Tag Archives: Sparling

Hicks appoints new historian

By Jaime Thomas An opening for a town historian in Granville came at a perfect time for Lee Tugas. Tugas, who is retiring at the end of this school year from Whitehall Central School after teaching English for 30 years, was looking for a way to stay active. So he applied for the position of […]

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Heritage Society reforms

By Jaime Thomas It was a small but earnest group that gathered at the Slate Valley Museum last Thursday to discuss the future of Granville’s past. The meeting was the first reorganizational meeting of the former Granville Heritage Society, which faded out several years ago. Former Planning Board Chair Lee Comar initiated the effort in […]

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Meeting house demolished

By Jaime Thomas Where the Quaker meeting house once stood there is now nothing but tire ruts and rubbish. The nearly 200-year-old building, which also served as a schoolhouse until the 1950s, was demolished Tuesday afternoon. An excavator began with the front porch and eventually moved on to the main body of the building, which […]

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Town hall to try for National Registry

By Jaime Thomas Supervisor Matt Hicks asked the town board to pass a motion allowing him to fill out an application to get the Granville town hall on the National Historic Registry during a meeting last Monday. While he said the idea stems from issues surrounding the Quaker meeting house, it’s also something that has […]

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Town awaits Burke’s reply

Jaime Thomas Granville Town Supervisor Matt Hicks said he has not heard back from Tom Burke as of Monday after sending him a letter about two weeks ago. On behalf of concerned historians and citizens, Hicks sent Burke a request to donate the piece of land the Quaker meeting house sits on from the plot […]

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Town Board supports bid to save Quaker Meeting House

The Granville town board has agreed to send a letter to Tom Burke requesting he donate the Quaker meeting house on Quaker Street to the town. Burke, who owns or operates at least 35 Dunkin’ Donuts, purchased the plot of land that houses three buildings several months ago. “We’re here tonight to try and beat […]

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Mystery tool solved

By Jaime Thomas After two fruitless years of searching for the purpose of a tool he had purchased at an estate sale, Willard Graham contacted the Sentinel for some help. Only days after a picture and description of the tool were published in the paper, Graham had his answer. While a number of locals contacted […]

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Local efforts to save historic structure

By Jaime Thomas As mixed messages surface about the immediate future of the Quaker meeting house slated for demolition, efforts continue to preserve the very history that gave Quaker Street its name. “I have no plans at the current time,” said Tom Burke, owner of the plot that houses the schoolhouse, the former veterinarian office […]

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Historic building eyed for destruction

Large piece of Granville history to be demolished There were two classrooms, two cloakrooms and two teachers in the old school house on Quaker Street in Granville, and some grades consisted of only a handful of students. Everyone started the day by singing a patriotic anthem and saying the Lord’s Prayer, and then the teachers […]

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Colonies reappear in Pember event

By Rob McGuire The calendar said it was Oct. 13, but from the look of things, it could have been a day in the life of a brilliant autumn Saturday in 1772. There were corn huskers and flour grinders, wool spinners and sewers, livestock, harvests of honey, herbs, seeds, and pelts, cooking and baking, music […]

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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 […]