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erage season. He also wasn’t ready for the early start to the season this year. The season started early and strong, but Sweet’s sugar house is a second job, and he didn’t have the time for early preparation. He figures that lost him 10 to 15 percent of the sap crop. “It’s not like leaving hay in the field for a few more days, and when you come back you’ll have more hay,” said Tom Sweet. “You never regain it at the end.” It was much the same at Sanger ’s Sugar House. “So far it has been a very disappointing season,” said Kim Sanger. “I think maple producers are the only people who don’t like to see it get too warm too fast.” They boiled March 21, but hadn’t collected sap since then. Their first boil was March 3, so they only got


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PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center's emergency room had been designed to treat 30,000 patients. Six months ago, it was treating close to 54,000 patients. But the hospital received a $3.6 million federal grant and recently completed phase two of a major expansion project that doubled ER space. “The community needed it,” said Catherine Bennett, assistant director of the ER. CVPH completed phase one this past fall. opening a 5,000 square feet main treatment area with a newer waiting room, private conference area for families, 27 rooms, and a three-bay triage unit. Each room is fully equipped to care for any type of patient and includes a panel of buttons to signal registration, cleaning, discharge and more. “The new triage area gets them to where they need to go right away,” Bennett said. Staff have a device called a Vocera that enables them to instantly communicate, providing quicker access to patients and their needs. Staff are able to register at the bed side with computers on wheels, which significantly speeds up the process. “We started doing registration with mobile carts,” said Katherine Peterson, Di-

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Under phase two, EMS also has a new work station, there are waiting areas with televisions and a result pending area for patients. In all, the ER has grown from slightly less than 10,000 square feet to roughly 20,000 square feet. “They brought everything together in such a small amount of time,” Bennett said. The biggest difference, she said, is patient satisfaction. “What this provides is being able to process patients in to be seen by providers and process them out,” Bennett said. ‘Time has really decreased. “This provides us with the space to allow for the professional care patients deserve and staff strives for.”

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stephen@denpubs.com CHAZY — The swimming pool could close, some sports may go and not all positions are safe at Chazy Central Rural School. School officials do not want to consider such measures, but there is a $485,000 shortfall to deal with. Before they make any final decisions, school officials are asking for input from the public during a community budget forum scheduled for March 29 at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. “In order for us to stay under the tax cap, we are going to have to cut some staffing,” said Superintendent John Fairchild. “We do have to do some trimming, and we want people to know what things might be trimmed.” The fact is, when it comes to aid reductions and where funds are going to, the formula seems to favor wealthier schools downstate, and leave rural, high-needs Superintendent John Fairchild and other Chazy school officials have some tough decisions to school districts scrambling to continue to make. run a public-education program with Photo by Stephen Bartlett what little revenues are available to them. School districts would have to hit already burdened taxpayers with significant tax increases to inating the eighth period bus run on Fridays, faculty reductions totaling 2.75 full-time equivalents, staff reductions toavoid painful cuts to positions and programs. Clinton County was among the worst impacted statewide taling 3.625 full-time equivalents, the elimination of either in terms of funding, while Chazy Central Rural School took modified or junior varsity sports and a reduction in contract services. one of the biggest hits in the area percentage wise. At the March 29 meeting, there will be opportunity for the That is compounded with the loss of federal jobs money public to weigh in on the budget. this year. “The board wants people to come out and talk,” Fairchild Then, retirement-system and health-insurance costs consaid. “Do we stop cuts here? Where do we go?” tinue to rise. Fairchild said so far the school board has not considered “Last year, all of our employees took a pay freeze,” Fairchild said. “But that is not something the board thinks putting before voters a budget that exceeds the tax-levy cap. Such a budget would require 60 percent approval by voters. would be a fair expectation of employees this year.” “We are trying to keep taxes as low as we can for the pubThe impending removal of the Pfizer Research Facility from the tax rolls adds to the challenge of creating a school lic,” Fairchild said. “But we also have to keep the school as budget. That will result in an approximate loss of $185,000 something more than bare-bones. This is a difficult task, but this school is important to the community.” in revenue for the school district. The school board's regular meeting scheduled for April 3 “That piece has no affect on the levy cap, but it has a huge affect on the tax rate for people,” Fairchild said. “We can stay has been changed to a budgunder the cap, but we are looking at a $1.30 per $1,000 tax- et work session. The board also has a regular board rate increase.” For the 2012-13 budget, school officials must make up a meeting for April 17 to adopt a final budget that the com$485,000 shortfall. School officials are considering closing the swimming munity will vote on May 15. pool, not purchasing a bus, reducing supply purchases, elim-

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PLATTSBURGH — The Upstate New York Tea Party, a group of 1,000 conservative-minded individuals across the former 23rd Congressional District, and Chuck Ruggiero, chairman of the Jefferson Tea Party, have endorsed Matt Doheny for Congress. Doheny, a Watertown businessman, scored a decisive win in last month’s UNYTEA straw poll – which prompted the group’s steering committee to unanimously pick him as their favorite candidate. And while the Jefferson Tea Party does not endorse candidates as a group, Ruggiero offered his personal support to the congressional hopeful. “During my frequent personal contact with Matt I have developed a friendship based on mutual respect and shared values,” said Ruggiero in his endorsement letter (see below). “I know that he will work diligently to represent the citizens of the 23rd District. I also know that he is a man of integrity who is committed to the protection of the U.S. Constitution, and the restoration of trust in government. Matt has the two critical qualities required for high office: vision and determination.” UNYTEA Chairman Mark Barie added: “We need a Congressman who understands that limited government, less spending, and lower taxes are the key to our survival and success as a nation. Matt Doheny knows this and that is why Republicans, conservatives, and independents have decided to support his candidacy.” “Our current congressman may have assumed that his constituents wouldn’t notice as he continued to spend what we didn’t have and saddle our future generations with enormous debts,” said Doheny. “Mark, Chuck and their respective groups were among the first to stand up and say: ‘Enough!’ I appreciate the support from these organizations and I look forward to working with all those who are passionate about bringing fiscal sanity back to Washington.”

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New Ellenburg rec director named By John Grybos

jgrybos@denpubs.com ELENBURG — Chris Brooks was named as the new recreation director for Ellenburg's 175-kid strong youth program at the March 20 town meeting. Brooks said a big goal of his is to pursue new fields for town athletic programs. Right now, the athletic resources the youth program uses are borrowed from Northern Adirondack Central. Though he's clearly big on sports, with an athletic build, Brooks said he knows that not every kid in town will want to run the soccer field. Programs for kids who aren't all that into sports are important, too, he said. When he was growing up in Lyon Mountain, the youth program had beach days and bowling alley trips. He'd like to add some less athletic and more social offerings to Ellenburg's program. A game night would be a good way to kick off those events, he said. Following the town meeting, he gestured around the newly-refinished downstairs meeting hall and said it would be a great place to get kids to bring their favorite games for some fun. “Some families have one kid, and their parents don't want to play Twister,” he said. Kids like that would get a chance to practice their contortions with like-minded peers. Brooks went into the Marine Reserves right after high school, and enrolled in the Army Reserves after that. He attended Paul Smith's for a degree in hotel and restaurant management, then worked as a manager for Stewart's Shops for about two years. Since then, he's worked as a corrections officer. His life has recently settled down enough that he's been more civically engaged, volunteering as a coach for the youth program sports. The board had another strong candidate for the position, but at their organizational meeting decided that they would prefer a town resident. The other applicant lived on the

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“More and more kids these days don’t know how to talk without their thumbs,” she said. Jonathan Schiraldi is the oldest member of the youth group, and started six months ago. Volunteerism gives him a sense of accomplishment. “It’s fun,” he said, “I like doing it.” Megan Lailer from Voorheesville was visiting a local cousin, and got enrolled to help out. Her cousin Destiny Cronkrite has only been in the group for a month. “This is my first event, and it’s been pretty cool,” she said as she watched the band play. The group has also helped families who’ve had fires with household goods, and provided baby supplies for young women dealing with teenage pregnancies. They started a thrift shop where they work hard to repurpose items that would otherwise go in the trash. Stained clothes are cut up and woven into rugs. They were also involved in a local multi-parish soup dinner, though that’s been on hold for a little while. The youth group is coordinated through St. Edmund’s Church.

CVBPW seeks young careerists PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women have announced that applications are being accepted for participation in the 2012 Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program to be held Tuesday, April 17h at the American Legion Post 20 on the Quarry Road in Plattsburgh. The Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program is a high profile Business and Professional Women signature program that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young professionals. The program provides an opportunity for encouragement, support and recognition of women and men in the early stages of their careers. Young Careerist Representatives must meet the following criteria: •Between 21 and 35 years of age. •Must have been employed in business or professions with at least one year of full-time work experience. •Must be living, working or training, or continuing their education in NY State or Vermont. •Must support the goals, objectives and legislative platform of the BPW Foundation. This year ’s four-minute speech topics include: 1. How would describe the career track of young careerists--workers age 21-35--around you? What kind of choices do you observe young ca-

reerists making related to personal needs? How would you describe how these choices have affected their career mobility? What types of programs or policies are in place to support these choices? What is missing? 2. Retention is the key to solidifying the investment made in highly qualified employees, and is particularly important as Baby Boomers retire, taking their skills and experience with them. As Generation Xers (moving into middle management) are not numerous enough to fill the positions vacated by Baby Boomers, and Millennials (beginning their career) will be entering the workforce with a unique work ethic and strong demands for balance, what plans does your organization have in place to retain workers? How is retention viewed in your organization? Are rates regularly reviewed? Does it have senior managers’ attention? 3. Diversity departments have been set up to help organizations support and advance women and minorities. To be successful, these departments must slow the tide of implicit bias that can negatively affect the progress, performance, and advancement of women and minorities. How would you describe the diversity program in your organization? How would you describe their impact on the advancement of women and minorities? What

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t was like the scene from the movie “Jaws” when you knew the shark was going to emerge and chomp down on whatever it could, you just didn’t know when. So was the case last week, when Protect the Adirondacks! and the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and developers over the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) in Tupper Lake. Everyone knew a challenge was coming. Now we know who filed it, when and where. Along with the two “green” organizations, three adjacent landowners, Dr. Phyllis Thompson and Bob and Leslie Harrison, have joined the suit, which was filed under the argument that the APA did not do its job in the handling of the permitting process for the ACR. The real reason behind the lawsuit was later stated by Protect attorney John Caffry when he said, “Yes, we would like to kill it.” The facts are that the Adirondack Club and Resort project has been one of the most scrutinized developments ever to come before the APA board, including when Protect member and former APA Executive Director John Glennon served. The decision was not made easily or without sacrifice on both sides, which is what is needed for true compromise. However, as Caffry stated, that is not enough for his group. They want to kill a project that would boost the local economy and help a once thriving town return to its former glory, much like the shark that feeds off unguarded swimmers in the movie. This is a project that has been backed by every local official both in economics and politics. It has been a rallying point for the community and for the region. To its credit, another green group, the Adirondack Council, after the hearings were completed, said the following: “We commend the Park Agency for its hard work and serious evaluation,” Executive Director Brian Houseal said. “There are adequate protections to avoid habitat fragmentation in the backcountry ... Tupper Lake needs economic development. We hope the ski slope will be a success. We don’t see any reason to pursue legal action.” We applaud the Council for sticking to

that and not becoming party to this action. Sure, they had concerns just like the organizations who are suing did, but they saw the value in the APA process and the work that went into the decision. They saw that there was some compromise, creating a proposal that will both be good for the community and the Adirondacks. We also found the timing and location of the announcement of this lawsuit troubling. The e-mails and releases announcing that the suit was going to be filed came late in the evening March 20, probably with hopes that it would be breaking news for many 11 p.m. television newscasts, but too late for coverage by the majority of the media. In any case, they met the 60-day deadline to file a challenge from the time of the APA’s decision on Jan. 20. Also, the press conference announcing the lawsuit was held two days later in Albany. Let that sink in for a moment. Two organizations that claim to have the best interests of Tupper Lake and other Adirondack communities at heart host a press conference denouncing the ACR project — in Albany? Why was it not held in Tupper Lake? How about in front of the APA offices in Ray Brook? Why not in a place that is relevant to the case? Are they really showing care and concern for the region when they plead their case to people in Albany and not to the people of the North Country? In the end, the only true media contact that occurred locally happened through phone calls, Internet communication and press releases. The way it looks from here, these groups care more about their Albanybased membership than the people actually impacted by the project. Now the game is officially on, and the shark has surfaced. Hopefully, this game will end the same way it did in the movie, with those defending themselves defeating the shark. And hopefully, there will be no sequels.

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from reality. ast week I wrote about the Through the last few generations course adjustment that, in as we’ve relaxed our parental conmy opinion, our nation trols and seen a decline in moral bemust take. Throughout the history havior is it any wonder our children of the United States, and even beare taking things to the next level. A fore we were an independent narecently released study from the Partion, we’ve gone through periods of ents Television Council found that turmoil, uncertainty and non-susfemale and male anatomical terms tainable activities that required the are used eight times more frequently citizens to stand up and demand Dan Alexander now then during the 2002 television change. From the very beginning at Thoughts from viewing season. The use of this lanthe birth of our nation with unfair Behind the Pressline guage isn’t just on cable and it isn’t taxes from England, through slavdominated by one network over anery, women’s suffrage, labor and racial inequities. other. CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC all have primeWhat seems like relatively easy issues to resolve by time shows moving further in this direction. Shows today’s standards were lengthy journeys of matuuse the terms sparingly, if at all, at one time for ration our nation underwent over time. But that shock value. Now the terms are used for humor on evolution would not have taken place unless the comedy shows and to encourage ratings. Mainnation’s citizens reached a point where enough is stream TV is pushing for even looser reins on lanenough. guage and nudity. We’ve all bought into the saying Abortion, health care, government finances and that sex sells, so to sell more you’ve got to add religious freedoms appear to be the major issues more sex. Without greater control or at least a tongetting most of the attention these days, yet so ing down is it any wonder kids are hooked on sexmany other issues are swirling around that also reting through their cell phones and using their comquire immediate attention that affect our common puters to distribute explicit information about senses and deaden our outrage thus allowing their themselves and others. continued growth. Issues like artificial drugs being I’m sure you’ve heard about the young teen in sold to children right here in our backyards. The Sanford, Florida gunned down by a Neighborhood continued proliferation of sexual behavior pouring Watch volunteer. More details will be forth coming into our homes through television, the internet and as to the true events that took place that fateful mobile phones needs to be less common place. Vioday, but the events that resulted in the tragic death lence, while it’s always been a part of every society of the 15 year old still revolve around the fear of from the beginning of time, also needs to be better youthful activities and something as common understood both from a youth bullying stand point place and innocent as a “Hoodie” sweatshirt. Reand the repercussions that come from their actions gardless of whether the events were the result of a causing death and suicides when victims take acmisunderstanding, an unlawful shooting or an act tion. of self defense they were put into motion by the What does it say about our parental controls or current affairs of the day. Those types of events are commons senses when something like synthetic going to become more common place as children marijuana can show up on shelves in local stores as show up in schools with guns, acting out their a legal product available for children? All one has frustrations in public and become what they see, to do is look no further than these energy boosting hear and are exposed to through our multi-media products that are so widely available and conenvironment. sumed. Acceptance of needing a little boost to kick I would prefer not to editorialize or rant about start your morning, afternoon or evening easily such dark issues that play on readers emotions, but transitions for children to popping a few pills and if we don’t start displaying some outrage and desmoking “legal” marijuana to get through the mand a return to civility I fear we will only see school day. Kids will do what they see adults domore of these events in our future and even closer ing, but they generally take it even one step furto home. In the grand scheme of things, these ther. I’ve read there is an excellent movie produced events, I hope somewhere in the future, will aprecently titled Bully, but its been rated “R” due to pear as a minor speed bump during a tumultuous the language in the movie. Teens who’ve watched period of time, but if we don’t begin to react today the movie claim the language is what they hear in things will get worse before they get better. school and around the house everyday. While it’s no big deal to them it just points out how out of Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton touch we’ve become with our moral compass. Our Publications. He may be reached at children replicate what they see and hear in sociedan@denpubs.com. ty. What we would like to think is happening is far


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s school districts struggle with painful cuts to their programs, calls for reform echo throughout the state. Public education advocates aren't going down without a fight. In fact, they are building an army of soldiers willing to press forward and ensure their voices are heard in the battle to salvage public education. Among those devoted hopefuls exist slivers of progressives with a rather simple solution to some of the educational system's ailments. I say slivers, because when their voices are heard many within earshot cringe, as if they've been painfully pierced in a most unpleasant way. Those within earshot don't like what they have just heard, and don't appreciate the feel of the message passing through them.

Maybe it’s because it was common practice where I grew up, but it doesn't shock me and instead makes sense, though I have been ssurprised by the hostility surrounding two words: regional schools. I grew up in Vermont and attended North Country Union High School, along with students from North Troy, Troy, Westfield, Lowell, Newport Center, Newport, Derby, Derby Line, Charleston, Island Pond, Holland, Morgan, Jay and more municipalities. We attended a high school that offered an array of programs, including dance and drama, and had on hand a career and technical center. That was my high school experience, and I enjoyed it. Yet the talk of creating such schools here seems to repulse and

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From the Editor’s Desk horrify many people. They cannot imagine losing the personal identity they have gained by having individual schools in Peru, Plattsburgh, Beekmantown, Saranac, Champlain, Chazy, etc. The individuals proposing regional schools are not evil and out

to strip away pride. In fact, they want to save public education and provide the public with something they can continue to be proud of. With a regional school, perhaps the courses and offerings and activities so many schools are losing and will continue to — unless a miracle occurs over the next couple years — can be saved and provided at a larger school that surrounding municipalities feed into. Do I think that is what it is going to come down to? Do I believe that all the school districts of the area are going to continue to lose what makes them quality educational facilities? I don't know. I also don't know if regional schools are the answer. But I know I attended one, and I and many of my classmates received a quality education and en-

joyed our experiences there. I also know that this current mess we are in that is eroding our public schools isn’t going away any time soon. It is getting worse, and we must start thinking out of the box, because it is becoming increasingly clear that our state and federal governments are not going to rain funds down upon us and prevent layoffs and program cuts. And so many struggling taxpayers do not have the financial shoulders to continue to carry the burden. The load can only get so big before many of their backs are broken. So before we wince at some of the ideas out there, let's give them careful consideration. Regional schools is one of them. Reach Editor Stephen Bartlett at stephen@denpubs.com.

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Soup kitchen benefits area To the North Countryman: Greetings to our Friends and Neighbors. We are proud to announce that a Soup Kitchen program for feeding the needy is being established at St. Augustine’s Parish Center in Peru! The mission of the Soup Kitchen is to provide a hot meal for the elderly, the unemployed or underemployed, or any other families or persons in need weekly. In order to provide this much needed service to our local community, we are seeking donations from area businesses. Monetary donations can be mailed to the address above and checks should be made payable to: St. Augustine’s Church with “Soup Kitchen” noted on the memo line. If you prefer to donate specific items to this cause, arrangements can be made to pick them up at your convenience. With great enthusiasm and commitment from our volunteers, and through donations from people like you, the first Soup Kitchen meal will be served on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012. These meals will continue weekly each Wednesday, and are open to the public free of charge. Thank you in advance for your support! Father Alan Shnob, St. Augustine’s Church David Viti, Soup Kitchen Coordinator

Jewish support appreciated To the North Countryman: I want to thank you (Dan Alexander) for your recent editorial on the Beren’s Jewish Academy basketball team. I am aware of and moved by their story, but more than that, I am moved by your public recognition of the commitment of observant Jews to the principles of their faith – my faith. To observe the laws of Torah in a secular and Christian culture is somewhat like living in a parallel universe, people operating in different value and time systems yet side by side. The Beren’s story illustrates that. Over the centuries, Jews have not gotten as much support from our Christian neighbors as we have gotten, in its most benign form, messages that we should come off of it and just go along with the majority. In times not so benign, we have been brutally persecuted for adherence to our beliefs and prac-

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tices. When a public figure such as yourself, as editor of a relatively small rural newspaper and with no apparent motive other than to call attention to the positive outcome of religious conviction writes what you wrote (I make the assumption you are not Jewish), it makes my heart swell with gratitude and a sense of security that even in this remote area where you and I live there are Gentiles who recognize and applaud the values of a committed Jewish life. It is people like you who throughout the ages have given Jews the comfort to know that we are not alone, and that there are people who will stand up and provide a haven from the influences that have tried to marginalize, if not destroy us. Thank you again for your insights and the courage of your words. God bless you. Bob Segall Upper Jay

Women can make their own decisions To the North Countryman: A recent letter chided the use of birth control drugs by women but never mentioned that drugs for men with erectile dysfunction are available under most health plans! Republicans in national and state office are doing their best to deprive women of what the layman calls “The Pill.” They make no exceptions and as the letter writer did, they seem to have no problem with men receiving drugs that have no other purpose than to help them have sexual relations! Never mind the fact that “The Pill” is not only used for birth control but for other maladies such as to lower the chances of women getting ovarian cancer for those with a family history of the disease! “The Pill” also lowers the chances for other cancers, endometriosis, amenorrhea, severe cramps, premenstrual syndrome, unnaturally heavy and long menses and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome! One has to ask why are politicians making medical decisions for women instead of doctors! The Republican Party proudly pronounces that they want government out of our daily lives and then they invade the welfare of women as if women are incapable of knowing what is good for them! I have news for those who would try to put women back into the dark ages! Women can make their own decisions and they don’t need a bunch of old men taking control of their care! As a man who has a great respect for women, I urge them to unite and let those who would infringe on their rights, know their days are numbered! November is coming and women will have a chance to take back their lives and make their own medical decisions! Gary P. Guido Ticonderoga

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EN is an eight year old tan and silver yorkie rescued from a puppy mill. He was neglected, abused, and disposed of when he no longer met the expectations of his owners. He is in loving hands at Elmore SPCA, but has expensive and extensive medical needs. He needs our collective help to give him the vetting he needs in order provide to him the life he deserves. Ben has health needs which require significant vet care. Ben will require a home with people willing to open their hearts! Any donation amount would be appreciated to give him a chance to know love and live with a family. Go to www.elmorespca.org and click on adoptions. You can sponsor him through our website or make a donation to help with his vet needs by mail or giving at the shelter.


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Congressman Owens speaks with public By Stephen Bartlett

stephen@denpubs.com PLATTSBURGH — Congressman Bill Owens is enrolled in his wife’s health insurance and his children cannot go to school for free. The congressman spoke at two venues in Plattsburgh recently, dispelling myths about lavish health-care plans for lawmakers and free school for their children, discussing the state of the nation and answering constituents’ questions. The topics ranged from oil to jobs to Canada and more as the congressman addressed the Kiwanis and fielded questions at a townhall meeting at Plattsburgh State. “I think the economy is starting to get better, but there are clearly differences in communities,” Owens said. “We had a terrible situation in 2008, and this is going to take a long time. “We have a 30-year history of not addressing a changing world,” he continued.

“We need to adjust to a changed world and focus on the things that need to get done.” But that is difficult in a time when there is little consensus building among lawmakers, Owens said, and a lot of focus and energy being funneled into egos and ideologies. That is the fault of both the right and left, he pointed out. “We have a conflict of competing goods,” he said. “We think of the other guy as evil.” That is destructive to individuals and harmful to the country, Owens contended. If the majority were narrowed in the House, for example, it would enable individuals in the center, such as Owens, to gain more clout and help a deal be achieved, Owens said. The community seemed to indicate it wanted some sort of deals to start occurring among lawmakers, or more importantly, some progress because of those deals. They asked Owens questions about local issues, such as

Congressman Bill Owens speaking at a Kiwanis meeting in Plattsburgh. Photo by Stephen Bartlett

whether someone would replace Pfizer in Rouses Point where hundreds were left without jobs, when public education was going to be fixed, why small businesses struggled under over-regulation while major corporations rake in profits and avoid tax bills, and whether the “criminals” who ignited the Great Recession would face charges. “There has been no prosecution of people who caused

this financial mess,” Doug Selwyn said. “They are rolling in money while our kids are not getting what they need.” “It seems everyone wants to bring public pensions down rather than private pensions up,” said Roderick Sherman. Owens said he has not heard anything further about Pfizer except that the company has attempted to market the facility in Rouses

Point without success. “It is very difficult in this environment, because businesses are not growing.” School districts throughout the nation are facing layoffs and cuts in programs, Owens said. Realistically, he admitted, public schools will not see any significant dollars from Washington. It is a problem that lawmakers have no good solution for, Owens said. Owens further admitted that Washington does not have a solid grasp on the impact the federal Race to the Top reforms are having on schools. Such initiatives are created with good intentions, yet there is little understanding of how it is implemented on the ground. Owens spoke of the importance of the country’s relationship to Canada, noting the neighbor to the north is America’s most prolific trade partner. If the United States is going to see economic development, much of it is going to come from Canada, he said. He voiced his support for

the Keystone Pipeline, a pipeline system to transport synthetic crude oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada to multiple destinations in the United States. It has faced lawsuits and heavy criticism and remains under governmental consideration. “With Keystone right now the president has said he needs to do more analysis of it,” Owens said. “My own feeling is that some time in the near future they will clear Keystone.” Owens thinks the country should be investing in all forms of energy. He would take Fort Drum off the grid and make it a renewable energy facility. Owens thanked everyone for coming out to both events and said it is important to engage in “this kind of dialogue.” “We face many complex problems and should talk about it,” he said. “There are issues out there that are important to us all.”

ECH, CVPH to partner with Vermont hospitals By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital will soon be a part of a four-hospital network including facilities in Clinton County and Vermont. The hospital, along with Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, agreed in principle to a four-hospital affiliation under Fletcher Allen Partners, the parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. and Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in Berlin, Vt. The two New York hospitals are run under the umbrella of Community Providers, Inc. “I am hopeful that an agreement

will be reached and am excited about the possibilities that this affiliation could provide our area residents, employees and physicians,” ECH Executive Director Rod Boula said. “ECH is a strong organization and partnering with other strong organizations like Fletcher Allen Partners will help serve our local community members through access to specialists, including the use of telemedicine, the potential of adding clinical rotations for primary care physicians and providing ECH with access to capital so that expansion projects or major equipment purchases can be easily undertaken.” Boula said that he hoped the partnership would help the hospitals increase the level of care to patients.

“This is all being done in an effort to enhance our primary care services, closer to home for our Essex County residents and visitors,” Boula said. Boula spoke recently about a grant the hospital had received to improve their telemedicine capabilities, which include Emergency Room link-up with Fletcher Allen. ECH currently has telemedicine technology in its chemotherapy department and also uses the technology to communicate with Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington when it comes to stroke patients. Boula said that the grant will increase the capabilities within the hospital as well. “This will be all state-of-the-art systems that will connect us with

the emergency rooms at Fletcher Allen and CVPH as well as to our health centers,” Boula said. “It’s not Skype; it’s all high definition and top of the field.” The purpose of the proposed affiliation is to establish a coordinated, highly integrated health care system that will improve quality, increase access, and lower costs of health care in the communities served by the four hospitals in Vermont and upstate New York. The letter of intent was unanimously approved earlier this month by the boards of trustees of both Fletcher Allen Partners and CPI. “Pursuing an affiliation with Fletcher Allen Partners is a wonderful opportunity for CVPH Medical

Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the thousands of North Country residents that we serve,” Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of CPI and CVPH, said. “This proposed affiliation would increase access to care, enhance quality and provide much needed services more cost effectively than if we continued to operate without such collaboration.” Mundy added that the agreement would add to work already being done between CVPH and Vermont. “CVPH’s recent cardiac surgery affiliation with Fletcher Allen is just the first of many initiatives that we expect to occur which will expand our communities’ access to care closer to home,” he said.

Day of Caring in the North Country nearly here PLATTSBURGH — On Saturday, April 21 the United Way of the Adirondack Region is teaming up with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh for the Second Annual Day of Caring. This volunteer-driven event hosts more than 30 projects that have included cleaning homes of senior citizens, helping complete projects for regional human service agencies and building homes through Habitat for Humanity. The event already has a few projects lined up, but is still looking for more. Focused on addressing some of the urgent needs facing our community, the event is looking for projects of all types throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

This year ’s event is expanding its scope to include projects in the tourism industry for the first time. Michele Powers, Vice President of Marketing for the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and director of the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau stated, “We feel it vital to the health of our community to be able to reach out and support our non-profit museums as well as for-profit attractions that were affected by recent natural disasters. We are also encouraging volunteers from the tourism industry to step up and get involved. It’s a winwin for everyone.” Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh had 500 students that volunteered on the day last

year. “Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh is once again proud to be partnering for Day of Caring. Last year we had incredible success in engaging our student citizens by placing them at local agencies in this wonderful community they call their home away from home. The Day of Caring represents the best of the North Country's spirit it is about student, professionals, family, friends and neighbors coming together to serve those in need.” said Michael Cashman, coordinator for student activities and volunteerism at SUNY Plattsburgh. With an anticipated high number of volunteers the 2012 Day of Caring wants to put every one of them to good use,

at as many sites as they can. Larry Pickreign, Outreach Coordinator for United Way of the Adirondack Region stated “The United Way of the Adirondack Region has a service area of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties. Through the Day of Caring volunteers have the opportunity to serve agencies and individuals in their very own town. The Day of Caring is truly a neighbors helping neighbors event.” If you have a project you would like to submit for consideration or would like to volunteer, please fill out the Day of Caring application available on the United Way of the Adirondack Region website at unitedwayadk.org. Projects are due by April 6th.

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Champlain village budget drops tax rate By John Grybos

jgrybos@denpubs.com CHAMPLAIN — The village will join an elite 1 percent this year in New York state as it's among a select few to drop the tax levy. The levy will drop from $4.44 per thousand assessed to $4.20 percent. The village is holding steady on water and wastewater fees for this budget for the second year in a row. “I think we have a phenomenal budget,” said Trustee Amy Gehrig. Many accounts didn't spend all their allocated funds last year, allowing that money to roll over into this budget and reduce the burden on taxpayers. Public works especially managed to pinch pennies, with thousands rolled over in snow removal, lighting and paving. The paving rollover was planned, though, to help pay for the Church Street project set to begin this summer. The last significant change made was at the last budget workshop, when the board decided to skip their pay raise and give that

money, a little over $400, to the Department of Public Works supervisor Larry Sorrell. Village Mayor Gregory Martin said Sorrell's worked hard under a flat pay rate for the last several years while saving the town thousands of dollars through careful planning. The board paid off the debt for the village's front-end loader and snowplow, so the only debt they're carrying now is for the water and wastewater infrastructure. Martin said the board is doing its best to pay that off early. Because of the board's conservative budget with no increase to the tax rate despite an overall drop in assessments, if things get tight next year they'll be allowed to roll over an extra 1.5 percent increase to the next budget's 2 percent tax cap. They they said they have no interest in doing that, they could bump the levy 3.5 percent next year if times get tough. “This budget is conservative, but the financial state of the village is excellent,” said Martin.

The village board moved forward with the preliminary budget March 19 with no objections. Photo by John Grybos

CVES close to earning accreditation PLATTSBURGH — The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has awarded Candidate for Accreditation status to Champlain Valley Educational Services (CV-TEC Division), 1585 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, NY. Mr. Gregory Garrett, Commission Chair, following the Winter Commission Meeting held in Tampa, Florida, on February 18-20 made announcement of the action. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status granted to an institution actively seeking accreditation by the Commission of the Council. Candidate institutions must complete a self-study based on the standards, criteria, and conditions of the Commission

and host a visiting team before it is reviewed for initial The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to post-secondary workforce education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, program quality reviews for states and workforce education providers, and informational services. Qualified professional volunteers who are experts in workforce education carry out most of the Council’s work.

Institutional membership in the Council is voluntary, but can be achieved only by becoming accredited. The Council’s current membership makes it unique. Members include postsecondary public technical colleges, specialized military and national defense institutions, Job Corps Centers, private career institutions, non-profit workforce education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions. No other agency accredits and serves the diversity of organizations served by the Council. There are over 400 institutional members at the present time.

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Saranac from page 1 “We have to start having conversations about regional high schools,” said Saranac Central School Superintendent Kenneth Cringle. Saranac Central School officials are considering other measures as well to bridge the budget gap. The district would institute reductions in interscholastics, supplies and equipment. Saranac will also likely bring back special-education students from Champlain Valley Educational Services for a savings of close to $80,000. Cringle has recommended the elimination of a half-time science position, full-time substitute and one elementary section. The above reductions result in a total cost savings of roughly $300,000. “Unfortunately, it does impact employees,” Cringle said. But he stressed that there will be less of an impact on individuals if the district receives retirement notices. And, he pointed out, the reductions have minimal impact on student programs. Cringle believes the poor economy has exposed a number of shortcomings in terms of public education. Foremost, he said, it has revealed a public school financing structure that is drastically in need of reform. Health care, pensions and unfunded mandates are just a portion of the mess, he said. At the same time, a spotlight is on schools demanding they review and change how they operate. A sub-committee of the Saranac School Board and Cringle are meeting with neighboring districts to discuss ways in which public schools can restructure themselves. That discussion will include ideas on shared services and consolidation ventures. “These are ventures that have to take place,” Cringle said. Area school leaders must also consider the concept of regional high schools, Cringle said. If some major reforms do not occur, he said, public schools will face similar situations as businesses eyeing bankruptcy. “It is not out of the realm to think a regional high school could be constructed in the North Country,” Cringle said. “Program offerings could be tremendously increased. “It is something the North Country and most of the schools throughout New York state should consider.”

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North Country unbroken in congressional redistricting By John Grybos jgrybos@denpubs.com ELIZABETHTOWN — With the opening date for federal candidates to start petitioning for the June 26 primary in New York, a panel of U.S. judges took hold of the congressional redistricting process, turning the North Country into an unbroken region from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario March 19. The district, represented by Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh), will change designation from 23 to 21, as declining state population reduces overall representation districts in New York from 29 to 27. Over the past three decades, the state's lost a dozen seats in the U.S. Congress. On the old map, Essex County was split down the middle with District 20, represented by Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook). It's now unified. The district also gains the northern half of Herkimer, all of Warren and Washington, a chunk of Fulton and most of Saratoga counties. Part of creating the smooth delineation across the north of New York means the district loses Oswego, Madison and its portion of

Oneida counties. “I’m sorry to be losing Oswego, Madison and Oneida counties. I’ve made a lot of good friends there and I will continue to represent them through the end of the year,” said Owens. “I look forward to getting to know the hard-working families in the new parts of the district and begin a discussion on the issues that matter most to them.” Roanne L. Mann, the U.S. magistrate judge tasked with preparing a report and recommendation for redistricting, was highly critical of the state's failure to produce it's own plan. “Faced yet again with a dysfunctional state legislature,” wrote Mann, “the federal judiciary in New York must now undertake the 'unwelcome obligation' of creating a plan redrawing the State’s electoral districts for the United States Congress.” Mann noted that this is the third time the court has had to build a redistricting plan while the legislature dragged its feet before deadline. As censuses were recounted in the '90s, '00s and this decade, the state's population has dropped and with it the number of representatives seated in the U.S. Congress. With fewer representatives comes fewer election districts, so

Maple Syrup from page 1 three weeks of production in. That netted the Sangers about half of their normal. Helen Thomas, director of the New York State Maple Producers Association, did quite a bit of research Friday morning for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on production in the state. Clinton County didn’t fare very well this year, she said, with most producers here getting about half their average crops. Franklin and St. Lawrence counties had much less sap running, with about a quarter of the normal syrup production made there. “It’s safe to say that production has shut down statewide,” said Thomas. The key to production this year was tapping early. If producers were drawing in February, they had a full season run. “My dad always used to say, ‘You tap March 15,’” said Thomas. “If I’d waited until then, I’d have nothing. The season was over March 14.” It depends on how modern their equipment is, too. Traditional bucket-gatherers, which are fairly common in Franklin County, took in as little as 25 percent of their sap

The North Country is a more unified political landscape under a Congressional redistricting plan enacted March 19. lines must be redrawn to hold roughly the same-sized populations in their borders throughout the state. The New York Legislature has made the last-minute deadlines in the previous two revisions, keeping the court's plan from being enacted. This year, though, after a judge ruled the federal primary in the state had to be moved to June 26 to comply with absentee voting re-

quirements, the date for primary petitions was moved to March 20. A plan had to be in place by then so the next election cycle could unfold in agreement with the new number of house representatives for the state. The panel of three judges of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York noted in their order to the state that it took two weeks for magistrate and her redis-

goals. St. Lawrence County is seeing much the same numbers. Western and central New York producers had an alright season, hitting 70 to 80 percent of their target syrup yields. Some even made close to an average crop. The upper Hudson region had 70 to 80 percent of their crop, and some producers in Warren County were still going late last week. Another reason that numbers aren’t great this year, said Thomas, is that the ranks of maple producers have increased greatly in the state over the last five years. Along with improvements to technology and better understanding of sugar maple stewardship, expectations are higher than they were. “We’re all farmers, and we expect this to happen. You always understand that you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature.” Thomas has heard that Quebec — which produces 80 percent of the overall maple crop — is having a poor year, but not bad enough to affect most consumers. She did warn that if you have a favorite producer, you’ll want to get in touch with them sooner rather than later to reserve your maple products, because individual family operations will be putting out less syrup this year, so supplies won’t last long.

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What's next after retirement? Scores of people spend their working days dreaming of the moment they are eligible for retirement. They may have retirement counted down to the minutes and seconds, particularly if they've been in a job that hasn't been the most enjoyable. But many people find that once they retire they do not know what to do to fill their time. Boredom actually may be a side effect of retirement, and some people actually want to go back to work. Much of the focus when planning for retirement concerns finances. All other factors take a backseat. Therefore, there may be emotional issues that arise during retirement, and retirees are not always prepared to deal with such issues. Having a post-retirement plan in place can mean the difference between happiness and having a hard time adjusting, according to experts. Here are some tips that can help anyone ease into the golden years. • Establish goals. After working for years, the idea of setting goals can seem counterintuitive. But goals can give life direction and have you looking forward to things in the future. Goals also motivate retirees to get up in the morning now that a commute to work isn't part of the daily schedule. • Donate time or money. Giving back to others, whether to the community or to a charitable organization, can feel good and give retirees some structure. Volunteering your time at a place can give life some sort of purpose outside of

Getting out with friends or former coworkers can help banish boredom associated with retirement.

a job. • Start a home-based business.Just because you retire doesn't mean you have to fully retire. Now may be the opportunity to start a business venture you have always dreamed about, whether that is something hands-on or just serving as a consultant. • Try new things. Part of goal-setting is to add things to the list you've never done before, which can boost feelings of excitement. You may discover a new interest that becomes a passion. Now that you have time to explore new hobbies, they might prove more rewarding.

• Meet with people. Part of what makes work fulfilling is the opportunity to get out of the house and interact with others who are not members of your family. It's easy to fall into a rut when you are not being mentally stimulated by conversation from different people. • Realize it's alright not to love retirement. Just because the grass seemed greener in someone else's yard, doesn't mean it always turns out to be that way. It is OK to accept that maybe retirement isn't entirely what you expected and to make changes that can enable the experience to be better.

Live comfortably on a budget Seniors are one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, as medical advancements have increased life expectancies considerably. Many Baby Boomers have entered retirement age and are joining the ranks of other seniors on fixed incomes. This means they'll also have to implement strategies to live comfortably on less money. Statistics Canada states that as of a 2005 survey, the average net worth of individuals age 65 and older was roughly $303,000. This amount is characterized by money in savings, income provided by pensions and government assistance. In the United States, the average income of seniors in 2008 was around $29,000 according to the Congressional Research Service tabulations of data from the March 2008 Current Population Survey. Upon retirement, many retirees are faced with quite a reduction in income and the stark reality of making ends meet with this new level of income. Those who are successful are often those who are adapting and are able to budget cleverly. Here are some ideas to do just that.

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Dating After 50 A growing number of people entering the world of dating are over the age of 50. While some things have changed since they did this the first time around, the rules of dating have largely remained the same. During an episode of the popular sitcom, "Seinfeld," George Costanza experiences extreme anxiety from the thought of his recently separated mother being "out

there" in the dating world. "I'm out there," offers Estelle. "No, you're not! Because I'm out there, and if I see you out there, there's not enough voltage in the universe to electroshock me back into coherency," George says. However, the fact remains that many seniors are re-entering the dating world after divorces or the death of a spouse. Some eternal bachelors and bachelorettes may have never left. For those about to re-enter the dating game in their senior years, these tips and tidbits may help make the process a bit easier.

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• The numbers are favorable for men. Senior men entering the dating world have an easier time of finding a potential date simply because there are more women than men in the senior age bracket. Women tend to live longer than men, which widens the dating pool for gentlemen. • Use tried and true tactics. Some of the same ways people landed a date in the past remain the best ways to land one now. Individuals can ask to be set up by friends with single acquaintances. People can participate in activities they enjoy and chat with others who share the same likes. Simply being friendly and getting the word

out that there is an interest in dating may help. • Get a makeover. Now may be the time to explore some new wardrobe options or experiment with a different haircut. Potential mates will likely want a date who looks put together and current. Although you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, most people still do. • Realize it may take time. Finding the right match may take several dates and patience. Just because a person is now older doesn't mean he or she has to be desperate and accept the first person who comes along. If there's no chemistry, say so and move on. Once that special person is found, it will be worth the effort.

Just as the body changes with age, so do the needs of the skin. While acne and breakouts may have been the bane of existence as an adolescent, wrinkles and dark spots are concerns as we age. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that skin changes are one of the most noticeable signs of aging. Sagging skin and wrinkles are two of the more common problems men and women encounter as they age. As people get older, connective tissues in the skin that promote strength and elasticity have a tendency of breaking down. Furthermore, the blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile, which can lead to bruising. Also, sebaceous glands may produce less oil, making the skin less able to moisturize itself. As a result, the skin thins out. It is important to note these changes so that people can be proactive in their approach to skincare as they age. There are certain strategies to put in place that can make the difference in the appearance and health of the skin. While none of these are the magic "fountain of youth," they go a long way to promoting a more youthful appearance. * Address dryness. If the skin is itchy or uncomfortable, or if you find that there is extra flaking, lack of moisture could be a problem. Moisturizer should be the staple of a skincare regimen. Experiment with moisturizers until you find the one that is the best match for your skin. * Use sun protection. The sun is one of the single biggest contributors to unhealthy skin and prema-

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For the millions of people who rely on prescription medications every day, the day when a drug faces generic competition is one many circle on their calendars. That's because generic prescriptions are often significantly less expensive than brand name medications, and consumers are able to save substantial amounts of money once a brand name drug faces generic competition. But many men and women currently taking a brand name prescription might be quick to point out that, while generic medications cost less, brand name prescriptions often rise in price in the months before they face generic competition. Such was the findings of a 2011 study from the AARP Public Policy Institute that examined the 217 brand name drugs most commonly used by people in Medicare. Prices of drugs facing generic competition in 2010 rose by an average of nearly 14 percent in 2009, an increase that was nearly twice the amount of all other drugs. So while drugs might be more affordable once they can be purchased generically, consumers can expect brand name drug manufacturers to drastically increase their prices in the months prior to facing generic competition, as the manufacturers are, in a way, looking for one last big revenue score before their patents expire. That's a troublesome reality for anyone taking a brand name prescription, but especially so for older men and women living on fixed incomes. Though drug manufacturers aren't likely to change their practices, there are still ways men and women can reduce prescription medication costs. • Ask for generics. If there are generic alternatives to brand name medications available, always ask a physician for those medications instead of their more expensive brand name counterparts. Don't just assume a physician will prescribe generics. Sometimes doctors

Whether retirement is on the horizon or has already begun, more free time equates to an increased opportunity to fill your days with enjoyable activities. Individuals facing busy schedules are often forced to push hobbies to the sidelines, as more pressing things, such as a job, household responsibilities, and parenting tasks, are accomplished. Once retirement arrives, a newfound freedom in your schedule may occur, and there can be plenty of hours to devote to the hobbies and pastimes you find enjoyable. According to research, hobbies can have many benefits. They may serve as an emotional outlet or a way to relax. Hobbies can keep the mind and hands active. They also allow for quiet time and mind wandering -- which can free up creative thinking. Hobbies can also serve as a means to connecting with people and opening up new groups of friends. There are many hobbies you can consider, depending on physical health and abilities. These may be hobbies you once enjoyed in the past or new activities to expand your horizons. And hobbies need not be crafty in the traditional sense, just about any activity -even being a mentor -- can be a form of a hobby.

prescribe brand name medications despite the availability of cheaper and equally effective generic medications. • "Test drive" a drug first. Just because a doctor prescribes a drug doesn't mean the patient will respond to that drug. Many men and women find they are too sensitive to a given medication and stop taking it after just a few days. Unfortunately, they paid for a full prescription and cannot return the pills they don't plan to use. Individuals who have a history of sensitivity to medications should "test drive" a drug first, ordering just a few pills or asking a physician for samples to see how well the body handles them. This won't necessarily matter for people with flat-dollar copayments (you will essentially have to pay two copayments if the drug proves effective), but those without such a plan can save themselves some money if medication does not work out. • Buy in bulk. Men and women who have been taking a certain medication for a long time and expect to keep taking it might want to consider buying the medicine in bulk. This

can save money; just make sure pills purchased won't surpass their expiration date before you take them. • Inquire about combination medications. Sometimes medications used to treat the same condition can be purchased as combination pills. This will only require one prescription instead of two. On a similar note, men and women taking medications for two different conditions might also be able to take just one medication that treats both conditions. For instance, some blood pressure medications have proven effective at treating other conditions as well. But don't experiment on your own. Consult your physician about your medications and ask if any of them can be used to effectively serve double-duty and save you money. • Look for programs that offer relief. There are programs that offer some relief with regards to paying for prescription medications. Discuss such plans with a physician to determine your eligibility, which might be determined by your age or current prescriptions.

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Starting a hobby When deciding on a hobby, you can first take an inventory of your skills and interests. If you have always been handy around wood and construction, perhaps a woodworking hobby will be enjoyable and also may work as a source of income revenue. Other activities that require the use of the hands and mind include

Other pastimes A hobby can take the form of volunteer work, teaching, mentoring, joining a martial arts class, taking classes at a college, and even caring for a pet. If you are the type who likes to interact with other people instead of engaging in a solitary hobby, consider one of these types of activities instead. Once a hobby is started, it is not set in stone. If you find you do not feel motivated to do this hobby, try something else. Remember, the days are now yours to fill, so maximize time spent with activities you can enjoy.

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knitting, needlepoint, painting, puzzles, quilting, scrapbooking, and crocheting. These can keep the mind active and improve dexterity and fine motor skills. Next, you may want to consider the costs surrounding a hobby. While something like taking photos may have relatively low costs, collectibles, exotic sports, sports cars, and travel could become expensive. It's important to weight the costs against your finances to ensure that you will be financially comfortable while engaging in this particular hobby. Explore what your friends are doing. If you want to get into a new hobby, ask neighbors and friends what they do to keep busy -- and try it out. You just may find that you're naturally inclined to do this type of activity and enjoy it. Visit a local hobby shop or craft store and browse through the aisles. See where your attention is drawn and give that activity a try. From building model trains to cultivating an herb garden, there are dozens of ideas to try.

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Development grants available OGDENSBURG — Catholic Charities is now accepting applications for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development local grant process for the Diocese of Ogdensburg. The criteria to be used for submitting a proposal is: 1. Project must be aimed at alleviating the causes of poverty. 2. Project must be a new initiative or an enhancement of an established project. 3. Sponsoring group must be a non-profit, 501c3 organization. 4. Project must have the potential to be named after the CCHD funds have been expended. 5. Projects must be consistent with the teaching of the

Roman Catholic Church.(Applicants do not have to be Catholic.) This year two grants for $4,500 each are available. Applications can be requested from Catholic Charities by mail, phone or e-mail. If you have any questions or to receive an application, please write to: Catholic Charities 6866 State Highway 37 Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or call: (315) 393-2255 or emaiI your request and mailing address to: ccwigr_ry_@wadhams.edu Grant applications are due back to Catholic Charities by May 21, 2012. Grants will be awarded by the end of June 2012.

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The Mooers Fire Department’s Easter Raffle will support their equipment fund and kick off the good weather community gathering season.

PLATTSBURGH —The Adirondack Arts in Education Partnership (AAIEP) is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support collaborative projects between schools and local artists and/or cultural organizations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Warren Counties in Northern NY. Projects will involve partnerships between classroom teachers and teaching artists that incorporate arts-based learning to support learning across curricula. The grant program, called the Local Capacity Building Initiative (LCB), is a state-wide regrant program and is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. To date, the LCB grant program has benefited 3,500 plus students, approximately 50 artists and helped to increase spending for Arts Education programming by over $100,000 throughout 25 school districts and 31 schools within Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Warren Counties. The deadline for proposals is Monday, May 7, 2012 for projects taking place in the Fall 2012 and applications are now available. For more information, please check out the website at www.depottheatre.org or www.adkartsined.org and/or contact the Program Coordinator, Lindsay Pontius at artsined@depottheatre.org.

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MOOERS — As early spring blooms, Easter is quickly approaching. Hoping to give the community a season-starting get together and raise a few dollars to support their efforts, the Mooers Fire Department will host a spring raffle March 31 starting at 7 p.m. “When it’s winter and blah out, there’s not a whole lot to do in the evenings,” said Susan Roberts, who performs scene support for the fire department and is a trained EMT with Champlain EMS. With good weather prevailing, people are starting to stretch their legs outdoors more. The raffle will get the townsfolk to the firehouse for a complimentary lasagna and cold cuts dinner following. The raffle will have tickets selling for $2 a round, with 40 total rounds giving lots of attendees a chance to win. The big prizes are 10 Easter dinner baskets valued at $80 to $85 each. Other prizes include turkeys, hams and baskets full of toys and eggs. “It wouldn’t be Easter without eggs,” said Roberts. Giroux Poultry donated some farm-fresh eggs to the raffle. Roberts said they rely heavily on donations for their Labor Day fundraising. The department was a little hesitant about asking local businesses for donations, but had a great response. Donations came in from Mooers Lawn and Garden, Hamilton Funeral Home, Champlain Peterbilt, James C. Smith and Son, Capital Candy, Todd Gumlaw Sugarhouse, Donna and Jim Rabideau Sugarhouse, Dragoon’s Farm Equipment, Price Chopper, L & M and Border Liquor and Wine. “Thank you to our community as well,” said Roberts. “Their support is very important.”

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Friday.March.30. PLATTSBURGH —Open family swim, Wellness Center, at PARC,295 New York Road. 7-9 p.m. $2 charge per person for all participants. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 562-6860. KEESEVILLE—Friday Fish Frys, Keeseville Elks Lodge #2072, 1 Elk Lane Keeseville, Haddock or Shrimp, fries and coleslaw $7.95 each 5-7:30 p.m.

Saturday.March.31. MOOERS FORKS—Tag Sale, St. Ann’s Church Hall, 3062 Route 11, Mooers Forks, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. TUPPER LAKE—Wings of the Wild, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. DANNEMORA— Dannemora United Methodist Church Spaghetti Dinner, 86 Clark Street, 4:30 p.m. $6, $4 for ages 5 - 12, 492-7062. CHAZY —STORY TIME with "The Quiltmaker's Gift," at the Chazy Public Library, 9633 State Rte 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. for children age 3-8. 846-7676 DANNEMORA— Learn about beginning genealogical research and using the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society library. Free and open to the public. Office open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Village Offices, 40 Emmons St. WHALLONSBURG—”PAGE ONE: Inside the New York Times” film showing and Q & A with Valley News Editor Keith Lobdell and Press-Republican Editor Lois Clermont , Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road, $5, 8 p.m. www.cvfilms.org. Saturday.March.31. MOOERS— Easter raffle fundraiser for the Mooers Fire Department equipment fund. 7 - 9 p.m. at the fire house, 2508 State Rte. 11. ELIZABETHTOWN—Brazilian chamber music BY Piano By Nature, 7 p.m., Hand House Parlor, River Street. Suggested donation $15 for adults, $5 for kids. www.pianobynature.org ROUSES POINT—Children's Easter Egg Hunt, Rouses Point Civic Center Lawn, 39 Lake St, for kids ages 1-8, 10 a.m.

Sunday.April.1. MOOERS FORKS—Tag Sale, St. Ann’s Church Hall, 3062 Route 11, Mooers Forks, 9 a.m.-noon. WESTPORT—Zumba Class, Heritage House, 6459 Main Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m. AUSABLE FORKS—Knights of Columbus Annual Palm Sunday Breakfast, Holy Name School Gym, 14207 Rte. 9N, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $8 / 12 & under-$5, Under 5free, ELIZABETHTOWN—Brazilian chamber music BY Piano By Nature, 3 p.m., Hand House Parlor, River Street. Suggested donation $15 for adults, $5 for kids. www.pianobynature.org

Monday.April.2. PLATTSBURGH — Scrabble game, Seniors Citizens Council of Clinton County Senior Center, 5139 N. Catherine St., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 563-6186, ext. 102. KEENE—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Community Center, Church St. 11:30 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123.

Tuesday.April.3. KEESEVILLE—Open archery shooting, The Chesterfield Fish and Game Club, 359 Green St. 7-9 p.m. Open to all ages. 643-8754 or 643-2651. SARANAC LAKE—Ping Pong Club, 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Lounge at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Drive. 891-7117. SARANAC — Saranac Hollow Jammers country music and dancing, Saranac Town Hall, 3662 Route 3, 6-9:30 p.m. 293-7056. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123. WILMINGTON—Bible Study & Potluck, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 6 p.m.

Wednesday.April.4 WILLSBORO—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Congregational Church, Main St.1:30 p.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net.

WILMINGTON— The Wilmington Historical Society Regular monthly meeting, Wilmington Community Center, 7 Community Circle Rd. 7 p.m. 420-8370. WESTPORT—Racey Bingham Farming and Community in Essex, NY and Bangui, Central African Republic, Wadhams Free Library's Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series, 763 NYS Rte. 22. 7:30 p.m. LAKE PLACID — Internet Xpress Computer Course, Internet security for Macs, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. 523-3200. REDFORD — Saranac fiddlers performance. Assumption of Mary School. 6:309:30 p.m. $2. 293-7031. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123. WESTPORT—Zumba Class, Heritage House, 6459 Main Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m. WESTPORT—Jams and jelly making class, Cornell Cooperative Extension Building in Westport, 3 Sisco Street, 6-9 p.m. $10. 962-4810 ext. 401. WILMINGTON—Teen Night Group, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 7-8 p.m. Wadhams Free Library's Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series presents: 7:30 pm Racey Bingham Farming and Community in Essex, NY and Bangui, Central African Republic

Thursday.April.5. ELIZABETHTOWN—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Hand House, Court St. 10 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. LAKE PLACID — Story hour, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 10:15 a.m. Free. 523-3200. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123. DANNEMORA — Free gym-time for children, former Dannemora Elementary School, 40 Emmons St. 10 a.m.-noon. 561-4999. PLATTSBURGH — Journey Into Reading, Champlain Centre Mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reading for children up to age 16 with free book provided. Hosted at center court. www.journeyintoreading.org. PLATTSBURGH —Senior Zumba, Town Office building on Banker Road, 55:45p.m. $5 per night and class size is limited to 40 participants. SARANAC LAKE—Indoor Senior Walking, North Country Community College gymnasium, 9-10 a.m. 891-7117, retireatwillrogers@verizon.net. PLATTSBURGH — Zumba, 6-7p.m. right at the Town of Plattsburgh Office building on Banker Road. $5, limited to 40 participants. REDFORD— Zumba Fitness Class, Assumption of Mary School, Church St. $5 per class. 6-7 p.m. 569-2613. SARANAC LAKE—Pinochle Party, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Dr. 7 p.m. 891-7117. ESSEX—Devotional Worship service, Essex Community Church, 2306 Main Street, 7 p.m. 963-4445.

Friday.April.6 PLATTSBURGH — Family Swim night, Wellness Center, at PARC,295 New York Road. 7-9 p.m. $2 charge per person for all participants. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 562-6860. KEESEVILLE—Friday Fish Frys, Keeseville Elks Lodge #2072, 1 Elk Lane Keeseville, Haddock or Shrimp, fries and coleslaw $7.95 each 5-7:30 p.m.

Saturday.April.7 PLATTSBURGH — North Country Squares Dance Club meets, Clinton County Fairgrounds, 84 Fairgrounds Rd. 7 p.m. 561-7167 or 492-2057. LAKE PLACID —Massenet's Manon Screening, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 7 p.m. $18, $16 LPCA members, and $12 kids. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org.

Sunday.April.8. ESSEX—Easter Sunrise Service devotional Worship service, Begg’s Park, 6 a.m. 963-4445. ESSEX—Easter Devotional Worship service and Easter Egg Hunt, Essex Community Church, 2306 Main Street, 10:15 a.m. 963-4445. WESTPORT—Zumba Class, Heritage House, 6459 Main Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday.April.9. PLATTSBURGH — Scrabble game, Seniors Citizens Council of Clinton County Senior Center, 5139 N. Catherine St., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 563-6186, ext. 102. KEENE—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Community Center, Church St. 11:30 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123.

Tuesday.April.10. KEESEVILLE—Open archery shooting, The Chesterfield Fish and Game Club, 359 Green St. 7-9 p.m. Open to all ages. 643-8754 or 643-2651. ELIZABETHTOWN—Caregiver Stress Reduction Workshop, Hand House, 8273 River St, 10-11 a.m. 942-6513 ext. 106. SARANAC — Saranac Hollow Jammers country music and dancing, Saranac Town Hall, 3662 Route 3, 6-9:30 p.m. 293-7056. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123. WILMINGTON—Bible Study & Potluck, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 6 p.m.

Wednesday.April.11 LAKE PLACID — Internet Xpress Computer Course, Intro to Internet and Email, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 523-3200. LAKE PLACID — Internet Xpress Computer Course, Health Sleuth, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 1-4 p.m. Free. 523-3200. WILLSBORO—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Congregational Church, Main St.1:30 p.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. REDFORD — Saranac fiddlers performance. Assumption of Mary School. 6:309:30 p.m.. $2. 293-7031. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123. WILMINGTON—Teen Night Group, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 7-8 p.m.

Thursday.April.12. ELIZABETHTOWN—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Hand House, Court St. 10 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. LAKE PLACID — Story hour, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 10:15 a.m. Free. 523-3200. SARANAC LAKE— Japan, Up Close and Personal, with Rich Shapiro and Lindy Ellis. Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St. noon. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 578-7123. DANNEMORA — Free gym-time for children, former Dannemora Elementary School, 40 Emmons St. 10 a.m.-noon. 561-4999. PLATTSBURGH — Journey Into Reading, Champlain Centre Mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reading for children up to age 16 with free book provided. Hosted at center court. www.journeyintoreading.org. PLATTSBURGH —Senior Zumba, Town Office building on Banker Road, 55:45p.m. $5 per night and class size is limited to 40 participants. SARANAC LAKE—Indoor Senior Walking, North Country Community College gymnasium, 9-10 a.m. 891-7117, retireatwillrogers@verizon.net. PLATTSBURGH — Zumba, 6-7p.m. right at the Town of Plattsburgh Office building on Banker Road. $5, limited to 40 participants. REDFORD— Zumba Fitness Class, Assumption of Mary School, Church St. $5 per class. 6-7 p.m. 569-2613. SARANAC LAKE—Pinochle Party, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Dr. 7 p.m. 891-7117.

Friday.April.13 PLATTSBURGH — Family Swim night, Wellness Center, at PARC,295 New York Road. 7-9 p.m. $2 charge per person for all participants. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 562-6860.

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ALTONA Holy Angels Church - Main Street, Altona. Mass - 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. Sunday CHAMPLAIN 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 Three Steeples United Methodist Church - 491 Route 11, Champlain. 298-8655 or 298-5522. Sunday morning worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School at same time (Sept. thru June). Steve Loan, Pastor. steeples3@primelink1.net St. Mary’s Catholic Church - Church Street, Champlain. Saturday Anticipated Mass 5:30 p.m. Sunday services 8 a.m. St. Joseph’s Church - Mason Road, Champlain. Saturday Anticipated Mass, 7:30 p.m.

Christ & St. John’s Episcopal Church Butternut Street, Champlain. Family Worship Service celebrated with music at 10 a.m., Sunday School also at 10 a.m. CHAZY Sacred Heart Church - Box 549, Chazy 12921. (518) 846-7650. Sunday Masses (Ant) 4 p.m., 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Chazy Presbyterian Church - 620 Miner Farm Rd., Chazy. 846-7349 Worship and Sunday School will begin at 11 a.m. Email: chazypres@westelcom.com 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. The Ellenburg United Methodist Church - will meet at 9 a.m. at the church in Ellenburg Center. However, on Election Day, Sunday, we move to the Ellenburg Methodist Community Center on Rt. 11.

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 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - Maple Street, Mooers. 236-7142. Anticipated Saturday Mass, 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass, 10 a.m. Reconciliation announced special Saturday mornings 10 a.m. & by request. 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@twcny.rr.com, www.gbgm-umc.org/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. Mass: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Reconciliation announced special Saturday mornings 10 a.m. & by request. PLATTSBURGH Seventh Day Adventist - 4003 Rt. 22, Plattsburgh, 561-3491 - Pastor Livergood Worship Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Pot Luck Dinner after service 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, Thursday & Friday 8 a.m. Communion Service: Wednesday 8 a.m. First Presbyterian Church - 52 Washington Ave., Rouses Point, New

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Three Section VII wrestlers break through 150-win plateau in 2011-12 Two will vie for Section VII record, 200 in 2012-13 By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com PERU — A pair of Peru Indian wrestlers, along with a Northern Adirondack grappler, recorded their 150th wins during the 201112 season. Jacob Goddeau and Troy Seymour of Peru, along with Justin Kellett of NAC, each reached the milestone over the past season. Goddeau, a senior, finished with 155 wins in placing sixth at the NYSPHSAA state tournament. “It means a lot to reach that number,” said Goddeau, who captured a state championship in 2009. “I have done a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication to the sport. I have been doing this since I was five years old.” Goddeau earned the record in the Indians last home match of the season, senior night. “At the beginning of the year, I was look-

ing at my record and where I might be at the end of the year,” Goddeau said. “I thought then that it would be nice to do it on senior night.” Seymour and Kellett, both juniors, are mirror images of each other in wins. Both wrestlers made the state tournament, where Seymour finished in fourth place after advancing to the semifinals. “It shows that hard work pays off,” Seymour said. “The goal is to get on the podium at states. It was great to reach the 150 mark.” “The coaches push me really hard in practices every day to get me ready to compete,” Kellett said. “We have a good team that helps drive me and it was really awesome to get to the 150-win mark.” Both wrestlers are in reach of the Section VII record of 183 victories, and each has one goal in mind. “I want to get to 200 victories for my career,” Seymour said, while Kellett laid down a friendly challenge. “We can both get there, but I want to be the first to the 200 plateau,” he said.

Peru junior Troy Seymour finished fourth at the state tournament and hopes to get to 200 career wins.

Peru senior Jacob Goddeau recorded his 150th career win on senior night.

Northern Adirondack Junior Justin Kellett is shooting for the 200 win mark next season.

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OBITUARIES JEANNE BUDKO GEREAU APRIL 07, 1935 - MARCH 19, 2012 QUEENSBURY Jeanne BudSchool in June 1952. Jeanne ko Gereau, 76, passed away has one sister, Maryann, who peacefully March 19 followlives in Vermont with her ing a long and stoic battle husband Jim Nugent; and with cancer. Jeanne left this two brothers, William and life much like wife Holly she lived it as an Dodzian of Caliinspiration to fornia and Edthose around ward and wife her, never relentCarol Dodzian of ing until the very Florida. end and yet still Jeanne worked displaying her and paid her uncanny, contaown way gious zest for through college, life. graduating in Jeanne was a lifeJune 1956 with a long educator degree in elewho proved that a strong mentary education from the work ethic can overcome any State University College at boundary. She was a guiding Oneonta. She belonged to nulight in the lives of hundreds merous civic organizations of elementary school chiland groups, including the dren, and parents would ofAdirondack Branch of the ten insist their children be American Association of Uniplaced in her class. She versity Women, the Hudson taught in Sidney, Clarkstown River Dollies, the Glens Falls and Nanuet, NY, before Senior Center Dance Team, spending more than two the Retired Teachers Associadecades at Hadley-Luzerne tion of Hadley-Luzerne and Central School, where she rethe Curves Lunch Bunch. tired in 2001. She will be remembered by Jeanne was a fiercely devother friends and family for her ed, supportive and loving love of fashion, painting and mother who encouraged her photography; for her supchildren to reach for their poportive, nonjudgemental and tential but be proud of every forgiving nature; for her love accomplishment along the of animals including her dog way. Perhaps no one was as Bella and cat Minnie; and latproud of them as she, hower in life for her love of travel ever, a fact she was quick to and golf. share with all who knew her. But, mostly, she will be reJeanne adored the four chilmembered as the best mom dren she mothered with anyone could ever ask for. As Leonard A. Gereau; two her oldest daughter Ginene daughters, Ginene and husput it: "Mom was my comband Eddie Mason and pass never telling me what Michelle and husband Roger to do, but always pointing Roche; and two sons, John me in the right direction, Gereau and fiancĂŠe Kathleen something I have aspired to Desjardins and Brian Gereau do in all my relationships, esand wife Karen. She equally pecially as a mom myself." adored and loved to dote Services for Jeanne were held over her 10 grandchildren: Friday, March 23 and SaturAlyssa and Kelsey; Benjamin day, March 24. Friends called and Jared; Billy, Travis and on the family between the Wyatt; Cooper, Harrison and hours of 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 Malena. p.m., Friday March 23 at Jeanne was of Polish and Brewer Funeral Home in Russian descent; her parents Lake Luzerne. Mass was held John Budko and Stephanie at 10 a.m., Saturday, March Dawlut met and fell in love 24 at St. Mary's Episcopal on a ship while migrating to Church, with a reception to the United States. Her father follow. operated a successful upholIn lieu of flowers, the family stery shop in Greenwich, asks donations be made to Conn., where his work was North Star Dog Rescue, sought by the wealthy of the which is operated by Connecticut area. Maryann's daughter Marissa While Jeanne was still in Miller. The address is PO Box grade school, her mother re57, South Royalton, Vt. married and moved to Hart05068. ford, NY. She spent much of her childhood living and How I cried when my momhelping out on a dairy farm ma passed away, before moving in with the But now I have an Angel, family of Marie Fowler. She looking out for me today lived there until her graduaDarius Rucker tion from Hartford Central

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C/O Happy Pike LLC, 33 Reynolds Rd, West Chazy, NY 12992. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No Specific date. NCM-3/10-4/14/126TC-21743 ----------------------------RYAN’S MASONRY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/27/2012. Office in Clinton Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 35 Blake Rd. Plattsburgh, NY 12901, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose NCM-3/17-4/21/126TC-33755 ----------------------------NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of EASY SELF STORAGE, LLC. Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/30/08. Office location: Clinton County. LLC formed in Wyoming (WY) on 6/23/08. SSNY designated as agent of LLC for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 49 Miry Brook Rd., Danbury, CT 06810. WY

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address of LLC: 1876 Horse Creek Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009. Art. of Org. filed w/WY Secy. of State, 200 W. 24 St., Cheyenne, WY 82002. Purpose: any lawful activity. NCM-3/17-4/21/126TC-33760 ----------------------------TIGERCO, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) 01/04/2012. Office in Clinton County. SSNY has been designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 160 E 65th St #24C, New York, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NCM-3/17-4/21/126TC-33784 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ( LLC ) Name: Mountain Marketplace LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York ( SSNY ) on March 1, 2012. Office Location: Clinton County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against

it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: PO Box 192 Lyon Mountain NY 12952. NCM-3/24-4/28/126TC-33800 ----------------------------LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: LPA PROPERTIES, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/08/2012. Office location: Clinton County. SSNY has been designated as agent fo the LLC upon whom process against It may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O LPA PROPERTIES, LLC, 550 State Route, 3 Suite 100, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. NCM-3/24-4/28/126TC-33815 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TIME AFTER TIME RECEPTION, LLC (PURSUANT TO SECTION 203 OF THE LIMITED

LIABILITY COMPANY LAW) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Articles of Organization of Time After Time Reception, LLC (the Company ) were filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York on March 12, 2012. The Company is being formed for any lawful business purpose and shall have all the powers set forth is Section 202(a) - 202(q) of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. The office of the Company is to be located in the County of Clinton, State of New York, with offices located at 127 Elm Street, Champlain, New York 12919. The SEcretary of State has been designated as the agent of the Company upon who process against the Company may be served. The post DAY OF THE DESIGN STUDIO LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/13/12. Office in Clinton Co. SSNY design. Agent of PLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 48 S. 6th St. Apt. 2 Brooklyn, NY 11211 Purpose: Any lawful activity. office address to

which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the Company served upon such Secretary of State is : 127 Elm Street, Champlain, New York 12919. NCM-3/24-4/28/126TC-33814 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ZKR CONSTRUCTION L.L.C., Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/15/12. Office location: Clinton County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Ronald Dubray, 3 Jubert Ln., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Purpose: any lawful activities. NCM-3/31-5/5/126TC-33825 ----------------------------DAY OF THE DESIGN STUDIO LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/13/12. Office in Clinton Co. SSNY design. Agent of PLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 48 S. 6th St. Apt. 2 Brooklyn, NY 11211 Purpose: Any lawful activity. NCM-3/31-5/5/126TC-33848 -----------------------------


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ONEIDA LAKE AMAZING LAND BUYS IN NY 2.5ac - Oneida Lake Area $10,995. 5ac w/New Cabin $29,995. 74ac - Beautiful timberland - $79,995. Over 50 properties new to the market.100 properties discounted for bargain sale. Fully surveyed, accessible, approved buildable. Call Christmas & Associates 1-800-229-7843. VIRGINIA SEASIDE Lots - Land, Absolute buy of a lifetime! Fully improved 3 acre lots, exclusive development on the seaside (the mainland) overlooking Chincoteague Bay and islands. Gated entrance, paved roads, caretaker, community dock, pool and club house including owners guest suites. Build the house of your dreams! Unique bank foreclosure situation makes these lots available at 1/3 of original cost. Great climate, low taxes and National Seashore beaches nearby. Only $49,000 each or pond lots $65,000. Tel. (757) 824-5284 website: http://ViewWebPage.com/5EUO or email: oceanlandtrust@yahoo.com WATERFRONT LAND LIQUIDATION! March 31st! 7 acres - 400 ft Riverfront - $69,900 Cooperstown, NY! Nice woods, gorgeous setting! $5,000 off for cash! Free kayak! Call now! 1-888701-1864 www.NewYorkLandandLakes.com

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ACROSS Scavenged, as the fridge Lines at the register? Nabokov novel Throat clearers Verdi title bandit X-Men enemy who can control fire Sniggler’s catch Didn’t participate, with “out” Uses Knorr packets instead of poker chips? Stat for 30-Down New Mexico’s state flower “Here __ again!” Jazzman Al and sportscaster Linda Lard display site? Apparition with a proboscis? Piece activist’s gp.? Dress (up) Pencil maze word Teen’s room, to many a mom Sailor’s patron, briefly Gym shorts material Calendario entry “Peek-__!” Brit. lexicon Sock end? Penn of “Harold & Kumar” films Entrée feature One of a game’s 16 Real mess One putting up framed stone carvings? Do not disturb Cards’ home: Abbr. Windbag Taina of “Les Girls” Race of Norse gods War on Poverty org.

69 Stories told by rapt storytellers? 75 Upbeat Progressive Insurance spokeswoman 76 Looped handles, in archaeology 77 Wasser in Winter 78 Type of poll 80 Understand 83 Noted tart stealer 85 Superior vis-à-vis Huron? 88 “I’m at your disposal” 90 Aqueduct Racetrack nickname 92 Sequel title words 93 See 79-Down 94 Done to __ 95 Arabic “son of” 96 One of the orig. Southern Colonies 98 Material studied by Watson and Crick 100 Durban dollar 101 Meat shunners 103 __ pop: Weezer genre 106 Plot 110 24-Down malady 111 Lad 112 Trade war group? 115 24 undeveloped photos of Old Faithful? 118 More peculiar 119 Non-PC? 120 Taking some cuts, say 121 Corrida cheer 122 Baby’s wake-up gadget? 125 Setting for many King novels 126 Palindromic pooh-bah 127 Seedy joint 128 __ the bud 129 Glorify 130 Hoover, e.g. 131 Amanda of “The Whole Ten Yards” 132 Lacks the skills for DOWN 1 Ruling group

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2 Catherine of __ 3 Secret to the max 4 A little one will “do ya,” in old ads 5 Blowup: Abbr. 6 Perfect score, to Paolo 7 Consequence 8 Taedong River capital 9 Valentine recipient, perhaps 10 Bribe 11 Infuse with oxygen 12 It’s tough to be in a lot of it 13 Garage job 14 Places of refuge 15 U-__ 16 Odds and ends 17 Word coiner? 18 “Don’t come any closer, Zombie!”? 24 Plastered ones 29 Photog’s setting 30 MLBer with the most career seasons of 100plus 25-Across 32 End-of-proof letters 33 Bathsheba’s husband 34 Bolivian bear 40 It’ll help you slow down 41 Game pieces 43 Truman’s secretary of state 45 Second-string squads 48 Old 123-Down foe 49 Immensely 50 Vega’s constellation 52 Farm newborn 53 Dürer work 55 “I cannot tell __” 56 Trickle 58 Ill-gotten gains 59 Mark up or down, maybe 61 NW city nicknamed “The City of Trees” 66 Everest aide 68 Autobahn auto 70 Sommer of “A Shot in the Dark”

71 Universal donor’s type, for short 72 Director Martin 73 Student stressor 74 Bank manager? 79 With 93-Across, spicy cuisine 80 Prison workers’ respite? 81 Heir’s burden 82 Skosh 84 1960s album with a cover photo of its band crossing

the street 86 Pigeonlike South American bird 87 “Does this __ bell?” 89 __ school 91 Quash 95 Actor/composer Novello 97 “__: Miami” 99 Creative output 102 Sparkly 104 Like some small racecars 105 __-cat: sandlot game

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Maximally Adirondacks lake Emphatic refusal Medicinal Asian leaf Sarge’s superior Tough mount to mount Not loco Gymnast Korbut Econ. yardstick Cold War foe of 48-Down Hosp. employee

This Month in History - MARCH 28th - Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurs in Middletown, Pa. (1979) 29th - Ice jams stop the flow of water over Niagara Falls. (1848) 30th - The 15th amendment goes into effect, giving black men the right to vote. (1870) 31th - The Eiffel Tower opens in Paris, France (1889)

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AUTO DONATION A-1 DONATE YOUR CAR! Breast Cancer Research foundation! Most highly rated breast cancer charity in America! Tax Deductible/Fast Free Pick Up. 800-771-9551 www.cardonationsforbreastcancer .org AUTO DONATION Free Vacation for donating vehicles, boats, property, collectables and merchandise. Maximize IRS deductions while helping teens in crisis. Quick Prompt Service 1-800-338-6724 www.dvarinst.com CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Years, Makes, Models. Free Towing! We're Local! 7 Days/Week. Call Toll Free: 1-888416-2330 DONATE A CAR SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE! Timothy Hill Children's Ranch: Helping Abused and Neglected Children in NY for Over 30 Years. Please Call 1-800-936-4326.

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1952 DESOTO White/Blue, no rust, small Hemi, last started in 2007, great project car. Serious inquires only. $3500. 518-962-4688

I HAVE for sale a 2004 BMW 325XI for 2400. For any questions please contact me via email at Email: mollieaskari@yahoo.com

2001 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Black 2 door. New tires, rotors, brakes catalytic converter. $4,500 Call: (518) 946-7550

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2007 DODGE Grand Caravan, Wheelchair accessible by VMI, driver transfers to drivers seat, tie downs for two wheelchairs in back, tie downs for one wheelchair in front passenger position available when passenger seat is removed, automatic everything, air, air bags all around including sides, enhanced stereo, Ultimate Red Crystal in color, no scratches/dents or other damage, has always been kept in an attached garage, seats have always been covered, never been smoked in, 5,040 miles, VIN 2D8GP44LX7R256881, original price $52,000, asking $30,000 or make an offer, call Jerry in Tupper Lake at 518-359-8538

BOATS 2000 19 1/2’ LOWE Aluminum boat w/metal deck, twin console, Bow Mount trolling motor, live well, on board charger, full canvas, step up top; 1996 150 HP Johnson motor, less then 40 hrs., like new; 1988 Eazyloader Trailer, like new, Complete $5500 firm. 518-963-7351

CARS AUTO WANTED

Call and place your listing at 1-800-989-4237

1964 FORD 4000 4cyl., gas. Industrial loader & Industrial Front End, 12 spd. German Transmission, pie weights. $4850. 518-962-2376 FARM EQUIPMENT Dump Truck 1970 GMC; Field Equipment also. All Equipment usable and in good shape. 518962-4394

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2005 SUNLINE CAMPER 19.5', air, awning, excellent shape, $7200. Call 518-523-3407 or 518524-6728

MOTORCYCLES WANTED ALL MOTORCYCLES, Before 1985, $TopCASH$ PAID! Running or not.1-315-569-8094 WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI 1967-1980 Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, ZIR, KZ1000MKII, W1-650, H1-500, H2-750, S1-250, S2-350, S3-400 Suzuki GS400, GT380, CB750 CASH PAID. FREE NATIONAL PICKUP. 1-800-7721142, 1-310-721-0726 usa@classicrunners.com

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2012 SILVERADO 1500 CREW CAB

2012 CHEVY CAMARO 2LS

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2010 Dodge Caliber SXT

2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD

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2005 Chevy Colorado Ext. Cab 4x4 LT

2003 Chevy 500 Ext. Cab 4x4 LT

2002 Chevy Trailblazer 4x4

2001 Chevy Tahoe LT

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