Business

Servers speak up

LAKE PLACID — Ashley Kalman, a bartender at Generations restaurant downtown in Lake Placid, has been showing up to work recently wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Tip Credit Supporter #saveourindustry” written across the chest. In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State ...

Nurses earn elite Pathway to Excellence designation

SARANAC LAKE – Following a rigorous, three-year application process, Adirondack Health has been awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence designation. The Pathway to Excellence program recognizes a healthcare organization’s commitment to creating a ...

Saranac Lakers discuss branding

SARANAC LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism on Tuesday offered the public a preliminary view of Saranac Lake’s new brand, as assembled by a committee. The North Elba Town House on River Street was full of Saranac Lakers ready to review the new brand developed by ...

Gander Outdoors coming to Plattsburgh mall

PLATTSBURGH — Gander Mountain will reopen this summer in Champlain Centre mall under the rebranded name, Gander Outdoors. The retailer, under new ownership, will occupy the same 52,000-square-foot location as an anchor store, the mall said in a press release. Gander Outdoors ...

Labor Gap: Who are the unemployed? By the numbers …

Mirroring national statistics, there is about one job opening for every 1.6 job seekers in the North Country. In Franklin and Essex counties alone, the New York State Labor Department reported 1,100 people receiving unemployment benefits in February 2018. Throughout the North Country ...

Could co-ops boost the North County economy?

CANTON — The North Country’s struggling economy could be spurred by developing a broader sector of business cooperatives and employee-owned workplaces, according to a national expert in the field. Doug O’Brien, president and chief executive officer of National Cooperative Business ...

Study: Outdoor rec is big business in northern New York

It’s no surprise the congressional district that covers much of the Adirondacks is home to a lot of outdoor recreation, but a group has found that New York’s 21st Congressional District generates an astounding $1.5 billion annually. The Outdoor Industry Association released its report ...

North Country Community College proposes trade school

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College announced a proposal to start a School of Applied Technology yesterday, saying it would serve the Adirondack community and be a financial success for the college. The school would offer two-year Associate of Applied Science degree programs ...

Construction plans may delay Lake Placid’s Main Street sewer project

LAKE PLACID — Some complications with manholes along Main Street could delay the downtown sewer replacement project this village has needed for years. Earlier this year the village board announced that sewer lines beneath Main Street will be replaced and updated to protect Mirror Lake from ...

Board votes ‘no confidence’ in NCCC leadership

SARANAC LAKE — The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution of “no confidence” in the leadership of North Country Community College at its April 9 meeting, stating the college has failed to provide a curriculum that answers local students’ needs. “If you have a ...

State budget increases environmental funding, but not positions

The New York state budget that was passed earlier this month increased overall funding for the state’s three main environmental agencies, but an increase in forest rangers and environmental conservation officers does not appear to be in the cards. The state budget increased funding by 7.5 ...

Allegiant’s reputation solid with Clinton Co. officials

PLATTSBURGH — Local officials say there have been no major problems with Allegiant Air’s service here despite an alarming report on the safety the airline that flies in and out of Plattsburgh International Airport on a regular basis. “We continue to have a good relationship with them, ...

Tip-credit champion: Wait staff already gets minimum wage

CLIFTON PARK — Servers in the restaurant industry never asked to be saved from the tip credit. That’s what Maggie Raczynski, an Outback Steakhouse bartender from Clifton Park, says at meetings around New York state as she works to educate fellow servers about the potential loss of the ...

Birch Boys’ Park Street business grows

TUPPER LAKE — “Come on in, we’ve got shrooms!” the sign at 123 Park St. reads. Walking into the Birch Boys shop it is clear the sign wasn’t kidding. Mushrooms sprout from a glass-enclosed terrarium in the center of the room, it bursts from birch trunks around the shop and ...

Enterprise, News win 13 awards from NY Press Association

ALBANY — Together, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News won 13 awards in the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2017. The awards were announced over the course of the NYPA’s annual Spring Conference and Trade Show Friday and Saturday at the Hilton in ...

LABOR GAP: Shortage of home health care aides is serious, agency says

SARANAC LAKE — By taking care of elderly and disabled people in their homes, home health aides contribute mightily to the economy. That’s not why they do it, though. “If I can make somebody happy, that makes me happy,” said Karla Clark. She has been working as a home health ...

Elderwood takes over two homes for seniors

TICONDEROGA — Post Acute Partners, which operates under the Elderwood brand, is expanding with the addition of two Ticonderoga facilities formerly run by Inter-Lakes Health under the auspices of the Moses Ludington Hospital. Elderwood at Ticonderoga, formerly Heritage Commons, and ...

CDOS helps make good workers out of students with disabilities

SARANAC LAKE — When New York state began requiring all high school seniors to graduate with Regents diplomas, one huge group of kids were left out of the equation. Not every student is a Regents diploma candidate, but that doesn’t mean students with disabilities won’t make responsible ...

Opening up the Frontier

NORTH HUDSON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Paradox Brewery broke ground Wednesday at the site of a new brewery and “Gateway to the Adirondacks” tourism hub. The two facilities are part of a $25 million public-private investment to repurpose the former ...

North Country delegation travels to Ottawa for economic talks

SARANAC LAKE — A delegation from the North Country, led by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, traveled to Ottawa to meet with officials and business leaders on March 26. Russ Kinyon, Franklin County’s economic development director, and Jeremy Evans, executive director of the Franklin County ...