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SLHS valedictorian calls out anti-Asian racism she endured

GABRIELS — In Francine “Frannie” Newman’s speech as valedictorian of Saranac Lake High School, she spoke frankly about racism she has endured from classmates and teachers for being Asian, going back to day care when kids nicknamed her and her brother “Fortune Cookie” and ...

Racist graffiti found in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Racist graffiti found on a railroad trestle bridge in town Friday has been covered up by a village resident and village police are investigating the source of the spray-paint slurs. The bridge, which spans the Saranac River between Pine Street and Woodruff Street had been ...

Canadian visa-holders exempt from U.S. entry suspensions

PLATTSBURGH — President Donald Trump’s administration has clarified that Canadians are exempt from an executive order that suspends U.S. entry for certain nonimmigrants through the end of the year. In a statement, North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, noted ...

July 4 DWI crackdown in Franklin County

This Independence Day, Franklin County law enforcement is participating in the July Fourth Crackdown enforcement campaign. During the holiday weekend, law enforcement will be conducting increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. “It’s a ...

ADKX launches new discussion series

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, will launch a new online discussion series exploring the realities of racism in the Adirondack region as well as the work of local organizations to address these challenges. The program is being developed in ...

Virus death toll drops to 5 in NY, once the US epicenter

NEW YORK (AP) — Five people died Saturday from the coronavirus in New York state, a death toll Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “the lowest number we have had since this started.” Saturday’s total compared to 13 fatalities the day before as the number of fatalities caused by the virus ...

A Tupper Lake graduation like never before

TUPPER LAKE — Graduation caps went flying, car horns were honking, and the 2020 graduation class of Tupper Lake High School laughed together one last time at what high school Principal Russ Bartlett called “the graduation ceremony we thought might never happen.” Thursday’s ...

New principal at St. Bernard’s

SARANAC LAKE — Ray Dora says he wanted to make sure the person who succeeded him as principal of St. Bernard’s School was well known by the community, as well as being qualified. He got that with Andrea Kilbourne-Hill, on many levels. Hired last week as the next head of this ...

Tupper moves fireworks to the Fourth

TUPPER LAKE — This village’s Independence Day fireworks will take place on the Fourth of July instead of the third, as previously scheduled. This change of plans, finalized this week, got its start in a village board meeting a few months ago, when the board agreed to do the explosives ...

‘They’re killing us,’ mini-golf owner says of state

LAKE PLACID — Yvonne Nichols, co-owner of Lake Placid’s Boots and Birdies mini-golf course, was set to reopen her business this month. She’d secured a Paycheck Protection Program loan through the federal Small Business Administration a few weeks ago and used it to rehire her staff ...

DEC reopens many Adirondack campgrounds

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is opening up more campgrounds to existing reservations on July 1, including many popular ones in the Adirondack Park such as Fish Creek and the Saranac Lake Islands. “To maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities ...

Wild Center outdoor campus opens July 15

TUPPER LAKE — The Wild Center nature museum will begin a phased reopening July 15, starting with the Wild Walk and other outdoor experiences. It will do this by implementing a limited capacity, going paperless and launching an app. “We’re excited to welcome visitors, members, staff ...

Owens: Canadians likely to want border closed all summer

Former North Country congressman Bill Owens reached out to the Enterprise this week to say many Canadian citizens are worried about recent U.S. COVID-19 spikes, and he thinks they will push their government to extend the U.S.-Canada border closure though the end of the summer, at ...

Northwood plans fall semester

LAKE PLACID — Northwood School administrators are piecing together a plan to bring students back to campus this fall. In a letter to the school’s students and their families on Tuesday, Head of School Michael Maher outlined a preliminary road map for reopening the private school’s ...

Saranac Lake tries to move grant from Payeville to Lake Street pipes

SARANAC LAKE — The village has learned it cannot use a $920,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace the 120-year-old water and sewer lines beneath Payeville Lane — but maybe it can use the federal funds to replace Lake Street’s sewer main. The CDBG program is designed to ...

Adirondack Health COVID-19 testing schedule this week

SARANAC LAKE — This week, Adirondack Health will again offer off-peak hours for testing at Adirondack Medical Center’s COVID-19 clinic in Saranac Lake. Drive-up testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, by appointment. The COVID clinic ...

States, provinces warn boaters of invasive species

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with seven Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces, has announced the second annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz, a regional campaign to inform boaters and others about the risks of ...