Health

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik trades blows with critics

PLATTSBURGH — The heat remains on North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik since her vote in favor of the American Health Care Act two weeks ago, and she is responding. But not everyone is buying her explanations. “I’m not comfortable with it because there are so many different ...

High Peaks Hospice Radio Day set for June 6

The 25th annual High Peaks Hospice Radio Day will be held on Tuesday, June 6. Radio Day will originate from the Redfield Room at Adirondack Medical Center from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Mountain Communications news anchor Ted Morgan, hosting. Each year, local businesses show their support as a ...

Women’s discussion postponed

TUPPER LAKE — The discussion on women’s wellness originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The discussion, part of Adirondack Health’s Community Discussion Series, will now be held Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive in Tupper Lake. The event ...

Saranac Lake Middle School students listen to a presentation in their library in February.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Vermiculite requires upheaval for Saranac Lake schools (update)

SARANAC LAKE — Vermiculite found at one of this community’s public schools has led to a million-dollar hassle. All Saranac Lake Central School District students will be dismissed early from classes Friday so teachers and staff can prepare for a huge shift. They will close the third floor ...

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

A closer look at Stefanik’s health care answers

Last Thursday, by a narrow margin, congressional Republicans passed the American Health Care Act, which will replace the Affordable Care Act if the legislation passes the Senate. In a live-streamed town forum hosted Monday evening by Mountain Lakes PBS in Plattsburgh, Rep. Elise ...

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

Stefanik faces health-plan vote questions at Plattsburgh forum

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s support of the American Health Care Act took center stage during a TV community forum in Plattsburgh Monday night. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was at Mountain Lake PBS studios in Plattsburgh just four days after she voted in support of the legislation ...

Around 200 people gathered on the lawn of Mountain Lake PBS Monday evening before Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s TV forum appearance. Many spoke out against her decision to vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Nearly 200 protest Stefanik over AHCA vote at forum

PLATTSBURGH — Mike Trudo once supported Rep. Elise Stefanik, but on Monday evening, he joined a large crowd on Sesame Street in Plattsburgh to speak out against her. The Plattsburgh resident was among nearly 200 people who flocked to the Mountain Lake PBS studio to protest the ...

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Several mull Stefanik challenge for 21st Congressional District

SARANAC LAKE — As North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the polarizing American Health Care Act Thursday, numerous potential challengers mull whether now is the right time to throw their names into the arena against her in 2018. Stefanik’s Democratic opponent in 2014, Aaron ...

Planned oxygen release at AMC Monday or Tuesday

SARANAC LAKE — Early next week, a large oxygen tank at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake will be drained on-site, prior to its removal. The exact timing of the procedure is weather dependent, but will likely occur Monday or Tuesday. A white plume of harmless, odorless ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Stefanik helps pass GOP health plan

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted yes Thursday to a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. In doing so, she helped the American Health Care Act narrowly pass the House by a vote of 217-213. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, announced ...

St. Joe’s nurse pleads guilty to sexual misconduct, drug charge

A former nurse at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers has admitted to giving drugs and having sexual contact with a patient who was receiving treatment at the Saranac Lake facility. Jessica Dresser, 31, of Plattsburgh, pleaded guilty this week to one count of sexual ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Stefanik helps pass GOP health plan

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted yes Thursday to a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. In doing so, she helped the American Health Care Act narrowly pass the House by a vote of 217-213. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, announced ...

House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six ...

GOP revives struggling health care bill; House vote planned today

WASHINGTON — In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew. House ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Rep. Elise Stefanik’s take on the health care bill

With a House vote planned today on the Republican health care bill, Rep. Elise Stefanik’s spokesman Tom Flanagin says Stefanik is ready to help implement a new system to replace Obamacare. “Obamacare is broken. Constituents in our district continue to see double-digit premium ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from an audience of more than 80 people at a “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event Tuesday afternoon at the Lyons Falls Library.
(Photo provided — Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times)

Stefanik wants to eliminate Congress health exemption

PLATTSBURGH — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has co-sponsored legislation that would subject Congress members to the same requirements as the states if the American Health Care Act becomes law. According to a news release from Stefanik’s office, due to a drafting requirement, the ...

Lawmakers split on court-ordered mental health treatment

ALBANY — Five months into his son’s new court-ordered plan for schizophrenia, Vince Lagnese noticed that the 25-year-old was returning to his old self. Instead of pacing the backyard, talking to himself and smoking cigarettes for hours, he began revisiting old hobbies such as jazz guitar ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Stefanik wants to eliminate Congress health exemption

PLATTSBURGH — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has co-sponsored legislation that would subject Congress members to the same requirements as the states if the American Health Care Act becomes law. According to a news release from Stefanik’s office, due to a drafting requirement, the ...

Blacklegged (deer) tick
(Photo provided — Lennart Tange)

More ticks, more disease

PAUL SMITHS — The number of ticks infected with Lyme disease is on the rise in the North Country, and now some are carrying a malaria-like illness, according to new research by Paul Smith’s College, in collaboration with the state Department of Health. Paul Smith’s College biology ...

Veteran resources exist here for those who need it

Select veteran resources --- Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255, www.veteranscrisisline.net Give an Hour, www.giveanhour.org Millitary One Source, 1-800-342-9647, www.militaryonesource.mil Soldier On, www.wesoldieron.org Homeward Bound Adirondacks, 518-891-4151, ...