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Alumnus tells school board: Whitehall falling short

John Diekel

By Matthew Saari Newly minted Air Force Lieutenant John Diekel made an appearance before the Whitehall Board of Education Monday night and delivered a critical presentation about the shortcomings he perceived in the school district’s education system. As pleasant as it was for board members to see a Whitehall grad go off in the world, […]

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Waters wins Whitehall School Board runoff

Roxanne Waters won the final seat on the Whitehall School Board in a runoff election June 20.

By Matthew Saari Roxanne Waters claimed the ninth and final Whitehall Board of Education seat Tuesday night, garnering 145 votes to edge out competitor Michele Redmond by 25 ballots. Nearly as many voters that turned out during the regular election – 265 – turned out to have their voices heard in what turned out to […]

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Busty’s causes a stir

The owner of Busty's Brew and BBQ in Whitehall decided to edit his sign after receiving flack from local officials.

By Matthew Saari The provocative mascot with her plunging neckline at Busty’s Brew and Barbecue Pit in Whitehall is at it again, making news and stealing headlines as far south as Albany. Since the Whitehall Times first reported on the provocative pig, Joe Kelley, owner and operator of the Whitehall business, had taken the sign […]

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Granville, Whitehall eye cost-sharing

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By Matthew Saari and Krystle Morey Granville Mayor Brian LaRose and Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith have begun talks about possibly sharing some services between the two villages as a cost-saving measure. LaRose and Smith met earlier this month to begin discussing mutually beneficial opportunities as a part of Governor Cuomo’s state-mandated County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. […]

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Smith: Village laws under review; updates needed

Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith

By Matthew Saari “The times they are a-changin’.” That may be a 1964 song and album by Bob Dylan but those words also summarize Mayor Phil Smith’s feelings towards certain local laws of the village of Whitehall. At a village board meeting last week, Smith announced his intention to revise some local laws that he […]

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Scantily clad pig draws village ire


By Matthew Saari “It’s the great shame of Whitehall.” Those were the words spoken, with many a chuckle, by village planning board chairman David Molenaar regarding the sign for a recently opened business, Busty’s Brew and Barbeque Pit on Poultney Street. The sign depicts a well-endowed female pig holding a mug of frothing beer and […]

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Air Force Academy grad hopes to inspire Whitehallers

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By Matthew Saari People at the Memorial Day parade and the Whitehall Elementary school ceremony probably saw an individual clad in the digital tiger-stripe camouflage fatigues of the U.S. Air Force. The more astute noticed this airman had tiny gold bars on his lapels marking him a second lieutenant. The new officer was John Diekel, […]

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Whitehall school board runoff vote June 20

Whitehall Elementary School

By Matthew Saari A special runoff election will be held on June 20 to determine who will fill the final seat on the Whitehall Board of Education. Voting will be in the high school gymnasium from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Michele Redmond and Roxanne Waters each received 140 votes in the regular election on […]

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Rail Trail 5K race is Saturday


The eighth annual running of the Rail Trail to the Footbridge 5K is this Saturday, June 3. A week before the starting gun was set to go off, 80 athletes had preregistered and more will likely sign up the day of the race, said Kerri Thomas, race founder and organizer. Last year, 124 runners competed, […]

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Memorial Day parades, ceremonies on tap

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By Krystle S. Morey, Matthew Saari and Donna Frischknecht Memorial Day will be the focus of area communities throughout New York and Vermont this weekend. Towns large and small will have parades, ceremonies and even a commemorative plaque-unveiling to honor the men and women who fought and died in service to the United States of […]

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Fire Company, village resolving their quarrel

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By Matthew Saari The months-long feud between the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and the village of Whitehall may soon come […]

Absentee landlords not abiding by law

Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith

By Matthew Saari Last Aug. 30, the Whitehall Village Board passed a law requiring “absentee” landlords – Individuals who own […]

Quarry still focus in Schaff search

Jonathan Schaff

By Krystle S. Morey The lead investigator in the search for a man who went missing after leaving a Granville […]

Former Mount Carmel Church celebrates 150 years

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By Krystle S. Morey Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church held its final Mass on April 12, 2009, but its […]

Fall coaches pine for more players


By Krystle S. Morey Student athletes took to their respective fields Monday as the fall sports season began. Practices kicked […]

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