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Judge stops Potsdam from flushing toilet gardens

POTSDAM — The toilet gardens will stay, at least for now, a judge ruled Monday. A federal court has ordered that the village may not remove Frederick “Hank” Robar’s “toilet gardens” until his lawsuit is settled. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn, of Albany, ...

View from the summit

LAKE PLACID — Her daily commute finds her scaling a mountain. Syracuse native Kayla White is in her seventh year as a summit steward for the Adirondack Mountain Club. It’s a job that brings her to high heights — literally. But it’s also a position that has become increasingly ...

Church will toll bell for 200,000th COVID death

KEENE VALLEY — National health experts predict that the official U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic will reach 200,000 on or about today. To mark this tragic milestone in this nation’s history, the Keene Valley Congregational Church will ring its bell 200 times, once for each ...

Ray Brook trailer has street food from all over

RAY BROOK — On the side of Route 86, next to Wiley’s Flies fly fishing shop, an enormous “open” sign flies from a red garbage can emblazoned with a “street tacos” banner. A few feet down a gravel road, a forest green trailer is parked next to two picnic tables. And inside the ...

Advocates try to unfreeze road salt bill

ALBANY — Adirondack environmental groups are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act, which passed the state Legislature two months ago and awaits the governor’s signature before it can become law. The bill is named in honor of the late Randy ...

Lake Placid Sinfonietta hosts live piano recital by Sara Davis Buechner

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is hosting an hour-long piano recital with pianist Sara Davis Buechner, who will perform music composed by Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin live on YouTube this Saturday. The event can be found at 5 p.m. on the Sinfonietta’s YouTube channel. ...

Black art discussed in LPCA course

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is hosting an online class called “Black Narratives” every Tuesday in October. The four-class series will be held over Zoom from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Registration costs $62 and can be completed by calling ...

Forum tonight on University Games progress

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Sports Council will host a virtual town hall today at 7 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be on the progress being made toward the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, which Lake Placid and the Adirondack region will host Jan. 12-22, ...

St. Luke’s opens a spiritual ‘cure cottage’

SARANAC LAKE — In the age of COVID-19, it’s far more likely to find doors closing than opening. This is not the case at St. Luke’s the Beloved Physician, the Saranac Lake Episcopal church that opened its red doors to in-person services in early August. Now the village’s oldest ...

Stefanik says Trump can pick Supreme Court judge

One day after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, political representatives from across the state — including in the North Country — took time from a busy campaign season to mark her passing. But as a tense Election Day looms, Republican leaders are already talking ...

A few new COVID cases in Essex, Franklin counties

Essex and Franklin counties recorded a few new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, but the region’s numbers remain below those of most of New York state, which is consistently doing better than the U.S. average. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reported two new positive test results ...

Jones, prison guards’ union call for anti-contraband measures

DANNEMORA — Speaking across the street from the Clinton Correctional Facility entrance Friday, Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay Lake, and the union representing correctional officers voiced support for measures they say would help ensure the safety of those who cross that ...

Franklin County reactivates tourism promotion contract

MALONE — Franklin County’s tourism promotion contract with the Local Development Corp., which was suspended in April as county officials prepared for anticipated multi-million-dollar revenue losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been reinstated. The reversal comes as tourism ...

Want to sell or buy a local business? These folks can help

SARANAC LAKE — With many businesses currently in flux because of the pandemic, the Center for Businesses in Transition, a partnership of many local nonprofits and other agencies, has announced new tools and virtual events to help. Among the new resources from CBIT are a new website, a ...

Stage Rats perform next play on lawn

SARANAC LAKE — With theaters still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Adirondack Stage Rats are taking it to the grass. The lawn of 94 Forest Hill Ave., Saranac Lake, will be the stage as Leslie Dame and Jordan Hornstein star in “Bakersfield Mist,” a two-person, socially ...

Small game hunting opening dates

ALBANY — Small game hunting season will open on Oct. 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. Several small game hunting seasons will open on Oct. 1 across the state, including special youth hunts. Ruffled grouse hunting season runs from Oct. ...

Fall colors getting brighter every day

The best thing that happened to me on Thursday was finding the long-lost hex wrench I use to raise and lower the seat on my bicycle. After riding all summer long with my seat a little too low, I brought it up a couple inches, and on Friday, I took off on a three-hour ride on crisp, sunny ...

Restaurant industry veteran considers the future of dining

SARANAC LAKE — The restaurant industry has suffered more than almost any other in the country from the pandemic. According to the National Restaurant Association, the total restaurant sales losses as of Wednesday had topped $185 billion, and August staffing levels were 2.5 million jobs ...

Plastic bag ban is back, court rules

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday announced enforcement of New York’s plastic bag ban will begin Oct. 19. In August, state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Connolly, Albany County, ruled the ban will be enforced, more than six months after the Bag Waste ...