Putortis discuss LGBTQ issues in the Church

By Dan King Being gay in the Catholic Church is not an easy thing. With Pope Francis making his first-ever visit to the U.S., the focus of many is on the Pontiff and his move toward a more socially progressive Church agenda on such things as same-sex marriage. That focus is of particular interest to […]


Karas leaves

By Dan King Whitehall Central School business manager Joe Karas has left the district, leaving Gregg Chappell, director of special education, as the district’s only administrator still in place from a year ago. Karas took a job with the Fonda-Fultonville School District earlier this month. Rumors had surfaced that Karas was going to leave Whitehall […]


Dry summer takes toll on area water supplies

By Dan King and Christina Scanlon A record-dry summer has taken its toll throughout the country, and Northern Washington County is no exception. While Whitehall may not be suffering droughts and substantial water shortages like others, the area has still had to deal with some lingering issues caused by low rainfall numbers. The village water supply […]


New Schoony’s owners look to return to general store roots

By Christina Scanlon A 1911 photo of what is today Schoonys Country Store shows a long two-story building with expanded porches stretching the length of both stories. The North Granville building has sustained at least three fires in the last century, though the foundation remains the same. It was a fact Schoonys new owner, Jim […]


Keepsakes: Some valuable, some not

By Christina Scanlon They started filing in a good hour before the excitement was to begin. They carried plastic bags and cardboard boxes. There were delicate items gingerly tucked in leather purses and a large oversized object carried in by two men. Though the items hidden by their plastic or paper wrapping covered a wide […]

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First Friday to be frighteningly good

By Christina Scanlon The rescheduling of First Friday events at the Pember Library and Museum and the Slate Valley Museum to Oct. 9 gives everyone an extra week to get their costumes and practice walking like a zombie. The event was a great hit last year and is resurrected by popular demand this year. The […]

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A ‘really great student’ sets her sights on goal

By Christina Scanlon Lidia Medrano-Garcia had almost forgotten about a form she’d filled out at the end of her junior year at Granville High School. It was a nomination form prompted by her counselor, Nicholas Healy. “I honestly couldn’t have been happier to nominate Lidia, said Healy last week. “She is genuinely a really great […]

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Despite setbacks, bridge repairs moving forward

By Christina Scanlon Concrete poured two weeks ago at the Church Street Bridge has been tested and approved, putting the project ahead of schedule. This should come as good news for area residents and business owners who’ve been inconvenienced by the closure of the structure, now nearing five months. Officials had previously stated the bridge […]

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Bridge project nearing completion


By Dan King After two years of work on the Poultney Street Bridge, traffic will soon be easing up in Whitehall. The temporary signal lights on the bridge were removed Saturday, when the state Department of Transportation workers completed the new paint job for the bridge. Those lights will not be going back up either. […]

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School’s future to be considered

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By Christina Scanlon The strategic planning committee for Granville’s Board of Education will meet this week to consider the results of a study that recommended the closure of Mary J. Tanner School in Middle Granville. The study, completed in June by educational consultant Paul Seversky at a cost of $9,000, was called for at a […]

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Whitehall solar panels to power Gore Mountain


By Dan King If there isn’t a lot of natural snow on Gore Mountain this year, skiers and snowboarders may be thanking Whitehall residents for the artificial powder. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in July that three state-owned ski resorts – Gore Mountain, Whiteface Mountain and Belleayre Ski Center – will use solar power to run […]

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A lifetime of public service

Granville Engine and Hose

By Christina Scanlon For 40 years, Buddy Hughes has been a familiar face on fire scenes in Granville. The volunteering bug bit him early, perhaps from his early days of exposure to the fireman lifestyle. He recalled rolling up the fire hose as a young boy, assisting his grandfather Dick Hughes, a volunteer with J. […]

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Haff calls out Brown

By Dan King Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff is not afraid to speak his mind. On several occasions recently Haff has called out board members at the town level and supervisors at the county level when he felt they were being irresponsible to their constituents or to the U.S. Constitution. Last Friday, Jackson Supervisor Alan Brown […]

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Combs sentenced

Jonathan Combs, 35, of Granville, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison on a plea deal to […]

Teachers names removed from website


By Dan King Two Whitehall Central School teachers, who did not return to school this year, have had their names […]

Big plans for homecoming weekend

By Dan King It’s that time of year again, where the community dons its maroon and white, and vociferously shows […]

Lobbyist paying dividends for local schools

By Christina Scanlon and Dan King Last year’s hiring of Terri Crowley of the Albany-based law firm, Hinman Straub, to […]