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Student Mary Keating is a multi-talented musician

SARANAC LAKE — High school senior Mary Keating sings, plays saxophone, skis, bakes and takes photographs, and those are just her extracurricular activities. Pile those on top of her regular school schedule, and you’ve got an all-star student. Keating and Saranac Lake High School ...

Local leaders remember Bush for friendliness, Clean Air Act

After the death of former President George H.W. Bush on Nov. 30, North Country residents and local leaders are remembering his major environmental legacy, as well as his sincerity, amiable personality and penchant for writing letters displaying both those qualities. --- Clean Air Act In ...

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies ...

New temporary LPHS dean of students

LAKE PLACID — At Tuesday night’s Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education meeting, the board announced that Tammy Casey will fill the role of high school dean of students starting Jan. 1 until the end of this school year. Ever since former principal Dana Wood became the ...

Clinton Correctional stabbing raises COs’ concerns

DANNEMORA — An inmate stabbed during a fight at Clinton Correctional was not hospitalized for the injury, but the correction officers union points to the incident as one in a growing number that threatens those who work in state prisons. “Contraband is still making its way into our ...

DEC campground ambassador program continues

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills that will have Campground Ambassadors stationed at them. The Campground Ambassador program was started in the summer of 2018, with the idea being that more experienced campers ...

Hemlock woolly adelgid workshop on Dec. 15

WARRENSBURG — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a workshop on the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid here Saturday, Dec. 15. Charlotte Malmborg, a natural resources technician with the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell ...

NCCC hosts Pottery Open House today

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College will host a Pottery Open House at the Saranac Lake campus from noon to 6 p.m. today. The open house is an opportunity to learn more about the art of making pottery and the spring 2019 pottery class being offered at the college. “We are ...

Teen creates Winter Carnival app

SARANAC LAKE — Out of his appreciation for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, a local teenage app developer created a Google Android app for the Winter Carnival. Now he needs someone to help him create the Apple iOS equivalent. “The good thing, if someone wanted to assist us,” said ...

Case closed: Towns win back Old Mountain Road

LAKE PLACID — Old Mountain Road, a historic highway that was — until recently — part of a state wilderness area, has been returned to two local towns after more than a decade-long legal battle. The road became contested in 2003, when Lake Placid resident Jim McCulley drove his ...

Coroner IDs hiker who died on Long Lake mountain

LONG LAKE — A 51-year-old Canadian man died while hiking a popular fire tower peak in the Adirondacks on Saturday, Dec. 1. Mark Earle of Ottawa died about a half-mile from the summit on his descent with a group of snowshoers, according to Hamilton County Coroner Virginia ...

Vote to consolidate E’town, Westport schools passes

WESTPORT — As of July 1, Westport Central and Elizabethtown-Lewis Central schools will be history. Voters on Tuesday voted to consolidate the districts, with 90 percent of ELCS voters approving the move with a tally of 421 to 49 and 62 percent of WCS voters giving the OK with a tally of ...

New parking meters likely in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — This village is currently testing new parking meter machines on Main Street, which will most likely be an element of the village’s reconstruction of the downtown thoroughfare over the next few years. At Monday night’s village Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Craig Randall ...

Reps make food-filled Army-Navy wager

Assemblyman Dan Stec and Assemblyman-elect Colin Schmitt have entered into a friendly wager over the storied Army-Navy rivalry football game coming up on Saturday. Stec, of Queensbury, is a Navy veteran whose district includes Whitehall, the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. Schmitt, of New ...

Osborne hopes to lead new school district

ELIZABETHTOWN — Scarcely a month after the public referendum that OK’d the merger of Elizabethtown-Lewis and Westport central school districts, voters will go to the polls again - to elect representatives to a new school board. According to information available Tuesday, petitions to ...

Old amusement park to become dinosaur-themed park

LAKE GEORGE — Magic Forest amusement park will become Lake George Expedition Park when taken over by a new owner in the coming months, with added attractions that will include a dinosaur-themed area to be called “Dino Roar Valley.” Longtime owner Jack Gillette is selling the Route 9 ...

SUNY urged to tighten control on toxic materials

ALBANY — State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is urging State University administrators to address “weaknesses” in safeguarding the system’s students and staffers from hazardous materials stored on its campuses. State auditors, according to a report released by the comptroller, ...

Santas ski for free Sunday at Whiteface

WILMINGTON — Whiteface Mountain is celebrating with the third annual Santas Ski Free Day Sunday, Dec.9. Guests, who dress as Mr. or Mrs. Claus, participate in a group photo and arrive by 10 a.m., receive a free lift ticket to ski or ride the Olympic mountain. Those who do not have a jolly ...

Speaker: U.S. likely to exceed 70,000 overdoses in 2018

SARANAC LAKE — At a Tri-Lakes Community Alliance for Addiction Prevention event Monday night a consultant in substance abuse and education outlined the effects of addiction on the brain and discussed modern stressors and drugs plaguing American youth. “I will tell you that there are ...