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Thom Randall

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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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Adirondack Balloon Festival: a weekend of family fun starts Thursday Sept. 18

The Adirondack Balloon Festival, beloved by people of all ages both from the region and around the nation, launches its 42nd edition this Thursday and extends through the weekend.

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Turnovers crucial in Wbg.’s gridiron loss

Fumbles prompt the loss of a game for the Warrensburg High School Football team, which has been exhibiting high spirits and dedication to the sport so far in the 2014 season.

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Burgher field hockey team savors early-season wins

The Warrensburg Field Hockey Team demonstrates their athleticism and drive in their early-season victories.

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Warrensburg's huge sale to feature new Fun Zone, train access

Event now recruiting groups to provide children's activities

Warrensburg's famed 'World's Largest Garage Sale' has first-ever features this year.

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Chestertown public meeting on spurring economy scheduled

A public meeting to discuss ideas on local economic development is to be held Monday evening in Chestertown.

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Lake George Jazz Weekend to present acclaimed musicians Sat. Sept. 13 & Sunday Sept. 14

Whether its quirky, innovative music, gypsy jazz or straight-ahead stylings or selections from Fellini soundtracks, it's all being offered Saturday and Sunday at the Lake George Jazz Weekend by some internationally renowned artists.

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Burgher gridiron effort blunted by Hoosic Valley

Warrensburg's debut football game of 2014 is stymied by a sidelined quarterbackand tough opposing defense.

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Extensive project to upgrade Million Dollar Beach launched

Environmentally-friendly porous pavement, boat washing stations, swimming and fishing piers with universal access, and an improved vehicle traffic flow — are all coming soon to Lake George's famed Million Dollar Beach in a $6.3 million construction project.

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Airport runway environmental hearing set for Wednesday Sept. 10

Whether to spend $8.3 million of taxpayer money on extending a runway at Warren County's airport — with about $400,000 of the sum shouldered locally — is again sure to spark controversy, as a public hearing on the development plans' environmental consequences is to be held Sept. 10.

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Local parade of Ford Mustangs scheduled; world record sought

A woman entranced with Mustangs since she was a teenager has organized a parade of the classic 'pony cars' through Lake George on Sunday Sept. 14, and she's hoping the procession will set a world's record.

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Adirondack Nationals car show to grip Lake George this weekend

Extravagant and artistically-conceived hot rods, bizarre but innovative custom vehicles, over-the-top muscle cars and lovingly restored antique sedans will all be featured at this weekend's annual Adirondack Nationals Car Show in Lake George, expected to be the largest in its quarter-century tenure. Although the police will likely be quelling the lawlessness that has plagued the nightly cruise-in, the event will still offer a memorable experience.

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Facing falling enrollment, Bolton and Warrensburg schools merge soccer programs

With an expanded pool of talent, Warrensburg athletes have a new opportunity to play soccer, and Bolton's renowned soccer team achieves new depth — in this first-ever sports team merger for the schools.

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Bolton-Warrensburg girls soccer team wins 2014 opener

A local girls soccer team that features a teen athlete with statewide awards — a key player on a national champion team — wins their opening matchup Sept. 2. The game was the debut of the new joint Varsity team fielded by Bolton Central and Warrensburg high schools.

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WCS Volleyball team's prospects boosted by veteran lineup

Armed with a core group of veteran athletes, Warrensburg High School's volleyball team is geared up for the upcoming season of competitive play.

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Family spirit, work ethic of WCS football team key to 2014 prospects

Although losing some stellar talent to graduation this year, the Warrensburg High School Football Team has the dedication, chemistry and attitude necessary for success this season. Warrensburg has been known for high-energy football with surprise plays, cagey maneuvers and unlikely comebacks — all of which thrill the fans.

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Hadley-Luzerne and Lake George athletes join forces on 'WarEagles' football squad

FOOTBALL MERGER: Students at a local school get to play interscholastic football for the first time in 33 years, while a neighboring school's program — once championship-caliber but now ailing due to declining enrollmnent — gets a substantial boost with a wealth of new athletes.

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Commerce czar predicts bright future for Warrensburg, Warren Co.

Warrensburg and the southern Adirondacks are poised for job growth and prosperity, an experienced regional economic development official says.

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Warrensburg dedicates town field to local coach Mary ann Bump

The Warrensburg Town Board names a recreation field in honor of local coach Mary ann Bump, as well as discussing ongoing streetscape and sewer plant upgrades.

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Featuring food and ambiance of iconic roadhouse, Lake George HoJo’s to reopen soon

The fried clams, fish fry specials and 28 flavors of rich ice cream will be back soon, as the classic Howard Johnson's Restaurant of Lake George — closed down for several years — will be reopening soon with its vintage furnishings, large salad bar and an expanded menu. The Lake George Howard Johnson's was one of three remaining restaurants of the once-ubiquitous chain.

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Lake George Bowl now evolving into family fun center

The bowling alley in Lake George is undergoing substantial expansion, with a laser tag arena, arcade games, and a two-story climbing structure to be added.

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Queensbury soldier receives Purple Heart

An Army sergeant from Queensbury man who has struggled with ailments since being seriously injured by a massive explosive device in Afghanistan was recently awarded the Purple Heart — but he deferred the honor to the soldiers who are still fighting overseas, or didn't return from war.

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SUNY Adk.’s new EMT course predicted to help local emergency squads

Foir years, fewer and fewer volunteers have been stepping forward to serve on the region's emergency squads. A new local EMT training course is expected to help curb the disturbing trend.

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No bids on Glens Falls Civic Center

The venue that's hosted rock superstars and a half-dozen hockey teams failed to prompt one bid Monday Aug. 18 when it was put up for a public auction. The lack of bids is expected to embolden the Coalition to Save Our Civic Center, a group of area community leaders who seek to continue its operation as a sports and entertainment venue under a public-private partnership.

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Blown engine? No sweat for teen race-car driver

A young race car driver amaze the crowd as they achieve an improbable feat.

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