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Mayor Calnon’s Charter Commission Meets Tonight

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Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon has announced the establishment of a commission to review the entire charter of the City of Plattsburgh…  The Commission will consist of 12 people.. All residents of the City… Mayor Calnon says their tasks will include the preparation of a draft of a proposed new or revised city charter…    The Commission…

Clinton County Historical Society Features Town of Saranac in New Exhibit

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This weekend marks the opening of a brand new exhibit for the Clinton County Historical Association… The exhibit is called  “Saranac: Life and Times of an Adirondack Town.” And officially opens this Saturday…   The town of Saranac is being highlighted in this year’s series which focuses on the History of Towns in Clinton County.  In…

A Call to FIFA for Soccer Equality

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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand with six other U.S. Senators today renewed their call for organizers of the 2015 International Association of Federation Football (FIFA)Women’s World Cup, to work with players to reach an agreement on the playing surface. The Senators sent a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, following a meeting…

Lt Gov. Kathy Hochul In Lake Placid to Announce $500 Million for Broadband

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Lt Gov. Kathyh Hochul Announces $500 Million for broadband in New York..  She made the announcement in Lake Placid at the Convention Center Friday Morning to a crowd of legislators, including Assemblyman Dan Stec and The Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas. Essentially, the Cuomo administration has outlined the third component…

City Council Discusses Open Government at Training Session Thursday

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Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and the rest of the City Council played host to a special discussion about open government conducted by Mr Robert Freeman who is the Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government…   And just to give you some background… Mr Freeman is a veritable encyclopedia of information on…

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New Windows Arrive Next Week for the Hotel Saranac

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There are lots of new windows arriving in the Village of  Saranac Lake next week… That’s because all of the old windows in the Hotel Saranac are being replaced as part of the overall renovation of the Hotel over the next 7 or 8 months..  Jeremy Evans is the Community Development Director in Saranac Lake..…

LDC To Hold Forum on Commercial Property Grants

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The Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation (“SLLDC”) will hold a public information session for commercial property owners on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in Village of Saranac Lake offices to talk about upcoming grant opportunities in 2015. “We want projects that can compete successfully in a very competitive field,” said Sharon Elrod, one…

Schumer, GIllibrand Announce Funding for Greater Adirondack Conservation

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U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for Greater Adirondacks agricultural conservation projects. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will be used to improve water quality, soil health, and resolve habitat issues in and around the Upper…

Open Enrollment Continues on New York Heath Exchange

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Today marks one of two deadlines for consumers in the North Country looking to sign up for health insurance in 2015… January 15th is the last day to sign up and become eligible for Health Insurance in February… Donna Frescatore, is the Executive Director, New York Health Benefit Exchange.. She says New York State is…

2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Buttons Now Available

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“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Groovy ‘60s,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker Harris wearing a peace sign necklace while crowd surfing at a music concert. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter…

Fort Covington woman arrested for a burglary in Vermontville

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On January 13, 2015, State Police arrested 42-year-old Nicole R. Baier of Fort Covington for unlawfully entering into a residence on Swinyer Road in Vermontville and stealing change from jars that were within the residence in April 2014. Baier was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, a class C Felony. She was arraigned at the Malone Town Court…

Duprey Calls for Vote on Women’s Equality Act

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In light of the passage of eight Women’s Equality Act bills in the State Senate, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R, I – Peru) renewed her support for the complete proposal – including the proposal which codifies Roe v Wade in the State of New York and ensures safe healthcare for women across the state. This is…

Dating Photos – Part One of Four in Historical Society Series

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Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society Presents “Dating Photos by Fashion” The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society begins their winter lecture series later this month… The first program of the 2015 “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series is called “Dating Photos by Fashion” and is presented by Margaret Bartley, a Trustee of the Essex County Historical…

Lake Placid School Board Considers Change to Senior School Tax Exemption

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The Lake Placid Central School Board is considering an increase to the maximum income levels for the senior citizen partial tax exemption schedule.. Before finalizing any decision, however, they’ll be holding a public hearing on Tuesday next week.. The 20th of January, at 6:30 p.m. at the High School’s Annex at 50 Cummings Road, Lake…

Alliance Weighs in on Charter School Agenda in Albany

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The Alliance For Quality Education Weighs in on the Debate over Privately-Run Charter Schools On Tuesday, the leaders of the Assembly and the Senate made statements regarding the cap on privately-run charter schools. Billy Easton is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. He says  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education…

Historic Saranac Lake to Benefit from Will Rogers Grant

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The Saranac Laboratory Museum and Historic Saranac Lake are the beneficiaries of a major grant from the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation.. The Grant will support exhibit renovations at the Museum which is home to the original laboratories of Dr Edward Livingston Trudeau.. A pioneer in the field of TB research in Saranac Lake..…

Owens Joins Law Firm Focused on Cross Border Commerce

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Congressman Bill Owens Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Practice Owens is teaming with the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice as a senior strategic advisor in the Washington, D.C. office. Based on his extensive experience in federal policy in the context of the Canada-U.S. relationship, Congressman Owens will advise Canadian…

St Joe’s Makes List of “Best Places to Work” in 2014

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For the fourth year in a row, St Joseph’s Addiction and Treatment Center in Saranac Lake has been named one of the best places to work in New York State…  And Monday night Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau touted their success…Mayor Rabideau was speaking with St Joeseph’s Chief Talent Officer in Human Resources, Katie Kirkpatrick…

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Saranac Lake Train Depot; The Focus of Special Village Work-Session on Wednesday

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The Village of Saranac Lake is holding a special work-session to discuss the implications and whether or not to renew their lease of the Train Depot by the Village…   On Monday evening the board received several new items outlining different points of view from the Department of Transportation who owns the Building. When the topic…

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A Spaghetti Dinner for the Winter Carnival Court

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Saranac Lake is quickly headed back into the Groovy 60s.. That’s because the unofficial kick off to The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is held Monday night at the Belvedere Restaurant..  It’s the annual Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit the Winter Carnival Court..  Saranac Lakes School Board President Clyde Baker is also an adviser to the court.…

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