February 2, 2014

Of Interest: Feb. 2, 2014.


---- — Horace Nye Nursing Home closing delayed

ELIZABETHTOWN — The closing date for Horace Nye Nursing Home has been pushed back until at least next week.

That final step for Essex County to sell the facility to Centers for Specialty Care had been slated for Friday. 

“The short delay is to address a few loose ends relative to the septic system,” county attorney Daniel T. Manning said in a statement Friday.

“It is anticipated that the sale will be finalized the week of Feb. 3.”

Peru Schoo Board starting budget process

PERU — Peru School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Junior/Senior High community room for its first budget session.

The board will get a brief budget overview, hear about the fiscal stress monitoring system and review of an updated, multi-year financial plan.

The meeting is open to the public.

Mall, hotel join to offer love-story contest

PLATTSBURGH — For Valentine’s Day, Champlain Centre mall and the Best Western Plus The Inn at Smithfield are inviting people to enter the Enchanted Evening Giveaway.

The giveaway includes: one night accommodation valid for a stay on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014, at the Best Western Plus The Inn at Smithfield, with full buffet breakfast, use of the indoor heated swimming pool and a discount coupon to the Ground Round Grill & Bar; a $50 Champlain Centre Gift Card; two Regal Cinemas movie tickets and free popcorn; Lakeshore Candy Chocolates; 90’s Nails Gift Card; and more.

To enter, submit your love story to People are asked to include a photo. Submissions are due by Monday, Feb. 10. A winner will be chosen on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

For full contest rules and details, visit 

Students offered ride to science competitions

SYRACUSE — The Dr. Nelson Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair will sponsor a free bus on March 22 and 23 to bring North Country students in grades 5 to 12 to Syracuse for the regional science fair and three other major competitions.

With the current emphasis on STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — science fairs are a key tool in providing motivation for and giving meaning to successful classroom experiences of our youth, according to a news release from fair organizers.

Contact M.E. Wood at (315) 559-9374 or for more information.

Deadline for firefighter tuition aid extended

ALBANY — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York offers a Higher Education Learning Plan.

This statewide community-college tuition-reimbursement program is geared toward recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters throughout New York.

The organization has extended the deadline to apply for the new 2014 semester to Feb. 21.

Under FASNY HELP, an individual who hasn’t already achieved a college degree, or has not taken 80 or more college credits, is eligible for up to 100 percent tuition reimbursement in exchange for maintaining good grades and fulfilling service requirements in a volunteer fire company.

There is no restriction on the type of academic course that the student-volunteer firefighter can pursue either on a full-time or part-time basis. Online courses taken through Empire State College are included.

For more information, visit