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A 70-foot tumble, a desperate rescue try, 2 broken backs & survival

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

A South Glens Falls native was involved in an April accident and rescue in Burlington, Vermont, in which she and the friend she risked her life to help both nearly died. Their ordeal — and ultimate rescue — was first reported by the Burlington Free Press.

Karen Ross, 52, saw her friend fall 70 feet down a steep rocky embankment when a walking path …

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Their lake house at last

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

It’s over. After nearly three years, New York’s highest court rejected the final challenge to Steven and Jennifer Kitchen’s plans to build a 3,200-square-foot home on a landlocked, hillside double lot at Assembly Point on Lake George.

“The motion…is dismissed as academic,” wrote the Court of Appeals in a one-page May 14 ruling rejecting the opponents’ last appeal.

Foes of the project, who included …

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Thoughts of Dick Bartlett

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

Last month a friend alerted me that Dick Bartlett, ailing at the age of 89, had turned off the pacemaker. My friend advised me to hurry over.

So I did. When I walked into Dick’s home, sure enough, not only was Dick’s son Mike there, so were hospice volunteers. But when I was shown to Dick’s bedroom, what greeted me wasn’t death or anything the …

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Fireworks fall-out

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The sale of Alonzo Fireworks in Mechanicville to a New Jersey company is impacting local skies.

Lake George Village will proceed with its 4th of July and Thursday night summer fireworks shows, but may forego smaller shows held in conjunction with festivals and other community events. Already cancelled is the fireworks show this week with the Performance Boat Weekend on Lake George.

Meanwhile, the …

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Battenkill Valley Creamery purchases 2nd farm

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

Battenkill Valley Creamery in Salem has expanded, adding 178 acres of farmland and 175 milking cows by buying nearby Skellkill Farms in the Town of Jackson.

“With our growing business, we couldn’t meet the demand from our home farm,” said Seth McEachron, 32, the Skidmore-educated fifth-generation dairy farmer. “Now we will have enough milk for a little while, and as sales continue to grow, …

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