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Operation Santa has ‘new energy, members & ideas’

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

In its 44th year, “this is probably going to be our best fund-raising year ever,” Operation Santa organizer and co-founder Frank Munoff tells The Chronicle.

Last year they raised $170,000.

Operation Santa provides clothing and food vouchers at Christmastime to between 2,200 and 2,500 elementary-aged children in Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties, as well as parts of Hamilton and Essex counties.

This year, …

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Feeder Canal Alliance’s 30th: Achievements abound, ambitions continue

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

The Feeder Canal Alliance — still building upon Gaynelle and Charles Moore’s visionary reuse of an overgrown, overlooked ancient asset — marked its 30th anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, preceded by a social hour next-door at Maxwell’s Pub.

The Alliance stunned its long-time president Howard Raymond with announcement during the annual meeting that the classrooms that he first …

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Mayor Dan Hall defends process & assessor faulted in letter

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

Mayor Dan Hall, contacted about a letter to the editor published in last week’s Chronicle criticizing the Assessor’s Office, said Glens Falls follows New York State Real Property law when re-assessing.

“When there is a change in ownership or when a building permit is issued, that triggers the assessor to look at the property,” the Mayor said.

He disputed contentions made by the property …

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Recalling Pepper Turkey’s heyday… & bitter demise

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

The Pepper Turkey Farm along Route 9 in Wilton was a landmark business in northern New York until it suddenly ceased operation on a Friday night in 1971 as they geared up for the Christmas rush.

“The famous Don Pepper Farm is dead,” a recorded voice told people who thereafter phoned the farm. Speaking was Dorothy Pepper Bull, wife of the late Don Pepper. She …

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High noon, in Syracuse

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

The Glens Falls High School football team will seek its second New York State Class B championship in three years Saturday, Nov. 24, at noon in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

They’ll face perhaps their stiffest challenge yet. Opponent Batavia is undefeated (12-0) and features record-shattering senior running back Ray Leach, who ran for eight touchdowns and 474 yards in Batavia’s 54-49 semi-final win …

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