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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 ...

Congress committee leaders reach a deal on farm legislation

Representatives from the House and the Senate announced on Thursday that they have reached a “deal in principle” on the farm bill. The sweeping farm legislation will set federal, agricultural and nutritional policy for the next five years. It covers a wide range of issues relevant to ...

DRI proposal deadline could be flexible

SARANAC LAKE — The state’s Dec. 14 date to propose projects for Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding is not necessarily a firm deadline. Rather, it’s meant to be a “milestone,” and exceptions could be made so late projects deemed “transformational” can still get in on ...

Cape Air makes pitch for Massena

MASSENA — Two airlines were scheduled to make their pitches to the Massena Town Council on Monday as they vie for the town’s Essential Air Service contract next year. But Cape Air had the floor to itself after Silver Airways declined to make a presentation. Cape Air had previously held ...

Saranac Lake is ahead of state timeline for DRI grants

SARANAC LAKE — This village established its own Downtown Revitalization Initiative deadline for Nov. 2, nearly a month-and-a-half ahead of the state deadline for proposals, to further refine the applications. The process has been ongoing since early this year. Community Development ...

Women make inroads in funeral industry

NEW YORK — A training program for the next generation of morticians and undertakers is testament to a change that is slowly remaking the funeral business. Sixty of the 75 students in the program at the State University of New York Canton are women, and those numbers are no fluke. In ...

Cold turkey: Hundreds run in zero-degree Turkey Trot

SARANAC LAKE — On a crisp, zero-degree Thanksgiving morning, hundreds made their way to Bitters & Bones for the fourth annual Turkey Trot 5K. Registration fees and donations, as well as money made from the live auction after the race, went to the Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry ...