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Gov. Cuomo touts snowmobiling, tourism while in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac to promote tourism and to congratulate 45th District Sen. Betty Little in her last year of service with the state Legislature. Afterward, he went snowmobiling with his daughters and a few of their friends in ...

Cuomo seeks ‘balance’ on short-term rentals

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is still trying to “find the right balance” when it comes to short-term vacation rentals in New York. “The Airbnbs, and how to handle the Airbnb market, is something that the entire country is trying to deal with,” he said. ...

Some worry if New York’s plastic bag ban is enough

ALBANY — New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn’t go far enough. The law bars ...

Revolution Rail gets Warren County approval for more rail bike routes

Revolution Rail Co. will offer “rail bike” trips on three scenic sections of rails in the region this year, thanks to a new agreement with Warren County leaders to expand operations. The company will be able to offer pedal-powered rides on sections of railroad tracks in Warren, ...

Spectrum outage affected Saranac Lake businesses on busy parade day

SARANAC LAKE — Saturday’s Spectrum outage may have meant a few hours of no phone, TV or internet service for nearly 2 million customers across the Northeast, but for local business owners, it may have meant a blow to profits. “It was a mess,” said Ken Fontana, owner of the Blue Moon ...

North Elba board eyes Placid hospital demolition

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba Town Council is exploring what it might cost to demolish the community’s old hospital. But first, the town plans to hire a company to evaluate the amount of asbestos that may have to be abated. The town took official ownership of the former Adirondack ...

Officials set third public hearing on short-term rental regs

LAKE PLACID — A public hearing has been set on the latest draft of a proposed law regulating short-term vacation rentals. The North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board have set the public hearing for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Conference Center. The latest draft of the ...

Merchants plan how to survive road work

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid business owners are rallying together to plan how they’ll sustain their businesses as Main Street is overhauled. Members of the Lake Placid Business Association on Tuesday discussed forming subcommittees to discuss alternatives to the proposed Main Street ...

Trestle Street fills up as it fills a demand

SARANAC LAKE — Dave Filsinger says his art and music space is gaining the attention and variation he hoped it would, and a lot of that is because of local support and donations. “I think the community felt they had a need and they responded,” he said. “Beyond just coming in here ...

Neighbors oppose Airbnb ‘boarding house’

LAKE PLACID — A property owner’s request to operate what is described as a boarding house in the historic Signal Hill neighborhood has spurred a legal battle that could have a broader impact on this community’s short-term vacation rental debate. Eight people who own homes in the ...

A clear look at the plastic bag ban

Shoppers will no longer hear the question “Paper or plastic?” from cashiers at checkout after the statewide ban on disposable plastic bags takes effect March 1. If they ask for a paper bag, their request may be followed by, “That will be 5 cents, please.” State legislation ...

Long Lake telecom project, Webb home on APA agenda this week

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook this Thursday and Friday. The board will convene at 1 a.m. Thursday to consider approval for a proposed variance to expand a preexisting single-family dwelling located on Third ...

Spectrum services restored after outage

Many Spectrum customers Saturday in northern New York were experiencing service issues with their internet and TV. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the services were restored, according to Charter Communications’ Lara Pritchard, senior director, communications NE. The company became aware of ...

Spectrum service restored after going down throughout Northeast

Many Spectrum customers Saturday in northern New York were experiencing service issues with their internet and TV. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the services were restored, according to Charter Communications’ Lara Pritchard, senior director, communications NE. The company became aware of the ...

Saranac Lake prepares for 5G

SARANAC LAKE — Though 5G might not be here just yet, village officials are already planning how best to handle the forthcoming wave of wireless internet service. At Tuesday night’s village Development Board meeting, Code Administrator Paul Blaine presented research and a draft code ...

‘Dack Shack, Ere’s Pizza seek additional outdoor seating

LAKE PLACID — Two local businesses are looking to expand their outdoor dining areas. The owners of Ere’s Pizza on Main Street, and the Simply Gourmet/’Dack Shack restaurants on Saranac Avenue, are seeking approval from the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board to expand the ...

Months-long winter attraction may choose Lake Placid over Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — A “winter wonderland” attraction may not be coming to the Charles R. Wood Park Festival Commons after all because of concerns that the weather may be too warm. Village Mayor Robert Blais had shared news in December of the attraction that was interested in renting the ...

Adirondack Daily Enterprise announces 5th annual Job Fair

SARANAC LAKE — A Tri-Lakes job fair, with benefits for both job seekers and employers, is planned for Wednesday, March 4. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise Job Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in North County Community College Sparks Athletic Complex. The Enterprise is partnering ...

Bank kicks off February canned food drive for local pantries

PLATTSBURGH — Community Bank N.A. branches across New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont have joined together to host a canned food drive throughout February. The 125 participating branches aim to collect 5,000 items for local food pantries and food banks. This is the third consecutive year ...

Short-staffing keeps YMCA program from expanding to meet demand

(Editor’s note: This is a continuation of the Enterprise’s coverage of a shortage of workers to fill positions in the area. This “Labor Gap” reporting began with a series in March 2018; the economic trend continues.) - SARANAC LAKE — The YMCA program at Petrova Elementary ...