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Mazdzer makes history Luger first male athlete to bring home medal for U.S. By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

LAKE PLACID | Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer has brought a men’s luge medal back to his hometown, the first male luger to ever do so. Mazdzer was guaranteed at least a bronze medal after his fourth run in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but moved into the silver medal position when two-time defending Olympic champion Felix Lock of Germany had a miscue on his final run. “This feels like 18 years in the making,” said Mazdzer to reporters after the event. “This is what you go to bed thinking about sometimes, to put it together on some of the most difficult conditions and be the first U.S. man to win an Olympic medal. It hasn’t set in. I can’t process all of that. I’ve just been having fun the last week.” Mazdzer started the second night of luge in fourth place after two runs. He turned up the heat with a track record in his third run that put him in second place. “Coming in, the ice temps are dropping. It’s

getting colder,” said Mazdzer. “I knew that I had it. I don’t know. It was a weird thing. I was at peace with myself. I looked at the ice and was excited, not nervous at all. I think that really helped me have that great third run.” Mazdzer’s silver medal time was 3:10.728. “I’d always been confident with my sliding, it’s just that the results hadn’t been there,” said Mazdzer. “I’ve had really good starts and really good sliding. It just took the conditions to be right. These conditions are so cold, it really played into my comfort zone, which is out of control and having fun.”


Erin Hamlin, four-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist, was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. “Being named to an Olympic team is an amazing accomplishment, and making four teams and winning the bronze medal is so much more than I could I have imagined I would accomplish. Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level,” said Hamlin, a Remsen native. “Working hard and earning success is one thing, being acknowledged as a great representative and member of Team USA by fellow athletes — many who I have been inspired by — is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment. I can’t wait to share it with them all.”

Chris Mazdzer made Olympic history Feb. 11, becoming the first male to win a luge medal, earning the Silver in his third Olympic attempt. Photo provided/Getty The announcement did not come without some controversy, as Shani Davis, making his fifth Olympics as a speedskater, felt he should have been the flag bearer after it was announced he lost a tie vote on a coin flip.


In the 10 km sprint, Lake Placid’s Lowell Bailey placed 33rd with a time of 24:54.4 along with 1:15.6 in penalty time after one miss on his second shooting station in his

first race of the Olympics, Along with Baiiey, Tim Burke took to the Pyeongchang course the following day as the Lake Placid native finished 17th in the 12.5km sprint pursuit event with a time of 35:11.3 with 2:19.6 in penalty time from three shooting misses. Bailey placed 32nd with a time of 36:43.3, but suffered 3:51.6 in penalties due to five missed shots in the final two shooting stations. ■

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COUNTY GETS INDIGENT DEFENSE LIFELINE Three-year state grants accepted, but permanent relief still needed, say officials

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Executive proposal to make state land tax exempt has united green groups and local officials in outrage By Pete DeMola EDITOR

ELIZABETHTOWN | Concerns continue to grow by an expanding coalition over an executive budget proposal to use payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements instead of market value to calculate taxes on land in the Adirondack Park and the Catskills.


Environmental groups joined local

off icials last week in arguing the measure would shift the burden to local governments and taxpayers. The constant threat of diminished revenue may erode the shaky alliance that has been forged between environmental groups and local governments. “They could stop seeing the Forest Preserve as the financial asset it is,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway in a statement. “That can lead to local opposition to important state land purchases and political pressure to allow more intensive forms of recreation that cause harm to the Forest Preserve’s forests, waters and wildlife.” The state proposal could also reduce local autonomy. “If the state takes away their legal protections for tax collection in this budget, what’s to stop them from halting the payments entirely in the next budget, or the one after that?” Janeway said.

Essex County Real Property Tax Service Director Charli Lewis estimated last week $185,300 would be immediately shifted from the state to local property owners if the proposal took effect immediately, resulting in about an 8.5 percent tax increase. Half of the county’s land is state owned. If all of that is made tax exempt, Essex County could lose an estimated $956 million in taxable value. Dozens of schools districts would also be impacted. Local lawmakers are apoplectic. “This is why I hate the state,” said Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow. “They speak with a forked tongue, they do not practice what they preach. They tell you to do shared services and tell you can’t do what you are already doing. Who do they represent? Not our taxpayers.”


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FISU offers briefing on Lake Placid visit Officials tour Olympic Village ahead of 2023 World University Games decision By Keith Lobdell STA FF W RITER

WILMINGTON | The Olympic region put its best foot forward over the past week to make members of an international delegation feel welcome as they weigh Lake Placid’s bid to host the 2023 World University Games. Members of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) were given an tour of the region, from Plattsburgh to Tupper Lake and throughout the Tri-Lakes area, as local organizations showed off the venues and area they hope will be part of the winning bid for the global sporting event.

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put together a very long, detailed report together to present to FISU and the bidding committee will also present in March.” The local committee will travel to Lausanne, Switzerland to make a formal presentation to FISU on March 2. If awarded, officials would then immediately get to work drafting a contract. A new committee will also be formed to create a master plan. Saintrond said FISU has changed their evaluation process to allow them more time at each bidding venue, which allows them to present a more detailed report. “I would say when we have completed our report and the bidding committee presents their report, the board will have all the information they need to make the right decision,” he said, adding, “I hope all of the students around the world will enjoy this wonderful area.” The delegation also included evaluation committee chief and FISU Vice President Marian Dymalski. » FISU Cont. on pg. 3

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“I will oversee the creation of the final report and I look forward to seeing the committee’s final presentation,” he said. “We are very excited and thrilled to try and bring these games back to you in the United States,” said Delise O’Meally, secretary general of the United States International University Sports Federation. “This is a very, very special event.” Tim Koos, a former Team USA member and current FISU spokesman, said they hope to help bring the world back to the Olympic region of New York. “We want to welcome the world back to United States and back to Lake Placid and the North Country,” Koos said.


During their visit, FISU members were able to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he visited Plattsburgh. “They were given five minutes with Gov. Cuomo who talked about his support for the games,” McKenna said. “They also had the chance to talk with the lieutenant governor and several members of the executive staff.” The Essex County Board of Supervisors, SUNY Plattsburgh, and other local organizations have also expressed their support. The 11-day event is held every two years in different locations, drawing thousands of athletes and spectators. ■

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The county’s assigned counsel costs continue to escalate. Essex County Auditor Laurie DeZalia told lawmakers once the final numbers are crunched for last year’s spending, the county will likely have blown past the $700,000 budgeted amount by about $37,000. Most of those costs are for family court, which is not handled by the Essex County Public Defender’s Office and must be outsourced to a pool of participating attorneys. “I can see that we’re going to continue to grow with that, and once we have to have the plan where we’re having counsel at arraignment, I can only see it getting even bigger,” DeZalia said. Additional mandated costs, including those associated with the new statewide law signed last year raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18, is only expected to continued to increase the need for additional counsel, local officials have said. The law will shuttle youthful offenders into the family court system and is expected to impact additional county departments, including probation, mental health services and social services. Following lawmaker concerns, the Essex County Bar Association is spearheading a committee to explore solutions controlling rising costs. The county attorney previously prepared a list of cost-saving recommendations — including reducing mileage costs and capping rates — but the effort has stalled.

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County will receive over $190,000 in state funding over the next three years to aid in an indigent legal services fund. Members of the Public Safety Committee voted to accept the funding on Monday, with Essex County Public Defender Brandon Boutelle thanking a member of his staff for helping to acquire the funds. “I want to thank Kellie King for her time and jumping through all the hoops and red tape needed to go through to get us these grants,” Boutelle said. “One thing on our part is we still have to show improvements and we have to show the state what we are doing with the money.” County Manager Dan Palmer said the funding is helpful, but was weary of grants being the primary funding source for indigent defense. “I can’t sit here and tell you these grants are going to continue, but I am being told that this is how these monies will be funneled back to the counties,” Palmer said. “Unfortunately, everything on the state level is funded by grants which is okay, I guess, as long as you keep receiving them.”

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PLATTSBURGH | Candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional District will face off in a forum this weekend. “The People’s Forum: A Truly Transparent Town Hall” will be held at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Hawkins Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. The forum is the second grassroots event for congressional hopefuls seeking to bump off Rep. Elise Stefanik (RWillsboro) to be held this year following a panel last month in South Glens Falls. The group Change Through Action and SUNY Plattsburgh’s Institute for Ethics in Public Life and the Center for


A planned second component to examine increasing staff at the Public Defender’s Office and contracting with law firms has also failed to gain traction. “We’ve been spinning our wheels on this forever,” said Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava last month. Lewis Supervisor Jim Monty asked Boutelle on Monday if the committee had met recently. Boutelle said they have not and was unaware of their timetable. “From my opinion, they are stonewalling because the (ECBA) wants nothing to do with this,” Monty said. “What we have to do is continue to lead the charge and if they want to catch up, then they can catch up,” said Essex County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Shaun Gillilland. Alex Shmulsky, a criminal defense lawyer who sits on the committee, said the group continues to meet to discuss solutions. “There’s a lot of interest going into this and the committee is making sure we come up with the best plan for our unique situation in Essex County,” Shmulsky told The Sun. Shmulsky said lawmakers are welcome to contact him with any questions.



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Community Engagement are branding the event as non-partisan candidate forum open to all. The mission is to “provide a truly engaging, educational and authentic town hall-style dialogue between the people of the district and the district’s 2018 congressional candidates,” the group said in a statement. Julia Devine (Center for Community Engagement) and Dr. Jonathan Slater (Institute for Ethics in Public Life) will moderate. “All questions will come directly from audience members with questions being chosen via lottery and not pre-screened or pre-selected in any way,” said organizers in a press release. Past affairs have focused on candidates introducing themselves to voters and criticizing Stefanik — not necessarily going after each other. But that may change as nine candidates seek to distinguish themselves from the pack, which shows no signs of winnowing ahead of the April 12 deadline to file petitions to get on the ballot. » Town hall Cont. on pg. 9

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Bills would allow counties to form ambulance districts By Pete DeMola EDITOR

ELIZABETHTOWN | Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow municipalities to create ambulance districts. Local officials say it will alleviate the labor shortage facing emergency squads across the rural Adirondack Park as they struggle to attract emergency medical technicians. “This is where this idea for this piece of legislation originated,” state Sen. Elizabeth Little (R-Queensbury) told Essex County lawmakers on Thursday. Little’s Senate bill joins companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury). Local governments have been grappling with plummeting volunteer rates for years, a decline that can be attributed to an aging population paired with increased training requirements that lawmakers and squad leaders have long said is a hurdle to attracting young talent. The statewide average response time for an ambulance is 13 minutes, Little said. But the number is 23 minutes in the North Country. “You never know when someone is going to need an ambulance,” Little said. “It’s not something you plan on.” Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Preston has been one of the most vocal advocates for state action to solve what he has long referred to as a crisis. “It’s critical,” Preston said. “There’s a lot of people that don’t understand. It’s happening every week. They’re dialing 911 and are not getting an ambulance. It’s not right in so many ways.” The bill would also require a report from the commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to “identify challenges facing volunteer emergency services or personnel.” This legislation, said Stec, “would provide local government the flexibility it needs to meet today’s demand for reliable service.” At present, counties and cities are barred from forming special ambulance districts. Essex County is exploring the creation of a countywide ambulance district to even out coverage. “Twenty-five cents of $1,000 of assessment will fund this program,” Preston said. “It will raise $1.7 million.” Warren County, too, is exploring options, said Little, citing a joint meeting with both counties last October. Services in Essex County are currently provided by a patchwork of local squads, many of whom have been grafted onto local budgets as volunteers have dried up.

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But the costs are escalating as towns are increasingly taking on those responsibilities, including Willsboro, Essex and North Hudson, whose budget skyrocketed by 600 percent recently after the town opted to contract with Schroon Lake for EMS services. “We’re paying already for ambulance systems,” said Essex County Vice Chairman Shaun Gillilland. “This system will allow us to replace that patchwork of fire districts and general funds funding it. Every town has a slightly different system, but we’re all still paying.” The ultimate goal, Gillilland said, is “prompt and affordable” coverage countywide. “I think in the long run, the costs are going to do down,” he said. Little and Stec are in the process of garnering support for the proposed legislation amongst their colleagues. Preston said he gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a fact-sheet prepared by the county’s Emergency Services Coordinator on Tuesday. “I personally put it in the governor’s hand and said, ‘Would you please just read this?’” Preston said. “The governor appeared to me he was listening and said, ‘I’ll talk to Betty (Little).’” “He’s a man of his word,” Preston said. Essex County Manager Dan Palmer said the creation of a special district will allow Essex County to collect fees from properties with tax-exempt status, which amounts to some $2 billion countywide. “We can leverage additional assessed value to lower property tax rates,” he said. The proposed bills have the support of the New York State Association of Counties “This truly is shared services amongst towns and the county at your initiative and we really applaud the state legislature for doing this. Not just in the North Country, but for counties across the state it will be a benefit,” said Executive Director Stephen Acquario. “We have to help the men and women out there who are volunteering their services.” The creation and oversight of a possible countywide district would be administered by Essex County, and will not include the creation of a board of commissioners. County lawmakers said they hoped the legislation could be paired with coursework at community colleges and local BOCES programs that would offer EMT training as a career track. “They need to do some studies in regards to this and help us be able to provide EMTs who have all necessary trainings which volunteers find to be just about prohibitive to gain all of the certifications,” said Crown Point Supervisor Charles Harrington. Essex County Emergency Services Coordinator Patty Bashaw said discussions with North Country Community College and BOCES programs in Franklin County have shown promise. Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava appeared pleased at the proposals. “I’ve been championing this cause for probably 15 years,” he said. ■

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It’s gonna happen Sooner or later, that day will come. It’s the day you have told yourself for the majority of your life — at By Keith Lobdell least from early teens • SPORTS EDITOR • until the day it happens — will never come. There is no way you would ever lower yourself so low, get so desperate or find no other way of doing what you are about to do, until it happens. And, more importantly, until you know you just did it. Case in point: Let’s say I am talking to a child. We’ll say “X” to conceal his identity. The topic: Grades, a very normal topic in a very normal household because, at times, they can fluctuate some, leading to discussions about how to bring them back up where you as a parent feel they belong. So the conversation goes on, and you get the typical, “Hey, I’m passing, aren’t I?” Wait, the grammar is too good there. So the conversation goes on, and you get the typical, “Hey, I’m passing, right?” — which is event better — or, “Why are you acting like I am failing?” Great question, and one that deserves and honest, pure and well

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thought out explanation. At first, you think nothing of what you are about to say. “Because you are not... Then you start to relive the same exact moment in your head. Except, in your head, those words are not coming out of your mouth, but directed at you: “...trying.” Now, you’re almost reliving it. You can see yourself sitting on the bed, or dining room table, or, in my case, too many other places to count. And that voice is of... your mother. “As hard as you should be.” Please, no! Don’t say the next line. “If you were trying, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” Now it’s just spewing out, and you can’ control it. “We don’t want you to just do enough, we want you to always do your best.” You’ve done it, you have broken the solemnest vow of solemn vows you made in your adolescence, and you feel shame and remorse and like you need to take a shower. And yet, you gasp in amazement, knowing it had to be said. You’ve said the exact same thing your parents said to you in your foibles of youth, adding that you, in turn, would say the same thing to your kids some day. Now, you have. ■

Eye on the Arts

The Rhythm Future Quartet will take the stage at the Saranac Methodist Church on March 4 at 3 p.m. This By Elizabeth Izzo Boston-based gypsy • COLUMNIST • jazz troupe is expected to perform a mix of originals and classics, including songs from Django Reinhardt and Cole Porter. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. A donation of $15 per person is suggested. Children under 12 can attend for free. To learn more, call 518-293-7613. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is screening the 2017 film “Battle of the Sexes,” on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, the movie follows the story behind a 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Tickets are $6 per person. For more information, visit

Patricia Coupal will perform her senior recital at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Krinovitz Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Coupal is receiving her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre this spring. Her show will include vocal selections from Schubert, Purcell and Rossini, along with theatre selections from Sondheim, Lippa and Styne. Tickets are free. Learn more by calling 518-564-2482. As part of the Adirondack Film Society’s screening series, “Loving Vincent” will be screened twice at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Feb. 16-17, both at 7 p.m. “Loving Vincent,” a movie that brings famed painter Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings to life to tell his lifestory, was nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best Animated Feature Film. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, visit In celebration of the achievements of the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the Palace Theater in Lake Placid will host two free screenings of the Disney film “Miracle” on Feb. 22, one at 4 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. The movie, starring Kurt Russell, follows the victory of the U.S. team over the Russian team in the Olympics hosted in Lake Placid. Learn more at Dave Matthews tribute band Proudest Monkeys are performing at the Tannery Pond Center in North Creek on Feb. 23. The North Country natives are expected to play selections from the Dave Matthews Band’s first seven albums. They’ll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Learn more at ■


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NOW - MARCH 21 Moriah » Free Adult Swim

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

NOW - MAY 26

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

FEB. 16

Plattsburgh » Towne Meeting

presents, The History of Folk held at United Methodist Church; 7:00 p.m. At Wood, Wire & Voice Coffee House. Admission by donation. Join us for a fun evening of sing - a long music at the United Methodist Church on Beekman St. For more info 518-563-7077.

FEB. 17 Essex »

Play Gym for families with kids, newborn to age 6 held at Whallonsburg Grange; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Indoor wintertime fun for kids and families for


Winter Bread Market held at First United Methodist Church, Saranac Lake

six Saturdays. Run, jump and play in a space big enough to burn off some energy. Kids form newborn to age 6 and their parents/caregivers welcome. Free but donations are appreciated. Parent/caregiver must be present. Free, But donations gratefully accepted. For more info or 518963-7777

FEB. 17

North Creek » Spike Wilner Trio

held at Tannery Pond Center; 7:30 p.m. Spike Wilner, piano, has performed in many New York jazz venues. He also toured with the Artie Shaw Big Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Maynard Ferguson. The Trio also features Joe Magnarelli on trumpet and Paul Gill on bass. Come join us for an evening of outstanding jazz performed by some of the finest in the business. For tickets go to www. tannerypondcenter. org or call 518251-2505 for reservations.

FEB. 17 - FEB. 18

Lake Placid » Freestyle & Biathlon Nor-Arms held at Olympic Village; The event is used to qualify skiers to start in Nor-Am competitions and possible starts in U.S. World Cups. Details: events

FEB. 17

West Chazy » Bruce Patenaude & Bill Jock to perform held at Vesco Ridge Vineyards; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Familiar favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, and more. Details: 518-8468544,

FEB. 17

Plattsburgh » Double Feature

Film Series held at Newman Center; 7:00 p.m. (90 Broad St., Plattsburgh) presents a double-feature of iconoclastic classics Luis Bunuel’s surreal masterpiece “Simon of the Desert” (1965) will be followed by the historic and seminal “Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) on reel-toreel 16mm. Free, with donations welcome.

FEB. 17 - FEB. 18 Raquette Lake » WINTER

CARNIVAL held at Village Green; 11:00 a.m. A do not miss winter event! Any weather and anything goes! Kids Games starting at 11am. Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Team ice golf, bonfire, cross-cut & chainsaw competition and fireworks. Enjoy sledding, skating, family and friends. All welcome. Free For more information www.

FEB. 18

Saranac Lake » Olympic Challenge held at Civic Center; 3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to coincide with the 2018

Winter Olympic Games. The event will include curling instruction, a friendly game, and a social at the Hotel Saranac. No experience necessary! All adults and teens interested in curling, register online at You can sign up as an individual or get a group of four together and bring your own team! Space is limited. Feel free to email Carrie Gentile,, with any questions.

He won his five medals in Lake Placid in 1980. There will also be sports demos and a free concert at the Olympic Jumping Complex featuring the band Third Eye Blind.

West Chazy » Double Shot-Brigid & Johnny to perform held at Vesco Ridge Vineyards; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Entertaining mix of songs old & new! Details: 518-846-8544, www.

Long Lake » Winter Wonderland

Peru » 4th Sunday Breakfast held

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Week held at In & around town; The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled free activities for kids of all ages. If you would like more information or would like to sign your kids up for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday events please call Steph at 518624-3077 ext 113.(Space is Limited for certain activities)

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. 710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B Peru. Details: 518-5935628 or

FEB. 22

Peru » Just Jammin held at Peru

Memorial VFW; 6:00 p.m. A group of local musicians get together to “Jam” listen, dance and /or join them. Items for a light supper available for purchase. 710 Pleasant St., Rt 22B, Peru.

FEB. 24

Lake Placid » Winterfest held at Olympic Village; You don’t want to miss Winterfest. A Team USA event, Winterfest includes meet and greets with Olympians such as ice dancers Meryl David and Charlie White, 1980 Olympic gold medalist Jim Craig (goalie for the Miracle on Ice team), freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom, bobsledder Vonetta Flowers, and five-time Olympian speed skater Eric Heiden.


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It’s what’s inside that counts

It’s hard to watch a newscast, read a newspaper or even hear about current events and attempt By Dan Alexander to make sense of the • PUBLISHER • anger that seems to have altered the general optimism that has always been a part of our country. Our free democratic society is based on the rule of law, but at the heart of those who make the United States of America their home. It’s also about more than the law it’s about what’s in one’s heart. Each of us deals with issues in our unique way, and while we can blame others for many things, at the end of the day, our actions are governed by what’s inside each of us. How we treat others, how we see ourselves and how we choose to conduct our lives in public and private can be based on our life experiences. It doesn’t mean one’s state in life is predetermined, but it can be a good indication of future behavior. First and foremost, it starts with respect. Respect for self, respect for others, respect for property, respect for the beliefs others may hold dear and most important, respect for life itself. I think we all struggle with the actions of those whose belief system is opposite of our own. Yet we all know people whom we don’t agree with completely, but out of respect, you accept them as they are. Varying beliefs are an important component of our melting pot, but to some measure, we must all conform to certain standards. In a democracy, such as we have here in America, our system is designed to be governed by compromise and balanced procedures, to establish a degree of fairness to all. Where our system appears to be falling short these days stems from the fact that our political parties have become so polarized that their ability to work out their differences has spilled over into the public. The result seems to have created this environment of public angst and is fed by the two-party system, special interest money, and a media that prefers to dwell on those differences. We elect people we trust to resolve these issues so that they do not affect public safety nor our stability. If our two-party system refuses to resolve these issues in a reasonable time, perhaps it’s time they are put on notice for new leaders that are more open to compromise. ■

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Hosting a town hall would be a win-win-win for Stefanik, constituents — and critics Rep. Elise Stefanik faced a tough crowd last May after voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The crowd was angry that day. But she fended off tough questions with ease. And she should do it again. Stefanik’s famous aversion for town halls and unscripted events has become something of an Achilles’ heel for the sophomore lawmaker, who is seeking a third term this fall. The dizzying array of opponents seeking to unseat her in November drape the issue around her neck every chance they can get. And it’s become a war cry for the disgruntled progressive activists who have issued all sorts of hysterical jeers to batter her for perceived slights. While crude and counterproductive, their hostility can at least be understood: People just want a chance to hold their elected officials accountable. To her credit, Stefanik was the first lawmaker to host a town hall-style meeting following last year’s controversial health care vote. She’s held countless events across the district over the past three years, including dozens of meet and greets, telephone conference calls, small group meetings, as well

as numerous appearances where she engages in retail politics with local voters. And you know what? She’s really good at them. Stefanik excels at connecting with people, which makes her aversion to town halls that much more puzzling. She’s a skilled politician, and has empathy and the ability to connect with voters. We’ve always found the lawmaker to be well-versed on the issues and able to speak at length about almost any subject, as well as hold up to questioning. But people still want that old-fashioned town hall setting. Holding these events would be a winwin-win for the lawmaker, her constituents and the seething fraction of the electorate who finds her aversion to be so problematic. But most of all, it will give Stefanik a chance to deflate the conspiracy theories that have unfortunately come to dominate our politics, and retain the narrative as a can-do, attentive lawmaker. Because this avoidance allows critics to rebrand her as aloof and distant, which we’ve found really isn’t the case. Obviously town halls have their drawbacks.


When it comes to Trump, dissent is not treason

To the Editor, The Statue of Liberty holds a torch aloft in her right hand. It symbolizes lighting the way to liberty and freedom and has welcomed countless immigrants to this country. They have come seeking freedom from oppressive governments, economic security, a better way of life. Under Donald Trump, she might as well be holding a stop sign. Just when you think this man can sink no lower, he manages it. Most recently, because the Democrats refused to applaud his State of the Union address, he went on one of his tweet rants. He not only called the Democrats “un-American” but went so far as to tweet, “Somebody said treasonous. Can we call that treason? Why not?” This is his normal ploy. He poses an outrageous statement as a question. His followers take him literally, as he intended them to do. This is a man who wants to be a dictator ruling a totalitarian state. That is the kind of statement we would expect from Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un, or Adolph Hitler. Dissent is not treason. Freedom of speech is not treason. Refusal to applaud Donald Trump is not treason. Totalitarian rulers silence the press, silence the opposition. This country should not go down that path. Anne Morse, Warrensburg ■

Frontier broadband speed remains problematic

To the Editor: Thanks for the article on the ongoing broadband issues with Frontier. (Feb. 10 edition.) We used to get 3 mbps through Frontier, now the best we can get is 1.05 download and an upload speed of 0.12 mbps. Worse, it is unstable. Nothing more frustrating than spending

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Stefanik’s Republican colleagues in the House and Senate have faced circus-like atmospheres at similar events. We suspect the lawmaker is nervous about an exchange with a testy activist going viral and being used in a campaign ad. That’s always a possibility. But it comes with the territory, and her colleagues have all come out of similar events unscathed. Moderators and organizers should agree on some terms beforehand. Questions should not be pre-screened, for instance. But GOP lawmakers should not have to answer for every comment and action from a mercurial and controversial president, for instance, who has shown that he’s essentially a RINO and does not represent the sentiments of most Republicans we know. The benefits would far outweigh the risks. It’s obviously ultimately up to her. But until she does so, she’s unnecessarily opening herself up to unwarranted criticism and handing her opponents round after round of ammunition that drowns out her numerous legislative accomplishments. -The Sun Editorial Board ■

26 hours to do a simple software upgrade, have it interrupted, and then have to start all over. Perhaps we should all do speed tests and send the results weekly to the governor’s office until this is fi xed. Glenn L. Pearsall, Johnsburg ■

United Way thankful for community generosity

To the Editor: Being the 2018 United Way campaign chair has been one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever been a part of. The word generosity has a new meaning for me as well. Since the very first meeting I had with the campaign team and every meeting or presentation since then has been a truly wonderfully humbling experience. I was lucky enough to travel through the three counties and meet some of the most generous and kind people imaginable. I saw firsthand what many of the partner agencies do and how they impact people lives on a daily basis. The motto Live United has become something very personal. I wanted to personally thank everyone who was kind and welcoming. I especially wanted to thank the entire staff of the United Way of the Adirondacks for all their support, they are truly amazing people and my personal heroes. What you all do daily is truly inspiring and again I thank you. There would be no campaign if not for the generosity of so many. Thank you to all the many wonderful donors, businesses and people who allowed us the time to spread the message of the United Way and what we do. Your support is greatly appreciated. I am proud to be associated with such an organization. With the closing of the campaign soon approaching, I am going to ask that if you have not yet made a contribution, would you at least consider doing so? The need is great and with your donation we can do so much. Thank you. Todd McCarthy, Plattsburgh ■

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» State tax Cont. from pg. 1 State-owned lands are assessed the same as private holdings: Local assessors work with state officials to determine the state’s tax obligations. The state was paying $75 million per year in property taxes on Forest Preserve lands inside the Adirondack Park in 2010, the last year for which it issued a report, according to the Adirondack Council. The proposal would make all state land tax exempt, and the swap would result in Albany controlling how much it would pay local authorities for the parcels. Locally determined assessments of taxable state land are reviewed by the Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) annually, a measure the state Division of the Budget argues encumbers agency resources. Under the swap, a formula would be utilized to convert the existing ad valorem tax on state-owned lands into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) at existing amounts to be increased each year by the allowable levy growth factor for the property tax cap (the lesser of prior year inflation or two percent). Impacts will be more severe in towns with larger tracts of state land, including North Hudson, Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake and Long Lake. The annual payments range from $3.7 million in Newcomb, $3.1 million in Long Lake and $2.3 million in Harrietstown, to about $100,000 in lands with smaller holdings, including Chesterfield and Crown Point in Essex County. “Ultimately this would be devastating for local government,” said Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board Executive Director Fred Monroe. This plan will not be voted on separately, but rather as a part of omnibus spending package. The Adirondack Council is calling for the governor to strip the plan from budget in his 30-day amendments. Protect the Adirondacks has also criticized the measure, calling it a “radical change to a core part of the Park’s civic infrastructure, a breach of faith for all who believe in the Adirondack Park and want to see it succeed.”


The state Division of the Budget is punching back against the criticisms. “The goal of this budget proposal is not to reduce property tax payments on forest preserve lands – in fact, it increases the state’s payments,” said Morris Peters, a spokesman for the state budget division. Peters told The Sun the goal is to achieve “administrative efficiencies” within ORPTS. “Under this proposal, the state’s payments would actually grow each year, commensurate with the growth of the statewide allowable levy limit,” Peters said. “The savings comes from releasing ORPTS of the respon-


sibility of reviewing local assessment determinations, which is a time-consuming undertaking. Instead, the most recent assessment would become the base level and the amount would be inflated each year.” In theory, the proposed changes would bring savings through administrative efficiencies and staffing reductions, said Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks. And since assessments on state lands would not be necessary, some localities would be spared “significant resources.” But, he said, the proposal needs further study. “This plan was rolled out without analysis, projections, or details about all impacted programs,” said Bauer in a statement. “There are real questions about long-term impacts from a possible shortchanging on Forest Preserve assessments, slowing in the growth of state tax payments on the Forest Preserve, and a tax shift to private lands.”


State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said the shift has been previously discussed by past administrations — but were always defeated. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” she said. Gov. George Pataki proposed the state begin making PILOT payments of $10 an acre on all state lands in 1997, she said. But Albany didn’t take into consideration the payments routinely exceeded that amount. “That went down quickly,” Little told the Essex County Board of Supervisors last week. Monroe said: “We fought that quite vigorously.” Little and state Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) are opposed to the proposal, and encouraged lawmakers to contact the governor’s office to share their concerns. “In the Senate one-house bill, we’re rejecting that,” Little said. “(Payments) could go up in the short term, but there’s too many unknowns in the long term. I wouldn’t vote on it, and we’re trying to eliminate it.” Stec said its inclusion in the budget proposal could be a result of a “communication issue.” “But now it’s in governor’s budget, so it’s real,” Stec said. “It needs to be dealt with and can’t be ignored. “I’m sure that in the budget process, we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure it gets out of there.” Towns and counties across the Adirondacks are working to pass resolutions opposing the plan. The governor submitted his executive budget proposal on Jan. 16. “We are working with the legislature towards enactment in advance of the April 1 beginning of the fiscal year,” Peters said. ■

Olympic Notes

Symbols and medals

In its first few days of competition, the XXIII Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have given local athletes platforms By Kim Dedam to shine. Symbols in the ice, on • COLUMNIST • the medals and throughout the venues have particular meaning for athletes and the spirit of the 2018 Winter Games. The motto for Pyeongchang 2018 is “Passion. Connected.” According to the South Korean Olympic Committee’s official description, “Passion” set the intention that Pyeongchang2018 would provide a stage where people can exchange inspiration and “share

Symbols for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics: The first symbol, a small, open box, is the first consonant of the first syllable of Pyeongchang in Hangeul and it expresses the harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man. the Koreans’ warm unique hospitality,

and experience the excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit.” “Connected” signifies an openness, the committee said, “where all generations can participate anytime and anywhere through Korea’s cutting-edge technology and cultural convergence.” Two symbols from the Korean alphabet identify the Olympic message in Pyeongchang. The first symbol, shaped like a small temple, is actually first consonant of the first syllable of Pyeongchang in Hangeul (the Korean alphabet), and it expresses the harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man. The second symbol, a small star that somewhat resembles an asterisk, is the first Korean consonant of the second syl-

The second symbol, a small star, is the first Korean consonant of the second syllable in Pyeongchang. In Hangeul, it represents snow, ice, and winter sports stars (the athletes). Photos/IOC

lable in Pyeongchang. In Hangeul, it represents snow, ice, and winter sports stars.



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Become an official, stay connected to high school sports By Bob Gardner and Robert Zayas They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials. These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized — they would be chaotic. In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed — or even canceled — because there are not enough men and women to officiate them. Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation. Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation. Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come. Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the application process, can do so at ■ — Bob Gardner is the executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Robert Zayas is the executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

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Hanok, traditional Korean houses, were the source of inspiration for the medals case. The simple yet elegant curves of a Hanok’s eaves have been incorporated into the wooden case. Light teal and pale red ribbons are used to place medals on winning athletes. The ribbons are made of a traditional Korean fabric called Gapsa. The Hangeul symbols are also pressed into the fabric. Gold, silver and bronze medals each have a wooden, disc-shaped container, which the Olympic Committee said are “curved to represent the shape of eaves that extend out from the roofs of Hanok, traditional Korean houses.” ■

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PHS back atop swimming podium By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

CLINTONVILLE | The Plattsburgh High boy’s varsity swim team is back where they feel they belong, atop the Section VII and X standings in boy’s swimming. The Hornets scored 380 points in going on to defeat second place Franklin Academy (252), third place Gouvernour (202) and fourth place AuSable Valley (200) at the annual meet. The event started with the team of Slade Wright, Michael Graves, Sean Vogl and Aaron Bouchard winning in the 200 medley relay, with the AuSable team of Trent Gravelle, Skylar Ackley, Dalton Ess and Trevor Gravelle finishing second. In the 200 free, the Hornet’s Luke Moore, via Seton Catholic, scored the win with Trent Gravelle of AVCS in second. Wright then placed third in the 200 IM, while Nick Palma returned the Hornets to the top of the podium

in the 50 free, followed by Ess. Vogl then placed third in the 100 fly with Palma and Graves then taking the top two spots in the 100 free. Moore returned to the pool for his main discipline, winning the 500 free over teammate Bouchard by 48 seconds. Wright then got to the line first in the 100 back against AuSable’s Trent Gravelle and Akley, while Graves and Luke Gerhardt took the top two places in the 100 breaststroke for the Hornets. In the other relay events, the PHS team of Graves, Palma, Jonathan Bell and Moore won the 200 free relay; while Palma, Moore, Bryce Benware and Wright scored the win in the 400 free for PHS. ■

AuSable Valley’s David Butler makes his splash into the pool as Skylat Ackley touches the wall in a relay race during the Section VII/X swim meet Feb. 10. More pictures from this event can be found online at Photo by Jill Lobdell

Saranac Chiefs claim sectional title

Nolan, Lapier to lead state contingent By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

SARANAC | After falling to the Peru Indians in a match to determine which team would go to the state dual meet, the Saranac Chiefs fought back strong, winning the second matchup of the regular season between the two squads and capping the 2017-18 regular season by winning the Section VII championship on their home mats Feb. 10. “We made a few lineup changes and we were able to get people healthy coming into the last part of the season,” coach Heith Smith said. “We knew we had a strong team and it is always tough going up against Peru. We are happy to come away with the title.” In the lone match of the night not won by the top seed, Saranac’s Johnny Devins scored a decision win over Peru’s Kellen Blake, which was followed by the clinching victory for the Chiefs as Jake Nolan scored a win and the

title for his team. “We have worked very hard in the gym and knew we could have success,” Nolan said. “Everyone on the team stepped up and we were able to get the results we needed.” “We have battled it out each and every time out and I was able to keep attacking no matter if I was up or down,” Devins said. “It comes down to whoever keeps the attack going and today, I showed up.” Nolan will lead the Section VII contingent of 15 weight class winners to the Times Union Center in Albany for the 2018 NYSPHSAA tournament, held Feb. 23-24. Along with Nolan, AuSable Valley’s Chance Lapier, who finished third at last season’s tournament, will return to seek the championship at 182. “I have had some great matches at Eastern States and other places that have helped me to see where I stand in the state and I am very much looking forward to the tournament,” Lapier said. “I am going to keep working hard over the next two weeks and I feel confident heading into it.” Dalton Criss of Peru also has momentum heading intp the state tournament, having


Chance Lapier is a favorite in the 182 weight division at the NYSPHSAA state wrestling tournament after winning his bracket to capture the Section VII title Feb. 10. For more photos from this event, visit Photo by Jill Lobdell pinned the top-ranked Division II wrestler in the heavyweight class earlier this season. The Section VII team will include (with regular season record): 099 - Swyer Bruce (Beekmantown) 37-3 106 - Robert Foley (Saranac) 25-8 113 - Alijiah Seymour (Peru) 17-2 120 - Logan Dubuque (Peru) 22-4 126 - Bryce Smith (Saranac) 27-10 132 - Alex Christman (Saranac) 28-8

138 - Kaeden Peryea (Beekmantown) 37-4 145 - Zach Swyers (Peru) 17-8 152 - Johnny Devins (Saranac) 24-5 160 - Jacob Nolan (Saranac) 34-4 170 -Jaice Filion (NAC) 33-3 182 - Chance Lapier (AVCS) 32-2 195 - Mason Maulding (Peru) 11-3 220 - Jaden Maldanado (Beekmantown) 27-6 285 - Dalton Criss (Peru) 18-10 ■

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Chiefs, Lady Hornets win indoor titles By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

PLATTSBURGH | While it was business as usual for the Saranac boy’s indoor track and field team Feb. 10, the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets went from contender to belt holder, edging the Lady Chiefs by a slim 9.5 points to win the Section VII championship at the PSUC Fieldhouse. The Hornets got three wins from Sue Sivakumaran (300, 55 sprint and long jump) while other schools kept the Lady Chiefs away from the top of the podium in several sports,

giving the Lady Hornets the edge they would need. Grace Clark scored the win in the 55 hurdles, while Saranac’s Rachael Woodruff was a triple winner in the 1,000, 1,500 and 600. Lea DeJordy of Seton Catholic was the winner in the 3,000, while the Peru relay tams took two events and PHS one. On the field, Ticonderoga’s Meg McDonald earned the high jump title yet again, beating out Peru’s Ella Messner by an inch. Messner came back with a win in the triple jump, while Kat Furman of Saranac won the shot put.


Duffield opened the scoring for the Chiefs with a win

in the 55 hurdles before scoring wins in the long jump and triple jump. For Biasi, all three wins came on the track in the 300, 55 sprint and as a member of the 1,600 relay. The Chiefs and Saranac Lake split the other two relay events. Saranac’s winning ways continued with Andrew LePage in the 1,600. Saranac Lake’s Tyler Martin won the 600, while Caleb Moore scored a win in the 3,200 and Jason Moore of PHS won in the high jump. ■

NYSPHSAA moves impact local teams

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LATHAM | If the Moriah Vikings capture another state championship this year, they will not be able to defend it — at least not at the Class D level. According to new numbers released and approved by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee, the BEDS numbers regarding school classifications will be lowered for Class D, bumping Moriah up to a Class C school.

Lake Placid would also be moved entirely into Class C. This season, the Lake Placid girl’s soccer boy’s and girl’s basketball, and baseball teams played as a Class D. The Boy’s soccer team claimed their fifth straight Section VII/Class C title, while the combined Lake Placid/Keene softball team played up as a Class C. Moriah football would remain as a Class D program, keeping the Class D rivalry between with Vikings and Ticonderoga alive. Starting with fall sports, Class D in boy’s and girl’s soccer, boy’s and girl’s basketball, baseball and softball will be defined as a

school with BEDS numbers at 149 or below. Meanwhile, Class C schools would be made up of schools between 150 and 269 students grades 9-12; Class B 270-499; Class A 500964; and Class AA 965 and up. Statewide, the numbers would lead to 162 Class D schools, 171 Class C, 169 Class B, 169 Class A and 107 Class AA. The proposal was presented to the committee by Section X.


In a change from tradition baseball, the Executive Committee also approved a mercy rule in

baseball, based on section and league approval. Under the rule, a game will be ended if there is a run differential of 10 runs or more after five innings (or bottom of fourth if home team is leading). The rule is set for two years as an experiment and will start this baseball season. Westport coach Don Markwica said his mind had changed about a mercy rule in baseball because of last year’s pitch county implementation. “We had a game where we were down 11 runs and came back to win,” Markwica said. “But, with the new pitch count rule, you have to be so careful with your pitchers it may be good not to run them out there in a blowout.”

MVAC brings back championship games

By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

SARANAC LAKE | North Country Community College will be the center of the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference’s universe Friday, Feb. 16, as it will host the top two teams from both divisions in boy’s and girls championship action. Along with returning the MVAC championship games between Division I and Division II, the league has also set up a second day of crossover games, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 15.


The NCCC games will be highlighted by the main events, when MVAC Division I girl’s champion Westport will face Division II girl’s champion Bolton at 5:30 p.m., followed by Northern Division I winner Willsboro or Seton Catholic (winner of the Feb. 13 game between each other) taking on Division II winner Schroon Lake at 7:15 p.m. Westport made its way to the title game by completing an undefeated MVAC season with a 11-8 overtime surge to score a 52-49 win over Seton Catholic Feb. 12. “I’m really happy for the kids,” head coach Brad Rascoe said. “That is a big accomplishment for us since we have not seen an undefeated season in the league since 2000. Once Ellie (Storey) tied it, I think we had the momentum heading into the overtime.” Storey scored on a drive to the basket to tie the game

41-41 to force overtime. “It was a double screen and I was supposed to go to the basket,” said Storey. “I knew it was going to be a big boost if we made the shot, and we played a strong overtime.” “This is the best,” said Hannah Schwoebel. “This is something we have worked hard for and now we will focus on getting ready for another good team in Bolton.”


Crossover games for the third through sixth place teams

in each division will take place Thursday, with northern division teams hosting southern division boy’s teams and girl’s games hosted in the southern division. Prior to the title games, the 2 p.m. game Friday will feature the Seton Catholic girls against Schroon Lake or Crown Point, depending on the regular season outcomes. The 5:30 boys game will pit Willsboro or Seton Catholic out of the Northern Division against either Crown Point or Wells of the southern conference. ■


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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!

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 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.

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.

SARANAC LAKE - Ruth Pino, the Food Service Manager for the Saranac Lake Central School District will talk about the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative on Thursday, February 22 at the Saranac Lake Free Library from noon to 1 PM. All presentations of the Library Lunch program are free and open to the public. Bring lunch if you like, and desserts and beverages will be served courtesy of the Librarys Hospitality Committee. For more information call the Saranac Lake Free Library at 518891-4190.

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 CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS WHALLONSBURG – Play Gym at the Whallonsburg Grange, Starts Feb. 3rd and then every Saturday until March 3rd 9:30am to noon. Indoor winter fun for families with little ones. Newborn to age 6. Jump, run slide, scoot, play! Free, Donations gratefully accepted. For more info 518-963-7777 or CLASSES & WORKSHOPS GLENS FALLS – Double-Bottomed Bushel Basket with Barbara Boughton Feb. 24th 9am-5pm at 18 Curran St. Must be 12 years or older. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or GLENS FALLS – Introduction to cold Process Soap making with Roberta Devers-Scott Feb. 23rd 6pm-9pm& Feb. 24th 9am-12pm at 18 Curran St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or GLENS FALLS – Introduction to Woodturning with John Kingsley Feb. 25th 9am-12pm at 18 Curran St. NO LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHES. For pricing & more info call 518696-2400 or GLENS FALLS – Winter Shelters & Backcountry Safety with Dave Muska Feb. 25th 9am-4pm at 18 Curran St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or LAKE LUZERNE – Felt Twig Scarf with Robin Blakney-Carlson Feb. 17th 9am-4pm. at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or LAKE LUZERNE – Infusions, Tinctures and Salves with Christine Eberhardt Feb. 18th 1pm-4:30pm. at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

WESTPORT - Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop, Saturday, February 17 at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Workshop runs from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included. To Register: visit Please note: This is not for home-production. The workshop specifically addresses commercial production. Please contact Carly Summers at with questions. 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. ESSEX - The Essex Yoga Club meets every Monday at 5:30 pm at St. Johns Church. Free, open to all. 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 - The Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department will be offering snowshoeing and cross country skiing to adults and seniors at the Cadyville Recreation Park. We will provide instruction as well as the equipment, if needed. This free program will occur every Thursday in February from 1-2:30 PM. Please, contact the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department at 518-562-6860 if you have questions. PLATTSBURGH - The Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a Family Snowshoe Night to individuals and families at the Cadyville Recreation Park on February 16th. This free program begins at 5:30 PM 7:00 PM and participants should bring a flashlight or headlamp. We will have hot chocolate available for this fun evening! Pre-register by contacting the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department at 518-562-6860. 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 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. 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 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. LAKE PLACID - Saturday, February 24th Annie and Jonny Duet: Join us for an evening of beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more! 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

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 February 20th, 2018 from 6 to 7 pm. We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month, at the United Way, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh,NY. For all inquiries, please contact Joseph Sohmer, at JOSEPH_SOHMER@HOTMAIL.COM, or Chris Ransom, at RANSOM@NORTHNET.ORG PLATTSBURGH – Al-Anon Adult Children Meeting every Monday at 7pm-8pm, United Methodist 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 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh 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 Street, Plattsburgh 7:30pm8:30pm. 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


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