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Stephen Bartlett

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An unfair life and joy of human connections

From the Editor's Desk

As I watched young graduates swimming in their dreams this past weekend, I recalled someone telling me if I need or want something, ask the universe and manifest it.

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Collecting change to make change

Raelyn Passino gazed over the silent wave of blue and white and asked, “Do you remember that first step onto the school bus, kissing mom and dad goodbye?”

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CVES forced to cut more positions

Officials at Champlain Valley Educational Services knew some time ago they would once again be forced to cut positions as local school officials pulled back special education students to save money.

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Author writes about Plattsburgh in new book

The rage that fueled M. Dylan Raskin at 22 is fading, as those sporadic spurts of his signature hostility toward the people he loathed become an increasing rarity.

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District voters approve Plattsburgh School budget

The Plattsburgh City School budget passed by a vote of 952 to 726, but it didn’t come without a price.

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Practicing tough love for angry taxpayers

From the Editor’s Desk

Champlain Valley Educational Services was forced to cut more than 80 positions on top of the nearly 100 that were cut last year as schools pull their special education students back in attempts to save money.

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Annual event to raise money, awareness of scleroderma

BEEKMANTOWN — When doctors diagnosed Wendy Faubert with Scleroderma in 2005 she rushed online, where the Internet told her she had five years to live. “I couldn’t read it after that.”

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Equine program helps kids with disabilities

MORRISONVILLE — She gets the paperwork first and reads through it as a voice in her head whispers, “I can help this person.”

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The successes and mistakes of fatherhood

From the Editor's Desk

I’m 38, Father’s Day is nearly here, and I’ve been reflecting on my kids, wondering who stole my time, why I did this or didn’t do that, and how my actions have impacted them.

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North Country walks to wipe out neurological diseases

Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, chief of the department of neurology at MassGeneral, thinks a cure for ALS is near.

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Attorney General settles with local contractors

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, during his first visit to Plattsburgh since taking office, announced settlements with 47 local home improvement contractors after they were allegedly found in violation of the law.

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All hail pretty conversations please

From the Editor's Desk

Sitting in a local establishment people gather in for snacks, refreshments and socialization, I watched a woman, probably in her 40s, and according to societal standards, pretty, with curly blond hair and a slender physique, engaged in conversation with a quirky, slightly dirty and unattractive man, according to societal standards.

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Law enforcement runs for Special Olympics

They started in Rouses Point, a large group of individuals from law enforcement focused on a sole cause as they stretched their legs in preparation.

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Loss of civility and misguided anger

From the Editor's Desk

At the Memorial Day ceremony I attended, sweat running down my back under the hot sun, the American flag flapping in the wind and a nearby pond smooth as a pane of glass, my thoughts drifted to my daughter’s Opa.

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Superintendent Peter Turner set to leave NCCS for Carthage

Turner’s last day at Northeastern Clinton Central School is June 30.

City voters demolish budget, more cuts coming

Plattsburgh City School officials recently laid off 10 more employees and eliminated a total of 20 positions. Those cuts are on top of roughly $6 million in spending reductions over the past few years, which have cost many jobs and whittled numerous important educational programs, but the public spoke loud and clear, school officials said, destroying the 2012-13 proposed budget (which carried a 5.8 percent tax levy increase) by a vote of 1,365 to 729 on May 15 and demanding further educational cuts.

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Veteran and author speaks at Clinton Community College

From Chazy to Iraq to Veterans Fund event

Schuyler Falls judge steps down amid accusations

Reome, 76, denies wrongdoing, cites health concerns

Faced with an array of accusations of misconduct, Schuyler Falls Town Justice Richard Reome resigned from his post.

Driver hits cows while checking email

A Cadyville man was checking his email while driving when he plowed into a herd of cows, ultimately killing five of the animals.

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Caged for a cause: students raise money for shelter

“You gotta do what you gotta do,” Boe said matter-of-factly, and what he had to do that day was raise awareness of, and money for, the Adirondack Humane Society in Plattsburgh and the thrift shops that support it.

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BHSN opens its new Center for Well Being

“The opportunities here far outweigh the outdated, inadequate building with no green space and limited parking,” Trout said. “This site has 10 acres, so there is plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities.”

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Chazy elementary school gets national recognition

Chazy Elementary School is in the running for a National Blue Ribbon Award.

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Society needs to practice a little more empathy

From the Editor's Desk

President Obama publicly supported gay marriage.

Nova Bus inks deal with Minnesota transit authority, plans to invest in buses fueled by natural gas

Nova Bus is moving ahead with new partnerships, innovations and legislative assistance that will benefit its local operation.

Library director hopeful speaks to public

Plattsburgh Public Library is open to all. “It is the great equalizer,” said veteran librarian Colleen Pelletier, who hopes to replace Stanley Ransom as the library’s director.

Tour of historic sites offered in Chazy on May 12

Bob Cheeseman’s latest adventure will take him through local cemeteries. The Clinton County Historical Association’s program scheduled for May 12 will feature the Chazy Town Historian as he takes participants on an exploration of historic sites in Chazy as part of the Clinton County Historical Association’s partnership with town historians to explore historic venues and cemeteries in Clinton County towns and villages.

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Shine On! Conference turns spotlight on girls’ confidence

Morgan Polhemus knows that models in magazines use a lot of makeup and that photos of them are digitally manipulated. The 10-year-old Momot Elementary School fifth grader gained that insight last weekend at the Shine On! Conference, an overnight event held at the CVPH Wellness Center in Plattsburgh for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls.

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Four dead in Ohio: PSU recalls Kent State shootings

The country has come a long way since the massacres at Kent State and Jackson State, said Plattsburgh State Student Association President Charles Sanchez, but freedom of expression still has a cost, and maintaining your rights — including your ability to challenge authority — requires ongoing effort.

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School’s 21st Century Learning Center morphs into Project CONNECT

A few years ago the federal government awarded Plattsburgh City School a grant intended to make a difference in the lives of students and their families. The result of that grant, the 21st Century Community Learning Center, provides academic enrichment opportunities for children during non-school hours. It was designed to help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. The federal money runs out this June, but the program will continue through a new partnership with Plattsburgh State.

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Civil War re-enactors battle in Beekmantown

John Dodge appreciates the time he spends sleeping under a tent in full Confederate gear.

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Plattsburgh City School voters will decide whether to make more cuts

Tired of gutting their educational system, Plattsburgh City School officials drew a line in the sand. They are turning to the public to find out what the community will support before they make any more budget cuts. “The board drew a line in the sand and was tired of reductions and is asking the community to vote,” Superintendent James “Jake” Short said. “It is the community’s voice and the community’s choice.”

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Digging in at Plattsburgh Community Garden

The Plattsburgh Community Garden was first established at Melissa L. Penfield Park in the City of Plattsburgh. Today, the group has 54 plots between Penfield and the Mary Hulbert Memorial Garden on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.

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March for outdoor seating and electric cars

From the Editor's Desk

Ever drive past Irises and the Pepper on City Hall Place or Olive Ridley’s on Court Street and feel the urge to reach out the window and grab a cheeseburger, perhaps some seared tuna or maybe even a plateful of burritos?

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Monks from India visit Plattsburgh

The monks sat cross-legged, bent at the waist as they created the sand mandala on the ground between them.

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Supermajority needed for zero tax increase

Northern Adirondack Central School’s 2012-13 budget carries no tax-levy increase, yet 60 percent of the voters, or a supermajority, will be required to pass the spending plan.

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Local Knights of Columbus council celebrates 60 years

The Knights of Columbus Father Francis X. Chagnon Council 3525 is celebrating six decades of life.

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We have become a society of enablers

From the Editor's Desk

E-N-A-B-L-E-R-S. Enablers.

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99 Percent takes aim at spring

They gathered to form a local community of people committed to non violent direct action to forge a more just economy.

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Mooers students learn anti-bullying tactics

Bullying triggers empathy in Hannah Hemingway, who wonders how horrific someone’s life must have been to turn that individual into a monster who now terrorizes others.

Spirit Airlines steps up to fill the void

Spirit Airlines is increasing its flights from two to three times weekly between Myrtle Beach and Plattsburgh. The airline, which was recently criticized for distasteful advertising, was already scheduled to start offering two weekly trips in May.

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Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day events continue to grow locally as residents focus on sustainability

Children and adults danced around the room and filtered in and out of the groups gathered to mark the area’s fourth annual Earth Day Celebration.

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Holocaust remembered during commemoration

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the Holocaust Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.

Community gathers to talk recreation and promote area

Luke Cyphers wants to start a dialogue about the many recreational blessings Clinton County residents can enjoy. He and other proponents want to promote what already exists and explore ways to expand recreational opportunities for everyone in the North Country.

Increase sensitivity to women’s issues

Editorial

I sat quietly in the dark, tears streaming down my face as her voice whispered in the blackness.

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Psychologist wants to connect with parents

Kristin McAuliffe, a school psychologist and parent, doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to child rearing.

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Local stores fall victim to the battered economy

The Great Recession continues to leave victims in its wake as a pair of area Wilson Farms stores close their doors at the end of the month.

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Dig uncovers key War of 1812 evidence

Researchers further cement location of Pike’s Cantonment

Doubt hung thick in the air when nails, glass, clay pipes and brick were the only evidence to turn to, but then a bayonet scabbard was found, followed by ammunition and military jacket buttons, offering strong evidence that Pike’s Cantonment had been found.

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Peru seeks to shrink bus costs

A senior consultant spent two days engaging members of the Peru Central School transportation department, bus mechanics, faculty, parents, support staff, administrators and supervisors.

Sixth grade leaves middle school

This year’s fifth graders at Peru will remain in the intermediate school next school year.

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North Country native starts new publication

He’s freelance writing to keep his head above water and applying for jobs, struggling alongside his fellow Americans. He’s also putting out a magazine called the Backwoods Bugler, an alternative newspaper that features odd and wonderful stories of the people and places in the North Country instead of the hard-news statistical dread commonly found in newspapers.

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