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Shaun Kittle

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A flight to honor veterans

North Country Honor Flight transports vets to WWII memorial.

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Eye on Business: Aleka’s restaurant

The food at Aleka's in downtown Plattsburgh is more than a meal—it’s a celebration.

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Formula 5 to return to the Monopole this Friday

Hit the Monopole this weekend for some Formula 5.

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League of Women Voters tout campaign finance reform

LWV to make a case for campaign finance reform in New York State.

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Folk music with a twist at the Koffee Kat

This Saturday, four acoustic acts will perform a punk-infused spin on folk and bluegrass music at the Koffee Kat.

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Meet local farmers at this year’s Food from the Farm

Farm to Table will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the Plattsburgh City Gym.

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Eye on Business: Kidstructive Fun

Every once in a while a great white shark gets loose in the Champlain Center Mall in Plattsburgh and gracefully swims through the air, delighting unsuspecting observers. There is no danger present; the creature is merely a rare species of floating shark, an inhabitant of a toy store called Kidstructive Fun. Clearly, this isn’t your average toy store. There are no blinking lights, no buzzing noises and no video games to greet visitors.

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Callanach to perform at Upper Jay Art Center

Celtic rock band Callanach will perform at the Upper Jay Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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Artist Gharan Burton: Artassination and the abstract human form

The work of a local artist is on display at the ROTA gallery.

A night on the town in Plattsburgh

Last Saturday, my fiance and I decided it was time to take a break from our busy schedules and enjoy a night out.

Rotary Club of Champlain-Rouses Point has a legacy of helping

Every Thursday morning, the Rotary Club of Champlain-Rouses Point meets at Sandy’s Deli in Rouses Point to discuss their next project. The club is part of a much larger entity, Rotary International, whose 1.2 million members make it the largest service organization in the world.

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Clayton Campbell: Inspiring others

Clayton Campbell wants people who view his art to walk away feeling inspired. Creating art, he said, is a privilege, and something everyone has inside them. “If you leave here with something you didn’t have before, some exchange is happening,” Campbell said. “I feel like it’s inert without a viewer. It’s not living if no eyes ever see it.”

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Big Apple Audio settles into a new home

What some might have seen as an eyesore, Billy Ferris saw as an opportunity. For about 11 years, Ferris has owned and operated Big Apple Audio, a one-stop shop for all things audio and video in the automotive world.

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Student delegates selected

Two student delegates from the North Country were selected to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference from April 14-17. The delegates, one from Clinton County and one from Essex County, will be Nate Casey of AuSable Valley Central School and Katie Woltner of Keene Central School.

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North Country Auto Glass & Trim Shop

Eye on Business

When Johnson’s Auto Glass and Trim Shop closed Oct. 26, Kevin Bushey and Trevor Gillespie decided it was time to open a shop of their own.

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Adirondack-inspired art at Soul Roots

Rachel King sat in Soul Roots Studio, carefully bending a thin strip of sterling silver into the shape of a lotus petal. The studio is almost hidden, quietly tucked into the back of the Alpine Mall in Lake Placid. Inside, its earth-tone colored walls are accented by simple, white birch tree silhouettes, and there is artwork displayed everywhere.

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Plattsburgh author prints second edition of “Heart of a Horse”

Katherine Call-Morin has always been a writer.

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Local filmmaker prepares to make third independent film

A local filmmaker is seeking a few good actors and actresses to be a part of his newest independent film, “A Promise Made of Wax.”

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Artist Jenny Curtis: Nature made abstract

Saranac Lake artist Jenny Curtis has a solo exhibition on display at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh.

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Local filmmaker to hold open audition at ROTA

Local filmmaker Jason Torrance is seeking a few good actors and actresses to be a part of his newest independent film, “A Promise Made of Wax.”

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ORDA looking forward to 2013 winter sports season

“We have great weather coming our direction,” ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said during the Dec. 18 ORDA Board meeting at the Olympic Center. “I think it’s important that we go in with enthusiasm.”

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ORDA looking forward to winter season

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is looking forward to a lucrative winter season.

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Farmers market ongoing throughout the winter

Summer is long gone in the North Country, but the Plattsburgh farmers market is still going strong.

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A frack-tastic film showing

A recent showing of the documentary “Gasland” sparked a discussion at the Plattsburgh Public Library.

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Holiday wine tasting tour this weekend

The first-ever event will feature five wineries and one cidery in the Plattsburgh area. Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery in Chazy, Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville, Vesco Ridge Vineyards in West Chazy, and the Champlain Wine Company, Everett Orchards and Elf’s Farm, Winery and Cidermill, all in Plattsburgh, are participating in the tour.

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NCCCA begins weekend holiday art workshops

Ten young artists, 5 to 8 years of age, crowded around a rectangular table in the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, busily putting the final touches on their ceramic cookie plates.

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A frack-tastic film showing

A recent showing of the documentary “Gasland” sparked a discussion at the Plattsburgh Public Library.

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NCCCA begins weekend holiday art workshops

They rolled up their sleeves, rolled out the clay, shaped it and colored it with all of the reds, greens and whites of Christmas. Ten young artists, 5 to 8 years of age, crowded around a rectangular table in the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, busily putting the final touches on their ceramic cookie plates.

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Essex County Board votes to table bed tax

The Essex County Board of Supervisors has decided to place on hold a move to increase the county occupancy tax from 3 to 5 percent.

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Trail review: A new path up an old favorite

Adirondack Bark

The first time I set out to hike Jay Mountain a few years ago I remember thinking that if it hadn’t been for the cars parked along the shoulder of the road, I would have driven right past the beginning of the unmarked, unmaintained trail.

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Local artist creates glass bottle kiln

The crisp November evening was set ablaze by firelight as it passed through hundreds of differently colored bottles.

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Essex County Board of Supervisors proposes a budget to meet the tax cap

Options were debated, votes were held and the Essex County Board of Supervisors made some progress in balancing the county budget at a budget workshop held Nov. 29.

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The Nutcracker comes to Plattsburgh and Lake Placid

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for fans of the show and a labor of love for those who put it together. This year, the North Country Ballet Ensemble performed the popular ballet in Plattsburgh Nov. 23-25 and will perform in Lake Placid Dec. 1 and 2.

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Model train exhibit to open at the Tahawus Lodge

Two trains will make their rounds in the Tahawus Lodge Center this holiday season. The exhibit, which opens Saturday, Dec. 14, will feature two miniature trains running on separate tracks, both chugging past realistic miniature buildings that include a circus tent, wild west town and barn.

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Port Kent artist creates glass bottle kiln

Port Kent artist makes kiln from old glass bottles.

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High Peaks Hospice helps people cope with death and dying

Hospice care isn’t about giving up, it’s about making a decision—a decision that can define how the final days of a person’s life will be lived. 

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Local businesses begin accepting Adirondack Bucks

Anna Busser thinks the key to the survival of the United States is found in small communities.

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The Nutcracker comes to Plattsburgh, Lake Placid

North Country Ballet Ensemble to perform.

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Essex County budget in peril

Essex County officials traded ideas on how to balance the county budget at a meeting on Nov. 19.

Mooers Fire Department receives Bucket Brigade grant

Fire gear only has a shelf life of 10 years. It doesn’t go moldy or stale, but it does begin to offer less protection to the person wearing it.

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Giving a voice to the women of Afghanistan

Non-profit gives Afghan women a voice.

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The winter creep at Point au Roche

Adirondack Bark

Winter comes with little warning in the North Country.

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Taste of Home comes to Plattsburgh

More than 900 people flocked to the Crete Center for a little Taste of Home Nov. 3.

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Stec takes 114th Assembly district

Daniel Stec (R) beat Dennis Tarantino (D), accumulating 27,644 votes to Tarantino’s 20,340, in the race for the 114th Assembly District.

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Public information meeting ambulance

About 30 people attended a meeting Oct. 25 in the Town of Jay Community Center to upgrade the Au Sable Forks Ambulance Service into a 24-hour service.

Two run for Stony Creek Town Board seat

Two candidates are vying to fill an empty seat on the Stony Creek Town Board. John Thomas and John F. O’Neill are running for a seat last held by William Liebl, who retired in June due to health issues after serving on the Stony Creek Town Board for almost two decades.

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Little runs unopposed in 45th District

District drops Hamilton County, adds parts of others

Betty Little (R-Queensbury) is running unopposed for the state’s new 45th Senate District this fall and is seeking a sixth term.

Two faceoff in race for Dannemora Highway Department Superintendent

Lloyd J. Clukey will face challenger Mark A. Siskavich for the post of highway superintendent in the Town of Dannemora Nov. 6.

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Coming of age

Adirondack Bark

When 2-year-old Danika Parent was faced with a 50-foot-high waterfall, she turned to the stone wall behind her and began inspecting a tiny rock fern, common polypody, that was growing from a crack in the gorge.

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Regional transportation forum to be held Nov. 5

A forum to discuss transportation methods that don’t require fossil fuels will be held at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls on Nov. 5.

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