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K&J – North Country Education Alliance Talks 3-8 Testing

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The North Country Alliance for Public Education consists of parents, families, teachers, administrators, and others concerned with what is happening in our schools. The group represents different schools, districts, and points of view, but have found strength and community coming together. They have four goals: to reach across district lines; to make connections with communities concerned about…

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Beekmantown School Board; “PILOTs are Hurting School Budgets”

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The Beekmantown School Board is asking the Clinton County Legislature, The Development Corporation and the Town of Plattsburgh for a moratorium on adding new PILOT agreements within the Beekmantown School District. The Board in their resolution says they are opposed to any agreement that allows Payments in Lieu of Taxes that result in a reduction…

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Environmental Coalition Calls for Larger “Oil Spill Fund”

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After four recent oil-by-rail disasters in North America in less than a month, it could not be more clear that New York’s “Oil Spill Fund” must be increased so that it is adequate to cover the response costs and damages associated with loss of life and destruction of property that have been caused by rail…

Town Considers Resolution of Support for Oil Train Task Force

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Councilors in the Town of Plattsburgh are considering the approval of three separate resolutions supporting the efforts of the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force.. One targets the Federal Department of Transportation, another targets New York State’s DOT and the third is one that would be mailed to the oil companies and to the railroads.…

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Mayor Recognizes NCCC Women’s B’ball Coach Jerrad Dumont

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Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau and the VIllage Board recognized NCCC women’s basketball coach Jerrad Dumont for becoming the NCJAA coach of the year..  Mayor Rabideau says there came a time when Jerrad chose character building over the win / loss record.. “There came a time at the playoffs when he chose what’s best about all…

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Village Requesting Bids for Wayfinding Signs

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The Community Development Office is requesting bids on their new way-finding signage project in the village of Saranac Lake.. Community Development Director Jeremy Evans told the Village Board on Monday night that they have about $18,000 set aside for signage from one of their grant programs as well as some money provided by the healthy heart network..…

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School Letter Outlines Assessment Testing Policy

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The Saranac Lake School District may be on vacation, but when students return from their break in two weeks, parents with students in grades three through eight will have a clear policy laid out for them should they wish to remove their children from the assessment tests.. Superintendent Diane Fox says they’ve had a large…

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K&J – City Council Commits to Renovation of Marina Building

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Construction Bids to repair and re-furbish the building which is soon to become the City’s new Marina offices were opened earlier this week… As it turned out, even the lowest bid was about $67,000 higher than originally estimated…  That stirred up conversation from members of the council who initially felt they had been backed into…

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Former Congressman Bill Owens Joins Canada Institute Advisory Board

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Canada Institute Advisory Board co-chairs David Jacobson and Hugh MacKinnon announced the appointment of former Congressman Bill Owens, partner at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley in Plattsburgh, New York, and a senior strategic advisor and independent consultant for McKenna Long & Aldridge, as a new member of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute Advisory…

Adirondack Foundation offering $113,000 in scholarship grants

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Adirondack Foundation is offering $113,000 in scholarship opportunities this year to students and families seeking financial aid for higher education. A limited number of scholarships are available for current college students; the majority of scholarships are for high school graduating seniors. The deadline for most applications is April 15. “These scholarships were created by generous…

Environmental Coalition Calls for Larger Oil Spill Fund

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After four recent oil-by-rail disasters in North America in less than a month, it could not be more clear that New York’s “Oil Spill Fund” must be increased so that it is adequate to cover the response costs and damages associated with loss of life and destruction of property that have been caused by rail…

Strand’s Annual High Student Exhibition Opens Friday

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The Strand Center for the Arts opens its Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition in the Strand Center for the Arts Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held March 20th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from March 20th…

K&J – Plattsburgh High School Drama Club Presents “Grease”

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The Plattsburgh High School Drama Club puts the final touches on their presentation of the musical Grease which opens Friday, March 20th at the High School’s auditorium. According to the casting directors here are about 90 students participating in the show on many different levels and we’ll speak with many of them in this K&J…

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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…

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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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 / 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…