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Smaller Parking Spaces Proposed

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A public hearing is scheduled for comments on a few changes to the land use code in Saranac Lake… Community Development Director Jeremy Evans presented the Saranac Lake Village Board with a request to adjust the Land Use Code to make minor changes to Parking Space regulations. “Parking spaces would be reduced from 10 x…

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City Engineer Distributes South Catherine Construction Brochure

The City of Plattsburgh is out with a new brochure for residents detailing the South Catherine Street Reconstruction..   There’s an 11 point checklist for the contractor.. Rifenburg Construction will be working between South Peru Street and South Platt Street..   As for the Scope of the work… 4,860 feet of waterline will be replaced along with…

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Albany Contractor Overcharging for Special Education

The LaSalle School, an Albany-based special education provider, overcharged state taxpayers by more than $430,000 over a three-year period, mostly for compensation for uncertified teachers, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Special education programs fulfill a great need across New York state, but taxpayers are paying for more than they should,”…

History Matters Series Continues

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Historic Saranac Lake hosts a talk by Bruce Austin on Thursday…  It’s titled “The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State” The talk is part of the Historic Saranac Lake’s History Matters Series and is hosted in collaboration with the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or “mission,”…

Owens to Speak in AuSable Forks Memorial Day Ceremony

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Congressman Bill Owens will speak in AuSable Forks today during the Memorial Day Service at 11am in  VeteransPark. In addition, the service will include comments from retired Colonel of the Honor Flight program. Jay Supervisor Randy Preston will be Master of Ceremonies. A luncheon reception will follow at American Legion Post 504, McCrea St. in…

Memorial Day 2014 – Ceremonies through the North Country

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Memorial Day reminds us of our duties towards the soldiers, and their bereaved families and their Orphans and widows of the slain soldiers.. and we honor their memory in as many ways as we can..  The American Flag can be flown at Half Mast until noon, for example, furling the POW -MIA flag as well..…

Plattsburgh Council Says “$30,000 is Too Much”

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Plattsburgh’s City Council sends City Engineer Kevin Farrington back to the drawing board, literally, to look for a lower cost alternative to designing and planning for mold abatement and new bathrooms on the city’s waterfront…   The proposal by AES Consulting to just create the plans for Mold removal and the construction of Bathrooms is $30,000.00.…

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Cleaning Up Plattsburgh

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The Plattsburgh Beautification Committee is sponsoring a cleanup on the rails this weekend… Councilor Becky Kasper says cleaning up the rails is really about giving travelers a better view of the city from the train..”It will get underway tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the Smithweed Bridge.. If you go from Weed Street and follow the…

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Road Work on Route 73 Taking a Memorial Weekend Break

It looks like Route 73 from Lisa G’s to the top of the hill by Lamb Lumber will be paved today and  if all goes well, the road will be completely open to traffic by the end of day..  but only for the weekend.. and then on Tuesday morning.. we understand the road will close…

$684,000 in Grants for Adirondack Regional Airport

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Congressman Owens announced a combined $2,558,750 in Federal Aviation Administration grants on Wednesday. The grants are awarded for rehabilitation and upgrades to several regional airports in northern New York. “Our regional airports are a vital resource for local business travelers and tourists,” said Congressman Owens. “Many connect travelers to larger airline hubs and support business…

CYC to Hang “I Matter” Banners in Lake Placid

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The Village of Lake Placid gives their blessing to hang flags created by Students at the Lake Placid Middle, High School…  The Banners are sponsored every year by the Lake Placid Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition..  Mary Dietrich, who is also the School Board President, is an active member of the CYC.. “There are…

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Lawson to Head Plattsburgh’s Community Development Office

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The City of Plattsburgh has a new community Development Director this morning…  Mayor Jim Calnon says Bruce Lawson will take the position…  and he continued by saying. He was confident the city would recruit someone with outstanding skills… And Mayor Calnon added that Community and Economic Development is critical if Plattsburgh is to thrive in…

Mostly Positive Results for School Budgets – Minerva is the Exception

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81% of Voters in Lake Placid give the green light to Superintendent Roger Catania and the Lake Placid School Board to move forward with their proposed budget..  529 turned out for the vote in Lake Placid, the passed the budget, and although there were a few glitches in Wilmington, Lake Placid’s School Board will have…

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Lake Placid 2014 Volunteers of the Year

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The Lake Placid North Elba National Volunteer Week Committee has selected both the Adult and Youth Distinguished Volunteers of the Year for 2014. Dean Dietrich, of Lake Placid, is the 2014 adult volunteer honoree. The two youth volunteer honorees, Julianna Matos and Tony Miller, are both seniors at Lake PlacidCentralSchool. Dean Dietrich, a recently retired…

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“Re-Centralizing” a De-Centralized Plattsburgh Government

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In years past, The City of Plattsburgh under the guidance of then Mayor Clyde Rabideau worked under a system of decentralized management that gave managers the autonomy to manage their departments independently of each other..  In the never ending search for savings, Plattsburgh’s Current Mayor, Jim Calnon is looking to Re-Centralize certain aspects of municipal…

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NCCC Commencement Ceremonies

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The inaugural President’s Award for Excellence is presented to two members of the North CountryCommunity College community.. Gary Hilling is an adjunct faculty member in the math and science department is recognized as one of the unsung heroes by students and his peers..   Gerald Blair has been working in education since the 1960s and 1970s..…

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Councilor Kelly “Plattsburgh Elections Should Parallel Presidential Election”

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Plattsburgh Councilor Mike Kelly says he’d like to see more voter participation in City Government and he’s proposing a concept that would allow for city elections to Parallel the Presidential schedule.. Kelly says in 2007 there were 19,886 people who showed up to vote in Plattsburgh.. then close to $31,000 in 2008 during the Presidential Election..…

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Adirondack Park Population Declining

A newly published report identifies four dominant trends shaping life inside the Adirondack Park: • The Park’s population is declining at a steadily increasing pace; • The median age in the Park is eight years older than in the rest of New York State and, more strikingly, five years older than in the communities outside…

Holding Back Invasive Species in the Adirondacks

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A new report—Boat Inspection and Decontamination for Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention: Recommendations for the Adirondack Region—is now available to help guide decisions on where to prioritize actions to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS). This first-time analysis for the Adirondack region summarizes the best available science, analyzes current AIS distribution and boater…

Gillibrand Legislation Would Ease Student Debt in New York

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New York College graduates are saddled with an estimated $60 billion in student loan debt and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her push for legislation that would help tens of millions of graduates find some relief…. National student loan debt is now approximately $1.2 trillion dollars, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt, and…