April 5, 2014

Of Interest: April 5, 2014


---- — ADK Coast Visitors Bureau members at Ottawa Travel Show

PLATTSBURGH — Representatives from the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau are touting the region at the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show this weekend.

This is the second year the Adirondack Coast will be represented at the show, held today and Sunday at the Ottawa Convention Center. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Representing the Visitors Bureau will be Director Kristy Kennedy and Lisa Dupee, sales coordinator for the Best Western Inn & Suites at Smithfield. They will provide information on attractions for travelers and tourists, such the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, cycling, camping, fishing and the Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial Commemoration Weekend.

Kennedy said they are excited to be attending the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show for the second year. 

“We have had tremendous success in the Montreal market, and focusing on Ottawa is the ideal next step for our marketing efforts,” she said in a press release. “We look forward to meeting the attendees and introducing them to the Adirondack Coast.”

Keeseville hydrant-flushing program ongoing

KEESEVILLE — The Village of Keeseville is flushing hydrants off and on through the end of April.

Residents may experience cloudy or discolored water during this time and are advised to run their water until it clears before using it.

For more information, call the Village Office at 834-9059.

Vermont National Guard steps up training flights

BURLINGTON — The Vermont National Guard has increased F-16 flight operations for today, as training is taking place. 

National Guard will also be training during hours of darkness Tuesday, April 8, through Friday, April 11, and also on Tuesday, April 15, through Thursday, April 17. 

 All aircraft are expected to land before 10 p.m.  

Saranac School Board expects to adopt budget

SARANAC — The Saranac Central School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the District Office in Dannemora. 

The board contemplates convening an executive session for the purpose of discussing the employment of particular people and negotiations. 

The regular meeting will reconvene at about 6:50 p.m. 

Agenda items include a budget discussion, contract awards and the adoption of the 2014-15 budget and school calendar. 

See the complete agenda at the District Office and at 

The School Board is encouraging the public to attend.

Jay Planning Board meeting postponed

JAY — The Town of Jay Planning Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, has been postponed.

The Town Council will meet on Thursday, April 10, to appoint new members to the Planning Board to fill vacancies.

After that, the next Planning Board meeting will be scheduled.

Forum set on Common Core, data privacy

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Alliance for Public Education is holding a forum at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at SUNY Plattsburgh, Sibley Hall, Room 212, to discuss the recent events surrounding the refusal movement toward NYS Common Core exams, data privacy for students and loss of local power in education. 

“Many issues in public education are quite controversial at this moment, and parents and community members need to understand what is at stake,” a press release said. 

Questions will be welcomed by both the media and the community at the forum.

Transportation on Beekmantown School Board agenda

BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Central School Board will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the auditorium. 

Agenda items include presentations on employee recognition, the 2014-2015 school calendar and transportation study. 

School Board members will be available from 6 to 6:15 p.m. to meet and greet district residents.

A complete agenda is available at 

The public is encouraged to attend.

ELCS sets budget forum for Tuesday

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board will hold a public budget forum at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the conference room. 

Budget forums are designed for the school community to engage in conversation with school administration regarding the 2014-2015 school budget.

During Monday night’s session, participants will: receive an update on the budget process to-date; learn about key budget factors and figures; suggest ways the School District could reduce costs; and take a perceptions survey.

The community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the school office at 873-6371.

Peru School Board continues budget work

PERU — Peru Central School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the community room at the Junior/Senior High School.

At the start of the meeting, the board will vote to go into executive session to discuss the employment history of specific personnel.

The board will reconvene in public session at about 7 p.m.

Agenda items include the 2014-15 budget and proposition and recognition of student clubs and groups.

Board meetings are open to the public.

Lake Placid School Board to meet April 8

LAKE PLACID — There will be a regular meeting of the Lake Placid Central School Board at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Board of Education Conference Room, Administrative Services Building, 50 Cummings Road.

Agenda items include personnel matters and a senior-project presentation.

The meeting is open to the public.

ELCS Board may adopt budget at April 8 session

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 8, in the Conference Room at the school. 

It is anticipated the board will convene in executive session at 6 p.m. to discuss negotiations and gather advice of counsel.

The board will reconvene in public session at 7 p.m. to: award a 35-passenger bus contract; adopt district policies pertaining to students, programs for students and suicide prevention; consider various personnel appointments; authorize an advisory exit poll for interest in the veterans exemption.

And the board will conduct a budget workshop, reviewing and discussing the 2014-2015 school budget by receiving new facts, figures and a budget forecast from the business manager with possible adoption to follow.

The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Find agenda materials and a public packet at the day of the meeting.

Willsboro School Board to review budget

WILLSBORO — The Willsboro Central School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the school Conference Room.

Agenda items include budget review and personnel.

All meetings are open to the public.

Foster parents needed in Clinton County

PLATTSBURGH — There continues to be a need for foster parents in Clinton County, officials say, with more and more adolescents, children and their families in need of support.

An orientation and informational meeting for prospective foster/adoptive and respite parents is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Clinton County Department of Social Services, 13 Durkee Street.

All are welcome, and there is no commitment, a press release said.

As well, Clinton County Department of Social Services Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting training for prospective foster/adoptive and respite parents is scheduled to start Tuesday, April 22. 

Call 565-3320 to confirm attendance or to obtain more information.

Town of Dannemora office hours to change for next week

DANNEMORA — The Dannemora Town Offices at the Town Municipal Building, 78 Higby Road in Chazy Lake, will be closed Tuesday, April 8. 

The Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office will be the only office open on Wednesday, April 9. All offices will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, April 10.

SLCS Board to discuss personnel, budget

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School Board will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Petrova Library.

Agenda items include personnel, student placements and a budget discussion.

The meeting is open to the public.

Westport School Board to meet April 10

WESTPORT — Westport Central School Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

Agenda items include a budget discussion and policy review.

All board meetings are open to the public.

Adirondack Mountain Club program changed

PLATTSBURGH — The program for the April 11 meeting of the Algonquin Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has been changed.

Scheduled now is Sharp Swan, who will present “Logging in the High Peaks: The Santa Clara Logging Company.”

A partner and consultant at Camp Pok-O-MacCready, he is an expert on the Adirondacks and Civil War battles.

The program is set for 7 p.m., followed by the meeting at 8 p.m., both on the second floor of the Old Clinton County Courthouse, intersection of Court and Margaret streets in Plattsburgh.

The public is welcome.

Two Saranac Central School Board seat up for vote

SARANAC — The Saranac Central School District will have two School Board seats up in the May 20 election.

The five-year terms begin on July 1 and are presently held by Robert Brooks and Michael Rascoe.

Petitions are available in the District Office and can be picked up there between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, by going to or by calling 565-5612 and requesting that a petition be mailed to you.

Petitions will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, April 21.

Deadline set for PCS District vote registration

PLATTSBURGH — Those who want to register to vote for the Plattsburgh City School District election can do so through the Clinton County Board of Elections.

The deadline for registration is no later than 5 p.m. May 6.

The register will be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the School District at 49 Broad St. and will be open for inspection to any qualified voter of the district from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays beginning on May 7 and at the polling places on the day of the vote, May 20.

For more information, call the district clerk at 957-6002 or the Clinton County Board of Elections at 565-4740.

More veterans disability claims expedited

PLATTSBURGH — A new process to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total has begun. 

Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.

In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100 percent P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA notification letter.

The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for benefits. The veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

For more information, visit Learn more about how Wounded Warrior’s disability claims are handled at:

City councilors to host wards 4 and 5 forum

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Councilors Paul O’Connell (Ward 4) and Becky Kasper (Ward 5) will hold a joint public forum for people who are interested in asking questions and offering feedback about the activities of the council and the ongoing planning for the city.

The forum will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Elks Lodge at 56 Cumberland Ave., Plattsburgh.

“We encourage residents to attend so that we can continue working in a spirit of partnership with our constituents,” the councilors said in a news release.

Potential topics of discussion include ideas about downtown street closures, snow-removal policies and the North Margaret re-striping study.

Cazenovia, Clinton Community partner on degree

PLATTSBURGH — Students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in human services can benefit from a partnership formed by Clinton Community College and Cazenovia College.

Cazenovia is offering upper-division coursework leading to a baccalaureate degree in human services on the Clinton Community College campus.

Classes are held on the Clinton Community College campus and online. Students who have already earned their associate degrees can complete this program in less than three years.

For more information, contact Sherri Benedict at Cazenovia College at (315) 655-7288.

Mountain Lake PBS launching Career Crosswalks

PLATTSBURGH — With grant support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Point of View, Mountain Lake PBS is launching a new initiative called Career Crosswalks, aimed at helping students see the relevance of their education to potential careers.

Career Crosswalks is a multiplatform project with both broadcast and online elements.

On the air, Mountain Lake PBS will produce a special edition of “Mountain Lake Journal” airing at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11.

It will be a forum designed to raise the awareness of the career and technical education opportunities that are available to local students. Panelists include Michele Armani, director of special programs, North Country Workforce Investment Board; Paul DeDominicas, director of Community Workforce Development, Clinton Community College; Paul Grasso, president and CEO, The Development Corp.; John Jablonski, president, Clinton Community College; and James McCartney, director, CV-TEC.

The Career Crosswalks website, hosts videos and resources designed for students, parents and educators.

“The media and resources available online will help ensure that local students have the necessary skills to take their place in the 21st-century global economy,” said Jane Owens, director of education and outreach, Mountain Lake PBS.

The show will repeat at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and 5:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13.