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A New Defense Against Aquatic Invasives

The State Legislature has approved a measure directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species. Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec are sponsors of the legislation. “The importance of public education cannot be overstated in the fight…

Olympic Speed Skating Oval May Get New Fence

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The Lake Placid School Board is moving forward on a project which could give the Olympic Oval a brand new look from the outside.. In October last year, Connie Devlin Cross gave a presentation to the School Board proposing to replace the Fencing.. She proposed having the community raise money for a new fence around…

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Lennon Resigns from Saranac Lake School Board

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After ten years of service to the Saranac Lake School Board with many as President, Deb Lennon will be stepping down as of June 30th..  The School Board’s Vice President Clyde Baker read her letter to the board during their regular meeting on Wednesday evening. “The board will begin the work of filling Deb’s shoes…

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Mayors Cup Committee Announce Concert Lineup

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Plattsburgh Mayor Calnon says the entertainment for this year’s Mayor’s Cup is going to include some recognizable names, including the Stowaways who’ll be live before the Boat Parade on Thursday July 10th from 7 to 9 before the Boat Parade of Lights.. Mayor Calnon is joined at the City Docks by Jess Dulle, the new Executive Director…

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Senate Releases Comprehensive Report on Lyme Disease

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The State Senate on Wednesday gave final legislative approval of a measure that would authorize tribal judges and other tribal officials to solemnize marriages on Indian lands. Senator Betty Little Introduced the Legislation at the request of tribal officials.. She says “New York State confers marriage authority upon a wide array of religious, public leaders…

Blue Bomber Hockey Team wins Scholar/Athlete Championship

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Even though Hockey Season is over, 13 of the Lake Placid Blue Bombers are celebrating another kind of championship because these students have won the Statewide Scholar / Athlete Championship.. For a perspective on the team’s accomplishment we go to Lake Placid’s Athletic Director, Matt Walentuk “These students have won both on the ice but…

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Lake Placid School Board says goodbye to Departing Members

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The Lake Placid School Board says goodbye to two members who attended their final board meeting on Tuesday evening… The school board’s president Mary Dietrich presented Herb Stoerr and Phil Baumbach with a reminder of the school.. A bouquet of flowers and a special Blue Bomber T-Shirt and then proceeded to thank them for their…

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Summer Brings the Third Thursday Art Walks Back to Saranac Lake

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Thursday, June 19th, kicks off the 16th annual Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks. The village, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists and musicians of various genres from 5:00 to 7:30pm. Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake, Art Walkers can go to any participating venue,…

PLatsburgh Police Crack Down on Underage Drinking

Plattsburgh City Police and SUNY Police are cracking down on parties in Rugar Woods.. and specifically in an area of the woods known by local youth as “Guam.” And they’re asking the public, especially parents and guardians, for help in deterring underage drinking and parties.. This past week, the Plattsburgh City Police received information on…

Duprey, Stec Supporting Meningitis Vaccination Legislation

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) was joined today by her fellow Assembly members and Debbie Jerdo of Saranac Lake. Debbie and her husband Don’s daughter, Lindsey, died of meningitis in 2001 and their son, Joshua, committed suicide three years later because he could not get over the loss of his sister. The Jerdos are very…

Health Insurance Tops Lake Placid’s Budget

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The Village of Lake Placid is looking towards approval of their proposed 2014 – 2015 budget as their fiscal year comes to a close at the end of June..  During their last meeting, Mayor Craig Randall introduced a budget of $5,811,156 which represents an increase of $102,433 over the current year’s budget..  The Proposed Property…

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Calnon Says Planning the Budget is a Year Round Project

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The City of Plattsburgh’s $22 Million Dollar Budget takes more work to whittle down every year than you might think.. and this year, getting under the tax cap may prove to be more of a challenge than in years past..”We always want to be below the tax cap, obviously our goal would be to reduce…

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Taxi Drivers to See Updated Regulations in Lake Placid

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The Village of Lake Placid holds a public hearing tonight to hear public comment on changes to regulations affecting taxi drivers in and around the village..   Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall says the village doesn’t necessarily have to deal with applications if they don’t want to.. “But we want to be sure that people are…

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Staffing Levels Assure Quick Emergency Response

Construction on South Catherine Street Continues and Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says the reason for traffic being routed southbound during construction is so that emergency crews can get to the south end of the city more rapidly..  “There’s a policy in place that regulates the minimum number of staffers for the fire department,” Calnon Says,…

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Republican Candidates Debate in Watertown

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Two candidates are vying for the nod from republicans in the primary on June 24th and they faced off in Watertown Thursday night in a debate that was broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh and on public stations across the northern rim..  Stefanik was on message, making sure that everyone knows she grew up…

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Lake Flower Water Levels Remain Low

Infrastructure Replacement will not be completed today as previously reported due to current rain conditions.  Currently remaining JE Sheehan Construction has approximately 150’ of sanitary sewer pipe to be installed, which should be completed, weather depending by June 19th.  The Current Water Level at Lake Flower Dam is 13.3” below spillway. As of Friday, June…

Senate Expands NY Massage Therapy Instruction Policies

The State Senate on Thursday approves legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clinical instruction at continuing education programs in New York. Senator Little says “This change in law would broaden the field of instructors, benefiting licensed therapists participating in the continuing education…

Adirondack Health Welcomes New COO – Patti Hammond

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Adirondack Health has a new Chief Operating Officer… Patti Hammond has nearly 25 years of progressive leadership experience at hospitals and health systems throughout Albany and the Capital District of New York State. “The decision to join Adirondack Health was an easy one based on a solid reputation of exceptional patient care delivered by an…

DOT Grants Pen Air two year contract for Plattsburgh Airport

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The Department of Transportation has renewed its selection of PenAir to provide Essential Air Service to Plattsburgh International Airport. Congressman Bill Owens announced the continuation of funding on Wednesday..  PenAir will receive $5,428,148 in funding support over two years and provide 12 weekly nonstop round trip flights to Boston Logan International Airport. Congressman Owens says…

Veterans Bill Passes Senate

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The Senate has voted nearly unanimously for a bill to expand hospitals and clinics run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and to hire more doctors and nurses to provide timely, quality care for veterans. The Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee… Senator Sanders and Senator John McCain of Arizona put together the bipartisan bill…