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Keith Lobdell returned to the Valley News in December of 2010 after spending four years as a reporter with the Whitehall Times. Lobdell previously worked at Denton Publications from 2000-2004. He lives in Westport with his wife and three children.
Teresa Sayward stood where she had once watched over her children and grandchildren as they played basketball in perhaps the most famed North Country gym, “the pit.” Now, she looked out over a carpeted gathering space with a small kitchen area, dinner tables and a stage for shows and events, all part of the transformation of the former Willsboro Central School building into the Champlain Valley Senior Community.
Members of the Essex County Finance Committee voted to draft a local law that would require residents of the county to pay a Highway Reuse Tax of $5 per year for passenger vehicles and $10 for commercial vehicles.
A total of 156 students will be making their final walk as high school students next weekend as graduation exercises will be held at AuSable Valley, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport and Willsboro school districts.
If you get lost in the woods of the John Brown Farm, the best thing to do is find the closest tree and hug it. That is what members of the Champlain Valley K-9 Search and Rescue Unit told those who visited the state park Saturday, June 8, as part of its Hug-A-Tree education program.
Surrounded by family and friends that made the trip with him to the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Awards June 2, he knew there were a lot of good books that had been entered into the competition.
People who come to Essex County do so for the outdoors activities, especially hiking. That is what the 2012 Leisure Travel Study, conducted by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), found after collecting data from over 4,000 returned surveys.
More than 200 in attendance learned about ways to help protect the North Country environment during the 2013 Clean Energy Conference at the Lake Placid Convention Center June 5-7.
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava voiced concerns over DEC burning regulations during the May 20 DPW Committee meeting.
A number of people showed up to attend the Essex County Public Health Department’s cancer awareness walk that day, hosting two walks around town as well as food and information on healthy living.
The court, much like a Drug Court, where substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Veteran mentors assist with the programs.