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9 Inches of snow through 5am along with forcasts for another 3 to 8 inches today and another 3 to 7 inches overnight have caused the closing of most New York Schools..  Closures include North Country Community College, all three campuses, the Saranac Lake Central School District, Saranac Central, Lake Placid Central School, Northeastern Clinton, AuSable Valley, Plattsburgh High…

Village Honors Olivia Hunt

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Today is Officially Olivia Hunt Appreciation Day in the Village of Saranac Lake…  Olivia is just returning from the New York State School Music Association Conference All State Women’s Chorus.. Olivia is a member of the Northern Lights Choir directed by Helen Demong, Drew Benware is the current Director of Choral Music at the Saranac Lake High…

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Pelletieri Clarifies PUDD Zoning Law

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It appears Trustee Allie Pelletieri isn’t quite ready to approve the Lake Flower PUDD, which would adjust the zoning laws in a specific area in and around the Lake Flower Lodge Project. In Saranac Lake, although it appeared he was “on board” with the project after the last meeting..   At their meeting Monday evening, Trustee…

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Sign Law in Plattsburgh Becomes Law

New regulations are being put in place for signs in the City of Plattsburgh…  The Council has tried to implement these rules before, in one case settling with a sign owner but now those existing LED signs are grandfathered and the City’s Corporate Council Dean Schneller says the wording in the new law has been…

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SLVFD to Stay in Place – Renovate Floor

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The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department puts plans for a new facility on hold and will begin work on refurbishing the floor and making additional repairs in their current location..  Village Treasurer Paul Ellis says the Village Board need to approve a transfer of funds for this to happen.. AUDIO – 120914 – SLVFD Plans…

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K&J – Holiday Cheer in Plattsburgh

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It had rained most of the day in Plattsburgh and while there was snow in the mountains on Saturday, temperatures were above freezing along Lake Champlain which meant there was no snow on the ground for the tree lighting, but the rain held off for the lighting of the tree on Brinkerhoff Street. The road…

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The Saranac Lake Christmas Tree Lighting

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Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau introduced the Northern Lights Choir including Students from the Saranac Lake High School along with Choir Director Helen Demong and they sang Christmas Carols as the snow and sometimes a little ice began to fall at the Berkley green in Saranac Lake. Just after 5pm and the carols, Mayor Rabideau helped…

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Four Councilors Offer Apologies – Approve Open Government Training

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Four of Plattsburgh’s City Councilors on Thursday Apologized for their participation in the drafting of a press release which specifically questioned whether or not there would be a nationwide search to find the most qualified candidate to assume the role of community development Director in the City of Plattsburgh..  During a vote to hold a…

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City Council Renames Bridge Street Bridge “Veterans Bridge”

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The Bridge Street Bridge in Plattsburgh has a new name this morning… It’s now going to be called Veterans Bridge..  Councilor Paul O’Connell says he was approached by Lenny LaValley several months ago about the idea and thought it would be a great opportunity to honor and thank Veterans in the city. The City Council…

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More Breakthrough Research at Trudeau Institute

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Researchers led by Trudeau Institute assistant member Alexei Tumanov, M.D., Ph.D., have made an important breakthrough in their research to find improved therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their findings have just been published in the scientific journal Mucosal Immunology. IBD involves chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract and includes such debilitating chronic ailments as ulcerative…

NCCC Womens Basketball in NJCAA Top Ten

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The National Junior College Athletics Association released the second 2014-15 Women’s Basketball Division III Top 10 Poll on Wednesday with North Country Community College ranked 7th in the nation. The Saints additionally rank second in the Region III Coaches Poll. The Saints (7-0, 6-0 Region III) reached the National rankings for the first time in…

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes Military Justice Act

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In Light of a recent report on Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says “For a year now we have heard how the reforms in the previous Defense bill were going to protect victims, and make retaliation a crime. It should be a screaming red flag to everyone when 62% of…

AQE Report Calls for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion

A New Report from the Alliance for Quality Education Reveals New York State’s Charter Schools Pose a possible financial risk to Taxpayers… The Alliance is calling for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion… According to the Center for Popular Democracy the report reveals vulnerabilities in the state’s charter oversight system that could potentially cost New York…

Senator Little – A “Partner in Quality” for Seniors

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Adirondack Health, a leading provider of healthcare and services to older New Yorkers in the North Country, recognized Sen. Elizabeth Little with the prestigious “Partners in Quality” award for her work in securing and preserving high-quality services for New York’s seniors. “Sen. Little has provided exceptional support and leadership to protect and enhance long term…

Town of Plattsburgh Offers Youth Snowmobile Course

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The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation department is sponsoring a Snowmobile Safety Course on December 22nd  & 26th both days from 9 AM – 1 PM.   Erin Pangborn is coordinating the course on behalf of the Town’s recreation department…  She says participants must attend BOTH sessions.  And she says..  New York State Law requires that any…

Saranac Lake Lights their Tree on Friday at 5pm

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Our series on Christmas Tree Lightings Continues as communities throughout the region celebrate the holidays and today we’re looking ahead to Friday at 5pm for the Tree Lighting at the Berkley Green in Saranac Lake..  The Tree comes from another park in the village and the lighting on Friday kicks off the season in Downtown…

K&J – Adirondack Health Foundation – Giving Tuesday

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This Monday is Cyber Monday which means consumers may be spending their dollars online. Over the weekend, small businesses promote “Small Business Saturday” and Black Friday is a day for bigger retailers to offer big discounts to attract customers right after Thanksgiving. Many retailers have begun offering holiday sales on Thanksgiving Day and even before…

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Roadwork Almost Completed and the Cycle Starts All Over Again

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The road construction season may, for the most part, be over for DPWs throughout the North Country.. But there’s one thing that holds true just about anywhere you happen to be.. There’s always more work to be done…   Jim Dougan is the Construction Manager at AES Northeast and his engineering firm handles a large number…

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The 10th Annual Christmas in the Forks – Dec 6th

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The 10th Annual Christmas in the Forks, an old fashioned Town Yuletide Christmas will include the highlight of the day, the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00pm, Saturday, December 6th, 2014 located in Au Sable Forks at the corner of Route 9N and North Main, “The Forks” Times Square; followed by a spectacular fireworks display! AUDIO…

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Council Leaning Towards Funding Aerial Ladder Truck in 2015

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Work on the Budget in Plattsburgh continues as the City Council investigates line items in the Mayor’s Proposed 2015 budget…  Before the holiday..  In addition to expressing their concern about recruiting for the Community Development Office… The City Council, during their review of capital projects in the city, considered the question of purchasing a new…

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