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N.Y. now considers youth as a factor for inmates’ parole

ALBANY — Parole officials in New York are now considering an offender’s age at the time of their crime in response to court rulings that juvenile offenders serving life sentences must have a meaningful shot at release. The Board of Parole immediately changed its procedures after a 2016 ...

Ray Agnew, right, of Paul Smith’s College, speaks in support of National Grid’s proposed rate hikes at a state Public Services Commission hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Thursday.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Few attend hearing on electric rate hikes

LAKE PLACID — Only three members of the public showed up at the Conference Center at Lake Placid Thursday to comment on National Grid’s desired substantial hikes to electric and gas ratepayers for next April. The company wants to raise electric delivery rates by 17.5 percent and gas ...

Wood carvings from Mike Trivieri can be seen at the Tupper Lake Art Show. Trivieri has been carving for decades and his ornate works can be seen around the nation.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Lake art show funds returning arts council

TUPPER LAKE — Though Tupper Lake does not still have an arts council, dozens of local artists are using the village’s 44th annual art show to try bringing the council back. From Aug. 3-8, the historic Ginsberg Building on Park Street will be filled with the paintings, sculpture, pottery, ...

Plattsburgh airport secures federal funds for runway

PLATTSBURGH (AP) — Plattsburgh’s airport will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to upgrade its runways. The money was announced by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The two Democrats say the investment will pay for crucial renovations intended to improve safety ...

Riders take a rail bike across the Hudson River with Revolution Rail Co. on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway line in North Creek.
(Photo provided by Revolution Rail Co.)

New rail bike company starts up near North Creek

JOHNSBURG — The picturesque rail line north of North Creek has come alive as a new “rail bike” company began operation. Revolution Rail Co. began offering trips July 15 as a “soft opening” before beginning seven-day-a-week operation on Aug. 1. Robert Harte, one of the founders of ...

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery owner Christopher Ericson holds a handful of barley, a key ingredient in beer.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

Barley endorsement insures craft brewing crop

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to see more barley malted in New York as he aims for the state to become the “Napa Valley of craft beer.” Along with his crop endorsement, the New York Democrat is urging the federal government to open general malting barley crop insurance, previously only ...

Fire driver Charlie Duprey stands beside a truck as the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responds to smoke coming from an overheating air conditioning unit inside Adirondack Medical Center early Wednesday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Smoldering A/C unit contained at hospital

SARANAC LAKE — Smoke from a malfunctioning air conditioning unit was contained and ejected from an office at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake early Wednesday afternoon. There were neither open flames nor injuries. Fire Chief Brendan Keough said the source of the smoke was an ...

From left, Harrietstown Housing Authority Chairwoman Emily Fogarty, Executive Director Sarah Clarkin, town of Harrietstown Councilwoman Patricia Meagher and her grandson Jack help cut the ribbon Wednesday on the new elevators at the Lake Flower Apartments on Kiwassa Road.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

New elevators completed at Lake Flower Apartments

SARANAC LAKE — The completion of an elevator modernization project at the Lake Flower Apartments was celebrated on Wednesday. As residents and staff of the Kiwassa Road high rise looked on, Harrietstown Housing Authority Executive Director Sarah Clarkin, Housing Authority Chairwoman Emily ...

The Hotel Saranac is seen from Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Roedel Companies ends lawsuits against village

SARANAC LAKE — Roedel Companies has inexplicably dropped its lawsuit against the village Planning Board over its approval of the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa. A one-page “Stipulation of Discontinuance” in the case was filed Monday in the Essex County Clerk’s Office, signed ...

Airbnb boom continues in Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID — New numbers from Airbnb show Essex County is leading a rapid growth of Adirondack visitors booking lodging through the popular online peer-to-peer vacation rental service, though its boom is not limited to just the Tri-Lakes region. Between Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, ...

Law office hires Hann

TUPPER LAKE — Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle, LLP recently announced that attorney Molly Shubert Hann, Esq. has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Hann is based at FBMM’s Tupper Lake office, and will represent clients in real estate transactions, worker’s ...

Saranac Lake treasurer resigns; interim hired

SARANAC LAKE — The village is on the hunt for a new treasurer following the resignation of Karen Lanthier. Lanthier’s last day is Aug. 2. She said she’s moving to Texas to be closer to family. “Both my daughters have relocated south, and it’s just time to be next to the ...

Saranac Lake makes another offer for code officer

SARANAC LAKE — The village has offered a code enforcement officer position to another person after its prior candidate turned down the job. The village Board of Trustees voted Monday to have village Manager John Sweeney extend a pre-employment offer to Paul Blaine, currently the code ...

Paul Smith’s College launches logger-training program

PAUL SMITHS — The School of Logging is in full swing at Paul Smith's College until Aug. 5. The four-week course prepares students to become loggers who are ready to enter the workforce. They learn to safely operate common logging equipment such as chainsaws, cable skidders, log loaders, ...

Rain on Monday trickles down the newly finished sidewalk on Broadway between Woodruff Street and Main Street in Saranac Lake. The sidewalk is one of the many local construction projects to be delayed.
(Enterprise photo — Kevin Shea)

Rain delays summer construction

SARANAC LAKE — A wet spring and summer have set back projects in the North Country, leaving upcoming months to be packed with construction and possibly requiring private help for public work in this village. Five to 10 inches of rain fell in the Tri-Lakes area in June, according to the ...

Rail Explorers owners Mary Joy Lu and Alex Catchpoole pose with one of their rail bikes in October 2015 in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Rail Explorers rolling in Rhode Island

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — There’s a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque Narragansett Bay. Rail Explorers opened in Portsmouth in April as part of the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. On a gorgeous summer day in July, the site was ...

Actor/director Ben Stiller uses his cell phone Saturday in Malone while he and a film crew complete research for the upcoming Showtime series about the 2015 Dannemora prison break. Seen at far right is Emmy award-winning film producer Scott Hornbacher.
(Photo provided — Jason Cerone)

Stiller visits Malone for research on prison escape series

Actor and director Ben Stiller visited Malone on Saturday, preparing to shoot his eight-episode Showtime series on the 2015 prison escape. While there, he visited two restaurants, Donovan's and Sansone's. He also visited Alice Hyde hospital and the former True Stitch factory. When ...

Schumer wants more help for New York’s craft beer industry

ALBANY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says there’s more the federal government can do to help New York’s growing craft beer industry. The Democratic lawmaker is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add New York to a list of states eligible for a special federal crop ...

W. Scott McGraw, far left, receives the Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award at the Black and White Bow Tie Gala, hosted by the Adirondack Health Foundation. Pictured from left are McGraw; Sylvia Getman, president & CEO of Adirondack Health; Kevin Brady Adirondack Health Foundation board of trustees chair; and Philip Glotzbach, president of Skidmore College.
(Photo provided — Adirondack Health)

McGraw awarded Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award

SARANAC LAKE — At the Adirondack Health Foundation’s Black and White Bow Tie Gala, W. Scott McGraw accepted the Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate the qualities of courage, compassion and generosity in their service to Adirondack Health. McGraw was honored ...