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Brock Gonyea stands in the yard of his parents’ house in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Golden voice finds fans

TUPPER LAKE — Next time you grab gas and snacks at the Wawbeek Quick Stop in Tupper Lake, you may want to have the attendant autograph your receipt. Twenty-one-year-old Tupper native Brock Gonyea, who more often than not can be spotted behind the gas station counter wearing Green Bay ...

New York City-based spoken-word poets, from left, Lauren Whitehead, Jon Sands, Jeanann Verlee and Carlos Andres Gomez gather for a photograph Tuesday during the Listen Poetry Festival at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Power of the poem

SARANAC LAKE — Hundreds of Tri-Lakes high school and college students glimpsed down at the fierce 266-word poem. It was the one read to them moments earlier by the four vulnerable, yet powerful New York City poets at the head of the room. From the top of the page to the bottom, the young ...

Blacklegged (deer) tick
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More ticks, more disease

PAUL SMITHS — The number of ticks infected with Lyme disease is on the rise in the North Country, and now some are carrying a malaria-like illness, according to new research by Paul Smith’s College, in collaboration with the state Department of Health. Paul Smith’s College biology ...

Official: Politics obstruct poverty aid

SARANAC LAKE — Fifty-five minutes into his PowerPoint presentation, Bruce Garcia singled out this country’s partisan divide as the primary problem in understanding poverty today. “In this country, the debate over poverty isn’t about poverty,” said Garcia, the CEO of the Joint ...

Borracho Taco owner Ryan Davis, center, and employee  Devon LaPointe hold a giant key alongside Renzi Foodservice employees at a Renzi show in Lake Placid earlier this month. Borracho won a 2017 Jeep Patriot, which Davis ceded to the previously carless LaPointe.
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Taco shop wins SUV; owner gives it to employee

SARANAC LAKE — Devon LaPointe’s decision to put off buying a car for years has finally paid off. LaPointe, who works at Borracho Taco on Broadway, was recently given a 2017 Jeep Patriot that the Mexican restaurant won at a food show in Lake Placid earlier this month. “This is my ...

Man charged with dealing drugs for fatal overdose

SARANAC LAKE — Police have arrested a Lake Placid resident for allegedly supplying illicit drugs to a local man who later died of an overdose. Richard S. Simmons, 43, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. He’s behind bars in the ...

Tawnia Provost
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Enterprise, Lake Placid News hire new circulation manager

SARANAC LAKE — A new person is now in charge of getting the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News into the hands of readers. Twenty-two-year-old Tawnia (pronounced “TAHN-ya”) Provost officially started work Thursday as the newspapers’ new circulation sales manager. She ...

Hotel Saranac renovation project manager Tad Schrantz points to work being done on the ceiling of the ballroom during a tour of the site Thursday morning. The ballroom has also been serving as a woodshop during construction. 
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Progress on Hotel Saranac construction, but still more to be done

SARANAC LAKE — Add mattresses, towels and bottles of shampoo, and the sixth-floor guest rooms of the Hotel Saranac look like they could welcome guests today. On the first and second floors, however, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Renovations to the iconic Main Street ...

Arrestee charged with supplying drugs to fatal overdose victim

SARANAC LAKE — Police have arrested a Lake Placid resident for allegedly supplying illicit drugs to a local man who later died of an overdose. Richard S. Simmons, 43, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. He’s currently behind bars ...

Alumni board infighting at Paul Smith’s College

PAUL SMITHS — The Alumni Board of Directors at Paul Smith’s College voted over the weekend to remove so-called activist member Michael Heller, a vocal opponent of a 2015 proposal to rename the college partly for Joan Weill. Heller, a 2003 graduate of the college, was elected to the ...

Open house Saturday at Samaritan House

SARANAC LAKE — Lakeside House and the Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake will host a tour of the Samaritan House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with a dedication ceremony at 11:30 a.m. The Samaritan House, 37 River St., is a transitional living home that the community has built and to ...

Lower Locks closed

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding boaters that the Lower Locks on the Saranac Lake Chain are still closed while extensive work is being done. The DEC expects the locks to be open by the end of June. Boaters can launch at either the Second Pond ...

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump’s tax plan could ...

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Fellow Republican disagrees with Stefanik over water level policy

U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, R-Lancaster, is throwing shade at Plan 2014 as high water levels damage properties on Lake Ontario’s southern shores. Plan 2014, an international plan to return the St. Lawrence River to more naturally flowing patterns, went into effect in January. The plan ...

EAT ADK Restaurant Week Committee Chairwoman Kelsey Torrance-Cassidy speaks at Wednesday evening’s launch event at Saratoga Olive Oil Company in Lake Placid for the second annual restaurant week event, which spans today through next Thursday and includes 37 restaurants across five Tri-Lakes communities. 
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Eat ADK Week kicks off today with local restaurants

LAKE PLACID — If you like a particular food sample at the supermarket, you may buy that brand more often. That’s the concept behind EAT ADK Restaurant Week, a regional celebration of food that starts today and ends a week later. “You want to get them hooked,” said EAT ADK Committee ...

‘Adirondack Fiesta’ picked as carnival theme

SARANAC LAKE — After an intense and thought-provoking hour-long debate Wednesday night, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee members picked “Adirondack Fiesta” as the theme of next year’s carnival. It received the most votes among five possible theme choices, despite concerns ...