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The village of Saranac Lake has endorsed a $500,000 state grant application from Calli Shelton and Randy Coles, who plan to convert the former Dew Drop Inn into a restaurant and bar seen here. 
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Saranac Lake backs grant applications for Dew Drop, Pendragon, BluSeed

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees has thrown its support behind state grant applications for the former Dew Drop Inn, Pendragon Theatre and BluSeed Studios, among several other programs and projects. Applications for the seventh round of the state’s Regional Economic ...

Hotel Saranac General Manager Michael Salyers stands with two of the hotel’s newest hires, Catering Sales Manager Laura Friebel and Food and Beverage Operations Manager Peter Snell. 
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Hotel Saranac delays opening, fills out staff

SARANAC LAKE — A summer opening had been planned for the Hotel Saranac, but the company that owns it now says the renovation will be completed sometime later this year. The hotel has been booking rooms starting in November and trying to book events in October. Meanwhile, the hotel ...

A crew of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation firefighters returned after a two-week stint battling a nearly 14,000-acre wildfire in Montana.
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Locals return from battling wildfires

Numerous North Country residents, including a pair of forest rangers, have returned to New York after battling wildfires in Montana. Forest rangers Robert Praczkajlo of Jay and Corenne Black of Cranberry Lake were two of the 20 New Yorkers who went out west to work on the fires in Lolo ...

No time frame for decision on rail-trail lawsuit

No time frame has been set to resolve a lawsuit against the state over a proposed rail trail. “The decision remains, sub judice, or still before the court,” Franklin County Clerk Kip Cassavaw wrote in an email Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago by the Adirondack ...

Permits have been issued to construct Pond Road, which would branch off of Lake Simond Road and lead to the Adirondack Club and Resort’s 18 “great camp” building lots in Tupper Lake.
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Tupper Lake resort receives key permits

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Club and Resort is one step closer to building a road to its 18 “great camp” luxury housing lots. On Friday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued two permits and a certification, and the state attorney general’s office issued an ...

Placid may borrow $700K for electric upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Village board members are opting to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars for different electric improvements than those they initially voted on earlier this year, partially due to two blackouts suffered since then. At Monday’s village board meeting, trustees unanimously ...

Trustee opposes paying for Bob Run Road repavement

LAKE PLACID — Two weeks after the Ironman triathlon took over this village for the 19th year, and less than five weeks before a half-Ironman triathlon Sept. 10, Lake Placid trustees voted Monday night to pay for $12,000 worth of Ironman-related road work. That’s the village’s portion ...

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Harrietstown highway superintendent contested for the first time in 30 years

SARANAC LAKE — President Ronald Reagan was still in office and the movie “Three Men and a Baby” finished atop the box office the last time Harrietstown Highway Superintendent Craig Donaldson faced any opposition in his re-election bid. For the first time since 1987, Donaldson will face ...

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Ground broken for biomass heater at state offices

RAY BROOK — Numerous state and local officials were on hand Tuesday as several state agencies took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a biomass heating system that will be built for the state office complex in Ray Brook. Local officials, along with state Adirondack Park Agency, ...

Staff of the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Big Slide Brewery & Public House and Great Adirondack Brewing Company toast with Symbiosis, their new Brett IPA and the first beer the Lake Placid institutions have collaborated on. Pictured from left are (top row) Kevin Litchfield, Catherine Ericson, Clint Green and Jason Scull, and (bottom row) Chris Ericson, T.J. Myers and Rob Kane.
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Lake Placid breweries team up on a beer for first time

LAKE PLACID — What happens when iconic Lake Placid breweries team up for the first time? A limited-release sour India pale ale in honor of National IPA Day. Brewers at the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Big Slide Brewery and Great Adirondack Brewing Company partnered to brew Symbiosis, a ...

A U.S. back road is route to hope in Canada for many migrants

CHAMPLAIN — They have come from all over the United States, piling out of taxis, pushing strollers and pulling luggage, to the end of a country road in the north woods. Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a “road ...

Tupper municipal offices closed for funeral Thursday

TUPPER LAKE — All village municipal offices will be closed on Thursday for the funeral of Tupper Lake Police Department Sgt. Matthew Dana. Emergency services will still be on duty, but offices will be closed for the entire day as most employees are attending the funeral at 11 a.m. at the ...

Witherbee man gets 17 years for child pornography

An Essex County man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison after he was found in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography. Kirkland Smith, 55, of Witherbee was discovered passed out at the wheel of his car on state Route 73 in Keene on Oct. 30, 2014. A state trooper ...

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Rangers rescue ill, injured, fatigued hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers had another busy week in the Adirondacks, rescuing numerous hikers who were ill, injured or fatigued. This roundup does not include a two-day search for Floyd “Skip” Baker, 50, of Webster near Rochester, who was found dead in ...

Permits have been issued to construct Pond Road, which would branch off of Lake Simond Road and lead to the Adirondack Club and Resort’s 18 “great camp” building lots in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper resort receives key permits

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Club and Resort is one step closer to building a road to its 18 “great camp” luxury housing lots. On Friday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued two permits and a certification, and the state attorney general’s office issued an ...

Tupper Lake village police Sgt. Matthew Dana
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Tupper Lake police mourn the death of young sergeant

TUPPER LAKE — Family, friends and the Tupper Lake Police Department are mourning today after the death of Sgt. Matthew Dana, who was 27 years old. He died Sunday evening at the Tupper Lake home he shared with his girlfriend. An autopsy investigation is still underway as several reports ...

The night's sky is seen above the Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake.
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Adirondack Public Observatory looks to expand

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Public Observatory has its sights set on a large-scale expansion, adding an Astro-Science Center and a research-grade telescope to give everyone from children to astronomers access to some of the darkest skies on the East Coast. Following in the steps of ...

The abandoned buildings at the former Frontier Town are seen in January 2017. 
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State waits for investors in Frontier Town ‘Gateway’

ALBANY — With interest from investors tepid so far, the state has delayed the deadline to submit redevelopment plans for the former Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson. The Times Union newspaper of Albany reports that the state moved the deadline back from July 28 to Sept. 15 to give ...

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Stefanik pressed on workforce needs

PLATTSBURGH — Providing a ready and capable workforce remains a high priority for the North Country, and area education and development leaders emphasized that point Monday with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Stefanik (R-Willsboro) was in Plattsburgh for a roundtable discussion on ...