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Shawn Ryan

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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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It takes many crossroads to make a musical landscape

Plattsburgh’s music community cannot be painted with a broad brush. It would be hard even to paint the music landscape on one mural.

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Adk Young Professionals seek new members

The North Country has long had a problem attracting and retaining young professionals into the ranks of its business class.

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Probation and fine only for Northern Puppies couple

On consecutive days last week, Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers handed out nearly identical sentences to Michael and Tammy Staley for their roles in the Northern Puppies abuse and abandonment cases from last summer.

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Northern Puppies saga ends in probation, fine

As he did just 24 hours before, Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers ignored the pleas of Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx, and sentenced one of the principals of the ‘Northern Puppies’ saga to probation and a fine, avoiding any jail time for the former pet store owner at the heart of one of the more gripping animal abuse cased in recent Clinton County memory.

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Staley gets probation in puppy abandonment case

Michael Staley avoided jail time in his puppy abandonment case, over the impassioned pleas of Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx.

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Peru man one of only 249 to receive Legion of Honor ribbon

Napoleon Light went to Europe, he says, by rail — hugging the rail of one of the three transport ships that brought 15,000 American soldiers to England to prepare for D-Day, wracked by sea-sickness.

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Local orthotist/prosthetist helps to equip adaptive athletes

When it comes to sporting equipment for handicapped athletes, there are very few places in the country where you can find an expert in the field. One of those very few places is right here in the North Country.

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Scholarship supports CVPH nurses’ continuing education

Since 2010 the Foundation at CVPH has been helping to finance continuing education for registered nurses through a special in-house scholarship.

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Local man helps equip adaptive athletes

When it comes to sporting equipment for handicapped athletes, there are very few places in the country where you can find an expert in the field. One of those very few places is right here in the North Country.

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Bill Owens not running for re-election

With little fanfare, Representative Bill Owens’ (D-NY 21) office issued a press release Tuesday announcing that he will not be seeking re-election for the Assembly seat he currently holds.

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New director at War of 1812 museum

The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, will be ringing in the New Year with a new museum manager.

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Disabled athletes to compete in Empire State Games

The only difference between them and other athletes is the gear.

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Ellenburg Town Clerk retires after 44 years

The last time Ellenburgh had a town clerk other than Thelma LaBombard, Richard Nixon was in the White House, gas cost 35 cents a gallon, and a dozen eggs could be had for 62 cents.

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Red Kettle campaign comes up short

It seemed like it was going to be a good year for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, right up until the final tally.

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SWEARING IN

Pburgh ushers in new mayor

Jim Calnon was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh on Jan. 1, and he’s doing his best to hit the ground running. He was administered the oath of office at the auditorium in City Hall by Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers.

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Plattsburgh music scene at a crossroads?

The area music scene might just be standing at an important crossroads. Where it goes from here may well be in the hands of a few motivated individuals, with a vision for a rejuvenated Downtown.

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Local runner hopes to inspire others

Kimberly Davis has been running for a cause since 2006, and she hopes to inspire others to do it with her this year.

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Fatal snowmobile accident in Champlain

On December 29, State Police in Chazy investigated a fatal snowmobile accident in the town of Champlain.

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NCCCA offers art class scholarships

The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts offers classes in a wide ranging selection of the arts, and they have several resources to make those classes accessible, even to those who couldn’t normally afford them.

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Army nurse bucked the system to serve

Dorothy LeClair just wanted to serve her country, so much so that she was willing to quit her nursing job to avoid being categorized as “essential.”

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Lake City Books gives books, owner a second chance

There’s a new place to shop for books in Plattsburgh, and for the owner of Lake City Books, it’s something he seems like he was born to do.

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Mooers students in the spirit of Christmas giving

Students at Mooers Elementary have given up their tradition of exchanging gifts, and instead have worked for weeks to raise food for the local food pantry.

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Former Marines shave their heads for a good cause

Whenever a bunch of Marines get together on a Friday night, someone might just end up with their head shaved.

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‘Tabletop Cooking’ about more than a good meal

At the North Country Center for Independence, clients gather twice a week to learn methods of adaptive cooking for the handicapped, but it’s about much more than that.

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LOCAL FLAVOR -Latitude 44 Bistro Mac and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Pancetta

Plattsburgh area, and it’s due in equal parts to Chef David Allen’s cooking experience, and his youthful energy and ability to make people feel like they are at home in his restaurant.

SUNY sexual assault allegation leads to multiple other arrests

Plattsburgh city police are reporting that in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 a female SUNY Plattsburgh student reported to her friends on campus that she was possibly drugged and sexually assaulted at the AXP fraternity house, 147 Brinkerhoff Street.

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Livingoods re-opens at former Crickets location in Peru

Livingoods Restaurant is open for business, and work on an upcoming brew pub is pressing ahead rapidly.

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Buffalo Wild Wings to open in Plattsburgh

The long awaited opening of Buffalo Wild Wings in Plattsburgh will take place on Monday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m..

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Annual Chazy Central Holiday Concert to be held Dec. 8

The annual Chazy Central Rural School music department holiday Concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium.

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“Mood and Memory Clinic” opens in Plattsburgh

After opening and operating the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center at Plattsburgh State University for over two decades, Dr. Taher Zandi is moving into private practice.

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