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January 16, 2010

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Workers needed to undertake census By Matt Bosley

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North Country National Guardsmen helping give bobsledders a brake By Jeremiah S. Papineau

GLENS FALLS — Unemployment rates remain high across the North Country and the nation as a whole, but a valuable government program may provide some temporary opportunities for those in need of a job. The 2010 United States Census is currently undertaking a nationwide recruiting effort for people to help with collecting population statistics. Mary Miller is assistant manager for recruiting at the local census office in Glens Falls, which is in charge of census-taking efforts in ClinLocal sites for Census ton, Essex, field employee tests Hamilton, (Call 1-866-861-2010 for Warren, specific dates and times) Washington, Lake Placid Public Library and Fulton Jay Community Center counties. Olympic Center “We are ofHall of Fame Room fering $13 an hour plus mileage,” said Miller, “and in these hard economic times, that is good money.” And that’s just where it starts, said George Demas, local census office manager in Glens Falls. There are positions available along a series of higher levels, each offering a higher rate of pay. Altogether, said Demas, the 2010 census will need to hire about 1,200 census-takers, also called enumerators, to seek out homes needed for the agency’s population count. “In order to work for the census, you have to take a test,” said Demas. The field test, which consists of 28 multiple choice questions dealing with basic language and math skills, will qualify prospective workers for the vast majority of available positions. A separate supervisors’ test is also available to qualify for some of the managerial positions. However, Demas encouraged all supervisor applicants to take the field test as well, since the Census office often looks to hire managers from in-house. There is no need to pre-register for any of the tests, said Demas, and there’s no need for applicants to worry if they don’t perform well. “They can take the test again,” said Demas; “they can take it as many times as they want and the highest score counts.” Applicants who take either of the tests are added to a database that acts as a hiring pool for local census offices. Demas said hiring people from within the communities they canvas is a high priority. “We need local people to do that,” said Demas. “They’re more effective at that than the people who are not from that area because they know the streets and they know the neighborhood.” Another important skill is foreign language, he said, since some of the homes census-takers visit may not be English-speaking. “Bilingual applicants are highly sought after,” he said. ‘We would go out of our way to hire a bilingual enumerator for that area.” Most census workers put in between 20 and 40 hours per week with very flexible schedules, said Demas, many choosing to work evenings and weekends when the houses they visit are more likely to be occupied. “They don’t go to every house,” said Demas. “They go to the houses that didn’t respond to the mail campaign.”

See CENSUS, page 9 LAKE PLACID — When the men and women of the New York Army National Guard are in the field, they’ll stop at nothing until their mission is complete. However, when they’re on the bobsled track, their mission isn’t complete unless they’ve stopped everything. For the fourth year in a row, members of the New York Army National Guard served as brakemen and crew members for the 5th Annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Center. The challenge, which took place Jan. 9 and 10, annually assigns National Guardsmen to help stop high-speed sleds coming down the three-quarter-mile track operated by NASCAR and National Hot Rod Association drag race drivers. The National Guard has participated in the bobsled challenge since 2007, when NASCAR driver and event

Twenty members of the New York Army National Guard served as brakemen for NASCAR and drag race drivers from the National Hot Rod Association last weekend at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Center in Lake Placid during the 5th Annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge. Some of the soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, headquartered in Morrisonville, included, from left, Spc. John Pagan, Sgt. Michael Benjamin, Pfc. David Mitchell, Pvt. Steven Spence, Pvt. Joshua Euber and Spc. Andrew Konstantinidis. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau

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Citizens ask for disclosure in Essex Co. government hiring By Jon Alexander ELIZABETHTOWN — Inquiring minds want to know whether a last name helps or hinders a person’s chance of getting a job in Essex County government. Following intense scrutiny from a handful of residents, Essex County supervisors are considering the creation of an ethics committee, and they may begin requiring more disclosure of personal and family relationships between county leadership and candidates for county employment. Over the last few months, the hiring of several close relatives of County Manager Dan Palmer and his wife, Board of Supervisors Clerk Deborah Doyle-Palmer, have some residents wondering if nepotism is running rampant in Essex County. But county supervisors and department heads refuted the rumors and allegations of unfair hiring practices, calling the claims unfounded. At an organizational meeting of the county Board of Supervisors Jan. 4, Essex resident Sandy Lewis addressed the group and urged greater disclosure of the county's hiring process, particularly when family members of current employees are involved. Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas said he doesn’t believe any bias now taints hiring decisions, but said it may be time to list the many close relationships among county leadership and staff.

“At this point we will do some study of it, but I don’t think it is running wild like everybody thinks it is,” Douglas said. Before taking the helm of the county, Douglas had chaired the Personnel Committee for five years. He noted that it may be time for the formation of a county Board of Supervisors ethics committee, which could oversee potential conflicts of interest and

“A lot of these jobs have

those restrictions, but you can’t say that the person who scored the highest doesn’t deserve the job regardless if their brother or father works for the county or not.”

— Joyce Morency St. Armand Supervisor

provide greater protection to the taxpayer. Supervisors typically only oversee the hiring of department heads, who in turn hire staff as long as the position already exists. County officials said department heads sometimes consult with the county manager and the personnel office before making a final decision. At least four members of the DoylePalmer family have been hired into various county departments. Most recently, Deborah Palmer ’s sister-in-

law, Patti Doyle, was hired by newly-elected District Attorney Kristy Sprague, and Deborah Palmer's brother, Patrick Doyle, was hired as a Department of Public Works mechanic only a few months prior. Patti Doyle’s daughter-in-law, Erica Fuller Doyle was hired in the Personnel Department and Palmer ’s sister-in-law, Shona, was hired to replace Patti Doyle as Deputy Republican Commissioner at the County Board of Elections. Deborah Palmer ’s daughter, Brianne Weber, is employed in the County Clerk’s office under Joe Provancha, who is Dan Palmer ’s cousin. When all the salaries are included, the Doyle-Palmer family grosses more than $250,000 a year of taxpayer money. But according to St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency, the lion’s share of this amount falls under the salaries of the county manager and the clerk of the board, both of whom have earned it, she said. Deborah Palmer earns more than $63,000 annually with a longevity stipend of $1,680 while Dan Palmer draws a salary of about $95,000 as county manager plus another $18,000 for his position as Information Systems director. Morency noted that many county jobs require a civil service exam, and that the test scores can’t be affected by favoritism. “A lot of these jobs have those restrictions, but you can’t say that the person who scored the highest doesn’t deserve the job

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SATURDAY January 16, 2010

Supervisors decry voting machine changes Paper ballot scanners to replace lever machines by September By Matt Bosley ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County leaders are expressing frustration in reaction to state and federal mandates that they say will increase the cost to hold local elections. David Mace, Democratic commissioner at the Essex County Board of Elections, spoke at the Jan. 11 Public Safety Committee meeting, outlining some of the changes planned for elections in 2010. Mace said his department received word Dec. 16 of a mandate from the State Board of Elections to administer future elections through the use of electronic optical scanners. Mechanical lever voting machines, which have been in place for decades in Essex County, will be phased out entirely. “No later than September of this year... the lever machines are gone,” said Mace, noting that the change is mandated by a federal court order. The news came much to the dismay of many county leaders who say the new equipment and training required is a waste of money to fix a system they say isn’t broken. The lever machines can still be used in village or school district elections, Mace explained, but will no longer be legal for use in any other elections. Instead, all voters will now have to fill out a special paper

ballot that is electronically counted by the optical scanners. Disabled voters can use special ballot marking devices, or BMDs, that create a paper ballot using computerized interfaces. Some optical scanners have already been put into use in Essex County, being utilized alongside lever machines at most voting sites in the 2009 elections. According to Mace, 20 counties across New York State participated in a pilot program last year to test their exclusive use, and many reported very few problems with the machines. One common complaint among voters, he said, was a perceived lack of privacy, because, in most cases, they were not behind a curtain when filling out their ballot. “The Board of Elections is going to have to be proactive in the way election sites are set up,” said Mace, noting that privacy booths will be set up for voters to mark their ballots behind a curtain, and scanners will be located such that the marked ballots will not have to be carried far. Mace said the Board of Elections has about $115,000 left from a grant for new machines and related materials. The department plans to spend roughly $35,000 of their grant money on privacy booths and at least another $35,000 on more scanners and BMDs. The other issue created by the switch, said Mace, is that the county will have to hire and train two voting machine technicians to ensure the scanners are maintained and set up correctly. The committee agreed to set a salary for the position at $17 per hour.

Law requires the technicians, one from each party, to work in tandem to prevent any opportunities for tampering. Mace said they will need to work nearly full-time August through December with occasional work in the winter and spring. Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas decried the mandate, noting how the county has already had to spend thousands of dollars to conform to new federal voting regulations. He expressed concern that hiring technicians for 26 weeks would require them to be provided with health insurance and other benefits, putting further strain on the county’s budget. “It’s just a total waste of money,” said Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee; “the security, the machines – everything.” Since each scanner will be equipped to count up to 2,000 ballots, most sites will only require one to operate. Ferebee expressed concern about the machines breaking down, as one in North Elba did in the last election. “Our constituents will have no place to vote if those machines break down,” Ferebee said. Because the optical scanners use a paper ballot, Mace said, the ballots can always be stored in a locked box and handcounted later in the case of machine failure. It’s that verification process that provides an advantage over lever machines, he said. Even though the county-owned lever machines will become illegal for use in most elections, county officials may have to wait to sell them. “The State Board of Elections has made it very clear to me that nothing is to be done with those machines this year,” said Mace.

Trustees approve contract with village police department By Chris Morris LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees this week unanimously approved a new contract with village police of-

ficers. At Monday’s regular board meeting, Mayor Craig Randall presented a two-year contract with Teamsters Local 687. The deal features three percent raises for the village’s 14 officers, two of whom are part-time employees.


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Randall told the board that the village is better off with a two-year deal because of the shaky economy. “Short-term is better at this point,” he said. “It’s better to reach an agreement now and come back to the table when the contract is up and see where we stand.” The mayor thanked trustees Art Devlin and Zay Curtis, as well as Dan McKillip of North Country Labor Relations, for negotiating what he called a “fair deal for both parties.” “For the moment, for the two-year period this represents, this is a reasonable conclusion to this negotiation,” Randall said. “I have to thank Art and Zay in particular who put in a lot of time on the board’s behalf. I would also say that we spent considerable hours working over this negotiation and trying to come up with something that would fit within our current budget. This fits.” Union officials met with the village on at least 12 occasions, and at one point an impasse was declared. Randall said that after about five meetings, it became apparent that negotiations wouldn’t be easy.

“We went into mediation,” he said. “We had three meetings with a state-appointed mediator, and just before Thanksgiving we realized further mediation wouldn’t work.” Randall then directed his negotiation team to go back to the table and present the village’s offer as final – which did pose considerable risk for the village. “If they did not accept the offer, it would then go to binding arbitration, which we were advised – in view of other surrounding community settlements – would be difficult for the village,” Randall said. “But we didn’t get to that point, however, because the police department, after getting clarification on what our offer really represented, in fact voted in favor of accepting the offer. The contract does include some concessions on the teamsters behalf, and Randall also notes officers will continue to contribute 20 percent to their health insurance premiums. Because the last contract expired in August, the new contract is retroactive to August 1, 2009. It expires on July 31, 2011.

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The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Sunday at 9:21 p.m. According to reports, one truck and 24 members arrived at 2983 Wilmington Road – the Cobble Mountain Lodge. Upon arrival, volunteers found that a 12-foot by 12-foot custom built structure being used as a sauna had caught fire due to a chimney malfunction. Firefighters used 800 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze, the building received “moderate damage to the interior and heavy damage to the rear of the building where the chimney was located.” No injuries were reported and the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service stood by at the scene. Inservice time was 10:58 p.m. Photo provided by the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department

Long-time fire chief, dedicated community member passes away By Chris Morris SARANAC LAKE — Long-time Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don K. Duso passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10. He was 78 years old. Charles Dobson is first assistant chief of the department. He said in a release issued Monday morning that the membership extends its “sorrow to Chief Duso’s family during this time.” “The fire department, as well as the community, has lost a well-respected and integral part of our community,” Dobson said. Duso started with Saranac Lake Fire in April 1956. Over the years, he held numerous positions in the department, and served four terms as fire chief; from 1983 to 1986; 1988 to 1991; 2003 to 2005; and from 2007 to present. In addition to his service at the fire department, Duso will no doubt be remembered for his dedication to the community. He spent countless hours volunteering his time to various causes throughout Saranac Lake, including the Winter Carnival. Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said Duso was a pleasure to work with, and that he understood the importance of cooperation between the fire and police departments. “I had the pleasure of working with Don as fire chief and as Winter Carnival Committee chairman,” Nason said. “He was always calm and professional when dealing with emergencies.” Nason also noted that Duso was the first to offer or obtain inter-departmental training to improve upon emergency response times. “When it came to Winter Carnival, he truly cared about the community and worked diligently to ensure the events were successful for their enjoyment,” he added. “He will be

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TUPPER LAKE — The community action group ARISE – Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy – held its first meeting of the new year last week, and talk focused on Governor David Paterson’s “State of the State” speech. ARISE President Jim LaValley said Paterson’s comments on stimulating the upstate economy were encouraging. “In order to accomplish that, special interest groups must remove themselves from interfering with the regulatory review processes,” LaValley said in a release. It’s no secret that ARISE supports development here in the North Country. Most notably, the group has backed the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort project, which aims to develop the land on and around Mt. Morris and the Big Tupper Ski Area into a year-round Adirondack getaway. At last week’s meeting, LaValley continued to stress that the ACR project would be good for the local economy. He also noted that the project meets the density guidelines put forth by the Adirondack Park Agency. “The Adirondack Club is the perfect fit, at the perfect time,” LaValley said. “It will provide much needed work to area residents, provide a much larger tax base, stabilize existing businesses, create new businesses, while enhancing the existing natural resources in the area.” LaValley says ACR investors are “fast-tracking their effort to get the final pieces of information to the APA.” “Which is encouraging news during such challenging times,” he added. Environmental groups have countered that the proposed resort would represent a gross over-development of the lands surrounding Mt. Morris and have even challenged the project’s economic impact. But LaValley counters that those same environmental groups are over-stepping their grounds and unduly influencing the APA. “ARISE encourages those groups and individuals who are opposed to the ACR project, to stop hiding behind false reasons, and allow the Adirondack Park Agency to do its proper review, in a timely manner,” he said. Jim Ellis is on the ARISE Board of Directors. He says the town of Tupper Lake has been planning for the ACR project since 1990. “In that year the town adopted the Tupper Lake Land Use Plan during my service as Planning Board Chairman,” he said. “The planning board spent two years working to ‘collapse’ building density from back country areas to places within the town that could be serviced by existing water, sewer and electric lines.” Ellis notes the location of the planned resort was originally selected as a “high priority development zone.” “We did our due diligence in 1989 and 1990 and have been awaiting the time when such bold, pioneering planning efforts could bear real economic fruit,” he said. Ellis says environmental groups need to understand the importance of creating jobs in the Tupper Lake community. “The general membership and directors of these groups need to understand how they are hurting the people of Tupper Lake and how difficult it must be for them to look into the eyes of the local business owners and residents,” he said.

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United Way closing in on fundraising goal Organization still needs $30,000, says executive director By Jeremiah S. Papineau PLATTSBURGH — The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. has almost reached its fundraising goal, but there is still work to be done. John C. Bernardi, executive director of the local United Way, said the nonprofit organization has raised approximately 75 percent of its $700,000 goal. Bernardi gave members of the media an update during a press conference Jan. 14. “We’re doing pretty well,” said Bernardi. “We think it’s going to be very close, however, and we really would like to rally the community to help us close the gap and finish the campaign.” Bernardi estimated the campaign needs approximately $30,000 that is “not yet projected or expected” prior to the campaign ending the first week of February. That amount is “comparable” to the amount needed at this point in the annual campaign when compared to recent years, he said. “We had the same issue last year,” said Bernardi, who attributed much of the difficulty for the 2008-09 fundraising campaign to the troubled state of the economy. “Every year it’s difficult to cross the finish line, but I think the biggest factor that has created the challenge this year is a reduced workforce.” Companies which have announced lay-offs or closures in the past year have put a dent in the campaign based off the amounts pledged by their employees in previous years, said Bernardi. “That, certainly, has had an impact,” said Bernardi. Despite the challenges, the funding — which will help the 33 partner agencies of the local United Way — will come through, Bernardi believes. “Our network of health and human service services is farreaching throughout the region and it’s great to know that it’s there when you need it,” said Bernardi. “But, in order for us to be able to sustain it, we need people to recognize the importance of it and be willing to support it financially.” “We’ve done extraordinarily well but we need a little more to make the goal,” Bernardi continued. “We want people to know we’re working very hard to close this gap.” Those wishing to make contributions toward the local United Way campaign may send donations in care of United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. to 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12901. Donations may also be made through a payroll deduction, which may be arranged through one’s employer. For more information, contact the local United Way office at 563-0028 or visit

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It’s all relative A

n article originally reported by Jon Alexander regarding possible nepotism in Essex County government has already generated quite a bit of buzz among county employees and residents here; and it's not too hard to understand why. To be clear, Jon is of no relation to our publisher, Mr. Daniel Alexander. A former employee of Denton Publications, Jon often does some freelance writing for us. I probably would have written a similar article had he not done so first. His article raises two very important questions. First, "Does the fact that there are a number of county employees related to high-ranking county officials constitute nepotism?" and secondly, "Should the public be concerned about it?" County jobs are some of the most sought-after in this region; and for good reason. The jobs are often very secure with better-than-average pay and good benefits. With so many familial relationships among county employees, it seems a case could be made for nepotism. Still, even if you do consider these hiring practices to be nepotism, is it of any major concern to the residents of Essex County? Just as Sandy Lewis alluded to in his address to the County Board, employees being related to one another does not necessarily mean that they are not qualified to be in the position. What would be concerning is if family members were hired in the place of more qualified applicants simply because of their blood ties. Still, I have to wonder if the instances where family members were hired have less to do with last names and more to do with timing and old-fashioned party politics. Many of the families that are well-represented on the coun-

SATURDAY January 16, 2010 ty payroll also tend to be some of the most politically involved, especially in the Republican Party. Government hiring based on political affiliation and favors seems to be at least somewhat more socially acceptable than nepotism, even though it often results in the same problems, and the line between the two often becomes blurred. Civil Service Exams were put in place to deal with such By Matt Bosley issues, but not all county jobs require applicants to take an exam. Educational requirements are often included in job descriptions, but those making the hires don’t always adhere to them. Jobs at the county don't become available very often, and when they do, high-ranking county officials are often the first to know about it. There's no doubt that the people closest to them will have an advantage in knowing when to put their name in for consideration and when the Civil Service Exam for a specific position will be administered. This begs the question: "Where is the oversight?" Ultimately, the oversight for nepotism lies in the hands of the voters. For that reason, it would be beneficial for county officials to at least inform the voters of instances where members of the same family work for the government and make a conscious effort to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

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ow the holiday season is done, our yards, doorways, and gardens are once again dark early in the winter evenings. By adding some simple non-holiday lighting to your garden you can enhance the look of your home and create a stunning night design for any season. Three simple ways to do so are with solar lights, spotlights, and accent lights. Lightening outdoor gardens with solar lights creates a soft light at dusk and into the evening. These lights can be simple path markers or more elaborate and decorative designs. For garden walkways, simply line the walkway every one to two feet with a solar light or randomly scatter the lights along the path. Alternatively, you can place solar lights in the font of a garden bed near low-growing plants so they shine through the flowers or plants. These lights also look nice under shade trees, around any ground covers or accent plants growing under the tree. Spotlights look lovely lighting up large trees with character such as birch or oak. You can choose between a solar spotlight or one that requires an electrical outlet. To use a spotlight, simply insert the light into the ground so light shines up onto the trunk of the tree and through the canopy. Depending on the size of the tree, you may wish to use two spotlights — one on either side of the trunk. Spotlights can also be used with shrubs or to light up accent plantings. As an added benefit, spotlights can also help light up the house to boost security around your home. Another way to use lights outdoors is with accent lights.

Simply attach a string of outdoor lights under arbors, pergolas, or porches. During the summer, these lights beckon you outside to enjoy an evening meal with friends and family. During the dark winter months, these lights brighten up the garden and allow you to reminisce about the summer months spent in the garden. Garden lighting can fit almost any budget. Solar lights help reduce long-term energy costs as do low energy LED lights. And, sometimes one simple light can make a huge difference. Several years ago, my in-laws placed one spotlight by a Scotch pine to create a stunning look. Sadly the tree had to be removed due to disease, but because of the simple, yet elegant lighting effect, I can still visualize the tree’s grace and beauty.

Anne Lenox Barlow is the horticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. CCE offices may be reached in Clinton County at 561-7450; Essex County, 962-4810; and Franklin County, 483-7403. E-mail your questions to

Looking at supermarkets vs. supercenters


n my Super-Couponing classes, I’m often asked whether it’s easier just to shop at a supercenter, large grocery-discount store combinations that offer “every-day low prices,” or shop at a traditional, “more expensive” supermarket using coupons to achieve greater savings. If you’ve used coupons for any length of time, you know it’s possible to achieve much better savings at the supermarket by following the sales and matching them with coupons. The reason? Believe it or not, the “every-day low price” strategy is the culprit. Supercenters maintain low prices, avoiding the traditional cycle of sales and price cuts common at supermarket chains. At a supercenter, a $2.50 box of cereal will sell for $2.50 this week, next week and three weeks from now. Meanwhile, over at the supermarket, the price of the same brand of cereal is fluctuating from high to low. It may be $2.99 one week, $2.49 the next and $1.99 the next. Many shoppers find comfort and a sense of confidence in knowing what prices will be, week after week, at a supercenter. But the truth is price fluctuations make supermarkets the best places to shop for someone who’s trying to save even more money. As we’ve learned, making the most of the supermarket’s price cycle can be advantageous to shoppers. When the price of a certain cereal brand takes a dip to $1.99, it’s less expensive than the supercenter’s price. That’s when we move in and use our coupons to bring the price down even more. Sure, we could use the same coupon at the every-day low-price store. But when the sale price of the item at the supermarket drops below the everyday low price of the supercenter, we save even more buying the item at the supermarket. Recently, a new supercenter opened in my town. During its grand opening the store was abuzz with people lining up, excitedly waiting to take advantage of the low prices. I was curious to compare the new supercenter’s prices with those at other supermarkets in our area. I had just been to the supermarket the previous day and I had my receipt showing the sale prices (before my coupon savings) on 21 different items. As I strolled the aisles of the new store, I was shocked to see

the difference in prices on the same items I’d just purchased at the supermarket. What shocked me was how high they were. Of the 21 items on my receipt, 14 of the products’ “every-day” prices were significantly higher at the supercenter than the sale prices I’d paid one day earlier at the supermarket — in some cases, several dollars’ more on a single item. Six of the products I By Jill Cataldo purchased were more expensive at the supermarket, but we’re talking pennies more, not dollars — in many cases, the difference between $1.97 and $1.99. And while it’s true the regular prices of the supermarket sale items are often higher, smart shoppers aren’t paying those regular prices. We watch for sales and price drops, then move in and buy what we need when the price hits that low. Again, while I certainly could have used my coupons at the supercenter to buy the same products, I brought the supermarket’s lower prices down even more by using my coupons there. Low prices aren’t the only aspect of saving big, however. Supermarkets often offer additional promotions that can cut your grocery bill significantly. Next week, I’ll share the rest of this story and you’ll see how I took those groceries home from the supermarket for 69 percent less than I would have paid using the same coupons on the same items at the supercenter!

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CEFLS Bookmobile looking for help ‘Fueling Literacy’ By Jeremiah S. Papineau PLATTSBURGH — The philosophy of those who operate the Clinton-EssexFranklin Library System has long been if you can’t bring people to the library, bring the library to the people. However, the nonprofit organization’s bookmobile, which serves the tri-county region, could one day run out of gas. CEFLS director Ewa Jankowska said the bookmobile travels thousands of miles each year, bringing books to more than 60 locations throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties either not served by a local library or where difficult for residents to access one. Providing such a lofty service with limited government funding isn’t an easy task, said Jankowska. “We’re starting to get more and more in financial trouble because gas is getting more and more expensive,” she said. “So, we’ve been trying to find some kind of imaginative way to help offset those costs.” The library system thinks it’s found one way, said Jankowska. It’s begun the “Fueling Literacy” program, an idea originated by CEFLS board of trustees member Dr. Nancy J. Church. The program seeks sponsors of the bookmobile, primarily from the fuel service and automotive businesses throughout the North Country, to help with the approximately $120,000 annual cost of keeping the bookmobile in operation, said Jankowska. “We’ve been talking about doing this for a while,” she said. “And, at the end of last

The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System Bookmobile, seen here, is a service that could one day be without enough funding to operate, said CEFLS director Ewa Jankowska. “Fueling Literacy,” a new fundraising program, hopes to help the nonprofit organization with rising fuel prices. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau

year, we started sending information to invite people to join in the program.” The program requests sponsorships at Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels, with sponsors committing to donating 100, 75, 50 or 25 gallons of diesel fuel or gasoline, respectively, each month for one year. Sponsors may also contribute automotive repair or maintenance services at an equivalent value of each sponsorship level or make a financial contribution.

Officials urge safety following several fatal snowmobile accidents By Chris Morris LAKE PLACID — It’s national Snowmobile Safety Week, and several fatal snowmobile accidents throughout the North Country and Champlain Valley are serving as stern reminders for snowmobile enthusiasts. Last week, a Clinton County man was killed in an accident near St. Regis Falls. Then, on Jan. 9, three individuals died after the snowmobiles they were riding went through the ice on Lake Dunmore in Vermont. And on Jan. 10, a Herkimer man was killed after he exited the trail and was ejected from his sled. Carol Ash is commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. She called upon snowmobilers to exercise caution and avoid drinking alcohol before riding. “Snowmobiles, unsafe speeds and alcohol have proven to be a deadly combination,” Ash said. “Zero alcohol is the smart choice to make snowmobiling safer.” There’s about 140,000 registered snowmobiles in New York, and Ash notes the vast majority of those operators practice safe riding. She adds that 24 out of the 83 snowmobile-related fatalities in the last five years were due to excessive speed and alcohol. For Lake Placid Snowmobile Club President Jim McCulley, the easiest way to avoid problems on the trails is to treat the snowmobile like a motor vehicle. “Snowmobiles are no different than a car,” he said. “You must stay right. There’s no protection if you get in an accident on a snowmobile. If you drive at a reasonable speed, pay attention to what’s going on in front of you – those are the kinds of things snowmobilers have to do for safety. And, obviously, you don’t go down a trail that you’ve never been down before at a high rate of speed. The bottom line is, is you have to be paying attention at all times; really, for everyone on the trail system, for their safety too.” The state parks office also reminds riders to check weather conditions before venturing out, and Ash noted that keeping to marked trails where snowmobiling is permitted is required. “Good preparation is essential to minimize the risks and maximize the fun of snowmobiling,” Ash said. McCulley said common sense is generally the difference between a fun day on the trails and accidents. “People who don’t use common sense run

into trouble,” he said. McCulley added there’s a few things the state can do to make common sense snowmobiling the law, not just a suggestion. “I think there’s some things that the state needs to do to promote snowmobile safety,” he said. “Making mirrors mandatory on snowmobiles is one of them. I really think that’d be an important adjustment. I think a lot of people are injured every year because they’re looking back to see where their friends are; whereas if they had a mirror, they could just look to the side and they’d know where they are.” While not necessarily an issue of safety – although it could be perceived as such – McCulley reminded riders not to enter private land. “Trespass is one of our biggest problems in snowmobiling,” he said. “Even if you know a person and you’re driving across their land, unless they’ve given you expressed permission to go across that land, you do not have the right to leave the trail system and go across someone else’s property.” McCulley said often times, snowmobilers believe they have the right to enter private property because of registration fees they’ve paid. McCulley also stressed another issue not exactly in the realm of snowmobile safety. “It’s time that snowmobilers that are running illegal pipes be taken to task for it,” he said. “The biggest complaint about snowmobiling is noise. Well, there’s maybe five percent of sleds with illegal pipes creating 90 percent of the problems. There’s laws on it; I’ve been talking to DEC officials, and I’m hoping they’re going to enforce those laws.” And it’s that matter of law enforcement that McCulley would like to see more of. “We need to see law enforcement out on the trails,” he said. “It’s just like when you’re driving down the Northway – you’re not even speeding, but as soon as you see a state trooper car, you hit the brakes. It just reminds people to stop the aggressive driving and realize that there’s more to it than just them on the trail system.” According to McCulley – who’s logged between 300 and 400 miles this year – area snowmobile trails are in great condition. He and others have groomed the railroad bed in Lake Placid a few times, and Mother Nature has done her part. “The trails are in good shape and improving every day,” he said. “The trail system is really shaping up nice; it’s been phenomenal.”

So far, the program is off to a slow start, said Jankowska, who attributes that partly to timing. “Maybe it was a little too late for people to donate in time for the fiscal year,” she said. Drawing donations from outside the Plattsburgh area could also be difficult for those who don’t understand how far the CEFLS Bookmobile reaches, she added. Though the CEFLS is based in Plattsburgh, Jankows-

ka said it’s important people understand the bookmobile does service the tri-county region. “We go as far as Newcomb and Fort Covington in Franklin County and all across Essex County, too,” said Jankowska. “We are one of 23 library systems in the state, but we actually cover an area that’s the size of the State of Connecticut.” Since the bookmobile travels thousands of miles each year, Jankowska said it’s only a matter of time before the amount of money in the CEFLS budget isn’t enough to meet the cost of providing the service. “We never know how long we can function. Our funding is cut constantly by New York State,” said the director, adding the CEFLS is still awaiting funding for last year ’s budget. “It’s very scary.” Jankowska said she’s putting out a plea to the community, particularly businesses, to help keep the bookmobile on the road, fueling literacy. “It’s important we’re here to reach people who can’t get to a library,” she said. “This [fundraiser] is a wonderful opportunity for someone to participate in something very important for the community. If they’re interested in donating toward something very good and very worthwhile, this would be the thing.” Sponsor recognition packages are available at each level, added Jankowska, and donations are tax-deductible because of the organization’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. For more information, contact the CEFLS office at 563-5190 or visit their Web site at

Pendragon and NCCC partner for Parents’ Theatre Night Out SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre brings Moby Dick Rehearsed back to its home turf for a limited engagement before continuing its North Country tour. Teaming with North Country Community College’s (NCCC) Kids’ Night Out on January 22nd, Pendragon Theatre hopes to give all community members the opportunity to see this incredible show. Kids’ Night Out will be held at the NCCC Sparks Athletic Complex from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22nd allowing parents enough time to drop off their child/children and be at the Pendragon Theatre for opening curtain of Moby Dick Rehearsed at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary desserts will be available during intermission. Kids’ Night Out provides healthy alternatives to television and gaming through free play and some organized games under the supervision of NCCC athletes. The threehour program costs $10 per child and is open to all children from five to twelve years of age. The fee supports NCCC’s athletes and the Athletic Department. “The Saints Athletic Department is excited about the opportunity to work with the Pendragon Theater. We are happy to be able to assist in providing parents with their own night out,” says Heather Conger, director of the NCCC Athletics Department. “This performance is open to everyone,” reminds Pendragon Theatre’s Managing Director Bob Pettee. “ We also understand the

needs of parents and hope they will know their children are well cared for at NCCC and to take advantage of the chance to see one of the last remaining shows of Moby Dick Rehearsed.” “We hope this new partnership with NCCC will allow parents to catch a show that has met with great audience response,” says Pettee. “We’ve heard that Moby Dick Rehearsed is ‘One of the best things seen at Pendragon.’ We are delighted to continue to share this experience.” “Kids Night Out has always been about providing a connection between the Saints’ programs and the community. While the main focus has been on providing a safe and fun environment for all involved, we never dismissed the opportunity it gives parents to have a few hours of their own,” says Conger. Please contact each organization for more information. For Pendragon Theatre reservations, the Adirondack's only year-round professional theatre call 891-1854 or on the web at For questions regarding NCCC Kids Night Out, contact Heather Conger at 891-2915 x236. Pendragon Theatre is supported in part with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, a CAP grant from the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, Corporate Sponsors including Guide Boat Realty and Homenergy Services, as well as foundations, businesses and individuals.

Winter Carnival vendor applications available SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake, NY The Winter Carnival Committee announces that vendor and parade applications for the 113th Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 193 River Street, in Saranac Lake NY. All vendors will be required to fill out and return a vendors agreement to the Chamber of Commerce Office by Jan. 29. Any vendors serving food or beverage will also be responsible for securing an operating permit from the N.Y.S. Department of Health at least 30 days before the event. This permit must be displayed to appropriate officials upon request. For further in-

formation call Barb Martin at 891-2382. Background information on the parade and applications to participate in parade can be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River Street, Saranac Lake, NY and should be returned no later than Feb. 10 to the Chamber Office, or mailed to P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake,NY 12983. Further information and a full schedule of activities are available on the Winter Carnival’s website at, by e-mail from the web-site contact sheet, or by calling the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 891-1990 or toll-free at 1-800-347-1992.

NCCC announces spring semester registration SARANAC LAKE — North Contry Community College will hold new student registration for its Spring 2010 semester Jan. 22 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Three sessions are available, and students must make a reservation to attend one of the

sessions. Session one begins at 9:30 a.m., session two at 11:30 a.m., and session three at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact enrollment management at 891-2915 ext. 686.

SATURDAY January 16, 2010

InBrief VIC to host Ski and Snowshoe Festival PAUL SMITHS — On Saturday, Jan. 16, the Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths will once again host a variety of winter activities at its 10th Annual Chili Ski and Snowshoe Festival. The festival will take place between 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Paul Smiths VIC which is located 12 miles north of Saranac Lake on NYS Route 30. The Chili Ski and Snowshoe Festival is an annual event packed with activity. Programs include snowshoe walks, winter camping and ice fishing demonstrations by Blue Line Sport Shop. A “snow cream” making workshop will be held for kids. Later in the day you can even relax in the VIC’s theater and watch the full length animated feature, “Ice Age.” Admission to the Festival and all of its activities is free. A Chili and Corn Bread lunch will be available for purchase. This year ’s Festival is once again being sponsored by the Adirondack Park Institute (API), the “friends group” for the VICs, with generous support from area businesses including Adirondack Artisan Catering, Bear Essentials and the Blue Line Sport Shop. For a program schedule and a full list of event sponsors, check the VIC website,, or call the VIC at 327-3000.

Saranac Lake Talent Show upcoming SARANAC LAKE — Time to dust off that unicycle and mark your calendar for the Fifth Annual Saranac Lake Talent Show, Saturday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. in the Harrietstown Town Hall. The show is produced by The Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community and the proceeds will be shared this year with Lift Mt. Pisgah. Performance time is limited to three minutes. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so those interested are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications can be picked up and returned to Borealis Color on Main Street. There is a non-refundable $5 application fee. If you have any questions or if you would like an application by e-mail, please call 891-0182 or e-mail

On Campus Keniston named to Alfred Dean’s List ALFRED — Craig R. Clark, interim vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College, has announced the Dean's List of students for the fall 2009 semester. Among those named is Elizabeth Keniston, from Tupper Lake. Students from both the Alfred campus and the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville are selected for the Dean's List if they maintain a 3.50 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0.

Area students named to Morrisville Dean’s List MORRISVILLE — Morrisville State College recently announced those students who were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2009 semester. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours. Among those named are Billie Gadway, Richard Martin, and Patrick Poirier. All three are residents of Tupper Lake.


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But I paid for our park with my taxes - how can you charge a fee to use it?


he concept of charging an entrance toll, a user fee or a parking permit to utilize public lands, such as those encompassed within the 6.5 million acres Adirondack Park is an issue that always stirs people’s emotions. However if the quality of the experience declines due to misuse and abuse of the woods and waters, lack of conservation law enforcement, wilderness protections and other similar matters, we will all pay in the end. On busy summer weekends there may be up to 100 rafts, each holding 8 to 10 people, riding a dam released bubble through the public waters of the Hudson River gorge. At a cost of around $75 to $85 per person, the 17-mile run from Indian Lake to North River provides nearly a dozen whitewater outfitters with a steady, three season income. Incorporated into each outfitter’s rate structure is a town imposed user fee for each paddler in the raft. Annually, these user fees contribute over $75,000 to the town of Indian Lake, a sizable chunk of change for a small town budget. The regularly scheduled water releases from Lake Abanakee have enabled outfitters to reliably offer rafting adventures throughout the summer and into the fall. And while the ride is exciting, it’s a far more family friendly experience than springtime runs when the raging Class V-VI river is filled with snowmelt and chunks of ice. To the paddlers, the user fees go unnoticed. Guests leave happy after a thrilling, 17-mile wilderness adventure, the hotels and bars are full, the restaurants are busy and local taxes are relatively stable. A similar process plays out on the Sacandaga River near Lake Luzerne, where a regularly scheduled dam release provides whitewater enthusiasts with a similar, watery bubble of opportunity all summer long. However, user fees collected for the use of the Sac’s public waters are deposited into the bank account of National Grid, a British consortium that now owns the former Niagara Mohawk Power Company dam. Is it fair to charge paddlers a fee for the use of a public river? Would it be any different than collecting money from hikers utilizing trails in the Forest Preserve or from paddlers

utilizing local streams and ponds? The very notion goes against principles of our national culture. It violates our inherent right of a sense of adventure, the freedom to roam at will and the ingrained, pioneer spirit that seems to dwell in the very core of most outdoor travelers. Such is the conundrum currently facing many state and national agencies charged with the responsibility of managing our nation’s wild lands. In future years, the value of our wild lands will surely increase due to both the financial and climate changes that lie ahead. While officials interested in implementing user fees on public park lands may be questioned about the fairness of charging fees for taxpayer-supported operations, collecting a fee for the cost of a so-called "free" service has its advantages. "The issue of the fairness of user fees was answered in the parks and recreation industry 15 years ago," explained Ken Conway, a Park Director in Cameron County, Texas. "Users of parks are willing to pay a reasonable fee for a quality service. The whole recreation industry nationwide has really embraced user fees as a way to make sure there's support in the budget from year to year." Camping and RV sites on South Padre Island generated over $1.6 million in revenue for Cameron County, Texas last year. It has been estimated that one out of every five US travelers will choose an outdoor vacation this year. But, it is a fact that over 100 million people live within a day’s drive of the Adirondack Park. Do the math! If just a $10 fee was collected from only the estimated 200,000 visitors that visit the Eastern High Peaks annually, the state could collect an easy $2 million. Think of the income that New York state could generate with the registration of mountain bikes, as it is done in popular destinations such as Moab and Red Rock.

Or even canoes. Of course, for anyone purchasing a hunting, trapping or fishing license, such registrations would be included. Registrations could be purchased through a special unit of the motor vehicles office. Purchases could be accomplished instantly via the current DECALS computer licensing system. User fees are currently being collected for the use of state parklands in nearly a dozen states including California, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and New Hampshire. Could New York be next? Many people don’t realize it, but New York is already there! For several years, New York State has collected user fees, through the Department of Motor Vehicles. ATV and snowmobile registrations include fees dedicated to the development of off-road trails. Sadly, the money has been paid, but development of the trails is still lagging. If user fees were to be collected from all user groups, including hikers, bikers, paddlers. climbers and skiers, the proceeds would have return to the trails and bridges, put in sites and accessible waters. In 2006, the DEC instituted a voluntary user fee for hikers with its Trail Supporter patch. All monies raised from sales of the $5 patch are dedicated to the Conservation Fund's Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account to help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State. The first year of the program, the DEC sold 482 items with $2,320 revenue. In 2009, only 131 of the voluntary Trail Supporter Patches sold for a total of $655. Trails Supporter Patches are available for purchase for a $5 donation at all outlets where sporting licenses are sold and they are also sold and on DEC's website. In a comparable effort focused on hunters and anglers, DEC sales of a $5 habitat stamp, dedicated to the protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, garnished over $4,000 through voluntary contributions. A lapel pin comes with the donation. I usually purchase both items, along with my annual Sportsman’s license. At a cost of nearly $90, the annual license is a bargain. It lets me take home a fair quantity of locally raised, free range, all organic, fish, game, fowl and other all natural collectibles such as fresh berries, wild mushrooms and an assortment of other woodland table fare. Programs such as the Trail Supporter Pass and Habitat Stamp allow users to exhibit their

Currently, the Trail Supporter patch, available with a $5 donation, is one of the only methods for non-anglers, hunters or trappers to contribute to the Conservation Fund. The Habitat Stamp pin is a token of appreciation that is provided to individuals that make a voluntary $5 contribution to DEC to preserve wildlife habitat across NY state. contribution. The development of similar patches for paddlers, rock climbers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers would allow other user groups could provide the opportunity for everyone to contribute and be represented. Such an effort would also go a long way toward reducing the alienation and fragmentation of various user groups. I have found that most sportsmen and women, are also avid hikers and paddlers, skiers and snowshoers. In actuality, it appears that members of the various user groups often have more commonalities than they have differences. We all share a common bond in our desire to enjoy our respective activities, even if some of the pursuits are limited by the season. The annual invasion of the ‘leaf peepers’ is one example of a user group traveling the woodlands of the Adirondacks seeking something other than fish or game for their efforts. Birders, who venture north to view the massive flights of snow geese along Lake Champlain are yet another growing user group. There are many more. Next week, I will investigate various concepts of implementing user fees. Reader comments and suggestions are most welcome. Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adel-

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Friday, Jan. 15 Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library Bookmobile stops: Bright Beginnings, 62 Northern Ave., Plattsburgh, 1-1:30 p.m.; Pine Harbour, 15 New Hampshire Road, 1:35-2 p.m.; Lake Forest, Plattsburgh, 2:05-3 p.m.; South Acres Mobile Home Park, 16 Sonya Way, Plattsburgh, 3:30-4 p.m. WILLSBORO — Story hour, Paine Memorial Free Library, 2 Gilliland Lane, 9:30-11 a.m. 963-4478. CHAMPLAIN — The Logger performance, Northeastern Clinton Central Middle School, 103 Route 276, 1:15 p.m. ROUSES POINT —American Legion Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner, 29 Pratt St., 5 p.m. 297-2600. LAKE PLACID — Artist reception for Alex Schuchard, 511 Galler y, 2461 Main St., 6-8 p.m. Exhibit open until March 22. PLATTSBURGH — Open Family Swim, Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road, 7-9 p.m. $2. 562-6860. LAKE PLACID — Harpist Martha Gallagher performs, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, 8-10:30 p.m. Admission $15. 523-2512 or

Saturday, Jan. 16 TUPPER LAKE — How to Wholesale Workshop, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fee $35. 8911632. PERU —Knights of Columbus Council 7273’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Meals $7 per person, $3 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. Take-outs available. WHALLONSBURG — Junior Olympics Benefit Concert, Whallonsburg Grange Hall, State Route 22, 6-8 p.m. $3 donation requested. 962-4386. MORRISONVILLE — North Country

Squares Dance Club meets, Clinton County Fairgrounds, 84 Fairgrounds Road, 7 p.m. Caller and cuer Carl Trudo. 561-7167 or 492-2057. WILLSBORO — Willsboro Coffee House featuring Too Tall String Band, Willsboro Congregational Church, 3799 State Route 22, 7 p.m. Cost $5 adults, $2 students. WILLSBORO — “Julie and Julia,” Willsboro Central School, 29 School Lane, 7:30 p.m. $5 adults, $2 age 18 and younger. PLATTSBURGH — Greyspoke performs, Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 10 p.m. 563-2222.

Sunday, Jan. 17 SARANAC — Second annual Francis Perry Memorial Spaghetti Dinner, Saranac Volunteer Fire Department, 3277 State Route 3. 293-8290. ELLENBURG DEPOT — All-you-caneat pancake breakfast, Ellenburg Depot Volunteer Fire Department, 5058 U.S. Route 11, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Adults $6.50, children 12 and younger $3.50, children 5 and younger free. Take-outs available. PLATTSBURGH — Free bowling for Plattsburgh town residents, North Bowl Lanes, 28 North Bowl Lane, 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration required. 562-6860. TUPPER LAKE — Family Art and Nature Day, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. Program discussing winter ice crystals. 359-7800. PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Right to Life March for Life, Blessed John XXIII Newman Center, 90 Broad St., 1:30 p.m. Program at St. John’s Catholic Church, 18 Broad St., 2 p.m. BEEKMANTOWN — Family Fun Ski Night, Beartown Ski Area, Beartown Road, 6-9 p.m. Free skiing and snowboarding for town of Plattsburgh or Beekmantown residents. Bring own equipment. 562-6860 or 561-1149.

Monday, Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Day) ROUSES POINT — “Aquatic Nuisances,” provided by Colleen Hickey of the Lake Champlain Basin, Dodge Memorial Library, 144 Lake St., 9:30-10:30 a.m. 297-6242. UPPER JAY — Quilter’s Gathering, Wells Memorial Library, 12230 State Route 9N, 4 p.m. PLATTSBURGH — Life drawing classes, North Country Food Co-op, 25 Bridge St., 6:30 p.m. 561-5904.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library Bookmobile stops: Saranac Town Hall, 3662 Route 3, Saranac, 1-1:45 p.m.; Cadyville Fire House, 2122 Route 3, Cadyville, 22:30 p.m.; Roderick Rock Senior Housing, 2025 Route 22B, Morrisonville, 3-3:30 p.m.; Morrisonville Post Office, 1934 Route 22B, Morrisonville, 3:40-4:15 p.m. UPPER JAY — Story time, Wells Memorial Library, 12230 State Route 9N, 3:30-4 p.m. 946-2644. UPPER JAY — Story time, Wells Memorial Library, 12230 State Route 9N, 3:30 p.m. 946-2644 WILLSBORO — Cabin Fever Lecture Series with John Rayburn, Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center, 1391 Reber Road, 7 p.m. 963-7967.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 ROUSES POINT — Open skate, Rouses Point Civic Center, Lake Street, 4-5:20 p.m. $2. ROUSES POINT — Job search workshop, Dodge Memorial Library, 144 Lake St., 7-9 p.m. 297-6242. PLATTSBURGH — Open mic night with Mike Pedersen of Elephant Bear, Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., 9 p.m. 5632222.

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mobile stops: Port Kent Post Office, 31 First St., 1:30-2 p.m.; Keeseville Country Gardens, Hill Street, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; Curtains, Curtains, Curtains parking lot, 24 Rectory St., Clintonville, 3-3:30 p.m.; Ada Court, Cliff Haven, 4:15-4:45 p.m. WESTPORT — Story hour, Westport Library, 6 Harris Lane, 10 a.m. 962-8219. LAKE PLACID — Story hour, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 10:15 a.m. 523-3200. SARANAC LAKE — Preschool story hour, Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St., 10:30 a.m. 891-4190. 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. PLATTSBURGH — Movie Night featuring The Cutting Edge, Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., 6 p.m. WESTPORT — Blues Night featuring Joan Crane and Steve Feinbloom, Westport Library, 6 Harris Lane, 7 p.m. 962-4022.

Friday, Jan. 22 PLATTSBURGH — Celebration of Scholarship, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 101 Broad St., 8:30 a.m. Second floor of Feinberg Library. Showcase of scholarly publications by SUNY Plattsburgh faculty. Coffee and rolls provided. 564-3095. WESTPORT — Public meeting regarding property tax exemptions for senior citizens, Westport Town Hall, 6486 Main St., 3 p.m. 962-4419. ROUSES POINT — Open skate, Rouses Point Civic Center, Lake Street, 4-5:20 p.m. $2. PLATTSBURGH — Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and dance “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” Westside Ballroom, 295 New York Road, 6 p.m. 563-1000.

CHAZY — “Half & Half ” lecture with Kate Messner and Wendy Gordon, Alice T. Miner Museum, 9618 U.S. Route 9, 7 p.m. 846-7336. PLATTSBURGH — Open Family Swim, Wellness Center at PARC, 295 New York Road, 7-9 p.m. $2. 562-6860.

Saturday, Jan. 23 AUSABLE FORKS — Story time for children ages 3-7, Au Sable Forks Free Library, 9 Church Lane, 10:30 a.m. 6475596. PAUL SMITHS — Viewing of “Strangers in the Woods,” Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center, 8023 State Route 30, 1-2 p.m. Donations suggested. 3273000. SARANAC LAKE — Fifth Annual Saranac Lake Talent Show, Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., 6 p.m. $5 application fee, 891-0182.

Sunday, Jan. 24 PLATTSBURGH — Free bowling for Plattsburgh town residents, North Bowl Lanes, 28 North Bowl Lane, 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration required. 562-6860. WILLSBORO — Winter Turkey Shoot, Willsboro Fish and Game Club, Fish and Game Road, 12-3 p.m. 873-2198. TUPPER LAKE — Family Art and Nature Day, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. Program featuring Adirondack turtles. 359-7800. WILLSBORO — Winter survival, PokO-MacCready Outdoor Education Center, 1391 Reber Road, 1:30-4 p.m. Ages 10 and older. $8. 963-7967. CHAZY — Open skate, Scotts’ Memorial Rink, 52 MacAdam Road, 5-6:20 p.m. WILLSBORO — Willsboro Drama Club Benefit Dinner, Willsboro Central School, Farrell Lane, 6 p.m. $40 per ticket or $70 per couple. Reservations by calling 9634456, ext. 400.

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In the Military

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Borst Graduates Basic Training

regardless if their brother or father works for the county or not,” Morency said. Morency called Palmer the most effective and fair County Manager she has seen in her 27 years on the board. But the Palmers aren’t the only officials with family members employed by county government. Others include Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew’s daughter, Chelsea, who is employed in the County Clerk’s office, Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston’s wife Wendy who works in the Office for the Aging and Sheriff Henry Hommes’s son Scott Hommes who is employed in the county’s Department of Emergency Services. For their part, county officials are quick to note that Essex County is one of the largest employers in the region with 400 employees, and therefore some relatives working under the same roof is inevitable. Brushing off the allegations, Dan Palmer said Jan. 6 that he has been completely up front with the hirings of all of his relatives and has not imposed undue influence over the hiring process.

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Air Force Airman Paul S. Borst graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Borst is the son of Steve Borst of Ampersand Ave., Saranac Lake, N.Y., and is a 2005 graduate of Saranac Lake High School.

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Sleds co-founder Geoffrey Bodine invited Guardsmen to participate in the nationally-televised event. “As a son of a WWII veteran and a former Army National Guardsmen, I thought we needed some brave people to ride with these drivers and there’s no braver folks than our men and women in the U.S. military,” Bodine said in a prepared statement. Ssgt. James Bills, stationed with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, in Morrisonville, has participated in the challenge since the National Guard was first invited. Bills said it’s something that not only feels “surreal,” but is something the Guardsmen “look forward to” each year. “It’s a rush,” he said. “It's something that not everyone gets to encounter and something really fun to tell people about when they ask you what you did this weekend with the National Guard.” The National Guard has expanded its role in the challenge, now serving as a sponsor of the event. It’s a connection that Bills said “simply makes sense.” “There are multiple members of the U.S. bobsled team that are actually members of the National Guard, so it's a good partnership,” said Bills. Pvt. Steven Spence, agreed, saying he enjoyed the experience, especially given his background. “I was actually a braker for a race car driver,” said Spence, who was participating in the challenge for his second year. “This time I wasn't a braker for an actual driver, but I was helping with the practicing. It was fun.” Spc. Andrew Konstantinidis, a first-timer at the challenge, did ride in the sled as a brakeman and said he also enjoyed being part of the event. The rush of racing down the track was something Konstantinidis said he’d definitely like to feel again. “It was awesome. It was a new experience, and it was a little scary at first because I've never done it before, but it was fun being that low to the ice,” he said. “It was a great event — friendly people, great staff,” added Pvt. Joshua Euber, another first-time participant. “Everybody who participated was really upbeat even though it was really cold. I think it went smoothly.” Since its inception, the mission of the Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge has been to create awareness and greater funding for the BoDyn Bobsled Project Inc., which creates Americanmade bobsleds for the U.S. men's and women's national bobsled teams. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project is an endeavor of Bodine and auto racing designer Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics in Oxford, Conn.

LATHAM — Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Joshua Euber from Vermontville, N.Y., and serving with Det 2 Company B, 2-108th Infantry is promoted to the rank of Private 1st Class.

Census From page 1 Questionnaires are sent in March to all known homes and apartments across the country, explained Demas, and the majority are expected to respond by mail. “This year we have the shortest questionnaire in the history of the census,” said Demas, noting how the form has been shortened from years past to focus on just the most necessary information. “One of our main projects is to convince people of the value of being counted,” Demas said. Census information is primarily used in determining the population of an area for the purpose of determining representation in Congress and state legislatures. How-

ever, many institutions, both public and private, rely on the population data to determine the need for services in a given area. “Not only is it good for them to be a part of this information, Demas said, “but it benefits the community as well.” Though the aggregate information is widely distributed, Demas stressed that the Census does not allow specific information about individuals to be shared, even with other governmental agencies. “We will not give your personal information to the IRS, immigration, or the FBI,” Demas said. “We have the most secure database with the most accurate population data.” Still, for whatever reason, not every home responds to the questionnaire by mail.

That’s why workers are needed to locate the homes and determine the status of residents. A list of local testing sites are available on the U.S. Census Web site, Applicants can also call a toll-free number, 1-866-861-2010, to find out about upcoming tests in their area.


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MUSIC CLARINET, VIOLIN, FLUTE, TRUMPET, Amplifier, Fender Guitar $75 each. Upright Bass, Cello, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums, $189 each. Others 4-sale 1-516-3777907 Guitar: “ASPEN” acoustic/electric, MOD.A120SE Martin copy with inlay-new strings $245 518-532-9332 OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Prairie State, Euphonon, Larson, D\’92Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s TOP CASH PAID! 1-800-401-0440 PARKER F Model Mandoline. Hand made in Pennsylvania. $1500. 735-4325.


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TOOLS Radial Arm Saw Commercial 10” Asking $150, 518-546-8278

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