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Community bands together to discuss a ban on single-use plastic bags

SARANAC LAKE — Community activists and interested citizens convened in the Saranac Lake Free Library Tuesday night to discuss banning, and pitch possible alternatives to, the single-use plastic bags used in grocery stores and retail centers across town. “In terms of overall bans, most ...

Hannaford to charge 5 cents for bags

LAKE PLACID — The Hannaford supermarket off Saranac Avenue will charge 5 cents per paper and plastic bags at checkout, starting Oct. 1. Hannaford spokesperson Eric Bloom said bags have a cost, both financially and environmentally. “Hannaford has always been a leader in ...

Drought, heavy rain could speed fall foliage

The fall foliage season could be highly variable around the region this year, as some areas deal with drought but others have had plenty of rain that will likely have an impact on when, or whether, we see vibrant colors. The central and eastern Adirondacks have been dealing with a drought ...

Plastic bag ban hearings this week in Warren County

QUEENSBURY — A proposed Warren County ban on single-use plastic bags at most stores will be the subject of public hearings Wednesday night and Friday morning, and whether the legislation makes it into law may hinge on what county supervisors hear from residents and merchants. The hearings ...

Border Patrol seizes 178 lbs. of pot during 5-day checkpoint

ALBANY (AP) — Federal authorities say Border Patrol agents have seized nearly 180 pounds of marijuana at checkpoints recently set up in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. U.S. Customs and Border Protection say Tuesday that agents set up two immigration checkpoints last Thursday through ...

Invasive fly puts hops and crops at risk

A car in the Capital District recently picked up an unwanted hitchhiker — the spotted lanternfly. The invasive bug noshes on hops, grapevines, apple trees and other plants, leaving behind a gooey, sugary excrement with the lovely name “honeydew.” Its good taste for fruit-bearing ...

Former Saranac Lake police chief becomes chief in Vermont

SARANAC LAKE — Former Saranac Lake police chief Bruce Nason was promoted to chief of the Bristol Police Department in Vermont on Monday. Nason retired from the Saranac Lake Police Department in late 2014 to move to Vermont, where his wife’s family is from. He had served as Saranac ...

Rangers rescue lost and injured hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped lost or injured hikers in separate incidents last week, with each rescue wrapping up in less than three hours. --- Town of Newcomb On Wednesday, Sept. 12, a pair of women called for help after one of them suffered a ...

New Saranac Lake brand unveiled Thursday

SARANAC LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the Saranac Lake Brand Advisory Panel will unveil the newly created brand for the Saranac Lake region from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Berkeley Green, the park at Main Street and Broadway. All are invited to the event. There will ...

Man flies off Mount Colden (videos)

LAKE PLACID – The skies over the High Peaks can be filled with eagles, hawks and sundry other birds, and – frequently – the State Police helicopter. But this past Saturday the sky over Avalanche Pass was home to a new species: the speedflyer. The state Department of Environmental ...

Still few details in Teddy Bear Park assault

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Police Department is investigating a serious assault, which took place Sunday morning in the area of Teddy Bear Park on Elm Street. The Enterprise has received multiple rumors about the situation, but as of Monday morning, police Chief Bill Moore said he ...

Roaring Brook Falls roadside parking ban starts Friday

ST. HUBERTS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that starting Friday, roadside parking along state Route 73 at Roaring Brook Falls will be permanently banned. The ban, according to DEC, will help reduce the number of hikers and increase safety for drivers, ...

Lake Placid Film Festival reveals first five movies

LAKE PLACID — Two features, one animated and two documentaries. The Adirondack Film Society recently announced its first five films that will be featured at this year’s Lake Placid Film Festival from Oct. 25-28. The five films are “Birds of Passage,” “Becoming Astrid,” “The ...

Tupper Lake water project under budget

TUPPER LAKE — This town agreed to pay for a $78,780 increase to its water district No. 3 improvement project last week, covering additional costs for a site location change and subsequent electrical and environmental cost increases. The project is part of a larger joint water improvement ...

Local choir sings in Siena, Italy

SARANAC LAKE — A local choir conductor led more than a dozen singers on a 10-day concert tour to Siena, Italy, this summer, strengthening the bond between the two cities that was first established in 2006. “It was a phenomenal sharing of American music with an Italian audience,” ...

ATV rider killed, others hurt in separate crashes

One person was killed and two others seriously injured in ATV accidents over the weekend. State Police are continuing to investigate both accidents, one of which took place in Bombay and the other in Lawrence. --- Fatal crash A Brasher Falls man died Friday night when his ATV ...

Loon Art Show on display at VIC through Oct. 8

PAUL SMITHS — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is hosting an art show at the Paul Smiths College VIC to celebrate one of the Adirondack’s most iconic birds — the Common Loon. This event is free to all, and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 8. “We ...

Paul Smith’s offer free natural science seminars

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College will offer a series of three natural science seminars that are free and open to the public. All three lectures will take place in the Freer Auditorium on the Paul Smith’s campus from 10:10 through 11:05 a.m. The series kicks off on Friday, Oct. 5 ...