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Keith Lobdell

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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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Young sisters raising cash to help others in Adks and overseas

Two young girls are holding a fundraiser Saturday May 3 at a Wevertown church to help Adirondack families in need — as well as others overseas.

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Crown Point Chamber growing

The Crown Point Chamber of Commerce is looking to a golden number in the coming months.

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Local produce options discussed

Members of the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op talked about options to bring a marketplace for fresh, local produce to town.

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Bringing ‘Carol’ back to life

Citizens in northern Warren County are seeking to breathe life back into the Carol Theatre here, as they seek guidance from Jonathan Newell, who is has established a lively venue in Hudson Falls for emerging musicians, and is now leading a crusade to restore the Strand Theater there.

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Floating Classroom earns national merit

The Floating Classroom, run by the Lake George Association, has won a 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Quality Award. The award was presented during ceremonies held April 23.

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Local rabies clinics announced for 2014

As the weather is more conducive to outdoor activity for humans and their pets, the Essex County Public Health Department wants to make sure all are protected against rabies.

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GOP’s pick for Gov. appears in North Country

Rob Astorino, the presumed Republican candidate for Governor, met with constituents at the brewery and restaurant and spoke to them about why he should be elected to the top administrative position in the Empire State.

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Vrooom! North Hudson to celebrate car tradition May 3

The seventh annual North Hudson Classic Car Cruise-in and Dragway Reunion will take place Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Hudson firehouse.

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Angel of Hope committee to meet

A Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope project committee meeting will be held Saturday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. at LightWorks Reiki, 4326 Main Street.

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Fundraisers planned for Best Fourth in the North

 A spaghetti dinner and coin drop have been planned to help pay the expenses for the Ticonderoga celebration of independence.

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Rachael Ray captivates audience at local show, raising cash for her alma mater

The internationally renowned celebrity chef and talk-show host works her magic at Lake George High School — and her annual fundraiser for her alma mater is appreciated by the crowd and school officials.

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Boat washing program set for May debut

Those wanting to learn more about the new boat washing program on Lake George can visit a new website created through the Lake George Park Commission.

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15 years of baseball basics: celebrating the Ti Tee Ball League

Whether they grew up to become Mike Trout or Mike from accounting, almost anyone who ever played the game of baseball started out with a bat and a tee.

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Ashley Sofia helps CPCS freshmen with concert

Ashley Sofia, daughter of Crown Point teacher Margaret Polihronakis, performed a set of songs of her debut album, “Love and Fury,” at the school April 3 to help raise funds for the Class of 2017.

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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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