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Thom Randall

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Lake George Oktoberfest a crowd-pleaser

A harvest festival in Lake George fills the village's main drag with a crowd that savored craft beer, Bavarian food, German music, a craft festival, and games for children.

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Lake George Oktoberfest: German food, dancing, specialty beers and craft show

At Lake George Oktoberfest's debut in 2012, the resort village's main street was filled with people celebrating and dancing to German music. This year's edition —set for Saturday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13 — is expected to be just as fun and popular.

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Bolton this weekend: arts & crafts show, loads of yard sales, chili fest too

Folks love festivals in Bolton because of the upscale lakeside ambiance. This weekend's quality arts & crafts fest — combined with the Bolton community garage sale and chili cook-off — means there's even more reason to visit Bolton for Columbus Day weekend!

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Citizens, entrepreneurs raise concerns over proposed Lake George business district

Whether a Business Improvement District would boost commerce and benefit Lake George Village — or just boost taxes and add another layer of government — was debated Oct. 7 by local citizens at a village public hearing.

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Move of Warren County Tourism Dept. gets renewed consideration

Moving Warren County's tourism promotion operations into the middle of a busy strip of outlet malls makes a lot of sense to some county leaders, but seems like a misguided idea to others.

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Officials: Wbg. garage sale draws record one-day crowd

The colossal sale that annually swallows Warrensburg yields weird treasures as it sets a new one-day record

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Warrensburg beats gridiron rivals with final surprise play

The Warrensburg football team has only done it once in the prior seven years — they beat rival Lake George, and they did it with a stunning trick play in a game that will be remembered for a generation by Burgher fans.

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Bargains galore at World’s Largest Garage Sale this weekend

For more than three decades, tens of thousands of bargain-hunters have crammed into Warrensburg for the World's Largest Garage Sale for antiques, collectibles, distressed goods, tools and household wares of all kinds.If you can imagine it, it's available at this colossal sale.

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Surfside’s six stories slammed

There was considerable opposition early this year when the village board adopted a new zoning code that allowed buildings as tall as 72 feet high in selected spots in Lake George Village, but generally not on the east side of Canada Street near the lake. And now that a lakeside resort owner has asked for a variance to also build six stories, the outcry is more vocal.

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Warren Co. drivers’ tests suspended until Oct. 8; will resume then for limited hours

A brazen drivers-test cheating scandal in NYC prompts the state to impose new mandates for testing oversight. In Warren County, the DMV office suspended its drivers testing until it adjusts its operation to comply with new oversight regulations.

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‘Festival for the Lake’ attracts crowds, sparks interest in L.G.’s health

This past weekend's 'Festival for the Lake' went beyond serving as a pleasant weekend of fun family activities — it raised needed funds to protect Lake George's health

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Burghers stun Fort Edward in season’s first win

Never make assumptions about the fortunes of the Warrensburg High School Football Team. In astonishing turnabout, the Burghers ran roughshod over a talented arch-rival merely a week after losing a game 53-0.

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Little Burghers show heart in mid-season contests

The Warrensburg Youth Football teams tangle with opponents in September matchups.

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Bolton's Harvest Fest to feature bed & canoe races

Canoe and bed races, children's games, a communal soup, a shared meal of home-cooked food and paddling around a scenic pond — who could ask for more from a community festival. The Bolton Harvest Festival is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 5 at Edgecomb Pond.

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Popular 'Festival for the Lake' continues Sunday with family activities, games, crafts, street fest

A family festival held to raise money to help protect the purity of Lake George draws thousands to enjoy music and a wide array of activities. The Festival for the Lake continues Sunday, Sept. 29 through 4 p.m.

Thurman may reinstate youth program

The town of Thurman cut its summer youth program this year due to budget constraints. But now that the budget stresses have receded, town leaders are considering reinstating some form of organized youth activities. The issue is likely to be raised at a special town board meeting Monday Sept. 20.

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'Festival for the Lake’ to take over Lk. Geo. village this weekend

Lake George is becoming known for its celebrations, and the latest is likely to extend that reputation. Billed to be Lake George's largest party yet of its kind, the Festival for the Lake is occurring this weekend, with a street fair complete with beer and wine, a lineup of musical entertainment, casino games, and a children's carnival.

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Six-story structure, parking garage proposed for Surfside Hotel on Lake George

Although the side of Lake George's main drag that extends to the lake was specifically excluded from hosting tall buildings in recent zoning changes, the owner of a leading hotel situated on the lake has asked for a zoning variance to build a six-story structure to house 60 new rooms and a two-story parking garage, now prohibited in the hotel's zone.

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Chester awarded funding for biofuel heating of municipal complex

The town of Chester takes another step forward in sustainable practices — while saving money for taxpayers and aiding the environment.

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Wbg.-Lake Geo. Price Chopper groundbreaking soon

The long-awaited supermarket planned for years off Northway Exit 23 is finally coming to fruition.

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Thurman man named new Warren Co. code administrator

A man who grew up in Thurman was chosen to lead one of Warren County government's most demanding jobs.

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Balloon fest's kickoff hosts largest crowd ever

As the Adirondack Balloon Fest took flight Thursday evening in Glens Falls Crandall Park, balloonists and out-of-towners praised the not only the acclaimed festival, but the local citizenry's spirit and character.

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Lake George officials: proposed hotel looks boxy, uninspired

Lake George Planning Board members say they want the village's first large-scale hotel to be architecturally interesting — a structure that the community can take pride in.

Warrensburg Car Hop builds sense of community

Not only girls, but guys too just want to have fun — and that's what the Warrensburg Car Hop served up recently, with a vintage car show, a clever radio personality and congenial waitresses serving up 1950s diner food curbside.

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Lake George Business Improvement District goes to public hearing

A new municipal entity is on the verge of being established in Lake George, and although it will levy an additional tax, it has widespread support as it mission is to boost economic development among businesses in the core commercial district.

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Blanked in their second 2013 contest, Burghers now eye rebound victory at home

The Warrensburg High School football squad has endured many seasons when they both suffered slumps then enjoyed moments of brilliant play. After suffering a tilted shutout last Saturday, Burgher coach is hoping for the latter of the two to put some fire into the 2013 campaign.

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Chester hosts crowd celebrating the 1920s

A celebration of the Prohibition era — complete with gangsters, bootleggers and flapper girls — came alive this weekend in Chester in a series of events that injected new life into rural northern Warren County.

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Lake George Jazz Weekend celebrates its 30th with a stellar lineup

The 30th edition of the Lake George Jazz Weekend, set for Saturday Sept. 14 through Sunday Sept. 15, features a lineup of internationally acclaimed musicians, including legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton and his new group.

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'Rum-Runners Weekend’ starts Friday Sept. 13 in Chestertown

This weekend's Rum-Runners' Weekend celebrates the exploits of the Roaring Twenties, while drawing attention to the Prohibition-era heritage of local communities. Historians say that rum-runners stopped over in Pottersville and Chestertown when they were smuggling alcoholic beverages into the U.S. from Canada — transporting them down Rte. 9, the main route to New York City.

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Firefighters, citizens recall terror, sacrifices on 9/11/2001

Eleven area fire companies participated in the annual Sept. 11 Memorial ceremony held in Warrensburg, bearing witness to the local fire company's pledge, "We Will Always Remember," to never abandon their yearly solemn ceremony to honor those who were killed in the horrific terrorist attacks, and the valiant work of the emergency responders, many of whom sacrificed their lives for others.

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Annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony set for Wednesday eve.

Warrensburg's annual ceremony honoring the citizens and emergency responders who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is to be held Wednesday, 12 years to the day after the fateful event.

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Disabled access advocate ready for another court fight with DEC

Despite facing a year in jail over several DEC violations for driving to close to a handicapped-accessible campsite, disabled access advocate Ted Galusha of Warrensburg vows to continue his ongoing fight to open up forest lands to those with mobility issues — and make the state live up to its promises to boost such access.

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Warren Co. Primary election results: Challengers win G.O.P. line in Thurman, upsets in Queensbury

Geraghty tops Baker in Wbg,; Stannard secures ballot spot in Lake George

Tuesday's Primary election yielded some surprises: Republican challengers in Thurman won wide margins in defeating incumbents, and political newcomer Nancy Stannard of Lake George secured the G.O.P. line.

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Chrome, tail-fins, lavish paint - even bare steel - on display at Lake George car show

Not only did Lake George experience shrieking burn-outs, thundering exhaust and gridlock during the Albany Rods & Kustoms car show last weekend, but more than more than 10,000 automotive enthusiasts who admired 1,500 artfully restored and customized vehicles.

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Thurman broadband access project advances

Dial-up's days are numbered in the rural, remote town of Thurman. The mountain town has gained national attention due to an innovative new wireless technology local leaders will be using soon to connect households to the Internet.

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Wrrnsbg. Farmers’ Market safety issues raised — and refuted

Would moving the Warrensbuirg Farmers' Market be beneficial or not? While some say a site change would boost pedestrian safety, others say it would lead to the popular market's demse.

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With Bartholomew now chief of EDC Warren Co., area economic development sets new course

Chosen to head up Warren County's economic development agency, Ed Bartholomew, with extensive contacts in Albany, pledges to focus on small rural communities as well as the metropolitan municipalities.

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Burghers force Canajoharie into overtime battle

The Warrensburg High football team proves how tough their defense is — and how they can grind out offensive yardage — in a gridiron battle Sept. 7 against larger Canajoharie.

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Adirondack Nationals car show to descend on Lake George

Event expected to break records

The Lake George Adirondack Nationals car show, one of the four largest events in Warren County, is expected to draw a record crowd to savor as many as 1,800 custom and vintage vehicles on display throughout the village.

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Warrensburg High's cross-country program a success right out of the gate

Just starting its second season, the Warrensburg High School Cross-Country program has record enrollment and its athletes have fared quite well in competition, some earning All-Star status.

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Winning isn’t the whole story for the Lake Geo. Cross-Country team

The coach and runners of the Lake George Cross Country team treat each other like family, reaching out to the least athletic of the squad to help them achieve their best. The result? a large number of students join the team, giving it the depth of talent it needs to capture championships — and the 2013 squad is likely to do just that.

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North Warren running team is small, but poised for achievement

North Warren High School athletes are known for their achievements which overcome their school's small enrollment. The NWCS cross-country running team for years has been a remarkable example of excellence in athletics despite such a limitation.

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Following a legendary mentor, Teresa Colvin takes over as new WCS field hockey coach

Although new Warrensburg High School field hockey coach Teresa Colvin follows the legendary Mary ann Bump who has mentored many championship teams over three decades, Colvin isn't likely to disappoint local sports fans, as she also has plenty of experience in guiding athletes to victory.

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Jeremy Whipple promoted to Athletic Director at North Warren

Jeremy Whipple, a six-year employee of North Warren Central School, has tackled the position of Athletic Director for the School District following the departure of Jason Humiston, who left to take on the same post at Fort Ann Central, home of two state championship sports teams.

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Lake George volleyball team has deep experience

The Lake George High School Volleyball team's lengthy legacy of victory is likely to continue for 2013, as they have eight experienced Seniors returning.

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Warrensburg High volleyball team ready to set new course

With a new coach with a positive attitude — and a lineup of experienced seniors, this is the year the Warrensburg High School volleyball team is likely to be changing course and winning a good number of games.

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The sky’s the limit for the WCS field hockey team

The stars seem to be aligned for the Warrensburg Field Hockey Team to achieve a championship this year, despite toughened competition stemming from the merger of the Adirondack and Wasaren field hockey leagues.

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North Warren field hockey team has deep but young roster

It's been three years since the Cougar 'miracle team' in field hockey captured the imagination of the region's sports fans, but considering the spirit of North Warren athletes, the 2013 squad may pull off another upset championship season.

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Rebuilding Cougar soccer team likely to beat the odds

New coach Jeremy Whipple at the helm

Following predecessors known for remarkable accomplishments, both the North Warren Soccer Team and their new coach Jeremy Whipple face challenges ahead. But the local fans shouldn't worry — there are experienced, talented athletes on the squad.

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Warrior girls soccer team has challenges ahead

Facing tough competition in the Adirondack league, the Lake George High School Girls Soccer Team is working hard to extend the winning ways they enjoyed in the second half of their 2012 season

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