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Brewpub amendment passes, again

SARANAC LAKE — The village board passed a zoning amendment for a brewpub classification Tuesday night, voting to remove a local sales quota as well. The board voted unanimously to remove a rule that would’ve mandated that 40 percent of beer produced at a brewpub must be sold on site. ...

Timelines, deadlines discussed for $10 million grant

SARANAC LAKE — The Local Planning Committee for this village’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant gathered for its first meeting on Wednesday in the Saranac Lake Free Library’s Cantwell Room. On the agenda was confirming the DRI vision for Saranac lake, the downtown ...

Citizen Advocates names Reid Anthony as new CEO

MALONE — A Franklin County company that provides developmental disability and behavioral health supports and services has hired a new CEO. Citizen Advocates Inc., which has four administrative offices in Malone where it is based and two in Saranac Lake, has hired Reid Anthony as its new ...

Voters advise Westport, E’town-Lewis school merger

Residents in two school districts here gave the green light Tuesday for centralization to go up for a final vote. Voter turnout topped a total 1,000 in the Westport and Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School districts for the non-binding advisory referendum that capped months of meetings on the ...

Limousine service operator charged in crash that killed 20

LATHAM — A limousine service operator was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people, while police continued investigating what caused the wreck and whether anyone else will face charges. The operator’s lawyer said that the man wasn’t guilty ...

Former businessman headed to prison

QUEENSBURY — The former local car dealer who has faced a host of fraud-related charges in recent years is headed to state prison for up to 6 years after admitting he violated his felony probation when arrested three times in recent months. Michael J. Vittengl, 61, of Lake George, agreed ...

DEC: No bear involved in Hague incident

HAGUE — Authorities have determined that the man who reported he was attacked by a black bear in Hague late Monday fabricated the claim, but the injured man told a reporter Wednesday that he didn’t remember what happened. Joel Jordon of Hague suffered head and arm injuries that required ...

Kahn’s spokesman previously trolled her, others

Paul Paterakis, the spokesman for 21st Congressional District Green Party candidate Lynn S. Kahn, spent the summer trolling candidates on Twitter — including Kahn. Paterakis was the spokesman for Patrick F. Nelson, one of the Democratic candidates in the congressional primary who lost to ...

Adirondack Arc receives $15K grant

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Arc, the Franklin-Hamilton Chapter of NYSARC Inc., has been awarded $15,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to provide recreational opportunities for people receiving services from The Adirondack Arc. Last year the ...

Free intergenerational community luncheon

TUPPER LAKE — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and the Tupper Lake Aging in Place Task Force invite people of all ages to join them for a complimentary luncheon and a presentation by the Tupper Lake Central School District students. The event will be hosted by The Wild Center, with ...

Tupper Lake has become an electric car charging hub

TUPPER LAKE — This town has more electric car charging stations than almost any other town in the Adirondacks after the village electric department installed three stations last month, bringing the total count to five. (Correction: An earlier version of this article said Tupper Lake has ...

DEC: Weekend shuttle to trailheads was a success

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation closed parking along state Route 73 this past Columbus Day weekend to curtail the number of cars lined up near the Cascade and Pitchoff mountain trailheads. Cascade and Pitchoff are two of the most hiked trails in the ...

Limousine company operator arrested following deadly crash

ALBANY — The operator of a limousine company involved in a crash that killed 20 people was arrested Wednesday, state police said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the charges were related to the deadly wreck. Nauman Hussain was taken into custody following a traffic stop on a highway ...

Questions remain after fatal limo crash

PLATTSBURGH — The limo driver who blew through a stop sign in Schoharie in the crash that killed 20 - including many with ties to the North Country - might have been lost when the accident occurred, a family member said Tuesday. Barbara Douglas of Dannemora, who lost four of her nieces in ...

St. Armand has area’s only contested town election

Amid a swirl of federal, state and county races, some towns and one village in the greater Tri-Lakes area will also have candidates on the ballot Nov. 6. This is not a year when town terms of office normally end, but vacancies must be filled after elected officials leave. County boards of ...

Cobb promises leadership free of influence of money

GLENS FALLS — Democrat Tedra Cobb said this election is a clear choice between her record as a 30-year resident of the North Country, local legislator and health care advocate and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has not lived in the NY-21 Congressional District and has harmed the district with ...

DEC announces new take-out on Sacandaga River

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it had finished work on a new access point to the Sacandaga River in the southern Adirondacks. The paddlers’ take-out is on conservation easement land in the town of Arietta, Hamilton County. The easement lands ...

Man reportedly injured in incident with bear in Hague

HAGUE — A man from Hague was hospitalized Monday night after he was injured during an incident that apparently involved a bear, officials said. Few details were available early Tuesday, but Ticonderoga Rescue Squad was dispatched late Monday to a situation where a man was seriously ...