November 26, 2013

Of Interest: Nov. 26, 2013


---- — 2-way stop to become 4-way stop in Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA — The intersection of Route 22 and Route 74/Montcalm Street in the Town of Ticonderoga was scheduled to change to a four-way stop today.

Previously, a flashing yellow warning signal controlled traffic moving north and south on Route 22.

The change, according to the State Department of Transportation, includes a flashing red light there and also stop signs to indicate that motorists must come to a full stop.

There is no change for traffic heading east and west on Montcalm Street and Route 74; those drivers already encounter full-stop signals.

“The change from a two-way stop is expected to improve safety at this intersection by making all motorists stop and look for other vehicles before traveling through the intersection,” DOT said in a press release.

Route 74 is also known as the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry Road, and several accidents have happened at that intersection.

The switch would be delayed should bad weather prevent it, but also planned were oversized “Stop” and “Stop ahead” signs on both the northbound and southbound approaches to the intersection to also alert motorists to the change.

Temporary electronic variable message signs were in place as the date for the change approached.

Beekmantown School Board to discuss contract

BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Central School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Middle/High library.

An executive session will take place to discuss collective bargaining negotiations with the Beekmantown Teachers’ Association and the Beekmantown Support Staff Association.

Agenda items include ratification of the contracts for those bargaining units.

The board expects to reconvene in public session at 6:30 or 7 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

Clinton Community College plans break

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break.

On Wednesday, administrative offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town of Moriah sets holiday hours

MORIAH — Moriah Town Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2. 

The town’s Transfer Station will be open for regular business hours this Friday and Saturday.

Gas prices up as big travel holiday nears

NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York state have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average that has increased 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26 per gallon, according to

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 29.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 1.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 5.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 17.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“Some of the lows we saw just a couple weeks ago have vanished, replaced by higher digits as oil prices rallied,” Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a news release.

“It will be an interesting week ahead as some notable progress emerged after developed countries came to a partial solution on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Just that action alone may result in significant downward pressure on oil prices as tough sanctions may soon be eased, allowing Iran’s oil to flood an already well-supplied marketplace.”