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Village Trustee Enters Franklin County Politics

AUDIO – 051413 – Barb Rice gets into Franklin County Legislator Race

Saranac Lake Village Trustee Barb Rice announces her intention to run for the seat vacated by outgoing Legislator Tim Burpoe.

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Essex County Board hears from “Families First”

AUDIO – 051313 – May is Mental Health Month – Families First speaks with Essex County Board

Joanne Caswell is Executive Director of Families First…  She tells the Essex County Board of Supervisors May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. At a recent Essex County Meeting, Caswell says  21% of children age 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder.. and she says “Unfortunately 79% of those don’t receive any services so the stigma associated with mental health is still here with parents and their kids”

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NCCC Graduates Fill Sparks Athletic Complex

AUDIO – 051313 – NCCC Graduation

Two hundred eighty five students were awarded Associate degrees at the ceremony, and Eighty six received one-year certificates. Graduates filled the center of the Sparks Athletic Complex and were flanked on either side by parents and friends sitting in the bleachers and standing along the back wall.. We caught up with a few of the students during the proceedings..

NCCC Commencement

 

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Gov’t Reveals Hospital Charges to Medicare

AUDIO – 050913 – Medicare Publicizes Hospital Charges CVPH vs AMC pricing

For the first time, the government is publicly revealing how much hospitals charge, and the differences are astounding: Some bill tens of thousands of dollars more than others for the same treatment, even within the same city.

Medicare Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum asks “Why does a joint replacement cost 40 times as much at one hospital as at another across the country? It’s a mystery.. It doesn’t make sense he says.. and the higher charges don’t reflect better care.. and he continues by saying The Discrepancies are too huge to be explained by obvious differences among hospitals, such as a more expensive regional economy, older or sicker patients, or the extra costs of running a teaching hospital.

The average charges for joint replacement range from about $5,300 at one Oklahoma hospital to $223,000 in Monterey Park, Calif. the Department of Health and Human Services says those numbers don’t include doctors’ fees.

At CVPH in Plattsburgh, the average billing for 136 joint replacement cases is $36,182. Medicare paid $17,411 on average to CVPH for those procedures… There were 66 cases of Major Joint Replacement at Adirondack Medical enter in Saranac Lake and the average Charges were $29,116 That’s 40% lower than the national average.. Further Medicare paid $14,522… That’s a difference of $2,889 per patient for similar procedures.

We speak with Chandler Ralph, President and CEO of Adirondack Health..

In Eleven of the 21 types of cases listed AMC reports billed amounts fifty percent or more lower than the national average. Medicare payments were half again on average lower than that..

Click here to view charges via a New York Times Interactive Pricing Map

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Four Surplus Parcels Auctioned in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 050913 – Saranac Lake Surplus Property Auction

A Surplus Property Auction in Saranac Lake Wednesday nets the Village $4,000.  (*Note: Mr Dukette purchased parcel 44.76-7-23, a landlocked parcel. It is one of three referenced on Olive Street. Mr Fox bought 446.76-7-24. This parcel does have a right of way to the street. The Gallaghers bought 446.76-7-26, an adjoining parcel to their property and Mr Kirsch purchased the 447.70-3-5 parcel for Doreen Straton who owns adjoining property.)  05-08-13 Property Auction Notice

 

 

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Tupper Lake Holds Emergency Services Building Referendum Today

The Tupper Lake Committee working on plan for the new Emergency Services Building will be watching the polls today at the Goff Nelson Library. Voters will answer yes or no to the referendum which asks “Can the Village of Tupper Lake borrow up to $3.2 Million towards construction of a new emergency services building on…

Lake Placid School Board Holds First Public Hearing Tonight

AUDIO – 050713 – Lake Placid School Board holds budget hearing in Wlimington

Lake Placid’s School Board holds the first of two budget hearings tonight at 7pm in the Wilmington Community Center. The Vote is May 21st.

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Administrative Changes in Saranac Lake School District

AUDIO – 050613 – Saranac Lake School District Administration

Saranac Lake Central School Administrators are making several moves in an effort to accommodate the departure of Bloomingdale Principal Theresa Lindsay, who became a victim of district wide budget cuts and other budgetary changes in the upcoming school year. As part of the administrative changes,  Petrova Middle School Principal Trish Kenyon will take over in Bloomingdale for Theresa, Elementary Principal Josh Dann is headed to the High School next year and will take over from Bruce Van Weelden who becomes Middle School Principal at Petrova. Chad McCarthy, the former Director of Pupil relations is headed to replace Mr Dann at the Elementary School.

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NY Court Upholds Small Towns’ Fracking Bans

A New York Appeals Court has ruled in favor of two upstate towns, Dryden and Middlefield, saying a lower court was right in upholding bans the towns placed on fracking – or the fracturing of underground shale rock to extract natural gas. Dryden passed a zoning ordinance in 2011 prohibiting oil and gas drilling, including…

Should Money go to Hollywood or Developmental Disabilities?

 

A coalition of lawmakers from the Assembly are proposing to cut Hollywood tax credits by $90 million and use the savings to restore cuts from not-for-profits supported by the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities..  Assemblyman Dan Stec is part of the coalition..

AMC Formal Community Meeting #1 Tonight at 6pm

AUDIO – 050113 – LPCA to host first formal AMC community meeting

The first formal presentation by AMC on the question of ER vs Urgent Care planning is set for 6pm tonight at the LPCA. We have a preview.

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CVPH Nurses Union Plans to Strike on Thursday

The New York State Nursing Association is planning on an informal strike at CVPH Medical Center Thursday. The Picketing is specifically related to ongoing contract negotiations between the union and CVPH

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Lake Placid loses Elementary School Principal

AUDIO – 043013 – Lake Placid Elementary School Principal heads to Ausable

Principal Javier Perez has accepted the  position of  High School Principal for the Ausable Valley Central School District, which is also his hometown. Perez was previously the Dean of Students in Ausable. Budget cuts in the district forced the elimination of the  position, but gave him an opportunity to transition smoothly back to the district in his new position as the district’s High School Principal..  The Lake Placid Board of Education has already posted the position as an anticipated vacancy.

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American Legion Baseball Returns to Lake Placid

AUDIO – 043013 – Rik Cassidy Baseball Raffle

Coaches raffle local prizes to raise money for a returning competitive summer baseball team in Lake Placid. Coach Rik Cassidy explains.

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ARTA asks DOT to review of UMP

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) today filed a formal request with New York’s Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation and the Adirondack Park Agency pressing for an immediate review of the 1995 management plan for the corridor, a review scheduled in the plan itself for each of 2001, 2006, and 2012 but never undertaken. The rail-to-trail conversion…

A Brave Kid’s Cape for a Superhero

Adirondack Health has treated patients from many walks of life, and can now add superhero to that list. Aayden Tristam, photo right, wore a special “Brave Kid” cape for a recent surgical procedure at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.  Not wanting to be left out of the fun, his dad Dillon wore a matching…

Village Board Recognizes NCCC Student’s Accomplishment

AUDIO – 042313 – Mayor Honors NCCC Basketball team

Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau honors the NCCC basketball team for their success..  The team’s Coach Chad LaDue and a few members of the team are on hand for the presentation..  Chad’s been coaching the basketball team for 11 years, he says one of the best things about this team is that 11 out of 14 on their roster were right in our backyard either from section ten or section seven..  There are 118 schools in their division and five athletes, including Steven Carder were selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 1st Team All-American in basketball.  In honor of this accomplishment, Mayor Rabideau and the Village Board presented Steve with a special proclamation..

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Steven leaves NCCC as the All-time leading scorer with 1,246 points and All-time leading rebounder with 652.  He and his parents will head to Las Vegas with Coach LaDue next week where he will be recognized and will participate in the NJCAA National Men’s Basketball All-Star game in Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on May 11th.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders weighs in on Earth Day

AUDIO – 042213 – Sanders – Earth Day

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate environment and energy committees and the sponsor of legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, issued the following statement on Monday’s observation of Earth Day:

“Unless we take bold action to reverse climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: ‘Where were they? Why didn’t the United States of America lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?’

“The leading scientists in the world who study climate change now tell us that their earlier projections were wrong. The crisis facing our planet is much worse than they had thought only a few years ago. Twelve out of the last 15 years ranked as the warmest on record in the United States. Now, scientists say that our planet could be 8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer or more by the end of this century if we take no decisive action to transform our energy system and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

“Legislation that I introduced with the support of leading environmental organizations in the country can actually address the crisis and do what has to be done to protect the planet. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, co-sponsored the bill that would reverse greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way. It also would help create millions of jobs as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and such sustainably energies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.

“If we are serious about protecting the planet and improving our economy, America’s energy future must focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. If we are successful in transforming our energy system to sustainable sources of energy, we can be a model for the world in addressing the great planetary crisis of global warming and ensure a safer future for children and grandchildren.”

To read more about the Sanders-Boxer bill, click here.

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Business Meets Education in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, NY (April 17) – The Lake Placid Business Association, Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC) and the Lake Placid Central School District are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new program - CU2C, Connecting You to the Community - designed to strengthen relationships between our teens and their community.

AUDIO – 041913 – Lake Placid Wilmington CYC – CU2 Program – Mary Deitrich

The program, beginning the week of April 25 will integrate High School Juniors and Seniors with local businesses in order for teens to get a sense of how our local economy works. It also provides the business an opportunity to interact with students in order to gain an understanding of what they are looking for in our community.

“We are very excited to introduce our new program CU2C,” said CYC Coordinator Tina Clark. “We hope all Lake Placid and Wilmington Juniors and Seniors will utilize the opportunity to learn more about what makes our community operate.”   Click here to read More

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