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Thom Randall

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Crowd enjoys deep snow, powder at Wbg.’s Hickory Ski Center

Hickory Ski Center, renowned for its traditional skiing experience is back in a big way after the recent heavy snowfall and cold weather.

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Warrensburg revitalization projects eyed

With an intent on upgrading the pedestrian experience in Warrensburg and enhancing the streetscape, two town employees are seeking grants for a variety of projects.

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Warrensburg water system upgraded

The town board announced a new water well is now online, the town is having a plan developed for a new park on Queen Village Pond off Rte. 418, and an engineer will be preparing a study of the municipal sewer system.

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L.G. Marriott project moves forward despite citizens’ concerns

Lake George citizens continue to raise concerns about the Marriott hotel and conference center planned for the northern downtown area of the village.

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Brant Lake fest on ice surpasses expectations

People from Speculator to Albany attended the Brant Lake Winter Carnival for a variety of outdoor activities dreamed up by the members of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, a local group that is boosting not only the regional economy but community life in the lower Adirondacks.

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Surpassing 11 wrestling teams, Warrensburg takes 2nd in Class III tourney

With a lot of grit and heart, the Warrensburg wrestling team takes home the runner-up Class III trophy by defeating some very tough teams in the Sectional tournament.

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Despite citizens' concerns, Lake George Marriott project moves forward

A proposed six-story hotel and conference center in Lake George moves forward in the approval process, despite concerns over height, village ambiance, traffic, and the ability of the village to properly treat its sewage output. Some wonder that if approved, the project might spur other towering development projects in the Adirondacks.

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Historic horse-drawn hearse from Warrensburg featured in museum exhibit

Adirondack Museum to host family activities

The Adirondack Museum is a treasure-trove of artifacts and information about area heritage — and this week and next, selected exhibits will be open and special family-oriented activities will be offered.

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Warrensburg to host Sectional wrestling tourney Saturday

The town that loves wrestling is hosting a major regional tournament featuring some of the top wrestlers around.

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Lake George outhouse race pitted 'newbies' against veteran competitors

Lake George's iconic outhouse race over ice attracted some intriguing competition this year, including a new bride in her wedding dress and firefighters with a giant mock fire hydrant.

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Approval of Lake George boat inspection program hailed

For years, environmentalists have warned that invasive species would threaten the purity of lake George and compromise its wildlife as well as hampering its recreational uses and throttling the local economy. Last week, state's Lake George Park Commission decided to take action to curb the introduction of invasive aquatic species, and local community leaders are hailing their move.

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Railway’s new initiatives, freight and local wine, praised by county officials

The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad reveals its new marketing and freight initiatives to Warren County officials.

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Lake George officials consider changes to parking policies and fines

While the village board is considering giving people a little slack in overtime parking, they are also considering hiking the fines for most parking violations. In other business, they heard that to establish a simple crosswalk across Canada St. — and meet D.O.T. specifications — it would cost as much as $40,000.

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Snowmobile ride & party to raise $$ for area cancer patients

Snowmobilers show they have heart and a thirst for adventure in their participation in the annual Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride. The 100-mile-long excursion and party following annually raises thousands of dollars to help cancer patients and their families.

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Rookie firefighters hailed after they complete basic training

The new firefighting recruits attacked flames inside a burning building, doused a blazing vehicle and learned about handling hazardous materials as they took the basic firefighting course over 11 weeks recently. Monday Jan. 20, these volunteers were lauded by a crowd of area citizens as they received their graduation certificates.

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Retiring Bolton highway chief honored for 40+ years of service

Long-time town of Bolton Highway Superintendent Tim Coons has dealt with ice storms, blowdowns, road washouts and historic, violent storms, responding with dedication and commitment to public safety. At his retirement party, his wife Doris revealed that over the years, her husband wore a path in their home's floor, pacing back and forth, worrying about his fellow citizens and their safety.

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Lake Geo. Chamber & bed tax awards criticized in wake of B.I.D. defeat

Downtown Lake George merchants want more promotion of the village and events — but they don't want an additional tax to pay for it. Instead, some say the money now spent on marketing the resort village could be spent more effectively.

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Long-time Warrensburg Chamber president steps down

For over a decade, she's been the driving force behind the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce's accomplishments, including their mammoth annual World's Largest Garage sale event. Long-time Chamber president Lynn Smith stepped down recently, saying that 'new blood' in the organization is a good idea.

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Thurman votes ‘Yes’ for embattled white-space broadband project

It took pleas from two state officials, a live demonstration and a crowd of people urging them on, but the Thurman Town Board finally voted Tuesday Jan. 14 to support their town supervisor's initiative and move forward with their pending grant-funded project to bring white-space broadband Internet access to their remote community.

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Warrensburg highway chief wins top environmental award

Warrensburg Superintendent of Highways Ed Pennock is noted for his collaboration and willingness to assist with other area projects across the county. Now, he's been chosen for a top environmental award for his work to abate erosion and protect the landscape as well as for his commitment to public safety.

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Living ‘off the grid’ in the Adirondacks, savoring the rhythm of nature

Bill Campbell has shunned materialism and engaged with nature as he leads a sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyle in Bolton.

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Cuomo: boost education, spur industry, promote biomass — and cut taxes

In his State-of-the-State speech Jan. 8, Cuomo proposed a wide array of initiatives — many of them targeting vital upstate issues.

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Public ‘white space’ broadband demo set for Thurman Town Hall

While a handful of Thurman residents have seen 'white space' broadband's blazing-fast downloads and how it can accomplish various Internet tasks simultaneously, a number of local citizens continue to claim it will be slow, will stall, and suffer interruptions. In respponse, the town board and the network engineer constructing Thurman's acclaimed broadband access system will be conducting a demonstration of the technology at 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 14 in the Thurman Town Hall.

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Lake George business district plan defeated

In an unprecedented eleventh-hour campaign of opposition, Lake George merchants defeat the business improvement district plan that had been unanimously endorsed by the village leaders and was assumed to become a reality this year.

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‘White space’ broadband demonstration in Thurman streams fast video, data

Cultural observers have said providing Internet access over contemporary countryside is akin to the rural electrification program of the 1930s. In Thurman, "white space" broadband is envisioned by network engineers to provide the answer — but some local folks have been saying it won't work, and state money shouldn't be spent on it, while others say its vital for education of children, the local economy and jobs development. Dec. 30, an engineer proved that "white space" broadcast not only works, it's far faster and more capable than both DSL and satellite — and cable under many common conditions.

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Lake George polar plungers cite reasons for freezin’

Due to the frigid weather, only the hardiest — no pretenders or polar wannabes — participated in the 2014 New Year's Day Polar Plunge!

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New L.G. board member says town should focus on infrastructure

Minutes after her induction, new Lake George Town Board member Nancy Stannard says the town board should upgrade its infrastructure rather than acquiring property, which the board has already taken steps toward.

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Key posts shift in Warren Co. as new supervisors join board

With a Republican sweep occurring in Queensbury in the recent election, and a conservative turnover in Glens Falls Ward 4, several key policymakers were replaced on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Here's a preview of who is now stepping into the leadership roles they held.

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Warren Co. chief: road repair, court space, more jail guards are top 2014 priorities

Zero tax increase forecast

As Warren County held its annual organizational meeting Jan. 3, the county's top official revealed his top objectives for 2014

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Rod Kenyon tallies 50 years as teller for Glens Falls bank

In an era that job longevity has all but disappeared, Rod Kenyon has held a job as a teller for Glens Falls National Bank — sharing smiles, jokes and memories with depositors — for no less than 50 years!

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Frigid weather to force Lake George polar plungers into proving their bravado

Balmy weather over the last five years may have given the thousands of Lake George New Years Day polar plungers false confidence, but in this year's event, they will likely have to demonstrate the courage — as frigid weather is forecast.

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Gathering in Wbg. to share ideas for boosting local commerce, quality of life

Sustainable living, local food and worthwhile local jobs are the objective of an regional effort that's gaining headway.

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Road March pays tribute to soldiers, veterans

A record 1,400 people join the 10th annual Christmas Eve Road March to honor troops on duty overseas as well as veterans and deceased service personnel.

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Tri-lakes Alliance plans new events & initiatives to boost upcounty commerce

The organization that's transforming social life in northern Warren County keeps coming up with new ideas.

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NWCS students create holiday cards, help typhoon victims

Combining creativity with concern for others, a classroom of north Warren fourth graders designed and produced holiday cards which they sold as a fundraiser to aid Philippine families enduring the devastation of the recent destructive typhoon.

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NYS ski museum in North Creek? — Local leaders pursue concept

A state skiing museum would be perfect in North Creek considering the rich history in the sport at the Ski Bowl and Gore Mountain — and such a venue could attract many thousands to town, giving local commerce a much-needed boost.

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Moving forward: Warrensburg’s solar generation, bandstand reconstruction & sewer upgrade projects

Whether it's gaining approval of solar power panel installation, obtaining a grant to upgrade the sewer plant or completing major infrastructure reconstruction, the town of Warrensburg is experiencing a lot of progress according to news aired at the municipality's recent town board meeting

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Use of ‘Magic Salt’ on Lake George streets envisioned to curb pollution, cut corrosion

While drinking & driving don't mix, distillery discharge will be making area streets safer — and cutting groundwater and lakewater pollution at the same time.

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Ancient weapons unearthed in Lake George now on exhibit in NYS Museum — and may be displayed locally

Ancient Native American artifacts uncovered in Lake George and believed to be 8,000 or more years old are now on display in the New York State Museum. Found when conducting a routine pre-emptive dig prior to the start of a construction project at Million Dollar Beach, the artifacts are expected to offer new clues about nomadic life.

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‘Christmas in Warrensburgh' charms crowd with its new aspects

Enjoying Christmas in Warrensburgh, people reflect on the festival that annually celebrates hometown holiday traditions including the newly revived Living Nativity which attracted both residents and visitors to town.

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Crowd turns out for fundraiser held by local boy stricken with rare extreme-pain disorder

People from all over northern Warren County turn out for a fundraiser held by a local teenager to help people afflicted with an extreme pain disorder. The teen, Timothy Lucid has been dealing with the chronic syndrome for several months.

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Town of Lake George considering changes to its transient merchant laws

Public hearing on zoning law amendments set for 6 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12

Touring motorcyclists wait at a stoplight in downtown Lake George during a prior year’s Americade event which annually attracts tens of thousands of motorcyclists. The Lake George Town Board is considering a zoning amendment which is designed to encourage more such festivals by permitting festival organizers and allowing individual vendors to sell merchandise and services under the legal umbrella, rather than paying a $500 transient vendor fee which is now assessed to every vendor under existing town law. Local officials say that large events like Americade are important to retain in Warren County — a research study conducted several years ago indicated that Americade pumps about $40 million into the local economy per year.

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Warrensburg schools' new CEO aims to boost programs, seek grants

One week on the job, Warrensburg's new public school chief reveals he'll be seeking to collaborate with area colleges in expanding local offerings of advanced and specialized career-related courses for Warrensburg High School students.

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Crowd drawn to Brant Lake for holiday fest despite no Santa

Children mobbed the town hall for a Christmas craft session, and not one of them was disappointed that Santa didn't show up.

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Lake George leaders oppose DEC plan for boat launch at Million Dollar beach

Angry Lake George citizens accuse state Environmental Conservation officials of bypassing their own environmental review mandates — and keeping their own plans low-profile to suppress public backlash over their intention to site a boat launch in shallow waters between Million Dollar Beach and private swimming areas.

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Wbg. librarian Sarah Farrar honored for 39 years of service

At the recent retirement party for Sarah Farra, area residents comment on her character and service to the area communities as the third person ever at the helm of the historic Richards Library since it was founded 112 years ago.

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Johnsburg grad seeking to shoot a ski film in area

A film student with local roots is planning to produce a film that provides insight into the local culture while depicting the adrenaline-fueled action of downhill skiing.

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Warren County sales tax payout changes eyed

Wealthy towns get richer, poor towns, poorer

Like the inequitable distribution of wealth in our nation, the towns with expensive lakefront properties get more and more sales tax revenue each year to offset governmental expenses, while the towns with little or no such property get comparatively little sales tax revenue — despite the fact they may be generating the revenue by hosting flourishing businesses. The outcome? more and more of the tax load gets shifted to the working class and those with fixed incomes. The Supervisors of the land-rich towns balk at raising the subject, because they don't want to rock the boat.

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Steeped in tradition, this weekend’s 'Christmas in Warrensburgh' features new events

The festival that celebrates hometown holiday traditions is occurring Saturday Dec. 7 and Sunday Dec. 8 in Warrensburg. New attractions include a Living Nativity, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday only, in front of Alexander Funeral Home on Main Street — asnd a Holiday Market in the Warrensburg Senior Center a block south of the historic town bandstand.

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Charity cut-a-thon to honor local boy stricken with rare extreme-pain disorder

A courageous local boy stricken with a rare disease that causes episodes of horrific pain launches a Cut-A-Thon fundraiser — not to pay his medical bills, but to help other children with the puzzling ailment that confounds the medical community.

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