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Keith Lobdell

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Ticonderoga cuts two highway dept. positions from final budget

Despite an impassioned plea by the President of the workers union for the Ticonderoga Highway Department, two positions were cut as part of the adopted 2015 budget for the town.

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Ticonderoga area turns out to support IP pipeline

Adirondack Council also backs proposed plan

While government leaders had already thrown their support behind the idea of a natural gas pipeline crossing Lake Champlain from Vermont to International Paper - Ticonderoga Mill, they received the backing of the largest environmental watchdog in the Adirondack Park.

Fourteen Vikings, Sentinels make football all star team

Seven members of the Moriah Vikings and Class D champion Ticonderoga Sentinels were given all star nominations by the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference for the 2014 football season.

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Essex Industries celebrates 40 years

Essex Industries, which is operated through Mountain Lake Services, invited the community into its Pilfisher Road site to show off their work and workers. It focuses on producing high-end canoe seats and canoe accessories, cedar picnic tables, camp stools, novelty cutting boards and pizza peels, with annual contract sales of approximately $1 million with customers from around the globe.

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Ti runners compete at State Championships

A pair of Section VII runners were able to score podium finished while the Seton Catholic Lady Knights and Lake Placid Blue Bombers ranked high in the Class D races at the NYSPHSAA cross country championships at SUNY Canton Nov. 8.

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Missed water project deadline leads to EPA warning

The report, issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stated Ticonderoga had failed to provide proper treatment for Cryptosporidium at its Gooseneck Pond source, a single-celled protozoan parasite commonly found in lakes and rivers, especially when the water is contaminated with sewage and animal waste. 

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Ticonderoga chops down Lumberjacks to advance to D regional finals

The Ticonderoga Sentinels had 2:26 in time of possession during the second quarter of its Nov. 8 Class D regional semifinal playoff against Tupper Lake. In that time, they scored 21 points.

Peru’s quick-strike offense cruises past Franklin Academy

Peru 59, Franklin Academy 6

It took the Peru Indians a total time of 1:48 seconds with the ball to make their statement against Franklin Academy Nov. 8.

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Christopher Chevrolet to host re-opening event to showcase new look

 Christopher Chevrolet will officially re-open their doors to the community Thursday, Nov. 13, to show off their new look at the Ticonderoga dealership.

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Bulwagga Bay restoration work at completion

Thanks to grant funding of approximately $300,000 and for $500,000, Moriah in now at the final stages of reclaiming the lake shore and making improvements to the town-owned campground and beach.

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Calligraphy class to be offered at Schroon Lake Public Library

The beginner calligraphy classes will take place at the library on Thursday, Nov. 20; Thursday, Dec. 4; and Thursday, Dec. 11. The class will take place from 1 until 2 p.m. each day, with pre-registration required by Nov. 13, as the class will be limited to 15 participants.

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Chazy boys return to Middletown

The Chazy Eagles punched their ticket to the NYSPHSAA Class D Final Four with a 3-0 win over Section X's Lisbon Nov. 7.

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Chateaugay girls end Chazy's season in regional final

In a game that saw few opportunities on frame, the Chateaugay Lady Bulldogs were able to find the difference maker in the first 10 minute overtime for a 2-1 win against Chazy Nov. 7 to advance to the Class D final four.

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Well Gage-d: Ducatte nets game-winning PK for Chazy

In what has become the annual matchup between arguably the two best coaches in Class D boys soccer, McAuliffe and the Chazy Eagles again claimed the Section VII/Class D boys soccer championship with a 0-0, 5-3 penalty kick win against Buehler and his first-year Elizabethtown-Lewis/Westport Griffins.

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Defense wins second straight Class D title for Chazy girls

The Eagles dominated the sectional playoffs, allowing only one shot from an opponent in the 67th minute of the final game. The shot was not on goal.

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Lady Mountaineers ready for Class D title game despite injuries

“In the two practices that we will have before tomorrows game I have been working on preparing my team mentally,” Mountaineer head coach Candice Gereau said. “We know we have been riddled with injuries, but we have continued to fight and play hard, getting us to this final game.”

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Ticonderoga’s strong second half leads to Class D football title

Tied at halftime, the Ticonderoga Sentinels scored 24 points in the final 24 minutes of play to claim the Section VII/Class D title with a 30-6 win over rival and two-time defending champion Moriah Oct. 31.

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‘Champ-o-Saurus’ debuts with familiar faces

Community members here packed the Moriah Central School auditorium Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 to see the latest movie premier from the collaborators behind “Mineville.”

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Ti, Moriah prepare for annual sectional final showdown

The annual renewal of rivalry between the Ticonderoga (5-3) and Moriah (4-4) varsity football teams once again takes the stage at AuSable Valley High School with the Section VII/Class D title on the line.

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St. Mary’s student creates sweatshirt for fundraiser

“St. Mary’s Strong,” is a phrase that has penetrated the Ticonderoga area since the fire that swept through the catholic elementary and middle school Sept. 5.

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Schroon, Crown Point hold cancer awareness benefit games

Two local schools recently changed out of their traditional colors and went pink to help support cancer awareness and research.

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Lady Mountaineers come back to earn sectional finals appearance

The Minerva/Newcomb girls soccer team advanced to the Section VII/Class D finals Saturday, Nov. 1, with a 3-2 win over the Moriah Vikings Oct. 28.

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Stone cold: Kayli sparks Lady Panthers into Class D semis

Kayli Stone found the back of the net in the 79th minute of play to advance the Crown Point Lady Panthers to the Section VII/Class D semifinals against Chazy with a 1-0 victory over one of the two teams who beat them twice in the regular season (Minerva/Newcomb being the other).

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Lady Mountaineers rally for Class D quarterfinal win

With everything the Minerva/Newcomb girls varsity soccer team had accomplished in 2014, there was one challenge they had never faced:

Benefit planned for former Moriah student, Ti teacher

A benefit will be held Sunday, Nov. 2, in Saratoga for a former member of the Moriah and Ticonderoga communities who suffered a devastating accident recently.

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Moriah fifth grader honored for heroism

Firefighters from the Moriah and Mineville/Witherbee Volunteer Fire Departments, along with Essex County Sheriff’s and Emergency Services departments, were on hand to present fifth grader Emery Tausinger with an award for his actions during the fire in the elementary wing of the school which took place Sept. 26.

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Nine Ti seniors take part in Distinguished Young Woman

Nine young ladies from the senior class at Ticonderoga Central School will take the stage Saturday, Nov. 1 to vie for the title of Distinguished Young Woman.

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Ti PD seeks to bring in K9 unit

Chief Mark Johns of the Ticonderoga Police Department has announced the department is making the necessary steps to get a K9 unit on board.

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Griffins rain down on Johnsburg in sectional playoff debut

The Elizabethtown-Lewis/Westport boys varsity soccer team made their opening statement in the quarterfinal round of the Section VII/Class D playoffs with a resounding 11-0 win against Johnsburg Oct. 23.

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Coats' header sends Patriots to Class C finals

On a play that would make U.S. National team defender John Brooks smile, the AuSable Valley senior defender connected on a header with 1:11 remaining in regulation to push the Patriots past the Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers and into the Section VII/Class C championship game, 2-1, Oct. 23.

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Lady Sentinels run ends in Class C semifinals

However, it was the Bobcats who found the net with 10 seconds remaining in the second of two 10-minute overtimes to advance past the Sentinels to the Section VII/Class C finals with a 1-0 win.

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O’Hara nets quarterfinal appearance for Willsboro against Chazy

There’s no better time to score your first win of the season then when a loss means its over.

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Bailey’s golden goal lifts Ticonderoga over Seton Catholic

Ticonderoga girls varsity head coach Kathy Tubbs said she was looking for a go-to offensive threat throughout the 2014 season.

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Beekmantown, Chazy sweep Section VII soccer top seeds

NAC girls, LPCS boys atop C tables

The Section VII playoffs are set to begin in classes B, C and D with some familiar faces at the top of the tables.

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Ticonderoga ground game runs past Plattsburgh High

While Ticonderoga used their usual running attack to roll past Plattsburgh High Oct. 17, they exploded onto the scoreboard very early en route to a 43-6 victory.

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Moriah man king of local truck pull circuit

The 38-year-old who works at Moriah Central School captured the Adirondack Tractor Pullers Association titles in the 5,500-lbs., 5,800-lbs. and 6,800-lbs. stock truck points standings.

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Crown Point residents express concerns over nuisance law

Crown Point officials will look to smooth out the rough edges of a proposed new local law that would address nuisance properties in the municipality.

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Stevens runs Beekmantown to victory over Moriah

The Beekmantown back ran for 265 yards on 25 carries, scoring four times on the ground and adding one more on the receiving end of an Alex Archer 26-yard pass in a 33-20 win Oct. 10.

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Crown Point students create shed for sale

The class, led by teacher John Lemieux, started planning and building the shed over the first weeks of the school year. It is a 10-by-12 foot shed with a six-foot door opening in the front. The floor will be pressure treated and the shed was created with conventional framing.

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AppleFolkFest to be held at Penfield Oct. 12

The 2014 AppleFolkFest will be held Sunday, Oct. 12. The craft fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. Chili, hot dogs and apple desserts will be served at the pavilion beginning at 11 a.m. Doughnuts and coffee will be available in the morning, and there will also be live music throughout the day.

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CROP Walk set for Oct. 18

The annual CROP Walk will be held outside the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., to benefit initiatives to feed the hungry both internationally and locally.

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Ti citizens begin reward fund for St. Mary’s fire information

A group of anonymous residents in Ticonderoga have banded together funds to help authorities find the person or persons who were behind the September fire at St. Mary’s School.

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Schroon Lake school board to host meeting on administrative future

The future of administration at Schroon Lake Central School will be brought to the community Oct. 7.

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Crown Point invites public to hear new nuisance law

To do so, lawmakers have drafted a new local law specifically for public nuisance properties, which will be the topic of a public hearing in the Crown Point Central School auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.

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Saranac defense, running game down Patriots

This time, it was the Chiefs of Saranac scoring a 43-7 win over the AuSable Valley Patriots Oct. 3.

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Lady Mountaineers summit Div. III peak

“It puts a smile on my face,” midfielder Mary Labar said. “Thinking of the way we have played and they way we came together this season, I could not be more proud of this team.”

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Saranac Lake scores lone touchdown in defensive battle with Ticonderoga

Neither Saranac Lake or Ticonderoga were able to manage more than 155 yards of total offense, but the Red Storm was the beneficiary of the longest play of the game, a 39-yard strike from Tristin Fitzgerald to Ty Marmion in the third quarter to give the team a 7-0 win over the Sentinels. Sept. 26.

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Port Henry youth brings George’s wall to life

For Moriah Central School seventh grader Alethea Goralczyk, art is in her blood.

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St. Mary’s to rebuild

Father Kevin McEwan said St. Mary’s Church is hopeful the Catholic elementary and middle school will be back to normal one year after a suspected arson swept through the facility Sept. 5.

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Work continues on Tower Ave. bridge despite surprises

The work to replace the Tower Ave. Bridge is moving forward despite some unexpected challenges found during the removal of the former structure.

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