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School enrollment: AuSable eclipses Saranac Lake

The start of this fall’s school year has been the strangest on record, thanks to COVID-19 and the implementation of hybrid learning models. Going back to school has meant friends and backpacks, but also masks, temperature checks, half-filled school buses, painted 6-foot-apart dots and ...

State senator says Swastika name must go, but town historian says no

In response to the Black Brook Town Council’s decision to keep the name of one of the town’s hamlets, Swastika, a state senator has said he plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the use of the name. State Sen. James Skoufis, a Democrat from Cornwall in Orange County, said ...

Two more die from Essex Center outbreak

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died after contracting COVID-19. Altogether, 13 people connected to the COVID-19 outbreak at Essex Center have died since the facility saw its first confirmed cases of the illness on ...

Man sentenced in 2019 moose poaching case

VERMONTVILLE — A Saranac man has been sentenced to 60 days in Franklin County Jail, fined $5,525 and had his hunting privileges revoked for five years following charges that he illegally poached a moose in the town of Franklin in October 2019. The state Department of Environmental ...

It’s Raining Poetry in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — If you’re feeling down on a rainy day, heading outside might bring an uplifting message — poems on downtown sidewalks that only appear when wet. The Adirondack Center for Writing and the village of Saranac Lake Arts and Culture Advisory Board teamed up on the Raining ...

Franklin County’s ‘fiscal stress’ score improves

As Franklin County officials had predicted, the county remains on the state’s list of communities “susceptible to fiscal stress,” but it is close to having that designation removed. While the county’s numbers are improving, the town of Moira found itself added to the list for the ...

Saranac Lake Kiwanis wants your vote for playground upgrade

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club is trying to win $25,000 to upgrade Ampersand Park’s playground equipment, but it requires people to vote for the local project by noon Sunday. This local club has entered Ampersand Park in Kiwanis International’s Legacy of Play contest, ...

Most Lake Placid vacation rental owners have now registered

LAKE PLACID — Most known short-term vacation rental owners in Lake Placid have now registered for a permit. As of Friday, the village-town Building and Planning Department had received 436 applications for permits to operate a short-term vacation rental, according to Code Enforcement ...

Bid deadline extended for Placid Main Street

LAKE PLACID — A bidder has not yet been selected for Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul. The village has chosen to extend the deadline for contractors to submit bids for the multi-year, $8 million Main Street redesign and infrastructure upgrade project. The new deadline for bids is ...

Placid may buy sign to warn speeders

LAKE PLACID — Local officials are looking at purchasing new equipment to help curb speeding on village streets — an electric sign that warns drivers how fast they’re going. Mayor Craig Randall brought up the proposal during the regular village board meeting on Monday. He said ...

Third teen charged in truck theft

TUPPER LAKE — A third teen has been charged charged with stealing a pickup truck in Tupper Lake by village police. The 14-year-old from Tupper Lake was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, Friday, the same charge two 15-year-olds were charged with Thursday. While the two ...

Cinemas in the dark

If you spent the summer dreaming of buttered popcorn and waiting for Christopher Nolan’s latest movie to open, you’re going to have longer to wait, at least in the North Country. Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will continue to hold off reopening plans for movie theaters. ...

Local schools report zero COVID cases

All public and private school districts and colleges in the Tri-Lakes region are reporting zero cases of COVID-19, according to a COVID-19 Report Card dashboard unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo early this month. Cuomo encouraged parents to view the dashboard at ...

Saranac Lake earns bronze-level Climate Smart Community status

SARANAC LAKE — Following two years of work and political action by the village’s Climate Smart Community Task Force and local high school students, this village received its bronze-level Climate Smart Community certification on Thursday. Saranac Lake’s task force began work in May ...

Two Tupper Lake teens charged with stealing, crashing truck

TUPPER LAKE — Two 15-year-olds have been charged with stealing a pickup truck in Tupper Lake and crashing it in Malone. Neither teen was hurt. On Wednesday State Police charged the two, both from Tupper Lake, with one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, ...

Franklin County works to close $715,000 budget gap

MALONE — With one week to go before Franklin County is required by law to file a tentative budget for the coming year, county officials are scrambling to close a $715,000 gap between anticipated revenues and expenses. “I am confident we will be able to bridge this gap,” county Manager ...

Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance receives competitive grant

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance at Adirondack Foundation has received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, one of 10 grants awarded following a national, year-long competition to identify innovative, community-based efforts to improve ...