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Novel a ‘love letter’ to Granville, Whitehall

By Jay Mullen As he walked around town at the time of Granville’s 40th High School Reunion two summers ago, Philip Brown decided to look at all the things he recalled as a child. He even brought his four kids to the places that filled him with great love. One such place was Hicks Orchard. […]

Whitehall Central School District eyes A/B day schedule.

Whitehall outlines school plans

By Jay Mullen Superintendent Patrick Dee outlined the school district’s plan to reopen this fall in a YouTube video posted on Thursday. The video, as well as the PDF of the 20-page plan, can be found on the district’s website. The district plans to go ahead with the A/B schedule format that Dee outlined at […]

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Compliance officer hired by village

By Jay Mullen   After about a year of searching for a replacement, the village of Whitehall finally has its new compliance officer in Dan Stycznski. He is tasked with replacing former officer Peter Telisky, who retired more than a year ago. Mayor Phil Smith said it hasn’t been an easy task finding a replacement. […]

A proposed law would give the Whitehall Village Board the authority to remove a structure’s license of occupancy.

Nuisance law approved by village

By Matthew Saari The Village of Whitehall unanimously approved a nuisance property law after fielding only a few comments at its most recent monthly meeting. The meeting started with Mayor Phil Smith opening the public hearing, allowing the public – numbering two residents in the audience – to voice their questions and concerns on the […]


Granville unveils school reopening plans

By Matthew Saari “We’re really reinventing education…it is going to be a very different school day.” That was how Granville schools superintendent Tom McGurl summarized his district’s – and every school district dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic – plans for reopening for the 2020-2021 academic year. Granville released its plans, entitled “Golden Opportunities Return; A […]


Hartford outlines plans for school

By Jay Mullen Hartford Central School District posted a video to YouTube on Tuesday, July 28 detailing its plan for reopening this fall. Schools have been closed to students since mid-March, and surveys sent out to parents indicated an “overwhelming opinion” for students to return to school for in-person instruction, according to school superintendent Andrew […]

There is still plenty of grant money dedicated to the Sewer Lateral Project.

Sewer grants available for village residents

By Jay Mullen Whitehall village residents with low to moderate incomes are eligible to qualify for grant money that would pay for sewer line upgrades. Mayor Phil Smith said that there is still plenty of money dedicated to the Sewer Lateral Project. Villagers will qualify based on their income but will not receive the grant […]

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Town to continue summer lunches

By Jay Mullen The Whitehall Town Board voted on July 15 to continue the summer lunch program at the Recreation Center pending approval from the Board of Health. The motion was unanimously carried. The idea that was discussed by the board detailed a program that would involve a grab-and-go table for lunches. According to the […]

Whitehall Central School District eyes A/B day schedule.

Alternate 2-day classes not ‘ideal,’ but possible

By Jay Mullen Whitehall Central School District is leaning towards a new schedule format for the upcoming school year that would provide for alternating classroom attendance. School superintendent Patrick Dee informed the Board of Education at its July 20 meeting that he has been going over the possible outcomes to decide which path to take […]

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Hartford claims sole right to grant IDA tax breaks

By Matthew Saari The Town of Hartford should be the only municipal authority to grant tax breaks within the Town of Hartford. That is the gist of Resolution No. 20108, passed by a 4-0 vote by the Hartford Town Board at their last meeting. Board member Gary Burch Sr. was absent. “Towns may elect, by […]

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Village cancels concerts into August

By Matthew Saari Granville’s Summer Concert Series has been canceled for the foreseeable future. Village clerk Rick Roberts broke the news Tuesday, after Mayor Paul Labas contacted the state, seeking guidance on whether to move forward on this week’s concert. “Mayor Labas just called me after speaking with Sam Parker, our regional representative to the […]


Manor using quilt raffle, donations to keep going

By Joanne E. McFadden   When Jean Mead was a Brownie and later a Girl Scout, her troop took yearly field trips to Whitehall’s Skene Manor. “I always thought it was a magnificent place,” she said. “It was like a huge castle.” Traditionally, Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation Inc., the not-for-profit organization formed in 1995 to […]

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Huge mural to celebrate Telescope’s centennial

Artist Jordan Flower is back again this summer to paint a 3,700-square-foot mural celebrating Telescope Casual Furniture’s 100 years in Granville. The artist, who lives and teaches in Richmond, Virginia, is spending every other weekend in Granville working on the mural, which is being painted on the side of the furniture company’s buildings facing Church […]


What will fall sports look like?

By Keith Harrington   If one thing has become obvious during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is to not make any long-term plans because the situation changes at a rapid pace. Just when school superintendents and athletic directors were starting to become frustrated over the lack of guidance for the start of the school year and […]

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Whitehall library to open Aug. 4

The Whitehall Free Library will reopen on Tuesday, Aug 4, at Level 2 of service. Level 2 will allow patrons to access curbside service, which will make it possible for patrons to pick up items ordered through interlibrary loan. The staff also will be available to help patrons order items by calling the library during […]

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Obituary: Sandra M. Holcomb

Sandra M. Holcomb Granville, NY – On August 2,2020, the Lord reunited Sandra Holcomb with her husband Stanley who predeceased her on August 4, 2012 and son Jeff who predeceased her on April 26, 2013, after a long battle with lung cancer. Sandy was born on May 21, 1944 in Granville, NY the daughter of […]

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Obituary: Peter A. Larro Jr.

Granville, NY – Peter A. Larro Jr., went to his heavenly home on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Glens Falls Hospital with his sister Barbara by his side. Peter was born on December 15, 1949 in Paterson, New Jersey. He grew up in River Edge and West Milford, New Jersey before moving to Granville with […]

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Obituary: Stephen J. Vladyka

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Whitehall-Stephen Joseph Vladyka, 79, passed peacefully on August 1, 2020, at his home in Whitehall, NY. Mr. Vladyka was preceded by his mother, Dorothy, father, Stephen, and sister, Gloria Rich. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Lowell) Vladyka; his daughter, Teresa (Vladyka) Jero and her husband John of Fort Anne, NY, and their children […]

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Obituary: Laurence E. Andrews

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Granville, NY – Laurence E. Andrews passed away on the family farm at the age of 99, holding hands with his beloved Annabelle on July 31, 2020 during the Hour of Great Mercy. Laurence was born on October 22, 1920 on the family farm the son of Ensign and Elnora (O’Connor) Andrews. He assumed responsibility […]

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Scott signs executive order setting Sept. 8 as school opening day

Governor Phil Scott has signed a directive officially setting Tuesday, Sept. 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools. “Schools should take this extra time to make sure systems are ready and effective, so we can deliver for our children, and build confidence in the public education system’s ability to be flexible and responsive,” […]

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Obituary: Hilda Elizabeth (O’dell) Hamel

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Hilda Elizabeth Hamel (O’dell), 84, of Ticonderoga, New York, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at her home with her loving daughter Friedora, her son Paul and granddaughter Shaunna at her side. Hilda was born on Aug. 1, 1935, in Ticonderoga, New York, to Dewey Everett O’dell and Elizabeth Marie O’dell (Harris). In […]

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Another week, another concert canceled


By Matthew Saari Although Thursday proved to be the wettest day in recent memory, it wasn’t the weather that canceled yet another of Granville’s summer concerts. Having sought guidance from the state whether an outdoor live concert would be permitted under current state guidelines and not receiving a response, the Village of Granville opted to […]

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Obituary: Ernest L. Steves Sr.

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Mr. Ernest L Steves Sr. age 91, of Whitehall /Fort Ann, NY, passed away Wednesday July 22, 2020, at Glens Falls Hospital. Ernest Steves was born on November 14, 1928 in Whitehall son of Lee Steves and Agnes Wood Steves. Ernest Steves and wife Lillian (Balch) Steves were united in marriage on July 23,1950, in […]

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Ask Matt – Will there really be new episodes to watch this fall?

Question: With the coronavirus epidemic and social distancing, will there be any new TV episodes this fall? –C Brown Matt […]

Morgan Kohan looks for ‘Love on Harbor Island’


By Barb Oates Lake homes, romance and rescue dogs. We’re all in on Hallmark Channel’s latest original Love on Harbor […]

Rick’s Picks – ABC’s fall lineup


By Rick Gables ABC’s primetime fall lineup will include David E. Kelly’s new drama Big Sky, Kari Lizar’s new comedy […]

ReMIND, ReWIND – Kirk Douglas, the modern movie antihero


Intense and hard-charging, Kirk Douglas didn’t just make great movies; he made movies worth watching. By Stephen Whitty, ReMIND Magazine […]

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Cheers & Jeers – ‘United We Fall’ and Peacock


 By Damian Holbrook Cheers to United We Fall for presenting a united parental front. Even though ABC’s latest comedy is […]

Obituary: Judith A. Pauquette

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Judith ‘Judy’ Pauquette passed away at her home on July 25, 2020 at the age of 84. She was born […]

Obituary: Philippina “Phyllis” Reilly

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Granville, NY – Philippina “Phyllis” Reilly passed peacefully at 99 years of age at Slate Valley Center on July 23, […]

Ask Matt – Will Lauren Graham be back for Season 2 of ‘Zoey’?

Question: Given her attachment to The Mighty Ducks series on Disney+, is Lauren Graham (who plays Zoey’s boss Joan) expected […]

‘Romance in the Air’ star Cindy Busby looks back on childhood summers


By Barb Oates Hallmark Channel’s first original movie for the month, Romance in the Air (Aug. 1), will send you […]

Rick’s Picks – Fall TV lineup


By Rick Gables CBS’s prime time fall lineup will include at least one new comedy B Positive (Thursdays), two new […]

ReMIND ReWIND – Happy 70th anniversary to a pair of 1950 movie masterpieces


The year 1950 was a great one for movies and was especially notable for the release of two landmark films […]