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Kimberly Davis a member of Team in Training


By Shawn Ryan PLATTSBURGH Ñ Kimberly Davis has been running for a cause since 2006, and she hopes to inspire others to do it with her this year. Davis is a volunteer with Team in Training, the main fund-raising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is currently training for the Lake Placid half marathon, held on the second Sunday in

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A lone fisherman braved the cold recently as just enough ice formed in Cumberland Bay for ice fishing. Photo by Shawn Ryan


Plattsburgh music scene at a crossroads? By Shawn Ryan

PLATTSBURGH Ñ The area music scene might just be standing at an important crossroads. Where it goes from here may well be in the hands of a few motivated individuals, with a vision for a rejuvenated Downtown. Over the course of the last two to three decades, Plattsburgh has lost both venues for live music, and the number of bands playing live music has declined. For the bands that are playing now, the fees that local venues seem willing to pay has risen very little over this time. Inflation, however, has risen consistently. Ò ThereÕ s an expectation that musicians will come into a place and just play to get their music out. ThatÕ s the assumption of a lot of restaurateurs and bar owners,Ó says local musician and entrepreneur James Ward. Ò You wouldnÕ t ask a plumber to come do work for free, and if it works out maybe youÕ ll ask him back and pay him a little bit more the next time.Ó Ward has been playing in the local music scene since he was 18. He thinks, however, that this is a local, and not national issue. Some cities such as Rochester, he points out, have a very vibrant music scene that seems to be expanding. While Rochester is obviously much larger than Plattsburgh, the difference, he says, is


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SUNY Plattsburgh faculty members awarded for excellence Turco holds an M.A. in environmental studies from Lacrosse University and a Ph.D. in rural development from Bircham International University in Madrid, Spain.

Nora Montanaro Nora Montanaro Õ 82 GÕ 92 GÕ 99 has served as lecturer in several departments at SUNY Plattsburgh since 1985. Montanaro is respected for her love of teaching and learning, according to Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs James Liszka. Liszka noted that, in student evaluations of MontanaroÕ s public speaking course, they often write about how she makes it easy to not be nervous during speeches. Montanaro came to SUNY Plattsburgh as a 15-year-old freshman and earned her B.A. with majors in secondary education English, psychology and speech communication. She went on to earn two masterÕ s degrees from the college as well: an M.A. in liberal student administration and leadership and an M.S.T. in elementary education.

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Pictured is Marco Turco, Andrew Black and Nora Montanaro with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Liszka.

Andrew Black Black has served in the collegeÕ s Department of Anthropology since 2010, participating in hundreds of archaeology and history preservation projects in the United States, Ghana and Somalia. Former students have said that his classes were both challenging and highly rewarding, but what Department Chair Deborah Altamirano finds most impressive is the fact that “despite the multiple challenges and often harsh conditions they face during

site excavation, his students can hardly wait to get back into the field.” Black holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Cruz and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from SUNY Binghamton.

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Turco has taught courses in African Studies, food security and organic farming since his arrival on campus in 2004. Turco is Ò stellar in every course,Ó wrote Dr. Kathleen Lavoie, former dean of arts and science, in her letter nominating him for the award. Meanwhile, Dr. Richard Robbins Ñ a SUNY distinguished teaching professor of anthropology who has audited Dr. TurcoÕ s food course Ñ wrote, Ò No student who has taken his organic agriculture course will ever look at food the same way again.Ó

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PLATTSBURGH Ñ SUNY Plattsburgh honored adjunct lecturers Dr. Andrew Black, Dr. Marco Turco and Nora Montanaro with the collegeÕ s Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers this fall. The awardees received a certificate of recognition and $500 toward travel, training or supplies in support of teaching.

PLATTSBURGH — First Weekends is proud to present its first fundraising event for the 2014 season. On Jan. 3 from 5-8 p.m. Lowell Wurster of Lucid will be the guest bartender at Champlain Wine Company. Net profits and tips will be donated to First Weekends in Downtown Plattsburgh, Inc., a not for profit organization that seeks to enact a cultural renaissance in Downtown Plattsburgh. According to Tim McCormick the President of First Weekends in Plattsburgh, Inc. Ò First Weekends has received a tremendous amount of support from the community, however, as we grow we find our expenses increasing and in an effort to be able to provide free cultural activities in the future we must raise money in order to continue to grow. We are very excited to be partnering with a downtown business that has been part of First Weekends since our inception. We are busy planning our 2014 events and will be coming back stronger than ever before in April!Ó Champlain Wine Company generously donated their space and net profit along with Lowell Wurster for any tips given that evening. “It was a perfect fit, to hold this event downtown to keep within our themeÓ , Leigh Simonette, Vice President stated in a quote. All donations will help cover expenses to host future events for the 2014 season. First Weekends is excited to be planning the 2014 year and will be holding fundraising events the first weekend of the month throughout the winter.

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Keeseville Elementary officially part of ‘No Excuses’ network By Keith Lobdell KEESEVILLE Ñ Students and staff at Keeseville Elementary School know that it is never too early to start thinking about the next step. The school recently earned membership into the No Excuses University Network of Schools, an organization that strives to build a bridge for all students to attend college, as it begins promoting a comprehensive college readiness model starting in prekindergarten. Keeseville Elementary is only the second school in the state to earn membership. At the school, the hallways are marked with the flags of different universities from across the country, with each class choosing a college to Ò adopt.Ó Ò For each class, the teachers were asked to pick two colleges and they were assigned one of them,Ó KES Principal Kevin Hulbert said. Ò We have a wide range of schools represented here. North Carolina, Paul Smiths, and Ohio State are just a few.Ó Hulbert said by introducing the students to colleges early, they can focus on what each school has to offer academically, think about what they want to study, and where. Ò Time will tell as far as the overall impact but a lot of the students are making the connection between working hard now and how it helps in the future,Ó Hulbert said. Ò That is motivating for them and pretty awesome.Ó The school submitted their official application to join the network in November and it took about a month to receive word they had been accepted. The school earned the recognition by demonstrating a commitment to college readiness and through efforts to ensure all children meet standards in reading, writing and math. About two years ago after I had won the New York State Principal of the Year award, Frank Nardelli (Vice President of Network Development for NEU) called and heard that we had some college focus in our school through College for Every Student (CFES) and thought we might want to learn about their program as well,Ó Hulbert said. Ò He is someone who comes from the North Country and he is excited to see NEU starting up here.Ó Hulbert said that the key for NEU was to get students looking into the future with the help of educators and community. Ò It really is a mindset and focus for everyone including parents and community in developing a culture where college is a viable option for everyone,Ó he said. Ò ItÕ s not saying that everyone has to go to college, but it is our responsibility as educators to prepare theses students that if they want to go to college, they are prepared to the point they can do so.Ó The schools in the NEU Network are not asked to pay any membership dues. Before schools can apply to become a member of the NEU Network, the principal and a team representing the schoolÕ s staff attended NEU Training Institute in San Diego, CA,

paid for through a Federal grant. Ò The continued success at KES has been a real team effort that has been accomplished through collaboration, cooperation, commitment and determination,Ó AuSable Valley Central School District Superintendent Paul Savage said. Ò No Excuses University is a wonderful network that we are excited to support, be a part of and spread it throughout the North Country. NEU is an example of the great things that are happening at AuSable Valley Central and that Patriot Pride is alive and well in the valley.Ó

Ò We are inspired by the schoolÕ s commitment to college readiness and we respect their relentless pursuit of success for all of their students,Ó Vice President of Network Development for the No Excuses University Frank Nardelli said. Ò We believe all children deserve the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college if they so choose to attend.Ó For more information about the No Excuses University, visit

A duck takes flight at the pond in front of CVPH Medical Center after being startled by two encroaching geese. Photo by Shawn Ryan

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It is time to raise the minimum wage Small change, long-term improvements


ne of our veteran editors wrote an article several years ago describing the extreme hardships a family in Johnsburg was enduring as the parents were working long hours at minimum-wage jobs. Hard-working and committed to their children, the man and wife headed out each day in an effort to provide their family with safe housing and a decent start in life. Yet with burdensome home heating costs and sky-high vehicle fuel and insurance expenses, their minimum-wage earnings were nowhere near covering the basic necessities for their family. To survive, they were forced to depend on a variety of government programs. Since then, the situation is even worse for thousands of families in the Adirondacks who rely on minimum-wage employment for their income. Decent jobs are rare in the central Adirondacks, and we see the result: many local residents, whose families have lived here for generations, are leaving so they can make a respectable living elsewhere. Over the past 30 years the population of core Adirondack communities has declined by 30 percent or more. In 1973, this Denton editor reports, he and his wife both worked for a salary just above minimum wage, or $1.60 per hour, and we were able to pay for not only their housing costs, food, insurance on three vehicles Ñ and their health insurance premiums (only $85 per year full cost for a policy) Ñ they also had cash left over for vacations and non-essential purchases. Now, people earning minimum wage have no such ability. The total cost of a health care plan alone can exceed a minimum-wage workerÕ s entire annual salary. Those working at the 2014 minimum wage rate of $7.25 have far less buying power than workers earning $1.60 per hour in 1973. Since 1970 or so, the average pay of top executives nationally has increased a thousand-fold, while wages for working people havenÕ t even kept up with the rising cost of living. ItÕ s estimated that if the minimum wage had been tied to increases in cost of living over those 40 years, the minimum wage now would be $10.65 per hour. ItÕ s important to note that over these four decades, U.S. labor productivity has risen by at least 125 percent, which would mean that minimum wage workers Ñ if fully compensated for their work — should now be making $22 per hour or more. Some citizens who espouse pure free-market capitalism, oppose raising the minimum wage, citing that it would cause job losses. But studies

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show that the opposite is likely to happen, with more earned income circulating in the economy. Such opponents also claim that a higher minimum wage would cause the cost of goods and services to spiral, but studies indicate that the cost of raising the minimum wage to $10.50 — and improving the lives of many millions of Americans Ñ would be a matter of a price increases of a few cents on a $5 product. Raising the minimum wage is also likely to put quite a shot in the economy, as the higher earnings would be spent on more goods and services. A Chicago Federal Reserve Board study indicated that raising the minimum wage to only $9 per hour would boost household spending by $48 billion, which would give the U.S. economy a considerable shot in the arm. A raise of the minimum wage past $10 per hour would boost the income of about 35 million workers, and lift most of them out of poverty. With the resulting financial stability, more families would be able to reclaim a middleclass lifestyle and have more time to engage in community life. Volunteerism and participation in charitable causes would increase, and crime would undoubtedly decrease. With the resulting boost in payroll-tax revenue, both the state and federal government would have substantially higher income tax revenue Ñ and Social Security and Medicare would be far better funded. While a variety of expensive, bureaucratic government programs now exist to subsidize the working poor, it is far more efficient in our national economy for workers to be paid directly a livable wage that reflects the true cost of their work and productivity. Thankfully, a good number of employers in our area understand that paying a decent wage not only exerts a substantial positive impact on their workers’ lives, but it directly benefits their enterprises, including boosted productivity and reduced employee turnover. Take Matt Funicello of Rock Hill Bakehouse for an example. He pays his 35 workers substantially above minimum wage, because he not only understands the benefits, but because he realizes to do so is his ethical responsibility. Recently Funicello testified in Albany on behalf of the federal House Resolution 1346, which would raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.50, and provide for the rate to be raised as the cost of living increases. We support the proposal and applaud those enterprises in the region that pay a livable wage to their employees. Ñ Denton Publications Editorial Board

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ver the next two delivery method. weeks, we will be The 80 percent of the homes working with the that are regular readers far exUS Postal Service throughout ceeds the performance of any Northern New York and Verother medium available in our mont to further improve the deregion and the 18 percent of livery of your free community homes who do not regularly newspaper. read the paper represents well While many paid publicaover $150,000 that could be tions explore ways to increase used to improve local employDan Alexander charges due to declining circulament and keep more dollars Thoughts from tion numbers, we look for ways flowing through our local econBehind the Pressline to improve and expand the deomy. livery of our free newspapers. As we work through these Over the last year, we’ve significantly im- changes over the next few months, should proved our websites, added free mobile apps your home or business not receive a copy of and enhanced our use of social media. In 2014, the paper as you normally have in the past we will be looking to optimize the postal de- and still want a copy of the paper delivered livery of our printed publications. each week, please call our office or email us We believe the delivery of your free news- at and we will add papers, while very expensive, is critically your address to our list. If you prefer not to reimportant to the service we provide to both ceive the printed copy, please let us know and our readers and advertisers. Without a proven we will remove your address from the list unand reliable delivery system, the best analogy til a new request is received from that address. I can think of would be the same as the days On a separate note, I must take this opof video rental stores compared to the online portunity to commend our staff. We have a video streaming of today. Delivery of the tremendous number of dedicated employees news, features and advertisements to our cus- who work long, hard and varied hours insurtomers in the method most favored by them ing the news coverage, advertising sales, prois a big part of our overall mission as a local duction and delivery of your weekly newspabusiness. per. Over the past 15 years, we’ve been parIÕ m proud to announce that in addition to ticipating in annual readership surveys con- focusing their efforts on their jobs, they also ducted by our state newspaper associations. recognize the role our company plays in comOur most recent survey concluded that after munity affairs and looking after our neighspeaking with over 700 local readers, 98.9 bors in need. percent of them received the paper and 81.3 We just concluded our most recent United percent consider themselves regular readers. Way Employee Drive and I am proud to anTo that end, we recognize the dollars spent nounce our staff will be contributing $8,555 to each week to print and deliver the paper to the United Way this coming year. The average those homes that are not regular readers could donation per employee was over $275 and I be better spent increasing our services for think that speaks volumes for the quality of those who do read the paper or for keeping a our team and the commitment they have to lid on our advertising rates, therefore easing our region. the load on our customers who pay for everyGiving back is, in so many ways, more rething that we do. warding than receiving and they continue to With that in mind, we will begin individu- impress me with their generosity and selfless ally addressing every paper we mail over the approach to life. Our team is the absolute best next few weeks, a change that will allow us and I am honored to have them be a big part the ability, over time, to remove those homes of our organization and family. that do not want the printed copy, whether be Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton those who prefer to enjoy our online editions or homes and businesses that end up being Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs. com. duplicated due to our total market saturation

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Style & Substance on keeping New Year’s resolutions H

appy New Year to our North Countryman and Burgh readers! We can all relate to past New YearÕ s Resolutions successes and failures and we have decided to add a new spin to how to go about keeping your commitment to yourself and meeting success in the NEW YEAR! There are traditional resolutions that help us to ring in a New Year and new beginnings...losing weight, eating better, exercising more, being kinder, being more organized, the list of traditional resolutions often has a focus on self-improvement. We encourage and applaud self-improvement; however, we also applaud the idea of taking the bow when it is earned - to us that means recognizing your strengths and acknowledging all that you do well. We believe that beginning strong will help you to stay strong as you work toward achieving a goalÉ .and enjoy the journey. A few tips to help along the way, doing just one of these could be life changing!! • Be accountable to yourself…and if you are good about recruiting the support of others and willing to take their coaching, share your resolution. Write down your progress toward your goals every day. Sharing your progress with yourself or with others helps maintain focus on the goal. • Go easy on yourself…don’t start out with an impossible to sustain resolution or ideaÉ build the new yearÕ s commitment in stages, build the new habit in a manageable way for the first 28 days and then increase the intensity. • Be present to those you are with…give up distracted conversations by focusing on the people you are WITH and not par-

ticipating when others are not directly engaged with youÉ .by sayingÉ Ó I see you are busy now, I will talk to you about this when you have the time.Ó It makes the listener aware that what you are saying is of importance and his or her input matters to you. In line with: Ò You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.Ó Ñ M. Scott Peck • Choose a favorite quote and use it in your everyday selfcoaching. Two of our favorites areÉ Ò Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.Ó Ñ unknown

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Losing an icon To the Burgh: Willsboro has lost yet another icon: Ralph Marcotte. ThatÕ s MR. Marcotte to you, or any one of the students he touched as a Principal, Teacher or Coach. MR. Marcotte was a gifted individual who KNEW people. A master motivator, he knew when to apply heat or when to show love. As a coach, he had a Midas touch with whatever sport he focused on. Possibly his finest hour was his goal in the early 70’s to bring a first Section VII soccer title to Willsboro. He required four years to create a soccer dynasty. His efforts paid dividends in 1975, whereby compiling a record of 16-1-1, having won every tournament/title possible, and then facing the first ever intersectional championship match with Section X (and a MUCH LARGER Canton Central), MR. Marcotte showcased his understanding of the human psyche by organizing a Pep Rally. A pep rally? Pep Rallies were for big schools from Plattsburgh with football. MR. Marcotte ostensibly appeared to defuse the situation by highlighting the teamÕ s historic accomplishments while preparing everyone for the upcoming blatant mismatch against a much larger school, etc. We should remain proud, blah, blah, blah. What? That was crap we thought. Unbeknownst to us, the subtle slight was actually our falling under MR. MarcotteÕ s spell one more time. When the Warriors finally hit the field, vaunted Canton didn’t know what happened. Within the first two minutes our Right Winger just about blew the ball through the back of the net! Then it was 3-0 after 5 minutes! 5-0 at the half. 7-0 at the final.Willsboro and MR. Marcotte would return to the intersectionals the next three years, bringing home two more titles. Brother, Father, Uncle, Principal, and Teacher, but always and forever, a Coach. In fact, he was the Vince Lombardi of Willsboro. Doug Ferris Willsboro

task of town supervisor. She stepped right up to the plate and took control of the position proving that she was extremely capable to handle the job she was elected to do. Considering the odds against her and people against her, she showed strength of spirit and mind, and performed her duties with all her heart. She rearranged the town offices, cleaned up the town hall, made the building community friendly by displaying artwork and making those entering feel welcomed. She chose excellent staff, made documents assessable to the general public through the new website, completed neglected grant projects, started new grants, brought attention to ElizabethtownÕ s needs by going to Albany, meeting governors, senators and congressmen and being a presence there. Supervisor Bartley dug deep into the documents and records of the sewer project and unearth the twisted bureaucratic sludge that had been dumped into it. Because of her hard work the old and broken residential water meters will be replaced and she installed a new accountability process for the town’s financial records and accounting procedures laying the groundwork for sound fiscal responsibility. After Supervisor Bartley received grants she had experts sort through and remove years of paperwork weighting down the second floor of the building, the Town Hall is now physically more structurally sound.Which is how Supervisor Margaret Bartley is leaving the Town of Elizabethtown, more structurally sound. Once again thank you to the Town Board members for their service and all the best to the new/returning board in the New Year. Mary McGowan Elizabethtown

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Appreciates support To the Burgh: The Willsboro Community Housing Assistance Taskforce Ð Food Shelf and Emergency Fund would like to sincerely thank all of the individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped to supply food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets this 2013 holiday season. Without each and every one of your efforts we would not have been able to provide the assistance needed. Happiest holiday wishes to all! May you have a healthy and happy 2014! Beverly Moran & Ashley Blanchard Willsboro CHAT Representatives

Relies on leader To the Burgh: I have read with interest Mr. DouglasÕ frustration with the lack of public input to the county budget, and also the letters it provoked. I feel perhaps none of them appreciated the confidence many of us have in the ability of our own town supervisors to represent us. Ed Hatch has lived in Willsboro far longer than I have, as a matter of fact, all his life. He knows the issues of the town, and county, far more than I do. As far as I know, his reputation is not that of a Ò big spenderÓ I feel his successor will represent us just as well. John Uhlig Willsboro

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To the Burgh: The cartoon published in the 12/20 edition of the North Countryman was unusually ignorant and stupid. The point of the First Amendment protection of the free exercise of religion is precisely to prevent governmental interference with our religious beliefs. The Obamacare mandate, by curtailing religious freedom, is a threat to ALL religions, which is why the plaintiffs in the suits against the government represent other religions besides Catholicism. I had thought that the long and shameful history of anti-Catholic bigotry had died out in America, but the Valley News, I see, is reviving it. John I. Gardner Essex

Thanks board To the Burgh: Thank you to all the Town Board members for their work this year and a special thank you to the following: Evelyn Hatch, who will go down in EÕ town history as the “first” female town board member. I thank her for stepping forward to run for the midterm spot left empty and I look forward to seeing her once again involved with the town as the active citizen she has always been. No one could match the 25 years of service of Joe Martin. He is such an asset to the town with his knowledge of the townÕ s history and being active in so many events. JoeÕ s retirement from the Town Board will be felt and he will be hard to replace. Thank you to Joe for all his years of service! Another thank you goes to Margaret Bartley for taking on the


PERU Ñ Honey is a great kitten that was born in a colony of feral cats that live behind the Newman Center in Plattsburgh, New York. A concerned citizen was kind enough to take these kittens in to try to socialize them. She altered them and brought them to Elmore SPCA to find them a good home. Honey is a sweet girl that will be happy to have a safe and loving home where she will be fed and have a warm space in which to laze the day away. She is very mellow, and although she likes to play she loves to lounge around as well. Her favorite toy is the laser light, and she likes to crawl on the cat tree as well. Honey is current on vaccinations, is spayed and has tested negative for FIV and heart worm. Unfortunately, she did test positive for FeLV. The vet said to retest in three months and that she can either go to a home where she will be the only cat or to a FeLV positive home. Come in and meet this great kitten that is only looking for her new family! ***UPDATE***Honey has tested negative for FeLV!!! We are so very happy that she is healthy and can go to her new home. Honey is enjoying her time in the cat colony, but she would love to meet her new family. Come in and meet this independent cat who will do


Patch is a fun loving dog that was found running at large in the Town of Beekmanton. No one redeemed the young adult dog who loves the attention of people. Patch is energetic, focused and really likes to please his people. Come in and meet this great dog that only needs to find a family who will love him. Patch doesn’t feel very confident when he meets dogs through his kennel door, but he enjoys interacting with other dogs when he is allowed to meet them with no barrier. He is not yet current on rabies, but will be dog tested after he is made current on vaccinations. Patch is a good dog that will do well in most homes. ***UPDATE*** Patch is a good dog that has lots of energy! He is good with kids, but can quickly overwhelm them when he starts to play. This boy needs plenty of room to run and a home where he will have consistent leadership. Patch has a lot of energy and would love to go to a home where he will get plenty of exercise. This boy can sit, lay down and is working on his loose leash manners. Come in and meet this sweet dog that loves to lounge around on the couch as much as he loves to go for long walks or runs.

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PLATTSBURGH Ñ A reporter at Denton Publications was honored at the recent North Country Honor Flight Christmas party with an award for his continuing coverage of Honor Flight events, and World War II veterans. Reporter Shawn Ryan was awarded the first annual Ernie Pyle Award for Outstanding Journalism. Honor Flight Director Danny Kaifetz awarded Ryan a plaque and a copy of the book Ò Ernie PyleÕ s War.Ó The award is named after Ernie Pyle, who was one of the most prolific and beloved correspondents who covered World War II. He was killed in action in the Pacific Theater near the end of the war. Two other local journalists will also be receiving the Ernie Pyle award, but Kaifetz would not identify those individuals until he can present the awards in person.

Danny Kaifetz presenting reporter Shawn Ryan with the first annual Ernie Pyle Award for journalism.

A small herd of horses braces for the cold in a Saranac field. Photo by Shawn Ryan

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OBITUARIES EVELYN EMMA GAY OCT 18, 1922 - DEC 22, 2013 Willsboro boro, one son and daughter Evelyn Emma Gay, 91, a in law, Otis and Jean Gay of proud member of the "Gold Willsboro, one brother Elbert Star Mothers" passed away Howard of Elizabethtown, Sunday, December 22nd at two sisters Bernice Urban of the Elizabethtown CommuMineville and Betty Christian nity Hospital. She was born of Elizabethtown, a daughter October 18th 1922 in Wadin law Jane Gay, 16 Grandhams, New York the daughchildren, 31 Great Grandchilter of Elbert and Julia (swan) dren, 7 great - great grandHoward. children and several nieces, Evelyn was a member of the nephews and cousins. She Gold Star Mothers with all was predeceased by her parfive of her sons serving in the ents, her husband, Robert United States military. Three Gay, four sons, Robert, Charof her boys served in Vietlie, Raymond and Gordon, nam, one in Korea, and one three sisters Florence, Beryl stateside. Her world was Jane, and Louise. changed forever when her Calling hours will be held son Charlie was killed in Friday December 27th from 4 Vietnam. She was the matri-6PM with a funeral at 6PM arch to a loving family who at W.M.Marvins Sons funeral she cared for deeply, she enhome in Elizabethtown. Burijoyed doing and displaying al will be held at Lewis cemepuzzles, reading, and doing tery in the spring. needle work. She had a genDonations in Evelyn's memouine love for animals, espery may be made to the Crane cially horses and her dog Mountain Valley Horse Resdutchy. In her final days the cue 7556, NYS Rte. 9N, Weststaff at Elizabethtown Comport NY 12993 or munity Hospital became part or to the SPof her family with their excelCA, PO box 55, Elizabethlent care and attention to her. town, NY 12932 She is survived by her For online condolences daughter and son in law Eva please visit http://www.wm and Donald Cross of

RAYMOND JONES JUN 27, 1942 - DEC 22, 2013 Keeseville, NY. Raymond (Michael) Villenuve of NasJones, entered into eternal sau, NY, Susan (William) life on Sunday, December 22, LeClair of Cohoes, NY, two 2013 at CVPH in Plattsburgh brothers Charles Jones of after a brief illness. He was South Carolina and Frank born in Albany, Jones of Corinth, NY on June 27, his grandchil1942 the son of dren; Nicole, Bilthe late Frank ly, Deborah, and Elizabeth Whitney, MaryHenderson beth, Cassandra, Jones. He was Christopher and educated in AlAbby, also nine bany Schools. great grandchilRay was a U.S. dren, several Army Veteran nieces and serving in Vietnephews, several nam as a Cook sister and brothand combat engineer SPEC 5 er-in-laws, His cats Punk, with the 25th Infantry 65th Daisy and Whitey. Regiment. A funeral was held Friday, He was self employed as AuDecember 27, 2013 at 11:00 to body Repairman in Ala.m. at the Gordon C. Emerbany, until retiring. ick Funeral Home, 1550 He was a member of the DisRoute 9 in Clifton Park. Callabled American Veterans ing hours were from 4-8 PM and The Newtonville United Thursday in the funeral Methodist Church. home. Ray's favorite hobby was his Burial with military honors artwork, he was a sculpture will be in the Memory Garand enjoyed sculpting birds, den's Cemetery, Colonie. butterflies, sailboats and Memorial contributions may tigers, he also enjoyed paintbe made to the North Couning. try SPCA 7700 Route 9N In addition to his parents he Elizabethtown, NY 12932, T: was predeceased by a son (518) 873-5000: Patrick Jones. Survivors include his wife Funeral arrangements have Marygrace Ciarfello Jones been entrusted by the family whom he married on April to the Gordon C. Emerick Fu24, 1968, his children; Rayneral Home, 1550 Route 9, mond W. (Katherine) Jones Clifton Park, NY 12065. 518of Watervliet, NY, David 371-5454. Jones of Cohoes, Patricia

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CHAZY — Explore Chinese culture with story time at the Chazy Public Library. Today’s topic: The Year of the Horse and the upcoming Spring Festival, known better in the West as “Chinese New Year.” 10am, free. For children ages 3-8. Dress in red for good luck. Xin nian kuai le, or “happy new year!” in Mandarin. ESSEX — Start the weekend out on a limber note with Saturday yoga at Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness. 1011:15am with instructor Cache Hartzell. Call 518-727-7014 for details. LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present an encore screening of the National Theatre’s Hamlet. 1pm, $16/$14/$10 (adults/LPCA members/students). Call the box office at 518-523-2512 for reservations or visit

Sunday, Jan. 5

LAKE PLACID — Wing Chun Kung Fu Classes, 462 Averyville Lane, 10-11 a.m. 524-1834 or email WILMINGTON — Celebrate the 56th season of skiing and riding with Island Madness. Lift tickets run

Monday, Jan. 6

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Wednesday, Jan. 8

ELIZABETHTOWN — Al-Anon Family Group for families and friends of problem drinkers to meet at the Hand House, 8273 River Street, noon - 1p.m. ESSEX — Wednesday Multi Level Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $12. 963-4300. LAKE PLACID — Wing Chun Kung Fu youth classes for students age 12 and older, 462 Averyville Lane, 4:30 - 6 p.m. 524-1834 or email ipmanwingchunlp@ PLATTSBURGH — Open mic at the Monopole Restaurant. Poets, musicians and comics welcome. 9pm, no cover. Visit for food and drink specials. 7 Protection Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 9

ESSEX — Thursday Vinyasa/Flow Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 10-11:15 a.m. $12. 963-4300. LAKE PLACID — Wing Chun Kung Fu Classes, 462 Averyville Lane, 4:30 - 6 p.m. 524-1834 or email SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Free Library will host a children’s storytime at 10:30am. 109 Main Street.

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PERU — St. Augustine Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for charity. All you can eat spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and desert. 4:30-6:30pm, $7.50/$2.50 (adults/kids). Free for kids five and under, $20/family maximum. Take-outs available. CHAMPLAIN — The Northern Lights Square Dance club Dance, 6 p.m. Potluck Supper, Northeastern Clinton County School, 103 Route 276, 7:30-10 p.m. WILLSBORO — Join the Willsboro Coffee House in celebrating their 20th season with acoustic folk singers Blanchard, Vicaro and Sonnet. Willsboro Congregational Church on Route 22. 7pm, $5/$2 (adults/kids). Includes refreshments. Call 518-963-7772 for more info.

Sunday, Jan. 12

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Monday, Jan. 13

ESSEX — Monday Multi Level Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 4:30-5:45 p.m. $12. 963-4300.

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Al-Anon Family Group for families and friends of problem drinkers to meet at the Hand House, 8273 River Street, noon - 1p.m. ESSEX — Wednesday Multi Level Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $12. 963-4300. LAKE PLACID — Wing Chun Kung Fu youth classes for students age 12 and older, 462 Averyville Lane, 4:30 - 6 p.m. 524-1834 or email ipmanwingchunlp@

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ESSEX — Thursday Vinyasa/Flow Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 10-11:15 a.m. $12. 963-4300. LAKE PLACID — Wing Chun Kung Fu Classes, 462 Averyville Lane, 4:30 - 6 p.m. 524-1834 or email

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ESSEX — Saturday Therapuetic Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 10-11:15 a.m. $12. 963-4300.

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ESSEX — Saturday Therapuetic Yoga, Lake Champlain Yoga, 2310 Main Street, 10-11:15 a.m. $12. 963-4300. PERU — Brodi Sussdorff Family Fundraiser, 1 p.m., Murphy’s Bar. Live music, raffle, bake sale, silent auction. $5 cover charge. Proceeds benefit the Sussdorf family with medical expenses.

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LAKE PLACID — Wing Chun Kung Fu Classes, 462 Averyville Lane, 10-11 a.m. 524-1834 or email

Kimberly Davis From page 1

June. Ò ItÕ s a life changing experience,Ó says Davis. Ò If anyone has ever thought about doing something like this, I would say yes, you can, and it will be something that you never forget.Ó When she first got the idea to get involved in 2006, she had never been a distance athlete. She had heard of Team in Training, and their mentoring program for first time runners and walkers, and took the plunge. Team in Training provides both a mentor to help with fund raising, and a coach to train a person from whatever their starting point is, to the ability to complete their event. After she completed her first event, Davis was asked to be a mentor. After competing in numerous subsequent events, she was asked to be a coach as well. When Davis first started, Team in Training only participated in marathons and half marathon. Now they have cycling and hiking events, as well as triathlons. Ò They give you a personal training schedule right when you sign up,Ó said Charly Mallet, Team in Training Campaign Manager for the Upstate New York/ Vermont chapter. Ò This program is for people from beginners to people who have done tons of marathons. Mallet has been participating in marathons since 2009. She too was not an endurance athlete when she first started. She has raised approximately $11,000 through various events in just four years. Her mother Colleen has also competed in Team in Training events. For Davis, itÕ s the survivors sheÕ s met, and the people who are going through treatment and their families, that inspire her to continue to participate. ItÕ s hard to meet someone, she says, who hasnÕ t at some point had someone in their life who has been affected by blood cancer. When she signed up to do her first event, there wasn’t a specific survivor she hain mind, or memory of a specific person, that motivated her. SheÕ s not the type of person who needs a reason to get involved she says. Team in Training events are held around the country, and fund raising levels are based partly on travel requirement for the event selected. Mallet likes to focus first-timers from the area on the Lake Placid Half Marathon because the fund raising level is lower. But, she says, if a person would prefer to do the Seattle half marathon, she would be happy to set that up instead. The Lake Placid Half Marathon is fairly early in the summer, and Davis trains and mentors participants through the winter and early spring for the event. Ò I actually prefer training in the winter than the summer. We teach people how to dress, we teach them about layering and proper apparel, and we do it safely. We talk to people about cross training, or stuff they can do at home, or if they belong to a gym as well,Ó said Davis. Davis has trained as many as seven people for one event, and is hoping that participation this year will eclipse that amount. Mallet plans to bring as many as 60 runners and walkers from around the chapter to Lake Placid. With plenty of time still remaining, anyone interested in learning more about Team in Training can contact Mallet at 438-3583, or

Plattsburgh Music From page 1

strong community support for the arts in Rochester, and a willingness by patrons to pay for that art. It will also take the type of investment in the arts from local government that hasnÕ t been seen in recent years with increasingly trimmed down municipal budgets. But there are important signs of life on the horizon. The first, according to Ward, is the rebirth of the Strand Theatre. The long anticipated opening of the venerable performance hall will add an exceptional venue, which might be able to lure regional, if not national performers to Plattsburgh.

Team in Training Campaign Manager Charly Mallet, right, with her mother Colleen after completing the Lake Placid Half Marathon.

But the Strand, which caters primarily to a slightly older demographic arts-wise, may not be the right venue for younger bands, struggling to make a living at their music. Enter First Weekends in Plattsburgh, who just completed a successful first year of working to bring local musicians, performers, and artists into the fore in Downtown. Ò I think (if) we can concentrate with new energy towards things like first weekends or community concerts, that we can start to push up that kind of culture from the community,Ó says Ward. Ò To share the cost of putting that on, rather than somebody purely entrepreneurial, that is going to make the difference.Ó Finally, Ward is currently in the process of reno-

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vating a space in Plattsburgh which he plans to make into a professional-level rehearsal and recording studio for local bands. Ward, who is pursuing the renovations with his own money and labor, plans to have the rehearsal hall open in about a year. The hostel-like recording studio, with space for musicians to relax and decompress, will take slightly longer to complete. He estimates it will take one and a half to two years. Ò Things like that take timeÉ and IÕ m not going anywhere.Ó Where the Plattsburgh music scene goes from here is far from certain. What is certain, however, is that there is an increased energy and a confluence of events that are setting the stage for a possible rebirth in local music.


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BOATS 14 SECTIONS OF 8’ Pressured treated boat docking w/ latter, adjustable hight stands, excellent condition, Also 12x14 Floating Raft w/latter. 518-563-3799 or 518-563-4499 Leave Message. 16’ CENTER CONSOLE FIBERGLASS SCOUT BOAT, 50hp & 6hp Yamaha motors, Humming chart & depth plotter, trailer & cover. $10,500. 518-4834466 1968 LAUNCH Dyer 20’ Glamour Girl, Atomic 4 inboard engine, 30HP, very good condition. Safe, reliable, spacious, ideal camp boat. Reasonable offers considered. Located in Essex, NY. 802503-5452 1977 156 GLASTRON Boat with 70 HP Johnson motor, with trailer, excellent condition. $2500. 518359-8605 1980 18 1/2 FT. Century Cuddy Cabin, 120 HP I/O, trailer, GPS depth finder, down rigger, plus. $2400 OBO. 518-963-8220 or 518 -569-0118 2001 SUPRA SANTERA low hrs., mint cond., great ski wake board boat, beautiful trailer included, $19,500. 518-891-5811

2007 STINGRAY BOAT 25' Stingray Criuser, only 29 hours, LIKE NEW, sleeps 4, has bathroom, microwave, fridge, table, includes trailer, stored inside every winter. (518) 570-0896 $49,000

CARS 2006 MINI COOPER, 5 spd, 2 dr. New tires, brakes & exhaust. Dual sunroof, leather interior, excellent condition. Comes w/warranty if wanted. $8500 OBO. Call: (518) 524-6709 CLASSIC 1973 CAMARO, 350 Auto, V-8 Engine, original 55,000 miles, $12,000, very good condition 518-359-9167. Call: (518) 359-9167

MOTORCYCLES 2010 HONDA STATELINE 1500 Miles, Black, Factory Custom Cruiser, 312 CC $7,800 518-5698170 WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI 1967-1980 Z1900, KZ900, KZ1000, ZIR, KX1000MKII, A1-250, W1-650, H1 -500, H2-750, S1-250, S2-350, S3 -400 SUZUKI GS400, GT380, GT750, Honda CB750 (1969,1970) CASH. FREE PICKUP. 1-800-7721142, 1-310-721-0726

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2002 COACHMAN MIRADA self contained, 24,840 miles, clean & runs great, Asking $16,800. 518846-7337


BUCKET TRUCK FOR SALE 1987 International 1900 Single Axle, with Steel Out-Riggers on the rear near back wheels. Truck has DT466 Diesel engine with 132,000 miles, in very good condition. A one man bucket, will reach 50' high. Bucket also equipted with winch and picking point from both booms. Truck licensed, and ready to drive or work. Asking $7,500 or Trade. 518-643-8434 or

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(2) TRAILERS (OPEN) - both excellent condition; 2010 Triton 20' Aluminum - max wgt. 7500 lbs. Asking $4900 and 1989 Bison 31' overal Gooseneck, Asking $2900. 518-546-3568.

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MORRISONVILLE 4 BR/2.5 BA, Single Family Home, 1,920 square feet, bulit in 1998, Colonial Cape, attached 2 car garage, gas fireplace, finished basement, large fenced in backyard with above ground swimming pool on corner lot. Located in Morrisonville in the Saranac School District. Great Family Neighborhood. $229,500 Call 518-726-0828

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ALTONA, NY 3 BR/2 BA, Single Family Home, bulit in 1994, Perfect entertainment home, peaceful country setting 15 minutes from Plattsburgh. Large deck, 28' pool, patio with built in gas grill, 2 car garage with workshop. A MUST SEE $105,000 518-570-0896

2005 WHITEHALL SPIRIT rowing/sailboat. Classic boat, rare find. Must sell! Asking $4500 OBO. 845-868-7711

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236.............Altona/Mooers 251.................North Creek 293.......................Saranac 297...............Rouses Point 298...................Champlain 327.................Paul Smiths 352..............Blue Mt. Lake 358...............Ft. Covington 359................Tupper Lake 483........................Malone 492.................Dannemora 493.................West Chazy 494................Chestertown 497.................Chateaugay 499.....................Whitehall 523..................Lake Placid 529...........................Moria 532..............Schroon Lake 543..........................Hague 546.......Port Henry/Moriah 547........................Putnam 561-566...........Plattsburgh 576....Keene/Keene Valley 581,583,584,587 ..............Saratoga Springs 582....................Newcomb 585................Ticonderoga 594..........Ellenburg Depot 597.................Crown Point 623...............Warrensburg 624...................Long Lake 638............Argyle/Hartford 639......................Fort Ann 642......................Granville 643.............................Peru 644............Bolton Landing 647.............Ausable Forks 648..................Indian Lake 654.........................Corinth 668...............Lake George 695................Schuylerville 735.............Lyon Mountain 746,747..........Fort Edward / Hudson Falls 743,744,745,748,761,792, 793,796,798. . . .Glens Falls 834....................Keeseville 846..........................Chazy 856.............Dickerson Ctr. 873....Elizabethtown/Lewis 891..............Saranac Lake 942......................Mineville 946..................Wilmington 962......................Westport 963...........Willsboro/Essex


247.......................Brandon 372....................Grand Isle 388...................Middlebury 425......................Charlotte 434....................Richmond 438...............West Rutland 453.......Bristol/New Haven 462......................Cornwall 475.........................Panton 482....................Hinesburg 545...................Weybridge 655......................Winooski 658....................Burlington 758........................Bridport 759.......................Addison 654,655,656,657,658,660, 860,862,863,864,865,951, 985....................Burlington 877...................Vergennes 769,871,872,878,879 ..................Essex Junction 893...........................Milton 897....................Shoreham 899......................Underhill 948..........................Orwell 888....................Shelburne


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