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Complaints about unleashed dogs in the Pilot Knob Road area have led to a new road sign highlighting leash laws.

Fort Ann Supervisor Richard Moore said at a Town Board meeting on Aug. 13 that the town had received numerous complaints about unleashed dogs. Many appeared to be owned by visitors.

Moore was able to obtain a leash law sign from Washington County, and it was posted a few days after the meeting.

Gwendolyn Craig

Court addition to open

The final step in the completion of the addition to Warren County’s court complex should be done next week.

The parking lot in front of the courthouse was being paved Friday, with striping and final touches to be applied by the end of next week.

The goal is to open the new entrance on Sept. 5.

The courthouse has been accessed through a temporary entrance on the south side of the building since construction began nearly two years ago.

— Don Lehman

Land Conservancy celebrates 30 years

The Lake George Land Conservancy celebrated three decades of work Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center in Bolton Landing.

Since its incorporation in 1988, the organization and its partners have protected 10,867 acres of land over 6.5 miles of Lake George shoreline, according to a news release. The conservancy also creates and maintains more than 38 miles of trails for recreation.

“We’ve had an amazing 30 years of protecting the land that protects the lake,” said Executive Director Jamie Brown in the release. “Thanks to the many donors, landowners, volunteers and community partners, more than 10,800 acres of land has been conserved — that’s nearly 1 acre every day that is now permanently protected, working to filter water, reduce erosion and keep Lake George healthy and clean.”

Gwendolyn Craig

Quite a pair

At a Women in Racing Symposium at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Sunday, trainer Linda Rice recalled the first time she used fellow panelist and Hall of Famer Julie Krone.

In her first summer at Saratoga in barn 7, with only seven horses, she decided to give Krone the mount on a very temperamental colt. Rice said the more a rider held the horse back, the more he would bolt. She thought Krone might have a better touch with the horse.

“He was very rank, very fast,” Rice said.

Krone and the colt did go to the lead, but were in control enough to win the race and set a track record.

“She came back to the winner’s circle and she quietly climbed off that horse, none of that jumping dismount, and whispered to me, ‘He ran great.’ That horse humbled her and no one else could. From that point on I was pretty impressed with Julie Krone,” said Rice, who is the 2009 Saratoga training champion and most successful female trainer in American history, with 1,778 wins through Aug. 18.

— Will Springstead

It’s too hot

This summer has had some serious heat waves, and a reader-submitted photo shows even the squirrels were feeling it.

Janice LaPan, of Hudson Falls, sent in a photo of two squirrels perched on ledges off of a tree. The photo was taken this month during one of the 90-degree days, and LaPan titled it “It’s Too Hot.”

According to the National Wildlife Federation, residents can help their local wildlife during these steamy days by putting out a bird bath or water-filled containers. Gardens can also help provide shade.

Gwendolyn Craig

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