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Thom Randall

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Area leaders ask Sen. Gillibrand for help in boosting economic growth

In a meetup with area leaders, U.S. Sen. Gillibrand is asked to help lure a new hockey team to Glens Falls, to commit more federal funds toward local infrastructure repair and expansion, and to assist Glens Falls Hospital with its financial shortfalls. Gillibrand, in turn, talked of new funding sources for small businesses and revealed she saw her first rock concert at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

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SUNY Adk.’s new CEO honored as giant chair is unveiled

As a giant Adirondack chair is dedicated on the SUNY Adirondack campus in conjunction with the inauguration if the institution's new president Kristine Duffy, students talk about their views on Duffy's character and the new course she envisions for the community college.

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Chester citizens helping family of stricken toddler

A toddler is clinging to life after being stricken with a serious infection, and citizens of northern Warren County are reaching out to help the charming child's family.

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Rum-Runners’ Weekend wins APA’s ‘Best Community Event’ award

A new event celebrating the exuberance of the Prohibition era in northern Warren County — and captured the imagination of hundreds of people here and in the Capital Region — was honored last week as a 'Best Community Event' by the Adirondack Park Agency.

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Rte 418 reopened after landslide is cleared; primary access to Thurman restored

Highway workers work through the night to provide a vital venue between Thurman and metropolitan Glens Falls as well as Warrensburg.

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Roadbank collapse closes Route 418 — primary access to Thurman

Melting snow has caused a roadbank collapse during the evening of Saturday April 12, engulfing a section of state Rte. 418 in mud and downed trees. Thurman residents were traveling miles out of their way to get into town, as Rte. 418 provides their primary access.

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Warrensburg youth wrestlers prevail in regional and national tourneys

Future promising for high school wrestling program

Young Warrensburg-area wrestlers have won up to 100 and more individual matches, including competition in regional and national tournaments — an unprecedented record of accomplishment in the area.

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New ‘Woofstock’ event being planned for Warren County

A fanciful festival of canine character, 1960s hippie culture and classic rock 'n roll is envisioned to be a popular new event for northern Warren County.

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Westmount sale terms spark controversy

Warren County leaders reveal that in proposed terms of a pending sale of Westmount nursing home, they are promising to pay up to $1.26 million to a private company buying the facility if the state doesn't pay projected Medicaid reimbursement payments through 2021. The problem is, the state hasn't made such payments to the county for several years, and may never do so — leaving the taxpayers on the hook.

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Snow, frigid weather delay spring sports

With North Country ballfields covered in snow, high school softball and baseball season schedules have been cut dramatically and practices have been held indoors — or on parking lots when the temperatures permit.

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Property rights group to celebrate 20th anniversary

A Constitutionalist group that lobbies to protect property rights is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a banquet — and all are invited.

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Chester citizens seek to revive the historic Carol Theater

The Carol Theater of Chestertown — which in the mid-1900s hosted movies and shows but is now shuttered — may be resurrected as a venue for the performing arts, including live musicals and concerts, showcasing regional talent.

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911 service disrupted in southwestern Warren County

911 Service is out for an undetermined length of time in Stony Creek, Lake Luzerne, Hadley, and Corinth, effecting 3,500 households and businesses.

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Local teen runs his own maple sugaring enterprise

Nick Perrone, 18, is one of few young maple entrepreneurs in NYS

Since he was a child, Nick Perrone was fascinated with maple sugar production and raising Christmas trees. Now, only 18, this high school senior is developing a formidable business out of these activities.

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NW Chamber’s V.I.P. banquet approaching

The North Warren Chamber of Commerce has named Art in Chester Gallery its '2014 Business of the Year' and Paul Matson of Garnet Signs '2014 V.I.P. of the Year' for their positive influence on communities and life in northern Warren County. They are to be awarded May 7 at a Chamber banquet.

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Fundraiser for couple afflicted with leukemia draws many

Randy Tyner, caring for his wife after her stem-cell transplant, thanks donors for their generosity

Randy Tyner, who along with his wife is battling leukemia, thanks people in the region for participating in various fundraisers.

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North Warren Band performs at Lincoln Center

The North Warren High School Senior Band recently performed in front of some famous conductors at Lincoln Center in the National Band & Orchestra Festival, and several band members reflect on the experience.

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Fundraiser today for man and wife both fighting leukemia

A man and wife — relatively young and committed to caring for others — have both been diagnosed with leukemia, and people in the region are reaching out with fundraisers to help pay for their medical bills and living expenses while they concentrate on fighting their life-threatening illnesses.

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WCS students to present musical version of hit film ‘The Princess Bride’

The dynamic Jim Corriveau directs another one of his outstanding drama productions at Warrensburg High School.

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North Country Ministry's Spring Gala is approaching

The agency that accomplishes so much for families in the North Country is holding their Spring Gala soon, and tickets are now available.

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Tickets on sale now for homegrown musical ‘Four Play’

A musical — about a group of four men sharing their concerns and aspirations candidly as they gather for golf annually through their adulthood — will have its debut in early April in Glens Falls before it goes on tour. The musical, hailed in its readings to date, was written by Queensbury mortgage broker Rick Wilson, drawing on his own experiences with a group of former college classmates. The show has been called the male answer to 'Menopause - The Musical.'

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NWCS pancake breakfast serves up socializing as well as sustenance

In Northern Warren County, there's a strong community spirit — and local citizens enjoy embracing it!

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Hundreds brave the cold at ‘Sham Rock the Block’ fest in Lake George

One of Lake George Village's most frigid St. Patrick's Day weekends in recent history didn't deter hundreds from enjoying the Irish-oriented festivities at Sham-Rock the Block fest.

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Irish family festival this weekend in Lake George

Called "Sham 'Rock' the Block," it's a two-day family festival in Lake George Village that offers everythig from a keg-tossing contest and Irish music, dancing and partying — to bounce houses and pony rides for children.

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No. Warren teachers host free pancake breakfast this Saturday

The idea of getting the community together for breakfast at school was an idea that proved very popular — and allowed the students' parents to meet their teachers in a fun atmosphere.

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Thurman’s Jack Wax Party this Saturday has deep local roots

People from near and far will be gathering this weekend in Thurman to savor the tasty age-old treat of Jack Wax, or maple syrup ladled onto ice crystals — but they'll also be enjoying Adirondack mountain-town hospitality as the local residents raise money to fight cancer.

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Area leaders to strategize composting of yard and food waste

While other counties in New York State regionalized their recycling and composting over the last two decades, Warren County abandoned the practice, leaving its individual towns to decide how to deal with the procedures. The result has been a widespread lack of lack of simple measures that could be earning towns revenue while providing soil-enrichment products for local citizens. A group of citizen activists now are urging towns so adopt practices that have proven to make money, while providing a valuable service for their residents.

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Warren County leaders mull establishing Ethics Board

To meet prevailing of public officials, Warren County leaders consider establishing a county Board of Ethics and beefing up their Ethics Code & Disclosure Policy.

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Lake George leaders eye 20-year solar power contract

With an intent on saving taxpayer money and minimizing the carbon footprint of local government, the town and village are considering signing a 20-year solar power contract — in the following weeks.

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Grant awarded to Thurman for moving town court to Harris House

The Harris House has been a landmark in Athol for generations — and now the Thurman town government has received a grant to repair it so it can accommodate town court.

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North Warren JV Girls Basketball Team sets school record

A team of female athletes from Northern Warren County conquers far larger schools in tallying an undefeated record.

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Body heat, spicy chili: hot times at Bands ‘N Beans fest

Called 'the mother of all parties,' Bands & Beans fest is an annual rite of late winter for the southern Adirondacks, with people from their 20s to their 70s gathering in Lake George to socialize, dance, groove to the music of a lineup of bands and taste a wide variety of specialty chili concoctions brewed up by local restaurants. The event is a major fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project.

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After stellar Sectional run, Cougars look toward future

Four years ago, a group of North Warren Central basketball players endured a woeful 1-17 season. Undeterred, they set their sights on lofty goals, practiced hard, and now they're one of the top Class D teams in the region -- although they are from a school with quite small enrollment. The players talked this week about their odyssey to the top — and their expectations for next year.

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Body heat, spicy chili: hot times at Bands ‘N Beans fest

Called 'the mother of all parties,' Bands & Beans fest is an annual rite of late winter for the southern Adirondacks, with people from their 20s to their 70s gathering in Lake George to socialize, dance, groove to the music of a lineup of bands and taste a wide variety of specialty chili concoctions brewed up by local restaurants. The event is a major fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project.

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Bolton Central officials eye new athletic field

A surprise offer from a Bolton man to sell or lease land to Bolton Central for a sports field may provide a variety of benefits for the school community, Bolton Central School District's CEO says.

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Rotarians: 'Enjoy the benefits of our organization'

The civic organization that has been deeply involved in charitable and community-service efforts in northern Warren County for many decades is now seeking new members.

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Warren Co. emergency dispatchers foil suicide, avert potential gas explosion

Under duress, Warren County dispatchers respond quickly and with expertise — not only saving a man's life, but averting a mass explosion that could have leveled a Glens Falls neighborhood.

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L.G. Village officials debate employee pay & benefits as they unveil budget

As a flat-tax budget is announced, Lake George officials spar over village benefits and raises.

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WCS leaders reveal initial 2014-15 budget, ask citizens to lobby for more state aid

Frustrated with aid cutbacks in recent years and concerned about the tax load shifting to property owners, Warrensburg Central School Superintendent John Goralski is active in lobbying for restitution of lost aid and relief from unfunded state mandates. Both Goralski and Lake George Superintendent of Schools Patrick Dee hosted a forum this week on these concerns.

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Remington’s Spinal Cord Benefit coming soon

Scott Remington of Brant Lake — along with those in the region who help him with his charity — have annually demonstrate their caring character through this vital fundraising effort.

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Krazy Downhill Derby features wacky sleds, prompts memories

Chestertown-area residents — and people from afar — display they humor and creativity through their participation in the Krazy Downhill Derby, a race of wacky homemade sleds.

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Schumer seeking federal funding for brownfield cleanup

Citing the benefits of protecting public health, boosting property values and spurring economic development, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said during a visit to Glens Falls that he'll be lobbying the U.S. Environemntal Protection Agency for $700,000 to clean up six brownfield sites in the city.

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Cougars defeat Fort Ann, advance in Sectional tourney

The North Warren boys basketball team continues their remarkable winning streak — after suffering deep early-season losses.

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Nettle Meadow Farm featured on new NYC webzine

A farm located in the remote rural mountain-town of Thurman that raises goats and other creatures with humane practices — and creates world-class cheeses — was hailed recently in a new Manhattan-based webzine.

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Lake George Winter Carnival to host car races, family fun this weekend

Lake George Winter Carnival's last weekend for 2014 includes car races and plenty of family-friendly activities.

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Saturday's 'Krazy Downhill Derby’ — full of creativity & fun

This event — one of the highlights of the year in northern Warren County — just has to be experienced to be fully appreciated!

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Dynamite Hill: a prime destination for a half-century

A modest sledding hill and ski slope in northern Warren County is the source of fond memories for generations of area residents. A belated celebration of its 50th anniversary will be held mid-morning Saturday Feb. 22 at the ski slope, in conjunction with the annual Krazy Downhill Derby in Chestertown.

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Six-story hotel approved for Lake George by local planning board

After months of multiple hearings that featured outcry by local citizens — as well as revisions in plans by the developer — a six-story Marriott Courtyard, far taller than any building now in Lake George, was approved by the local planning board.

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Sen. Schumer to visit Glens Falls, talk about securing $700,000 brownfield cleanup grant

Sen. Schumer is to announce lobbying for money he says will boost Glens Falls' economic development and mitigate potential public health hazards from exposure to chemical pollution.

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Lake George town & village sign joint services agreement

To boost efficiency and save taxpayers' cash, the town and village of Lake George agree to consolidate an array of their municipal services.

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