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Hundreds gather to protest police brutality, demand justice for Floyd

SARANAC LAKE — The sound of hundreds of voices echoed through the park, all shouting the same message over and over again: “Black lives matter.” Roughly 500 people gathered in Saranac Lake’s Riverside Park and along Lake Flower Avenue on Tuesday to demand justice for George Floyd, ...

Stefanik, Cobb clash over Trump’s church photo-op, tear-gassing protesters

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik praised President Donald Trump’s walk from the White House to a historic church Monday — a walk enabled by police and the National Guard using tear gas and flash-bang grenades to chase away people protesting the police-involved killing of an ...

Franklin County quarantines spike

The number of people in quarantine in Franklin County spiked on Monday, one day after an employee of Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, the number of people in isolation or quarantine countywide increased from nine to 70, according to data ...

Pop-up drive-in movies expand to other communities

LAKE PLACID — Eric Wilson of Good Guy Productions is riding the coattails of success after the May 21 pop-up drive-in movie showing of “Back to the Future” at Tucker Farms in Gabriels, and he is planning more drive-in movies around the North Country. Good Guy Productions will be ...

Enterprise wins 10 awards in 2 contests

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has won a total of 10 awards in two different statewide contests for its journalism in 2019, ranging from arts coverage to column writing. Seven of the awards were from the New York News Publishers Association’s annual contest, the most ...

Kiwanis cleanup

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Kiwanis and the Aktion Club got together recently for highway cleanup on state Route 3 from Lake Street to the Second Pond boat launch — the western gateway to Saranac Lake. Aside from one good life preserver and a 9/16 wrench, it was the usual ...

State eyes reforming statute that seals police records from public

As widespread protests continue over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in handcuffs as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, state lawmakers in Albany are talking about possible police reforms in this state. State legislators are discussing the ...

Four run for two seats on Saranac Lake school board

SARANAC LAKE — The school board election this year will be conducted by mail-in ballot, and residents within the Saranac Lake Central School District should have their copies already. Saranac Lake has the Tri-Lakes’ only contested school board race, with four candidates vying for two ...

Mercy employee has tested positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, ...

Saranac Lake demonstration today to protest Floyd death

SARANAC LAKE — A rally to demand justice for George Floyd, a black man who died in handcuffs as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. today in Riverside Park. The protest is being organized by the High Peaks chapter of the ...

Essex Co. cuts from 4 coroners down to 2

Essex County may soon have two fewer coroner positions. The county Board of Supervisors on Monday voted unanimously to decrease the number of elected county coroner positions from four to two. The change — which could be subject to public referendum if a petition is filed demanding one ...

Chateaugay barber retiring after 65 years

CHATEAUGAY — Haircuts weren’t the only thing provided at Gabe Lopardo’s Barbershop on Main Street in Chateaugay. There was “no lack of advice they will give you,” Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, D-Plattsburgh, said of Lopardo and his legion of regulars who made the barbershop a ...

Periodic I-87 detours due to RR bridge demolition in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists that crews are scheduled to begin demolition of a railroad bridge crossing Interstate 87 in the town of Plattsburgh on Tuesday, with work expected to be complete by Wednesday, June 10. As part of the work, I-87 ...

NYC imposes 11 p.m. curfew amid Floyd protests

By JENNIFER PELTZ and KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK —New York City imposed an 11 p.m. curfew Monday as the nation’s biggest city tried to head off another night of destruction erupting amid protests over George Floyd’s death. With an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, New York is ...

Artists Guild shows Altman exhibit online

SARANAC LAKE — Although the Adirondack Artists Guild is closed until further notice, its 15 members are presenting “Close to Home,” an online exhibit of watercolors by Jacqueline Altman. The show will open on June 3 and run through June 30 on the guild’s website, ...

Saranac Lake seeks member for Arts and Culture Advisory Board

SARANAC LAKE — The village of Saranac Lake seeks candidates interested in volunteering for the Arts and Culture Advisory Board, which has one vacant seat. Candidates will add to the nine-member board and work on a volunteer basis. The board’s purpose is to make recommendations to the ...

Mercy employee tests positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, as ...

A peaceful, powerful protest

KEENE — At the bottom of Spruce Hill in Keene on Sunday, nearly 150 people turned out to protest the brutal death of George Floyd and other recent deaths of black Americans. Floyd’s death, which was videotaped as he said, “I can’t breathe” while a Minneapolis police officer held ...