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Protesters gather to oppose Kavanaugh, show solidarity

SARANAC LAKE — More than two dozen protesters gathered outside of the Harrietstown Town Hall at 1 p.m. on Monday to protest Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination process and to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. The protest was organized by Beth Glover, ...

Rotary keeps up Kiwanis’ Teddy Bear Picnic tradition

LAKE PLACID — Teddy bears and their owners came by wagon, stroller and foot for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic Sunday at Teddy Bear Park on Hillcrest Avenue. The free event welcomed more than 50 participants and their favorite stuffed friends as well as siblings, family and community ...

Moose Festival remains big draw for Hamilton County

INDIAN LAKE — Saturday morning it was windy, cloudy and colder than it had been for quite some time. Despite the conditions, hikers were assembling in the parking lot next to the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and at the Limekiln Gate entrance to Moose River Plains in Inlet. They were ...

NY21 in review: Cobb campaign threatens legal action over TV ads

Democrat Tedra Cobb’s campaign is requesting that television stations pull an attack ad from U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik that claims Cobb is a “Cuomo clone” on the grounds that it is inaccurate. A. Joshua Ehrlich, legal counsel for the Cobb campaign, sent out letters to general managers ...

Rock Climbing Rendezvous coming this weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Rock Climbing Rendezvous will return to the area this coming weekend for three days of climbing, clinics and camaraderie. Starting Friday, there will be parties, live music, lectures and climbing clinics around the Lake Placid area, with evening events at the ...

DiNapoli: Economic development fragmented, lacks oversight

GLENS FALLS — New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli believes that the state’s economic development initiatives are fragmented and lack oversight to determine if the goals of the programs are being met. “We’re very good on the front end with the press release and the ...

Duane man pleads not guilty to murder

MALONE — A Duane man accused of killing a man and hiding the body has pleaded not guilty to all six related felony charges. John J. Castner, 61, appeared in Franklin County Court on Monday to enter his not-guilty plea. Castner was represented by Public Defender Thomas Soucia, while ...

Pot smuggler gets prison time

ALBANY — Hockey bags hid thousands of pounds of marijuana that three men smuggled into the United States from Canada for several years. Colin Stewart was the final one of the trio of co-conspirators in the crime to be sentenced. In U.S. District Court in Syracuse on Monday, the Elgin, ...

Wrong-way collision death ruled suicide

While fleeing state troopers, a man suspected of armed robbery crossed the median of Interstate 87 and died in a head-on collision Sunday. The death of Desmond J. Clark, 28, of Plattsburgh, was ruled suicide by an Essex County coroner, based on police and witness accounts that Clark hit ...

Head of Franklin County Republicans to step down

SARANAC LAKE — The chair of the Franklin County Republican Party, Ray Scollin, will step down Oct. 2 after three terms in the position because he believes in self-imposed term limits. “I believe political leadership should term-limit themselves; I always believed that. It keeps them ...

Duane man pleads not guilty of murder

MALONE — A Duane man accused of killing a man and hiding the body has pleaded not guilty to all six related felony charges. John J. Castner, 61, appeared in Franklin County Court on Monday to enter his not-guilty plea. Castner was represented by Public Defender Thomas Soucia, while ...

Whiteface celebrates another Oktoberfest

WILMINGTON — Raif Hoffman and Colleen Conroy were dressed in full German attire, besides some modern sunglasses. Hoffman wore an alpine hat and vegan lederhosen —his were made of cotton, not the traditional cow leather. Conroy wore a dirndl skirt she found on eBay and had her hair ...

Car seat? Check

TUPPER LAKE — State police officers were in town last Wednesday to do free car seat checks for parents at the village Emergency Services building. Troop B public information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said the car seat check event was organized because many people from the Tupper Lake ...

Little people to Cuomo: Stop the ‘Mini Me’ attacks

ALBANY — Leaders of the nation’s largest advocacy group for dwarfs and short people contend it is inappropriate for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign to repeatedly label his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, as a “Mini Me” of President Donald Trump. Mark Povinelli, ...

Police charge lawnmower driver with felony DWI

PITCAIRN — State Police say they caught a West Virginia man driving drunk on a riding lawnmower Thursday afternoon. Police said a call came in 4:53 p.m. telling them an intoxicated man was driving a lawnmower on Garrison Road in the town of Pitcairn, near Harrisville and the St. ...

Local Marine stays connected from abroad

LAKE PLACID — Amanda Cassidy marched up the stairs of her home in a pair of tan issued combat boots her son brought home. They were actually for his stepdad, but Amanda and her husband Seann happen to have to same shoe size. At the top of the stairs, posted on the wall, are a slew of ...

The supermarket shuffle

SARANAC LAKE — With Aldi and the Lake Flower Tops closing, supermarket shoppers may soon need to find new spots to secure their groceries. Aldi will close on Sunday for seven weeks as it moves next door, to a larger space that as of now stands as a steel frame on Will Rogers Drive. ...

Samaritan House shelter lodges 100th resident

SARANAC LAKE — Samaritan House, an extended-stay homeless shelter that offers rehabilitation services to its residents, hosted its 100th resident on Monday. The Samaritan House, located at 37 River St., is a partnership between the Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake, a coalition of ...