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Keith Lobdell

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Lions advance, Eagles, Warriors and Beavers eliminated in Class D

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.

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Janeway talks about State of the Park with Denton board

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.

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Horace Nye to privatize by end of year

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.

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Essex County to seek help for tax sale preparations

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.

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ELCS sends out annual survey

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.

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Lady Patriots defeat Cougars in Class B quarters

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.

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Keene advances to Class D quarterfinals

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.

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AVCS ousted in boys Class B playoffs

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.

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Keeseville village government to dissolve

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.

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Keene students show their spirit through service

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.

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Sectional pairings set in soccer, football

Sectional pairings set in soccer, football

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Dissolution vote in Keeseville Oct. 22

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.

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No assessor proposition in Essex

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.

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Westport students featured in national photo collection

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.”

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New support group, website aims to bring people dealing with cancer together

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.

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Supervisor proposes land deal for Essex County casino

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.

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APA sends Willsboro airport request to public hearing

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.

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Jay residents approve elimination of justice position

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.

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Vote on justice positions set for Wednesday

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.

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Willsboro looks to solve sewer plant issues

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.

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County finalizes assessor plan for Etown, Westport

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.

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Broadwell earns theater educators award

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.

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Three charged with child sex assault in two cases

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).

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Dig Pink starts as fundraiser, ends in volleyball triumph

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.

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Horse responsibilities debated by Essex County board

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.

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Preston seeks funding for Whiteface Veteran’s Highway repair

Preston is seeking state funding to improve the condition of the roadway, which allows travelers access to the top of the fifth-highest peak in New York state.

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Rolling Mill Hill development discussed in Au Sable Forks

Roger Trancik, of the Adirondack Hamlets 3 project and Urban Design Consultants in Ithaca, led a discussion with residents of Au Sable Forks on how the land could be developed and give residents and option for housing that is not located along the flood plain.

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Schools unite to help fund cancer research

Usually Westport wears blue and Schroon Lake white and red when they meet on the soccer pitch. On Sept. 25, both broke from their traditional uniform colors for something a little more pink.

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Who left Who?

Willsboro disputes departure from CAP program with Westport, Elizabethtown

At issue was the breakup of three towns which had, for the past six years, functioned as one assessing entity under a state Certified Assessment Program (CAP): Westport, Willsboro and Elizabethtown.

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County throws support behind Prop 5

Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors are ready to put their support behind the land swap between NYCO Minerals and the state of New York.

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Vigano leads North Country Catholics in special service

The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano was the principal celebrant at the Solemn Mass for the Year of Faith, held in the 1932 Rink at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

Christmas Angel to be unveiled at Willsboro Healing Garden

The Christmas Angel, marked as the 174th created, will be displayed for the first time during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Healing Garden, located in the Willsboro Memorial Cemetery on Essex Road (Route 22).

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Red Cross partners with emergency service agencies on Run for the Red

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross is taking over the Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval along with several emergency service organizations Saturday, Oct. 5, to help get their message out to the North Country.

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Cross Shores Farm wins Barrantes Cup in polo

During the past few years, Cross Shores Farm, home of the Adirondack Polo Club, has brought the sport of polo to the town of Westport.

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Four honored with induction to Westport Wall of Distinction

Family, friends and members of the Westport Central School community joined together Sept. 14 as the second Wall of Distinction induction ceremony and dinner added four new names.

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Patriots fall to Indians, prep for Saranac Lake short-handed

While they were able to come away relatively pain free, it was one penalty during the Indians’ 47-7 victory that will change the game plan heading into their Class C matchup with Saranac Lake scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Chesterfield dedicates flagpole on anniversary of 9/11

A new flagpole now displays the American flag at the Chesterfield Town Hall.

Elizabethtown Sewage design at center of lawsuit

Town: we have not been served, continue to negotiate

A lawsuit over payment for design work on a sewage treatment system is the latest firestorm between the current and former administrations in Elizabethtown.

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AVCS welcomes new members to Hall of Fame

Three of the four newest inductees to the AuSable Valley Hall of Fame took their place at the 50-yard line Sept. 20 in Clintonville.

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APA approves Barber campground expansion in Westport

Members of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners Friday, Sept. 13 unanimously approved a permit for the expansion of the Barber Homestead Park campground in the town of Westport.

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Coming back: Big Tupper to open for 2013-14 ski season

The Board of Directors for ARISE announced Sept. 13 that they plan on re-opening Big Tupper Ski Area for the 2013-2014 ski season.

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Jay prepares for referendum on justice position

The town will hold a permissive referendum Wednesday, Oct. 16, with polling from noon until 8 p.m. at the Town of Jay Community Center on (11 School Lane in Au Sable Forks) and the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre (12 Parkside Drive, Jay).

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Taste of Local Festival draws vendors, crowds

Thirteen vendors from around the region offered visitors to the Adirondack History Center Museum’s Taste of Local event Sept. 14.

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Three players, one team to be added to AVCS Hall of Fame

The 1979-80 boys varsity basketball team will join three new members of the Hall of Fame in ceremonies that will be held Friday, Sept. 20, during halftime of the AuSable Valley varsity football team’s home game against Peru.

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Essex County primaries set party fields for November

Several candidates received the party blessing of their constituents with the results of the Sept. 10 primary held throughout Essex County.

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Patriots enter matchup against Indians on winning note

For the AuSable Valley Patriots, one win, Sept. 13 against Plattsburgh High, put an end to an 11-game skid and gave the team a shot of momentum heading into a pair of very tough match-ups in the next two weeks.The AuSable Valley Patriots varsity football team will host the team many believe to be the top in Section VII Friday night, as the Peru Indians come to town on Hall of Fame night.

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Pair of towns seek county assessors

In May, Connell presented a resolution to the board that would have authorized a contract between the county and the towns of Westport, Elizabethtown and Willsboro for assessor services. After some debate, the resolution was tabled.

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Flyers to train on Lake Placid ice

The Philadelphia Flyers will host a team “bonding camp” starting Thursday, Sept. 19, at the home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

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Horace Nye transfer nears the finish line

DOH Council to make final determination Oct. 3

The New York State Department of Health’s Planning Committee voted Sept. 12 to approve the Certificate of Need transfer from the county to the New York-based company, moving the process on to the full Planning Council.

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Vigano to lead Catholic Solemn Mass in Lake Placid

The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States for the Roman Catholic Church will be in Lake Placid at the end of this month to lead a special mass.

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