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Tax Cap override approved By Keith Lobdell keith@denpubs.com

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors have given themselves the green light for a tax levy increase above the state cap of two percent. The board voted at its Dec. 2 regular meeting to override the New York State tax levy cap which County Manager Daniel Palmer said calculated to just over two percent for the 2014 spending plan. Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston was the lone supervisor to vote against the override, while Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen and Newcomb Supervisor George Canon were excused.

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AuSable Valley varsity point guards Meghan Strong and Shane Douglas return to the court coming off 2012-13 seasons that earned them captain honors for the All Valley team and saw their teams make deep runs into the state tournament. Both teams are looking to remain competitive in the new Northern Basketball League’s Division I. For more on the Patriots and the other teams from the Valley, see our winter sports preview, pages 14-19. Photo by Keith Lobdell

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LAKE PLACID Ñ It just keeps getting bigger. The 2014 Empire State Winter Games, set to take place Feb. 6-9, will feature some new events and new venues for the 34th annual sporting competition, something that members of the regional organizing coalition have been striving to do over the last four years. Ò We are starting to see some of those goals come to be,Ó ROOST Executive Director Jim McKenna said. Ò We are growing the games throughout the region, we are growing it by the number of athletes and we are growing it by time. This is the largest multi-sport winter event held

on an annual basis in the United States. The athletes all have uniforms and are on teams so they all feel like this is something special, which it is.Ó The games will be held over four days, three of which fall on the same days as the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Ò If you look at the alumni list of the Empire State Games, it is pretty impressive,Ó Sandy Caligiore said. Ò This event has a quality place in the winter sports world.Ó Ò It is an unbelievable opportunity for young people throughout the state of New York to get a high, Olympic quality experience they would not otherwise get,Ó Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said. Ò There are several of these athletes

that have gone on to be Olympians, and that is what the goal of Lake Placid is.Ó Ò This is going to be a great tie-in with the Olympics opening in Russia,Ó McKenna said. ESG will also be expanding its reach into Tupper Lake, where the womenÕ s hockey competition will be held. Replacing womenÕ s hockey at the Olympic Center will be a youth ice hockey tournament. There will also be another version of hockey on display the Saturday of the games, adaptive sled hockey. McKenna added there will also be celebrations and events held throughout the games. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Only one person signed up to speak at the Nov. 25 special Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting soliciting comment on the 2014 tentative county budget. However, when it was his turn to speak, Gale Wilkins of Willsboro said County Manager Daniel PalmerÕ s presentation had answered his questions. Palmer presented his thoughts on the budget to start the special meeting and received praise from the supervisors for Ò simplifyingÓ the rationale behind seeking a 15 percent increase in the tax levy for the coming year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Essex County honors jail educator By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com ELIZABETHTOWN Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors feted a man who had built a program seeking to make Ò bad menÓ better. The board offered a resolution of appreciation to David Johnston at its Dec. 2 meeting, who had been the inmate GED instructor at the Essex County Correctional Facility for the past 10 years before announcing his retirement. Ò He has been very vital to the correctional facility,Ó Sheriff Richard Cutting said. Ò When he took over the service in the old jail he did the absolute best that he could. In the new jail, we challenged him to build us a program and he ran with it to where we can now give GED tests in the facility and give certificates. It is our loss that he Ñ

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Westport seeks new options to repair, replace old buildings By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com WESTPORT Ñ The town of Westport is trying a new approach to solve their infrastructure issues. With continually deteriorating conditions at the town hall, Westport Fire House and Department of Public Works garage, the town officials met with representatives of Vermont Integrated Architecture to talk with about 40 members of the community on a new set of plans to renovate the town hall and replace the fire house and garage Dec. 2. Supervisor Dan Connell said the meeting was organized to start looking at a new way to attack an issue that had been at the center of two previously failed town referendums. “I have been asked why the town and the fire district are looking at this because the residents have already voted no,Ó Connell said. Ò We had put a project together where everything was going to be built as one and the school was involved. We still have problems with these buildings and those are not going to go away. This is a much different project now then the one that was defeated.Ó Connell said the issues have been separated into two committees, one looking at the renovations to the town hall and the other looking at where to relocate the fire department and highway garage. Ò Our main intent tonight is to have a conversation with the town,Ó councilman and town hall committee member Dan McCormick said. Ò We have not made any decisions at this point and we are still gathering information. This is not going to be a one time meeting. As we move forward, we still want to hear from you and get your feedback.Ó McCormick said the time had come to start looking at more permanent solutions to the problems that had been plaguing the town facilities. Ò If you have an old car and you keep putting money into it, there is a time where that can be money well spent and then there comes a time where you have to start looking at the alternatives,Ó McCormick said. Ò We have been working on this project for about a year,Ó town hall committee member Bill Johnston said. Ò We are looking at rehabilitating this building. What we heard informally is that people wanted this building to stay the town hall. This building is an integral part of the town and people want the town hall to remain here.Ó Johnston said that there are several issues with

About 40 residents from the town of Westport turned out for a public meeting on the future of three town structures Dec. 2 at the town hall. The town is looking to replace the highway garage and fire house while renovating the hall. Photo by Keith Lobdell the town hall, including leakage, accessibility, framing and code compliance. Ò The building needs to be brought up to the building code,Ó Johnston said. Ò The best way to put it is that we need to modernize this building. When this building is updated it should have all of the bells and whistles of a new, modern building Ñ have all offices on one floor. This building has assets and is a valuable building. This is a basically sound building.Ó For the fire department and highway, the focus was more on building a new facility that could be used jointly by both entities. Ò I see that this is something that needs to get done and I want to find a cost effective way for this to get done,” said volunteer fireman Jim Rule, a member of the fire house and DPW committee. “There’s numerous problems and a lot of it stems from the age and the size of the facility. Currently, we do not have any room around the vehicles to safely work. The problems are just too many to try and address it where the current building is located and are just too many to address them without the need of a new building.Ó Ò The long and short of it is we have outgrown our building,Ó DPW head Dennie Westover said. Ò The trucks are bigger now and the same is true for the fire department. Now, they all have to sit outside and we have to keep them plugged in all the time

and that is not being energy efficient. But the biggest key is the safety. I want a clean, workable safe environment that my men can work in.Ó Ò They have told us that they are going to condemn the highway department building, they just have not sent the official paperwork to us yet,” Connell said of the highway garage. Ò (The town hall), in the shape that it is in for public assembly, it is just going to be a matter of time. We are not asking people for this just because we want newer buildings. We want to have a plan in place before we are no longer able to use the buildings.Ó Ashar Nelson and Andrea Murray of Vermont Integrated addressed those in attendance about their part of the process. Ò When you do a project like this, it is not simply just building a building,Ó Nelson said. Ò There are many regulatory organizations that oversee this process and we have to make sure we conform with each of them. There is a whole host of different things that we have to pay attention to. As a community you want to make sure that you are adhering to those standards because you want to invest in a building that will last you for decades to come. These buildings are not performing up to the standards that they need to.Ó Ò Before we start thinking about any design or any budgets, we want to hear from you because your support is what is going to make this project fly,”

Murray said. Ò All of the work that we do is going to be accessible to the community and on the town web site.Ó Nelson added the new project would not be as expensive as the one defeated by residents in the last referendum in 2011. Ò We can safely say that the next project is not going to encompass everything that was trying to be funneled into the first two projects that were voted down,Ó Nelson said. Ò The overall arc of construction costs is that they go up, and every time you decide not to do a project is pushing that cost down the road and increasing it.Ó Nelson said that they hoped to be able to design a plan that would be ready for construction work by the fall of 2014. The floor was then open for comments from those in attendance. Ò What happens down the road if you get the two units together and they cannot work together,Ó asked Bob Rice. “We have had a lot of discussion between the fire commissioners and the town,Ó Connell said. Ò We kept coming back to the fact that most of our DPW workers are also in the fire department. Where we are right now, it would be a huge advantage to have them together.Ó “I was really disappointed when the first two votes went down because even though I was not going to have to pay higher taxes with a bond, I am going to be the one that is going to get hit with an even higher cost down the road,Ó Matt Bosely said. Ò ItÕ s just going to be a matter of time before these buildings will be falling apart.Ó Ò When you go out with a $7 million issue, you scare half the people in the town,Ó councilman Russ Paquette said. Ò I think that we should do it this time. The tax line is going to be sufficient enough for it to work this time.Ó Ò I was thrilled to hear that you are thinking of remodeling and preserving this building,Ó Westport Chamber of Commerce President Dee Carroll said. Ò I have a concern about what will happen with the old firehouse because we have so many empty buildings now that it is getting to be a real concern. If we are going to move out (of the fire house), I would frankly see it taken down and not have to look at this dreadful old building that no one wants to see there any more.Ó The next committee meeting will be held at the Westport town hall Jan. 13.


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re you struggling to come up with that perfect holiday gift for a family member or friend? How about a purr-sonalized jigsaw puzzle featuring their beloved pet? Adirondack Custom Puzzles is currently donating 25 percent of all funds raised from puzzle sales to the NCSPCA, from now until Dec. 15. To order, visit their website at adkpuzzles.com and choose the puzzle size and number of pieces you want. Next, upload your favorite picture of your furry friend. Enter promotion code NCSPCA at checkout, and your order is complete! The hardest part will most likely be choosing which picture to upload... I know in our household, we have too many pictures of our four-legged friends to count! Our featured pet this week is Ralph, a German Shepherd/Hound mix who came in as a stray. This outgoing, fun-loving big boy just wants to be buddies with everyone he meets. He is a bit uncoordinated - when he gallops along his legs seem to go every which way which always brings a smile or a giggle to shelter staff during his walks. He has webbed feet, so we believe he may have some Labrador Retriever in his background - whatever breed he may be, he is certainly one of a kind! We believe Ralph is under

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eceived an email from Chris Maron Executive Director of Champlain Area Trails reminding me that time is running out on the Fall CATS writing/photography contest. “Saturday, Dec. 7 is the due date to submit photos along with captions and win up to $450. Anyone can enter so please send in your photos or encourage your friends, relatives, and especially young people to enter. This time of year has gorgeous colors so take some pix, write captions and send them in.Ó There are three categories for entries: 1)Hiking the Trails, 2)Scenic and Nature, 3)Towns and Villages. More information is available on their website at champlainareatrails.com. Also received an email from the North Country Underground Railroad. They are bringing an author to the North Country for two events this week with Frank Decker, author of the new book, BrooklynÕ s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era. He will be speaking at the Plattsburgh Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and then at the Keene Valley

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anta has been worrying whether he can fit down your chimney this year. He hasnÕ t exactly been on a diet, you know. So he wanted me to ask you to be sure to clean your chimney before he arrives. To reinforce this message, Santa will make an early appearance in town on Thursday, Dec. 5, to ride on a fire truck, hand out some candy canes, and light the tree on the Library Lawn. Santa will mount up on his special fire truck (letting his reindeer save their strength for pulling his sleigh later) in Wadhams at 5 p.m. He plans to have a leisurely tour around the hamlet, and if he happens to spot a group of children itÕ s quite likely he might have some candy canes to share with them. He will then head over to Westport, where heÕ ll proceed up School (a.k.a. Sisco) Street and then down Main Street to the center of town. Again, if he happens to see any children along the way he may have a little something for them. Santa plans to arrive at the Library Lawn by 6 p.m. or so (they donÕ t have a strong

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two years old; this young fellow is well-behaved in his kennel, very neat in his habits and patient when waiting for his turn to go for a walk. Ralph is going to make someone a very special dog - if you need some laughs in your life please come in and meet this sweet, goofy guy - youÕ ll be glad you did!

Kyle Page • kmpage1217@charter.net Congregational Church on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. As can be seen from the title the book sheds light on BrooklynÕ s Plymouth Church which raised money with mock slave auctions to buy children out of slavery. It shipped rifles to Kansas to help John BrownÕ s fellow Free Soilers. Ultimately, it even raised and out-fitted Union regiments in the Civil War. When the government tilted pro-slavery -- with the Fugitive Slave Act -- the Plymouth Church fought back, and ran what was called the Ò Grand Central Depot of the Underground Railroad,Ó in NYC. Received another email from the North Country Honor Flight regarding Emily Estes, a 12 year old from Beekmantown who is spearheading the Teens for Marines Toys for Tots Fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Rainbow Banquette Hall in Altona in the Blue Room from six until nine at night. The event is a dance with raffle and cake. Please bring an unwrapped toy. North Country Honor Flight will be bringing unique raffle items as well as World War II Vets and some Marines to visit.

Colin Wells • WestportNYNews@gmail.com sense of time at the North Pole) where he will do the honors on the tree. Meanwhile, his elves will be dispensing hot chocolate and cookies to any good little children (or grownups) who happen to be there. ItÕ s a well known fact that hot chocolate and cookies do wonders to improve a personÕ s singing voice, and Santa would definitely enjoy a demonstration of that. In fact, he might be a little grumpy without it. And we want him in a good mood, especially since this is his busiest time of year. For example, heÕ s probably way too busy to enter the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Photo and Caption Contest before the deadline of Saturday, Dec. 7, so your chances of winning one of the six prizes that will be awarded are better than ever. There are three categoriesÑ Hiking the Trails, Scenic and Nature, and Towns and VillagesÑ and each one will have a $150 Judges First Place winner and a $100 PeopleÕ s Choice winner. Visit the CATs web site for more info on how to enter at champlainareatrails.com.

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his Friday, Dec. 6, is a busy day in town. There are a variety of things to do. A great time to get in the holiday mood with no black Friday crowds. Start your day at the Adirondack History Museum on Court Street. Members of the museum receive 10 percent discount on their purchases. There are many gift ideas for family and friends of all ages. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while you browse. For more information call 873-6466 or email echs@adkhistorycenter.org. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for your holiday shopping, in coordination with shopping at the Elizabethown Westport Garden ClubÕ s annual GreenÕ s Tea Luncheon in the United Church Christ, UCC parish hall. While there, please stop in at the UCC church for the first in a series of Friday Noontime Musical Meditations. Each Friday throughout December, the United Church of Christ will present holiday music for your listening pleasure. This week featuring organist Mary Lu Kirsty at 12:15 p.m., next week Dec. 13, the presentation will feature soprano Susan Hughes accompanied by pianist Mary Lu Kirsty. A correction from last weeks column,

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his SaturdayÕ s movie from the film society is Ò 20 Feet from Stardom,Ó about the lives of rock and roll back-up singers. ItÕ s gotten great reviews and of course has an excellent sound track. The show starts at 8 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange. Also on Saturday, there will be a craft fair at the Grange sponsored by the Town of Essex. It goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Actually, the town sponsors every event at the Grange, in that the town owns the building and provides substantial support for its operations. Members of the Essex Community Church got together with a pizza party and packed 196 gift boxes for children overseas as part of Ò Operation Christmas Child.Ó The Beautification Committee recently refurbished strings of holiday lights which the highway crew put up in downtown and Whallonsburg. The Belden Noble library is conducting a silent auction from now until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Stop by the library to bid on a variety of goodies, like a gym

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opeful everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and now we have four weeks to prepare ourself to pay honor to the great season just ahead Christmas. There will be many opportunities to enjoy the special events that will be presented for our enjoyment. Saturday, Dec. 7, Willsboro, Essex and Whallonsburg truly come alive. The Willsboro Congregational Church annual GreenÕ s Tea from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a great lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. They feature Holiday Wreaths, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, and a bake Sale. The Essex Community will have events all day long these are annual events. Whallonsburg Grange also has some events through the day. Encourage that you make the rounds along with family and friends.

the annual Christmas Tree lighting at the bottom of Court Street hill will be on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., not Friday. I apologize for the error. ELCS is the place to be on Saturday evening, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. 13 student actors from the senior class will present a skit-based play titled, Ò 14 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview.Ó Proceeds from this performance will benefit the senior class activities and trip. If you havenÕ t started, there is still time to get those Christmas lights and other outside holiday decorations in place for the annual Arthur G. Hooper Holiday Decoration Contest sponsored by the Elizabethtown Social Center. Contestants from Elizabethtown, New Russia and Lewis will be judged in three categories; most beautiful, most original, and the best showing of Christmas spirit on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. Winners will receive a gift from the social center and their name engraved on a permanent plaque. If youÕ re interested in the contest or if you would like to nominate a special place call 873-6408, prior to the date of judging.

Rob Ivy • robhivy@gmail.com membership, a night in Lake Placid, gift certificates to the Essex Inn, a bird feeder and lots of handmade items. The big Christmas celebration in Essex starts at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday with the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the tree lighting. From 9:45 to 11 a.m. the traditional free pancake breakfast will be served at the fire house, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a bazaar at the Community Church. The famous photo booth will be operating at the ice cream cafŽ from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a group of vendors will be set up in the yoga studioÕ s front room, also from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the season when families gather, and naturally some of oneÕ s relatives may be a little less dear than others. I recommend sending them, or yourself, off for a hike on the CATS trails, just to get out of the house and away from the ubiquitous television, wailing babies and snarky inlaws. CATS memberships also make excellent gifts. They are non-fattening, never go bad, and you donÕ t have a big pile of wrapping and plastic to dispose of later.

Janice Allen • 963-8912 • allens@willex.com Hopeful that we remember the true Holiday spirit comes from the heart. Encourage that we reach out to those less fortunate as we support by assisting giving food for the local food shelf, supporting the Family First families, sending holiday cards to those in the military, these can be dropped off at the cable office very soon. Those doing great outdoor decorating and would like to enter the Beautification contest; you must register by this weekend at the Town Hall. Snow would be nice to make your decorations more impressive, so I guess put in your request. Happy Birthday to: Joseph King Dec. 9, Kevin Young Dec. 9, Walt Bauman Dec. 10, Taylor Reynolds Dec. 11, Jimmy Cushing Dec. 12.

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Continued from page 1 Ò When we started with a nine percent increase we could have gotten to the cap but it would have been painful,Ó Preston said. Ò In my opinion, we could have gotten there. Everything Dan (Palmer) said (at the budget public hearing) was 100 percent correct, what we do not agree on is how we are going to get there.Ó

The board held a public hearing on the proposed local law overriding the cap 45 minutes before the regular meeting with no public comment. Supervisors then had their chance to weigh in on the issue. Ò I do not see where we have a choice the way our fund balance has been dwindling down,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. Ò What this is just authorizes the board

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Continued from page 1 Ò You have to climb out of the $6.8 million hole,” Palmer said. Ò We are budgeting appropriately. We are budgeting what we need and we are spending what we have to and it does not leave us with anything left over. The problem with the fund balance is it is not renewing itself. We are in a tough spot but in a few years, if we plan right we can get back on track.Ó Palmer said the county has cut back on spending and staff over the past several years, including for the 2014 fiscal plan. Ò Wherever we can we have cut back on spending,Ó he said. Ò Our budget represents a drop of $1.3 million from last year to this year. If you look at your 2004 tax bill, the amount that you are paying in taxes now is not much different than it was in 2004 and in many cases it is less.Ó Palmer also said that based on state numbers, Essex County was the third-lowest taxing county in the North Country after Hamilton and Warren when you average in county, town, village and school property tax rates. Ò This is my 24th budget out here and this is the best bud-

get presentation I have seen,Ó Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, who also serves as the budget liaison to the board, said. Ò He broke this down to where people can understand it and see where the county is, which is not bleak but it could be.Ó Ò Sooner or later you have to stop kicking the can down the road,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said about the budget proposal. Ò You canÕ t have a tax rate that is lower than it was nine years ago.Ó Ò As much as I hate to see a tax increase, we cannot afford to get into a situation again where we are borrowing money to pay the tax warrants,Ó Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said. Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch countered, saying he felt the county had still not done enough to curb spending. “This figure I can see a lot more,Ó Hatch said. Ò The problem that I have with the budget is that it is all one sided. We talk about raising taxes but what are we going to do to cut costs. I think that we need to look at that.Ó If the county does not pass a budget plan by Dec. 20, the tentative budget would become the 2014 fiscal plan.


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ocal food pantries Ñ and many of our neighbors Ñ need help. The holiday season is always a busy time for food pantries. The combination of yearend expenses, holiday pressures, the arrival of the heating season, the loss of seasonal jobs and other factors make for peak demand during December and January. While food pantries anticipate the increased demand, this holiday season brings never-beforeseen problems for food shelves. Cuts to the federal food stamp program took effect Nov. 1. Those cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, widely known as food stamps, began with the sunset of higher benefits that were part of the 2009 federal stimulus package meant to help Americans through the recession. Those cuts mean more people are relying on local food banks. Ò We really noticed a difference when SNAP was cut,Ó Margaret Beuerlein, director if the Ticonderoga Food Pantry, said. Ò A lot of people depend on food stamps.Ó Contrary to common belief, many of those relying on food stamps are working people. In fact, nearly 30 percent of the adults receiving SNAP benefits have jobs. Also, food stamps benefits aren’t exactly big money. The average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, — less than $1.50 per person, per meal. Ò People are really struggling to make ends meet,Ó Beuerlein said. Ò WeÕ re seeing more and more people who have jobs, the working poor. The cost of living has gotten greater than many incomes in our area. People canÕ t live on minimum wage.Ó The Ti Food Pantry has served an average of 100 families a month in 2013, but in October that number jumped to 178. Beuerlein expects it to grow further. Ò ThatÕ s families,Ó she stressed. Ò That doesnÕ t count the children. I donÕ t know how many actual people are being served at the food pantry. I know itÕ s more than ever before.Ó TiconderogaÕ s food shelf is not alone. According to the Hunger Action Network of New York State, 81 percent of the state’s emergency food programs reported an increase in the number of individuals served in 2012, roughly one third of which were children. Ò Currently, 1 in 6 residents of New York State struggle with food hardship,Ó said Sharon M. Smith, executive director of the Food Bank Association of New York State,. Ò And in light of the recent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts, many more New Yorkers will need to turn to emergency feeding providers such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters served by the eight regional food banks throughout New York State.Ó The demand on food pantries could continue to grow. Deeper cuts to SNAP over the next decade are possible as negotiations about the federal farm bill wear on in Washington. The federal program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The cuts to food stamps arenÕ t the only problem facing local food pantries. Food costs, including those to food pantries, are going up. The Moriah Food pantry, like most food shelves in the area, purchases food from the Northeast Regional Food Bank. Increased prices there mean less food for the Moriah food shelf. Sue Morse, director of the Moriah Food Pantry, said her agency is having trouble filling its shelves this holiday season. Ò IÕ m asking residents to donate non-perishable food items, hold food drives and make cash donations,Ó Morse said. Ò Moriah residents have always come through for the pantry in the past and we know we can count on their caring and generosity to help once again.Ó Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also recognized the problems facing food pantries. Ò With the combination of cuts to the federal SNAP program and an approaching winter season, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers support their local food bank,Ó Cuomo said. Ò New YorkÕ s food banks serve a variety of vulnerable populations across the state, including senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and low income families Ñ many of whom have already been impacted by federal SNAP reductions. By purchasing a few extra items to donate when grocery shopping, we can all do our part to put food on the table of those in need this holiday season.Ó The good news is that North Country residents are a generous lot. Food drives are now planned in several communities. Help is on the way. LetÕ s hope everyone does their part. While food pantries are seldom in the news, they provide a crucial, year-round service. They deserve and need our support. Ñ

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ne of the joys in livviduals from the earlier generaing life to the fullest is tion valued and shared the trathe opportunity each dition. ItÕ s those stories passed year to renew and celebrate cerdown and shared that make tain traditions. Holiday preparathese events so very personal. tions, meals, decorations, music Giving and sharing are what and conversation serve to bring make these traditions so perfamily and friends together sonal and so valued. As the while strengthening the bond beyears pass we realize that what tween them. Some traditions are we were given, what was shared marked by certain events. Seawith us, is perhaps the greatest Dan Alexander sonal changes, sporting events, of gifts we have ever received. Thoughts from religious celebrations, parties The only thing that makes that Behind the Pressline and gatherings all serve to bring feeling even more prized is us together to cope with lifeÕ s ups when you can pass along the and down, providing joy and special meaning same joy to the next generation. to the connections we share. Each generation updates the tradition, adds Some traditions are ancient, passing from its own personal touches but in most cases generation to generation, renewed and passed retains the core warmth and love in the same down as valuable heirloom. Others may be manner that it was given. Technology and passing and while only short-lived, served to changing times play an important role in how mark a special time in oneÕ s life. we celebrate these traditions but itÕ s never Thanksgiving serves as an important kickbeen about the method of celebration. True traoff to many of the traditions important in our ditions have always been about the people and lives. We each have those that are unique and the ability to share experiences while passing very personal, but throughout your life they along the values we find so important. conjure special memories and warm thoughts So as we race through this short holiday of years gone by. Even when we suffer through season take time to cherish these annual tradisome unbearable portion or a meal gone bad tions that all too often come and go in the blink itÕ s the lasting memory that builds those of eye. Give thanks for the family and friends unique layers on the tradition that further enwith whom youÕ ve shared your traditions over riches the shared memory. the years. Realize that itÕ s your honor and reUnfortunately as time marches on so do sponsibility to pass along these traditions to some of the traditions that stood firm throughthe future generations. Know that these simple out the years. Traditions change as a result of traditions serve as the fabric of our democratic many factors. The passing of time, places and nation and nothing does more to strengthen people can affect those events over the years. that fabric than to share these valuable tradiIn some cases only then do we begin to appre- tions with pride, joy and love. ciate the value of those traditions and the effort All traditions, old and new are to be reput forth by those who made them special to spected as a celebration of the freedom we all you. enjoy in a country that is unlike any other. May There is an important lesson to certain tradithis season of traditions be memorable for you tions. The most important lesson is the ability and those with whom you share your precious to share your traditions with others, inviting memories. them into the unique experience that was once Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton new to you. While the tradition may evolve Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs. over time the ability to pass along from previcom. ous generations not only the importance of the tradition but the manner in which those indi-

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Summer camp donations To the Valley News: Many of you have called my office to inquire about a mailing from the New York State SheriffÕ s Association requesting a donation. This mailing concerned the Summer Camp and had my signature. I want to assure you that the above information is completely correct and that by your donations, the New York State SheriffÕ s Association is able to operate a summer camp for children who may not otherwise be able to attend a camp. The camp is located on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lake region, is run by highly qualified staff along with Sheriff’s Office personnel and best of all, is 100 percent free to the children. This only happens by way of your more than generous support. More information can be obtained at the website camp-iroquois.org. While this camp operates for the entire state, I am happy to say that Essex County has been able to send 8 children per year and they have all come back with smiles beyond belief! In the same vein, the Association will be soon doing a mailing to businesses around the state also looking for support. I can assure you that I would not put my signature on anything that carries even a hint of impropriety but if you have any doubts about this or any other fund raising contacts, please call before you send any funds. Again, I thank you for your support for both myself and the children who have taken advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Richard Cutting Essex County Sheriff

Even ethics? To the Valley News: The Essex County Board of Ethics has existed for only a few years and as of Oct. 12, 2013 has publicly reprimanded four Republicans over various issues. All of these complaints were released for public consumption after Board determination. Oddly enough, neither of the 2012 complaints against ElizabethtownÕ s Democrat Supervisor ever saw the light of day. The first complaint was about various things, primarily illegal meetings and expenses regarding a sewer project that is now in litiga-

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www.valleynewsadk.com tion. The Ethics Board response was that the Town Board, the courts, or the NYS Comptroller would have to deal with those problems, so they did nothing. The second complaint regarded a $55,000 water meter contract issued without going thru a required competitive bidding process. The Ethics Board found that ElizabethtownÕ s Procurement Policy had been violated, but they determined it was Ò unintentional.Ó It apparently didnÕ t matter to them that NYS law and a legal town policy were violated. The case was closed and buried. If adherence to the law can be flexible for Democrats, as in Ò unintentional;Ó why are Republicans held to a different standard? I wonder if the Ethics Board will be interested in the recently discovered secret surveillance cameras that the Supervisor intentionally placed in the Town Hall? Since secret video taping of employees in the workplace without their knowledge is illegal, is it not also unethical? Ken Fenimore, Elizabethtown

Cameras needed To the Valley News: Two Riddles. Riddle #1 - What do the following establishments have in common: ACAP, Elizabethtown Hospital, AubuchonÕ s Hardware, Champlain National Bank, Family Dollar, Elizabethtown Thrift Store, Kinney Drugs, Stewarts Shops, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Elizabethtown Hall, Essex County Buildings, Elizabethtown Lewis Central School Buses, Division of Motor Vehicles? Answer: They all use video cameras for security and safety. These devices have become common place. They lower insurance rates for establishments that use them. They promote a safer work environment. They deter theft and keep the cost of goods and services lower that would normally be raised to cover the cost of theft. If something is damaged or people are injured the pictures from the camera are there to be viewed for what had happened. They are also useful in the apprehension of criminals, as in the bombing at the Boston marathon. Security devices monitor activity and do not record sound. The pictures are usually stored for a certain period of time and then deleted,

erased or taped over. Some people use them in their homes to protect their property or to watch a child or an elderly family member that might be home alone so they can keep an eye on them if they should fall or have a need. Security cameras are quite common place and useful in todayÕ s society. Riddle #2 - Why is there such a fuss over the Elizabethtown Hall installing security cameras on the front and back doors? Answer: It is an election year and someone had to dig deep to make a political issue out of nothing. The safety and well being of town, county and government employees is the responsibility of those we have elected to oversee our local, county and state governments. If you are concerned about a security camera taking a picture of you then you might find it hard to enter the establishments listed under riddle #1. Also, the next time you drive on the Northway or any other major road in the country Ò smileÓ cause youÕ re on camera. You can also look up Ò Google EarthÓ and you might even see yourself walking around town. Mary McGowan Elizabethtown

Face the plan To the Valley News: Now that elections are over it is time to face the, Ò comprehensive plan.Ó Is it a coincidence that Willsboro and Etown are facing new plans and both incumbents got beat? Willsboro had to have a full time enforcer and I would surmise that Etown would follow suit. More money. Friends of mine in Willsboro are not too fond of the plan and I would surmise that folks would have come out of the woodwork to complain about all that does not suit them. There is a quote that fits this “if we could just pass a few more laws, we could all be criminalsÓ by Vinnie Moscaritolo. I still believe that Adirondackers donÕ t want anymore rules as we already have the APA and, “leave me alone,” fits the thinking of many. Ti threw the plan away and so can we. Jim Jackson has it right, too many folks came here to change our way of life and that is not wanted. Why would someone move somewhere to change the new area? I moved here as I liked it here. Bill Hubschman Elizabethtown

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draft of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is now available. The latest version of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is available on the town Website etownny.com. Printed copies are available at the Town Hall. We urge all residents to read the plan. There will be a public hearing held in late January 2014. Consultant Nan Stolzenburg, from Community Planning and Environmental Associates, will present the plan to the Town Board. There will also be an opportunity for public comment. After the Public Hearing, comments from the Public will be included into the Final Draft of the Plan. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Comprehensive Plan: WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN? Every family and business must plan for the future. This is quite simply a plan for ElizabethtownÕ s future. The Comprehensive Plan is important for our Town, in order to move forward in a positive direction. It is based on how the people and businesses of Elizabethtown feel about our Town now, and what their expectations are for the future. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE A PLAN? Elizabethtown is changing. It is losing population and businesses, and with both of these losses we lose the tax base that supports town, county and school services. All over the Adirondacks, towns are planning, becoming smarter, more efficient and therefore more able to compete for increasingly scarce funding, such as money for our much needed Sewer Plant. Our nearest neighbor, the Town of Lewis, is currently completing its own Comprehensive Plan. WHEN WAS PLANNING STARTED? 1977 - the first Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan was approved. It created the first Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Zoning Laws under then administration of Mayor Robert Mowery. 1980 - the Village was dissolved and became the Hamlet of Elizabethtown. Planning and Zoning continued only in the Hamlet. (Supervisor Walter Marvin) 2007 - under Supervisor Noel Merrihew, the Town Board approved the Hamlets 3 study and paid for the printing of the study. 2010 - The Town Board applied for and won a Smart

Growth Grant to revise the now 35 year old Comprehensive Plan, also under Mr. Merrihew. 2010 through 2012 - the Planning Board and community volunteers revised the original Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan. (Supervisors Noel Merrihew & Margaret Bartley). The Plan is now in its fifth draft. To further clarify some issues that have caused some concern, the Comprehensive Plan covers the area known as the Town of Elizabethtown, however Elizabethtown currently has a set of Local Land Use Laws that pertain ONLY to the former Village, now the Hamlet. These laws and regulations will NOT become Town wide by the adoption of the Plan, and will continue to apply only to the Hamlet. APA regulations have always applied to land outside the Hamlet and will continue to do so. Nothing will change outside the Hamlet. After the Comprehensive Plan is approved, the 35 year old Local Land Use Laws will be revised and brought up to date. WHAT IS NYS-272A? This is a STATE LAW describing what a Comprehensive Plan is, what it includes, what it is for, and describes the rules governing its adoption. The Planning Board has taken care to observe these rules and procedures, which include a town wide survey, public meetings and business focus groups. The Planning Board has always encouraged the widest possible involvement from our community. WHAT IS HAMLETS 3? This is an academic project started by a professor from Cornell University, Roger Trancik and Bill Johnston. Johnston was the Essex County Planner for many years. They put together a study to help town leaders think of ways to improve our towns. These are entirely voluntary suggestions, which can only be acted on by the Town Board. There are many aspects of town growth that are covered in their book,Ó Hamlets 3Ó . The document can be seen on the website HYPERLINK “http://www.adkhamlets.org” http://www.adkhamlets.org. Copies are also available in the Town Hall. Trancik and Johnson are also helping rebuild other down town areas in Jay and Ausable Forks, which were damaged by Hurricane Irene. The Elizabethtown Planning Board

Museum gift shop to be opened

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The gift shop at the Adirondack History Center Museum will be open on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the Greens Tea. Come to the museum and find the perfect gift for family and friends. Browse our shop for books, puppets, prints, music and stocking stuffers or give a museum membership as a gift. Members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Have lunch at the Greens Tea and then come across the street to the museum and finish your holiday shopping. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while you shop. There will be prizes awarded. The museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabeth-

town. For more information call the museum at 8736466 or email echs@adkhistorycenter.org.

Musical meditations set

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Advent Noontime Meditations will be presented at the United Church of Christ, Elizabethtown, on Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6 will feature Mary Lu Kirsty, organist. Dec. 13 will feature Susan Hughes, soprano, and Mary Lu Kirsty, pianist. Dec. 20 will feature Russell Ames, pianist, and Mary Lu Kirsty, organist.

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s the Administrator of a senior citizen facility, it has been my privilege to be part of their lives every day. They have such a vast body of education and experience that it is an adventure to hear them recount their lives. Those that were ground breaking women, a woman that travelled to post-war Japan to open an American business and her counterparts in Japan said, Ò when is your boss coming,Ó expecting a man, one that never ended up arriving. Men who served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre or the European Theatre of operations reside at the facility. One elderly gentleBy Scot Hurlburt man told me, Ò we all did our jobs and tried to stay alive.Ó Women whose husbands or brothers returned home from the war injured physically and or emotionally. One resident told how she was taking care of her brother who had been a prisoner of war in World War II and was in very poor shape when he returned home. She told me that it took six months back home before he could sleep at night and any loud noise would send him running for cover. A few months after her brother returned, her husband arrived and he was even worse off. Though she faced an arduous task, she smiled as she recounted those days and you knew from her expression, that she knew that she had done something very important in restoring her brother and her husband to health. Many young people are unable to profit from the wisdom of older people either through separation through distance or their assumption that life was so different years ago that their advice might be irrelevant. For much of the existence of humans, they have relied heavily on the Ò eldersÓ or Ò wise peopleÓ among their own kind. In fact, we know that the accumulated wisdom of the elderly often spelled the difference between survival and death in manÕ s earliest times. The elders often helped teach the children, knew how to care for the sick and were the people that everyone turned to in a time of crisis. Psychologist Juan Pascual-Leone has coined the phrase Ò ultimate limit situations.Ó These situations are among the most taxing and consequential like aging, failure, oppression, loss, crushing poverty and risking death in war. Great wisdom can be harvested from these situations and the elderly have experienced more of these dilemmas than most young people. Many of the elderly can remember the leans times associated with economic depressions and economic recessions. WouldnÕ t they know how to navigate the current economic downturns given their experience with them before? Perhaps I have a romantic myopia that idealizes the elderly among us. I grew up without elderly relatives after moving to America having had a large extended family before. To this day I can remember my Aunts and Uncles and their colorful personalities and their kindnesses to me. One of the greatest wisdoms that I have learned from the many older folks that I have known is to relax and to not Ò make mountains out of molehillsÓ all the time. I know quite a number of people who are truly stressed out. They are on tight schedules, have little time for themselves or their loved ones or to just relax and have fun. If you talk to an older person they will tell you to be Ò eager to come to work and eager to go home.Ó In other words separate your work life from your home life and Ò donÕ t sweat the small stuff.Ó Perhaps the greatest wisdom spoken to me was by an elderly gentleman that I knew quite a few years ago while we were listening to a lecture about the wisdom of the elderly. He said that every age has its wisdom. No particular age has the market on wisdom. Certainly experiential knowledge is important albeit a step behind the thinking that will solve the current problem. While I had great respect for my professor all those years ago for saying that no age is wiser than another, I am not sure that I agreed with his assessment. In my life, pretty consistently, the older people around me have often offered some of the most wellreasoned and rational ideas. I still believe that experience is one of the greatest teachers. Remember all kids count. Reach the writer at Hurlburt@wildblue.net

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Christmas in the Forks continues the traditions of the season By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com Au SABLE FORKS Ñ Charlie Brown is not the only one concerned over the commercialization of Christmas. Nine years ago, several residents in Au Sable Forks, led by Helen Writ Kennedy, decided that it was time to create a small, hometown event that focused, much like the favorite television special, around a simple Christmas Tree. This year, the ninth annual Christmas in the Forks celebration will again bring residents and

visitors around the tree for a 6 p.m. lighting Saturday, Dec. 7. Ò After the Au Sable Forks Clock went in, myself and a couple of others had gotten together and thought it would be nice to have a Christmas Tree there,Ó Kennedy said. Ò We wanted a hometown Christmas, something that was community oriented and away from the commercialization. That is why everything is free. So far, it has been huge success.Ó Kennedy said that when the event kicked off in 2005, she was hopeful that they would get a turnout of around 30-40 people. Ò The town was packed,Ó she said. Ò Every-

Michael Wironen leads the discussion during a meeting of the Jay and Keene NY Rising committees.

NY Rising joint meeting held By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com Au SABLE FORKS Ñ Members of the two local NY Rising Communities Reconstruction Program met recently to talk about their early work. The Jay and Keene NY Rising Committees met Nov. 13 to discuss what had been done and lay the groundwork for future progress at the Jay Community Center in Au Sable Forks. Ò We want to put together a reconstruction plan and we are in the early parts of doing that,Ó Project Manager Michael Wironen said. “We are looking to have the final plan done by March 28 and we will be working over the next few months to put that together.Ó Wironen said the goal of the plan was to make the communities more resilient from future traumatic flooding events and the results that follow them. Ò We have a list of strategies, projects and actions and we are looking at how to implement them,Ó Wironen said. Ò We want to go through these ideas and see which ones will give us the most bang for our buck.Ó The strategies will then be phased into effect over the next several years based on importance to the communities and funding availability. Ò We want to make sure that you as community members will be able to follow and track these schedules,Ó Wironen said.

one caught on to the event and it has averaged around 400 people every year.Ó The planning and coordination of Christmas in the Forks is also heavily reliant on the community, with help from the Towns of Jay and Black Brook, the Au Sable Forks Fire Department, the Au Sable Forks Public Library, the Hollywood Theater and the local churches. Events throughout the day include story time at the Au Sable Forks Public Library, traditionally held at 2:30 p.m. Free holiday movies at the Hollywood Theater are shown at 4 and 7 p.m., with the annual tree lighting ceremony taking place in between at 6 p.m.

Also at 7 p.m., children can get their Christmas lists ready to give to Santa Claus, who will visit with kids at the Jay Community Center along with a special guest. Ò Each year we like to bring in a different Christmas character to help Santa out,Ó Kennedy said. Ò There is only myself and maybe two other people who know who we invited to come join Santa, and the only way you can find out is to come over and see what happens.Ó The local churches hold several events throughout the day, and horse and buggy rides that will be offered.

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ESSEX Ñ Sign up for a free online library card and a $5 donation will be made to College For Every Student (CFES) to support Adirondack schools and students. The Giving Library, an online video archive that connects donors to nonprofits, is kicking off a $100,000 Ò Share to GiveÓ campaign Dec. 3. College For Every Student (CFES) is one of a small number of charitable organizations featured on the Giving Library website (givinglibrary.org). By signing up for a free online Library Card on givinglibrary.org, people can share the CFES video on Facebook or Twitter pages. For each video shared through the Giving Library website, the organization will donate $5 to CFES. Ò This is a creative, no-out-of-pocket expense way to support local students and schools,Ó said CFES President & CEO Rick Dalton. Ò Every dollar raised will go directly to CFES programs.Ó The Giving Library will donate up to $100,000 during the campaign, which runs until Dec. 15.

United Way seeks applications

PLATTSBURGH Ñ The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc serving Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties is currently accepting applications from agencies and organizations wishing to become a partner agency of the United Way for fiscal year 2014. Agencies and organizations wishing to apply may obtain the necessary paperwork by stopping in at the United Way office, located at 45 Tom Miller Road, or by calling 563-0028. The

Women of Westport show to open

WESTPORT Ñ The Women of Westport Show will host an opening reception Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Champlain Avenue Bookstore, 10 Champlain Ave. in Westport. Items featured will include painting, photography, pottery and weaving available to view and to buy throughout the holiday season. Participants include Ellen Few Anderson, Kathryn Cramer, Dee Carroll, Elizabeth Hartwell, Meredith Johnston, Kathy Kelley, Cynthia Madill, Linda Smyth and Carolyn Vanderhoof.

Toy drive scheduled

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The Cobble Hill Inn in Elizabethtown will hold its seventh Annual Toy Drive to benefit ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing program on Friday, Dec. 6. There will be a buffet and entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for those who bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a $10 donation.

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Common Core criticized at Schroon Lake education forum State officials hear complaints from parents, teachers, school leaders By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com SCHROON LAKE Ñ The Common Core learning standards are not popular in the North Country. About 300 people attended a forum on the education program with state officials in Schroon Lake Nov. 20, delivering a clear message Ñ they donÕ t like efforts to standardize learning across the country. John King, state education commissioner, Merryl Tisch, state board of regents chancellor, state Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec listened as 48 people criticized the Common Core, which was adopted by the state in 2010 and is now being implemented. While everyone supported improved education, no one supported implementation of the Common Core. The Common Core curriculum, which lays out what and how students should learn, has been adopted by 45 states at the urging of the federal government, which gives states Ò Race to the TopÓ money if they participate. ItÕ s critics claim Common Core takes control away from local schools and teachers, while assuming all students learn the same way. The Common Core, standardized testing and KingÕ s presentations have created controversy. Parent groups across New York have been critical of the new standards and the New York State Assessments, which were revised to align with the Common Core. Low scores on the 2013 assessments raised concerns. Unlike a forum in Poughkeepsie, where King was shouted off the stage, the Schroon Lake event was civil. Speakers were required to register in advance and were limited to two minutes. State officials did not directly address any speaker. Kyle Lang, a Ticonderoga English teacher, said the Common Core curriculum discourages reading. He pointed to the seventh grade

English plan that calls for students to spend 10 weeks reading a book on the second Sudanese civil war. Ten weeks is too long to hold student interest, he said, especially in a topic they donÕ t care about. Without Common Core, he said, students could read several books in 10 weeks on a variety of topics. Ò I havenÕ t encountered anything in my 13 years (as a teacher) thatÕ s a greater deterrent to reading,Ó Lang said. Ò We shouldnÕ t be making education decisions in corporate offices.Ó Common Core provides teachers with specific, daily lesson plans for students. King said those plans are optional and local schools can make their own plans. Several teachers and school administrators challenged that assertion. While the lesson plans may be optional, the mandatory standardized tests in Common Core are based on the lesson plans. Not following the lesson plans could lead to poor scores on tests, which are used to evaluate students, teachers and schools. Sarah Fink, a Minerva teacher and parent, questioned the financial wisdom in following the Common Core. Minerva Central School, she said, got $8,000 in Ò Race to the TopÓ money for Common Core, but lost $800,000 in state aid during the past four years. Ò The state must decide to adopt a budget that fully funds the initiatives for which it advocates so strongly,Ó she said. Ò Schools need sufficient time and resources to build the capacity that it will take to uphold the promise at the root of the Common Core. There needs to be a moratorium on high-stakes testing and accountability until the state agrees to restore the funding lost to the Gap Elimination Adjustment and correct the inadequacies in the state aid formula that only further disadvantage our rural Adirondack schools.Ó Many people objected to the Ò one size fits allÓ approach of Common Core. Dan DÕ Agostino of Schroon Lake told state officials he may take his children out of public school because of the Common Core. He said itÕ s wrong to expect every student to meet the same standards. Ò Success in life is determined by a personÕ s ability to better themselves,Ó he said, Ò not by

a state mandate.Ó Others criticized the Common Core for its emphasis on math and reading. Jane Claus of Schroon Lake believes the Common Core is shortsighted in its treatment of art, music and other subject areas. Ò The arts seem to be minimalized every time something new comes out,Ó she said. Ò ItÕ s the arts that make us human.Ó The Common Core applies to all New York students, including special education students, several speakers pointed out. That means special needs students are taking the same standardized tests as high-achieving performers. A Queensbury mother of a special education students was in tears as she described her daughter pulling out her own hair because of Ò test stress.Ó Ò These tests arenÕ t showing us what our kids know,Ó she said. Ò TheyÕ re telling us what they donÕ t know. They (students) feel like failures.Ó King later admitted changes need to be made to Common Core to accommodate special ed students. Ò WeÕ ve made some adjustments,Ó he said. Ò WeÕ ll continue to make adjustments.Ó King said the Common Core is needed because New York students arenÕ t well prepared for college and careers following high school. He pointed to statistics showing New York in the middle of states in educational performance. Ò The Common Core reflects the knowledge and skills our students need,Ó King said. Ò ItÕ s been developed with extensive research. ThereÕ s a lot of evidence to support the use of Common Core.Ó Several people compared the Common Core to the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. While the intention may be good, its implementation fails, they said. Ò The Common Core roll out has been dismissal,Ó Rick McClintock, a Ticonderoga math teacher, said. Ò Parents, teachers, school boards are questioning the Common Core. We need the state education department to restore our confidence in them.Ó John Armstrong, Schroon Lake school

board president, agreed. Ò There are some good ideas in the Common Core,Ó he said, Ò but the process is poorly done.Ó Paul Berry, Hadley-Luzerne school superintendent, suggested the Common Core implementation be delayed. Ò As you can see from the revolt, the roll out has been unsuccessful,Ó he said. Ò Educators agree with the mission, but give us more time.Ó A number of people asked why the public forums were being held three years after the state adopted the Common Core. Why wasnÕ t public input sought before making a decision, they wondered. Several charged the forums are simply attempts are improved public relations. Ò I truly hope you are listening,Ó Shawn Baker of Schroon Lake told state officials. Ò From your body language I donÕ t believe you give two hoots.Ó Each official promised they were listening and cared about the comments from speakers. Teresa Cheetham-Palen, president of the Keene school board, told the panel the Common Core is unnecessary. North Country schools are successful and meet all state standards. Ò We graduate 99 percent of our students. They go on to college and jobs. They lead happy and successful lives,Ó she said. Ò Now, all the sudden, weÕ re told weÕ re failing.Ó Little expressed some reservations about the Common Core and said she supports North Country schools. Ò IÕ m very proud of the schools I represent,Ó Little said. Ò I think they do a good job.Ó Stec was cheered by the crowd when he acknowledged his concerns with the Common Core. Ò ItÕ s certainly captured the attention of New Yorkers,Ó Stec said. Ò IÕ m concerned about its affect on innovation, out-of-the-box thing and imagination in our schools. I know itÕ s very frustrating to our parents and teachers. The teachers in the North Country are first-rate. Ò If I were king for a day,Ó he said, Ò I would take a step back and re-evaluate the Common Core.Ó


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Elizabethtown hall camera surveillance questioned By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ A move Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said she made to, Ò protect the interests of the town, the building and the people in there,Ó has turned into the latest political hot potato here. Bartley, whose tenure as supervisor ends Dec. 31, had installed a pair of cameras at the town hall to monitor after hour activity. Ò We have had several incidents

where things were tampered with after hours,Ó Bartley said. Ò I had talked with my board about security in general and asked people at the county including (County Manager) Dan Palmer what the protocol was. We could have video surveillance in any public space so I purchased two cameras and put one facing the front door and the other facing the back door to run during nonbusiness hours.Ó Bartley said that the camera at the front door was, Ò basically a nanny cam,Ó and that the back door was monitored by a Ò trap camera.Ó

Ò I paid for it myself because I was not going to commit to buying a system for the town,Ó Bartley said. Ò This is something that is done at the county, where they have a camera on the courthouse that is pointed right at our back door. Many local businesses have them. The thrift shop just got security cameras.Ó Bartley said she started to be questioned over the cameras as the Nov. 5 General Election approached. Ò A few people decided that I had been spying and it became a political issue,Ó she said.

At a recent town board meeting, members of the council voted 2-2 to retain the use of the cameras, with Bartley abstaining. Since the vote tied, the cameras were removed. Ò I did not do anything that I didnÕ t check with the county and even our town insurance company about,Ó Bartley said. Ò The town board voted at the last meeting to remove them and we have, but with so many people having keys to this building for other organizations and activities, I am not sure how we can continue to ensure the safety of things in this building without them.

ECH seeks to start Explorer program

Ensemble to perform in Westport

Story hour in Keeseville

Memory tree in Lewis

Mortgage talk at Wadhams library Open house scheduled for Dec. 11 WADHAMS Ñ The Wadhams Free Library anBy Keith Lobdell nounces the next in the Wednesday in Wadhams se-

WESTPORT Ñ The St. Petersburg MenÕ s Ensemble will be appearing at the Westport Federated Church, Main Street, on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be collected to support their U.S. tour.

LEWIS Ñ The Girl Scouts will be hosting a Memory Tree lighting Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Lewis town hall. The girls are going to hang ornaments with loved oneÕ s names on a tree that will be put up at the church. The girls are going to sing Christmas songs along with cookies and hot cocoa with Santa at the town hall. Please bring a non perishable food item to be donated to the local food shelf.

KEESEVILLE Ñ The Keeseville Free Library Holiday Story Time is Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. The theme for this month is Jingle Bells. All are welcome. Call 834-9054 for more information.

ries of talks with, Ò Managing Your Mortgage,Ó Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Michelle A.L. Bashaw, Homeowner Counselor with the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc. will give an informative presentation on how to avoid getting behind on your mortgage and risking your home. This is free and open to the public.

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ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ Elizabethtown Community Hospital is looking to team up with the Boy Scouts of America to bring an Explorer Program to the facility. Hospital CEO Rod Boula said they would be hosting an open house on the program Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. for youth between the ages of 14-21 in the surrounding school districts of Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport, Moriah and Willsboro. Ò The goal and mission of an Explorer Post is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about a specific field,” said Ryan Lee, Twin Rivers Council District Executive for Boy Scouts. Ò This particular post will meet outside of school hours and on a date that works best for the majority of the group. There will most likely be a single meeting per month with a theme and that will be the department that the students visit.Ó Ò It allows these young adults to take part in a series of rotations at the hospital and basically be able to go through the hospital and learn about all of the aspects of health care,Ó ECH Director of Community Relations Jane Hooper said. Ò It is another chance for us to work with young adults on the soft skills that we see students sometimes lacking coming out of school,Ó Boula said. Ò Things like what employer expectations are and what is expected out of employees and employers in the work place along with work ethic.Ó Boula said that they are looking to have about 15 students in the first Explorer program at the hospital. “The schedule will be flexible because there are a lot of students who participate in sports and other activities,Ó Boula said. Ò We want to look to make road trips as well to other health care entities to look at larger programs and labs as well as what is done here.Ó Ò Many students are involved with winter sports and Rod has made it very clear that he wants to make this program available to those students as well,Ó Lee said. “I think that this first group will help us figure out the best practices for scheduling and what the interest of the youth will be,” Hooper said. “We are pretty flexible so it will be easier for us to respond to their needs.Ó Boula said that the goal of the program would be to allow a variety of students to see what life is like in the medical profession. Ò We get a lot of students coming to us through the local colleges and schools,Ó Boula said. Ò This will be a good opportunity to have a younger group of students come in and learn.Ó For more information on the ECH Explorer Program, contact Hooper at 873-3003.

Boys Scouts to sell trees

WESTPORT Ñ Boys Scouts Troop 63 of Westport will be selling Christmas trees Dec. 7, starting at 8 a.m. at the Westport Heritage House.

Greens Tea at Congregational church

WILLSBORO Ñ The Willsboro Congregational Church, Route 22, Willsboro, will be holding their annual Christmas Greens Tea on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., food table, collectibles, jewelry, crafts and wreaths.

Whiteface UMC to host bazaar

WILMINGTON Ñ The annual Christmas Silver Tea and Bazaar of the Whiteface Community United Methodist Women will be held at their Wilmington Church on the corner of Route 86 and Haselton Road on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Included in this yearÕ s scene will be the cookie walk, fair trade gift items, gift baskets and crafts. More information, call 946-7757.

Ensemble to perform in Westport

WESTPORT Ñ The St. Petersburg MenÕ s Ensemble will be appearing at the Westport Federated Church, Main Street, on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be collected to support their U.S. tour.

Wreath laying ceremony scheduled

WADHAMS Ñ The Essex County Veterans Cemetery Committee is sponsoring the placement of Holiday Wreaths on the graves of the 38 veterans interred at the Essex County Veteran’s Cemetery. This will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate. Purchase of wreaths is funded by donations. For further information, contact committee chairman Newman Tryon at 873-2138.


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Radio installation resolution tabled until all sides heard By Keith Lobdell keith@denpubs.com

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The decision on who will install new mobile radios in the countyÕ s emergency vehicles was temporarily put on hold Nov. 25 so both businesses looking for the contract could speak to the board. Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors heard from Wells Communications President Edward Kehn after Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow offered an amendment to a resolution authorizing the installation of the radios, awarding the contract to Wells. Ò This is a very sophisticated, multinet system and the radio is very important to the entire system,Ó Kehn said. Ò If the radios are not in tune properly, then you would have problem. All of my technicians have the highest certification that you can get. I have 10 years invested into the success of this system. I have a lot of money, man hours and sweat equity invested into waiting for this day and I would say that there is no other company in this state this is more prepared to work on your system then us.Ó A second company, Capital Digitronics which has an office in Keene, was not at the Ways and Means Committee meeting. Ò The other company asked if they should be here tonight and I told them that they probably did not have to because I did not believe that we were going to be awarding the contract tonight,Ó Ways and Means chairman and Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee said. Ò I believe we need to let Capital Digitronics come forward at the full board (meeting Dec. 2) and address any of these issues.Ó The Capital Digitronics bid received by the countyÕ s Request for Proposals (RFP) was lower than the Wells Communications bid, but at issue was whether the contract company needed to be a Motorola (the company that produced the radios) licensed dealership. Ò The installer has to be a Motorola shop or it will void the warrantee,Ó Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said. Ò We have somebody that can work with the parent company to fine tune the radios once they are installed. They are a lot more

complex than the simple radios that we are using now. The really critical part is the configuration of the radios. We are still working on the template for that. So no matter who is going to install these, they are going to have to work with Motorola to make sure that the installation template is correct.Ó County attorney Dan Manning said the county did not have to go with the lowest RFP bidder. Ò The whole purpose of an RFP is to give you flexibility in purchasing so you do not have to go with the lowest bidder if there are other considerations that sway you to go with another provider,Ó Manning said. Ò They had a higher level of training so (purchasing officer) Linda Wolf felt they were the better option.Ó Palmer said the county had also worked previously on this and other projects with Wells. Ò Linda designed a point system like she did for every RFP,Ó Palmer said. Ò What she really looks at is training, experience and experience with the county. Honestly, experience with the county means a lot with an RFP because you have a track record with the company. She came up with an objective point system that said we should go with Wells Communications.Ó Palmer said there could also be problems if two companies were working on separate aspects of the project. Ò If you have two people, one working on the radio and the other working on the install, if there is something wrong you are going to have the radio people say it is in the install and the install people saying that it is in the radio,Ó Palmer said. Ò This is a step in the process of a $17 million project. We wanted to find the most qualified people we could to install those radios into the trucks. That is a key part of the process because if you have a bad install then you have a bad system.Ó Morrow said the county should make sure it gets the best work possible to avoid future issues. Ò We are going to look foolish if we save 29,000 and we have no radio communications in all of Essex County because it goes down,Ó Morrow said. Ò We looked good saving those few dollars when we decided to leave some stuff off of the public safety building, but now we look foolish not putting the Ô penthousesÕ on the top protect the heating

and air and it is costing us a lot of money.Ó Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said the county should also look at future needs of the system. Ò If we are going to go with another company and Motorola will not give any technical support then I think we know where we have to go,Ó Scozzafava said. Westport Supervisor Dan Connell asked to table the vote until the Dec. 2 meeting when they could meet with Capital Digitronics. The table passed, with Canon and Morrow opposing.

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Capital Digitronics President and CEO Tom McCabe said he was surprised to be fighting for his companyÕ s bid during the Dec. 2 regular meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. “This is the first time I can recall ever having to defend a low bid proposal,Ó McCabe said. Ò We look forward to working with you on this. We looked at everything that was put out on the bid sheet and priced all that out. The price is the price.Ó McCabe also addressed the concerns that it would be cheaper in the long run if the county went with Wells Communications over Capital. Ò It will be cheaper in the long run for the county if you are working with someone who is right here in the county and can quickly respond to any needs that come up,Ó McCabe said. Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston spoke up for the low bid. Ò The reason we went out for RFP was to get the best possible price for the county,Ó Preston said. Ò If Wells was $26,000 lower then I would be making the case for them. I see no reason why we would not award this to the low bidder. They seem to be very capable at this and the eyes that are going to be on this, if they fail at this it is not going to play out favorable for them.Ó Ò We went through an RFP process and they submitted the low proposal,Ó Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. Ò Forget the fact that they are in Essex County, what will this do with our credibility with RFPs in the future. This company submitted the best proposal and the lowest proposal and they

should be awarded the project. This has become more political than anything else.Ó County Manager Dan Palmer said he was still in favor of the determination made through the purchasing department to recommend awarding the contract to Wells. Ò I stand by the determination that Linda did out of the purchasing office,” Palmer said. “It came out 95-93 and the recommendation was to go with a Wells. I think that we did a fair and accurate job with this an I will continue to stand by it. There is more that goes into this than just price.Ó County Attorney Dan Manning said he felt the board should give more weight to the opinion offered by the purchasing office. Ò It is hard for you to be here and make all of these decisions without all of the information so sometimes you have to rely on your people,Ó Manning said. Ò You have to rely on Dan (Palmer), you have to rely on Don (Jaquish) and most importantly in this case you have to rely on Linda. I have never seen Linda skirt an issue so I think you would want to talk to her about why she scored this and recommended that the contract be awarded to Wells.Ó “I talked with our fire commissioners and they said that they would like to see us stay with Wells,Ó Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch said. North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said the county should talk with Motorola as well. Ò I do not like the way that this is playing out, quite frankly,Ó Politi said. Ò We have spent millions of dollars with Motorola and if this company is so serious about not working with one of these companies, then I want to hear from them. They have some egg on their face if they are going to take sides in this.Ó Ò You need to get all of the facts from Motorola,Ó Manning said. Ò You need to know if this will affect any of the warrantees or your relationship with the company.Ó Jay Supervisor and Board Chairman Randy Douglas agreed. Ò We are not just going to go with a phone call,Ó Douglas said. Ò We are going to send a letter with specific questions to clarify and then I will call a special board meeting later this month if I have to so we can move forward.Ó


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ELCS school board to meet

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. ItÕ s anticipated the Board will convene in executive session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss negotiations and gather advice of counsel. The Board will reconvene in public session at 7 p.m. to: Receive the second annual report on early progress toward District Goals; engage in first readings on a set of proposed district policy revisions pertaining to technology use and Family and Medial leaves; receive a draft set of forecasted Budget Factors in developing the 2014-2015 school budget; examine a proposed set of 2014-2015 District Goals; recognize the accomplishments of various studentathletes from the fall 2013 soccer season; hear a presentation from the student-led Green Team; appoint individuals to various positions. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Agenda materials and public packet will be available on elcsd.org the day of the meeting.

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Federated church to host dinner

WESTPORT Ñ There will be a Baked Ham and Scalloped Potato Dinner, Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Westport Federated Church on Main Street. Serving starts 4:30 p.m. with take-outs available. Cost is $9 adults, $4 Children 12 and under. Please help our local food pantry and bring non-perishable food for the food basket.

Chorale announces holiday shows

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The Pleasant Valley Chorale will present its holiday program, Ò Songs of the ShepherdsÓ in two concerts: Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Community Church and again on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown. The program features a wide variety of holiday favorites. The chorale, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Social Center, is a community ensemble of 40 members, directed by Susan Hughes and accompanied by Mary Lu Kirsty. Admission to the concerts is free, with a good-will donation accepted at the door. For more information, contact Susan Hughes, director, at 873-7319.

Bazaar set at St. Paul’s

KEESEVILLE Ñ St. PaulÕ s Episcopal Church invites you to their Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Clinton Street in Keeseville. Handmade Christmas decorations, gift items, jewelry, jams, and baked goods of all kinds will be available throughout the day. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the local food shelf.

Decorating contest announced

ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The annual Arthur G. Hooper Holiday Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Social Center, will be judged Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. Homes and businesses in New Russia, Elizabethtown, and Lewis will be judged in categories of Most Original, Most Beautiful, and the Spirit of Christmas. Winners will have their name engraved on a permanent plaque and receive a gift from the Elizabethtown Social Center. Please call the Center at 873-6408 if you wish to be included in the contest or nominate a neighbor.

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Festival of Trees set

KEESEVILLE Ñ The fourth annual Keeseville Community Festival of Trees open house will be held on Dec. 6– 8 at the Keeseville Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 124 Hill Street. This family friendly event includes trees on display throughout the handicap accessible building set up by many area businesses, residents and nonprofits. There will also be a special train display and homemade cookies at the reception table. Open Hours for the weekend are Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Special activities on Friday including casual caroling around the piano and a homemade carmel corn demonstration at 7 p.m. (samples included). Saturday at 3 p.m., all children are invited to come to hear Ò The Littlest Christmas Tree,Ó and make their

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Bible fellowship to host celebration

MORIAH Ñ Lake Champlain Bible Fellowship, at 6 Church Street in Port Henry, will host a Community Christmas Celebration Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Come and sing Christmas carols, watch the childrenÕ s Christmas play and listen to a reading of the Christmas story. Following the program, there will be Christmas goodies, hot chocolate and coffee in the fellowship area.

CFES honors national educators ESSEX Ñ College For Every Student (CFES) honored two educators from Connecticut and Florida for their work in helping low-income youth prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. At the 2013 CFES National Conference in Albany, Dr. Lynda George, School of Education and Professional Studies professor at Central Connecticut

State University, and Lem Andrews, Financial Aid Counselor at Booker High School, received the Mario Pe– a Award in front of 420 CFES K-12 educators, students, college representatives, and corporate leaders. Each year, CFES presents the Mario Pe– a Award to exceptional educators who help the organization develop and expand

school-college collaborations that increase college access and success for underserved youth. In presenting the awards, CFES CEO and President Rick Dalton said, Ò These two educators go the extra mile every day to help our CFES Scholars become college ready and ultimately college successful.Ó


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Douglas, Strong return to lead Patriots from the point By Keith Lobdell

keith@denpubs.com C L I N TO N V I L L E Ñ H e re , the name of the school could be changed to PGHS - Point Guard High School. ThatÕ s because the school is home to a duo of elite oneguards in the Northern Basketball League - boysÕ varsity senior Shane Douglas and girlsÕ varsity junior Meghan Strong. The duo both earned captain honors for the All Valley team and were named to NYSSWA All State teams. Both also led their respective PatriotsÕ teams into the state tournament, where both lost to the eventual Class C state champions in Lake George (boys, regional final) and Bishop Kearney (girls, state semifinals). Now they return with a chance to repeat the feat, this season in Class B. Ò I am going to go out this year and enjoy everything while it lasts,Ó Douglas said. Ò This is a team of good friends that has bonded together pretty well. We come to work hard every day and we hope to have some good results.Ó Ò I think that we have a lot on our shoulders and everyone is targeting us,Ó Strong said. Ò We are looking to come back just as strong this season and we have a good group of returning players and girls coming up that should fill in positions well.Ó Both Douglas and Strong have been running their teams from the point since elementary school, playing for their respective parents at Holy Name School. Ò IÕ ve been playing point guard since I was five,” Douglas said. “My dad was my elemen-

Shane Douglas tary coach and while other teams were playing 12 or 14 games, we went 28-2 and lost to Clifton Park and Queensbury.Ó Ò When I was 3 years old I was always hanging out in the gym with my mom,Ó Strong said. Ò I have been playing the position since I was at Holy Name and I wouldnÕ t want to play any other position. Coach Long has helped me out a lot along with my parents and my brother who

Meghan Strong pushed me a lot.Ó Douglas said that he has picked up a lot from his previous coaches and continually works on the craft of the position. Ò ItÕ s something that you have to work on and keep being repetitive,Ó he said. Ò You have to work on improving your court vision and there is a lot of hard work that goes into it.Ó Both said they enjoy anchoring a team from

the point guard position. Ò ItÕ s my job to thread the needle and make sure that the team is in order,Ó Strong said. Ò We work as a team and it is my job to make sure everything is running smooth not just on the offensive side of the ball but on defense as well.Ó Ò You have to know when it is right to shoot and when it is right to dish,Ó Douglas said. Ò You are in control not only with feeding your teammates when you see that they have an open look but you get to decide on your own looks.Ó Both Douglas and Strong lead teams that have plenty of experience returning to the roster and a core that has been together since their days at Holy Name. Ò ItÕ s something special,Ó Douglas said. Ò Someone like John (Goodnough) and me have been best friends since kindergarten. We all know where we are going to be on the court and how we react. We have a lot of fun together and we also know when it is time to get serious.Ó “I get to see the whole floor and see the plays develop, but we all know each other, our mannerisms and how we all play together,Ó Strong said. Both players know they are the marked teams and point guards in the league after the successful 2012-13 campaign but say they are ready for the challenge. Ò I stay focused on the game and work to be the best player I can be,Ó Douglas said. Ò If teams think they need to double me, then I will dish. If I am not the one to do it that night, then my job is to find the one who is and get them the ball.Ó -Photos by Nancy Frasier


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Willsboro 2013-14 Winter sports schedules Boys basketball Keene Thursday, Dec. 5... v. Lake Placid Wednesday, Dec. 11... v. Ticonderoga Friday, Dec. 13... at Moriah Wednesday, Dec. 18... at Elizabethtown-Lewis Friday, Dec. 20... v. Westport Friday, Jan. 3... at Johnsburg Wednesday, Jan. 8... at Chazy Friday, Jan. 10... at Seton Catholic Tuesday, Jan. 14... at Lake Placid Thursday, Jan. 16... at Ticonderoga Tuesday, Jan. 21... v. Moriah Friday, Jan. 24... v. Johnsburg Thursday, Jan. 30... v. Elizabethtown-Lewis Tuesday, Feb. 4... at Westport Thursday, Feb. 6... v. Chazy Tuesday, Feb. 11... v. Seton Catholic

Girls basketball

Wednesday, Dec. 4... at Lake Placid Tuesday, Dec. 10... at Ticonderoga Thursday, Dec. 12... v. Moriah Tuesday, Dec. 17... v. Elizabethtown-Lewis Thursday, Dec. 19... at Westport Friday, Jan. 3... at Johnsburg Tuesday, Jan. 7... v. Chazy Thursday, Jan. 9... v. Seton Catholic Wednesday, Jan. 15... v. Lake Placid Friday, Jan. 17... v. Ticonderoga Wednesday, Jan. 22... at Moriah Friday, Jan. 24... v. Johnsburg Friday, Jan. 31... at Elizabethtown-Lewis Wednesday, Feb. 5... v. Westport Friday, Feb. 7... at Chazy Wednesday, Feb. 12... at Seton Catholic

Bowling

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Boys basketball

Tuesday, Dec. 3... at Minerva/Newcomb Thursday, Dec. 5... v. Wells Tuesday, Dec. 10... at Johnsburg Thursday, Dec. 12... at Crown Point Thursday, Dec. 19... v. Indian Lake/Long Lake Friday, Jan. 3... at Elizabethtown-Lewis Tuesday, Jan. 7... v. Schroon Lake Friday, Jan. 10... v. Minerva/Newcomb Wednesday, Jan. 15... at Wells Friday, Jan. 17... v. Johnsburg Wednesday, Jan. 22... v. Crown Point Friday, Jan. 24... v. Elizabethtown-Lewis Wednesday, Feb. 5... at Indian Lake/Long Lake Friday, Feb. 7... at Schroon Lake

Boys basketball

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Boys basketball

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Girls basketball

Girls Basketball

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Wednesday, Dec. 4... at Moriah Tuesday, Dec. 10... at v. Seton Catholic Thursday, Dec. 12... v. Lake Placid Tuesday, Dec. 17... at Chazy Thursday, Dec. 19... v. Willsboro Friday, Jan. 3... at Crown Point Tuesday, Jan. 7... at Elizabethtown-Lewis Thursday, Jan. 9... at Ticonderoga Wednesday, Jan. 15... v. Moriah Friday, Jan. 17... v. Seton Catholic Wednesday, Jan. 22... at Lake Placid Friday, Jan. 24... v. Crown Point Friday, Jan. 31... v. Chazy Wednesday, Feb. 5... at Willsboro Friday, Feb. 7... v. Elizabethown-Lewis Wednesday, Feb. 12... v. Ticonderoga

AVCS schedules, page 19 Elizabethtown-Lewis Friday, Jan. 24... at Keene Thursday, Jan. 30... at Willsboro Tuesday, Feb. 4... v. Chazy Thursday, Feb. 6... v. Westport Tuesday, Feb. 11... at Moriah

Girls basketball

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Westport boys seek improvement

on our team defense, mental toughness and our overall fundamentals if we plan on succeeding. We concentrate on team play and look forward to improving as the season progresses but we look to last yearÕ s team captain Ryan Davis to have another solid year.Ó The roster includes Jonathan Gay, Tyrel Tryon, James Moricette, Robert King, John Doyle, Dylin Limlaw and Ryan Mead.

Eagles roster

Name Sam Napper Thomas Mero Anderson Gay Jonathan Gay Tyrel Tryon James Moricette Robert King Ryan Davis John Doyle Dylin Limlaw Ryan Mead 2012-13 record: 11-8 Coach: Michael Tyler Assistant: Mike Davis, Brad Rascoe

Lady Eagles look for strong season

Lady Eagles roster

Brendee Russell

Name No. Brendee Russell 5 Sarah Looby 10 Felicia Kurth 1 Megan Sudduth 4 Emily Rascoe 2 Danielle Schwoebel 11 Sydney Mitchell 3 Keregan Viens 14 Hannah Schwoebel 12 2012-13 record: 8-11 Coach: Hokey McKinley Assistant: Kristen Fieg

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Willsboro boys return core lineup WILLSBORO — After finishing the 2012-13 season storng, the Willsboro varsity boys basketball team will look to continue their momentum into the first season of the Northern Basketball League. Head coach Jim Spring said that the team is young, with no varsity players with more than one year of experience. Ò Even with four returning players from last years team, no one has more than one yearsÕ experience,” he said. “With five sophmores on the team were going to make mistakes. Hopefully as the year goes on we can learn from these mistakes and become a better team.Ó The Warriors return senior All Valley starter Nick Arnold who despite missing a chunk of the regular season with an injury finished fourth in the Valley in scoring (236 points) in 2012-13. Seth Swires and Jarrid McVicker round out the senior members of the roster and are joined

by juniors Nolan Murphy and Jake Hubburd along with sophomores Lucas Cross, Zach Pierson, Keenen Hampton, Cole Pierce and Chase Pierce.

Warriors roster

Name No. Grade Nick Arnold 3 12 Seth Swires 11 12 Jarrid McVicker 33 12 Nolan Murphy 10 11 Jake Hubbard 20 11 Keenen Hampton 1 10 Zach Pierson 4 10 Lucas Cross 15 10 Chase Pierce 21 10 Cole Pierce 23 10 2012-13 record: 7-12 Coach: Jim Spring Assistant: Terry Cross, Michael Douglas

Lady Warriors build with youth WILLSBORO Ñ The Willsboro varsity girls basketball team will look to build in the new Northern Basketball LeagueÕ s Division II. The Lady Warriors take the floor without a pair of graduate All Valley players in Kyli Swires and Amanda Mahoney and will look to a new core of players to lead the team. Junior Andrea OÕ Hara and sophomore Taylor Bigelow have played key roles for the Warriors in the preseason. They are joined on the roster by seniors Bridget Moran and Kathryn Belzile; juniors Tory Wade, Amanda Henrichs, Stephanie Blanchard and Rachael Burt; and freshmen Payton Gough and Trina Bigelow.

Lady Warriors roster Name No. Bridget Moran 12 Kathryn Belzile 14 Tory Wade 4 Amanda Henrichs 15 Andrea O’Hara 20 Stephanie Blanchard 25 Rachael Burt 33 Taylor Bigelow 30 Payton Gough 22 Trina Bigelow 23 2012-13 record: 9-10 Coach: Charlene Lobdell

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WESTPORT Ñ The Westport girls varsity basketball team will look to their experience as they begin play in Division II of the new Northern Basketball League. The Eagles return senior All Valley starter Brendee Russell (270 points in 2012-13) along with several other pieces of a team that finished 8-11 last season but already has a win over Section VII/Class D champ ELCS in the preseason. Ò Our goal is to improve on a daily basis,Ó head coach Hokey McKinley said. Ò We have experience and quickness but need to work on our defensive intensity and toughness.Ó Russell is joined on the roster by classmates Sarah Looby, Felicia Kurth, Megan Sudduth and Emily Rascoe. The Eagles trio of juniors includes Ellie Schwoebel, Sydney Mitchell and Keregan Viens, while eighth-grader Hannah Schwoebel rounds out the roster.

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WESTPORT Ñ The Westport varsity boys basketball team hopes that another year under their belt, complete with a near-upset of the then second ranked team in the state, will push them closer to a deep run in the Class D playoffs this season. “We finished the season last year winning eight of nine and we look to build on that success,Ó head coach Michael Ò IkeÓ Tyler said. Ò We have all the players back from last yearÕ s team that started or played a lot of minutes so that should help as we move forward.Ó The Eagles return All Valley starter Ryan Davis, the third leading scorer among local teams with 264 points in 2012-13. He is joined by fellow All Valley honorees Anderson Gay (152 points) and Thomas Mero, whose play at point guard helped spark the late-season run along with the post play of Sam Napper. Tyler said he would be interested to see how his team plays in the new Northern Basketball LeagueÕ s Division II. Ò The competition level of the league has improved with the addition of Ti, Moriah and Seton Catholic which should help us come sectional time,Ó Tyler said. Ò We need to improve


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Patriot swimmers look for success Keene girls are solid in frontcourt

CLINTONVILLE Ñ With a strong core and increased numbers, the AuSable Valley boys varsity swim team hopes to be competitive with the teams in Sections VII and X. Ò We hope to be a contending force against PHS and Franklin Academy,Ó head coach Doug Garrand said. Ò All teams are larger this year. Many strong athletes graduated but many more remain. We hope to take at least two individual events and one relay at sectionals this year.Ó Garrand said that the team will be anchored by senior Gavin Friedrich who will swim distance and combined events. He will also be key in relays along with Mark Whitney, Dillon Drollett and Tyler Champine. Ò We also have new recruits and those that moved up from modified are working on technique, endurance and strength,Ó Garrand said. Ò With a good number of young athletes, look for us to do well in future seasons as well.Ó

Patriots swim roster

KEENE VALLEY Ñ The Keene varsity girls basketball team is hoping to be near the top of the Northern Basketball LeagueÕ s Division III standings. Ò We would like to continue to improve and finish near the top of the league standings,” head coach Brian LaVallee said. Ò We have two returning all stars at the post and three returning players overall, along with new guards with good ball handling skills and knowledge of the game.Ó LaVallee returns a pair of All Valley players in senior forward Tucker Geiger (173 points 2012-13) and junior center Naomi Peduzzi (178) along with sophomore guard/forward Taylor Geiger (142). Ò We are going to be working on team building and developing our style of play,Ó LaVallee said. Ò Tucker and Naomi are the team captains and will be our leadership duo this season.Ó Kari LaClair joins Tucker Geiger as seniors

Name Grade Gavin Friedrich 12 Michael Bussier 11 Tyler Champine 11 Justin Cook 11 Connor Croghan 11 Dillon Drollett 11 Cole Baer 10 Payson Baer 10 Thorne Bola 10 Elijah Bushey 10 Chris King 10 Mark Whitney 10 Ryan Agoney 9 Warren Daniels 9 Sky Hanf 9 Wyatt Merrill 9 Aaron O’Neill 9 Dylan Sheffer 9 Coach: Doug Garrand Assistant: Emily Woods, Michael Rafferty

on the roster, along with sophomores Madison Gifford and Amanda Bruha; freshmen Hanna Whitney, Elaina Smith and Brianna Joanette; and foreign exchange students Sara Gagliandi, Clara Sanz and Fie Tims.

Lady Beavers roster Name Grade Tucker Geiger 12 Kari LaClair 12 Naomi Peduzzi 11 Taylor Geiger 10 Madison Gifford 10 Amanda Bruha 10 Hanna Whitney 9 Elaina Smith 9 Brianna Joanette 9 Sara Gagliandi FES Clara Sanz FES Fie Tims FES 2012-13 record: 14-5 Coach: Brian LaVallee

AVCS indoor track team youthful Beavers return experienced squad CLINTONVILLE Ñ The AuSable Valley varsity indoor track team has a lot of athletes with single digits next to their names. The Patriots roster has 20 members in grades 7-9, while only boasting four upper classmen (one senior, three juniors). Ò The biggest thing to do is gain experience,Ó coach Sean Ganter said. Ò This will be especially important in the middle and long distance races where seasoning and training is paramount. We want to be as competitive as possible. There are several new athletes which are finding their ways. Their development will determine our success.Ó Ganter said the team should be strong in jumping and sprinting events on the girls side and the boys were, Ò showing promise,Ó in sprints and shot put. “Senior Ashlee Estes, a State meet qualifier last year in the high jump, returns to lead the girls,Ó Ganter said. Ò She will do well in the high jump, long jump and sprints. Junior Rachel Ford brings quality experience in the triple jump and middle distances. Ò Junior Jacob Ashline is the top returnee for the boys,Ó Ganter continued. Ò He will show the way in the sprints and long jump. Eighthgrader Desmond Fout, a promising young new-

comer, will try the shot put, hurdles, jumps and sprints.Ó

Patriots indoor roster Name Ashlee Estes Jacob Ashline Rachel Ford Jessica Malskis Michael Guynup Kassie LaHart Haley Passino Eric Potthast Lydia Russom Briana Williams Alex Wilson Jacub Bear Logan Brown Hailey Christianson Desmond Fout Olivia Hetfield Zachary Lawrence Haille Perkins Noah Smith Riley Smith Myah Straight Dylan Ward James Manning David Vicaro Coach: Sean Ganter

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KEENE VALLEY Ñ Last year, the Keene varsity boys basketball team returned to the court after a three year hiatus. In 2013, they will be participating in Division III of the new Northern Basketball League and will look to improve on the pair of wins they earned last season. Ò The 2013-2014 Keene Boys Basketball team is looking to have a competitive season,Ó head coach Chad Lopez said. Ò Returning starters Colton Venner, Brandon Dumas, Austin Brown and team captain Gabe Warner will look to lead on the court. Justin Haverlick, Warren Ashe, and Matthew Holmes return to the floor for the Beavers. Additions of Jesse Summo, Josh Haberle, Dustin Hall, and Seungyeol Ko should give Keene added depth to the roster.Ó The team returns junior All Valley selection

Patriots wrestling Taylor Blaise Teddy Tanzuck Dylan Baker Eli Gainer Jordan Matott Charlie Wilkinson Casey Spear

Colton Venner (200 points in 2012-13) along with second leading scorer in senior Gabe Warner (140).

Beavers roster Name Gave Warner Warren Ashe Austin Brown Brandon Dumas Josh Haberle Matthew Holmes Seungyeol Ko Jesse Summo Colton Venner Dustin Hall Justin Haverlick 2012-13 record: 2-16 Coach: Chad Lopez

Grade 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10

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Patriot boys seek Class B title, another state run CLINTONVILLE Ñ The AuSable Valley varsity boys basketball team will return to the ranks of Class B schools one year after being on the verge of a trip to the Class C Final Four. The Patriots, whose season ended last year with a regional finals loss against eventual state champion Lake George, will return a solid core of players to the floor for the first year of the Northern Basketball League Division I, along with All Valley Captain Shane Douglas (Valley-high 347 points in 2012-13), All Valley starter John Goodnough (176) and All Valley reserve Zach Cosgrove (160). Ò They will be joined by Nick McDonald and Austin Facteau for the starting five,”

Patriots head coach and 2012-13 All Valley coach Jaime Douglass said. Ò We really have a starting seven with Kobe Parrow down low and Sultan Sikandar at Guard followed by strong play from Riley Peck, Zeke Durham and the currently injured Prescott Doyle. Douglas and Goodnough were named to state all star teams, but if other teams watch them to much the rest of team will make them pay.Ó Douglass said that the team will rely on its calling cards of speed and defensive tenacity while working on other parts of the game as the season progresses. Ò Our team goals are to strive to get better as the season progresses and to peak at sectionals,Ó Douglass said. Ò We need

to stay out of foul trouble and we have to work on rebounding.Ó

Patriots roster

Name No. Riley Peck 3 John Goodnough 14 Austin Facteau 21 Shane Douglas 24 Nick McDonald 33 Zach Cosgrove 1 Prescott Doyle 2 Zeke Durham 22 Sultan Sikandar 23 Kobe Parrow 11 2012-13 record: 14-4 Coach: Jaime Douglass Assistant: Kevin Douglas

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championship as well as a sectional championship in Class B,Ó head coach Roger Long said. Fortunately, All Valley 2012-13 coach Roger Long will look to four returning members of the All Valley team for experience, including AVT captain Meghan Strong, who hit a season high 46 three pointers on her way to 310 points in the 2012-13 season. Strong is joined by fellow All Valley starter Taylor Saltus (244 points 2012/13) and reserves Logan Snow (182) and Madison Rondeau (145).

Lady Patriots roster Name Taylor Saltus Logan Snow Meghan Strong Jeanna Manning Madison Rondeau Nicole Santamaria Shelby Bourgeois Sydney Snow Madison McCabe 2012-13 record: 19-3 Coach: Roger Long

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ELCS returns four of starting five ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The ElizabethtownLewis boys varsity basketball team returns one of the most experienced teams in the Valley as they prepare for the new Northern Basketball League. Ò The team is returning all but one player from last seasonÕ s roster, so we are looking to a core or returning players to help lead us this year,Ó head coach Colby Pulsifer said. The only loss from the Lions roster was All Valley starter Charlie Huttig (297 points in 2012-13), while the Lions return All Valley players in senior Justin LaPier (145 points) and junior Zac Noka-Bailey (204). LaPier is joined on the roster by fellow seniors Owen Denton, Connor Marvin, Austin Morris and Hugh Harwood. Along with NokaBailey, the roster includes juniors Caleb Denton, Cortland White, Wesley Whalen, RJ Plante, Noah Farrell and Isaiah Turner. Ò The team is looking to have both offensive

and defensive production from all players on the floor this year,” Pulsifer said. “Being unselfish and playing as one unit is a team goal.Ó

Lions roster

Name Grade Justin LaPier 12 Owen Denton 12 Connor Marvin 12 Austin Morris 12 Hugh Harwood 12 Caleb Denton 11 Cortland White 11 Zac Noka-Bailey 11 Wesley Whalen 11 RJ Plante 11 Noah Farrell 11 Isaiah Turner 11 2012-13 record: 14-6 Coach: Colby Pulsifer Assistant: George Huttig

Lady Lions seek to defend D title ELIZABETHTOWN Ñ The ElizabethtownLewis girls varsity basketball team hopes to keep their three-year tradition of making it to the Plattsburgh Field House for the first Saturday in March going. For the first time, the Lions were able to come away from PSUC with the Section VII/Class D girls title, something they hope to repeat as they start play in Division II of the Northern Basketball League. The Lions lost a pair of All Valley players in starter Shonna Brooks and reserve Kearsten Ashline, but return senior All Valley starter and leading scorer Lily Whalen (311 points in 201213, Valley-best 117 field goals) who has averaged 19.0 points in the preseason. The Lions also return seniors Angel Barnes and Savannah Graves along with junior Jasmin Barnes and sophomore Emma Disogra. Newcomers include juniors Erika Mitchell,

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Friday, Jan. 3... v. Beekmantown Monday, Jan. 6... at Moriah Wednesday, Jan. 8... v. Saranac Friday, Jan. 10... v. Northeastern Clinton Monday, Jan. 13... bye Wednesday, Jan. 15... v. Ticonderoga Friday, Jan. 17... at Plattsburgh High Wednesday, Jan. 22... at Peru Friday, Jan. 24... v. Willsboro Saturday, Feb. 8... Sectionals at North Bowl

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Indoor track and field Thursday, Jan. 23... v. Saranac Thursday, Jan. 30... v. Saranac Lake Tuesday, Feb. 4... at Beekmantown Thursday, Feb. 6... v. Northern Adirondack Tuesday, Feb. 11... at Northeastern Clinton

Wrestling

Wednesday, Dec. 4... at Saranac Saturday, Dec. 7... at Ballston Spa Saturday, Dec. 14... Travis Capen Memorial Duals Wednesday, Dec. 18... v. Beekmantown Saturday, Dec. 21... at Granville Friday, Dec. 27... at Mountain Duals Saturday, Dec. 28... at Mountain Duals Friday, Jan. 3... at Peru Classic Saturday, Jan. 4... at Peru Classic Tuesday, Jan. 7... at Peru Tuesday, Jan. 14... at Northern Adirondack

Tuesday, Jan. 21... v. Saranac Saturday, Jan. 25... at Roundout Valley Wednesday, Feb. 5... at Beekmantown Tuesday, Feb. 11... v. Peru Saturday, Feb. 15... Sectionals at AuSable Valley Friday, Feb. 28... NYSPHSAA meet Saturday, March 1... NYSPHSAA meet

Bowling

Wednesday, Dec. 4... at Beekmantown Friday, Dec. 6... v. Moriah Monday, Dec. 9... at Saranac Wednesday, Dec. 11... at Northeastern Clinton Friday, Dec. 13... bye Monday, Dec. 16... at Ticonderoga Wednesday, Dec. 18... v. Plattsburgh High Friday, Dec. 20... v. Peru Thursday, Jan. 2... at Willsboro

All CVAC meets at Plattsburgh State Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Sectional meet, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, States, Cornell University

Boys swimming

Friday, Dec. 6... Preseason invitational, PHS Tuesday, Dec. 10... at Plattsburgh High Friday, Dec. 13... at Franklin Academy Tuesday, Dec. 17... Relay Carnival at PHS Tuesday, Jan. 7... v. Plattsburgh High Friday, Jan. 10... Mid-season Invitational at AVCS Friday, Jan. 17... v. Franklin Academy Tuesday, Jan. 21... at Plattsburgh High Friday, Jan. 24... Pentahlon at AuSable Valley Friday, Jan. 31... v. Plattsburgh High Saturday, Feb. 8... Sectionals at AVCS Feb. 28, March 1... States, Webster


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LEGALS Valley News Legal Deadline Monday @ 3:00pm Please Send Legals By EMAIL To: legals@denpubs.com

SURGE VAULT LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/14/13. Office location: Essex County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Will Larzelere, P.O. Box 9,

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Lake Placid, NY 12946. General Purpose. VN-11/9-12/14/20136TC-53956 ----------------------------EVERGREEN HIGH VOLTAGE, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/22/13. Office location: Essex County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, P.O. Box 9, Lake Placid, NY 12946. General Purpose. VN-11/9-12/14/20136TC-53955 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED

LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: NORTHEASTERN STATES KILNS, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with New York Secretary of State (SSNY) on September 11, 2013. Office location: Essex County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Northeastern States Kilns, LLC, 25 Ellsberry Lane, Willsboro, NY 12993. Purpose: Purchase and operate kilns and all other legal purposes. VN-11/23-12/28/20136TC-53997 -----------------------------

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED L I A B I L I T Y COMPANY (“LLC”) Name: Zeke's Pub LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on 11/18/13 Office Location: Essex County. The “SSNY” is designated as agent of the “LLC” upon whom process against it may be served. “SSNY” shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 3922 NYS Route 22, Willsboro, NY 12996 . Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. VN-12/7-1/11/20146TC-52168 -----------------------------

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBYGIVEN that the Town Board of the Town of Keene has set Thursday, December 26th, 2013, at 5:30 PM, at the Keene Town Hall as the time and place to hold their December Bi-Monthly Town Board Meeting jointly with their End of the Year Town Board Meeting. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, at 5:30 PM, at the Keene Town Hall, has been set as the time and place to hold the Town of Keene’s 2014 Organizational Town Board Meeting. The Town Board has

also scheduled the Annual Audit of Employees and Officers to be held Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, at 5:00 PM, preceding their Bi-Monthly Town Board Meeting scheduled for 5:30 PM. Ellen S. Estes, Town Clerk Dated: November 26, 2013 VN-12/7/2013-1TC52161 ----------------------------NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LS MARINA LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/15/13. Office location: Essex County. LLC formed in DE on 11/14/13. NY Sec. of

State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Michael Damp, 2210 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid, NY 12946, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. VN-12/7-1/11/20146TC-52173 ----------------------------NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPA-

NY (LLC) Name: 312 ESSEX, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with New York Secretary of State (SSNY) on November 12, 2013. Office location: Essex County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o 312 Essex, LLC, 44 Farm Way, Essex, NY 12993. Purpose: Real Estate ownership and all other legal purposes. VN-11/30-01/04/20136TC-52146 ----------------------------Juggling Your Budget? Advertise Small, Get Big Results! Call 1-518-873-6368 Ext. 201


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