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Hughes enters northern NY broadband market Satellite to fill in gaps as state hurdles towards universal broadband goal By Pete DeMola EDITOR

ELIZABETHTOWN | More than half of the locations in the final round of state broadband awards will be served by satellite service. Hughes Network Systems received $15.4 million in state grants to offer service to 75,638 addresses statewide. But the Maryland-based provider is not dishing on the details, including service areas and how the state funds will be utilized, citing ongoing discussions with the state Broadband Program Office (BPO). After several calls and emails to Hughes corporate headquarters, the provider provided the following statement: “We are delighted that HughesNet has been selected to participate in the New

York State Broadband Initiative and that there is a clear endorsement that satellite broadband is an essential technology that brings genuine high-speed internet access economically to all homes across America,” said Mike Cook, executive vice president. “We look forward working closely with the state as we roll out the program.” Some 122,285 locations statewide are poised to be wired in the final stretch, which has a deadline of the end of this year.


The BPO def ines broadband as internet download speeds above 25 mbps in the most remote areas and 100 mbps everywhere else. More than 99 percent of the state will have access to speeds of 100 mbps or greater at the program’s completion, pledged the governor, with just .01 percent utilizing the 25 mbps category. Much of that final sliver will receive satellite service from Hughes, which received a collective $4.6 million in subsidies for four projects in a 16-county swatch of upstate New York in January. » Broadband Cont. on pg. 5

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Online radio venture collapses just six weeks after launch By Pete DeMola EDITOR

Common Council to explore options for aging venue By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PLATTSBURGH | One of the city’s largest venues is in dire need of repairs, and the cost could be well over $500,000. Department of Public Works Assistant Superintendent Mike Bessette last Thursday briefed the Common Council on the state of

the Crete Memorial Civic Center, a city-owned venue first built in 1974. The building’s roof is in critical condition according to Bessette, and repairs could cost up to $500,000. » The Crete Cont. on pg. 10

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Ex-department heads win claims against city Former Engineering, Parks and Recreation directors awarded nearly $3K By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

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tions about longevity pay,” Peters said in an email to The Sun. “So, filing for small claims became our only recourse to even have some questions answered.” Peters also said that the city refused to attend a mediation meeting prior to court. “So, legal action was the only open door available to us,” he said. In response, the city asked that the actions be dismissed, according to court documents. The city, represented by Corporation Counsel Dean Schneller, claimed that they’re only required to make longevity payments when an employee is still working at the city when those payments come due. The city also claimed that Plattsburgh City Court had no jurisdiction, and the case should be filed in state court; that Farrington and Peters had no legal basis to proceed under the state’s labor law because the city isn’t considered an employer; that the two can’t seek relief based on breach of contract because there was no contract between them and the city; among other legal reasons. According to court documents, there was “no actual written agreement” between Peters, Farrington and the city. But they were both hired based on documents provided to them by the city’s Human Resource Department, which was also abolished last July. Though the documents were never signed, Niles decided that a contract had existed between the department heads and the city. “Assuming such, the next issue is whether the (city) breached that agreement,” Niles wrote. “The court finds that it did.” Niles went on two write that it was “distressing to the sensibilities of the court” that Farrington and Peters would be denied longevity pay. “First, they were hired based upon documentation indicating that they are entitled to longevity pay,” he wrote. “There is no basis as to why a city department head should be treated differently than a city employee who accrues longevity on an hourly basis and is apparently paid weekly.” Niles also said that there’s no known policy denying city department heads prorated pay. “Withholding earned wages from workers is always wrong, plain and simple,” Farrington said. Asked if he believed that managers no longer under the employ of the city should receive prorated longevity pay, and whether or not the city planned to appeal the decision, Mayor Colin Read declined comment. “I am thankful the court was able to hear all the facts and make a fair and reasonable decision,” Peters said. “But, there’s no satisfaction in this process when you have to go to such lengths to recover what was earned through an employment agreement.” ■

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PLATTSBURGH | Fliers advertising what appears to be a white nationalist group, “Patriot Front,” were posted in multiple places around the city this past week, sparking public outcry as residents express concern that racism in the Lake City may be escalating. In response to an apparent uptick in racially-charged incidents in recent months, locals have started speaking out. One resident stood on a street corner with a sign that read “You are welcome here” every day for nearly a week. “I just don’t want (these fl iers) to be a sign that racism here is escalating,” Plattsburgh resident Kimberly Cummins told The Sun. Students at SUNY Plattsburgh have also revived the Stop Hate campaign, first made popular nearly 20 years ago when the Westboro Baptist Church visited the city during the tenure of former Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart, the

first openly-gay mayor in the state. “We won’t let hatred, stigmatization and judgment divide us,” wrote the student organization “I Am an Ally” on Facebook. “We are all better than this. We encourage you to share, print and hang this (Stop Hate poster) on your windows, doors and social media.” At least nine fliers advertising Patriot Front have been found by residents Cummins, Kevin Lewis, Camden Ellis, and their friends along Broad and Margaret streets since March 4. Plattsburgh City Police Lieutenant Brad Kiroy told The Sun that they had not received any formal complaints about the posters — by the time they were advised someone had already taken them down — but city police is aware of them. “We’re always cognizant of the dangers these groups present,” he said. “These folks hide behind the veil of the first amendment, but still demand our attention.” Because no formal complaint was filed, there’s no formal investigation into the matter. But Plattsburgh City Police remain on the lookout. “If there’s a violation of law, that’s certainly something we’ll address,” Kiroy said. Patriot Front did not respond to a request for comment before this edition went to print. » Racism Cont. on pg. 4

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Cummins, 31, first spotted the flier advertising a white nationalist group while on her way home one day. “I didn’t know what they were at first. I just took a photo and kept walking,” she said. When she visited the site, she was taken aback. “It just made me really sad that this is happening in my community.” She posted a photo of the messages, stapled to a wooden utility pole, on Facebook shortly after, prompting quick responses from friends. “That makes me sick,” wrote one commenter, Emily Fuller. “I’m speechless.” “I’m angry these scum are promoting Nazi slogans like this,” Caleb Moshier wrote, noting that the URL containing the message “blood and soil,” was a key slogan in Nazi ideology. “These idiots shouldn’t be using the American flag to promote their filth. Ignorance is no excuse for this. You are spitting on the memory of American soldiers who fought the Nazis. This is literally re-writing history to support neo-Nazis.” Cummins decided to act — not angrily, but by extending an olive branch. “I really want to approach this issue with an open mind/ heart,” she told The Sun in a Facebook message. “I would love to sit down and listen to the people that put up these posters, or people who live in the area that believe in the same things. While I don’t believe that white nationalism is the answer to anything, I would really love to bring people together. “It’s hard to talk about these issues that I don’t agree with without alienating the other side and making it even more extreme.” She stood on a street corner across from where she found the fliers once a day for nearly a week, carrying a sign that said “You are welcome here.” Cummins said that she felt everyone was becoming more isolated and less open to having real discussions, something she attributed to a widespread dispute over the nation’s identity and growing chasms separating different world views. “We’re not having a real dialogue,” she said. Throughout the week a few people have spontaneously joined her demonstration, she said. She hopes that by opening a dialogue, and encouraging local officials to speak out publicly against hatred, Plattsburgh can find its way toward unity again.

Plattsburgh resident Kimberly Cummins stands alongside three peers at the corner of Broad and N. Catherine streets, where she first found a pair of fliers advertising a white nationalist website. Photo by Elizabeth Izzo “Maybe letting people join the conversation where they’re at will help.”


Mayor Colin Read addressed the fliers on March 5 and again on March 8, reaffirming that Plattsburgh is a welcoming place. “The City of Plattsburgh is a welcoming community,” Read told The Sun in an email, highlighting the work of immigrant rights and support group Plattsburgh Cares. “I’d hold up organizations like Plattsburgh Cares as symbolic of our community that embraces diversity and wants people to be part of a new century city.” These fliers were posted just over one month after a handful of protesters belonging to the same group took to City Hall with signs that read “Deport them all” and “America is our birthright.” The identity of the person or people who are responsible for posting the messages around the city is unclear — but Patriot Front’s official Twitter account confirmed in a tweet posted on March 7 that some of its members were responsible. Kiroy said that the act of placing fliers on city property is illegal. “And we would address that based on city code,” he said.


The fliers are the latest in a series of racially-charged or

anti-Semitic incidents in the Lake City. After a SUNY Plattsburgh student’s racist SnapChat post, with the message “lynching n***ers tonight,” went public one month ago, the campus erupted in a series of protests, rallies and marches, with a group of students calling for three college administrators to resign. A few weeks later, residents reported finding fliers advertising Patriot Front in their mailboxes. Last spring, controversy arose on campus after racist and anti-Semitic fliers promoting white supremacy were circulated on school grounds. One month before that, two swastikas were found carved into pavement in downtown Plattsburgh and quickly covered up by the city’s Public Works Department. “There is room for diverse opinions, but there is no room for hate, for violence, for threats or for making people feel unwelcome,” Read said in an email. The city has modified its policing policies to clearly state that officers would not discriminate based on religion, race, gender identity or migration status, according to Read. “And we have city codes that make clear people cannot use city property in such ways,” he said. “Meanwhile, when we see such signs or graffiti that place people in fear, on city property, we will remove them.” ■

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Old school rock and roller pledges good time Jimmy T. Thurston to play Olive Ridley’s By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PLATTSBURGH | Jimmy T. Thurston is 77 years old. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to him. Thurston has a passion for music in his bones, a force that powers the man and keeps his life interesting. He started performing at 10 years old, earning $3 per night calling square dances in his home turf of Vermont. It wasn’t long before acts like George Jones, Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones reached Vermont and caught his ear. After that, he was hooked on rock ‘n’ roll. He first started Jimmy T and The Cobras in the early ‘60s. Sixty-seven years later, he still finds joy

in performing dance-able, wild southern country rock. “It really never stops being exciting,” Thurston said. Thurston now resides in Rouses Point. “Everybody’s really nice here. They keep their lawns clean,” he said. His band has a new lineup, featuring the talents of Marc Chapman on drums, Thom Longware on lead guitar and Kevin Connelly on bass, and they’re ready to roll. They play mostly originals, Thurston said — including “Homegrown Weed,” a song he wrote in the ‘70s that’s making a resurgence now, something he ties to Vermont’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana earlier this year. “Of all the songs... it’s the one about weed,” he laughed. Their next gig is at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh on April 6. Doors open at 7 p.m. “I guarantee that you can dance to just about every song,” he said. Learn more about the show and the group’s other tour dates at ■

» Broadband Cont. from pg. 1 Exact town-level data remains in raw data format. But a preliminary review of U.S. Census data by The Sun revealed wide stretches of the Capital Region and North Country will be covered by satellite. Hughes has received the majority of grants in Essex County’s $10.7 million package, with Frontier Communications and Slic Network Solutions slated to serve limited localities, mopping up 3,949 locations. Top local beneficiaries include Lewis and Crown Point, which will see 545 and 509 locations addressed. Locations in Elizabethtown (473), Minerva (412), Jay (332), Chesterfield (309), Moriah (227), Essex (228), Ticonderoga (200) and Willsboro (150) will also be addressed. Vast tracts of Clinton and Franklin counties, as well as the overwhelming majority of Hamilton County, are also poised to be served by Hughes.


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From the Editorial Board Democratic congressional candidate Dylan Ratigan has never voted in his life. It’s an issue that has quickly defined his nascent campaign. The first-time candidate readily admitted his lack of civic engagement to reporters ahead of his campaign rollout last month, and acknowledged his apathy will be a cudgel with which his opponents will use to bash him. He’s not wrong. Ratigan, 45, has taken heat from his opponents, local residents, newspaper editorial boards and reporters alike, at least one of whom seemed incredulous at his bombastic press conference in Saranac Lake last month and grilled him accordingly. Ratigan has copped to his apathy. “I was wrong in my belief that I could express my point of view relative to the political activity of this economy through journalism and through business,” said Ratigan, a former cable news host and financial reporter. “I was sorely mistaken.” We’re as high-minded as the next person when it comes to expressing your constitutional rights, and have repeatedly pleaded with readers to go to the polls in state, local and federal elections. But Ratigan brings up a valid point: What he appeared to be trying to say,


Setting record straight on ambulance usage

To the Editor: I’ve been told there’s a petition circulating around town requesting that Johnsburg Emergency Squad members never use the ambulance for personal use, even if just going to the store. As president of the squad, I think it’s most important that our crews are ready to respond immediately at all times of the day. That’s why I request they take the ambulance if they go to the store or out to breakfast in town: if a call comes over, they don’t have to go back to the building to get one. I estimate the ambulance makes this mile and a half trip to North Creek about 2 to 4 times a week at a total cost to the town in diesel of about $50 a year. Our full-time paramedics stay in the building for 36 straight hours. Though they try to bring enough supplies for the duration, sometimes they run out. They receive no health benefits

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perhaps inelegantly, is that he viewed his contribution to society through the prism of his reporting gig as wholly adequate. All news reporters see themselves as warriors chasing some type of noble truth, and many of them find meaning in furthering some type of change, whether speaking truth to injustice or correcting some type of societal wrong. On the other hand, we must balance this with being neutral, and shouldn’t be pushing an agenda. To admit doing so — even when manning a desk at a left-leaning cable news station like the MSNBC — is an admission that networks are somewhat biased. That bias, of course, is a chief tool used to undermine support in the media daily, most maddeningly, when partisans dismiss reporting as fake or fraudulent simply due to a source they may find illegitimate. So in a way, while Ratigan has somewhat hemmed himself in, his admission brings up another point that should also be considered: Should political reporters make their political preferences public? And further, should they even vote in the races they cover? Much ink has been spilled on the subject with writers opining on every conceivable

or pensions. All of them, including myself, work another full-time job somewhere else. They have not received a wage increase in three years. Our medics could all make more money doing something else, with all the responsibility and education and training involved. They work here because they care deeply for what they do, and the people they care for. We are very lucky to have them. Please call me or stop by the building. We’ll answer any of your questions. Joseph Connelly, President, Johnsburg Emergency Squad ■

Adirondack PILOT debate missing one critical detail

To the Editor: Discussions on the proposed PILOT for taxes on state forest lands within the Adirondack Park have missed mentioning one very important detail. That detail is that nowhere is it

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angle over the years. Obviously the decision to vote is an extremely personal and complex one, and asking anyone to justify that rationale publicly is asking them to strip back and expose a deeply intimate and personal set of values. But Ratigan is now no longer a private citizen, but rather a political candidate seeking your support. It’s fair to pose those questions to Ratigan, but the broader context should not be lost. Voting is a sacred duty, so is covering the news objectively. After all, we’re supposed to be the gatekeepers. Objectivity is the chief pillar underpinning our jobs. But we also believe it is possible to balance professional responsibilities with our civic ones. Voter disenfranchisement has been endlessly dissected since a shock upset swept the current occupant of the White House into office in 2016. Perhaps a candidate who has willingly sat out the process has more to offer the public discussion than we think. Ratigan shouldn’t be given a pass, but his admission isn’t a deal-breaker, either. ■ —The Editorial Board

said that the state must budget the necessary funds to pay taxes on its forest lands in the Adirondacks. Adirondack communities can’t afford the PILOT. Many have state lands that compose over 50 percent to as much as over 90 percent of their tax base. The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, when I was its very fi rst chairman in 1993-1994, proposed amending the Real Property Tax Law Section 532 dealing with the taxation of certain state lands. Our resolution called for the addition of a new subsection, which would read as follows: “No law repealing subsection (A) hereof shall be effective unless enacted by the state legislature at two successive regular sessions by a two-thirds majority vote of the senate and assembly.” Subsection A of Sect. 532 reads: “All wild or forest lands owned by the state within the Forest Preserve.” The resolution also supported the amendment of Article VII of the state constitution to provide an additional Section 20. “The state budget shall include

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the amount necessary to pay the real property taxes on wild or forest lands owned by the state within the Forest Preserve.” I call upon every taxing entity within the Adirondack Park to pass resolutions in support of this much needed amendment to our state’s RPTL along with Section 20 to the state’s constitution Article VII. Moving swiftly might get the amendment to the state’s constitution on the ballot this fall. Adirondack elected officials reach out to each of their own state assembly members and state senators as well. Dean D. Lefebvre, Tupper Lake ■

Town halls are a thing of the past

To the Editor: In February, I submitted a press release to inform the public that the Hamilton County Republican Committee had voted unanimously to endorse both Rep. Elise Stefanik and state Sen. James Tedisco. » Letters Cont. on pg. 7


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City taps new community development director Matthew Miller will lead economic development efforts By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PLATTSBURGH | Matthew Miller, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native, has been appointed by Mayor Colin Read to replace Paul DeDominicas as the director of Community Development. Miller, 33, has bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “I have extensive experience in business development, project management, engineering and sales,” Miller told The Sun in an email. DeDominicas resigned last month, citing what he referred to as a “hostile work environment.” His resignation was effective Feb. 28, the day before Read informally announced Miller’s appointment. The Community Development Office has a vast portfolio, including pursuing state- and federally-funded housing funds to bolstering economic development and planning city events. The office is also tasked with overseeing the state-funded $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).



Former DRI Project Coordinator Joel Wood also resigned last month, citing a new job opportunity. Read lamented his departure. “When he was hired, Civil Service only allowed the position to last for 12 months, which ends in June, as that was the heavy lifting period of the DRI,” Read told The Sun. “I wish we could have kept him for the remaining four months of his contract, but he is leaving everything in a very good place for us.” Since the abolishment of the Parks and Recreation Department last summer, the Community Development office has also absorbed a number of that department’s responsibilities. Miller said his first priority as director will be ensuring that the many projects funded through the DRI will move forward. The first of those projects, a $1 million grant program for local businesses hoping to repair, renovate or rehab their property, was launched last November. “I also plan on casting a wide net in applying for additional grant funding from state, federal, and private sources that can help to further improve life in the city,” Miller said. Read offered Miller a warm welcome. “It is a great pleasure to welcome Matthew to our staff,” Read said on March 9. “I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to find a highly skilled

5K ‘Shamrock Shuffle’ returns for third year

PLATTSBURGH | The third annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K returns on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The event features two laps around the U.S. Oval. Wear your green running gear, leprechaun hats and bring your shillelaghs. The first 50 finishers will get a free beer courtesy of Valcour Brewing Company. The race starts and finishes at Valcour Brewing Company and is sponsored by Adirondack Coast Events. The Foundation of CVPH is the beneficiary of this year’s event. Register online for $22.50 at ■

State lawmaker seeks nominations for Women of Distinction Awards

PLATTSBURGH | Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) is seeking nominations for his second annual Women of Distinction Awards. Nominations will be accepted until March 31, with a ceremony honoring awardees taking place on April 14. The Women of Distinction Awards recognize trailblazing women who have made an impact in fields such as education, health care, volunteerism, military service » Letters Cont. from pg. 6 Evidently a reader took exception to the fact that people are happy with the congresswoman’s performance to date. There are 435 members in the U.S. House. The senior members exert more influence in the creation of legislation. While Rep. Stefanik is early in only her fourth year in Congress, she already has provided substantial impetus on key bills effecting North Country residents. The recent multi-year funding for North Country health centers is a perfect example of the type of legislation the congresswoman has influenced. More funding for environmental issues effecting residents from the St. Lawrence River, thru the Adirondack Park and even to Saratoga are again bills the congresswoman

and experienced millennial who so firmly grasps and embraces the importance of quality of life and economic development in our city.” Miller’s position is provisional pending the next Civil Service exam, which hasn’t been scheduled yet, according to the Clinton County Personnel Department. Miller’s salary will be $69,004 per year, $6,253 more than his predecessor’s starting salary in 2015.


Read told The Sun last month the city was making arrangements to ensure continuity on the DRI project. “We’d began recruiting a couple of months ago for a planner or a senior planner, and I hope to complete that hire soon,” Read said. “And we’ve moved clerical and grant tracking resources into that office as well. “Of course, the state always remains helpful in guiding this process along, and I appreciate that.” In the wake of the wave of resignations, Read said he’ll continue to attract young people to work in city government, citing attractive salaries and grant packages. “The skills and the willingness to adopt new technologies and practices are strengths young professionals really bring to the city,” he said. “And, after all, the younger one is, the longer term is their stake in the future of Plattsburgh.” ■ — Pete DeMola contributed reporting

and community service. Nominees must reside in either Clinton or Franklin County or in the towns of Hopkinton, Piercefield, Brasher or Lawrence in St. Lawrence County. Residents are encouraged to submit nominations online at or mail them to 202 U.S. Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12903, before Saturday, March 31. The winners will be recognized at the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Stafford Science & Technology Building Theatre at Clinton Community College. For more information, contact Assemblyman Jones at 518562-1986 or ■

Local students raise money for a cappella group

PLATTSBURGH | The Stafford Middle School’s a cappella group, Fermata Nowhere, will host a fundraiser on Thursday, March 22 from 5-8 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The $10-a-plate dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread sticks, dessert and bottled water. Take-out is available. There will be a silent auction of donated prizes, and at 7 p.m., Fermata Nowhere will perform for diners. For more information or to donate to the silent auction or to the fundraising effort,

has championed. And then there is the increased funding to help fight the opioid epidemic. Congress is in session an average of four days per week from Jan. 1 to Aug.1. This requires all lawmakers to spend a large amount of time in Washington. As for physical town halls, they are increasingly a thing of the past. Younger voters increasingly use electronics to access the political process. Teletown halls are an up and coming tool and are much more productive and allow a far greater number of constituents to access the meeting, without spending travel time to attend. By conducting these types of events, the congresswoman can reduce travel time and spend more time in Washington where the legislation is actually written. She has in fact met

personally with thousands of her constituents as time permits. I would also like to mention the Reciprocity Bill. If a state resident living in Suffolk County receives a carry permit from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for a handgun, they cannot take it to an upstate camp they may own. Leaving Suffolk County with the handgun would immediately make them a criminal. The bill would remedy this flaw in the law and bring true “common sense” to gun laws. Bill Murphy, Chairman Hamilton County Republican Committee ■

Questioning broadband prices

To the Editor: Willsboro, $7,149; Essex County,

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From the Sidelines

Getting down to it For many high schools around the area, we are down to 15 weeks of school before the end of the year. For some, they are getting down to the last 15 weeks of high school. By Keith Lobdell That was me 24 years ago, count• COLUMNIST • ing down the days until I was “free.” I thought because I wasn’t immediately going to college, I would get to live the sweet life — or so I thought. Now I am looking at this situation through different eyes as a father of a senior student for the first of what (hopefully) will be three times, and it has been a different experience. Unlike myself, my daughter will be heading to college in August, committing to Southern Virginia University. So I have been able to experience the visits and talks with staff and auditioning for different programs within the college. I have also had the chance to watch her go through the decision process and the application process, something I never really did. In the end, it was a choice she made and we as parents are proud of. I am also getting to see the scholarship process, basically writing essay after essay to grab as much cash as possible. That part is also intriguing, mainly because I am the one now getting the bill so now hoping the wheel of fortune turns our way. Besides all that, however, it is a matter of getting prepared for a new chapter in life. My parents will tell you I had no fear of going out on my own. The most homesick I honestly ever felt is when I heard the song they played after Plattsburgh State scored a hockey goal. Not that I didn’t miss people or places — I just never dealt with homesickness in Sacramento or in Utah. Now, however, I am on the other side of the equation. The side that will feel something missing each time the National Anthem is sung. The one that will miss long trips and just talking. In short, the one who will wake up one morning in late August and realize there is someone is missing from the house, but knowing it is for all the right reasons. It will be interesting, emotional and new for all of us, but we are all looking forward to what we hope will be an amazing future. ■ contact the school at 518-563-6800. ■

Hundreds of students expected at Plattsburgh college, career fair

PLATTSBURGH | Representatives from more than 30 colleges will gather at Plattsburgh High School on March 22 to provide education and career information and advice to hundreds of Adirondack high school students. Represented colleges include St. Lawrence University, Clinton County Community College, and New England Culinary Institute, as well as the U.S. Air Force and Army. Also attending will be several career services, including Coryer Staffing and OneWorkSource. The event is open to students grades 9-12 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Learn more at ■

$2,704; Dickinson, $12,569 per address. Check wisdom at the door, please. Tim Sherman, Westport ■

Paying out of pocket for Lyme disease treatment

To the Editor: Please help pass the word. Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever and malaria are all here in this area. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in your hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, in July 2017. I feel I’m still fighting for my life. Last October, I was forced to see an unconventional doctor in Delmar. They diagnosed me also with the Rocky Mountain spotted fever and walking pneumonia. They

feel I have had these for 12-13 years. Please get checked if you have these symptoms: 1. Rigidity 2. Painful joints 3. Shortness of breath 4. Other symptoms, such as weakness, tiredness, etc. I tried to get help from several doctors over the years. Their reply was always, “I don’t think so.” At present, I’m being treated by an unconventional doctor in Delmar. This means I pay out of pocket. Insurance has not paid for any of my office calls yet. It’s in appeals. Please get the word out to the medical professionals, politicians and the public that this is real. I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this. Phillis Washburn, Redford ■

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The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will screen “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, on March By Elizabeth Izzo 16-17 at 7 p.m. Starring Frances Mc• COLUMNIST • Dormand, this dark comedy tells the story of one mother’s conviction to pressure local law enforcement to find her daughter’s killer. Rated R. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 518-523-2512. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is screening “Lady Bird,” a coming of age film that follows a young girl through her senior year at a Catholic high school, on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Rated R. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for minors. Learn more at or by calling 518-963-7777.


An exhibit featuring the work of mixed-media artist Daesha Devon Harris opened at the Courthouse Gallery in Lake George on March 10. A Saratoga Springs native, Harris’ work combines imagery often sourced from her hometown with historical and biographical information about her subjects. “Through my artwork I strive to promote a sincere understanding of the contemporary and historic contributions of people of color with insight, compassion and protectiveness,” the artist said in a statement. “I endeavor to capture the ‘life’ that continues to evolve amidst struggle and success. And with ardent respect for a profound past, I challenge the viewer to consider the complexity of issues facing communities of color.” The exhibit will be on display through April 14. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday, 12 – 5 p.m., Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m., and all other times by appointment. Learn more at Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios will open a display featuring the work of resident visual artist Jeff Waring on March 16. Waring’s bright, intricate paintings will be available for view through April 28. To learn more about the exhibit, “Jeff Waring: Surface and Depth — Adiron-

The Adirondack Ballet Theater will perform an adaption of “The Wizard of Oz” in Glens Falls on March 23.

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dack Reflections in Paint,” visit An opening reception is slated for March 16 from 5-7 p.m.


The Essex Theatre Company is holding open auditions for its upcoming performance of the comedic drama “Painting Churches” by Tina Howe. Auditions run March 17-18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Willsborough Visitors Center in Willsboro. Three roles are available for this summer production: a 60 year old Bostonian named Fanny Church; her husband, a 70 year old New England poet; and their daughter, a 30 year old painter.


An adaption of the classic children’s tale “The Wizard of Oz” by the Adirondack Ballet Theater will land at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls on March

23 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person and available by calling 518-4804878 or by visiting Our Town Theater Group is set to perform “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a comedy by Joe DiPietro, at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on March 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, $8 for students. Learn more at The Adirondack Regional Theater is teaming up with the Chazy Music Theatre for a joint performance of “Shrek, the Musical” at Chazy Central Rural School. Performances are slated for March 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24-25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors and children under 12. Purchase tickets at or at the door. ■

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NOW - MARCH 21 Moriah » Free Adult Swim

Program held at Moriah High School; Wednesdays at the 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exercise-based. 5:00 pm-6:00pm Open Swim.

MAR. 16

Westport » DupreyStrong

Spaghetti Dinner held at Westport Hotel & Tavern; 4:00 p.m. Spaghetti dinner to benefit Korrina Duprey and her Family; Jason (husband), Aiden (son), and Addison (daughter). We will be holding a spaghetti dinner which will also include, salad, garlic bread, dessert and water. Basket raffle (silent auction style), a $50/$50 raffle, shirts for sale, and a DJ on the night of the event. COST: Adults and children 10 years and older: $10, Children under 10 years: $7, Pre-school aged children Free. Families will not pay more than $40 *Tickets are available ahead of time or at the door. *Take-out/delivery also available! Plattsburgh » Chamber of Commerce Presents 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast held at SUNY Angell Center Ballroom.; 7:30 p.m. Find out who will be named Irishman of the year. Sponsored by WoodmenLife, this event is always entertaining. Master of Ceremonies, Matt Boire, and


DupreyStrong Spaghetti Dinner held at Westport Hotel & Tavern

a cast of crazy characters will help you start your morning with a smile. Individual tickets, as well as tables of 8 and 10 are available. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets to the event are $26 if paid before March 9th, and $36 if paid after March 9th. This event will sell out, so make your reservations today. Details: call Chamber at 518-563-1000 or visit

MAR. 17

Saranac Lake » Carousel

for a Cure held at Adirondack Carousel; 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Support two great causes. Shop at the craft/vendor show to support Tri-Lakes Relay for Life while the kids rude the carousel. Shop for Easter, Mother’s Day or Graduation. Essex » Lenten/Easter MiniRetreat held at St. John’s Church; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. “Honey in the Desert” Free. Please bring vegetarian dish for potluck lunch. Details: Bobbi Perez 518-9830008 or Tony D’Angelo 518-9637928.

MAR. 17 - MAR. 18 Across the State » Maple

Weekend held at Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties; During Maple Weekend, producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related products are made. You’ll also have the

opportunity to enjoy the fun, familyfriendly activities, taste New York’s freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products. Details:

MAR. 19

Plattsburgh » Swing, Latin &

Ballroom Social Dancing held at Recreation Center; 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Dances are Open to the Public and FREE OF CHARGE. There are no dance lessons at our Monday dances. We will review and practice dances taught at our Second Saturday Monthly Dances. Come dance, practice and socialize with our friendly, supportive dance community, which includes dancers of all ages and abilities. Come join the fun! Dance Plattsburgh is USA Dance, Inc., Chapter #3033. Details:

MAR. 21

Essex » Eat & Learn Session held

at Essex Community Church; 6:00 p.m. The featured speaker this month is Cam Brown from the TRADES OF HOPE an organization working with women who are facing difficult circumstances such as poverty, raising handicapped children alone, living in war torn zones, as they struggle to find food, shelter and medical care. All are welcome. Bring a dish and love of learning. Can’t cook? Bring a bag of snacks.

MAR. 22

Peru » Just Jammin held at Peru

Memorial VFW; 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A group of local musicians get together to “jam.” They are always looking for others to join them. Come join them, listen, dance and/or add your voice to their instruments Items for a light supper

available for purchase. Kitchen and bar open at 5 p.m. For more info or 518-563-7558, 518-593-5628.

MAR. 24

West Chazy » Nina’s Brew -

Giovanina Bucci, Mike Brewster, and Isaac French to perform held at Vesco Ridge Vineyards; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. A musical blend of three uniquely powerful voices dynamically layered over guitars, piano and percussion.. Details: 518846-8544,

MAR. 24 - MAR. 25

Across the State » Maple Weekend held at Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties; During Maple Weekend, producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related products are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the fun, familyfriendly activities, taste New York’s freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products. For more info & location go to

MAR. 25

Peru » Sunday Breakfast held at

Peru Memorial VFW; 9:00 a.m. -Noon. Bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy & biscuits, corned beef hash, pancakes or French toast with real maple syrup, juice and coffee. ONLY $10. Seconds are No Charge.

MAR. 25 - MAR. 29

Lake Placid » Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp held at Olympic Center; 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Join players from the gold medal winner 1980 USA Hockey Team

and participate in the fourth annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp in Lake Placid. Details:

MAR. 26

Plattsburgh » Swing, Latin &

Ballroom Social Dancing held at Recreation Center; 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Dances are Open to the Public and FREE OF CHARGE. There are no dance lessons at our Monday dances. We will review and practice dances taught at our Second Saturday Monthly Dances. Come dance, practice and socialize with our friendly, supportive dance community, which includes dancers of all ages and abilities. Come join the fun! Dance Plattsburgh is USA Dance, Inc., Chapter #3033. Details:

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Saranac Lake » Winter Bread

Market held at First United Methodist Church; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fresh Baked, Hand-made, Organic. Pre-Orders welcomed & appreciated. Text or Call 518-3021828

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POLICE BLOTTER Altona man arrested for drug possession

ALTONA | On March 7 at approximately 2:15 a.m., New York State Police conducted a traffic stop on Devils Den Road in the Town of Altona on a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck for operating with inadequate plate lamps and unauthorized stickers on the rear windshield. The driver, 36-year-old Christopher D. Peryea, of Altona, was found in possession of 16 pills of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, approximately four grams of marijuana, and a smoking device containing marijuana residue. Peryea was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana and further ticketed for unauthorized stickers. He was released with appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Altona Court on March 13 at 7 p.m. ■

West Chazy man arrested for DWI, marijuana possession

PLATTSBURGH | On March 8 at approximately 1:39 a.m., Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tristin C. Allison, 21, of West Chazy on charges of aggravated DWI, a felony; driving while intoxicated, a felony; unlawful possession of marijuana and two other infractions following a vehicle and traffic stop on Oak Street in the City of Plattsburgh. Upon further roadside investigation by deputies, Allison was determined to allegedly be operating his motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition and also in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Allison was transported to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office for processing. He was later arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and remanded to the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail and $2,000 secured bond. Allison is due to reappear in Plattsburgh City Court on a later date. ■

Plattsburgh man arrested for DWI, marijuana possession

BEEKMANTOWN | Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Adam A. Lagrave, 21, on March 3 at 7:15 p.m. after the subject was stopped for speeding in the Town of Beekmantown. It is alleged that Lagrave was intoxicated and in possession of marijuana at the time of the stop. He was charged with a speed violation; driving while intoxicated, first offense, a misdemeanor; aggravated DWI, misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana. Lagrave was processed at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and released on appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Beekmantown Court set for a future date. ■

Plattsburgh man arrested on probation violation

PLATTSBURGH | On March 5 Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Kohen H.F. Laware, 18, following the issuance of a warrant by the Clinton County Supreme Court. It is alleged that Laware violated the terms of his probation set forth on him last October. Laware was arraigned in the Clinton County Supreme Court on the warrant. Laware was then remanded to the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, $10,000 secured bond. Laware is scheduled to reappear in the Clinton County Supreme Court on a later date. ■

Plattsburgh man arrested on criminal contempt charges

PLATTSBURGH | On March 3 Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jason C. Baker, 44, on the charge of criminal contempt in the third degree after he allegedly violated an order of protection. Baker was released on an

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appearance ticket, to be arraigned at the Town of Champlain Court on a later date. ■

Malone man arrested for displaying offensive material

MALONE | On March 5 at approximately 3:15 p.m., New York State Police responded to a report of a harassment at a residence on State Route 30 in Malone. An investigation revealed that 29-year-old Andrew J. Shatlaw of Malone had an offensive sticker on his vehicle which displayed a sexual act. Shatlaw was previously arrested for displaying the sticker and ordered by the Malone Town Court to remove it. Shatlaw failed to adhere to the court orders. He was arrested and charged with criminal contempt, public display of offensive sexual material, and harassment. Shatlaw was arraigned in the Town of Malone Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, or $2,000 bond. ■

Plattsburgh teen arrested for illegal weapon possession

PLATTSBURGH | On March 5 at approximately 4 p.m., New York State Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Audi A6 on Boyton Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh for being unregistered and uninspected. The operator, Maxwell G. Grimard, 19, of Plattsburgh, was found to have a suspended license. He was also found in possession of two unloaded AR-15 rifles in the vehicle and two 30 round magazines. Grimard was arrested and charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and further issued traffic tickets for unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was arraigned in the City of Plattsburgh Court and committed to the Clinton County Jail in lieu $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 secured bond. ■

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PERU - K of C or Knights of Columbus Bingo, Tuesdays @ 7:10 p.m. St. Augustines Parish Center, 3030 Main St. All welcome!

LAKE LUZERNE – Saturday March 17TH Introduction to Traditional Cooking with Roberta DeversScott. #1288-0317. 1 day. 9am4pm. Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

ESSEX - The Essex Yoga Club meets every Monday at 5:30 pm at St. Johns Church. Free, open to all.

PLATTSBURGH - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Serenity. 12-Step Meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics.. For more information about the organization, visit All are open to the public, free and at 4 Palmer St. unless otherwise noted.

LAKE PLACID - Saturday, March 24th Moose, Winter Ticks, and Climate Change: Steve Hall of Adirondack Wildlife and Refuge Rehabilitation Center presents on the natural history of the modern moose, its place in the environment and challenges facing this animal. Presentation includes his own photographs of moose from every Canadian province, as well as Alaska and the Lower 48. Lectures start are 8pm and are open to everyone. For more information on daily programming, ADK membership or lodging, please visit the Adirondak Loj, call (518)523-3441 or visit our website at

PLATTSBURGH - Celebrate Recovery Meeting every Monday, 6:00 pm, Turnpike Wesleyan Church, 2224 Military Tpke., Plattsburgh. Open to the public. N0o charge or commitment required. For more information call 518-566-8764.

PORT HENRY Port Henry Knights of Columbus, bingo, 7 p.m. Every Monday CLASSES & WORKSHOPS GLENS FALLS – Friday-Monday, March 23th-26th Build the Sagamore Chair with Larry Benjamin. #1151-0323. 4 days. 9am-4pm at 18 Curran Street. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

LAKE LUZERNE – Sunday March 18 Live Edge Bowl with John Kingsley. #1150-0318. 1 Day. 9am-4pm. For your safety: no loose-fitting clothes, hair tied back, comfortable shoes and no jewelry. If sensitive to wood dust registration for turning classes is not recommended. Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

GLENS FALLS – Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making with Roberta Devers-Scott. #12710316. 1/2 day. 6pm-9pm at 18 Curran St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

LAKE LUZERNE – Sunday March 18th Basic Cold Process Soap Making with Chrissey Eberhardt. #1164-0318. 1/2 Day. 1pm4:30pm. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

GLENS FALLS – Saturday March 24th Intermediate Rustic FurnitureCreating a Small Rustic Table with Jon Little. #1313-0324. 1 day. 9am-4pm at 18 Curran Street. For pricing & more info call 518-696or www.adirondack2400

PERU - Tuesdays at 6pm, on February 20, March 6 & March 20, Living with Alzheimers an Education Program will be presented for family members and friends who are becoming care-givers or support care-givers. In the middle stage of Alzheimers disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this important 3-part series to discuss helpful strategies from caregivers and professionals to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimers.Parking is convenient in the adjacent lot or on Elm Street, and the Fellowship Center accessed via either entry door. The sessions are open to all, and are about 1 hour in length. The church office and Reverend Peggi Eller may be reached at 518-6438641. Our website is

LAKE LUZERNE – Monday March 19 and Thursday March 22th Tuffet Footstool with Carol Johns. #13060319. 2 half days. 9am-1pm at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main Street. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or LAKE LUZERNE – Saturday & Sunday, March 24th-25th Shades of Nature with Teresa Breuer. #11590324. 2 half days. 9am-12pm at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main Street. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or LAKE LUZERNE – Saturday & Sunday, March 24th-25th Greenwood Spoon Carving with Emmet Van Driesche . #1256-0324. 2 days. 9am-4pm. at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main Street. For pricing & more info call 518-6962400 or

COMMUNITY OUTREACH ELIZABETHTOWN - The diabetes support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, in the boardroom,4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. The meeting is open to anyone those with diabetes, their caregivers, family members and friends.

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid Winter Community Hike,This winter ADK is teaming up with the Uihlein Foundation to offer free naturalist walks once a month at the Heaven Hill Trails just outside of the village of Lake Placid on Bear Cub Lane. Participants should meet at the Heaven Hill trailhead and be prepared for a 1-2 mile walk in winter conditions. Snowshoes or microspikes will be provided if needed. Community hikes are on the last Saturday of every month, start at 2pm, and are on the following dates: January 27, February 24, and March 24. MORIAH – Free Adult Swim Program January 31st – March 21st. Wednesdays at the Moriah High School 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exercise-based. 5:00 pm-6:00pm Open Swim. PERU - St. Augustines Soup Kitchen, Free Delicious Meal Every Wednesday, 3030 Main St., 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. PLATTSBURGH - Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Serenity. 12-Step Meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics. For more information about the organization, visit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St. PLATTSBURGH - Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Search for Meaning. A study and discussion group that is now exploring Eckhart Tolles A New Earth: Awakening to Your Lifes Purpose. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St., for info 518-561-6920. PLATTSBURGH - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh Every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Search for Meaning. A study and discussion group that is now exploring Eckhart Tolles A New Earth: Awakening to Your Lifes PurposeAll are open to the public, free and at 4 Palmer St. unless otherwise noted. PORT HENRY - Grief Support Group First Thursday of Each Month Port Henry, St Patrick's Parrish Center 11:00-12:00pm For more information. Marie Marvull 518-743-1672

SARANAC LAKE – Grief Support Group First Tuesday of Each Month Saranac Lake, St. Luke's Church in the Baldwin House 12:30-1:30pm. For more information. Marie Marvull 518-743-1672 WILLSBORO Essex Theatre Company will be holding open auditions for Tina Howe's comic drama Painting Churches March 17th & 18th from 2 to 4pm at Willsborough Visitors Center (next to the Diner). For further info The ETC Board of Trustees meeting will be held Marh 18th at 6pm. Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm on. All are Welcome. DINNERS & SUCH ESSEX – Fire Department Appreciation dinner for Ron Jackson Celebrating 50 years of fire service, March 20th at 6pm at Essex Fire Station, 2659 NYS Rt. 22. If You plan on attending, bringing a quest, any dietary restrictions RSVP By March 9th. Call Craig 518-569-0532. PERU - Saturday, March 17, St. Patricks Day Dinner featuring Corned Beef and Cabbage or Ham with all the trimmings. 3:30 - 6:30 PM, St. Augustines Parish Center, 3030 Main St., Peru. Hosted by Court St. Monica, Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Adults $10, Children 4-12 $5, 3 & under Free. LECTURES & SEMINARS ESSEX - A History of the World in Six Weeks. 7:30 p.m. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 Route 22, Essex. Class presented by Andy Buchanan, University of Vermont lecturer in global history. For more info & prices call 518-963-7777 or Tuesdays until March 27. Part of the Lyceum Series.

PUBLIC MEETINGS AU SABLE FORKS - Please take note that the regular monthly meetings of the Au Sable Forks Fire District for the year 2017, will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Au Sable Forks Fire Station located at 29 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, N. Y. 12912. The meetings are open to the public. CADYVILLE – Al-Anon Family Group Meeting every Sunday 7pm8pm, Wesleyan Church, 2083 Rt. 3, Cadyville, NY. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-561-0838. CHAZY – Al-Anon Family Group meeting every Friday 7:30pm8:30pm, Sacred Heart Church 8 Hall Street, Chazy. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-561-0838 ELIZABETHTOWN – Al-Anon Family Group meetins every Sunday 4:00pm-5pm, Board Room in Elizabethtown Community Hospital 75 Park St., Elizabethtown. For more info call 1-888-425-2666 or 518561-0838 LAKE PLACID – Al-Anon Family Group meeting every Monday 8pm-9pm, St. Agnes Church Basement 169 Hillcrest Avenue, Lake Placid. For more info call 1-888425-2666 or 518-561-0838 PLATTSBURGH - Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting Wednesdays at 8:00 pm at Auditorium B at CVPH. More information can be found at www.adultchildren.or or by emailing

PLATTSBURGH - The next meeting of Champlain Valley Toastmasters Club will be on Tuesday, March 20th, from 6 to 7 pm at the United Way, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh,NY. For all inquiries, please contact Joseph Sohmer, at, or Chris Ransom, at or 518-578-7374 PLATTSBURGH – Al-Anon Adult Children Meeting every Monday at United Methodist 7pm-8pm, Church, 127 Beekmantown Street, Plattsbugh. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-5610838. PLATTSBURGH – Al-Anon Family Group Meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 127 Street, Plattsburgh Beekman 7:30pm-8:30pm. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-561-0838. PLATTSBURGH – ALATEEN Meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman Plattsburgh 7:30pmStreet, 8:30pm. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-561-0838. SARANAC LAKE - Al-Anon Family Group meeting every Wednesday 7pm-8pm, Baldwin House 94 Church Street, Saranac Lake. For more information call 1-888-4252666 or 518-561-0838 SCHROON LAKE - The Southern Adirondack Softball Umpires and Westport Chapter Baseball Umpires will be holding their 2018 meetings on February 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27th at 6pm in the Library at Schroon Lake Central School. All members past, present and new are encouraged to attend WESPORT - Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Essex County will hold a regular board meeting on Monday, March 19 at 6:30pm at the CCE building at 3 Sisco Street in Westport. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Laurie Davis, 518962-4810 x404 or email


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Mayor outlines possible solutions to crypto question Ahead of public hearing on mining moratorium, Read talks bitcoin

edge of innovation moving forward. But the majority were from city taxpayers concerned about their rates, he said.


The city is also hoping to hear guidance from the Public Service Commission soon about possible tariffs on miner’s energy consumption, Read said. Read revealed last week that the city has received “a lot” of applications from miners hoping to move in, and when paired with concerns about fire suppression and safety, that prompted the moratorium proposal. There are two facilities currently licensed to operate in the city. Read said he wasn’t sure what their names were, but pointed to the former Imperial Mill and Skyway Plaza as the locations. The public hearing on the city’s proposed local law imposing a moratorium on cryptocurrency mining operations is slated for March 15 at 5 p.m., after this edition went to print. The local law would only apply to new commercial operations consuming at least 250 kilowatt hours each month, and according to Read, won’t effect either of the two previously registered companies in city limits. If enacted, the law will bar any new mining operations from registering in the city for the next 18 months, and impose a fine of up to $1,000 per day of noncompliance. Find the full text of the law at civicalerts.aspx?aid=229. ■

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PLATTSBURGH | Mayor Colin Read is optimistic that rather than subsidizing cryptocurrency mining operations, city ratepayers could see some benefit. Read spoke briefly about the future of cryptocurrency in Plattsburgh last Thursday, one week after the city made national headlines for proposing an 18-month moratorium on commercial cryptocurrency mining operations. “What if we could figure out how to recycle that heat?” Read told reporters on March 8. “That’s the real game-changer.” Read compared the machines used to generate cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, to space heaters. What electricity the computer boxes use — which could be up to 10 percent of the city’s total consumption in a month — is output in heat, he said, and that presents a possible ventilation issue. Since proposing the moratorium, Read said has received numerous calls from the public. Some have been in favor of cryptocurrency, he said, outlining the possibility of Plattsburgh being on the cutting» The Crete Cont. from pg. 1 “That’s just based on what we can see,” he said. “There could be more.” Bessette warned lawmakers that the problem would only get worse as the venue continues to age. “It’s time to take a good hard look at what needs to be done there,” he said. The venue’s fire alarm system is also malfunctioning, according to Bessette, a $14,000 fix he recommended should be addressed immediately. The wear and tear on the building is sizable, the list of needed upgrades growing larger when councilors asked what else may need to be fixed. Other items flagged for repair include doors, bathrooms, lighting and signage. And since the building wasn’t constructed

to be heated, the facility lacks insulation. “It’s extensive,” Bessette said. “We could go on and on. It’s an old building.” Upkeep of the Crete Center was expected to cost around $140,012 this year, according to the adopted 2018 budget. Councilor Michael Kelly (Ward 2) asked if the venue might have market value. The city’s counsel, Dean Schneller, said that whether or not the city could explore selling the building was based on if it was considered a park by the state. “Once something is a park, it generally stays a park,” he said. Councilor Joshua Kretser (Ward 6) requested that a report be drafted on the value the Crete Civic Center brings to the city, between visitations and revenue.

No official action was taken and discussion will continue. Bessette’s warning over the state of the Civic Center comes at a time when officials continue to contend with course-correcting the City of Plattsburgh’s finances after years of systemic overspending. Last year, the Common Council abolished four departments and transferred a fifth to country control, among other cost-saving measures, in an effort to stave off a doubledigit tax increase and better align general fund expenditures with incoming revenue. But this isn’t the first time a red flag was raised over the condition of the venue. Talk of replacing the Crete’s roof dates back to at least 2015, when a detailed inspection revealed the infrastructure should be replaced by this year, with an estimated cost

of anywhere from $800,000 to $1 million. At the time, then-Mayor James Calnon said that the project may be eligible for state funding from the Upstate Regional Economic Development program, but told The Sun that the city would continue reviewing its options. In 2016, former Recreation Department Director Steve Peters told the council in a pitch to restructure his department that an entirely new Crete Civic Center needed to be built, but city taxpayers couldn’t shoulder the cost alone. The Crete Civic Center is mostly used for indoor soccer and special events these days, though the venue was initially built to host meetings, concerts and ice hockey. President Donald Trump held a rally at the venue during the 2016 presidential campaign. ■

• Worship in The norThern Tier • Champlain. Anticipated Mass: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. Weekday Masses: Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. Three Steeples United Methodist Church - 491 Route 11, Champlain. 298-8655. Sunday morning worship 9:30 a.m. CHAZY Chazy Presbyterian Church - 620 Miner Farm Rd., Chazy. 846-7349 Worship and Sunday School will begin at 11 a.m. Email: Sacred Heart Church - Box 549, Chazy 12921. (518) 846-7650. Sunday Mass (Ant) 6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. DANNEMORA Dannemore United Methodist Church - 86 Clark Street, PO Box 488, Dannemora, NY. Pastors Wendy and Gary Rhodehamel. Phone: 518-891-9287. Worship and Sunday School - Sunday 11:00 a.m., ELLENBURG St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church - Route 11, Ellenburg. Saturday Anticipated Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

ALTONA Holy Angels Church - Main Street, Altona. Mass - 10 a.m. Sunday ALBURGH VT Union Bible Church - 102 S. Main St., Alburgh, VT. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study and Bible Club for Kids at 7:00 p.m. Pastor John Kehoe, 802-796-3055. CADYVILLE St. James Church - 26 Church Rd., Cadyville. 293-7026. Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. CHAMPLAIN Christ & St. John’s Episcopal/ Anglican Church - 18 Butternut Street, Champlain. (518) 298-8543. Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. Patricia A. Beauharnois, Deacon Vicar Living Water Baptist Church - 9 Locust St., corner of Main and Locust, Champlain. Sunday School at 9 a.m. Service at 10 a.m. Thursday Bible Study at 7 p.m. includes activities for children. Phone: 298-4358 St. Mary’s Catholic Church - Church Street,

ELLENBURG CENTER United Methodist Church of Ellenburg - 5 Church St., PO 142, Ellenburg Center, NY 12934 Pastor: Gary Rhodenhamel Phone: 518-891-9287 Hours: 9am Service, Sunday Worship & Sunday School ELLENBURG DEPOT Ellenburg Depot Wesleyan Church - 2179 Plank Rd., PO Box 177 Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935. Pastor: Robert R. Phillips. Phone: 594-3902. Sunday Family Bible Hour: 9:50 a.m. Sunday Worship Time: 10:50 a.m. Children’s Youth Ministries: Call for schedule. MOOERS Mooers United Methodist Church - 14 East St., Located adjacent to old Post Office. Sunday service, 9:30 a.m. Contemporary & traditional music, activities for children, youth and families, 236-7129, pastoral@, mooersumc Mooers Wesleyan Church - Maple Street, Mooers. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday Night Service 7 p.m. Wednesday Night 7 p.m. (518) 236-5330.

MOOERS FORKS St. Ann’s Catholic Church - Route 11, Mooers Forks. Anticipated mass Saturday 4:00 p.m. Reconciliation before mass. Sunday 8:00 a.m. mass. PERU Peru Community Church - Sunday Worship Service 8:00 am and 10:30am in the Sanctuary, the historic stone building at the corner of Elm, Main & Pleasant streets in Peru (Routes 22 & 22B). Communion is served during the 8:00 am service. Adult Study Sunday in Chapel at 9:15am. Nursery care is available, with children’s Sunday School for grades Kindergarten - 5th in session during the 10:30 am service. Rev. Peggi Eller, 518-643-8641. PLATTSBURGH First Baptist Church Plattsburgh - New Pastor who is prior military with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling. Conservative services, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere seeking for us to learn who we are in Christ Jesus whom loved us first. We have members who are prior military hoping for new Veteran/family study groups. We also invite our college students and those visiting

the area to make FBC Plattsburgh their Church away from Home! Please stop in and meet us, Sunday service at 10AM or Tuesday 6:30PM (Prayer Service), 38 Oak Street (Corner of Oak and Court Streets), (518) 563-2793, Plattsburgh United Methodist Church - 127 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. 563-2992. Pastor Phil Richards. Service Sunday 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Nursery available at 10 a.m. First Presbyterian Church - 34 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone 561-3140. Paster Timothy Luoma. Find us on Facebook or at Worship 10:00 a.m., Coffee Fellowship 11:00 a.m. Church School for Children and Adults 9:00 a.m. Child Care Nursery Available. Seventh Day Adventist - 4003 Rt. 22, Plattsburgh, 561-3491 - Pastor Livergood Worship Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Pot Luck Dinner after service Trinity Episcopal Church - 18 Trinity Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. 518-561-2244. Services: Saturday 5:00 pm, Eucharist with dialog sermon. Sunday 8:00 am, Eucharist. Sunday 10:00 am, Eucharist

(with music, followed by refreshments/coffee hour). Wednesday 5:00 pm Community Meal ROUSES POINT St. Patrick’s Catholic Church - Lake Street, Rouses Point. Anticipated Mass: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass: 10 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m., Communion Service: Wednesday 9 a.m. First Presbyterian Church - 50 Washington Ave., Rouses Point, New York 12979. Telephone 518-297-6529. Telephone 518-846-7349. Sunday Service 9 a.m. Sciota United Methodist Church - Sunday service 9 a.m. Route 19, Sciota. WEST CHAZY St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - West Church Street, West Chazy. Saturday Vigil Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass 10 a.m. Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. Confessions: Saturday, 3-3:30 p.m. West Chazy Community Church - Pastor Marty Martin. 17 East Church St. Fiske Road, West Chazy, NY. Ph. 493-4585. Sunday: Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; Youth Group 6:30 p.m.

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Young artists sought for student exhibition Plattsburgh’s Strand Center for the Arts calls for middle, high school student artwork

PLATTSBURGH | Students from all around the region have a shot at displaying their artwork at the Strand Center for the Arts. The center’s annual High School & Middle School (HS/MS) Exhibition returns next month. Homeschooling parents and local art teachers in Essex, Clinton, and Franklin counties are invited to submit their students’ works in this juried show. The HS/MS Exhibition showcases work from local students in grades 6-12. Awards will be given to students winning first, second and third places in the media categories of drawing, painting, sculpture

(3D), ceramics, mixed media (2D), photography, graphic design and printmaking. Artwork drop-off dates for teachers start on March 22 and run until March 30. Entries must be registered before this deadline. Interested homeschooling parents and local art teachers are encouraged to review the submission guidelines at under “Exhibitions and Upcoming” for details. Contact the Strand Gallery Director, David Monette, to register at gallery@ or by calling 518-5631604 ext 103. The HS/MS Exhibition will be on view in the Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff St. in Plattsburgh from April 6-27. The opening reception will take place Friday, April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts or classes happening at the Strand Center for the Arts, call 518-563-1604 or visit ■

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Business Beat: Dragoon’s Farm Equipment Local business celebrates 65 years

MOOERS | Dragoon’s Farm Equipment is celebrating a significant milestone this year. First started by Floyd Dragoon back in 1953, this family-owned business is celebrating its 65th year in operation. Since then, four generations of the family have worked at the Mooers staple.

“What sets us apart is our service,” said Gary Dragoon. “I believe we have the best service around. That’s why we have had the same customers for over 30 years. “We also do pickup and delivery, and we have loaner tractors available if someone broke down.” The local business employs 20 people to help run the shop. “Every employee is key to us, from the parts guys to the mechanics,” Dragoon said. Dragoon’s sells everything from tractors and farm equipment to lawn and garden equipment, generators, gas grills and utility vehicles.

In addition to a very large selection of used equipment and parts, they also carry tires for agricultural, lawn, and garden equipment. The store is open at 2507 State Route 11 in Mooers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. An open house event is scheduled for March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more by calling 518-236-7110 or visiting ■

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Business Beat: Mr. Modular, Inc. Saranac company celebrates 34 years

SARANAC | A Saranac-based business is celebrating a big milestone this year. Mr. Modular, a modular home construction company, is celebrating 34 years in business. Owned and operated by Tom Maggy, a veteran of the

industry with over 25 years of experience, the company works on everything from septic systems to heating and electricity and more. “Mr. Modular is the only modular home company that provides the buyer with full construction,” reads their website. “Every aspect of home construction is completed so no subcontracting is required.” Maggy on average sells around 15 homes a year, 60 percent of them in Cadyville, Saranac and Plattsburgh. His company also sells property in and around the

Plattsburgh area. Maggy has invested in the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base by purchasing 60 lots on 13 acres on Kentucky, Louisiana and Kansas avenues. First started in 1984, Mr. Modular has expanded and now employs one full-time and three part-time people. Mr. Modular can be found at 4732 State Route 3 in Saranac. Learn more by visiting or by calling 518-293-8801. ■

Ti Federal Credit Union Former Plattsburgh resident sentenced for online fraud expands reach Members from six counties now accepted

TICONDEROGA | Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union membership is now open to individuals in Essex, Washington, Warren, Franklin and Clinton counties, as well as Addison County in Vermont. The Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union (TFCU) recently announced that the National Credit Union Administration had approved their request to expand their field of membership. TFCU was founded by employees of International Paper Company’s Ticonderoga Mill and granted a federal charter in 1954. Since that time, TFCU has received various charter expansions and has grown in the communities of Essex and Washington counties of and towns of Hague, Horicon and Chester to over almost 9,300 members.

“Strategic growth is vital to our long term strength and viability. TFCU has served the North Country since 1954,” said TFCU President and CEO Shawn Hayes. “Expanding our field of membership with these additional counties further into New York and now Vermont will allow us to provide cutting edge products and services in person and through the use of technology to many more members for many more years to come.” TFCU currently has three branch locations in Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Elizabethtown and also participates in the CO-OP Shared Branch Network, which gives TFCU members access to their account at more than 5,600 branches across the country. “We will analyze our options with respect to possible new future physical locations,” Hayes said. “It is also our intention to leverage technology to serve members who like and want to conduct business with their financial institution electronically whenever and wherever it is convenient for them.” Learn more at ■

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ALBANY | Jared R. Hudson, 39, formerly of Plattsburgh, was sentenced earlier this month to 79 months in prison and three years of post-imprisonment supervised release for fraud and identity theft. Hudson admitted that his victims suffered at least $510,544 in actual and intended losses. Hudson, who has also resided in Florida and Texas, pled guilty on Aug. 2, 2017. He admitted that he and Thomas J. Howe, 38, of Plattsburgh, devised a scheme to defraud banks, merchants and individual consumers by purchasing information including credit card numbers, bank account numbers, expiration dates, security codes, answers to security questions, and other personal identification information, and to using that information to electronically purchase goods, to fraudulently transfer and attempt to transfer funds electronically, between October 2009 until at least Dec. 13, 2014.

Initially, Hudson used stolen credit card numbers to order merchandise online and had the merchandise shipped to him. He then used other people’s personal identification information to sign up for credit cards. He then opened investment accounts in his name, which were funded with money taken from other people’s bank accounts using stolen account numbers, routing numbers, identification, and bank security information. Hudson has been detained on federal charges since June 24, 2016. Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn ordered the 79-month sentence to be served consecutively to the 18-year prison sentence Hudson is serving in Texas for possession/promotion of child pornography. The announcement of Hudson’s sentencing was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Vadim D. Thomas, special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Plattsburgh City Police Chief Ken Parkinson. This case was investigated by the FBI and the Plattsburgh Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer. ■

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PLATTSBURGH | Kids can be anything they want to be when they grow up. But state Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) is hoping that “anything” is a career in mathematics, science, technology or engineering. AT&T hosted their second annual Job Shadow Day, an event designed to bolster students’ interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, last Thursday. Dozens of eighth graders from Stafford Middle School in Plattsburgh took an early-morning tour of the AT&T store on Smithfield Boulevard. Jones spoke with students about the importance of pursuing STEM careers in an age where technology is so rapidly evolving. The first-term lawmaker looked around the room at the gathered students and asked how many of them knew what they’d like to do when they grow up. Only one student raised her hand. “Careers now are different from what your parents and grandparents may have experienced,” said Jones. In the past, a person may have spent 30 years or more in a single career, collect their gold watch and retire, he said. “Now we see careers moving at a rapid pace, and that has

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay), pictured left, spoke with a group of 30 students from Stafford Middle School in Plattsburgh last Thursday during the annual AT&T Job Shadow Day. Photo by Elizabeth Izzo to do with the pace of technology.” According to the federal Department of Labor, much of the growth in the domestic and global economy is expected to come from STEM-related jobs. It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs, more than half related to computer and coding careers. Jones said that the future of the North Country depends on the choices that the children who grow up here choose to make. He referenced the state’s ongoing effort to wire New York with high-speed broadband by the end of the year as

an example of how lawmakers are trying to ensure students have access to the tools they need to succeed. “It’s extremely important that we do that because you need that for your education and we need it for workforce development,” he said. “We are depending on what you do.” Surrounded by walls lined with cellphones and other electronics, students were briefed by AT&T staff on a number of topics, from the technology behind Bluetooth to potential career paths. “This job shadowing event is important to help students understand their career opportunities in the North Country and discover working environments they may not be aware exist,” Sylvie Nelson, executive director of the North Country Workforce Development Board, said in a statement. The event was sponsored by a $10,000 grant from AT&T with help from the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the North Country Workforce Partnership. ■

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Candidates campaign ahead of special election Marking, Henry underscore community ties By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER


Henry took issue with the implication that he had less of a connection to Chazy and Beekmantown. “My roots in this community go back 30 years,” he told The Sun. Henry served as supervisor of the Town of Chazy for four years. He was also a member of the Chazy School Board for 13 years, president of the Clinton County School Boards Association for two years and currently works

Candidates for the vacant Area 3 seat on the Clinton County Legislature continued to pound the pavement last week. Pictured is Democratic candidate Jerry Marking at a campaign event last week. Photo by Elizabeth Izzo as a business consultant. Just last week, he was in Albany advocating on behalf of the area’s schools, he said. Henry said he’s knocked on over 600 doors since announcing his candidacy, and he’s listened carefully to what he’s heard from the people that answer. “They have concerns. They have concerns about property taxes, about school infrastructure, they have concerns about kids’ ability to leave school and enter the workforce when they graduate,” he said. “All of this is tied together. We need to address all of this to ensure our economy expands in this area and that we’re able to keep jobs and also make new ones.” As for being on the frontlines of the opioid crisis — he’s been there, too. He served as a border patrol chief for 30 years and a police officer before that, he said. “I don’t believe there’s an agency on this Earth that has more experience helping with the war on opioids or drugs of any kind than the people on the border,” Henry said.


Marking underscored his dedication to ensuring the county’s broadband connection continues to be updated. “We have to continue to support (Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s) broadband initiative, as there are still many places in this county, some in Area 3, that still don’t have adequate access to high-speed broadband,” he said. Henry noted that with the state’s investment

through the New NY Broadband program, the next step was to keep an eye on the progress of the buildout. The state has pledged to bring universal broadband to localities across the state, and details on the final round of grants for local communities are continuing to trickle out. The state doled out a total of $104.6 million for six providers across the North Country, including $66 million in state funds. Clinton County was the top recipient in the tri-county area with 11,666 locations slated to be addressed in the final funding package, which was announced in January. “Key as a legislator will be the follow-up. A lot of the time these things get authorized but there’s no follow-up,” Henry said. Cuomo said 99.9 percent of the state will have access to speeds of 100 mbps or greater at the program’s completion, with 25 mbps for the remaining areas. “We need to make sure not only that (expansion) is going to happen, but that the service is where they said it’s going to be,” Henry said.


Marking also underscored his belief that the region’s parks need to be put on lawmakers’ list of priorities. “They’re important drivers in our community, and they need to be treated as important projects,” he said. Marking is a member of the West Chazy

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PERU | The inaugural Peru Pride 5K will land at Heyworth-Mason Park on April 28. The event, a collaboration between the Peru Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and Adirondack Coast Events, will benefit the PTO’s playground replacement fund. The 5K race kicks off at 9 a.m. The course follows a cinder bike path through the woods along and across the Little Ausable River out to Route 22. A fun run for kids is planned to coincide with the event. At 8:45 a.m., children ages 12 and under have the opportunity to participate in a third-mile loop around the park.

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Seton Catholic, Peru fall in semis

Nicole Bullock drives to the basket for a reverse layup against Cambridge. Bullis scored 13 for the Lady Knights in a 75-50 loss.

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our team did not give up and I am very proud of them for the way they have played this year.” Gretchen Zalis finished her career with a 17 point game, ending a career where she scored 1,118 points, 44th on the Section VII all time girl’s scoring list. “In the second half, we just wanted to take it one possession at a tie and see if we could cut into the lead, and that is what I tried to do,” said Zalis, who scored 15 of her 17 in the second half. “This has been an unforgettable season,” Zalis added. Nicole Bullock scored 13 points, while Leah Walker added 11, three of them coming on a 35-foot buzzer-beater at the end of the opening quarter. Haley Murnane scored 6, while Rachel Racette added 3.

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SARATOGA/PLATTSBURGH | The season came to an end for the Seton Catholic Lady Knights and Peru Indians March 8 in the NYSPHSAA regional semifinals. The Lady Knights dropped a 75-50 to Cambridge, the second ranked team in Class C, in a game played at Saratoga Springs High School. Meanwhile, the Indians were unable to stay with the Canton boys as they scored a 54-33 win over Peru at the PSUC Fieldhouse


Before the game, coach Donna Dixon-Vosh said the key would be to slow Cambridge down and defend the perimeter. Cambridge was able to get their shots off, however, jumping out to a 28-11 first quarter lead. “We were a little nervous and didn’t take care of the ball well, which allowed them to get out


Golden Bears the room they would need to earn the victory. “They are a really good basketball team,” Peru coach Eric Dubay said of Canton at the end of the game. “They had a couple of kids who were really tough. If we had made some shots at the beginning of the game, it could have been a little different. I think it would’ve been a much different game towards the end. Sometimes you hit and sometimes you don’t.” Hunter Caron ended an amazing career at Peru with 12 points to lead the Indians, while Patrick Crowley and Tyler Whiteurst each scored 6. Tyler Robinson added 4, while Ryley O’Connell scored 3. “This is my first year coaching and I was very very lucky,” Dubay said about his team. “This is a great group of kids and I didn’t have to deal with a lot of problems. I think we had a fairly successful season. One of our goals was to win the sectional championship and they did it.” ■ — Jill Lobdell contributed to this story

Lady Cougars use defense to defeat Canton By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

PLATTSBURGH | The Northeastern Clinton varsity girl’s basketball team could not find an offensive flow in the second half of their NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinal against Canton March 8. However, the Cougar defense allowed only three points in the final eight minutes of play as NCCS advanced to the regional finals with a 33-29 win. “It feels great,” said Abby Racine, who led the Cougars with 14 points. “Defense was a key battle here and defense will get us places. We are going to Hudson Valley and that is where final fours have been. It is a big, huge arena, and I am really excited to play somewhere like that.”

“The crowd and everything was absolutely amazing,” added Kya McComb, who scored 12 points. “We had a few defensive breakdowns at the beginning, and following those breakdowns we had nice adjustments in transition,” head coach Robb Garrand said. “They work and they worked so hard to get this, our 16th win in a row.” In winning 16 straight, the Cougars have also never trailed in CVAC or playoff basketball, added Garrand. Marlie Sample and Katelyn Sample each scored 4 points, while Caitlin Houghton scored 3, Emily Royea 2 and Gabbie Dumas 1. ■ — Jill Lobdell contributed to this story Northeastern Clinton’s Abby Racine drives to the basket against a Canton defender in a 33-29 win for the Lady Cougars. Photo by Jill Lobdell

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TROY | Kya McComb announced her presence is the state tournament with 28 points and Emily Royea had a key shot early in overtime as the Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars punched their ticket into the NYSPHSAA Class B Final Four with a 51-44 overtime win March 10 against Voorheesville. The Lady Cougars showed off their defensive prowess in the first half, holding Voorheesville to just 11 points and taking a 25-11 lead into halftime. Voorheesville responded, eventually taking a 42-40 lead late in the game before Caitlin




Houghton connected on a jumper to send the game into the extra four minute frame. Royea then connected on her only field goal of the game to give the Cougars a 45-44 lead, part of a close-out 11-0 run to earn the win. McComb finished with 28 points to lead all scorers, connecting on four three pointers. Houghton added 10 points while Marlie Sample scored 9. Royea and Abby Racine each scored 2 points. With the win, the Cougars (18-6) will return to Troy Friday, March 16, as they will take on the top ranked team in Class B and perennial state champion favorite Irvington. The game will tip at Hudson Valley Community College at 1:30 p.m. ■

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PLATTSBURGH | The coach of the top seeded team in Section VII and the front line presence of the sectional champion lead the members of the 2017-18 CVAC all star hockey team. Plattsburgh High head coach Jamie Reidy was named the CVAC boy’s hockey coach of the year, a season after winning the same honor in girl’s hockey. Reidy coaches

both teams at PHS. Nicholas Rowe, a forward for the Northeastern Clinton sectional championship team, was named the MVP of the league. The first team all-star team is led in the front by forwards Alex Kneifel and Nate Boule of PHS, along with Rowe. Defenders for the first team were Beekmantown’s Nate Hebert and Northeastern Clinton’s Adam Gallucci. The first team in anchored in net by freshman goalie Riley Hansen of Beekmantown.

The second team has a forward line of Brendan Whalen (PHS), Brett Dawson (Saranac Lake) and Kaden Kowalowski (BCS). Defenders include Casey Halloran (PHS) and Alex Dukette (Saranac Lake), with goalie Kyle Side (PHS). The honorable mention team has Hunter Wimot (LPCS), Rhett Darrah (SLCE), Josh McCauley (BCS), Brady LaFountain (NCCS), Konnor Shea (Saranac) and Steh Atwood (PHS) Lake Placid was the recipient of the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award. ■

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» WIPS Cont. from pg. 1 The original team has quit. WIPS has been evicted from their downtown office space, and the furniture has been repossessed. Owner Robert Streeter has debarked to Cadyville, some 75 miles north of Ticonderoga, where he says he will launch new radio properties despite the cloud of controversy and unanswered questions left in the wake of his sudden departure.


The staff exodus began last month after payroll checks bounced. “We’ve estimated it is in the neighborhood of $10,000,” said Paul Hurlburt, a former disc jockey. Hurlburt is one of the seven employees Streeter hired after he announced the station’s resurrection last fall. The original WIPS AM 1250 closed in 2008, citing financial difficulties. Going by the alias J. Walter Scott, Streeter promised nothing less than a media powerhouse featuring breaking news, local sports coverage and six stations playing non-stop music. Streeter even said he contracted with a talent agency in Los Angeles for professional voice actors. “We’ve invested a quarter of a million dollars in WIPS,” Streeter told The Sun in January. “We have three studios now.” Streeter issued a steady stream of hype before the launch, promising to “change the face” of the North Country.


Good-paying jobs in the region are scarce, and for Hurlburt, the gig seemed too good to be true. “I jumped on it,” said Hurlburt, a radio veteran with 30 years of experience. “Everything was good for about a month.” In a series of interviews, former staffers offered identical accounts of the station’s turmoil. WIPS quickly immersed themselves in the community, broadcasting from local sporting events, offering weather updates and taking a crack at local news. Streeter held court at a formal ribbon cutting on Jan. 25, and a raft of local dignitaries toured the new facility. But a check to a local merchant bounced, exposing the first sign of financial concern amongst the staff. In a exchange confirmed by several witnesses, Streeter and George De Mers nearly came to blows. Alexander Shmulsky, an attorney whose office was located on the ground floor, was forced to break up the dispute. “I wasn’t going to have a fight in my office,” Shmulsky told The Sun. Streeter orchestrated a quick patch: De Mers

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was paid, an invoice issued, and all was well. “We thought this was an isolated incident,” Hurlburt said. Employees began to notice cracks in Streeter’s confident veneer. Suspicions were ignited when he divvied out checks, but asked staff to wait to cash them until the following day. Adam Barber relocated from Florida for a job as program director, and worked part-time at a restaurant until the station received liftoff. He met Streeter at the Hot Biscuit in Ticonderoga last December to discuss the details, and the pair agreed on a $37,500 annual salary. “He seemed very convincing,” Barber said.


Tracy Ashline painted Streeter as a charismatic operator. He had an answer for everything, said the former sales manager, and touted the benefits of teamwork whenever anyone voiced a concern. “He’s smooth and very promising,” Ashline said. But he could also have a short fuse. Yvonne Burke, a part-time cleaner, said she was frightened after witnessing the altercation with De Mers. “He comes off as this very honest person who looks at you right in the eye and gives you an intense speech,” Burke said. “It seems really real and believable. It’s very disheartening.” The exact amounts owed to the employees are unclear: Some said they were paid during the first two-week pay period, while others said they have received only partial payments. Streeter repeatedly assured skittish staff a meeting with the station’s sole investor would smooth out the financial wrinkles. The employees held out, hoping for a resolution. Others questioned the legality of their employment. Ashline said Streeter did not ask her to complete federal labor paperwork and other official documentation, including W-2 forms. The promise of a $35,000 annual salary plus 15 percent commission sounded like a good deal, particularly in the lean winter months. So that’s why when her mind kept wandering back to the formalities, she brushed those concerns aside. “Nobody filled out a job application,” Ashline said. “We were never asked for our Social Security numbers.” The workers are not confident they have any legal recourse. Barber filed a complaint with his bank, as well as a Certificate of Protest with Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Streeter’s bank. “They sent it to Bob and he has 10 days,” Barber said. Several employees have also filed formal complaints with the Ticonderoga Police Department, as well as complaints with the state Department of Labor and attorney general’s office. Issuing a bad check is a class B misdemean-

or in New York state. Once a complaint is filed, the respondent has 10 days to pay the money owed. After that, law enforcement can bring felony or misdemeanor charges depending on the amount. Mawn declined to disclose details, citing the ongoing investigation. Streeter claimed in a since-deleted Facebook post that he had set up an escrow account with Shmulsky to settle outstanding payments. But the attorney has disputed those claims. “I don’t represent WIPS. I never represented WIPS, and that includes Robert Streeter,” Shmulsky told The Sun. “I was never asked to start an escrow account.” It’s unclear how many local businesses advertised with WIPS and the overall consequences in the business community. Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce declined comment for this story.


Brian Little grew up in Ticonderoga and saw WIPS as a community beacon. When Streeter first approached the marketing executive last October about an investment opportunity, Little said he understood the value of a homegrown radio station and saw an investment as a way to give back to his community. “I really admired his intentions of bringing that back,” Little said. “I thought it would be good for the community. I thought giving the community a voice, leveraging the radio station, could be really, really good.” Little, who is no longer affiliated with the station, declined to specify the investment amount, but said the figure was in the “tens of thousands.” Everything fell apart on Feb. 23. Little was surprised when he arrived for a meeting to find unpaid employees demanding answers. Once he discovered the extent of the station’s gloomy financial situation, he formally severed his relationship with WIPS. Little does not know how his funds were spent, and said it would take a deep forensic audit to account for the expenditures. “All of the money is gone,” Little said. In hindsight, he now realizes WIPS was a poor investment opportunity. Streeter told him he purchased the former studio building, a measure that buoyed Little’s belief that the project was a safe bet. After all, should the business fail, Little surmised he could liquidate and sell the Montcalm Street location. But Streeter did not own the building, and was ultimately served eviction papers on Feb. 27. “He was unable to meet his contract role agreement, so we served him with an eviction notice and we decided to part ways,” Scarlette Merfeld, the landlord, told The Sun. Under their agreement, Streeter was re-

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quired to take over expenses and collect rent from tenants starting on Jan. 1. (Full disclosure: Merfeld serves as the southern branch sales manager for The Sun.) Streeter boasted of a $250,000 investment, but it remains murky exactly how those funds were utilized. Barber characterized the station as a minimal enterprise consisting of a digital recorder, three mixing boards, two microphones and four rented computers. “It was basically a bare bones operation,” Barber said.


Streeter acknowledges he owes the employees back pay. Using his J. Walter Scott alias, Streeter posted a 3,800 word statement to Facebook on Feb. 27 in which he said he originally planned on running the studio remotely from Ohio. But the community demanded a physical presence, and he couldn’t say no to employees who kept asking for work. “I had invested nearly $100,000 of my own money, and I had 80K in investor money lined up and I knew that with that, I would be good to get through to spring and summer,” Streeter wrote. “By the first week, investors started talking about they couldn’t put as much in as they hoped or thought, and some investors backed out entirely.” Streeter swung between gospel-flecked contrition and double-barreled hostility. “Wildy, the employees would like me to pay them, they KNOW we don’t HAVE the money, BUT they are trying to destroy the station,” Streeter wrote. And then he issued what appeared to be a veiled threat: “As someone said, that old song – I’ll be watching you? Ya, I’ll be watching YOU…..and if you make a mistake, trust me, you’ll make air my friend, you’ll make air,” Streeter wrote. Hours later, the post disappeared.


WIPS’ social media presence continues to be a whirlwind of activity, and despite the troubles, Streeter is attempting to portray the entity as a functioning unit. A news release issued on March 4 said Dakotah Olcott had been named general manager of “WIPS NEWS LLC” and would be overseeing “all radio operations for the station.” “Any questions, issues or other business of the media properties should be directed to Mr. Olcott,” wrote Streeter on March 3. Olcott confirmed his involvement, and said in a statement posted on the WIPS Facebook page he is working on a plan to address employee back pay and will be creating both a “longevity profit plan as well as a new business plan to ensure profitability and business growth.”


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» WIPS Cont. from pg. 22 “There are rumors in the public about Mr. Streeter’s handling of the finances of this company as well as payment to past employees,” Olcott said. “There are two sides to every story, in which I have heard both. Regardless of what has happened in the past, I can not control that. What I can control is going forward from this point.” WIPS will be reduced to a single radio stream to be broadcast 24-7, he said, noting online radio can typically be managed from a single living room. “Our studio in Ticonderoga has been closed and I am diligently working on developing a system to where the station can be monitored remotely,” Olcott said.


Reached by phone last Friday, Streeter appeared nonplussed. “We are operating,” Streeter told The Sun. “We’re going live on WIPS with an all-volunteer crew.” Streeter announced new hires throughout the weekend, and promised he would launch a news operation on Monday from three studios in Saratoga, Ticonderoga and Plattsburgh. “That’s our weather for WPLT Plattsburgh, WSGA Saratoga and WIPS Ticonderoga,” Streeter posted as he concluded a weather report. Asked how he defined the concept of a “studio,” Streeter responded that he currently has $30,000 worth of equipment, including a soundboard with a computer system, transmitter, CD players and electronic recording devices. “All of the things you would expect to see in a normal radio studio,” he said. The Federal Communications Commis-

sion does not regulate online radio, and the agency’s call sign system relates to broadcast services only — not internet-based services. Streeter acknowledged the business model in Ticonderoga had failed, citing a lack of advertising support and outside investment. “It didn’t mean the product wasn’t good,” he said. “We’re going to roll with an all-volunteer staff and see where this thing goes. It shouldn’t be long before it’s profitable.” Streeter estimated expenses for the new operation would cost $75 per month, not including electricity usage. Streeter declined to comment on the allegations by former employees. “We going to pay them,” he said. “I’ve heard all stories, rumors and innuendos. I won’t get into it. There’s a ton of inaccuracy out there.” Asked to recount exactly what he perceived as inaccurate, Streeter declined to comment further. “The sheer tonnage blows my mind,” he said.


While Streeter declined to elaborate on perceived inaccuracies, this much is true: Streeter was charged by the Conneaut City Police Department in Ohio in June 2007 with 48 felonies in connection with a checkcashing operation, the Star Beacon reported. Streeter, who was then running an online web security and design business, was charged with 38 forgery charges and 10 theft charges for allegedly creating checks without the customer’s consent. Authorities say Streeter “created and deposited” $7,800 computerized checks from two companies in California and Florida, both of which reported the irregularities to authorities.

Two months after its launch, WIPS News is now the subject of a criminal investigation. Former employees and investors are seeking answers from owner Robert Streeter, pictured second from right. File photo Those 48 charges were bound over, and Streeter was ultimately indicted on two felony charges, according to court documents from the Ashtabula County Courts System in Ohio. Streeter pleaded no contest to two counts of fifth degree petty theft in April 2008 and was given probation and a 12-month suspended sentence. As part of the sentence, he was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, but documents reveal he was




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The SSNY is NOTICE OF FORMATION shall mail a copy of any ignated as agent of the mail a copy of any procorrect to the best of my OF LIMITED LIABILITY designated as agent of 6TC-177363 FIFTH: The limited liabil- knowledge and belief process to the LLC at: LLC upon whom pro- cess to the LLC at: 11 Hendrix Rd, MorEastern View Outfitters, ity company designates the LLC upon whom COMPANY (LLC) 332 Allen Rd, Platts- cess against it may be and that my signature the following as its reg- typed below constitutes Name: A Balanced You, process against it may LLC. Art. of Org. Filed burgh NY 12901. Pur- served. The SSNY shall risonville, NY, 12962. LLC Articles of Organiza- be served. SSNY shall with the SSNY on istered mail a copy of any pro- Purpose: To engage in agent upon pose: To engage in any my signature. any lawful act or activity. whom process against it William Caldon, tion filed with the Secre- mail a copy of any pro- 2/9/18. 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Stk#EV185 - AW •,V6,PowerDriver/Passenger Seats, Reverse Sensing, Sirius, LED Lighting, Rear Camera, SYNC System.

MSRP ___________ $27,950 MSRP ___________ $39,825 MSRP ___________ $36,005 Ford Retail Customer Cash ................................................................... -$1,500 Ford Retail Customer Cash ...................................................................... -$500 Ford Retail Customer Cash ................................................................... -$1,500 Ford Retail Bonus Cash ......................................................................... -$1,000 Ford Retail Bonus Cash ............................................................................ -$500 Ford Retail Bonus Cash ......................................................................... -$1,000 2 ................................................. -$500 3.......................................................................... -$1,000 Ford FirstResponder Ford Bonus Customer Cash .................................................................. -$1,500 Ford Cash Certificates & Military Cash 3.......................................................................... -$1,000 Ford Special Package Cash .................................................................. -$1,000 Ford Cash Certificates Dealer Discount ....................................................................................... -$1,010 Ford EcoBoost Cash ................................................................................... -$300 1 ..........................................................................-$750 Ford Credit Bonus Cash 2 .................................................-$500 & Military Cash Ford FirstResponder 5..........................................................................-$800 Dealer Special Discount




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NEW 2017

Stk#ET028 - 1.5LEcoBoost, Power Seats/Windows/Locks/Mirrors, Sirius, Rear Camera, Reverse Sensing.



NEW 2017

NEW 2017

Stk#HST810-AWD, EcoBoost, Power Seats, Leather Heated Seats, LED Signature Lighting, SYNC System, Rear Camera, Sirius.

Stk#ET489 -4x4,6.2L VB,3.73Elec. Lock Rear, Power Windows/Locks/ Mirrors, 18"Alum. Wheels, Elec. SOF, Gate Step, Rear Camera, SYNC System.

MSRP ___________ $27,730 MSRP ___________ $38,615 MSRP ___________ $43,470 Ford Retail Customer Cash .................................................................. -$2,500 Ford Retail Customer Cash .................................................................. -$2,000 Ford Retail Customer Cash ................................................................... -$1,500 Ford Eco Boost Cash ............................................................................... -$2,000 Ford Retail Bonus Cash ......................................................................... -$1,000 Ford Special Package Cash ..................................................................... -$750 4 .................................................................................-$1,000 2 .................................................-$500 Ford FirstResponder & Military Cash Ford RCL Renewal Ford Cash Certificate ............................................................................. -$1,000 2 ................................................. -$500 2 ................................................. -$500 5......................................................................-$2,000 Ford FirstResponder Dealer Special Discount & Military Cash & Military Cash Ford FirstResponder 5....................................................................... -$1,735 4.................................................................................... -$300 Dealer Special Discount Ford RCL Renewal Ford Credit Customer Cash .................................................................. -$1,000 5.......................................................................-$1,620 Dealer Special Discount



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