Local News

Canadian who died on Long Lake mountain identified

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 Ontario died about a half-mile from the summit on his descent with a group of snowshoers, according to Hamilton County Coroner Virginia ...

Dance Sanctuary expands its classes with Tupper Lake location

TUPPER LAKE — As the opening notes of Pachelbel’s Canon echoed through the Tupper Arts Center on Monday afternoon, a troupe of 13 smiling kindergarten through second-grade girls assumed “first position” to begin warming up for their ballet lesson. Mandi Maiore from the Dance ...

No mail Wednesday in tribute to George H.W. Bush

There will be no mail delivery on Wednesday as the United States Postal Service observes a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush. Post office retail and services will be closed.

DEC closes roads for winter as hunting season ends

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the seasonal closure of several roads for the winter, and regular season hunting has come to an end. In its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin, the DEC said O’Neill Flow Road, Minerva Club Road and Pickwickett Pond Road in ...

Joy to the Children benefit celebrates 32nd year

LAKE PLACID — The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa will host the 32nd annual Joy to the Children benefit to support the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $130 per person before the event or $175 at the door. Tickets can be ...

Canadian dies hiking Owls Head Mountain

LONG LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers recovered the body of a Canadian man who died while hiking in the town of Long Lake over the weekend. Rangers also rescued a Canadian woman stranded on Whiteface Mountain in the town of Wilmington. --- Hiker ...

Birch Boys, Adirondack Store announce joint venture at Snowball

TUPPER LAKE — As the Snowball Gala rocked on upstairs in the Ginsburg building Saturday, Birch Boys founder Garrett Kopp and Adirondack Store owner Christopher English excitedly gave tours of the basement of the building, and explained their plans to move both businesses into the ...

Push for skate path on Lake Colby

SARANAC LAKE — A local group of skating enthusiasts are pushing to establish a “wild ice” skating trail on Lake Colby this winter. The group, called Saranac Lake Skate Path, formed a small committee and has met twice since October. John Dimon, owner of the Human Power Planet Earth ...

Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board to reinstate loan fund

LAKE GEORGE — The sweeping overhaul of Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board that began earlier this year resulted Thursday in the organization’s new leadership reinstating its main business loan fund. The fund, which loans money to high-risk businesses, was suspended in ...

Photo contest promotes hunting among women

ALBANY (AP) — A state-sponsored photo contest is underway with the goal of inspiring more women to take up hunting in New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging women to email photos to the agency by the end of December. Winning entries will be featured in next ...

Mercy Care hosts forum on age-friendly health systems, communities

PAUL SMITHS — On Nov. 15, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted nearly 100 people from several different counties at a day-long educational forum on the topics of Age-friendly Health Systems and Age-friendly Communities. The forum was held at Paul Smith’s College. Jerry Hayes, Mercy ...

Essex County coroner fed up with ‘lazy’ colleagues

“Lazy” is how Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw described the other coroners in his county. “There is no work ethic, to put it bluntly,” he said. The accountability of coroners has been occasionally discussed by the Essex County Board of Supervisors since 2008, and even ...

Doughnuts and detergent

TUPPER LAKE — At 5:30 in the morning, seven days a week, Tina Merrihew is hard at work starting the first batch of Washboard doughnuts. You may have eaten some at a wedding, heard about them on NPR or grabbed a few while picking up a load of laundry. Washboard doughnuts are well-known ...

Long Lakers demand reliable power

LONG LAKE — More than 40 members of this community turned out to a town board meeting Thursday to hear what the local government is doing in response to a streak of power outages that left the town dark and cold on some of the coldest nights of the winter so far. They also shared their ...

Stefanik didn’t win every county after all, but still won decidedly

Rep. Elise Stefanik didn’t win every county in New York’s 21st Congressional District, although her re-election victory margin was substantial. With absentee ballots, Democrat Tedra Cobb edged the Republican incumbent in Essex and Clinton counties. Official election results are in ...

NCCC grads start at Paul Smith’s College

PAUL SMITHS — The first group of students to take advantage of a special tuition-savings agreement between North Country Community College and Paul Smith’s College have made the transition between the two schools. There are currently nine North Country graduates who enrolled at Paul ...