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Governor Signs Bill Aiding in Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation prohibiting the launch of watercraft in New York State without taking reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The bill (A9619-B, S7851-B) advances current efforts by the State and private organizations to halt the introduction and spread of invasive aquatic species into New York’s waters.…

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Plattsburgh’s Town Planners Given Appropriate Titles / Salary

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Two Planners in the Town of Plattsburgh have new titles this morning and with the title comes no more responsibility… That’s because between Phillip Von Bargen and Trevor Cole, in their old capacities in the Planning Department, they were already doing all of the work, if not more but according to civil service weren’t receiving…

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Town of Plattsburgh Joins Oil Train Task Force

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The Town of Plattsburgh is the most recent municipality to agree to participate on an Oil Train Task Force being spearheaded by City Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong..  If you recall, Armstrong had originally suggested the creation of such a task force on the city level but with recommendations from the Mayor and others on the City…

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Wild Center Announces Major Property Acquisition

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The Wild Center has announced the acquisition of 50 acres of Raquette River front property made possible by a group of supporters. The new acquisition adjoins the Center’s current 31-acre site and includes significant river-frontage on the Raquette River, a seasonal building and wetland habitat. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for The Wild Center,” said…

Political Signs are Nagging at Politicians

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With the Help of Village Trustee Allie Pelletieri, The Village of Saranac Lake is re-visiting it’s temporary sign code and it Councilwoman Becky Kasper has her way, the City of Plattsburgh will also be taking a hard look at their sign policies..  last year, she says, when she was running for her seat on the…

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"Prepackaged" Common Core standards leave lawmakers grumbling

Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer’s remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it’s kind of…

Are There Too Many Unapproved Signs in Saranac Lake?

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Saranac Lake’s Sign Law could be getting some needed adjustments in the coming months.. That’s the result of a request by Village Trustee Allie Pelletere to look into how so many political signs can be placed for so long prior to an election.. “There are people who should be told politely to take them down unless…

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Another $150,000 from USDA for Trudeau Research

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Congressman Bill Owens announces that an agricultural research project at the Trudeau Institute has been awarded a $150,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funding will come through the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and will fund research into the protective role of T cells during Campylobacter colonization and infection. AUDIO…

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Saranac Lake Chamber Supports Lake Flower Spa & Resort Project

In an email to WNBZ, The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, says they have carefully considered the value of the Lake Flower Spa & Resort project over the last several months. Thier goal was to determine the best course of action for our local economy’s progression and community as a whole. After…

Labor Day is a Big Weekend for Car Dealers

An Article from Fortune Magazine says The three-day weekend is one of the busiest of the year for car dealers as new models hit the lots and old ones are inevitably available at a discount. Labor Day weekend is here, and that means an extra day off from work (at least for most people), the…

Rouses Point Man Arrested on Child Pornography

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On August 29, 2014, State Police arrested 24-year-old Nathaniel J. Jarbeau of Rouses Point, for possessing child pornography. Subsequent to a search warrant and an investigation conducted by the New York State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Computer Crimes Unit, Jarbeau was charged with Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, a…

Gabriels man arrested following domestic dispute

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On August 28, 2014, at approximately 8 p.m., State Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at 34 County Route 60, Lot 4 in Gabriels. 33-year-old Jonathan D. Michael shoved a 34-year-old female victim at that address during an altercation, violating an active order of protection. Troopers also determined that a 10-year-old female…

Body Discovered In Massena

On August 29, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., SP Massena BCI and Uniform personnel responded to a report of a body located off State Route 420 in the town of Massena.  Responding State Police personnel secured the scene, which is being processed by the Troop B Forensic Identification Unit. St. Lawrence County Coroner Jamie Sienkiewycz  responded to…

Oil Forum Focuses on Response / Risks

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More than 120 concerned residents attended a public forum to discuss the risks of crude oil train traffic through the Adirondack Park and Champlain Valley here Thursday night, with many saying they would urge state officials to fully assess the risks to communities and the environment, and urge federal regulators to ban the older, leak-prone…

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A Plaque from PASS Says Thank You to the Mayor

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The Margaret Street Re-Striping project is complete.. and vehicular traffic is now two lanes with biking lanes on either side and a turning lane in the center… The PASS Group which was instrumental in facilitating the change took some time on Thursday Evening to thank the City Council for their willingness to make the change..…

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Plattsburgh Fire Dept to get New Roof

Even though they work with water every day to save lives Plattsburgh’s Fire Department will be a little drier come October… That’s because the City Council has approved moving the roofing project for both fire stations out to bid…  In fact, they fast tracked the approval.. Mayor Calnon says the roofing project is something that…

Cuomo; “Whiteface Highway an International Attraction”

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The Whiteface Memorial Highway is getting a face-lift, so to speak… No, not the “Facelift” that carries skiers up to mid station… The kind that improves the retention walls, repairs frost heaves and ultimately gives this national tourist attraction new pavement from start to finish…   Phillip Eng is the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New…

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Village Trustee Rowing for the LDC

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The Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation (SLLDC) is putting an oar in the water to build its revitalization fund with the solo guideboat entry into the 90-miler by  its chairman, Paul Van Cott.  “We sent out an appeal letter to 300 members of the Saranac Lake community in July and have raised nearly $7,000 so…

Autopsy Confirms Drowning in Paul Smith’s Student Death

On August 27, 2014, Dr. C. Francis Varga performed an autopsy on the body of Nicolas G. Pendl at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Dr. Varga determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to fresh water drowning which was precipitated by a seizure. Pendl had a known, preexisting seizure disorder. Franklin County Coroner…

Village Extends Interest Deadline

The Village of Saranac Lake has extended the interest free period for the second installment of taxes until after the Labor Day Weekend…  Because the second installment of taxes was due at the end of August, which lands on a Sunday… And because Monday is Labor Day… The Village has extended the interest free period (on…