Health

E’town EMS at risk of shutting down

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad needs more money or it can’t survive, officials say. Emergency Squad Treasurer Lawrence Bashaw said funding from two of the towns the squad serves, Elizabethtown and Lewis, hasn’t kept pace with their expenses. “We’re ...

Lyme researchers seek people with rash

A Capital Region study is aiming at the creation of an accurate test for Lyme disease, but it needs volunteers. The organization, Focus on Lyme, is partnering with the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine out of Delmar for the study. They’re looking to collect blood samples from people ...

Adirondack Health: No measles here so far

SARANAC LAKE — With 75 new cases of measles identified in New York City this week alone, Adirondack Health infection prevention specialists have instituted enhanced surveillance protocols to identify and mitigate any potential appearance of the disease in the Tri-Lakes region. “While, ...

SADD support spreads to 2nd billboard

TUPPER LAKE — Members of Tupper Lake’s Chapter of Student’s Against Destructive Decisions recently reached out to community businesses that do not sell or promote substance use and asked them to contribute to a campaign that resulted in commissioning two billboards on Park ...

Dancing for treatment

TUPPER LAKE — Everyone was dressed up, the ceiling of the Wild Center’s Big Wolf Great Hall was lit up purple, and dozens of family and friends waited for 13-year-old Aubrey Sparks to enter the room. “Stop,” said her mother, Meaghan. Meaghan wanted her daughter to drink it all ...

Families First celebrates expansion, new programs

ELIZABETHTOWN — One of the hardest things in the world is to share your struggles with others, even when among friends. As the Families First in Essex County annual meeting on April 17, two families that participate with the organization shared their stories with a full house ...

North Country Life Flight, WSLP awarded

ALBANY — North Country Life Flight announced today that it has received a New York state Broadcasters Association’s 2019 Serving New York Award along with 93.3, WSLP. The state Broadcasters Association recognized North Country Life Flight for its lifesaving work and 93.3, WSLP for ...

NY Senate approves measure aimed at battling opioid crisis

ALBANY — New York’s Democrat-controlled state Senate approved legislation Monday that would require addiction treatment providers to contact predesignated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behavior, such as relapse. The bill’s sponsor, ...

Ad’k Health Foundation hopes to raise $450,000 for Women’s Health Center

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Health Foundation is nearly halfway to its fundraising goal to expand services at the Women’s Health Center with new machines. The foundation ran a capital campaign through 2018 raising $18 million for the new surgical wing at the Adirondack Medical Center ...

Grant coordinator hired to help fight opioids

PLATTSBURGH — Katie Smith is here to help North Country workers battle through barriers set by the opioid crisis. The North Country Workforce Development Board was recently awarded a $459,000 Opioid National Dislocated Worker Grant for the OneWorkSource Centers of Clinton, Essex and ...

Free health screening for women at E’town hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital and The Cancer Services Program of Northeastern New York have partnered to host a free women’s health screening. The event will be held at the hospital’s Ticonderoga Campus on Monday, May 13 from ...

Essex County mental health office plans move to North Elba Town Hall

LAKE PLACID — Essex County Mental Health’s satellite office in Lake Placid is expected to relocate from the Adirondack Medical Center to the North Elba Town Hall later this month. The county Board of Supervisors authorized the move via a lease agreement on Monday. According to ...

Hardware store uses sale to fundraise for hospice

SARANAC LAKE — Coakley Home & Hardware is partnering with Bonide, in a spring lawn and garden products sale, to benefit High Peaks Hospice. The fundraiser will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Coakley store on Lake Flower Avenue. Fifty percent of Bonide and Revenge sales on ...

Moving toward countywide EMS

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized hiring a new paid deputy EMS coordinator to help roll out a pilot program testing whether a countywide EMS system would be feasible. The board voted April 1 to accept a $2.27 million, five-year state grant to ...

With suicide, survivors’ grief gets more complicated

BEEKMANTOWN — Julia Mull just dropped to her knees when she learned a friend had died by suicide. That summer of 2016, the then-Beekmantown High School junior had been visiting family in New Jersey when she heard the news. It was surreal. “We had plans to hang out when I got ...

Cosmetology for charity

SARANAC LAKE — For Rose Burns’ senior project, she wanted to give back to an organization that has helped her family with the skills she’s been building at the Adirondack Educational Center. A Lake Placid High School student enrolled in the cosmetology program, Burns, 17, hosted a ...

Teen suicide rise raises concern

PLATTSBURGH — Malachai Desourdy was falling deeper and deeper into despair. Zander LaDuke seemed to be loving life, excited about his future in pharmacy school. Both teens ended their own lives during this school year. A third Clinton County youth died by suicide recently as ...

Climate change seen as factor as ticks bite into more NY territory

ALBANY — The larval black-legged ticks that spread Lyme disease are about to make their unwelcome presence known across New York, a state that has become a hotspot for the blood-sucking arachnid. Based on counts made last year of field mice in the Hudson Valley, said Richard Ostfeld, a ...