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Thom Randall

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Downsized youth fair set for Saturday

Despite budget cuts and a shortage of volunteers, the Warren County Youth Fair continues for 2014 with a lineup of activities.

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Thurman chief blasts councilmen for inaction on DEC directives, secretive decision-making

An Adirondack Journal exclusive report

Evelyn Wood chastises the town councilmen for clandestine decision making and inaction on a DEC directives, citing that they may be putting town finances at risk.

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Lumberjacks, re-enactors impress crowd at Mountain Days

Local lumbering skills — featuring world-class male and female lumberjacks — as well as re-enactors of local history are featured at a traditional summer festival in rural Stony Creek.

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4-H chief offers to dye his hair pink in fundraising effort

A Warren County 4-H program executive pledges to do something outrageous to inspire area youth to raise money for charity and 4-H.

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Lumberjack events, historic re-enactors featured in Stony Creek Mountain Days this weekend

Mountain Days, which annually celebrates the traditions of the Adirondacks, is being held in Stony Creek this weekend.

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Horicon Day to celebrate anniversary Saturday

An event that embodies Horicon's community spirit — and a veterans memorial are both to have their anniversaries celebrated on Saturday.

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North Warren entertainment events announced

Various genres of music, drama, comedy, are all in store the next several weeks in northern Warrren County, thanks to the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.

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Public meeting set in Chester to obtain ideas for boosting recreation in town

Town of Chester residents have proposed dozens of ideas for boosting recreational opportunities and facilities in town, now the town's leaders want to hear more proposals from the public as well as discuss concepts already suggested.

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Warren County leaders warned of costly consequences of inaction on adding court space

Despite hearing urgent warnings from Warren County judges in January about how overcrowded court conditions could mean potential attacks on children and victims by violent criminals and litigants, Warren County supervisors have yet to take action on providing more court and office space. The supervisors heard this week that every day's delay in providing additional court space — now mandated by the state — means additional expense to county taxpayers due to increased construction or renovation costs, or paying rent for temporary quarters.

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Major rock 'n roll and country music festival to debut in Lake George

This September, Lake George will be hosting its first ever two-day rock and country music festival with nationally renowned groups.

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This weekend’s Jamboree features midway, fireworks, rides, auction, rock ‘n roll

Old-time family fun is in store Friday and Saturday for those who attend Smoke Eaters' Jamboree in Warrensburg.

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Wranglers reunion returns this weekend

Cowboys, cowgirls and ranch hands manning the dozens of dude ranches decades ago in the southern Adkirondacks gathered in Lake Luzerne last summer and shared some wild tales of the old days — and they are back again this weekend — and all are welcome to join the events of Ranches Rodeos & Wranglers 2014 in Lake Luzerne!

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Abbie Hastings of Warrensburg reminisces about her life as she approaches 100; open house Saturday in her honor

With her 100th birthday approaching, a cheery, reverent and lively woman raised in Warrensburg reminisces about her life.

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Stony Creek Band set for Chestertown concert Thursday afternoon

The acclaimed Stony Creek Band, purveyor of infectious country-rock and Americana roots music, is scheduled to perform in Chestertown Thursday July 24 on the lawn of the Chester Municipal Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.. The free concert is an installment of the Music on Main Street series.

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Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market is spurring development of small local farms

With farmers' markets now proliferating in the southern Adirondacks, it's appropriate to review the market that lead the way and recognize the venue's founder Teresa Whalen and her tole in promoting fresh local, nutritious food for all.

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Warrensburg EMS- dedicated, skilled responders

While other ambulance squads all over the nation are having trouble recruiting and retaining volunteers, Warrensburg EMS has maintained a deep roster. The reasons why are detailed in this Denpubs.com feature!

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Warren Co. considering solar power for Extension offices and Countryside home

Warren County leaders are looking to save money and 'go green' with solar power, yet they are cautious, considering the costly,long-term deals that former county supervisors have been hoodwinked with in years past.

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Town of Warrensburg updates its purchasing policy

The cheapest service doesn't always offer the best value, and the town of Warrensburg's new purchasing policy reflects this truism.

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Second farmers’ market to open in Warrensburg

Enthusiasts of fresh, local produce in the Warrensburg area will now have two local weekly markets to patronize.

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Village accepts DEC consent order; commits to sewer plant upgrades

The state sends a legal order to Lake George Village to reduce nitrates in their sewer plant outflows, but municipality is already working to resolve the problem.

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Area leaders vow to solve rail freight hangups

Warren County's Economic Development czar Ed Bartholomew is frustrated about red tape involved with rail transportation, vital for moving area industries' products to national and international customers at a competitive price. His concerns have resulted in a task force being formed to address the issue, and area government leaders have now signed on.

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WCS students’ S.A.T. scores top all schools in region

Competing against all the schools in the region — including the wealthy suburban districts — Warrensburg High School students took top honors, earning the highest mean average S.A.T. score for all 83 schools.

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Boy rescued from river rapids by Horicon fire chief

Horicon Fire Chief Jim Hayes has been praised for his fast action in pulling a young teenaged boy, stranded in rushing rapids of the Schroon River, to safety.

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Thurman Bridge repainting project to continue through August

The historic two-span steel bridge over the Hudson River, which separates Thurman from Warrensburg, is undergoing a repainting project which has restricted traffic to one lane. The $1.9 million project is expected to be finished by the end of August.

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Fourth of July weekend events abound in region

Residents of Warren and Essex counties celebrate holidays with gusto, and here's a rundown of what's happening ovr the Fourth of July weekend!

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Warrensburg grads praised for their academics, artistry & athleticism

Graduating Warrensburg seniors were hailed for their character, spirit and academic focus, a day or so after it was announced the Class of 2014 ranked top in the state Capital Region for S.A.T. college entrance test scores.

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New scenic train run aimed at Lake George tourists

Area officials and business representatives are hailing a new Thurman-North Creek tourist train service which was inaugurated June 28 — and Thurman now has a fully-enclosed train station, soon to feature a gift shop and ticket counter.

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The rhythm of nature offers inspiration for Warrensburg artist’s work

A fiber artist gleans not only her materials but her artistic inspiration from nature.

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Warrensburg's leaders act to shore up giant Garage Sale vendor revenue

Competition between local residents and the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce to host vendors for the colossal World's Largest Garage Sale cuts the chamber's event revenue, vital to hosting the sale — so the town board takes action to help out.

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Warrensburg leaders pledge to curb vandalism

Warrensburg town leaders are angry that vandals are disrupting their efforts to make town parks a pleasant experience for local residents.

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Teens from afar ready to fix up homes of local elderly, disabled

A Christian mission group involving teenagers from all over the nation is back in Northern Warren County, fixing up homes and parks as well as operating a day camp in Warrensburg — featuring Bible stories, games and crafts — for local children.

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Items sought for Jamboree auction

The Jamboree, a highly anticipated annual summer event, features an auction that helps raise money for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company's many community-related programs and functions. The firefighters are now seeking donations of new and used goods as well as services for the auction.

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Firefighters’ huge parade, convention & carnival this week in West Glens Falls

The annual firefighters convention and parade, for many years involving as many as 10,000 marchers and even more spectators, is coming to Queensbury this week — accompanied by a carnival, craft vendors and fireworks.

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Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co.: a tradition of community service

Whether it's hosting the annual Thanksgiving dinner for area senior citizens, sponsoring sports teams or presenting the Smoke Eaters' Jamboree for no less than 52 years, the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. is deeply invested in the community.

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Lake George firefighters are like a ‘second family’

The Lake George Fire Department maintains a solid membership by promoting bonding among the firefighters — through helping each other on personal projects and in urgent or critical situations.

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Lake George EMS: Ready to respond

The Lake George ambulance squad has for decades been one of the busiest agencies of its type in the region — and its members have responded with expertise to water-related emergencies, ice rescues and car crashes — virtually any type of incident imaginable.

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Saturday at Stony Creek Inn: 'Dot & Johnstock’ fundraiser for musicians in need

The legendary Stony Creek Inn — a mountain-town bar and hotel with a substantial following — will be hosting its annual 'Dot & Johnstock' fundraising festival Saturday June 14.

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Congressman Owens talks jobs as he tours Lincoln Logs & Stephenson Lumber

Congressman Owens and Larry Stephenson, — a leading business owner in the southern Adirondacks — talk about ways to boost the economy and expand job opportunities in the region.

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New visitors center and park upgrades approved in Bolton

By late 2015, Bolton will likely have a new, welcoming town visitors center as well as a host of improvements to Rogers Park, which hosts a variety of lakeside events.

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Lake George boat inspections lauded; lake invasive control efforts underway

Not long ago, boaters decried a proposed Lake George boat inspection program, but now that it's in place and protecting the purity and pristine recreational quality of the lake, criticism has ceased.

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Americaders: ‘We enjoy the scenery and the warm welcome’

The mother of all touring motorcycle rallies — and the largest event of any kind in Warren County — offers memorable experiences for the newbies as well as veteran attendees.

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Beauty and brawn featured at tow-truck show in Lake George

What's absolutely gorgeous, is fussed over and primped like a beauty queen but can dead-lift 50 tons? The answer is tow trucks at the Empire State Towing & Recovery Association's 'Beauty Contest' in Lake George.

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Exhibit details colorful history of Lake George Mirror newspaper

The 134-year evolution of the Lake George Mirror from a tourist-related publication to a newspaper that now carries community and social news, political developments and examines environmental issues — is portrayed in an exhibit at the Lake George Historical Museum.

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Americade 2014 descends on Lake George

Rally features 9-11 exhibit, new stunt acts, largest-ever fireworks show

This year's edition of Americade motorcycle rally, featuring an expanded trade show, new stunt-riding acts and a largest-ever fireworks show — extends through Sunday June 8 in Lake George Village.

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Pending county ethics law to be reviewed soon

A law that is expected to assure that politics remains above-board is under consideration soon by Warren County leaders.

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Warrensburg's 'renegade' bike rally is growing

Taking advantage of the international drawing power of the annual Americade touring motorcycle rally in Lake George, the Warrensburg Bike Rally has doubled in size this year.

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Homebuilder, philanthropist John Michaels of Bolton recalled fondly

A noted homebuilder who passed away May 23 is recalled for his integrity and commitment to helping others in need.

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Area residents flock to Wbg.-Lake Geo. Price Chopper on opening day

The opening of the largest retail store in northern Warren County draws hundreds of area residents, and public officials as well as shoppers said they were impressed.

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As child returns from cancer treatment, ‘Skyler Strong’ spirit goes viral

A local child undergoes initial treatment for bone cancer, prompting an outpouring of support from townspeop[e as well as greetings from around the globe.

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Beloved Silver Star Diner revived as upscale restaurant and tavern

Iconic roadside giant rooster again attracts patrons

A diner that was a focal point of the community for decades has been revived as a full-service restaurant complete with full bar service. Although much has changed, the giant rooster that drew in customers for more than 50 years is back on its roadside perch.

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