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TL woman gets prison for probation violation

MALONE — A Tupper Lake woman will serve prison time for breaking the terms of her probation. Franklin County Court Judge Robert Main Jr. recently sentenced Amber Beaudette, 35, to two years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision for the felony charge. The probation she ...

Canada goose hunting season opens Saturday

ALBANY — Canada goose hunting season opens Saturday in most of the state, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday. Resident geese are those that do not migrate significant distances from northern breeding grounds to more temperate wintering grounds. Based on ...

Blair, Bailey, Patnode for Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee named three inductees for 2018: Olympic biathlete and musician Lowell Bailey, local librarian Linda Blair and former Executive Director of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce Luke Patnode. The 35th annual Induction Banquet will be ...

Sister city summer

SARANAC LAKE — At the Left Bank Cafe, two J-1 visa workers from France are wrapping up their time in the United States, where they have lived, worked and learned for the past couple of months. Colin Chartreux and Joachim Grandin, both 19, cleared tables and served drinks Tuesday ...

Essex County committee opposes rail abandonment

ELIZABETHTOWN — A key committee of the Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday opposed state plans to have a rail line in parts of Essex and Warren counties deemed “abandoned.” The board’s Ways and Means Committee unanimously opposed the resolution in opposition to the state ...

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival returns this weekend

WILMINGTON — The second annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival will be held from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. The celebration features on-site camping, live music, local food and beer, bike demonstrations, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, a children’s race and more than ...

Gillibrand pushes bill to reduce deaths in childbirth

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced that she is introducing federal legislation to reduce maternal mortality, an issue that she said affects New Yorkers, particularly black New Yorkers, disproportionately. “[New York] is among the worst in the country,” she said during a phone ...

Most North Country schools start back to classes Sept. 6

PLATTSBURGH — The new school year is coming up fast. Most districts across the North Country start off the academic year with staff-development days before students officially arrive for class. The first day for students in most districts in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties is ...

Town of Franklin paves Fletcher Farm, Cold Brook roads this week

VERMONTVILLE — The town of Franklin Highway Department will complete roadwork on Fletcher Farm Road on Wednesday. According to Highway Superintendent Jacques Demars, the department will immediately proceed to Cold Brook Road to complete paving there, through Friday. Motorists should be ...

Lake Clear Lodge hosts event to view lighting of St. Regis fire tower

LAKE CLEAR — The New York State Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association is conducting its fifth annual Lighting of the Fire Towers event Saturday, Sept. 1. The goal is to “showcase the history of the fire towers around the state.” To celebrate, the Lake Clear Lodge is hosting, ...

AuSable town voters nix community center project

KEESEVILLE — Voters on Tuesday decidedly shot down a proposal to bring the former Keeseville Civic Center back to life as a community center. The tally was 85 in favor and 318 against. The AuSable Town Council “is going to evaluate what to do next,” town Supervisor Sandra ...

Free Chromebooks for students

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake High School Principal Joshua Dann addressed an auditorium full of students and parents, eager to get their hands on their new hardware. He quoted American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey: “If we teach today’s students as we taught ...

North Country Community College kicks off fall semester

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College students, faculty and staff returned to class Monday. The college organized a welcome weekend before classes started, filling the three days before the semester with picnics, barbecues, banquets, a pool party and movie night, soccer games, a ...

DEC finalizes plans for High Peaks, Vanderwhacker

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation finalized its plans for the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest and the vastly expanded High Peaks Wilderness Area, including access to the recently purchased Boreas Ponds tract. The two plans work in conjunction with each ...

Tupper Lake man pinned by car, freed by passerby

TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake man was pinned to the ground under a car Monday afternoon, but he got out with no injuries and was able to continue his work. By the time village police, fire and emergency services responded to the corner of Woodrow Avenue and Underwood Road around 1 p.m. on ...

Summer sun, dry weather a constant this year

WILLSBORO — Last year’s haying season tried Shaun Gillilland’s patience, when too much rain saturated the fields, keeping the hay from drying. Production is way down this summer, too, the owner of Ben Wever Farm in Willsboro said. “The very dry summer months, particularly in ...

New boat-washing station on Schroon Lake already keeping bad things out

A new recycling boat decontamination station in Severance, a hamlet in the town of Schroon, has already proven its worth and more, saving Schroon Lake from an infestation of invasive zebra mussels this summer. The approximately $24,000 machine shoots 140-degree high pressure water onto ...

Last Lake George boat crash defendant lambasted at sentencing

QUEENSBURY — The Glens Falls woman who was the last remaining defendant in the 2016 Lake George fatal boat crash case was put on probation Monday, after she was harshly criticized by a relative of the 8-year-old victim’s for failing to take responsibility. Morland C. Keyes had no ...