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By Keith Lobdell ELIZABETHTOWN — The Horace Nye Nursing Home will be privatized. In a heated meeting that was interrupted several times by members of the audience, the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted by a two-thirds majority, 2,683-1,233 (weighted vote), to sell the county-run nursing home to Centers for Specialized Care for $4,050,000 at its June 5 regular board meeting. Supervisors voting for the sale of the home included Jay Supervisor and Board Chairman Randy Douglas, Charles Harrington of Crown Point, Margaret Bartley of Elizabethtown, William Ferebee of Keene, David Blades of Lewis, Sue Montgomery Corey of Minerva, George Canon of New-


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Lake Placid Central School students draw chalk portraits on the Lake Placid Olympic Center speedskating oval June 1, part of to rally community support for a drug and alcohol awareness program. About 130 students from grades 6 through 12 participated in the temporary art project, drawing self portraits and other drawings to raise awareness for an upcoming poster campaign. Photo by Katherine Clark


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LAKE PLACID — The students at Lake Placid Central School took their art and boxes of chalk to the Olympic Oval to rally community support for a drug and alcohol awareness program on June 1.

About 130 students from grades 6 through 12 participated in the temporary art project, drawing self-portraits and other drawings to raise awareness for an upcoming poster campaign of self portraits drawn by students titled “I Matter.” The Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth &

Communities Coalition developed the campaign to encourage communication between adults and students about destructive decisions. “We want to mobilize the community to help prevent underage drinking, and hopefully everyone will look at the environmental factors that influence these

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activities,” LPCS Art Teacher Sandy Huber said. The Coalition is a non profit organization formed to address teenage substance abuse in Essex County. For the campaign, the coalition partnered with LPCS art teachers — Huber and Anne Rickard — and CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

ELIZABETHTOWN — Community members held their own public forum to make their voices heard after the county denied a public meeting to discuss the sale of Horace Nye Nursing Home. Not even the weather could stop the forum as the Day of Support For Horace Nye on Saturday, June 2 was CONTINUED ON PAGE 9





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Fire chiefs honored for service By Keith Lobdell ELIZABETHTOWN — Two local fire chiefs were honored for their service by the Essex County Department of Emergency Services May 7. During the monthly board meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish, along with Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, presented resolutions of appreciation to Moriah Fire Department Chief Ralph Jaquish and Mineville/Witherbee Fire Department Chief Paul Tromblee, as both have announced that they are retiring from service. Jaquish had been the fire chief in Moriah for the past 53 years, and was believed to be the longest continually serving fire chief in the state of New York. “Ralph has been a good personal friend of mine and has even served on the town board,” Scozzafava said. “We appreciate all that you have done for our community.” Tromblee had served as the chief for Mineville/Witherbee for the past 17 years. “We congratulate you on your retirement

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Westport sixth-grade enrichment students teach therapy dogs By Keith Lobdell

Westport sixth-grader Ellie Storey handles therapy dog Jessie as students from Lakeside School meet them. Photo by Keith Lobdell

WESTPORT — As the members of Susan Satloff ’s enrichment class spoke with children from Lakeside School, a year of hard work was on display. Throughout the 2012-13 school year, the sixth-graders have learned about training and taking care of three therapy dogs — Bailey, Shiloh and Jessie — who live with Satloff. “Theses dogs are perfect for this kind of program and for kids that want to learn to be dog handlers,” Satloff said. “This group of students came along and wanted to learn how to handle dogs and train them, and it turned into a nice community project.” The dogs, and students, were all trained through Therapy Dogs International, and each of the students became certified dog handlers. Sixth graders who took part in the class included Taylor Gough, Malynda Lobdell, Pipiena Malafu, Hannah Schwoebel, Elizabeth Stephens and Ellie Storey. Each said that they had learned a lot in the program about handling dogs, what a therapy dog does and why they are needed. “It’s very important that these dogs help others,” Gough said. “They play a big part in people’s lives.” “It was a lot of work and a lot of fun,” Lobdell said. “We learned how to train and take care of dogs.”

“We learned how to teach the dogs’ commands that they would listen and respond to,” Malafu said. “I also learned about the proper way to approach a dog by putting your hand out so they can sniff it before trying to pet the dog.” “We learned about basic training and safety around dogs,” Schwoebel said. “It was great to learn about the dogs and to earn our certification.” “There is a lot of hard work that goes into training these dogs,” Stephens said. “We learned so much and there is a lot more to the care of a dog then just food and water.” “It is a lot of work, but it was really fun,” Storey said. We learned about how to train the dogs to help others and what you need to do with a therapy dog.” The students had fun presenting their story and research to the young students at the Lakeside School, and Satloff said that they were able to handle the dogs well in an outdoor environment. “It was a great job for them to keep the dogs under control with the chipmunk that kept running around in front of them,” she said. “The dogs were really good and I was glad that we were able to do this outside with the children,” Schwoebel said. “It was really fun.” “I think they learned what dogs need and how to approach them,” Storey said. “I am so excited to do this again,” Stephens added.


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Art on oval Continued from page 1 local artist Naj Wikoff to bring alcohol and drug abuse prevention to the community’s attention and to showcase the students’ talents. Some students drew the Batman Symbol, graffiti style artwork, body outlines and their own version of self-portrait on the cement, getting chalk-covered hands and knees. Seventh-grade student Saylor Grady said her sidewalk self-portraits are a series of different characters she draws. “They represent different parts of who I am,” Grady said, as she drew the final touches to the comic book characters from her own books.

“I Matter” Three-hundred of the students’ posters have been made and will be distributed throughout the area in town centers in Lake Placid, Wilmington and Keene. The self-portraits theme “I Matter” and features one of six tag lines: “Let’s Talk,” “Ask me what I am thinking,” “Let’s talk about alcohol,” “Kids want your time and attention,”

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and “Ask me about drugs, tobacco or alcohol.” “All of the posters the students have made are different; some have been abstract and psychological displays of who they are and others are more realistic,” Wikoff said. “We want people to see these posters and encourage them to talk with their kids about drugs, alcohol and violence, not talk over them and say, ‘Dont do this,’ ‘Don’t do that,’ but actually engage their kids because the kids want to talk about this.” Wikoff has been working with the Coalition for three years. He said art helped him get through difficult times as a teenager in Lake Placid. “When I was a student here, bullying was a real problem, and I used my art to cope with that,” Wikoff said. Another resource Wikoff had that helped him as when he was a student was the continued support of both teachers and adults in the community. He said he hopes this project can allow the students express how they feel and invite adults to address these problems with their kids. “Kids want to be heard, and they want to hear what their parents think about alcohol

and other substances, and the choices they made, good and bad, growing up,” said Mary Dietrich, president of Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth & Communities Coalition. Dietrich said the program is based on studies that have show a parent’s opinion really matter to their kids. “The more quality time that parents spend with kids, the better their children will do in school and the more likely they will be to make good choices as they go through life,” Dietrich said. By noon on Friday, the white portion of the oval was covered in multi-colored works of chalk art. Wikoff said he plans on doing more art projects with the coalition including a mural to be put up in the Wilmington Tunnel this summer with help from members of the Wilmington Youth Center. For more information about the Connecting Youth & Communities Coalition go to their website at

LPM/HS bussing schedule set LAKE PLACID — During the final and Regent’s exam period of June 13-22, the following transportation schedule will be in effect for high school students: •Regular morning pickup. School will begin at the regular time of 7:35 a.m., with Regent’s exams beginning at 7:45 a.m. •A return bus to Wilmington (Tops Express) will leave the Middle/High School at 11:05 a.m. and will be available by prior arrangement. Any student who needs transportation must sign up in advance. •A late-morning exam pick-up bus in Wilmington will arrive at 11:25 a.m. and return to the school for afternoon exams and will be available by prior arrangement. Any student who needs transportation must sign up in advance. Exams begin at 11:45 a.m. •Students from Lake Placid who do not have an afternoon exam or review session and wish to leave after the morning session need to provide their own transportation home. •The afternoon busses run at 2:11 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. to Lake Placid and Wilmington. The school will provide transportation home for any student who is required to stay beyond the scheduled test time. •For middle school students, the Period 10 late bus will continue to leave the Middle/High School at 3:10 p.m. from June 13 through June 15. For questions and information regarding transportation, contact Jeff Jacques, transportation supervisor, at 523-4277.

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hile we have already stated we agree with the move to privatize Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown (Horace Nye: it’s time to sell, April 7 edition), we do believe that Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava has a valid point: there should have been a public meeting on the matter. During the May 29 Essex County Ways and Means Committee meeting, supervisors were deadlocked in a resolution offered by Scozzafava, a staunch supporter of keeping Horace Nye as a county-operated facility, to hold a public informational meeting before a final vote was cast. Nine supervisors voted for the measure, while the other nine (Elizabethtown’s Margaret Bartley, Board Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay, Keene’s William Ferebee, Newcomb’s George Canon, Board Vice Chair Roby Politi of North Elba, St. Armand’s Joyce Morency, Ticonderoga’s Deb Malaney, Westport’s Daniel Connell and Wilmington’s Randy Preston) voted against, leaving Scozzafava to mumble a question we tend to agree with. Why would any elected official ever vote to not allow the public to speak on something? In Washington County, supervisors held a series of public meetings on the sale of their county-owned nursing home facility and public health programs. Not only did they hold public information meetings at the county seat in Fort Edward, but they held them in other locations throughout the county. Eventually, they voted to enter into contract negotiations with Fort Hudson Health Systems out of Fort Edward. A public information meeting would allow the Horace Nye Task Force to go out into the community and present their findings to residents of the county, findings that led to a recommendation (not a resolution, as Scozzafava tried in vain to contend during the May 29 Task Force committee meeting) to sell the facility to Centers for Specialized Care. Meetings could be held at the county

seat in Elizabethtown, the Lake Placid Conference Center, the Keeseville Fire Department, the Ticonderoga High School auditorium and Minerva Central School. These meetings would remove what appears to some as a shroud of secrecy over the whole process. At a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tried to make local government more transparent, the Essex County Board of Supervisors appears to be less in voting not to hold a public meeting. We know there is an argument that the time would only be taken up by upset employees or over-zealous supporters, but this is where a strong meeting leader uses their gavel to ensure that meetings remain civil, on point, and within a time limit (say, two minutes per speaker and 30 minutes for public comment, allowing at least 15 people to make their fellings felt). Those who do not respect the rules need to be deemed out of order and removed from the site. This is not new turf for the county board. In their most recent controversy, the 2012 Essex County Budget, the board held a public hearing. While the state says a public hearing on the budget is required, they also took the extra step of holding the meeting at night in order to accommodate more people, something they did not need to do. The second thing that a public meeting would have done is clear up any of the misinformation out there. We feel that the Horace Nye Task Force and subcommittee have done their due diligence in looking at the potential buyers and stand behind their recommendation to sell to Centers for Specialized Care. We feel that a public hearing would put more people at ease over the issue than the current course of not having one. This editorial is the collaborative opinion of a board comprised of Thom Randall, Fred Herbst, Lou Varricchio, Keith Lobdell, Stephen Bartlett, Andy Flynn, and John Gereau. Comments should be directed to

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hat are we to make of the current economic conditions facing our country and possibly the world? Day to day we read and hear conflicting information. One day it appears the economy, while not fully recovering, is slowly improving while we chug along to better days and the next day it appears we could be heading for economic disaster and total collapse. I’m no economist, but I am an optimist and the optimist in all of us wants to believe that an economic recovery is both real and on the near horizon — that our elected officials and corporate-appointed economic gurus have our best interest in mind. After all, the next big boom could be just around the corner with a breakthrough in energy, hardware, software, nanotechnology, genetics or a major medical health cure for cancer or the common cold. We just need the reassuring green light from some higher authority. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the massive debt and our credit issues will one day have to be reckoned with and brought under control. If we don’t proactively adjust our spending and sense of value to a more realistic scope, the force of the market will do it for us, and may crush more than our economy in the process. So what do we as average citizens do? Should we be hiding plastic bags full of cash or precious metals such as gold or silver under the porch to provide a financial safety net or should we be hording canned and dried food goods in the basement and planting a survival garden to insure our food supply? How do we responsibly go about our lives today while preparing for what’s to come tomorrow? By some reports many Americans are doing these things and more. They are called “preppers,” and we are told their numbers are growing. This movement has become so popular that there are now even television shows being filmed about “preppers.” The most popular is probably “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. But is that really the best solution at this stage? Let’s be realistic, if we all started doing those things and more on a mass scale, we could probably be assured of driving the economy into a collapse. We need to apply common sense and yet still be realistically attentive to what’s going on around us. If you think

about the tough times in our history and in your life the solution was almost always community Dan Alexander support based. Thoughts from Only when we Behind the Pressline join forces and pull together are we at our strongest. Supporting our local economy keeps locals working and it keeps the dollars flowing in our communities and creates jobs. Hiding money under the porch or in your mattress removes it from circulation and deadens its affect on keeping the economy flowing. America was built on optimism and the hope of a better and free future. Our ancestors didn’t travel here without taking risks and none made it solely on their own. No society lasts forever but we shouldn’t be so anxious to assume our demise is imminent. Optimism, teamwork, disciplined ethics and hard work in building a strong nation are to me a far better solution than thinking I can survive on my own while the nation and world collapses around me. We do need to change some of our ways but the key is collectively recognizing our strengths, acknowledging that we all need to make sacrifices and focusing more energy on building our collective resources and what each of can do to meet the common good for all. President Kennedy said it all when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Our good days are not behind us, but we certainly took for granted the path that those before us had to travel to get us to those good days. In my opinion, we can either return to the values that made us a nation envied by the world and take the lead in returning the world back to a stable economy or we can selfishly look to protect our own personal interest by hording and demanding far more than we need or in some cases deserve, while not heeding the large, neon flashing signs of danger and decline as we travel past them thinking only of ourselves. Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at


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Benefit set for Kent Streed LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Center for the Arts is pleased to be hosting “Give ‘til it Hurts,” a Musical Variety show to benefit Pendragon Theatre’s Kent Streed, who recently suffered an aneurysm. The show is a one-night-only event on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Tickets are "Pay What You Can" (suggested donation is $20). Tickets are available by calling the LPCA at 523-2512. Streed is the resident designer and box office manager as well as an actor and director at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. He has also designed and directed countless productions for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake High Schools. He has taught at North Country Community College and he works part time at Major Plowshares. On Wednesday, May 9, during a rehearsal for Pendragon's “Pinocchio” (he plays Gepetto), Streed suddenly fell ill. When he was taken to the E.R. at Adirondack Medical Center, he was immediately flown via Life Flight to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. He is now on the mend and getting ready to resume his role in all of our lives. Streed is going to need all the help we can give him with his extensive (and still accruing) medical bills, so this is your chance to help.

Farmers’ market open LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Farmers' Market – Green Market Wednesdays will return to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts grounds this June. New will be a “Taste of the Market,” mini-market that will start and end the season on June 6, 13 and October 3, 10 and 17. The full producers-only Market will kickoff on June 20 and continue every Wednesday through September 26. The LPCA is also pleased to announce a special free opportunity for regional nonprofit organizations and school groups as part of the weekly Green Market Wednesday. Groups may reserve the space for Wednesdays from June 20 to Sept. 26, 2012. Organizations must agree to staff their table for a minimum of three hours during the Market, which operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Arts Center will provide one eight foot table and two chairs. To reserve a Wednesday for your organization, contact the Arts Center Office at 5232512. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Ensemble to play in Keene Valley KEENE VALLEY — The Trillium Ensemble will play favorites by Brahms and SaintSaëns as well as lesser known works by Madeline Dring and Robert Casadesus. The Ensemble consists of Hans Himelein (flute), Janice Kyle (oboe), Brian Donat (‘cello), and Timothy Mount (piano), and will take place on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. $10 suggested donation.

Vocal ensemble to perform SARANAC LAKE — The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Benware, will give two performances of their latest program, “Of Heaven and Earth: Sacred and Secular Choral Gems,” on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake ; and Saturday, June, 16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter ’s Church in Plattsburgh The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, known as NAVE, is a mixed chamber choir of professional and amateur singers, all bringing extensive previous choral experience to the group. The twenty members represent a cross-section of the region, hailing from points in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties.

Duck races return to Wadhams WADHAMS — On June 17, the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will hold the Second Annual Boquet River Duck Derby to benefit the fire Company's Community Fund. These funds are used to help local families in need. There will be three cash prizes this year - $250, $100 and $50 -for the first three ducks to cross the finish line. There will be many additional prizes provided by local businesses and artists. Ducks are $5 per entry and can be purchased from any Wadhams Fire Company member, Dogwood Bread Company, or at the Strawberry Festival on the day of the event. The Duck Derby will take place at 3 p.m., at the bridge in Wadhams.

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‘Update to plan’ not true To the Valley News: A recent flurry of newspaper articles, editorials, and Letters to the Editor indicate an effort toward increased environmental regulation. In that they all occur within days of each other suggest a coordinated effort. The Adirondack Council is advocating more restrictive regulation from the APA and opine about the APA becoming too soft. They also promote town development of land use plans, such as Comprehensive Plans, in order to regulate and control growth. They’d like to require larger lot sizes, limit the development of homes and consider significant fees for development of green space outside of hamlets. I assume that means most or all area outside the hamlets. It’s being represented that the Town of Elizabethtown currently has a Comprehensive Plan and an effort is underway to simply update this outmoded plan. This isn’t true. An effort was undertaken in 1975-76 to create a Town wide Plan, but, at the advice of the Zoning Committee, was not passed into law. They felt the existence of the APA constituted enough Town wide zoning. In 1982 hamlet only zoning was enacted and remains in effect today. It’s called a Land Use Local Law. The current effort to develop a Comprehensive Plan is another townwide endeavor and it will be interesting to see if it reflects Adirondack Council ideals. You need to pay attention to this one folks. Ken Fenimore, Councilman, Elizabethtown

male fundraiser consultant outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. This wouldn’t be newsworthy except for the fact that he is engaged to be married later this month to his fiance. Hmmmm??? (Editor ’s note: A statement from Doheny’s campaign acknowledges Doheny and a female aide embraced, but says nothing inappropriate happened.) So, I pose the question once more, “Does character matter?” To me it does and it should to all voters. We know all too well that Congress’ approval ratings are very low. As a Republican committee member I ask the party, “Do we really need these kinds of problems right now?” Should we not be looking toward a candidate who has clear moral standards as well as a good grasp of the issues we face in America? What say you, District 21 voters? John P. Sharkey Ticonderoga

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time when real Americans fended for themselves — grew their own food, homeschooled their children and took care of their own medical needs. What great ideas you have Dan. Keep it up! Harry Page Bolton Landing

Show a success To the Valley News: On behalf of the North Hudson Women’s Auxiliary, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended or helped in any way to make our recent car show a huge success. This was the fifth annual car show that we have held on the first Saturday in May and it was by far the biggest. Each year it has grown bigger and bigger. This year we saw close to 70 cars and trucks, all years, all makes and models. It is run differently than most other shows with no entrance fees charged and no awards given, just an early chance for owners to get out their cars and show them off. With raffles held throughout the day and food and refreshments available everyone worked very had to make it a success and a wonderful time was had by all. A special thank you to Advanced Auto, Tony’s Sports, Dollar General, Hot Biscuit Diner, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Paradox Store, Aubuchons, North Country Towing, J&L Automotive, Pottersville Garage, Family Deli in Pottersville, Great Northern, Arsenal Restaurant, Elizabethtown Sunoco, Egglefield Ford, Elizabethtown Grand Union, NAPA, Curtis Lumber in Schroon Lake and Stewarts for their donations. And an extra special thank you to Chandler Thompson, Ron Moore, John King, Ginnie Iannacone, Lyanne Anslow, Kathleen Gallagher, Samantha Bessey and all of the ladies on the auxiliary. Without their extra time and help this event would not have been as successful as it turned out to be. In closing, I just want to say thank you to all of our volunteers in our community and across the world. Sometimes it is difficult to be able to volunteer your time and/or your knowledge and you don’t always feel like others realize just how trying it can be at times, but know that you are appreciated because without people willing to help others, getting nothing in return, what kind of work would we live in? April Bessey North Hudson

To the Valley News: This letter is for registered Republican voters as the June 26 congressional primary looms closer. We have two Republican candidates running for a seat in newly-formed 21st District. One is an investment fund manager who helps resuscitate failing companies and the other is an international business consultant and seminary student who will graduate in June. So far, so good. But an editorial recently posed the question "Does Character Matter?" You see, the fund manager, Matt Doheny, hasn’t grown up apparently. In published reports in 2004 this individual was ticketed twice in the span of two weeks for boating under the influence. When he campaigned for congress in 2010 he said in a press release that he had “profound regret and disappointment” in himself. He paid civil penalties related to these two cases. As for his opponent, Ms. Kellie Greene, I have not heard one discouraging word. In fact, you won’t hear Mr. Doheny utter her name. He thinks he’s in this race alone. Well, Matt, you do have an opponent. And she’s just make that, more qualified than you to be a congressional candidate. In fact, if Mr. Doheny didn’t have a lot of cash to finance his own campaign the Republicans wouldn’t even let him in the door. It’s the only issue that separates the two candidates. Ms. Greene is running on a shoestring budget while Doheny can outspend her by thousands of dollars. But don’t be fooled. These candidates are very different individuals and very different candidates. You see the fund manager was involved with yet another unsavory incident back in March. He was caught kissing his fe-

To the Valley News: Read your editorial (“Is health care moving in the right direction?” by Times of Ti publisher Dan Alexander May 25) and was happy to see that you are all for affordable health care for all citizens — just as long as it doesn’t cut into profits. As a good Republican you parrot the mantra of keeping government out of health care and letting all Americans fend for themselves. What a great idea — provide for yourself or die. Let’s do away with Medicare (you do realize that this is a government program I hope). Let’s do away with Social Security which is obviously a socialist program, just look at it's name. Let’s do away with the VA and veterans hospitals for if anyone should be able to care for themselves it’s our brave veterans. Let’s do away with the Food and Drug Administration for they are a great drag on free enterprise and are constantly stopping businesses from selling poisonous food and drugs; certainly in our free enterprise system the buyers should be expected to fend for themselves and be aware of what is good for them and what will kill or injure them without big government stepping in. Yes, get government out of health care and stop it from meddling in our lives — no more efforts to control disease and epidemics. Let’s stop the government, state and national, from trying to force people to have their children vaccinated, a few cases of chicken pox, TB and small pox hurt/kill only a few and at least they were able to exercise their right of free choice (the hell with the rest of us). Let’s return to the (19)30s where the majority of the elderly lived out their lives in poverty. Serves them right for not saving more and controlling inflation. So keep preaching and let’s get rid of all the intrusive government that has grown up around us. Abolish the departments of education, police, fire, highway maintenance, water, etc. Let’s get back to that mythical

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Horace Nye Continued from page 1 comb, Roby Politi of North Elba, Joyce Morency of St. Armand, Deb Malaney of Ticonderoga, Daniel Connell of Westport and Randy Preston of Wilmington. Moriah’s Tom Scozzafava, Gerald Morrow of Chesterfield, Sharon Boisen of Essex, Ronald Moore of North Hudson, Michael Marnell of Schroon and Ed Hatch of Willsboro voted against the sale. Between the board, the most heated exchanges were between Scozzafava and Douglas as they debated the timing of the vote. “I can't believe that this resolution, the most important one we will ever undertake, would not be online as a resolution,” Scozzafava said. “This goes against the objective of the Open Meetings Law so that things like this could not get railroaded through.” “Nobody is railroading anything,” Douglas replied. “You have brought resolutions from the floor that were not on the agenda.” “We have just moved this right into this body,” Scozzafava continued. “We have

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declared this surplus, we have decided that it is not needed and we are going to sell it in one step. We should have had the discussion about declaring that property surplus a long time ago. This should go through the committee process.” “You didn't want this to go through committee last week, or everyone would have a copy right now,” Douglas responded. Bartley, who supervises the town that is home to Horace Nye, said she felt the sale was the best way to ensure that a nursing home would remain in the community. “It only takes 51 percent to close it,” Bartley said. “I will always look for ways to keep a nursing home here and improve it. I will never vote to close it. If we do not sell it to a company that is competent, then it will be closed by the county.” Bartley then pointed the finger of blame for the “failures” of the nursing home at the board. “I know that there are 18 supervisors here that will vote on this, but I am the only one that it affects,” she said. “I blame the failures of the Horace Nye Home right here on this body, and I have no confidence based on what I have seen that this body can ever run it right.”

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Several other supervisors also spoke before voting, stating their opinions on the sale. “I have for a long time realized the cost of the Horace Nye Home plus other costs,” Morency said in support of the sale. “I strongly feel that the sale of the home will be in the best interest of our residents.” “I believe this is an opportunity for improved quality of life and will better insure the quality of care there,” Deb Malaney added. “I've looked at that property and I am against selling the nursing home,” Marnell said in voting against the resolution. “I am against selling property that is next to the county because we may soon need it.” “My belief that the sale of this nursing home should be our last resort,” Moore stated. This is a very long process that we have gone through and not one that we have taken lightly,” Corey said. “I believe that we are all approaching this from a principled place. I do not believe that the county has the resources to make the changes that are needed at Horace Nye.” “The system here is broken and it needs to be addressed,” Politi said. “Governments should not be in

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the nursing home business. We have heard from the subcommittee made up of our own peers, none of whom had an agenda that concluded there was an alternative that works. This is an opportunity to keep the home as well as to benefit all of the taxpayers of Essex County.” “It is difficult to support selling the home when I feel the county has not done its due diligence,” Boisen said. “I have supported the sale since the beginning,” Ferebee said. “The biggest concern my constituents have come to me with was they feel the care at the home has decreased. After the presentation, I feel the quality of care will be just as good as it is now.” “The committee had questions if the sale was the right way to go, and they came back unanimous,” Connell said. “I feel the real concerns that I had were addressed.” “It's important that we represent the best interest of the taxpayers of Essex County,” Blades said. “I do support the sale. I have a lot of great respect for Horace Nye, but I still have to support what my head thinks is in the best interest of the county.” “I have always supported keeping Horace Nye,” Morrow said. “No one has ever come up to me and said that they are tired of paying taxes on the Horace Nye Nurs-


ing Home. It is sad that we are here today.” Harrington, who had not made his feelings known on the matter until the meeting, said that he felt the county would still meet the needs of the elderly even after the sale. “I want you to think of all the senior services that we do provide and we will continue to willingly provide,” he said. “All of these have been put in place for the quality of our senior citizens. We have always invested in our elderly and we always will, whether we sell the nursing home or do not, we will continue to provide.” “I do not believe that the quality of care is going to be diminished by selling the home,” Douglas said. “I believe that privately, it can be run better. We need to stop the leak, and the leak is growing.”


The meeting started with the introduction of Keene resident Stan Oliva, who spoke against the sale and called for a countywide referendum. “I am calling for a countywide vote to be put on the ballot to decide once and for all the fate of the Horace Nye Nursing Home,” Oliva said. “You might be surprised how many of us would be willing to pay a little more to keep this open.” “It is not legal in the eyes of the state of New York to put it on a public referendum for this. We cannot do this,” Douglas said. Blades said that while he agreed with not having a vote, he felt a public meeting

was needed. “I believe that a public forum is something that should have been done,” Blades said. “I think we would have gotten different information then what we have been hearing already had it been done.” During a recess prior to the vote, Willsboro resident Barbara Paye shouted out her feelings to a packed Old County Courthouse. “When you silence the voices, even those who are in favor of selling, you have lost every step of a democracy,” Paye said. “This is absolutely disgusting. Every single one of those supervisors who vote to sell will live to see this travesty for the residents of Essex County.” The meeting was interrupted several more times, with Douglas warning people that they would be removed. “The board has a job to do, and we are going to do that,” he said. Corey said that she was upset over some of the “namecalling” used by those who were against the sale. “It surprises us that any of us that support the sale of the home have been tagged as immoral,” Corey said. “That really bothers me. It troubled me that people said that those on the tours had already made up their minds, and that is just not the case.” “This ended up way out of hand emotionally,” Connell agreed. “This has been a very polarizing situation for all of us,” Blades said. “I am sure that there's going to be some hostilities when this is all said and done.”









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Some patients and employees express anger over Horace Nye sale By Katherine Clark ELIZABETHTOWN — Audience members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting left the courthouse angry and confused June 5 after the sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home was approved. “They voted to sell,” Celeste Beeman said with tears on her cheeks, walking away from the Board of Supervisors’ chambers. The Essex County Board of Supervisors approved resolution to sell the Horace Nye Nursing home to Specialty Care/Kenny Rozenberg for $4.05 million after a request for bids was submitted a year ago. Beeman, a registered nurse at Horace Nye, has been working alongside other nurses, patients families and friends and community members for the past year to combat the sale. After the decision was read, people left the chambers quickly, many upset by the board’s

Rally Continued from page 1 moved into the nursing home cafeteria. The room was filled with residents, community members, staff and family of residents to voice their opinion if Horace Nye should remain pubic or stay private. Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava and Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow and event organizer and RN Celeste Beeman spoke to ralliers during the event, calling for the home to remain county owned. “It’s not about dollars and cents; it’s about keeping it open for the people who need it,” Morrow said. Morrow and Scozzafava talked about their struggles in the county to support not just Horace Nye, but to support all county departments. “The question becomes can the tax payers of Essex County continue to support the services that we have,” Scozzafava said. Of the $100 million budget, the county supports the nursing home for $2.1 million. Scozzafava said the county also supports North Country Community College for $5 million, the County Jail for $5 million, a $12 million communication system that will be constructed this year and many other programs. “Never in 25 years of office have I had a taxpayer come to me and say they didn’t want to pay taxes to support the nursing home,” Scozzafava said. “It’s a sad day when we take better care of our inmates and criminals that our elderly.” For Bobbi Pay, the daughter of resident Harris Young, Horace Nye is a home that her father deserves. After serving as a veteran counselor in the Army, she said it's time the county took care of him in return. "He has helped so many veterans in this country," Paye said. "If we can't educate our young, take care of our veterans and our elderly, we've lost our humanity." Scozzafava voiced concern over the possible job losses the nursing home could see under new ownership.

decision. Many of those who worked at the home or had family there left the meeting wondering what would be next for their loved ones. Bobbi Paye, mother of a patient at HN said she doesn’t believe the board made a good decision. “In a few years, let’s see what they sold and how they feel about it,” Paye said. Many patients had come from the home in wheelchairs, with the help of walkers and on their own to support the nursing home. “We won’t have a damn place in the world to go,” nursing home patient Janette O’Donnell said as her daughter, Elizabeth O’Donnell, pushed her wheel chair from the court house. “It’s remarkable, I’m so upset and I can’t believe this,” Elizabeth said. “From what they said they had their minds made up before they even went to a vote.” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said the board’s June 5 decision removed the "If we sell the only public facility in the county, we will regret it, maybe not right away but down the road we will," Scozzafava said. With 100 beds in Horace Nye and being one of the only facilities to take on patients who will need longterm rehabilitation and dialysis treatment, Scozzafava said many people have voiced concern that the patients will no longer be a priority with private adminis-

Audience members who were against the sale of the Horace Nye Home react after the resolution was passed June 5. Photo by Keith Lobdell

Elizabeth O’Donnell and mother, Janette, a resident at the Horace Nye Nursing Home, leave after supervisors voted to sell the facility June 5.

from over, I just think this is going to come back to bite us.” Horace Nye Director Deborah Gifford said she has concerns for the care of the patients and Essex County residents. Gifford said she trusts the administrators to do well to uphold the care patients currently receive. “At this time we will move forward and the rest will be determined by the new administrator,” Gifford said. “I have

never experienced a sale, and this will be a new experience.” Community members Richard Tromblee and others gathered outside the courthouse and discussed how to get higher legal powers involved saying this is far from over. “I’m going to go home and do as much research as I can and get the attorney general involved, they can’t just do this to people here,” Tromblee said.

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nursing home from the board of supervisor ’s hands. “What’s next is the De-

partment of Health has to make a review,” Scozzafava said. “This process is far

trators. "You don't come here because you want to; you come here because you have to," Morrow said. "Private companies, they will pick and choose their patients." Beeman said the people at Horace Nye have worked hard all of their life and deserve to remain at there with the same care they are currently receiving. "There are veterans living here, mothers of veterans,

and taxpayers here, how can we turn our backs on them?" Paye said. “This is the right thing to do,” Morrow said. "I am unhappy that I have to fight for this. As a supervisor for 19 years, never have I found one tax dollar wasted supporting Horace Nye.” The forum included performances by Stan Oliva, who performed his original song “The Crawl.”

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SL board asks police to refrain from answering calls outside village Mayor, trustees worried about costs, liability By Andy Flynn

Saranac Lake sidewalk work updated SARANAC LAKE — The Village of Saranac Lake announced that it has begun sidewalk reconstruction work on St. Bernard Street. Village crews began demolition of sidewalk on Monday, June 4, starting on the east side of the street at the corner of Church Street and moving towards River Street. Crews will remove a small portion of sidewalk on the west side of the street between River Street and the Sear ’s parking lot entrance. Crews will then remove the sidewalk from Academy Street to Church Street. The portion of sidewalk between the Sear ’s parking lot entrance and Academy Street is in good repair and will not be replaced. Demolition was expected to take three days. The contractor, Fuller Excavating, is tentatively scheduled to begin installing new curb on Wednesday, June 13. Installation of new sidewalk will follow. The Village will provide a final project schedule as soon as it is available. During construction, on-street parking on St. Bernard Street will be very limited and motorists are encouraged to find alternative locations for parking. For the latest updates regarding the project, visit the Village’s website at or Facebook page at Questions may also be directed to Village Manager John Sweeney at 891-4150 or The project is part of the Village of Saranac Lake Sidewalk Replacement Project, a $1 million effort to upgrade sidewalks throughout the Village authorized by the Board of Trustees in 2011.

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that the State Police do not cover our liability and our costs for our response to that incident,” said Van Cott, who is an attorney at the Adirondack Park Agency. “And so the potential exists that if our officer is in injured … the village could incur the costs related to any claim that individual brought for long-term disability and that the potential liability for the vil-

lage would be significant.” I n a d d i t i o n , i f c i v i l i a n s w e re i n j u re d during a call, the village is not covered for any potential lawsuits filed by those individuals, Van Cott said. There are also instances when municipal police departments ask neighboring villages for law enforcement help during special events, such as the Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake village to revisit fence law, make changes By Andy Flynn

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Village Board members unveiled changes to the local fence law and decided to re-work the law’s language based on comments heard during the May 29 public hearing. Forest Hill Avenue resident Ona Allen told board members she brought the fence issue to the village about a month ago because she tried to build a fence without a permit, and she has a couple of problems with the new law that are “a little bit punitive for the person trying to build the fence.” That includes the requirement of a 2foot setback. Village resident Rich Shapiro said the law may be “overreaching” in banning some fencing that he feels should be acceptable, such as temporary fencing for vegetable gardens to keep out deer and other animals. He also had an issue with the height requirement. “In order for the deer fence to be effective, it’s got to be 6, 7, 8 feet high,” Shapiro said. “I don’t think this was the intention of the law. The way it’s written now, we have to pull down the fences in our vegetable garden.” He asked the Village Board members to amend the law to protect vegetable garden fencing. Trustee Elias “Allie” Pelletieri also had an issue with the height requirement of 6 feet and that deer fencing around vegetable gardens would have to be taken down. In all, he said the new law has too much regulation. “I think to say ‘any wall’ is just too regulated for me to accept,” Pelletieri said. “This started out as two paragraphs … and now we’re down to a page and a third.” Community Development Director Jeremy Evans said that he brought the fence law before the board now, as opposed to when the new land use codes would be amended, because of the issues raised by Ona Allen and her fence situa-

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Proposed Fence Law Key points of the proposed fence law, as presented to the Village Board on May 29, include: •Prior to the construction of any fence or wall, a building permit shall be obtained. •All fences shall be constructed of a common type such as split rail, picket, chain link, or stockade. Fences shall have the most pleasant or decorative side facing adjacent properties. •Fence height shall be measured from the lowest point of the natural grade of the property. •No fence over 4 feet in height shall be erected or maintained in the architectural front yard. The “architectural front yard” shall be defined as the yard facing the side of the building containing the architectural main entrance to the house. For a waterfront lot,

the “architectural front yard” shall be defined as the yard facing the street. •No fence over 6 feet in height shall be erected or maintained in any rear yard or side yard; no fence over 5 feet in height shall be erected or maintained in the front yard not considered to be the architectural front yard. •Fences erected or maintained in the side yard of a corner lot shall not exceed 5 feet in height. •No stockade-type or privacy fence shall be allowed in any front yard or the side yard of a corner lot. •All fences shall be maintained in a safe, sound and upright condition. No fence shall be erected which will create a safety problem for people using the public right-of-way. •Fences shall not be erected within 2 feet of a publicly owned curb or sidewalk and shall not be erected within a public right-of-way. •On industrial or commercial properties, proposed fences not in conformance with the provisions of Subsection C (permit) shall be approved by the Planning Board under the site plan review. •No solid fences over 26 inches in height shall be permitted in the triangular area formed by the intersecting street lines and straight lines joining the street lines at points which are 20 feet in distance from the point of intersection measured along the street lines. Measurement of height shall be from the grade of the abutting top of curb or from the crown of the abutting road, if there is no curbing. Split-rail fences, cyclone fences or other similarly open fences are permitted in the triangular area and are permitted to be 36 inches in height, provided that they do not create a traffic hazard and block visibility. No hedge over 3 feet in height shall be planted or maintained in this same triangular area. •Barbed wire, ,electric or similar materials or devices may only be used in conjunction with or as part of any fence for limited industrial and utility purposes. Any proposed fence that includes use of such materials shall require site plan review. •No fence shall be permitted which is expressly designed with the intent to injure or maim anyone who attempts to climb such a fence.

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SARANAC LAKE – Saranac Lake Village Board members Monday, May 29 decided to direct the police department to stop answering calls outside village limits because of liability and cost concerns. The New York State Police periodically asks Saranac Lake police officers to provide assistance on calls outside the village limits, including times when village police can respond to emergencies quicker than the troopers traveling from Ray Brook. But until an agreement with the neighboring towns of Harrietstown, St. Armand and North Elba can be reached with regard to reimbursing the village for any costs incurred during those calls and covering any liability, village police are no longer allowed to provide those services outside the village. Exceptions in cases of extreme danger and public safety are made on a case-by-case basis. “ T h e re a re c i rc u m s t a n c e s w h e re w e have to make an exception for humane re a s o n s . T h i s i s u n d e r s t o o d , ” M a y o r Clyde Rabideau said. “And I’ll be happy to work with our chief of police to do that, but I do recommend drawing that line in the sand.” Saranac Lake Trustee Paul Van Cott explained that village attorney Charles Noth suggested Village Board members make this change. “State law suggests that when the police are called out by the State Police to respond to an incident outside the village

Winter Carnival. “Those are sort of reciprocal arrangements that we’ve had with the surroundi n g v i l l a g e s t h a t a l s o p ro v i d e p o l i c i n g s e r v i c e s , ” Va n C o t t s a i d . “ We p ro b a b l y should look at having those in writing as well going forward.” Mayor Rabideau agreed with the resolution, citing an incident when he was the Plattsburgh mayor in which a city police officer was hurt while assisting State Police outside the city limits. “He was out of work for almost a full year, and it cost the city of Plattsburgh over $100,000 with no recompense,” Rabideau said. “We immediately informed the town of Plattsburgh that we would no l o n g e r re s p o n d u n l e s s t h e y re c i p ro c a t e our losses in the future.” In addition, the mayor pointed out that every time a village cop leaves the village, they’re leaving the village unprotected. Trustee Elias “Allie” Pelletieri suggeste d t h a t b o a rd m e m b e r s w a i t a n o t h e r month to talk to neighboring town officials and have the directive take effect in 30 days, thereby putting them on notice. Van Cott, however, said that the village is currently on notice and should not wait to take action. “If tomorrow something were to happen and one of our officers were to be injured … we could be in the hole for hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Van Cott said. “And that’s not something we can afford as a village.” The motion to accept the resolution was p a s s e d u n a n i m o u s l y b y t ru s t e e s P e l letieri, Van Cott, Tom Catillaz and Barbara Rice.

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Keene Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston set for retirement By Katherine Clark KEENE VALLEY — After 16 years of service as Superintendent for Keene Central School, Cynthia Ford-Johnston will retire. Johnston, who began her career in Art Education 31 years ago, said she is ready to spend more time focusing on her artwork and family farm in Westport. “I feel it’s a good time for both me and the school district to do this,” Johnston said. “I have other interests I would like to pursue and this job may be getting too big for one person.” Johnston has been the Superintendent,

Principal and Business Manager at Keene Central School since 1996. She received a Masters degree in Educational Administration from SUNY Plattsburgh, a Bachelors degree in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz and attended the Lake Placid School of Art. During the course of her career, Johnston has held administrative and teaching positions at Fonda-Fultonville, Northern Adirondack, Schroon Lake, Crown Point, and Carthage. Along with her husband, Dave, Johnston said she plans on throwing herself into work on their farm in Westport. DaCy Meadow Farm, a combination of their first names, fo-

Honeybee fund names grantees KEENE—The Honeybee Community Fund has awarded annual grants to the following 32 people, businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations in Essex County. They are listed by Town. The Au Sable Forks Free Library for updating equipment, Tahawus Lodge Cent e r f o r s u m m e r p ro g r a m s ; E l i z a b e t h t o w n ' s A C A P a f t e r s c h o o l p ro g r a m s , Adirondack History Center Museum for t h e p h o t o g r a p h i c e x h i b i t A d i ro n d a c k Rivers: A Mind of Their Own, Exploring Nature's Black Kettle Farm field trips, Pia n o B y N a t u re c o n c e r t s ; B e l d e n N o b l e Memorial Library in Essex for automation of library services; Keene Central S c h o o l ' s F o u r Wi n d s N a t u re P ro g r a m , Little Peaks preschool scholarship fund, Keene Library for large print and books on cd, Mountain Meadows B&B; CV K9 S e a rc h & R e s c u e i n K e e s e v i l l e ; L a k e Placid-North Elba Historical Society for online webhosting, Olympic Museum for collection preservation; paint for Lewis's F i r s t C o n g re g a t i o n a l C h u rc h f o r i t s B i centennial, and Little Hills Farm for hand pump installation; Town of Moriah Youth Commission field trips, Port Henry's teen

theater troupe On Common Ground, Little Squirt's Daycare; Paula's Honey Beezzs hive setup in Saranac Lake; Westport's Champlain Area Trails, Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Depot Theatre's arts in education outreach, Dora's Daycare for outdoor play yard upgrade, Essex County Soil & Water's Adirondack Waterfest, Flower Designs by Tracey for continued cooler installation, NCSPCA for compute r u p g r a d e , S TO P D o m e s t i c Vi o l e n c e ' s Safe Dwelling, Westport Central School's history class for field trips, Westport Heritage House Spirit of Place art event; Boquet River Association in Willsboro for office equipment update; EM Cooper Mem o r i a l L i b r a r y i n Wi l m i n g t o n f o r t h e summer reading program. The Honeybee Community Fund offers grants each May of up to $1,000 to assist small businesses, farmers, not-for-profits, environmental, and arts projects in Essex County. Awards reflect a general benefit to the greater community and incentive for those starting out. For more information E-mail or write to Honeybee Community Fund, PO Box 281, Keene, NY 12942.

WORSHIP IN YOUR COMMUNITY Sunday Mass at 11:15 a.m.; Pastor: Rev. John R. Yonkovig; Pastor. Rectory Phone 523-2200. Email: St. Hubert’s All Souls Episcopal Church - Sunday Holy Eucharist 10 a.m., June 24 through September 9. 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: 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: 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: Email: 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: Email: 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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look for a Superintendent who can work part time, such as the Westport’s Dr. John Gallagher. Johnston said another option the school board has discussed is sharing a superintendent with another district. Though her full time experience serving the school will be coming to a close soon, Johnston said she wanted to thank the community, the faculty members and the students for contributing to her experience at Keene Central School. “It’s been a wonderful experience with such a supportive professional community and my experience here has been extremely rewarding,” Johnston said.

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WESTPORT — Lake Champlain Region artists are invited to take part in the Fifth Annual Spirit of Place Plein Air Day, Studio Tour, and Art Exhibit designed to showcase art inspired by living, working, or visiting in the Champlain Valley for the benefit of the artists and Westport Heritage House in Westport. The centerpiece of the summer art season, this exhibit tells the visual story of the Lake Champlain Region. The public is invited to watch artists in action as they paint outdoors in Ballard Park the morning of Plein Air Day, Sunday, July 8. A map, available at Westport Heritage House, from artists, and on line will guide visitors for the Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, July 14. The opening reception at the heritage house for the Spirit of Place Art Exhibit is Thursday, July 19, when a silent auction commences and continues until 3 p.m. on the Westport Festival Day, Saturday, Aug. 4. All artists of all ages are invited to participate in events and to exhibit up to three pieces using any media. The entry form must be submitted by June 1. If you have questions or need an entry form, please contact either Meredith (962-4590) or or Nancy (962-4805 or

LAKE PLACID — In conjunction with the Lake Placid History Museum’s Heritage Day Craft Fest fundraiser on Saturday, July 13, the Lake Placid Masonic Lodge will hold a flea market at the lodge, also located on Station Street near the museum. The Masons will be offering market spaces to anyone interested, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in their large parking lot for the flea market, open to anyone. “You’ll be able to work out of your cars in the parking lot or set up tables on the lawn for a small fee of $10,” said Glen Cameron, event organizer. Space is available on a first come-first served basis. The day’s proceeds will benefit the Masonic Lodge scholarship fund. For further information, contact Glen Cameron at 637-3558, or email

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. 2253 Saranac Ave., LP 523-2008, 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, 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, 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 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: 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,, 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, 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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AU SABLE FORKS St. James’ Church - Epliscopal (Anglican Catholic) Rev. Patti Johnson, Seacon. Services: Wed. 6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Healing Service. Holy Eucharist Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Phone 518-593-1838 or 518-647-5312. United Methodist Church - Main Street. 647-8147. Sunday 11 a.m. - Worship Service. Email: 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: 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: Web: 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: ESSEX St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - Rt. 22. 963-4524. Rev. John Demo, Admin. 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. web page: 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: 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: 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. 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.,

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5:30 p.m. (Sept. - May) Email: 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: WILLSBORO Congregational United Church of Christ - 3799 Main Street, P.O. Box 714. Worship and Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Church phone number 518-963-4048. 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. Rev. John Demo, Admin. 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.

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Arnold’s Grocery celebrates 50 years as a Keeseville family business By Keith Lobdell KEESEVILLE — For Speedy Arnold, the family business has been an adventure since he was 5 years old. Now, he and his wife, Sue, are starting to prepare the next generation at Arnold’s Grocery store in Keeseville, a half-century after his parents, George and Anne, bought the business. “My parents started working here in 1961 and then bought the store in 1962,” Arnold said. “My older sisters have worked here, my grandfather worked here with my dad when they bought the store, and now the fourth generation of Arnold’s is here.” The doorway to The front door to Arnold’s is the store shows the wear of time, worn from the bell. as the bell that welcomes customers in and out of the shop has worn a hole into the top left corner. “We figure that the door has been opened between three and four million times over the last

Sue and Speedy Arnold of Arnold’s Grocery in Keeseville, along with Joe Cocker. 50 years,” Arnold said. “I have had people say that we should get a new door, but this door is part of the history of our family.” Also part of the family is the official store greeter, Joe Cocker, a cocker spaniel that wel-

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comes customers with a high-pitch, “song,” according to speedy. He was also the recipient of a lot of recent attention. “When the Keeseville columnist said that he was sick and that people should go and pay

their respects, we had tons of people coming in to ask if he had passed,” Arnold said. “Well, he’s still here and still welcoming everyone with his songs.” While the offerings on the shelf have changed some and the store now has a liquor store where customers can get hard-to-find beers as well as create-your-own six-packs from over 75 different varieties of brew, Arnold said that there have been some constants throughout. “We have had lots of loyal, hard working employees,” he said. “There have been generations that have come into the store and plenty of people that my father introduced me to when I was a kid that still come through the door today. “Local people have really been our blessing,” he continued. “The word of mouth for our store has been great as people go out and tell everyone about what we offer.” Arnold also offers a bit of his life in the store, as he sells personal artwork, CDs of music he has performed and children’s books that he has written. To celebrate, the store will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, June 23, with prizes and give-aways that have been donated by suppliers of the store. Arnold’s Grocery is located at 182 Pleasant Street in the village of Keeseville.

Run for Zar to be held Au SABLE FORKS — A Friday Night 5k Run for Zar to be held July 6 in Au Sable Forks at 6 p.m. The 5k will be immediately followed by a barbecue, 50/50 raffle and silent auction at 20 Main Tavern. Music will be provided by Tunes of Time DJ and Karaoke Service. The proceeds of this event will be used to offset medical costs for Zar Dagley and his family. Balthazar Dagley, 21, was born with a multitude of health problems, including a hole in his heart, narrowed heart valves, and heart rhythm issues. Zar, as he is known to family and friends, is autistic and is nonverbal. Zar has overcome many health obstacles, including two open-heart surgeries. The cost of the 5k is $15 for 16 years and over and $10 for under 16 years of age, and includes the barbecue. Non-runners may enjoy the barbecue for $5. To request a registration form or more information, email Race day registration will take place at the Hollywood Theatre on Main Street in Au Sable Forks from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Horse show sponsors contest LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Horse Shows’ 25th annual Equestrian Window Decorating Contest will return to Lake Placid starting on the Opening Day of the 2012 Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. The contest blends shop owners’ creativity with the charm of the village of Lake Placid and makes window shopping an eye-catching activity for residents and horse show-goers alike. The Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC., return June 26 – July 8. For more information, call 523-9625 or visit

Juneteenth celebration slated LAKE PLACID — The second annual Juneteenth Family Celebration in Lake Placid at the John Brown Farm is an outdoor freedom festival, featuring ADK's Somabeats African Dance Tribe and Wulaba, West African drum troop and the Champlain Gospel Choir, will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the John Brown Farm in Lake Placid. Free to the public with a $2 donation for a barbecue and ice cream from Ben and Jerry's. For more information, contact

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WESTPORT — There will be a Westport Heritage (Open) House Celebration on Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m., to celebrate the restoration of the building and grounds and launch a campaign for public use of the beautiful and multipurpose spaces. There will be appetizers and desserts will be provided by Westport restaurants and delis and our committee members. Organizers ask that those attending arrive at 5:30 as the event is structured around a tour of the building to show off each space. The Depot Theatre will be providing blue grass music on the new patio. Key Winds Trio will play a brief program in the chapel which is prized for its brilliant acoustics at 6pm, and a reception will follow in the Community Room on the newly refinished floor. Mary Heald will demonstrate the art of spinning and the walls will showcase photographs by Westport Central School student Karlee McGee. To RSVP or for more information, contact Nancy Decker at 962-4805 or

WESTPORT — The Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, hosted by the Essex County Youth Bureau, will be held at Westport Central School this summer. Players from area towns and summer visitors are all welcome to attend. This year's camp will run from July 30 through Aug. 3. Ages 6-10 attend from 9 a.m. until noon, and ages 11-14 attend from 1 until 4 p.m. The cost of the camp is $125 for the week and includes a free T-shirt and soccer ball. Sign up online before June 15, to receive a free Challenger Sports British Soccer Jersey. To sign your child up for this year's camp, go the Essex County website or contact Dan Sadowski at the Essex County Youth Bureau at 873-3630.

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Saranac Lake village board readies for skateboard park equipment By Andy Flynn

Awards gala scheduled PAUL SMITHS — A New Beginnings Award Gala to benefit the Paul Smith’s College VIC and SUNY ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, State Route 30, Paul Smiths. The Gala is sponsored by the Adirondack Park Institute which for 23 years has been providing support for programs at the two centers which were formerly operated by the Adirondack Park Agency. The first Adirondack Environmental Education Leadership Awards will be presented to Dr. John Mills, president of Paul Smith’s College and Dr. Neil Murphy, president of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Sen. Betty Little is serving as Honorary Chair of the event.

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there is still skateboarding going on.” Pelletieri said the skateboard committee is still going strong. “They have no given up,” Pelletieri said. “I think skateboarding is still alive, and if you had a park you’d probably see more of it.” Trustee Barbara Rice, who is the co-owner of Rice Furniture, said she sees kids every day after school walking down Main Street

with skateboards under their arms. “I disagree that it’s just a fad,” Rice said. “My son who’s an artist is in the process of designing skateboards for a company out of Massachusetts, and he also has a friend who is making a living out of skateboarding and is sponsored by companies and travels all over the country.” Village Board members approved the resolution to provide in-kind services to pre-

The Gala will present a memorable evening to meet and mingle with luminaries from Adirondack business, government, philanthropy, and environmental advocacy who will officially inaugurate ‘New Beginnings’ for the interpretive centers. For further information about tickets contact the Adirondack Park Institute at 3273376.

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Whiteface Open returns WILMINGTON— One of the Adirondacks’ most challenging and scenic golf courses will host the Whiteface Open Championship on July 14-15 in Lake Placid. A tournament banquet, not included in the entry fee, will precede the event on July 13. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6 p.m.

SARANAC LAKE — Historic Saranac Lake announced the publication of a new walking tour brochure featuring historic sites in the village. “It is being printed now, in time for the busy season,” said Historic Saranac Lake’s summer intern Libby Clark. “It’s going to be a great resource for tourists and local people interested in learning more about the village’s past.” Historic Saranac Lake is partnering with the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce on the creation of the brochures. “The Chamber supports heritage tourism and it’s positive impact on local business. We are please to be working together on this,” said Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania. A hand-illustrated map by Jim Hotaling highlights 24 sites in the immediate downtown area, enabling tourists to enjoy a self-guided walk through town. Information is given on each site, from the Post Office Pharmacy, to the Union Depot and the Stevenson Cottage. Five other sites out of the area of the map are also briefly described, such as Little Red and the Bartók Cabin. “Each year hundreds of visitors come to Saranac Lake interested in history, and this is something tourists frequently ask for,” said Catania. “We have had other walking tour guides but they have been out of print for some time and needed updating.” The Chamber will make the brochure available at the visitor's centers in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid and both train stations. The Chamber will deliver a few copies to lodging businesses that request them. The brochure will also be posted on the websites of Historic Saranac Lake and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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pare the proposed location of the skateboard park for the pouring of a concrete pad. The vote was 3-1, with Van Cott, Rice and Pelletieri voting in favor and Catillaz voting against. A completion date of aug. 31 has been proposed. Village workers will: •excavate the section of the hill adjoining the parking lot to allow for the expansion of the plat level area; •build a retaining wall to secure the hillside; •dig a trench around the area to provide adequate drainage; •transport gravel from the sand pit and progressively build up a tamped down gravel under-base for the concrete pad; •and prepare the site to be build-ready for the pouring of the concrete pad for the installation of the skateboard ramps and features. North Elba Town Board members have not yet decided who will be given the town’s skateboard park features that are currently sitting unused near the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid. Possible candidates are Saranac Lake and Wilmington. The Town Board expects to discuss the issue in June. —It’s where the locals go!



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if they bring in professional, outside services, but you cannot say you are qualified to do this because you went to a two-hour course.” Lewis continued to say that he felt the appraisal that was done by Don Fisher, putting the parcel at $2.3 million, was too high. “I am not going to settle for that amount because even if I did agree with the town to use this appraiser, I still feel the humber is too high,” Lewis said. “You will never sell this property for that much as a farm.” Lewis said that, along with the suit, he is looking at other options with his farm and land. “The wind is in our face here,” he said. “I expected that from the APA, but it appears that town is out for us as well. Everyone says that it’s OK because Sandy can afford it, but it does not work that way.” He said that he has recently started to sell his grainery equipment along with any nonessential equipment. “We expect to put four of our smaller properties up for sale as well,” Lewis said. “The Ritchie Brothers Auction House is working with us on the equipment that does not get used. I have never sold anything around here, but maybe it is time.” Lewis also brought up the idea of turning the farm into a research center, thus making the property a 501c and taking it off the tax rolls. “I have had some very preliminary discussions with some institutions about that,” he said. “Taking all of this land and taking it off the tax rolls would hurt the town and county, but I wouldn’t care one bit. If this farm does it and forms a partnership with various educational services, then we are off the rolls. “They are not going to milk me anymore,” Lewis added. “I will take the cow out of the pasture.”

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— Salim ‘Sandy’ Lewis ESSEX — The fight between the Town of Essex and the Lewis Family Farm is still playing out between lawyers, but will have a day in front of a county Board of Assessment Review. During the May Finance Committee meeting, Charli Lewis of the Real Property Office said that the Town of Essex Grievance Day, originally scheduled for May 22, would not take place, but would take place on June 12 and be done by a county panel. Town Supervisor Sharon Boisen said that the town was unable to form a quorum of the Board of Assessment Review. “They were unable to meet the necessary quorum to hear grievances on May 22,” Boisen said. “Therefore, the County BAR is, by law, required to serve.” Boisen said that no members of the BAR have resigned. “The change in date is simply because the individuals who serve in the three positions required by law to act as the County BAR were unable to all be here on May 22,” she said. The county BAR will be made up of Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas, Board of Supervisors Clerk Deborah Palmer and County Treasurer Michael Diskin. Meanwhile, the legal battle over the lawsuit filed by Salim “Sandy” Lewis disputing his assessment continued, with a settlement meeting held Monday, June 4. Boisen said that she was hopeful the town and Lewis could come up with an agreement. “I would prefer to settle litigation outside

of the courtroom, through stipulation,” she said. “This continues to be true.” Lewis said that he felt the matter should have been resolved back when he first filed his suit but that the town’s lawyers have been stalling. “There have been extensive delays — one might say deliberate delays — with the lead counsel, while they declared to the press that settlement will be the way to go,” Lewis said. “I think they are just trying to use up as much of the town’s war chest as possible so there will be no choice but to settle.” Lewis also said that he wanted to address the town board as a guest on two separate occasions on the matter, but was turned away by Boisen. Boisen said that while there is no mention on the agendas for public comment, it is offered. “Scheduled guests are offered the floor at the beginning of each Essex Town Board meeting,” Boisen said. “Public comment has never been refused by me or the Town Board since I have been in office.” Lewis disagreed. “We have offered twice, and their response was clear,” Lewis said. “We thought our words might help what appears to be quite a mess. Speaking for myself, if they want to hear from us, they can let us know. It makes little difference to me.”

Lewis is disputing the assessment of two of six parcels that make up the Lewis Family Farm, the largest agricultural portion and his home. Lewis and his legal counsel, Martina Baillie, had previously filed a pair of grievances in the town about the assessments on the two parcels: a field crops parcel of 1,111 acres assessed at $6,033,190; and a 5.2-acre family residence assessed at $412,900. At that time, the grievances were both taken into consideration by the town’s board of assessment review, which cut the first parcel’s assessment to $4,811,112 while leaving the second parcel’s value the same. This year, the assessment on the larger parcel was again dropped to around $4 million during a grievance by Lewis and Baillie to the town’s assessors. “The town assessors and leadership has come from above $6 million, to $4.8 million, to just above $4 million,” Lewis said. “Not a word about why. Silence. I think that it was an assessment prejudice.” In response, Boisen said that she would continue to offer no comment on any pending legal issue. Lewis also said that he had “dealings” with each of the county officials that make up the BAR. “I do not think these guys can solve the problem,” Lewis said. “I think that they can

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North Country walks to wipe out neurological diseases like ALS By Stephen Bartlett PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, chief of the department of neurology at MassGeneral, thinks a cure for ALS is near. Now is the time to invest in neuroscience, she said. “We are very, very close.” She joined more than 700 more people from the North Country and beyond who raised more than $100,000 for the ALS Raising Hope Foundation at the inaugural Walk of Hope, Walk of 1,000 Umbrellas and Spring Festival. Participants donned blue shirts and carried white and blue umbrellas for the walk that started at Trinity Park. The event was held to raise awareness and help find a

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OnCampus POTSDAM — The following students were named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester at Clarkson University. •Jennifer A. Jubin, a junior majoring in arête and political science, from Lake Placid; •Eric W . Moody, a senior majoring in civil engineering, from Saranac Lake; •Jonathan W . Barge, a junior majoring in engineering and management, from Saranac Lake; •Zachary J. Denton, a sophomore majoring in environmental health science and prephysical therapy, from Elizabethtown; •Lance J. Lee, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, from Elizabethtown; •Darren J. McGreevy, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, from Wilmington; •Samantha L. Williams, a sophomore majoring in pre-physical therapy and psychology, from Saranac Lake. Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours. POTSDAM — Shannon M. Hanson of Elizabethtown, a junior majoring in global supply chain management, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2012 semester at Clarkson University. Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours. TROY — Edward West of Saranac Lake was recently named to the Dean's List at Hudson Valley Community College. Deans' List honors those students who have a term grade point average between 3.0 and 3.5. West is in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance academic program. GENESEO — Brian Wolff from Saranac Lake was named to the Dean's List at The State University of New York at Geneseo for the spring semester 2012. To be on the list, a student must have achieved a 3.5 grade point average while taking at least 12 credit hours. TROY — Rebecca White of Westport was recently named to the President's List at Hudson Valley Community College. President's List honors those students who have a term grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0. White is in the Health Information Management and Technology academic program. OSWEGO — Allison Scollin of Saranac Lake, a senior wellness management major, has been named to the President's List for the spring semester at SUNY Oswego. The President's and Deans' lists represent the academic top 28.8 percent of the Oswego student body. Students who achieve grade averages of 3.80 and above on the 4.00 scale are named to the President's List, the top 7.3 percent of Oswego students. OSWEGO — Several area residents have been named to the Deans' List for the spring semester at SUNY Oswego. Showing academic achievement are: •David Nye of Keene, a senior studying business administration; •Eleanor Hunt of Saranac Lake, a sophomore studying marketing; •Dana Tarantelli of Saranac Lake, a senior studying physics •Cassidy Carroll of Westport, a sophomore studying creative writing. To be included on the Deans' List, students must have a semester grade average of 3.30 to 3.79.

tertainment, food and services such as massages and more. “I think all of us who lost someone to one of these diseases feels a sense of unity and community. This just reaffirms the wonderful community we live in.” Mrs. Long said the money raised will go toward research pertaining to all such diseases. “Together we can make a difference.” For her part, Cudkowicz said some of the money raised provides funds to conduct high risk studies that should provide breakthroughs. “This gives me the shivers,” she said, standing near Mr. Long. “This is America here. This is the community coming out.” Assemblywoman Janet Duprey stressed the importance of raising money and awareness of ALS and related diseases. Roger and

Darlene are true inspirations, she said. She and others also pointed out the high number of cases found in the North Country and the connection to living near the water. Stephanie Desautels’ father Richard was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago. She helped organize the Plattsburgh Half Marathon, which raises money to help battle Parkinson’s and was on hand to help at the Walk of Hope. Behind Desautels, a field of balloons blew in the wind, each one representing someone who was lost to a neurodegenerative neurological disorder. “We are walking in memory of a close friend of ours,” said Victoria Felio of Peru. “If he were still here he would want us to walk for his uncle, Roger Long.”

Births PAUL SMITHS — Andrew Bull, William Martin and Emily Martin of Saranac Lake will serve as watershed stewards this summer for the Watershed Stewardship Program, a Paul Smith's College-led initiative to keep lakes, ponds and other waterways free of invasive species The stewards attended a training session at Paul Smith's College in May before starting their duties on Memorial Day. While stationed at boat launches across the Adirondacks, the stewards will conduct voluntary inspections of boats entering and leaving the water for invasives. They'll remove any that they find, and convey the importance of clean boats, clean gear and clean waters to boaters. The program runs through Labor Day. The Watershed Stewardship Program is part of the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith's College, which is dedicated to protecting waterways and ecosystems across the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. CANTON — The following local students were among the 548 students awarded a degree at St. Lawrence University's Commencement ceremony, held May 22 on campus in Canton, New York: •Amanda E. Brewer, of Saranac Lake, was awarded a degree in biology and English. Brewer graduated from Saranac Lake High School. •Jordan M. Bryant, of Saranac Lake, was awarded a degree in African studies-government. Bryant graduated from Saranac Lake High School. •Emily W . Cummin, of Lake Placid, was awarded a degree in performance & communication arts and fine arts. Cummin graduated from Fishers Island School. •John T. Cummin, of Lake Placid, was awarded a degree (cum laude) in performance & communication arts and fine arts. Cummin graduated from Fishers Island School. •Elizabeth M. Edwards, of Lake Placid, was awarded a degree (cum laude) in English, with a minor in Francophone studies and European studies. Edwards graduated from Northwood School. •Chauntel S. Gillilland, of Willsboro, was awarded a degree (cum laude) in government. Gillilland graduated from Westport Central School. •Elizabeth M. Gronlund, of Lake Placid, was awarded a degree in Estudios Hispanicos and government, with a minor in educational studies. Gronlund graduated from Lake Placid High School. •Brooke M. Hartson, of Keene Valley, was awarded a degree (cum laude) in psychology, with a minor in performance & communication arts. Hartson graduated from Keene Central School. •Jessica A. McCauliffe, of Willsboro, was awarded a degree in biology. McCauliffe graduated from Willsboro Central High School. •Kylie D. Rock, of Westport, was awarded a degree (magna cum laude) in biology, with a minor in chemistry. She earned honors in biology. Rock graduated from ElizabethtownLewis Central School. •Emily D. Roy, of Lake Placid, was awarded a degree (cum laude) in neuroscience, with a minor in sport study/exercise science and African studies. Roy graduated from Northwood School. The Commencement speakers were Garry Trudeau, creator of the comic strip Doonesbury and Mary DiSanto-Rose, associate professor of dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Both received honorary degrees at the ceremony, and the North Country Citation was awarded to Martha Swan, founder of John Brown Lives, a history organization.

The following are birth announcements from the Adirondack Regional Medical Center in Saranac Lake: GARDNER — a son, Lucas Paul, born April 4, 2012 at 2:14 p.m. weighing 5 lbs, 4 oz. to Rebecca Lanthier and Daniel Gardner of Tupper Lake. HALL — a daughter, Kaylan Elizabeth, born April 5, 2012 at 8:28 am. weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. to Katherine Zogby of Elizabethtown. QUESNEL — a son, Levi Scott, born April 11, 2012 at 2:45 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 4 oz. to Kristi Tarbox and Scott Quesnel of Tupper Lake. MCGAHAY — a daughter, Grace Margaret, born April 11, 2012 at 3:43 p.m. Weighing 7 lbs. to Allison and William McGahay III of Lake Placid. SAUVAGEAU — a daughter, Isabelle Shae, born April 12, 2012 at 10:29 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. 7.2 oz. to Melissa and Kevin Sauvageau of Tupper Lake. TAYLOR — a son, Braiden James, born April 17, 2012 at 8:12 a.m. Weighing 7 lbs. 9.2 oz. to Alissa Tucker and Brian Taylor of Saranac Lake. JONES — a son, Ethan Thomas, born April 18, 2012 at 5:20 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. to

Jill and Donald Jones of Saranac Lake. WOLF — a daughter, Raelyn Alivia, born April 21, 2012 at 12:31 a.m. weighing 5 lbs. 15 oz. to Megan Page and James Wolf of Potsdam. SMITH — a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, born April 22, 2012 at 3:58 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 0.8 oz. to Andrea Stender of Saranac Lake and Zachary Smith Manahawkin, NJ. VAILLANCOURT — a son, Sawyer Andrew, born April 22, 2012 at 4:43 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. l2 oz. to Jessica St. Louis and Shawn Vaillancourt of Tupper Lake. MEZZETTI — a daughter, Mia Ilona, born April 24, 2012 at 5 a.m. weighing 8 lbs. 2.5 oz. to Elizabeth and Michael Mezzetti of Lake Placid. MOR — a son, Leo Lay, born April 25, 2012 at 4:50 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. 4 oz. to Saovaleen and Ratana Mor of Long Lake. BIEK — a son, Brendan Finnerty, born April 26, 2012 at 7:54 a.m. weighing 6 lbs. 5 oz. to Erin and Jeffrey Biek of Rainbow Lake. BISSONETTE — a son, Elijah James, born April 30, 2012 at 8:03 p.m. Weighing 7 lbs.. 3 oz. to Laura and Paul Bissonette of Saranac Lake.

CATS announces writing winners WESTPORT — New York’s Champlain Valley has a little piece of Paris, according to Westport resident Elizabeth Lee. While walking around the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris, which surrounds a cathedral-on-the-hill called Sacre Coeur, she noticed many similarities to the hiking trail at Coon Mountain in Westport. Upon her return, she decided to enter the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Travel-Writing Contest. “This Could Be Montmatre,” eanred Lee the first-place prize of $500 in the contest. “I liked that it linked two incredibly disparate places in meaningful ways,” judge Brian Mann explained. “Reading it will elevate the way people see things as they walk in both places.”

People’s Choice award

With 148 votes, the winner of the People’s Choice Award was “Turtle Crossing,” by Jen Zahorchak of Essex. For having the most online votes, she won $250. In her article, she describes how her family decided to move to the area and live where turtles continually cross the road in front of their house. She notes many local businesses and Lakeside

School at Black Kettle Farm, which her children attend. “The contest spawned eleven strong stories accompanied by many beautiful pictures,” contest coordinator Gretel Schueller said. “It was great to read about people’s connections to the land here and I learned about new treasures and places waiting to be explored. All the stories, which include the two winners, can be viewed at the CATS website.” The next CATS Travel Writing Contest will begin soon. Details about the next contest will be posted to CATS launched this series of travel writing contests with the purpose of promoting economic vitality through outdoor-recreation-based tourism. “We want people to see these articles about New York’s Champlain Valley and get inspired to come here, enjoy the outdoors, patronize local businesses, and tell others about this beautiful area,” said Chris Maron, executive director of CATS. “We are grateful to the J.C. Kellogg Foundation for underwriting this contest.”

Office for the Aging would like to Congratulate Dennis Everleth of Willsboro for being recognized at the Essex County Senior Citizen of the year. Dennis has worked at the Essex Nutrition Site for almost 15 yrs and put in countless numbers of hours volunteering for his Senior Community. Here he receives his award at the Senior Citizen Recognition Day at the New York State Capitol with Gary Stoker (far left) , Ashley Glanda from Office for the Aging and Greg Olsen, Director of New York State Office for the Aging.

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Torch for Special Olympics passes from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid Law enforcement joins the run to support Special Olympics By Katherine Clark

The Special Olympics Torch run made its way through Saranac Lake and Lake Placid June 1. Photo by Katherine Clark

LPCA film series continues LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Summer Film Series begins on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. with “Magic Trip.” A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's fabled road trip across America. Tickets are $6, available at the door. For upcoming Film Event information call the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 523-2512 or visit

LPCS middle school events set LAKE PLACID — The following is a list of important dates for Lake Placid Middle School students: •Eighth-grade students will rehearse for their finale during first and second periods on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. •Sixth grade will have their final picnic and Fish Creek and seventh grade will have a Field Day picnic at the Horseshow Grounds on Friday, June 15, which is the last day of school for students in grades 6 and 7. •The eighth-grade finale will take place at 7 p.m. in the Middle/High School Auditorium on Tuesday, June 19, which will be the last day of school for those students. For questions, call Dan Mayberry (523-2474, ext. 4017) or middle school counselor Roger Catania (ext. 4020).

and it’s time for our summer athletes to compete,” Walsh said. Along with the Olympic athletes and

EITC program announces results

DEC arrests teen for BWI

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Region Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition recently completed a very successful income tax assistance program that proved extremely beneficial for many low to moderate income people throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. John Bernardi, Executive Director of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc and chairman of the EITC Coalition, reported that he had been informed by IRS representative Kathy McNulty, that $5,901,368 in federal tax refunds have been secured for eligible residents this tax season. Of the total received from the refunds $1,479,999 was Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) dollars. The records indicate that 4,885 returns were prepared between all the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties. Members of the EITC Coalition are The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., OneWorkSource, Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP), Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Joint Council for Economic Opportunity Inc. (JCEO) American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Ufirst Credit Union, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Family Welcome Center of CVES and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Champlain National Bank, Akwesasne Housing Authority, North Country Community College.

SARANAC LAKE — On May 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement charged Raymond R. Muncil, 18, of Lake Clear, with boating while intoxicated (misdemeanor) and operating a vessel at a speed not reasonable and prudent (a violation under the New York State Navigation Law). “Boaters operating a vessel while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol is a serious offense,” said Captain Lawrence DiDonato of DEC's Ray Brook Office. “In addition to being subject to arrest, fines and imprisonment, the safety of all who enjoy New York's waters is jeopardized when vessels are operated by intoxicated individuals.” DEC Environmental Conservation Officers responded to a boat accident on the Saranac River Channel near the Lower Lock where Muncil was found to be intoxicated. Muncil was taken to the New York State Police Barrack at Ray Brook for processing and was issued a ticket to appear in Harrietstown Town Court. Muncil faces maximum possible penalties of $2,100 in fines and up to one year in jail.



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LAKE PLACID — The Olympic torch was passed from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid on June 1 by Special Olympic athletes and members of law enforcement. The torch is making its way across New York to the University of Buffalo for the 2012 State Summer Games. About 23 runners made the 10-mile run, beginning at the Saranac Lake village offices and ending at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid. “We do this to bring awareness to our Special Olympians. We had four today running with us from Saranac Lake,” State Recruitment Trooper Bernie Bullis said. “The next step of the journey is to pass the torch over to Warren County and follow it to Buffalo.” The Olympians from Saranac Lake — Josh Ryan, Jason Borden, Daric Pickering and Rick Sullivan — are members of the Adirondack Redneck team. The AR members ran the

members of the New York State Special Olympics, members of the State Police and other law enforcement members ran as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. Bullis said runners included State Police officers, Federal Corrections Institution and State Police special operations response team members. Town of Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, was present at the welcoming of the torch to show his support for area athletes participating in the Special Olympics. “I wanted to be here to show support for our athletes, we live and thrive on Olympic sports here,” Randall said. “These athletes go above and beyond to show what is possible for people with disabilities and handicaps and they give everyone a lot of hope.” Randall said the passing of the torch in Lake Placid has inspired him to pursue hosting the Special Olympics at Lake Placid in the future. “I am hopeful we would be able to put a bid forth one day to host the Special Olympics,” Randall said. “It would be a good use of these resources here as one of the few U.S. Olympic bases.” For more information about the Special Olympics events go to

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Back from the ponds


he blackflies are back, and so are the tourists, just as the fishing season has finally hit full stride. Whether fishing on the river or stream, or on a lake or a pond, all anglers should be aware of the necessary common courtesies inherent to the pursuit. Despite our focus on angling, we must recognize that we all share a common natural resource with a variety of other users. Whether visiting the waters to fish, swim, paddle, bird watch or to simply enjoy the show, safety should always be the ultimate object of any outing. The fun and the fish are simply byproducts. In this regard, a lot of anglers and other river travelers are likely to be in for a surprise this season, when they first return to their old, familiar fishing hole. In many cases, the deep, dark pools and productive riffles that many have enjoyed on local rivers, will have changed dramatically. The familiar ‘honey hole’ may have silted in, and the shallow runs could be mucky, or thick with debris. In many cases, the riverbanks may have collapsed, log jams have formed and even the course of a river may have shifted. As the weather continues to heat up and the waters begin to warm, swimmers in particular should exercise caution, especially before diving or jumping into the rivers and streams. Scout the pools with a mask and snorkel, and be sure to look before you leap. The old familiar swimming hole may no longer be as deep. Rivers and streams are a very dynamic medium. They operate on an unabated continuum, which is ever changing, ever flowing. Experienced anglers and veteran paddlers understand this process, but very few of these veteran ‘river mongers’ have ever experienced the type of high water incidents that occurred during last year ’s high water events. The floods, which were considered to be both 100 year and 500 year events, served to reshape not only the river corridors, but in some cases, entire communities. The repercussions of these back to back natural disasters are still being felt. Such is the yin and yang of flowing waters. They soothe us, entertains us, and provides us with unlimited entertainment and intangible health benefits. And yet behind their obvious beauty, embracing depths and caressing currents, there lurks a savage heart and a relentless power. Try though we may to arrest the flow, or harness it for our use, the flowing waters will continue to prove they have a mind of their own. While some may believe we own the waters, it was quite

obvious, that man is not in charge last summer. Nature rules, as it always has and always will. We are simply visitors that are graced with a splendid opportunity to enjoy the waters while we can.

...and off to the brook

Over the past month, I have focused the majority of my angling adventures on a search for brook trout in the ponds. Increasingly, it appears that more and more anglers have had a similar attraction to the ponds, likely for the same reason. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult to find a lonesome pond, that is truly lonesome anymore. When I encountered nearly a dozen vehicles at the canoe launch of a popular local pond recently, it proved just too much traffic for my taste. Although I truly enjoy catching big brook trout on remote waters, I prefer to do it alone, or at least with very little company and no audience. As a result of the apparent overpopulated human population, I decided to retreat tfrom the ponds to the less traveled recesses of a much smaller fishery, on a nearby trout stream. Although the stream’s channel has been severely reduced by ever encroaching alder beds, it’s flow has sprouted a productive trout fishery in recent years, and the sinous channel has been altered by a long series of multitiered pools. These new pools are a naturally occurring phenomena. They are the result of a beaver ’s never-ending quest for fresh food and new dams. Tireless workers, the beavers have ravaged the alders in order to construct new dams, and in the process, they have created ideal habitat for brook trout. Fortunately, they’ve also cleared lanes that are just wide enough to pass a canoe, and barely long enough to permit a cast. After launching my canoe, I quickly managed to make my way downstream to the location of a series of recently constructed beaver dams. The main dam was formed in three tiers, and the waters cascading over them provided natural oxygenation. The cold water was rich in oxygen, and insect life. Alder spiders dangled from the tree branches, and mayfly shucks littered the banks. The pool at the base of the dam was barely four feet deep, and it was hardly three times as wide. It was about 20 feet long, and full of fish with nowhere else to go. In an hour ’s time, I had caught and released dozens of small brookies. Some were barely the length of a finger, and not one of them topped a foot. But there is something to be said for the old adage, “If you want more, desire less.” Maybe it can be found in the special charm of spending a desolate day casting a small fly to small brook trout on a small, quiet stream. There were no trophy trout to be had, no long carries, and nobody to share in the excitement. But there were speckled jewels that proved to be eager for the fly, and I spent the afternoon catching them by skittering a dry fly across the surface. Like finned missiles, they would explode out of the dam’s deep waters to attack my offerings on almost every cast.

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It is difficult to capture the allure of a small stream, wild brook trout and complete solitude. Photo by Joe Hackett

Best of all, there wasn’t another soul in sight, or sound the whole time. I had the magnificent natural playground all to myself, with the exception of one irritated osprey, and a few does that snorted from the banks. I was lost in the pool, and I lost count of both the trout and the time. The outing did not put any dinner on my table, and there were no bragging rights associated with landing a fingerlength fingerling. Yet, I returned home wearing a wide grin, an empty creel and with the unparalleled satisfaction of knowing I could do it all over again. And, I expect I will! Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at

Anna McShane age 8, of Essex, caught and released this almost-24inch small mouth bass while fishing the Boquet river below the dam in Willsboro on May 24 with her grandfather, Robert McShane of Willsboro.

20-ish reunion scheduled

Garage sale set in Tupper Lake

Comedy night fundraiser set

JEMS seek vendors

ELIZABETHTOWN — If you attended high school at ELCS around 20 years ago, give or take a few years, you and your family are welcome to celebrate our 20-ish Reunion! See old classmates and hang out for the afternoon at a no-frills ADK get-together at the Elizabethtown Fish & Game Club on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. Please bring your own grill food and beverages, a dish to share, and a donation for the Fish and Game. Please pass this along to classmates, teachers and friends with whom you have contact. Locating everyone is a challenge, so help spreading the word is appreciated. The event “20-ish ELCS Reunion” can be found on Facebook.

TUPPER LAKE — The Great American Garage Sale will take place on July 6 through 8 in Tupper Lake. Residents of Tupper Lake hold their own garage/yard sales from Friday until Sunday. Maps will be available and last summer, nearly 40 household sales were held. The maps will be available for free beginning July 4 on the website and at The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. Those wishing to participate can for an entry fee of $15. Application deadline is June 28. For more information, visit

TUPPER LAKE — On June 15, Off The Comedy Productions will present a fundraising comedy show to bring Colin Gillis home. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at Knights of Columbus in Tupper Lake. There will five comedians in total. Tickets are available at the door. There will be a cash bar and snacks. Thanks to the generous donation of the comedians, there will be a raffle for a 32-inch flat screen television.

Canoe races scheduled

Black bears the topic at ADK

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Watershed Alliance will host the Tupper Lake 9-Mile canoe, kayak and guideboat races saturday, June 16 at the Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club. There will be a 5-mile open touring and a 9mile NYMCRA classes race. Entry fees are $25 per paddler, $20 for AWA members. Race day registration are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers and paddlers are always welcome. For more information contact AWA Canoe Race Hotline at 891–2744 or

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is presenting a special program, “Life History of the Black Bear.” Join NYS DEC Wildlife Technician Ben Tabor for an exploration of New York’s black bear population. This presentation will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. at ADK’s High Peaks Information Center, located at Heart Lake in Lake Placid. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact ADK North Country office in Lake Placid at 523-3441 or visit our website at

JAY — The Jay Entertainment and Music Society is looking for Craft Vendors for their Annual Jay Day Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jay Village Green Route 9N in Jay. Vendors will be provided a 10-by-10-foot space and must supply their own tables and decorations. Tents provided by the vendors are permitted. Cost for each space is $30. Space is assigned but allocated on a First Come First Serve Basis. Vendor applications are available on our website at For more information contact Pat Coolidge at 946-7617 or email to

Chicken dinner in Westport WESTPORT — There will be a chicken & biscuit dinner Thursday, June 21 at the Westport Federated Church. Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. with takeouts available. Cost is $9 adults, $4 children 12 and under.

BRTF hosting auditions WESTPORT — The Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) will be holding auditions for their production of “Once On This Island, Jr.” Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Federated Church in Westport. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can dance in. BRTF is a not for profit children’s theater program for kids ages 813. The program runs daily from July 23 through Aug. 9, culminating in three productions at the Whallonsburg Grange Aug. 10-12. The cost of the program is $185. For more information, visit, the BRTF Facebook page, or contact Alyssa at or Gigi at 932-5726.

Tandem biking event slated SARANAC LAKE — The Third Annual Saranac Lake Tandem Rally will take place on Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. There will be 47 tandem bicycles, including quads and triplets, scheduled to be in the village for the weekend. The tandem rally is not a race. There will be touring rides ranging from 15 to 55 miles. For more information, visit the website

Martin Whiteface Open set WILMINGTON — The 2012 J. Peter Martin Whiteface Open Golf Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 14 through 15. Entry fee is $150 for non-members and $75 for members, which includes tournament jacket, practice round July 13 after noon and two rounds and carts. For more information, call 523-7888.

Westport to hold special meeting WESTPORT — There will be a special Westport Town Board meeting Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. for the purpose of discussing town building options. The regular board meeting will follow.

AARCH to host photo collection KEESEVILLE — “Adirondack Style — A Photographic Celebration” will be presented at the Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) Clayton Family Resource Center and Gallery in Keeseville with an opening reception Friday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Poetry readings set WESTPORT — The Westport Central School Student’s Poetry Reading night will take place Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the Westport Library. The event will feature poetry readings, a selection by student So Young Park, Poets from the community and the Westport Library Workshop will also read selections.

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Lake Placid falls for second year in Class C softball final despite rally Hayes, Balestrini have big days in sectionals By Keith Lobdell PLATTSBURGH — It was almost a reversal of fortune for the Ticonderoga Lady Sentinels. With two outs in the seventh inning, Serina Hayes cranked a home run over the fence at Cardinal Field for the Lake Placid Blue Bombers. However, unlike the walk-off grand slam Ti’s Andrea Rich hit one year ago, Hayes’ shot only plated three, giving the Sentinels a second straight 6-5 win over the Blue Bombers in the Class C championship game May 30. “It was like last year reversed,” Ti co-coach Shelley Young. “Lake Placid came ready to play and they were able to make some big plays. We are very proud of this team that has improved throughout the season.” The Sentinels fell behind 1-0 in the first before scoring one in the second and two in the third. In the fifth, the Sentinels were able to take advantage of three errors to score three times for a 6-2 lead. Twice, the Sentinels were able to create double plays on defense, with both ending at home plate. “Those plays were big because they put

Lake Placid senior catcher Dani Balestrini applies a tag to Ticonderoga’s Jaelyn Granger during the Section VII/Class C softball championship game May 30. Balestrini made several key plays in the field for the Blue Bombers, including throwing out a baserunner at second and making a catch on a foul ball (inset). Photo by Keith Lobdell

a damper on the rally,” Young said. “This is a good team, and they proved that they could come back.” Autumn Olcott, Rich, Megan Campney, Katie Palandrani and Emily Namer each had singles for the Sentinels, while Jaelyn Granger had a double and Melissa Pocket scored twice. Jordan McKee pitched a complete game, striking out two and scattering eight hits. For the Blue Bombers, Hayes went 4-for4 at the plate with a double and two singles to accompany her homer, scoring twice and driving in three. Dani Balestrini picked up a pair of hits, while Brooke Reid and Ayla Thompson each had one. Reid worked the first three innings of the game, while Hayes struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in relief. “They fought hard,” Blue Bombers head coach Donna Moody said. “We made a few mistakes, but we never gave up. That is all you can ask of them.” Moody said that the team would miss their pair of seniors in Balestrini and Thompson. “Dani has been solid for us and we could always have confidence in her, as well as Ayla,” Moody said. “They were both good leaders on a team with a lot of young kids.” Moody also talked about the breakout performance by Hayes. “She had her game of the season, and that was awesome,” Moody said. “Brooke and Serina are a combo that has worked well for us on the mound, and she was great today.”

Serina Hayes connects for one of her four hits against Ticonderoga, which included a three-run homer as the Blue Bombers rallied in the seventh inning but fell to the Sentinels, 6-5, in the Class C championships. Photo by Keith Lobdell

Academic banquet planned LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, June 10, the 23rd Annual Academic Excellence Awards Banquet will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Conference Center in Lake Placid. Top high school seniors in the Sole Supervisory District of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties (BOCES) will be recognized by the Academic Excellence Award Committee. Senior students from nine area school districts are selected to attend based upon their academic performance in their respective schools. The top 15 percent of each senior class is invited to attend the dinner with their parents, along with the superintendents, board members, principals, and guidance directors from each school. The Academic Excellence Award Committee recognizes and honors each student for their high academic achievement. The students will be presented with engraved medallions and certificates. The entertainment will be provided by the Salmon River High School Instrumental Band. This celebration of academic excellence will be highlighted by an address given by Dr. Steve Tyrell, President of North Country Community College. The following school administrators and board members are members of the Academic Excellence Award Committee for 2012,

and have been instrumental in planning and coordinating this event; Rick Swanston, Principal, Adirondack Education Center, Saranac Lake; Dale Breault, Superintendent, Chateaugay Central School, Chateaugay; Leslie LaRose, Deputy Superintendent, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton BOCES, Malone; and Gerald Goldman, Superintendent, Saranac Lake Central School District, Saranac Lake.

United Way Golf Classic slated LAKE PLACID — The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. will have its 12th Annual Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic on Thursday, June 14 at Craig Wood Golf and Country Club in Lake Placid. This unique event randomly pairs an Olympic athlete or other celebrity with a registered three-person team. The cost is $450 per team which includes greens fees, cart, free raffle gifts, a continental breakfast and Barbeque dinner. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go to support the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. which serves Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. Registration for a team and sponsorship forms are available at The United Way office, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, on the United Way web-site, under the special events tab, or call 563-0028 to have one mailed or for more information.

Film forum set in Lake Placid LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Film Forum will be showing June 13 through June 16, featuring a variety of films and the student filmmaking competition, "Sleepless in Lake Placid." Actor Michael Gaston (The West Wing, Inception) will attend as a judge and guest, along with showing his documentary film, “Tending Fires.” Also showing will be the "North Country Shorts," a showcase exhibiting short films from Upstate filmmakers. There will be a free outdoor screening of “Girl Walk // All Day,” and programmed feature films include “Chicken with Plums,” and “Waiting for Sugar Man.” A special panel discussion will take place at the Palace on June 16, at 1 p.m. and is free to the public. The discussion will consider the costly, mandatory conversion to digital projection and its impact on the historic Palace Theatre and regional independent theaters. Screening times, locations, and ticket prices are available at or by calling 523-3456.

Climate change discussion slated WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Historical Society invites you to their program "The History of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere and its Effects on Climate Change," with Richard Brandt, the science

manager of the Atmospheric Sciences Whiteface Mountain field station and meteorologist in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. The program will be held on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Community Center on Springfield Road in Wilmington. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Country Bear Bakery in Wilmington. For further information, contact Karen Peters at 5241023 or Merri Peck at 946-7627.

Pet-A-Palooza set in Ray Brook RAY BROOK — Curtis Lumber will host their third annual pet adoption day Saturday, June 16, across select retail stores located throughout New York State and Vermont. The event is called “Curtis Lumber Pet-APalooza.” Each store will host multiple pet adoptions/rescue groups. Many adoption rates will also be lowered for the day. Hundreds of animals from over 80 (to date) shelters and rescue groups will be available for adoption including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and horses. All adopters will receive a portable food and water unit courtesy of Curtis Lumber. Last year’s event resulted in over 500 animals finding new forever homes. For a list of shelters and rescue groups attending visit or

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Friday, June 8 WESTPORT — Free aerobics classes, Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, 8 a.m. PAUL SMITHS — Songwriter’s Showcase, Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 State Route 30, 7 - 9 p.m. Artists can bring along instrument for jam session. $15. LAKE PLACID — Magic Trip, LPCA Summer Film Series, Lake Placid Center for The Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr. 7:30p.m. $6

Saturday, June 9 LAKE PLACID — Story Time, The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main Street, 10 a.m., 523-2950. UPPER JAY — Music Appreciation for Music Lovers, aged 3-6, Wells Memorial Library, 12230 NYS Rte 9N, 10:3011:15 a.m. 946-2644 LAKE PLACID —Author Signing with Katherine M. Aldridge, The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main Street, 3-5 p.m., 523-2950. ELIZABETHTOWN — Raging Rivers Antique and Classic Car Show, Adirondack History Center Museum, 7590 Court Street, 873-6466. All day. LAKE PLACID — Life History of the Black Bear, Adirondack Mountain Club, 1002 Adirondak Loj Road, 8 p.m. 5233441. TUPPER LAKE — Relay for Life.

Sunday, June 10 LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Club 14th annual

fundraising golf tournament to benefit NYSEF, registration 11 a.m.-noon, 946-7001. SARANAC LAKE — French language, culture and cuisine night. 5-7 p.m. Location to be announced, 354-8166 to register, $20,

Monday, June 11 WESTPORT — Free aerobics classes, Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, 8 a.m. KEENE—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Community Center, Church St. 11:30 a.m. 546-3565,

Tuesday,June 12 UPPER JAY — Stephen Longmire Photo Exhibit, 'Life and Death on the Prairie', Wells Memorial Library, 12230 New York 9N, noon-5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13 WESTPORT — Free aerobics classes, Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, 8 a.m. LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Masonic Lodge Flea Market at the lodge, Station Street, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. LAKE PLACID — LPCA Green Market Wednesday MiniFarmers’ Market, 17 Algonquin Drive, 9a.m.-1p.m. 523-2512, UPPER JAY — Seminar on Harold Pinter author of the Birthday Party, Upper Jay Art Center, Route 9N, seven week seminar, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $125, 946-8315. WILLSBORO—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Congregational Church, Main St.1:30 p.m. 546-3565, RSVP@Logi-

UPPER JAY — Story and Art Program with Natalie Woods, Wells Memorial Library, 12230 NYS Rte 9N, 3-4 p.m. 946-2644 SARANAC LAKE— Larry Stringer Scholarship Pig Roast, $10. 891-3330 or 891-0533.

SARANAC LAKE— Story Hour, Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main Street, 10:30-11 a.m. 891-4191. AUSABLE FORKS — Olde Tyme Gospel Singing, St. James Church, 14126 Nys Route 9n, 7 p.m. ELIZABETHTOWN — Osteoporosis exercise classes, Hand House, Court St. 10 a.m. 546-3565,

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WESTPORT — Free aerobics classes, Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, 8 a.m. WILMINGTON — "The History of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere and its Effects on Climate Change" 7 p.m. Wilmington Community Center, Springfield Road. 5241023. TUPPER LAKE — Comedy Show for Colin Gillis Search, Knights of Columbus, 36 High Street, 6 p.m. 524-2920. KEENE VALLEY — The Trillium Ensemble to perform, Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 Nys Route 73, 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. SARANAC LAKE— Of Heaven and Earth: Sacred and Secular Choral Gems performance, St. Benard’s Church, 27 Saint Bernard Street , 7:30 p.m. 293-7613.Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble

WESTPORT — Free aerobics classes, Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, 8 a.m. UPPER JAY — Quilters' Gathering, Wells Memorial Library, 12230 NYS Rte 9N, 4:30 p.m. 946-2644 KEENE—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Community Center, Church St. 11:30 a.m. 546-3565,

Saturday, June 16 RAY BROOK — The fifth annual LARRY STRINGER Golf Tournament, Saranac Lake Golf Club, 125 County Rte. 46,10 a.m. $50. TUPPER LAKE — 9 Mile canoe, kayak and guideboat races, Tupper Lake Rod & Gun Club, 116 Lake Simond Road. $25 per paddler. LAKE PLACID — African American freedom Day 2nd annual Juneteenth Family Celebration, John Brown Farm and Education, 115 John Brown Road, 11 a.m.-4p.m.

WADHAMS — 2nd Annual Boquet River Duck Derby, Ducks are $5 per entry, 3 p.m., at the bridge in Wadhams.

Tuesday, June 19 UPPER JAY — Stephen Longmire Photo Exhibit, 'Life and Death on the Prairie', Wells Memorial Library, 12230 New York 9N, noon-5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20 WESTPORT — Free aerobics classes, Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Avenue, 8 a.m. LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Masonic Lodge Flea Market at the lodge, Station Street, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. WILLSBORO—Osteoporosis exercise classes, Congregational Church, Main St.1:30 p.m. 546-3565,

Thursday, June 21 ELIZABETHTOWN — Osteoporosis exercise classes, Hand House, Court St. 10 a.m. 546-3565, LAKE PLACID —Clean Energy Conference, Lake Placid Conference Center, 2608 Main Street, 891-6200.


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OBITUARIES MARION HEMPEL BIESEMEYER FEB 22, 1911 - MAY 31, 2012 Marion Hempel Biesemeyer, active member of the Keene age 101, of Keene, NY, was Valley Congregational born in Berlin, Germany, Church, and Community February 22, 1911. She died Easter Sunrise services on the peacefully at the MeadowMountain House lawn, often brook Healthcare covered by fresh facility on May snow, were a tra31, 2012. The dition throughdaughter of out the 1970's Joseph and Fanand 1980's. ny Hempel, she Marion was a lived most of her talented artist, adult life in working mostly Keene, NY, at in oils, and fillthe Mountain ing numerous House. sketch books, Marion completwhile on her ed her medical travels. She was studies at the University of an avid sport, and she enFreiburg, Germany, in 1937, joyed swimming, hiking, and but was unable to practice skiing. With her friend medicine there in the advent Elaine Edmonds, she coordiof World War II. When she nated a ski program for stuand her husband Walter dents at Keene Central and came to the United States in accompanied them to Marble 1940, they left behind family Mountain for Saturday ski in Germany and Switzerland. outings. The Mountain There are still family ties to House was the unofficial relatives in Hamburg, Hanheadquarters of the Hurrinover, and Konstanz, Gercane Chapter of the Adironmany. Soon after Marion dack Mountain Club, with and Walter emigrated to the meetings, picnics, and trail United States, they found crews gathering there. work as caretakers of PutMarion was predeceased by nam Camp in the Adironher husband Walter Biesedacks. In 1946, they acquired meyer, her sister Ilse Hempel property on East Hill in Lipschutz, and her grandson Keene and established the David C. Bailey. She is surMountain House business. vived by her three children Marion returned to New and their spouses: Peter York City to work on licensBiesemeyer and his wife Lining as an MD in the United da of Duane, NY, Anne BaiStates, but she was unable to ley and her husband Jim of do so, with the responsibiliPlattsburgh, NY, Bob Bieseties of a growing family and meyer and his wife Tish of a growing business. The deKeene, NY, and by several gree was restored, as an honnieces, a nephew, and her orary MD, by the University devoted brother-in-law of Freiburg in February 2001, Lewis Lipschutz. Her grandin time for her 90th birthday. children were the great love When Walter died in 1953, of her life: Walter Bailey, Lili Marion became the sole proBiesemeyer, and Tommy prietor of the Mountain Biesemeyer, and she took House and managed the delight in occasional visits business through the year from great-granddaughter 2000. She contributed to the Clara of Colorado. community by serving on the Arrangements are entrusted Boards of the Neighborhood to the Marvin Funeral home House, the Keene Valley Liin Elizabethtown, NY. A brary, and Keene Central Memorial Service will be School. held at the Keene Valley Marion also taught in area Congregational Church on schools, beginning with an Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. appointment as a Latin teachDonations may be made to er in AuSable Forks in the the Adirondack Mountain 1950's. She taught French at Club, and the Keene Valley Keene Central School for Neighborhood House. many years. Marion was an

MICHAEL A. LESPERANCE SEPTEMBER 30, 1953 - JUNE 01, 2012 Michael A. Lesperance passed away at his job in Maryland. There will be a memorial service at the Stone Church in Elizabethtown, NY June 9th at 6:00pm.

LAUREN ELIZABETH HANNA AUG 13, 1986 - MAY 23, 2012 Hanna, Lauren Elizabeth, 25, school history. She will be of Arnold, MD died May 23, dearly missed by all who 2012 in Martinsburg, WV. were touched by her beauty, She was born August 13, grace, compassion and hu1986 in Columbia, MD to her mor. In loving memory to parents, Mark and Allisoun our daughter Lauren Hanna. Hanna. Lauren had a BacheShe is survived by her parlor's of Arts and History Deents, Mark H. Hanna and Algree from UMBC. She loved lisoun K. Moore of Arnold, Hunter Jumper horseback MD; her grandparents, Judith riding, and was a member of Dow of Westport, N.Y., and the National Capital Hunter Jon and Carolyn Hanna of Jumper Championship Team. Port St. Lucie, FL; and her Lauren also enjoyed snowbrother, Scott Hanna of Sevboarding, writing and studyern, MD ing holocaust history. Friends and family gathered She was beloved by all who from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on know her, and lit up the Tuesday May 29, at Hardesty room with her beauty and Funeral Home, P.A., 12 wit. Lauren was a scholar of Ridgely Ave., Annapolis, the European Holocaust who MD. A funeral service was did volunteer work at the held at 10 a.m. on WednesHolocaust Museum. She was day, May 30, at St. Martin's also an accomplished horsein the Field Episcopal back rider, who loved to Church, 375 Benfield Rd Sevsnowboard and to dance. She erna Park, MD. Interment worked as a business analyst Lakemont Memorial Garfor Northrop Grumman, and dens. Donations in memory had been accepted to graduof Lauren Hanna may be ate school for a Master's in made to the SPCA, P.O. Box Education, with plans to pur3471, Annapolis, MD 21403 sue a career teaching high Help Wanted Appliances pp

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woman, and an inspiration to all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Quinn of Keene Valley, her daughterin-law Sheryl Quinn, of Keene and five sons: Barrett and his wife Stephanie of Saranac Lake, Michael and his wife Beth of Saranac Lake, Thomas and his wife Genny of Keene Valley, Sean and companion Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and Andrew and his wife Amy of Lake Placid. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Cassie Quinn Phillips and husband Marc, Lauren, Nicholas, Logan, McCayla, Gabrielle, Eljahi, Patrick, Kevin, Caitlin and Megan Quinn. She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas and her sons, James and Jeremy. Calling hours were held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 31 at St. Brendan's Roman Catholic Church in Keene. Burial took place at Norton Cemetery in Keene, after which her family will welcome friends to celebrate Pat's life at Mountain Meadows, her beloved Keene Valley home. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pat can be made to High Peaks Hospice or Catholic Charities. Relatives and friends are invited to "Light a Candle" and leave your thoughts, memories and prayers for the Quinn Family on our website atwww.mbclarkfuneralhome. com

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KEENE - Patricia Kathleen Quinn of Mountain Meadows, Keene Valley, passed away peacefully at home on May 28, 2012. Born on October 8, 1924 in Cashmere, Washington, she was the daughter of Fred and Mary (Williams) Walker. She married Nicolas A. Quinn on September 15, 1945, and was a bookkeeper and clerk to the Ketchikan Public Utilities Department in Ketchikan, Alaska during World War II. Pat and Nick moved to the East Coast after their marriage. They resided in Pelham (Westchester County) until 1972, when they relocated their family to their summer home in Keene Valley. Pat was a devoted parishioner of St. Brendan's Roman Catholic Church in Keene, New York. In 1967, she became a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Pat was proud to be Adirondack 46er number 827, and was a long-standing member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. She climbed many of the High Peaks as a member of ATIS, and was one of the pioneers of the Keene Youth Commission program. She bequeathed a true love of the mountains, the rivers and the Adirondack wilderness to her children and grandchildren, many of whom are themselves current or aspiring 46ers. To celebrate her 80th birthday, she climbed to the summit of Indian Head at the Lower Ausable Lake with her family. She was the quintessential combination of a true lady and a modern


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used by the Essex Fire Department. Copies of specifications may be obtained at the Essex Fire District offices, located at 2659 Route 22 Essex, NY. Or by calling 518-578-0805 All bids must be submitted in a sealed, opaque envelope, marked Escape Systems Bid which will be opened at 7:00 p.m. on July 3, 2012 at the fire district offices. Bids must be valid for 30 days. The Board of Fire Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Barbara Kunzi Secretary Essex Fire District #1 VN-6/9/12-1TC-26611 -----------------------------

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Champlain Bank Corporation, for the purpose of election of Class B Directors, and for any other business that may come before the meeting, will be held in the Banking Rooms of the said Corporation at the Willsboro Office, Willsboro, New York, on Friday, June 15, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. Charles R. Hughes Secretary of the Board Champlain Bank Corporation P.O. Box 130 Willsboro, NY 12996 VN-6/9/12-1TC-26610 -----------------------------

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June 9, 2012

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MSRP..........................$18,865 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT......-$870 USAA MEMBER.................-$750







MSRP..........................$23,255 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$1,010 REBATE........................$3,000 USAA MEMBER.................-$750




MSRP...........................$23,450 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$2,000 USAA MEMBER................-$750







MSRP...........................$50,610 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$3,600 REBATE........................$2,000 USAA MEMBER................-$750












MSRP..........................$27,895 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$1,000 REBATE........................$4,500 USAA MEMBER.................-$750












MSRP..........................$27,505 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$1,250 REBATE........................$3,000 TRADE ASSIST ................$1,000 USAA MEMBER................-$750






MSRP...........................$35,595 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$2,250 REBATE........................$3,000 TRADE ASSIST ................$1,000 USAA MEMBER................-$750









r u o t u o b a Ask

MSRP..........................$37,315 CHRISTOPHER DISCOUNT....-$2,250 REBATE........................$3,000 TRADE ASSIST ................$1,000 USAA MEMBER................-$750








2004 FORD F-150 4X4 2006 KIA SORENTO 4X4

6995 $ 8995 $ 10,888 $ 11,995 $ 12,500 $ 12,500




13,970 $ 16,500 $ 16,625 $ 16,000 $ 15,525 $ 18,125 $ 18,375




48K MILES, STK#121074A






2006 DODGE RAM 1500 4X4 HEMI, BIG BOY! STK#1679

9150 $ 9750 $ 11,725 $ 13,750 $ 13,250 $ 13,575 $


78K MILES, FX4 STK#121068A





12,995 $ 14,588 $ 14,988 $ 14,995 $ 14,995 $ 14,995 $ 15,995













17,970 $ 17,150 $ 18,200 $ 19,875 $ 20,025 $ 19,270 $ 20,200 $ 23,100 $ 27,580 $ 25,200 $ 24,810 $ 28,625 $ 29,050 $ 37,750 $


15,995 $ 16,222 $ 16,890 $ 16,995 $ 17,990 $ 17,995 $ 17,995 $ 18,995 $ 21,488 $ 22,995 $ 23,730 $ 25,890 $ 27,995 $ 32,995







June 9, 2012

Valley News - 27 CARS

2007 PORSCHE BOXSTER Burgundy/Beige Excellent condition. 5,6000 Miles, 6 cylinder, 5 speed automatic w/ Tiptronic Transmission, loaded w/many options, in show room condition. 315-447-0888 $35,500 OBO. MUSTANG 2010 convertible, V-6, auto, leather interior, runs great, 45,000 miles, loaded. Asking $18,000 OBO. Call 518-962-8539


1964 FORD 4000 4 cyl., gas, Industrial loader & industrial Front End, 12 spd., German Transmission, Pie Weights, $4750.00. 518-962-2376 Evenings.

SCOOTER 2008 50CC, no license required, 90 miles to the gal, only 900 miles, runs great, Asking $875.00 OBO. Call 518-962-8539

1981 INTERNATIONAL single axle dump truck, runs great, inspected and on the road. $4000 OBO. 518-834-9088.

2000 RANGER 2000 Ranger XLT 4x4 Super Cab, camper top, liner, tonneau cover, 6 cyl., auto, AC, stereo, 130K, $3995. 518-576-9042

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 CASH PAID. FREE NATIONAL PICKUP. 1-800-772-1142, 1-310721-0726


Hometown Chevrolet

152 Broadway Whitehall, NY • (518) 499-2886 • Ask for Joe


RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 1984 SHASTA Travel Trailer 32 1/ 2' long, 25' awning, good condition. $4,000 518-623-3037 2002 SUNLINE 29’ Camper, Sleeps 6, excellent condition, 14' Slide Out, Awning with screen room, many extras, Hitch included $11,000 (518) 873-6857


2005 SUZUKI BOULEVARD S50 VS 800CC, New battery & tires, 13,000 miles, very clean, garaged. (518) 946-8341. $2,800

1998 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4WD, Runs great, needs two rear tires and sway bar bushings $1,200 OBO (518) 891-0163

*Trades at cash value

2008 Honda Pilot


2002 HONDA VTX 1800, mint condition, many extras, $5300. 518-492-2348


V-6, 4WD, Auto, Air, Cruise, Tilt, P/W, P/L, 7 Passenger 46,715 miles 39129




2012 Ford Escape 4x4 XLT MSRP.........................................$30,425 Ford Retail Cust. Cash .................$1,500 Ford Retail Bonus Cash ...............$1,000 FMCC Bonus Cash*.........................$750 Dealer Discount...........................$1,180


Payment...................................$259 mo. Price...........................................$27,832 Term........................................... 36 mos. Miles@Yr.....................................10,500 Down Payment ............................$1,000 Due At Inception .........................$1,632 Tax, title fees extra Ford Cash...................... $2,500 included Lease-end ..................................$15,749 Lease rate........................................0.25



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2012 Ford Escape 4x4 XLT MSRP.........................................$28,240 Ford Retail Cust. Cash .................$1,500 Ford Retail Bonus Cash ...............$1,000 FMCC Bonus Cash*.........................$750 Dealer Discount..............................$995





2012 Ford Taurus SEL

36 mo.




2012 Ford Escape 4x4 XLT 2012



2012 Ford Fusion SE

MSRP.........................................$33,610 Ford Retail Cust. Cash .................$2,500 FMCC Bonus Cash* ........................$500 Dealer Discount...........................$1,615

MSRP.........................................$23,990 Ford Retail Cust. Cash .................$1,500 FMCC Bonus Cash* ........................$750 Dealer Discount..............................$525








*FMCC Credit approval reguired. All customers may not qualify

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June 9, 2012

Route 9 Elizabethtown, NY

Dealer #7085874




2012 012 BUICK REGAL






MSRP $28,734 Adk. Chevy Disc. -4,000













2012 CHEVY 1500 EXT CAB





MSRP $37,900 Adk. Chevy Disc. -1,400 Rebate -4,000
















2003 Chevy 500 Ext. Cab 4x4 LT

2010 Dodge Caliber SXT

2011 Chevy Tahoe LT

CR130B, Fully Loaded

CP230, Fully Loaded, Satelite Radio (also in Black)

CP241, Leather, Fully Loaded, XM Radio, OnStar

2007 Jeep Compass Sport AWD

11,880 OR $279/MO* 2008 Chevy HHR LS

14,980 OR $239/MO* 2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4

2012 Chevy Cruze LT

CR206A2, 6 cyl., Fully Loaded, Auto

CR163A, Auto, Fully Loaded! Low Miles

CP252B, Auto, Fully Loaded, 6 cyl.

CR102A, Auto, Fully Loaded, OnStar, XM Radio



10,880 OR $195/MO* 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE AWD

10,280 OR $178/MO* 2010 Nissan Rogue 4x4

CR116A, Auto, Fully Loaded

AM116A, Fully Loaded! Low Miles








30+ MPG

10,880 OR $198/MO* 2012 Chevy Impala LT

19,980 OR $312/MO* 2004 Chevy Colorado Ext Cab 4x4 LT

CP244, OnStar, XM Radio, Moonroof, Fully Loaded!

CR191A, Fully Loaded! Great Condition!





16,800 OR $266/MO*


18,980 OR $304/MO*


19,480 OR $312/MO*



GREAT SELECTION OF TRUCKS & SUVS Give Buzzy, Bruce or Bucky a call today for more great everyday savings! 518-873-6389


*Tax not included. †10,000 miles per year, 39 month lease. All leases approved by ALLY. Must have a FICO Credit Score of 700 or more.


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