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The Lake Store, founded in 1946, is now closed and about to be put up for sale.
(Photo provided — Bill Quinlivan)

An Adirondack endangered species?

For generations, they have been nestled along Adirondack lakeshores, next to roadsides, close to hiking, snowmobile and backcountry ski trails. At one point they were so ubiquitous that for many years their continued existence had been taken for granted. They were, and are, the privately ...

Tim Savage conducts the jazz ensemble for the Area All-State Music Festival Friday in Lake Placid. Students in the front row, from left, are Rebecca Bonville, Haley Gonyea, Mary Keating and Hunter Ansan.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Students in harmony

LAKE PLACID — Canton band director Tim Savage stood Friday in front of the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, drums and piano players in the jazz ensemble and made musical noises. “Boo-ba-dop bop-bop boo-bop.” All the students understood what he meant and played it ...

Saranac Lake High School Principal Josh Dann addresses seniors in September.
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Saranac Lake High School graduates 89%

SARANAC LAKE — High school Principal Joshua Dann presented the latest numbers from the state Education Department Wednesday, including Regents results and the school’s graduation rate as of June 2017. Eighty-nine percent of Saranac Lake’s 2012 cohort — that is, students who ...

School board debates local contractor for shelves

SARANAC LAKE — An effort by some Saranac Lake school board members to save money on a project and hire local carpenters appears to be running aground on state Education Department regulations. After balking at the $115,000 price tag to rebuild and retrofit 90-year-old bookcases in ...

Global Sports Committee hosts public forum on World University Games

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee will hold a open meeting detailing Lake Placid’s bid for hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games Monday Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. in the North Elba Room in the Conference Center at Lake Placid at 2608 Main St. The meeting ...

Graduation, 2012

‘We’re here for the students’

SARANAC LAKE — It would be easy to tell the story of North Country Community College in numbers. Since opening its doors in Fall 1968, more than 57,000 people have taken credit-bearing classes at the college. It’s had more than 14,000 graduates since its first commencement in June ...

An abandoned Rock 105 van sits at the former Radio Park in Saranac Lake, which will be up for auction Nov. 29.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Over and out: Radio Park will go on auction block in two weeks

SARANAC LAKE — After years of decline and financial losses, Radio Park, home of local radio stations WNBZ, Y106.3 and Rock 105, goes on the auction block in two weeks. The Saranac Lake radio company, first on the air in 1927, marked its 90th year in September but is barely broadcasting. ...

ElectionWinners

Absentee ballots confirm winners in Harrietstown, Franklin

MALONE — A count of Franklin County absentee ballots took place Thursday, changing the vote numbers in two close local races but not the ultimate results. As indicated at the polls on Election Day Nov. 7, Democratic challengers Tracey Schrader and Jordanna Mallach defeated incumbents Ron ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik votes against tax bill

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted against the Republican-backed tax plan in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said the plan did not meet her goals of obtaining tax relief for New York taxpayers, and she vowed to continue the ...

Tupper selects water, sewer consolidation plan

TUPPER LAKE — The town board has selected a path to move forward on as it prepares to make the largest reduction of water and sewer districts in New York state history and residents will be able to comment on the decision before it formally makes the choice in a Dec. 14 board meeting. The ...

Tupper town budget passes with no resistance

TUPPER LAKE — The town board approved a $2.4 million budget for next year Thursday evening, staying below the state’s 1.84 percent tax cap and having $30,000 extra. Board members were happy the budget was rearranged, nullifying the need for a local law previously passed to override the ...

Tyler Socash, an activist with Adirondack Wilderness Advocates, will carry nearly 2,000 letters to the state Adirondack Park Agency meeting today. Socash is carrying the letters from the southern end of the Boreas Ponds tract up through the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
(Photo provided by Brendan Wiltse)

Wilderness advocate carries nearly 2,000 letters to APA today

RAY BROOK — A Keene man began hiking Wednesday morning from the southern end of the state’s recently acquired Boreas Ponds tract of land, but his backpack isn’t loaded with just the normal gear. Tyler Socash planned to walk all day Wednesday, camp out that night and finish his hike ...

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

Stefanik votes against tax bill

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted against the Republican-backed tax plan in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said the plan did not meet her goals of obtaining tax relief for New York taxpayers, and she vowed to continue ...

ElectionWinners

Absentee ballots confirm winners in H’town, Franklin

MALONE — A count of Franklin County absentee ballots took place Thursday, changing the vote numbers in two close local races but not the ultimate results. As indicated at the polls on Election Day Nov. 7, Democratic challengers Tracey Schrader and Jordanna Mallach defeated incumbents ...

Craig and Nikki Motz were married this summer in Lake Placid. Henry Liebers found a roll of their wedding photos while hiking along South Meadow Road.
(Photo provided — Lawrence Braun)

Wedding photos lost and found

LAKE PLACID — This past summer, Henry Liebers of Schenectady worked as a hut crew member for the Adirondack Mountain Club at Johns Brook Lodge. That meant he was equal parts pack mule, cook, maintenance staff and information center. Every so often Liebers would have to hike down the ...

Mark Gillis in March 2012 (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Local businessman pleads guilty to securities fraud

SARANAC LAKE — Blue Line Brewery owner and former stockbroker Mark Gillis of Saranac Lake pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to securities fraud relating to stock trades he made in 2012. Gillis, who has been cooperating with authorities, will be sentenced in April. Gillis was ...

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington makes snow on Monday.
(Photo provided by ORDA)

Skiing starts Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority will open the Whiteface and Gore mountain ski centers on Saturday, almost a week ahead of schedule. Crews at Whiteface in Wilmington and Gore in North Creek began making snow on Nov. 7, giving them a ...

(Berggren photo provided from his website, Ellis photo from YouTube "Keeping Tracks" video)

Dueling train songs

A dispute over train car storage in North Creek has switched from train tracks to music tracks as Adirondack folk songwriter Dan Berggren and Iowa Pacific Holdings CEO Ed Ellis trade songs debating the issue. Equipped with guitars, the melody from “Home on the Range” and biting lyrics on ...