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June 9, 2012

Softball tourney to honor Brent Bertrand By Thom Randall WA R R E N S B U R G — Wa r re n s b u rg High School is hosting a co-ed alumni softball tournament honoring the late Brent Bertrand, beloved school softball coach and technology teacher. All alumni, particularly those from 1983 to the present year, are invited to participate in the tourney, set for Saturday June 16 on the athletic fields at the high school. Spectators are also encouraged to attend. The tournament organizers are asking for a $25 donation from players, a sum that includes a commemorative Tshirt. Players are urged to register by June 8 with WCS coach Mary ann Bump at 63-2861, so appropriately sized Tshirts can be ordered. All proceeds go to the Brent Bertrand Memorial Scholarship fund. Extra donations will gladly be accepted, event sponsors said. Tournament play begins at 12:30 p.m. after a brief remembrance of Bertrand is offered. The tournament play is expected to conclude mid-afternoon, with a reception and celebration of Bertrand’s life scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 at George Henry’s tavern in downtown Warrensburg. Those who attend the tournament will see a huge flower box memorializing Bertrand. It was built and donated

Members of the Warrensburg High School softball team pose recently inside a massive flower box created in memory of the late Brent Bertrand, former local softball coach, mentor and technology teacher. An alumni softball tournament is planned for Saturday June 16 to celebrate his life. Photo provided

by employees of Curtis Lumber in Warrensburg. Several of Bertrand’s wood shop students built a walkway to the softball backstop where the flower box is situated. Those not able to attend the tournament may make out checks to: Warrens-

burg Teachers Association/Brent Bertrand Memorial Scholarship, and send to: Warrensburg Central School, Schroon River Road, Warrensburg NY 12885.

NW Business Expo cancelled HORICON — The North Warren Chamber of Commerce has announced that its 2012 Business Expo planned for June 13 at the Horicon Community Center has been cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts of participating enterprises. Chamber officials said they are now consider holding the event at a different time of year, when businesses are not so busy.

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Park dispute from page 1 for $210,000, after a dispute erupted about what buildings in the park’s festival space should be demolished. Warren County has owned 62 percent of the project, with the town and village each starting out with 19 percent. The village ‘s share doubled to 38 percent with the sale. When the new town board, under the leadership of new town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, sought to reclaim its former share, the village balked, citing that it wanted more clout. Village trustees also said they were wary of the town’s shifting positions on ownership. Village officials insisted thy wanted to hang on to their 38 percent, and suggested the county ought to relinquish part of its ownership. Then at last month’s county board meeting, a straw poll showed the prevailing opinion was for the county to dump its entire stake. Those involved in the project, however, said such a move could stymie the project and dry up state and federal grant funding, by showing a lack of solid local support. June 5, the standoff was all but resolved as the decision was reached for all entities to hold even shares. “This is a great arrangement,� Lake George Village Mayor Blais said after the vote. “We’ll be bringing the town back in, and we’ll only be dropping five shares.� Dickinson said he was happy with the new hefty, equal ownership stake, even though it would be costing his taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars up front to buy back in. “I’m excited,� he said. “I can’t believe this change in direction came this fast.� Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe, who chairs the park's ad-hoc committee, estimated that the town would need to pay from $560,000 to $620,000 to buy back into the project — about $700,00 or so in initial acquisition costs plus subsequent development expenses, minus about $140,000 the town had left invested in the effort, which would be repaid to the Town.

New art show in Chester gallery CHESTERTOWN – The Art in Chestertown Gallery kicks off its 2012 summer season with a new group exhibit titled Summer Skies. The opening reception for the show is to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8. The exhibit features works of more than 50 fine artists and artisans representing diverse styles and media. The Summer Skies exhibit runs from Thursday, June 7 to Saturday, July 21. Call 803-4034.




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