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Watertown hosts recreational marijuana listening session

WATERTOWN — Community members offered thoughts about the state’s possible legalization of recreational marijuana during the Watertown “listening session” Thursday night at Jefferson Community College’s Sturtz Theater. The goal of these sessions — based on Gov. Andrew ...

Brushton mayor charged with assault, DWI

BRUSHTON — The mayor of this village of 474 was charged late Thursday night with three misdemeanors after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the village. Kevin J. Pentalow, 39, who is also a corrections officer, was charged with third-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and ...

Paving on Route 9N in Warren County

LAKE GEORGE — Motorists are advised to watch for road work on two separate segments of state Route 9N in Warren County under paving projects by the state Department of Transportation. Paving is underway on an approximate 4.1-mile stretch of Route 9N from Exit 21 of the Adirondack ...

14-year-old charged with murder in Black Brook

BLACK BROOK — A 14-year-old is charged with second-degree murder after an apparent stabbing left a man dead here. He faces the charge as a youthful offender. Michael Zindler, 29, of West Chazy was pronounced deceased at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, State Police ...

Children’s Games reveals mascot, asks for volunteers

LAKE PLACID — Say hello to Bernie the Bear. The Lake Placid 2019 winter International Children’s Games Organizing Committee held an informational meeting Thursday night at Conference Center to inform the community about the event, ask for volunteers and reveal the mascot. About 80 ...

Stefanik talks bipartisanship

SARANAC LAKE — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is often hailed as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress, ranking 27th out of 438 members in the Lugar Center’s 2017 index, the top 10 percent; so what does being bipartisan mean and how does she compare to her Democratic opponent Tedra ...

Where NY-21 candidates stand on health care

The three candidates on the November ballot in the NY-21 Congressional District race want to expand access to health care and lower costs, but they differ on how large of a role government should have. Democrat Tedra Cobb and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn support the “Medicare for ...

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living ...

Voter registration scam in New York, Cuomo warns

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about a voting registration scam reported in two upstate counties. The Democrat’s office says residents in Chemung and Steuben counties have received calls and text messages from someone offering to register them over the phone if ...

Rangers locate lost duck hunters

HAMMOND — Forest rangers recently rescued a pair of duck hunters who became lost in this St. Lawrence County town southeast of Ogdensburg. Just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday, two men called the state Department of Environmental Conservation central dispatch to report they had become lost in the ...

Garbage fire leads to charge for illegal deer hunting

PITCAIRN — The smell of burning garbage led an environmental conservation officer to a bait pile he said hunters were using to illegally attract deer to shoot. On Friday, Sept. 28, state Department of Environmental Conservation police officer Scott Atwood was on patrol when he noticed a ...

Camp counselor sex case headed to trial

QUEENSBURY — A judge has declined to dismiss child sex charges against a former youth camp counselor who has been accused of sexually abusing nine boys at Brant Lake Camp, setting the state for a trial in the case later this year or early next year. Dylan T. Stolz was in Warren County ...

Grant could help Council, state expand wilderness

The Adirondack Council, a green group based in Elizabethtown, recently received a $45,000 grant that the group hopes could lead to the creation of a new wilderness area within the Blue Line. For nearly three decades, the Council has been trying to establish, with the state, a Boreal ...

Hydrant flushing next week

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works will flush hydrants throughout the village, as well as outlying districts, Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 18th. “The flushing is routine,” DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora wrote in an email. “We flush the water mains twice a year ...

Woodward carries on the craft of guideboat construction

SARANAC LAKE — Two guideboats await Christopher Woodward’s attention in his near-century-old shop on Tuesday afternoon. One was built circa 1910, in for a new gunwale and sheer planks. The other boat is yet only a quarter-built, planks half-covering its curved spruce ribs, built from ...

14-year-old charged with murder

BLACK BROOK — A 14-year-old is charged with second-degree murder after an apparent stabbing left a man dead here. He faces the charge as a youthful offender. Michael Zindler, 29, of West Chazy was pronounced deceased at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, State Police ...

Remembering an athlete, a leader

WILMINGTON — This area, the world of winter sports and friends and family lost an important person this month. Jeanne Chesley Ashworth, an Olympic medalist speedskater and former Wilmington town supervisor, died Thursday, Oct. 4 at the age of 80 after a three-year battle with pancreatic ...

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living ...

Smoke on the wastewater

TUPPER LAKE — The fan was switched on and smoke blown through a manhole on state Route 3 started shooting from roof vents on nearby houses, leaking from manhole covers down the street and rising from the ground in a front yard. The village water department spent the past two days ...

Fire tower proposed in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau invited professional fire tower restorer Dave Vana to speak at the village Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night to float the idea of installing a fire tower in the village. According to documents Vana distributed at the meeting, a ...