December 5, 2012

Of Interest: Dec. 5, 2012


---- — Essex County Ethics Board to meet Friday

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Ethics Board will conduct a meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

The meeting is open to the public.

Champlain Fire Department warns of fake fundraising scam

CHAMPLAIN — The Champlain Volunteer Fire Department is warning citizens that someone is calling citizens of Champlain and Mooers in an attempt to solicit money in memory of Eric Monty.

The callers are introducing themselves as members of the Champlain Volunteer Fire Department and are asking for credit/debit card information.

“This is a scam,” the department said in a news release. “The Champlain Fire Department, Champlain EMS and Mooers Fire Department are not soliciting money of any kind. We want to warn people of this potential threat to our community.”

Eric Monty died of cardiac arrest on Nov. 27 while driving a Champlain EMS ambulance to the hospital with a patient aboard.

The release said that New York State Police are investigating and that anyone with information is asked to call 298-5200.

Town of Plattsburgh Clerk’s Office limits hours

PLATTSBURGH — Due to illness and budget constraints, the Town of Plattsburgh Clerk’s Office will be open only for limited hours until further notice.

The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Online registration available for snowmobiles

ALBANY — Snowmobile registrations are now renewable online through the State Department of Motor Vehicles website.

That can save a trip to a DMV office or the need to process the registration by mail, a press release said.

At the time of online renewal, riders will also be provided an option to print a temporary 15-day certificate of registration from their own computers that will be valid immediately and can be used until the new registration arrives by mail. In addition, riders who belong to a New York State Snowmobilers Association Club can enter their membership information and register at a discounted fee.

There is no additional charge for renewing online or for the temporary document, the release said.

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Lions Club Bandstand rejuvenated in Malone

MALONE — The Malone Lions Memorial Bandstand in the Arsenal Green has been restored and sports a new sign.

A crew from Creative Homes, under the direction of Lion Willie Willett, repaired several loose boards, sanded and scraped the old paint, removed loose and chipped concrete around the base and gave the whole structure a new coat of paint, inside and out.

Because Willett is a member of the Malone Lions Club, the work was done at a substantial discount. Creative Homes donated the materials and the labor. The only expense to the club was the cost of the sign.

The bandstand was built when Ralph Owens was president of the Malone club. The goal was to create a community gathering place that could be used for many functions and to honor deceased club members. Three years later, vandals set it afire and damaged it badly. The bandstand was rebuilt, this time with a vaulted ceiling.

It has seen much use since then, as a focal point for weddings, concerts in the park, as a step-off point for walks and fundraising marches and a gathering spot on warm summer evenings.

City seeks Planning Board membership applicants

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh is seeking candidates to serve on the Planning Board.

Interested city residents may apply by submitting a letter of interest and or resume to the Engineering and Planning Department at 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 by Dec. 14.

Questions may be directed to the Engineering and Planning Department at 563-7730, the mayor at 563-7701 or any Common Council member.

The letter should state the reasons the person would like to serve on the Planning Board and any background information that would be helpful in considering the application.