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Stefanik Supports Senate Bill to Fund Homeland Security

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was scheduled to visit Saranac Lake over the weekend but after the House failed to pass a short term funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security she decided to remain in Washington while congress contemplated what to do next… Just after the first vote.. She says “ I crossed party lines…

Blood Drives in March

The North Country Regional Blood Donor Program, with the support of local businesses and agencies, conducts several blood drives open to the community each month.  Blood collected at these drives stays in the North Country, helping hundreds of people.  There many opportunities to donate in March: Monday, March 2 Twinstate Technologies, 8 to 11 a.m.…

Village of Saranac Lake Anticipates Legal Troubles with Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Saranac Lake Village Board met Thursday at 4pm in an emergency session in order to authorize Mayor Clyde Rabideau to enter into an agreement with the Law Firm Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC. Following Monday’s public hearing, the board went into executive session to discuss pending litigation at which time Trustee Paul Van…

NY Farm Bureau Unveils National Priorities

While in Washington, DC meeting with members of the state’s congressional delegation, New York Farm Bureau released its national public policy priorities for the year. The agenda originated at the grassroots level and is member approved. IMMIGRATION REFORM Immigration reform remains a top priority for the state’s farmers and their employees. NYFB has long pushed…

Stefanik Votes to Ammend 1986 IRS College Savings Codes

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A vote in Congress on Wednesday afternoon supports saving for higher education… It gets support from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik…  Stefanik is a new member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.. She voted in support of legislation to amend a 1986 IRS code which would improve college savings plans.  The updated code would…

Clinton Community College has Flavors from Peru

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Clinton Community College welcomes Sodexo’s Global Chef Program back to it’s campus.. Chef Piero Orezzoli is preparing authentic food featuring the flavors of Perú. through its long history of cuisine featuring maize, spicy peppers, fresh seafood and fruits. The Global Chef Program is a month-long international chef residency that provides an opportunity for Sodexo’s top chefs worldwide…

Meeting Planned for Dedication of Veteran’s Bridge

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We have word from the City of Plattsburgh today that they plan to hold a special meeting next Tuesday (March 3rd).. to discuss the dedication of the Newly Named Veteran’s Bridge.. The meeting is set for 6:00 pm in the City Hall Community Room. Councilor Paul O’Connell has been spearheading this effort and is inviting…

Lake Flower Lodge Public Hearing

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There were about 170 people in the Audience at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Monday night for a public hearing to discuss a proposed law that would create a Planned Unit Development District on a 3 acre site where developers have proposed to replace three motels with one destination resort on Lake Flower.. There were…

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Sunrise Rotary Winter Carnival at CVPH

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The weekend’s weather gave us a break from the cold.. In fact the sun came out for most of the Winter Carnival sponsored by Plattsburgh’s Sunrise Rotary Club.. It’s held every year on the front lawn at CVPH…  The event is a collaboration between the Rotary Club, and it’s partners, along with the town’s recreation…

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A Trickle of Water for the Cold Weather

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The Saranac Lake village board met in emergency session on Saturday morning..  where Mayor Clyde Rabideau declared a “limited state of emergency” and the board adopted a resolution authorizing endangered water users to “trickle” a faucet in the homes without added charge. Rabideau says “They took this rare action because it’s been one of the…

Armed Robbery at Kinney in Champlain

On February 20, 2015, at approximately 4:34 p.m., The New York State Police at Plattsburgh received a call reporting an armed robbery at the Kinney’s Drug Store located on Route 11, Champlain, NY. A male subject reportedly entered the store and demanded money from a clerk at the cash register, while displaying what appeared to…

Plattsburgh Sidewalk Committee Formed

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Plattsburgh’s City Council will no doubt be hearing regular updates from their new Committee on Sidewalk Snow Removal and Safety…  Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong says there will be 10 members on the newly formed committee providing a wide range of knowledge and opinion as they begin their deliberations. Armstrong says they’ll be holding their first meeting shortly…

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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,…