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Thom Randall

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Eagles take on independent schedule for 2014-15

Despite the small size of the school, expectations are high this year for the Bolton Central Varsity Boys Basketball team's season.

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Warren Co. plans to spend less for 2015— but tax levy to increase anyway

County taxes are to go up 1.53 percent in 2015 despite lower government spending — but town-by-town the tax rate change varies dramatically.

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Chester’s budget inches up

State: Town water tank needs refinishing

Town of Chester appropriations for 2015 include money for a state-mandated refinishing of the town water tank, as well as for engineering work related to reconstruction of the Loon Lake Dam

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Prizes, giveaways featured in Wbg.’s holiday shopping event

To retain the vitality of local shops and boost the Warrensburg community's ambiance, two organizations are collaborating on an event — featuring giveaways, discounts and incentives — that prompts people to shop locally.

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‘Shop Local’ event set for Bolton

Bolton stores are holding open houses and offering special incentives to entice shoppers to fulfill their gifting needs in town — which adds to the sustainability of the local economy and strengthens community connections

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Burgher guard scores 39 points in comeback victory

The Burghers open up their 2014-15 campaign with a flourish — All-Star guard Shea Irish pours in 24 points in the last quarter for a stunning comeback win.

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Adaptive skiing seen as life-affirming, empowering

Opportunities exist in Warren County NY for people with physical limitations to enjoy the exhilaration of downhill skiing.

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Chester’s wood heat conversion may serve as statewide demo project

The Town of Chester Municipal Center is expected to serve as a demonstration project showcasing how large municipal facilities can be converted to biomass heat, which would create jobs in the Adirondacks and keep more money circulating in the region. Already, the municipal center and several other town facilities operate with solar power — the two initiatives underscore the town's commitment to environmental stewardship.

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BCS-WCS soccer team defeated in semifinal; coach predicts bright future

A stellar record-breaking season for the Bolton-Warrensburg Girls Soccer team concludes in the New York State Class D Championship semifinals; and the team's success this season blazes a trail for an outstanding future for the joint soccer program.

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Chester board mulls insect control, water tank upgrades and budget issues

The town of Chester's water tank has a coating containing lead — but fortunately for public health, it's on the vessel's exterior. Dealing with this issue — as well as Bti-application contracts and budget issues — led to a lengthy town board meeting recently with a lot of decision-making.

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Terms of Westmount sale to be revealed today

The sale of Warren County's Westmount Health Facility — which in past months has sparked considerable public controversy — is to be in the spotlight Wednesday Nov. 19 as the proposed terms of the sale — negotiated behind closed doors — are to be formally presented beginning at 2 p.m.to county supervisors

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‘Woofstock 2015’ plans progressing

'Peace, Paws, and Music’ fest in Chester

A new event in northern Warren County that's intended to encourage dogs and their families to enjoy a getaway together, is now moving forward toward its June 2015 debut.

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Railroads on Parade gets reprieve, famed model train displays to remain in Warren Co.

Pottersville's one-of-a-kind model train display museum — with its cityscapes crafted by Tony award-winning set designer Clarke Dunham — was saved from the auction block Tuesday, and Clarke and Barbara Dunham plan to keep the world-class venue operating in northern Warren County.

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History rewritten as Bolton-Wrnsbg. soccer team advances to NYS ‘Final Four'

The new joint Bolton-Warrensburg Girls Soccer team battles its way into the New York State Final Four — and secures a place in Section II history as they do so.

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Warrensburg honors its veterans in a new joint ceremony

Invocations for peace at a Veterans Day ceremony in Warrensburg had dual meaning — not only an end of war in the world, but recognition that two local veterans groups finally set aside their differences and held a joint ceremony for Veterans Day.

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Bond Act approval means $1.1 million technology boost for WCS

North Warren, Johnsburg schools to benefit too

By next fall, Warrensburg Central students will likely be enjoying the benefits of a pending $1.1 million grant earmarked to boost computer technology resources in the district.

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Video-recording Thurman town meetings is now quelling unruly behavior

Angry outbursts, threats and accusations have occurred often at Thurman Town Board meetings, prompting calls to police to restore order. In response, the town board has begun videotaping meetings — with one camera pointed at the crowd — and posting the videos on YouTube.

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North Warren voters approve roofing project, upgrading facilities

North Warren's top school official is particularly happy that voters approved a school roof reconstruction project Tuesday — Peg Brady, Supreintendent of Schools, now won't have to set out buckets in her office to catch leaking water when it rains!

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Boost in revenues to keep 2015 Bolton tax rate stable

Taxpayers in the town of Bolton will fare well in 2015, as the town budget is heavily subsidized with sales tax revenue — and with the economy rebounding, tax rates will remain stable if not decline — increased municipal expenses.

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Large-scale fishing tourney planned for Lake George

Following the successful debut this last summer of several new events in Lake George Village, the King George Fishing Derby is scheduled to be held in July 2015 — and feature a wide variety of family activities as well as a fishing competition.

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North Warren residents to vote Tuesday on new school roof, HVAC system & standby generator

If voters approve, the school will have its roof reconstructed and its HVAC system upgraded, plus a new standby generator that will come in handy when there's a power outage.

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Plan to upgrade L. G.’s historic Diamond Island endorsed

A historic lake George Island, now overrun by invasive plants and abused by some campers, may soon have its natural beauty restored.

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Warrensburg officials boost support for local EMS squad

With the Warrensburg EMS squad running a $50,000 deficit, the town board votes to boost its annual $40,000 appropriation by $10,000.

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Burghers defeat rival WarEagles; season extended

Exhibiting determination and aggressive play, the Warrensburg football team hits its stride at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

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Thurman’s proposed 2015 town budget spends less, yet tax levy to increase

According to the pending 2015 Thurman town budget, the municipality will be spending less in 2015, yet taxes are to increase by 2.9 percent due to reduced revenues and changes in the town's assessed value.

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Town of Warrensburg's 2015 budget rises, but slides under tax cap

In the town of Warrensburg's 2015 budget, increased expenses are offset substantially by some key savings in personnel costs.

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The Glen Bridge to be strengthened in $8.3 million project

The state-owned Glen Bridge that spans the Hudson River in Thurman is to have its foundation strengthened, with an aim for it to withstand major flooding events. This $8.3 million project is likely to begin in 2016.

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Lake Geo. librarians enduring threats, harassment from men

Harassing and threatening behavior from men dropping into the Caldwell-Lake George Library compromises the safety of librarians who are often working alone, library officials reported to the town board this week.

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Tentative 2015 Lake George budget: 2.2% tax hike — but slashed special district fees

A proposed 2015 Lake George town budget has the tax levy going up by 2.2 percent, but features slashed water fees to many residents due to sewer main repair.

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Fired-up, fed up Burghers flatten Fort Edward

The Burghers football team is looking forward to their last two games of 2014 after the squad's aggressive performance against Fort Edward — the team's first win of 2014.

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More train rides, new freight deals boost railway’s prospects

It's taken time, but the Saratoga-North Creek Railway is becoming more and more sustainable — with new freight contracts in the works, a boost in passenger traffic and a record number of reservations for its immensely popular Polar Express themed excursions.

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New Warrensburg Health Center to be dedicated to Dr. John Rugge

The new medical center which will both transform downtown Warrensburg and advance health care in Northern Warren County is to be dedicated to the man who's devoted 40 years of his life to improving the health and lives of southern Adirondack residents.

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Seamans attains 100 career goals as Bolton-Warrensburg soccer team wins tourney

The Bolton-Warrensburg girls soccer players win a tournament this week, meanwhile one of the athletes attains 100 career soccer goals, a first-ever for her school.

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Lk. Geo. boys soccer team refocuses after setback

The Lake George Soccer program has enjoyed n unmatched string of championships over the last three decades. After losing one key game this year, the Varsity boys soccer players are rededicating their efforts towards blazing a path deep into the Section II tournament.

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Burghers put up a good fight against state-ranked Cambridge

The Warrensburg football players fight hard against state-ranked Cambridge — and give their fans a taste of what they'll likely accomplish in their last three games of the 2014 season.

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Oktoberfest street party in Lake George this weekend

Fall festivals in Warren County celebrate Bavarian traditions

German beer, Bavarian music and food, plenty of smiles, streets full of partying people — what a way to usher in Fall — and it's all in lake George Village this weekend as well as in Hague the following weekend.

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Bolton-Warrensburg girls soccer team grabs league leadership

The Bolton-Warrensburg Girls Soccer team carves out their own berth in history — its a new level of achievement for the Bolton Central girls soccer program, and a whole new experience for Warrensburg High athletes.

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Battle-hardened Burghers now looking forward to 2015

The Warrensburg Central football team's season record appears dismal, but hides the talent and determination of the team that next year — with a long roster of returning veterans — will likely be a leading contender in the area.

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Barn Party this Saturday to benefit Skyler Castro, 9, stricken with cancer

Jamiee and Roy Ross’s annual Benefit Barn Party is to be held from noon to about 11 p.m. Saturday Oct. 11 — and this year proceeds from the event go to help the family of nine-year-old Skyler Castro of Thurman, who is now undergoing treatment for bone cancer.

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Replace the village sewer plant, task force suggests

New high-tech plant could cost $10 million

The state is mandating that Lake George Village clean up the effluent from their sewer treatment plant, which wastewater engineers have been working for years to upgrade. Now a task force looking into solving the outflow purity problem is suggesting that the plant should be scrapped and a new $10 million facility should be built in its place.

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‘World’s Largest Garage Sale' to engulf Warrensburg

Warrensburg's Worlds Largest Garage Sale is back, and it's expected to have the biggest collection of yard sales and vendors ever.

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Local activist: allow dogs on Warren County Bikeway!

A local resident who volunteers many hours beautifying the Warren County Bikeway asks county leaders to rescind their prohibition of dogs on the popular bicycle and pedestrian path.

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Railroads on Parade to close; famed train displays to be sold

Clarke Dunham's lavish, detailed model train layouts and miniature cityscapes have enchanted people from all over the world — but Dunham's ambitious collection of model train displays at Pottersville's Railroads on Parade museum, considered a national tourist attraction, will be closing permanently Oct. 13 and the train layouts will be sold to pay off an investor in Dunham's enterprise.

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Warren County meetings now broadcast on YouTube & TV8

While it's uncertain whether it may prompt politicians to grandstand or boost civility, its virtually certain that broadcasting county meetings via television and YouTube will increase their attendance.

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Citizens prepare for record crowd expected at World’s Largest Sale

Warrensburg braces for what's expected to be a record-breaking 'World's Largest Garage Sale'.

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WCS volleyball staging a comeback after many frustrating years

The 2014 Warrensburg High School Volleyball team is surprising sports enthusiasts and gained fans as they turn around a program that's been struggling for years

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Last-minute settlement resolves libel claims between two former Wbg. town officials

Both parties in reciprocal libel suits will have to retract statements made almost five years ago, days before an election.

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Lake George Fire Dept.'s poor response concerns local officials

Two problems vex Lake George Fire Co. — slow response to fires and ever-increasing false alarms — and local officials say they'll be taking action.

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Lake George Village leaders toughen restrictions on short-term rentals

Do short term rentals draw rowdy undesirables, or do they attract tourists who enhance the vitality and social life of the village?

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Major rock and country music festival to debut in Lake George

Renowned bands such as NRBQ, Paranoid Social Club, New Riders of the Purple Sage are featured in this weekend's American Music Festival for the Lake — a first-ever event — in Lake George Village. The festival's lineup also features Claire Lynch who has won three 'Female Vocalist of the Year' awards and Robert Randolph & the Family Band, whose leader has won national acclaim for his Hendrix-like rock riffs on his pedal steel guitar.

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