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Essex Cty. drug raid leads to arrests By Pete DeMola

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ An assembly line of shackled individuals shuffled across Judge Richard B. MeyerÕ s courtroom Friday, March, 21 for arraignment on felony drug charges. Eighteen suspects were netted by raids conducted by a kaleidoscope of law enforcement agencies across the county Ñ including New York State Police, town departments, the Adirondack Drug Task Force and the Essex County SheriffÕ s Department Ñ as part of a coordinated effort to identify, investigate and apprehend suspected narcotics dealers operating within the county. The dates of the alleged crimes stretch back into last year and only now are suspects being brought up on multiple charges.

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Federated Church welcomes new pastor PAGE 5


Maria Brassard of Moriah gives a presentation on animal tracking during the 4-H Public Presentation day held at Westport Central School recently. Photo by Keith Lobdell

Willsboro teachers earn national merit By Keith Lobdell

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WILLSBORO Ñ A duo of Willsboro Central School teachers have been honored nationally for their work in the arts. Derrick A. Hopkins and Jennifer Moore, who respectively lead the theatre and music departments, have been selected as the 2014 Section 1 recipients of the National High School Heart of the Arts Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The duo were nominated by school Superintendent and New York State Public High School Athletic Association first vice president Stephen Broadwell. The NYSPHSAA oversees the states partnership in NFHS. Ò He told us that we had received the nomination and how proud we should be of just being nominated for this award and we thought we were done,Ó Moore, the music department head, said. Willsboro teachers Derrick Hopkins and Jennifer Moore.

JAY Ñ There was a house on RandyÕ s Lane that is no longer standing. The first house on the riverside road in the Town of Jay was destroyed by Town of Jay and Essex County Highway Department personnel March 19, the first of 28 properties to be destroyed under FEMA and state funding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. The double-wide house located at 11 RandyÕ s Lane and formerly owned by William and Tammy Freeborn is the first of three that will be dropped on a road that only has four dwellings and the first of 23 properties to be razed in the town.


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ELCS seeks board candidates ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Petitions and information to run as a candidate for the Elizabethtown-Lewis School Board of Education may be obtained by contacting Lauri Cutting, District Clerk, in the Main Office of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 8736371 ext. 502. The Board will be seeking to fill two seats. One three-year term to fill the expired term of Karen Hooper and Alan Jones, whose terms are expiring on June 30. Deadline for petition submission is April 21.

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New restaurant opens in former pharmacy By Pete DeMola ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ For the past 17 months, Tracy Spooner has been quietly sawing, hammering, painting, polishing and prepping the old pharmacy building on Court Street in Elizabethtown for the next phase of its existence. HeÕ s been experimenting, devising, testing, trying and tasting a cornucopia of potential menu items in the small, tidy kitchen with freshly-painted white walls. On Monday, March 17, he was ready. Shortly before dawn on St. PatrickÕ s Day, tables were set, coffee was brewed and a chalkboard was hung, onto which the dayÕ s specials were penned in a neat cursive script. The lights were turned on and the red sign on the front window was finally flipped over: Ò Come on in,Ó it said. Ò WeÕ re open.Ó By the end of the week, a chattering lunchtime crowd snaked over the polished wooden floors from the counter into a brightlylit dining area. A phone rang incessantly and calls between the counter and chef Ñ Ò Order up! WhatÕ s the status on that ham on rye?

The saladÕ s in the cooler!Ó Ñ ping-ponged back and forth and blended into the midday sunlight that filtered in and splashed over the earth-colored brickwork. T. SpoonerÕ s was now open for business. Ò I wanted to give folks a quality product and give them enough choices to keep them coming back,Ó said Spooner, the man responsible for breathing a fresh springtime blast into this tiny townÕ s culinary landscape. Spooner, a North Country native who has spent 40 years in the food business, said his new restaurant is a culmination of the years he spent honing his kitchen skills, from his graduation from the Ò school of hard knocks” in April 1974 to lengthy tenures at numerous fine dining establishments within the Blue Line, including a stint at the Whiteface Inn during the 1980s that had national reporters for Gourmet magazine scampering for his shrimp scampi recipe. Ò I didnÕ t tell them,Ó he winked. “It was a wonderful flavor that you just couldnÕ t copy.Ó T. SpoonerÕ s bills itself as a restaurant that serves fresh, homemade food. Their menu offerings, mainly soup, salad and sandwiches, reflect comfort classics upgraded to reflect contemporary trends. The sandwich menu, for example, boasts mainstays like ham, turkey and grilled chicken on a selection of sourdough, tortilla or Bavarian pretzel rolls paired with a choice of red pepper hummus, Thai peanut mayo or cranberry honey, among others. Spooner took on a fatherly pride in his soups as he ushered

Tracy Spooner tends to the roast beef at T. Spooner’s in Elizabethtown. Photo by Pete DeMola

a reporter into the kitchen. Ò If you put your heart into what you do, youÕ ve got to do it right,Ó he said while inspecting the trio of soups gently bubbling on the stovetop: broccoli cheddar chowder, Philly cheesesteak and hamburger macaroni, the latter of which, he said, is a popular North Country staple. Spooner said business has been good and despite several minor hiccups throughout the first week, namely when it came to expediting orders and accommodating the rush of hungry patrons, the response from the community has been overwhelming and he thanked everyone for their support. Ò We have high expectations and weÕ re going to do our best to fill them,” he said. “We’re constantly evolving and making immediate changes based on input from the community.Ó The menu, which also boasts a sizable breakfast spread with a

distinctive southwestern flair, is also in a state of fluidity. Spooner said he plans on adjusting his offerings based on shifting customer, seasonal and culinary demands. That could mean a spread of cooler soups in the summertime designed to neutralize the heat, for example, or tweaks here and there to the salad menu to accommodate the ebbs and tides of produce availability. Once the weather breaks, Spooner envisions the summertime inclusion of picnic tables beneath an arbor canopy that naturally forms in the backyard. Spooner smiled as he again enthused about the community. Ò This is why I could never live anywhere else.Ó T. Spooner’s, 7567 Court Street, Elizabethtown. Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m to 5 p.m. Visit them on Facebook or call 873-3299 for take-out; 637-4567 for the specials hotline. Menu changes daily.

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Essex County task force saying “neigh” to animal cruelty By Pete DeMola ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ An emerging group of lawmakers, civic organizations and grassroots activists want you to know that animal abuse doesn’t fly in Essex County. On Monday, March 17, a task force met at the Essex County Government Center to chart a path forward in preventing, identifying and prosecuting animal cruelty within county lines. “We as a society definitely need to provide better protection to our animal population,Ó said Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting, who helped set up the force. Ò This can be done by more comprehensive laws designed to punish offenders and make offenses carry more legal weight than the outdated and archaic laws that we have to deal with now.Ó Cutting said there are currently no local laws specifically prohibiting animal cruelty and authorities have to turn to the often-antiquated Agricultural and Markets laws written for the agrarian communities of yesteryear. Those laws, most of them equating to toothless misdemeanors, mainly refer to things like overdriving livestock, said Cutting. District Attorney Kristy Sprague agreed that current legislation hasn’t caught up in reflecting the contemporary realities of animal ownership

and nailing those who continually abuse them, whether by leaving creatures exposed to the harsh elements or neglecting them to the extent to which theyÕ re eventually whittled into skeletal, sore-pocked skinrags. Ò The animal abuse statutes as they stand now do not provide increased sanction for repeat offenders and provide no statutory right for the prosecutor to ask for lifetime prohibition on ownership of animals,Ó she said in an email message. Ò This is just scratching the surface as to the inadequacies of the current laws.Ó Sprague, who is on the task force, said from a law enforcement standpoint, crimes against animals have been linked to other types of abuse, including domestic violence. Ò This is very concerning,Ó she said.

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Chaired by Lewis Supervisor David Blades and Willsboro chief Shaun Gillilland, the task forceÕ s objectives for the year are to develop, approve and adopt county policies and procedures for handling animal cruelty cases that are beyond the scope of local town animal control officers. Afterwards, they hope to supplement these procedures with community outreach and awareness programs and, if necessary, fundraising campaigns.

Ò WeÕ re going to harness the lessons weÕ ve learned in the past and move forward with specific objectives so we can accomplish something,Ó said Gillilland. Ò WeÕ ll then move suggestions up the board of supervisors for approval.Ó Prior to the task force, the county didnÕ t have a set blueprint in place for dealing with animal abuse, a gap that became increasingly evident during the lengthy struggle when authorities grappled with allegations of abuse on an Essex farm before finally seizing 41 sickly horses and arresting the owners. That case is still winding its way through the county court system, as are several others. Ò Animal abuse is a nationwide issue, not just at the county level,Ó said task force member Major Dave Reynolds of the Essex County SheriffÕ s Department. Reynolds said since Jan. 1, his office has deemed 24 citizen reports of animal abuse to be credible and dispatched officers out to all of them to investigate. He said his staff looks forward to advising the task force how to move forward from a law enforcement perspective, a role that includes dispensing advice and making recommendations as to how his department would like to see abuse addressed from a legislative standpoint.

Ò There is very promising legislation currently making its way through Albany, including the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill, that the task force is excited to support,Ó said Jessica Hartley, Executive Director of the North Country SPCA, the official who help spur the creation of the task force after an impassioned presentation to the board of supervisors in August of 2012. Ò The more we educate people about the proper treatment and care of their animals, the bigger the impact we will have on reducing the cases of animal cruelty and neglect that we see in our communities,Ó she said. Gillilland said the task forceÕ s executive committee plans on meeting monthly with the full group meeting on an as-needed basis. Nancy Van Wie, co-owner of Crane Valley Horse Rescue, the organization that took in the aforementioned horses last fall, said they will keep their ears to the ground: Ò We will certainly continue to provide counsel whenever consulted,Ó she said. At the state level, state senator Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) has been circulating a petition since this past August to create a statewide animal abuse registry after the so-called Railroad Puppies case in Albany drew widespread attention to what many perceived as the lack of all-encompassing animal rights laws in the state.

APA reschedules Hurricane, St. Regis UMP hearings RAY BROOK — Due to the winter storm, the Adirondack Park Agency rescheduled the State Land Master Plan (SLMP)Public Hearing for the Hurricane and St. Regis Fire Tower UMPs previously scheduled for March 12 to April 2. The hearing will begin at 6:00 PM at APA Headquarters located in the NYS Office Building Complex in Ray Brook. The public is invited to attend starting at 5:00 PM to review relevant documents. APA has also extended the public comment period for written comments on SLMP conformance for the proposals contained in the final draft UMPs until April 16. The Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area is located on the Summit of Hurricane Mountain in the Town of Keene, Essex County. The St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower

Historic Area is located on the summit of St. Regis Mountain in the Town of Santa Clara, Franklin County. Some of the proposed management actions in the draft UMPs include: •Maintain the fire towers in a manner that complies with the State Historic Preservation Act; •Make necessary structural improvements to the fire towers to allow for safe public access; •Maximize the fire towers’ interpretive and educational potential; •Install a radio repeater and solar panels on the Hurricane Mountain fire tower to strengthen emergency communications for NYS Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew discusses the merits of science and technology with young participants at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School’s Science Fair Tuesday, March 18, including Beckham Egglefield (right). This year 71 students participated, according to science teacher Kaitlin Fielder, marking a significant increase from last year. Photo by Pete DeMola

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he North Country SPCA is happy to report that our recent Bowling Tournament in Willsboro last weekend was a complete success! As an added bonus, Scooter was adopted at the event



got a quick reaction to last weekÕ s bit on the spelling of Ò AusableÓ from my editor here, Keith Lobdell, who as the editor for a local paper should know town spellings. IÕ ve also paid attention as IÕ ve been traveling about the area this week. First thing I found was that it is amazing how many signs are spelled all in capital letters. Some help that is. As Keith pointed out most places spell it as one word with only the Ò AÓ capitalized. Au Sable Forks is the only place using two words and AuSable Central School System seems to be the one place that uses the capital Ò SÓ in the middle besides me up to now. Interesting enough, or at least I think so, my spell check thinks two words is correct while the one word variations are misspelled, not that I ever hold a lot of faith in word document spell checkers. Again, once the Anderson Falls Heritage Society opens up in the Spring I will check with them on this Ò mystery.Ó



he film showing this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange is Ò American Hustle.Ó It’s about 1970’s scams and scandals, very funny but loaded with confusing twists and turns. I would recommend you read a plot summary online if you donÕ t want to get lost in the chicanery. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Coming up at the Grange on April 4 is a concert by ScotlandÕ s Archie Fisher and CanadaÕ s Garnet Rogers. These two are undisputed members of folk musicÕ s royalty and to have them performing together in Whallonsburg is something devotees and even casual fans will not want to miss. Fisher played last year at the Grange to great acclaim, and Rogers is making his first appearance here. Rogers is kind of like the folk equivalent of Neil Young in terms of popularity. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets, which you should get ASAP, are only $12. They can be purchased at Dogwood Bakery in Wadhams or from the Grange. If you are attending an event at the Grange, please donÕ t park in front

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and left with tail-a-wagging. We would like to thank all who came out to support us, and a huge thanks to the Willsboro Bowling Center and TotoÕ s Sports Lounge for hosting. To read more about the event and connect to a link to pictures, check out our page on Facebook. Our featured pet this week is Gracie, is a beautiful, yearold Dilute Tortoiseshell-mix who has personality to spare. This petite lady cannot get enough attention and will twist and turn every which way - almost contorting herself into a pretzel - to get it! She showed up at our shelter as a stray, but she desperately wants to be part of a family. Gracie can play for hours and would love to entertain you with her antics. She also enjoys cuddle time and would happily be your lap-warmer, looking up at you with her intelligent golden eyes as she kneads bread and expresses her happiness with a rumbling purr. Please stop by and meet this all-around great feline and show her what a real home is all about.

Kyle Page • Recently we had the passing of a couple of World War II veterans. That is one of the reasons the North Country Honor Flight is so active in getting the veterans to the memorial while they can. Another thing that I would like to point out is what a wonderful job the Honor Flight does in sending off our deceased veterans with full military honors with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Well done Honor Flight; I’m glad we have you in our area. In this monthÕ s water bill was a notice that garbage pick-up will end in September for village residents due to the forth coming dissolution. Being in the Ausable side of the community I have always had to secure my own garbage service. Since I moved here I have been fortunate to have BobÕ s Trucking from right here in Keeseville over on Clinton Street. They have always done a great job and are incredibly kind and considerate. Have a great week.

Rob Ivy • of WhitcombÕ s Garage, which is not part of the Grange property. Taylor Haskins, a Grammy winning trumpeter, is performing two mid-day shows on April 6 at the Essex Inn as part of a fund raising brunch for the Lakeside School. There will be a silent auction of locally donated items and reservations are required. Call the inn at 963-4400 for more information or check out the schoolÕ s website. I put a heated bird bath last week by our feeder in the hopes of seeing bluebirds up close. So far the only customers IÕ ve gotten are chickadees who seem to use it mostly as a foot bath. This year there will be no April FoolÕ s column, since April 1 is on a Tuesday, making the timing a problem. I admit that in years past my little jokes have caused consternation and may have upset a few people. No one wanted to change the spelling of Whallonsburg to Waylonsburg, and there was bitter disappointment that no natural gas was found at the town dump. The town did not sell the hamlet to Vermont and IÕ m sorry if you were taken in. It wonÕ t happen again.



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e are actually suppose to soon feel a touch of Spring. So take time, go for a walk, stop in at our new gathering spot, located in the Old Pharmacy Shop on Court Street called T. SpoonerÕ s, now open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., closed on Saturday and Sunday. Chef Tracy Spooner is offering a delicious creative breakfast and lunch menu ranging from $2.25 to $7.95, in a very pleasant setting to eat-in or take-out. You can check their daily specials on Facebook at T.Spooners or call 637-4567, to place your take-out order call 873-3299. It’s a great place to meet friends for a great cup of coffee/ tea, excellent pie and great conversation. While there, walk across the room into Flower Designs by Tracy to pick up a Spring bouquet or a beautiful dish garden to help with that touch of Spring fever. Tracy Sayre is a full service florist, offering beautiful designs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. She also has many gift items, along with various lovely silk creations. You can find out more by checking her website at flowerde-



t is hard to believe that Easter is only four weeks away and this is the time we not only welcome the birds back to the area but we also look forward of the return of our families that depart for the winter. We still have much snow to leave us, it is hopeful that it will melt at a rate as not to cause flooding. The Willsboro United Methodist Church is still a busy place of activities. The After School Youth Program is coming to a close for the season this week. They recently took the children to visit the animal shelter and take them a donation of food supplies and a money donation. The older youth went to view the recent movie Ò Son of God,Ó and they found it very moving and a better insight into the life of Jesus. This same church will host the third Lenten lunch on Wednesday, March 26, at noon. Sunday, March 30, they will have as their special guest a Praise Group from Keeseville/Harkness churches to conduct the morning worship service starting at 10 a.m. This is always a lively time of worship. They are starting their monthly Public suppers on April 2, serving meat loaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and homemade pies, starting at 5 p.m. for $9. Before very long summer opens up to many annual events and there is always a need for several volunteers to make these events do well. The Visitor Õ s Center will be looking for volunteers that would offer at



his busy weekend, the Westport Drama Club presents Ò Rumpelstiltskin,Ó directed by Paul Mudie and Cathy Brankman, with performances on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Matthew Schrauf stars as Rumpelstiltskin in this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, which centers around two strong-willed sisters: shy, romantic Anya, and sensible, outspoken Ingrid. When their stressed-out mom tells a tiny little lieÑ that Anya can spin gold out of straw—the King decides that Anya is behind the kingdom’s financial woes. Mix in magical companions, mistaken identities, a short roguish villain, and princess wannabesÑ is this a recipe for disaster, or happily ever after? Between these performances, the WCS Class of 2016 will host 9-Pin Bowling at the Willsboro Bowling Center on Saturday, March 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund here in Westport, which keeps Christopher’s memory alive by providing financial assistance to local and regional families for incidentals like travel and lodging that come or email her at flowers@,you may call 873-5005 to place orders. TracyÕ s is a great place to help you with your early Easter flower needs. The annual Spring musical, Ò Legally Blonde,Ó sponsored by the Elizabethtown Social Center, is Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at the ELCS auditorium. The production is based on the novel of the same name written by Amanda Brown, was made into a movie and also was on Broadway in 2007. The show is directed by Susan Hughes, choreographed by Karin DeMuro with musical accompaniment by Kerry Mero. Come out and enjoy the cast in this funny performance about the experiences of a California sorority girl who enters Harvard Law School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and families are $25. Planning a head, Saturday, April 5, is the next Elizabethtown Thrift Shop collection day from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the United Church of Christ parish hall. They are looking for Spring and Summer clothes, housewares, linens and any Red Hat memorabilia.

Janice Allen • 963-8912 • least one three-hour shift a week to be at the center to greet guest. If you are interested let Janice Allen (963-8912 ) know of your offer, she can fill you in on details of what a volunteer is expected to do. The Heritage center and Adsit Cabin will be looking for volunteers to offer their services for a three-hour shift, let Charlie Lustig or Ron Bruno know of your interest. This year and next year this community will be celebrating special anniversaries. We have a rich history of our past life here and need to retell of these special times of our history. Reminder that our new supervisor is still seeking the public input of things they would like to see done here in Willsboro. He is holding these free open time each Saturday form 9 to 11 a.m., so just stop in and have a visit. The Town Board is still seeking a new possible location to house the local food shelf and store the medical supplies along with a possible local site for the Senior Citizen weekly gathering place for their lunch times. If you have any offers or suggestions let them know at the town hall. Happy Birthday to: Leslie Wilkins March 26, Richard Sayward March 37, Barbara McKaig March 28, Marlene Young March 29, Chief Belanger March 29, Ann Choate March 30, Tracie Gay March 29, Jada Reynolds March 29, Robert McVicker March 31.

Colin Wells • up during treatment for a childÕ s illness. You are invited to organize a team of four and take part Ñ check with any WCS sophomore or Coach Rascoe if youÕ re interested. For more information about the CEH Fund, visit our website at or drop me an email. Or come bowling with us on Saturday and weÕ ll be happy to tell you all about it! After all that activity, by Sunday, March 30, you’ll be more than ready for a hearty brunch of delicious sourdough waffles and zesty frittata, served at Dogwood Bread Company from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Wadhams Free Library. ThereÕ s also fruit salad and tempting desserts, along with coffee, tea, and juice. Frittata, by the way, is sort of like quiche without the swish. Sausage, potato, cheese, and eggs, baked in a cast-iron skillet in the wood-fired oven. We also serve a veggie version, without the sausage (or the swish). Suggested donation is $12 adults / $6 twelve and under. This is a really fun event for everybody. The Library would like to thank Keri Fair and the whole Dogwood gang at the Bakery for hosting this rousing spring fun-raiser.

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Westport Federated welcomes new pastor By Keith Lobdell WESTPORT Ñ Tom Smith has been learning the names and stories that make the Federated Church a spiritual family since January. Smith is the new Pastor at the Westport church, a parish he had been working at for a year prior to taking the helm. Ò I did pulpit supply for a year before, preaching about 10-15 times here in 2013,” Smith, a Jay resident, said. Ò My wife (Lisa) and I felt that we were called here after we prayed about it and our goal is to love, to lead and to feed. Love the church, lead them and feed them what they needs to have a successful life.Ó Smith works out of the church parsonage Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as conducting and presiding over Sunday meetings and events. Ò Having a parsonage and a place to have Bible study and a meal is a great blessing,Ó he said. Smith is familiar with the area, having lead the Lake Champlain Bible Fellowship in Port Henry from 2010-12, leaving because he felt the church needed someone, Ò with boots on the ground there.Ó Prior to his time in Port Henry, Smith served at the Lake Placid Baptist Church following his retirement from teaching in the Lake Placid School District. Ò The year I retired from teaching was



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Pastor Tom Smith of the Westport Federated Church. Photo by Keith Lobdell

the perfect timing to start preaching as well,” Smith said. “It is a good fit because you are always teaching in the ministry and doing it in a lot of different ways.Ó Smith said he is looking forward to continuing to learn about the people of West-

port as they learn about him. Ò One of the challenges in the ministry is your life is an open book, but I am looking forward to getting to know the stories of this church and people here getting to know about me.Ó

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hey may very well have had a point. Last Friday, local teachers and parents stood outside the Glens Falls and Plattsburgh offices of New York State Sen. Elizabeth “Betty” Little to protest a pair of key issues when it comes to education funding within the state. The first issue is easy enough: Why would anyone in the North Country care about funding for charter schools? Those who have come out in support of passing funding to the publicly paid for, but independently run, academies that, according to the state Department of Education, Ò create and sustain excellent educational options for New York State families on behalf of the Board of Regents through high quality charter school authorizing, fair and transparent oversight of all charter schools, and the dissemination of innovative school designs and practices.Ó Sounds great, but the closest charter school for North Country students is located in Troy or Albany, a one-plus hour drive for our southern-most readers and almost three hours for those by the Canadian border. So there are no charter schools in the district that Little represents, which makes it very easy to understand why teachers and parents are upset with Little voting in favor of bills that would shift funding away from public schools and toward charter institutions. Sen. Little, you represent a district that has no charter schools and therefore should be mindful of the needs of your constituents. Little has been a champion for business rights within the Adirondack Park. She has brought millions in grant funding to towns in desperate need of infrastructure repairs and was on the front lines of Tropical Storm Irene relief. All these things she was praised for, but many families watching their taxes go up and their quality of education go down as teachers lose their jobs are losing their patience when they hear about the glory of charter schools they have no chance of sending their children to. This leads to another issue, one Little has said recently she is trying to help eliminate: the Gap Elimination Adjustment. Under Former Gov. David Paterson, the GEA was used to balance a state budget that was out of control according to Albany lawmakers. It continued under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who swore the budget would get better. Guess what, it has, as Cuomo touts a budget surplus that will be realized in the next two years. Congratulations! The GEA worked and now we can go back to business as usual. Ehh, not so fast. Both Cuomo and the legislature are dragging their feet on this one, wanting to keep the money that should be going to local public schools away or moving it into charter schools. What does this mean for local schools? Elizabethtown-Lewis Superintendent Scott Osborne said his school has cut all that they can without affecting the quality of education provided to students and the fund balance will shortly dry up. He almost drops to his knees whenever he talks about the desperate need to restore the GEA. Minerva Central School has already started to look at consolidation of high school services with Johnsburg because of the strain put on them by a state budget that gives them less money yet asks them not to raise more than the two percent tax cap. In Glens Falls, the district is looking to fill a gap that is over $3 million while knowing money that is supposed to come to them is being held captive by lawmakers, including herself. We all know people in the North Country feel, at times, their voice is not heard in Albany. Little has been someone who has helped overcome that stigma, and local families are asking for that help again. That is why they are protesting at her offices, because they feel she can affect change for them. So, to all of our local officials at the state level, keep in mind the needs of local students and schools this budget season, help to eliminate the GEA and keep money coming to our school children and not urban charter schools. Ñ

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process since its inception, so y now you may have why is it in our best interest, heard that by Sepor for that matter, the worldÕ s tember 2015, the best interest, to give up conUnited States will turn over trol over the ability to create its oversight of the Internet a name? to an international stakeholdThe URL name is essentialers group. The U.S. Comly your license to function on merce DepartmentÕ s National the Internet. ItÕ s how people Telecommunications and find your site. That site, reInformation Administration Dan Alexander gardless of its purpose, has (NTIA) announced its plans Thoughts from a certain amount of openness to transition control of the Behind the Pressline and freedom under the curInternet Corporation for Asrent system. signed Names and Numbers Can we be assured the same freedom (ICANN) to a Ò multi-stakeholderÓ body. will exist when a multi-stakeholder group The agency said this has been part of the has controlling interest? Beyond the anlongterm plan since 1997. The purpose of this non-profit group nouncement, little is known about how this process will work, how the successor is to create and assign top-level domain will be organized or populated, the extent names that end in common three letters or nature of its authority, or how it would like .com, .org and .net. Think of it like be insulated from interference from inthe folks behind the telephone directory. dividual governments or organizations. ICANN establishes the protocols that creThis should be a concern because the U.S. ate the organizational structure to the inoversight of ICANN has been focused on ternet. enhancing the stability and reliability of The Internet is still an evolving entity that has linked the people of the world, the Internet while preserving the openness making the sharing of ideas, commerce and and innovative nature critical to its future growth and development. news something everyone can access proThe United States has a unique role in vided you choose to be connected. the world. Our unwavering support for The big question that no one has really freedom and transparency must not be dianswered since this transition was anminished or easily given away. We still are nounced a few weeks back is why are we the worldÕ s beacon for freedom and liberty. giving up control of ICANN? The Internet holds the unique distinction ItÕ s been reported that several times in the last decade, a group of countries has for people of all races and nationalities to urged that control of domain names be seek what weÕ ve fought hard to establish. If the Internet functions were harmed, transferred to the United Nations. This not only would there be economic damage, movement is primarily led by China and but a vital forum for freedom of speech and Russia. political dissent could be compromised. Now think for a moment if we really want Russia to have a major say in the While the transition of the Internet stewardship from the U.S. may have been increation of sites? Russian authorities shut evitable at some point in the future, it is down several websites critical of the govunclear why the U.S. should surrender its ernment in the days before the country began its recent takeover of Crimea Ð a clear role at this time given the recent events in Russia. As a nation we should never conmove to stifle debate and silence the opcede to being just another country among position. Would those sites have ever been countries. We are and must continue to be given permission to get on the Internet in an exceptional nation that repeatedly demthe first place if countries not so supportonstrates and encourages others to follow ive of freedom of expression had control in our path of freedom and opportunity for over the naming process? all. American creativity gave birth to the Internet and has adequately overseen this Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Pub-

March 29, 2014

Skating Success a Sign


To the Valley News: This was a winter for ice skating, was is not? The frigid cold temps made for perfect skating conditions, but other conditions made ice skating particularly great this year in Elizabethtown. There was a concerted effort to revitalize the skating rink and encourage its use. Thanks to those who, each in their own way, contributed to a successful skating season in Elizabethtown: Previous and current Elizabethtown Town Board members; Town of Elizabethtown employees; Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commission; NYCO Minerals; Moriah shock crews; Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club; Creating Healthy Places Program of Essex County Public Health; Bub’s Pizza; Kim’s Karpets; Rick Olcott, Terry Pulsifer, Jeff Gaveletz, Maggie Bartley, Ben Morris, Karen Disogra, Paul Pulsifer, Megan Rushby, and Claude Turner Ð other quiet contributors and those IÕ m forgetting. Your support was truly appreciated. Over 60 people skated on the busiest Friday night, one of many hosted by the ElizabethtownLewis Youth Commission. The ice was in constant use after school and on weekends. There were grandmothers, tykes, teens and everyone in between. Skaters commented on the great ice conditions, the fun they had, and how fortunate we were to have the rink, lights and warming shed well cared for and open regularly. With spring here, I reflect upon this winter with fond memories and think of all this contribution as a sign of our growing social capital. My thanks go out to all involved with the skating success - just one example of how we as a community benefit from the investment and cooperation of our members. Jessica Darney Buehler Elizabethtown

Drug busts

Continued from page 1 Ò This was part of a lengthy ongoing investigation of various individuals suspected of selling drugs in our communities,Ó Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said. “We will continue to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to make further arrests.Ó Eight of the suspects are from the town of Moriah, seven from Ticonderoga and one each from Auburn (Cayuga County), Hudson Falls (Washington County) and Saranac Lake, which spans both Essex and Franklin Counties. During a break in Friday afternoonÕ s lengthy arraignment process which was broken up into one two-hour session and another that lasted 90 minutes, New York State BCI Capt. Robert LaFountain said authorities typically try to conduct these operations twice per year and only do so when they’re confident that they have constructed solid cases that will hold up in court. Authorities must offer a cautious approach that will not compromise ongoing investigations, he said. Ò It really depends on the nature of each investigation,Ó LaFountain said. Ò There are a number of considerations evaluated by law enforcement agencies and the DAÕ s office as to when arrests will take place.” According to LaFountain, 50 law enforcement officials were involved in FridayÕ s arrests.

The process

The arraignment process for each of the 17 suspects (Laurie B. Campney, who was reportedly in the county jail, was the only suspect who was not arraigned before Meyer on Friday) followed the same basic template. The suspects, most clad in baggy, county-issued jail uniforms and shackled at the waist, feet and wrists, were brought before Meyer, who then opened a sealed indictment before the court. Meyer then asked the accused if they would like to review the indictment personally or have the charges read to them. If the suspect opted for the latter, Meyer would briefly explain the charges — those explanations contained details of the date and location of the alleged crimes that were otherwise not made immediately available to the public Ñ before explaining their legal rights and ascertaining if they required public counsel. First Assistant District Attorney Michael Langey then presented the stateÕ s suggestion for bond or bail for each defendant Ñ the standard fee for each individual without prior convictions was $2,500 cash bail (or $5,000 insurance bond) — which would then be tweaked based on a set of variables, namely prior conviction records, current employment status, civic involvement, family dependents and a brief statement from the accused. Based on the above, Meyer would then set bail and the next court date, most of which were set for Friday, March 28 to allow the defendants who, all of whom except two, needed time to obtain public counsel and start building a case.

The defendants

While all of the charges were felonies, the majority bundled into packs of two: Criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of that same substance.

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Michael J. Rosselli, a International Paper staffer arrested at 6:45 a.m. on heroin charges, was the first defendant to be brought before Meyer. Rosselli, 29, went through the process with his public attorney Julie Garcia before being dismissed to the holding room to MeyerÕ s left. Most of the cases appeared to follow the same basic pattern. According to their statements to the court, the defendants tended to be unemployed and living with family members, they were on disability and/or public assistance, arrested on opiate charges and appeared to be surprised that they got picked up for alleged crimes that took place months ago. Joseph L. Gregory, from Port Henry, was arraigned on two counts of criminal sale and possession of hydrocodone, a prescription pain medicine, alleged to have taken place on Aug. 6, 2013. Ò IÕ ve got a medical appointment at CVPH tonight,Ó he told the court. Ò I need access to my medication and I really need to be there because of my back.Ó Meyers determined Gregory, 58, needed to be assigned public counsel and released him on his own recognizance. Kathleen A. Savage, brought in on charges related to the alleged sale and possession of oxycodone on Aug. 5, 2013, appeared disoriented and confused. Ò How did you come up with this?Ó she asked Meyer. Ò I just want to go home Ñ I have mental health issues. I have panic attacks. IÕ m disabled and I need my medication.Ó Bail was set at $2,500 and Savage, 47, was assigned public counsel and dismissed to await transport back to the county jail in Lewis. Christine M. Sheldon, 41, picked up for the alleged sale and possession of oxycodone in Moriah on May 1, 2013, said she had no prior convictions. She told the court she was receiving mental health outpatient treatment at St. JosephÕ s Treatment Center in Elizabethtown and staying in a motel with her son, a minor enrolled in PINS, a diversion program designed to keep at-risk youth out of juvenile justice facilities. The two of them, she told the court, were trying to put their lives back together after the recent suicide of the childÕ s father. Ò WeÕ re just trying to get on our feet,Ó she said. Bail was set at $2,500 and Sheldon, who was determined to be eligible for public counsel, was dismissed. Port Henry resident Timothy K. Emmons, arrested on charges related to the alleged sale of tapentadol, an opioid analgesic commonly prescribed for pain relief, told Meyer that he is on disability for back problems and had a medical appointment scheduled for Thursday, March 27 at the VA. Langey suggested bail at $10,000 cash/$5,000 insurance bond. Ò Holy Toledo!Ó Emmons interjected. Ò He just wants me to sit in jail, but thatÕ s okay.Ó Meyer reduced the amount by half and set EmmonsÕ next appearance for Friday, March 28. Marcus A. Rancour, 42, said he Ò vaguelyÓ understood the charges stemming from the alleged possession and sale of suboxone strips in Moriah on April 5, 2013. Ò I hope to go back to work next month,Ó he said. Ò I work construction.Ó

Sheriff ’s deputies escort suspects netted in Friday’s drug raid out of the Essex County Courthouse and into waiting police vehicles on Friday, March 21.

The drugs

Suboxone is an FDA-approved and regulated semi-synthetic opioid designed to treat opiate addiction, namely heroin, by weaning addicts onto what addiction specialists say is a safe and legal replacement to illicit substances. Prescriptions have skyrocketed in the past decade, pushing out the previously utilized methadone, and its use is said to diminish the withdrawal symptoms that are common when addicts decide to stop using opiates. Suboxone was responsible for the largest number of charges at the arraignment. Seven defendants faced a total of 16 suboxone charges, followed by cocaine with 12, hydrocodone, tramadol, tapentadol, clonazepam and subutex, another opiate withdrawal aid similar to suboxone, with four and marijuana, meth and oxycodone with two each. Aside from meth, cocaine and marijuana, the aforementioned narcotics are opiates, the class of drugs used in pain relief and the class to which oxycodone, hydrocodone and heroin belong. Ò This region has seen a surge in heroin use in recent years and prescription medication remains a significant problem,” said LaFountain.

Multiple offenders

Some of the suspects had outstanding cases, like Brandon W. Martinez, 26, the Moriah resident picked up for two counts related to crack cocaine. Martinez was found guilty by county court last December of one count of failure to provide sustenance to a dog, a misdemeanor under Agriculture and Markets Law 353-B, and was scheduled to be sentenced later this month for one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Ò I have a lawyer who was assigned counsel for another case and I have no idea why heÕ s not here,Ó he told Meyer during his arraignment. Auburn resident Thomas R. Saerig, 24, brought in on marijuana charges, has been on probation since December of 2012 for growing-related charges and has, according to Langey, been arrested multiple times by Lake Placid and Saranac Lake authorities. Damien Sprague was brought in on four counts of criminal sale and possession of suboxone and meth and reportedly faces felony weapons charges in the Moriah town court. Sprague, 20, was in the public spotlight last December after escaping a house fire in Moriah that killed 22-yearold Sierra Daha. Narcotics investigations throughout the region are ongoing and similar raids will be conducted in the future, said LaFountain. He said while he could not reveal the exact investigative tactics used by law enforcement agencies in FridayÕ s sweeps for safety reasons, he said that narcotics sales made today, for example, may be under surveillance and participants may be brought in on future raids. Ò The only way that you can ensure you donÕ t end up in court in handcuffs is not to sell drugs,Ó he said. A raid in Franklin County netted 28 suspects and more arrests related to todayÕ s sting in Essex County are expected to be conducted shortly.

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ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ On March 21, 2014, the New York State Police took part in a multi-agency round-up of suspects involved in the sale of drugs in Essex County, which resulted in numerous suspects being arrested. The detail resulted in the arrest of the following defendants: • BRANDON M. MARTINEZ, 26 years old of Moriah, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3RD (2 Cts.)-Crack Cocaine, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3RD (2 Cts.)Crack Cocaine • DAMIAN H. SPRAGUE, 20 years old of Moriah, New York, currently incarcerated in Essex County Jail, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th-Suboxone Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th -Suboxone, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th -Methamphetamine, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th -Methamphetamine • GREGG J. KOLYSKO, 55 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 Cts.)-Tramadol, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5TH (2 Cts.)Tramadol • ANDREW R. TRUDEAU, 23 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, currently incarcerated in Essex County Jail, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th -Suboxone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th -Suboxone • LAURIE B. CAMPNEY, 25 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, currently incarcerated in Essex County Jail Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 Cts.)-Suboxone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5TH (2 Cts.)Suboxone • ANTONE P. TERIELE, 23 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd -Cocaine, Criminal Poss. of a Controlled Substance 3rd -Cocaine, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 Cts.)-Clonazepam, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5TH (2 Cts.)Clonazepam • CALEB G. LABATORE, 28 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 Cts.)-Subutex, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5TH (2 Cts.)Subutex • JOHN C. CARR, 29 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.)-Cocaine, Criminal Poss. of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.)-Cocaine • CHRISTINE M. SHELDON, 41 years old of Westport, New York Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th - Hydrocodone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th - Hydrocodone • JOSEPH L. GREGORY, 58 years old of Port Henry, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Hydrocodone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Hydrocodone • KATHLEEN A. SAVAGE, 47 years old of Port Henry, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd -Oxycodone, Criminal Poss. of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Oxycodone • TIMOTHY K. EMMONS, 50 years old of Port Henry, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.)-Nucynta Tapentadol, Criminal Poss. of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.)-Nucynta Tapentadol • JUSTIN S. HANDY, 30 years old of Ticonderoga, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th -Suboxone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th -Suboxone • MICHAEL J. ROSSELLI, 29 years old of Witherbee, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Heroin, Criminal Poss. of a Controlled Substance 3rd- Heroin • JAIMIE L. RUSSELL, 29 years old ofHudson Falls, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 Cts.)-Suboxone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 Cts.)Suboxone • MICHAEL J. GONYEA, 42 years old of Saranac Lake, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd-Cocaine, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd -Cocaine • THOMAS R. SAEHRIG, 24 years old ofAuburn, New York, Criminal Sale of Marijuana 3rd (2 cts) • MARCUS RANCOUR, 42 years old of Moriah, New York, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th -Suboxone, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Ð Suboxone The suspects were committed to the Essex County Jail pending arraignment in Essex County Court March 21 before the Honorable Richard B. Meyer.

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March 29, 2014

Maple weekend events set

Last year, Willsboro teachers Derrick Hopkins and Jennifer Moore coordinated a “tour” for Willsboro elementary vocal students.The Duo were named the Section 1 recipients of the Heart of the Arts Award.

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Continued from page 1 Ò I got an email a couple months later with the title Ô YouÕ re a winnerÕ and was not sure what it was,Ó Drama head Hopkins said. Ò He was probably thinking it was spam,Ó Moore responded. Ò After reading it a little more, I called Jen to ask her if she got the email,Ó Hopkins said. Ò She said she was in the middle of class and I told her to look at her email to see if she got the same thing. She went to check and then I heard her start yelling with excitement.Ó Moore said the award was validation not only for the duo but for those who were invested into the arts programs. Ò It recognizes the whole community that comes together to see these projects through and allows kids to experience a wide variety of arts,Ó she said. Ò We have a dream administration and board of education that is unparalleled in this region and they are 100 percent behind you.Ó Ò It is a validation that even though we are such a small school, we are able to have programs like these that are thriving in a small setting with two people where in larger schools they have full departments with numerous teachers in each,” Hopkins said. “We had 50

kids in our elementary musical, which is a very good percentage of the student body.Ó The duo work together on the elementary and high school musicals as well as various other programs throughout the year, like the musical tour by the Willsboro Academy students in 2013. Ò We have an energy, we are able to feed off each other and we are not afraid to try different things,Ó Hopkins said. Ò Derrick always wants to try new things and keep growing and we all feed off that,Ó Moore said. Ò I teach what I want to learn and surround myself with as many different artists as I can. We get a lot of guests to come by not only to give the kids a sense of the bigger picture but to keep us inspired.Ó Ò They do such an unbelievable job working with the students and they are very worthy of the recognition,Ó Broadwell said. Ò I am excited for both of them and proud of their hard work and commitment. They are a great team.Ó Hopkins and Moore will be presented with their award at a later date. The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. This is the first year that the National High School Heart of the Arts Award has been offered.

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack maple producers and businesses invite all to celebrate springÕ s sweetest product with special events, tours and tastings during Maple Weekend, March 29-30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. New York state maple syrup has established a reputation as one of the highest quality maple syrups in the world. Every March since the mid-1990Õ s, the New York State Maple Producers Association has presented Maple Weekends, during which maple producers from throughout the state host open houses to showcase how maple products are produced, from tree to table, and provide a chance to taste and purchase products. This year, the Tri-Lakes/High Peaks region of the Adirondacks will also host a series of special Ò sweetÓ events on the last weekend in March. The weekend includes family fun activities at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, The Paul SmithÕ s VIC and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, sugar house tours and demonstrations, restaurant tastings, specialty cocktails and featured foods, along with special events at museums and visitors centers around the area. Participating maple producers include: •Cornell University Uihlien Forest, with guided educational tours on maple, birch and

walnut syrup production; •Heaven Hill Farm, with hands-on youth maple programs; •Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, with an evaporator demonstration and sugar on snow; •Visitor’s interpretive Center at Paul SmithÕ s College, with student-led sugaring seminars and baked maple pastries; •The Wild Center, with a real sugaring operation on site plus tapping tours; •1812 Homestead, with old-time sap collecting. Maple Weekend will feature Tastes of Maple at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on March 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. Maple producers will bring samples of their maple syrup to taste, and the regionÕ s chefs will bring delicious dishes inspired by maple syrup. Attendees can purchase tasting tickets for $1, and tasting portions will range from $1-$5. On Sunday, March 30, the Paul Smith’s VIC will host the first ever Maple Sap Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Participants will run or walk out to the sugar bush - likely on snowshoes depending on the weather - fill a quart jug with maple sap and bring it back to the VIC for processing. All weekend long, area businesses will be offering maple-themed specials and promotions.

Benefit events slated for injured Willsboro man WILLSBORO Ñ A pair of fundraising events are planned in the coming weeks to help a recently injured Willsboro resident. On March 1, James Ò JimmerÓ Phinney fell and fractured his skull, resulting in slight memory loss and a few days in the hospital in Vermont. Bill Wright said although he is doing much better now, the doctors have told him that he cannot work for at least four weeks, at which time he will be reevaluated. Phinney is the father of two girls, Jade and Autumn, along with their mother Beth Soper. He is also a partner with Lee Sloper in the building and repair business of Sloper & Phinney. The first benefit will be held at Johnny’s

Smokehouse in Willsboro Saturday, March 29, at 5 p.m. It will consist of a silent auction, raffles, drawings, music, snacks and more. There will be a $10 cover charge at the door with proceeds going to Jimmer and his family. A 9-pin (no tap) bowling tournament will be held April 26. Teams will consist of two people ($20 per person or $40 per team) with bowling shifts at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. There will also be a Chinese auction for entire day and 50/50 raffle for each shift with cash prizes for first through third place. Sign up sheets will be at the Willsboro Bowling Center. Call 963-8983 or Lee Sloper at 572-6828 for more information. For more information on how to help with donations, contact Sloper at the number above.

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GOP hopeful Joe Gilbert talks energy policies, free market, governmental overreach By Pete DeMola DEKALB JUNCTION — On June 28, 1985, Joe Gilbert graduated from high school in Ogdensburg, a small city in St. Lawrence County. The following day, he found himself at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for basic training. Ò I joined the army right out of high school,Ó the GOP hopeful said during an interview conducted as the candidate sat on the back porch of his farm in Dekalb Junction. Ò Back then, during the Reagan years, the country was on the upswing Ñ there was a sense of optimism and a good economy. ThatÕ s the country I wanted to serveÉ and I did.Ó After 24 years, Gilbert returned to the North Country and touched down to a changed landscape. Manufacturing jobs had left the region and factories were closed. Family-owned dairy farms faced tough times and several of GilbertÕ s family members, including his uncles, were out of work. Ò It wasnÕ t the North Country I left,Ó he said. Gilbert, 47, said the country is in a prolonged state of decline, a direct result of what he views as a sharp tack away from its founding principles as laid out in the Constitution in 1787. Ò ItÕ s the governmentÕ s job to defend our rights and theyÕ re acting well beyond their original scope. Federal agencies are being used as a weapon against the people,Ó he said, citing the recent IRS and NSA scandals. Ò Something was off-track and needed to be righted — and that’s why I’m running for office.”


Gilbert, who demonstrated an easygoing air and showcased little of the fiery rhetoric that has been a hallmark of the Tea Party movement to which he is aligned, said the federal government should limit themselves to the 18 enumerated powers listed in the Constitution. Ò Just because something needs or should be done, doesnÕ t mean it needs to be done by bureaucrats Ñ it can be handled by state or local governments,Ó he said. Ò There are four levels of gov-

ernment between from where IÕ m sitting and the federal level. Ninety-five percent of governance should come from people you can walk down the street to talk to.Ó Gilbert, a father of two young children, cited the controversial education initiative Common Core as an example of government overreach. Ò The federal government should not be involved in education Ñ the Department of Education, which isnÕ t in the Constitution, sucks up millions of dollars just running itself. Every single one of those dollars come from the states and their policies are derived from special interest groups imposing what they hope will become national standards.Ó Gilbert said he didnÕ t want his four year-old son Ethan, named for his cousin Ethan Allen, the war hero who helped capture the Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775, to be subjected to federal mandates, including President ObamaÕ s proposals to standardize early education for pre-schoolers and the First LadyÕ s push for a healthier citizenry. Ò I think I can handle what my daughter can eat for lunch,Ó he said, referring to Mackenzie, who is six.


Gilbert said while he considers himself a conservationist and doesnÕ t want to see the environment degraded more than anyone else Ñ he commented on the beauty of the pond on his 131 acres and the turkeys and deer clambering around it Ñ the White House, he said, is burning the candle at both ends when it comes to charting the nationÕ s energy policies. On one hand, he said, you have green advocates who are against any form of fossil fuel. Ò ItÕ s on their agenda to push green energy systems that are not economically viable,Ó he said. Ò The federal government pumps taxpayer money into them and they fail, like Solyndra,Ó he said, citing the thin-film solar cell manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan guarantee by the Department of Energy before going bankrupt and shutting down in 2011 because it was unable to compete against more traditional solar cell tech-

nology. Gilbert said the federal government makes existing energy sources Ñ like coal, for example Ñ so expensive through excessive taxation, it makes the green systems more attractive. But those systems exist solely on government subsidies from the EPA, he said, and prices rise when coal plants are closed as a result before the total energy supply is then diminished. Ò IÕ m all for green energy once it becomes viable,” he said. “But let the free market innovate first and when they get on the same playing field as fossil fuels, then itÕ s time to rock and roll.Ó


Gilbert said thereÕ s only a few things the federal government can really do to create jobs. First, he said, is reaching the state of energy independence. As the districtÕ s representative, Gilbert said heÕ d approve permits and projects like the Keystone Pipeline that would lower energy prices. Ò This would make everything cheaper and increase the amount of disposable income, something that would spur economic activity Ñ a rising tide lifts all boats,Ó he said, echoing ReaganÕ s trickle-down theory. Another way to encourage job creation, he said, would be to facilitate more economic activity with Canada through increased trade. Gilbert said the country’s fiscal policies, namely the high levels of corporate tax, discourage investment and he would advocate for strong incentives to bring investment back to American shores by eliminating corporate income taxes for companies who decide to move their operations from overseas back to their native turf. Ò Our corporate income tax is the highest in the world and we wonder why companies are leaving,Ó he said. Ò The overall answer is to get the government out of the market. If you unleash America’s entrepreneurial spirit, it’ll open the floodgates to creating wealth and economic expansion. But the government itself cannot create jobs.Ó Gilbert said Americans have been conditioned to depend too much on political promises. Ò We need to be more self-reliant,Ó he said. Ò The American dream is still out there Ñ we just have to go for it. DonÕ t wait for a politician to deliver it to you.Ó


Gilbert is the only candidate in the race who has served in the military. His resume describes a quarter-century of service, including a stint as a Battalion Intelligence Staff Officer with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in the late-1990s and as a Commander in the 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion’s CCompany, a unit that was assigned as the reconnaissance unit in support of the Iraq Survey Group in the search for WMDs in Iraq. Ò I conducted over 200 intelligence raids and recon missions throughout Iraq and we captured over 500 tons of enemy weapons and other materiel of military significance,” he said. “It was the largest repatriation of enemy weapons since World War II.Ó Gilbert said he is a strong advocate of national defense and disagrees with Defense Secretary Chuck HagelÕ s proposal last month to slim down the countryÕ s armed forces. Ò I come from a long proud family that was found in every conflict that America has ever been involved in.Ó Citing Al-QaedaÕ s continued territorial creep, the meddling of Iran in Syria and Iraq, the current situation in Ukraine and Russia and ChinaÕ s rise as a global competitor, one that has been increasingly assertive in seeking to secure natural resources and global mineral rights, Gilbert said now is not the

Westport Girl Scout Troop 4001’s Juniors visit local artist Caroline Thompson at her home to work on felt bowls made form sheep’s wool.

EBFA looking to raise funds with ADK Gives

KEENE VALLEY — East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA) is excited to announce a new campaign on Adirondack Gives, the crowdfunding site for Adirondack region nonprofits. Ò Picture a World-Class Symphony Orchestra HereÓ is raising money for EBFA to help fund a full-length concert by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in Keene Valley this summer. The goal is to raise $500, which will be matched dollarfor-dollar by a generous benefactor, to help bridge the gap between box office donations and costs for this very special event. The project was launched on March 11 and will be live at until May 10.

time to downsize and Ò project weaknessÓ across the world. Ò The rapid deployment forces at Fort Drum are only found in a few places in the army,Ó he said. Ò Only two other divisions can do what the 10th does and we need to maintain a rapid, vibrant military across all of our branches.Ó Ò The world is still a very dangerous place and threats are more viable today than ever.Ó


“I will not be satisfied with anything short of a full repeal,Ó said Gilbert on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Gilbert said Obamacare is a Ò job killerÓ and a Ò trumped-up response to a pre-fabricated crisisÓ that will cost 2.3 million full-time jobs by the time of its full implementation in 2020 and will eventually lead to rationed healthcare. Ò ItÕ s driving up costs,Ó he said. Ò The government is paying people to buy insurance and paying people to sell it.Ó The candidate said there are free market answers to healthcare, including tort reform that would reduce the threat of frivolous lawsuits that drive up costs.

Guns, Constitutional rights

Ò The Second Amendment is no more important than the rest of them,Ó said Gilbert before ticking off a list of the pro-gun organizations to which he belongs. “You’ll find no stronger advocate than I am.Ó Gilbert said the Second Amendment was put in place so the public can defend the others, from the first — protection of speech, religion and the press — to the fifth, which lays out legal protections, including the right to due process. Ò The government canÕ t take those rights away because they didnÕ t give them to us,Ó said Gilbert, returning to a frequent talking point during the half-hour long interview. Ò All of those rights and powers are limited: we are the sovereign masters of government Ñ Ô we the peopleÕ impose those limits on the government that very clearly establish the relationship between the government and its citizens.Ó Gilbert said course correction for the country will not be a quick process. “We have to first to stop the decline, then we can think about recovery. But the government is not royalty and we are not serfs Ñ and thatÕ s what my campaign is about,Ó he said. Gilbert is slated to face challengers Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik for the Republican nomination on July 24. On the Democratic side, filmmaker Aaron Woolf and Steven Burke, a Macomb town board member in St. Lawrence County, are running for their partyÕ s nomination. Glens Falls-based baker Matt Funciello and anticancer activist Don Hassig are vying for the Green PartyÕ s support.

Willsboro seeks pre-k applicants WILLSBORO Ñ Any child living in the Willsboro Central School District that will be four years old by Dec. 1, 2014, is eligible to enroll on pre-kindergarten at the school. Please contact the school nurse at 963-4456, ext. 2-6, to pre-register a child by April 11. Pre-kindergarten screening is scheduled for May 16. The district is also registering any students currently not enrolled for kindergarten. Please contact the school for more information.

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Brunch to benefit library

Zumbathon to benefit SPCA

WADHAMS Ñ The Wadhams Free Library and Dogwood Bread Company will host a “Sourdough Waffle and Frittata Extravaganza,” brunch Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the library. Suggested donation is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

KEENE VALLEY — There will be a benefit Zumbathon Saturday, March 29, at Keene Central School in the Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5 a person for ages 12 and up, with all proceeds going to the North Country SPCA. In addition, there will be a donation bin for items to be given to the shelter. The instructors will be Jessica Nugent and Kye Turner. The event is the senior project of KCS student Kari LeClair.

Little to speak at library

Au SABLE FORKS — Local Author Gordie Little will be at Au Sable Forks Free Library on Saturday, March 29, 5 p.m. to tell Ghost stories and sign his books. The Library is excited to have this local author come share his talent of storytelling with our community.

Donations sought for fundraiser

KEENE VALLEY — Help children and families by donating items such as clothing, shoes, winter apparel, toys, books, games, blankets, arts and crafts for newborn to school-age children in new or good condition through a donation drive led by Keene Central School senior Tucker Geoger. Money donations are also accepted. Donation Bins will be placed at the Keene Valley Li-

March 29, 2014 brary, Keene Library, and the Valley Grocery from March 29 through April 6. There will also be final drive Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, at the school from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All donations will go towards local organizations like Families First, Head Start, Salvation Army, etc. that help children and families every day. For information, contact Tucker Geiger at

ACAP benefit bowling event set

Au SABLE FORKS — ACAP Community Action Angels’ Annual Bowling Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 5, at Riverside Bowling Lanes in Au Sable Forks. The 9-Pin mixed (two women, three men or visa versa) tournament will consist two shifts, one starting at 4 p.m. and one starting at 7 p.m. Call Riverside (647-9905) to enter a team or ACAP to donate to the event (873-3207).


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Continued from page 1 Ò It feels good to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel as we and the owners of these flooded parcels begin to put this long and drawn out process behind us and begin the healing process,Ó Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas said. Ò We could be doing two-to-three houses a day once we really get rolling and get through all of the permitting hoops.Ó Douglas said some properties are still being worked on in order to clear the title. Ò Some have not been closed on because of deed and debt issues,Ó he said. Ò [County Attorney] Dan Manning and Mike Mascarenas are working on that. The properties will first be owned by the county and within the next year or so the property will be turned over to the respective town.Ó The properties can be used for parks and recreation, but cannot contain any permanent structures. “There is a very fine list of what you can do,” Douglas said. Ò Our main goal in Jay is that we have been looking for some sort of playground for a while, but we also want to make sure it is far enough a way from the river and roads.Ó In Jay, Douglas said he will notify families that have lived in the houses that will be torn down as a courtesy. Ò These are some tight-knit areas like the former Land of Make Believe and the Jersey Section in Au Sable Forks,Ó Douglas said. Ò We want them to know everything that is going on so they donÕ t come through someday looking for their family homestead only to find it gone.” The 28 properties will be razed in a 100 percent fully funded process that will be covered 75 percent by FEMA and an additional 25 percent being covered by the State of New York through a Community Development Block Grant, a formula that Supervisor Douglas and colleagues rallied for and successfully achieved.

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08/15/1920 -03/22/2014 fer of Willsboro, NY. She is Whallonsburgh, NY Florence L. James, 93, died also survived by 14 grand 3/22/14, after a long illness, children, 28 great grand chilat E 3/22/14 Evergreen Val- dren and 4 great-great ley Nursing Home in Plattsgrandchildren as well as nuburgh, NY. She was born in merous nieces and nephews. Moriah, NY 8/15/1920 the Florence was predeceased by daughter of Nelson and FloGrandson Steve James, rence (Broughton) Sharrow. brothers Charles, Lloyd, She was the widow of Leon, and Harry Sharrow Harold James who died in and 1 sister Ruth DaBoin. 1987. Florence was a cook at Calling hours will be held at the Willsboro Central School the Huestis Funeral Home, and at Camp Pok-O-Mac 25 Maple St., Willsboro, NY Cready, retiring in 1994. In Thursday 3/27/14 from 2her younger years she was a 4PM. A Funeral Service will 4H leader, a member of the be held at 4PM at the Funeral Whallonsburgh Methodist Home. A reception will folChurch, the Whallonsburgh low at the United Church of Grange and the Wadhams Christ Fellowship Hall. Grange. Burial will be in the New She is survived by 4 sons and Bert Cemetery at a date and their wives, Emerson and time to be announced later. Doreen James of Peru, NY, The family has requested Delbert and Eleanor James of that in lieu of flowers donaMilton, VT, Lloyd and Debtions in her memory be made bie James of Willsboro, NY to the Camp Pok-O- Mac and Stanley and Candy Cready Scholarship Fund, James of Whallonsburgh, NY which can be accessed at and 1 daughter and her band, Peggy and Albert Shef-


February 4, 1935-March 20th, 2014 nate to travel the world toKeene, NY gether. From The Great Richard L. Hall Wall Of China, the rivers of The Town of Keene lost one Europe, the glaciers of Alasof its devoted and loyal sons. ka, the cliffs of Ireland, the Richard L. Hall (Dick), 79, of tulips of Holland, the pyraKeene Valley died Thursday March 20th, 2014 at Eliza- mids of Egypt, the fjords of Iceland, and beyond. They bethtown Community Hostruly enjoyed the adventure pital. He was born February 4th 1935 in Keene Valley. and the human nature to explore and wander. The son of Stanley E. Hall Richard was devoted to the and Anna Hickey Hall. Keene Valley Hose and LadRichard was predeceased by der Company No. 1. Since his parents, and two siblings. 1965 Richard held various Dick is survived by his wife positions. In addition to of 59 years Joan; his children Richard, Ronald and Carol; serving as a dedicated volunhis grandchildren Daniel, teer firefighter he was Fire Jessica, Robert, Sunny, SumChief for 27 years, Fire Police mer, and Ryan; his sister Chief for 15 years, and a Ann; many cousins, nieces member of the Board of Diand nephews and his Golden rectors for 16 years. He Retriever Riley. helped organize and build Richard graduated from the first Ambulance Squad. Keene Central School in 1952 Richard was also a 54 year and graduated with honors member of the Keene Valley from Albany Business Col- Rod and Gun Club. lege. Richard was a devoted Calling Hours will be at citizen of Keene Valley W.M. Marvins Sons funeral where he lived his entire life. home in Elizabethtown, He served his community as Monday March 24th from Councilman for the Town of 5pm- 7pm. There will be a Keene, a member of the service Tuesday March 25th Keene Valley Central School at 1pm, St. Brendans Church Board of Education for 7 with burial at Nortons years, and Keene Youth Cemetery. There will be a Commissions Board for 20 reception at the AuSable Inn years. following. Richard and Joan bought the Donations in his memory can Valley Grocery on January be made to the Keene Valley 1st 1969. The store is a startHose and Ladder Company ing place for so many young No. 1 (P.O. Box 699 Keene people to have their first job, Valley) or the SPCA (PO Box develop a sound work ethic, 55 Elizabeth Town). and ready them for their fuFor online condolences ture. For 44 years, the store please visit has served as a central part http://www.wmmarvins.of the community. com/ Richard and Joan were fortu-



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TO OUR HONOR STUDENTS ON A JOB WELL DONE IN THE 2ND QUARTER! AUSABLE VALLEY MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL Grades 12 High Honors Samantha Barton Alyssa Baughn Julianna Bonilla Brigitte Buysse Cody Clark Kailee Cobb Benjamin Coolidge Tonie Cross Bryce Douglass Joshua Ducharme Ashlee Estes Tiffany Evens Austin Facteau Seth Ford Kate Gallagher John Goodnough Ashlee Hendrie Connor Kennedy Rachel Knapp Taylor Lincoln Tyler Mary Luke McBride Nicholas McDonald John Meredith Noelle Miller Matthew Nasner Miranda O’Neill Mirissa O’Neill Courtney Pray Roger Preston Jr. Alexis Provost Nichole Pulsifer Dillon Savage Corrine Shambo Miranda Sheffer Elias Smith Logan Snow Haley Sprague Leigh-Ann Wenzel Wayne Worrell Honors Alexis Abare Eugene Ayotte Nicholas Bedard Michael Bombard Lindsay Christian Chase Davis Aaliyah Douglas Daniel Evans Jr. Cody Lawrence Mollie Mashtare Michael McDonald Sasha Murray Alexander Parrow

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WESTPORT Grade 8 CENTRAL SCHOOL Taylor Gough Casey Halloran Grade 12 Kaleigh LaMotte Christopher Clarke Malynda Lobdell Ryan Davis Abigail Mero John Doyle Hannah Schwoebel Alexis Foote Carter Smith Robert King Jeannette Staats Felicia Kurth Elizabeth Stephens Hannah Looby Elizabeth Storey Sarah Looby James Moricette Emily Rascoe Brendee Russell Jordan Spadafora F. Lloyd Staats Megan Sudduth Tyrel Tryon Cheyenne White Grade 11 William Daha Sabrina Hendry Sydney Mitchell Hannah Place Aaron Schrauf Matthew Schrauf Danielle Schwoebel Brooke Stevens Keragan Viens Donald Westerkamp Grade 10 Christopher Clarke Anderson Gay Jonathan Gay Yiran Li Dylan Limlaw Thomas Mero Scarlett Moore Samuel Napper Ian Pierce Renee Reynolds John Sprague Jr. Sarina Westerkamp Grade 9 Noah Arevalo Sienna Fleury Wyatt Gough Amanda Hinge Schylar Kurth John P Looby

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Run For Hope attracts runners, walkers on 34th anniversary

By Keith Lobdell ELIZABETHTOWN — Over 130 braved the winds and snow to take part in the 34th anniversary of a tradition to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 34th annual Doc Lopez Memorial Run For Hope was held Saturday, March 22, with 14 walkers, 62 particpants in the 5K race and 60 competing in the 13.1-mile half marathon, which took them from the new starting line at the Keene Valley Lodge over Spruce Hill and into Elizabethtown. Sue Allott, event organizer, said she was happy with the turnout for the event, which included an awards ceremony after races finished their respective course. Results for the races were as follows: Half marathon Overall top 5, female 1 Jennifer Donohue, Saranac 1:33:56 2 Cassie Sellars, Plattsburgh 1:35:58 3 Constance Hammaker, Pburgh 1:44:42 4 Athea Guilfoyle, Sara Springs 1:45:47 5 Justine Nosher, Queensbury 1:47:26 Overall top 5, male 1 Brian Wilson, Dannemora 2 Jan Wellford, Keene 3 Lou Pauquette, Granville 4 Lee Pollock, Queensbury 5 Jason Fiegl, Essex Female 16-29 Constance Hammaker Athea Guilfoyle Justine Nosher Ashley Whitty, Plattsburgh Ashley Blanchard, Port Kent Annette Music, Queensbury Jessica Kratzert, Clifton Park Male 16-29 Luke Ducharme, Brushton Female 30-40 Jennifer Donohue Cassie Sellars Heather Bala, Hudson Falls Justyna Babcock, Rainbow Lake Jennifer Jackson, Gansevoort Jessie Morgan, Willsboro Erin Campbell, Peru Heather Barber Hugh, Ball. Spa Jennifer Schworm, S. Glens Falls Noretta Fish, Glens Falls Heather Pauquette, Granville

1:23:57 1:23:59 1:24:39 1:31:15 1:31:51

1:52:25 2:07:46 2:09:43 2:13:25 1:43:29

1:47:56 1:58:17 2:03:50 2:05:32 2:06:06 2:13:24 2:15:23 2:19:06 2:21:40

Male 30-40 Brian Wilson Jan Wellford Lou Pauquette


A total of 136 runners and walkers took part in the 34th annual Doc Lopez Run for Hope March 22. Photo by Jill Lobdell

Jason Fiegl Kyle Smith, New Russia Preston Sellars, Plattsburgh Jason York, Hadley Nathan Hammaker, Plattsburgh Scott Carter, Saranac Keith Lobdell, Westport

1:42:17 1:44:16 1:45:19 1:46:23 1:51:45 2:27:23

Female 41-50 Amy Gould, Hudson Falls Leanne Macey, Champlain Linda Shepard, Keeseville Angie Dickerson, Willsboro Rose French, Moriah Colleen Brown, Ticonderoga Lauren Eastwood, Plattsburgh Angela Davis, Keene

1:55:21 2:00:53 2:00:55 2:01:05 2:06:25 2:15:37 2:15:47 2:24:36

Male 41-50 Jeff Rushby, Keeseville Lance Decker, South Glens Falls Gary Guilfoyle, Ballston Spa John Tether, Queensbury Ron Brenner, Lake Placid Paul LeBlanc, Peru

1:43:34 1:46:28 1:47:24 1:54:26 2:01:43 2:14:47

Female 51-60 Mary Duprey, Rouses Point Marcy Dreimiller, S. Glens Falls Karen Costello, Hague Kelly Day, Burke

1:49:50 1:56:55 2:08:24 2:31:09

Male 51-60 Jon Gurney, Saratoga Springs Paul Stevens, Saratoga Springs Neil Wheelwright, Burlington Paul Moss, Plattsburgh Gerry Florio, Glens Falls Doug Ferris, Willsboro Tim Cavenee, Schyler Falls

1:33:25 1:45:18 1:47:39 1:48:12 1:49:09 1:50:45 1:51:29

Steven Benway, Willsboro R Morganson, Lake Placid Stephen Lafave, Peru David Peterson, Burke

1:53:34 1:54:19 2:19:47 2:30:13

Male 61-70 Lee Pollock Jerry Ross, Peru


5K race Overall top 5, female Sarah Snyder, Moriah Julia Cox, Elizabethtown Myra Adams, Lewis

24:09 24:15 24:41

Overall top 5, male Sam Pastore, Lakeville, Conn. David O’Leary, Rochester David Smith, Lake Placid

19:44 20:25 22:01

Female 1-15 Sarah Snyder Myra Adams Emma DeMuro, Elizabethtown Tess Andrade, Elizabethtown Abby Bruce, Peru Eden Goralczyk, Port Henry Alexis Sample, Mooers Celeste Lukasiewicz, Pburgh Jenna Ohlsten, Altona Zoe Doran, Granville Morgan Hall, Plattsburgh Payton Gebo, Granville

25:12 27:00 27:05 30:59 31:02 32:34 34:46 35:02 38:14 51:56

Male 1-15 Cody Decker, S. Glens Falls Avery Sample, Mooers Maddox Blaise, Moriah Logan VanBuren, Port Henry Nicholas Manfred, Moriah

26:59 27:42 28:42 28:46 31:07

Evan Ohlsten, Altona Aiden Sample, Mooers Sawyer VanBuren, Port Henry

32:19 34:36 37:52

Female 16-29 Julia Cox Noelle Eichenberger, Pburgh Cori White, Moriah Ariel White, Moriah Carrie Holland, Elizabethtown

28:28 29:30 33:05 33:44

Male 16-29 Sam Pastore Kyle VanBuren, Port Henry Patrick Birdsalt, Troy Joseph DeFelice, Moriah

25:13 25:55 26:37

Female 30-40 Marisa Gaddor, Moriah Elizabeth Celotti, Witherbee Amanda Nephew, Mineville Amanda Chenaille, Troy Krrynne Vincent, Upper Jay Lucianna Celotti, Moriah Joanne Daniels, Peru Rebecca Duval, Peru Danielle Lukasiewic, Pburgh Nicole VanBuren, Port Henry Allison Hulbert Bru, Peru Shauna Ladue, Plattsburgh

26:09 27:08 27:12 27:13 29:40 30:52 31:10 32:05 32:33 34:53 37:41 38:15

Male 30-40 Seth Celotti, Crown Point Dylan Celotti, Witherbee Greg VanBuren, Port Henry

26:27 26:54 37:50

Female 41-50 Catherine Quaglietta, Westport Chloe Orr, Mineville Mary Smith, Lake Placid Michelle Costello, Port Henry Lynn Ohlsten, Altona

25:53 28:33 30:24 32:23 34:49

Male 41-50 David Smith Jim Ohlsten, Altona David Bruce, Peru Mike Blaise, Moriah Scott Sample, Mooers

25:47 27:06 29:20 34:38

Female 51-60 Linda Sherman, Westport Holly Heller-Ross, Peru Christine Benedict, Willsboro

28:43 31:19 32:04

Male 51-60 David O’Leary Dale Wells, Willsboro Michael Speshock, Mineville

29:38 31:23

Female 61-70 Alana Forcier, Westport


Male 61-70 Jeff Kelly, Port Henry


Lobster Tank: My personal ‘Run for Hope’ started in Utah

could hardly breathe at 340. That was the way I felt nine months ago when I was out in Utah. You may think it was because I was running or exerting myself in some way and just another case of trying to adjust to being Ò at altitude.Ó What if I told you, instead, I was driving a car on cruise control. I was lying down trying to go to sleep. Watching television. Things that require the most minimal of physical exertion. A couple of people over the last couple months have asked me why I started to focus on my health, a journey that led me to the base of Spruce Hill Saturday, March 22, competing in the 34th Annual Doc Lopez Run For Hope’s 13.1-mile half marathon. Seriously, from not being able to breathe watching television to running up a very steep hill, which was only two of the total miles. Well, that Ò Lovely DeseretÓ experience really was the point where it happened. Before I headed out to Utah in July of last year, I weighed 340-lbs. I know I didnÕ t get any lighter out there, just more out of breath. ItÕ s something that I have told no one until now, not even my wife. although she is the one person who gets to hear me breathe up close. ThatÕ s when I decided I could no longer live like that and I needed to make a change. It had to be serious and committed. I had been walking and talking about this with former Denton employee and current Lake Placid News editor Andy Flynn, who has also been tracking his weight loss journey in his repsective newspaper, but I was never able to kick it into the next gear, not until that trip to Utah. One thing that helped was an acquisition we had made as a family right before we went on our vacation. Every morning from late July until December, you could find me walking the streets of Westport with my sonÕ s new best friend, Rooney, a rowdy mutt we adopted from the North Country SPCA. During the summer, we would often walk twice a day, in the morning and again in the

evening. While the walks got more sparse during the coldest weather of the year and are now becoming frequent again with the spring, the fact remains that the dog has to be walked every day and it benefits all six of our legs. Lunchtime walks also became more frequent and more intense. I would walk from work to the footbridge and around Elizabethtown every day I was working out of the office. There were even days where I would take the dog for a third walk when I went home for lunch. As those walks progressed and the scale numbers started with a 2 instead of 3, one walk a day turned into a run. Not too far at first, but gradually building. There was the classic setback known as the holidays, where the scales tipped the wrong way for about a month, which is why, as I was walking past the Essex County Public Health Department building one day, I decided that I needed a new goal, a big one, and the idea was born to participate in the Run For Hope. So little one mile runs became three mile runs. Then four. Then five. Times also started to go down. On my treadmill, I got to where I could do five miles in an hour (I’ll let you figure out the speed - I told my daughter this equation once and she gave me a blank stare for about one minute until it sunk in). I then kept that pace for six and seven miles. After my treadmill decided to have Ò issues,Ó and the weather started to be above single digits, I got back outside where I learned a few things like running north on Camp Dudley Road stinks with constant uphills but running south on it always means a 20-mph head wind. However, that also meant a 20-mph tailwind on Stevenson Road. I also learned that I could do that nine-mile loop in less than two hours, another time that kept getting lower. Then came the big day last Saturday. I really had two main goals. The first was to always be jogging, while the second was to cross the finish

line in less that two hours and 40 minutes. I never changed my pace (although it did get slower on the hill) and finished in a time of 2:27:23 (check the results page! Top 10 in my age division! I know it was out of 10, just give me this moment). My pace was under 12 minutes per mile, quicker than my goal pace on the treadmill. Mission accomplished. So now, my family is getting ready to go back to Utah in three months. I will again hardly be able to breathe in the lighter air, but this time it will be while I am running The Timp half marathon in Lehi or working out with my daughter as she prepares for BYU soccer camp. For those other activities, I plan to breathe a little easier. Oh, and if we were to leave today, I would also be doing it at 240.

July, 2013

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March 29, 2014

Poultry day set at Ward Lumber

JAY Ñ Ward Lumber is hosting a free Poultry Day at their Jay Store location with two speakers on Saturday, March 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. for anyone who is interested in raising chickens. Topics to be covered by two speakers are: pasture raised poultry, including: free range or pasture-raised; family or profit; processing; breed selection and source; pasture shelter; design/selection; feed and water; predators; marketing. Additional topics will be about income poultry layers and broilers, including: cost analysis; breed selection; diet requirements; management practices; air and water quality; turkeys. Mike Badger is the director for the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) and publishes the organizationÕ s bi-monthly newsletter, APPPA Grit. He raises poultry and operates a mobile processing unit as part of BadgerÕ s Millside Farm in Hughesville, PA. Mike has given pastured poultry presentations at Mother Earth News Fair and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Farming for the Future Conference. Jeff Mattocks has over 20 years of experience working with the organic, natural and sustainable farming community. He is actively involved in diet formulation for all types of livestock and poultry for organic and sustainable farmers. Jeff also assists and educates farmers with better management practices increasing animal health, productivity and return income from poultry and livestock. He believes healthy animals are the most profitable. The event is free, and there will also be free pizza and refreshments. To register, go to or call Kim at 946-2110, ext. 120.

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Fisher, Rogers at Grange

WHALLONSBURG Ñ The Whallonsburg Grange Hall concert series presents a rare evening with ScotlandÕ s folk music legend, Archie Fisher, and Canadian singer-songwriter and guitar wizard, Garnet Rogers Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. Both are talented musicians and audience favorites known for their engaging stories and wit. Together, these longtime friends and collaborators will bring the house down, guaranteed. This will be the only opportunity to see them in our area on their limited U.S. tour. Tickets are $12 advance or $15 door. Advance tickets recommended and on sale at Dogwood Bakery in Wadhams or by mail: WCA, PO Box 54, Essex, N.Y. 12936. Visit for more information.

ETC schedules auditions

ESSEX Ñ Essex Theatre Company community theatre will be holding auditions for Joe DiPietroÕ s family comedy, Ò Over the River and Through the Woods,Ó on Friday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Willsborough Visitors Center on Main Street (next to the Willsboro Diner). The cast consists of three men and three women: Nick Cristano in his 30s; Frank Gianelli, Nick’s maternal grandfather, 80 years old; Aida Gianelli, Nick’s paternal grandmother, in her 70s; Nunzio Cristano, Nick’s paternal grandfather, in his 70s; Emma Cristoano, Nick’s paternal grandmather, in her 70s; Caitlin O’Hare, attractive and charming, in her late 20s. People who try out donÕ t have to be exactly the ages stated here. All are welcome. Read from the script for a production at the Masonic Lodge in Essex on July 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7 p.m. and July 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. For further information contact Kathy Poppino at

Puppet shows set at libraries

ESSEX Ñ Join the faculty and puppets from Lakeside School on Saturday, April 5, for “The Magic Lake at the End of the World.Ó This puppet show is an adaptation of a Ecuadorian folk tale. This is a free event. Showings will take place at the Paine Memorial Library in Willsboro at 11 a.m. and the Keene Valley Library at 2 p.m. For more information visit, call 963-7385 or email

ETC trustees to meet

ESSEX Ñ Essex Theatre Company will hold its April Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, April 5, between 10 a.m. and noon at the Willsborough Visitors Center, Main Street (next to the Willsboro Diner). All are welcome. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 a.m. on.

Haskins to perform

ESSEX Ñ Lakeside School is pleased to announce a Jazz Brunch at the Essex Inn featuring Grammy Award winning trumpeter and Lakeside parent Taylor Haskins on Sunday, April 6. Haskins will perform two sets of music, starting at noon, a second seating will follow at 1:30pm. Reflecting LakesideÕ s commitment to the community, Lakeside parents have organized a silent auction of service items, generously donated by local businesses. One of a few of itÕ s fundraising events Lakeside operates solely on itÕ s fundraising efforts in the community. All brunch and proceeds will benefit Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm. Advanced tickets are required and are available on, by searching Lakeside School in Essex. Reservations can also be made by calling the Essex Inn at 963-4400.

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22 - Valley News • CV LEGALS NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 100 SOUTH BROADWAY, LLC. Fictitious name: 100 South Broadway Irvington, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/11/14. Office location: Essex County. LLC formed in California (CA) on 2/28/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 100 South Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533. Address to be maintained in CA: 27162 Sea Vista Dr., Malibu, CA 90265. Arts of Org. filed with the CA Secy. of State, 1500 11th St., 3rd Fl., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: any lawful activities. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-41542 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Adirondack Communications Sites, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/19/2014 Office Location: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: P.O. Box 6, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-41528 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Adirondack Timbre LLC. Articles of Organization filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/7/2014. Office in Essex Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 7847 US RT 9, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Purpose: Any lawful purpose, including publishing and distributing books and music. VN-3/8-4/12/2014-6TC39956 BOREAS BAY CAMP, LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 02/19/14. Off. Loc.: Essex County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 16 Calkinstown Rd., Sharon, CT 06069. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. VN-3/1-4/5/2014-6TC39447 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FORBIDDEN FOREST LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. Of State (SSNY) 2/4/14 Office location: Essex County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at PO Box 177, Jay, NY 12941. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. VN-3/29-5/3/2014-6TC41843 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FREESTYLE CUISINE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/10/14. Office location: Essex County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 2126 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, New York 12946. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-4173 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HP & HG PARTNERS, LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 2/26/14. Office location: Essex County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon which process

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HP & HG PARTNERS, LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 2/26/14. Office location: Essex County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon which process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, P.O. Box 208, 2699 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Purpose: Any lawful activity. VN-3/8-4/12/2014-6TC40249 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LAKE PLACID FDS 708956, LLC. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/7/14. Office location: Essex County. LLC formed in North Carolina (NC) on 1/22/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. NC address of LLC: 3735-B Beam Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Arts. of Org. filed with NC Secy. of State, PO Box 29622, Raleigh, NC 27626. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. VN-2/22-3/29/20146TC-39014 LEGAL NOTICE The Town of Essex, NY, Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at their next meeting on April 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall on the following actions: Tax Map #40.73-3-7.000 - Schmitt - 22 Beggs Park Street, Essex, NY 12936 - Site Plan Review for exterior renovation. Tax Map #49.4-1-2.130 - Heurich - Silver Birch on Albee Lane at Lighthouse Way, Essex, NY 12936 - Site Plan Review for a new 36'x 54' barn on 23.7 acres to be used for storage. Tax Map #40.65-3-3.000 - Adirondack Art Association, Lessee - 2754 Essex Road, Essex, NY 12936 - Special Use Permit to lease the yellow house outside of the Old Dock property. The Regular Meeting of the Town of Essex Planning Board will follow the aforementioned Public Hearing. Catherine DeWolff, Town of Essex Planning Board Secretary VN-3/29/2014-1TC42330 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number 2195503 for beer, wine and liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at The Upper Deck 20 Klein way Willsboro NY, 12996 for on premises consumption. VN-3/29-4/5/2014-2TC42329 MOUNTAIN MEDICAL SERVICES, PLLC, a domestic PLLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/5/2004. Office location: Essex County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 1927 Saranac Ave., Ste. 100, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Purpose: Medicine. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-41688 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF P & H PARTNERS, LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 2/26/14. Office location: Essex County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon which process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, P.O. Box 208, 2699 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Purpose: Any lawful activity. VN-3/8-4/12/2014-6TC40250 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Westport Central School is seeking requests for proposals for the 2014-2015 school year: School Physician and School Tax Collector and Independent Auditor for the years ending June 30, 2015-June 30,

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Westport Central School is seeking requests for proposals for the 2014-2015 school year: School Physician and School Tax Collector and Independent Auditor for the years ending June 30, 2015-June 30, 2019. All proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope to the Westport Central School District Clerk by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 7, 2014. The Westport Central School Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. You may contact Jana Atwell, District Clerk at 962-8775 for additional information. STATE OF NEW YORKSUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ESSEX LAMANCHA, INC., Plaintiff, -againstROGER BOLLENBACH, HIS HEIRS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, ELISE WIDLUND AND WILLIAM WIDLUND, Defendants. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Index No.: CV14-0082 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in this action by serving a notice of appearance on plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. Essex County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of the venue is the location of the real property which is the subject of this action. NOTICE: This is an action pursuant to Article 15 and Section 1951 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL) to remove a deed restriction on a parcel of vacant land in the Town of Keene, Essex County, New York designated as tax map number 53.2-1-56.000 formerly owned by Roger Bollenbach. WARNING: Upon your failure to appear, judgment may be entered removing the deed restriction. DATED: February 19, 2014 Glens Falls, New York /s/ H. Wayne Judge H. Wayne Judge, Esq. One Broad Street Plaza P.O. Box 2850 Glens Falls, New York 12801-6850 (518) 745-5030 The original of this Summons with Notice was filed in the Essex County Clerk's Office on February 20, 2014. VERIFIED COMPLAINT The Plaintiff, LaMancha, Inc., (LaMancha) by its attorney, H. Wayne Judge, as and for a complaint in the aboveentitled action, alleges as follows: FIRST: The Plaintiff, LaMancha, is the owner of the real estate which is the subject of this action (the Property). LaMancha is a 501(c) tax exempt charitable New York corporation that provides infrastructure improvements to a girls orphanage in Cuilapa, Guatemala through the labor and materials supplied by skilled and unskilled volunteers from the Adirondack area. It maintains an office at the home of one of its volunteers at 28 Fitzgerald Lane, Queensbury, New York. SECOND: Roger Bollenbach, Elise Widlund and William Widlund are the predecessors in title to the Plaintiff. THIRD: Elise Widlund and William Widlund (the Widlunds) reside at 810 Wake Robin, Shelburne, Vermont. FOURTH: The whereabouts of Roger Bollenbach (Bollenbach) are unknown to the Plaintiff notwithstanding due diligence exercised by the Plaintiff to find him. The Plaintiff knows of no other persons who may claim any legal or equitable right or interest in the Property.

abouts of Roger Bollen- anyone with a legal or bach (Bollenbach) are equitable interest in the unknown to the Plaintiff Property. notwithstanding due dili- FOURTEENTH: The presgence exercised by the ence of this Restriction Plaintiff to find him. The in the chain of title Plaintiff knows of no ders the sale of the other persons who may Property virtually imposclaim any legal or equisible and yet the Plaintiff table right or interest in is saddled with the exthe Property. penses associated with FIFTH: On April 12, the ownership of a par2006 the Widlunds pur- cel of land that it cannot chased the Property, a afford. 4.12 acre parcel of va- FIFTEENTH: The Plaintiff knows of no other cant land in the Town of persons or parties who Keene, Essex County, New York from Bollen- have any interest in continuing this Restriction bach. A copy of the or who would object to deed thereto is annexed at Exhibit A. the removal and extinSIXTH: The following guishment of the Rerestriction was con- striction. tained in the deed (the SIXTEENTH: The Plaintiff Restriction): has no remedy at law. WHEREFORE, the PlainSUBJECT to the restrictiff demands judgment tion that no structure Pursuant to Article 15 may be erected upon the and Section 1951 of the premises conveyed RPAPL declaring that herein. SEVENTH: Upon infor- the Restriction is commation and belief, at the pletely extinguished and time the Widlunds re- is not enforceable by inceived this conveyance junction or in any other they had been contem- manner. plating the creation of a Dated: February 19, private preserve for hik- 2014 / ing, walking and crosss/ H. Wayne Judge country skiing on the H. Wayne Judge, Esq. Property and throughout One Broad Street Plazasome adjacent lands in P.O. Box 2850 the vicinity of the PropGlens Falls, NY 12801erty that they owned. 6850 Thereafter the Widlunds (518) 745-5030 moved out of the State VERIFICATION of New York to a retireSTATE OF NEW YORK ) ment community in ) ss.: Shelburne, Vermont and COUNTY OF WARREN) abandoned their idea of Brian Fisk being duly creating the private resworn, depose and says: serve and subsequently I am an officer of donated the Property to LaMancha, Inc. the the Plaintiff. plaintiff in this action; EIGHTH: that I have read and Bollenbach owns no other lands in know the contents of the foregoing Complaint; Essex County and has no apparent interest in that the same is true to my own knowledge, exthe Restriction. NINTH: In an attempt to cept as to the matters divest themselves of therein stated to be alleged on information their New York Real Estate when they retired to and belief, and that as to those matters, I believe Vermont, the Widlunds commenced a proceed- it to be true. My knowling in Supreme Court edge and belief is based Essex County, Index No. upon documents and records in the posses0430-12; RJI No. 15-1sion of LaMancha, Inc. 2012-0172 to remove /s/ Brian Fisk the Restriction which Sworn to before me this rendered the Property unmarketable.. The relief 19th day of February 2014. requested in the Petition was denied on the /s/ H. Wayne Judge grounds that the Wid- Notary Public EXHIBIT A lunds had not obtained jurisdiction over all pos- BARGAIN & SALE DEED sible persons who may THIS INDENTURE, made have had an interest in the 12th day of April, the Property. Thereafter, Two Thousand and Six, Between ROGER BOLthe Widlunds abandoned LENBACH, of PO Box their effort to judicially 1241, Saranac Lake, remove the Restriction and completely discon- New York 12983, party of the first part, and tinued that proceeding. TENTH: In November of WILLIAM B. WIDLUND 2013 the Plaintiff solicit- and ELISE M. WIDed the Widlunds to con- LUND, husband and tribute the Property to it wife, of PO Box 270, North River, New York rather than have the 12856, parties of the Property sold for taxes second part, WITNESand by Quit Claim deed dated November 14, SETH, that the party of 2013 and recorded in the first part, In consideration of ---ONE and the Essex County Clerks Office on November 18, no/100 DOLLAR, lawful 2013 in Book 1751 of money of the United Deeds at page 65, a States, and other good copy of which is an- and valuable consideration paid by the parties nexed at Exhibit B, the of the second part, does Widlunds transferred and donated the Proper- hereby grant and release unto the parties of the ty to the Plaintiff. second part, its heirs or ELEVENTH: Bollenbach owns no other land in successors and assigns forever, SEE SCHEDULE the County of Essex and A ATTACHED HERETO the Restriction is of no benefit to him. His AND MADE A PART TOGETHER whereabouts are un- HEREOF with the appurtenances known to the Plaintiff notwithstanding numer- and all the estate and ous efforts to find him rights of the party of the through the internet, by first part in and to said phone and by certified premises, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the premises mail. herein granted unto the TWELFTH: Subsequent party of the second part, to the purchase of the its heirs, successors, Bollenbach Parcel and and assigns forever. down to the present date no steps have been tak- THAT in Compliance en by the Widlunds or with Section 13 of the anyone else to create Lien Law, grantor will any private preserve on receive the considerathe Property or on any tion for this conveyance nearby lands. The Wid- and will hold the right to lunds do not reside nor receive such consideration as a trust fund to be have they ever resided in Keene and they have no applied first for the purpose of paying the cost interest in continuing of the improvement and the Restriction. will apply the same first THIRTEENTH: It is now to the payment of the clear that the Restriction is of no actual or sub- cost of the improvement before using any part of stantial benefit because the total of the same for circumstances have changed so radically that any other purpose. IN WHEREOF, the establishment of a WITNESS private preserve in this the party of the first part general area is no longer has hereunto set its possible or desired by hand and seal the day anyone with a legal or and year first above writequitable interest in the ten. IN PRESENCE OF: / Property. s/ Roger Bollenbach FOURTEENTH: The pres- STATE OF NEW YORK ) ence of this Restriction COUNTY OF FRANKLIN in the chain of title ren- ) ders the sale of the On the 12 day of April in Property virtually impos- the year 2006 before sible and yet the Plaintiff me, personally appeared is saddled with the ex- ROGER BOLLENBACH penses associated with personally known to me the ownership of a par- or proved to me on the

and year first above written. IN PRESENCE OF: / s/ Roger Bollenbach STATE OF NEW YORK ) COUNTY OF FRANKLIN ) On the 12 day of April in the year 2006 before me, personally appeared ROGER BOLLENBACH personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the individual whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same in his capacity, and that by his heirs signature on the instrument, the individual, or the person upon behalf of which the individual acted, executed the instrument. /s/ Robert E. White Notary Public SCHEDULE A ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND situate in the Town of Keene, County of Essex, State of New York, being part of Lot 2, Township 1 & 2, Old Military Tract, lying on the westerly side of the Hulls Falls Road, so-called, a county highway, and lying easterly of the center line of the East Branch AuSable River, being designated as Parcel 2 as shown on a map entitled, "Map of Certain Lands Owned by David C. Jordan, Jr. and Bronson S. Ray" by Norman D. Briggs, L.S. and filed in the Essex County Clerk's Office, and being more particularly bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the center of the Hulls Falls Road, which point lies 670.26 feet southwesterly as measured along the center line from the south line of lands now or formerly owned by Arthur LaBlanc: THENCE South 18˚ 15' 10" West, 367.46 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road; THENCE South 07˚ 12' 35" West, 32.54 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road; THENCE North 71˚ 52' 50" West, 31.73 feet to an iron pipe on the west side of said road; THENCE North 71˚ 52' 50" West, 269.05 feet to an iron pipe on the east bank of the East Branch AuSable River; THENCE North 71˚ 52' 50" West, 94.20 feet to a point in the center of the East Branch, AuSable River, a total distance of 394.98 feet; THENCE North 47˚ 25' 40" West, 108.43 feet along the center of the river to a point; THENCE North 31˚ 06' East, 221.88 feet along the center of the river to a point; THENCE North 24˚ 17' 25" East, 140.09 feet along the center of the river to a point; THENCE South 71˚ 44' 50" East, 52.97 feet to an iron pipe on the east bank of the East Branch AuSable River; THENCE South 71˚ 44' 50" East, 337.08 feet to an iron pipe on the west side of the Hulls Falls Road; THENCE South 71˚ 44' 50" East, 33.29 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road, a total distance of 423.34 feet, being the point of beginning and containing 4.12 acres inclusive of 0.23 acre within the highway bounds. SUBJECT to all structures, wires, lines, easements, etc. for public utilities and highway purposes as the same now exists upon or effect the above described premises. BEING part of the premises conveyed by Public Administrator of the County of New York to Roger Bollenbach by deed dated July 13, 2004 and recorded in the Essex County Clerk's Office on July 15, 2004 in Book 1407 of Deeds at page 197. SUBJECT to the restriction that no structure may be erected upon the premises conveyed herein. EXHIBIT B QUITCLAIM DEED THIS INDENTURE made the 14th day of November, 2013, between WILLIAM B. WIDLUND and ELISE M. WIDLUND, husband and wife, residing at 810 Wake Robin, Shelburne, Vermont 05482, parties of the first part, and LaMANCHA, INC., a notfor-profit corporation or-

THIS INDENTURE made the 14th day of November, 2013, between WILLIAM B. WIDLUND and ELISE M. WIDLUND, husband and wife, residing at 810 Wake Robin, Shelburne, Vermont 05482, parties of the first part, and LaMANCHA, INC., a notfor-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York with offices located at 30 Cedar Court, Queensbury, New York 12804, party of the second part, WITNESSETH, that the parties of the first part, in consideration of One Dollar ($1.00) lawful money of the United States and other good and valuable consideration paid by the party of the second part, does hereby quitclaim and release unto the party of the second part, its successors and assigns forever, all that certain piece and parcel of land located in the Town of Keene, County of Essex, State of New York, and more particularly described in Schedule "A" annexed hereto and made a part hereof (conveying Essex County Tax Map Parcel No. 53.2-1-56.000). SUBJECT to any covenants, conditions, easements and restrictions of record, if any. BEING the same premises conveyed from Roger Bollenbach to William B. Widlund and Elise M. Widlund, parties of the first part herein, by deed dated April 12, 2006 and recorded in the Essex County Clerks Office on April 17, 2006 in Liber 1486 of Deeds at Page 261. Together with the appurtenances and all the estate and rights of the parties of the first part in and to said premises. To have and to hold the premises herein granted unto the party of the second part, its successors and assigns forever. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties of the first part have duly executed this deed the day and year first above written. /s/ William B. Widlund /s/ Elise M. Widlund CERTIFICATE OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATE OF VERMONT ) COUNTY OF CHITTENDEN ) On the 14 day of November in the year 2013 before me, the undersigned, personally appeared WILLIAM B. WIDLUND and ELISE M. WIDLUND personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the individual whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that they executed the same in their capacity, that by their signature on the instrument, the individual, or the person upon behalf of which the individual acted, executed the instrument, and that such individual made such appearance before the undersigned in the City of Shelburne, State of Vermont. Notary Public SCHEDULE "A" ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND situate in the Town of Keene, County of Essex, State of New York, being part of Lot 2, Township 1 & 2, Old Military Tract, lying on the westerly side of the Hulls Falls Road, so-called a county highway, and lying easterly of the center line of the East Branch AuSable River, being designated as Parcel 2 as shown on a map entitled (#316), "Map of Certain Lands Owned by David C. Jordan, Jr. and Bronson S. Ray" by Norman D. Briggs, L.S. and filed in the Essex County Clerks' Office, and being more particularly bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the center of the Hulls Falls Road, which point lies 670.26 feet southwesterly as measured along the center line from the south line of lands now or formerly owned by Arthur LaBlanc: THENCE South 18˚ 15' 10" West 367.46 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road; THENCE South 07˚ 12' 35" West, 32.54 feet to a point in the

westerly as measured along the center line from the south line of lands now or formerly owned by Arthur March 29, 2014 LaBlanc: THENCE South 18˚ 15' 10" West 367.46 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road; THENCE South 07˚ 12' 35" West, 32.54 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road; THENCE North 71˚ 52' 50" West, 31.73 feet to an iron pipe on the west side of said road; THENCE North 71˚ 52' 50" West, 269.05 feet to an iron pipe on the east bank of the East Branch AuSable River; THENCE North 71˚ 52' 50" West, 94.20 feet to a point in the center of the East Branch, AuSable River, a total distance of 394.98 feet; THENCE North 47˚ 25' 40" West, 108.43 feet along the center of the river to a point; THENCE North 31˚ 06' East, 221.88 feet along the center of the river to a point; THENCE North 24˚ 17' 25" East, 140.09 feet along the center of the river to a point; THENCE South 71˚ 44' 50" East, 52.97 feet to an iron pipe on the east bank of the East Branch AuSable River; THENCE South 71˚ 44' 50" East, 337.08 feet to an iron pipe on the west side of the Hulls Falls Road; THENCE South 71˚ 44' 50" East, 33.29 feet to a point in the center of Hulls Falls Road, a total distance of 423.34 feet, being the point of beginning and containing 4.12 acres inclusive of 0.23 acre within the highway bounds. VN-3/29-4/19/20144TC-41856

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Stony Point House LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/18/2014 Office Location: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 3174 Essex Road, Willsboro, NY 12996 Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. VN-3/22-4/26/20146TC-41687 NOTICE OF NEW YORK DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION formation on February 6, 2014. Teallholm, LLC was formed and filed Articles of Organization with the New York Secretary of State and designates the Secretary as agent for the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The company's mailing address is 1069 Stowersville Road, Westport, New York 12993 in Essex County, New York. The Company is to engage in any lawful purpose. VN-3/29-5/3/2014-6TC42208 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UPYOURTELESALES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/28/14. Office location: Essex County. Princ. office of LLC: P.O. Box 42, Paul Smiths, NY 12970. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Dorian Lynn Hidy at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Provide sales and marketing services. VN-3/15-4/19/20146TC-40934 WHITEFACE WOODCUTTERS LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/3/14. Office location: Essex County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Christopher Kostoss, 5926 NYS Rte. 86, Wilmington, NY 12997. General Purpose. VN-3/8-4/12/2014-6TC40252

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