Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Fitzy the barber of Fort Edward

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

“Fitzy” Fitzsimmons grew up on Third Street in Glens Falls, graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and fondly recalls the heyday when downtown sidewalks on Thursday nights filled with “people going out to meet people.”

But Fitzy, given name Harold Patrick, is wholly Fort Edward now. “I came down here in ’62 and been here ever since. It’s my 59th year,” says the proprietor of Fitzy’s …

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Chris Patten persists

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Despite opposition including from Mayor Dan Hall, Chris Patten is holding firm to his plan to buy and develop the wedge of current green space he is under contract to buy from 333 Glen at the intersection of Glen and Bay Streets.

Now he envisions building 43 apartments, with no mixed use.

He told The Chronicle he plans to submit “fully comprehensive, fully conforming …

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Lake George plans a busy summer: Thursday fireworks, more

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Lake George Mayor Bob Blais said he anticipates a nearly full roster of events this summer, after events were cancelled or greatly scaled back last year by Covid.

“We are putting together everything we have done in the past, including fireworks, in hopes we will be able to do them. Based on what we have heard about the Covid and vaccines, we are …

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Jim Siplon’s approach as CEO of EDC Warren Co.

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Last summer EDC Warren County board member Jim Siplon stepped in as interim CEO of the economic development corporation after the unexpected death of its long-time president Ed Bartholomew.

Last month the EDC made the appointment permanent. Mr. Siplon, 55, is being paid $130,000, Mr. Bartholomew’s salary.

“Since July, our board has seen firsthand how he energizes people, marshals resources and catalyzes progress through …

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George Pensel: $5-million cost dashed plan for LG Forum to be Boats by George headquarters

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

“I’ve been in the boat business for 50 years,” George Pensel told The Chronicle from Florida Monday in response to our call. “I’ve learned a little bit about doing real estate, but I don’t know nearly as much about doing deals in real estate as I know about doing deals in boats.”

In a nutshell, he said, that explains why he abandoned his plan to …

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