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40 Lake Placid business owners, residents call for state intervention

LAKE PLACID — More than 40 business owners and residents have signed a letter calling for the state Department of Transportation to initiate a “public review” of the village’s Main Street project. The village’s projected $8 million overhaul of Main Street would reshape the ...

BOCES district uses food to lobby for more state funding

KINGSBURY — More young people want training to join a trade, and businesses want more trained workers, so BOCES needs more funding, administrators told their state legislators Friday. Amid pancakes with bananas Foster topping made by culinary arts students, regional BOCES ...

Businesses, groups receive state grants for workforce training

State grants totaling $3.4 million were awarded to help with ongoing worker training at 61 businesses, community colleges and community-based organizations across the state, 10 of which are in the North Country. Four of those are in the Tri-Lakes region: Bitters & Bones and ...

Mixed reactions as USMCA passes Senate

PLATTSBURGH — While several organizations applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, New York’s Senate delegation cited climate change concerns in their no votes on the measure. The House of Representatives passed the resolution adopting the ...

New ROOST videos tout Tupper Lake’s business environment

TUPPER LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism released two new videos about the Tupper Lake business community this week, featuring interviews with the owners of some of the town’s most recently opened businesses meant to encourage new businesses to set up shop here. One ...

Study: Lake Placid facing ‘workforce housing crisis’

LAKE PLACID — The first bolded line in a housing study released this month: “The town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid are facing a workforce housing crisis.” The 113-page community housing needs assessment paints a picture of a community where few average-paid workers can ...

Broadway lot up for public auction

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees approved to put two vacant lots on Broadway up for public auction at Monday night’s board meeting. The board referred to the two lots, which the village will sell as one item, as 400 Broadway. They’re between Taylor Rental and the ...

SL may lease office space to Waterfront Lodge managers

SARANAC LAKE — Skyward Hospitality, the company set to manage the Saranac Waterfront Lodge, is considering leasing space from the village at 3 Main St., the old village offices. The space is on the third floor, and is 2,457 square feet. Village Manager John Sweeney said Skyward ...

Saranac Waterfront Lodge could finish this year

SARANAC LAKE — After more than six-and-a-half years of planning and development under multiple owners and names, the Saranac Waterfront Lodge could be a finished product within the year. The hotel — formerly the Saranac Lake Waterfront Resort, and the Lake Flower Resort & Spa ...

Placid merchants worry about downtown project

LAKE PLACID — In a change from last week, Mayor Craig Randall says community input on the village’s Main Street overhaul will be welcome at a public meeting later this month. The meeting has been tentatively set for the evening of Monday, Jan. 27 at the Conference Center. A specific ...

Prohibition began 100 years ago

NEW YORK — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until ...

‘Amigos’ buy WIRY, keep AM radio signal alive in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — It’s a done deal. Local AM radio station WIRY 1340 was sold to its News Director and General Manager Dave Andrews, Clinton County Sheriff David Favro, Joey Trombley of Kavanaugh Realty, and Clinton County Legislator and Chairman Mark Henry (R-Area 3, Chazy). The group ...

Debate gets frothy over proposed beer tax hike

LAKE PLACID — A state assemblyman wrote a bill that proposes more than doubling the tax on beer to help fund public higher education. However, the leader of the state’s brewers’ association sees it as an attack on their way of life. Harvey Epstein, D-Brooklyn, represents the 74th ...

New Lake George attractions struggle

In a summer town full of tourists, it is surprisingly hard to make certain tourist attractions work. The region used to be full of small, family-owned outdoor entertainment, from Waterslide World to Frontier Town. But in recent years, those land-based attractions have faded. ...

Local ‘angel’ investor boosts medical scribing business

SARANAC LAKE — Point Positive, an “angel investor” group based in Saranac Lake, recently announced a $25,000 initial investment in Provider One, a start-up medical scribing business that made a pitch at Point Positive’s fall event. Point Positive’s investment was part of a ...

Trump proposes rollback of environmental oversight

WASHINGTON — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t ...

Road closed for comments

LAKE PLACID — A project that will reshape Lake Placid’s core business district is expected to move forward without broader community input. Planning for an $8 million overhaul of the Main Street streetscape and underlying infrastructure has been ongoing for years as village officials ...

Lake Placid to commission a study of downtown parking

LAKE PLACID — The village is gearing up to commission a parking study, Mayor Craig Randall said Wednesday. He announced the news during a meeting of the Main Street task force, made up of volunteers selected by Randall who are being asked to provide input on the village’s projected $8 ...

Cuomo addresses Adirondacks in State of the State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s vision for the future of the Adirondacks includes over-hiking solutions, more fish and cell service, fewer floods and algal blooms and a new lodge at Whiteface. He described all this at his 2020 State of the State address Wednesday. --- Little shout-out --- As Cuomo ...

Investors try to free ACR site of debt

TUPPER LAKE — They say they’re not developers; they are just creating an avenue for others to make progress on the long-stalled Adirondack Club and Resort project “Neither one of us are developers, don’t want to be developers,” said Mike McNally, one half of Crossroads LLC. ...