With continually deteriorating conditions at the town hall, Westport Fire House and Department of Public Works garage, the town officials met with representatives of Vermont Integrated Architecture to talk with about 40 members of the community on a new set of plans to renovate the town hall and replace the fire house and garage Dec. 2.
The decision on who will install new mobile radios in the county’s emergency vehicles was temporarily put on hold Nov. 25 so both businesses looking for the contract could speak to the board.
The Keene varsity boys and girls basketball teams return experience and height to the court for the start of the Northern Basketball League's Division III season.
The Elizabethtown-Lewis girls varsity basketball team takes to the court as the defending Section VII/Class D champion, while the boys program will look to a squad of experienced players for a competitive Northern Basketball League season.
Here, the name of the school could be changed to PGHS - Point Guard High School. That’s because the school is home to a duo of elite one-guards in the Northern Basketball League - boys’ varsity senior Shane Douglas and girls’ varsity junior Meghan Strong.
The board voted at its Dec. 2 regular meeting to override the New York State tax levy cap which County Manager Daniel Palmer said calculated to just over two percent for the 2014 spending plan.
Only one person signed up to speak at the Nov. 25 special Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting soliciting comment on the 2014 tentative county budget. However, when it was his turn to speak, Gale Wilkins of Willsboro said County Manager Daniel Palmer’s presentation had answered his questions.
Commissioner Joan McDonald said she would ask members of her team to look over the proposed closure scheduled for the Fisher Bridge, located near the intersection of Route 9N and Lincoln Pond Road in Elizabethtown.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to come in here, play and do what we do,” said Castro, who has worked in the food business for Culinary Health Innovations of Plattsburgh and Cafe Mooney Bay. “We had been in communication with the Daltons (owners) about the opportunity and it is something we had been looking for. This is the right place to do what we do.”
The 2014 Empire State Winter Games, set to take place Feb. 6-9, will feature some new events and new venues for the 34th annual sporting competition, something that members of the regional organizing coalition have been striving to do over the last four years.
More than 250 students from Essex and Franklin County schools made their way to Au Sable Valley to participate in the annual Zone 6 Area All State Concert Saturday, Nov. 23.
Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said that he is always pleased when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits the area.
Cuomo announced a partnership between New York State, Clarkson University, and the Trudeau Institute to form a world-class biotech enterprise during a Nov. 20 press conference at the Lake Placid Conference Center.
The head of the Essex County Budget sub-committee outlined steps the county could take to curtail spending. Lewis Supervisor David Blades, who led the break-off council of the Finance Committee, reported their findings to the members of the Board of Supervisors during a special Nov. 18 meeting.
For the third year, the North Country basketball season will begin with the Alzheimer’s Awareness Basketball tournament, played at two sites over two weekends and featuring several local hoops teams.
Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors put the wheels in motion to override New York State’s two percent tax levy cap during a special meeting Nov. 18.
One race was turned on absentee votes cast and counted by the Essex County Board of Supervisors Nov. 13.
In an email to the Valley News sent Nov. 19, Willsboro Central School teacher Natalie Foster made her first public comment since the Willsboro Board of Education reinstated her following an investigation into the environment in her classroom.
The New York State Department of Transportation red-flagged the bridge over the Boquet River located at the base of the intersection of Route 9N and Lincoln Pond Road.
While the Eagles sophomore did not get the finish position he was looking for, Gay continued to show improvement in his first season, running the 3.1-mile Queensbury High School course in a sectional-equalling time of 16:44, earning a top 25 finish.
For the pair of World War II veterans — Smith, a founding member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, and Hendrickson, who served in the Pacific Theater as a member of the Navy — the dedication of the new WWII wall at the park on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, was something they had looked forward to.
Voorheesville, the state runner-up in Class C last season, ousted the Patriots from the Class C playoffs with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-8 straight-game victory in the regional finals at Gloversville Nov. 9.
Take the Westport Central School Class of 2014, for example. After funding for the traditional senior play was cut from the school budget, class members joined together with teachers Cathy Brankman, Paul Mudie and Vicki Wolinski to move forward and present “The Election” Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
United Way of the Adirondack Region Executive Director John Bernardi returned to the Essex County Board of Supervisors Monday, Nov. 4, to make his annual appeal for the organization’s fundraising effort.
The Wadhams Strawberry Festival, held on Father’s Day each year, was honored with the North Country Heritage Award by the Canton-based organization Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).
Dillon Savage, a senior running back for the Patriots, was selected as a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, presented annually to a male and female high school student-athlete on the same day as the Heisman Memorial Award, which is given to the nation’s top college football player.
After three years of watching their season end at the hands of the Voorheesville Lady Blackbirds (20-1) in state regional play, the Lady Patriots (18-1) will have to make the fourth time a charm in order to achieve their goal of advancing to the NYSPHSAA state championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center next weekend.
The horses, taken from the Wing and a Prayer Farm in Essex Sept. 18 through 20 after an investigation, led to charges against owner Shelley Wing and daughter, Emily, on counts of animal cruelty. On Oct. 9, the horses were deemed to be property of the county after Wing was unable to pay a bond for their care.
Members of the board approved scheduling the annual public hearing for the county budget during its Nov. 4 regular board meeting. The hearing will take place on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The regular monthly meeting of the Ways and Means Committee will be held before the hearing at 6 p.m. (normally held at 10 a.m.).
According to the head of the Westport Chamber of Commerce, Westport is ready to poised for a breakthrough.
AuSable Valley wins volleyball, two swim titles, ELCS boys soccer falls in classic
The AuSable Valley girls varsity volleyball team is headed back to the Class C regional finals and a matchup with Section II power Voorheesville Nov. 9.
Voters throughout the state of New York voted 1,137,074 in favor of a land swap between the mineral mining company and the state, while 1,006,525 voted against the measure. The 53-47 percent vote was the closest of the six propositions sent out to voters in the Nov. 5 General Election.
Kristy Sprague received 6,788 as an unopposed candidate for re-election to the DA position, while coroner Francis Whitelaw received 5,394 votes in his uncontested re-election bid.
Ed Gardner, Jr., received 145 votes in the Nov. 5 General Election, while incumbent Sharon Boisen received 114. Currently, 24 of 35 absentee ballots have been received by the Essex County Board of Elections.
Two years after Supervisor and former Essex County Board chairman Noel Merrihew, III, was ousted by Margaret Bartley, he was returned to office by voters, 248-195, after ballots were counted Nov. 5.
For the second straight election for the office of town supervisor, current Supervisor Margaret Bartley will face off against former Supervisor Noel Merrihew, who she defeated in 2011.
The store, located above the Deer’s Head Restaurant, will now house a security camera system donated by NYCO Minerals.
While only four towns in the Valley have a contested election for town supervisor, several other towns have contested elections in other positions Nov. 5.
Jonathan Gay finishes fourth overall
Jonathan Gay of Westport crossed the finish line of the 3.1 mile Section VII championships at the Cobble Hill Country Club in Elizabethtown in a time of 16:44, a fourth place overall finish and the second quickest for Class D runners.
Incumbent Sharon Boisen, who won her first re-election bid in a tight contest against Frank Walls in 2011, will face challenger Ed Gardner Jr., in the general election.
The AuSable Valley varsity girls volleyball team will look for its fourth Section VII/Class C title after scoring a 3-0 match win against Saranac in the sectional semifinals Oct. 31.
Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School students in kindergarten as well as the Children's Development preschool program were able to pick pumpkins for a patch created on campus to help curb the costs of field trips. Students also enjoyed face painting, pumpkin carving, snacks and a wagon ride with Rowdy.
Incumbent Supervisor Ed Hatch is running against current town Councilman Shaun Gilliland in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election.
The second seed Vikings blanked the sixth seed Westport Eagles, 6-0, Oct. 29 to punch their ticket to the sectional title game to be played at Plattsburgh High Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m.
The Lions scored a 3-1 win against Wells Oct. 28 to advance to the finals, where they will face top-seeded and defending NYSPHSAA Class D champion Chazy at Plattsburgh High School Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.
To help save the historic theater as part of the “Go Digital or Go Dark” Campaign, a pair of films will be shown at the end of this month to help set the mood for the Halloween season and build up the funds needed to convert the Palace Theater movie screens from 35mm film to digital.
Evan Drew, a 2010 graduate of ELCS, was named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) with Goalie of the Week for Oct. 15. He was previously honored with the award Sept. 10.
DEC staff members have drafted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) that calls for the fire tower to be repaired for “Public Access and Communications” use. Under the plan, the tower would be maintained for full public access and include written interpretive materials that would be, “informative but not intrusive.”
The Lions (12-5-0) scored a 2-1 victory in the eighth minute of golden goal overtime to advance to a Monday, Oct. 28, meeting with third seed Wells, who scored a 3-0 win over sixth seed Westport.