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Montreal Earthquake felt in Tri-Lakes

A small earthquake was felt in The Tri Lakes Region early Wednesday Morning… Canada’s CBC TV reports the epicenter about 23 miles North Northeast of the Montreal region.. Allison Bent  is a seismologist for Natural Resources Canada .. She  says it was a magnitude 4.5 quake with no reports of damage, although it did create…

NBT Bank Announces Merger with Alliance Financial

NORWICH, N.Y. and SYRACUSE, N.Y. – NBT Bancorp Inc. (NBT) (Nasdaq:NBTB) and Alliance Financial Corporation (Alliance) (Nasdaq:ALNC) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Alliance will merge with and into NBT. The merger is valued at approximately $233.4 million and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013 subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt…

HMOs on Vacation

NEW YORK – Some health maintenance organizations in New York are getting what amounts to a “13-year vacation” from having to comply with the American with Disabilities Act, say advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities who have presented their findings to the Department of Health. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of…

Harrietstown Budget is Under 2% Tax Cap –

The Town of Harrietstown steps into Round One of their Budget Work-Sessions Monday night with a presentation from Budget Officer Mike Kilroy…  Tax Rates are divided by “Division” and only certain residents are required to pay portions of the assessment – Village Residents, for example, will only pay the assessment on the General Fund and…

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NFIB September Report shows Low Expectations

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index is released at 7:30am Tuesday.. Low expectations and pessimism summing up the NFIB report (released just a few minutes ago) for the small-business community.  The Small Business Optimism Index loses 0.1 points and falls to 92.8. The report suggests the reading was pulled down by…

Saranac Lake Village Board Honors Pendragon Founders

The Village of Saranac Lake will honor  Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders ofSaranacLake’s renowned Pendragon Theater. Pettee and Neal moved toSaranacLakein 1980 and started what became the Pendragon Theater in a local school auditorium before moving to theLake PlacidCenterfor the Arts and eventually to their current location inSaranacLake, in a former ice cream warehouse,…

New York Pharmacists Go Postal on Medicaid Drug Policies

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) and several pharmacies have filed a legal challenge in State Supreme Court against state Medicaid policies that force certain beneficiaries to receive some of their medications by mail.  Pharmacists charge that blocking access to local pharmacies and the additional support they  routinely…

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey Debates challengers

Incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is seeking a 4th term in the New York State Assembly. She faces a challenge from 2 opponents in November in the newly redrawn 115th Assembly District that covers all of Clinton and Franklin Counties and 4 towns in St. Lawrence County in Northern New York.  Conservative Party candidate Karen…

Activists and Coporate CEOs Together at Last!

“Oil and Water” Meet on Wall Street What happens when social activists and corporate executives are thrown together in a conference setting over two days in a Wall Street meeting place? The people who put together Commit!Forum2012 say good things happen, and that the world moves a little bit toward a better place. The forum,…

GAO Says States are Making it Harder to Vote!

New state laws that make it harder for millions of voters to cast ballots are detailed in a Government Accountability Office report released today. The comprehensive study was requested by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Local senators are asking the non-partisan research arm of Congress to…

Democrats honoring Joe Pickreign

Harrietstown Democrats announce an event to Honor Long-Time Chairman Joe Pickreign.. The Town of Harrietstown Democratic Committee will honor recently retired Chairman, Joe Pickreign, during a “Tribute” event on Thursday, October 18th at Charlie’s Inn in Lake Clear.  Pickreign served as Chair of the Town of Harrietstown Democratic organization for 13 years and was also…

Universal Pre-K in Saranac Lake

The Saranac Lake Central School Board Holds their regular meeting on Wednesday Night.. and they go into executive session.. Ok that’s not overly controversial because they do have to do the work of hiring and firing and working privately with employees issues in private, but when they again open the meeting back up to the…

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Prior Immunity to the Flu – Critical to Preventing Secondary Infections

Saranac Lake, N.Y.—October 3, 2012 New research from the Trudeau Institute demonstrates that prior immunity—the result of a previous influenza infection or vaccination against the virus—plays a critical role in preventing secondary bacterial infections. Bacterial infections are a common occurrence that can lead to a number of serious complications, including death. The findings of Drs.…

Saranac Lake Trustee Presents Open Letter to Harrietstown Board

Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul Van Cott recently delivered a letter to the Harrietstown Town Board regarding the possiblity of Annexing Trudeau Institute to the Village of Saranac Lake…  We asked Paul to Join us for a conversation about the letter, and about the Local Development Corporation.. <<<< CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – K&J –…

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Harrietstown Councilman responds to tax concerns

Harrietstown Councilman Bob Bevilacqua responds to concerns about property tax increases in the Town ofHarrietstown…  Bevilacqua is a candidate for the Supervisor position in the Town ofHarrietstownand says he shares the concern about property tax increases.   In a recent statement, Bevilacqua says the state mandated 2% tax cap is one important element in managing municipal…

Maple Funding for The Wild Center / Freight

  Senators Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand, Along with Congressman Owens Announce NBRC Funding for TheWildCenter-PaulSmithsCollegeMaple Project.. Senator Schumer says “The NBRC funding is a sweet success for the Northern New York Maple project..” and he says “The Wild Center, with partners at Paul Smiths College and Cornell, stands ready and able to unleash the…

Those “Fracking” Environmentalists – DEC Stands Firm

Looking for Meaning in NY “Fracking” Restart NEW YORK – Advocates on all sides of the hydraulic fracturing debate in New York say that Governor Andrew Cuomo needs to be more specific about the Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision to restart regulatory rule-making for the controversial gas-drilling process. Katherine Nadaeau, water and natural resources program…

Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Saranac Lake

Lake Placid—Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Saranac Lake on the mornings of October 3 and 10, 2012. (Both mornings are required to complete the training). New Volunteers will join Mercy Care’s 70+ Friendship Volunteers from Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid…

Trudeau Intern Heads to Medical School

TRUDEAU INSTITUTE RESEARCH ASSISTANT HEADS TO MEDICAL SCHOOL Local resident Luke A. Neill, who completed his premedical studies at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2011, graduating with honors, is now a member of the Class of 2016 at UVM’s College of Medicine. Prior to matriculating to medical school, Luke spent the last…

Adirondack Mountain Club Releases New Paddling Guidebook

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) and Lost Pond Press have released “Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures,” a full-color guidebook that offers recommendations for canoeing and kayaking trips throughout the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park. Written by Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine, the guidebook gives detailed descriptions of more…