Re-Enactor Participation Growing at Battle of Plattsburgh

September 1, 2015

We’re just over a week away now from the beginning of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration and our series leading up to the events continues… Today we’re going to look at the re-enactors…  A very unique group of individuals who are passionate about history, and about their love for the re-creation of events that shaped our country..

Craig Russell is a member of the Commemoration committee and one of the lead re-enacters for the weekend’s events…   He tells us the interest in participating following the 200th commemoration in 2014 is growing (… Click on the play bar above to listen)

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More on Tupper Lake’s Rehabilitation Grant Application

September 1, 2015

Just a follow up to our story yesterday of the housing survey being given to residents in the Village of Tupper Lake… Yesterday we mentioned that the Development Authority of the North Country and is asking everyone in the village to fill out the survey…  The specific application is for $400,000 in Owner Occupied Rehabilitation […]


College Morns Loss of Evan Gillies

September 1, 2015

SUNY Plattsburgh’s VP for Student Affairs says the college’s Student Health and Counseling Center remains open and available to students needing to talk with a counselor following the death of the 21 year old Evan Gillies who was a Junior at the college..  He died Sunday afternoon while jumping off of the Oxbow Bridge in […]


SUNY Plattsburgh Named in Washington Monthly List

August 31, 2015
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SUNY Plattsburgh is again on the list of Washington Monthly’s Top 100 colleges and universities providing the “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Northeast. The college was among 14 SUNY institutes to make the cut. The Washington Monthly list shows “which schools in the Northeast are the best value … based on ‘net’ (not […]


1980 Olympics Media Guru Ed Lewi Dies at 81

August 31, 2015
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Public relations industry leader Ed Lewi, founder of the eponymous Capital Region public relations agency that managed media relations for the XIII Olympic Winter Games and has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) since the late 1970s, passed away today. He was 81.  Over a communications […]


Children’s Old Time Village Fair at Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration

August 30, 2015

The “Children’s Old Time Village Fair” will take place on the grounds surrounding the Macdonough Monument, on Sunday, Sept 13th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  According to organizers “When you visit the fair you will feel like you have stepped back to a time when the pace of life was slower and Sunday was […]


Skate Park Proves Very Popular For All Ages.

August 28, 2015

its a Friday night in Saranac Lake and there are no less than 23 skateboarders making use of the new facility that only recently held its grand opening.  In addition to those skating a family is picnicking on the nearby lawn, another dad is relaxing under the tree and another family sits on a nearby […]


Plattsburgh City Beach Temporarily Closed

August 28, 2015

Several recent beach water samples have exceeded the standards for swimming and the beach has been temporarily closed.  The city has initiated a comprehensive investigation in conjunction with the Clinton County Health Department.  The general public should be informed on how the City tests for water quality, what is looked for, and how it affects […]


Plattsburgh’s Snow Removal Committee Tells City to Take Over

August 28, 2015
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A committee appointed by Plattsburgh’s City Council aptly named the Snow Removal Advisory Committee is recommending that the city assume the responsibility for winter maintenance for all the sidewalks, a responsibility that is currently assigned to property owners in the City… There are three parts to the committee’s report to the council… Part One demonstrates […]


Homeward Bound Adirondacks Fundraiser this weekend at Big Tupper..

August 28, 2015
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Homeward Bound Adirondacks Treasurer Mark Moeller tells us that the group is proposing to Build a Veterans Retreat and Wilderness Education Center. Homeward Bound is Holding a Fundraiser this Saturday (Aug 29th) at Big Tupper Ski Area. Moeller says over a decade of war is taking its toll on the many individuals serving our country in uniform. […]


A Day on the Farm

August 28, 2015

The Clinton County Farm Bureau is holding its third annual “Day on the Farm” tomorrow Saturday, August 29th at Maple Grand Farms, 135 Jarvis Rd, Peru, NY. Established in 1917, Maple Grand Farms is a 1,200 acres farm consisting of crop land, wood lots and an apple orchard. “A Day on the Farm” starts at […]


Tri-Lakes Humane Society Announces Challenge Gift

August 28, 2015

In Saranac Lake the Tri-Lakes Humane Society is hoping to raise $14,000 towards the cost of a new, commercial grade washer and dryer set for their facility…  They’ve just announced a $1,000 Matching Challenge Gift from an anonymous donor to help with their campaign.. The Board’s President Melinda Little says “For years the Shelter has […]


K&J – New “Developments” on Baker Road

August 27, 2015

There’s a new development on Baker Road in the Town of Plattsburgh.. It’s something we’ve been watching for a while actually. Earlier this week, the town board made another move to support the project with their acceptance of the water system into the town’s infrastructure… We sat down on Wednesday with the Town’s Supervisor Bernie Bassett and asked him to give us a feel for how the project is coming along and why now.. as far as the transfer of water supply to the town…

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“People for Positive Action” Rally in Plattsburgh for Iran Nuclear Agreement

August 27, 2015
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Participants in a rally to support the Iran Nuclear agreement with the US gathered across the street from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Office on Durkee street in Plattsburgh on Wednesday afternoon… The group calls themselves People for Positive Action and were participating in the rally as part of a national day of support for the agreement involving a coalition of peace groups… Rita Ann Fitzgerald in one of the participants in the rally.. she says they’ve signed petitions along with others in Congresswoman Stefanik’s district asking her to vote in favor of the deal.. “If five of the countries are so in favor of it the United States should be as well.” Fitzgerald tells WNBZ. Jim King Lives in Cadyville, he came to the rally for peace to support the effort of the group to ask Congresswoman Stefanik to vote in favor of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States.

“My bottom line is give peace a chance.” King said, “We’ve been at war since the country started and I think it’s time to give it a rest (… Click above for more / audio )


Group Marching in Support of Iran Nuclear agreement 

August 26, 2015

Participants in a rally to support the Iran Nuclear agreement with the U.S. I’ve gathered at the office of Congreswoman Elise Stefanik. Congress will be voting in less than a month whether or not to support the agreement. Mary Alice Shemo is the organizer of the event. She says there are 56 pages of signatures […]


Republican Caucus chooses Lutton & Fontana for Tupper Lake Town Council.

August 25, 2015
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At the start of the Republican Caucus for the Town of Tupper Lake a letter from Richard Skiff was read to those in attendance.  Skiff apologized but will not be running again for the council seat he currently holds. This means that there are two open seats with no one currently running. The Caucus as […]


Tupper Lake Dems nominate Ron LaScala to Challenge Incumbamts

August 24, 2015
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Democrats in Tupper Lake made their way into the Aaron Maddox Hall on Demars Blvd in Tupper Lake Momday night.  There were two caucuses.  First, for the Village of Tupper Lake, and second for the Town of Tupper Lake.     For the village, Diane Conner is the Caucus Chairperson, Ron LaScala is nominated as one […]


Ettling Welcomes SUNY Plattsbugh Faculty, Staff

August 24, 2015
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SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling Friday welcomed faculty and staff to the 2015-2016 academic year — his 12th fall welcome since arriving on campus in 2004. As he has in recent years, Ettling discussed enrollment figures, reporting that 994 freshmen will arrive on campus during opening weekend, Aug. 22 and 23. This represents an acceptance […]


City Focused on Preserving Commemoration

August 24, 2015

Our series leading up to Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend continues;  The Commemoration starts Thursday night September 10th and runs through Sunday September 13th…  Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon Talks about the City’s stepped up role in preserving the commemoration..  Mayor Calnon notes that there is a mural that has just appeared on the side of 30 City Place facing City Hall..

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The mayor has put an emphasis on preserving events like the Battle Plattsburgh Commemoration and others during the year

 

We invite you to join us for more coverage of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration.. presented on WNBZ by Price Chopper, In the Community for Good. Our series continues this week, listen to WNBZ during The Morning News for more..

 

 

Tupper Lake Dems Caucus Monday Night

August 24, 2015

In Tupper Lake The Democrats hold their caucuses Monday night.  They will choose both their Village and Town of Tupper Lake Candidates…  In November, residents will be voting for Village Mayor and two Village Trustees plus one Village Justice. Town of Tupper Lake voters will be choosing the Town Clerk, two councilors, one town justice […]


Prison Break Exhibit Opens Friday, Sept 4th

August 24, 2015
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If you can’t get enough of the Prison Break…. There’s more to come… Most likely a movie at some point…  In the meantime….  The Strand Center for the Arts says they’ll be showcasing a new series of documentary photography centered on the Dannemora prison break by artist Damian Battinelli. The exhibit is titled “The Escape,” […]


Snow Removal Advisory Committee to Release their Findings

August 21, 2015
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Plattsburgh’s Snow Removal Advisory Committee (Charged with the task to research immediate and long range solutions for pedestrian access on City sidewalks and to summarize that research and present their findings and recommendations) announced on Friday that they will present their findings and recommendations at the Stafford Middle School Auditorium next week (… Click above to read more )


Council says City’s Fire Dept Will Have to Wait to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Truck

August 21, 2015
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It looks like Plattsburgh’s Fire Department will have to wait a few more weeks to get an answer from the City Council as to whether or not they’re going to be able purchase a new ladder truck for the department…  Just some history first…. Fire Chief Randy Stone was given approval by the council earlier […]


K&J – Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot – on Move in Weekend

August 21, 2015
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After more than 26 years of move in weekends, Plattsburgh’s Police Chief Desmond Racicot knows first hand what the added student population means for the City..  Chief Racicot was kind enough to spend some time talking with us about the importance of the relationship between SUNY Plattsburgh and the City’s Police Department.. It’s move in […]


CCHA Awarded New Book and School Outreach Grant

August 21, 2015
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The Board of Trustees and staff of the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) is pleased to announce the award of an Education and Outreach Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) totaling $7,500.

The CCHA will use these funds to create a four part educational outreach program for elementary schools and to also support the publication of a new book. For the Elementary Educational Outreach Program, the CCHA will partner with staff at the Saranac Elementary school to create a series of local history programs for 4th graders. (… Click above for more )


Move in Weekend at SUNY Plattsburgh

August 20, 2015

It’s move in weekend for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Class of 2019 and close to 1,000 freshman students along with even more returning students arrive back on campus..

Residence halls open for new, transfer and returning students beginning at 8 a.m. this Saturday Residence Life tells us that RAs will be on hand to welcome students to their halls and to help direct them and their families to their rooms and give them information on activities planned for opening week.

Staff members will be in the Housing and Residence Life Office, which is in Room 103 in Algonquin Hall, through the entire weekend.. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer any questions incoming students may have about their room assignments and residence life. Opening Weekend Activities (… Click above for more )


Silent Strike – A Simulation

August 20, 2015
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The Franklin County Department of Public Health, along with State Police, the Franklin County Sheriffs Office, Emergency Medical Responders and others all participated in a mock drill to test the readiness of the county to handle distribution of medication following a bio-terrorism attack…   There’s been no real attack here in the North Country, but the […]


Adirondack Council; “Don’t Store Derelict Oil Tankers in the Preserve”

August 20, 2015

The Adirondack Council today called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings from using the tracks between Saratoga Springs and Newcomb as a junkyard and oil pump-out station for derelict oil tanker cars. The tankers could cause environmental damage to three scenic rivers and the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve, the […]


City Charter Commission to Draw Ward Terms for Staggered Term Proposition

August 20, 2015

On Friday, August 21st at noon at the City Council Chambers, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY the City Charter Commission will do a blind draw to determine which wards will elect Councilors for two-year, three-year or four-year terms in the 2016 election. The public is invited to be present at the drawing. (.. Click above to read more )


Seminar in Tupper Lake to Focus on Recruiting for Nonprofits

August 18, 2015

There’s about a month to prepare for a training session in Tupper Lake for Nonprofits and community organizations from the Tupper Lake region…  We have word today that the Adirondack Foundation is inviting local organizations in Tupper to participate in the seminar which they plan to hold on Thursday, Sept. 17th.. The capacity-building seminar, “Building […]


Schempp Takes Over at Mercy Living

August 18, 2015
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Adirondack Health has hired Heidi Schempp and she’s accepted the position of Administrator at Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake. Schempp comes to Adirondack Health following 16 years at Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga, NY. Inter-Lakes Health is comprised of a critical access hospital, an 84-bed skilled nursing facility and an adult home. During her time there, […]


Assemblywoman Duprey Bolsters Safety, Security in the “Bombay Triangle”

August 18, 2015
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  Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) says legislation (A.7256) to increase safety and security for law enforcement and residents within Franklin County was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo The legislation expands the area of jurisdiction of the St. Regis Mohawk tribal police within the county. Duprey noted that this measure will be critical in increasing […]


Former SUNY Police Chief Honored at Retirement Dinner

August 18, 2015
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Longtime SUNY Plattsburgh Police Chief Arlene Sabo was honored by colleagues, friends and area law enforcement agencies at a farewell gathering held Aug. 13 at Valcour Conference Center. Sabo, who is moving to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie to serve as director of safety and security, retired from University Police at the end of July. More […]


Battle of Plattsburgh Buttons Now Available

August 17, 2015
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The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee is September 10-13. The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration (BOPC) Admission Button is available for $15 and is available at North Country Food Co-op, Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, Cornerstone Bookshop, Plattsburgh City Marina, Kent-Delord House Museum, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, NBT Bank, Champlain Wine Company, Cook & Gardener, Aubuchon Hardware-Skyway Plaza, and Studley Printing.

The design of this year’s Commemoration Button is by Emily Ferdinandi of Mooers Elementary School. Ms. Ferdinandi submitted a poster as part of the BOPC Poster Contest, which invites area 4th graders to design a Battle of Plattsburgh poster. Ms. Ferdinandi’s poster was selected out of more than 200 poster submissions. (… Click above for more )


SUNY Plattsburgh Restricts Smoking to Parking Lots

August 17, 2015

Tobacco use on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus is now restricted to a limited number of designated parking lots. The SUNY Plattsburgh Tobacco Restricted Campus Policy took effect Aug. 15th and includes all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to: tobacco and clove cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah-smoked products, bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes or “vapes,” smokeless tobacco or “chew,” and snus. It does not include cessation products specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

According to Bryan Hartman, vice president for student affairs, the policy applies to all members of the college community, including faculty, staff, students, volunteers, trainees, consultants, contracted staff, vendors, guests and visitors. “The policy does not imply that individuals must quit using tobacco products, It implies that they must restrict the use of those products to the designated locations. (… Click to read more )


PTECH Education Grant Gets an Overhaul

August 17, 2015
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There are 18 schools all working with CVES in the North Country.. And according to District Superintendent Doctor Mark Davey, the PTECH program has gone through some growing pains but State Ed has made some changes for participating schools heading into the 2015-2016 school year (… Click above to listen )


North Country Job Growth Down 1.5% in 2014

August 17, 2015

New York reached its highest employment level ever of more than 9 million jobs in 2014, after adding 538,000 jobs since 2009, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The overall job growth in 2014 alone was 143,000 – the strongest growth since 2000 – and capped four years of […]


K&J – Revisits Lyme Disease Research at Trudeau Institute

August 17, 2015
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Today on the K&J Show, we’ll look back at a conversation about Lyme Disease, from the Summer of 2014, and the impact of tick born diseases on the North Country.. and the nation as a whole.. And we start by looking at a new focus on the issue at Trudeau Institute where Dr Timothy Sallati is creating a research center of excellence for the study of Lyme and other tick born diseases (… Click above to listen )


K&J – Mayor Calnon on College Suites Bankruptcy

August 14, 2015

College Suites.. The company that built the Student Apartments on Broad Street right next to the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus.. Is coming closer to the conclusion of their bankruptcy proceedings.. Which began earlier this year in order to protect the owners from foreclosure by their bank, and by the City who had scheduled the property to be put up for auction…

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For an understanding of the impact of the proceedings on taxpayers in the City of Plattsburgh we asked Mayor Jim Calnon to give us his perspective on some of the available options….

We spoke with Mayor Calnon about College Suites Thursday afternoon in his offices at City Hall… College Suites built the Student Apartments on Broad Street right next to the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus.. And they’re coming closer to the conclusion of their bankruptcy proceedings.. As you heard the Court has asked creditors for an up or down vote on their plan but the bankruptcy judge is not bound by that input..  In the City’s case, Mayor Calnon says it would be good for the city and the taxpayer if College Suites were to be able to emerge from bankruptcy and begin paying their taxes on a regular basis..  As for the assessment from the earlier years of the project..  That’s also yet to be determined  and may have an impact on the 5 year payout by Plattsburgh Suites to the City which is now estimated at $750,000.00

Gary Lawson (The Far Side) Turns 65

August 14, 2015
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Beekmantown Schools Ready for Extended Learning Time

August 13, 2015
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School Administrators in Beekmantown are gearing up for implementation of a new extended learning day in all of their buildings from the Elementary level all the way through the high school.. If you recall, it’s part of a $6 million Dollar Extended Learning Time Grant from The New York State Department of Education that was approved by the school board in June (… Click above to listen and to read more )


NYSUT says Data Released Wednesday Meaningless in Measuring Teacher Effectiveness

August 13, 2015

  According to the New York State Teachers Union..  Test scores in English language arts and math released today tell parents, educators and policymakers almost nothing about students’ progress toward meeting state standards, and are meaningless as measures of teacher effectiveness, New York State United Teachers said. “It would be a huge mistake to read […]


Sibley Hall Next in Line for Face Lift

August 13, 2015

Sibley Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus is slated for not only a face lift but also a floor lift as crews renovate the space to accommodate the college’s clinics, community programs and psychology department. As part of the extensive two-year capital improvement project, workers will add a second floor in the space where the […]


Charter Commission Won’t Pursue Vote on City Manager Concept

August 13, 2015

The Charter Commission has decided not to pursue a vote on whether or not to change the form of city government to a style which would include a City Manager… As opposed to the current Strong Mayor system of government for Plattsburgh… Come November, voters will still be asked two questions but the first will […]


CCHA Presents Rouses Point & Champlain History Tour

August 12, 2015

The Clinton County Historical Association, as a continuation of its annual tours of historical venues and cemeteries in Clinton County, is pleased to announce an August 16th tour of Maple Hill Cemetery in Rouses Point and the former Frog Farm in Champlain. Hosted by Robert St. John, the tour will feature the history of Rouses Point’s earliest residents and Champlain’s unique history of frog farming. (… Click above for more )


President Tyrell Extends Contract at NCCC

August 12, 2015
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Dr. Steve Tyrell’s contract as College president at NCCC has been re-affirmed through 2018. Ms. Barbara Dwyer, Board chair, stated “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Dr. Steve Tyrell as the president at North Country Community College. The College has advanced on a number of fronts over the past three years under Dr. Tyrell’s leadership and we look forward to what Dr. Tyrell and the College will accomplish in the next three years for our students and the region we serve!” (.. Click above to read more )


Conroy Farm Brings Agriculture and Entertainment to Trinity Park

August 12, 2015
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The City of Plattsburgh has given the green light for Daniel Jordano and Simon Conroy to hold a special event for local farmers, growers and entertainers to showcase their wares… It’s not too different from the local farmers market, except it’s on Friday… With different local vendors… Their test run this year is set for Friday August 21st from 4 to 7pm (… Click above to listen, and to read more )


Curriculum Data Breaks Down Well for Beekmantown Schools

August 12, 2015

Beekmantown Central School Superintendent Dan Mannix says he has very good numbers to report for their first aligned Curriculum.. The State Education Department in New York is set to release their entire report today..

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The report includes a full comprehensive look at comparative year over year data for third through eighth graders in each school district in New York State..  100% of the numbers are up compared to last year among third through eighth graders at Beekmantown (… Click on play bar to listen )

The final levey numbers have been approved by the school board and they’ve come in under the numbers voters approved in March.. All of the municipalities within the Beekmantown School District will see their The Tax Rate per thousand dollars of assessed value come in at $16.99.

 

Saranac Lake DPW Paving Glenwood Rd, Near St Joesephs

August 12, 2015

The Village of Saranac Lake Department of Public Works will begin work on Glenwood Road starting Wednesday August 19th.  The road will be closed to all traffic between the Y on Glenwood and the entrance to St. Joes.  All commercial and residential traffic must follow the detour signs to access their homes as well as […]


K&J – Sandra Geddes on The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration

August 12, 2015
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Today we’re going to look ahead just a few weeks to the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration… and this year, Mayor Calnon has tasked the City’s new Events Coordinator Sandra Geddes with helping to coordinate the logistics and the planning of all of the weekend’s activities… We sat down just outside of her office which for the summer is located on the waterfront at the City’s new Marina…. She is focused for the next few weeks on making sure the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration goes off without a hitch. (… Click on the link above to listen, and for a complete schedule of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend )


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