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Chief: Beware marijuana-impaired drivers

By Krystle S. Morey Legalization of marijuana in neighboring Vermont has local police agencies on high alert. As of July 1, all penalties for adults 21 and older possessing up to one ounce of marijuana were removed in the Green Mountain State. The law also made it legal for residents to grow their own marijuana. […]

Dresden Memorial

Dresden resident proposes seceding from Whitehall school

By Matthew Saari One Dresden resident believes Dresden should divest itself from the Whitehall Central School district. “I’ve often thought it could be done,” said Stiling Knight, who pitched the idea to the town board at its June meeting. Currently the Whitehall school district includes families within the village and town of Whitehall as well […]

Taste of the slate valley
muddy trail beef jerky

Free tasting event in Granville July 26

By Krystle S. Morey Granville area businesses will line the perimeter of Veterans Memorial Park next Thursday, offering free samples of cookies, ice cream, coffee, jerky and more. Held annually in conjunction with the village’s summer concert series in the park, Granville’s Taste of the Slate Valley event is in its third year. “It’s a […]

sasquatch, bigfoot

Bigfoot council to promote tourism

By Darren Marcy With growing interest in Whitehall’s resident Bigfoot population, a group of local business owners and individuals have formed the Bigfoot Tourism Council of Whitehall to better take advantage of tourist interest. Whether it’s to promote an earnest belief in Sasquatch or just a chance to push a little tourism marketing depends upon […]

Jen and Abby Dickinson

Local family walks with the dead

By Krystle S. Morey The devil went down to Georgia because he was looking for a soul to steal. The Dickinsons, of Whitehall, traveled to The Peach State looking for the undead – The Walking Dead, to be exact. Avid fans of the post-apocalyptic horror television series, which plays on AMC, Jen and Abby Dickinson […]

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Lakes Region Freepress – 07/13/18

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County tax sale July 28

Whitehall tax auction, Washington County

By Matthew Saari One hundred twenty three Washington County properties will be going to auction on Saturday, July 28. Every year the county sends properties to auction which are three years delinquent on paying their respective property taxes. The only way for Washington County property owners to keep their property is to pay their back […]

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No firemen’s fair this year

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By Krystle S. Morey The Hook and Ladder Fire Company will not host a firemen’s fair this year. Village of Granville Fire Department chief Ryan Pedone said the annual event, which is usually held in June, was canceled this year because of lack of availability of a ride company. The Hook and Ladder Fire Company […]

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Group discusses Catholic ‘school’

Resurrect Whitehall

By Matthew Saari To help restore Whitehall to its former glory, one of the ideas floated by a group of residents was the formation of a Catholic school. The group, self-titled Resurrect Whitehall, has been meeting since April, with this particular idea being brought up at its June meeting. “We were thinking of probing the […]

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Audit faults village

Granville Village Board

By Krystle S. Morey After thumbing through Granville’s financial records, state officials say the village has some work to do. An audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s Office examined whether the village board adopted realistic budgets for the sewer fund and whether it took appropriate action to maintain the village’s overall fiscal stability. […]

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Granville school board picks new president, vp

Granville School Board

By Krystle S. Morey Fasten your seatbelts and hang on. That’s the advice newly-elected Granville Board of Education vice president Phil Berke gave to board members, now that he and Suzanne McEachron are at the helm. “There’s definitely going to be a change in direction,” Berke said. “Everyone on the board should fasten their seatbelts […]

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Lakes Region Freepress – 07/06/18

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State program to help feed local students

Granville High School

By Krystle S. Morey For the next four years, students of Granville Central School District will eat breakfast and lunch for free. The free meals will be provided to all of Granville’s nearly 1,100 students, pre-K through 12, regardless of income, as part of the State Education Department’s Child Nutrition Program’s Community Eligibility Provision. “Free […]

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Village to spend $64,000 on comprehensive plan

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By Matthew Saari Since taking office, getting a comprehensive plan for Whitehall has been a primary goal for Mayor Phil Smith. The first steps to a plan were taken Friday afternoon when the village board unanimously accepted a bid from Chazen Companies, a Queensbury-based consultation firm, for $64,000. After the meeting Smith said five companies […]

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Armstrong proposes pay raise for mayor

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By Matthew Saari Village trustee George Armstrong believes Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith deserves a pay raise. Armstrong floated the idea toward the end of a recent village board meeting. “You do more work in one month than I did for the town in six months,” Armstrong said. “And I got paid more money.” The village […]

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Music, food, fireworks on tap July 5

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By Krystle S. Morey After having its first summer concert rained out last week, Granville is ready to kick off the season with a concert and Independence Day celebration this evening. Music, food, fireworks and more are on tap July 5. Chicken barbecue The evening will kick off with a chicken barbecue in Veterans Memorial […]

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Canal Fest this Friday, Saturday

Canal Fest USE THIS ONE

By Matthew Saari Skenesborough Park will be the place to be next weekend. The annual Whitehall Canal Festival, now in its 35th year, will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 6. This staple of the Whitehall community marks the beginning of summer with a variety of activities for all ages. The event begins […]

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518 Wheels – 07/12/18

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North Country Freepress – 07/06/18

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518 Wheels – 07/05/18

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