Business

Chamber extends Welcome Center hours

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has approved plans for the expansion of Welcome Center hours this summer in Saranac Lake. The Welcome Center, located in the Harrietstown Town Hall at 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake, serves visitors, business ...

Nominations sought for Business, Citizen of the Year

SARANAC LAKE — In planning for its annual dinner, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is requesting nominations from its members for the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The awards, which will be presented at the June 14 dinner, will go to a chamber business member ...

Shop thrives as fair-trade wholesaler

SARANAC LAKE — Once upon a time, White Pine Designs sold polar fleece hats, scarves, and jackets. Now it sells alpaca wool blankets, ponchos and sweaters, and the little store on Broadway, long ago renamed Eco-Living, is the hub of a wholesale enterprise that just added its 200th retail ...

Farm Bill killed from the right; Stefanik still hopeful

After a surprise defection by the Republican Freedom Caucus in the House, the five-year Farm Bill failed to pass on Friday. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, remained hopeful. “We’re working towards passing a Farm Bill,” she said. “I’m optimistic.” The sweeping ...

Brandon Loomis named editor of the Adirondack Explorer

SARANAC LAKE — Brandon Loomis, a senior environmental reporter at the Arizona Republic since 2012, has been named editor of the Adirondack Explorer. He will start in July, succeeding Editor Phil Brown, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Loomis began his career at a ...

NCCC takes next steps on trade school

SARANAC LAKE — After a month of dialogue and discussions with faculty and other members of the college community, North Country Community College will proceed with issuing a request for proposals on a School of Applied Technology. The proposal calls for the establishment of a ...

New sign, same service at Coakley

SARANAC LAKE — Thirteen years ago, when the big-box stores of Lowe’s and Home Depot moved into Canton, Bill Coakley thought his family’s hardware store there “had probably grown as much as it could.” Coakley, one of the third generation of Coakleys in the century-old business, had ...

Gillibrand requests $300M in relief for dairy farmers

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to help dairy farmers withstand an ongoing financial crisis by issuing emergency funds as soon as possible. “This is a crisis right in our own backyard, and we need to solve it now,” Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said ...

Jones says selling Camp Gabriels is a priority

GABRIELS — State Assemblyman Billy Jones met with a few local leaders Friday morning to discuss, among other things, the future of Camp Gabriels, a former state prison. Sitting in the Packbasket Diner, a quarter-mile from the abandoned facility, Jones (D-Chateaugay) said he is working ...

L.P. Quinn to host High Peaks Hospice Radio Day June 5

TUPPER LAKE — Each year, when the students of Tupper Lake return to school from Spring Break, they begin fundraising to support High Peaks Hospice. They collect pennies, sell raffle tickets, hold bake sales, dances, and even bring in loose change from home. Since 2005, the students ...

ORDA venues gearing up for summer season

LAKE PLACID — Three Olympic venues open this weekend as the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority ramps up a full slate of family fun and activities throughout the summer and fall seasons. The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway in Wilmington kicks off the ...

Adirondack Health receives 5-star CMS rating for patient experience

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health is in the top 6 percent of hospitals nationwide when it comes to guiding a patient’s experience, according to ranking from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS uses summary star ratings — one to five stars, with five being the ...

Seamstress is part of the fabric of small-town life

SARANAC LAKE — Spring is springing, students are looking ahead to prom, and brides are planning their weddings. If the bridesmaids haven’t quite made it to the bikini bods they were planning for summer, or prom-goers are going to be tripping over their hemlines, a few sartorial ...

Man wants to open craft brewery in Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE — Stan Ingison, supervisor of the town of St. Armand sewer department, received a phone call on Monday from Ethan Mikesell, who would like to start a craft beer brewery in Bloomingdale. (Corrections: An earlier version of this article had Ingison's last name and Mikesell's ...

Lake Placid-North Elba signage hearings stay open for more comments

LAKE PLACID — This village and the town of North Elba held public hearings Monday and Tuesday, respectively, concerning possible changes to code regulations on signs and flags in the Village Center (Main Street) and the Gateway Corridor (Saranac Avenue and state Route 3). More than 40 ...

Phone service returning to AuSable area after Friday wind storm

Land-line phone service is slowly returning to the AuSable River valley on the fifth day since a wind storm brought trees down onto utility lines Friday night. The Frontier utility company got phone service working again for the entire AuSable Valley Central School District Wednesday, ...

Lake Placid, North Elba will place moratorium on cryptomining

LAKE PLACID — Both Lake Placid and North Elba approved an 18-month moratorium on cryptomining within the town and village. The moratorium will start within 30 days of the bill being filled with the state senator’s office. Cryptomining is the process of computers “mining” for ...

CYC receives Stewart’s Holiday Match Donation

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities is the recipient of the Stewart’s Holiday Match donation of $250. CYC will use the donation to help fund the after school tutoring program at the Lake Placid Middle/High School library. The Stewart’s Holiday ...

Internet, phones are back on in Keene

Internet service came back on in the town of Keene around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, almost four days after a Friday night wind storm brought trees down on wires throughout the region. Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. confirmed the news. He said land-line phones came back on Tuesday morning. ...

Gillibrand announces bill to help employee-owned businesses and co-ops

SARANAC LAKE — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Saranac Lake Monday to make an announcement about new legislation to help small businesses continue when their owners retire. The junior senator from New York state, a Democrat, announced her Main Street Employee Ownership Act at the ...