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Monday, April 14


Matt Doheny said he's going to keep on keepin' on, regardless of whether the Conservative Party chair likes it or not.

Statement from Matt Doheny 21st Congressional Candidate on Chairman Long's Call for Surrender

Matt Doheny proudly carried the Conservative Party banner in 2012,  is endorsed by five county committees and in 2014 one of every five conservatives throughout the district signed his petition. Matt is a true conservative philosophically, on the issues and most importantly in the hearts and minds of the people of the North Country. 

Last Friday, after thwarting the will of rank and file conservatives throughout the North Country, State Conservative Chairman Mike Long told the Glens Falls Post Star that "They’d rather see Mr. Doheny not run, so there’s a better chance of winning the general election."  

Essentially, Long on behalf of the Washington insiders who want to control this seat, was asking Doheny to surrender - to which we offer the following reply:

 "To Chairman Mike Long: Nuts! North Country Conservative, Matt Doheny."

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Tuesday, April 8

Police identify woman who fell from Stonequist Apartments

Police confirmed that the woman who fell to her death from the sixth floor of Stonequist Apartments Friday night was Robin Lee Schelmbauer, 48. She lived in Stonequist.

Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Robert Jillson said preliminary medical examinations offer no indication of foul play and he said there is nothing suspicious about the death. He would not say immediately whether the police suspected the death was suicide or an accident.

The police blotter entry for the incident, however, indicates police were called to Stonequist for a "suicide attempt."

Her obituary was submitted to The Saratogian today:

Robin Lee Schelmbauer of Stone Quest Apartments passed away on April 5, 2014 at her home. She was 48. Born on October 27, 1965 in Ballston Spa, NY she was the daughter of Patricia Stanton.
She is predeceased by her grandparents William and Bernice Howard. Survivors include her mother and step father, Patricia and Robert Stanton of Ballston Spa, NY, a step-father Francis L. McCormick, a son, John P. Schelmbauer and his wife Kayla and grandson Brayden of Wilton, NY, a sister Francine Merrills of Providence, NY, 2 step children, Mike and Katie Schelmbauer, two uncles, James Howard and his wife Judy and Billy Howard both of Ballston Spa, NY, an aunt Bonnie Lee of Kentucky and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family at Maplewood Cemetery in Wilton.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, PO Box 418629, Boston, Ma, 02241-8629.  Arrangements are entrusted to Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

Saturday, April 5

Woman dies after fall from sixth floor of Stonequist Apartments

Here is the full press release from the Saratoga Springs Police Department of the death at Stonequist, which they did not refer to as suicide, but suspect no foul play in. Check with  The Saratogian later today for more information. 
"Last night about 9:30 officers were sent to investigate a cellular 9-1-1 call at the Stonequist Apartments. The caller, a 48 year old female, was alone in her sixth floor apartment of Stonequist at the time of the call. Prior to officers making contact with her, she went out one of her windows and fell to the ground. Saratoga Springs Fire transported the woman to the emergency room, but she died later on.
Police do not suspect anything suspicious at this time. I will not be releasing the name at this time, as the deceased has family outside the area.
-- Lieutenant Robert H. JillsonInvestigations' Division CommanderSaratoga Springs Police Department"