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Town of Plattsburgh Adds Weight Limits to Local Roads

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Pursuant to Section 1650 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law the following Town roads will be temporarily posted to any non-essential vehicle in excess of five (5) ton to an axle. Emergency and Service vehicles are exempt from the reduced weight limit; all others will be fined effective March 16, 2015 until further notice; Akey Rd.…

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School Board Re-Affirms Split Vacations

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The Saranac Lake Central School Board is sticking to their guns following a request by several members of the audience to re-open the debate following the boards decision at their last meeting to convert the vacation dates from the consecutive two weeks in the Spring each year to one vacation week in February and one…

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Adirondack Health Diabetes Program Earns National Recognition

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Adirondack Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program recently earned its third consecutive Certificate of Education Recognition accreditation from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). First accredited in 2002, the education offered through the six-week Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The ADA accreditation is granted to only those diabetes self-management education…

NYSUT says New Yorkers Trust their Teachers

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A new Quinnipiac University poll clearly shows that New Yorkers value their public schools and trust teachers and their unions to do what’s right for students, rejecting by wide margins Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s false narrative about public education and condemning his corporate-backed “reforms. That’s According to the New York United Teachers Union. According to the poll,…

ECAC Hockey Championships Come to Lake Placid

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This weekend, the ECAC Hockey Men’s Championships return to Lake Placid. In addition to great college hockey, the Herb Brooks Arena will welcome special guests from the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team; Buzz Schneider and John Harrington. During Hockey Weekend, the first five hundred fans per day will receive a free gift and the t-shirt…

K&J – Discussing the Impact of Albany’s Education Policy on Teachers

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Today on the K&J show we’re listening in on a conversation about education. A local group called Voters For Change hosted a forum on Tuesday Night at Blue Seed Studios in Saranac Lake.. The event focused on the impact to local educators of statewide policies on education… “Any member of our group can develop a…

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N.C. Chamber Welcomes US/Canada Pre-Clearnace Agreement

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     The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the announcement by the U.S. and Canadian governments of a long sought agreement on pre-clearance within the framework of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.”The Beyond the Border process has provided an important opportunity for the U.S. and Canada to jointly build our connections while…

Plattsburgh Rec Dept Recognizes Most Dedicated in Basketball

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The Town of Plattsburgh’s Recreation Department honors some of the most dedicated youth in the basketball program through the winter..  Erin Pangborn is the Town’s Recreation Coordinator, She commended the third and fourth graders in the basketball program and especially those in attendance at the Town Board meeting to receive special awards for dedication to…

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Rabideau Reflects on Approval of Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Lake Flower Lodge, a proposed destination resort hotel on the shores of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake is one step closer to reality this morning… That’s because The Village Board voted unanimously on Monday evening to approve passage of the zoning changes as part of a law creating a Planned Unit Development District for…

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NY Assembly Sends Human Trafficking Legislation to State Senate

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Speaker Carl Heastie joined together with members of the Assembly Majority and advocates on Monday to announce that the Assembly intends to pass a comprehensive package of legislation to combat human trafficking. This critical legislation is aimed at implementing protections for victims, expanding access to services to empower survivors and strengthening criminal penalties for persons convicted…

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Former Treasurer Arrested In Tupper Lake Fire Department Theft

Former Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Timothy J. Brown was arrested on grand larceny charges Monday afternoon, after allegedly stealing up to $20,000 as he spiraled into credit card debt. That According to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “From plane fare to pizza, Mr. Brown used fire department money for his own benefit, even…

Lake Champlain Basin Program Awards $662,471 to Local Groups and Municipalities

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The Lake Champlain Basin is awarding $662,471 in grants to communities and organizations in Vermont and New York who are implementing projects to improve the future of the Lake Champlain watershed. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, whose support was essential in securing the funds for the grants, commented, “These grants to scores of communities, watershed…

Education Alliance Says Cuomo Should Not Delete Emails

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The Alliance for Quality Education is asking Governor Cuomo to desist in his practice of deleting all electronic communications after 90 days, especially from hedge fund managers, campaign contributors and charter school advocates as well as any state agency or official as it relates to education policy. Their letter to the Governor coincides with three…

NY Assembly / Senate to Work out Budget Differences This Week

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The Assembly and the State Senate will be meeting this week in conference committees to begin working out differences between the competing budget proposals.. State lawmakers have until April 1 to adopt an on-time budget. Senator Betty Little continues to vote in support of increased aid to public schools… Late last week she supported a…

Indian Lake Reserve Funds Don’t Meet OSC Requirements

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The Town of Indian Lake is in some hot water this week following a New York State Audit which finds that the town’s reserves weren’t properly established…  Indian Lake has about $614,266 in their reserve funds but the audit says the board doesn’t have OSC approval for establishing these funds and two of them totaling…

4 New Regents Voted In at Top Levels of “State Education”

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There’s going to be some changes on the Board of Regents in New York State… That’s because the legislature voted to replace four members of the State’s Regents… One of those replaced is James Dawson who represented the North Country for 22 years on the board of Regents..  The Press’s Ashleigh Livingston first tweeted about…

Gillibrand Announces New Medical Marijuana Bill 

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rand Paul (R-KY) and with patients, their families and advocates to announce new bipartisan legislation that will allow the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would reschedule…

High Marks for SLHS Musical – Bye Bye Birdie

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There’s never a critic around when you need one but in this case.. Even an unassuming spectator will tell you that Bye Bye Birdie is worth seeing.. The Saranac Lake High School Musical presentation of Bye Bye Birdie began Thursday at 7:30pm. Saranac Lake High School Music Theatre presents Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael…

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Praise for Assembly Budget from Education Alliance

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The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) praised the New York State Assembly for proposing a $1.8 billion school aid increase, expanding full-day pre-K and rejecting Governor Cuomo’s proposals to double down on high stakes testing and divert hundreds of millions in tax dollars to private schools and privately run charter schools. By putting $1 billion…