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ECRWSS PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID DENTON PUBLICATIONS/ NEW MARKET PRESS P.O. BOX 338 ELIZABETHTOWN, NY 12932 POSTAL CUSTOMER FREE May 29, 2010 A Denton Publication Reach out Grant Sports Cemetery needs volunteers for maintenance and upkeep. The Adirondack Museum received a $10K grant for “Kid Zone” project. Crown Point boys and girls teams take MVAC championships. Page 4 Page 2 Page 10 Johnsburg approves contingency budget By Lindsay Yandon JOHNSBURG — Nearly every chair in the Johnsburg Central School (JCS) cafetorium was home to a body on Tuesday evening as the JCS school board addressed the issue of their recently failed budget. At the conclusion, the board voted to approve its proposed contingency budget for the 2010-2011 school year. On May 18, the proposed budget failed by a margin of 264-408. That budget proposed a .95 percent spending increase and a 4-5 percent tax levy increase. The increases were met with much community opposition over the past several weeks. A citizens budget committee formed to protest tax increases with members including Bruce Ashline, Pat Cunningham, David Braley, George Heim, Sally Heidrich, Bert Miner, Tony Moro, Susan Murante, Margaret Prashaw, Carol Richards and Richard Stewart. The contingency plan includes and $10,062,415 total budget, which translates to a .67 percent or $67,153 increase from the 2009-2010 budget. These changes present a 3.5-4.5 percent tax levy increase to $5,918,217. During Tuesday’s meeting, the board presented three options including putting the original proposed budget back up to vote, putting an amended budget that would have included significant personnel and program cuts to a vote or — David Braley approving the proposed contingency budget. “We have received many request to put the original budget back up to vote,” said Superintendent Mike Markwica. The contingency budget, however, was approved unanimously, but not without considerable conversation. “We weighed the long term effects of the “We all need to get on the same page. We must figure out a way to provide a good education while being fiscally responsible.” Tannery Pond welcomes “The Power of Masks” Lindsay Yandon NORTH CREEK – Tannery Pond Community Center will feature an exhibition entitled “The Power of Masks” - international youth art and artifacts from the World Awareness Children's Museum in Glens Falls in the Widlund Gallery from May 29 through June 23. The meaning of masks in societies all over the world will be revealed through the accompanying A sample of the mask exhibition to be interpretation text displayed at TPCC during the month of panels provided by June. Photo courtesy of the Widlund Gallery Jacquiline Touba, executive director of the children’s museum. The exhibition will also include masks from Japan, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Bali, Venezuela and Costa Rica. “This is a unique show and we are honored to have it displayed at Tannery Pong,” said Elise Widlund. The art pieces from the Museum’s International Youth Art Exchange Program will include paintings and drawings from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Nigeria, Lithuania, Brazil, Poland, Bulgaria, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Romania. Four roles that masks play are explored in the exhibit, on a continuum from the sacred to the secular: transformation, identification, drama and disguise. See MASKS, page 7 See BUDGET, page 7 EMS week comes to Minerva Central School MCS students got some hands-on rescue experience while listening to each other’s heart beats. Photo by Mike Corey By Mike Corey MINERVA — Volunteers from the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad descended on Minerva Central School May 20 to bring awareness of the importance of emergency first aid to as many students as possible. Students from pre-k to high school seniors had the chance to participate in activities that promoted the need for good first aid and an understanding of some of the equipment that is used in medical emergencies. The activities were all part of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, a national effort to bring awareness to kids and adults of the importance of good emergency medical care. Minerva squad members first visited elementary classrooms, bringing with them items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, splints and other equipment. The idea was to give the kids some hands-on experience with some of the same things that EMS personnel use. “Cool” was one of the most heard comments from the students during the elementary room activities. Fun things like coloring books, pencils, stickers and junior EMT hats were given out to all the kids at the end of the visits. From the elementary classes, rescue squad members moved on to the MCS gymnasium, where they met with middle and high school students to talk about the importance of EMS followed by a series of participatory activities. The students were able to engage in three different emergency first aid scenario demonstrations: a serious bleeding injury, a possible broken arm, and a combination fall/head injury. Students were genuinely involved in the activities, whether on the elementary, middle school, or high school level. 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