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Lake Placid Pub & Brewery owner Christopher Ericson holds a handful of barley, a key ingredient in beer.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

Barley endorsement insures craft brewing crop

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to see more barley malted in New York as he aims for the state to become the “Napa Valley of craft beer.” Along with his crop endorsement, the New York Democrat is urging the federal government to open general malting barley crop insurance, previously only ...

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30 years of graduates to rock at Little WolfStock

TUPPER LAKE — Graduates of Tupper Lake High School from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will return to the village from around the country to meet their classmates on the beach of Little Wolf Pond Saturday for the third Little WolfStock. The semi-regular reunion brings decades of ...

Fire driver Charlie Duprey stands beside a truck as the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responds to smoke coming from an overheating air conditioning unit inside Adirondack Medical Center early Wednesday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Smoldering A/C unit contained at hospital

SARANAC LAKE — Smoke from a malfunctioning air conditioning unit was contained and ejected from an office at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake early Wednesday afternoon. There were neither open flames nor injuries. Fire Chief Brendan Keough said the source of the smoke was an ...

From left, Harrietstown Housing Authority Chairwoman Emily Fogarty, Executive Director Sarah Clarkin, town of Harrietstown Councilwoman Patricia Meagher and her grandson Jack help cut the ribbon Wednesday on the new elevators at the Lake Flower Apartments on Kiwassa Road.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

New elevators completed at Lake Flower Apartments

SARANAC LAKE — The completion of an elevator modernization project at the Lake Flower Apartments was celebrated on Wednesday. As residents and staff of the Kiwassa Road high rise looked on, Harrietstown Housing Authority Executive Director Sarah Clarkin, Housing Authority Chairwoman Emily ...

A black bear is seen near Lake Colden in July 2004 in the High Peaks Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Mountains. (Photo provided)

Bear encounters abound this summer

This is one of those summers when Adirondack bears are especially bold. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backcountry users of issues with bears approaching people in the High Peaks Wilderness and other wild areas nearby. “Campers and hikers are encouraged ...

The Hotel Saranac is seen from Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Roedel Companies ends lawsuits against village

SARANAC LAKE — Roedel Companies has inexplicably dropped its lawsuit against the village Planning Board over its approval of the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa. A one-page “Stipulation of Discontinuance” in the case was filed Monday in the Essex County Clerk’s Office, signed ...

Fire driver Charlie Duprey stands beside a truck as the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responds to smoke coming from an overheating air conditioning unit inside Adirondack Medical Center early Wednesday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Smoldering A/C unit contained at Saranac Lake hospital

SARANAC LAKE — Smoke from a malfunctioning air conditioning unit was contained and ejected from an office at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake early Wednesday afternoon. There were neither open flames nor injuries. Fire Chief Brendan Keough said the source of the smoke was an ...

Airbnb boom continues in Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID — New numbers from Airbnb show Essex County is leading a rapid growth of Adirondack visitors booking lodging through the popular online peer-to-peer vacation rental service, though its boom is not limited to just the Tri-Lakes region. Between Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, ...

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
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Invasive woolly adelgid confirmed in Adirondacks

By the Enterprise staff The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a minuscule invasive species that attacks hemlock trees, has been confirmed for the first time in the Adirondack Park. The state Department of Environmental Conservation revealed the existence of a small population of the species on ...

Saranac Lake treasurer resigns; interim hired

SARANAC LAKE — The village is on the hunt for a new treasurer following the resignation of Karen Lanthier. Lanthier’s last day is Aug. 2. She said she’s moving to Texas to be closer to family. “Both my daughters have relocated south, and it’s just time to be next to the ...

Saranac Lake makes another offer for code officer

SARANAC LAKE — The village has offered a code enforcement officer position to another person after its prior candidate turned down the job. The village Board of Trustees voted Monday to have village Manager John Sweeney extend a pre-employment offer to Paul Blaine, currently the code ...

Rangers rescue unprepared hikers, among others

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to numerous rescues in Adirondack counties last week, including of numerous hikers who were unprepared for their trips. Town of Fort Ann Shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, a man with no map, compass, flashlight ...

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to bust distracted drivers

ALBANY — New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would direct the Governor’s ...

Park commission shuts down lake party year after fatal crash

ALBANY — A state agency on Tuesday banned a raucous gathering of boaters from being held in a popular bay on an Adirondack lake after a fatal boat crash followed the annual event last year. The action by the Lake George Park Commission came a year to the day after an 8-year-old California ...

ECOs capture young eagle, patrol lakes on July 4

The Fourth of July holiday kept state environmental conservation officers busy this month in the counties that are part of the Adirondacks. Franklin County On Monday, July 3, ECO Jennifer Okonuk received a call from a neighbor saying there was a young eagle living in the neighbor’s ...

Toxic algae can harm dogs, officials warn

ALBANY (AP) — State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick. The problem is harmful algal blooms, which poison water with toxins from blue-green algae. The toxins can disrupt liver and nervous system function and cause skin irritation in ...

Citizen scientists sought for turkey survey

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking help from the general public to collect data on turkey sightings this summer. The DEC’s annual wild turkey survey has been occurring for more than 20 years as citizens report how many turkeys they see in their everyday travels. ...