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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 ...

Dispute over kid’s lemonade stand prompts state legislation

ALBANY (AP) — A dispute last summer over whether a 7-year-old boy had the proper permits to operate a lemonade stand has prompted legislative action in New York. A bill introduced this year in Albany would clarify the law to exempt stands run by children 16 or younger from needing a state ...

Spectrum phones go out for small businesses

Small business phones on Spectrum went out up and down the East Coast Thursday, according to a company spokesperson and a third-party outage map. The website DownDetector.com showed outages from Florida to Maine. The outages were sporadic, not hitting entire markets, nor residential phone ...

Cuisine Trail invites people to sample North Country cuisine

GABRIELS — The grand opening of the Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail took place Tuesday at Moody Tree Farm’s new wedding venue, overlooking Whiteface Mountain and the High Peaks. Coinciding with EAT ADK Week, more than a dozen businesses, restaurants and culinary institutions shared ...

Workers back on the job at resort site

SARANAC LAKE — Work has begun on the Saranac Lake Waterfront Resort, previously known as the Lake Flower Resort, on Lake Flower Avenue. On Monday, the task was just to install a heavier fence around the project, but village Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Giblin said he’s in the ...

Tourist destination or home? Officials look for balance on Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — It’s not just the High Peaks that are struggling with overuse issues. Lake George is also feeling the pressure. The tug of war between tourism businesses and residents came to a head Tuesday at the Lake George Park Commission meeting. Businesses with detailed plans, ...

Law could alter golf courses’ tax bills

A law being considered by state legislators would make it easier for municipalities to win assessment challenges by the owners of golf courses. The legislation, A.6444/S.4420, would allow passage of local laws to stipulate that golf course property tax assessments be based on the ...