Youth in grades 3-6 will have the chance to take to the court starting this Saturday with the beginning of another Essex County Youth Bureau basketball season.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed his fiscal hand two days prior to the annual State of the State address Jan. 6, proposing a two-year property tax free for residents as long as their political leaders keep budget increases within the state’s tax levy cap. Under his proposal, tax credits would be given to residents of any municipality where the government stays within the cap in the next two fiscal years which would, in essence, freeze their tax rate.
Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors approved the use of $128,000 from fund balance to operate the currently county-owned facility in Elizabethtown for another month during its Jan. 6 Organizational Meeting.
The Jay Supervisor was unanimously elected to serve an unprecedented fifth term as the boards chairman, with vice chairman Bill Ferebee of Keene being re-elected as well.
Supervisor David Blades said the town has scheduled two more Comprehensive Plan Committee meetings to be held Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Town Hall before moving forward with a draft plan for the public to weigh in on.
The school recently earned membership into the No Excuses University Network of Schools, an organization that strives to build a bridge for all students to attend college as it begins promoting a comprehensive college readiness model starting in pre-kindergarten. Keeseville Elementary is only the second school in the state to earn membership.
Combined, the Keene varsity girls and boys basketball teams have started the season 10-1, with the girls opening Northern Basketball League Division III play with a perfect 4-0 record and the boys team starting season 6-1 overall and 5-0 in Division III.
A public referendum will be held for district voters Thursday, Feb. 6, from noon until 8 p.m. in the school lobby to consider a pair of propositions that would lead to the purchase of two new buses.
Organizers of the eighth annual First Night celebration here have outlined the list of talent and venues that will be available to party-goers on New Year’s Eve.
Whalen scored 14 points of her team’s 22 points in the second quarter, the final three coming on a wing jumper that gave her 1,002 career points. The Lions then cruised to a 60-30 victory to up their record to 5-2 as Whalen finished with a career-high 31 points.
Members of the board voted 10-8, or 1,758 to 1,163 in weighted voting, to approve the 2014 spending plan with a tax levy that represents a 13.35-percent increase over the 2013 levy of $16,461,016. The board voted earlier this month to override the New York State tax levy cap.
Luis Perez, Dillon Goodrow and Autumn LaBrake, recently presented a check for $196 to Cindy Murphy of the M&M Diner in Au Sable Forks to go towards the annual Jay and Black Brook town toy drive.
As was the case with soccer in Section VII, the Mountain and Valley and Champlain Valley Athletic conferences have gone away in basketball, being replaced with the Northern Basketball League.
Jay Supervisor and current county chairman Randy Douglas recently announced he would again seek the top position which he has held for the past four years. Douglas also threw his support behind Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee to serve for a second year as vice chairman.
In the past week, the Olympic Regional Development Authority has announced the signing of two new hosting contracts for the National Collegiate Athletic Associations (NCAA) Division III hockey championships and the Division I skiing title meets.
That is what four members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors felt made the difference in the Adirondack Park Agency’s Dec. 13 land classification of four parcels of land purchased by the state of New York from the Nature Conservancy, who had previously bought the same tracts from Finch and Pruyn.
Supervisor Sharon Boisen asked for a resolution during the Dec. 16 Finance Committee meeting to allow the town of Essex to purchase a property located at 288 School Street from Essex County for the cost of back taxes in the amount of $41,950.32.
The North Country REDC was named as a Top Performer awardee Dec. 11 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, receiving $81.3 million as part of round three of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Members of the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners moved the classification recommendations on four parcels of land purchased by the state of New York from the Nature Conservancy, who had previously bought the same tracts from Finch and Pruyn.
Students in both of Terry Crowningshield’s advanced art classes spent Monday, Dec. 9, putting together 22 panels, made individually, into a sole landscape to hang in the hallways.
Members of the two local NY Rising Communities Reconstruction Program met recently to talk about their early work.
The idea to forgive $16,933.01 in back property taxes and turn a portion of the former Frontier Town land to North Hudson was first presented in committee meetings Nov. 18, with discussion continuing during the Nov. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting.
The board offered a resolution of appreciation to David Johnston at its Dec. 2 meeting, who had been the inmate GED instructor at the Essex County Correctional Facility for the past 10 years before announcing his retirement.
Hospital CEO Rod Boula said they would be hosting an open house on the program Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. for youth between the ages of 14-21 in the surrounding school districts of Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport, Moriah and Willsboro.
Willsboro varsity sports teams are turning to plenty of new faces as they begin play in the 2013-14 Northern Basketball League seasons as well as the CVAC bowling schedule.
The Westport varsity boys and girls basketball teams return all 10 payers that started between the two squads in 2012-13, looking for their experience to be a key in the new Northern Basketball League.
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.”
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.
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.
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.