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Mooers lights up the night with annual contest Mooers holds Christmas light contest as part of beautification efforts

By Stephen Bartlett MOOERS — Roger Favreau may be 76, but he still believes in Santa Claus. And he goes all out with his holiday spirit, this year winning the Town of Mooers Christmas Lighting contest. "I love Christmas, and I love people going out and looking at my decorations," said Favreau, whose home is located at 304 Garrand Road. "I love to decorate for the community." That's good news for Mooers, which, since its bicentennial in 2004, has been looking for ways to make the community more attractive. "We wanted to get the town looking better," said Scarlett Sample of the Mooers Beautification Committee. "We have banners that we fly and lighted Christmas lights and a Welcome to Mooers sign that we put up. "We are trying on a limited budget." Residents registered at the town office for the contest, which was almost cancelled this year but continued due to the high turnout.

"It just kind of gets people in the spirit of Christmas, gets people more festive and makes the community look nicer," Sample said. Residents began decorating their homes as early as Thanksgiving. "We have been decorating ever since I can remember," said Steve Bulriss, whose home on 431 Route 22 won second place. "At least 35 years or so, just for the fun of it." He enjoys Christmas and making people feel happy when they look at his home lit up in the night. Each year when he is outside decorating, people stop by and tell him they appreciate his holiday spirit and Christmas lights. "It's just a fun thing to do," Bulriss said. Mike Reeves won third place, and honorable mentions were Harry Gonyo, Eric Bulriss and Shawn and Missy LaValley. Roger Favreau’s home won first place in the Mooers Christmas lighting contest. "We hope even more people will join the contest Photo by Stephen Bartlett next year," Sample said. She can count Favreau in. years," Favreau said. "I did it at my other house in Cham"He does such a good job," Sample said. "His whole yard plain." was decorated." Favreau said he loves Christmas. "I've been doing this ever since I have been here, for 18 "I am still a believer in Santa Claus even though I am 76."

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Some New Year resolutions make it, some don’t People share their thoughts on New Year resolutions they are making in 2012 By Stephen Bartlett PLATTSBURGH — Sally Zoss doesn’t make New Year resolutions. “I gave up all my vices,” said the Plattsburgh woman. She quit smoking four years ago. “You have to want to do it,” Zoss said. “But I knew if I didn’t give it up I wouldn’t see my grandkids grow up.” Since then, the resolutions have stopped.

She thinks she’s a fairly good person and appreciates the person she has become at this point in her life. “I take care of my grandkids.” Karen St. John’s New Year resolution is to finish college. The Plattsburgh woman studies criminal justice at Clinton Community College and wants to pursue a graduate degree in forensics science. “I took it in high school.” So for now, any resolution is focused on completing her college

career. “I didn’t make any resolutions last year,” St. John said. “I usually don’t follow through.” New Year resolutions are commitments that an individual makes to one or more personal goals, projects or reforming a habit. The secular tradition in fact has religious parallels, such as during Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and culminating in Yom Kippur. The idea is to reflect upon wrongdoings over the year and seek and offer forgiveness. The period of Lent for Christians is similar, though the focus is more on sacrifice than responsibility. Ultimately though, the main

theme is to reflect upon self-improvement yearly. Nearly 80 percent of those who set New Year resolutions fail, according to a 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the university of Bristol. Men achieve their goal 22 percent more often when they engage in goal setting, while women succeed 10 percent more by making their goals public. Autumn Angel, a Saranac High School student, hasn’t given too much thought to New Year resolutions. “I don’t usually make them,” she said. “I just randomly do it if I want to do something.”

Laura Carmichael consistently makes them but doesn’t follow through very well. “I am going to lose weight this year, and reduce stress,” she said. “I want to get organized too.” But the longest she seems to follow through is a month, and after that all goes downhill. “I think you need to write them down so you see them all the time.” Lacy Niles wants to complete graduate school at Plattsburgh State and find a job in speech language pathology. Her sister, Amanda, has one resolution. “To write my lesson plans on time.”

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Local video stores going under The once popular spots are feeling the weight of corporate giants

By Stephen Bartlett PLATTSBURGH — A senior in high school and honors student already accepted into college, Becky Leonard would skip classes, rush home and watch old movies on PBS. “I loved them,” she said. “They were my escape.” Today, Leonard runs Under One Roof Video, 267 Margaret St., the last video-rental store in the city of Plattsburgh and part of a dying breed as such businesses shut their doors at a rapid rate across the country. “I have adapted a lot and buy and sell used items out of my store,” said Leonard of one of the many tactics she has employed to keep Under One Roof ’s doors open. The video store, a Friday-night family stopping spot and meeting place of film buffs, is steadily being washed out in the wake of corporate giants Redbox and Netflix. Even earlier threats such as Blockbuster cannot seem to keep up with the widespread appeal of instant access and often times significantly cheaper prices. In May 2010, it was announced that Movie Gallery, owner of movie rental chains Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video, would be closing its remaining stores and as increasing numbers of consumers opt to get movies through the mail, high-speed Internet connections and vending machines. Video rental giant Blockbuster has experi-

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enced significant revenue losses over the past few years, filed for Bankruptcy in 2010 and in 2011 was won by Dish Network at an auction. Dish Network has downsized Blockbuster, but stores continue to close, largely due to Netflix, which offers a streaming device that eliminates even a walk to the mailbox. Netflix has more than 23 million subscribers and offers monthly subscription plans below $8 for online movies and $16 for online movies plus mail-order rentals. Red-

box has more than 33,000 kiosks in over 27,800 locations. Both companies benefit from not having to lease thousands of retail locations. As a result of corporations such as Netflix and Redbox, economists predicted the video-rental industry would drop nearly $20 million in revenue in 2011. The reality of that prediction can be read in media reports across the country, such as in Rhode Island, where one of the state's last remaining video stores shut its doors this

year due to losing customers to Redbox and Netflix. A check of the Yellow Pages reveals less than a handful of video rental stores in Clinton County. Leonard was managing the computer science department at CVPH Medical Center when she purchased a video-rental business, opening doors in West Chazy. She was there 10 years, during that time opening a second store in Morrisonville. She opened her sole, remaining location in Plattsburgh on Margaret Street in 2003. “I realized quite some time ago when Redbox rolled into town that rentals couldn't be my only source of revenue. She started selling movies, books, video games, snacks, slushies and nachos and added arcade games. “I am gradually just adapting and branching out.” The last two years have been nearly impossibly to survive. Losing mom-and-pop video rental stories would be the same as losing the local bookstore, Leonard said. “Many people grew up with this being a choice of entertainment,” she said. “If you go online and click, you might not see the great new film that is out and you don't get the film recommendation from the movie buff. I know my customers’ tastes.” No one can predict the future, Leonard said. With so many choices for consumers and the array of venues, she said, it all depends on if physical video stores can continue to pull in revenues. Plus, it takes a little stubbornness. “I want to be open one day longer than Blockbuster,” she said.

New Communication majors at Plattsburgh State The Department of Communication Studies to offer five new majors PLATTSBURGH — The Department of Communication Studies and the Center for Communication and Journalism at SUNY Plattsburgh will offer five new majors this spring. Those offerings — public relations, TV-video production, broadcast journalism, audio-radio production and digital media production — are not entirely new to the campus. Most existed previously as concentrations, but the setup of those options sometimes caused confusion for both students and industries hiring program graduates, according to Communication Chair Peter Ensel.

Ensel gave the example of students who opted for the TVvideo production/broadcast journalism concentration. Under it, they could have taken classes that focused on video production or broadcast journalism or both. As a result, the list of course requirements for graduation was complex and often confusing for students. Furthermore, employers were sometimes confused about the meaning of a degree, he said. By turning the concentrations into full-fledged majors, the college hopes to avoid that confusion. In addition, the changes will allow faculty to provide greater depth to the curriculum in each field of study. “The new structure will possibly allow us to offer more courses within specific areas,” Ensel said. “And it will give us greater flexibility.”

In the meantime, students enrolled under the previous degree structure will be able to opt into the new majors or finish out their college career under the old program.

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or our New Year ’s Eve edition, we’d rather focus less on the term “resolution” and more on the term “hope” when looking ahead to 2012. First of all, we hope politicians can work together more to accomplish the greater good, not just in this area but throughout the country. This statement probably caused you to do a spit-take with your hot chocolate or beverage of choice, but hear us out. In Essex County, the supervisors did just that, approving a budget that was rich in compromise. At the end of the process, each of the 18 town administrators came away with something that they liked about the budget, but also came away from the table frustrated. A lot of times, their frustration came from different sides of the same coin. Some were frustrated the tax levy increase did not meet the state’s 2 percent cap, and others were upset the levy was too low. Some were upset that 10 positions had to be cut right after the holidays, and others were upset there were not more layoffs. There were no temporary Band-Aid fixes until the political winds shift. It was compromise. Congressman Bill Owens recently said he feels 2012 is going to be a terrible year in Washington, D.C. and nothing will get done because it is an election year with both sides of the aisle looking to blame each other. We all know that is the truth. But are we just going to take it? If that truly is the motivation of our politicians, then the message needs to be sent that we want someone in office who is looking out for us, not their personal party interests. With the upcoming election, we also hope that people will go to the polls and make an informed decision. Don’t just roll with the “what’s happening right now” mentality and look at candidates for local, state and federal positions, including president, as a whole. Each candidate will have pros and cons.

What the informed voter does is weigh those options in total and then decide who they feel best represents their interests in government. It seems that people want to have an “American Idol” conclusion to the presidential race, bringing a candidate up just to find out how fast they can chop them down. It has been done with each of the front-runners in the Republican Party (obviously not on the Democratic side because they have the incumbent, but it would be if the field were open). When a candidate is shown to have weakness, it is almost as if that candidate has been “voted off” as a presidential hopeful. The sound bite has become more important than the platform, and that should not be the case. Our next hope is for a safe and happy year ahead. While 2011 had many shining moments, it was also a year when the region saw massive spring flooding, only to be followed by a tropical storm that battered the region and left many properties and lives damaged. Some, including Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas, are concerned that a new year could bring more problems, and we hope that is not the case. Our final hope is that the steps taken by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and the state will start to turn the economy around. For a region that does not have a lot of trust in the name, the honeymoon period between it and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appeared to extend throughout his first year in office. Cuomo has shown a concern for all parts of the state and has built trust with North Country delegates, which is something we hope will continue into the next year. Happy New Year.

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During 2011 we laid the ell it’s that time foundation to our Digital of year when we Main Street, which comreflect on the acbined 28 web sites from the complishments of the past North Country region across year and set our goals for to Vermont, south to the the coming New Year. As a Capital District and west to free community newspaper Central New York. In 2012 publishing organization the we’ll be inviting other indeeconomy still casts a large pendent publishes to join shadow over all we do. Over our network combining their the last few years as many Dan Alexander local efforts to provide diginewspaper organizations Thoughts from tal user a common navigaundergo changes as a result Behind the Pressline tion design as they search of the weak economy, we’ve for news and information received more and more reader and adverfrom area to area. Each entity will have its tiser encouragement to step up our news own URL and individual identity, but will coverage in both the quality and quantity use a common design and be clustered toof our reporting. Distributing to over gether, much like a downtown or mall 66,000 homes each week in the North shopping experience. Community news, Country region, combined we are the features and events will create the critical largest print product covering the region. mass needed to attract viewers from We feel confident that while we’ve taken around the globe. steps in the right direction, we still have We see the creation of the Digital Main much to accomplish. Our ability to do so Street in the same manner in which we is in direct relationship to the support we provide printing and delivery services for receive from the community. Our tri-pod many independent publishers. By assistbusiness model is a simple one to undering these independent companies we’ve stand; Denton Publications provides the been able to expand our press line from 5 local news and free distribution to the printing units with one output in the late readers, local businesses support our ef1980’s to 17 printing units with the capaforts with paid advertising, and the local bility of producing two products simultareaders support those local businesses by neously. By pooling our resources we can purchasing their products and services. By offer services not generally available to using that simple formula we all win and small companies. can avoid charging readers to receive the While digital and mobile growth trends news we provide. The more support our continue to grow, we recognize there is advertisers realize from their support of still much value in the printed product. our newspapers, the more extensive our Next month we’ll be increasing our insertnews reporting can be. ing capabilities with the installation of our Our overall sales were up in 2011 thanks second inserting machine, further advancin big part to the production of the Lake ing our production capabilities with an Champlain Bridge Commemorative Bookeight into one product, complete with let. But unfortunately our cost increases inkjet addressing capabilities to complicontinued to outpace income growth for ment our five into one current production the third year in a row with the usual culunit. prits at the root of the increases: personnel This week we’ll be rolling out a new related costs, paper, printing plates and electronic tear sheet program. Advertisers postage. Despite the urge to trim expenswho currently wait for month’s end to rees, we believe strongly that this is not the ceive a mailing of the individual newspatime to cut cost but instead to invest in per pages that their ads appeared on will our future. We continue to look for ways now receive those tear sheet pages electo build the staff, improve their benefits tronically every week immediately upon and invest in the technology and equippublication. Advertising customers will ment that will allow us to grow and run now have complete access to every ad they an efficient publishing company. Coasting run from this point forward, all completenor putting our head in the sand are oply searchable and free of any additional tions we will not consider. This economy See ALEXANDER, page 7 requires our best efforts.

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Sticks and Stones may break your bones, but words...


student lounge talking ticks and stones about their weekend may break my Do we care that we are plans mention a get tobones but words hurting, at times, society’s gether someone is havwill never hurt me. In fact, words hurt peomost vulnerable individuals? ing. One member of the group rolls her eyes and ple on a daily basis, somesays, “That’s so gay.” times in horrific ways acThey laugh and decide cording to news reports of they would never attend. suicides across the country instigated by Meanwhile, a lone teen, known to be gay, verbal harassment. sits on the couch in tears. My New Year resolution is to better obThe teens may not have been attacking serve my language. someone who is gay purposefully, but their Language is powerful, and as a weapon language literally equated what they did — intentional or unintentional — it is capanot like or found weird about the get toble of extensive damage, though at times gether to being gay. The term, while it has the more subtle even casual ways some other definitions, is most commonly used to members of society toss words around have describe homosexuals. lasting impact on people. In fact, it is our The word gay itself is controversial, but weakest, smallest in number and most vuldisagreeing with same-sex relationships nerable members of society that often come doesn’t give one a license to verbally attack under the constant barrage of hurtful lansuch individuals. In fact, I would implore guage. you to recognize the difference between disA group of teenagers hanging around the

agreeing with homosexuality and being cruel toward the group or act you disagree with. In another instance, two male colleagues are sitting down at a bar after work, gossiping about a third man no one wants to speak with at lunch. One man says, “If he didn’t act like such a retard, maybe people would like him.” Sitting nearby was a woman who lost her son to a respiratory condition. The young man was also mentally retarded. Again, the two men use the word “retard” and thus equate an entire group of individuals to what they find distasteful in the individual they are speaking about. Yes, these are extreme scenarios, but they illustrate the casual way in which people toss around language without considering the literal definition of what they are saying and the people impacted by their choice of words. Words are powerful. They can sting.

Are we too lazy to choose other words to describe what is bothering us? Do we care that we are hurting, at times, soStephen Bartlett ciety’s most From the Editor’s Desk vulnerable individuals? If you use such terms it may not mean you are purposefully cruel. But if the result is the pain of another, do intentions really matter? Throughout the new year, let’s try and be considerate of all people and think before we speak. Stephen Bartlett is editor of the North Countryman and The Burgh. He may be reached at

Letters to the Editor icans died so we could have a free press! Mr. Jackson should aim his anger over the cartoon at his party’s folly whether it is the debates or “Super Committees!” Gary P. Guido Ticonderoga

Disagrees with letter To the North Countryman: After reading the letter from Essex County Republican Committee Chairman Ron Jackson complaining about the cartoon titled “Republican Science,” I couldn’t help but laugh to myself! Mr. Jackson thinks the cartoon was in poor taste and that the publication favors Democrats on the state and national scene! I have news for him, what is in poor taste is the way Republicans have treated the American people by their inaction to care for the needs of the middle class! First we have the Republican controlled Congress failing to vote on our debt limit and appointing a “Super Committee.” This committee was made up of hand picked politicians who stated from the start that they would not under any circumstances change their positions! It was doomed from the start! This was a good example of “Republican Science!” It was due to the “Pledge of Allegiance” given to Grover Norquist by the Republican Party! Never mind the pledge to our flag and to the people of the United States! Mr. Jackson in his letter complained about the state’s 2 percent property tax cap and how it limits the North Country’s ability to pay better salaries to those in high positions! I take this to mean he would like to see higher property taxes on those who live in the North Country while his party refuses to raise taxes on the wealthiest! Having it both ways is another example of “Republican Science” and it gets worse! Calling the cartoon a “cheap shot” attempt at humor was at the very least ludicrous! What was a “cheap shot” was the chiding of the publisher by saying “I know you are a registered Republican” and asking if he would be interested in taking on a supervisor’s job! As an avid reader of the Times of Ti and other North Country papers, I feel the publisher has been as non-partisan as one could be! There are times when I don’t agree with what I see published but thousands of Amer-

To the North Countryman: Miracles…. I don’t think people believe in miracles nowadays. They think miracles are something they heard about in stories of long ago. In our world today, we’re all so busy and the news is mostly negative that we don’t realize the miracles that take place everyday. I think of the infamous picture of Gen. George Washington kneeling by his horse in prayer before he led his troops into battle and I remember praying for the men of Apollo 13. The odds of both of these instances having a positive outcome could only have been miraculous. So many people were involved in these miracles (soldiers or engineers and the people who prayed for them). So I want to tell you of a miracle that happened only two months ago in our very little part of the world that so many of you were a part of... Our son was in a terrible tree accident in Hague. He was 30 feet up a tree and it crushed his abdomen. He had to climb down the tree and his dad rushed him to Moses Ludington emergency room in Ti. The ER staff knew he needed emergency care and contacted Fletcher Allen. They tried to airlift him but the weather was an issue. They were able to get the Lamoille ambulance and, even having to take the ferry, made it to Fletcher Allen in record time. The staff was waiting for their arrival and rushed him into the OR where they stabilized him and kept him alive. After they moved him to the ICU we were told that the first 48 hours could go either way. The doctors were amazed that he was still alive. As the word spread so many of you started pray-

from page 6 charges. We see the new year of 2012 as one full of opportunity and continued growth for our small company. We anticipate further staff enhancements and growth in our ability to serve the economic health of our region. With the recent announcement of the $103 million award given by the state to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council combined with reopening of the Lake Champlain Bridge, we see our area’s opportunity to regain its economic footing as bright as it has been in recent years. Much work still remains but our goal at Denton Publications will be as supporter, driver and cheerleader. They are roles we’ve worked hard to maintain over the past 64 year but they remain as important today as they were back 1948 when our founder William Denton and his son Bill Denton saw a vision for the area and felt they could help. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming in 2012 and we hope you’ll find the opportunities in it as prosperous and as exciting as we anticipate they will be. Happy New Year from our families to your family. Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. Reach him at



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Calendar covers Champlain history and cemeteries By Stephen Bartlett

habitants,” he said. Early cemeteries include the Hayford, Shute, A.S. Thurber in CHAMPLAIN — David Patrick Rouses Point, Waters and ones in Perrys Mills. Most were family has covered Champlain’s history cemeteries on farms. for some time. “Pliny Moore and Ezra Thurber His latest calendar dives into the also gave land to Champlain and depths of the area’s cemeteries. Rouses “This Point vilyear ’s callages, and endar has 13 these small large format Champlain: Kinney Drugs (Route 11), the cemeteries photoVillage of Champlain office, the Town of Chamwere used graphs that plain office, the Champlain Memorial Library, for about 60 were taken Chauvin Insurance,Samuel de Champlain Hisyears,” in Chamtory Center Patrick plain vilRouses Point: Cornerstone Drug and Gift said. “St. lage, Rouses (Route 11) Joseph’s Point, Beekmantown: Conroyʼs Organics (Route 9) cemetery is CoopPlattsburgh: Corner-Stone Bookshop the oldest ersville and (downtown on Margaret Street), Clinton Councatholic Perrys ty Historical Association (CCHA) cemetery in Mills,” said town.” Patrick. In 1858 The cover and 1859, photo shows the circa 1909 railroad depot he explained, Maple Hill and Glenwood Cemetery Associations were in the village of Champlain. “I give a short history of the rail- established and eventually the family cemeteries were dug up and road,” he said. “Each photo has a the remains moved. good description.” “But I found that not everyone For the essay, Patrick wrote was moved and many of the these about the lost burying yards. “There is a lot of history related family cemeteries still have people to these as they contain the remains buried here,” Patrick said. “I think of Champlain town’s earliest in- it is important for people to know

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where these old cemeteries are.” Some are in fields, others behind houses. The exact location of many have been lost over the past 150 years. One of Patrick’s most significant discoveries was the Refugee Burying Ground, also known as the Catholic Cemetery or Ashline

Cemetery. It was known to a few people in town, though its significance seemed a mystery. “This was on the farm of Jacques Rouse, who Rouses Point is named after,” Patrick said. “He died in 1820.” Rouse is buried there with his wives and young children. Many of

the earliest French refugees are buried there too. “Human remains have been found in this field in the past,” Patrick said. “No one knows the original size of the cemetery or where people are buried as the earliest graves probably had wooden crosses placed here. “In the mid to late 1800s, gravestones were placed here, but they were all knocked down in the 1930s.” Today, they lay covered in sod. Last year, Patrick drove around town and used the McLellan Cemetery Transcriptions to find many of the smaller plots. Some were taken care of, but others were abandoned, with stones buried and broken. Patrick’s relative, Hugh McLellan, transcribed more than 8,000 stones in his lifetime during the 1930s and 1950s. Over the past 80 years, the conditions of the cemeteries has worsened and transcriptions are the only way to know who is buried where. “I also list the soldiers that served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War and where they are buried,” Patrick said. “This is important to know when we give tribute to these soldiers who fought 200 years ago.”

Chazy Central Rural School high honor roll and honor roll released 2011-2012 Quarter 1 High Honor Roll

Grade 8 Cameron Giroux, Ely Giroux, Austin Gravelle, Cody LaMoy, Alexandra Mesick, Sydney Pelton, Spencer Rogers, Allison Tatro

Grade 12 Kirsten Doran, Amanda Kempainen, Caitlyn LaPier, Chelsea Mooney, Niki Onken, Miranda Oshier, Katie Thibault, Katharine Tooke

Grade 7 Jessica Barcomb, Steffaney Jabaut, Noah LaPorte, Bailey Pepper

Grade 11 Mitchel Ayer, Brett Giroux, Caitlin Kozak, Jessica LaPier Grade 10 Paige Garnot, Ashley Gilmore, Courtney Gilmore, Heidi Kreckel, Maeghan McDonald Grade 9 Kenna Barnes, Samuel Christiansen-Provost, Kinnan Latremore, Kallie McGrath, Zina Peete, Rachel Pombrio, Mya Stone, Skyler Thomas, Meixin Yang

Plattsburgh Library from page 1 the library. “Basically, we saved the library,” said Karen Ricketson, a library employee and vice president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that represents library employees. The Plattsburgh Public library faced a $150,000 deficit. In response, the library’s board of directors presented a budget that eliminated four positions. Library supporters and some

Chazy Central Rural School 2011-2012 Quarter 1 Honor Roll Grade 12 Samuel Anderson, Jordan Barriere, Stephanie Brown, Kirstin Burns, Jori Cooper, Adrianna Couture, Zachary Desjardins, Christina Emery, Emily Favreau, Jacob Garrant, Kathryn Gravelle, Abby LaDue, Mikayla LaPorte, Tessa Miner, Cheyenne Naple, Devin Poitras, Hunter Provost-Dominy, Richard Purdy Jr, Tirzah Richmond, Michael Ryba, Olivia Seymour, Nathan Swan, Alexander Sweet, Cody Toohill

employees criticized the board, saying the move would hurt the library and risk its state accreditation. Many people have also openly questioned how the library ended up with a deficit. Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak criticized the library, pointing to weak management and said the deficit is partly the result of some employees abusing the system. Library employees countered that there were two sides to every story. The union offered an alternative budget to try and save the four positions and close the budget gap,

Grade 11 Logan C. Baker, Justin Brothers, Damian Bushey, Michaela Cahoon, Cole Chaskey, Tanner Chauvin, Stephanie Gonyo, Kevin Hartpence, Alexandra Hayes, Katelynn LaPointe, Levi Lewis, Victoria Lyons, Sarah McNally, Dustin Miller, David Poitras, Alexander Reid, Nolan Rogers Grade 10 Logan M. Baker, Samantha Barcomb, Blaize Brothers, Dylan Doran, Dylan Garrow, Jack Genier, Shelby Gonyo, Hayden Guay, Alec LaPierre, Andrea Meshefsky, Amber Polomsky, Alexander Rabideau, Brianna Rotella, Brendan Ryan, Bailey Stalker, Taylor West Grade 9 Paige Barcomb, Joshua Barriere, Kayleigh Bell, Olivia Blais, Alyssa Bordeau, Zachary Brothers, Gage Castine, Alexander Duprey, Ariana Hagen, Chloe McNally, Keagan O'Connor, Abbey Snide, Austin Snide, Jillian Spencer, Katelyn Therrian, Maura Trombley, Brooke West

but the Board of Directors ultimately went with a plan presented by Plattsburgh Common Council member Tim Carpenter. His four year plan, among other things, would have the union work with the board to resolve the cost of overtime and reduce the book budget $5,000 to $10,000. Employees would see their hours reduced from 37 to 35 hours. The union would have to agree to drop all grievances for a savings of $11,000. Employees would have to sign a four-year contract with 0-percent raises and a 15-percent contribution toward health insurance from

Grade 8 Matthew Ackey, Courtney Brown, Morgan Collins, Aiden Cooper, Kyle Drake, Emma Garceau, Hannah Hayes, Paige Kreckel, Gwendelyn LaPier, Hannah McCauley, Michael Parent, Jebidiah Roberts, Corey Ryan, Ali Thibault, Zachariah Wentworth Grade 7 Trevor Ano-Ryba, Sara Bulriss, Kade Collins, Cameron Doran, Terrance Doran, Mikayla Douglas, Gage Ducatte, Parker Favreau, Delaney Garrant, Kailey Garrant, Cole Harvey, Lilly Hayes, Paetyn Hilborne, Cassandra Jock, Derek Jock, Megan Knight, Jordan LaPointe, Cameron Lee, Kelsey O'Connor, Riley Roberts, Brittany Rock, Megan Rock, Ariane Roy, Keeley Sample-Filimon, Elizabeth Swan, Hunter Thomas, Kelsie Wells

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all employees. Employees would only be able to earn 12 sick days instead of 24, and a new grievance process would be instituted. It would include a grievance committee of two union representatives, two board members, one management and a facilitator. Carpenter said if the agreement can be approved by Dec. 28 with the union’s blessing he would request additional funding of $60,000 from the City of Plattsburgh. Library employees unanimously approved the plan on the evening of Dec. 26.

“It’s on our backs,” Ricketson said. She’s losing more than $3,000 under the new contract. On average, library employees, the lowest paid union members in the city, will lose $55 per week. “And yet they took the biggest hit,” said Denise Nephew, union president. “But if we had not have done it, there would have been a ripple effect, and we all care about the library,” Ricketson said. “We know what the library needs and what it means to people, and it would have meant a cut in services and hours.”


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CVPH Births BURDO— a son, Landon Allen, was born Dec. 14, 2011, to Kylie and Kevin Burdo. PERYEA— a daughter, Saige Marie, was born Dec. 13, 2011, to Stephanie Golden and Christopher Peryea. DICKERSON— a daughter, Rogue Elysia, was born Dec. 15, 2011 to Sasha Fox and Christopher Dickerson. DUBREY— a daughter, Brayden Rylan, was born Dec. 15, 2011 to Amanda DuBrey. KENNEDY— a daughter, Ariel Rhyleigh-Ann, was born Dec. 15, 2011 to Christina Cota and Robert Kennedy. KENNEDY— a son, Nathan Ray, was born Dec. 15, 2011 to Christina Cota and Robert Kennedy. SCORSOME— a son, Wyatt Robert, was born Dec. 14, 2011, to Shirreece Robare and Mathew Scorsome. GIBSON— a son, Seth Joseph, was born Dec. 15, 2011 to Stephanie and Leonard Gibson. AGNEW— a daughter, Leah Mae, was born Dec. 17, 2011 to Chelsea and Alfred Agnew Jr.



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Paige Southwick looks to pass the ball against a PHS defender. Southwick scored 21 against Seton. Photo by Keith Lobdell

Week in review Boys Hockey

NCCS 1, Saranac 0, OT

Liam McDonough scored the games lone goal three minutes into overtime as the Cougars defeated the Chiefs. Kyle McCarthy made 16 saves in net.

Girls Basketball

Week in review

NCCS 50, Seton Catholic 46

Paige Southwick scored 21 points to lead the Lady Cougars offensively, while Skyler Hebert added 12, Jackie Rabideau 7, Bianca Grimshaw 6 and Allie Cartier 4.

Chazy’s LaPier Class D Player of the Year

Photo by Keith Lobdell

Jesse Smith goes up for a basket for the Bobcat boys team.


NAC 57, Beekmantown 12

Scott Kellett, Kaleb Sample, Hunter Carpenter and Jackson Sutherland each scored pins for the Bobcats, while Brandon Edwards, Matt Carter, Collin LaBombard, Justin Kellett, Garrett Gero, Austin Trombley and Rusty Pombrio won by decision.

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By Keith Lobdell CHAZY— For the second straight season, a Chazy Lady Eagle has earned the honor of Class D state Player of the Year. Caitlyn LaPier, who helped lead the Eagles to back-toback state titles this season, earned the honor from the NYSSCOGS and NYSSWA. Goalie Katherine Tooke and defender Megan Reynolds were named to the Class D first team, while last year ’s state player of the year, Kirsten Doran, was named to the third team. Elizabethtown-Lewis striker Kylee Cassavaugh was named ot the fourth team allstate. AuSable Valley midfielder Amanda Hamilton and Beekmantown striker Jess Huber were named to the first team in Class B, while teammate Stephanie Clookey and Peru’s Lindsey Bushey were named to the third team. Chazy’s Caitlyn LaPier, who helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back state No Class C players were titles this season, earned the honor of Class D state Player of the Year. named to the state teams. Photo by Keith Lobdell

Stephanie Linder scored 15 points against Salmon River in non-league play last week.

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Week in review Girls Basketball

Saranac 53, Salmon River 38

Stephanie Linder combined 15 points with 14 rebounds, while Kayla Napper scored 14, Victoria Phaneuf 10 and Alisha Ducatte 10.

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Pictured here is one of the big, wild hogs that was recently taken in Peru. The hogs feed primarily at night. The cinderblock provides some perspective on the size of the animal. Brian Thew, one of the hog hunters explained, “The meat is unbelievable, it is really lean. DEC tested it for disease, and it was deemed safe, so we had a big, pig roast!”

Big pigs in the Adirondacks


n Jan. 14, 2010, I was in Albany to attend a Roundtable Meeting with the NYSDEC, to discuss a wide range of sportsman’s concerns and

issues. Representatives from over 40 different sportsmen’s organizations and conservation councils including NYS Bass, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, NYS Houndsmen, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Safari Club International and others were in attendance. At the meeting, DEC administrators covered a variety of issues such as license fees, the distribution of Conservation Fund monies, agency staffing concerns, special projects, hatchery rehabilitation projects, law enforcement initiatives, DEC Conservation Camp programs, Archery in the Schools, the importance of mentoring programs and much more. However, the most alarming topic concerned the spread of a dangerous, new invasive species in New York, the feral swine. At the time, wild hogs had already been discovered in over 16 New York counties, primarily in the southern tier. Although the origins of the swine in the Southern Tier were undetermined, they were known to have destroyed agricultural crops, ravaged the mast crop, killed fawns and endangered many species of birds, particularly ground nesters such as wild turkeys. DEC biologists implored attendees to enlist the fellow sportsmen in the effort to control the hogs, before their populations became unmanageable, as they already are, in many other states. In many southern states, feral swine have taken over, and displaced many native species. The porkers are believed to have descended from wild boar stock, and their physical appearance is closer to wild boar than to domestic pigs. There is nothing cute about them. Populations can multiply quickly, as they can produce a litter every 4 months, with anywhere from 10 to 15 piglets. Wherever they have become established, feral swine have caused incredible environmental impacts, by damaging crops, destroying native plants, reducing forest regeneration and competing with native species for food and territory. Ten years ago, the loss and damage to agriculture from feral swine was estimated to be greater than $800 million in the US. In addition, feral swine have been known to prey on lambs, goat kids, and calves in Texas and Australia. In other states feral swine have been known to spread disease to livestock. Feral Hogs can now be found in every state in the country, and populations are at epidemic proportions in Texas, Florida, California and Hawaii. Recently, in efforts to control the invasives, the state of Texas took the extraordinary measure of allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.

damage! They eat the seed corn, pumpkins, apples, and they root up everything. We’ve lost over $20,000, and it’s not covered by our insurance.” DEC wildlife biologists estimate there are about 30 wild pigs in a territory of about two to three square miles near Bear Swamp Road in Peru. “Fortunately, we got nuisance permits from the DEC, so that hunters can help us get rid of them.” Mr. Rulf continued, “DEC has already trapped three, and three have been shot. A couple have also been hit by cars.” According to Brian Thew of Morrisonville, blood tests indicate the big pigs are 100 percent Russian Boar. Thew is one of several hunters, who have been attempting to help eradicate the hogs. “We were hunting them every night, and we worked them hard!” he explained, “But they are fast and smart! There are already three generations, with small 15-20pound pigs, 150-170-pound hogs and we’ve seen one older boar that had to be over 400 pounds.” Currently, DEC is continuing their efforts to trap the pigs, and hunters hope to be in the fields as often as possible. In the ongoing battle, permitted hunters are allowed to bait the pigs, and to utilize lights, as well as laser scopes to hunt them. Because feral hogs have such destructive potential, the DEC will usually provide hunters with permits to kill the wild pigs on the spot. DEC's goal is to eradicate feral swine from the state's landscape. In New York, people with a small game license may shoot and keep feral swine at any time and in any number. All other hunting laws and firearms regulations are still in effect when shooting feral swine. The DEC asks those who see the animals to report their sightings through email to or by phone to the nearest regional wildlife office. Region 5's headquarters in Ray Brook can be reached at 897-1200. Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at

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Deer take down by 10 percent in northern zone W

hile some really nice antlers hit the forest floor this hunting season, I think the universal theme coming from Adirondack hunting camps was that less deer were being seen. I know that was our experience at my camp. The preliminary deer take numbers in the northern zone seem to follow that trend, according to senior wildlife biologist Ed Reed. Reed said the number of deer reported to the DEC this season was down about 10 percent in the northern zone. Conversely, the deer take in the southern zone was up about 10 percent, he said. “So, overall, I think the statewide total will be about the same as last year,” Reed said. Hunters harvested just over 230,000 deer in the 2010 hunting season, an increase of about 3 percent over 2009. The 2010 deer take included approximately 123,100 antlerless deer and just under 107,000 bucks. Deer harvests in the northern zone in 2010 were very comparable to 2009, with adult buck take at approximately 16,100 and antlerless take approximately 12,500. In the southern zone, excluding Long Island, adult buck take in 2010 was approximately 89,900 while antlerless take was approximately 108,600. If the numbers hold true to Reed’s prediction, the deer take in the northern zone will decline from 28,600 deer in 2010 to 25,740 in 2011, with about 1,600 less bucks taken. Total deer take in the southern zone will rise from 198,500 in 2010 to 218,350 in 2011. Deer harvest data is gathered from two main sources, harvest reports called in by successful hunters, and DEC staff ’s examination of harvested deer at check stations and meat processors. Biologists are well aware that even though it is required, still only about 45 percent of successful hunters report their take, and this is taken into consideration in the final tally. Considering all variables, the DEC maintains its statewide harvest numbers are statistically accurate to within ±2 percent. Final numbers on the 2011 deer tally will not be made available to the public until February, Reed said. Reed attributed the lackluster deer take in the northern zone to a handful of factors, including milder than average fall temperatures combined with ample feed, keeping deer movement to a minimum. He also said the region has experienced larger than normal snow totals in four of the last five winters, inhibiting deer travel and making it difficult for them to reach food sources, increasing winter mortality. “Fawns are the first to go, because of their size and lack of fat reserve compared to adult deer,” Reed said. “We haven’t witnessed any really large die-offs, but a few deer here and there starts to add up in the northern zone.” The 2010 and previous year ’s deer harvest by county, town, and wildlife management unit are available at on the DEC website. John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at

And this little piggy goes….. Despite introduction into the southern tier, there were few concerns that wild swine would invade the Adirondacks. It had been attempted before, in 1902, when Russian boar were introduced to a large hunting preserve near Tupper Lake, along with elk, Sitka deer and other exotic species. Although the initial stock was contained within a 1,000 acre game fence, wild boar has never been able to establish a permanent population in the North Country. However, it appears they are trying to, according to Bob Rulf, the owner of Rulf ’s Orchards on the Bear Swamp Road in Peru. “We first noticed them about three years ago,” Mr. Rulf recently explained. “I’m very upset, they cause a lot of

This feral swine, weighing about 40 pounds, was shot in Peru by Shoby Finle of Beekmantown.

Brothers Mike and Jim West shot these two mature Adirondack bucks within 20 minutes of each other while hunting in Newcomb Nov. 23.

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KEESEVILLE — Fish Fry Friday, Elks Lodge 2072, 1 Elks Lane, 5-7:30 p.m. Take-outs available. Fish or shrimp. $6.95. 834-2072. LAKE PLACID—STARS ON ICE, Olympic Center Box Office, 2634 Main St, 7:30 p.m. LAKE PLACID—Ski Jumping Event, Olympic Jumping Complex, 52 Ski Jump Lane Rte. 73, 12:30 p.m. -2 p.m. 523-2202

NEW YEAR’S DAY OBSERVED. WILMINGTON—Teen Night Group, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 7-8 p.m. ROUSES POINT —After glow party, American Legion Post 912, 29 Pratt St. noon-4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE OBSERVED. MORRISONVILLE — North Country Squares Dance Club meets, Clinton County Fairgrounds, 84 Fairgrounds Road, Morrisonville. 7 p.m. Caller Bob LaBounty and cuer Carl Trudo. 561-7167 or 492-2057. TUPPER LAKE—All about Owls, Flammer Theater, the Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. PERU—Peru Memorial VFW New Year's Eve Party, 710 New York 22B, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 a couple or $13 a person.


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. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 5787123.


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. 5787123.

WILMINGTON—Bible Study & Potluck, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 6 p.m. KEESEVILLE—Open archery shooting, The Chesterfield Fish and Game Club, 359 Green St. 7-10 P.M. Open to all ages. 643-8754 or 643-2651.

per night and class size is limited to 40 participants. PLATTSBURGH —Zumba, 6-7p.m. right at the Town of Plattsburgh Office building on Banker Road. $5, limited to 40 participants. CHAZY— Chazy Lions Club Meetings, Weathercock Restaurant,9688 State Route 9, 7 p.m.



REDFORD — Saranac fiddlers performance. Assumption of Mary School. 6:30-9:30 p.m.. $2. 293-7031. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 5787123. WILMINGTON—Teen Night Group, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 7-8 p.m.

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. SARANAC LAKE—Mapping the Familiar: Artist Maps of Saranac Lake, Adirondack

Thursday.Jan.5 PLATTSBURGH — Senior Zumba, Town Office building on Banker Road, 5-5:45p.m. $5

Artists’ Guild, 52 Main St. 5-7 p.m.

Saturday.Jan.7 TUPPER LAKE—Meet a Live Porcupine, Flammer Theater, the Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m.

Sunday.Jan.8 TUPPER LAKE—Meet a Live Porcupine, Flammer Theater, the Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m.


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. CHAZY —3 Mile Club, Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Old Route 191, 6 p.m. $3. 5787123.


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. 5787123. WILMINGTON—Bible Study & Potluck, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 6 p.m.


CHRISTMAS POTLUCK By Doug Peterson ACROSS 1 Enjoy a home-cooked Christmas dinner, say 6 Linear opening 11 “Don’t leave!” 15 Pretense 19 “Funny Girl” subject 20 Midnight follower 21 2011 Home Run Derby winner Robinson __ 22 Dustin’s “Tootsie” co-star 23 The Little Drummer Boy brought __ 25 “The stockings were __ ...” 26 Barrel of laughs 27 Come by honestly 28 War hero Murphy 29 Baby barker 30 In the thick of 32 Kerbside container 34 Tiny Tim brought __ 37 81-Down scanners 39 Bosox legend 40 See-through piece 41 Easily influenced 44 In a frenzy 47 1974 Peace Nobelist from Japan 48 Smartphone component, for short 51 Cupid the reindeer brought __ 55 “__ Theme”: “Doctor Zhivago” tune 57 Military assignment 58 Drums out 59 Scuff, say 60 Song title words before “music” or “rock ‘n’ roll” 61 Santa __ 62 Fire starter? 63 Serving to punish

65 Prominent landmark 66 Jack Frost brought __ 72 Three-line verse 74 Point-and-click shopping 75 Videotape format 76 Groovy 79 Orange-skinned Muppet 80 Word of unanimity 81 “Of __ Sing” 84 Carter of “Gimme a Break!” 85 Runs through a sieve 86 The Nutcracker brought __ 89 “A Christmas Carol” epithet 90 Brickmaker’s oven 92 Verdi villain who sings “Era la notte, Cassio dormia” 93 Display deference 94 “Bossypants” author Fey 95 Humanities degs. 97 One-horse carriages 99 Rudolph brought __ 105 Get comfortable with 109 1992 Wimbledon champ 110 Kitty, maybe 111 Dinero 113 Illegal USMC status 114 Attention 115 Glittery mineral 117 The Salvation Army volunteer brought __ 119 Change one’s story? 120 Period of prosperity 121 Followers of various animals? 122 “Four Christmases” actress Witherspoon 123 HR dept. data 124 Inning sextet 125 2001 bankruptcy filer 126 “What the Butler Saw” playwright

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70 Threshold 71 Songbird with an onomatopoeic name 72 Basil or rosemary 73 Teatro Rossini highlight 77 “And don’t forget ...” 78 Cooled, in a way, with “on” 81 Bag-checking agcy. 82 “Macbeth” trio member 83 Grandson of Eve 84 Times, at times 86 Balkan native

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PERU SAND & GRAVEL, LLC NOTICE OF FORMATION of a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC): DATE OF FORMATION: The Articles of Organization were filed with the New York State Secretary of State on November 14, 2011. NEW YORK OFFICE LOCATION: Clinton County AGENT FOR PROCESS: The Secretary of State is designated as Agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to 353 Sullivan Road, Peru, New York 12972. PURPOSE: To engage in any lawful act or activity. NCM-11/26-12/31/116TC-27966

----------------------------NOTICE OF INFORMATION of Limited Liability Company ( LLC ) Name: Life Enriching Assets Project,LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York ( SSNY ) on 2/20/11. Office Location: Clinton. The SSNY is designed 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 Life Enriching Assets Project, LLC 62 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, New York 12932. NCM-11/26-12/31/116TC-27976 ----------------------------NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EFFICACY HOLDINGS, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/7/11. Office location: Clinton County. LLC formed in FL on 7/5/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 875 Ave. of the Americas, Ste. 501, NY, NY

10001. FL and principal business address: 6622 Summer Cove Dr., Riverview, FL 33578. Cert. of Org. filed with FL Sec. of State, 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Purpose: all lawful purposes. NCM-12/3-1/7/20116TC-27991 ----------------------------DERIVATIVES DIRECTIONS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/26/11. Office in Clinton Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 279 Mott St. Ste. 2R New York, NY 10012. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NCM-12/10-1/14/126tc-20766 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TURTLE POND PROPERTIES, MJK, LLC (PURSUANT TO SECTION 203 OF THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LAW) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Articles of Organization of Turtle Pond Properties, MJK, LLC (the

Company ) were filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York on August 17, 2011. The Company is being formed for any lawful business purpose and shall have all the powers set forth in 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 8 Flaglar Drive, Plattsburgh, New York 12901. The Secretary of State has been designated as the agent of the Company upon who process against the Company may be served. The post 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: 8 Flaglar Drive, Plattsburgh, New York 12901. NCM-12/10-1/14/126TC-20774 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION New York Limited Liability Company Blackthorn Defense LLC was formed on December 1, 2011 for

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an unlimited duration. Its office is located in Clinton County. It has no registered agent. The New York secretary of state has been designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served and the post office address to which the secretary of state shall mail process is: c/o Arthur Norton, 376 Margaret Street, Unit E-32, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-5022. The business of the LLC is the import and export of goods. Dated: December 2, 2 0 1 1 /s/ John E. Clute Esq. organizer NCM-12/17-1/21/1220795 ----------------------------JCS MATTHEWS’ LLC NOTICE OF FORMATION of a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC): DATE OF FORMATION: The Articles of Organization were filed with the New York State Secretary of State on December 9, 2011. NEW YORK OFFICE LOCATION: Clinton County AGENT FOR PROCESS:

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The Secretary of State is designated as Agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to 5591 State Route 11, Ellenburg, New York 12933. PURPOSE: To engage in any lawful act or activity. NCM-12/17-1/21/126TC-20806 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BROWN & DAVIS LANDHOLDING, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/11. Office location: Clinton County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5383 Peru St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Purpose: any lawful activity. NCM-12/24-1/28/126TC-20834 ----------------------------VETRATECH LLC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY of a foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC): FIRST: The Application for Authority was filed with the New

York State Secretary of State on December 20, 2011. SECOND: The jurisdiction of organization of the LLC is: State of Delaware. The date of its organization is: June 20, 2011. THIRD: The County within this state in which the office, or if more than one office, the principal office, of the LLC is to be located is: Clinton County, New York. FOURTH:The Secretary of State is designated as Agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against him or her is: 85 Macey Lane, Plattsburgh, New York 12901. FIFTH: T h e address of the office required to be maintained in the jurisdiction of its formation, or if one is not required, the address of principal office of the limited liability company is: The Company Corporation, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, Delaware 19808. SIXTH: The foreign limited liability compa-

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ny is in existence in its jurisdiction of formation at the time of filing of this application. SEVENTH: The name and address of the authorized office (i.e., Secretary of State) in the jurisdiction of its formation where a copy of its Articles of Organization is filed, with all amendments thereto, is: State of Delaware Secretary of State, Division of Corporations, P.O. Box 898, Dover, Delaware 19903. NCM-12/31-2/4/126TC-20856 ----------------------------GTJ ENTERPRISES, LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/18/2011. Office location: Clinton County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2735 Military Turnpike, West Chazy, NY 12992. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NCM-12/31-2/4/126TC-20927 ----------------------------Looking for a part-time job? Check out the classifieds.

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