The Washington County Board of Supervisors

Supervisors change county budget officer

By PJ Ferguson This morning’s special Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting was wrapped in under 10 minutes, however, with almost no discussion, a new budget officer was appointed. Hebron supervisor Brian Campbell will succeed Easton Supervisor Dan Shaw, effective immediately. Campbell previously served as budget officer for eight years before Shaw was appointed to […]


State budget shortfalls will have minimal impact on village, town

By Matthew Saari While public schools across the state sweat and ponder how much state money they will receive for the next academic year, for villages and towns it’s business as usual. Officials in both the village and town of Granville agree even if the state cuts funding unexpectedly, basic services will continue unabated. “I […]

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Canal to open – but not here, Lock 12 shut down till August

By PJ Ferguson The New York State Canal Corporation is targeting to open all locks along the Champlain Canal on July 4 – except for Lock 12 in Whitehall. According to a website statement, the last gateway between the Champlain Canal and the open waters of the lake is “forecast to open August 10.” “It […]

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Boat memorial restored

By PJ Ferguson Members of American Legion Post 83 helped to rebuild the boat memorial that stands on the corner of Poultney Street and Broadway. The monument is named and modeled after the U.S.S. Liberty, Benedict Arnold’s ship that was built in 1775 in the town of Skenesboro on Lake Champlain, giving Whitehall their claim […]


Tax deadline extended for village residents

By Matthew Saari Residents of the village of Granville will have an additional three weeks to submit their annual property tax payment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into effect Executive Order 202.32, which extends the village property tax collection date from June 30 to July 21. “We’re glad the governor has granted that,” said Granville […]

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Village OK sought for power line; hearing on June 16

By PJ Ferguson   A new project could bring in excess of $200,000 in additional property taxes per year to the village of Whitehall. The Champlain Hudson Power Express is seeking approval to run its 330-mile renewable energy transmission line that runs from Quebec to New York City through the village. The company will be […]

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Town denies graduation in park

By PJ Ferguson   The town of Whitehall will not permit use of Skenesborough Park for any graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. Supervisor John Rozell proposed the idea to the town board on Wednesday after receiving inquiries from community members after it was announced that the Whitehall Central School District will be holding […]

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Hartford to keep programs, staff with $13.4M budget

By Matthew Saari The Hartford Central School District is proposing a $13.4 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year, which will maintain current programs and staffing. The spending plan, which stands at $13,405,200, includes a 1.74% tax levy increase in addition to the district drawing $750,000 from reserves. Hartford school superintendent Andrew Cook noted a […]

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Parade salutes injured fireman

By PJ Ferguson   Whitehall is a community that always rises to the occasion when it comes to coming together to show love and support for one of its members in despair. Despite COVID-19, Saturday morning was no different. More than 25 emergency rescue and fire departments from surrounding towns gathered on Skenesborough Drive to […]

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Granville reopening town offices

By Duncan Campbell   The Granville Town Board announced gradual steps being taken to reopen public hearings and town offices during its meeting Thursday through Zoom. Supervisor Matt Hicks announced that Grievance Day will be held in person on May 26. According to sole assessor Vicki Hayner, the Board of Assessment Review will hear grievances […]


Three-year-old struck, injured by car

A three-year-old girl was injured Thursday evening after being struck by a car in Argyle. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to State Route 40 near Sheridan Street following a report of a pedestrian vs. car accident. Police said witnesses indicated the child had darted into the roadway and was struck. The child’s mother, […]


Granville school board approves budget, layoffs

By Matthew Saari The Granville Board of Education has approved a $26 million spending plan for the 2020-2021 school year that will include 11 staff layoffs. Board members and school administrators met remotely Tuesday night via Google Meet during which time the budget was presented and approved by an 8-0 vote, with board member Patricia […]

Lake Lauderdale Beach in  the town of Jackson.

County beaches’ opening delayed

By PJ Ferguson The Washington County beaches will remain closed until June 13, per recommendation of buildings and grounds superintendent Matt Jones. “As a resident I’d like to see them open, but as an operator this is what I have to suggest,” said Jones during Wednesday’s government operations committee meeting. Jones expressed concerns over being […]


Whitehall school to keep programs, staff with 1.96% levy increase

By PJ Ferguson The Whitehall Central School District’s budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year passed unanimously at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, and voters will get their say via absentee ballot on June 9. The proposed budget, which totals $17,083,791, is a 1.12% increase from the 2019-2020 school budget. This equates to a 1.95% tax […]

Last year's memorial day parade

Flags to be placed on veterans’ graves

By PJ Ferguson While Whitehall’s Memorial Day Parade has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, American Legion Post 83 will not let our deceased veterans go without tribute for the holiday. On Saturday, May 23, Legion members, along with those who wish to volunteer, will be placing flags on veterans’ graves at […]

Recent News

Obituary: Gladys M. Monger

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West Pawlet, VT – Gladys Monger, 90 years old, passed away on May 25, 2020. She was born in Granville, NY the daughter of Thomas and Eunice (Kilday) Haley. Gladys was a long time resident of West Pawlet before moving in with her daughter and son-in-law, Bill and Janet Hicks of South Granville. She recently […]

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Obituary: Ruth A. Beckett

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Ruth A. Beckett, 93, went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2020. She is survived by a daughter, Joan Fiorino, two sons, Frank Fiorino & Tom Fiorino, and many Nieces, Nephews, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Ruth and her first husband owned and operated Busty’s Market in Whitehall, NY. In their spare time they loved watching their […]

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Obituary: Amy R. Phipps

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Amy R. Phipps 73, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield Illinois on Tuesday April 28, 2020. Amy was born on June 4, 1946, the daughter of Jack and Flora Printy. Amy was predeceased by her parents, two daughters Robin White and Michelle Phipps, a grandson JP White and two brothers Kenneth and Robert […]

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Obituary: James Eli McKeighan

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Rupert-James Eli McKeighan, 89, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Born January 17, 1931 in Rupert, he was the son of the late Frank and Ruth (Nelson) McKeighan.  Eli was educated in the one room school house in Rupert. He proudly served his country with […]

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Obituary: Thomas A. Chaplin

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Whitehall- Thomas A. Chaplin, 82, formerly of Saunders St, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at the Slate Valley Center in Granville following a short illness. Born February 2, 1938, in Dresden he was the son of the late Ira and Marion (Neddo) Chaplin. Thomas married Glenda Olson on August 17, 1968 in Glens Falls […]

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Obituary: Katherine “Kitty” Matte

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Katherine “Kitty” Matte, 93, of Whitehall, New York, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, May 21,  2020 She was born Katherine Elizabeth Kovalosky on September 25, 1926 on Maple Hill Farm, Clark Hollow Road, East Poultney, Vermont, She was the daughter of Jacob Kovalosky of Warsaw, Poland and […]

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Obituary: Lorraine Rose Prevost

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Granville, NY – Lorraine Rose Prevost passed away at her home early Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  She was surrounded by her loving family until the last moments.  Lorraine was born in Granville, NY on March 21, 1930 to Rose and Mason Hall. Lorraine spent her life raising her loving family in West Pawlet, VT with […]

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Lakes Region FreePress – 05/22/20

Gina Wells librarian

  The Town of Wells in collaboration with the Wells Village Library board of trustees has hired Gianetta (“Gina”) Ellis to be its new librarian. Read more about it in this week’s edition of the Lakes Region FreePress.

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Obituary: Leonore “Lee, Chet” Marie Leonbruno


Leonore “Lee, Chet” Marie Leonbruno June 15, 1933 + April 30, 2020 Leonore fought the good fight, she finished her course, and kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her at that day; and not only to her, but unto […]

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Whitehall graduation will be virtual

Whitehall High School

By PJ Ferguson The graduation ceremony for the Whitehall High School seniors will not be conducted in-person, superintendent Patrick Dee has announced. “It is certainly not the information I wanted to share but that’s unfortunately where we’re at, at this point,” Dee said at a Board of Education meeting on Monday. Instead, the school will […]

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School may lay off 11 employees; decision to be made Tuesday


By Matthew Saari The Granville Central School District may lay off 11 district employees to compensate for budgetary shortfalls for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Granville Board of Education met remotely Monday night via Google Meet and immediately convened to an executive session which lasted about 40 minutes. However, due to a technical error, the […]

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Two men charged following fracas


Two men, one from Halfmoon, the other of Whitehall, face several misdemeanor charges after a Tuesday fracas on Montcalm Avenue. Just after 6 p.m. Whitehall police, state Department of Environmental Conservation and State Police were dispatched to a fight in progress on Montcalm Avenue. On arrival, police found several people screaming at each other. Police […]

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Amanda Peet plays housewife turned murderer

DIRTY JOHN -- "No Fault" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

By Barb Oates One of the most important things about a divorce is learning to pick your battles. For Betty […]

Ask Matt: Why is ‘celebrity’ so overused in show titles?


By Matt Roush Question: It’s tiring to see the use of “star” and “celebrity” in show titles. I clicked on […]

Rick’s Picks: Country at Heart

Rick's Picks

By Rick Gables Country at Heart, starring Jessy Schram, Niall Matter and Lucas Bryant, is a new, original movie premiering […]

ReMIND, ReWIND – Lost in TV space

UNDATED, FILE PHOTO:  (FILE PHOTO)  Actors Bill Mumy (L) and Jonathan Harris (R) are seen in a television still in 1966. The 87 year-old Harris, who portrayed Dr. Zachary Smith in the television sci-fi show "Lost In Space", died November 3, 2002 of a blood clot in his heart. He was reportedly receiving therapy for a chronic back problem in a Los Angeles hospital when he died.  (Photo by Getty Images)

A flashback to our favorite sci-fi series of the ’60s By Robert Edelstein, ReMIND Magazine In 1966, the U.S. was […]

North Country Freepress – 05/22/20

Classifieds 05/20/20

Two charged for allowing 15-year-old to get tattoo


A Whitehall woman and her Queensbury boyfriend face misdemeanor charges after allegedly allowing the woman’s 15-year-old daughter to get a […]

Granville Rotary to sponsor blood drive May 18


Granville’s Rotary Club will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, May 18, from 1 to 6 p.m. […]

County ends workers’ hazard pay

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson After a long, heated debate, Washington County’ has ended its hazard pay policy providing time-and-a- half compensation […]

County’s beaches will open while supervisors debate

The beach at Huletts Landing.

By PJ Ferguson The Washington County beaches at Huletts Landing and Lake Lauderdale will open Memorial Day weekend at 50 […]

North Country Freepress – 05/15/20

Lakes Region FreePress – 05/15/20

Browsers at a previous book sale

The Pawlet Public Library board of trustees recently voted to cancel the library’s 53rd annual book sale, scheduled the last […]