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Double up: Mazdzer sliding singles and doubles for USA Luge

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Olympic luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer is doubling up this winter. Mazdzer has decided to compete in both singles and doubles in World Cup events, in large part because USA Luge didn’t have another option to partner with Olympic doubles veteran Jayson Terdiman. If the Americans ...

Band brings Winehouse tunes to the Waterhole

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SARANAC LAKE — Quite often, singer Anthony D’Amato will take to the stage dressed in a three-piece suit. He’s got a handkerchief tucked in his jacket pocket and above is a corsage pinned to his chest. He kind of looks like a Batman villain from the 1960s, but stand-out features make it ...

Sharpe advocates local control, new solutions

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WATERTOWN — Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for governor, is not always a fan of rule of law. “I’m not, I’m pro-constitution,” he told the dozen or so people gathered in Vito’s Gourmet last Tuesday morning. Sharpe’s libertarian reasoning: many laws are bad and should be ...

Melissa Castner indicted on additional felony charges

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MALONE — A Duane woman accused of assault in connection with a 2017 killing was indicted Tuesday on two additional felony charges. Melissa L. Castner, 37, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on one count each of first-degree hindering prosecution and third-degree intimidating a ...

Tedra Cobb pledges to be an ‘independent voice’

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JOHNSTOWN — Democratic Congressional candidate Tedra L. Cobb made a campaign stop in the city Thursday, telling seniors she’ll be an independent voice in Washington D.C., free of high-priced political donors and groups like the NRA. “I’m not going to be beholden to anyone but you,” ...

Stefanik holds opioid forum

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GLOVERSVILLE — With fatalities of opioid overdoses increasing, a roundtable was held at the Paul Nigra Center on Thursday with several local representatives from Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties discussing the crisis. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Fulton County Sheriff Richard ...

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid massive debt, plunging sales

Business

NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once dominated the American retail landscape can remain viable or whether the iconic brand will ...

New trail, same killer views

Outdoors

LAKE PLACID — Just when the leaves began to change this fall, the rain moved in. With almost no precipitation all summer, it seemed like a cruel joke to have fall foliage at its peak when most of the peaks themselves were covered by gray clouds. So when the weather called for a break ...

School emphasizes ‘reverence’ during chicken harvest

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LAKE PLACID — Every fall, North Country School harvests its chickens. On Tuesday, after 18 months of feeding them, cleaning their coops and sometimes providing medical attention, the staff and students of this agriculture-focused boarding school were ready to harvest 70 birds for meat ...

Sharing the woods, waters and trails in hunting season

Outdoors

With the annual big game hunting season up and and running in full gear, there will be archers, muzzleloaders, hand-gunners along with an assortment of riflemen and women taking to the woods and waters. Woods walkers and leaf peepers will soon have to deal with an additional influx of small ...

Lake FM, from across the pond

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TUPPER LAKE — The new operators of WRGR — rebranded as Lake FM — made international history in August when the Federal Communications Commission accepted their purchase of the station, making them the first European citizens to be 100 percent owners of an American radio station ...

Boy pleads not guilty in stabbing death

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PLATTSBURGH — Greg Zindler doesn’t know the name of the teen who is accused of killing his brother. But, he said Friday, “I hope he pays for this for the rest of his life.” Michael Zindler died Thursday after, at about 10:56 a.m., a 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed him in the ...

County board candidates’ priorities

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SARANAC LAKE — With the Nov. 6 elections looming on the horizon, both candidates for District 7 Franklin County legislator want you to know what’s first on their list of priorities: infrastructure. After that, their objectives diverge. “The county-owned roads down here are in ...

Airport fears losing big-plane capacity

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SARANAC LAKE — The Federal Aviation Administration is considering downgrading the Adirondack Regional Airport’s designation, which may come with a narrowing of the main runway’s width from 150 feet across to 100. “We are due to repave our main runway,” said Corey Hurwitch, who ...

Holderied mulls new enterprise for former Schulte’s lodge

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LAKE PLACID — Multiple buildings at the former Schulte’s Family Lodge property on Cascade Road have been demolished. In August, Birgit Schulte, a native of Hamburg, Germany, who’s owned the lodge since the 1970s, sold the property to hotelier Peter Holderied. Holderied also owns ...

Deadline for DRI proposals Nov. 2

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SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Local Planning Committee will accept project proposals to share in a $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant until 5 p.m on Nov. 2. This deadline is the end of an open call that has been ongoing since February 2018. The LPC, along with ...

Tax rates to hold under tentative 2019 Franklin Co. budget

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MALONE — The average tax rate for Franklin County property owners is expected to stay steady under the 2019 tentative county budget. The tentative budget also anticipates that Franklin County’s property tax levy will go up to the state-imposed tax cap of $17,542,904 — an increase ...

Dewey lights on hold

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SARANAC LAKE — The town Harrietstown and the Dewey Mountain Friends will not add lights to the new trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center this year, after looking at two new test lights. “The lights were like if you were looking at a Walmart parking lot,” said town ...