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Keith Lobdell

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Fort Ticonderoga flexes economic muscle

At a special press conference July 1, President and CEO Beth Hill announced the historic site brings in almost $9 million annually in economic impact, factoring in visitor spending from tourists; spending by Fort Ticonderoga in its daily operations; the indirect and induced impacts created by labor income as it flows into the regional economy; and tax revenue generated by that spending.

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Fundraisers announced to help injured Moriah teen

The fundraisers will take place in Ticonderoga July 18 and at the Moriah Country Club the following day, all to help pay the medical expenses of Ryan Gunning, a 14-year old Moriah Central School student who was injured in an accident on Mountain Spring Road in Westport recently.

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Resident issues brought before Moriah board

There were some pats on the backs and wraps across the knuckles when residents were given the chance to speak freely with their elected officials.

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Northern Lake George Paddle to help local youth programs

Northern Lake George Paddle, located next to Eddie’s Restaurant between Ticonderoga and Hague, will host a Family Fun Day event from 9 to 11 a.m., opening to the public to offer free instruction and play with Patty Hogan, six-time national champion and member of the APTA Platform Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Best 4th in the North Schedule announced

The Best 4th in the North opens Tuesday, July 1,and runs through Saturday, July 5, with organizers adding a day to the festivities.

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Schroon preparing for July 4 festivities

he parade will step off at 6 p.m. Independence Day, with a concert on the beach to follow with a fireworks finale after the sun goes down. Parade Grand Marshal will be the 2014 Schroon Lake Chamber Citizen of the Year, Joel Friedman.

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Five Nations brings new golf options to Ti

The fairways go up and down, sweeping across the landscape and providing a challenge to the most tried golfer.

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Moriah Chamber offices host vintage photos

A look into the past of the Town of Moriah will be on display throughout the summer at the Moriah Chamber of Commerce offices.

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Hebert finishes 18th in final high school race

The Ticonderoga track and field standout and winner of six NYSPHSAA state championships in the 110-meter hurdles finished the high school chapter of his career with an 18th place finish in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Saturday, June 14, in Greensboro, N.C.

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Commencement ceremonies scheduled

High school commencement ceremonies will be held this weekend at all regional schools with the exception of Mountainside Christian Academy, which held their ceremonies June 14.

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Numbers drop leads to Wildcat concern

A school that had 142 students enrolled in grades 7-12 as recently as 2011-12 is facing three straight years of declining numbers, preparing to be as low as an enrollment of 88 in 2015-16 and 89 the following school year.

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CP First Congregational to celebrate strawberries, automobiles

For the third year, the festival, which takes place Sunday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town park, will feature a car show with an assist from Champlain Valley Classic Cars.

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Ti youth summer program planned

The Ticonderoga Youth Program will open for the season Monday, July 7, and run the next five weeks through Aug. 8. To help parents get ready for the summer early, the program will be hosting a registration session Tuesday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Armory building.

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Ti seniors present projects

One by one, members of the Ticonderoga Class of 2014 stood before a panel that held the fate of their last major academic pursuit in their hands.

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Moriah PD gets new car at no impact to taxpayers

The Town of Moriah Police Department has been very fortunate when it comes to keeping their vehicle fleet up-to-date, and that has also been to the benefit of the town and Moriah Central School District.

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NY-21 candidates attend packed Hague event

Almost 100 people were in attendance at the Hague Meet the Candidates June 11, with Republican candidates and June 24 primary rivals Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny joined by Green Party Candidate Matt Funiciello, who stated early he was going to keep things light.

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Joel Friedman named 2014 Schroon Lake Area Citizen of the Year

Joel Friedman is a man on the run. The Friedman Realty owner and race director for the Adirondack Marathon keeps busy with many other projects and services in his hometown community and for that has been named the 2014 Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

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Ti app designers bring online dating to arena, stage and field

Everyone wants to go to the next big game or concert, but nobody wants to go there alone. That’s where a duo of Ticonderoga businessmen come into play.

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Blood drive to honor baby, whose life was cut short

Memories of a baby girl who lived only 21 days has inspired her family members to reach out to others through providing life-sustaining blood for people with critical medical conditions.

New fence dedicated at Federal Flats Cemetery

Saturday, May 24, was a rainy day, but this did not prevent a large crowd of family and friends from celebrating the dedication of the new fence at the Federal Flats Cemetery in Olmstedville.

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Ti school district announces end-of-year schedules

As the days in the 2013-14 school year count down to a close, the Ticonderoga Central School District has announced scheduling for the final two weeks of the year.

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Meeting to look at options for dwindling pool of SLCS student-athletes

In Schroon Lake, the athletic department has been facing this issue, having dropped junior varsity basketball programs and not fielding a modified (typically grades 7-9) baseball team this spring.

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Help Wanted: Ti PD stripped by Warren Co. Sheriffs Dept.

A war of words flamed up last week between the chief administrator here and the head of a neighboring sheriff’s department over the hiring of three officers.

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Snyder claims Division II 400 title

Snyder ran the Division II 400-meter sprint at the Cicero-North Syracuse high school track in 54.96 seconds, almost six-tenths ahead of the next closest finisher (55.55) to win the Division II NYSPHSAA Championship June 6.

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Hebert scores D-II, Federation hurdles titles

Running in the 110 hurdles at the NYSPHSAA outdoor track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School June 7, Hebert scored two more state titles, claiming both the Division II and Federation championships with times of 14.06 and 14.10 seconds, respectively.

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United front for Schroon

Siler, the Executive Director of the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, is currently working with several entities throughout the town to seek funding through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, part of the new state funding program.

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Command Performance celebrates 25th anniversary with dance program

To celebrate, Command Performance Dance Studio will host a 25th anniversary recital at the Ticonderoga High School Auditorium Friday, June 13, 7 p.m., with participants from Ticonderoga, Moriah, Crown Point, Putnam and Hague performing tap, hip/hop, modern, ballet and acro dance routines.

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Best Fourth in the North honors past, present and future in grand marshal choices

In staying with the theme of “Ticonderoga, The First 250 Years,” the festival committee decided to honor the “Past, Present and Future,” with their selections of the late Ray Thatcher, Mickey Fitzgerald and Jay Hebert.

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Teen father Devin Davis uses senior project to raise awareness

Davis has been able to continue to excel in school while dealing with the challenges of being a teenage parent, which led him to decide on what he would do for his senior school project, which is required for each graduate at Ticonderoga Central School.

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Podres widow donates to hometown youth teams

New uniforms, along with the ones being worn by players from pre-kindergarten through the sixth graders on the majors team, were purchased for the program by the widow of the late baseball pitcher and coach, Joni Podres.

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2-1! 2-1! 2 Sectional titles for Sentinels

Ryan Trudeau and Hannah Ross dominated on the mound for their respective teams and Jarryn Granger and Maura Jebb played walk-off heroes as both the baseball and softball teams scored 2-1 victories: the boys against Northern Adirondack and girls against Lake Placid, the third straight year the Lady Sentinels have scored a walk-off win against the Lady Blue Bombers to capture the Class C crown.

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Ti High students participate in annual business event

Local business students were part of 11 schools taking part in the 21st Annual High School Business Day at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

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Boat launch renovations part of opening of town park

As the park has opened for the 2014 season, it has a new boat docking facility that will accomodate as many boats as before but with more options.

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Crown Point to honor volunteers during Memorial Day

The Town of Crown Point will host its 146th Memorial Day ceremony Sunday, May 25, and Memorial Day, May 26, with the theme, “Honoring Community Volunteers.”

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Moriah town, school look for more ways to team up, please Gov.

It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants more when it comes to municipalities working together.

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Crown Point students learn about college options

The school, in conjunction with the Essex-based College For Every Student, hosted a College Day celebration at the school with several local colleges on hand to enjoy a day of games, events, music and fun - a key word according to CFES staffer Andrea McDonald.

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Hague to honor veterans May 24

The 12th annual Memorial Day parade and funfest will be held Saturday, May 24, with events starting at 10 a.m.

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Where you can find local produce this summer

With small agriculture and local produce markets flourishing throughout the North Country, Adirondack Harvest has announced the location of region farmer’s markets for the 2014 season.

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Regional fencers to compete at Fort Ticonderoga

The 17th Annual Ticonderoga Challenge Outdoor Epee Tournament will take place starting around 10:30 a.m. with competitions for fencers ages 12 and younger along with an open division.

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Putnam CSD prepares for 15-16 with new budget

“We have already consolidated all that we can,” Boucher said. “We are at a minimum to function in our business office, and the comptroller reminds us of that every year. The town already helps us with winter plowing and summer work and our transportation is contracted out. If they ask for past consolidation efforts, then we are fine. If they want anything new, the only thing left is the school.”

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Crown Point CSD budget maintains student activities

Such is the case at Crown Point Central School, where the district’s school board adopted a 2014-15 proposed spending plan that will remain within the state’s tax levy cap of 1.36 percent.

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Moriah CSD within 2.67% tax levy cap

Superintendent Bill Larrow said increases in retirement and insurance coupled with the loss of state aid have made the 2014-15 budget process another long one for he, the business office and the board of education.

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Ti CSD budget process comes over the hill

Something was different about the process of putting together the 2014-15 adopted budget for the Ticonderoga Central School District.

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Breed looks back through the years through the pages of new book

“Sweet Memories,” is a compilation of photography and poems that bring the past of places like Crown Point, Port Henry, Moriah, Mineville, Grover Hills and the Golden Eagles.

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Berggen to speak as part of Honor Society lecture series

The Schroon Lake Central School Honor Society will take a close look at traditional folk music in the Adirondacks with the help of a local artist.

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Stony Creek emergency responders honored

One of the few organizations in the Adirondacks that incorporates both a fire company and and ambulance squad honors a number of its memebers for exemplary service.

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Schroon Lake superintendent resigns

Cites ‘personal medical reasons’

The three-year tenure of Schroon Lake Central Superintendent Bonnie Finnerty is coming to an unexpected end in August.

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IP to benefit from state power program

The New York Power Authority and executives at the Mill joined together to announce a new partnership through the ReCharge NY program, created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to support business growth by providing low-cost power.

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Adirondack Express to get a facelift

The Adirondack Express will look very different when skiers return to Gore Mountain.

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Fort Ticonderoga to celebrate the Spirit of 1776 this summer

Those visiting the historic installment on the shores of Lake Champlain which was the site of numerous key events in the early military history of the country will get a glimpse into the life of American soldiers who occupied the fort during the birth of the Revolution.

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