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Fire Company, village resolving their quarrel

By Matthew Saari The months-long feud between the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and the village of Whitehall may soon come to an agreeable close. Negotiations were rekindled when Fire Chief Bryan Brooks Jr. approached the village board Tuesday night to ask if any decision had been made regarding whether the village would sell the parcel […]

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Absentee landlords not abiding by law

By Matthew Saari Last Aug. 30, the Whitehall Village Board passed a law requiring “absentee” landlords – Individuals who own properties in the village but live elsewhere – to register a local contact or face monetary fines. The law was passed unanimously and many village residents voiced their approval at the time. But how effective […]

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Quarry still focus in Schaff search

By Krystle S. Morey The lead investigator in the search for a man who went missing after leaving a Granville bar in 2014 said the probe is still focused on a Vermont slate quarry that divers searched last month. “We did not uncover anything, but we have not completed the search either,” said Vermont State […]

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Former Mount Carmel Church celebrates 150 years

By Krystle S. Morey Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church held its final Mass on April 12, 2009, but its former parishioners and the community will gather at the Middle Granville church next Saturday to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Since its last Mass, the church has undergone some changes: It is now a residential home. […]

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Fall coaches pine for more players

By Krystle S. Morey Student athletes took to their respective fields Monday as the fall sports season began. Practices kicked off at 7:30 a.m. While the players brought intensity, a few of the coaches said they’d like to see more students join fall teams. Varsity football coach John Irion said the Horde has a pretty […]

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RAMPAGE: ‘Bored,’ two men vandalize school

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By Matthew Saari In a fit of boredom, two young men broke into Whitehall High School and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage during the early morning hours last Wednesday, police said. At 1 a.m. Alan M. Dufresne Jr., 20, and Skye Rice, 16, broke into the high school by smashing the glass […]

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Village plans to relieve Rathbun Ave. congestion

An unattended vehicle blocked access to Rathbun Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The driver parked the vehicle there while returning bottles and cans at the Eco Cents Bottle Redemption Center.

By Krystle S. Morey The village of Granville Monday took what it calls the first step in addressing the woes of Rathbun Avenue residents. The village board voted unanimously to make the 550-foot-long roadway a “no parking” zone, and to remove two parking spaces where Rathbun Avenue meets West Main Street, hopefully resolving safety and […]

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Vigil Tuesday: ‘It’s about coming together’

Alyssa Martindale,11, invites the community to the candlelight vigil Aug. 15 at Veterans Memorial Park. Martindale, of Hampton, recently lost her brother Corey Martindale.

By Krystle S. Morey “This community has suffered so many losses.” That’s why, Laurie Black said, Granville residents are coming together for a memorial event in Veterans Memorial Park on Aug. 15. Starting at 7 p.m. there will be a candlelight vigil, memorial luminaries and paper lanterns. Area pastors and officials have been invited to […]

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Chinese dumping investigation nearly complete

Commonwealth Plywood had to cut its workforce by 60 percent due to Chinese dumping practices.

By Matthew Saari Earlier this year two Whitehall officials found themselves participating in global economics. Now their efforts are paying off. Former mayor Ken Bartholomew and town supervisor George Armstrong were interviewed in March by a film crew sent by Signal Group, a D.C.-based communications and lobbying firm, on the impact illegal “dumping” of Chinese […]

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Whitehall assessor solar power expert

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By Matthew Saari As more and more solar projects crop up in Washington County and across the state, more often than not municipal officials find themselves turning to Whitehall assessor Bruce Caza for answers. Caza has been a town assessor for 19 years but has been involved in property assessment since 1985. As such, over […]

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Subdivision buyers back out on sale

Properties that were part of the former Mettowee Fields LLC subdivision were auctioned off at a Washington County tax sale June 10, 2017.

By Krystle S. Morey Three people who won tax auction bids on 30 lots in Granville’s partially-developed Mettowee Fields subdivision have backed away from the purchases and sold them to a local farmer – who said he’ll farm the land. “At this time, we are going to grow corn,” said Ken Thomas, who owns Red […]

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School leaders change roles; unrelated to testing probe

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By Krystle S. Morey The Granville Board of Education announced at a brief special meeting Monday night that administrative roles in the schools will be changed as a result of “a careful and complete survey of the district goals and objectives” by newly-named superintendent Thomas McGurl. The changes come as the district is being investigated […]

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County needs ‘more time’ to develop plan

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By Matthew Saari and Krystle S. Morey Municipal officials and school administrators in Washington County agreed at a recent meeting that more time would be needed to respond to Gov. Cuomo’s Shared Services mandate. The governor’s original plan, announced with the state budget on May 25, called for village, town and school officials to get together, […]

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