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State Assemblyman Billy Jones speaks during a press conference on a federal law being pushed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at Paul Smith's College Monday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo - Justin A. Levine)

Researchers, officials push for federal support of new tick law

PAUL SMITHS — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was scheduled to speak in support of one of her bills Monday afternoon at Paul Smith’s College, but when weather kept her away, state Assemblyman Billy Jones was on hand. The bill requires the federal government to establish a “tick-borne ...

Scott Stiles, the new CEO of the Adirondack Arc will focus on its finances by fund raising at the Rock the Arc rock show Aug. 12.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Rock the Arc raises funds under new leadership

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Arc will hold its annual Rock the Arc fundraiser Aug. 12, bringing bands to the Tupper Lake Municipal Park while raising funds to keep its operations going. The nonprofit organization is funded 95 percent through Medicaid and uses the event to cover shortfalls ...

High Peaks Hospice names new medical director

SARANAC LAKE — High Peaks Hospice announced this week that Dr. Jay Federman is its new hospice physician, covering the northern service area. He will replace Dr. George Cook who is retiring. Dr. Federman received his medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of ...

Mercy Care Board of Directors presented Volunteers with the “Doors of Mercy,” a photo collage project developed by elders and volunteers depicting elders opening their doors to their Mercy Care Friends. 
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Mercy Care celebrates 10th anniversary by giving out awards

LAKE PLACID — The Board of Directors of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted a thank-you event on June 29 to mark the establishment of the Sisters of Mercy’s renewed mission in the Adirondacks 10 years ago to enhance the fullness of life of elders living in their community. At the ...

Breathe more easily dealing with breath-holding spells

Parents have been holding their breath waiting for me to tell them what to do when their young children have what we call “breath holding spells,” especially when they get angry. I don’t want anyone to get blue in the face over this topic, so let me provide some information. Breath ...

Trouble for revised Senate health bill

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have revised their health care bill in an increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s overhaul. They immediately lost two pivotal votes, leaving none to spare as the party’s ...

New Senate GOP health care bill teeters on the brink

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." They immediately lost two key votes, leaving none to spare as the party's own divisions put its top ...

Officials: Upstate NY man died from rare tick-borne virus

ALBANY (AP) — New York health officials say an upstate resident has died after contracting a rare tick-borne illness. The state Department of Health announced Wednes-day that the victim was found to have had the Powassan virus after dying last month, but the illness hasn’t been ...

Pictured at back, from left, are Mark Simkins, Wayne Newman, Sue Patterson, Bob White, Bill Sweeney, Craig Stevens and Roger Neill. In front, from left, are Brenda Reeve, Karen Wolff, Peggy Wiltberger and Dr. Patty Monroe. Missing from the photo are Cathy Kraft, Dick Kibben, Suzanne Snizek, Roseanne Brogan, Sue Seacord, Jamie Whidden, Rich Loebe and Dr. George Cook.
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SLVHA elects new officers

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association has some newly elected officers: President Karen Wolff, Vice President Wayne Newman, Secretary Sue Patterson and Treasurer Craig Stevens. The SLVHA held its semi-annual meeting in May to elect new officers and discuss its ...

Kari Harrington talks about her father, the late Knute Grytebust, a Norwegian sailor who came to Saranac Lake to cure from tuberculosis during World War II, Monday in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Standing behind her is her cousin Leif Sperre, who lives in Norway.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Remembering the last Norwegian seaman who cured in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The last of a group of World War II-era Norwegian sailors who came here to cure from tuberculosis has died. Knute Grytebust, 97, will be laid to rest today in Malone, but he was remembered in Saranac Lake Monday at a small gathering beside a memorial to the sailors in Pine ...

Two weeks ago at the Greenwich Public Library, about 12 constituents attended Rep. Elise Stefanik’s mobile office event to express their concerns about serious issues. Stefanik staffer Stacie Dina, left, regional director out of the Glens Falls office, explained to Greenwich Mayor Pam Fuller why the congresswoman was not present.
(Photo provided — Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli, The Post-Star)

Constituents yearn to speak to, hear from Stefanik

GREENWICH — It was a sunny June afternoon. A blue-and-white cumulus-dotted sky painted the historic village in shades of nostalgia, and there was no sign of previously threatened storms. Turning into this quaint community after about a mile and a half on state Route 29, the Greenwich ...

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair Garry Douglas, Adirondack Health CEO Sylvia Getman, chair of the hospital's “Future of Care Campaign” Scott McGraw, Adirondack Health Foundation Board Chair Kevin Brady, Adirondack Health Board Chair Jeannie Cross and Dr. Bill Smith brave the torrential rain for the symbolic groundbreaking of Adirondack Health's Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center Thursday afternoon off of Old Military Road.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Board chair: Lake Placid facility is one of only two of its kind in nation

LAKE PLACID — Many years after it was first a vision of Rick Preston, and after more than a decade of planning, Adirondack Health officials dug shovels into the saturated soil off Old Military Road Thursday for its $13.7 million Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center. More than ...

Coroner’s overdose education effort goes national

SARANAC LAKE — Since the New York Times showcased his “unusual perspective” to educating people about the opioid crisis, Frank Whitelaw says he’s been a wanted man. “My phone’s been blowing up and so is my email,” Whitelaw said Tuesday. “Just lots of people from all over ...

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Cuomo announces five-year contract agreement with CSEA

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that his administration has reached a five-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association. CSEA represents more than 60,000 state government employees. The contract must now be approved and ratified by CSEA membership. Authorizing ...

Forum on Health Care Legislation June 29

SARANAC LAKE — Representatives from several regional health care organizations will discuss changes to health care policy that are currently being proposed in Congress. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. The presentation will take place from 7 to ...

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP photo — Richard Drew)

NY: ‘Sham’ breast cancer charity will close, pay $350,000

ALBANY — A breast cancer charity that claimed to raise money for medical care will close and pay $350,000 following a state investigation into its fundraising and operations, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Friday. State investigators found that instead of ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from studio audience during a community forum in May at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Hospital cheers Stefanik’s support of funding bill

SARANAC LAKE — North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has co-sponsored new, bipartisan legislation that would ensure permanent funding for Medicare-dependent, low-volume hospitals such as the one here. The Rural Hospital Access Act would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ...