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Shawn Ryan

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SUNY Plattsburgh renovations progress steadily

SUNY Plattsburgh is in the midst of a serious face-lift, and better energy efficiency will be one of the end results of all their work.

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CVPH Emergency a different animal after dark

The night shift staff at the CVPH Emergency Care Center (ECC) may look to the curious visitor more like a busy ant colony than the well oiled medical machine that it ultimately is.

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Schumer stops in Plattsburgh

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer made his second appearance in the North Country in as many months this past week, calling for local support for the Federal Export-Import Bank.

Lighthouse to receive facelift

The iconic Valcour lighthouse is slated for a long-awaited fall face lift.

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World War I kids camp held in Plattsburgh

The Clinton County Historical Association recently hosted a World War I historical camp for youth ages 9 - 14, similar to their yearly Civil War camp.

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Update: One dead in Plattsburgh stabbing, suspect in custody

A suspect is in custody following a fatal stabbing that left one dead in Plattsburgh Sunday night.

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Cats overrunning some North Country towns

There is a cat problem in parts of North Country, and it is threatening to overrunn the handful of animal welfare agencies trying to stem the tide.

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Gubernatorial candidate brings campaign to Plattsburgh

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino rolled into Plattsburgh on Tuesday, July 29 on a hop-scotching tour around New York state, hammering Andrew Cuomo on a scandal rapidly threatening to overshadow his re-election campaign efforts.

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World War II veteran recalls his 17 missions over Germany

Ninety-three year old Earl Morrow sat in a folding chair in the shade cast by the wing of a B-17 bomber, the same type bomber he jumped out of high over Germany in 1944, only seconds before it exploded.

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Wineries set to host summer wine tour in August

Wine lovers rejoice and safely take to the roads.

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Local woman writes of fleeing Europe during WWII

It was like something out of a horrible movie that you know can’t be real, except that it was real.

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Backwoods Pondfest keeps festival tradition alive in Peru

The normally quaint Twin Ponds campsite is gearing up for about 2,000 music lovers to descend on the park for two days of music, camping, culture, art and all around good vibes.

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Ride For the Roof set at Peru Community Church

When it rains, it pours, and when it pours, the roof at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center isn’t keeping it out.

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JCEO Community Action Angel’s Field Day upcoming

JCEO of Clinton and Franklin Counties is geared up for their first ever Community Action Angel’s Field Day at the Cadyville Red Park, July 26.

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Veteran graduates high school 70 years later

When Robert Stoneberger walked across the graduation stage in a bright red cap and gown this past weekend, he finished a journey interrupted over 70 years ago.

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Commencement ceremony held at PHS in wake of deaths

This past weekend, Plattsburgh High School held commencement ceremonies for the class of 2014 in the wake of the tragic loss of two young Plattsburgh High students. One of those students, Taoufik Maknani, was scheduled to graduate at that ceremony.

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A day in the life of a patrol boat officer

Twin Mercury 150 motors rumbled to life, and the 25 foot patrol boat slipped from its berth past millions of dollars worth of sail boats and cabin cruisers, out onto the big lake.

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Two young children die in house fire

Infant clings to life in Boston hospital

Two young children are dead and a third is clinging to life in a Boston hospital following a structure fire at 918 Clintonville Road in the Town of AuSable Tuesday evening.

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JCEO to help feed hungry children

Hungry children struggle in school and suffer all day long.

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Music festival now seeking host families

Organizers of the Lake George Music Festival, a 10-day tenure of concerts that showcases promising young musicians, is seeking families to volunteer to serve as hosts to its 2014 student participants.

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Beer about to flow at Livingoods Restaurant

Big things are brewing at Livingoods restaurant in Peru.

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California native at home on Keeseville farm

The youth movement in local farm-to-table agriculture is continuing in the Champlain Valley, and it’s even drawing motivated young farmers from across the country. At least that is the case at North Country Creamery here.

First Weekends mark first year

June marks the one-year anniversary of First Weekends in Plattsburgh, a grassroots community group formed for the purpose of bringing people to Plattsburgh’s historic downtown business district, and appreciation of the ‘Burgh’s burgeoning art scene.

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Changing of the guard at Miner Museum

A changing of the guard is in the works at Chazy’s venerable Alice T. Miner museum.

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Battle planning

The upcoming Battle of Plattsburgh bicentennial celebration is set to blow all previous years’ commemorations out of the water, quite literally.

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Winter’s wrath

The cold was hard on more than just people

This past winter was an especially tough one even by North Country standards, and it affected more than just the residents of the Adirondack Coast.

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Strides For James fun runs to benefit CCC scholarship

The Miner Institute will be opening its gates and displays May 10, as host of the second annual Strides For James fun runs.

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British anchor finds a home at Plattsburgh’s War of 1812 museum

A mystery of sorts now anchors Plattsburgh’s War of 1812 Museum.

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Clinton County Historical Assoc. readies new exhibits

The Clinton County Historical Association museum has been putting the finishing touches on several long-anticipated exhibits, and they will be opening their doors Saturday April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The mayor's Cup challenge

Plans were unveiled recently for this summer’s 37th annual Plattsburgh Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival.

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Clinton County Historical Assoc. readies new exhibits

The Clinton County Historical Association museum has been putting the finishing touches on several long-anticipated exhibits, and they will be opening their doors Saturday April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Remembering Kodi

The Plattsburgh State community came together Monday, after news that missing student Kodi Kadeem Beckles was found dead in a wooded area just outside the City of Plattsburgh.

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WWII Veteran remembers harsh fight for Okinawa

Merwin Cowles was a farm boy from Adams, N.Y. when he joined the Marine Corps in 1943. Because he was good with machinery from being a farmer, Cowles ended up piloting an “Amtrac” in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater.

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Law enforcement cyclists raise money for Tour de Force

Even as a new wave of snow barrels down on the North Country, current and retired law enforcement officers are already tuning up their bicycles for a summer of riding and fund raising for this summer’s annual Tour de Force ride.

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NY National Guard Counter Drug Task Force wins fed honor

The New York State Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force won national recognition recently from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

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City, Town begin operation ‘Snuggleburgh’

Department heads from both the city and town of Plattsburgh met for several hours to brainstorm on how they can work together to provide better service at lower costs.

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Dr. Kjell Dahlen named Irishperson of the year

It took 56 attempts, but the Royal Order of the Blarney Stone finally chose an Irishperson of the year who has actually lived in Ireland.

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Free Enterprise Marathon held at SUNY Plattsburgh

Dressed in suits and ties, dresses and heels, students from New York and Vermont spoke their way to success in the second annual Free Enterprise Marathon March 7.

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BIG CHANGE FOR KIDS

WOKO’s Big Change Roundup crew brought their whirlwind tour of the North Country to Plattsburgh March 8.

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Forum to address Common Core testing mandates

The North Country Alliance for Public Education is hosting another in a series of public forums on the Common Core education mandates.

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Officials gather for NY Legislative Breakfast

The North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted a standing-room-only crowd of local business people and politicians for their annual New York State Legislative Breakfast Feb. 28.

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Chamber: Business confidence on the rise

The North Country Chamber of Commerce unveiled its annual Issue Survey, which among other things measures levels of business confidence, and the numbers this year remain are strong.

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Navtours sailing away from future city marina project

Confidence is running high within the City of Plattsburgh’s political apparatus that a deal can be brokered on a city marina project in time to have something in the water by summer, but a major player in the process is pulling out.

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The sound of a billion feet ... well, almost

Plattsburgh was part of a world-wide event last weekend, meant to shine light into the dark world of domestic violence.

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Doheny enters NY-21 race

Matt Doheny announced his bid for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat Feb. 19.

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Educator lauded for four decades

Seton Catholic Central Vice Principal Mary Forbes was honored recently for her 40 years as an educator at Seton Catholic Central, and St. John’s Academy before that.

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Center gives kids much needed place to just be kids

Nestled amongst the hulking apartment buildings that make up the core of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, the diminutive Ted K. Center offers a safe retreat for children from the housing authority to play, do crafts, get help with homework, garden, play video games, and just all around be kids.

Woman, man found dead following murder, suicide

At 5:10 a.m. Feb. 10, the Plattsburgh Police Department received a 911 call from a paper carrier on Maryland Road who found a note on the door at 79 Maryland Road reporting a murder suicide.

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Hockey tourney to raise funds for kids charity

Law enforcement officers from two states and two different countries are descending on the village of Rouses Point, but instead of night sticks, they’ll be swinging hockey sticks.

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North Country girl in long struggle for her life from Ecoli

Sierra Reynolds just wants to be like every other kid in her grade...she wants to be healthy.

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