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South Platt Field Named After Gerald Burdo

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The South Platt little league field in Plattsburgh has a new name thanks to the City Council. It will now be known as Gerald Burdo Field. The idea was conceived by Councilor Paul O’Connell who says Burdo deserves the recognition after 30 years of service to the little league. The vote on the resolution on…

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Plattsburgh City Council Closes in on Final Budget

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Councilors in the City of Plattsburgh have completed their deliberations on Mayor Calnon’s Proposed 2015 budget and it appears as though the overall expenditures will remain below the tax cap..  The council approved additional expenses of about $9,700 dollars for conferences and employee training, in addition, they approved a resolution which returned the library’s budget…

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High Praise from DOH for Alice T. Miner Center

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The Alice T. Miner Center for Women and Children (CWC) earned high praise from the New York State Department of Health for its efforts to reduce scheduled deliveries.  The CWC was recently awarded the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2013 Quality Improvement Award.  The award supports the project’s mission of…

Adirondack Scenic Railroad Benefits from NY Capital Grants Program

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS), the nonprofit operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will receive $791,000 in state funding. Through the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grants Program $26.8 million was allocated to 38 rail and aviation safety programs. Since the Adirondack Scenic Railroad lost its lease agreement…

Governor Cuomo Signs Dark Skies Bill

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The Adirondack Park’s largest and most influential environmental organization today praised the Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill designed to preserve dark night skies in the Adirondack Park and other rural areas. The new law will protect sensitive wildlife and save taxpayers money, while offering economic opportunities to Adirondack communities and businesses,…

Chamber Sponsors Snowman Building Contest

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The village of Saranac Lake will have some extra snowmen tomorrow afternoon.. That’s because the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a community snowman building contest to welcome friends family and visitors to the community…  The snowman building contest begins Saturday at noon and runs until 3pm along River Street Park starting across the…

A Very Merry Christmas for Tupper – PROTECT Appeal Denied

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After more than ten years The Adirondack Club and Resort Project in Tupper Lake has been given the  green light to move forward with development in Tupper Lake..  On Wednesday afternoon, The New York State Court of Appeals Denied another motion to appeal by the extreme environmental group PROTECT The Adirondacks and in doing so,…

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Champlain National Bank Opens New Branch in Lake Placid

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Joseph P. Shaw, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank announced that the Bank has completed construction on a new 2,520 square-foot branch in Lake Placid located at 2040 Saranac Avenue. Champlain National Bank has owned the property at 2040 Saranac Avenue since 2003, which is located between Burnham Financial and Super Shoes. The new branch…

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Ward 6 Community Forum – Half a Degree of Separation

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Plattsburgh Councilor Josh Kretser conducted a community forum on Wednesday evening which he called “Half a Degree of Separation”  Kretser says the forum was designed to look at the concept of how closely related downtown residents, businesses, community action groups and others are in the collaborative process of improving downtown Plattsburgh. One of the members…

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Trinity Park Menorah Marks the beginning of Hanukkah

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The beginning of Hanukkah was marked by the lighting of a Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington.. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the audience. Saying the Jewish faith is a part of the American heritage. A Menorah also faces City Hall Place in Trinity Park today. That’s because Last night Avrohom Rimier, from Habad of…

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Ward 6 Councilor Josh Kretser Holds Community Forum at Strand

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Councilor Joshua Kretser will be conducting a community forum on Wednesday Tonight (December 17th, 2014) at 7:00pm at the Strand Theatre at 25 Brinkerhoff Street in the City of Plattsburgh. The title of the forum, “Half a Degree of Separation”, plays to the concept of how closely related downtown residents, businesses, community action groups and others are in…

Adirondack Council Applauds Molpus Investment in Park

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The Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization today applauded Mississippi timberland investment and management company Molpus Woodlands for making a significant investment in the future of New York’s Adirondack Park by purchasing the 112,238-acre holdings of The Forestland Group. A price was not disclosed. The purchase makes Molpus Woodlands of Philadelphia, Miss., the Adirondack Park’s second-largest…

Lake Placid School Board Appoints Ernest Witkowski

The Lake Placid Central School District appointed Ernest L. Witkowski to serve as the Interim Elementary School Principal. The Board of Education approved Witkowski to the position at the December 16, 2014 board meeting. Witkowski is familiar with the district having served as interim superintendent during the 2009-2010 school year. Witkowski is also familiar with…

Two REDC Grants for The City of Plattsburgh

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We’re continuing to evaluate the results of Governor Cuomos Announcement of Awards to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council..    Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says there are two newly funded projects in the City..  One of which will help Plattsburgh with phase two of the feasibility study for the redevelopment of the City’s beach.  The…

Clinton Community College Announces Layoffs

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Plattsburgh, New York – Clinton Community College Board of Trustees has approved the retrenchment of three full-time and two part-time positions, and the adjustment of three 12-month positions to 10-month positions, at Monday’s Special Meeting. Reduction in faculty and staff positions was approved to aid in closing an expected $600,000 budget deficit next fiscal year.…

Sanders to Become Ranking Member of Senate Budget Committee

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Friday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Sanders’ appointment as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee in the next session of Congress: “I want to thank Sen. Reid and the Democratic caucus for the opportunity to serve as the ranking member on the Senate…

Pages Turn to New Chapter for Congressman Owens

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A message from Congressman Bill Owens; As I turn the page to a new chapter, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for allowing me to serve as your Congressman.  I have often said that our district is made up of Rockefeller Republicans and Reagan Democrats, and I have done my best…

$63.4m Awarded to North Country Regional Economic Development Council

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. A centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were established in 2011 to transform the State’s approach to…

Mt Pisgah Opens This Weekend

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Mt Pisgah will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and next Saturday and Sunday and they plan to resume their holiday hours when the Christmas break starts for the School District. The mountain’s Manager, Garret Foster says there will be limited use of the lodge on Saturday, mostly because they’ve decided to…

Owens recognized by Canadian Embassy for cross-border advocacy

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Congressman Bill Owens was presented with a Canadian flag that was flown over the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his work supporting U.S.-Canadian relations. “For many years, investments in the vast and growing economic partnership between the U.S. and Canada have paid off in the form of jobs and economic growth in…