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Mostly Positive Results for School Budgets – Minerva is the Exception

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81% of Voters in Lake Placid give the green light to Superintendent Roger Catania and the Lake Placid School Board to move forward with their proposed budget..  529 turned out for the vote in Lake Placid, the passed the budget, and although there were a few glitches in Wilmington, Lake Placid’s School Board will have…

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Lake Placid 2014 Volunteers of the Year

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The Lake Placid North Elba National Volunteer Week Committee has selected both the Adult and Youth Distinguished Volunteers of the Year for 2014. Dean Dietrich, of Lake Placid, is the 2014 adult volunteer honoree. The two youth volunteer honorees, Julianna Matos and Tony Miller, are both seniors at Lake PlacidCentralSchool. Dean Dietrich, a recently retired…

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“Re-Centralizing” a De-Centralized Plattsburgh Government

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In years past, The City of Plattsburgh under the guidance of then Mayor Clyde Rabideau worked under a system of decentralized management that gave managers the autonomy to manage their departments independently of each other..  In the never ending search for savings, Plattsburgh’s Current Mayor, Jim Calnon is looking to Re-Centralize certain aspects of municipal…

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NCCC Commencement Ceremonies

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The inaugural President’s Award for Excellence is presented to two members of the North CountryCommunity College community.. Gary Hilling is an adjunct faculty member in the math and science department is recognized as one of the unsung heroes by students and his peers..   Gerald Blair has been working in education since the 1960s and 1970s..…

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Councilor Kelly “Plattsburgh Elections Should Parallel Presidential Election”

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Plattsburgh Councilor Mike Kelly says he’d like to see more voter participation in City Government and he’s proposing a concept that would allow for city elections to Parallel the Presidential schedule.. Kelly says in 2007 there were 19,886 people who showed up to vote in Plattsburgh.. then close to $31,000 in 2008 during the Presidential Election..…

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Adirondack Park Population Declining

A newly published report identifies four dominant trends shaping life inside the Adirondack Park: • The Park’s population is declining at a steadily increasing pace; • The median age in the Park is eight years older than in the rest of New York State and, more strikingly, five years older than in the communities outside…

Holding Back Invasive Species in the Adirondacks

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A new report—Boat Inspection and Decontamination for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention: Recommendations for the Adirondack Region—is now available to help guide decisions on where to prioritize actions to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). This first-time analysis for the Adirondack region summarizes the best available science, analyzes current AIS distribution and boater…

Gillibrand Legislation Would Ease Student Debt in New York

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New York College graduates are saddled with an estimated $60 billion in student loan debt and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her push for legislation that would help tens of millions of graduates find some relief…. National student loan debt is now approximately $1.2 trillion dollars, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt, and…

Another Breakthrough for Trudeau Research

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Scientists from the laboratory of Trudeau Institute faculty member Marcia Blackman have exploited a mouse viral infection model to increase understanding of the important interaction between types of immune T cells to control infection and the onset of malignancy. Their findings are reported in the Journal of Virology, a publication of the American Society for…

Plattsburgh Approves Engineering Study for Saranac River Walk Project

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The City of Plattsburgh is moving forward with phase two of the Saranac River Trail… Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says they have funds available as part of a grant which they’re going to use to build a bridge from Saranac Street to Durkee Street…  The 1.6 Million Dollar Grant will fund the construction of a bridge…

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Tail Of the Pup Gets North ELba Permit for Live Music

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There’s one sure sign of Spring in the Adirondacks and that’s when the Tail of the Pup Receives it’s Outdoor Music Permit for the summer..  Money is definitely a motivator when it comes to keeping the bands inline on the outdoor stage and the Permit for the Tail of the Pup let’s them go until…

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Sea Lamprey Barrier – Grand Opening Thursday

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On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00AM representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Quebec will officially open the new and state-of-the-art sea lamprey barrier. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will present information on the construction, operation, and importance of the new barrier.. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

Guydosh Steps Down After Six Years

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Dr. Raymond Guydosh, dean of the SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business and Economics, has announced that he will leave the post at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year in order to return to teaching. A national search will be launched shortly for his replacement. Guydosh, who arrived at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1976 as an assistant…

The “Biggest Losers” are in Plattsburgh

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There’s a healthy way to become the biggest Loser in Plattsburgh…  It’s sponsored by the City of Plattsburgh’s Recreation Department..  Steve Peters is the superintendent of Recreation in the City of Plattsburgh.. He says this particular program has been largely successful. “Now in it’s 5th year, the average weight loss is over 28 pounds, Cholesterol…

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Saranac Lake Wants Control of Speed Limits in Village

If you could set the speed limit on your road, would it be 30 Miles Per Hour, 20 Miles Per Hour? The Village of Saranac Lake has just approved a resolution supporting efforts in the State legislature to allow villages and municipalities to assign their own speed limits rather than be mandated by state law…

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South Catherine to Become One Way Street During Construction

In about three weeks, South Catherine Street in Plattsburgh will become a one way street to accommodate the re-construction project..  Kevin Farrington is the City’s Engineer… He says the concept of taking South Catherine Street to one way headed south will make it much easier for the contractor to handle the work and actually allowed…

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SLCHS Juried Art Show – Through May 23rd at Town Hall

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The Saranac Lake High School Juried Art Show is now on display at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake… The Opening is help on Friday after work and we caught up with some of the students who’ve received honorable mention for their work..

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Lake Placid’s Village Cleanup

Lake Placid’s Village Cleanup Day is Saturday.. We caught up with some of the organizers of the event setting up for the volunteer lunch which traditionally follows the work of the morning..   AUDIO – 051214 – Lake Placid Village Cleanup Day

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Comptroller Gives Plattsburgh Good Financial Report

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli  says A steady population, an expanding tax base and a diverse economy have helped establish a stable financial foundation for the city of Plattsburgh…   The Comptroller made a special visit to Plattsburgh on Wednesday to speak with local business leaders, the media, and local legislators including Town of Plattsburgh…

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DOT-111 Rail Cars No Longer Labeled as Safe for Crude Oil

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx’s announcement of a new safety alert that energy companies and oil shippers should no longer use DOT-111 rail cars, and that those companies will be required to make public the routes that Bakken crude is being shipped on, and alert first responders…