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Sofia concert to benefit Children’s Hospital

A local singer/songwriter will be taking the stage in Vermont Saturday, Jan. 31, joined by a fellow musician who has hit it big as one of the writers of several chart-topping hits .

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Angel of Hope dedicated in Port Henry

 It’s not the completion of a goal, but may be perhaps one of the biggest steps in the realization of what the family of the late Brian Carpenter have been working towards since his death in August of 2005.

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Essex County supervisors back editorial

 The 18 members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support and editorial written by the editorial board of this newspaper.

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Vermont Gas asks for delay in pipeline planning

The company planning to bring natural gas to International Paper has asked a Vermont agency to delay technical hearings.

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Vandalism spree hits Hague, Bolton

 Judy Stock first heard about a spree of vandalisms while she was at a meeting two days after the alleged Dec. 13 incidents.

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ACAP after school program gets Adk. Marathon funding

The after school program at Schroon Lake Central School has seen some ups and downs over the past couple of years.

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Lakes to Locks receives EDC funding for geotourism efforts

Lakes to Locks Passage, based out of Crown Point, has received $153,000 to help support its geotourism initiative.

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Cheever fire claims two

Stephen A. Welch, 50, and Barry Raymond, Jr., 28, were killed in the blaze, which happened at Welch’s mobile home on 4818 Route 9N with a call coming into Essex County 911 at 5:25 a.m.

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Ticonderoga receives infrastructure improvement funding

The town has received a pair of awards from the state of New York to help improve an aging infrastructure.

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Fort Ticonderoga receives state funding through NCREDC

Fort Ticonderoga received a pair of awards through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council to add to their programming and bring budding historians on board through a fellowship program.

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Moriah Elementary students celebrated for '25 book club'

It was a big day for second grader Payton Gangi, a culmination of hard work and dedication, taking the extra time to sit down at home and read a good book.

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Moriah basketball teams make strong statement in Div II openers

The Moriah girls and boys varsity basketball teams made their case known for repeating as the Section VII/Class D champions in 2014/15.

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Moriah receives funding for water line improvement

Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said money awarded through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council will help to renovate a “miss-mash” of lines that run water to residents on Mountain Spring Road.

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Crown Point to end ambulance service?

The town of Crown Point may soon be without an ambulance service, which has the town supervisor concerned.

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Moriah family focused on helping others after lawsuit win

“We wanted to seek justice for our son (Joshua) and we wanted to hold a large company like that accountable,” Lori Drake said. “But we really wanted to raise awareness for families where they may be considering something like this as a treatment for their children or themselves. We are hoping we can get away from the monetary part.”

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CV-Tech class helps to create new home for High Peaks Hospice

Members of two classes as the Champlain Valley Educational Services Mineville campus have been putting their classroom learning to real-life application, working to build and landscape the future of High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Schroon receives funding through NCREDC

The town received a pair of awards through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and Essex County.

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Historic bell restoration earns Moriah eighth grader Girl Scout honor

Those entering the main office at Moriah Central School this year have noticed small bell towers on their right as they make their way into the school.

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Crown Point gallery hosting works by NCCC students

 The new Crown Point Art Gallery is hosting the works of North Country Community College students over the winter months.

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Moriah teachers, students break out the ugly sweaters

The “ugly sweater party” craze has gained in popularity in the past few years, now becoming a fundraiser at Moriah Central School.

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Schroon Lake Central set for Superintendent search

After a public hearing on the matter, members of the school board met Dec. 2, and Dec. 8, to discuss the timetable for hiring a new Superintendent of Schools.

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Moriah Central changes holiday concert, senior dinner dates

Events will start with the annual senior citizen dinner at the school, starting at 4 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m. The event was moved from its originally scheduled day of Tuesday, Dec. 9.

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Vergennes top officer highlights K-9 program successes

Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns recently presented his plan to bring in a K-9 unit using leftover funds from 2014 along with budgeted funds for 2015. He said when looking into the possibly of bringing a dog onto the force, Vergennes was the main town he researched.

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Ticonderoga announces early dismissal with storm approaching

Ticonderoga Central School District officials have announced school will be closing early Tuesday, Dec. 9, as a storm system expected to drop several inches of snow makes its way north.

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IP grants $12 K to St. Mary’s School

Through its company-wide granting program, International Paper Ticonderoga Mill has given a big boost to the St. Mary’s School rebuilding fund.

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Local boys hoops teams start strong

Schroon Lake, Moriah sweep in tournaments, Ti splits

The winter sports season has begun, and a couple of Class D boys basketball squads have made very strong statements in their first couple of games.

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Moriah elementary students show gratitude for grandparents over breakfast

For the second year, the elementary wing of the school hosted a grandparents/grandfriends breakfast.

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Crown Point urges residents to fill out surveys for water district funding

One way or another, the town of Crown Point is going to have to replace the water main lines in parts of its current system, some of which date back to 1890. The question is, how much do people want the estimated $5.98 million project to hurt their pocketbooks and wallets.

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Five years later, Morette family continues to grieve, look for answers

2009 accident claimed life of A.T. Morette

Morette, who was 60 at the time of his death, was an avid runner and community pillar in Ticonderoga. He was allegedly hit by a tractor-trailer truck at around 5 a.m. near the intersection of Route 22 and Shore Airport Road in the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2009. The case remains unsolved.

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Natural Food Co-op to continue fundraising

After a back-and-forth on the future of the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op, organizers have decided there is enough interest to keep their push going into spring.

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Small Business Saturday returns to Ti

For the fifth year, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has joined in the nation-wide Small Business Saturday Program.

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Ticonderoga cuts two highway dept. positions from final budget

Despite an impassioned plea by the President of the workers union for the Ticonderoga Highway Department, two positions were cut as part of the adopted 2015 budget for the town.

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Ticonderoga area turns out to support IP pipeline

Adirondack Council also backs proposed plan

While government leaders had already thrown their support behind the idea of a natural gas pipeline crossing Lake Champlain from Vermont to International Paper - Ticonderoga Mill, they received the backing of the largest environmental watchdog in the Adirondack Park.

Fourteen Vikings, Sentinels make football all star team

Seven members of the Moriah Vikings and Class D champion Ticonderoga Sentinels were given all star nominations by the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference for the 2014 football season.

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Essex Industries celebrates 40 years

Essex Industries, which is operated through Mountain Lake Services, invited the community into its Pilfisher Road site to show off their work and workers. It focuses on producing high-end canoe seats and canoe accessories, cedar picnic tables, camp stools, novelty cutting boards and pizza peels, with annual contract sales of approximately $1 million with customers from around the globe.

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Ti runners compete at State Championships

A pair of Section VII runners were able to score podium finished while the Seton Catholic Lady Knights and Lake Placid Blue Bombers ranked high in the Class D races at the NYSPHSAA cross country championships at SUNY Canton Nov. 8.

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Missed water project deadline leads to EPA warning

The report, issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stated Ticonderoga had failed to provide proper treatment for Cryptosporidium at its Gooseneck Pond source, a single-celled protozoan parasite commonly found in lakes and rivers, especially when the water is contaminated with sewage and animal waste. 

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Ticonderoga chops down Lumberjacks to advance to D regional finals

The Ticonderoga Sentinels had 2:26 in time of possession during the second quarter of its Nov. 8 Class D regional semifinal playoff against Tupper Lake. In that time, they scored 21 points.

Peru’s quick-strike offense cruises past Franklin Academy

Peru 59, Franklin Academy 6

It took the Peru Indians a total time of 1:48 seconds with the ball to make their statement against Franklin Academy Nov. 8.

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Christopher Chevrolet to host re-opening event to showcase new look

 Christopher Chevrolet will officially re-open their doors to the community Thursday, Nov. 13, to show off their new look at the Ticonderoga dealership.

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Bulwagga Bay restoration work at completion

Thanks to grant funding of approximately $300,000 and for $500,000, Moriah in now at the final stages of reclaiming the lake shore and making improvements to the town-owned campground and beach.

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Calligraphy class to be offered at Schroon Lake Public Library

The beginner calligraphy classes will take place at the library on Thursday, Nov. 20; Thursday, Dec. 4; and Thursday, Dec. 11. The class will take place from 1 until 2 p.m. each day, with pre-registration required by Nov. 13, as the class will be limited to 15 participants.

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Chazy boys return to Middletown

The Chazy Eagles punched their ticket to the NYSPHSAA Class D Final Four with a 3-0 win over Section X's Lisbon Nov. 7.

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Chateaugay girls end Chazy's season in regional final

In a game that saw few opportunities on frame, the Chateaugay Lady Bulldogs were able to find the difference maker in the first 10 minute overtime for a 2-1 win against Chazy Nov. 7 to advance to the Class D final four.

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Well Gage-d: Ducatte nets game-winning PK for Chazy

In what has become the annual matchup between arguably the two best coaches in Class D boys soccer, McAuliffe and the Chazy Eagles again claimed the Section VII/Class D boys soccer championship with a 0-0, 5-3 penalty kick win against Buehler and his first-year Elizabethtown-Lewis/Westport Griffins.

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Defense wins second straight Class D title for Chazy girls

The Eagles dominated the sectional playoffs, allowing only one shot from an opponent in the 67th minute of the final game. The shot was not on goal.

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Lady Mountaineers ready for Class D title game despite injuries

“In the two practices that we will have before tomorrows game I have been working on preparing my team mentally,” Mountaineer head coach Candice Gereau said. “We know we have been riddled with injuries, but we have continued to fight and play hard, getting us to this final game.”

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Ticonderoga’s strong second half leads to Class D football title

Tied at halftime, the Ticonderoga Sentinels scored 24 points in the final 24 minutes of play to claim the Section VII/Class D title with a 30-6 win over rival and two-time defending champion Moriah Oct. 31.

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‘Champ-o-Saurus’ debuts with familiar faces

Community members here packed the Moriah Central School auditorium Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 to see the latest movie premier from the collaborators behind “Mineville.”

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Ti, Moriah prepare for annual sectional final showdown

The annual renewal of rivalry between the Ticonderoga (5-3) and Moriah (4-4) varsity football teams once again takes the stage at AuSable Valley High School with the Section VII/Class D title on the line.

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