Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Lost 193 pounds so he could join Marines

By David Cederstrom, Chronicle Staff Writer

Chris Ruckert, 24, of Hartford, says he dreamed of joining the U.S. military, but it didn’t look possible a year-and-a-half ago when he weighed “a fraction away from 400 pounds, 399.6.”

Then he lost 193 pounds.

Now down to 207, he was inducted into the Marine Corps on Feb. 3 and went to their Parris Island boot camp in South Carolina.

“It had been …

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The Ray behind Ridge Terrace

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor & Publisher

For as many years as we’ve been dining at the ever-popular Ridge Terrace, on Route 9L, Upper Ridge Road in Queensbury, I’d never sat down and talked with owner Ray Rios until last week.

Ray, now 76, has an amazing story to tell. Born in Juarez, Mexico, he started working at the age of 8 as a dishwasher in a restaurant that drew …

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‘Now or never’ to save Lake George

By David Cederstrom, Chronicle Staff Writer

Lake George “is still remarkably healthy, but certain trends that could change that dramatically, and permanently, are headed in the wrong direction,” Eric Siy, executive director of the Fund for Lake George, told The Chronicle.

“It really is now or never….That’s not hyperbole,” he said. “The trend lines tell us that. The lake tells us that.”

He insists, though, “I’m really optimistic, as long …

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Her quest to see California condors in the Grand Canyon

By Joyce Miller, Special to The Chronicle

Editor’s note: Joyce Miller, Professor of Library Science at SUNY Adirondack, was a founding staff member of The Chronicle in 1980 and was our first Arts Editor, among many responsibilities here over many years. She’s an ardent bird-watcher.

California Condors are the largest land bird in North America, with a wingspan of 9.5 feet and a height of about 3.5 feet.

I …

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Francis & Ethan Willis become father & son High Peak 46ers

By David Cederstrom , Chronicle Staff Writer

Francis and Ethan Willis of Queensbury were one of about a dozen father-and-son pairs who became Adirondack 46ers last year, scaling the 46 tallest High Peaks.

Mr. Willis, who operates the Gourmet Café in Glens Falls with his wife Tracy, said he and Ethan last week hiked 5,269-foot Mount Katahdin in Maine as a start on climbing the Northeast’s 111 peaks taller than …

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