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Snowmobiles the latest hard-to-find item amid pandemic

CAPITAL REGION — A tantalizing early snowfall was initially followed by a disappointing meltoff, but interest remains high in snowmobiling, according to the local snowmobile dealers and the statewide advocacy group for the sport. As novices shopped for their first sled and experienced ...

Firefighters douse flames at new hotel

SARANAC LAKE — A fire sent flames up the side of the newly constructed Saranac Waterfront Lodge and filled one wing of the hotel with smoke Tuesday afternoon, but the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department quickly extinguished it. The flames came from a second-floor bedroom’s heating ...

Adirondack Foundation has delivered nearly $1.2M in COVID response grants

LAKE PLACID — Since March, Adirondack Foundation and its many funding partners have awarded nearly $1.2 million through 175 grants to nonprofits, schools and community-based organizations specifically toward COVID-19 response. This rapid-response community assistance is thanks to a ...

Firefighters douse flames at new Saranac Lake hotel

SARANAC LAKE — A fire sent flames up the side of the newly constructed Saranac Waterfront Lodge and filled one wing of the hotel with smoke Tuesday afternoon, but the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department quickly extinguished it. The flames came from a second-floor bedroom's heating ...

AMC praised for speedy vaccination

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was highlighted on Monday as one of the highest-performing hospitals in the state for distributing vaccines. Less than two weeks after the hospital received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 23, about 87% of its vaccine allotment ...

Tri-Lakes nursing homes haven’t been vaccinated yet

Nursing homes were at the top of the state’s priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations. But while many health care and emergency services workers have gotten their first shots — and some are expected to receive their second of the two-shot regimen this coming week — the two nursing homes ...

Stefanik will object to Biden’s election

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik will not vote to certify Joe Biden as the country’s next president when Congress votes on the Electoral College results Wednesday, she revealed in a press release Monday. She will instead object to electors from certain states where results have been contested — ...

IDA can decide on Crossroads Hotel PILOT

TUPPER LAKE — The head of the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency said the organization wants to hear from the Tupper Lake community on a proposed 20-year tax break for a hotel project the IDA is considering. The IDA board has not yet authorized this payment-in-lieu-of-taxes ...

Area schools return to pre-shutdown in-person instruction

As New York schools return to session after winter break, the state has a new rule for staying open during COVID-19: Schools in counties with a positivity level over 9% must remain below their communities’ positivity level to stay open for in-person instruction. This will require around ...

Willsboro supervisor Gillilland reappointed Essex County chair

Willsboro town Supervisor Shaun Gillilland was reappointed chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday. Gillilland, a Republican, was appointed to his third one-year term as chairman during the board’s annual organizational meeting. “Mr. Gillilland has done an ...

Police find missing Vermontville man

VERMONTVILLE — State Police say they located a Vermontville man who left home early Monday morning and whose family was concerned for him. Kevin R. Meade, 31, left his state Route 3 residence on foot at 3:30 a.m. Monday, and that was the last time he has been seen, police said. At 10 ...

Hand sanitizer makers hit with ‘surprise’ fee, later reversed

CLAYTON — The Clayton Distillery was recently notified that it would have to pay nearly $24,000 in fees for making hand sanitizer, most of which was donated to first responders and front-line workers. It was also reported that the owner of Dark Island Spirits in Alexandria Bay was hit ...

Lake FM switches frequency

LAKE PLACID — North Country Radio, the local owner and operator of WSLP, WLPW, WVSL and WRGR, announces that for technical and engineering reasons, Classic Hits Lake FM has moved up the dial from 93.3 to 100.7 FM. People can also listen online at www.lakefmradio.com or with the free ...

AMC praised for speedy vaccination

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was highlighted on Monday as one of the highest-performing hospitals in the state for distributing vaccines. Less than two weeks after the hospital received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 23, about 87% of its vaccine allotment ...

Tri-Lakes nursing homes haven’t vaccinated yet, expect to soon

Nursing homes were at the top of the state’s priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations. But while many health care and emergency services workers have gotten their first shots — and some are expected to receive their second of the two-shot regimen this coming week — the two nursing homes ...

Stefanik says she’ll object to certifying Electoral College results

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik will not vote to certify Joe Biden as the country’s next president when Congress votes on the Electoral College results Wednesday, she revealed in a press release Monday. She will instead object to electors from certain states where results have been contested ...

State Police seek public’s help in search for Vermontville man

VERMONTVILLE — State Police are requesting assistance in a search for a Vermontville man who left home early Monday morning and whose family is concerned for him. Kevin R. Meade, 31, left his state Route 3 residence on foot at 3:30 a.m. Monday, and that was the last time he has been ...