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Planning for “Parklets” in Downtown Plattsburgh

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It may still be winter but the City Council is already looking ahead to spring in Downtown.. That’s because every year, local downtown restaurants file applications with the Council for permits to turn about 12 or 13 parking spaces into Outdoor Seating for their establishments…At their Meeting on Thursday Evening, Councilwoman Becky Kasper outlined several…

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Re-Living the Miracle on Ice

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How many of you remember where you were in 1980 when the underdog U.S. hockey team beat the powerful Soviet Union team 4-3 in what became known as the “Miracle on Ice.” This Saturday the 19 surviving members of the U.S. gold medal hockey team arrive at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center to once again feel the…

Dupery: “Out of State Licenses Should be Accepted for Military Spouses”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) is calling on state legislators to join her in supporting legislation that would help military families across the state gain employment when they are relocated for military service. More specifically, the bill would allow military spouses to use their out-of-state licenses to continue to practice their profession when they are…

Stefanik visits with Fort Drum Soldiers in Afghanistan

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee, returned from an official bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Stefanik was one of few Members invited to attend this Congressional delegation. Upon returning from her visit, she released the following statement: “Over the last week,…

School Vacation in Saranac Lake May be Changing

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If there’s one thing if life that’s constant it’s the fact that everything changes…  and in this case the next victim of change could become the two week Spring Break in the Saranac Lake Central School District.. Saranac Lake Central School Superintendent Diane Fox says . She says the two districts are unique in that, but…

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Tupper Lake’s Fire and Ice Festival This Weekend

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The inaugural Fire and Ice Festival begins in Tupper Lake this weekend.. The event’s organizer is Christine Marquis… She says “They wanted to showcase all the great things there are to do in Tupper Lake in the winter,”  and she continues by saying “There were lots of other winter festivals in the area, and they…

North Country Teachers Plan Advocacy Event

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A coalition of teachers in the North Country are planning a series of advocacy events raising awareness of Governor Cuomo’s proposals for education.. On Saturday February 28th.. Superintendents from area schools, members of their school boards of education, Parent alliances and Teachers Associations will begin the day in Plattsburgh and traveling across the North Country..…

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Historic Saranac Lake Hires Public Programs Coordinator

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Historic Saranac Lake says thay’ve hired Chessie Monks who is going to serve as the new Public Programs Coordinator for the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Monks is a trained archivist, and brings experience working with collections and museums..  The organization plans to use her experience to make Saranac Lake history accessible to school groups, local organizations,…

Sanders Supports Obama’s Tuition Free Public Colleges

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), speaking Tuesday at Johnson State College, called for a “revolution” in the way higher education is funded in the United States. He proposed tuition-free courses for freshmen and sophomores at all public colleges and universities. He also called for reforms in federal student loans. “In a highly competitive global economy we…

Plattsburgh Council Considers More Regulations for Public Transportation

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The City of Plattsburgh has begun looking at the system of public transportation in and around their local neighborhoods.. and as Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says.. Taxis are a big part of the puzzle.. but not as well managed, as they could be..  Most of their regulations, for example revolve around the drivers, and there…

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Saranac Lake Fire Dept Enters Year of Recruiting in 2015

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The average age of a volunteer at the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department isn’t getting any younger.. That’s according to Fire Chief Brendan Keough.. “Right now the average age of our members is between like 45 and older members like me and 2015 is going to be a big year for recruiting younger firefighters.” Keough…

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DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

Fewer NY School Districts Overriding Tax Cap

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The number of school districts overriding New York’s property tax cap declined by more than half over the past three fiscal years, dropping from 44 school districts in 2012-13 to only 19 in 2014-15, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also found low- and average-need districts were twice as…

Town of Plattsburgh Sponsors Indoor/Outdoor Vacation Activities

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The Cold weather may be keeping some of us indoors but there are plenty of recreational activities to keep us healthy this winter and many of them are indoors..  The Town of Plattsburgh’s recreation department for example has a big list of things to do for the rest of school vacation.. If you’re interested in…

Adirondack Health CEO Tops list of “CEOs to Know”

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For two years running, Chandler M. Ralph, President & CEO of Adirondack Health, has been named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, which features some of the most impressive leaders dedicated to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural regions. Individuals on the list include CEOs and administrators…

Silver Medalist Lauryn Williams Retiring from Bobsled

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Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.), one of only five people to medal in different sports at the Summer and Winter Olympics, announced today that she is retiring from the sport of bobsled. Williams deliberated retirement following her silver medal performance at the Sochi Games in the women’s bobsled event with driver Elana Meyers Taylor, but she…

Strand’s February Exhibits Open Friday

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The Strand Center for the Arts has two new exhibitions in February featuring work by Susan Whiteman and Dan Hausner. Susan Whiteman is the headlining artist in the Main Gallery with “Tread Softly, Travel Lightly” while Dan Hausner exhibits “Moments and Places” in the Community Gallery  located at The Strand Center for the Arts at…

Duprey Appointed to Ethics Search Committee

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Earlier this week, Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to a panel that will conduct a national search for an executive director for the new Office of Ethics and Compliance. The panel will recommend a list of potential directors, with Heastie making the final selection. The committee…

Plattsburgh’s City Council says “Think Summer”

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Since it’s going to be so cold this weekend, we thought it might be appropriate to think about summer for a moment..  Especially since Plattsburgh’s City Council Thursday evening agreed that the Parade on the Fourth of July might be well served to stay with the new route they designed last year to accommodate the…

Governor Cuomo Visits Plattsburgh with Opportunity Agenda

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh Thursday morning to highlight portions of his Opportunity Agenda for New York State. Among his Opportunity Agenda proposals, Governor Cuomo focuses on the following initiatives affecting the North Country: Provide the North Country with high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018: Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious goal to ensure…