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Last conviction in Sunmount trials

TUPPER LAKE - A third Sunmount employee was convicted of misdemeanor charges that she tried to cover up the alleged assault of a resident of the Tupper Lake center for people with developmental disabilities.In Franklin County Court in Malone Tuesday, a jury found Suzanne Decheine, a 51-year-old ...

Village, resort respond to Roedel lawsuit

SARANAC LAKE - Lawyers representing the village Planning Board and the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa have responded to a lawsuit brought against them by the owner of a potentially competing hotel.The legal filings are mostly blanket denials of the allegations made by Roedel Companies, ...

Feasting on local foods

The annual New York Farm Bureau Foundation Fundraising Feast is held at the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake Friday night. Over 60 members attended. The event is rotated each year throughout different regions of the state.

Congressional candidates go before cameras

ALBANY - Improving the North Country's economy, addressing veterans' needs and assisting struggling farms were among the topics in the first of three scheduled debates among candidates for New York's 21st Congressional District seat.Incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik of Willsboro, who is ...

Loon Center to host open house

SARANAC LAKE - The Biodiversity Research Institute's loon center in downtown Saranac Lake will host an open house Sunday.The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m. at the center, which is located at 47 Main St.Loon Center staff will be on hand to discuss ongoing efforts both at the new center and in ...

CATS to host old-growth forest talk

ESSEX - Champlain Area Trails will host a lecture on old-growth forests at the Whallonsburg Grange Friday.The talk will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.Joan Maloof, who founded and is executive director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will discuss the forests of the ...

Northern New York farmers hit by drought can apply for financial relief

ALBANY (AP) - Four more counties in upstate New York have been designated as natural disaster areas by the federal government due to the drought.Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer, and St. Lawrence counties in northern New York were added due to crop losses. The disaster ...

Not pot: U.S. hemp farms take root under state pilot programs

EATON (AP) - A lush field of cannabis growing on a secluded hilltop in central New York may look and smell like marijuana, but its myriad uses don't include getting high.New York's first legal hemp farm in decades has taken root under a pilot program that's part of a national resurgence of a ...

Adirondack Health names VP of Support Services

SARANAC LAKE - Following an extensive search, Adirondack Health has named Dana Kellerman as the new vice president of support services/chief human resources officer. Starting Oct. 3, Kellerman will assume management responsibilities of Adirondack Health's human resources, nutritional services, ...

Ownership question delays railroad suit

SARANAC LAKE - The state Department of Transportation may not have proper ownership of at least one parcel of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor in this village, and that discovery is delaying a lawsuit about converting the tracks to a trail.In a letter to the court, Assistant Attorney ...

County looks to end ‘fiscal stress’

MALONE - The proposed Franklin County budget for next year would stay within the state's tax cap and would help the county shed its label as being under "significant fiscal stress."That's what county officials said Thursday as they unveiled a tentative $103 million budget for 2017."Our ...

Airbnb will start collecting Essex Co. bed tax

LAKE PLACID - On Saturday, the multi-billion-dollar vacation rental marketplace Airbnb will begin to collect the 3-percent occupancy tax on vacation rentals in Essex County that are booked through its popular peer-to-peer platform.Also known as the "bed tax," the funds derived from the ...

Franklin County bed tax revenue climbs

MALONE - Franklin County bed tax revenue spiked over the summer, and it will likely grow even more starting Saturday when Airbnb begins collecting the tax in the county.County Treasurer Bryon Varin said Thursday that the county has seen $235,460 in revenue from the 5 percent occupancy tax since ...

Relocating Pendragon?

SARANAC LAKE - Pendragon Theatre's plan to relocate downtown sparked questions and concerns from some of its strongest supporters during a nearly two-hour public meeting Tuesday night.More than 80 people, including many of the theater's long-time patrons and actors, sat in the audience as ...

Placid to borrow $1.73M for stormwater work, parking lot, land, trucks

LAKE PLACID - At a special meeting, the village board approved to borrow more than $1.73 million for construction projects and capital equipment purchases.The biggest-ticket item was the approval of a $1 million bond to conduct stormwater and sewer system improvements for the east side of ...

Fire station eyed for Santa Clara

TUPPER LAKE - Without its own fire department, the town of Santa Clara relies on neighboring Tupper Lake for firefighting services, but that could soon change.Under a new proposal presented by Tupper Lake fire Chief Carl Steffen, Santa Clara would create its own fire substation, replete with ...