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Thom Randall

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Three upcounty athletes awarded All-State basketball honors

A number standout athletes competed in Adirondack League boys basketball this season, and three — including record-shattering athlete Joel Wincowski who led his team to a second state championship — were awarded All-state honors.

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Benefactors talk of No. Country Ministry’s vital mission

An independent agency in northern Warren County is uplifting hundreds of families' lives, and benefactors of the organization talk about its remarkable outreach during its annual benefit gala.

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Bolton water main repaired

Bolton's leaking water main was repaired, but the project involved a lot more than expected — replacement of 400 feet of pipe that delivers water to hundreds of Bolton's municipal water customers.

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Slashed benefits, staff cuts to stem from Westmount sale

Controversy over the pending sale of Westmount nursing home erupted again as documents were revealed that show the pending owner plans to cut staff and slash employee benefits at the facility when it is transferred to private ownership.

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Old Wbg. Health Center razed; park to be developed soon on site

The old Warrensburg Health Center building has finally been torn down about five weeks after a far-larger $9.5 million health center structure opened to the public.

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New gift and home decor store in Chestertown to hold reception April 11

A store that features intriguing handcrafted wares from area artisans as well as hosting art workshops has located in Chestertown, and an opening reception is set for Saturday April 11.

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Rachael Ray captivates crowd at local show

Rachael Ray shared candid conversation, quips, and insights into celebrity life as as well as a few recipes during her 13th annual benefit show at Lake George High School recently — and the capacity audience was captivated.

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Petitions seeking referendum on Westmount sale submitted

Petitions intended to force a public vote on the controversial sale of Warren County's Westmount nursing home to a private firm have been submitted to county officials, but a decision is pending on whether the number of signatures is adequate for the petitioners to achieve their objective.

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Art of Thurman-raised Corey Pitkin on exhibit

The art of a Warrensburg High School graduate, Thurman-raised Corey Pitkin, is garnering the attention of critics and art enthusiasts around New York and northeastern U.S.

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Ashley Seaver joins Warrensburg Chiropractic, practice expands

Warrensburg Chiropractic expands its services and focuses on wellness, weight loss and healthy lifestyles as Ashley Seaver, a Doctor of Chiropractic, joins the enterprise.

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Citizens welcome idea of bus service from Warrensburg south

Since trolleys stopped operating in Warrensburg many decades ago, Warrensburg has not hosted any form of public transportation. Now, a local entrepreneur has proposed to establish bus service — and area citizens respond with enthusiasm.

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High-speed ‘White Space’ broadband debuts in Thurman

Hundreds of households in rural, mountainous Thurman — sparsely populated and far beyond the reach of cable or FIOS service — have had no broadband access for decades. But now an innovative project to establish a "white-space" broadband broadcast system has connected a dozen homes, with many more likely to be hooked up soon. Those now connected to "white space" report that their new high-speed broadband, with no data caps, is life-changing.

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Warren County leaders endorse marijuana-growing plans

A proposal to establish a facility to grow and process medical marijuana took a step forward as Warren County supervisors embraced the plan with enthusiasm and praise.

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Queensbury super-at-large is leaving his Warren County post. Is a statewide campaign brewing?

Political observers are speculating that Westcott might be trimming his responsibilities so he can conduct advance work on a campaign to elect U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson to the governor's office in 2018.

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Krystal Chrysler granted top customer service award

The staff of a local automotive dealership is bestowed an elite award for their outstanding attention to customers' needs.

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Jack Wax Party’s hometown spirit draws many from afar

An age-old tradition in rural Thurman is enjoyed by many people from near and far — for its socializing, hearty food, and for how it raises money for a vital charity.

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Warriors now in NYS Final Four after comeback victory

The Lake George Boys Basketball team is again in a statewide spotlight as they fought a comeback victory March 14 to win a regional trophy, and they are headed this weekend to the Glens Falls Civic Center in a quest for the NYS Class C championship.

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Bolton citizens asked to offer ideas on local school’s future

The direction that Bolton Central takes in the future — whether it's 'tuitioning in' students, boosting academics or consolidation with nearby districts — will be influenced by the viewpoints of local citizens.

Bands & Beans fest to rock the house Sunday

What's been called the "mother of all parties" in the southern Adirondacks is set to be held at Roaring Brook Ranch near Lake George Village.

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Bolton, Warrensburg schools poised to merge all fall sports

In the wake of considerable success with merged soccer programs, Bolton and Warrensburg schools are poised to pursue joint football, field hockey, volleyball and cross-country teams — four sports not now offered at Bolton Central.

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Renowned Jack Wax party set for Saturday March 14

The beloved local tradition of the Thurman Jack Wax Party provides mountain music, hearty food and friendly conversation — as well as raising money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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Thurman ‘Maple Days’ to begin this weekend

Over the next three weekends, area visitors and residents can experience how maple syrup is made if they participate in one of northern Warren County's signature events — Thurman Maple Days. There's also a lot more on tap, including craft sales, visits to a goat farm that produces nationally renowned cheeses, and demonstrations at a rural sawmill.

Sham-Rock the Block returns to Lake George this weekend

The lakeside village that knows how to party will be holding a festival of Irish heritage regardless of the weather forecast!

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Community forum on WCS budget scheduled

Warrensburg's public school leaders are asking local citizens to provide their opinions on the future direction of the school system, its budget and its curriculum and programs.

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Remington’s annual Spinal Cord Benefit passes milestone

Scott Remington looks to the future as he thanks area individuals and businesses for their generosity in supporting the annual Scott Remington Family & Friends Spinal Cord Benefit party, for which tickets are now on sale.

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New Warrensburg Health Center opens — town leaders praise its features, design

The new $9.5 million Warrensburg Health Center, with expanded services and specialty care in its spacious, accommodating new facilities, is now open to the public. The most ambitious construction project undertaken to date by Hudson Headwaters Health Network, the building is now a primary landmark in downtown Warrensburg.

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Youth wrestling program expands scope; recruits sought

With a veteran West Point wrestler joining the Warrensburg Youth Wrestling Club coaching staff, the successful, award-winning program is now open to residents of nearby communities.

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Railway to haul ‘low level’ radioactive demolition debris

In bolstering its freight business, the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, primarily a passenger train service, plans to haul radioactive demolition waste from the Corinth station south.

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Cougars stymie Loudonville’s sharp-shooting for Section II win

With a Section II quarterfinal victory, North Warren Varsity Boys Basketball Team lives up to a school tradition of outstanding post-season play.

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Marijuana-growing facility proposal endorsed by Chester board

Chestertown could experience a substantial economic boost if it hosted a medical marijuana growing and processing facility, according to community leaders and principals of Etain, LLC who are proposing to situate a such an operation about a mile south of the hamlet.

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Marijuana-growing business proposal to be heard by Chester board Monday March 2

Details of a proposed medical marijuana growing and processing operation just south of Chestertown are to be heard by the town board at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday March 2.

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Daily bus service from Warrensburg to Glens Falls & Qby. envisioned

Public transportation from Warrensburg to Glens Falls — nonexistent since the bygone era of trolley service and stagecoaches — may soon become a reality. A public meeting on a proposed daily bus service is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday March 11 at the Warrensburg town hall.

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Controversial Westmount sale may go to public vote

The public may get the opportunity to vote on whether the controversial sale of the county-owned Westmount nursing home should proceed without a formal bid process or auction.

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Burghers make history as they beat Heatly in tourney win

Shea Irish sets yet another school record for season point tally as the Burghers win the school's first boys basketball Sectional game since the late 1990s.

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Prospects bright for Lake George Winter Carnival’s last weekend of 2015

The premier winter carnival in upstate New York returns for another weekend filled with drag races on ice plus activities for people of all ages.

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Snowmobiler attempts stunt atop water, sinks into Lake George

Wary insurers have prompted stunts like driving snowmobiles atop water and polar swimming to be eliminated from the Lake George Winter Carnival — but event officials are trying to get the two features to be reinstated by next year. Meanwhile, a snowmobiler attempts to careen on the surface of Lake George Saturday but ends up with a submerged sled.

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Public asked to volunteer for disease outbreak drill

A first-ever epidemic preparedness drill is to be conducted soon by Warren County Public Health Department, and area residents are being asked to participate.

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Warrensburg now accepts digital & plastic payments, issues online licenses

The town of Warrensburg leads the way in converting to online and credit-card payments of taxes, licenses and fees.

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WarEagles dominate Section II wrestling tourney

A wrestling program jointly conducted by Lake George and Hadley-Luzerne Central Schools surpasses other schools in the region as their athletes win a string of Sectional championships and the team sends four wrestlers to the state tournament.

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WCS wrestling program wins top regional award

Wrestlers at Warrensburg Central School are taught from an early age about honorable competition, appropriate demeanor, and respect for officials and opponents — and this approach earned the WCS wrestling program a coveted regional sportsmanship award.

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Warrensburg's Meat Store of the North - evolving, expanding

The legendary family-owned Jacobs & Toney market — a landmark in Warrensburg — will not change its basic nature under the ownership of a new generation, but it is adding contemporary conveniences and new services.

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Meat store and its proprietor — influential in lives, community

Jack Toney, for 50 years proprietor of Meat Store of the North in Warrensburg, has worked long hours at the market serving up custom cuts of meat as well as witty barbs, advice, and friendly greetings. The store has provided jobs for 100 or more local residents, and has launched the careers of many successful individuals.

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Jacobs & Toney’s market - a local mainstay for 100 years

Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Jacobs and Toney market in Warrensburg has not only survived a century, but it's flourished — providing fresh foods, quality meats and produce, as well as being a gathering place for people to socialize.

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Vast cookbook collection featured at Chester Library book sale

The Town of Chester Library's winter book sale annually draws hundreds of book collectors and avid readers from a wide area, spanning northeastern U.S. and Canada. This year, the sale features a remarkable collection of more than 600 cookbooks left to the library by the late Roberta Appleby, an area resident.

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Lane Oehler of WCS wins Sectional wrestling championship, surpasses 100 wins

Six WCS wrestlers compete in Section II tourney

A large crowd of Warrensburg sports fans turned out for the Section II tournament Sunday Feb. 15 to watch their school's wrestling team garner one of two prestigious regional sportsmanship awards. The fans got quite a bonus - watching Lane Oehler win a Section II championship at 145 pounds, and Greg Shambo take third place at 132 pounds.

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Both Lake George’s basketball teams win league crowns

All three of Lake George's winter sports programs just earned championships — and they are looking forward to respectively advance in regional and state tournaments.

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Warrensburg's chief names objectives for 2015

Extending the municipal sewer system, developing more solar power and restoring the historic Floyd Bennett Bandstand are objectives for Warrensburg's government in 2015, as expressed by town supervisor Kevin Geraghty.

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Panel: Innovation, technology crucial for business and education

Leaders in business, industry and education in the Glens Falls-southern Adirondacks region offer their thoughts on the state of the economy and what it takes to be successful.

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WarEagles dominate in Class C Section II wrestling tourney

A high school wrestling program only a few years old prevails over all competitors in the regional Class C Section II tournament.

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Lane Oehler of WCS achieves 100 wrestling wins

Burgher wrestlers competing in Section II tourney

As a talented local athlete reaches a rare career mark, he and a half-dozen of his teammates are headed for a regional wrestling tournament.

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