting room Sept. 18.

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Hawae and the Big Boss Sausage to take stage this weekend

From Plattsburgh to Lake Placid there will be music and a roller derby bout the the Ally Kats.

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Fundraiser and celebration for Couch Street fire victim planned

Festivities to celebrate Alexa Limato

Friends are coming together for a night of music and dance in support of Alexa Limato who was seriously injured in a Sept. 20 house fire on Couch Street. The event will be held Sept. 26 at the Green Room from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The event titled “Help Alexa Heal” will raise funds going directly to Limato and her family.

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Paul Taylor trial continues

The trial of the third and final suspect in the murder of Robert Rennie began on Tuesday. Paul Taylor, 39, of Keeseville was charged with second degree murder, second degree gang assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Rennie’s body was found near an iron footbridge on Mill Hill Road in Keeseville Aug. 26, 2012. Autopsy reports showed he died from blunt force trauma that caused two collapsed lungs and internal bleeding.

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BluSeed goes “Back to School” with family programs

BluSeed Studios prepares to go back to school by hosting a series of art classes for the younger artist and several family workshops during the upcoming fall and winter season.

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Parker Family Farm opens for maple season preview and production expo

Parker Family Maple Farm will host an open house for maple producers large and small as well as open up the farm for retail customers to visit and watch how maple syrup is made.

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Essex woman charged for neglecting 41 horses

Thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen, 41 malnourished horses have been seized and their owner, Shelley Wing of Essex, has been charged with 41 counts of failing to provide sustenance for them.

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College student seriously injured in early morning fire

An early morning house fire erupted on Couch Street on Sept. 20 with a SUNY Plattsburgh student sustaining serious injury. At approximately 1:15 a.m. City Police received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 15 Couch Street, a multi-unit apartment house where several college students lived. Patrol Officers responded with the fire department. Upon their arrival, flames were seen emanating from the second and third stories. A 21-year-old female was trapped in a third story window until the fire department could get to her with a ladder and rescue her. She was taken to CVPH and then airlifted to the Clark Burn Center at Syracuse Upstate University Hospital for treatment.

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Farm Fest welcomes autumn at Conroys Organics

Starting off the autumn season, Conroys Organics is inviting people to celebrate Farm Fest 2013 on Sept. 21. Festivities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the farm located at 8173 Route 9. The event is free to attend and will have something for the entire family with a hay playground set up for kids, hay rides around the farm, and a bouncy house.

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Search for missing Massachusetts man continues in Keene

New York State Police along with the Chicopee, Mass. police are working together in a search for an avid hiker who was last seen in Keene Valley. Scott Haworth, 46, of Chicopee, Mass. was reportedly last seen Sept. 5 at the Valley Grocer in Keene Valley attempting to cash a check. He was reported missing Sept. 10 by a coworker in Massachusetts when he hadn’t been heard from since Aug. 24. Chicopee Police Captain Dan Sullivan said they handed over the search to New York State Police when Haworth’s car, a 2002 Red Ford Focus, was located Sept. 5 in Keene at a parking area on State Route 73 near the Round Pond trailhead.

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Focus on Entertainment for Sept. 14 through 19

The music and entertainment scene will be bringing a mix of reggae, rap and rock/funk music to show goers. Lombardi will also light up the Depot stage for it's final performance.

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Local author to appear on Discovery Channel

There’s an old journalism adage that goes “If it bleeds it leads.” That same philosophy has led Bloated Toe Publishing to the verge of prime time. Local author and publisher Larry Gooley has written and self-published numerous books, from histories of local North Country places like Lyon Mountain and Altona, to the Adirondack Literary Award winning Oliver’s War. But it’s Gooley’s numerous stories featuring North Country murders that are currently garnering the most attention.

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Ashley Furniture offers top of the line products at its family-owned downtown Plattsburgh store

Ashley’s Furniture is a brand and a model most people are familiar with as a mainstream American furniture store. But in Plattsburgh, the downtown business and a newly opened outlet, is an original family-owned business. Howard Pirofsky opened his business at 48 Margaret Street in 1993. The store, called Affordable Furniture, carried on the four-story building’s tradition as a furniture store.

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Annual Applefest on tap in Peru

The 36th annual St. Augustine’s Applefest will kick-off with returning family favorites, vendors, games, musical entertainment and plenty of food during the two-day event on Sept. 21 and 22 at the church at 3035 Main Street.

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Local teen begins singing career with two “Idol” wins

Singing has become the focus of 14-year-old Latalya “Tally” Duell’s dreams. “I always dreamed I would be famous one day,” Tally said. Tally got a taste of stardom this summer opening for two big acts, Lori Morgan and Chris Higbee, by winning local “Idol” competitions.

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Focus on Entertainment for Sept. 6 - 12

First weekend, the retelling of the bio-drama Lombardi, return of Reggae Thursday and run-ins with Timbre Coup and some Shameless Strangers will bring an explosion of nightlife entertainment to the area. Read full listing of events here and check out our calendar for more.

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Local Teen begins singing career with two 'Idol' wins

Singing has become the focus of 14-year-old Latalya “Tally” Duel’s dreams.

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North Country Chamber to hold Fall Job Fair at PSU

The North Country Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) will host its biannual Job Fair on Sept. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westside Ballroom at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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Beets and Bones show to open at Quarry Garden farm

In a fusion of art and nature, a new show will come alive from the soil of the Quarry Garden Garlic Farm in Chazy, building an all encompassing creative experience from the collaboration of four artists.

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North Country Chamber to hold Fall Job Fair

The North Country Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) will host its biannual Job Fair on Sept. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westside Ballroom. The fair will give local people the opportunity to find out what jobs are available in the region. “The job fair has a very good history of connecting employers with potential employees, I know of quite a few employers who have been hired right on the spot,” said NCCC Administrative Assistant Becky Manor. “There are a wide variety of jobs available and when people come in they will get a guide book with a complete list of employers at the fair and the available jobs.”

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Renaissance inspired painter, Ken Wiley, opens show at Artists Guild

Painter Ken Wiley, will invite visitors to share his journey during the past 50 years through his new exhibit “There & Here: Fifty Years.”

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September marks beginning of new school year for area students

There will be a collective sigh across the North Country this week as students, parents and school faculty members catch the final breaths of summer and gain enthusiasm for the upcoming school year. “We’re excited for everyone to come back and we’re ready to get back to work in our schools,” said Chazy Rural School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein. At Chazy, Fairchild said students will be welcomed with a lot of energy from new staff members.

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Focus on Entertainment for Aug. 30 through Sept. 5

From Plattsburgh to Lake Placid area there will be a plethora of entertainment you won't want to miss, Plattsburgh will be invaded by Burlington hardcore rock, final concerts on the lawn will perform to the facing colors of summer, Lombardi and the Oldest Living Confederate widow will offer final servings of theatrical performances at local theaters, Folks Up In Trees will shake for peaches, Salted, White Pyramid and Obellum. See complete event information in our Focus on Entertainment column for the week of Aug. 30 through Sept. 5.

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September First Weekend to be Summer Finale celebration

All former events have been leading up to the First Weekend Summer Finale. The two-day finale will be an explosive mix of returning and rookie First Weekend performers, demonstrations from area businesses and performance groups, family fun activities and much more.

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Depot Theater celebrates 35 years at Gala

Guests at the Depot Theater’s Gala at DaCy Meadow Farms enjoyed an evening of music, dancing and theatrics, raising money for the professional rural theater.

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