Tag Archives: First Response

Family seeks to send kids to camp in son’s memory

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Nathan Willis was always happiest outdoors. His parents, Maxine and Francis Willis, described their son—who died unexpectedly last September—as a “passionate outdoorsman” more comfortable in shorts and hiking boots than the tie and sweater he was required to wear as a teller at TD Bank in Granville. Francis said his son frequently spent his weekends—even […]

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Whitehall firehouse a swirl of activity

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There isn’t a fire department in Washington County that’s been more active than the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company. “We’ve responded to over 500 calls when you factor in the first responders,” company president Brian Brooks said. “That’s more than any other department in Washington County. We’ve also responded to more structure fires than any department […]

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Town raises budget by 2 percent

Two weeks after approving a preliminary budget that called for a minimal tax increase, the town council made a number of adjustments last week to its 2013 fiscal plan that will push the tax rate much closer to the state-mandated 2 percent cap. The current budget, including the adjustments made last Wednesday, is now projected […]

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Town changes first responder contract

By Derek Liebig   The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company will begin providing first-response medical services in town after a Town Board vote took the contract away from the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Company. The board voted, 4-1, on Nov. 9, to remove a $3,500 contract with Skenesborough and will shift it to the Whitehall company. The […]

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SVFC could still dissolve

Despite voting against dissolution of their fire department, members of the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Company say they will most likely have to dissolve anyways. Jeff Benjamin, who took over as acting chief after Michael Putorti resigned last month, said the department is unlikely to survive without more financial support. “We’re probably going to have to […]

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Local names in coroner’s race

It’s possible that after next Tuesday, two of the four coroners in Washington County could reside in Whitehall. Seven candidates are running for four open coroner seats, including two from Whitehall. Republican candidate Ruth Scribner is vying for a return to the position after spending the last four years as one of the coroners in […]

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Benson hosting two special events

The community of Benson has not one, but two special events scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 20. On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Benson First Response will hold their annual Craft Fair at the Benson Village School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of handcrafted and homemade goods will be available for purchase, […]

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Classifieds 03/25/14

Search for Sasquatch resumes, forty years later

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By Dan King It’s been 40 years since the first reported Sasquatch sighting in Whitehall and now the quest to […]

Apathy leaves trustee seat vacant

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By Dan King Whitehall’s mayor-elect, Ken Bartholomew was hoping someone would emerge to take his old trustee position, but that […]

Jane O’Shea resigns, cites issues with board

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By Derek Liebig A Granville principal is resigning at the end of the school year because of a disagreement over […]

Whitehall Elks honor three for service

New Elks officers are sworn into office

By Dan King Ken McKee, an old Whitehall Elk, used to tell his kids that the acronym BPOE stood for […]

Reelected, incumbents face challenges

By Derek Liebig Members of the Granville Village Board will be together for at least two more years. Incumbents Dean […]

Keough to plant community garden

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By Dan King A Whitehall High School student has come up with a creative way to support local charity and […]

Whitehall school officials want bobsled club back

By Dan King Until this year, Whitehall High School was the only school in the country with a bobsled club, […]

District, school administrators reach pact

By Derek Liebig The Granville Central School District and the Granville Administrators’ Association, with five members, reached agreement last week […]

Karas not concerned about budget

By Dan King Despite fiscal concerns voiced Board of Education member Frank Barber, Whitehall Central School Business Administrator Joe Karas […]

Whitehall/Fort Ann wrestlers raise $600 for cancer research

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Senior wrestler Julian Barber’s charity wrestling idea caught on with his teammates during the season, to the tune of $600. […]

Sasquatch sightings on the rise

By Dan King Officials say the snowy weather has driven local Sasquatches out of the woods and caused them to […]