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State buys Huckleberry Mountain in Johnsburg

JOHNSBURG — New York state has acquired 1,263 acres of land in the Warren County town of Johnsburg in the southeast Adirondacks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. The parcel includes Huckleberry Mountain, a peak that tops 2,400 feet. Cliffs on its south and southwest sides face the ...

Northwood sends students home as virus cluster grows

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s Northwood School is sending students home in an effort to halt any further spread of the coronavirus, and in hopes that its seniors may be able to return at the end of the month for prom and commencement. Altogether, 24 people at the private boarding ...

With many vaccinated, LP school remains open despite positive case

LAKE PLACID — A Lake Placid Elementary School student tested positive for COVID-19 this week, but the response has changed since the fall and winter. With many people in the school community now vaccinated, and with contact between students still limited, the school will remain open. In ...

Water main work continues on Main Street, Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — After taking the weekend off, construction crews upgrading Main Street plan to continue their excavation of the water main from Monday to Friday, May 10 to 14, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake ...

Cheney challenger Stefanik says GOP must work with Trump

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elise Stefanik stated her case Thursday for replacing Rep. Liz Cheney as the No. 3 House Republican leader, implicitly lambasting Cheney’s battles with former President Donald Trump by saying, “We are one team and that means working with the president.” The ...

Hyde Fuel plans new barn, garage in Ray Brook

LAKE PLACID — The Hyde Fuel company wants to build a new barn, garage, three new underground water storage tanks and install a new fence on its Old Ray Brook Road property. The company submitted its plans to the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board last month. The application came ...

No comments on Lake Placid school budget

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education hosted a virtual hearing on the district’s proposed 2021-22 budget on Tuesday. Unlike past hearings, at which parents and community members could voice their opinions in person, this year because of ...

New president named for Elizabethtown hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital announced Thursday the appointment of its new president, Bob Ortmyer. He will formally begin his role on July 12. Ortmyer has been with WellSpan Health System in York, Pennsylvania, for 30 ...

John Brown birthday events this weekend

LAKE PLACID — Abolitionist John Brown was born on May 9, 1800, and every May for the last 21 years, John Brown Lives! has organized programs and events about progressive social movements of the past. This year will be no different, beginning with a virtual panel discussion this ...

Schumer urges Canada, US to work together to reopen border

MASSENA — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged the United States and Canadian governments to work together to reopen the border as quickly and safely as possible during a stop Wednesday afternoon at the Massena International Airport. Canada and the United States have most ...

Volcano aid on its way

SARANAC LAKE — For three weeks Anna Barker collected donations of essential supplies in the Saranac Lake area to send down to her home island of St. Vincent, where a volcanic eruption last month displaced tens of thousands from their homes. On Sunday night she took the five-hour drive to ...

Boil water order continues in Jay, Upper Jay

UPPER JAY — More relief came to residents in the Jay and Upper Jay water districts Tuesday afternoon when a tanker full of potable water arrived at the Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department on Valley Road. Those who get their well water from the districts have been under a boil water order ...

Stefanik poised for chair of Republican conference

Rep. Elise Stefanik is on the path to move up in Washington after securing key endorsements in a bid to take over as chair of the House Republican Conference, the number-three spot in House Republican leadership. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, was endorsed for the position by former President ...

Students help plan outdoor graduation, prom in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid High School is planning an outdoor graduation and prom. A few high school students said they’re thankful the administration gave them as normal a school year as they could during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it’s been hard to plan unconventional versions ...

Kids act up for Mother’s Day

SARANAC LAKE — When moms tune in to Pendragon Theatre’s Mother’s Day production Sunday, they might feel a little deja vu, like they’ve seen this act before. Kent Streed, who directed the production, said the scenes have been pulled straight out of real-life events. The show, simply ...

Grounded event launches this weekend in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting a new community event this Friday to Sunday called Grounded: Get Down to Earth in Saranac Lake, with organizing partners Woods and Waters and Peakquest. The event is meant to highlight the activities the Saranac Lake ...

AuSable school budget would stay under 1.6% tax cap

The AuSable Valley Central School District is proposing a 1.54% increase in spending for next year’s a budget with a proposed tax levy of $14,803,500, a 1.58% increase that stays below the allowable cap of 1.6%. The district is proposing a total budget of $34,738,668, a 1.54% increase ...

Student-built tiny house up for bid

SARANAC LAKE — Bidding is open on a tiny house built by students in the Building Trades program at Adirondack Educational Center in Saranac Lake. Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES built the tiny house over the last two years, according to an email from Jess Collier, BOCES’ public ...