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Some Saranac Lakers gravitate to the bar in the Great Hall as the Hotel Saranac reopens Thursday afternoon. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Hotel Saranac reborn, open to public

SARANAC LAKE — At long last, the historic Hotel Saranac reopened at 4 p.m. Thursday, and despite the short notice, plenty of local customers showed up to welcome it back. The hotel last took guests in 2013 and was purchased by the Roedel Companies later that year for $1,475,995. The $35 ...

Tupper Lake plans power outage Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — The village will experience a power outage starting at 6 a.m. Saturday that is expected to last three hours while members of the electric department repair the porcelain insulators at an electric sub-station. A press release from the village said the outage will start on ...

OPWDD asks judge to overturn retaliation verdict

A whistleblower in the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is back under investigation by the agency as its lawyers also seek to overturn the jury’s verdict in a retaliation lawsuit he won in November. Jeffery Monsour, an OPWDD direct-care worker for 19 years, said he ...

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and other departments practice ice rescue training.
(Photo courtesy of Brendan Keough, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department)

SLVFD hosts multiple departments for ice rescue training

SARANAC LAKE — Each year, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, as well as many other first responder agencies, are called upon to rescue people through the ice. Each year, these agencies warn that “No Ice is Safe Ice” yet unknowing folks wander onto ice that they are unsure ...

Some members of the Bevilacqua family
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Bevilacqua family named Winter Carnival Grand Marshal

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose the Bevilacqua Family as its 2018 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 10. The Bevilacquas have been an active part of the community for many generations. The Bevilacquas have made Saranac Lake their home since Carl ...

DEC offering map and compass training for women

TUPPER LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is sponsoring a women-only land navigation class in Tupper Lake at the end of February. The course is part of the Become an Outdoors Woman program, and will be taught by local guides. Navigation courses for men and women ...

ECOs bust illegal hunter, help investigate moose death

Franklin County On Tuesday, Jan. 9, ECO James Cranker assisted state Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife staff in investigating the death of a moose in the Chateaugay Woodlands Conservation Easement land in northern Franklin County. Cranker snowshoed in with wildlife staff to ...

Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival Feb. 1-3

LAKE PLACID — The 75th Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival will take place from Thursday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 3. Opening ceremonies will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 in the school auditorium. Coronation will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, followed by the Sno-Ball Hop at 8 ...

Saranac Lakers gather in the Hotel Saranac’s reopened arcade as soon as the doors open at 4 p.m. today. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Restored Hotel Saranac reopens

SARANAC LAKE — At long last, the historic Hotel Saranac reopened at 4 p.m. today, and despite the short notice, plenty of local customers showed up to welcome it back. The hotel last took guests in 2013 and was purchased by the Roedel Companies later that year for $1,475,995. The $35 ...

Dale Ernhardt Jr. (NASCAR photo)

Earnhardt still interested in trip down Lake Placid bobsled track

Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and bobsledder Nick Cunningham continued their social media conversation about a possible trip down the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid on Tuesday. Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 winner who was named as NASCAR’s most popular ...

Carolina Chocolate Drops founder Dom Flemons will perform tonight at BluSeed Studios.
(Photo provided — Laura Carbone)

Grammy-award winner Dom Flemons will perform Thursday night at BluSeed Studios

SARANAC LAKE — Despite click-clacking cow rib bones together for musical pleasure, wearing wide corduroy pants and suspenders, and singing about old times being “ain’t nothing like they used to be,” Dom Flemons isn’t a man trapped in another century. He’s an artist who brings ...

A riderless snowmobile is stuck in snow on the Old Mountain Road trail in February 2010.
(Photo provided — Andy Walkow)

Old Mountain Road case back in court

LAKE PLACID — The long-running Old Mountain Road case went back to court Wednesday in Albany, where lawyers argued whether the state broke the law in claiming this town road as a wilderness trail. This time the town of North Elba is suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation ...

Legal pot coming soon across two borders

Colorado and Washington did it in 2012. Massachusetts and Maine did it last year. Canada and Vermont are doing it this summer. What will it mean for New Yorkers when recreational marijuana is legalized across the border, and how likely is it that it will be legalized here? Vermont Gov. ...

Towns see surplus of prepaid property taxes

Late last month, tax collectors in North Country towns began receiving a flood of prepaid 2018 property taxes. In reaction to the federal tax reform, the governor had allowed taxpayers to deduct 2018 taxes on their 2017 income tax returns. On Dec. 21, 2017, the Franklin County Legislature ...

Two Sunmount cases postponed, one set for dismissal

TUPPER LAKE — Three Sunmount employees charged with fighting with a resident and cover-up had their trials postponed in Tupper Lake town court Wednesday evening, with one set to be dismissed under certain circumstances. Joshua D. Beitter, 35, and Magnus S. Stalhammar, 44, both of Tupper ...

Tupper Lake to conduct hotel feasibility study

TUPPER LAKE — This village is preparing to conduct a hotel feasibility study for a “flag hotel” somewhere along Demars Boulevard between the Oval Wood Dish Company buildings and McDonald’s. “Flag hotel” refers to a national chain hotel and Mayor Paul Maroun said there is a ...

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Flash floods, Mt. Marcy snowboard injury require rescues

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued an injured snowboarder in the High Peaks and used air boats to help people stranded by flood waters from last week’s rain and above-normal temperatures. --- Town of Brasher On Monday, Jan. 8, forest rangers ...

Report lays out N.Y.’s options in wake of federal tax overhaul

ALBANY — Here’s one way New York could fight back against the new federal tax code: allow people to make fully deductible charitable donations to the state in lieu of their state taxes. That’s one idea from a state report issued Wednesday that examines how New York could respond to ...