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New York moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a ...

Leaves are starting to change, and peepers are coming

Leaf peeper season is here. The state released its first Fall Foliage Report of the year this week: Roughly 10% of fall foliage throughout the Adirondacks is expected to change by this weekend. Local watchers in Saranac Lake are predicting that people will see “touches of red leaves ...

Capital for the capital?

SARANAC LAKE — Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau jumped up on a bench at the corner of Church Street and Bloomingdale Avenue in the heart of what he calls the “Capital of the Adirondacks.” Shouting over the roar of trucks, he excitedly told the nearly 20 people he was leading on a tour of ...

Town, village may make different rental rules

LAKE PLACID — Lawmakers in the town of North Elba have directed the town attorney to draft two separate pieces of legislation related to short-term vacation rentals: revisions to an existing law jointly proposed by the village of Lake Placid and the town, and a new stand-alone law that ...

Alcohol sting leaves some bar owners sore

A State Police underage drinking sting hit 18 bars, restaurants and liquor stores in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid on Aug. 30. It resulted in charges for five individuals from five establishments: two in Saranac Lake, two in Lake Placid and one halfway between in Ray Brook. Several owners ...

Adirondacks well represented on cell service task force

The Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which held its first meeting Tuesday, has strong representation from the Adirondacks. It is tasked with developing potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cellphone service in rural and remote parts of upstate New York. Five of ...

An Airbnb haven in Jay

JAY — The main road into AuSable Acres is nondescript, a winding strip of pavement tightly surrounded by dense foliage. From AuSable Drive, narrow dirt roads with nature-themed names branch out, dotted with Swiss chalet-style, A-frame homes obscured by clusters of greenery. This quiet, ...

North Country waits for governor to announce DRI funding winner

The waiting game may continue a few more weeks for North Country communities that are competing for $10 million from the state in this year’s round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winners in four of the state’s 10 economic ...

As Lake Flower resort goes up, village approves grant

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees has decided to accept a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant for a Lake Flower resort project without adding a clause to take back the federal money if the resort doesn’t produce and retain the required number of jobs. The ...

Saranac Lake considers short-term rental registry

SARANAC LAKE — In an impromptu work session after a special meeting Thursday, the village board decided to work on gathering information for a registry of short-term rentals in the village. “I’ve asked that we consider establishing a registry for vacation rentals in Saranac ...

Dollar stores given $1.2M penalty for selling expired drugs

Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar will pay $1.2 million in fines and damages for allegedly selling expired drugs, according to the New York state attorney general’s office. The retail chains were investigated for several years before coming to the settlement, according to a ...

Tupper Lake village will again ask dollar stores to fix signs

TUPPER LAKE — The village code enforcement officer said in a board meeting Wednesday that he will again ask two dollar stores to make their lighted roadside signs look better, even though no code requires it. Jim Lanthier attended the board meeting to address something he has been ...

ORDA board OKs mountain coaster construction

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Board of Directors authorized a more than $1.9 million contract on Monday that will kick-start construction of a new Alpine coaster at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The Alpine coaster is ...

Plattsburgh area has seen wave of business closures

PLATTSBURGH — More and more North Country businesses are closing up shop. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the trend hasn’t been unique to upstate New York, though. “Businesses across the country, especially small businesses, have never been through ...

Local couple holds up a mic for minorities

SARANAC LAKE — A local couple is helping with a project to bring minority voices to country music. Sue Bibeau and Jeff Oehler own Beehive Productions. Together they record artists around the globe. They often travel all over the United States and in Canada. They’re based in Saranac ...

Pendragon finalizes ownership of new site

SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre has started its expansion and move to its new location on 56 Woodruff St. “It’s official! The old A&P/Newman & Holmes building is ours! Be on the lookout for more exciting happenings at both DOWNTOWN PENDRAGON and our beloved Brandy Brook ...

Lake Placid mayor to announce Main Street task force soon

LAKE PLACID — The names of 12 to 15 people chosen to serve on a Main Street reconstruction task force are set to be announced at the next village board meeting on Sept. 3. The announcement will come more than 10 months after Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall asked trustees to recommend ...

State, environmental group oppose effort to stall Tahawus rail case

The state and Adirondack Council have asked the federal government to reject a request to further delay having the railroad line to Tahawus declared abandoned. New York state wants the stretch of rails between North Creek and the former mines in Tahawus considered abandoned because of a ...