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By Alan Belford firstname.lastname@example.org LAKE PLACID — On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens gave a presentation at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 state budget. He suggested that the $2 billion state deficit could be made up by keeping the budget growth of many state
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Gretchen O’Leary of Tupper Lake won the Gold in the 2-K freestyle and 5-K classic scholastic cross country ski races during the Empire State Winter Games last weekend. The games featured over 1,000 winter sports athletes in the Lake Placid, Wilmington and Saranac Lake areas, competing in 16 different event categories. More on the games can be found on page 10 and in our online photo galleries at thevalleynews.org. Photo by Alan Belford
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KEESEVILLE — Members of the Keeseville Dissolution Committee met with a pair of consultants and the supervisors of Ausable and Chesterfield to start the studying process Jan. 31. “It has been talked about among the village residents since this kind of process came to the forefront in the state,” Keeseville Mayor Meegan Rock said. “We wanted to jump on this study and get funding for it before being petitioned by the voters, which would leave us having to pay for the whole thing.” Committee member Leon “Butch” Clodgo said that he remembered the village looking into a similar study about 20 years ago, but it didn’t go anywhere. “At that time, it was not favorable and the appropriate thing to do,” Clodgo said. “I applaud this board for putting this out there because it could be something that leads to the end of them as an entity.” Clodgo added that his hope was to make sure that
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KEESEVILLE — The rock is now rolling on the potential dissolution of the Village of Keeseville. Members of a committee assigned to look into dissolving the village met with representatives from Fairweather and Rondout Consulting firms at the kick-off meeting for the process Jan. 31 in the Keeseville Village offices. Along with introducing the process to the committee, the group set up a public kick-off meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the same location. “This will be a chance for people to understand where we are going and where they can get more information on the process,” Tim Weidmann of Rondout Consulting said. The meeting was the first step in looking at possibly eliminating the village government, but Peter Fairweather of Fairweather consulting said that they would be weighing all options. “This is an informal discussion on why we are here and what people may want out of this process,” Fairweather said. “We have been through these studies in a number of towns, and we find that this process goes best when we keep the lines of communication open and work to come up with something that is good for
and understand what each of the This story was first posted services are and online at how they fit into 6 a.m. on the study. What Thursday, Feb. 2, found on thevalleynews.org this process makes you do is go through and look at the budget for each municipality differently. It’s the first time that you can go through and see the total cost of each of the services.” At the meeting were Keeseville Mayor Meegan Rock, Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald “Gerry” Morrow and Ausable Supervisor Sandy Senecal, leaders of each of the three entities which would be affected by a village status change. Fairweather added that at the end of the process, if the committee decided to move forward with a dissolution of the town, the choice would be up to the residents of the Village of Keeseville. But it is good to have all involved. “The ultimate decision comes down to those voters,” he said. “It is good to have all of the leaders of all three governments affected working together because everyone needs to be at the table and talking.” Committee members in attendance included village trustee Mary King and village residents Leon “Butch” Clodgo, Bill Agoney and Maurice Bresette. The committee will next meet Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. followed by the public kick-off meeting at 6 p.m.
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Martens tours brook fix in Keene “What we are doing with these projects is not an exact science, but there are a lot of lessons firstname.lastname@example.org that we have learned through this and a lot of KEENE VALLEY — Department of Environ- resources are now getting put into resolving mental Conservation Commissioner Joe the problem.” Martens talked about state govMartens was in Keene Feb. 2, to see ernment funding which was becomwhat had been done to help the ing available for flood relief, includThis story was first bridge that was over troubled waters posted online at ing a $21 million grant program during Tropical Storm Irene. 3:03 p.m. on through the Business Flood RecovThursday, Feb. 2, Martens was joined by state and lofound on ery Grant Program and $9 million cal dignitaries as he toured work thevalleynews.org through the Flood Mitigation Grant done near the Johns Brook bridge in Program. the hamlet, where engineers created The first will be administered by Empire an hour-glass type formation out of rocks to State Development, while the latter is adminhelp relieve pressure in the brook. “We put in a structure that will redirect the istered by both ESD and DEC. “We are trying to keep the requirements to a energy of the stream long term,” Regional Fisheries Manager Bill Shoch said during the tour. minimum so we can see how the access “We put a rock back in that reshapes the river. works,” Martens said. “There has been unBefore, the energy of the water was focused on precedented cooperation between all levels of the bridge, and with this design, it is now government through this entire process, from local government all the way through FEMA.” forced into the middle of the stream.” “Now we see what we have done and we Shoch said that before the new design in the waterway, the bridge collected sediment have a blueprint for the next time this hapwhich would now be dissipated, sparing the pens,” Keene Supervisor William “Bill” Ferebee said. bridge in the case of another major flood. “The resources that they have provided have “I certainly hope that we can continue to do projects like this with the people who are over been phenomenal,” Jay Supervisor and Essex other projects in local streams and rivers,” County Board Chair Randall “Randy” Douglas said. “All of the players that were part of this Shoch said. “This is a great story that has been built out and came together to help the North Country of the disaster and tragedy,” Martens said. has never been done before.”
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State budget Continued from page 1 agencies and local aid packages flat rather than increasing them as they have been in the past. Therefore money could be saved by not making cuts to current programs. Martens went on to discuss a list of reforms as part of the budgetary process, and suggested that they were more challenging than the actual numbers of the budget itself for 2012-2013, outlining four major areas for improvement. Beginning with economic development, Martens said that the governor wants an “entrepreneurial government” that uses public-private partnerships. He cited the NY Works Fund and its many infrastructure projects throughout the state. “We are anticipating a $15 billion dollar program,” Martens said. Many of these projects, such as 114 current flood control repair projects, are run by the DEC which he oversees. “I can’t tell you from the DEC’s perspective how important the works program is,” he said. Martens also enumerated the new convention center project at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, saying that it would be developed with “no state dollars,” and the Energy Highway project for which the state wants $2 billion in private investments, as additional examples of economic development. He also mentioned the governor ’s continued support of casino gaming, saying, “it is the governor ’s view that we should be taking advantage of those dollars.” Martens went on to discuss how money could be saved by “reimagining government.” “We need to look at all the existing structures of state government and see how it can be improved,” Martens said. For this, Martens looked at reforming two major areas: state programs and administrative costs, the latter of which takes about half of every tax dollar according to Martens. “Once again the governor is insisting that we reign in these costs,” he said. Martens next touched upon “mandate relief,” the governor ’s term for helping counties pay for mandated state programs. For instance, while the amount counties have to pay on Medicaid growth was capped at 3-percent in 2008, the state will eventually take over the cost for all growth to Medicaid by 2015-2016. In addition, Martens noted that pension reform is needed to help alleviate a growing burden on local governments, saying, “private companies have had to do this; the government needs to do so as well.” Finally, Martens cited education reform, asserting that New York State is first in spending on education, but 38th in graduation rates. For instance, Martens stated that despite being awarded $700 million in 2010 from the Federal Government’s Race to the Top Program, the state still does not have a single teacher evaluation system in any of its 758 school districts, running the risk of losing the awarded funds. Blaming a bureaucratic system that must be changed. “We must focus on the student, and respect the taxpayer at the same time.”
February 11, 2012
SL Republicans choose village candidates Conservatives follow suit By Andy Flynn
email@example.com SARANAC LAKE — Unless Trustee John McEneaney files an independent petition, there will definitely be a new member of the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees in April, as Republicans Jan. 31 overwhelming chose a newcomer to represent their party in the spring election. Mark Gillis, owner/operator of the brokerage firm Hudson Valley Capital Management, is a newcomer in more than one sense of the word, politically and geographically. If successful when voters head to the polls March 20, this would be his first time as an elected official, and he moved to Saranac Lake with his family only six months ago. When Saranac Lake Republican Party Chair Ray Scollin read the results of the caucus vote in the village offices at the Harrietstown Town Hall, it was clear that members wanted a change. Gillis and incumbent Jeff Branch easily won the Republican nod, taking McEneaney off the ticket he represented four years ago to win re-election. Branch received 21 votes, while Gillis and McEneaney tallied 19 and five, respectively. Each of the three candidates gave brief speeches before members voted by secret ballot. McEneaney stressed his record over the last four years, which were difficult for him at times, especially during the first two years of his current four-year term. “We built consensus when we could, but, to be honest with you, there wasn't a lot of consensus,” McEneaney said. “And the only people that really suffered … were the residents of the village of Saranac Lake.” Things changed, however, when the current board formed two years ago. “The board that sits right now is extremely committed to the village of Saranac Lake,” McEneaney said. “We disagree still on issues, but when the vote is taken and a decision is made … those who might have disagreed simply get on board and make whatever the decision is happen.” Branch highlighted some of his accomplishments during the past four years as a village trustee, including his work with Trustee Elias “Allie” Pelletieri to move the village offices to the Harrietstown Town Hall earlier this year. “We are in what I consider our rightful place,” Branch said. “We are together with Harrietstown. We're in the Town Hall. We are close to all the services. It's a good thing for us … That's one of the things I'm very proud of.” Branch also said he was “eager to fight” the annexation of the American Management Association land into the village, not that he was against AMA annexation, but that the village would be spending thousands of dollars for the annexation with no guarantee that it would be approved by the town of St. Armand and there was no guarantee that AMA would not move away sometime in the future. “My record is very clear, in the paper,” Branch said. “People know me. I speak my mind. That's the way I was brought up.” Although Branch said he was committed to running again, he was having second thoughts recently “because my boys are at
Mark Gillis makes a speech during the Jan. 31 Saranac Lake Republican Party caucus in the village offices at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Photo by Andy Flynn that age when they play a lot,” but his wife convinced him to seek re-election. “She encouraged me to do this because she thinks I'm making a difference … That's what really convinced me,” Branch said. “God bless her. You know what she told me? Behind every good man is a good woman … So, I thank her.” Gillis, a Massachusetts native who moved to the village this past fall from Westchester County, said he put himself through state college and now owns his own business on Academy Street. “I am pro business, and I believe in as less regulation as possible to promote that business,” Gillis said. “I believe in fiscal responsibility. I believe a dollar saved is a dollar earned. It's a dollar more profits, and it's a dollar that you need for that rainy day, because that rainy day always comes.” Republicans, and later Conservatives, asked Gillis why he chose Saranac Lake to relocate and possibly live the rest of his life. “The first night I had to go up and get some wood when it was 25 below, I asked myself that same question. Why the heck am I here?” Gillis said. “I was trying to replicate and duplicate the small town I grew up in Massachusetts, and I think I found that in Saranac Lake.” Saranac Lake Conservative Party members also chose Branch and Gillis to represent them for the two open four-year seats on the Village Board during their caucus, which was held in the same location after the Republican caucus Jan. 31. Branch and Gillis will face off against Democrats Paul Van Cott and Barbara Rice, who earned their party nods during the Jan. 30 caucus. Independents still have time to file petitions. The winners will join trustees Tom Catillaz (D) and Pelletieri (C) at the board table with Mayor Clyde Rabideau (D). Judge Ken McLaughlin will run unopposed on the Republican and Conservative tickets. During their caucus, Democrats crossed party lines to endorse McLaughlin, who will be filling Tom Glover's two-year unexpired term. In an effort to consolidate the justice system, the village will be abolishing McLaughlin's seat in April and Glover's seat in 2014, when the towns of Harrietstown, North Elba and St. Armand – all inside the village limits – take over the judicial duties. McLaughlin is also a judge for the town of Harrietstown.
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Youth Olympics Continued from page 1 Tourism (ROOST)/Lake Placid CVB and head of the Empire State Winter Games organizing committee. “That would narrow it down to us and Salt Lake City/Park City. The United State Olympic Committee makes the decision if they want to make a move to host the games, so all we can do is let them know we are here.” “Oh, they know that we have an interest in hosting,” Sandy Caligiore, who works with the Empire State Winter Games, said. “Now it is up to the USOC wanting to have us as a host for these games.” He said that as far as the logistics, the Lake Placid region has been dealing with a similar sporting event for the past 32 years. “It is doable to have the games here,” Caligiore said. “In terms of athlete numbers, the Empire State Games this year were projected to have the same number of athletes as were projected in Innsbruck.” Caligiore said that they had an eye on the Youth Olympic Games, and that they were impressed with the presentation. “We saw how it was dressed up and it had a great look,” Caligiore said. The 2006 Youth Olympic Winter Games are set to be held in Lillehammer, Norway. The process to award the 2020 games has yet to start. Talk of the potential to host the Youth Winter Olympics started in 2010, when USOC officials were in the area to discuss the potential of a bid. The officials felt that they would not be able to put a bid together for the 2016 games, but planned to target 2020 as a possibility.
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firstname.lastname@example.org SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School Board got a taste of the 2012-13 budgetary process Wednesday, Feb. 1, as Assistant Superintendent for Business Dan Bower revealed a spending plan scenario held for the first time under the state’s new 2 percent tax cap. If the budget was adopted today, there would be a $1.585 million budget gap to make up, with an estimated $26,853,128 in revenue and $28,438,257 in expenses. “The good news is we don’t have to adopt a budget tonight,” Bower said to board members at their regular meeting in the Petrova library. Much of the expense increases would come from the health insurance and retirement system, and the spending increase is an estimated $1,283,355, or .47 percent, from the current budget. State aid is set to decrease for Saranac Lake to an estimated $7,235,999, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget, down $373,116 or 4.9 percent from the current year ’s $7,609,115. Those are the numbers Bower is using, since it is unknown whether they will be
changed through the state budget process. “There’s not a lot of reason to be optimistic,” Bower said. Bower and Superintendent Gerald Goldman will be spending time with administrators, School Board members and the Budget Advisory Committee over the next couple of months in order to shape a budget they can take to the voters on Tuesday, May 15. They will communicate with state legislators to see what’s happening in Albany. And they will monitor the budget to maximize the fund balance, which is “leftover” money in the district’s coffers that is set aside for emergencies and to use for “revenues” during the budget process. While the fund balance currently exceeds $870,000, according to Bower, he feels safe using $600,000 right now as a revenue source in the 2012-13 spending plan. As for the tax cap, Bower estimates that the state would allow a $496,742 maximum increase this year. But that number is preliminary, since the state calculates the maximum tax increase with an eightstep formula. “We don’t know at least six of those steps right now,” Bower said.
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Changes to Open Meetings Law Boards must now provide public access to meeting material By Andy Flynn
email@example.com ALBANY — Starting Feb. 2, the New York state government began requiring boards to give the public access to their records scheduled for discussion at meetings. Those packets members of the town board, school board or any public board have with them during the meeting, which are listed on the agenda, must now be made available for the public to review before or during the meetings. “Members of the public have on many occasions complained that they cannot fully understand discussions among members of public bodies, even though the discussions occur in public,” states the New York Department of State Committee on Open Government. “For example, a board member might refer to the second paragraph of page 3 of a record without disclosing its content prior to the meeting. Although the public has the right to be present, the ability to understand or contribute to the decision-making process may be minimal and frustrating.” This change to the Open Meetings Law was made so “those interested in the work of public bodies should have the ability,
within reasonable limitations, to see the records scheduled to be discussed during open meetings prior to the meetings.” The change to the law centers around two types of records: 1) those that are required to be made available pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL); 2) and proposed resolutions, law, rules, regulations, policies or amendments thereto. When these records are scheduled to be discussed, they must be made available to the public “to the extent practicable, either prior to or at the meeting.” In order to comply with the amendment, copies of records must be made available to the public prior to or at the meeting for a reasonable fee or by posting them online prior to the meeting. The Committee on Open Government also defines which boards are required to put this material on their websites: “If the agency in which a public body functions (i.e., a state department, a county, city, town, village or school district) ‘maintains a regularly and routinely updated website and utilizes a high speed internet connection,’ the records described above that are scheduled to be discussed in public ‘shall be posted on the website to the extent practicable as determined by the agency…’ The state recommends that agencies put their materials online to save costs associated with requests made under FOIL.
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LAKE PLACID — East Branch Friends of the Arts presents an evening of chamber music with soprano hornists Ann Ellsworth and Rachel Drehmann and New York-based string quartet OSSO on Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. Donation: $10; students are free. Ann Ellsworth, a faculty member in the SUNY Plattsburgh music department, and Rachel Drehmann, her longtime friend and
collaborator, will perform two horn concerti composed specifically for French horns. The string quartet will join them for double concerti by Johann Fasch and David Heinichin transcribed for a sextet as well as Beethoven’s sextet for two horns and strings. For more information about this unique and exciting evening of virtuoso chamber music, contact Pam Gothner, East Branch Friends of the Arts, at 576-4329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Broadband access critical to Adirondack life
ot long ago, having a high-speed data connection to the Internet was considered a luxury. But in recent years, broadband access is not just considered a convenience, it’s a foundation of modern life. For both adults and children, it’s virtually a necessity for work, commerce and education. In many schools, children are expected to have broadband access at home. Students are instructed to receive assignments and check homework updates on interactive websites, and to communicate with their teachers off-hours via email. College applications are now completed on websites. People applying for jobs or college admission are expected to submit resumes and information online. Businesses need this connectivity to stay competitive and survive, whether it’s marketing to customers, dealing with suppliers, or securing sales. Real estate agents in the Adirondacks and other resort areas report that people seeking to relocate want to know if Internet broadband access is available before they buy property. Hotel and inn proprietors are questioned whether their accommodations have broadband connections and Wi-Fi before vacationers book a room. Routine banking functions are conducted over the Internet. Patients are increasingly expected to obtain medical test results and communicate with their doctors over the Internet. However, most small communities in the Adirondacks don’t have broadband access, except for satellite service, which can be unreliable and expensive. DSL service in the region is limited. Many of our area residents have only dial-up service, which isn’t practical in the modern world. Regardless of the accelerating trend nationally to have employees work from home, it just isn’t happening here. Instead, we’ve seen a steep decline in populations of towns in the core areas of the Adirondacks. The reason, many believe, is due to the lack of broadband access. In 2009, the Adirondack Regional Assessment Project determined that broadband access in the region was quite limited. The study revealed that only 5 percent of Adirondack communities had widespread broadband access, and these were primarily the moneyed resort towns — or situated on the perimeter of the Adirondack Park. This and other studies have indicated that lack of broadband is hampering businesses, curbing job growth, and throttling
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We need to stand up for our First Amendment rights of Health and Human Services” ne of the major issues if it is “contrary to his/her reliwith the Affordable gious beliefs or moral convicCare Act, the health tions” (42 USC 300a-7 (d)). Even care reform legislation known the Federal Employees Health as Obama Care, is that it is still Benefits Program, which rea work in progress with much quires most of its health plans to of its finer points still being decover contraception, exempts refined and created. Over the last ligious affiliated plans and proseveral years, bits and pieces of Dan Alexander tects the conscience rights of the Act have been rolled out Thoughts from health professionals in other with most due for compliance Behind the Pressline plans. Currently no federal law by 2014. requires anyone to purchase, While the Affordable Care sell, sponsor or be covered by a private Act will be fodder for the up coming presihealth plan that violates his/her conscience. dential election, various rulings and interpreUnless HHS reverses direction or the ACA tations continue to be issued. One such rulis rescinded an organization seeking exemping last month by the U.S. Department of tion must meet four strict criteria, including Health and Human Services mandates that the requirement that it both hire and serve nearly all health insurance plans cover sterilprimarily people of its own faith. Faith based izations and FDA-approved contraceptives, schools, kitchens, clinics and hospitals would including those that induce abortions. The have to eject their non-faith employees, stuAct specifies that churches and other houses dents, clients and patients or purchase health of worship will be exempt from the requirecoverage that violates their moral and reliment to offer insurance that covers contragious teachings. The exemption provides no ception. To be eligible these institutions must protection at all to sponsors and providers of show the government that they hire and health plans for the general public, to people serve primarily people of their own faith and who own businesses or to individuals with a have the inculcation of religious values as moral or religious objection to these procetheir primary purpose. Unfortunately some dures, essentially forcing them to pay for the churches serve a broader focus in their comservices received by others. munities by providing services to the underIn 2006, then Senator Barack Obama emprivileged regardless of their faith affiliation. phasized the “need to understand the critical These faith-based organizations would be derole that the separation of church and state nied an exemption because of their service to has played in preserving not only our the general public at large. democracy, but the robustness of our reliRegardless of how you may feel about isgious practice.” sues of contraception, abortion, the AffordThis country was founded by people of able Care Act or religious beliefs, the issue of faith. Would our country even exist today or this ruling goes right to the heart of our First would we enjoy the many freedoms we’ve Amendment rights. Thomas Jefferson wrote come to take for granted without their comin 1809, “No provision in our constitution mitment to follow their beliefs” It’s one ought to be dearer to man that that which thing for the people of the country to collecprotects the right of conscience against the tively alter their rights. It’s something very enterprise of civil authority.” different for those rights to be chipped away The regulation is due to take effect for inby a few non-elected bureaucrats with the dividual citizens and private businesses on simple draft of a document. Aug. 1, 2012, but religious institutions have While we may all believe it is important until Aug. 13, 2013 to become compliant. The for every American to have access to quality regulation mandates that certain FDA-aphealth care, we need to stand firm on sacrificproved contraceptives that can induce aboring our First Amendment rights in pursuit of tions such as Plan B and Ella, be covered that goal. If as a united people we do not through the health insurance plans without stand now and be counted, what will be the any fees or co-payments. In the past, the fednext challenge forced upon a people who for eral government respected conscientious obover 235 years have relied on its government jections to procedures such as sterilization to protect the freedoms our forefathers died that may violate religious beliefs or moral to win and preserve? convictions. A law in effect since 1973 says that no individual is required to take part in Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Den“any part of a health service program or reton Publications. He may be reached at dan@densearch activity funded in whole or in part unpubs.com. der a program administered by the Secretary
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To the Valley News: Did you know that abortions are performed right here at Planned Parenthood in Plattsburgh? Many people are not aware that this is taking place, thinking abortion is something that happens someplace else. But it’s happening here. From Feb. 22 through April 1, local Christians will take part in 40 Days for Life, an innovative pro-life project that consists of prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. At its center, 40 Days for Life asks all people of good will to pray and fast for an end to abortion. The Plattsburgh office is one of hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities across the United States. Nationally, according to its own annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in its most recent fiscal year. This organization claims to help women, and prevent abortions. This is clearly not the case. 40 Days for Life’s presence outside Planned Parenthood is a prayer vigil. We see abortion as a spiritual challenge, not a political one. It may be portrayed as a protest or a demonstration, but that is not the case. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful outreach. In other communities, 40 Days for Life campaigns have increased awareness and led to a significant decline in the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood. The prayerful presence has also helped a number of Planned Parenthood employees leave the abortion industry. We pray that will be the case here in Plattsburgh as well. Learn how to get involved by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/plattsburgh. Nancy Belzile, Willsboro Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life, Plattsburgh
To the Valley News: All I can say is “WOW, perfect timing for this editorial.” Through the “Creating Healthy Places Grant” Cornell Cooperative Extension is currently searching to hire a Healthy Foods Educator. The primary responsibility of this program is to educate store owners as to the benefits of consuming healthy fresh produce and to increased visibility and availability of healthful foods in their stores. The educator ’s secondary responsibility would be to teach consumers about health benefits of eating fresh, locally grown produce resulting in the more demand and increased shelf space for the healthy alternatives. Through this program we are hoping to address many of the issues your editorial hit upon. I would like to highlight other programs Cornell Cooperative Extension is involved with to combat the growing epidemic of obesity and poor nutrition choices. In February, Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a pilot program to help parents and primary caregivers of pre-school children navigate the world of nutrition, physical activity, and parenting through Supporting Healthy Families 2012 which is funded by the Glens Falls Foundation. According to the White House Task Force on Obesity, one in five children are obese by the age of 6. Among low income families, the risk rises to one in three children. This fun, interactive six-week program will explore research based parenting principles matched to healthy lifestyle principles and is facilitated by Cooperative Extension parenting and nutrition educators. This six week program is free of charge and will be held in Queensbury. For the last eleven years Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County has facilitated the Eat Smart New York (ESNY) Nutrition Education program. This is a free program for families and individuals who are eligible to receive Food Stamps. ESNY is an exciting program where nutrition educators will meet with you either individually or in a group, in your home or community setting, to help you learn about: nutrition, meal planning, healthy food shopping on a budget, cooking and food safety, weight control and physical activity, and much more. Again, this is a free program and the only cost to you is your time and the benefits last a life time. Cornell Cooperative Extension also has a wealth of information on growing your own fruits and vegetables. We have a dedicated team of Master Gardeners who would love to get you started in planning your first garden. If you do not have space for a garden contact our Community Gardens Coordinator to find a local community garden near you. If you have any question regarding these program contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County 518-623-3291 or 6684881. Amy Sabattis Public Relations Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
To the Valley News: There I was, 4:30 p.m. in a rush, I ran around the car to get my daughter and grab the mail at the Lewis Post Office and my daughter ’s door is locked. I locked her in the car, not running with my purse locked inside with my cell phone and NO SPARE KEY. Emergency? To me, Yes. I use the phone inside and I call 911 and explain the situation in full detail to the dispatcher. They tell me they aren’t able to assist me. I stress again the urgency and that I have a 10-month-old daughter locked in a car, not running ext. and no spare key! They suggest I call a tow comp a n y t h a t c a n “ b re a k i n t o ” m y c a r a n d that was that. I’m thinking, I don’t have that kind of time. It’s getting colder and she is starting to get really fussy. I call Egglefield Ford in Elizabethtown and ask them if they could help me since the police can’t/won’t. I speak to Pat Farrell and ask him to help. I’m desperate. He gets the vin number and says he’ll see what he can do and he’ll call me back. Meanwhile it was quite a favor since I’ve never purchased or even serviced a vehicle there, but I was desperate. So I wait, which seems like an eternity. The post office is about to close, the S h e r i ff ’ s / Tro o p e r s a re r i g h t d o w n t h e road and they can’t help? I was mad. I call the dispatcher again, the same person answers and said the same thing, blah, blah, blah, maybe there’s a guy in Westport but I’m not listening anymore. Just then, Pat Farrell pulls up with a spare key and I could finally get my baby girl out of the car and comfort her. What is the sense of having all of these p o l i c e a n d a s h e r i ff ’ s d e p a r t m e n t r i g h t down the road. I live right here in Lewis and they can’t help? Protect and serve? They did nothing. Thank you to everyone at Egglefield F o rd , e s p e c i a l l y P a t F a r re l l f o r h e l p i n g me and my daughter with our emergency. They were my 911 heroes that day, not the troopers or sheriff ’s department. Protect and serve? You tell me. Heidi Iten Lewis
Ups and downs of town To the Valley News: Living in the hamlet of Westport has its advantages. Everyone knows each other, and there is rarely a line at any of our businesses, except on tax day at the school and the town hall. But some outsiders complain and do have problems, because one has to remember: On Monday, the bank is open, but the library is closed and the dump is closed. On Tuesday the library is open, but the bank is closed, and the dump is closed. On Wednesday, the dump is open, but the library is closed and the bank is closed. On Thursday the library is closed, the bank is open, but the dump is closed. On Friday the dump is open, the bank is open, but the library is closed. On Saturday the bank is closed but the dump is open all day, and the library is open a half day. On Sunday, everyone goes to church. Thomas Lonergan Westport
Lack of North Country To the Valley News: Just noticed again, comments (or lack thereof) by the Governor in the State of the State (as the Jan. 14 issue about to be recycled in the bird cage) concerning the North Country. Perhaps ol’ Andrew hasn’t fallen so far as a chip off the block with the reminder that Cuomo the First referred to the North Country residents as the, “abject poor” during a visit to this area that took place at ELCS in the early 80’s. Susan C. Sherman Westport
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Scrabble tourney a success To the Valley News: Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties hosted a Scrabble Tournament in Ticonderoga on Saturday, Jan. 28. Eighteen wordsmiths enjoyed competing for prizes from The Kings Inn Restaurant in Port Henry, Stewart’s Shop and Dunkin Donuts. Taking first place was Norman Swift from Ticonderoga. Katy Adams of Northville took second place, and Linda Gerardi from Ticonderoga placed third. Literacy Volunteers would like to thank The Cornerstone Alliance Church for donating space for this fun filled event. We would also like to thank the following businesses that helped sponsor this tournament: Ticonderoga at&t, Christopher ’s Chevrolet, H&R Block, Hot Biscuit Diner, Country Florist & Gifts, Tony’s Ticonderoga Sports, Treadway’s Service Center, Sugar & Spice Country Store, Eddie’s Restaurant, Champlain Valley Heating & Plumbing, and Dr. William Brennan. Literacy Volunteers Fundraising Committee
Luckily, no injuries To the Editor: I would like to express my relief that no one was harmed as a result of the third turbine malfunction in Altona since 2009. Firefighters couldn’t access the fire to extinguish it and had to leave the scene while it was still in flames. Setbacks in that area are 1,200 feet from occupied residences. These turbines are 400-plus feet tall. Does anyone else find this troubling? What if it had been a dry summer day and it had fallen over? What damage could the flying parts of the turbine have caused to residents in that area? What negative impact have other residents in this area experienced as a result of these industrial turbines? Please take a moment to consider this important information when considering the placement of industrial wind projects. Residential areas should be safe enough for people to live there. That is the purpose of residential zoning and that should be carefully enforced. Your families’ safety could depend on it. Courtney Manor Morrisonville
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Valentine’s music at library
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WESTPORT — Please join us for a "S'wonderful" Valentine music celebration of Gershwin love songs featuring the vocal trio, Ya Got Treble. Susan Hughes, Gigi Mason, Katherine Houseal with Marylou Kirsty on the piano will present a musical tribute to St. Valentine's Day at the Westport Library on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. Refreshments of chocolate, wine, punch and assorted sweets will follow.
LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will screen a Live production of Götterdämmerung on Saturday, Feb. 11, at noon. The program, presented as part of The Met: Live in HD series, is shown on the LPCA Big Screen and includes backstage interviews and more! Tickets are: $18 General Admission, $16 LPCA Members, $12 Students under 18. Call the LPCA at 523-2512 for more information.
PORT HENRY — Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer at its main office in Port Henry. This Basic Literacy training will give you the tools, tips, and strategies needed to help a student learn how to read, improve literacy skills, or obtain a GED. The training will be 1 to 4 p.m. on February 7, 9, 15, and 16. There is no fee and all materials are included. For more information call 546-3008.
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown planning board’s comprehensive plan committee has scheduled workshops to aid in the selection process of a consultant. Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall, 7563 Court St. and another workshop is planned for Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hand House, River St.
Cobble topic of town meeting
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Town Board will hold a workshop meeting on Thursday, Feb 16, at 9 a.m. to discuss the 2012 schedule for the Cobble Hill Golf Course. Also to be discussed are the collection and disposal of garbage at the transfer station (dump). The meeting will be in the Town Hall and is open to the public.
WESTPORT — There will be a spaghetti dinner, Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Westport Federated Church. Serving starts 4:30 p.m., with takeouts available. $9 Adults, $4 Children 12 and under.
Talk on Moose at ADK LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is presenting a special program, “Moose in New York.” Join state wildlife biologist Ed Reed, who will review the history, current status, and future of moose in New York. This special ADK presentation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at ADK’s High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Stress reduction service offered ELIZABETHTOWN — High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care and the Alzheimer ’s Disease Assistance Center are co-sponsoring a series of Caregiver Stress Reduction Workshops. Workshops will be held on the second Tuesday of the month on Feb. 14, March 13 and April 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Hand House on River Street in Elizabethtown. This workshop is free and it is not necessary to attend all three sessions. For further information and to register please call Joan Lilly at 942-6513 or Kenna LaPorte at 5643770. If you need someone to be with your loved one, respite can be arranged through ADAC’s Third Age, Katy Scott 569-5887.
Kelly to speak WESTPORT — Local author Jeffrey G. Kelly will be speaking about his books, including “The 21 Mine,” and, “Tailings,” at the Westport Library Book Group meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.
Green Beans to perform WILLSBORO — Willsboro Coffee House will be presenting The Green Beans on Saturday, Feb. 11, featuring original folk music by Vinnie and Joe Ferris at the Congregational Church, Route 22, Willsboro at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Refreshments will be available. For information, call 963-7772.
Caregiver group offered ELIZABETHTOWN — There will be a Caregiver Stress Reduction Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hand House on River Street in Elizabethtown.
Guild seeks benefactors ELIZABETHTOWN — The Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild of New York invites proposals from “not for profit” organizations that serve the areas represented by our membership. The recipient of this proposal will receive all profits from the raffle of a member made bed-sized quilt. The drawing for this quilt will occur at our biannual quilt show held in mid October 2013. Deadline for the proposals is April 1. Notification of selection will be made prior to the end of May. For further information and application form visit our website a: www.cvqgny.org or contact Niki Gemmill at 846-7801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singing Valentines set PLATTSBURGH — The Champlain Valley Sweet Adelines will be delivering Singing Valentines in Plattsburgh and the surrounding area on Tuesday, Feb. 14. To arrange for a Valentine surprise that will always be remembered, contact Carletta at 566-8302.
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Globetrotters back in Lake Placid LAKE PLACID — On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to Olympic Center in Lake Placid on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets to see the world’s most famous basketball team are on sale, starting at $17, and are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.tickets.com, the Olympic Center box office, or by phone at 523-3330. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
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McCauliffe joins CFES staff WILLSBORO — Having spent most of her high school career as a CFES Scholar, Jessica McCauliffe knows well how CFES can spark dreams of college in students who never considered higher education within their reach. McCauliffe remembers the moment it clicked for her. “As an eighth grader, I was just an average student,” she said. “I hadn’t given college much thought. That was before my first visit to Middlebury College. After that
visit I began pushing myself to do well in school,” In fact, McCauliffe did so well in high school that she graduated Salutatorian of the Willsboro class of 2008 and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Biology. Just a few short weeks before graduation, McCauliffe learned about the program coordinator opening at CFES and jumped at the chance to take what CFES had given her and pay it back. In her new role, McCauliffe is
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Thank You For Celebrating With Me! Thank you, Sharon, for making my 85th birthday so special! It was the biggest surprise enjoyed by me in all my 85 years!
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RAY BROOK — The late fall and early winter season saw poaching charges leveled all around the Department of Environmental Conservation's Region 5. Lake Placid man Philip R. Perry Jr., 37, was charged with misdemeanor exceeding bag limits of big game and a violation of possessing someone else's carcass tag in the Town of Santa Clara Nov. 10. Maximum possible penalties are $2,250 in fines and one year in jail. Keesville man Harold Bailey, 56, was charged Nov. 11 with misdemeanor possessing a firearm while using artificial lights on lands inhabited by deer in Chesterfield. Maximum penalties are $1,000 in fines and three months in jail. Lake Placid man Peter Hunkins, 51, was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence Nov. 12 in Long Lake, a misdemeanor. Hunkins paid $352.50 in fines in a settlement. Jay man John C. Devlin, 39, was charged with taking deer with the aid of an artificial light and taking deer out of
Sharon, you made me feel so special and I am grateful that you took time from your busy schedule as Supervisor of our great town to arrange a ‘party’ in such a caring and thoughtful way. The gals in the office, who are always so supportive, were little elves behind the scene, I am sure. Thank you. And —Thank you, to everyone who sent cards and flowers. It was all so lovely. I was truly overwhelmed.
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season Dec. 4, both misdemeanors. He paid $500 in fines. Elizabethtown man Jerry F. Peters, 54, was charged with taking deer from a roadway and shooting from a public highway in Elizabethtown Dec. 12, both misdemeanors. Maximum penalties are $2,000 in fines and three months in jail. In other DEC news, the two Essex men who attacked a Great Blue Heron Aug. 8 by throwing stones at the animal — which was euthanized due to its severe injuries — were sentenced for the incident. Michael W. Martindale Jr., 29, of Jay was convicted Dec. 12 of illegally taking wildlife and taking a protected bird. He was fined $502.50 by the Town of Jay Court. Ryan Slater, 22, of Wilmington was convicted of torturing an animal under the Agriculture and Markets Law Oct. 17 in the Town of Jay Court. Slater was sentenced to 60 days in jail and was returned to state prison for four years for violating his status as a parolee.
Obituaries John Maxwell II, 92 Oct. 24, 1919 - 2012 MAXWELL — John Walter Maxwell II, passed away at the age of 92. He was a resident of Wilmington, living on Quaker Mountain for over 60 years. John was born Oct. 24, 1919, to Anna Clum and John Walter Maxwell in Schenectady. He studied at the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1942, and a Master ’s of Science degree in 1943. While at Syracuse he was a member of the ski team and was the football team Mascot, Bill Orange, walking on six-foot stilts. John had a long professional career of innovation and working with wood resins used to manufacture plywood particleboard and skis. He was Senior Wood Technologist for Borden Chemical and then Borden International, John had the opportunity to travel the world with his wife while working in a field he was passionate about. He was an early member of the Forest Product Research Society (FDRS) and coordinated multiple symposiums to further scientific knowledge in his field. John was married to Ann Sidney Morehouse Leitch on May 8, 1943 in Lake Placid. He had a long life full of family skiing, including the early years at Marble Mountain, Paleface, and Whiteface. John was an avid skier continuing into his 80’s, without slowing down. He was a member of the Hurricane Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. In retirement, John put his knowledge of chemistry to good use by becoming an accomplished maker of wine, famous for his champagne cider. In addition to Sidney, his wife of 68 years, John is survived by his children, Thomas Maxwell, John W. Maxwell III and his wife Linda, Sally Maxwell Hess and Peggy Maxwell-Duran. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tim Maxwell, Scott Maxwell, William Maxwell, Bradley Hess and his wife Heather, Mathew Hess, Desiray Duran, R.J. Duran, Rico Duran, and Jereme Duran. Great grandchildren Sidney and Ryan Hess, and survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Feb. 4, at the St. Eustice Episcopal Church in Lake Placid, a burial service will take place in the spring.
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Supers authorize surveys at Horace Nye Home ELIZABETHTOWN — While some didn’t agree with the reason behind the study, the Essex County Board of Supervisors enacted the next phase in the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. In their Feb. 6 regular board meeting, the supervisors passed a pair of resolutions — one to solicit proposals for a Phase One Environmental Evaluation on the nursing home and one to seek quotes for the work of a title search.
Moriah’s Thomas “Tom” Scozzafava said that while he was still against the sale of the home, he felt an environmental evaluation of the site was needed. “I support this because in the future, this is something that we can use down the road when looking at what needs to be done,” said Scozzafava. Willsboro’s Ed Hatch questioned County Manager Daniel Palmer on if the evaluation should be done, and funded, by an potential buyer.
“If we do this and then a flag comes up and we have no one that buys, then we have another problem coming up,” Hatch said. County Attorney Dan Manning said that the study is done for that purpose, to identify the potential for concerns, and that the evaluation would run between $2,500 and $4,000. “It is prudent that it is done in advance because we do not have a finance package in place,” North Elba’s Robert “Roby” Politi said.
County Radio system moves forward ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase the Essex County share of the new microwave system for the emergency services communications project at a total of $1,075,715 and equipment from state contract for the public safety radio system in the amount of $24,851.35 during its Feb. 6 meeting. County Manager Daniel Palmer explained that the financing for the project was a threeentity effort between the county, New York State Police and New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG). “This represents our share of the threeway deal between us, the State Police and NYSEG,” Palmer said. “This money will be used to purchase our share of the equipment and have it ready for the project build.” Palmer said that once ready, it will take
about two building seasons for the system to be completed based on the number of sites and work needed to be done. “This is a 19-site project, so it is pretty big,” Palmer said. Palmer said that so far, the county has received a pair of grants that will help pay for the project, which supervisors capped at $10 million. The first was for about $580,000 and the second was recently awarded for $2 million. “The state is also releasing another $45 million grant for public radio stations and we will again be applying for that to see if we can get more funding in grants,” Palmer said. Palmer reported that NYSP has invested around $2 million into the system, while NYSEG has added about $600,000.
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Empire State Winter Games a success By Alan Belford
Two-time Olympian Patrick Kelly of Lake Placid won three golds in the speed skating events. Photo by Alan Belford
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LAKE PLACID — The 32nd annual Empire State Winter Games was held on Feb. 2-5 with over 1,000 athletes competing in a number of sports disciplines. “Everything went swimmingly,” said Sandy Caligiore, director of media relations for the games. “We added new sports this year, [adaptive biathlon and adaptive cross country skiing] and long track speed skating came back after about 25 years away. The past few days, the weather couldn’t have been nicer.” The games boasted 1,104 participants in 16 sports this year, almost 200 more participants than they had last year. The 2012 games also marks the second year that the games have been put on by a cooperative effort of various municipalities and North Country villages, ORDA, and other local organizations, all well represented at the opening ceremonies on Thursday evening. For the first 30 years of the event, New York State had run the games. “This year we invited the Village of Tupper Lake, and they will be involved in the future,” said Jim McKenna, games Coordinator from The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism in Lake Placid which oversees the games. “Sport organizers basically are in charge of running the individual competitions,” added Caligiore. This year, the games added an additional day (Thursday of the events) and moved the competition from the end of President’s Day week, when it has traditionally been held. “We thought that gave us more opportunity for growth,” said McKenna. “There is already a high demand with the venues that week with recreational users,” said Caligiore. Organizers were “more than happy,” according to McKenna, for the games’ success,
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particularly in a year of making such changes. But perhaps the real barometer of the games’ success comes from the thoughts of the athletes themselves. “It’s just, oh my gosh, the best competition ever; the competition I look forward to every year,” said Gabrielle Mauro, 13, a figure skater from Lancaster, who placed third in the intermediate category. “I like it because you get to watch other things besides skating,” said fellow figure skater Simona Lee, 16, of Pierrepont, who placed second in the junior ladies category. “A lot of people train here in the summer and it’s nice to come back,” added her friend Margot Krisberg, 16, of Chappaqua, who placed first in the same category. Indeed many athletes cite the fun atmosphere and the chance to spend time with friends as a major draw of the games. “I’ve been coming here for the Empire State Games since I was about twelve, and it’s a lot of fun; it’s a great environment,” said speed skater Emily Elbers, 18 of Syracuse, who won both the 100m and 500m events on the Olympic oval in the women’s open division. “It’s a great racing opportunity to improve,” added fellow Syracuse speed skater Alex Zamojski, 15 who earned a bronze in the 500m, and a gold in the 800m long-track events. While the competition and experience of the games is good, said Mauro, “It’s a fun competitiveness.” Ethan Wood, 12, a cross country skier from Saranac Lake, who placed third in his age class in the freestyle event and fourth in the classic event, was just happy to be able to find some snow. “There’s no snow anywhere in the Adirondacks this year, and this is the only place with snow – and I love skiing.” “That’s what makes if worth doing,” said McKenna, citing a similar response from an athlete. “We are already starting to think about next year.”
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ELIZABETHTOWN — Students at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School got an extra dose of physical education as they joined a luger from Schroon Lake to kick off the 32nd annual Empire State Winter Games. ELCS students Corey Feeley, Patrick Phillips, Louis Scaglione, Julia Cox and Zac Nocca-Bailey were joined by physical education teacher and varsity soccer coach Paul Buehler, his wife Jessica and others as part of the second ESG Torch Run, which started at the Elizabethtown Stewart’s Wednesday, Feb. 1. “It is nice to have the students involved in an event like this,” ELCS Principal Jennifer Bull said. ELCS students Brody Hooper, Savanah Graves, Geeg Dedam, Hugh Howard, Nate Bessette and Zoe Reusser were also set to take part in the run as it advanced.
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KEESEVILLE — The Keeseville Fire Department celebrated Robert Russell’s lifesaving actions and bravery in a ceremony at the fire house Jan. 30. Russell called 911 Dec. 26 when he found his mother, Cindy Hemingway, unresponsive after she collapsed during a seizure. During that time, Russell’s 18-month-old sister Paige was also in the house. Not only did he assist his mother, but he took care of Paige while emergency personnel were on their way. Responders to that 911 call gave a special presentation in Russell’s honor before their regular meeting. “We wanted the whole fire department to be here to show our appreciation,” said Debra Winters, emergency medical service captain at the department. Winters, County Dispatcher Priscilla Aubin and other members of the fire department presented Russell with a plaque, a model fire truck and a medal that read ‘Mommy’s Hero.’ Winters said in her experience working with EMS she has rarely seen a child who was able to handle his composure in a tough situation as Russell had. “Normally when there’s a problem children will run for another adult because they are scared,” Winters said. “But this little boy was so calm, knew what to do and an-
swered all the questions about his mother ’s condition.” Hemingway, who has suffered from epilepsy since she was 13 years old, had taught him about her condition from a young age. She wanted him to be prepared. “I showed him, over and over, the emergency numbers I had put on the back of the phone in case this happened,” Hemingway Priscilla Aubin, Debra Winters, and Cindy Hemingway stand with Russell after said. It had been a few receiving awards for life saving measures by the Keeseville Fire department. Photo by Katherine Clarke years since the last time Hemingway suffered a as many details as seizure. She had taught Russell none the less possible, and to be prepared by showing him the sticker when we respond This story was first posted with emergency numbers she received from to a call it helps online at 9:11 a.m. on the fire department. She said she felt safe when homes are Thursday, Feb. 2, knowing if something like this were to hapeasy to access found on pen again she had her son on her side. with equipment,” thevalleynews.org Not only did the fire department want to Winters said. show their appreciation for Russell’s brave Anyone with actions, Winters said she hopes by recognizquestions or coning how attentively he handled the emercerns about how to create an emergency plan gency situation it will encourage other chilwith their children or who have questions dren and parents to practice an emergency about how accessible their home is in case of plan. an emergency can contact EMS personnel for “As emergency personnel we need to know more information, Winters said.
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Winter Carnival Rotary Show set for Feb. 10 in Saranac Lake By Andy Flynn
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LAKE PLACID — The world is getting ready to visit Lake Placid, and once again the tiny two-time Olympic village in upstate New York will be the center of the sliding universe when the FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics gets under way on the Olympic Sports Complex track. Racing begins on Friday, Feb. 17, at 9:30 a.m. with the opening two runs of the women’s bobsled race. The women’s world champion will be crowned under the lights, Saturday night when runs three and four begin at 5 p.m. Saturday also features runs one and two of the two-man bobsled competition, beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday’s schedule will feature the crowning of the two-man world champion when racing begins at 9 a.m. and the team competition. The team event will feature at least 10 nations competing in men’s and women’s skeleton, men’s two-man bobsled and women’s bobsled, all racing for the lowest combined time. Racing will resume, Thursday, Feb. 23, when the world’s best women’s skeleton athletes take to the 22-curve track at 9:40 a.m. They will take two runs before a world champion is crowned on Friday, Feb. 24, when racing begins at 9:45 a.m. The men will also race, Friday, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday’s schedule features four-man bobsled action, with heats one and two beginning at 9 a.m., before the men’s skeleton action resumes with its final two runs at 5 p.m. Finally, the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics will conclude, Sunday, with the third and fourth runs of the four-man race, beginning at 9:20 a.m. A fireworks display at the track, sponsored by Aubuchon Hardware and Benjamin Moore Paints, will light up night’s sky Saturday night, Feb. 18, beginning at 8:45 p.m., following the women’s bobsled award ceremony and the public draw for the team event. Fireworks are also slated for Saturday, Feb. 25, also beginning at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics. Single day tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for seniors and juniors. Tickets to see all seven days of competition are $50 for adults and $35 for juniors and seniors. Tickets are available on line by visiting http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=2439, through the Olympic Center’s box office or at the Olympic Sports Complex box office.
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After-school program may close in Willsboro By Fred Herbst
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Advantage After School has lost its state funding. As a result OCFS can no longer fund the local ACAP programs. Zmijewski said $31,000 is needed to get the Moriah and Willsboro programs through the remained of the school year. “We are looking for donations from business and the communities,” she said. “They can designate where the money goes, but we operate both sites as one program and don’t ask for the money to be designated to one or the other. We hope to raise enough to keep the program open till the beginning of June.” Anyone who wants to contribute may send donations to ACAP, P.O. Box 848, Attention Marge Z (Zmijewski),Elizabethtown 12932. “We are also asking everyone to advocate for after-school programs,” Zmijewski said. “Essex County lacks quality child care. There is just not enough child care to meet the need in the county. If programs close parents will have some tough choices make.” People who would like more in-
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WinterFest a go on despite weather By Fred Herbst
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outdoor activities are the town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Central Schools, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Kiwanis and the Adirondack Trailriders. WinterFest activities will kickoff at 10:45 a.m. with a one-mile Snowman Fun Run, which will be a loop around downtown Ticonderoga finishing down Montcalm Street at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. WinterFest will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People are asked to sign in at the registration desk in the public parking lot next to the Elks Building and sign up for prizes donated by supporters.
Museum Day Trip ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Social Center, in conjunction with North Wind Tours, presents a Museum Day Trip on Saturday, March 24. Cost is $119 per person and includes: round-trip transportation via Luxury Motor Coach; admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., and the New York State Museum in Albany; lunch at Cracker Barrel and dinner at Golden Corral. Scholarships are available to Teen Social Center Members. Full price due at time of registration. Tickets are limited. Contact the Social Center at 873-6408 or email@example.com for registration and information.
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Fool Hens of the Forest
DEC kept busy this season I t has been a busy season for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. In recent weeks, the department has released figures regarding hunting accidents that occurred during the recent Big Game Hunting Season. They have also developed two current wildlife management initiatives, involving cats and birds. On top of that, the Department has also been trying to figure out to hand over management of Belleayre Ski Center, located on State Forest Preserve lands in the Catskill Park, to the Olympic Regional Development Agency, which is located in Lake Placid. Just to keep things interesting, a consortium of environmental advocacy groups recently claimed the department did not follow proper procedures when it renegotiated conservation easements with Champion Paper Company, for 139,000 acres of forested lands spread across four Adirondack counties. At the heart of the issue, openly opposed by Protect the Adirondacks, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, Atlantic States Legal Foundation and the Sierra Club, is an agreement between DEC and the Heartwood Forestland Fund. In the original purchase completed by DEC in 2009, the agreement required the removal of hunting camps from Champion Lumber Company lands located in Franklin, Herkimer, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by 2014. Although a number of camps have already been removed, it has been a contentious undertaking fraught with recriminations and acts of social disobedience, including an incident of arson which destroyed an access bridge. In efforts to appease lease holders, as well as the lumber company, and the local communities that realize substantial economic benefits from the leased camps, the DEC agreed to modify the original agreement with the current landowner, Heartwood Forestland Fund. In exchange for a 2,100-acre tract of land located along the Deer River Flow, which will be added to the Forest Preserve, the DEC will allow the original hunting cabins to remain, and permitted 12 more to be built. Advocacy groups claim the modifications of the original agreement violate state Environmental Conservation Law and devalue the property value. They have lobbied the state Comptroller and the Attorney General to intervene.
Charles Morrison, a former director of natural resources planning at DEC, who is now working with the Sierra Club claimed, “It (the renegotiated agreement) really doesn't protect the public interest." However, the renegotiated agreement which allows the camps to remain intact certainly protects the public interests of numerous business owners in the small communities that have long depended on an annual influx of camp owners during the typical non-tourist seasons, which generally include all the months beyond July and August. In addition, leaseholders with a vested stake in the land are much more likely to protect it, than the traveling public. When DEC isn’t engaged in legal wrangling with former employees, it is usually involved in more worthwhile efforts to protect wildlife, and the folks that pursue it. Recently, DEC announced the 2011 Big Game Hunting Season equaled the 2009 season as the safest hunting season ever recorded in New York. Although there were several fatalities during the 2011 season, a majority of these incidents involved injuries sustained as a result of tree-stand accidents, rather than hunter on hunter incidents.
Cats and Birds Cats and birds are not typically a good mix, however, when it comes to DEC efforts, there is a good chance that each species will derive some useful benefits. Although bobcats are not a common sight in the interior of the High Peaks region, the cautious cats maintain a viable presence in many other areas of the state, including the Champlain Valley, the Hudson River Valley and throughout the Catskill Mountains. I’ve never come across a bobcat in the park, but I have observed several while hunting deer in the Southern Tier. Recently, the DEC announced a proposed five-year bobcat management plan. The draft management plan is available on the DEC website. The comment period on the draft plan runs through Feb. 16, 2012. Comments may be submitted in writing through Feb. 16, 2012 to NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Bobcat Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754 or by email (type "Bobcat Plan" in the topic line).
WORSHIP IN YOUR COMMUNITY AU SABLE FORKS St. James’ Church - Traditional Anglican Worship. Fr. David Ousley, Vicar and Rev. Patti Johnson, Deacon. Services: Wed. 6:00 p.m. - Healing Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Sun. - 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Phone 518 834-9693 United Methodist Church - Main Street. 647-8147. Sunday 11 a.m. - Worship Service. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Holy Name Catholic Church - Rt. 9N, Main Street, AuSable Forks, 647-8225, Rev. Kris Lauzon Pastor, John J. Ryan - Deacon, Daily Masses Monday at 5:15 p.m., Tues. - Fri. at 8 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 9:15 a.m. Confessions (reconciliation) one half hour before weekend masses. BLACK BROOK St. Matthew’s Catholic Church - Black Brook, Silver Lake Rd., 647-8225, Rev. Kris Lauzon - Pastor, John J. Ryan - Deacon, Masses Sun. 11 a.m. Confessions (reconciliation) one half hour before each mass. BLOOMINGDALE Pilgrim Holiness Church - 14 Oregon Plains Rd., 8913178, Rev. Daniel Shumway - Sunday: Morning Worship 11am, Sunday School 10am, Evening Service 6:30 pm; Wednesday: Prayer Service 7 pm. CLINTONVILLE United Methodist - Rt. 9N. 834-5083. Sunday, 11 a.m. Worship Service. Pastor Rev. Joyce Bruce. ELIZABETHTOWN St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church - Court Street. 873-6760. Father Peter Riani., Mass Schedule: Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m., Weekdays: Consult Bulletin. Thursday 10:15 a.m. Horace Nye Home. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 3:30 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Website: ccsespn.grainofwheat.net Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) - 10 Williams Street. 873-2509. Sunday, Holy Communion 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Healing Prayer Service: Every Wed. 6:30 p.m. Men’s Group: Every Fri. 7:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. Rev. David Sullivan or Ann Marie Speir. All are welcome. Email: email@example.com Web: www.etowngoodshepherd.org United Church of Christ (Congregational) - Court Street. 873-6822. Rev. Frederick C. Shaw. Worship Service: Sun. 11 a.m.; Sunday School ages 4 grade 6. Nursery service Email: FShaw@westelcom.com ESSEX St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - Rt. 22. 963-4524. Father Joseph Elliott, Pastor. No Mass in Essex from Columbus Day to Memorial Day, closed for the Winter. Essex Community United Methodist Church - Corner of Rt. 22 and Main St. 963-7766. Rev. John E. Hunn. , Sunday Worship - 10:15 AM, Sunday School 10:15 AM, Pre School Play Group Thursdays 1011:30 AM Sept.-May. web page: www.unyumc.org/churches/detail/375 St. John’s Episcopal Church - Church Street. 963-7775. Holy Communion and Church School, Sunday 9:15 a.m., Morning Prayer, Wednesday 9 a.m. Community Potluck Supper, Tuesday 6 p.m. Old Testament Bible Study, Wednesdays 10 a.m., Rev. Margaret Shaw. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Foothills Baptist Church at Boquet - 2172, NY Rt. 22 in Essex. Formerly Church of the Nazarene. Wednesday Night Service at 6 p.m. Worship services are Sunday 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Family Christian movies on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and Hymn sing on the 4th Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. Email: email@example.com HARKNESS Harkness United Methodist Church - Corner Harkness & Hollock Hill Rds., Harkness, NY. 834-7577. Rev. Edith Poland. Sun. School 8:30 a.m.; Worship 9:30 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org JAY First Baptist Church of Jay - Rev. Joyce Bruce, Pastor. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. KEENE St. Brendan’s Catholic Church - Saturday Mass at 4 p.m.,
Sunday Mass at 11:15 a.m.; Pastor: Rev. John R. Yonkovig; Pastor. Rectory Phone 523-2200. Email: email@example.com St. Hubert’s All Souls Episcopal Church - Sunday Holy Eucharist 10 a.m., June 27 through September 12. Varying roster of priests celebrate communion each week. Keene Valley Congregational Church - Main Street. 5764711. Sunday Worship Services 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Choir Wednesday evening 7 p.m. and Sunday 9:15 a.m. KEESEVILLE Immaculate Conception - St. John the Baptist - 1804 Main Street, 834-7100. Monsignor Leeward Poissant. Ant. Mass Saturdays - 4 p.m. - St. John’s. Sunday Masses; 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception during the winter months. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org St. Paul’s Episcopal Church - Clinton Street, Keeseville. 563-6836. Sunday Service 9 a.m. Rev. Blair Biddle. Keeseville United Methodist Church - Front Street, Keeseville. 834-7577. Rev. Edith Poland. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m. 834-7577. Email: email@example.com The Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene - 124 Hill Street, Keeseville, NY. 834-9408. Pastor Richard Reese. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday Prayer Service 7 p.m.; Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church - Rte. 22 & Interstate 87, P.O. Box 506, Keeseville, NY. 834-9620. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m., Sunday Evening Worship 7 p.m., Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - Wednesday 7 p.m.; Youth Group Sunday 7 p.m. Website: ibck.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Front Street Fellowship - 1724 Front Street, Keeseville, 834-7373. Pastor Warren Biggar. Sunday: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Worship Service 10:30 a.m., Tuesday: Home Prayer Groups 7 p.m. (Call for locations). Thursday: Ladies Bible Study 2:30 p.m. in Keeseville, 7 p.m. in Plattsburgh (Call for locations). Friday: Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m.; Kingdom Kids 6:30 p.m.; Youth Group 6:30 p.m. Website: www.thebridgekeeseville.com Email: email@example.com LAKE PLACID New Hope Christian Fellowship Church - 207 Station St., Lake Placid, NY. A full gospel church. Rev. Richard Ducatt, pastor. Services are Sunday 10a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Fellowship prayer, Tuesday 6:30 p.m. and Thursday Bible Study. Once a month covered dish after Sunday morning service. Child care available Sunday & Thursday.
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Handicapped accessible. For more information call 518-523-3652. Lake Placid Baptist Church - Leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ Worship service Sunday 10:15 a.m., Rev. Derek Spain, Pastor. 2253 Saranac Ave., LP 523-2008, www.lpbaptist.org. St. Eustace Episcopal Church - Worship services Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday 5:15 p.m. Holy Prayers; Wednesday 5:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist & Healing 2450 Main St., LP, 523-2564, www.steustace.org. St. Agnes Catholic Church - Saturday Mass 5:30 p.m., Sunday masses 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., 169 Hillcrest, LP, 523-2200. Rev. John R. Yonkovig Adirondack Community Church - Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. 2583 Main St., LP. 523-3753, www.adkcomchurch.org. Pilgrim Holiness Church - 6057 Sentinel Road Lake Placid, NY 12946. Tel. 518-523-2484 Pastor: William S. Saxton Sunday School - 9: 45 AM Sunday Worship - 11:00 AM Sunday Evening Service - 7:00 PM Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study - 7:00 PM www.lakeplacidpilgrimholinesschurch.com LEWIS Elizabethtown Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses - Rt. 9 West, Lewis, NY. Sunday Public Talk 10 a.m. followed by Watchtower Study 10:35 a.m.; Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study & Theocratic Ministry School & Service Meeting. For further information contact Brian Frawley 518-873-2610. First Congregational Church - Lewis, 873-6822. Rev. Frederick C. Shaw. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Email: Fshaw@westelcom.com PORT HENRY Lake Champlain Bible Fellowship - Adult Sunday School 9:00-10:00 a.m., Coffee fellowship 10:00-10:30 a.m.; Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m.; Nursery and 3-6 Sunday School provided during worship service; VOICE Youth Group for teens; Variety of bible studies and groups available that meet weekly. FREE community movie night the first Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. Visit our website to see what is showing 6 Church St., (518) 546-4200, www.lcbible.org, Pastor Tom Smith. REBER United Methodist Church - Valley Road. 963-7924. Rev. Chilton McPheeters. Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.; Church School 11 a.m. SARANAC LAKE St. Bernard’s Catholic Church - Saturday Mass 5:00 p.m., Sunday Mass 7:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Father Mark Reilly, Pastor, 27 St. Bernard Street, SL, 891-4616, www.stbernardssaranaclake.com Episcopal Church of St. Luke - 136 Main St., SL, 891-3605. Sunday worship services at 7:45 a.m. and 10:00
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The natural camouflage of a female Spruce Grouse allow it to virtually disappear among the branches of a small spruce tree. Faced with a possible extinction of the species from the state, the NYSDEC developed a Spruce Grouse Recovery Team in 1992 to ensure the long term survival of spruce grouse populations and their associated boreal forest communities in New York. The Spruce Grouse Recovery Team has identified various management and research actions needed in order to protect, maintain and enhance spruce grouse populations including the protection of currently occupied sites. Fortunately, the core area of viable Spruce Grouse populations is centered primarily on a number of large interconnected, parcels of private lands. Public education, combined with the elimination of threats and the enhancement key habitat areas are the steps necessary to ensure the survival of this strange and stately species. Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
a.m., led by the Reverand Ann S. Giallard, www.stlukessaranaclake.org High Peaks Church - A Bible-believing, non-denominational church. 97 Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake, 891-3255 Saranac Lake Baptist Church - 490 Broadway, Saranac Lake, 891-5473 First United Methodist Church - 63 Church Street, Saranac Lake, 891-3473 Adirondack Alliance Church - 72 Canaras Ave., SL, 8911383. Sharing the hope of Christ, building relationships with god. Sunday worship 10:00 a.m. with nursery care available. First Presbyterian Church PC(USA) - 57 Church Sreet, Saranac Lake, NY, 518-891-3401, Rev. Joann White. All Are Welcome Here! 9:45am Sunday Worship. Sunday School for All Ages. Nursery Care. 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study. Handicap Accessible & Hearing Assistance. www.saranaclakepresbyterianchurch.org Saranac Lake Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses - 5043 Rt. 3, Saranac Lake, 518-891-9233 Sunday Public Talk 10 a.m. followed by Watchtower Study 10:35 a.m. Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity - Worshipping at the First United Methodist Church at 63 Church St., Saranac Lake. Pastor Michael Richards presiding. 518-891-5262. Services on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. followed by coffee hour. Sunday School available. TUPPER LAKE United Community Church - 25 High Street, Tupper Lake, 359-9810 Holy Name Catholic Church - 114 Main Street, Tupper Lake, 359-9194 St. Alphonsus Church - 48 Wawbeek Avenue, Tupper Lake, 359-3405. St. Thomas Episcopal - 8 Brentwood Ave, Tupper Lake 359-9786 WADHAMS United Church of Christ - Sunday worship celebration at Noon, Pastor Leon Hebrink. 962-8293 *For other ministry & discipleship opportunities see the Westport Federated Church schedule. WESTPORT Federated Church - Main Street Westport: Saturday Evening ‘Praise, Word & Prayer’ Service, 5 p.m. Sunday morning Worship Celebration, 9:00 a.m. plus Children’s Church; Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Thursday evening parsonage book & bible discussion, 6:30 p.m.; Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. 962-8293. www.westptchurch.com Pastor Leon Hebrink, “Following Jesus in the company of friends.” Westport Bible Church - 24 Youngs Road. 962-8247. Pastor Dick Hoff. Sunday Morning Worship 9:15 a.m. & 11 a.m.; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday Night Prayer 7 p.m.; Teen Club Saturday 6 p.m.; Olympian Club Sunday
5:30 p.m. (Sept. - May) Email: email@example.com St. Philip Neri Catholic Church - 6603 Main St., Father Peter Riani, Pastor. Residence, 873-6760. Mass schedule: Sun., 8:30 a.m. Weekdays: consult bulletin. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WILLSBORO Congregational United Church of Christ - 3799 Main Street, P.O. Box 714. Worship and Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Jan Jorgensen, church: 518-963-4048, home: (514) 721-8420. email@example.com United Methodist Church - Rt. 22. 963-7931. Sunday Worship Services 9 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m. After school religous education program 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursdays (Only when school is in session) St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church - 3746 Main Street. 963-4524. Father Joe Elliott, Pastor. Saturday Mass at 4 p.m. & Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 3:15 p.m.; Sunday 9:15 a.m. WILMINGTON Calvary Baptist Church - Rt. 86. 946-2482. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. (classes for all ages); Morning Worship 11 a.m. & Evening Service 7 p.m.; Bible Study & Prayer meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church - Mass Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m. Rev. Kris Lauzon - Pastor, John J. Ryan - Deacon, Confessions 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. Whiteface Community United Methodist Church - Rt. 86 and Haselton Road in Wilmington. Pastor Brooke Newell invites everyone to join the congregation for Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. and coffee and fellowship after. Sunday School is offered during the worship service and there is an available nursery area. Church office is located in the adjacent Reuben Sanford building and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 946-7757. Riverside Thrift Shop is located in adjacent Methodist Barn and is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone for Shop is 946-2922. The Ecumenical Food Pantry is open in the Reuben Sanford building on Thursday nights from 4 to 6 p.m. Call Don Morrison at 946-7192 for emergencies. The Senior Lunch program under the director of Carolyn Kane serves lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Questions concerning the site can be answered at 946-2922 during that time only. Wilmington Church of the Nazarene - Wilmington, NY. 946-7708. Bob Hess, Pastor. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service - 11 a.m.; Wednesday - Night Teen Group 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Bible Study - Every Tuesday with Potluck at 6:00 p.m. and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Church Office hours - Tues. - Thurs. in the a.m. www.wilmingtonnazarene.org 1-28-12 • 20898
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AuSable Valley Patriots
Connor Manning collects a loose ball.
Girls Basketball AVCS 52, NCCS 46 Taylor Saltus scored 17 points as the lady Patriots beat the Lady Cougars Feb. 2. Madison Rondeau scored 10 points, while Meghan Strong scored 8, Cammey Keyser 8, Alexis Facteau 5, Courtney Roy 2 and Sierra Snow 2.
Bowling Boys team sixth Cal Vincent had a 609 series to lead the Patriots to a sixth place finish in the Section VII Championships Feb. 4, while the Lady Patriots finished in eighth place at the event.
Indoor Track and Field The boys team finished 11th and the girls team finished 12th over the weekend at the NAC invitational. James Rock was fourth in the long jump and fifth in triple
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jump. Paul Ford was fourth in the high jump. Raychel Agoney was third in the shot put. Megan Colby was fifth in the 55m, and Rebecca Newell was sixth in the shot put.
Boys Basketball AVCS 61, Saranac Lake 41 Brody Douglass scored 17 points to lead the Patriots against the Red Storm Feb. 6, while Conner Manning added 12, Austin Depo 10, John Hickey 7, Nick Rhino 6, Brandon Brooks 4, Shane Douglas 3 and Nate Casey 2.
AVCS 47, NCCS 28 Brody Douglass scored 11 points as the Patriots beat the Cougars Feb. 3. Austin Depo added 10 points, while Nick Rhino scored 6, John Hickey 5, Brandon Brooks 4, Connor Manning 4, Shane Douglas 4 and Nate Casey 3.
Hunter Mowery scored 40 points against Wells.
Girls Basketball ELCS 50, Wells 26 Shonna Brooks scored 18 points as the Lady Lions beat the Lady Indians Feb. 4. Lily Whalen added 10 points, while Jasmine Barnes scored 6, Kearsten Ashline 5, Kylee Cassavaugh 5, Savanah Graves 2, Angel Barnes 2 and Jenn McGinn 2.
ELCS 51, Keene 34 Kearsten Ashline, Jasmine Barnes and Shonna Brooks each scored 10 points and the Lady Lions defeated Keene Feb. 3. Lily
Whalen added 8, while Savanah graves scored 5, Kylee Cassavaugh 4, Clare Harwood 2 and Angel Barnes 2.
Boys Basketball ELCS 78, Wells 49 Hunter Mowery scored 40 points for the Lions as they cruised to a win over Wells Feb. 4. Charlie Huttig added 11 points, while Andy Mitchell scored 8, Zach Peletier 6, Tyler White 4, Justin LaPier 4, Tim LaRock 3 and Corey Feeley 2.
Lake Placid Blue Bombers
Evan Bickford fights for a loose ball.
Hannah McCabe shoots a free throw.
Girls Basketball Willsboro 47, Keene 24 Tucker Geiger had 10 points for the Lady Beavers Feb. 6, while Sadie Holbrook scored 8, Meghan Hall 4 and Emma Gothner 2.
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ELCS 51, Keene 34 Sadie Holbrook scored 11 points for the Lady Beavers Feb. 3, while Olivia Jaques added 10, Emma Gothner 7, Anna Kowanko 2, Meghan Hall 2 and Hannah McCabe 2.
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Lake Placid 43, IL/LL 34
Saranac 44, Lake Placid 24
Logan Stepehenson and Jacob Daniels each scored 18 points as the Blue Bombers scored a win against the Orange Feb 6. J.P. Morrison and Evan Bickford each scored 3, while Cody Porter scored 1.
Danielle Balestrini scored 9 points for the Lady Blue Bombers Feb. 2, while Ayla Thompson and Chloe Uebrick scored 5, Haley Brandes 3 and Rebecca Smith 2.
M/NCCS 58, Lake Placid 42 Logan Stephenson scored 14 points for the Blue Bombers, while Jacob Daniels scored 11, Michael Morrison 8, Lucas McLean 5, Evan Bickford 2 and Casey Porter 2.
Boys Hockey Westfield 4, Lake Placid 1 Troy Jacques scored the lone goal for the Blue Bombers on a Keegan Barney assists Feb. 4, while Jeffrey Smith made 14 saves in net.
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Saranac Lake Red Storm
Kevin Morgan looks for a teammate.
Photo by Keith Lobdell
Boys Hockey Saranac Lake 5, Shaker-Colonie 3 Devin Darrah scored a hat trick as the Red Storm rallied to a win Feb. 4. Darrahâ€™s goals came at equal strength, on the penalty kill and during a power play. Matt Phelan and David Cluckey also scored, while Blake Darrah made 23 saves in the win.
Girls Basketball PHS 48, Saranac Lake 23 Regan Kieffer scored 11 points for the Lady Red Storm Feb. 4, while Nicole Viscardo scored 6, Brittany Tschirhart 4, Megan Moody 3, Megan Kilroy 3 and Remy Orticelle 2.
Seton Catholic 50, Saranac Lake 42 Nicole Viscardo scored 19 points for the
Lady Red Storm Feb. 2, while Megan Kilroy scored 7, Megan Moody 6, Jazzmyn Tuthill 5, Regan Kieffer 2, Mikayla Ploof 2 and Marissa McDonough 1.
Boys Basketball AVCS 61, Saranac Lake 41
Gabe Schruaff, Ethan Markwica and Ryan Davis guard against the Orange.
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Westport 41, IL/LL 24
IL/LL 45, Westport 35
Willa McKinley scored 25 points as the Lady Eagles scored a win Feb. 3. Allison Sherman added 12 points while Karin Dorsey scored 4.
Ryan Davis scored 15 points to pace the Eagles offense Feb. 3, while Jack Newberry and Gabe Schrauff scored 6, Domanic Banish 2, Tyrell Tryon 2, Ethan Markwica 2 and Anderson Gay 2.
Kevin Morgan scored 14 points for the Red Storm Feb. 6, while Kellen Munn scored 11, Tom Lester 8, Ben Monty 3, Matt Clark 2, Michael Burpoe 2 and T.J. Monroe 2.
Saranac Lake 65, Seton Catholic 48 Kevin Morgan scored 22 points to pace the Red Storm offense against the Knights Feb. 4. Kellen Munn added 17 points, while Ben Monty scored 12, T.J. Monroe 7, Teddy Yanchitis 6 and Michael Burpoe 2.
Tupper Lake Lumberjacks
Renee Marcotte dirbbles in traffic.
Bowling Girls sixth at sectionals
Sam Sanford scored 18 last week.
Photo by Keith Lobdell
Girls Basketball Tupper Lake 67/P-HCS 29 Sam Sandford scored 18 points as the Lady Lumberjacks scored a Feb. 2 win. Katie Stuart added 16 points, while Carley Aldridge scored 13, Kelsie St. Louis 5, Amber Pickering 5, Kristin Bickford 4, Lindsay Mauron 2 and Lizzie Zurek 2.
The Lady Warriors finished in sixth place at the Section VII Championships Feb. 4 while Jeff Bigelow had a 629 series to lead the boys team to an eighth place finish.
Girls Basketball Willsboro 47, Keene 24 Hannah Bruno scored 14 points as the Lady Warriors beat Keene Feb. 6. Serene Holland scored 11, while Kyli Swires and Renee Marcotte scored 8, Morgan Murphy
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2 and Karin Buck 2.
Willsboro 47, Johnsburg 26 Hannah Bruno scored 23 points as the Lady Warriors defeated Johnsburg Feb. 3. Renee Marcotte added 8, while Kyli Swires scored 5.
Boys Basketball Willsboro 48, Johnsburg 24 Clay Sherman scored 21 points as the Warriors got past the Jaguars Feb. 3. Clayton Cross added 8 points, while Brandon Porter, Dakota Sayward and Cody Sayward each scored 4.
Photo galleries from high school sports events can be found online at www.thevalleynews.org/photos/galleries/sets/sports/
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February 11, 2012
E-town needs sewer for growth By Katherine Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE PLACID —Tomorrow Never Knows performs, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 7:30 p.m. $15 GA, $13 for seniors and kids. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org. SARANAC LAKE—23rd-annual Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. KEENE VALLEY — Alma Voce to perform, Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NYS Rte. 73. Donation $10; students free. 576-9243.
TUPPER LAKE—Family Art & Nature: Navigate the Night with Owls, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, noon.
Saturday.Feb.11 SARANAC LAKE—Winter Carnival Pancake Breakfast, Adult Center, 136 Broadway, 8:30-11 a.m. TUPPER LAKE—Evolution of the Adirondacks, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. LAKE PLACID— Wagner’s Götterdämmerung screening, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. noon. $16 GA, $12 for seniors and kids. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org. SARANAC LAKE—Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. WILLSBORO—The Green Beans to perform for Willsboro Coffee House, Congregational Church, Rte. 22,7 p.m. $5 GA, $2 for students. 963-7772. ESSEX— Two Horns and a String Quartet performance, 3 p.m. Essex Community Church, 2036 Main St. $10 adults. http://www.essexcommunity concerts.org.
Monday.Feb.13. KEENE—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Community Center, Church St. 11:30 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net.
Tuesday.Feb.14. KEESEVILLE—Open archery shooting, The Chesterfield Fish and Game Club, 359 Green St. 7-9 p.m. Open to all ages. 643-8754 or 643-2651. ELIZABETHTOWN—Caregiver Stress Reduction Workshop, Hand House, 8273 River St, 10-11 a.m. 942-6513 ext. 106. WILMINGTON—Bible Study & Potluck, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 6 p.m. LAKE PLACID — African Dance Class with live drumming. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Annex, 17 Algonquin Dr. Class fee $5. 791-9586.
Wednesday.Feb.15. WILLSBORO—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Congregational Church, Main St.1:30 p.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. WILMINGTON—Teen Night Group, Wilmington Church of Nazarene, 5734 NYS Rte 86, 7-8 p.m.
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown sewer project is in need of 150 signatures and $6.5 million in grant money to be shovel ready. The sewer project is proposed to connect the homes and businesses in the hamlet to one central sewer system by building four treatment facilities around the hamlet. Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley, hopes it will enable growth opportunities in the town. “We have some of the best public water systems in the North Country,” Bartley said. “But we need this system for the future growth of this town.” On Feb. 1, Bartley and Donald Fletcher and Liz Urban, of Barton & Loguidice engineering, led an informational meeting for members of the community to discuss the status of the sewer project for the hamlet. The town is looking for zero percent interest loans and grant money to furnish the remaining $6.5 to complete the project. Similar projects have been proposed in the past and planned for the town. In 1966, a plan to build a water treatment plant was turned down in its final process due to lack of funding. Bartley hopes this project will not lose
momentum at this stage in the planning process. Another piece missing for the project to be shovel ready are 150 easements, obtained through the signatures of property owners granting one-time permission for workers to have a right-of-way access to the outside of their homes. Workers will be able to connect the homes to the system and old septic tanks will be pumped, filled and sealed. Property owners that sign the easement will have their homes hooked to the new system at no cost to them, Bartley said. The move will raise property tax by $364 per year for town residents. Owners who choose not to have their property hooked to the main system, if they choose at a later time to connect will have to pay out of pocket for their hookup and will still have to pay the increase in taxes. “What we’re in the process of now is making decisions for the future of Elizabethtown,” Bartley said. “It’s not a solution for tomorrow or next week, and not something all of us may get to benefit from. We’re really looking to the future.” The sewer system would not only lead to potential new business but would sustain existing businesses to keep more residents in Elizabethtown.
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CATS FREE TO A Good Home: 5- 8 mo. old kittens, neutered, spayed & shots. Gray, Black, Multi colors, Gray/Black lines very cute. Call 518-834-7647
MUSIC **OLD GUITARS WANTED!** Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretsch, Prairie State, Euphonon, Larson, D'Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930's thru 1970's TOP CASH PAID! 1-800-401-0440 CLARINET, VIOLIN, FLUTE, TRUMPET, Amplifier, Fender Guitar $75 each. Upright Bass, Cello, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $189 each. Others 4sale 1-516-377-7907
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OFFICE SPACE for lease at Westport Heritage House, off 6459 Main St. Approx. 132 square feet, $400/month with heat & lights. Call 518-9624805.
WESTPORT: OFFICE SUITES. Fully furnished w/ cubicles, desks, computer & phone hook-ups. 720 sq. ft. Lake views. Contact Jim Forcier @ 518962-4420. (518) 962-4420
FARM ABANDONED FARM SALE! 2/11 ONLY! 25 acres - $39,900, Farmhouse/Barn - $79,900. 3 hrs NY City! Hardwood timber, adjacent to State Land, huge stream! Half market value AND seller pays closing costs! 1-888-775-8114 ABSOLUTE FARM ABSOLUTE FARM LAND SALE! 2/ 11 ONLY! 5 Acres - $19,900, 10 acres - $29,900. Gorgeous Catskills location! Woods, views, meadows! All mineral rights! 50% below market value! No closing costs! Register today! 1-888-7011864
LAND NY SPORTSMAN & OUTDOOR FAMILY LAND BUYS! This is the best time ever!! 6AC-along snowmobile trail WAS: $29,995. NOW: $13,995. 52AC-Near Salmon River WAS: $69,995. NOW $49,995. 5AC-Beautiful woodlands & riverfront WAS: $69,995 NOW: $39,995. 97AC-Timber & trout stream WAS: $119,995 NOW: $99,995. In-house financing. Over 150 land bargains. Call 800-2297843 Or visit www.LandandCamps.com NYS LAND WANTED Cash Buyer Looking for 2-3 farms or wood lots in your area. 25-1000 acres, cash deal, quick closing. No closing costs to you. Local NYS Forestry Company in business for over 20 years. Fully guaranteed. Call 800-229-7843 NYS LAND WANTED. CASH BUYER looking for 2-3 farms or wood lots in your area. 25-1000 acres, cash deal, quick closing. No closing costs to you. Local NYS Forestry Company in business for over 20 years. Fully guaranteed. Call 1-800-229-7843. YEAR-ROUND SPORTSMAN LAND BUYS! This is the best time ever! 6AC-Along snowmobile trail WAS: $29,995. NOW: $13,995. 52AC-Near Salmon River WAS: $69,995. NOW: $49,995. 5ACBeautiful woodlands & riverfront WAS: $69,995. NOW: $39,995. 97AC-Timber & trout stream WAS: $119,995. NOW: $99,995. Inhouse financing. Over 150 land bargains. Call 1-800-229-7843 Or visit www.LandandCamps.com
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2000 19 1/2’ LOWE Aluminum boat w/metal deck, twin console, Bow Mount trolling motor, live well, on board charger, full canvas, step up top; 1996 150 HP Johnson motor, less then 40 hrs., like new; 1988 Eazyloader Trailer, like new, Complete $5500 firm. 518-963-7351
STOP RENTING Lease option to buy Rent to own No money down No credit check 1-877-395-0321
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AUTO DONATIONS CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Years, Makes, Models. Free Towing! We're Local! 7 Days/Week. Call Toll Free: 1-888-416-2330 AUTO DONATIONS DONATE YOUR CAR to CANCER FUND of AMERICA to help SUPPORT CANCER PATIENTS. Tax Deductible. Next Day Towing. Receive Vacation Voucher. Call 7 Days 1-800-835-9372 AUTO DONATIONS Donate Your Car! Civilian Veterans & Soldiers Help Support Our U.S. Military Troops 100% Volunteer Free same Day Towing. Tax Deductible. Call and Donate Today! 1 -800-471-0538 CASH FOR CARS! We Buy ANY Car or Truck, Running or NOT! Damaged, Wrecked, Salvaged OK! Get a top dollar INSTANT offer today! 1-800-267-1591 TOP CASH FOR CARS, Any Car/ Truck, Running or Not. Call for INSTANT offer: 1-800-454-6951
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FARM EQUIPMENT 1964 FORD 4000 4cyl., gas. Industrial loader & Industrial Front End, 12 spd. German Transmission, pie weights. $4850. 518-962-2376 FARM EQUIPMENT Dump Truck 1970 GMC; Field Equipment also. All Equipment usable and in good shape. 518962-2376
TRUCKS 2002 F-350 Ford Truck V-Plow, studded snow tires, extra set all Season tires, 50,000 original miles, $11,000. Call Brett at 518-576-9857
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WANTED TO BUY BUYING ALL Gold & Silver COINS FOR CASH! Also Stamps & Paper Money, Entire Collections, Estates. Travel to your home. Call MarcNear NYC 1-800-959-3419 Call us at 1-800-989-4237
RESTAURANT FOR Sale - Ticonderoga, Turn Key Operation, Owner Financing Available, $29,900. 518-585-2896.
For Info Contact... 518-524-5208 Or stop by 18 St. Patrick’s Pl. Port Henry, NY 12974 Hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Subsidy Accepted
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RESAGONIA LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/10/11. Office Location: Essex County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 3921
Shearwater Dr., Jupiter, FL 33477. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. VN-1/7-2/11/12-6TC20931 ----------------------------P R I M E S U S TA I N A B L E BUILDERS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/7/11. Office in Essex Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 84, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Principal business location: 7573 Court St., Elizabethtown, NY
12932. VN-1/7-2/11/12-6TC20958 -----------------------------
12944 VN-1/7-2/11/12-6TC20963 -----------------------------
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ( LLC ) Name: BARBER YARDCARE LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York ( SSNY ) on December 20, 2011 Office Location: Essex County. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 389 Soper Rd, Keeseville, NY
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WILSON FAMILY PROPERTY, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/30/11. Office location: Essex County. Princ. office of LLC: 163 E. Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. VN-1/14-2/18/12-6TC-
20976 ----------------------------K R A V I T Z LANDSCAPING, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/17/12. Office in Essex Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1205 Trout Pond Road, Keeseville, NY 12944. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. VN-2/4-3/10-6TC21565 ----------------------------PUBLIC NOTICE Essex County Fair Housing Notice if hereby given
that Essex County is committed to furthering fair housing. The Federal Fair Housing Law, as well as the Laws of new York State, prohibitsdiscrimination in the sale, rental, financing, and brokerage of housing based on race, creed, color, gender, national origin, familial status, or handicap. Essex County pursuant to the local fair housing strategy has appointed a fair housing officer who may be reached at: Essex County Planning Office Department of Planning Elizabethtown, NY 12932 (518) 873-3687
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Toll Free Fair Housing Hotline number is: 1-800-6699777 or 1-800-927-9275 (TDD for the hearing impaired) T T- 2 / 11 / 1 2 - 1 T C 33388 V N - 2 / 11 / 1 2 - 1 T C 33388 ----------------------------TOWN OF WESTPORT PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Please be advised the Town of Westport Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing, Wednesday, February
22 ,2012, at 7:00 P. M. at the Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, Westport, New York for the purpose of considering the following: CAMP DUDLEY TAX MAP NO. 76.1-132.000 Group Camp Use Class B Special Permit. William Johnston Chairman Town of Westport Planning Board Dated: February 6, 2012 VN-2/11/2012-1TC21600 ----------------------------In the market for a new home? See the areas best in the classified columns. To place an ad, Call 1-800-989-4237.
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2012 Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4
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