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Explorer editor eyes retirement

SARANAC LAKE — Phil Brown, the 19-year veteran editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, will put his last issue to bed this month, but a pending legal battle and a bevy of book ideas will keep the Saranac Lake resident busy for the foreseeable future. Brown came to the Explorer ...

Lightning strikes veterans club, sparking small fire

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3:37 a.m. today after lightning struck the Saranac Lake Veterans Memorial Association at 202 Broadway. Three trucks and 12 members responded to the call and immediately extinguished the small fire. ...

Poet Maurice Kenny going on Walk of Fame

SARANAC LAKE — Mohawk poet Maurice Kenny will be the next inductee to this village’s Walk of Fame. A bronze plaque, featuring Kenny’s name and titles, will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St. Kenny was hailed for his contributions to ...

Local Olympians help Paul Smith’s College plan new sports initiative

PAUL SMITHS — Five of the area’s most successful homegrown Olympic stars have joined the Paul Smith’s College Advisory Committee for Olympic Sports, which will help guide the college’s new Olympic sports initiative. Four-time Olympic biathlete Tim Burke, a Paul Smiths native, is ...

NCCC offers Red Cross swimming lessons

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College will offer American Red Cross swim lessons for youth this fall at the Sparks Athletic Complex pool. The swim program’s goal is to teach young people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water. It’s also designed to give students a ...

NCCC offers 6 credits free

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College is giving those who’ve been unsure about going to college the chance to try it out at no cost with the college’s new “6 on Us” program. Starting this fall semester, 6 on Us allows eligible students to take their first six college ...

Rangers rescue sick, injured, lost people

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a rock climber after a fall and several other sick and injured people in the Adirondacks last week. - Town of Johnsburg - On Saturday, Aug. 4, ranger Arthur Perryman was investigating a supposed illegal ...

Albany airport, highway connector road to get $92 million upgrade

ALBANY (AP) — Albany International Airport and the roadway that connects it to nearby highways will get a $92 million upgrade. State officials announced the funding on Tuesday. Of the total, $42 million pay for a new, expanded parking garage as well as interior amenities such as new ...

Most visitors here are white, upper middle class

A study of tourists to Hamilton, Franklin and Essex counties last year found that hiking is the most popular activity for visitors to the area, and that a whopping 95 percent of tourists are white. In its 2017 Leisure Travel Study, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism conducted a ...

First night of Plein Air

SARANAC LAKE — Watercolor artist Tony Conner of Vermont sat outside in the dark with a headlamp snug on his skull, painting the streetscape outside the Hotel Saranac. It’s called a nocturne, a piece of art depicting what the world looks like after the sun goes down. At the end of ...

Green Party NY Senate candidate kicked off ballot

The Green Party candidate for Sen. Betty Little’s seat is off the ballot. Steve Ruzbacki sent in photocopies of his petitions, rather than the original documents. State election law requires original signatures. “I just want to apologize to all my friends and supporters for making ...

DOT holds meeting on Hamilton County highway project

RAQUETTE LAKE — The state Department of Transportation announced Monday it will host a public information meeting about a proposed paving project to rehabilitate about 21 miles of state Route 28 from Inlet to Blue Mountain Lake. The project will take place in the towns of Inlet, Arietta, ...

Before Trump arrives, about 200 protest his administration

WATERTOWN — Twelve miles and a political world away from Wheeler-Sack air base, about 200 North Country residents and assorted political operatives staged a protest against President Donald Trump and Rep. Elise Stefanik before the president landed to sign the National Defense ...

Stefanik asks Amtrak to reconsider Toys for Tots train

Three members of Congress — Elise Stefanik, Paul Tonko and John Faso — have sent a bipartisan letter to Amtrak in an attempt to revive the Toys for Tots holiday train that hands out donated toys and seasonal essentials. On Aug. 3, Amtrak notified the Marine Corps Toys for Tots that ...

Trump warns Cuomo: Anybody who runs against me ‘suffers’

UTICA — President Donald Trump on Monday dared New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to challenge him in 2020 — and warned the Democrat, “Anybody that runs against Trump suffers.” Trump also said that Cuomo once called him and promised that he wouldn’t run against him — a claim that ...

Trump visits Fort Drum to sign military spending bill

WATERTOWN — President Donald Trump arrived this afternoon at Fort Drum to sign H.R. 5515, the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019. “At ease,” he told the soldiers assembled in a hangar near the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum. “You got seats; sit ...

Governor’s eagle feather tale lands with legal thud

ALBANY — At an event in the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recounted a treasured memory of the time his family retrieved an eagle feather from Saranac Lake and kept it after one of the beautiful birds swooped near his canoe. In telling the story, the New York Democrat was ...

NCPR celebrates 50 years

AuSABLE FORKS — The celebration was a treat for folks who hear their voices every day on the radio but have never seen their faces. Brian Mann directed traffic, David Sommerstein checked IDs for the beer vendors, and Lauren Rosenthal handed out raffle tickets. It was as if an FM veil ...