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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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The Mississippi Freedom Trail

AUDIO – 053013 – Ericson Blakney Interview

The Mississippi Freedom Trail dedicates a marker on the site of the infamous 1963 Woolworth Store “Sit In” on Capital Street in Jackson this week.  Erickson Blakney tells the story.

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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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No Border Fees Amendment Gets Unanimous Approval in Committee

The House Appropriations Committee today unanimously passed an amendment introduced by Congressman Bill Owens that would halt the proposed study of a “border fee.” Owens introduced the amendment as part of the mark-up for the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

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,”…

Gillibrand Speaks out on Senate Farm Bill

AUDIO – 052213 – Gillibrand Speaks out on Senate Farm Bill

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is Leading One-Third of the Senate in Calling to Protect Critical Food Assistance for Community’s Most Vulnerable. Gillibrand says the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill will drop $4.1 Billion dollars in Food Stamps for Veterans, and Seniors.

The Senator in an email to WNBZ says she’s deeply disappointed with the bill’s drastic cuts… “Just as important as the health of our agriculture industry, she says is the health and nutrition of our children and families.”

She continues by saying Families who are living in poverty – hungry children, seniors, troops and veterans who are just trying to figure out how to keep the lights on and put food on the table were not the ones who spent this nation into debt and the Senate should not be trying to balance the budget on their backs. They deserve better from this Congress than they’re getting she says.

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Tupper Lake is already Counting their Chickens

AUDIO – 052113 – Tupper Lake Counts their Chickens

Saranac Lake says “Don’t count your chickens until you have all the ducks in a row” but Tupper Lake is already there. They just have to wait 20 years. More to do about nothing and the livestock and chicken population inside village limits..

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Tupper Alternates Days for Watering Gardens / Lawns

Starting June 1st, The Village of Tupper Lake will restrict watering of lawns and gardens.. Mark Robillard says No Watering of Lawns will be permitted on Mondays and then from Santa Clara Avenue Uptown in Tupper Watering will be permitted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and From Santa Clara Downtown to the Junction watering will be…

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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A Sewer Repair Dilemma in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 051413 – Dr Neil Miller – Saranac Lake Sewer Dilemma

If you live on a state highway in Saranac Lake, fixing your sewer line to the street could be more expensive than you might think.. In fact, it could be as much as $20,000 more expensive. Dr Neil Miller owns property at 88 Church Street. He and his family find themselves in a difficult and expensive situation following the collapse of their sewer line which connects to the church street line..

Click Below for Dr Miller’s entire presentation;

AUDIO – 051313 – Dr Neil Miller Speaks to Saranac Lake Village Board – unedited

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