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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 ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo: State will keep Affordable Care Act protections

ALBANY — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from ...

Adirondack Medical Center: No ER diversions

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center will not divert ambulances away from its hospital here this week. Last week, hospital officials had announced plans to re-route inbound ambulance traffic to other facilities on Monday and Thursday to facilitate electrical work at AMC-Saranac Lake. ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo: NY state will keep Affordable Care Act protections (update)

ALBANY — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from ...

New York’s high court hears physician-assisted suicide case

ALBANY — New York state’s highest court took up the contentious and emotional debate over physician-assisted suicide on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a case filed by terminally ill patients who want the right to request life-ending drugs from their physicians. To people who have long ...

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

Stefanik stands by health vote, backs bills for vets, kids

PLATTSBURGH — A small number of opponents of the proposed American Health Care Act delivered to Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office Thursday more of what they say is proof of a bad plan. Several health-care workers, advocates and activists emphasized in a visit to the congresswoman’s ...

BT3 Alliance to host annual meeting

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance’s annual meeting will bring together educators, providers, government, nonprofits and businesses to network, quickly review progress to date, and consider strategies to support services for families with young children across the ...

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 ...