Business

Chamber of commerce board answers some questions

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has an budget outlined for this fiscal year and plans to meet in the fall, according to President Keith Braun. Braun emailed the Enterprise Thursday morning with answers to questions asked for an article published Thursday, but ...

LABOR GAP: Employers struggle to hire in western North Country

(Editor’s note: The Enterprise “Labor Gap” series has already chronicled Tri-Lakes employers’ struggles to fill positions. This article focuses on the western half of northern New York.) --- Watertown developer Brian Murray is struggling to find qualified workers to fill vacancies ...

Warren County sees occupancy tax surge, tourism increase

A funny thing happened when the Warren County Treasurer’s Office began sending out letters in recent months to hotel and motel owners and others in the county who rent out rooms about a new audit policy. Tax payments rose, sharply. Coupled with what most are seeing as a big summer ...

Sears in Queensbury to close this fall

QUEENSBURY — The parent company of Sears announced late Wednesday that the Aviation Mall store will be shuttered as part of the latest round of the chain’s store closures. The store is expected to close by the end of September, according to a list released by Sears Holdings. The ...

Silver medal for Mirror Lake Inn in USA Today’s 10Best

LAKE PLACID — Earlier this summer, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid was notified by travel editors from USA Today that it is one of the 20 best waterfront properties in the country. From the initial editor’s list, a reader’s poll would determine the USA Today 10Best ...

Town board seeks chamber budget, plans

SARANAC LAKE — This town board spoke at its last meeting about its disconnected relationship with the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, revealing that it has received neither a budget for the year nor an explanation for the resignation of its former executive director, Adrienne ...

Ad’k Health surpasses $12 million capital campaign goal

SARANAC LAKE — After two years, the Adirondack Health Foundation has surpassed its $12 million community goal established for the Future of Care Campaign, which supports Adirondack Health’s $45.8 million capital improvement project. The project includes the construction of a new health ...

Washington, D.C. flights take off from Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh International Airport crew guided the first direct flight from Washington-Dulles International Airport onto the Plattsburgh runway Wednesday afternoon. Plattsburgh International Airport Fire Department, led by Fire Chief Richard Stickle, performed a ...

Regional job fair Wednesday in Malone

MALONE — The Franklin County Office of Economic Development, in partnership with Assemblyman Billy Jones, will host a regional job fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Malone Middle School, 42 Webster St. More than 120 employers will be represented at the event. Job seekers are ...

Tractor Supply is hosting pet adoption, supply drive Aug. 25

RAY BROOK — Tractor Supply Company is hosting pet adoptions, a pet supplies drive and more on Saturday, Aug. 25 as part of Out Here With Animals, its month-long event for animals of all kinds and the people who care for them. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., community members and their dogs, cats, ...

Classic menswear shop sold

SARANAC LAKE — Tom Finnigan called the Enterprise right after closing the deal Thursday. He had just sold his men’s clothing store and its building to local pub owners Jimmy and Johnny Williams. Finnigan was excited. After all, T.F. Finnigan’s has been in his family for 95 years ...

Walk of Fame plaque for Kenny unveiled at Art Walk

SARANAC LAKE — This village’s Third Thursday Art Walk takes place Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and amid a wide variety of offerings, a Walk of Fame plaque will be unveiled for Mohawk poet Maurice Kenny. The plaque will be uveiled at 6 p.m. at the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main ...

Village says it’s waiting on contractor for Woodruff project

SARANAC LAKE — The Woodruff Street siphon project remains in limbo as the village awaits word from a construction company on an updated schedule of completion. Meanwhile, local businesses and residents are looking for answers as to when the project will be completed. Don Schmidt, owner ...

Key Bank is leaving

SARANAC LAKE — Key Bank plans to close its branch here this fall, citing a shortage of customers as the reason. On Nov. 9, a Friday, the bank will close the branch at 75 Main St. as well as its drive-through outpost at 151 Church St. The bank made the announcement in a letter mailed to ...

Rail bikes won’t return this year

SARANAC LAKE — Despite a press conference earlier this summer announcing the start of rail bike operations out of Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will have to postpone the effort until next year at the earliest. A number of questions remained unanswered when the proposal was ...

Albany airport, highway connector road to get $92 million upgrade

ALBANY (AP) — Albany International Airport and the roadway that connects it to nearby highways will get a $92 million upgrade. State officials announced the funding on Tuesday. Of the total, $42 million pay for a new, expanded parking garage as well as interior amenities such as new ...

New York sues opioid maker, says Purdue Pharma misled consumers

ALBANY (AP) — New York filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, alleging that the opioid maker misled doctors and patients about the dangers of its drugs. The state now joins a growing list of states and local governments that have turned to the courts for assistance in their ...

Most visitors here are white, upper middle class

A study of tourists to Hamilton, Franklin and Essex counties last year found that hiking is the most popular activity for visitors to the area, and that a whopping 95 percent of tourists are white. In its 2017 Leisure Travel Study, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism conducted a ...