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Re-Building the Rail Corridor Part 1

AUDIO – 061013 – DOT UMP SERIES – ANCA

The Department of Transportation and the DEC last week announced last week their intentions to initiate a public process to review the Unit Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.  Following their announcement, we had the opportunity to speak with ANCA representative Steve Ehman about their feelings on the pending debate..

The state currently owns the corridor from Remsen North to Lake Placid and South of Remsen it’s privately owned.. The 119-mile section of rail line that runs through the Adirondack Park will now become the topic of discussion as the UMP and the Environmental Impact Statement will be reviewed to assess the corridor’s natural and physical resources. The overall goal of the review will be to identify the best public and economic use.

The DOT, DEC and the Adirondack Park Agency developed the 1996 UMP/EIS with considerable public input.  The current effort to review the UMP will take into account issues that have developed over the past 20 years by providing an opportunity for all interests to be part of the process and comment on future transportation and recreation opportunities along the Travel Corridor.

The public process will enable DOT and DEC to hear from residents, local officials, visitors and other stakeholders on their views of the current and future use of the Travel Corridor.

We’ll speak with more stakeholders through the summer in our ongoing series on the rails and the Corridor Unit Management Plan..

 

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Adopt a Pet this weekend at Petapalooza

AUDIO – 061013 – Pre-Petapalooza Car Wash

The 4th Annual Pet Adoption Day sponsored by Curtis Lumber is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th from 10am until 3pm at all of their stores including the Curtis Lumber in Ray Brook..  The event will include many adoptable animals from the Tri-Lake’s Humane Society in our area.. This past Saturday, a group of kids from Petrova were getting a jump on the fundraising portion of the event with a  car wash in the store’s parking lot..

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Links to more information –  www.clpetapalooza.com      and      www.facebook.com/clpetapalooza

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A Birthday Wish from AMC Surgical Staff

David Narreau, of Plattsburgh, was at Adirondack Medical Center for a surgical procedure on his birthday, but that did not stop staff in the Ambulatory Surgical Unit from celebrating his special day.  Following his procedure, the staff sang “Happy Birthday” to David and gave him a blueberry muffin and a card.  David marked his 65th…

Cuomo Annonces Women’s Equality Act Legislation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joins members of the Women’s Equality Coalition, introducing legislation designed to end discrimination and inequality based on gender and to restore New York as a leader in women’s rights. If enacted by the Legislature, the Women’s Equality Act will achieve pay equity, stop sexual harassment, prevent pregnancy discrimination in all workplaces,…

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Cruising the Bloomingdale Fire Department

AUDIO – 060313 – Bloomingdale Fire Department Cruise In and Tri Lakes Cruisers

The Tri Lake’s Cruisers meet at Curtis Lumber every Tuesday evening but Saturday, they were at a special event at the Bloomingdale Fire Department.

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Raising the Bridge – Crosswalk Installation underway

AUDIO – 051313 – Newly Installed Crosswalk over Lapan Highway

There’s a newly installed concrete bridge over the Lapan Highway again…  It doesn’t look much different..

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VIS Hangs Flower Baskets / Partners with Village

AUDIO – 053013 – VIS Watering Partnership with VIllage of Saranac Lake

The Village Improvement Society is preparing to place hanging flower baskets throughout the community. In May and June, they begin preparing the soils and plantings for four entry planters, eight trash receptacles 24 barrels, 24 hanging baskets and more than six local municipal gardens..  In a letter to the village Board, The VIS says their partnership with the village makes it possible to maintain the plantings by watering the number and diversity of sites in an efficient manner with the help of village employees..  Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau says they really look at the VIS as a tremendous asset of volunteers who are dedicated to the beautification of our village.

The Village Board every year seems a little wary of putting too much money into the beautification of the village, but continues to vote positively for supporting the partnership and watering of the baskets..

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No Smoking in Harrietstown Parks

AUDIO – 053013 – Harrietstown Votes to Ban Smoking in Parks

The Town of Harrietstown is hanging “No Smoking” signs in all of their parks an if they can work out an arrangement with the village, the ban could eventually include the front of the Harrietstown Town Hall.

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Still Counting Chickens in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 052913 – Trustees Table Chicken Law

The proposed law would have been a temporary measure to prohibit the new introduction of raising and keeping domesticated animals in the village. A vote was tabled until the next meeting.

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Youth Baseball Opening Day

AUDIO – 052813 – Saranac Lake Youth Baseball Opening Day The League’s President is Danielle Phelan says there used to be an opening day when Mike Ritchie was one of the coaches. The league began over 50 years ago…  A few years ago 200 kids participated in the program but this year only 150 are involved.…

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Poetry Contest Winners

AUDIO – 052713 – Poetry Contest Winners

The Top Three 4th grade Poets came out to the bandshell in Saranac Lake on Saturday to read their poems to onlookers braving the cold and the wet weather.

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Marching Against Monsanto GMOs in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 052713 – March Against Monsanto in Sarnac Lake

A Worldwide Protest against Monsanto brings out protesters in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Saranac Lake..

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New Grant Money Available for First Time Homebuyers

A Fund for First time homebuyers in the Adirondacks could pay as much as $40,000 towards your downpayment..

AUDIO – 052413 – Adirondack Community Land Trust

The real estate market is on the rise again and The Adirondack Community Housing Trust says they have an opportunity for Lower Income First Time Homebuyers to save as much as $40,000…   Emily Kilburn is the Director of the Adirondack Community Housing Trust.. She says prospective first time homebuyers should call their office because they’ve just received more funding from Federal and Local Sources.

Kilburn says there’s a homebuyers education class which covers everything from dealing with a realtor, dealing with a lawyer, looking for a house and being financially responsible.. The Biggest element, she says is creating a budget and making sure that you can afford the house and that you’re planning for the future..

Click here for the Adirondack Housing Trust Website

Through an initiative by Senator Betty Little, the State budgeted $1 Million to be used by an “Adirondack Community Housing Trust” to reduce the cost of home purchases for families making up to 120% of area median income. Resale limitations on the property require that future sales of these homes be controlled by ACHT so that they will be passed on to other income-qualified families at affordable prices.

Adirondack Community Housing Trust utilizes the Community Land Trust (CLT) model for perpetually affordable housing. The first CLT’s were developed in the 1970’s. There are now some 200 in the country, and the number is growing rapidly as more communities are concerned with preserving affordable homeownership.

For qualified home buyers, ACHT will finance a portion of the mortgage to purchase an affordable house in exchange for title to the land.

 

 

 

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History Matters – Quilting in the Adirondacks

Historic Saranac Lake announced that the last of its four “History Matters” discussions in May will feature the topic of quilting in the Adirondacks. The talk is hosted in conjunction with the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society. Hallie E. Bond, former curator at the Adirondack Museum, will present her lecture titled “Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories,”…

School District Voting Today

Budget Votes and School Board Elections are today. Saranac Lake 7am-8pm. Tupper Lake 12n-8pm. Lake Placid 2pm-9pm. Tupper’s School Board needs approval from 60% of voters for their budget to pass because the budget exceeds the tax cap.

Local School Board Elections May 21st

AUDIO – 052013 – School Board Budget Votes and Elections Tomorrow

Budget Votes and School Board Elections are tomorrow -  In Saranac Lake, the vote takes place in the district offices at SaranacLakeHigh School from 7am until 8pm…  Candidates in Saranac Lake include Incumbents Esther Arlan, and Clyde Baker.. Tracey Schrader and Shir Filler are also vying for the two available seats on the board..  The School Board is asking the community to approve a budget which approaches $28 Million Dollars..  an increase of 2.91%.

Two seats are also available on Lake Placid’s School Board. There are three candidates, John Hopkinson is the Boards Appointee and has served on the school board for just over a year, He’s seeking to retain his seat for another three year term. Two other candidates, Rick Preston, and Jennifer Tufano are vying for one of the two seats on the board. The Lake Placid School Board is asking voters to approve a budget of $17,264,976.00   One resolution on the ballot ask residents to allow the district to apply for an additional 10% in state building aid.. Board president Mary Deitrich says this resolution is a win win..  Polls in Lake Placid will be open from 2pm until 9pm…

In Tupper Lake, The school board has proposed a budget that will exceed the state’s 2% tax cap..  The Property Tax Levy would increase by 8.35% and includes a spending increase of 7.64% to just over $17,000,000 dollars, up from $16,000,009 in 2012..  Voting In Tupper Lake will take place at the Middle High School from Noon until 8pm Tomorrow and will require a “Super Majority” of 60% of voters voting in favor of the increase in order for it to pass.

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