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Thom Randall

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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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Snow & cold weather attract skiers to Gore Mtn.

The coldest November in 30 years — plus plenty natural and man-made snow — have created excellent skiing conditions at Gore Mountain, and skiers are loving it!

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Local food, handcrafted gifts & sustainability are focus of annual Christmas Market

A group of people dedicated to strengthening community ties and raising the standard of living for local people are holding an event that combines a sale of locally crafted goods aalong with spirited entertainment and a savory meal featuring an array of local prepared foods.

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Shoppers swarm through Warrensburg on ‘Buy Local Saturday'

It was David versus Goliath: Warrensburg's Main St. shops versus Wal-Mart and the malls, and the results were a pleasant surprise for Warrensburg merchants!

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Chester’s tree lighting fest plus ‘Taste of Tri-Lakes’ event set for Tuesday

Hundreds of area residents are expected to sample culinary delights from about 10 area restaurants in the annual Taste of the Tri-Lakes event set for the evening of Tuesday Dec. 3 streetside in downtown Chestertown. A popular tree-lighting event is to be held simultaneously, with caroling and activities for all ages.

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Lake George Arts Project, mayor plan ambitious Nashville-style country music fest

The Lake George Arts Project has achieved remarkable success in presenting acclaimed jazz musicians in its annual Lake George Jazz Weekend — now the group is preparing plans to hold a festival of contemporary country & western music.

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100 new snow guns at Gore expected to enhance skiing, boost North Creek commerce

More Gore isn't just a marketing phrase this year — it's what skiers will be experiencing after 1`00 new snow guns are installed on the ski resort's Interconnect trails — which provide varied terrain and a route to reach the family-friendly, historic North Creek Ski Bowl. The new snowmaking capability will also allow more skiers to directly reach North Creek — with all its restaurants, boutiques, galleries and night life.

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Thurman EMS quits dispatching its ambulances

Thurman Emergency Medical Services quit sending out its ambulances as of last week, and Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood calls for the squad to pursue a merger with Warrensburg EMS, which continues to cover the emergencies in Thurman,

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'Buy Local Saturday’ event in Warrensburg features giveaways, prizes

A wide variety of unique gift items are available in Warrensburg's stores. To entice holiday shoppers to visit their stores, Warrensburg Merchants are offering prizes, raffle chances and discounts on 'Buy Local Saturday' set for Nov. 30

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Railway to launch new Thurman runs, local day trips, freight hauls

Thousands more people are expected to ride the passenger trains that carve their way through rural Warren County in 2014, as the Saratoga-North Creek Railway is launching new tourist trips out of Thurman station and slashing short-haul prices.

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Saturday's snowfall boosts weekend's skiing at Gore Mountain

Thanks to Mother Nature as well as hundreds of snow guns, skiing is great at Gore Mountain, which opened earlier this year than any season since 1986.

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Bolton Fitness center features new equipment, long hours, easy access

Bolton area residents can now spend more time on enhancing their fitness and well-being — and less time and money driving — as Bolton Fitness has opened in Bolton Landing, offering new workout machines, easy access and long hours,

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NWCS’s Thanksgiving dinner brings North Warren community together

North Warren Central School's Community Thanksgiving Dinner annually brings area residents of all ages together — whether they're affiliated with the school or not — to enjoy good food, socializing, and share a feeling of unity.

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Owens to visit Glen Falls, answer questions

Congressman Bill Owens is back in Glens Falls on Friday Nov. 22 to field questions from area residents, particularly business owner and leaders.

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North Warren's Thanksgiving Dinner is a community affair

Hearty food, friends and neighbors getting together, stimulating socializing — what could be better than the North Warren Community Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Lake. George basketball star unhurt in rollover crash

A seat belt and airbag prevented serious, perhaps fatal injuries to a teen driver in a rollover crash occurring on Lake Shore Drive Thursday between lake George Village and Diamond Point

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New $30M science, nursing building envisioned for SUNY Adirondack

New SUNY Adirondack president KRistine Duffy talks of launching new career-oriented programs at the region's leading community college — minute before Warren County leaders approved a grant application to build a $30 milliion new science and nursing building for the institution.

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Youth center envisioned for Warrensburg

After a half century of talk circulating in Warrensburg about establishing a youth center, three pastors are taking action to establish one — without any expense to local taxpayers.

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Citizens air objections to Lake George boat launch relocation

One element of state Environmental Conservation officials' plans to upgrade the Lake George's Million Dollar Beach facilities prompts heated objections from nearby lakeshore residents

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Great Escape employees aid community on a day off from work

Great Escape granted 60 of their year-round employees a day off from work for a community service project — and the employees spent it improving the recreational assets of Glens Falls.

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Teacher's mustache to be sacrificed for holiday charity?

The appearance of a Social Studies teacher at Warrensburg High is bound to soon change radically, if students follow through with their plans

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'Salute to Veterans’ concert features Lake George Community Band

Event pays tribute to military personnel

The Lake George Community Band is holding one of its ever-popular patriotic concerts at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Glens Falls High School auditorium. The ‘Salute to Veterans’ concert is free to all veterans and active-duty military personnel.

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LaPoint’s Variety show set for Nov. 15 and 16

Warrensburg's tradition of hosting holiday variety shows for charity — complete with homegrown talent — continues with Florence LaPoint's latest production, set for 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 15 and Saturday Nov. 16 in the Warrensburg Elementary School auditorium.

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Thanks to volunteer workers, injured Chester veteran can return home

A veteran partially paralyzed due to a fall in a hospital couldn't come back home to Chestertown until his home was made wheelchair-accesible. So veterans groups and local contractor and his assistant built the veteran a heavy-duty deck and ramp so he could return to be with friends and family.

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Hearing tonight on Million $$ Beach boat launch, roadway upgrades

The state has planned some ambitious upgrades to the parking lot and roadway serving Million Dollar Beach — but a related plan to site a boat launch and craft washing station east of the beach has prompted concerns from shoreline residents.

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Count of paper ballots confirms Wood's win over Haskell in Thurman

A headline-grabbing, hard fought contest for Thurman town supervisor ends with count of paper ballots.

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At Polar Express kickoff event, children bask in holiday joy

With high expectations, children gathered at the Saratoga Springs rail station Nov. 11 to have their letters to Santa transported by train to the legendary North Pole via the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, which is launching its series of holiday Polar Express excursions this week.

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Wrrnsbg. VFW members extol departed comrades

In one of two simultaneous Veterans Day ceremononies in Warrensburg, VFW members honor those who died in combat — as well as all U.S. citizens who served their nation.

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Polar Express holiday kick-off includes selection of youth guest train conductors, vouchers for veterans, military

The Polar Express holiday excursions on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway smashed records when introduced in 2011. They return this year with some special amenities, to be showcased at 1 p.m. Monday Nov. 11 at the Saratoga Rail Station. At the event, several youngsters will be chosen to be Guest Conductors, and Veterans and military personnel can pick up vouchers for free train rides on this popular scenic railroad.

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Citizens in Warrensburg, Chester & Horicon to honor veterans

Hundreds of citizens in the region will be turning out to honor those who've served their nation as they attend Veterans Day ceremonies.

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BCS chief Ray Ciccarelli to retire, search for new superintendent begins

Citizens sought for search committee

Ray Ciccarelli, a high-profile community leader for decades in Bolton, is retiring as superintendent of the Bolton Central School District — and a search for his replacement is about to begin.

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New Lake George B.I.D. plan lowers levy, exempts owner-occupied residences

A plan to establish a Business Improvement District in Lake George Village gets a little less costly, less onerous, and excludes owner-occupied residences in its second draft — approved Nov. 4 by the village board.

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Wood outpolls Haskell in Thurman; Warren Co. Judge John Hall re-elected

The highly contested, drama-filled campaigns in Warren County were concluded Tuesday, with some surprising results.

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Warren Co. voters cast their votes in the general election

A long list of intriguing races will be decided in a matter of hours.

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Warren Co. leaders approve 2014 budget with slim levy hike

After a contentious budget-drafting season, the finalized spending plan is hailed for frugality, savvy spending.

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High-tech Lake George research project kicks off with contour mapping

Planes, boats to survey lake

Those planes flying repeatedly over Lake George this week have a scientific mission: An advanced, world-class environmental monitoring and prediction system in Lake George that involves collecting massive amounts of data on lake currents, organisms and pollutants, is kicking off with lake contour mapping efforts.

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Efforts underway to persuade Canadians to visit Warren Co.

Just driving through Lake George one can see how important Canadian tourism is to the region — by looking at the number of Canadian flags are flying above motels and restaurants. Area tourism officials, however, are ramping up their efforts to pursuade Canadians to visit Warren County.

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Girlfriends’ Getaway and its founder honored for boosting tourism

Girlfriends' Getaway, a weekend retreat for women in Bolton Landing, made waves and won friends right from its debut. The acclaimed event has continued to grow and spread the word about the beauty and amenities of the Lake George region — and its founder was recently awarded for her work.

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Baker, Geraghty spar over taxes, hydro plant, landfill hours

Two candidates for Warrensburg Town Supervisor differed sharply on a variety of issues — but they both pledged to keep government expenditures to a minimum.

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Costumed canines reign at Chestertown's Pug Parade & Party

Patient pugs allow their owners to dress them up in zany costumes in this ever-popular Chestertown event that annually draws people from near and far.

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WCS students clean up trash from bend in Schroon River

Warrensburg high-schoolers demonstrate environmental stewardship and community activism as they clean trash out of the Schroon River.

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Neighbors replace roof for family battling rare affliction

Neighbors and fellow church members help a family that is facing hardships stemming from a rare genetic condition.

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Haskell absent from political debate in Thurman

Questions go unanswered

It was going to be 'showtime' for a capacity crowd of Thurman citizens Oct. 22 at a Meet the Candidates Night, but they were left hanging when one of the co-stars of a highly-anticipated political debate didn't show up — apparently due to an injury that required emergency surgery.

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Warrensburg-Lake George Price Chopper to create 100+ jobs, stay open 24 hours

Area officials hail plans for new supermarket, impact on regional economy

Area politicians and Golub Corporation executives gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 16 for a new supermarket — the first ever of its size and range of services — to be built just south of Warrensburg. The plans for the expansive, full service store were unveiled at the event.

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Despite sidelined star, Burghers prevail — and head into playoffs

Facing a formidable challenge, Warrensburg football players — including a few rookies — pull off a key victory with gritty determination.

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Suggestions for boosting Warrensburg's 'walkability' and recreation aired

In developing a project to improve recreational opportunities and pedestrian ambiance in Warrensburg, researchers discover it's a 'walkable' and sociable place to live.

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Pug Party & Parade occurring today in Chestertown

Those homely looking but lovable and well-mannered dogs are being celebrated Sunday Oct. 20 at the annual Chestertown Pug Party & Parade.

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