Business

‘Help wanted, J-1 students only’ sign irks some locals

LAKE PLACID — A “help wanted” sign posted at the front door of a downtown clothing store this past week has sparked controversy for being what some perceive as discriminatory against local residents. The sign, posted by business owner Tom Dalton on the door of his store ADK ...

Saranac Lake chamber seeks Citizen of the Year nominations

SARANAC LAKE — In planning for its 98th Annual Dinner, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is requesting nominations from its members and the community for the Don Duso Citizen of the Year. The award, which will be presented at the Annual Dinner on June 19, will go to a community ...

Railroad switches director

UTICA — Jack Roberson has resigned as executive director of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that oversees the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and Justin Gonyo, former general manager of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, has been appointed interim ...

Water work reroutes traffic

LAKE PLACID — Part of one lane of Main Street downtown was closed to traffic Wednesday as a construction crew prepared to install a new water line. The water line is being installed at 2423 Main St., outside of Pure Placid and Ben & Jerry’s. Work on the project began Monday and is ...

Former Sears gets new tenant

SARANAC LAKE — Construction started Monday on the storefront space in a large vacant downtown building next to the municipal parking lot. The financial advisors at Edward Jones Investments, which will move its offices a short distance into that space in the next two months, said they ...

Great Escape opens today, but new rides not till May 25

QUEENSBURY — This weekend, some rides will be in new locations at Great Escape in preparation for an expanded water park. Great Escape opens for the season at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. But its new rides this year will be in the water park, which won’t open until May 25. So the main ...

Ad’k Health Foundation hopes to raise $450,000 for Women’s Health Center

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Health Foundation is nearly halfway to its fundraising goal to expand services at the Women’s Health Center with new machines. The foundation ran a capital campaign through 2018 raising $18 million for the new surgical wing at the Adirondack Medical Center ...

Essex County opposes bill banning gun raffles

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a resolution opposing a state Assembly bill that would prohibit guns from being raffled off or awarded as prizes in games of chance. The legislation, proposed by Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, D-Brooklyn, seeks to ban ...

ANCA awards mini grants to local food projects

SARANAC LAKE — In an effort to address food insecurity in the North Country region, the Adirondack North Country Association is awarding five grants as part of its 2019 FarmShare Fund Mini Grant Program. Grant awards ranging from $675 to $1,500 will fund local food access projects led ...

APA to tackle zip line, travel corridor amendment

RAY BROOK — After taking the month of April off, the state Adirondack Park Agency board will convene next week and take on a couple of high-profile agenda items. Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16, the Regulatory Programs Committee will convene and vote on approval of a permit for zip ...

Tourist ambassadors taught ethics of the woods

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is readying a team of ambassadors to get on social media and promote the Adirondacks, but the group was given a quick course in Leave No Trace ethics before they hit the trail. On Tuesday, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Seth ...

ANCA helps shift boomer businesses to new owners

SARANAC LAKE - Around 10,000 members of the 76 million-strong baby boomer generation retire every day. Many of them are small business owners — so what’s to be done about it? The Center for Businesses in Transition, an organization created by the Adirondack North Country Association, ...

Free health screening for women at E’town hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital and The Cancer Services Program of Northeastern New York have partnered to host a free women’s health screening. The event will be held at the hospital’s Ticonderoga Campus on Monday, May 13 from ...

Hardware store uses sale to fundraise for hospice

SARANAC LAKE — Coakley Home & Hardware is partnering with Bonide, in a spring lawn and garden products sale, to benefit High Peaks Hospice. The fundraiser will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Coakley store on Lake Flower Avenue. Fifty percent of Bonide and Revenge sales on ...

Whitewater feature would be built to last

SARANAC LAKE — A whitewater feature under a downtown bridge could draw paddlers from around the region if the state funds for a Downtown Revitalization Project sponsored by AdkAction is funded. “It’s a big project and the price tag is around $400,000,” said AdkAction Chairman Tom ...

North Country newspaper group faces cyber attack again

WATERTOWN — The cyber attack that began at the Watertown Daily Times on Saturday reared its head again Thursday, but staff rallied to work without hard-wired internet to get the papers out. The cyber attack crippled the data infrastructure of Johnson Newspaper Corp., which publishes ...

State’s top economic development official is stepping down

ALBANY (AP) — The Cuomo administration’s top economic development official is stepping down. Empire State Development says Friday that Howard Zemsky will relinquish his duties as president and CEO of the state’s main economic development agency. Zemsky will remain with the ESD as ...