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A hockey town minus a hockey team: Phantoms disappear

GLENS FALLS - Everyone knew all along that the Adirondack Phantoms would be providing a temporary hockey fix in the Glens Falls area. On Friday night, people in that community were beginning to wonder if the team's exit will create a permanent or temporary void.

After five years at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Phantoms have gone through four head coaches, they've never been to the playoffs, and their average finish in the standings has been 13th in a 15-team American Hockey League.

Despite the dismal performances on ice, the team has produced somewhat healthy box office revenues, averaging more than 4,000 fans per game, in an arena that seats about 4,800 people.

On Friday night those fans packed the civic center for the Phantoms final game, and many of them were already beginning to miss the team.

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Adirondack Phantoms say farewell to Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS - The Adirondack Phantoms are saying goodbye to Glens Falls as the hockey team will play its final home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday night.

The community from the get-go that the Phantoms would provide a temporary hockey fix in Glens Falls.

Despite the team’s losing record over the past five years, the fans kept the turnstyles spinning – averaging more than 4,000 per game in a civic center that seats 4,800.

“We’re tremendously proud of our players here, and we’re tremendously proud of the fans who have come out and supported us,” said Chris Porreca, Executive Vice President of the Phantoms.

As the Phantoms skate off the ice the final time, fans will also get to see Shayne Gostisbehere of the NCAA Championship Union College Dutchmen is playing his first professional hockey game.

Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

Niskayuna man admits to murdering wife on Christmas Eve

The murder scene in Lake Luzerne. - File / WNYT

NISKAYUNA - A Niskayuna man now admits he killed his estranged wife on Christmas Eve.

Clifford Burns pleaded guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder. He admitted that he intentionally killed Patricia Burns in front of her daughters in their Lake Luzerne apartment.

Prosecutors said Burns was angry over a pending divorce.

As part of his plea, he faces 23 years to life in prison when sentenced next month.

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Former Lake George bar owner sentenced to prison

The former owner of a bar and restaurant in Lake George is headed to state prison for three years.

Christopher Scully ran Longshots on Canada Street until his arrest on drug charges in 2012.

At that time, police told The Post-Star that Longshots was the center of a

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department arrested six other people in connection with their investigation.

Four of those people have pleaded guilty.

Washington Co. Sheriff needs help identifying robbery suspect

Police say this woman is wanted in connected with a theft at Kingbury Wine and Liquor. - Washington Co. Sheriff's office

KINGSBURY - Police are looking for a woman they say committed a robbery.

They are hoping you can help identify her.

The Washington County Sheriff's office says she's wanted in connection to a theft at Kingsbury Wine and Liquor.

You're asked to call the sheriff's office if you can help.

U.S. Senator Gillibrand talks economics in Queensbury

QUEENSBURY - When just a teenager, Kirsten Gillibrand says the first live concert she saw was at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

"The Clash," Senator Gillibrand (D - New York) said. "Do you remember they were there? Yeah, Rock the Casbah. I could humm that quicker than remembering the name of the band."

Now the future of the Civic Center is questionable with the Adirondack Phantoms hockey team about to leave.

That was mentioned more than once Wednesday afternoon by north country leaders concerned about the loss of business.

"If you can skate and have a little money and would like to buy a hockey team you're welcome here at the Glens Falls Civic Center because we are in need of a hockey team," said former Glens Falls Mayor Ed Bartholomew.

Economic concerns were a common theme as the Senator mostly listened, taking notes.