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Keith Lobdell

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Owens breaks bread with Saranac Lake biz leaders

As he winds down his tenure as NY-21 Congressman, Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) took some time Friday, March 21 to meet with Saranac Lake business owners and discuss the economic climate of the region.

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Westport Federated welcomes new pastor

Smith is the new Pastor at the Westport church, a parish he had been working at for a year prior to taking the helm.

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Willsboro teaching duo earns national arts honor

Derrick A. Hopkins and Jennifer Moore, who respectively lead the theatre and music departments, have been selected as the 2014 Section 1 recipients of the National High School Heart of the Arts Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

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First FEMA aid house falls in Jay

The first house on the riverside road in the Town of Jay was destroyed by Town of Jay and Essex County Highway Department personnel March 19, the first of 28 properties to be destroyed under FEMA and state funding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Lobster Tank: My Run For Hope started in Utah

A couple of people over the last couple months have asked me why I started to focus on my health, a journey that led me to the base of Spruce Hill Saturday, March 22, competing in the 34th Annual Doc Lopez Run For Hope’s 13.1-mile half marathon. Seriously, from not being able to breathe watching television to running up a very steep hill, which was only two of the total miles.

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Run For Hope attracts runners, walkers on 34th anniversary

Over 130 braved the winds and snow to take part in the 34th anniversary of a tradition to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Westport moving ahead with bicentennial plans

The Westport Bicentennial is planned for the weekend of July 4-6, 2015, with a committee currently formed to help plan for the event and seeking community involvement in planning and researching.

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Westport Drama Club to present classic character

This and several more questions will be answered as the Westport Central School Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin” Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Pat Ward Tournament prepares for next weekend

The 24th annual Part Ward Memorial Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 22, with games featuring seven men’s and two women’s teams starting at 11:15 a.m.

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Photos bring action of paralympics to Lake Placid

The Winter Paralympic Games are currently taking place in the same Russian seaport that hosted the Winter Olympiad one month earlier, and a photography exhibit at the Olympic Center Museum brings that action here.

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Paul Smith’s bakery goes local

Deborah Misik was hoping the A.P. Smith’s Bakery at Paul Smith’s College would be a little busier when the doors opened at 9 a.m. March 6.

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Keene Central students show their scientific talents

The school held its annual Science Slam with exhibits and experiments from students ranging from kindergarten through senior year.

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Moriah falls in Final Four action

New York Mills reaches state title game

The key for rivals of the Moriah Vikings in the 2013-14 boys varsity basketball season was finding a way to stop sophomore Adam Jaquish. All had, for the most part, failed — until New York Mills brought the height and quickness needed to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mills scored a 57-24 win March 14.

Moriah seeks state title 84 years after ‘Mineville quint’

The Mineville Miners were crowned the Class B (there were only two classes at the time) state champions March 28, 1930, defeating Margaretville 31-14 in taking top honors.

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Two towns to host separate post-Olympic parades

The towns are separated by less than 10 miles, but Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will host their own Olympic celebrations in the coming weeks.

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Meet the Vikings!

Meet the members of the 2013-14 Moriah Vikings boys varsity basketball team, which will play New York Mills Friday, March 14, in the NYSPHSAA Class D Final Four at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

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The 2013-14 girl's All Valley Team

2013-14 girl's All Valley Team

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Seligman to help present ‘12 Years a Slave’ at Grange

 On Saturday, March 15, the Champlain Valley Film Society will present a screening of the Academy Award-winning film “12 Years a Slave,” at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 Route 22

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Stefanik makes campaign rounds in Westport

Stefanik, who has worked in her family’s plywood business in Broadalbin, said their company has supplied materials for the Dick Sherman-led company for many years.

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Woolf makes media rounds

NY-21 candidate meets with Denton Publications, other news outlets

Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf said it was an “enormous release” to finally go public with his campaign.

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NYSP: Accident claims life of Keene man

A one-car accident March 11 claimed the life of a Keene resident.

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Moriah prepares for trip to Glens Falls v. New York Mills

For the second time in the last 11 years, the Moriah boys varsity basketball team will head to the Glens Falls Civic Center to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) state championships.

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Police still seek clues in two-year search for Colin Gillis

Two years after he was first reported missing by family and friends, New York State Police continue to seek leads in the investigation into his disappearance.

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Tanneberger Tournament marks 35 years

The 35th Annual Dr. Thomas Tanneberger Alumni Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 15, with games starting at 1 p.m. featuring teams comprised of alumni from the school.

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AuSable Valley students to present ‘Pippin’

Students from elementary to high school will take to the AuSable Valley Middle/High School stage next week to perform a coming of age story set to song.

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College ski, snowboard teams vie for national titles in Lake Placid

Well, in Lake Placid, you can find it as the best collegiate skiers and snowboarders in the nation will make their way to the local Olympic facilities for the 2014 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships.

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Middlebury hockey coach looks to bring school, college students together

Beaney, the head coach of the Middlebury College men’s hockey team, spoke to educators assembled at the College For Every Student (CFES) headquarters Feb. 6 abut the bonds that form when players from his teams go to local schools.

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Adam Jaquish, Moriah knock out defending state champs

At the end of each of the first three quarters, Adam Jaquish had both outscored and out-rebounded the defending NYSPHSAA Class D state champion Argyle Scots single-handedly.

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Baker, Rivers ousted at state wrestling meet

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For AuSable Valley wrestlers Dylan Baker and Kenny Rivers, the NYSPHSAA state wrestling tournament Feb. 28 will be chalked up as a learning experience.

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CFES hosts annual college connection

This year, attendees were welcomed into the completed facility, coming together Feb. 6-7 to talk about ways of connecting primary school students to the next educational step.

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Public hearing set on Hurricane, St. Regis Mt. fire tower

The APA announced that the proposed final drafts of the Hurricane Mountain and St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area Unit Management Plans (UMP) would be the topic of a public hearing Wednesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. with attendees being able to review the document starting at 5 p.m.

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Westport residents learn cost for new, renovated buildings

Almost 60 residents in the town of Westport turned out for the third time to hear the price tags for bringing three community service buildings into the 21st Century.

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Westport to face Moriah for Class D boys title

Westport (15-5), trailing 31-29 entering the final eight minutes, scored the first four points of the quarter and went on a 12-3 run that spanned the first six minutes in scoring a 48-41 win Feb. 26.

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ELCS, Moriah advance to D finals

The Lions used a 13-7 second quarter to extend an early lead to 27-20 at the half and held off a couple of Keene surges in the second half to keep the lead.

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Dumas big as Keene advances in D playoffs

Cosgrove paces Pats in double OT; Westport advances

The fourth seeded Keene Beavers wanted to take advantage of their interior play against No. 5 Willsboro in the Section VII/Class D playoffs Feb. 22, and Brandon Dumas was up to the task.

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Lady Patriots rally falls short to Gillespie, Saranac

ELCS, Keene advance while Westport, Willsboro out

The No. 3 AuSable Valley Lady Patriots again found themselves in another tough fight against No. 2 Saranac Feb. 21 in the Class B semifinals at Plattsburgh High School.

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Dems choice keeps quiet

Members from the Democratic committees met in Long Lake two days before Valentine’s Day to quietly make their choice for a candidate to replace the current incumbent Congressman, Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, who announced earlier this month that he would not be seeking re-election.

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Baker, Rivers earn state erstling berths

Jonathan Gay makes indoor states

Dylan Baker and Kenny Rivers each earned spots on the sectional wrestling team with wins in the Section VII championships Feb. 15 held on their home mats at AVCS.

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Lions advance to Class D boys quarterfinals

The Elizabethtown-Lewis boys varsity basketball team did its part to set up a sectional matchup with neighbor and rival Westport with a 10-point win against Johnsburg Feb. 19.

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Sochi wrap: Weibrecht leads local Olympic results

Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht was one of the last members named to the United States Alpine Ski team that headed to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games, which may have fueled him to another improbably podium run.

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Lady Patriots cruise to matchup against Saranac

A balanced attack led the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots to the Section VII/Class B girls basketball semifinals with a 70-33 victory over Saranac Lake Feb. 18.

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Garden Club donates to local organizations

The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club gave back to the community during its Feb. 6 luncheon.

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Etown replacing town water meters

Town employees are working with Riznick Construction to install new digital-read water meters in each home and business in the district.

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CATS photo contest winners announced

Three entries were named tops in their division as part of the latest photo and caption contest put on by Champlain Area Trails.

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Empire State Winter Games boasts record turnout, spirited competition

Over 1,400 athletes from throughout New York returned to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid to compete for gold and glory in the Empire State Winter Games Feb. 6-9.

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ELCS voters pass pair of bus purchases

 The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will be getting two new buses to help replace an aging fleet.

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Friedrich headed back to state swim meet

Sectional recap

Gavin Friedrich of AuSable, Jonathan Gay of Westport win sectional titles

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Stefanik the choice for NY-21 GOP chairs

Essex County GOP Chairman Ron Jackson, former Essex Supervisor, announced that 11 of the 12 counties had given their blessing to Elise Stefanik, the current Willsboro resident who has served in the George W. Bush cabinet and the Paul Ryan Vice Presidential candidacy team.

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Olympic dreams: locals in Sochi

The Winter Olympic Games have begun in Sochi, Russia, with several competitors with local ties taking place in the early rounds of competition.

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ELCS seeks community input on budget process

At Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, the Board of Education is set to host a trio of public forums starting Monday, Feb. 10, to address the issue of the budget. The first forum will take place at 6 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

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