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Train cars

Train tank cars move through the hamlet of North River on Oct. 18 to a storage area in Essex County. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Friday formally asked federal regulators to halt Saratoga & North Creek Railway from bringing more railroad tanker cars to the Adirondacks to be stored on the former Tahawus rail line.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Friday formally asked federal regulators to halt Saratoga & North Creek Railway from bringing more railroad tanker cars to the Adirondacks to be stored on the former Tahawus rail line.

Schumer said storing “obsolete” tank cars in the Adirondacks is a “serious environmental hazard,” and he called on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to intervene.

“Legitimate freight rail operations are an important part of our economy, but using an old rail line in the middle of a state park to store outdated tanker cars is (an) unacceptable outcome and must be prohibited,” he wrote.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and numerous environmental groups have also condemned the tanker car storage.

The corporate owner of at least some of the train cars brought to the line has indicated it plans to remove them, but SNCR has said it has other rail-car owners looking for storage space. The railroad has asked the state to compensate it for the revenue it would lose.

— Don Lehman

Salem students help out

Salem Elementary School students participated in a special Read for Ronald McDonald House assembly on Jan. 10.

Students gathered to learn about the Ronald McDonald House, which is a set of houses that helps families of children who are sick and in treatment at some hospitals, according to a news release.

Students were invited to join the Read for Ronald McDonald House, which is a program in which students can read to earn donations for the house.

For more information, visit the school district website at or contact Nancy Damato, program coordinator, at 518-396-8212.

— Michael Goot

Food donations sought

The Fort Edward senior National Honor Society will host a food drive at the Fort Edward vs. Fort Ann girls varsity and JV basketball games on Jan. 26.

The games will be held at Fort Edward and will start at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of admission fees, the Honor Society is encouraging attendees to bring canned or other nonperishable food items to the games, according to a news release. Cash donations will also be accepted. All donations and proceeds will directly benefit the Fort Edward Backpack Program.

For more information, contact Samuel Ratti at

Superintendent Daniel Ward said a similar fundraiser held earlier in the season raised over $200.

— Michael Goot

‘Stasis’ is winning word

Sixth-grader Gage Fleming is the winner of Argyle Central School District’s 2018 spelling bee.

Seventeen students in grades four through eight participated in the competition. They were selected based upon performance in their classrooms and results of spelling tests.

After seven rounds, it was down to three finalists. Sixth-graders Jonathan Pratt and Kira Booska finished second and third, respectively. Gage won in Round 14 with the correct spelling of “stasis.”

Gage will now go on to compete at the Capital Region Spelling Bee held at Proctors in Schenectady on Feb. 13.

— Michael Goot

Dance nets $15,000

The fourth annual Hadley-Luzerne Mini Marathon Dance raised over $15,000 for local recipients.

The 12-hour event was attended by 50 students on Jan. 13, according to the school district’s website. Students raised a grand total of $16,174 and after subtracting for expense, $15,148 was donated to these recipients: Bill Cirillo, Ted Dalaba, Collette Pincheon and the Hunter Scofield Scholarship Fund.

The event was started in 2015 by now-graduate Christopher Jon Deuel who attends every year.

— Michael Goot

Student leaders chosen

Salem Central School sophomores Jack Thrasher and Brady Nichols have been chosen to represent their school at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in June.

The event will be held June 1-3 at SUNY Oneonta.

The seminar allows student representatives to meet with leaders in business, government and education. This year, they will explore America’s incentive system and the democratic system, according to a news release.

This year’s program is sponsored by the Salem Area Women’s Club and the Salem PTA.

Thrasher and Nichols have demonstrated leadership with extensive participation in community service activities, the news release stated.

— Michael Goot


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