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Small addition planned for Stewart’s in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Stewart’s Shop here is moving forward with plans for a small renovation and landscaping project. “Primarily we’re here for a 300- or 400-square-foot building addition,” said Chuck Marshall, who manages development and real estate for Stewart’s, “which is ...

State forests keep sustainable certification

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that its state forest management programs had won national sustainable certification for the 11th year in a row. The DEC manages more than three-quarters of a million acres of forests outside of the Catskill and ...

Citizen Advocates supports ski patrols with locker donations

MALONE — Upgrades to the boot and ski room for the Whiteface Volunteer Ski Patrol and Titus Mountain received a lift from Citizen Advocates in Malone in the form of much need locker space. The ski patrol for Whiteface Mountain Ski Area has been modernizing the boot and ski room, which ...

Warren County plastic bag law on the table again

QUEENSBURY — A group of Warren County supervisors want to go ahead with a countywide plastic bag ban, even with Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposing a statewide ban as part of his 2019-2020 budget. The county board’s Legislative & Rules Committee opted last week to set a public hearing for a ...

Lake Placid community mourns Denny Allen

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority flag in front of the Olympic Center was lowered to half mast this past weekend as the community began mourning R. Dennis “Denny” Allen, who died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 64. A Lake Placid native, Allen retired in ...

3-night minimum might not happen for short-term rental regulations

LAKE PLACID — One of the provisions of the short-term rental regulations recently proposed by the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees and the North Elba Town Council is a three-night minimum stay for renters, which has sparked questioning among rental property owners and local ...

Dew Drop construction stalled

SARANAC LAKE — Construction on the former Dew Drop Inn has stalled as the village will not issue a renewed building permit until after concerns about land ownership are resolved. Co-owner of the property, Callie Shelton, had said renovation would begin in January, but the village has ...

Children’s museum finds potential home in warehouse

SARANAC LAKE — Work could begin this year on a nonprofit children’s museum on Depot street, depending on how the Downtown Revitalization Initiative plays out. Play ADK: The Adirondack Center for Play has received continuous support from the Local Planning Committee as a potential ...

Will vacation rental regs be changed after packed hearing?

LAKE PLACID — “We probably should’ve done this five years ago, 10 years ago, but I don’t think that any of us realized how this industry was going to take off,” town of North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said Friday, the day after a packed public hearing on short-term rental ...

VanBee & Co. awarded by WeddingWire Couples

SARANAC LAKE — VanBee & Co. was announced a winner of the renowned WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards in Saranac Lake. WeddingWire Inc., a leading global online wedding marketplace, annually celebrates the top wedding professionals on WeddingWire across more than 20 service ...

Lake Flower Resort tries for federal grant

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Flower Resort is applying for a federal grant through the village of Saranac Lake for an amount up to $750,000. Jim Thatcher, the village’s consultant from C.T. Male Associates, explained the Community Development Block Grant at the village board meeting on ...

Propane delivery driver dies after being pinned under truck

KEENE — A propane truck driver died Friday after his truck rolled while making a delivery in Keene and he became pinned underneath a wheel. State Police reported Monday that Daniel O. Mitchell, 62, was delivering for Suburban Propane to 95 Hulls Falls Road in Keene. He parked the truck ...

More than 150 evacuated from stuck chairlift at ski resort

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont ski resort says more than 150 skiers and snowboarders were evacuated off of a chairlift that got stuck. Stowe Mountain Resort spokesman Jeff Wise says the Lookout Double lift stopped operating about 10:30 a.m. Sunday due to an electrical issue. ...

Comptroller: Local sales tax collections rose again in 2018

ALBANY (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says sales taxes collected by local governments across the state grew in 2018 for the third consecutive year. The Democrat releases a report Monday that finds collections rose by $872 million, or 5.3 percent, to $17.5 billion last ...

Propane delivery driver dies after being pinned under truck in Keene

KEENE — A propane truck driver died Friday after his truck rolled while making a delivery in Keene and he became pinned underneath a wheel. State Police reported Monday that Daniel O. Mitchell, 62, was delivering for Suburban Propane to 95 Hulls Falls Road in Keene. He parked the truck ...

Farm Bill opens door for legal hemp growers

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ceremoniously used a hemp pen to sign the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill in December, he promised an unencumbered path for the exploration of a new frontier. Touting the economical merits of industrial hemp, McConnell said the legislation ...

Committee narrows Saranac Lake DRI list further

SARANAC LAKE — On Thursday Local Planning Committee members discussed what they like and don’t like about a preliminary list of projects that might share in a major state grant package. A consulting team had built the list of projects it suggested be funded by the state’s nearly $10 ...

Large crowd attends short-term rental hearing

LAKE PLACID — Roughly 150 people showed up for Thursday night’s hearing on short-term vacation rental regulations at the Conference Center. People brought yellow legal pads for notes, copies of the proposed legislation, and a few carried signs that said “Support Vacation Rentals,” ...

Green Mountain College closing; Paul Smith’s strikes transfer deal

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College has finalized a transfer agreement with Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, which announced Wednesday that it will discontinue operations at the end of the spring 2019 semester. Both colleges are collaborating to create seamless transfer ...