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From good wood to excellent instrument

SARANAC LAKE — Looking at a piece of good wood a guitar maker is faced with all kinds of questions. There are worries to be had about thickness and bracing. Of essential concern is tone and playability. How stable will the construction of the instrument be in five years ... 10? After ...

Hotel Saranac wins historic preservation award

SARANAC LAKE — The Hotel Saranac received a Historic Preservation Award from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Thursday. The hotel, designed by architectural firm Scopes and Feustmann, was constructed in 1927. It was sold to Paul Smith’s College in ...

Landmark protections falling for air, land, and soon, water

WASHINGTON — One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks. On Thursday, the ...

Watertown ski area to open despite fire

WATERTOWN — Timothy McAtee will open Dry Hill Ski Area for the season on Friday despite losing a crucial piece of snowmaking equipment in a fire Tuesday. Electrical wires in the resort’s pumphouse short-circuited and ignited a blaze that burned the building down and destroyed everything ...

Massena airline debated after decision

MASSENA — Not everybody in the audience agreed with Monday’s decision by the Massena Town Council to recommend Boutique Air for another two-year contract as Massena’s Essential Air Service provider. Officials from Boutique Air, Cape Air and SkyWest Airlines had made presentations to ...

NCCC considers closing its pool

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College is considering closing the pool at its Saranac Lake campus. Meanwhile, YMCA staff have said that would not change their plans to bring their community programs to the village, except that it would cut out their aquatics programming. ...

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies ...

Golden Arrow donates pet fees to wildlife refuge

LAKE PLACID — The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, a 165-room hotel situated along the shore of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, has a soft spot for pet guests. Each year the pet-friendly resort that welcomes dogs, cats and even a pig, donates 10 percent of all pet fees to a local humane society or ...

Old amusement park to become dinosaur-themed park

LAKE GEORGE — Magic Forest amusement park will become Lake George Expedition Park when taken over by a new owner in the coming months, with added attractions that will include a dinosaur-themed area to be called “Dino Roar Valley.” Longtime owner Jack Gillette is selling the Route 9 ...

Dance Sanctuary expands its classes with Tupper Lake location

TUPPER LAKE — As the opening notes of Pachelbel’s Canon echoed through the Tupper Arts Center on Monday afternoon, a troupe of 13 smiling kindergarten through second-grade girls assumed “first position” to begin warming up for their ballet lesson. Mandi Maiore from the Dance ...

Birch Boys, Adirondack Store announce joint venture at Snowball

TUPPER LAKE — As the Snowball Gala rocked on upstairs in the Ginsburg building Saturday, Birch Boys founder Garrett Kopp and Adirondack Store owner Christopher English excitedly gave tours of the basement of the building, and explained their plans to move both businesses into the ...

Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board to reinstate loan fund

LAKE GEORGE — The sweeping overhaul of Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board that began earlier this year resulted Thursday in the organization’s new leadership reinstating its main business loan fund. The fund, which loans money to high-risk businesses, was suspended in ...

Doughnuts and detergent

TUPPER LAKE — At 5:30 in the morning, seven days a week, Tina Merrihew is hard at work starting the first batch of Washboard doughnuts. You may have eaten some at a wedding, heard about them on NPR or grabbed a few while picking up a load of laundry. Washboard doughnuts are well-known ...

Long Lakers demand reliable power

LONG LAKE — More than 40 members of this community turned out to a town board meeting Thursday to hear what the local government is doing in response to a streak of power outages that left the town dark and cold on some of the coldest nights of the winter so far. They also shared their ...

CBD in the ADK

LAKE PLACID — CBD won’t get you high, but it’s in high demand. Over the past few years, changes in federal laws, influential scientific studies and a growth in U.S. hemp production have led to cannabidiol (CBD) becoming an increasingly common natural health supplement. CBD ...

Airbnb growing fast in rural North Country

SARANAC LAKE — Airbnb’s growth in rural areas of the North County is substantial, with near 70,000 individuals using the service to stay in northern New York in the last 12 months — an approximate 60 percent increase from the 12 months previous, according to data from Airbnb. ...

Counties push to be heard as state weighs marijuana laws

ALBANY — New York’s county governments are insisting on having a say in any legislation that would end the state prohibition on the use and sale of marijuana and regulate its retail sales. “We’re going to be involved in this policy, but by no means are we supporting it,” Stephen ...