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.
Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway met with members of the Denton Publications Editorial Board Oct. 17 to talk about current issues a day after the environmental group released its annual State of the Park report.
Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer said during the Oct. 21 Finance Committee meeting the Certificate of Need had been approved by the New York State Department of Health with an official approval forthcoming.
During their Oct. 21 meeting, committee members voted to seek bids for preparing the 2009, 2010 and 2011 tax sale of properties that are not paid up on property taxes.
This week school officials sent out their second annual School Community Survey to residents of the district. People are asked to complete and return surveys to the district by noon Nov. 8.
The defending Class C champions started their Class B run with a 2-0 win against Northeastern Clinton Oct. 23. After a scoreless first half, Taylor Saltus sent a pair of crosses into the box in the 37th and 55th minutes, finding the feet of Rachel Knapp and Hillary Drake, respectively.
The Beavers scored early thanks to a goal by Harry Joanette in the fourth minute on their way to a 4-0 win over Minerva/Newcomb in the opening playoff round.
AVCS (0-16-0), the sixth seed in the Section VII/Class B tournament, suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Hornets, but were able to make several plays that showed how much they were able to improve through the season according to head coach Bob Hamilton.
By a vote of 288-200, voters in the Village of Keeseville have approved the dissolution plan of the municipality. With the result, the village As of Dec. 31, 2014, there will be no more Village of Keeseville.
Students at Keene Central School spent the week of Oct. 7-11 celebrating all things Beavers. While the week included events like spirit and opposite days, it also inspired a communitywide service project.
Sectional pairings set in soccer, football
Voters will go to the polls from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Village Offices (58 Liberty St.) to determine the fate of the Keeseville Dissolution plan, which was accepted by the village board of trustees in July. A “yes” vote will accept the plan and lead to the dissolution of the incorporated municipality on Dec. 31, 2014. A “no” vote will defeat the plan, voiding the previous vote in February that favored dissolution by a tally of 268-176.
Supervisor Sharon Boisen said there would be no referendum on the Nov. 5 general election ballot asking voters to choose between the current three-member assessment board comprised of elected officials or consolidating the department into a sole, appointed position.
Out of the 4,289 images that make up the New York Times “My Hometown” online slideshow, a few may look familiar to residents of Wadhams and Westport. That’s because a pair of Westport Central School seniors, Sarah Looby and John Doyle, submitted their photographs with the help of technology teacher Paul Mudie to the nationwide search for images that, according to the media giant, “create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers.”
Leslie Fleury, RN, of the Chemotherapy and Infusion Unit at ECH, has helped to create a new website and support group to help those dealing with a life-changing diagnosis.
Essex County may be out of the running for one of three casinos planned to be built in New York in the next few years, but Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow believes there is still a way to bring gaming to the region.
During the APA meetings Oct. 10 and 11, the Regulatory Programs Committee first denied an appeal of Sunset Farm, Ltd. owner Daniel Arbour after confusion over the status of the application to use the property as a private airport. The committee then recommended that the application go through a public hearing.
Residents of the town voted 245-148 Oct. 16 in favor of a town resolution eliminating the town justice position currently held by Robert Minogue. That will leave Dan Deyoe as the lone town justice, overseeing cases at the Au Sable Forks Community Center Monday nights.
Jay residents will have the opportunity Oct. 16 to decide whether to keep two town justices or eliminate the position currently up for election. A “yes” vote will eliminate the position, while a “no” vote will keep both justice positions.
Town Supervisor Ed Hatch said the town has started to create a plan to update and repair the wastewater treatment plant, which has been working for almost two decades without a rest.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors officially approved a request from the two towns during its monthly meeting Oct. 7 to contract with Wainwright, a county employee in the Real Property Services Department, to serve as the sole assessor for the municipalities on a one-year trial run.
Because of that, Superintendent Stephen Broadwell has been named the New York State Theatre Education Association’s Administrator of the Year for 2013. He was nominated for the award by fifth grade teacher and Drama Club head Derrick Hopkins.
Mark J. Devlin, 64, and Donna M. Tefoe, 40, of Jay were arrested and charged Oct. 8 with Criminal Sexual Act First Degree (B felony), Sexual Abuse First Degree, (D felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A misdemeanor). The following day in a separate case, Andrew P. Mullin, 47, of Elizabethtown was arrested and charged with Rape First Degree; Forcible Compulsion (B felony) and Acting in a Manner to Injure a Child Under the Age of 17 (A misdemeanor).
An AuSable Valley night that started as a chance to give back turned into a win for the ages on the Patriots volleyball court Oct. 3.
Taking care of 26 horses can be an expensive proposition, one that members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors debated during its Oct. 7 regular board meeting.