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…
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..
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.
North Country Community College instructor, Steve Mergenthaler, assists Kristen Amell in rappelling near Chapel Pond.
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
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.
Coaches raffle local prizes to raise money for a returning competitive summer baseball team in Lake Placid. Coach Rik Cassidy explains.
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…
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…
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..
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.
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.
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.
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
A group of parents, teachers and school administrators are presenting A groundbreaking documentary on education tonight called “Race to Nowhere” – This film is one of the first to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students..
The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance is sponsoring the screening of the documentary and plans to lead a discussion Afterwards… Zoe Smith is a leading organizer of the Alliance..
Smith says The Parent Faculty Alliance is dedicated to improving education in their schools, and they’ve joined together because of a deep concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children. The Screening begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday, April 18th) in the Petrova School Auditorium.
Race to Nowhere is a film that the group says has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss the current system of education.
Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times and “compelling” by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, the film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and unhealthy young people. The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.
“The “Race to Nowhere” is another inconvenient truth. It’s a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools.” – George Lucas Education Foundation
The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.
To learn more about Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance, like them on Facebook. For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com
Steven Carder has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 1st Team All-American in basketball. Steven and his parents will be accompanied to Las Vegas, Nevada in May by NCCC Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Chad LaDue, where he will join 29 other athletes to be recognized for this outstanding achievement.
The Lake Placid Central School District has an approved budget and pending public approval of the School Board’s vote of confidence, Lake Placid will spend $17,264,976 in the 2013, 2014 fiscal year. The approval represents an overall increase of 2.65% in the budget. The Levy is expected to increase by 3.01% to just over $14,200,000. The Estimated Tax Rate assuming no increase in assessment calculates to $6.78 per thousand dollars of assessed value, a 3.10% increase.
State testing begins Tuesday for elementary students in New York State. Superintendent Randy Richards talks about it’s impact on Lake Placid’s Parents and Students.
The Village of Tupper Lake is considering a request by Roger Amell on the acceptance of Amell Lane as a village road.
Councilman Ron Keough says Harrietstown is actively pursuing and encouraging the response to their request for restaurant proposals. The deadline is April 24th
The Saranac Lake Village Board votes on a Resolution supporting the Skate Park Committee’s efforts to recruit new members and initiate new fundraising appeals.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast they say, but what about a premature baby? CBS News Correspondent Sam Litzinger has the answer.
As standardized testing of third- through eighth-graders on English and math begins in New York’s public schools today, parents and school boards are speaking out about the Common Core standards and what they see as an over-emphasis on testing.
The Saratoga School Board voted to tell the state education commissioner the tests negatively affect students – and parents on Long Island are opting to exempt their children from the testing. The head of the state teachers union, Dick Iannuzzi, says students are going to be tested on material they haven’t been taught yet. He said polling commissioned by his union showed 91 percent of parents say students have not had enough time to work with the Common Core learning standards.
“Parents are upset. They really do not want their children being put in a position where they’re being assessed on material that simply has not been presented to them.”
The Department of Education said the assessments are designed to improve classroom instruction and get better results in the graduation rate and college and career readiness.
State Education Commissioner John King said in a video for parents on his department’s website that students living in poverty and English language learners are not achieving at the same level as their peers.
“The Common Core state standards are the answer to this problem. The standards are higher, the standards are fewer and the standards are deeper.”
Iannuzzi said the Education Department has acknowledged that scores will drop – perhaps as much as 30 percent. He does not want them used to promote students, choose students for gifted-and-talented classes, or to receive remedial services.
“No teacher would give a test where they know that students are not going to be in a position to succeed. And no parent would want a teacher to do that. And certainly no child would want to begin a test knowing that they are not expected to do well.”
Iannuzzi also does not want teachers’ performances evaluated on these test results.
“My members will have at least part of their end-of-the-year evaluation based on a score that will be meaningless in terms of reflecting their efforts in their classrooms and the growth of the children in front of them.”
He added, “The State Education Department listens very carefully, but doesn’t hear anything you say.”