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Skimming into the sunshine

WILMINGTON — Weather-wise, the third time was certainly the charm. After postponing the annual International Pond Skimming event twice earlier this month due to poor weather conditions, the contest finally took place on Saturday at Whiteface Mountain, and it couldn’t have been a more ...

11-year-old Tupper Laker brings U.S. hockey to Russia

TUPPER LAKE — An 11-year-old from Tupper Lake will represent the United States in May at the EuroChem Cup hockey tournament in Novomoskovsk, Russia. Karter Kenniston has been on the ice since he was 3 years old and is one of 14 players selected to make America’s debut at the EuroCham ...

What’s it like to be a child of color in the Adirondacks?

KEENE VALLEY — How would you feel if, while walking along a street in one of the local communities, you heard the click of people locking their car doors while you approached? Or if you saw people coming toward you to cross the street and, after you passed, cross back? How would you feel if ...

Treehuggers and cold warriors unite at Earth Day celebration

SARANAC LAKE — In spite of a beautiful, sunny day calling Saranac Lakers to go outdoors, at least 200 people walked in to the indoor Earth Day event at the Harrietstown town hall. People milled around looking at explanatory displays from many of the environmentally-focused nonprofits ...

Settling in with an open mic

The first time I performed at an open mic night was when I was attending Plattsburgh State University. The song I chose was “Elephant Gun” by Beirut, and I was going to play it on ukulele. It was a white Makala brand soprano uke with a little dolphin-shaped bridge. I had practiced the ...

Servers speak up

LAKE PLACID — Ashley Kalman, a bartender at Generations restaurant downtown in Lake Placid, has been showing up to work recently wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Tip Credit Supporter #saveourindustry” written across the chest. In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State ...

Man admits he killed fellow Duane resident

DUANE — A resident of the town of Duane has confessed to murder. State police said John J. Castner, 61, shot David Carpin, also 61 and of Duane, in the chest and then buried the body in fall 2017. Police charged Castner Wednesday with murder in the second degree and criminal possession ...

Nurses earn elite Pathway to Excellence designation

SARANAC LAKE – Following a rigorous, three-year application process, Adirondack Health has been awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence designation. The Pathway to Excellence program recognizes a healthcare organization’s commitment to creating a ...

Saranac Lakers discuss branding

SARANAC LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism on Tuesday offered the public a preliminary view of Saranac Lake’s new brand, as assembled by a committee. The North Elba Town House on River Street was full of Saranac Lakers ready to review the new brand developed by ...

Stefanik skips effort to dump Pruitt, still says he should quit

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s signature was missing from a Democrat-led resolution to oust U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, despite her announcement at a recent South Glens Falls town hall meeting that Pruitt should resign. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said ...

Gander Outdoors coming to Plattsburgh mall

PLATTSBURGH — Gander Mountain will reopen this summer in Champlain Centre mall under the rebranded name, Gander Outdoors. The retailer, under new ownership, will occupy the same 52,000-square-foot location as an anchor store, the mall said in a press release. Gander Outdoors ...

Daffest is done

SARANAC LAKE — Daffest has bloomed its last. For seven years, from 2011 to 2017, this spring daffodil festival was this village’s big shoulder-season event. Members of the Bevilacqua family led the charge, especially Cherrie Sayles, a real estate broker who was Daffest’s founder and ...

Duane man confesses to murder, burying body

DUANE — A resident of the town of Duane has confessed to murder. State police say John J. Castner, 61, used a gun to kill a 61-year-old male and then buried the body on his property at 344 Old Meacham Road. They charged him Wednesday with murder in the second degree and criminal ...

Labor Gap: Who are the unemployed? By the numbers …

Mirroring national statistics, there is about one job opening for every 1.6 job seekers in the North Country. In Franklin and Essex counties alone, the New York State Labor Department reported 1,100 people receiving unemployment benefits in February 2018. Throughout the North Country ...

Paul Smith’s College veterans volunteer

PAUL SMITHS — On Earth Day, veterans of the United States military at Paul Smith’s College will take a group of student volunteers to the Bog River to build trails and community. Ryan Novak, a Marine Corps veteran in his first year at the college, came up with the idea for the event and ...

Lake Placid village board discusses parking meters

LAKE PLACID — The village board had a preliminary discussion Monday on possibly raising parking meter fines and relocating some meters. The current cost of a parking meter fine is $25, and if not paid after 30 days, a $10 lateness fee is added. The initial fine could rise to $35 in the ...

Could co-ops boost the North County economy?

CANTON — The North Country’s struggling economy could be spurred by developing a broader sector of business cooperatives and employee-owned workplaces, according to a national expert in the field. Doug O’Brien, president and chief executive officer of National Cooperative Business ...

Time to flush hydrants, sweep streets in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works will flush fire hydrants Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. People in affected areas will notice a decrease and/or no water for a brief period of time as the flushing on their streets occurs. Once flushing has been ...