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PSC, SUNY Adirondack create transfer link

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College and SUNY Adirondack have agreed to a scholarship program that allows past and future graduates of the two-year state college in Queensbury to enroll at the four-year private college in Paul Smiths at a significantly discounted tuition rate. Under the ...

BOCES district uses food to lobby for more state funding

KINGSBURY — More young people want training to join a trade, and businesses want more trained workers, so BOCES needs more funding, administrators told their state legislators Friday. Amid pancakes with bananas Foster topping made by culinary arts students, regional BOCES ...

Rural Schools Association leader describes upstate woes

WARRENSBURG — Rural schools face declining enrollment, a lack of opportunity for graduates and little clout in Albany to address their issues, according to David Little, executive director of the Rural Schools Association. Little said one issue is that a lot of people have moved out of ...

Man dies in snowmobile accident

HOPKINTON — A Massena man died Sunday morning in a snowmobile accident on Jones Road in the town of Hopkinton, just on the northern edge of the Adirondack Park. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Dennis Binan, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner June ...

Ice Palace building begins

SARANAC LAKE — A bright sun hung over Pontiac Bay Monday morning as more than 20 volunteers got to work building this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Bill Madden plunged a giant saw into Lake Flower’s frozen surface while Steve Racatte used a pike to break off chunks of ice for ...

Ice Palace shoveling begins

SARANAC LAKE — As volunteers in the Ice Palace Workers 101 shoveled snow off a frozen Pontiac Bay Friday afternoon, director Dean Baker drove a four-wheeler plow in circles. Every circle got smaller with each loop. Some of the ice was still slushy, and Lake Flower water leaked through. ...

Chromebook repairs are a daily task in Saranac Lake schools

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake School Central School District Network Coordinator Caroleigh Meserole says there is an issue with students damaging their Chromebooks. During Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Meserole expressed concerns about the number of Chromebooks she has had to ...

Businesses, groups receive state grants for workforce training

State grants totaling $3.4 million were awarded to help with ongoing worker training at 61 businesses, community colleges and community-based organizations across the state, 10 of which are in the North Country. Four of those are in the Tri-Lakes region: Bitters & Bones and ...

Mixed reactions as USMCA passes Senate

PLATTSBURGH — While several organizations applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, New York’s Senate delegation cited climate change concerns in their no votes on the measure. The House of Representatives passed the resolution adopting the ...

New ROOST videos tout Tupper Lake’s business environment

TUPPER LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism released two new videos about the Tupper Lake business community this week, featuring interviews with the owners of some of the town’s most recently opened businesses meant to encourage new businesses to set up shop here. One ...

Hospital restricts visitors to protect newborns from flu

SARANAC LAKE — To protect newborns from the recent spike in flu and flu-like symptoms, Adirondack Medical Center is restricting visitors to the Stafford New Life birthing center. Babies are among the highest at-risk group for complications from the flu. For their protection, visitors to ...

Meet-and-greet with new nurse practitioner in AuSable Forks

AuSABLE FORKS — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital will host a meet-and-greet event on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to welcome Brenda Beutel, family nurse practitioner, to its care team at the AuSable Forks Health Center, 15 Pleasant ...

Hosler donates $1,000 to Methodist Church

SARANAC LAKE — When Shirley Hosler donated $1,000 to the First United Methodist Church of Saranac Lake on Wednesday, the reverend there was quite surprised. “They thought I just robbed a bank,” Hosler said. Rev. Eric Olsen called the donation a “beautiful gesture.” Hosler is ...

Study: Lake Placid facing ‘workforce housing crisis’

LAKE PLACID — The first bolded line in a housing study released this month: “The town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid are facing a workforce housing crisis.” The 113-page community housing needs assessment paints a picture of a community where few average-paid workers can ...

Spectrum charges surprise TL residents

TUPPER LAKE — Three residents in Tupper Lake have contacted the village mayor recently, saying they were signed up for a $30-per-month streaming service by the internet or cable provider Spectrum without their knowledge or consent. Mayor Paul Maroun said they told him robocalls triggered ...

Cobb stresses her roots, experience at Glens Falls event

GLENS FALLS — Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb stressed her roots and her commitment to the community at an event on Wednesday, drawing a contrast with Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. Cobb cited her service as a volunteer firefighter, eight-year member of the St. ...

Broadway lot up for public auction

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees approved to put two vacant lots on Broadway up for public auction at Monday night’s board meeting. The board referred to the two lots, which the village will sell as one item, as 400 Broadway. They’re between Taylor Rental and the ...