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Governor proposes $147M more for Olympic venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, and if ...

Ice Palace is underway

SARANAC LAKE — A bright sun hung over Pontiac Bay Monday morning as more than 20 volunteers got to work building this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Bill Madden plunged a giant saw into Lake Flower’s frozen surface while Steve Racatte used a pike to break off chunks of ice for ...

Ice sculptor has big plans for ‘Myths and Legends’ palace

SARANAC LAKE — John “Doc” Ward worked as an art teacher in the Saranac Lake Central School District for 30 years. He retired about five years ago, and since then, he’s worked as an ice sculptor with the Winter Carnival each year. This year’s Winter Carnival theme is “Myths and ...

Buttigieg, Stefanik were friends at Harvard

As U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik takes on a role as one of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign chairs in New York, she said she is eying the field of Democratic contenders from a distance. “I’m very disconnected from the far left,” she said. However, she was friends with one of ...

Stefanik touts federal funds to alleviate homelessness

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $2 million to various homelessness alleviation projects in the North Country. These projects include housing for homeless veterans, domestic violence crisis services and community housing centers in Clinton, ...

Lots of smiles at Long Lake Winter Carnival

LONG LAKE — With temperatures hovering around a brisk 11 degrees all day Saturday and snowfall adding to the ambiance, Long Lake’s 18th annual Winter Carnival saw what organizers called “an expansive turnout” of new visitors, second homeowners and local residents. Events kicked ...

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons on sale now

SARANAC LAKE — Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using this year’s Carnival theme, “Myths and Legends,” Trudeau’s illustration shows Doonesbury character Zonker as a knight riding a winged unicorn and ...

Catillaz will be grand marshal of Carnival parade

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose Tom Catillaz as its grand marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 8. He was born in December 1954, the third child of Bunnie and Joe Catillaz. He attended St. Bernard’s School, St. Pius X High School, North Country Community ...

PSC, SUNY Adirondack create transfer link

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College and SUNY Adirondack have agreed to a scholarship program that allows past and future graduates of the two-year state college in Queensbury to enroll at the four-year private college in Paul Smiths at a significantly discounted tuition rate. Under the ...

BOCES district uses food to lobby for more state funding

KINGSBURY — More young people want training to join a trade, and businesses want more trained workers, so BOCES needs more funding, administrators told their state legislators Friday. Amid pancakes with bananas Foster topping made by culinary arts students, regional BOCES ...

Rural Schools Association leader describes upstate woes

WARRENSBURG — Rural schools face declining enrollment, a lack of opportunity for graduates and little clout in Albany to address their issues, according to David Little, executive director of the Rural Schools Association. Little said one issue is that a lot of people have moved out of ...

Man dies in snowmobile accident

HOPKINTON — A Massena man died Sunday morning in a snowmobile accident on Jones Road in the town of Hopkinton, just on the northern edge of the Adirondack Park. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Dennis Binan, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner June ...

Ice Palace building begins

SARANAC LAKE — A bright sun hung over Pontiac Bay Monday morning as more than 20 volunteers got to work building this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Bill Madden plunged a giant saw into Lake Flower’s frozen surface while Steve Racatte used a pike to break off chunks of ice for ...

Ice Palace shoveling begins

SARANAC LAKE — As volunteers in the Ice Palace Workers 101 shoveled snow off a frozen Pontiac Bay Friday afternoon, director Dean Baker drove a four-wheeler plow in circles. Every circle got smaller with each loop. Some of the ice was still slushy, and Lake Flower water leaked through. ...

Chromebook repairs are a daily task in Saranac Lake schools

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake School Central School District Network Coordinator Caroleigh Meserole says there is an issue with students damaging their Chromebooks. During Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Meserole expressed concerns about the number of Chromebooks she has had to ...

Businesses, groups receive state grants for workforce training

State grants totaling $3.4 million were awarded to help with ongoing worker training at 61 businesses, community colleges and community-based organizations across the state, 10 of which are in the North Country. Four of those are in the Tri-Lakes region: Bitters & Bones and ...

Mixed reactions as USMCA passes Senate

PLATTSBURGH — While several organizations applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, New York’s Senate delegation cited climate change concerns in their no votes on the measure. The House of Representatives passed the resolution adopting the ...