November 8, 2013

Of Interest: Nov. 8, 2013


---- — Hamm wins re-election

FRANKLIN — Incumbent Franklin Town Councilor Donald Hamm was re-elected Tuesday with 231 votes over challenger Mary Ellen Keith (I CARE party), who garnered 143.

Hamm earned 125 votes on the Democratic line and 106 as Republican candidate for the total 231 votes.


Dannemora winter parking ban in effect

DANNMORA — Residents of the Village of Dannemora are reminded that the overnight-parking ban went into effect on Nov. 1 and will continue through April 30, 2014. 

Any vehicle found parked on village streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. will receive a $50 parking ticket.


Beekmantown Central Board to meet Nov. 12

BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Central School Board will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Middle/High School library.

Agenda items include presentations on Improving Achievement for Students with Disabilities and Students with Poverty, the 2012-13 audit report, revised policies and the Student Transportation Efficiency Study. Find the complete agenda at 

The meeting is open to the public.


AVCS Board meeting scheduled for Nov. 13

CLINTONVILLE — The AuSable Valley Central School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Middle School-High School auditorium in Clintonville. 

It is anticipated that the meeting will begin with presentations, followed by an executive session, with regular session immediately following.

The agenda will include special-education recommendations and personnel issues. The meeting is open to all.


Free lunch for veterans at Texas Roadhouse

PLATTSBURGH — Veterans and active U.S. military members are invited to dine for free at Texas Roadhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country, including the restaurant at 356 Cornelia St., participates in the free lunch event to honor those who serve their country.

Guests must show proof of service, such as a military or VA card or discharge papers. The offer does not include spouses or other family members.

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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