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Speeches abound at Granville graduation

By Jaime Thomas From staying optimistic to dealing with a rapidly changing world, a number of topics were touched upon at Granville’s Class of 2013 graduation Friday evening. It was a picture perfect day—though perhaps a little warm for some—as family members, friends and school officials gathered on the lawn in front of Granville High […]

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Granville to graduate 111

By Jaime Thomas It’s the moment Granville seniors have been getting ready for 12 years—graduation is now around the corner. At this point it’s time to sign yearbooks, test out caps and gowns and hope the weather holds up for the 111 students and two foreign exchange students. Principal Jim Donnelly, who has gotten to […]

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Graduation next week

As the district scrambles to finish out the school year between testing, field trips and various activities, the senior class anxiously awaits a moment they’ve been leading up to for 12 years: graduation. The ceremony is slated to take place next Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the high school on the […]

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District cuts two cafeteria positions

By Jaime Thomas The Granville Board of Education approved the elimination of two cafeteria positions at a meeting Monday night. The two employees, Rebecca Hadeka and Dianne Connors, had the least seniority within the food service area. District Clerk Connie Resetar said the action stemmed from financial issues. “It was only because of financial impact […]

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School board accepts resignations, votes on terminations

The Granville Board of Education accepted a couple of resignations and approved the termination of two positions during a meeting Monday night. After 24 years of service, JoAnn Williams, Elementary Teaching Assistant, is resigning for retirement purposes at the end of June. Phillip Clark, a 4-hour bus driver, is also resigning effective this past Saturday. […]

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Hartford to have distance classroom

By Jaime Thomas Hartford students will soon have the opportunity to learn alongside students from Fort Ann, Salem, Argyle and other nearby districts. School Superintendent Andrew Cook announced the district’s plan to open a distance learning classroom this fall during a board meeting last Monday. Come September, students throughout Washington County will be able to […]

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Sheriffs run ‘active shooter drill’ in Granville

By Jaime Thomas A dozen special responders piled inside Mary J. Tanner school on Monday and began methodically checking to see that every door was locked and the hallways were clear. Their goal: to find and debilitate an active shooter and then de-escalate a hostage situation. The SERT (Sheriff Emergency Response Team,) armed and dressed […]

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Students advance to worldwide competition

A four-student team from Granville High School recently won an impressive design award at a robotics competition in New Hampshire. The team, consisting of Marc Billow, Christina Rice, Jordan Penor and Joey Lea, was one of 71 in the event and had pre-qualified from a previous competition in February. The design award is giving to […]

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School board asks for tax payer input on budget process

By Jaime Thomas The Granville School Board proposed a 2.5 percent tax increase at a board meeting Monday night, but that number is not set in stone. Board of Education President John Shaw reminded everyone that if they hold at a zero percent increase this year, they’ll have to make up for it in the […]

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Parents Raise Questions at School Board Meeting

By Jaime Thomas A couple of parents recently questioned Granville Central School’s failure to touch base with them about safety procedures and preparedness after the recent school shooting in Connecticut. According to a discussion after the meeting of those in attendance, the two represented a larger group of concerned parents. “I do find it disheartening […]

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Fire Co. renews search for lost horn

By Dan King Thirty years ago a silver plated presentation horn was stolen from the Whitehall Fire Company and the […]

Town finalizes speed reduction proposal

By Dan King Back in July, the Town of Whitehall drafted a proposal to reduce the speed limits of a […]

Officials weight safety vs. freedom of Amish

By Dan King Just when it seemed that all discrepancies and arguments about how to handle Whitehall’s growing Amish population […]

Superintendent upset with test scores

Whitehall Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth Legault has been analyzing data and researching educational policy in an attempt to turn […]

Increase in traffic hasn’t led to increase in accidents at intersection

By Dan King The intersection of County Routes 18 and 21 in Whitehall has always been a difficult intersection for […]

Enerjazz to conclude concert series

Whitehall’s summer concert series will be coming to a close on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and to say […]

Cheerleading made an official sport

By Dan King After years of being a club sport and funding all expenditures on their own, Whitehall cheerleaders have […]

State says their own building has code violations

By Dan King New York State Canal Corporation recently stopped by the new location for Friends of the Washington County […]

Storefront undergoes rebirth

A storefront that has stood on West Main Street for more than 100 years has been given new life. When […]

W. Pawlet auction Thursday

The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual auction this evening at the West Pawlet Firehouse, Route 153, […]

State orders town to monitor former landfill

The state has threatened to take legal action against the town if it doesn’t begin submitting monitoring reports of groundwater […]

Silitch named Alumni of Year

A North Granville resident has been named Alumni of the Year at a college recently ranked among the top 100 […]