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New 838 area code phase-in to start March 18

ALBANY — The state Public Service Commission has announced the phase-in of a new 838 area code for residential, business and wireless customers within the existing 518 area code. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the commission in 2016 approved the 838 area code to be ...

Saranac Lake school district’s capital project plan advances

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Central School District officials are gearing up for the first phase of an $18.7 million capital project approved in January by district voters. School administrators held an all-day meeting last week with representatives of Tetra Tech Architects & ...

Audit: Agency for the disabled stonewalled

ALBANY — The state agency in New York that investigates abuse and neglect of disabled people in institutional care refused to hand over thousands of records to auditors, the state comptroller's office said Monday, complicating efforts to determine whether the agency is fulfilling its ...

Northwood will demo former store interior on Main Street

LAKE PLACID — Northwood School’s reconstruction of the former With Pipe and Book store at 2495 Main St. now includes demotion plans, though the school says they intend to maintain the iconic look of the historic building. Northwood Assistant Head of School Thomas Broderick informed ...

Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign raises awareness

SARANAC LAKE — Throughout the month of February, Adirondack Health participated in the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program. The educational initiative, in connection with the Children’s Heart Foundation, is designed to get moms and families thinking about ...

Demo underway at former Dew Drop

SARANAC LAKE — Demolition work is in full swing at the former Dew Drop Inn on Broadway. A crew from Schrader General Contracting stripped walls down to their studs, took up floors and removed old appliances, fixtures and furniture, according to owner Calli Shelton. She plans to ...

Dollar store arsonist sentenced to prison

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Moriah woman was sentenced to at least four years in state prison Tuesday for setting a fire that destroyed the Dollar General store in Port Henry last year. Lisa Demar “is very lucky that no one was seriously hurt or killed as a result of her selfish actions,” Essex ...

Climate, other programs cut deeply in EPA budget proposal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated ...

Mercy Care to offer parish nurse program in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, will offer the Foundations Course for Faith Community Nursing for Parish Nursing on March 10, March 24, April 7, April 21, and May 5. The course is offered to registered nurses of all faiths. ...

Proposed amendment would ease sale of Camp Gabriels

State Sen. Betty Little has again introduced a state constitutional amendment that would ease the sale of the former Camp Gabriels prison. The proposal has the support of at least one Adirondack environmental group. Protect the Adirondacks issued a press release this week saying it’s on ...

Cuomo: Using ‘decoys’ to bust underage drinking

ALBANY (AP) — Authorities in New York state are launching a new campaign aimed at reducing underage drinking. The effort announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will involve the use of underage “decoys,” young people working with law enforcement who attempt to buy alcohol at bars, ...

Lake Placid looks at ways to help prevent another major blackout

LAKE PLACID — As this village’s trustees and department heads debriefed Tuesday on a sudden, 19-hour blackout Saturday and Sunday, Mayor Craig Randall said it was one of the top three weather emergencies in this village’s modern history. The mayor attributed the debilitating two days ...

Lake Placid News is official paper of the Lake Placid Marathon

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Marathon announced this week that the Lake Placid News will be its official newspaper of the event. Celebrating its 13th season as the premier marathon and half marathon in the region, the June race is expected to draw upwards of 1,500 participants and ...

Myriad of ordeals for Placid businesses in wake of blackout

LAKE PLACID — No injuries may have been reported, and the spirits of locals and tourists seemed to remain high through Saturday’s blackout, but businesses inevitably were left licking their wounds after what was supposed to be en emphatic exclamation point to a promising Presidents ...

Small northern towns get state broadband aid

Jay, Wilmington, Keene and Black Brook are among the small North Country towns that will receive faster internet thanks to major injections of state funds. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 14 North Country projects will receive New NY Broadband Program Round II grants totaling $31.5 ...

ROOST adds Malone regional marketing manager

MALONE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism recently announced the addition of Tim Lamay as Malone regional marketing manager. In his new role, Lamay will serve as a liaison between community stakeholders, travelers and ROOST, and support the implementation of marketing ...

Dollar General plans New York Distribution Center

Dollar General announced plans last week to build the company’s 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York, located in Montgomery County. At full capacity, the project is expected to create 430 new jobs, as well as up to 200 additional, temporary construction jobs needed to build ...

Bankers ask for help saving seniors from financial scammers

ALBANY — Advocates for the elderly say each year con artists and greedy family members cheat New York seniors out of $1.5 billion in assets but they worry the number of reported cases is only the tip of the financial abuse iceberg. The Senate and Assembly’s Joint Committee on Aging ...

Citizen Advocates elects new board president, directors

MALONE — Citizen Advocates’ Board of Directors elected new President Martha Dishman, a slate of officers and three new directors at its January meeting. The board is comprised of community volunteers representing a broad range of professional backgrounds, and is directly responsible for ...