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Saranac Lake School Board Continues Budget Review

In addition to a formal review of the Budgets for Elementary School Programs, which drew a large audience to the School Board Meeting in Saranac Lake.. There’s the again the question of Geese on the playing fields… As with in past years, the file on chasing away Geese in the district is one of the…

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Alyssa Felio Joins North Country Chamber of Commerce

Peru native, Alyssa Felio is now a member of the North Country Chamber of Commerce..  Alyssa becomes the Group Marketing Specialist for the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau in fact, and in addition to assisting in day to day marketing activities, Alyssa will lead the Visitors Bureau’s efforts in attracting groups, motorcoaches and meetings to the…

Assemblyman Dan Stec Puts Weight Behind APPLE Plan

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Assemblyman Dan Stec is putting his weight behind the APPLE Plan… It’s formally called The “Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence” Plan…  The Plan is a proposal presented by the minority in the Assembly which they suggest addresses critical issues in the areas of Curriculum, Teacher Supprt, Funding, Student Anxiety, Special Education, and Data Collection……

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Silver Speaks Out on UPK during Rally with NY Mayor DeBlasio

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is pushing Universal Pre-K and speaks out about the issue at an event on Tuesday in the Capital…. Speaker Silver was joined by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the rally.. During his speech he says they’ve fought so hard and so relentlessly to bring Universal Pre-K to the state…

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NY Senator Betty Little Joins New Committees

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In Addition to her other committees in Albany, New York State Senator Betty Little is now part of  the Rules Committee and the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee..  In an email to WNBZ, Senator Little says there was a chance to serve on some new committees because of the departure of a couple…

Discussing Fire Districts in the North Country

The Town of Harrietstown is hosting a public presentation on the formation of a regional fire district in the Auditorium at the Harrietstown Town Hall..  Currently the Village of Saranac Lake is responsible for the department and the village also has the taxing authority for the Fire Department Budget..  Village Trustee Allie Pelliteiri says he…

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This Week “MS Awareness Week” in Plattsburgh

The Week of March 3rd through the 9th is MS Awareness Week Across the country and The Multiple Sclerosis Society says people everywhere are creating connections stronger than the ones MS destroys and Plattsburgh is on that list of connections..  In fact Mayor Jim Calnon read a proclamation adding Plattsburgh to the list of Municipalities…

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Governor / Legislature Failing to Provide Sound Education Funding

A New Report says there is substantial and compelling evidence of a failure by the Governor and Legislature to provide the resources necessary for all students to receive a “sound, basic education,”  The Report, A project of the Education Law Center shows results from 14 school districts across the state. It documents educational resource deficiencies…

North Margaret Street May Get a Biking Lane

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Georgia Pacific is throwing it’s support behind a Bike Path on North Margaret Street in Plattsburgh…  In fact, they’ve agreed to spend $5,000 for a study of the traffic patterns…Councilwoman Becky Kasper says the idea originated from a group of citizens who live in the residential areas around North Margaret..  Theresa Paige is part of the…

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Plattsbrugh City Clerk Retires

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Plattsburgh’s City Clerk Keith Herkalo is retiring after 23 years and receives a standing ovation from the audience at Thursday’s Meeting of the City Council… During the meeting, Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon read a citation from the New York State Assembly and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.. In addition to the City Clerk’s position, Herkalo’s resume includes…

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Strand Theatre – A Work in Progress

The Strand Theatre Renovation is the beneficiary of a $500 donation from the City of Plattsburgh.. Last Month, Mayor Calnon gave his first Monthly award to the Max Moore Tree House Project.. On Thursday Evening, Calnon says the City is already starting to see the benefits of The Strand Theatre renovation… Mayor Calnon says he’s hoping…

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Netflix and Disney are Coming to New York State

The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix are creating a new series in New York which will bring Marvel’s ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ characters to Netflix. Produced by Marvel Television, in association with ABC Television Studios, this series is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action television storytelling and represents the largest film or…

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Bridging The Gap Between NCCC and SLHS

North Country Community College Advanced Placement Courses or Bridge courses have been offered to area Schools now for many years but the Saranac Lake School Board is making the offering of these courses a priority. Maureen Sales is the Assistant Dean of Grants and funded programs at North Country Community College. She helps facilitate the relationship…

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School Board Seeks Community Support to Remove Gap Elimination Adjustment

School boards across the North Country are heading to Albany in a few weeks to advocate for more school funding in the state budget… This year, more than any other it seems… Everyone is asking for the same thing…  Removal of the Gap Elimination Adjustment… In SaranacLake, the school board is receiving unanimous support from…

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CUOMO SUBSIDIZES SNAP PROGRAM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is taking steps to preserve approximately $457 million a year in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that would otherwise be cut by the recently enacted federal Farm Bill. The bill was slated to cut SNAP benefits an average of $127 per month for affected…

Plattsburgh Consolidates Comprehensive Planning

When it comes to a community vision, the City of Plattsburgh may be farther ahead on the road to success than it realizes… That’s Councilwoman Becky Kasper… She’s regularly expressed an interest in strengthening the overall vision of the city but has also been concerned about the expense which can sometimes be involved in identifying…

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Pendragon Considers Move Downtown

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Pendragon Theatre is considering a move to downtown Saranac Lake…  Whether that’s feasible or not will be up to Huber Brewer.. a consulting firm the theatre would like to retain to explore the possibilities of moving the theatre the into downtown area.. Joe Dockery is a member of the Board at Pendragon.. He says the…

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Lake Colby Classic Celebrates 30 Years

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 Bob Brown is a life time member and a past President of the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club has been one of the organizers involved in The Lake Colby Classic since it’s beginning 30 years ago. Although you do not have to be a member of the fish and game club to partake in the…

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Comments Extended for Kshaqua Tract Draft RMP

The DEC is extending The public comment period for Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands… The deadline for comments on the Draft Recreation Management Plan is now March 28th….   DEC extended the comment period in response to stakeholders seeking additional time to review the plan and provide comments. The Draft RMP includes proposals to construct campsites,…

Two Plattsburgh Men Arrested – Felony Burglary

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On February 15th at approximately 4:04 am, Plattsburgh City Police were called to 123 Cornelia Street for a reported assault on a male inside his apartment.  Upon arrival police found the tenant of the apartment, Todd R. Bishop (29) in need of medical attention.  The Victim was transported and treated at CVPH Emergency Room suffering…