November 19, 2013

Of Interest: Nov. 19, 2013


---- — Holiday Train to arrive Nov. 28 in Rouses Point and other stops

ROUSES POINT — The Canadian-Pacific Holiday Train is slated to roll into Rouses Point at about 9:15 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28.

Lined with Christmas lights, the train delivers live entertainment on a boxcar stage, asking only for nonperishable food and cash donations in return.

The train is expected to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early, so families are encouraged to do the same.

An earlier P-R story had erroneously given the date as Nov. 21.


PBS to film discussion on Common Core Standards

PLATTSBURGH — At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Mountain Lake PBS will film a panel discussion on the Common Core Standards moderated by Thom Hallock, host of Mountain Lake Journal. 

Panelists will include State Education Commissioner John King, a local principal, teacher, parent and superintendent.

This will be the second of four public broadcasting forums by Mountain Lake, in addition to 12 town hall meetings taking place at schools across the state, addressing the controversial implementation of the Common Core Standards.

In a news release, King said that he wants a “respectful, direct and constructive dialogue with parents. More and smaller discussions will make sure there is a real opportunity for parents to be heard.”

The forum will be devoted primarily to randomly selected audience questions. Those who wish to attend the taping are asked to sign up online at 

The taping of the forum will be streamed live online at, so those who can’t attend as audience are invited to join the conversation while watching the event.

This forum will air at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.


Meeting set on Lewis draft comprehensive plan

LEWIS — The draft comprehensive plan for the Town of Lewis is ready and will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday.

The 7 p.m. meeting, open to all, is at the Lewis firehouse on Firehouse Lane.

This is the first-ever complete draft of a comprehensive plan for Lewis, Town Supervisor David Blades said.

The plan covers hamlet revitalization, restoring the Thrall Dam property that Essex County owns back to a multi-use recreation area, expanding the hamlet under Adirondack Park Agency regulations, and Complete Streets improvements for walking, hiking and biking.

In response to residents’ top concerns on a town survey, the plan also calls for Lewis to strengthen its property maintenance law and take steps to enhance the appearance of the community.

A committee of interested citizens headed by Blades spent a year working on the plan with a consultant.

— By Staff Writer Lohr McKinstry


Elizabethtown Auxiliary taking orders for Thanksgiving pies

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary is taking orders for its selection of homemade pies for Thanksgiving.

Now in its ninth year, the Thanksgiving Pie Sale is one of the auxiliary’s most popular fundraisers, offering cherry, apple and pumpkin pies for purchase by community members. Each pie costs $12 and comes boxed and labeled.

Last year, the group produced 108 pies.

“The pie-making process is quite a production,” laughed auxiliary President Laura Sells-Doyle. “But we really have an incredible, organized system. It’s quite an accomplishment to prepare and bake that many pies in eight hours.”

Last year, the group received many donations of pie-making supplies, including apples from Sullivan Orchards in Peru and flour from Champlain Valley Milling in Westport. This year, many pumpkins used as decorations at the Crete Center’s Halloween event were donated for the purpose.

Orders for pies will be taken until 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Payment is due when the order is placed. Pies are baked Nov. 26 and may be picked up in the hospital lobby between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The auxiliary uses the funds for its projects, including clothing and snacks donated to emergency-room patients, care packages for chemotherapy patients and scholarship funding.

To order pies, call Jane Hooper at 873-3003.


Global Education Office seeking local volunteers

PLATTSBURGH — Volunteers for the Partners in Cross-Cultural Learning Program pair with new international students to help them adjust to living in the United States.

Program Director Michelle St. Onge said the commitment can be as easy for volunteers as meeting their student once per month for coffee or checking in with a phone call.

“And then sometimes they click and see each other all the time,” she said in a news release.

To volunteer, community members complete an application designed to match them with students with similar personalities and interests. St. Onge said volunteers meet students at an icebreaker-style social activity, after which pairings are finalized.

In addition to any spontaneous activities, the program hosts events designed to bring families together.

Learn more about the program and find registration forms online at


Lyon Mountain Fire Commission to hold election

LYON MOUNTAIN — The  Lyon Mountain Fire District will hold Fire Commission elections from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Lyon Mountain Fire House, 9 Fire House Road.

On the ballot will be one fire commissioner’s seat for a five-year term and one for a two-year term. Residents must be registered to vote by Nov. 18.