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Thom Randall

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North Country Ministry's Spring Gala is approaching

The agency that accomplishes so much for families in the North Country is holding their Spring Gala soon, and tickets are now available.

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Tickets on sale now for homegrown musical ‘Four Play’

A musical — about a group of four men sharing their concerns and aspirations candidly as they gather for golf annually through their adulthood — will have its debut in early April in Glens Falls before it goes on tour. The musical, hailed in its readings to date, was written by Queensbury mortgage broker Rick Wilson, drawing on his own experiences with a group of former college classmates. The show has been called the male answer to 'Menopause - The Musical.'

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NWCS pancake breakfast serves up socializing as well as sustenance

In Northern Warren County, there's a strong community spirit — and local citizens enjoy embracing it!

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Hundreds brave the cold at ‘Sham Rock the Block’ fest in Lake George

One of Lake George Village's most frigid St. Patrick's Day weekends in recent history didn't deter hundreds from enjoying the Irish-oriented festivities at Sham-Rock the Block fest.

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Irish family festival this weekend in Lake George

Called "Sham 'Rock' the Block," it's a two-day family festival in Lake George Village that offers everythig from a keg-tossing contest and Irish music, dancing and partying — to bounce houses and pony rides for children.

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No. Warren teachers host free pancake breakfast this Saturday

The idea of getting the community together for breakfast at school was an idea that proved very popular — and allowed the students' parents to meet their teachers in a fun atmosphere.

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Thurman’s Jack Wax Party this Saturday has deep local roots

People from near and far will be gathering this weekend in Thurman to savor the tasty age-old treat of Jack Wax, or maple syrup ladled onto ice crystals — but they'll also be enjoying Adirondack mountain-town hospitality as the local residents raise money to fight cancer.

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Area leaders to strategize composting of yard and food waste

While other counties in New York State regionalized their recycling and composting over the last two decades, Warren County abandoned the practice, leaving its individual towns to decide how to deal with the procedures. The result has been a widespread lack of lack of simple measures that could be earning towns revenue while providing soil-enrichment products for local citizens. A group of citizen activists now are urging towns so adopt practices that have proven to make money, while providing a valuable service for their residents.

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Warren County leaders mull establishing Ethics Board

To meet prevailing of public officials, Warren County leaders consider establishing a county Board of Ethics and beefing up their Ethics Code & Disclosure Policy.

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Lake George leaders eye 20-year solar power contract

With an intent on saving taxpayer money and minimizing the carbon footprint of local government, the town and village are considering signing a 20-year solar power contract — in the following weeks.

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Grant awarded to Thurman for moving town court to Harris House

The Harris House has been a landmark in Athol for generations — and now the Thurman town government has received a grant to repair it so it can accommodate town court.

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North Warren JV Girls Basketball Team sets school record

A team of female athletes from Northern Warren County conquers far larger schools in tallying an undefeated record.

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Body heat, spicy chili: hot times at Bands ‘N Beans fest

Called 'the mother of all parties,' Bands & Beans fest is an annual rite of late winter for the southern Adirondacks, with people from their 20s to their 70s gathering in Lake George to socialize, dance, groove to the music of a lineup of bands and taste a wide variety of specialty chili concoctions brewed up by local restaurants. The event is a major fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project.

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After stellar Sectional run, Cougars look toward future

Four years ago, a group of North Warren Central basketball players endured a woeful 1-17 season. Undeterred, they set their sights on lofty goals, practiced hard, and now they're one of the top Class D teams in the region -- although they are from a school with quite small enrollment. The players talked this week about their odyssey to the top — and their expectations for next year.

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Body heat, spicy chili: hot times at Bands ‘N Beans fest

Called 'the mother of all parties,' Bands & Beans fest is an annual rite of late winter for the southern Adirondacks, with people from their 20s to their 70s gathering in Lake George to socialize, dance, groove to the music of a lineup of bands and taste a wide variety of specialty chili concoctions brewed up by local restaurants. The event is a major fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project.

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Bolton Central officials eye new athletic field

A surprise offer from a Bolton man to sell or lease land to Bolton Central for a sports field may provide a variety of benefits for the school community, Bolton Central School District's CEO says.

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Rotarians: 'Enjoy the benefits of our organization'

The civic organization that has been deeply involved in charitable and community-service efforts in northern Warren County for many decades is now seeking new members.

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Warren Co. emergency dispatchers foil suicide, avert potential gas explosion

Under duress, Warren County dispatchers respond quickly and with expertise — not only saving a man's life, but averting a mass explosion that could have leveled a Glens Falls neighborhood.

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L.G. Village officials debate employee pay & benefits as they unveil budget

As a flat-tax budget is announced, Lake George officials spar over village benefits and raises.

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WCS leaders reveal initial 2014-15 budget, ask citizens to lobby for more state aid

Frustrated with aid cutbacks in recent years and concerned about the tax load shifting to property owners, Warrensburg Central School Superintendent John Goralski is active in lobbying for restitution of lost aid and relief from unfunded state mandates. Both Goralski and Lake George Superintendent of Schools Patrick Dee hosted a forum this week on these concerns.

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Remington’s Spinal Cord Benefit coming soon

Scott Remington of Brant Lake — along with those in the region who help him with his charity — have annually demonstrate their caring character through this vital fundraising effort.

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Krazy Downhill Derby features wacky sleds, prompts memories

Chestertown-area residents — and people from afar — display they humor and creativity through their participation in the Krazy Downhill Derby, a race of wacky homemade sleds.

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Schumer seeking federal funding for brownfield cleanup

Citing the benefits of protecting public health, boosting property values and spurring economic development, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said during a visit to Glens Falls that he'll be lobbying the U.S. Environemntal Protection Agency for $700,000 to clean up six brownfield sites in the city.

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Cougars defeat Fort Ann, advance in Sectional tourney

The North Warren boys basketball team continues their remarkable winning streak — after suffering deep early-season losses.

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Nettle Meadow Farm featured on new NYC webzine

A farm located in the remote rural mountain-town of Thurman that raises goats and other creatures with humane practices — and creates world-class cheeses — was hailed recently in a new Manhattan-based webzine.

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Lake George Winter Carnival to host car races, family fun this weekend

Lake George Winter Carnival's last weekend for 2014 includes car races and plenty of family-friendly activities.

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Saturday's 'Krazy Downhill Derby’ — full of creativity & fun

This event — one of the highlights of the year in northern Warren County — just has to be experienced to be fully appreciated!

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Dynamite Hill: a prime destination for a half-century

A modest sledding hill and ski slope in northern Warren County is the source of fond memories for generations of area residents. A belated celebration of its 50th anniversary will be held mid-morning Saturday Feb. 22 at the ski slope, in conjunction with the annual Krazy Downhill Derby in Chestertown.

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Six-story hotel approved for Lake George by local planning board

After months of multiple hearings that featured outcry by local citizens — as well as revisions in plans by the developer — a six-story Marriott Courtyard, far taller than any building now in Lake George, was approved by the local planning board.

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Sen. Schumer to visit Glens Falls, talk about securing $700,000 brownfield cleanup grant

Sen. Schumer is to announce lobbying for money he says will boost Glens Falls' economic development and mitigate potential public health hazards from exposure to chemical pollution.

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Lake George town & village sign joint services agreement

To boost efficiency and save taxpayers' cash, the town and village of Lake George agree to consolidate an array of their municipal services.

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Kerrigan Roth of WCS signs to play collegiate Field Hockey at Adelphi

Warrensburg High's Kerrigan Roth, a member of an extended family of exceptional athletes, has signed a national Letter of Intent to play Field Hockey at a Division II collegiate hockey.

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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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