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Local Realtors honored at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Summit

KEY BISCAYUNE, Fla. — Margie Philo, broker and owner of the Lake Placid-based Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Adirondack Premier Properties and Adirondack Realty, along with Katie Fischer and Diane Scholl were recently honored at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Key Biscayne, Florida, for ranking ...

Couple looks to breathe new life into former sanatorium, other properties

SARANAC LAKE — Real estate entrepreneurs Wayne Zukin and Sue Smith, of Philadelphia and Rainbow Lake, are looking to give new life to this community’s former tuberculosis sanatorium. They are under contract to buy the historic healing campus that led to Saranac Lake’s growth from a ...

Shelter bids adieu to Dr. Z

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes Humane Society said thanks and bid a fond farewell on Monday to Dr. Karl Zaunbrecher, who retired from his veterinary practice in Saranac Lake this week. With smiles and utterances of “We’ll miss you,” workers and some friends at the Saranac Lake-based ...

Glens Falls National Bank helps pay for ADK trailhead stewards

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) announced Wednesday that Glens Falls National Bank has agreed to fund the ADK’s volunteer host program at its High Peaks Information Center outside of Lake Placid. Volunteer stewards help with parking, introduce Leave No Trace ...

Tupper Lake hotel meets early investment goal

TUPPER LAKE — The developers of the Tupper Lake Crossroads Hotel confirmed they have reached the $150,000 funding goal they set for the first week of September by late August. Now they are moving on to the permitting stage. On July 23, Wild Center Museum founder Betsy Lowe and former ...

Tri-Lakes’ only 24-hour gas station will soon end overnights

SARANAC LAKE — At the end of the month, Stewart’s Shop in Saranac Lake will no longer be open 24 hours a day. That means the nearest store open 24 hours is Price Chopper in Lake Placid, and the nearest gas station open 24 hours will soon be at least an hour’s drive away. On ...

Report: Adirondack tourist spending up

LAKE PLACID — Tourists spent nearly $1.5 billion in the Adirondack region last year, up slightly from $1.4 billion the year prior, a recent report shows. The latest statewide tourism impact study, commissioned by I Love NY and compiled by travel data firm Tourism Economics, underscores the ...

Assemblyman tells economic development council to focus on labor gap

PAUL SMITHS — At a public North Country Regional Economic Development Council meeting Wednesday, state Assemblyman Billy Jones addressed two issues he said are critical for the North Country: finding enough employees to staff local businesses and getting regionwide broadband ...

County keeps pushing to tax, register short-term rentals

LAKE PLACID — There are more than 700 short-term vacation rentals here. They surround Mirror Lake. They rise above, lie below and surround storefronts along the Main Street and Saranac Avenue business districts. They’re scattered throughout traditionally residential neighborhoods around ...

Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products — a ban poised to take effect Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban on Sunday . The emergency regulation will take effect immediately if ...

New York moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a ...

Leaves are starting to change, and peepers are coming

Leaf peeper season is here. The state released its first Fall Foliage Report of the year this week: Roughly 10% of fall foliage throughout the Adirondacks is expected to change by this weekend. Local watchers in Saranac Lake are predicting that people will see “touches of red leaves ...

Capital for the capital?

SARANAC LAKE — Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau jumped up on a bench at the corner of Church Street and Bloomingdale Avenue in the heart of what he calls the “Capital of the Adirondacks.” Shouting over the roar of trucks, he excitedly told the nearly 20 people he was leading on a tour of ...

Town, village may make different rental rules

LAKE PLACID — Lawmakers in the town of North Elba have directed the town attorney to draft two separate pieces of legislation related to short-term vacation rentals: revisions to an existing law jointly proposed by the village of Lake Placid and the town, and a new stand-alone law that ...

Alcohol sting leaves some bar owners sore

A State Police underage drinking sting hit 18 bars, restaurants and liquor stores in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid on Aug. 30. It resulted in charges for five individuals from five establishments: two in Saranac Lake, two in Lake Placid and one halfway between in Ray Brook. Several owners ...

Adirondacks well represented on cell service task force

The Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which held its first meeting Tuesday, has strong representation from the Adirondacks. It is tasked with developing potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cellphone service in rural and remote parts of upstate New York. Five of ...

An Airbnb haven in Jay

JAY — The main road into AuSable Acres is nondescript, a winding strip of pavement tightly surrounded by dense foliage. From AuSable Drive, narrow dirt roads with nature-themed names branch out, dotted with Swiss chalet-style, A-frame homes obscured by clusters of greenery. This quiet, ...

North Country waits for governor to announce DRI funding winner

The waiting game may continue a few more weeks for North Country communities that are competing for $10 million from the state in this year’s round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winners in four of the state’s 10 economic ...

As Lake Flower resort goes up, village approves grant

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees has decided to accept a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant for a Lake Flower resort project without adding a clause to take back the federal money if the resort doesn’t produce and retain the required number of jobs. The ...

Saranac Lake considers short-term rental registry

SARANAC LAKE — In an impromptu work session after a special meeting Thursday, the village board decided to work on gathering information for a registry of short-term rentals in the village. “I’ve asked that we consider establishing a registry for vacation rentals in Saranac ...