Business

Franklin County bed tax hearing set for Thursday

MALONE - Franklin County legislators will hold a public hearing Thursday on implementing a 5 percent bed tax, a plan recently approved by the state legislature and governor.The hearing is set for 11 a.m. in the legislature's chambers on the fourth floor of the Franklin County Courthouse in ...

Stefanik says she will advocate for transportation bill

Advocating for a new long-term transportation bill will be among her top priorities when the House returns to session Sept. 8, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro."I will be working with my legislative team to put together a strategy for House freshmen to influence the strategy of the ...

Last big project for hospital CEO

SARANAC LAKE - Chandler Ralph's tenure at Adirondack Health has been marked by a string of projects that have expanded and upgraded the local health care provider's services in the Tri-Lakes area.Before she retires, she'll oversee the launch of two more big projects, totaling an estimated $33 ...

Local couple to run airport cafe in Lake Clear

SARANAC LAKE - After sitting empty for most of the year, the Adirondack Regional Airport cafe is expected to reopen under new management sometime in October.The town of Harriestown, which owns and operates the airport, has awarded a bid to run the cafe to Josh and Clair Bovee."We thought that ...

The Waterhole shuts down; future uncertain

SARANAC LAKE - A mainstay of the downtown bar and live music scene has closed its doors.The Waterhole, a bar and live music venue located at 48 Main St. formerly known as the Waterhole #3, shut down at midnight today.The reasons for its closure are hard to verify, although rumors are rampant. ...

Ad’k Health offers innovative tools to detect lung cancer earlier

SARANAC LAKE - Adirondack Health now offers two innovative tools in the early detection and treatment of lung cancer.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now provides coverage for low dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for seniors at high-risk for the disease, giving ...

Ad’k Health offers diabetes self-management education

SARANAC LAKE - A six-week comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program offered by Adirondack Health begins on Sept. 16. Diabetes Self-Management Education helps people diagnosed with diabetes effectively start and continue the high level of self-care necessary for optimizing blood ...

PSC alumni may get legal standing in renaming

Since the July announcement of a controversial proposal to rename Paul Smith's College as Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College, alumni have considered themselves "interested parties" to the decision but have had no legal standing. Now the court may consider them an "interested party" as well.Alumni ...

Marshalls project ‘on track’

LAKE PLACID - It may not look like it from the empty storefront at Cold Brook Plaza, but work is still going on behind the scenes to turn it into a Marshalls.Code Enforcement Officer James Morganson said the project has entered the bidding process and work could begin soon."There is a lot of ...

Marketing shark

TUPPER LAKE - The Adirondack Club and Resort received a little help from its friends this week.Great White Shark Enterprises Creative Director Morgan-leigh Norman, daughter of golf legend and Great White Shark Enterprises founder Greg Norman, met with ACR developers Tuesday to gather ...

Village seeks contractor for code enforcement help

SARANAC LAKE - A vacant house at 34 Brandy Brook Ave. has been condemned for more than a year, but there it sits.The grass and weeds have grown up around it, and a weathered foreclosure notice from Essex County, dated six months ago, is still stapled to its door.On Broadway, workers standing in ...

Dreaming of a downtown Saranac Lake movie theater

SARANAC LAKE - Peter Wilson is hoping to make the transition from mild-mannered Army-Navy surplus store owner to downtown movie theater owner, which would make him a kind of Superman to many Saranac Lakers who haven't had a cinema here in 15 years.It's not going to be as simple as changing ...

New Lake Placid brewery plans October opening

LAKE PLACID - A new brewery plans to open its doors within the next two months.The North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board approved on Aug. 19 Lake Placid Pub & Brewery owner Christopher Ericson's plan to open a new brewery.The new restaurant and pub will be called Big Slide Brewery ...

Village permits some work at Hotel Saranac

SARANAC LAKE - The village has issued a partial building permit to Roedel Companies, allowing some construction work inside the Hotel Saranac to begin.Village Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Giblin said the permit he issued Aug. 17 covers work on the Main Street hotel's elevators, rooms and ...

A movie theater for Saranac Lake?

SARANAC LAKE - A local small business owner will be closing up his shop to pursue building a movie theater in Saranac Lake.Peter Wilson has owned and run Major Plowshares Army & Navy Surplus at 19 Broadway since 1997."Over the years I've been operating, Saranac Lake seems to be really ...

Judge rejects Frontier Town suit

ELIZABETHTOWN - A court ruled this week that Essex County acted legally when it rejected a man's high bid during a tax sale last year for the former Frontier Town theme park.On April 30, 2014 George Moore of Keeseville was the highest bidder at $49,500 for four parcels, making up the core of ...

Some question NCCC head’s big raise

SARANAC LAKE - Steve Tyrell's contract as president of North Country Community College has been re-upped for three more years, and he's getting a big raise.Too big, say some college employees and at least one elected official from NCCC's two sponsoring counties.College leaders, however, say ...

New administrator at Mercy Living Center

SARANAC LAKE - Adirondack Health is pleased to announce that Heidi Schempp has accepted the position of Administrator at Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake.Schempp comes to Adirondack Health following 16 years at Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga. Inter-Lakes Health is comprised of a critical ...

Big day for Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center celebrated the arrival of two highly anticipated visitors Monday.The second was U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who that afternoon took his first tour of the new Wild Walk, an elevated trail that immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and scenic views of the forest ...

Court holds PSC renaming conference today

MALONE - At 9:30 a.m. today, Franklin County State Supreme Court Judge John Ellis was scheduled to hold a conference to decide whether Paul Smith's College can legally change its name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College.Ellis will consider whether the proposed name change violates the terms of ...