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Keith Lobdell

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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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Crown Point looks to further work on new justice court

The facility, located in the Knapp Senior Center, was recently opened for town court. Supervisor Charles Harrington said the town has continued to look for justice court grant applications to help improve the facility.

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Adirondack Distance Festival readies for big weekend with national honor

The 18th edition of the festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, in the towns of Schroon Lake and Chestertown.

Ticonderoga defense, zone read down Moriah in round 1

On Sept. 19, it was Garrison Hughes' turn to run the zone read himself as the Ticonderoga Sentinels used it to spur a pair of big drives en route to a 31-0 win over rival Moriah.

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Peru rallies in fourth to defeat Ticonderoga

A wet field and confident Ticonderoga squad held the Peru Indians at bay for three quarters of their Sept. 13 football game.

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Ticonderoga Central shifts administrative chairs

There were some new faces and some old in new places as the 2014-15 school year started for the Ticonderoga Central School District.

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Crown Point Central celebrates history of town, success of school

A school-wide field trip was held Sept. 5, taking students to the Penfield Homestead Museum for a day of learning and celebration as the school was named a College for Every Student (CFES) School of Distinction for the fifth straight year.

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New faces featured for Ausable Valley Central School Patriots in 2014

Coach Heith Ford has a lot of different faces looking back at him as he calls the plays during preseason practices.

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New St. Mary’s set to open Monday

Parents, teachers and community members came to St. Mary’s Church Sept. 9 committed to move forward after having their hearts broken by the Sept. 5 fire at their school.

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One-Eye Classic offers a day of cycling in Schroon area

The third annual Lance Gregson 1-Eye Classic will take place Sunday, Sept. 14, with all rides starting and ending at the Schroon Lake Town Beach on Leland Ave.

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St. Mary’s staff starts to pick up pieces

While there is only one major scar on the outside of St. Mary’s School, inside the walls is a scene of destruction and devastation.

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Ti Police lead agency in St. Mary's investigation

Chief Mark Johns has announced the fire has officially been deemed as suspicious and the investigation is in the early stages.

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Community rallies behind St. Mary’s School

“It has been phenomenal,” Father Kevin McEwan said of the support he has received less than 24 hours after the fire was first reported. “So many have reached out and said whatever you need, we will work with you to make it happen.”

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St. Mary’s leadership to hold meeting on school’s future Sept. 9

McEwan has announced there will be a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, in St. Mary’s Church at 7 p.m. to discuss what will happen to continue the education of the children.

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St. Mary’s School victim of fire

Two days after the celebration that comes with the start of a new school year, a fire with multiple points of origin has laid claim to St. Mary’s School.

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Ticonderoga blanks Saranac

Friday’s game against the Ticonderoga Sentinels was an eye opener for the Saranac Chiefs.

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Fans have high expectations for new merged BCS-WCS girls soccer team

Loaded with talent and athleticism, a merged Bolton-Warrensburg girls soccer team begins their debut season — and area sports fans expect exciting action.

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Ticonderoga hit by regional con artist, forger

According to Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns, 34-year old Sarah M. Wilbur of Sudbury, Vt., was in Ticonderoga around Aug. 12, soliciting funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Two seek vacant school board seat in SLCS special election

Two people will seek to be the next member of the Schroon Lake Central School Board of Education when district voters go to the polls Tuesday.

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Interim James Polunci leads Schroon Lake into new school year

The day after James Polunci retired from his superintendent’s post at Edmeston Central School, he was offered his first interim position.

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Local singer makes it past preliminary auditions for ‘Idol’

Alyssa Rodriguez of Hague recently auditioned in a second round before the show producers, with the chance to make the television show on the line.

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Rathbuns close up shop on 74-year Ti staple

Rathbun’s Jewelry, which has been holding a “retirement sale” for the past several weeks, will close Saturday, Aug. 30. “It is kind of bittersweet,” Nancy Rathbun said. “I feel we bring a lot of people into the downtown area and that is why we would like to see a retail store back here.”

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Ticonderoga water project now fluid

The Ticonderoga administrator said the town and contractor signed to drill the Streetroad well, The Layne Christensen Co., have resolved issues over a February malfunction and work will resume soon.

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Residents voice concerns about potential police move

Bill Barnhart and Holly Dixon both spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, stating that they were concerned about rumors that the Ticonderoga Police Department may move from their current home to the Armory.

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Mission accomplished: Strand ready to go digital

The Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake became the eighth of 10 local, community cinemas to reach their goal as part of the Go Digital or Go Dark fundraising program, led by the Adirondack North Country Association and Adirondack Film Society.

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Ticonderoga declares ‘war on rubbish’

The brass in Ticonderoga wants to get more aggressive when it comes to keeping up the appearance of the town, which includes making sure those who own property here but live outside the lines are held responsible for how their place looks.

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McGinness gives back with debut country album

The Moriah and Middlebury native recently released his debut album, “It’s Gonna Be a Good Night,” on iTunes, Google Play and online (joeMcGinness.net) and other digital outlets. His first single, one of six original songs from the album, was released in April, and has sold over 7,000 copies digitally through iTunes, XBox, Amazon and Google Play.

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Saving the Strand

Committee draws near on go digital goal

The Save the Strand Committee recently announced that they are very close to securing the needed funding to renovate the Schroon Lake hamlet theater from a one screen, 35-mm projection system into a modern digital projection facility.

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25 years of folk music to be celebrated in Schroon

The 25th annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Schroon Town Park by the bandstand.

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Ti Police ‘weed’ out village

The department, with assistance from the New York State National Guard, New York State Police and Essex County Sheriff’s, conducted a marijuana eradication sweep Aug. 6 in different parts of town.

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Relay For Life ready for all night carnival

The third annual Crown Point Relay For Life, to support the American Cancer Society, is set to take place starting Saturday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. at the Crown Point Central School and run for 12 hours into the morning of Sunday, Aug. 10.

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Author brings book series to Crown Pt. encampment

Author S. Thomas Bailey will be signing and talking about the first three books in his, “Gauntlet Runner Series,” at the former Fort St. Frederic in Crown Point from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, as part of the annual French and Indian War Encampment.

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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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