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CIty of Plattsburgh Hires Sandra Geddes as Special Events Coordinator

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The City of Plattsburgh announced today that Sandra Geddes has accepted the position of Promotions and Special Events Coordinator, effective January 29, 2015.  Mrs. Geddes comes with over ten years of experience in regional fundraising and friend-raising, having spent her career with the American Cancer Society as a Relay Coordinator; with SUNY Plattsburgh as the…

Two from Vermontville arrested for illegally purchasing a firearm

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On January 26, 2015, 51-year-old Christine M. Swinyer and 38-year-old John A. Bova both of Vermontville, were arrested after State Police found that Swinyer unlawfully purchased a shotgun for Bova, who is a convicted felon, at Wal-Mart in Malone. Bova had initially tried to purchase the gun a couple of days prior, but was denied. Swinyer was…

No Word Yet From Independent Consultant on Lake Flower Lodge

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There’s no word yet from an independent consultant helping to provide an expert’s look at the proposed Lake Flower Lodge Project in Saranac Lake…  Village Trustee Barb Rice asked for this extra review to be sure the have all of the information they can before making a final decision as to whether or not to…

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Stakeholders Lay Claim to Train Depot

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Village Trustee Allie Pelletieri says he’s looking forward to working with stakeholders to re-work the village’s lease of the train depot in Saranac Lake… The lease is expiring later this year and Pelletieri says it looks like there’s some interest from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to take over that lease.. “I’d like to say that…

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Big Tupper Opens This Weekend

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We have word today from ARISE President Jim LaValley that Big Tupper Ski Area will be opening this weekend.. ARISE opening Big Tupper this weekend…  Lift tickets for Kids 18 and under are $10.00.. Children 6 and under ski free as do active military.. And all other adults are $25.00..  LaValley tells us Cunninghams Ski Barn…

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Adirondack Wind Ensemble Performs This Weekend

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A few years into Daniel Gordon’s tenure as a music professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, he had gotten to know the public school music teachers in the region and realized that like him, they’re all trained musicians with an instrumental specialty. “I thought if I could get them in the same room at the same time,…

NIH Grants Tumanov Laboratory at Trudeau Institute $536,000

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The Trudeau Institute has been awarded $536,000 over a two-year period from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (part of the National Institutes of Health). The grant will support a research project of Alexei Tumanov, M.D., Ph.D., “Defining the role of lymphotoxin signaling in viral-induced lung immunopathology.” The Institute’s fundamental research on immunity fosters…

Blizzard to Bring 2+ Feet of Snow to NYC

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to prepare for blizzard conditions forecasted to affect downstate areas early this week. New Yorkers should plan in advance for major disruptions during Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes, including the possibility of closed roads and delayed or canceled public transit routes. In addition, New Yorkers should prepare for…

Jack LaDuke Named 2015 Grand Marshal

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The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Jack LaDuke as its 2015 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on February 14th.. Jack LaDuke was born in Keeseville, NY to French Canadian parents with a family history dating back to Quebec in the mid-17th century. Mr. LaDuke is a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy, Toms…

PHS Students Respond to Bomb Threats

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There have been three bomb threats at local area high schools since Wednesday.. Beekmantown was the first to deal with the issue.. and then Thursday morning Plattsburgh High School went on lockdown for about 2 hours while officials sorted out another threat.. Thursday afternoon Peru became school number three to lock down their halls… The…

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Winter Carnival Ice Palace Construction Under Way

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The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival kicks off with Coronation of Carnival Royalty on Friday February 6th..  But Construction of this year’s Groovy Ice Palace began on Thursday with ice blocks from Pontiac Bay that were thicker than they were expecting..Dean Baker is the Chairman of the Ice Palace Committee, he says the ice ice coming…

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City Council Establishes Snow Removal Advisory Committee

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The Plattsburgh City Council continues to struggle with the question of how to deal with snow removal on the sidewalks of the community…  During their meeting Thursday night, the City Council voted to authorize the creation of a citizen committee who would be charged with the task of identifying the issue and proposing solutions for…

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Silver Corruption Causing Problems for Assembly

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is out on bail after being arrested on corruption charges..  His arrest has thrown the legislature for a loop as it begins work on the Governor’s proposed Budget… Assemblyman Dan Stec and others are calling for his resignation.. AUDIO – 012315 – Silver out on Bail – Stec Calls for His…

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DEC Proposes Lowering Imperial Dam on Saranac River

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It’s been a long time coming but if all goes well, The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has entered into a joint agreement with the other owners of the Imperial Dam to finally take action to make the dam safer for residents downstream while at the same time improving the movement of Salmon in the…

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Farm Bureau Supports EPF – Unhappy with Cuomo’s Minimuim Wage Proposal

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The New York Farm Bureau weighed in on the State of the State Speech saying  “If we want to have a growing agricultural sector in New York, it’s important for the State of New York to partner with the industry and invest in growing our farm economy. Governor Cuomo’s State of the State offered some…

Adirondack Council identifies Pro-Adirondack Agenda in State of the State

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Pro-Adirondack Park proposals that build on New York’s 123-year legacy of preserving this global treasure, its clean water, wilderness, wildlife and rural communities, were among the priorities expressed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his team in his 2015 combined State of the State address and Executive Budget summary today. “We applaud the Governor for making…

Education Alliance Disappointed with Cuomo’s Committment to Pre-K

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In a statement following Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech, The Alliance for Quality Education says “The Ready for Kindergarten Ready for College Campaign is deeply disappointed that the Governor’s budget does not match his rhetoric. Governor Cuomo executive budget does not  include any new funding for expanding full day pre-K for four year…

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State was a combination of his regular State of the State speech and his proposed 2015 budget.. He spent close to 20 minutes of a 90 minute speech on Education, proposing $4.8 Billion in new education spending and reforms with incentives coming directly from the state. He’s already…

72nd Annual Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival

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We have word from Lake Placid High School and plans for the 72nd Annual Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival.  The anual Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival is set for February 5th through the 7th, 2015. Opening Ceremonies will be at 11:30 AM on February 5th in the LPHS Auditorium.  Coronation will be at…

Lake Champlain Salmon Restoration Shows Continued Gains

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Officials from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today announced that 2014 assessment results show continued gains in the Lake Champlain landlocked Atlantic salmon fishery restoration program. “It’s extremely encouraging to see the collaborative efforts of New York, Vermont and federal…