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Olympic Center overhaul begins

LAKE PLACID — This week major construction projects began on several of the Lake Placid Olympic Center’s historic ice rinks, refrigeration system and amenities. It is all expected to be finished by 2022, before the Winter World University Games come to town in January 2023. This is the ...

Homegrown company celebrates expansion

SARANAC LAKE — Bionique Testing Laboratories has mostly laid low and done its thing in its 30-plus years here. But that thing — testing for mycoplasma (more on that in a minute) — has helped this family-owned biotech company grow into a significant local employer. Judith Lundin ...

Back-and-forth COVID test at Mercy ends in relief

A resident of the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, but a follow-up test on Wednesday showed that same person to be negative. Adirondack Health, the organization that oversees the nursing home and rehabilitation center, alerted the families of ...

Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he intends to remain in office in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have weakened his support and led to calls for his resignation. The Democratic governor, speaking somberly in his first public appearance since three ...

Plane makes emergency landing at local airport

SARANAC LAKE — As smoke seeped into the cockpit, an early morning Cape Air flight to Boston Wednesday turned around after 10 minutes and made a safe emergency landing back at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear. No one was injured. A heater malfunction caused the smoke in the ...

NY will loosen virus restrictions on gatherings, performances

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will loosen restrictions on private gatherings and clear the way for some public performances that have been banned for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Arts and entertainment venues will be allowed to open ...

Advocates and opponents skeptical of governor’s cannabis plan

ROCHESTER — In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the legalization of marijuana sales is overdue and needs to get done as part of the state’s budget process, largely because the state needs the revenue in order to bridge its budget gap. The Cuomo administration projects that legalizing ...

Saranac Lake schools receive grant for diversity work

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education has secured grant funding that will help board members, district staff and local families better understand and address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in its schools. The $2,000 grant will be ...

Trout tickets teach legal lesson

SCHROON LAKE — A ticketing last month is a reminder that anglers are not allowed to keep lake trout shorter than 18 inches. The state Department of Environmental Conservation provided the following report. On Feb. 18, Environmental Conservation Officer George LaPoint received a ...

Kindness in advance: ‘Pay It Forward’ wall helps feed hungry people

CORTLAND — It was about two weeks ago when a young man came into Frank and Mary’s Diner in Cortland asking for a job so he could buy a meal, said owner Cyndi Hartnett. Taken back by his humility, Hartnett gave him a meal for free and he went on his way. Feeling inspired, Hartnett ...

Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday rejected calls for his resignation in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have threatened his hold on power and damaged his national political standing. The Democrat, speaking somberly in his first public appearance since ...

New York will loosen some virus restrictions on gatherings, performances

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will loosen restrictions on private gatherings and clear the way for some public performances that have been banned for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Arts and entertainment venues will be allowed to open ...

Smoky plane makes emergency landing at Lake Clear airport

SARANAC LAKE -- As smoke seeped into the cockpit, an early morning Cape Air flight to Boston Wednesday turned around after 10 minutes and made a safe emergency landing back at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear. No one was injured. A heater malfunction caused the smoke in the ...

Back-and-forth COVID test at Mercy nursing home ends in relief

A resident of the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, but a follow-up test on Wednesday showed that same person to be negative. Adirondack Health, the organization that oversees the nursing home and rehabilitation center, alerted the families of ...

Cuomo’s COVID powers may end

North Country legislators in the state Senate and Assembly have been waiting for the day they can rescind Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers for the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, they may get their chance. On Tuesday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly ...

Getman reflects on COVID, career and retirement

SARANAC LAKE — The last year of Adirondack Health CEO and President Sylvia Getman’s 30-year career has been marked by the largest health care emergency in decades. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the importance of the health care organization’s role in the community, and at the same ...

Kinney, offices for aging team up to vaccinate seniors

Signup for COVID-19 vaccination clinics are often only scheduled online, and since many seniors have challenges accessing or using technology, many have had a hard time getting appointments. A new pilot program is aimed at filling this gap. It’s the product of new teamwork between Kinney ...

Cuomo avoids public amid outcry over harassment allegations

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has avoided public appearances for days as some members of his own party call for him to resign over sexual harassment allegations. The governor hasn’t taken questions from reporters since a Feb. 19 briefing, an unusually long gap for a Democrat whose ...

High winds leave tens of thousands without power

BOSTON (AP) — Wind gusts topping 70 mph knocked down power lines across New England and New York, leaving more than 130,000 homes and businesses without power during dangerously cold conditions at the storm’s peak Tuesday. The wind howled throughout the day across the region, rattling ...