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While gross, leeches aren’t actually dangerous

SARANAC LAKE — Perhaps the best way not to find leeches is to go looking for them. There are some 700 species of leeches in the world, and about 500 of them live in freshwater. Not all of them have been catalogued, but as far as we know, Macrobdella decora is the only hematophagic, or ...

Boil order follows water main break in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A boil-water order was issued Wednesday for the southeastern corner of this village due to a nasty water main break on Lake Flower Avenue. Dora announced a boil water order for the following areas: Lake Flower Avenue from Center Street to the village line, Merrill Street, ...

Police: Wilmington man paralyzed girlfriend with assault

A Schuyler Falls woman was left partially paralyzed after her boyfriend picked her up and threw her into a dresser, police say. Jason D. Bruce, 52, of Wilmington was arrested Saturday by Plattsburgh-based state police and charged with second-degree assault, a felony. Annette Ormsby was ...

Water main break on Lake Flower Avenue

SARANAC LAKE — There was a water main break in the village of Saranac Lake Wednesday morning between the Best Western and the Sara-Placid Motel on Lake Flower Avenue, according to a Facebook post from village Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Rabideau said residents between Turtle Pond and Center ...

Paul Smith’s College student will rep U.S. in Russia

PAUL SMITHS — A Paul Smith’s College student is on her way to Kazan, Russia, where she will represent the United States alongside delegates from 96 other countries at an eight-day forum hosted by the International University Sports Federation. FISU, as the group’s acronym works out in ...

Reassessment pushback delays Lake Placid village budget

LAKE PLACID — The village board is waiting until property assessments are finished before it can propose a final budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Right now, the budget is tentative, meaning it can still be reworked. The village’s tax cap this year is 2 percent, and the proposed ...

BluSeed Studios announces ‘Abstraction’ winners

SARANAC LAKE — BluSeed Studios has announced the winners of its sixth annual “Abstraction” art exhibit. The exhibit features abstract works in a wide variety of media including paintings, collage, photography and mixed media. More than thirty artists from the North Country and ...

Officials investigate how tanker ship got stuck in St. Lawrence River

CAPE VINCENT — The investigation into the running aground of the tanker Chem Norma near Morrisburg, Ontario, and Waddington has, as yet, yielded no answers. “Control relays and stuff like that are going to be sent to our lab in Ottawa to get the technical expertise to find out what ...

Rangers rescue a half-dozen hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were involved in search-and-rescue missions around the Adirondacks last week, including helping a disoriented man and people on several different High Peaks. --- Town of Keene Just before 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, ...

DEC to hold High Peaks, Vanderwhacker meeting

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting on plans for major changes to the High Peaks and Vanderwhacker Mountain management areas of the Adirondacks. The DEC is hosting its third public meeting on the plans Thursday, June 21 in the Lussi ...

Sign ups available for Lake Placid Summer Youth Commission Program

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Summer Youth Commission Program is is open to all youth age 5 through 14. Activities include swimming and swimming lessons, field trips to miniature golf at Pirates Cove, bowling at Bowlwinkles, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Lake Placid Public ...

Sally Plumb signs off

SARANAC LAKE — When Sally Plumb became attendance secretary at Saranac Lake High School, not only were there no computers, but “I was lucky to have an electric typewriter.” The year was 1988, and Warner Houth was the principal. “Everything was done by hand,” remembered Plumb. ...

Green group: Remove hunting camp as planned

More than a dozen buildings on state land near Newcomb are slated to be removed later this year, but a push from historic preservation activists has at least one environmental group pushing back, publicly pressuring the state to say buildings will be taken down as scheduled. The Inner ...

Ray Brook brewery on tap … maybe more

RAY BROOK — Craft beer lovers have one more reason to raise a glass — and more reasons may be in the hopper. On Monday, a truckload of shiny stainless steel brewing equipment was delivered to a glass-fronted building that used to house the Ray Brook Frog, a rustic furniture store. ...

11-year-old’s movie raises money for LPCA, Joshua Fund

LAKE PLACID — He’s 11 years old, made a movie, got it shown in a full-sized theater and donated the proceeds to charity. Lincoln Norfolk wrote, directed, filmed and edited his short film “Finding Home,” which he presented Monday night at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The ...

Refugees to Canada see support, protests

CHAMPLAIN — A white taxi pulls down a rural dead end road like so many others in this part of northern New York, stopping just shy of the Canadian border. The driver gets out and helps the passenger with his bags like he always would, but this passenger is different. This is Roxham Road, ...

‘The Daily Show’ spoofs refugee exits to Canada

CHAMPLAIN — The North Country’s refugee crisis was put under the national spotlight recently when “The Daily Show” came to town. A segment of the May 11 episode of the Comedy Central show focused on the influx of people illegally crossing the Canadian border from the United States ...

N.Y. takes back drugs for health, environment

The creation of an accessible, statewide program ensuring the proper management and disposal of unused, expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals was the major focus of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health 2018 Pharmaceutical Stewardship Report, released ...