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By Andy Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Randy Richards must go, and he must go now, according to hundreds of district residents. At the School Board’s Feb. 21 meeting, retired Middle/High School Principal Robert Schiller presented Board President Phil Baumbach with a petition signed by almost 600 people who want Richards to resign immediately. “It is my opinion that if the board does not act and Dr. Richards does not resign upon receiving this petition, that the ramifications would be catastrophic for the school district,” Schiller said during the public comment period. Schiller and many others
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Saranac Lake hockey players jump over the boards to celebrate a successful defense of their Section VII/Division II title with a 4-1 victory against Plattsburgh High Feb. 27. The Red Storm will host Queensbury Saturday. Photos from this game as well as the Lady Red Storm Class B playoff basketball game against AuSable Valley can be found at www.thevalleynews.org/photos/galleries. For more on this game, see sports, pages 18-19. Photo by Keith Lobdell
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TUPPER LAKE — At the Tupper Lake Village Board meeting on Feb. 21, the board voted to contribute $15,000 toward the annual salary of an Events Coordinator for the town and village governments and the chamber of commerce. Faith Bedore has been selected for the position, which is administered by
the chamber. The town and village are contributing $15,000 apiece towards Bedore’s salary, and the chamber is contributing $5,000. She is employed as an independent contractor. Later in the meeting, the board approved using the municipal park for this summer ’s Woodsmen’s Days (July 14 and 15), the 30th annual Tinman Triathlon (June 30), a new Chamber-sponsored event called Tupper-
polooza (Aug. 4), the annual Lions Club carnival, and Mt. Arab Masonic Lodge’s flea market (Aug. 17). Reached by phone after the meeting, Bedore said that other upcoming community events include the Relay for Life (June 9); BuzzFest (July 4) and FlavorFest (Aug. 16) and Roy Hurd (Sept. 21) at the Wild Center; the Lumberjack Regatta (Aug. 25); and the Archery Shoot (July 21).
“We have a lot going on,” said Bedore, Tupper Lake native and small business owner. “It’s a wonderful time to be from Tupper Lake. After the ACR decision, there’s a lot of optimism here. There are building permits on the windows of the buildings – when you walk around town you hear hammering up and down the street. I don’t remember it ever being like CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
By Keith Lobdell firstname.lastname@example.org LAKE PLACID — Over 1,000 athletes made their way to Lake Placid, Wilmington and Saranac Lake to compete in the Empire State Winter Games in early February. “The athletes had a games this year that was really put on by the local communities and tuned to meet the needs of the athletes,” Lake Placid CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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a low of 17. Cutting also said the county has lost out on money it was making by housing inmates from other counties. “We had a deal with Jefferson County, unfortunately Albany County heard about it and under-cut my rates and they are easier to reach from Watertown than we are, so Jefferson swung their business over,” Cutting said. “In the meantime, I am working with another couple of counties to try and take in some more county boarders, but we are still in the negotiating phase.” Cutting said they have also lost revenue that was earned from housing inmates from Franklin county. “Sheriff Mulverhill has brought in some alternatives to incarceration,” Cutting said. “He is still running right at capacity and we have an open invitation if he runs over to bring them here.” Inmates from other counties averaged 6.5 in January 2011, with a high of 8. In 2012, that number dropped to 2.9, with a high of 5, along with a period where there were no out of county inmates housed. North Elba Supervisor and County Board Vice-Chairman Roby Politi said he was concerned about where these numbers may lead. “If things continue, you will have a
deficit of over $500,000 in revenue,” Politi said. “If you are down over $500,000 in revenue this year, that is a huge hit. What are your plans?” “We are talking to Putnam County,” Cutting said. “We had discussions with them last week concerning some of their overflow inmates, but Rensselaer County just opened up a huge addition and they are a lot more central than we are.” Cutting said again that he was also trying to work with federal marshalls as well as other counties. Cutting also said that the jail is being filled with more in-county inmates. While federal and other inmate numbers have gone down drastically between 2011 and 2012, total inmate count has gone up, from an average of 70.5 in 2011 (80 high, 62 low) to 72.6 in 2012 (79 high, 66 low). “Our own numbers are increasing and the more the Essex County inmates increase, the less room there are for boarders,” Cutting said. Politi said his biggest concern was if the trend of the first month of the year continued throughout 2012. “What was budgeted for 2012 in terms of revenue for the Jail,” Politi said. “I mean, we are going to be down over $500,000 if this keeps up.” “It is early in the year but it is conceivable,” Cutting replied.
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“A private home won’t have a place for patients with medicare, this is a safety net for everyone in the community,” Beeman said. To keep Horace Nye running, it costs tax payers about 10 cents a day. To keep someone in a privatized nursing home, it costs about $108,000 a year, said Shirley Reynolds, a CNA at Horace Nye. “It’s not fair to the residents, they were taxpayers at one time and it’s time we take care of them,” Reynolds said. Daniel Palmer, Essex County Manager, said the 2011 operating cost for Horace Nye
was $10.4 million. A tax levy of $1.8 million was needed to keep the home in operation. On March 7, the Board of Supervisors will review the bids submitted by private companies. If the board feels a bid submitted is sufficient, the bid will then need to be approved by New York State Department of Health. “It’s still a lengthy process but we should know in the next month or two if we’ll be going through with a sale,” Palmer said. The protesters will be picketing in the Town of Jay on Wednesday, Feb. 29 and will be in Ticonderoga on Saturday March 3.
ELIZABETHTOWN — High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care and the Alzheimer ’s Disease Assistance Center are co-sponsoring a series of Caregiver Stress Reduction Workshops. The second of the three workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 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 564-3770.
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LPCS Continued from page 1 have been asking Richards to resign and putting pressure on the School Board to force the issue since December, after it was learned that the superintendent had used inappropriate language when referring to female employees, including the word “bitchy.” Richards apologized for his actions in a districtwide letter in early December, but that hasn’t stopped Schiller and members of the recently formed Community Alliance for Responsible Excellence in Education (CAREE) from their mission to oust Richards from his job. “The questions remain, the solution seems obvious, yet nothing has been resolved,” Schiller said, reading from a prepared statement. “So tonight we will change the dialogue and the direction of the debate. Tonight the school board must take notice and act. Tonight is the night that this board of education will hear the voice of a collective of the school community. Although each board meeting has had community input, this meeting will raise the bar in dramatic fashion.” With almost 600 names on the petition, Schiller said that number is significant, as it represents the number of voters who typically pass a school budget. In actuality, 746 people voted on the 2011-12 school budget May 17, 2011. Voters also elected Herbert Stoerr to the board with 501 votes and re-elected Baumbach with 476. “It’s important that the school board lis-
Tupper Lake Continued from page 1 that in my adult life. New businesses are coming into town and there’s a lot of outside interest in the community. People are calling us to compliment Tupper Lake. “I look at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival – that is a phenomenal event. That’s a model Tupper Lake can follow,” Bedore said. “Look at Long Lake – they put on bed races, fishing derbies, trivia nights at their hotels. These small towns have these models that are working. We just needed someone to step into this role and start planning these things for Tupper Lake. We want to keep Tupper Lake busy all the time. We’re focusing on making the Chamber ’s website (tupperlake.com) a clearinghouse for information about existing events. People can sign up on the website for a bimonthly newsletter about events in town. I’m trying to help other organizations – not trying to run their events. We want to be involved with advertising events and getting more people to participate.” Board members noted that the village will receive a grant equal to the funding allocated for Bedore’s position due to a New York State program. The annual Woodmen’s Days soiree, per-
Former Lake Placid Middle/High School Principal Robert Schiller reads a statement to the Lake Placid Central School Board Feb. 21 before handing Board President Phil Baumbach a petition of almost 600 names of people who are demanding that School Superintendent Randy Richards resign during the Feb. 21 meeting. Photo by Andy Flynn
ten to the voice of the constituents,” Schiller said. “The teachers, the students, the parents and the people of Lake Placid deserve better.” Schiller ’s speech was followed by half a minute of applause and two more speakers, including Tricia Garrett, a mother of three and longtime substitute teacher. “I can’t believe it’s come to this,” Garrett said, adding that she has spoken to a number of teachers, students, parents and community members about the School Board and
the superintendent. “Sadly, none of them seem happy with the status of our district ... The Lake Placid Central School District needs an intervention, and we need it now.” Garrett said she has seen the morale of the school community go up and down over the tenure of five school superintendents, “But it has never been remotely this bad. We do not just have a hostile working environment; we have a toxic working environment, where fear prevails and bullying and intimidation are motivating factors. This is unac-
haps Tupper ’s best known event, was among the handful of items to generate significant discussion at February’s Village Board meeting. Board member Charles Perham said, “Our biggest issue with Woodsmen’s is security. If we don’t have security, we don’t get revenue from the gate. We had an excellent year last year, but I don’t think we got the revenue in to keep ourselves afloat, because every Tom, Dick and Harry could walk in. We don’t have enough people watching [the entrances].” When asked about last summer ’s event, Village Police Chief Thomas Fee responded, “There were no problems from my perspective, but if there’s going to be a beer tent, I think the village needs to look into contacting our counsel, looking at our open container law, and enforcing that the only beer or wine in the park is brought in by the vendor. The vendor is spending a lot of money for a liquor license and insurance and what it boiled down to [last summer] was the vendor was providing a place for everybody to drink.” In other village business, Village Clerk Mary Casagrain told the board that Verizon Wireless wants to lease 24 Fuller Ave. and 274 Park Street to construct cell tower facilities. The lease is expected to generate more than $3,000 monthly for village coffers.
LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Winter Film Series continues on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. with Annie Hall. Tickets are $6, no reservations. For upcoming information call the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at (518) 523-2512 or visit www.LakePlacidArts.org.
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ceptable. We need to restore respect and a positive working environment right now so that our students learn from a positive model.” The School Board immediately went into executive session for a “tenure discussion” after more than 60 chairs in the Elementary School cafeteria were folded and put away. Baumbach has said in previous media reports that the School Board is standing behind Richards and that discussing personnel matters in public would be “inappropriate and non-productive.” In March 2011, Lake Placid Middle/High School Principal Katherine Mulderig filed a complaint of discrimination for gender bias, sex discrimination and harassment with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charging Richards with making inappropriate comments to her when proposing a job change. The EEOC made a decision on the complaint Feb. 10 and ruled against Richards, Mulderig's attorney, Phillip Steck of Cooper Erving & Savage in Albany, said in a phone interview with the Valley News Feb. 22. He would not comment on the ruling. Richards did not return a phone message or email. The School Board held a special meeting in executive session Saturday, Feb. 25 “to discuss pending litigation and the evaluation of administrators.” No action was taken after executive session, according to LPCS Board District Clerk Karen Angelopoulos.
Continued from page 1 Mayor Craig Randall said. “This year, it was more our games than any other.” Members of the organizing committee and others gathered for a wrap-up event Feb. 22 in Lake Placid, where they announced that over 1,000 athletes were part of this year ’s games. A total of 1,045 athletes registered to compete in the 2012 games, well surpassing the 2011 mark of 858. “It was actually more than what we had hoped for when it came to an increase,” Randall said. “We wanted to make them more of an Olympic-style event then a weekend event,” James McKenna, head of the ESWG organizing committee, said. “It all speaks to our tradition and the pride that we have in what we do here in the Adirondacks.” The games were held for the first time in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, and those at the event said it was a positive experience. “It increased the numbers in the village and it fit very well into the program,” Charlie Martin, Mount Pisgah manager, said. The mountain was the site of ESWG events for the first time in 2012.
“We had the biggest numbers for the first weekend that I have seen in years,” Harrietstown councilwoman Nichole Meyette said. “There were bigger crowds at all the events, and it was quite noticeable.” McKenna said that there was the opportunity for even more expansion in 2013, when the games will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 1. “We have already been having discussions with Paul Maroun in Tupper Lake about the possibility of having events there,” McKenna said. “This is something that serves as a vehicle for the regional communities to get together on.”
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Slick road conditions lead to an accident on Lincoln Pond Road watch will remain in effect from late tonight throughout Saturday morning. The storm is expected to carry heavy snow and accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow. Drivers are warned to use precaution when traveling due to low visibility and dangerous road conditions.
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Jim LaPier of Jim’s Body Shop of Port Henry arrived on scene around 10 a.m. Pulling the vehicle from the embankment took about an hour because of the steep hill and the vehicle’s position. LaPier said he believes the vehicle will be considered a total loss. Dickinson said he suspects more accidents to occur with a winter storm watch in affect through Saturday. He said people are less defensive driving on the roads this year during severe winter weather because of the lack of it this season. “People get used to the nice weather and forget they need to slow down when the roads are slick,” Dickinson said. The National Weather Service in Burlington issued a winter storm watch at 9:42 a.m. on Thursday for Essex County and throughout the North Country. The storm
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ELIZABETHTOWN — A woman careened off Lincoln Pond Road after hitting icey conditions Thursday morning, Feb. 23, and traveled down a steep embankment, overturning and coming to rest on the vehicle’s passenger side. The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. as April Spelling was traveling with two young male passengers toward Elizabethtown. No one was reported to be injured. Spelling was driving a Dodge Journey SUV, when she hit ice and slush and skidded off the left side of the road, continuing off a 6-foot embankment. “She was coming over the hill and hit the slush and over corrected during the slide,” Essex County Fire Investigator Jack Hanby said. Emergency response from Lewis and Elizabethtown and State Police all arrived on scene at 9 a.m. Elizabethtown Fire Police Captain Dave Dickinson said Spelling and her passengers were lucky no one was hurt. “Luckily everyone was wearing their seatbelts,” Dickinson said. Spelling and the two young boys were examined by Emergency Medical Technicians from the Elizabethtown/Lewis Squad and were found to have no injuries and later left the scene with a friend. At the accident scene there was no cell service. Spelling said it was lucky a car behind her saw her vehicle off the road and went to town to call emergency services. “It was pure luck I guess,” Spelling said.
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Nissan truck off the road in the northbound lane of I-87 just south of Exit 31. According to State Police Sergeant Richard Trombley, who was stationed at the Lewis barracks for the storm, officers and emergency personnel were attending to at least 10 accidents as of 6 p.m. Friday afternoon. Several accidents have resulted in passengers being taken away ambulance. Troopers are urning drivers to use caution as they travel on the snow and ice covered roads. Blustery winds are adding to the problem by limiting visibility.
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School budgets: Now is the time to let your voice be heard
he ever-present national debt has become a running joke for some, and troubles with state budgets in California and New York are leading to leaner governments. Those same troubles are trickling down to our local governments, and the recent news that Beekmantown Central School has to close a $3.2 million budget gap show just how much government can mean to the people. It’s long been taken for granted that kids can try out for their school athletic teams for a chance to wear the jerseys in a contest of speed and strength. The head cheerleader and starting quarterback being crowned king and queen at the prom is part of the American cultural fabric, even if it doesn’t happen all that often. The wrestler who sits in your homeroom and took the state title isn’t just making his parents proud; he’s giving the whole school a reason to cheer. And on the way, those student-athletes are learning valuable lessons about teamwork, consistent effort and time management. It’s not just competition. It’s another branch of education. The same can be said of music and art, public school programs that have faced cuts and left schools a poorer educational experience. The trend to teach to tests and not to a young mind’s abilities is easy to criticize. Students aren’t clones with digitized minds that all process data in the same way. They’re individuals, with unique interests and their own way of learning. They deserve opportunities to grow in their own way. An education where a student’s given some ways to build their own strengths and gain new talents on the way makes for stronger individuals and a stronger society. It takes all kinds to keep a dynamic and complex civilization running. It’s a hard sell, though. As governments from top to bottom are experiencing tighter budgets, citizens are trying to make their dollars stretch, too. School tax-
es are a big part of the tax bill. Schools are important for our future society, and good schools can make a home more valuable. But what does that do for a struggling family’s budget this month? More than 40 positions were proposed for elimination in the superintendent’s budget plan. With fewer employees in the schools, the issue of teaching to a student’s strength becomes even less possible. Class sizes will continue to grow, and extracurricular program offerings will continue to shrink. For these options to at least stabilize, creative — not drastic — measures need to be taken. A school district’s administration is expensive. What if in the same way that cash-conscious townships share services, like plowing, schools started sharing services? Shared, centralized administration offices; shared kitchens that deliver hot food from centralized facilities; shared record-keeping; shared typists — maybe even shared superintendents. If the music program is slashed, it’s never going to rebound. That’s just the new budget. If interscholastic athletics are shut down, they’ll never start back up. That will simply be the new budget. Even if those critical decisions are put off this year, they’ll need to be decided soon. And the same thing will start coming up in more and more local governments. Villages in the region are weighing dissolution right now. Once something’s lost, it’s not likely to come back. What’s worth keeping? Now is when those decisions matter most. Get your voice heard in local government.
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Super PACs harm the political process ence it provides a select few ast week I had the and the foolish waste of milopportunity to travlions of dollars. That money el to Las Vegas for should be put to better use the Community Newspaper given the state of our econoPublisher ’s Summit. It’s almy. Why we address this erways interesting when you ror after the fact and not becan share issues and confore can only be attributed to cerns with folks from …”it’s just politics.” around the country. One It also clearly points out popular issue that repeatedthe vast divide between ly comes up in conversation Dan Alexander those who have so much — especially from folks in Thoughts from wealth they have nothing cities like Las Vegas where Behind the Pressline better to do with it than over the top spending is exflaunt it and those who struggle to pay the tremely evident to this small town boy — monthly mortgage and put food and the is that of the Super PAC and those behind table. I have nothing against wealth, but their funding. One example includes casiwealth of this excess can only lead to no owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife, greed and turmoil in a “me society” that who are bank rolling the PAC of Republiseems hell bent on win at all cost. In a socan candidate Newt Gingrich to the tune ciety where respect for each other ’s rights of $10 million and climbing. and opportunity for all should be the reBeing super rich has its privileges, but sponsibility of us all, the message sent by in a democracy such as we have in the this back door, “wink-winks” only serves United States, being that rich should not to damage the union and discourage voter allow you to sway voter opinion to the participation. point that one person can buy an election. When the votes of thousands of voters So far this election season we’ve seen can be trumped by the influence of one these Super PACs primarily controlled by very powerful member of an elite society, a limited few, pouring millions into adverit jeopardizes the rights of average Ameritising campaigns bashing opponents not of cans who become pawns in a system detheir liking. Of course, once the party race signed and created to insure that the powis ultimately decided and these groups er rests with the people in the democracy. have assassinated the character of all the How the Supreme Court could interprete candidates, they’ll kiss and make up, go the granting of this form of influence over into round two and do it all over again, our political process in their 2010 Citizens this time pointing their venom against the United Ruling as anything constructive or opposite party nominee. fair is beyond comprehension. So far I haven’t told you anything new. So the question becomes, how do we put My point is I haven’t spoken to anyone a stop to this new practice before it goes outside of politics who thinks these Super too far, if it hasn’t already? Elected offiPACs nor the control they give to those cials and candidates play stupid on the funding them has any place in the Amerisubject insisting they can’t control the accan political landscape. Based not only on tions of their supporters. Those behind the casual conversation but from reader Super PACs claim to be following the law emails and letters responding to previous and doing their patriotic duty by distribcolumns on the subject, it seems very clear uting valuable information to the public. that no one favors this license to sway votAs citizens we must demand that this maer influence. Even President Obama renipulation of facts and hijacking of our poferred to this level of action as a “threat to litical process come to an end. Until we our democracy.” speak up we can only expect more of the Other than those funding the PACs or same and the strength of our vote is dilutthose benefiting from the money spent, ed even further if this ruling is allowed to like major media outlets, I’ve not heard stand. We need many reforms in the counfrom anyone who can see anything positry to get back to the intent of the foundtive or fair about this new wrinkle in the ing fathers. This one certainly needs to be election season. on the priority list. And why should they? It seems very obvious to even the most non-interested poDan Alexander is publisher and CEO of litical person that this process is nothing Denton Publications. He may be reached at more than a scam that will be eliminated email@example.com. in the near future, due to the undue influ-
March 3, 2012
Must safeguard themselves
hile parents, teachers, youth advocates, clergy, law enforcement and many supporting or focused youth agencies work to protect youth, in the end, teens themselves must be their own greatest protector. The adults around youth can educate, supervise them and model healthy behaviors as By Scot Hurlburt well. Ultimately, it will be up to teens to regulate their behavior. At one time, the focus of concern was around alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use. Now, prescription drug abuse has been added to this lethal risk constellation. These risks represent a lethal threat to teens around the country. Most scientists believe that adolescent brain development is still evolving for most teens. While many teens may look mature, their brains are still developing and this developmental process affects decision making and those decisions, drinking or drugging, can and does heavily influence brain development in adolescence. In adolescence, most brain material is in place as adolescence begins as is the size of the brain. During this crucial “hard wiring” of the brain, adolescents may seem snarly or moody at times. They can also take imprudent risks, especially around alcohol, drugs or sex. Teens may become more secretive during these periods, are much more influenced by friends and less able to consider the possible negative consequences of their actions. Most auto accidents happen in adolescence, in fact, the first 1,000 days of driving are the most dangerous. Many of these accidents are related to drinking and driving. Many more are related to speed unreasonable for the conditions and I would add the driver ’s inexperience. These events are not accidental, as the brain matures and ends it growth trajectory, more rational behavior occurs as a result in a variety of areas. In essence, teens must learn to survive or to reduce harm to themselves from poor decisions while their brain fully develops. When incomplete brain development is coupled with inexperience, it is not surprising that teens may experience higher risk levels than other age groups in a variety of life situations. Just as inexperienced drivers improve their decision making processes with time, it may be possible to help teens learn to make better decisions for themselves. These improvements are heavily influenced by experiencing risk and reacting in adaptive ways. Adults can help teens to practice “safe skills” just as they would practice safe driving. Telling your teen not to drink alcohol or do drugs is of course necessary. Practice how they will say no to drinking or drugging. Tell them that their brain is not fully developed and that drugs and alcohol could have serious deleterious effects on their brain should also be shared. Tell them to use you, their parent, as an excuse for not drinking or drugging. “If my parents found out that I was drinking, I would be in a lot of deep trouble.” While we hope that teens will not drink or use drugs, we know that some will. Telling your teen that it is okay to call you if they are drinking may be another way to protect them from their own bad decision. If you don’t, your teen may ride with the teen at the party who has drunk the least or who is judged to be the least intoxicated. This decision can be a tragic one for all concerned. Some teen’s will make poor decisions, however, adults can have a harm reduction effect by setting a positive healthy example and at the same time setting an explicit expectation in place that expects that teens will regulate their own risk taking behaviors. Dr. Carrera wrote in his book, “Lessons for Lifeguards,” that helping teens to create a positive vision for their future maybe one of the most powerful inoculations against risk taking among youth. A young person who has dreams, is nurtured at home, is welcomed at school and enjoys meaningful friendships may enjoy more risk protection than teens that don’t. Remember, all kids count. Reach the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stop campaign to privatize county nursing homes
Comprehensive plan important to Elizabethtown
To the Valley News: There appears to be a campaign underway in New York State to privatize county nursing homes. This effort seems to involve specific marketing/brokerage firms specializing in commercial real estate investments. These firms engage in predatory behavior by canvassing counties that are experiencing financial difficulties; and convince them that they have the answers to their financial woes. Then begins a series of events: It is reported by some government officials that the nursing home has (or will have) financial difficulties. Recommendations made by staff and/or consulting companies to improve revenue and efficiency are ignored. This creates an orchestrated problem that demands resolution. County officials secretly meet with Marcus and Millichap (or other) real estate firm. County home administrators are given a directive to NOT assist their residents or employees in efforts to stop the sale process. Community residents offering their support are dissuaded from providing assistance. The perfect buyer materializes and within several months the fast-track sale is complete. In time, staffing is cut, wages and benefits are cut, and Medicaid beds decrease, despite stipulations. Suddenly this company is generating millions of dollars of corporate profit (for investors) that somehow eluded the county facility. As you may know, investment real estate brokers will sell a facility to multiple investors that hide under a cloak of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Limited Partnership (LP). These legal entities often have many layers that decrease or eliminate accountability and responsibility. This makes it difficult or impossible for residents , families, and policing government agencies to bring legal or regulatory action for recurrent abuse, neglect, or deficiencies. There are past and recent studies that report significant quality of care issues associated with for-profit nursing homes. The 2011 Government Accountability Office study generally found quality of care in forprofit nursing homes "predictably appalling". The University of California, San Francisco 2011 study focused solely on staffing and quality of care in for-profit nursing homes. They report "poor quality of care is endemic in many nursing homes, but most serious in the 10 largest for-profit chains". Center for Governmental Research, Inc., has reported on the attributes of county facilities that (although not perfect) tend to provide better quality of care. Unfortunately, their findings on the unique role of county homes have been ignored at the state level. Wrong-minded, short-sighted officials together with corporate greed are putting our most vulnerable population at risk. This is often occurring in areas where the Medicaid need is the greatest. Many enlightened individuals studying these trends clearly see the ramifications of privatization. If allowed to continue, this trend will result in loved-ones having no place to go or even displaced to other states. This should be alarming to anyone representing the pubic-at-large. There must be some effort by government officials in reaching a middle ground for keeping our county nursing homes. They are vital to our future by protecting those most in need of our help, and by guaranteeing a solid foundation to the local economy by offering family sustaining wages. Stop this destructive scheme of privatization before it's too late. Celeste Beeman Port Henry
To the Valley News: The Elizabethtown Planning Board and t h e To w n B o a rd o f E l i z a b e t h t o w n a re about to engage an extremely important i s s u e re g a rd i n g t h e p ro p e r t y o w n e r s within our township. It’s called the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan will be the legal foundational document which will define the principles for new zoning law, not only within the hamlet, but also town wide. Existing zoning is only within the hamlet, or the old village limits, but the new laws will regulate the entire township. Once the Comprehensive Plan is developed it will be the guide for the zoning changes. This is very important to you. The process will take about two years and will include meetings, surveys, presentations, and public hearings. It is my hope that a Steering Committee will be formed consisting not only of a Planning Board and Town Board member, but also professional people, business and property owners. Perhaps even a student from ELCS. A consultant has been hired who will do most of the work, but public input is crucial. Please call the Town Hall or contact a Board member if you are interested in this issue. This has consequence for every property owner in E’town and the time to have your voices heard effectively is in the beginning of the process, not the end. Ken Fenimore, Councilman Elizabethtown
Agrees with column To the Valley News: I was very happy to read your editorial "The plight of the moderate candidate." This expresses better than I could the feelings which I have had for some time. Many years ago (I'm in my 80's) I considered myself to be a Republican. I really don't feel that I left the Republican party, but that it left me. If there were to be a presidential election today with any or all of the current candidates of all parties on the ballot, I would look for the "None of the above" line. Thanks again for your editorial. It's heartening to know that there are some moderate thinkers who don't feel as though any party has a monopoly on good (or bad) ideas, and that compromise is not always bad. Carl Zehr Morrisonville
Thanks to those who helped out after accident To the Valley News: On Jan. 23, I suffered an unfortunate accident while hiking with my dog. Throughout the ordeal that ensued, I have been the recipient of an extraordinary outpouring of compassion and a flow of Good Samaritan acts. Words seem inadequate, but let me make an attempt to thank: the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad; the Elizabethtown Emergency Room Staff; the late-night Emergency Staff of CVPH in Plattsburgh who ushered me into the OR at 2:30 a.m. in the morning; my study-for-sainthood orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Phil Volk and the excellent staff of caregivers and healers on R6 at CVPH who endured my personality for 13 days. All met the event with patience, professionalism, concern and great human kindness – I offer my sincere thanks. I am indebted to the community at large, that surround me with warmth and caring; bringing assistance to my doorstep, my larder and wallet. The support has been phenomenal and immensely helpful. To those who have taken time to walk my wonder dog, Annie – let me add her wag of thanks. My faith in God pulls me through each moment in this adventure and I am filled with gratitude for all the liaisons of God’s love and gentle mercy. Kate List Wadhams
Cautious of moderates To The Valley News: I have enjoyed Keith Lobdell's Tank articles in the past but his recent submission of "The Plight of the Moderate" seemed a glaring example, to me, of why our country is in trouble right now. The term "moderate," these days, is supposed to imply openmindedness and fairness. We need to be extremely cautious when we are tempted to support someone touted as a moderate. It may be true that a moderate will look at both sides of an issue and feel free to take either side, compromising for the theoretical "common good." What happens when a moderate starts compromising on issues that begin to encroach on personal freedoms, things that are dear to your heart? What if the moderate says he'll repeal a bill requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance the first day he's in office and then in the spirit of cooperation with the "other side," settles on letting it stand? What if a moderate candidate is elected President and supports the idea that religious institutions need to provide birth control options against the moral codes of the institution because the "other side" says that the right to free birth control trumps religious freedom? By committing treason to the Crown, putting their lives on the line, and leading our nation in revolution, do you think George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were behaving like moderates? Were the men that fought for our independence in the snow with no shoes moderates? Do you think that those men fought, froze and died so our government could ultimately tell us that we, by law, must wear our seatbelts, eat less salt and sugar, exercise more, or provide goods or services against our faiths? I believe that they fought to free us from that type of oppression. We need a President that is in the business of getting out of our everyday lives and letting us pursue life liberty and the pursuit of happiness by our own definition as long as it's not harmful to others. The more the government is responsible for supplying for our needs, the more the government will be able to pass laws that dictate how we live our daily lives. A moderate is more likely to compromise us into more government because he lacks a spine and feels that pandering to media and what's "in" will get him more votes and more power. We need a candidate and a President that will stand on his own two feet, say what he means and means what he says and return us to the day when people took care of themselves and their families. The best candidate shouldn't be the one with the best hair, can tell the best joke or the one who can roll over to appease the media and his critics. The best candidate is the one that will fight for our FREEDOM, not to ensnare us in further government control. The true plight of the moderate is an inability to make a clear, honest decisions on issues and stand for them. P. Staats Westport
Education key to keeping invasive species out To the Valley News: Sportsmen don’t want any invasive species in the pristine waters of Lake George because they are a threat to the f i s h e r i e s a n d t h e w a t e r p u r i t y. A n g l e r s have seen the decline of water conditions and the fisheries of many bodies of water throughout NY. Fishermen enjoy travelling from one lake to another so they can fish different species and they have seen conditions change and are aware of the effects that invasive species can make to any body of water. Sportsmen take measures to prevent transporting and introducing invasive species from one body of w a t e r t o a n o t h e r. S p o r t s m e n re a d t h e signs located at public boat launches regarding invasive species as well as the many brochures with information on the prevention of the spread of invasives. Members of the Lake George Fishing Alliance believe that education of all boaters is of great importance and a key factor to prevent the spread of any invasive species from one body of water to another. We highly respect and promote the Lake Steward program to help educate all boaters. Sportsmen are against any suggestion or ideas of the Park Commission’s Committee on Invasive Species Prevention to mandate boat inspections and to gate any public boat launch to prevent access and launching of a boat when an inspector is not on duty. Anglers don’t fish only between the hours of 9 to 5. Many sportsmen begin hunting or fishing bef o re s u n - u p . We a l s o h u n t a n d f i s h 1 2 months of the year and not just during the L a k e G e o rg e t o u r i s t s e a s o n . S p o r t s m e n want and need 24/7 unrestricted access to launch our boats at all public boat launches that our hunting and fishing licenses fund. Walter H. Kendall, Sr. President of Lake George Fishing Alliance, Inc.
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March 3, 2012
County supervisors vs legislators: Which makes more sense?
Just look how the county is floundering right now, because no one is doing the county business. They all look out for what’s best for their towns, not what’s best for the county —Former longtime Westport Supervisor Wally Huchro
By John Gereau
firstname.lastname@example.org ELIZABETHTOWN — A little more than two decades ago, there was a groundswell of support in Essex County for switching from an 18-member board of supervisors to a five- or seven-member board of legislators. Proponents pointed to a substantial cost savings to county taxpayers of as much as $250,000 a year and argued that legislators would be more apt to put county interests over those of a single municipality. Armed with a petition signed by 1,700 county voters, a small but vocal group made up of Walter “Wally“ Huchro, Spencer “Spence” Egglefield, Ed Hatch and Gordon Davis succeeded in persuading county supervisors to place a question on the ballot in the Nov. 6, 1990 general election. The question asked: “Should the Essex County Board of Supervisors appoint a Charter Commission for the purposes of replacing the Board of Supervisors with a County Legislature?” Had the vote passed, the commission would have then made a recommendation to the board of supervisors, who would have had the ultimate decision of placing the change in the hands of the voters through a referendum. Instead the effort fizzled, when voters, behind lobbying from town supervisors who opposed the change, voted 4,457 in favor to 7,234 against the move. Faced with some of the most trying financial times in the county’s history, some officials are again saying that a cost analysis study should be done to determine if a legislature would be a more prudent governing body for the taxpayers of the county. Reached for comment at his winter home in Florida, Huchro made it clear how he still stands on the issue. “There is no doubt that a county legislature is a more accountable, more efficient system of government,” Huchro said. “Just look how the board is floundering right now, because no one is doing the county business — they all look out for what’s best for their towns, not what’s best for the county.” Huchro, who served as Westport supervisor from 1968 to 1991 and also for five years as county administrator, gave a number of examples, from town supervisors each fighting to keep courthouses in their towns rather than centralize to the recent fight over privatizing the Horace Nye Nursing Home. He said some supervisors simply could not vote in favor of privatization — even if they believed it was in the best interest of county taxpayers — because constituents in their respective communities did not support it. “Take Moriah,” Huchro said. “Forty percent of the nursing home employees are from Moriah, so Tom (Scozzafava) has to vote in the best interest of his town, not the county. He can’t look at the big picture.” Scozzafava voted against privatization. Conversely, former Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew voted in favor of privatization just before the general election in November. Many of his constituents also work at Horace Nye, and Merrihew’s vote to privatize could have been the catalyst behind him being voted out, Huchro said.
Weighted voting Complicating matters, Huchro said, is the weighted voted system used by the county, which gives greater voting power to supervisors with the most constituents. A board of legislators would have equal voting power, he said. “Right now you have three towns that can basically control everything that happens with just one other vote,” Huchro said. The “Big Three” as Huchro called them, are the towns of Moriah, North Elba and Ticonderoga. Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava was also on the board in 1990, and was one
of the most vocal opponents of the changeover, arguing that a board of supervisors is able to better represent the needs of each town and the people they stand for. He said during the 1990 proposal, Moriah residents didn’t like the fact that the town would be split in half, with two legislators representing the same town. “People like having a single person to go to, having a town hall, a home base where they can come voice both town and county concerns, Scozzafava said. The final tally from Moriah’s four voting districts in 1990 mirrored Scozzafava’s assessment, with 1,191 voting against the move and just 329 in favor. Still, Huchro pointed out that seven of 18 Essex County’s towns voted in favor, and said many of those that voted against the move were fed misinformation from supervisors who were afraid of losing their jobs. “They ran around telling people that the towns were going to lose their identity, when in reality they were just worried about losing their paycheck,” Huchro said. Huchro said what many do not realize is that supervisors are paid salaries by both their towns and the county. “They should be working just as hard for the county where they get their fringe benefits as they do for the town,” Huchro said. “And it just doesn’t happen.” Scozzafava now says he’d support studying the idea again. “Looking at the complexity today of town and county government, I would support looking at a board of legislators again,” “Looking at the Scozzafava said. complexity today “The reality is you get caught in of town and counthe crossfire a ty government, I lot. It is hard to would support represent both.” looking at a board Westport’s of legislators current Supervisor, Dan Conagain.” nell, said he’d Tom Scozzafava also most likely support studyMoriah Supervisor ing a board of legislators, but said people should not be so quick to jump on the bandwagon simply because there may be a cost savings associated with it. “First, and to me most importantly, if one looks at this as just the cost in salaries they are doing an injustice to a study of the two systems,” Connell noted. Connell said there are many hidden cost benefits that come from supervisors representing their towns on the county board, such as shared services in areas like highway maintenance and grant writing. “Other departDan Connell ments such as Social Services and the Health Department are in contact with town supervisors on an at least monthly bases,” Connell said. “This again in my opinion creates a higher level of service and helps eliminate some situations that might ‘fall through the cracks.’”
Franklin vs Essex County Nearby Franklin County, which has a population of 51,579 compared to Essex County’s 39,302, moved to a seven-member
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Below is a comparison of town supervisor salaries in Essex and Franklin counties, whether they are offered health insurance through the town and if the position is considered full- or part-time. Below that is a comparison of what supervisors make at the county level versus what legislators make in Franklin County. *** To determine overall salary in Essex County, the town and county salary must be added together. ****Just because a given supervisor is offered health insurance, doesn’t mean he or she takes it.
Essex County Supervisors
Franklin County Supervisors Bangor
Chesterfield • $53,857 salary, health ins, full-time
Crown Point • $19,707 salary, health ins, full-time
Elizabethtown • $26,000 salary, health ins, part time
Westport • $23,284 salary, health ins, part-time
Essex • $19,652 salary, health ins, full-time
Jay • $35,700 salary, health ins, full-time
Keene • $24,545 salary, no health ins, part-time
Lewis • $18,937 salary, no health ins, full-time.
• $10,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Bellmont • $12,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Bombay • $5,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Brandon • $6,000 salary, no health ins, part-time.
Brighton • $11,380 salary, no health ins, part time.
Burke • $8,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Chateaugay •$16,500 salary, no health ins, part -time
Constable • $7,800 salary, no health ins, part-time
Dickson • $7,450 salary, no health ins, part-time
• $30,822 salary, plus $4,147 as budget officer, health ins, part time
Moriah • $29,831 salary, health ins, full-time
Newcomb • $41,600, health ins, full-time
North Elba • $30,000, no health ins, part-time.
• $8,800 salary, no health ins, full time. • $12,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Franklin • $13,000 salary, no health insurance, part-time.
Harrietstown • $15,000 salary, health ins, part-time
• $19,800 salary, plus $1,250 as budget officer, health ins, full-time.
• $13,750 salary, no health ins, part time
St. Armand • $29,426 salary, no health ins, full-time
Schroon • $34,000 salary, health ins, full-time.
Ticonderoga • $27,319 salary, health ins, full time
Willsboro • $30,000 salary, health ins, full-time
Wilmington • $21,510 salary, no health ins, part-time
Moira • $11,000 salary plus $500 as budget officer, no health ins, part-time.
Santa Clara • $12,794 salary, no health ins, part-time
Tupper Lake • $16,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Waverly • $10,000 salary, no health ins, part-time
Westville • 7,500 salary, no health ins, part-time
Board of Supervisors:
Board of Legislators:
Salary: $17,335 each, chair makes $22,339 and budget liaison makes $19,438. Health insurance is offered, as is a buyout incentive for those who opt for it.
Salary: $15,000 each, chair makes $18,000. Health insurance is offered, as is a buyout incentive for those who opt for it. All seven are part-time legislators.
board of legislators in 1970. The 19 towns in the county still are represented on the local level by part-time supervisors, who make a salary that ranges from a low of $5,000 to a high of $16,000. Health insurance is offered to only one Franklin County supervisor, Larry Miller in Harrietstown. The seven members of the Franklin County Board of Legislators receive $15,000 annually, plus health benefits and reimbursement for mileage and other related expenses. The Legislative Chair makes $18,000 annually. They meet twice a month at the Franklin County Court House in Malone as well as periodically with the respective town boards they represent. The seven districts are comprised of approximately 7,400 constituents each. In comparison, Essex County supervisors are split, with 12 considered full-time and six part-time. Their salaries range from a low of $18,937 to a high of $53,857 and nearly all are offered health insurance through both the town and county, plus mileage and other related expenses. A buy-out for those who opt not to take health insurance is also available at the county and in some towns. The buy-out incentive at the town level varies, at the county it is $3,000 for an individual, or $5,000 for a family plan. Essex County supervisors are also paid $17,335 each from the county, the budget liaison receives $19,438 and the chair of the board receives $22,339. Looking strictly at county salaries and putting other benefits aside, that means Franklin County’s Board of Legislator ’s make $108,000 annually, compared to Essex County at $319,137, a difference of $211,137.
Allowing more participation Ed Hatch, who now serves as supervisor of Willsboro, said he campaigned on disbanding the board of supervisors in favor of a legislature. A board of supervisors is an effective form of government, Hatch said, but only if suEd Hatch pervisors can separate town from county business. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen,” he said. Plus, the time demand of representing both a town and county eliminates a lot of capable people from running for the post, Hatch said. In counties that have a legislature, like Clinton and Franklin, legislators have other full-time professional jobs, like teaching and operating businesses. The system in Essex County makes it so those individuals cannot participate, and instead encourages people to make politics their life occupation, Hatch said. “When they started making it their jobs — at every level of government — it changed everything,” he said. While the concept of moving from a county board of supervisors to a legislature has been raised twice in Essex County, and defeated by voters twice, Hatch said it is time to address it again. “I’d support a board of legislators,” he said. “It’s time, and it has to be done.”
March 3, 2012
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County may rescind resident policy Supervisors pass resolutions for D.C. By Keith Lobdell
email@example.com ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County residency policy may soon be no more. The Ways and Means Committee voted Feb. 27 to waive the residency requirements for 14 out-of-county employees, along with the rescinding of the Essex County Residency Policy. However, several supervisors still wanted to make it known that they wanted Essex County residents to have priority. "I think that we should make every effort that we possibly can to hire people who live here," Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. "When we develop a new policy, it should absolutely show preference to residents of Essex County." "I think that there is something that has to be put in here that states that when all things are equal, we hire a resident from Essex County," North Hudson Supervisor Ronald Moore said. County attorney Daniel Manning said that he felt putting anything in a policy that stated showing a prefer-
ence could present a problem. "To overtly state it in the policy may cause some problems down the line," Manning said. County Manager Daniel Palmer agreed. "I think that this would be an unenforceable policy," Palmer said. "You could have someone who did not get hired come in and say that they were equally qualified and then you have to go through and prove how." Manning added that while he drafted a policy recently for the county, he felt a residency policy was not the right way to go. "My personal opinion is I was always against a residency policy," Manning said. "We are more of a rural community now and we need the best people that we can get. I was asked to draft a local law and that is what I did." Chesterfield Supervisor Jerry Morrow said that he wanted the best qualified for the job, but also believed that Essex County residents should come first. "Always, you should give preference to Essex County residents if they are quali-
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fied for the job," Morrow said. "If they are not, then you have to go with who is qualified." Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that she felt there never is equal footing. "Nobody is equal," Bartley said. "They would have to be identical twins to be equal. I think that the preference word is something that is troubling." Scozzafava, Moore and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas voted against rescinding the policy. Douglas said that there could be an on-call option for departments. "My wife works at CVPH and when she is on call, she has to be able to be there within 30 minutes," Douglas said. “That’s part of her job. If she can’t be there, they won’t keep her.”
By Keith Lobdell
firstname.lastname@example.org ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County officials geared up for their trip to Washington. At the Feb. 27 special meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, members passed several resolutions that request more attention from the federal government in several areas when Board Chairman Randy Douglas, Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee and Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley go to meet with area representatives in Washington. The board passed resolutions requesting more funding for sewer infrastructure projects, particularly in the town of Elizabethtown; energy assistance programs; and cleanup projects of debris from Tropical Storm Irene. "There are a lot of us that have water and sewer issues and could benefit from more money," Douglas said. "We felt that
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the joint effort was needed because we this would be a benefit to the county offices as well as the town." While the resolution was specific, Douglas said that they will also plead for the other local municipalities that are under Department of Environmental Conservation Consent Orders in relation to their sewer or water systems. Douglas said that he was working with Community Resources Director Mike Mascarenas on the systems. "I broke down each individual towns water and sewer projects and gave a brief explanation of the needs there for each one to take to the federal representatives," Mascarenas said. "Our goal is to encourage our representatives to go back and lobby for more funding to come into our state." The board also passed a resolution authorizing the hiring of a code officer for FEMA projects at the rate of $20 per hour, coming from FEMA project funding.
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Douglas, Bartley, Ferebee heading to Washington to seek funding By Keith Lobdell
email@example.com ELIZABETHTOWN — Three members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors will head to Washington, D.C., this weekend for three days with local representatives. Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas will be joined by Keene Supervisor William Ferebee and Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley on a trip that will run from Sunday, March 4, through Wednesday, March 7. The trio will be meeting with Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand,
along with Congressmen Bill Owens and Chris Gibson. “We get between 30 and 45 minutes with each representative, and they make the time to meet with us while we are down there,” Douglas said. “It is a lobbying effort that has been very effective in bringing funding back to the North Country.” Both Douglas and Ferebee said that the have seen both the county and their towns benefit from the meetings. “I have received $3.6 million for the town and our Water District No. 2 project,” Ferebee said. “Our main focus is getting funding for other water and sewer projects throughout
the county and for the town, I definitely want an answer from FEMA on the Keene Fire Department funding.” Bartley said that her focus was on one of the Elizabethtown sewer project, which has become a semi-partnership with Essex County. “This will be a great example of county and town government working together to help build the infrastructure of a community which will then lead to economic growth and job development,” Bartley said. “This is a great test case, and Elizabethtown will be a great example of how infrastructure brings growth.” “These water and sewer projects along with
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CORTLAND — Megan Bagg, a senior Communication Studies major from Lake Placid, N.Y., was named to the Dean's List at SUNY Cortland for the Fall 2011 semester. Honorees must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale, while completing 12 or more credit hours of classes during the semester. LOUNDONVILLE — Caroline Shackett, a resident of Keene, was named to Siena College's President's List for the Fall 2011 semester. Shackett is a/an Psychology major. To be named to the President's List, a student's grade point average for the semester must be 3.9 or higher.
ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital has added an ambulance transport service to its emergency department. Integrating an ambulance with the hospital’s services allows it to improve the quality of patient care by cutting transfer time in half. The hospital purchased an ambulance at the end of 2011 and outfitted it with all necessary equipment. It has also hired an ambulance driver, along with emergency medical staff to operate the hospital’s transfer program. Historically, ECH has relied on the region’s ambulance services to transfer its patients. Until recently, one of those services was stationed in Westport, able to reach the hospital in 15 minutes. “The issue is time,” said Emergency Department Manager Julie Tromblee, RN. “This hospital must ensure that patients receive the care they need as quickly as possible. Waiting for an ambulance service to travel 40 minutes to reach our facility, pickup the patient and then travel another 40 minutes to another facility is simply not an option.” The ECH transport unit will be stationed on hospital property, ready to transfer a patient in minutes. Currently, local emergency medical squads (EMS) from throughout Essex County bring patients to the hospital, some of which are trauma or critical care cases. After ECH staff provides initial care and stabilizing treatment, the hospital transfers these
more funding for Irene recovery are the biggest issues,” Douglas said. “We have been very successful on our trips and I think that we can bring more awareness to these needs this time down.” Ferebee said that he also hopes to talk with the representative, especially Congressman Gibson, about the need for a full-time doctor at the VA Clinic in Westport. “He is my representative and a veteran,” Ferebee said. “That will be my focus when I talk with him. Our concern is getting a more dependable source of medical care when it comes to having a doctor that will be here on a long-term basis.”
patients to other facilities. Trauma and stroke patients are transferred to Burlington via helicopter whenever possible. Patients that require cardiac care or emergency surgical procedures are typically transferred to Plattsburgh or Burlington via ambulance. “ECH is a federally-designated critical access hospital,” explained Jane Hooper, director of community relations. “Critical access hospitals have a very unique and specific role: to assess and stabilize patients so that they can survive transport to a trauma center, heart center or stroke center to receive the specific type of care required.” Patients with significant illness or injury have limited time to receive treatment – it’s an amount of time known as the “golden hour.” Critical access hospitals serve to extend that timeframe by treating and stabilizing the patient, so that there is more time to get to a larger facility. ECH’s role is to provide that initial life-saving care, stabilize for transport, and arrange the most appropriate transport method. The hospital has hired an ambulance driver, a full time critical-care emergency medical technician (EMT), and part-time critical care EMT. Each of these positions will be working within the hospital’s emergency department when not providing transport. Other hospital personnel will be “on call” to drive the vehicle during evening hours, and nurses will occasionally travel with the patient when required.
CANTON — The following students have been selected for inclusion on the Dean's List for academic achievement during the fall 2011 semester at St. Lawrence University in Canton. To be eligible for the Dean's List at St. Lawrence University, a student must have completed at least four semester units and have an academic average of 3.6 for the semester. •Aubrey B. Fox, of Elizabethtown •Kayla J. Hebert, of Keene Valley •John T. Cummin, of Lake Placid •Elizabeth M. Edwards, of Lake Placid •Emily D. Roy, of Lake Placid
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WESTPORT — The Westport Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a volleyball tournament on Friday, March 9 at the Westport Central School Gymnasium starting at 5 p.m. Teams must be registered by Thursday, March 8, at 4 p.m. Participation is open to any high school students, faculty or community members. Not limited to Westport – all communities welcome. Teams must consist of three males and three females, no regular subbing. $5 each for students, $10 each for adults. For registration forms and rules please visit www.westportcs.org or stop by the Westport Central School office. For more information contact Laura Sells-Doyle, 9624049.
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Bobsled remembers heroes 10 years after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks By Tim Follos
firstname.lastname@example.org LAKE PLACID — As there is at any international competition, this year ’s Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships were filled with an array of flags, colors, and designs festooning competitors, fans, and the sleds themselves. One such sled stood out to many observers, as it honored the Fire Department of New York in this the 10th bobsleigh season since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The U.S. sled was piloted by Jazmine Fenlator, 26, of Wayne, New Jersey, who trains in Lake Placid. “This sled has a history of pilots and brakemen, but this is the first year it’s been wrapped for a tribute to the Fire Department of New York,” said Fenlator, “and it’s been pretty awesome. “Not only did the Sept. 11 attacks happen close to where I’m from,” said Fenlator, who has friends who lost family members in the
attacks, “but I come from a long line of servicemen, firemen, and policemen. This is a symbol of all they do for us.” This season marked Fenlator ’s first season as a bobsleigh pilot and she found many people were interested in her sled as she traveled on the World Cup tour. “Many people know the story, so I had a lot of people asking to take photos, and a lot of people taking a moment of silence – and many of them were not Americans,” Fenlator said. Fenlator placed tenth in the women’s twoman bobsleigh event in her first World Championship. “I think being new to the World Cup, and that this was my first World Championship – and I had huge hopes – that I am very happy to finish in the top ten,” she said. “It was great with the hometown crowd, and my mom and sister came up.” With the bobsleigh season finishing, Fenlator will take some time off at home before returning to Lake Placid to restart training in May. “I hope to continue to grow as an athlete in the sport,” she said.
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LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Middle and High School students will be released early on Thursday, March 15, for Parent/Teacher Conferences: they will be dismissed at 9:50 a.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences are being offered from noon to 4:45 p.m. and from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on March 15. Conferences will be scheduled in fifteen (15) minute increments. Please call the Main Office at 523-2474, ext. 4002 on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 to schedule appointments with your student's teachers. There will be no school for students on Friday, March 16. The faculty will be participating in Staff Development workshops during Superintendent’s Conference Day.
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Schools Keeseville Elementary names Honor Roll students KEESEVILLE — The following students were named to the honor roll at Keeseville Elementary School for the second quarter of the 2011-12 school year:
Third grade: Zoya Hayes, Kassidy Matott, Allison McCormick, Adam Straight, Ricky Weerts Fourth grade: William Bombard, Maggie Hayes, Wesley Mallernee, Carol Prim Fifth grade: Kilian Croghan, Connor Devins, Megan LeClair, Jamie Manning, Kaitlyn Rivers, Matthew Rushford, Emmalee Welch Sixth grade: Jacob Clarkin, Haille Perkins
High Honors Roll Third grade: Emma Crowningshield, Stephen Desotell, Zane Moussa, Sophie Rennie, Koree Stillwell, Kaitlyn Thomas, Madison Tromblee, Caitlin Vallieres Fourth grade: Ryan Doner, Nicholas Helmer, Harmoni Lautenschuetz, Joseph Lloyd, Katelynn Miller, Michael Purtell, David Sieradski, Baelie Swetson-Gebo, Alexia Whitford
Fifth grade: Paige Doner, David Hendrie, Gideon Rock Sixth grade: Victoria Beote, Logan Bordeau, Elliana Bowlen, Charley Doner, Desmond Fout, Dru Gravelle, Ashley Hart, Chance LaPier, Taylor Miner, Emily Purick, Riley Smith, Myah Straight, Dylan Uihlein
Honor Roll Third grade: Johndra Blaise, Kyle Bradley, Rebecca Davis, Jack Finnegan, Trent Gravelle, Matthew Hall, David Kostin, Tanner LaMarche, Brady Lattrell, Jeffrey Miller, Draven Mitchell, Faith Mudd, Jordyn Pelkey, Grant Pray, Reanna Prentiss, Arnel Serrano, Keegan Suber, Emily Tedford, Brett Uihlein, Kaleb Walton, Erin Welch, Alexander Yeager Fourth grade: Roger Dezotell, Mackenzie Leighton, Alexis Lozo, Eliza Prins, Aidan Tallman, Alexia Whitford Fifth grade: Skylar Ackley, Steven Bussiere, Annabelle Dupre, Patrick Durgan, Aron Garrow, Isaac Rivers, Leah Shay, Keegan Stan, Kylee Stillwell, Riley Stone, Abigail Walton Sixth grade: Samantha Ayotte, Hailey Christiansen, Danielle Dubay, Kyra Grom, Caleb Hamilton, Taylor Mattila, Louise Perales, Kylie Roberts, Noah Smith, Chad Wilcox
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Willsboro to host FareWELL event By Keith Lobdell
email@example.com WILLSBORO — It may have been a little more warm and a little less white, but people in Willsboro will still have the chance to say goodbye to winter. The town of Willsboro will be the site for the first FareWELL Festival, which will be held at the soccer fields/fairgrounds on Point Road from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. “We wanted to have a wholesome activity experience during the winter,” Janice Stainken of the FareWELL Committee said. “We wanted to provide and opportunity to have fun and socialize.” Organizers are hopeful that some events will be able to take place, along with a full slate of activities. “The activities will include snowshoe relay races, cross-country skiing, an obstacle course, candle making, a nature hike at 11 a.m. led by Champlain Area Trails, a treas-
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nual Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, at Lake Colby in the village of Saranac Lake. The derby starts at 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day. Contestants can pre register for the derby at the Blue Line Sports Shop in Saranac Lake, or on derby days at the Lake Colby beach house across from the Adirondack Medical Center on Route 86. Derby Day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. each day. The registration fee is $7 per adult per day or $10 for both days. Youths under 16 years of age can register for $3 per day or $5 for both days. Contestants will be eligible to win prizes in the trout, salmon, perch and northern
pike categories with separate prizes awarded to adults and youths. The tournament grand prize is a charter fishing trip for two people with Fish Doctor Charters of Mexico, NY. Door prizes and raffles will also be awarded. Fifteen tagged fish will be stocked in Lake Colby prior to the derby courtesy of the NYSDEC - Lake Clear fish hatchery. A $100 prize will be awarded to any lucky fisherman who catches a tagged fish during the derby. Bait will be available at the Blue Line Sports Shop in Saranac Lake and the River Road Bait Shop in Bloomingdale during the event. For more information Contact Derby Chairman Cecilia Martin at 201-4009 or Cochairman Patrick Farreli at 891-3319.
Ski Festival in Keene KEENE — Glen Plake is s k i i n g i n t o K e e n e Va l l e y from Chamonix, France, to join The Mountaineer ’s 1 0 t h a n n u a l A d i ro n d a c k Back Country Ski Festival on March 3-4. This annual charity event supports the A d i ro n d a c k S k i To u r i n g Council and the New York Ski Educational Foundation and allows back country ski enthusiasts a chance to demo equipment take clinics and enjoy an evening with Glen Plake o n S a t u rd a y n i g h t a t t h e Keene Central School’s, “Beaver Dome,” in Keene Valley at 7:30 p.m. The event’s sponsors w i l l a l s o b e p ro v i d i n g demos for on snow testing from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Glen will be on hand and there will be f re e t e l e m a r k , s k i n n i n g and avalanche beacon clinics. Call The Mountaineer at 576-2281 or visit www.mountaineer.com for details.
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Red Storm boys hockey team repeats as Section VII/D-II champions PLATTSBURGH — The Section VII/Division II championship boys hockey game between the second seed Saranac Lake and fifth seed Plattsburgh High Hornets has ended, with the Red Storm claiming their second straight crown by a score of 4-1. “We knew from the get-go that we had a target on our backs as the defending Section champ,” league MVP Devin Darrah of the Storm said. “We were just digging throughout the year. This is a better feeling then the first because we were able to go back-toback.” “We are really excited right now,” head coach Will Ellsworth said. “Going back to back has a lot of emotion, and we are sky high right now. We are playing confident hockey and we want to keep this rolling.” For the game, Saranac Lake held a 35-31 advantage in shots, with Blake Darrah making 30 saves in the win for Saranac Lake, while Rob Knowles made 30 for the Hornets. “It’s been great to have him back there,” brother Devin said. “He has been backing us up all season and improving in every game.” After a feeling out period of two minutes, scoring came quickly between the two teams, as Red Storm standout Devin Darrah was able to fire off a pair of shots, the second rebounded and put past PHS goalie Rob Knowles to give Saranac Lake a 1-0 lead 2:37 seconds into the opening period. “We stress playing sound hockey and getting the first goal,” Ellsworth said. “That has been our plan in the playoffs.” On the ensuing face off, Hornets Brandon Matott and Jack Tolosky got together on an odd man rush, with Matott feeding Tolosky for the equalizer off a second assist from Eric Bechard. “I was surprised because hockey is such a game of momentum that we had just taken some of theirs, and they turned around and did it to us,” Ellsworth said. “I knew at that point we were in for a tough game,” Darrah said. The tie lasted for all of 10 seconds, when Darrah took the face off from Jacob Garrett and skated past the defense to score the second goal of the game for the Red Storm. “I thought the defense was right there, but I had skated past them somehow,” Darrah
celebrate their title defense. After the game, Hornets head coach Jamie Reidy said he was proud of the run his team had made as the fifth seed. “I could not be prouder of these 17 young men,” Reidy said. “They stuck together all season when we were unsure if we would even have a hockey team and they showed a lot of emotion in these playoffs.” Reidy also gave credit to his star goalie, who went through personal challenges of his own. “He has been a standout and the best player on our team,” Reidy said. “He has overcome a lot of adversity with the death of his father and has stayed focus and showed a lot of maturity for a young man.” Reidy said that he was pleased his team was able to get back to the sectional finals for the third time in three years with a team that features only four seniors. “We are already excited and optimistic for what is ahead of us next year,” he said. The Red Storm will host the first round of the regional playoffs against Queensbury on Saturday, March 3.
Devin Darrah skates in on the Plattsburgh net, scoring to give his team a 2-1 lead. Darrah scored a pair of goals in the Red Storm’s 4-1 win over Plattsburgh High Feb. 27, and Darrah was later named at the Most Valuable Player in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference. Photo by Keith Lobdell said. “I got through and I knew that I had to score.” “I don’t think he has seen the ice that open all season,” Ellsworth said. “He usually has to work for his goals, but he is a kid that the puck just seems to be attracted to his stick. When you get him alone with just the goalie, he is going to convert.” There was the potential for even more scoring, as a Phelan score was whistled dead due to a goal out of position and a Tolosky shot off a rebound being whistled dead by the officials. The second period started out a lot calmer than the first, with no scoring through the first five minutes of play. At the 6:33 mark, Quinn Urquhart took a pass from Jacob Garrett as the result of a 2-on-1 rush, putting it top shelf to give the Red Storm a 3-1 edge.
The first two penalties of the game were also called in the second period, with Eric Bechard sitting at the 12:09 mark and Grant Strack being called to the box at the 3:49 mark. Both penalties were killed by the opponent. In the third period, Devin Darrah capitalized with just six seconds remaining on a power play opportunity at the 11:35 mark of the period, firing a shot on net and then following up on the rebound to give the Red Storm a 4-1 lead. Chris Spicer was sent to the penalty box for the Red Storm at the 7:27 mark of the period, which his teammates were able to kill out. Scoring remained quiet for the remainder of the period, and as the buzzer sounded, the Red Storm players jumped from the bench to
Bradley Shumway works along the boards. Photo by Keith Lobdell
Willsboro or ELCS? teams square off in D semis, Patriots ousted in B’s By Tim Follos
firstname.lastname@example.org BEEKMANTOWN — The Plattsburgh High varsity boys basketball team did their part to set up a rematch with the AuSable Valley Patriots for the Section VII/Class B championship. The Patriots, however, did not. The Hornets will instead play the Saranac Chiefs, who started the Class B tournament as the fifth seed, in the championship game Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. Propelled by the huge inside games of Jeremy Bullis and Kasey Favreau, the fifthseeded Saranac Chiefs stunned the firstseeded AuSable Valley Patriots 65-53 in the semifinal round Feb. 25. The Patriots were known for the success of their up-court pressure defense this season, and a key to the upset was the Chiefs’ ability to break AuSable’s press repeatedly for easy layups early in the game, allowing Saranac to grab a 12-9 lead with 2:20 left in the first quarter. The Chiefs' early edge forced AuSable Valley coach Jamie Douglass to call a timeout and take the press off. With that, the Patriots gradually pulled ahead, going into the locker room up 26-21. The second half, however, was all Saranac. The Patriots’ frequent turnovers, the Chiefs’ success on the break, and, most importantly, the Chiefs’ noticeable advantage in size and strength inside all emerged as glaring problems the Patriots were unable to solve. “We came into the game extremely confident,” said Saranac coach Brent Denis. “We knew we were going to be competitive. Brody Douglass is an outstanding player, but we knew that our strength tonight was going to be in the post, and Joe Tobin, Jeremy Bullis and Kasey Favreau did an outstanding job tonight. They work very hard and they’re very strong and athletic and they take care of business.” Bullis dropped in 18 points for the Chiefs and Favreau tallied 17. Tobin scored 13, St. Clair added five, and Ben Weightman and Ryan Kerner chipped in two points apiece.
AuSable Valley guards Brody Douglass (21) and Shane Douglas (24) show their frustration during the Patriots 65-53 defeat at the hands of Saranac. Photo by Tim Follos
Connor Manning led the AuSable offense with 17 points, Brody Douglass tallied 12, Nick Rhino netted 10, Shane Douglas added seven, Brandon Brooks contributed three, and Austin Depo and John Hickey added two points apiece. Meanwhile, the contest between the second-seeded Hornets and third-seeded Cougars was an intense, closely contested battle featuring aggressive defense, skillful offense and physical combat under the hoop. In the end, Plattsburgh emerged with just enough poise and luck to hold off a determined Northeast Clinton challenge and advance to the championship game with a 4542 win. “I thought I was going to have a stroke,” said Plattsburgh coach Chris Hartmann. “I knew it was going to come down to the end – classic high school basketball. They know what we’re going to do, and we know what
they’re going to do.” “We are known – Plattsburgh High and Northeast Clinton – for having great battles,” said Cougar coach Robb Garrand. “Last year we beat them at the buzzer to win by one and win the sectional championship. We’re no strangers.” Rob Fout tallied 10 points for a Plattsburgh squad paced by Ethan Votraw’s 18 markers. Ab Maknani and Brooks Kelley both connected on three-pointers and Damon LaBorde hit a pair of free throws to round out the Hornets’ scoring. NCCS center Mike Manor, a senior, did his part for the Cougars’ cause by blocking shots, scrapping on the glass and dropping in eight points. Guard Rodney Grimshaw tallied 13 to lead a balanced Cougar offense; forward Harley Tavernia added seven, guards Tom Bedard and Rob Armstrong struck for six apiece, and Austin Tetreault
chipped in a bucket. “Their guards played well, and Manor played well for them down low,” Hartmann added. “They play tough. We beat them at the buzzer earlier this season – anything can happen.”
Class D The Class D championship game will open the Saturday, March 3 slate of games at noon. The second seed Willsboro Warriors and Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions faced off Feb. 29 to determine which would make it to the title game. The Warriors scored a 74-27 win over Johnsburg Feb. 25, as Clayton Cross scored 21 points to pace the Warriors. Clay Sherman added 16 points, while Brandon Porter scored 14. See, BOYS, page 19
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Lady Lumberjacks win Section X/Class C basketball championship CANTON — Tupper Lake junior Katie Stuart sparked her team to a come-from-behind 57-47 win over Brushton-Moira in the Section X Class C girls basketball championship game by hitting four 3-pointers and tallying a game-high 21 points. The Ladyjacks are now 16-4 on the season. Brushton-Moira used deadeye shooting to rocket out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter. Tupper Lake coach Jennifer Cook switched the Ladyjack defensive scheme from a 2-3 zone to a 3-2 zone at that point, and the ’Jacks were able to contain the Panthers’ shooters from then on. “We kept chipping away,” said Cook. “Katie Stuart hit a couple of threes, Carly Aldridge hit a three and a layup off a steal, and the next thing we knew we were ahead. At halftime we were up 28-23.” Tupper Lake’s lead was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. “It was a great team win,” said Cook. “Lizzy Zurek stepped up off the bench and scored 12 points. Katie had her usual game. Carly scored 11 points and Sam Sanford scored 10.” Kelsey St. Louis added three points for the Ladyjacks. Stuart was recently named the Co-MVP of the Northern Athletic Conference’s East Division. Aldridge was named to the league’s First Team, Sanford was selected for the Second Team, and Cook honored with a Coach of the Year award. When asked about the atmosphere in the locker room after the game, Cook said, “They were very happy about the win, and they’re even more excited for what can come next. They couldn’t wait to get to practice to work on the next thing.” Up next for the Tupper Lake Ladyjacks is a regional playoff game on March 10 at SUNY Canton. Tipoff is set for noon.
Section VII Class B
Class C finals March 2 at 5:45 p.m., where they will face the Moriah Lady Vikings, the top seed who is making their first appearance in the Class C title game in their lone year as a Class C school. Kelli Ryan paced the Lady Knights with 15 points in a 51-45 victory over the Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers, while Kate Schofield scored 12, Paige Spittler added 11 and Lyndale Nephew 6. For the Bombers, Danielle Balestrini and Ayla Thompson each scored 15 points in the loss, while Kelsey Taylor scored 10.
Lizzie Zurek scored 12 points off the bench to help lead the Tupper Lake girls basketball team to the Section X/Class C title Feb. 24. Photo by Keith Lobdell
The top seed Saranac Lady Chiefs will play for the Section VII/Class B champi-
onship Friday, March 2 (7:30 p.m. tip), against he third seed Beekmantown Lady Eagles. The Lady Chiefs picked up their 19th win of the season with no defeats thanks to a 19-6 second quarter to score a 50-36 win against Plattsburgh High in the semifinal round. The Chiefs were paced by Stephanie Linder, who scored 22 points in the win. Alisha Ducatte added 13 points, while Morgan Maye scored 9, Katie Gates 3, Victoria Phaneuf 2 and Kayla Napper 1. For the Hornets, Marle Curle scored 14 points, while Olivia Carlsson and Kianna Dragoon each scored 10 points and Cierra Duquette scored 2. In the other semifinal, the Lady Eagles picked up Meghan Strong drives to the basket for AuSable Valley against Saranac their second win of the seaLake’s Nicole Viscardo during their Section VII/Class B quarterfinals. son against the second seed Photo by Keith Lobdell
AuSable Valley Lady Patriots, as Shannon Ryan scored 18 points and Emily Anderson added 13 to power the Eagles inside attack. Grace Kelly scored 11 points to aid the Eagles offense, while Katrine Fogelstroem scored 6 and Rylei Porter added 4. For the Patriots, Madison Rondeau connected on four threepointers and scored 13 points, while Cammey Keyser scored 12 points and Meghan Strong scored 11. Alexis Facteau added 7, with Sierra Snow scoring 2 and Logan Snow adding 1.
The Class D championship will be played starting at 4 p.m. March 2, and will match up the winners of the Feb. 28 semifinal round. In the two versus three game, Indian Lake/Long Lake will face second seed Westport, who scored a 47-28 win against the Chazy Lady Eagles Feb. 25. Allison Sherman paced Westport with 20 points, while Willa McKinley scored 14, Karlee McGee 4, Brendee Russell 4, Delany Sears 2, Mallory Sudduth 2 and Sarah Looby 1. Megan Reynolds scored 13 points for Chazy, with Olivia Seymour scoring 5. The other half of the final will feature either top seed Elizabethtown-Lewis and fourth seed Willsboro. The Lady Lions scored a 52-27 win over Schroon Lake, with Lily Whalen scoring 11 points in the win. Savanah Graves scored 9, while Angel Barnes added 8, Jenn McGinn 7, Shonna Brooks 6, Jasmine Barnes 5, Clare Harwood 3 and Kearsten Ashline 3. The Lady Warriors, meantime, scored a 5632 win over Minerva/Newcomb as Renee Marcotte scored 16 points to lead the offense. Kyli Swires added 14 points, while Serene Holland scored 12. Keith Lobdell contributed to this article. For Section championship results, follow Denpubs sports on our Facebook pages (Valley News North Countryman, The Burgh) and online at thevalleynews.org, the-burgh.com or northcountryman.com.
Class C The Seton Catholic Lady Knights will make their 13th consecutive appearance in the
Kyli Swires goes after a loose ball against the Minerva/Newcomb Lady Mountaineers in the Class D quarterfinals. Photo by Nancy Frasier
Boys Continued from page 18 For three seed Elizabethtown-Lewis, Hunter Mowery scored 24 points to lead the Lions past Minerva-Newcomb, 60-51. The Lions trailed 15-9 after the opening quarter, but rebounded for the win. Charlie Huttig added 8 points along with EZ Diemand, while Andy Mitchell scored 6, Tim LaRock 5, Zach Peletier 4, Zac LaPier 3 and Tyler White 2. The winner between the Lions and Warriors will face either top-seed Schroon Lake, fourth seed Crown Point or fifth seed Chazy in the sectional finals. Class C The Class C championships game will take place at 1:45 p.m. March 3, with the winner of the Lake Placid-Ticonderoga semifinal meeting the winner of the Seton Catholic-Moriah semifinal. Keith Lobdell contributed to this article. For Section championship results, follow Denpubs sports on our Facebook pages (Valley News North Countryman, The Burgh) and online at thevalleynews.org, the-burgh.com or northcountryman.com.
Clayton Cross (5) scored 21 points for the Warriors as they advanced to the Section VII./Class C semifinals to face the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions. Photo by Nancy Frasier
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March 3, 2012
Saranac Lake Cabin Fever Film Festival starts with ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ SARANAC LAKE — Sometimes half-awinter makes for twice the late-winter blues; but fret no longer - relief is on the way with the Saranac Lake Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival, returning for its 11th year on Wednesday, March 7, and continuing every Wednesday throughout the month with 7 p.m. showtimes at a new location, The
Downhill Grill, 74 Main Street. Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Arts Committee and the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival has showcased classic American comedies and dramas made between 1930 and 1975 in a unique 16mm format, accompanied by cartoons or comedy shorts from
the same era. For the first time, the entire series will be screened in a DVD format, which makes it easier to present and opens up another dimension of films to choose from. Another new wrinkle is the introduction of a true dinner-and-a-film opportunity. The theme for this year's series is, "Fun
Couples,” and starts Wednesday, March 7 with Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde." Tickets for each night's film are $6 for adults, and $5 for, “retired adults and those studying to be adults,” under 12 free. For more information on the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival, please contact Tim Fortune at 891-1139.
Grants available from AAIEP
Grants available for home relief
Congressman art contest set
‘Belle of Amherst’ to be played
WESTPORT — The Adirondack Arts in Education Partnership (AAIEP) is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support collaborative projects between schools and local artists and/or cultural organizations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Warren Counties in Northern NY. Projects will involve partnerships between classroom teachers and teaching artists that incorporate arts-based learning to support learning across curricula. The grant program, called the Local Capacity Building Initiative (LCB), is a statewide regrant program and is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. To date, the LCB grant program has benefited 3,500+ students, approximately 50 artists and helped to increase spending for Arts Education programming by over $100,000 throughout 25 school districts (31 schools) within Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Warren Counties. The deadline for proposals is May 7, for projects taking place in the Fall 2012 and applications are now available. For more information, please check out our website at www.depottheatre.org or www.adkartsined.org and/or contact the Program Coordinator, Lindsay Pontius at email@example.com. Please plan on attending one of the grant seminars in a nearby location: • March 8 at the Hand House/Bruce Crary Foundation in Elizabethtown, 4 to 5:30 p.m. • March 13, at the Chapman Museum, Glens Falls, 3:30 to 5 p.m. • March 20, at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
KEESEVILLE — Friends of the North Country has received additional funding from a partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and the Office of Community Renewal in collective efforts to help struggling homeowners get mortgage relief. Friends is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified counseling agency. Counselors screen all applicants for Making Home Affordable (MHA), which is the Obama Administration's initiative that helps struggling homeowners get mortgage relief through a variety of programs that aid in mortgage modifications, interest rate reductions, refinancing, deferred payment or transitioning out of your home while avoiding foreclosure. For more information about avoiding foreclosure, call Friends at 1-888-355-FONC (3662), utilize our web site at www.friendsofthenorthcountry.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bill Owens recently announced that his office is currently accepting submissions from high school students in New York’s 23rd Congressional District for an annual Congressional Art Competition. For entry into the art competition, students should submit a digital copy and a completed Student Information and Release Form to NY23art@mail.house.gov. This form can be found at http://house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/pdf/student-information-release-form.pdf or by requesting a copy from Congressman Owens’ office. A full description of contest guidelines can be found at http://house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/pdf/artcompetition-guidelines-students.pdf.
WHALLONSBURG — “The Belle of Amherst,” starring Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickerson, will be performed Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.thegrangehall.org.
Lecture series continues WADHAMS — The Wadhams Free Library Wednesday night Lecture Series continues on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. with an illustrated talk, “Revitalizing Our Communities: It's Not All about Money,” by Sharon Reynolds, Executive Director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga. Admission is free. For information, call 962-8717.
GOP candidate to be in Lewis LEWIS — Matt Doheny is hosting a “Doughnuts with Doheny” event at 9 a.m., March 10, at the Lewis Fire Hall, 18 Firehouse Lane in Essex County.
Square dance to benefit arts
Duet set in Essex
KEENE VALLEY — East Branch Friends of the Arts presents the Third Annual Community Square Dance Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Keene Central School. Caller Jeremy Clifford from Essex, Celtic fiddler Malcolm Sanders from Burlington, Vt., and Tristan Henderson from the Celtic band Atlantic Crossing on guitar and mandolin will entertain all ages with an evening of traditional Irish and FrenchCanadian music and dancing. All dances will be taught. Suggested donation is $5; students are free. Come early for a Spaghetti Dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $6 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds will benefit the Four Winds Nature Program. Four Winds offers elementary students real hands-on science-based lessons that raise awareness and understanding of the natural world. Local potter Julia Gronski and her students will also be on hand to showcase their work. For more information, call Hannah Smith at 576-4256 or visit East Branch Friends of the Arts on Facebook.
ESSEX — There will be a classical duet with violinist, Kevin Lawrence and pianist, Paul Orgel. Performance held at Essex Community Church in Essex on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. A reception with artists will be held following the duet. Refreshments served after the performance. Admission is $10 for adults. For additional information on this season's performances, email www.essexcommunityconcerts@org.
GOP social event scheduled KEENE — The Essex County Republican Committee cordially invites you to attend a Lincoln Day cocktail party at Baxter Mountain Tavern in Keene Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Invited guests include Essex County Republican Party Chairman Ronald Jackson, Congressman Chris Gibson, Senator Betty Little and Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward, along with congressional candidates Matt Doheny and Kelley Greene. For information, contact Stacey Hayes at 3900717.
Author to speak KEENE — Author John Slade will be speaking on his book, “Climate Change and the Ocean,” on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Keene Central School auditorium. Slade’s book is available at local libraries and through Amazon.com. There is no charge for the lecture, which is being presented as the senior project of KCS student Anna Kowanko.
Musicians to perform WILLSBORO — Willsboro Coffee house will be presenting local musicians Chuck Moynan, Colleen Blanchard and Donald Vicaro on Saturday, March 10, featuring songs old and new 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.
Stress relief class offered ESSEX — There will be an eight-week stress balancing series with Courtney Hughes, Michelle Maron and Brian Trzaskos Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning March 6. There are only 16 spaces for this series. For more information, call 963-4300.
Duet to perform in Essex ESSEX — Violinist Kevin Lawrence and pianist Paul Orgel will perform a program of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart at the Essex Community Church on Monday evening, March 5, at the Essex Community Church. Their program includes J.S. Bach's Sonata No. 6 in G major for violin and keyboard, Mozart's Sonato in A major in A major and Beethoven K. 526 and Beethoven's Violin Sonata no. 7 in C minor. Both artists will be able to join the concert goers after their performance at a reception given by ECC. Admission is $10 for adults; students are free. For additional information, please refer to www.essexcommunityconcerts.org.
Tax workshop scheduled SARANAC LAKE — A workshop on the New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Program presented by the The Preservation League of New York State and Historic Saranac Lake will be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the The Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street. The cost for the program is $5, and refreshments will be served. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 6, to 891-4606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juried art show slated SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Artists Guild will host its 14th annual juried art competition from March 9 through April 19. The show is open to all artists in any medium. Two dimensional work must not exceed 34-inches in any dimension and must be framed or wired for hanging. Clip hangers will not be accepted. Three dimensional work must be of a reasonable size for a small gallery. Work should not have been done in a class or under supervision. Interested artists my pick up a prospectus for the show at the Artists Guild or download it from the website, www.adirondackartistsguild.com. Complete information for the show is on the prospectus. Work should be hand delivered to the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery during regular hours on Feb. 29 through March 3. A non-refundable entry fee of $25 must accompany all submissions, with an optional third work for an additional $5. The juror's decisions will be mailed or emailed on March 2. An opening reception will be held at the Adirondack Artists Guild for its fourteenth annual juried show on Friday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs until April 19. Prizes will be announced at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.
Art presented at church WESTPORT — The Westport Federated Church is pleased to present a display of 12 prints of some of the wood engravings of Fritz Eichenberg, 1901 - 1990. This portfolio represents works which were printed in the Catholic Worker newspaper published by Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker NYC. Fritz Eichenberg was a close friend of Dorothy Day.
Ethel Barnard continues to write, inspire authors at the age of 96 Contirbuted by Marty Stratton denpubs.@denpubs.com
ESSEX — Ethel Barnard sits at a round table in the library. Her white and gray hair is cut short in the manner of an active, no-nonsense North Country woman. Her face glows with the freshness of a person who enjoys the out doors. Her bearing contains a natural dignity and her blue eyes shine with warmth behind her glasses. She begins to read in a voice soft and low. Fellow members of the local writers’ group must lean in to catch each word. Their efforts are rewarded for each word is carefully, intentionally penned. And as they are laid out for the audience, tales are unveiled like precious treasures from an attic trunk. The stories are of real life, tenderly drawn with musicality for ear and vivid visuals for the imagination whether they be an essay, a poem or a short story –stories the listeners will not soon forget, nor the beautifully articulate, measured voice
that relates them. Ethel remembers beginning to write stories when she was around 9 or 10 years old. She recalls that with the brashness of youth or as she says, “swollen with self-importance,” she presented her mother with a story she had written. She smiles wryly now at her mother’s criticism. Her mother remarked that it was very much like another known book. But, Ethel does not seem to be a person held back by criticism. Indeed, she seeks always to improve her skills. In the past she attended a few writing classes, even with the likes of May Sarton as teacher. She was later to read of the little class in a biography of May Sarton, where the writer referred to the students as “nice untalented creatures.” Fortunately, Ethel did not give up. She writes simply because she, “just likes to write.” She draws on people she’s known and incidents in her life. Her main choice of genre is short pieces, partly because she explains she has “investigated form so little,” and she illustrates her own stories. The lines of her sketch-
es flow with action and clarity and highlight the heart of the individual works. As a young woman, Ethel graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music as a pianist, but as is telling of her inquisitive nature, after the conservatory her interest moved on to the recorder and then the flute, which she studied for ten years. In her writing she tried poetry for a while. She doesn’t write or play instruments for fame or fortune. In her home, her sketches hang humbly in a side room. There is an arrangement of milkweed with pod’s open, seeds suspended as if about to fall because she has sprayed them with fixative. A string for a plant holder that she is making waits on the coffee table. And there’s more, she shows me her newest art project. She is planning to learn how to make baskets with the help of a local basket maker. Her passion for life, for learning, is summarized best by Ethel herself when she says, “one idea overtakes another.” This is not to say she flits from interest to interest. She has a thoughtful, disciplined approach to her endeavors.
Ethel has lived in Virginia, Florida, and Cambridge, Mass. She has lived in Switzerland for a year and participated in a six-month bike tour of the British Isles. She was the assistant director of a branch of the New England Conservatory and founded the music school at the Rivers Country School in Weston, Mass. Her family life was centered around her husband and three children. After the death of her husband she settled in Essex, having a familiar love and attraction for the area after spending summers in neighboring Willsboro throughout her childhood. She is a constant reader and enjoys many writers, too many to choose from. She seeks titles by reading book reviews and with the help from the local libraries. Ethel’s advice for young writers is to start writing by hand, write a letter with just the pen or pencil and paper. Start with a paragraph and let it build. Oh, and by the way, Ethel Barnard is 96 years old. May one idea continue to lead to the next, Ethel.
March 3, 2012
Valley News - 21
Winter has yet to relent A
fter I had spent a full of week respooling fishing lines, oiling reels, sorting tackle and replacing a pile of worn out and rusted flies, the snow began to fall. I didn’t give it much notice, at first, as I figured it was just scattered flurries. It came down slowly at first, but finally as the snow began to accumulate, I watched the side yard disappear under a cloak of white. “Too little, too late,” I muttered under my breath. I had spent most of the previous week traveling throughout the North Country, looking for snow, and skiing over sparse cover. Repeatedly, my days on the trail got off to a fast start as I skied over crust and dust conditions. In the late afternoon, the outbound journey typically featured a slow return, on tracks that had turned to slush and mush. Snow fleas often lined the ski tracks, and the maples had already been tapped. As the sap began to flow, it appeared the ski season was ready to go. After enjoying one last ski jaunt into Great Camp Santanoni, l was ready to relegate the ‘winter that wasn’t’ to the scrap heap. Soon after, I stashed my skis in the back of the garage, and tossed a pair of well worn, boots into storage. Rods and reels quickly replaced the wax and ski pools, and a stack of maps and hydrographic charts decorated the den. I was so certain March would come in like a lamb, I never considered that winter still had a bit of a lion left in it. Imagine my surprise when the season came roaring back. Better yet, was the fact that it arrived in an appropriate time to provide a wintery playground for The Mountaineer’s 10th annual, Adirondack Back Country Ski Festival. Scheduled for March 3 - 4 in Keene Valley, the annual charity event supports the Adirondack Ski Touring Council and the New York Ski Educational Foundation, and provides backcountry ski enthusiasts with an opportunity to demo the latest backcountry ski gear, participate in clinics, tours and enjoy a special Saturday evening at The Beaver Dome at Keene Central School. Celebrity guest athlete, Glen Plake will be the featured guest for the evening’s events. Plake, who has appeared in many of Warren Millers ski movies, is an international skiing sensation. His trademark is a tall, multicolored spike hairdo.
Plake is renowned for his flashy skiing style, which will likely be on exhibit at a local hill, as he enjoys the local ski scene. His visit is sponsored by Julbo, a premier manufacturer of glacier and fashion sun glasses. Other sponsors supporting the event and providing raffle items for Saturday evenings event include Back Country Ski magazine, Dynafit, Primaloft, Voile-USA, Marmot, Madshus, Garmont, Scarpa, Mammut, G3, and adkbcski.com. Guided ski tours and back country ski clinics will be offered by Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides of Keene Valley, and on the snow demos will be available from 10 to 2:30 on Saturday. Plake will be on site for telemark, skinning and avalanche beacon clinics. The location of the demo event will be announced on prior to the event. For further information and registration, please contact The Mountaineer at 576-2281 or visit www.mountaineer.com for further details.
Although both US and Canadian federal environmental protection organizations had previously ratified a set of strict, new standards developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) convention, the international standards were not good enough for New York state. The IMO measures were developed to require all international seagoing vessels to install standard systems of treatment to prevent ballast water from introducing exotic, invasive species into U.S. or Canadian waters, when the ships’ ballast tanks are discharged. Ships will discharge ballast water in order to change the ship’s draft and regulate stability, and often the ballast will include a host of foreign organisms. However, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sought to impose stricter ballast treatment requirements than the IMO convention standards. New York’s tougher ballast standards were the result of an onslaught of invasive species which biologists believe were introduced as a result of international shipping. New York is
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Pictured above are the Eisenhower Locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Massena. New York is pushing for tougher ballast regulations to help stop the spread of invasive species in New York waters. laced with shipping channels, ranging from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the north to the Hudson River in the south, the Great Lakes of Ontario and Erie in the west, and the Erie and Mohawk Canal which divide the state down the middle. Since a portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway cuts through the state, enforcement of the stricter standards set by the state of New York would have had a negative impact on the shipping of materials from many Canadian Ports, as well as those in New York and New Jersey. NYSDEC Commissioner Joe Martens, agreed the state will abide by current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ballast standards until December 2013, claiming, “New York remains concerned about the introduction and spread of invasive species in the state’s waterways and we hope that a strong national solution can be achieved.” It has been estimated that more than 180 invasive species currently infest New York waters, including zebra mussels, alewives, sea lamprey, spiny water fleas, round gobi, Eurasian milfoil, Didymo and Viral Hemmorhagic Septicemia. A majority of these foreign invaders found their way into New York waters following the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950’s. Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com.
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
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5:30 p.m. (Sept. - May) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Training session in Keeseville KEESEVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a training session for anyone involved in direct marketing of food – even folks who are trying to decide if market vending is right for them. The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ausable Valley Grange, 1749 Main Street in Keeseville. Bernadette Logozar, CCE Franklin County and Regional Local Foods Specialist for Northern New York and Laurie Davis, CCE Essex County educator and Adirondack Harvest coordinator will lead sessions on “New Food Safety Recommendations” as well as “Spicing Up Your Farmstand or Farmers Market.”
Bring your questions and concerns. Workshop is open to the public. There is a charge of $15 which includes lunch. For more information or to pre-register please call Sharon at 962-4810 x0 or email email@example.com.
Fish fry Friday Au SABLE FORKS — There will be a Fish Fry Friday, March 2, at the Holy Name School Gym from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 adults and $5 children under 12. a donation for local food pantries will also be accepted to receive $1 off cost. Menu includes fried beer battered Alaskan cod fish, potatoes, coleslaw, dinner roll and drink.
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Obituaries Loretta Baxter, 94 Feb. 20, 2012 WESTPORT—Loretta Baxter, a lifelong Westport resident, departed this life on Monday Feb. 20, 2012, well along in her 94th year. To those of us who grew up knowing her, she was raised on the farm her great grandfather owned and worked, in the house her father built. For some years after her marriage to Leo Grover Baxter of Port Henry, they raised their three children, Allen, Marilyn, and Nancy there. She will be sorely missed at the Westport Federated Church which she attended faithfully for many years. As her “duty driver” on Sunday mornings, I always marveled at the fact that she would appear at the door with a big smile on her face despite the fact that she had long since outlived her husband and two of her children. She would remind me that you “just have to get on with it,” which is what Marilyn is doing as we speak. As with most old-time farm families, Loretta had many happy memories of growing up in Westport. Ice fishing in the winter from the shanty her mother would personally haul out onto the ice with the horse exactly the spot where the smelt would bite the best; catching bullhead in the springtime at night down at “the marsh” by the light of a huge bon fire onshore. She, her brother Franklin, and her sister, Grace Smith, all acquired a penchant for mischief from mother Della, who would, so the story goes, sneak down to that same marsh before the season opened, catch a basket full of bullhead, skin and clean them on site, and take the back way home as to avoid any game wardens. For a woman who would have to stand on her toes to reach five feet tall, she reportedly held her own very well on the woman’s basketball team as a student at Westport Central School. In her adult years, she bowled well and regularly at the VFW in Moriah with her sister-in-law, Hazel Stevenson. She worked for many years in the kitchen of Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga. Her father drove the school bus. One day, as fate would have it, the school superintendent passed the
Births The following births were reported from CVPH in Plattsburgh: HARRISON — a son, Gianni Andrew, was born Feb. 14, 2012, to Bonnie Sweatt and John Harrison III. NEPHEW—a daughter, Isabella Grace, was born Feb. 15, 2012 to Julia Choulas, and Casey Nephew. PENWARDEN—a daughter, Maeghan Shirley, was born Feb. 15, 2012 to Melissa Smith and John Penwarden.
bus and took note of the fact that Loretta, her cousin Clara Smith, and cousin Helen Stevenson were all sitting in cousin Norman Stevenson’s lap. Louis thought he might lose his job over that, but the superintendent took it in good humor, and Loretta loved to tell the story. Condolences may be sent to Marilyn Baxter at 5068 NYS Rte. 9N, Westport, NY, 12993.
Thomas H. Cross Sr. 87 July 23, 1924 - Jan. 30, 2012 KENDALLVILLE, IN. — Thomas H. Cross Sr., 87 of Kendallville, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at Parkview Noble Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days. Although Mr. Cross had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, his death was unexpected. He had moved to Kendallville in 1963 from New York. Mr. Cross was a farmer. He was born July 23, 1924, in Port Henry, to Raymond and Emma (Sheldon) Cross. He married Pauline J. Baker on July 24, 1938. She survives in Kendallville. Also surviving are seven children, Charles T. and Becky Cross of Albion, Wyman A. and Deb Cross of South Milford, Martha L. and Gary Dafforn of Kendallville, Thomas Cross Jr. of Kendallville, Kelly J. and Jerry Lash of Kendallville, and Susan Cross of Leo Cedarville and Anthony A. Cross of Kendallville. A brother, David Cross of Howe, Ind., a sister, Georgia Bisblinghoff of Fort Meyers, Fla. 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Cross donated his body to the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are to be made to the American Lung Association of Indiana, 115 W. Washington Suite 1180 South Indianapolis, IN 46204. or to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
LACROIX— a son, Zachary Brian, was born Feb. 1, 2012 to Sarah and Nicholas LaCroix. ROBERTS— a daughter, Natalie Andree, was born Feb. 9, 2012, to Rachelle and Thomas Roberts. BRUNELLE — a son, Cale Joseph Daniel, was born Feb. 8, 2012 to Paige McChesney. RACINE — a daughter, Elle Lynne, was born Feb. 10, 2012 to Ashley Blow and Barry Racine. BOULE — a son, Anthony Thomas, was born Feb. 10, 2012 to Angela and Thomas Boule.
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SARANAC LAKE —Understanding your grief support group, First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church St. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday.March.6. Friday.March.2. WESTPORT—Zumba Class, Heritage House, 6459 Main Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m. LAKE PLACID —Midnight in Paris Screening, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 7:30 p.m. GA $5. 5232512, www.LakePlacidArts.org. 523-2512 LAKE PLACID —Annie Hall Screening, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 7:30 p.m. GA $5. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org. 523-2512.
Saturday.March.3. WILLSBORO— Willsboro first annual Winter FareWELL festival, at the soccer fields on Point Road. 10a.m.-2p.m. 983-6454. TUPPER LAKE—Evolution of the Adirondacks, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. KEENE VALLEY—The Mountaineer’s 10th annual Adirondack Back Country Ski Festival, Keene Central School’s “Beaver Dome”. 576- 2281. ESSEX—Spaghetti dinner by God's Kids Youth Group, Essex Community Church, 5-7:30 p.m. Donations of $7 recommended. 962-2688. WILLSBORO — Winter films Special, Shane, 7:30 p.m. Willsboro Central School, 29 School Ln. $5 for adults; $2 for youth. JAY —Local musicians Night, Bind Owl Band performance, Amos and Julia Ward Theatre, Route 9N, 7 p.m. LAKE PLACID —Nobodies of Comedy, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 8 p.m. $16 in advance, $18
day of show. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org. LAKE PLACID —Introduction to Square Dancing. ADK’s High Peaks Information Center, 1002 Adirondack Loj Rd, 8 p.m. 523-3441 www.adk.org.
Sunday.March.4. KEENE VALLEY—The Mountaineer’s 10th annual Adirondack Back Country Ski Festival, Keene Central School’s “Beaver Dome”. 576- 2281. TUPPER LAKE—Family Art & Nature: Hibernation, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. LAKE PLACID —Community Garden Potluck, Heaven Hill Farm, Bear Cub Lane, 5-7 p.m. www.slgarden.com. WESTPORT—Zumba Class, Heritage House, 6459 Main Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ESSEX— Classical duet to be performed, Essex Community Church, 2036 Main St. 7:30 p.m. $10. 962-8882.
Monday.March.5. LAKE PLACID —Computing-The Very Basics, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main Street. 523-3200, 9a.m.-noon. Limited to 6 participants. LAKE PLACID — Digital Photography, Part 1, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main Street. 523-3200. Limited to 6 participants. 1-4 p.m. KEENE—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Community Center, Church St. 11:30 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. ESSEX—Classical duet with violinist, Kevin Lawrence and pianist, Paul Orgel. Essex Community Church, 2743 NYS Rte. 22, 7:30 p.m. $10. www.essexcommunityconcerts@org.
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. 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. ELIZABETHTOWN—Small business for beginners workshop, Essex County IDA Office, 7566 Court Street, 6-8 p.m. 564-2042, http://www.northcountrysbdc.org.
Wednesday.March.7. 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.
Thursday.March.8. ELIZABETHTOWN—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Hand House, Court St. 10 a.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logical.net. WILLSBORO—Jeff Cochran; Stories, Songs & Poetry on life in the NorthCountry, Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center, 1391 Reber Rd. 7 p.m. LAKE PLACID — Story hour, Lake Placid Public Library, 2471 Main St., 10:15 a.m. Free. 523-3200. KEENE—The Lincoln Day Cocktail party by Essex County Republican Committe, Baxter Mountain Tavern, 10050 NYS Rte. 9N, 6-8 p.m. CHESTERFIELD—Full Moon "Snowshoe" Hike up the Jeep Trail of Poko-Moonshine, 7pm. Suggested $10 dona-
tion for Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K9 Unit. 3146756. SARANAC LAKE—Pinochle Party, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Dr. 7 p.m. 891-7117.
Friday.March.9. WESTPORT—Zumba Class, Heritage House, 6459 Main Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m. WESTPORT—The Westport Parent Teacher Organization Volleyball tournament, Westport Central School Gymnasium, 5 p.m. Teams must be registered by March 8. $5 students, $10 adults. 962-4049. www.westportcs.org LAKE PLACID —The Comedy Of Errors, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 7:30 p.m. $16 in advance, $18 day of show. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org.
Saturday.March.10. WILLSBORO—Two-Person 9 Pin Tournament, Willsborough Bowling Center, 3922 Nys Rte. 22. noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. $20 per bowler/$40 per team. 572-0315 or the Willsborough Bowling Center at 963-8983. WILLSBORO—Willsboro Coffee house presents Chuck Moynan, Colleen Blanchard and Donald Vicaro, at the Congregational church, Rte 22, 7 p.m. $5, $2 for students. 9637772. LAKE PLACID —Rummage Sale, St Agnes School, 2322 Saranac Ave. Rent a table for $20, 9a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday.March.11. TUPPER LAKE—The Patterns of Snakes, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, noon TUPPER LAKE—Meet live rattlesnakes, Flamers Theater, The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, 1 p.m. LAKE PLACID —Verdi's Ernani Performed, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 4 p.m. $16 in advance, $18 day of show. 523-2512, www.LakePlacidArts.org. WESTPORT—Zumba, Heritage House, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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This Month in History - MARCH 2nd - Texas declared its independence from Mexico (1836). 3rd - The Star Spangled Banner becomes the National Anthem (1931) 4th - The Constitution of the United States of America goes into effect. (1789) 7th - Alexander Graham Bell patents the Telephone. (1876)
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1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.0 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation and Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, Title VI Program and Related Statutes, as amended, issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all who respond to a written Department solicitation, request for proposal or invitation for bid that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap and income status in consideration for an award. BIDDERS SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT AWARD OF THESE CONTRACTS MAY BE CONTINGENT UPON THE PASSAGE OF A B U D G E T A P P R O P R I AT I O N BILL BY THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK PIN SABP.01, Contract D900006, Regions 1 and 7 (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Jefferson, Lewis, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Cos.). Bid Deposit, Completion Date and DBE Goal will be established in the future Request for Proposals. PIN SABP.07, Contract D900007 Region 8 (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Cos.). Bid Deposit, Completion Date and DBE goal will be established in the future Request for Proposals. PIN SABP.08, Con-
tract D900008 Regions 3, 4 and 5 (Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Cortland, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne, and Wyoming Cos.). Bid Deposit, Completion Date and DBE Goal will be established in the future Request for Proposals. PIN SABP.09, Contract D900009, Region 10 (Nassau and Suffolk Cos.). Bid Deposit, Completion Date and DBE goal will be established in the future Request for Proposals. For further information refer to the NYSDOT website at WWW.DOT.NY.GOV VN-3/3-3/10/12-2TC21711 ----------------------------PUBLIC NOTICE (Pursuant to section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law) Pursuant to section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law, the Assessor for the Town of Lewis has inventory and valuation data available for review of the assessments in the township. An appointment may be made to review this information by phoning 518-873-6777 Tuesdays between 10:00 and 3:00. Dated March 02, 2012 Donna J. Bramer Sole Assessor VN-3/3/12-1TC-21716 ----------------------------PUBLIC NOTICE (Pursuant to section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law) Pursuant to section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law, the Assessor for the Town of Keene has inventory and valuation data available for review of the assessments in the township. An appointment may be made to review this information by phoning 518-576-9163 Thursdays between 10:00 and 3:00. Dated March 02,2012 Donna J. Bramer Sole Assessor VN-3/3/12-1TC-21717 ----------------------------The Classified Superstore
26 - Valley News WANTED TO BUY YEARBOOKS "UP to $15 paid for high school yearbooks 1900-1988. email@example.com or 972768-1338."
CATS FREE TO a quite home 28 mo. old kittens, spayed,neutered & shots, 1-Black and the other one is Gray w/ stripes. Call 518-834-7647
DOGS GREAT DANE Puppies GREAT Dane Puppies AKC Registered litter fawn and brindle expected February 20th. Parents health tested: heart, hips,eyes, elbows and thyroid. Dam: Canadian Champion. Sire: AKC Champion. Contact Pat at (518)834-7951
FARM LIVESTOCK BANTAM ROOSTERS Free to good home(s). 5 Bantam Roosters, 1 year old. (518) 668-9881
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY WESTPORT: OFFICE SUITES. Fully furnished w/ cubicles, desks, computer & phone hook-ups. 720 sq. ft. Lake views. Contact Jim Forcier @ 518962-4420.
CONDO NAPLES FLORIDA AREA! Bank Acquired Luxury Condos. Brand new 2BR/2BA, only $239,900. Same unit sold for $624,771. Own for below builder cost in warm, sunny SW Florida! High-end community - walk to over 20 restaurants/ 100 shops! Must see. Call 1 -866-959-2825, x43
LAND TUG HILL AND SALMON RIVER AREA 6 Acres WAS; $19,995 NOW; $12,995. 52 Acres WAS; $59,995 NOW; $49,995. Our #1 Properties for snowmobilers and fishermen. See property #1 at www.LandandCamps.com for pictures. Or call 1-800-229-7843.
WOOD SHAVINGS/BEDDING Wholesale Bags of Shavings for Bedding (518) 932-2104
AVAILABLE NOW!!! 2-4 Bedroom homes Take Over Payments No Money Down/No Credit Check Call 1-888-269-9192
DONATE A CAR - SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE! Timothy Hill Children's Ranch: Helping Abused and Neglected Children in NY for Over 30 Years. Please Call 1-800-936-4326.
STOP RENTING. Lease option buy. Rent to own. No money down. No credit check. 1-877-395-0321
DONATE VEHICLE: RECEIVE $1000 GROCERY COUPONS. National Animal Welfare Foundation. Support NO KILL Shelters. Help Homeless Pets. Free Towing, TAX DEDUCTIBLE, NON-RUNNERS Accepted 1-888-333-3848
VACATION PROPERTY NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC Oceanfront Luxury Beach Homes and Condos. Best Selection, Service and Rates Guaranteed. Free Brochure! 888-617-5726 or www.elliottbeachrentals.com
DONATE YOUR CAR to CHILDREN'S CANCER FUND of AMERICA and help end CHILDHOOD CANCER. Tax Deductible. Next Day Towing. Receive Vacation Voucher. 7 Days 1800-469-8593
BLOWN HEAD GASKET? Any vehicle repair yourself. State of the art 2-Component chemical process. Specializing in Cadillac Northstar Overheating. 100% guaranteed. 1-866-780-9041 www.RXHP.com
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! 1-800-4710538
ROLL TOP Tonneau cover, fits Chevy S-10 or a small truck with a box, 56" (inside) $99.00. 518-523-9456
DONATE YOUR VEHICLE UNITED BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. Free Mammogram www.ubcf.info RECEIVE $1000 GROCERY COUPON 1-888468-5964
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DONATE A CAR - HELP CHILDREN FIGHTING DIABETES. Fast, Free Towing. Call 7 days/week. Non-runners OK. Tax Deductible. Call Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 1-800-5780408
DELAWARE: 1 Family Ranch Homes. Peaceful Setting, 55 + Community. Close to shopping, beach, bay & I-95. Low 100's, low taxes. Call 302-659-5800 or bonayrehomes.com
152 Broadway Whitehall, NY • (518) 499-2886 • Ask for Joe
CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Years, Makes, Models. Free Towing! We're Local! 7 Days/Week. Call Toll Free: 1888-416-2330
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MOBILE HOME, Orange City, Florida 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, utility shed. Asking NOW $6000 (was $8000) Call 518-891-2664
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March 3, 2012
www.thevalleynews.org AUTO WANTED
CASH FOR CARS and TRUCKS. Get A Top Dollar INSTANT Offer! Running or Not! 1888-416-2208
1964 FORD 4000 4cyl., gas. Industrial loader & Industrial Front End, 12 spd. German Transmission, pie weights. $4850. 518-962-2376
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
BOATS 2000 19 1/2’ LOWE Aluminum boat w/metal deck, twin console, Bow Mount trolling motor, live well, on board charger, full canvas, step up top; 1996 150 HP Johnson motor, less then 40 hrs., like new; 1988 Eazyloader Trailer, like new, Complete $5500 firm. 518-963-7351
GREAT FISHING BOAT 1989 ALUMINUM 17' SPECTRUM (BLUEFIN) V-HAUL WITH TRAILER (NEW TIRES) 2007 60 HP 4-STROKE OUTBOARD (10 HOURS USE) 55LBS THUST TRANSOM TROLING MOTOR dAUL ON-BOARD BATTERY CHARGER COVER $5,500.00 (518) 298-2331
CARS 2001 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Black 2 door. New tires, rotors, brakes catalytic converter. $4,500 Call: (518) 946-7550
2002-2003 JOHN DEERE #4710 compact diesel tractor w/ many options (300 hours), frontend loader, 6-foot rotary mower & new post hole digger w/12inch auger. All garaged, excellent condition. $24,975., OBO. (518)946-2645, leave MSG. FARM EQUIPMENT Dump Truck 1970 GMC; Field Equipment also. All Equipment usable and in good shape. 518962-4394
MOTORCYCLES WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI 19671980 Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, ZIR, KZ1000MKII, W1-650, H1500, H2-750, S1-250, S2-350, S3400 Suzuki GS400, GT380, CB750 (69.70) CASH PAID. 1-800-7721142, 1-310-721-0726 firstname.lastname@example.org
TRUCKS 2001 FORD F250 XLT SUPERCAB SUPER DUTY Black/Gray 93,400 mi, Excellent condition. 4x4 w/manual lockouts, loaded, FX4,call or email to see $9,000 OBO (518) 324-0540 email@example.com 2009 CHEVROLET Silverado 3500 H/D 4WD, 9700m Excellent condition DUMPBODY,BLIZZARD PLOW $35,000 OBO (518) 321-2974
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FREE BRAKE INSPECTION 2009 Chevy Aveo LS
2007 Buick Lucerne CX
2005 Subaru Outback Wagon
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
V6, Auto, PW, PL, PS, Black, 50K
4 Dr., 4 Cyl., 5 Spd., Air, Cruise, CD, Spoiler, 65K, Blue
2006 Chevy Silverado 1500
LL Bean Edition, AWD, Loaded, Leather, Sunroof, 84K, Silver
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2006 Chevy Equinox LT
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2004 Chevy S-10 Blazer
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2003 Chevy Trailblazer Ext.
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2002 Chevy C1500
2008 Chevy HHR LT
1998 Chevy Cavalier
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