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November 8, 2013

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As well, in honor of Veterans Day, the public can download of the free song “Pride of America” by Nashville recording artist Ayla Brown at


CCRS Board to discuss capital project, policies

CHAZY — The Chazy Central Rural School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. 

Topics of discussion will include the school profile, cafeteria, capital project, substitutes and policies. 

The public may attend.


Focus on Ferals wins $2,000 grant

MALONE — Focus on Ferals has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to support its spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return efforts.

“This year, we have been inundated with an overwhelming number of calls concerning feral, stray and abandoned cats and kittens,” said Becky Vaincourt, president of the Malone-based group in a statement.

“This funding will allow us to spay and neuter these animals, which will not only improve their health and well-being, but also increase the chance of their being adopted into forever homes. 

“It will also assist in limiting the cycle of feline overpopulation and its consequences on the community. More importantly, it is a beginning to the end of the unspeakable suffering that feral and abandoned felines endure.”

Trap/neuter/return is supported by the ASPCA as the most humane and effective way of reducing feral cat numbers over time. Cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated, reducing the number of unplanned kittens and improving the feline’s overall quality of life.

Since its inception in 2011, nonprofit Focus on Ferals has spayed and neutered 233 cats and kittens and adopted out 124. 

There are currently 60 in foster care awaiting adoption, including some that can be seen at Pet Smart in Plattsburgh.

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