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New York state maple producers have a record year in 2018

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ALBANY (AP) — It’s a sweet year for New York’s maple industry. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says producers hit a 74-year record in 2018 with production of 806,000 gallons of maple syrup. Producers benefited from a long season, which lasted 52 days compared to 43 in 2017. Cuomo says the maple ...

Tupper Lakers on the rise

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TUPPER LAKE — Driving around the streets of Tupper Lake, one can see new storefronts popping up each month, with local entrepreneurs introducing new industries or filling gaps in the current economy. These businesses are not just surviving, they are growing. Places like Raquette River ...

Stay cool with a dip in the lake

Outdoors

SARANAC LAKE — With sweltering heat and high humidity unabashedly announcing that summer is here, the area known for its cold winters is, luckily, also home to a number of beaches and swimming areas where locals and visitors can try to beat the heat. Although there are a few beaches ...

Bug death buzz

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PAUL SMITHS — When Paul Smith’s College Professor Curt Stager wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about decreasing bug populations in Germany, he did not expect a massive international response, but that is what he got. His May 26 essay, titled “The Silence of the Bugs,” is ...

Summer days spent with pack, paddle and poles

Outdoors

As the long Fourth of July holiday arrives to usher in the the summer season, there is no reason for anyone to miss out on the multitude of outdoor adventures that are currently available across the Adirondack region. I spent a majority of last week wading small streams in pursuit of large ...

Sharpe seeks a less paternal government

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SARANAC LAKE — Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe used a family metaphor to show how he wants to change New Yorkers’ relationship with their state government: “I don’t want to be your dad. I don’t want to be your mom. I want to be your brother. “You call your ...

Boat launch bridge work may last through summer

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SARANAC LAKE — Bridge reconstruction along state Route 3 at the Second Pond Boat Launch is part of an ongoing project that may take until the end of the summer until its completion. The decreased speed limit and rumble strips bring you a halting stop at a temporary traffic light on ...

Hotel North Woods switches hands

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LAKE PLACID — A family-run hotel along Main Street recently changed ownership. On Thursday, the deed to the Hotel North Woods at 2520 Main St. officially transferred from the Smith family of Northwoods Inn LLC to Lake Placid Hotel Partners LLC. The Hotel North Woods — previously ...

Wakely Mountain fire tower reopens

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An Adirondack fire tower that had been closed for almost two years was reopened after extensive repairs, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. The Wakely Mountain fire tower was closed in December 2016 after extensive damage was documented. The DEC also ...

Common Ground Alliance holds 12th annual forum

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LAKE PLACID — The Common Ground Alliance will hold its 12th annual forum, where members of the community and business owners are invited to participate in action-oriented conversations about a variety regional issues. The forum is Thursday, July 19, at the Lake Placid Golf Club House, ...

Backpacker Magazine calls Aug. 4 National Summit Day

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Backpacker, a popular national magazine focused on hiking and backpacking, is encouraging people to get out and hike on Saturday, Aug. 4 in honor of National Summit Day. “Everyone with a pair of shoes and nearby hill or mountain is invited,” the magazine said. The magazine has ...

Hose left on leaves Wadhams without water

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A hose left on by mistake practically drained the well that feeds the system in Wadhams, a hamlet in the town of Westport. With the water level far below the norm, town Supervisor Michael “Ike” Tyler said, “it was in danger of burning out the pumps.” So the town is paying ...

Troop B Commander Maj. John Tibbitts moving up

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RAY BROOK — State police Troop B Commander Maj. John Tibbitts Jr. is being promoted to a higher position as staff inspector for the uniformed force statewide. Tibbitts’ last day was on Tuesday, and though he is taking a promotion to a prominent Albany position, he says he is going to ...

Green group calls for High Peaks permits

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RAY BROOK — An Adirondack environmental group has called for the state to implement a permit system for the High Peaks but says permits should be limited in scope. Meanwhile, another has also submitted comments to say a new management plan is not in compliance with state law. Adirondack ...

DEC offers tips on avoiding bear conflicts

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has offered a bevy of recommendations on avoiding conflicts with bears, including in the backcountry where at least one bear has been a repeated issue this year. Since local berry crops aren’t quite ripe and young bears are setting out on ...