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Shawn Ryan

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Saranac graduation still celebrates after manhunt announcement

The Saranac High School graduation took place Friday, June 26 at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse, coming just hours after the announcement of the death of Richard Matt, one of the two escaped Clinton Correctional Facility inmates.

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Peru grads encouraged to take risks, spread wings and fly

Peru’s 2015 commencement Saturday, June 27 was all about butterflies.

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Plattsburgh robbery suspects in custody

City and state police descended on Route 3 in Plattsburgh on Friday, when the Glens Falls National Bank in the Plattsburgh Plaza was robbed by a man claiming to have a gun.

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Vet saw combat in two wars, nearly deployed to a third

One war is enough for any man. Curtis Banker nearly fought in three.

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Ice cream time for Oak Street School students

As spring threatens just over the horizon, what better way to celebrate than with a Math Madness Ice Cream Social?

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United Way’s fundraising exceeds goal

The long slog is over; the United Way of the Adirondack Region announced recently that they have not only met, but surpassed their fund raising goal for 2015, raising a total of $725,413.

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‘Biggest Losers’ win big when it comes to weight, health

The term Biggest Loser brings about a host of mental images: sweat, tears and exhaustion.

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Senior helping seniors at Mooers Senior Housing

Senior citizens having to lug their groceries to their second or third floor apartments; that’s been the reality at Watson Memorial Senior Housing in Mooers since their elevator broke down five years ago.

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Willsboro hero Joe Bruno tells WWII tale

Joe Bruno is a Willsboro fixture. About the only time the 95 year old has left his home town was when he was fighting the Germans across the hedgerows and fields of northern Europe.

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Local scouts retooling after Champlain fire

When fire tore through the former St. Mary’s school in Champlain, it took with it more than just memories of a beloved school-house.

Clinton County Civil War Record published

Clinton County’s Civil War history is rich and extensive, and a new two book set produced by the Clinton County Historical Association explores some of that history.

United Way Halfway There

The United Way of the Adirondack Region announced this week that they have just passed the half-way mark of their fundraising goal for this year’s campaign.

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Elmore says things are looking up for shelters’ animals

Spirits are running high at Elmore SPCA this holiday season, and Santa is on his way to lend a helping hand.

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Nurses looking for help in drive for kids

Nurses at the Intensive Care and Step-Down units of UVMHN-CVPH are looking for the public’s help in providing warm hats and mittens for needy area children.

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Gordie Little finds manuscript lost for over a decade

For fans of Gordie Little’s children’s books, good news is on the way. Little recently discovered a manuscript, which had been lost for over a decade.

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Expansion of natural gas lines in store for Plattsburgh

Many Town of Plattsburgh residents received reason to cheer recently, when it was announced that NYSEG will be extending its distribution natural gas to another 1,000 houses and businesses within the town.

Bisso files ethics complaint against Duprey

Karen Bisso, Conservative challenger in New York’s 115th Assembly district, has filed a complaint alleging ethics violations against incumbent Janet Duprey (R, I).

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Renovations bode well for longevity of two local churches

For some area churches, renovations are more a sign of resiliency than one of decay.

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Woolf tours Plattsburgh Housing Authority

Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf’s (D, W) campaign made a swing through the Plattsburgh Housing Authority this week.

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Albany shop to serve mastectomy survivors in P’burgh

When Yankee Medical closed in Plattsburgh this past April, breast cancer survivors in the North Country were left with a dearth of mastectomy apparel suppliers. In fact, it left none.

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“On Home Ground” with three local veterans

For many soldiers, war doesn’t end just because your plane has touched down on home ground.

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Chazy man quietly brings Christmas joy to area children

Santa has at least one elf we know by name, and he works year ‘round in a small garage in Chazy.

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Stefanik meets with North Country businesses

This past week, Elise Stefanik (R, C, I), congressional candidate for New York’s 21st district, spoke at the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business Forum.

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Elmore SPCA helping with AHS animals

Mixed emotions are running through the staff and volunteers at the Elmore SPCA in the wake of the closure of the Adirondack Humane Society (AHS) in Plattsburgh.

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Getting Prepared for Ebola

It’s a small, interconnected world, and many in the North Country are on the edge of their seats watching the progression of both the Ebola and Enterovirus D-68 viruses in the United States.

Many are homeless in the North Country

It may not be readily visible, but many experts agree that there is a homeless crisis in the North Country.

North Country Public Radio opens Plattsburgh bureau

North Country Public Radio (NCPR) is welcoming a new voice to the North Country, along with opening a dedicated news bureau in Plattsburgh.

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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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