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Audit: Bad billing system costs Glens Falls Hospital $38M

GLENS FALLS — A new billing system at Glens Falls Hospital malfunctioned in 2017, costing the hospital $38 million, according to an audit. As the hospital’s financial condition worsened during the year, officials reduced operating costs and laid off employees. But nothing could make up ...

One last chance to catch ‘Footloose’ at Big Tupper Brewing

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake High School Red and Black Players will present a limited edition of “Footloose” at Big Tupper Brewing at 7 p.m. Thursday. Anyone who missed the full performance this past weekend, the Red and Black Players will do a limited performance, one last ...

Lake George community rallies to create new Ronald McDonald House

LAKE GEORGE — So many people were interested in finding out how to help create a Ronald McDonald House retreat home in Lake George that hardly any parking spaces could be found at a kickoff meeting Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. Mayor Robert Blais had organized the meeting to find support ...

Groups name top five threats to the Adirondacks

In late 2018, the Lake Placid News conducted a poll of more than a half-dozen groups, including two state agencies, on what the biggest threats to the Adirondack Park are. After tallying responses, the News determined invasive species, climate change, pollution, lack of funding and staff ...

Saranac Lake school taxes may rise

SARANAC LAKE — Taxpayers within the bounds of the Saranac Lake Central School District might see a tax increase soon, according to an early draft of the 2019-20 budget given to the school board on Wednesday night. The tax levy for the 2018-19 budget was $20,614,714. The tax levy limit ...

LGBTQ decision trickles down to local Methodists

Many local United Methodists are hesitant to weigh in publicly on a decision by national church leaders to keep the church’s conservative guidelines for LGBTQ ministers, clergy and marriages. At the end of February at the United Methodist’s Church special session conference, 438 ...

Pool survey: Hours are a big concern

SARANAC LAKE — Local residents would like to see more programs offered at the North Country Community College pool at hours that are more convenient to them, according to a recent survey conducted by the college. The college announced at the end of 2018 that it was looking at whether ...

Reduce, reuse, recycle — or refuse single-use plastic?

SARANAC LAKE — How much plastic have you come into contact with today? “The key is that we’re producing a lot of plastic waste,” Michael Michael Trumbower, school programs coordinator for the Wild Center said Thursday in a talk at the Saranac Lake Free Library. “ (It's) ending ...

Jay Town Council faces shakeup

JAY — Because a Jay town councilman resigned last month, his spot is up for election this November. Bob Segall, a Democrat who was elected in 2017, left his position in early February. Since then, the board appointed Chris Garrow, a Jay resident who works as superintendent of the Essex ...

LaScala won’t challenge Maroun for county legislature

TUPPER LAKE — Village board Trustee Ron LaScala has confirmed that he will not run for the Franklin County Legislature seat currently held by village Mayor Paul Maroun, at least, not yet. LaScala has been testing the waters for a race against Maroun for the past couple of months, but ...

Two charged with neglecting dogs

NEWCOMB — Essex County sheriff’s deputies charged two Newcomb women with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, on Thursday. The charges against Beth Draeger, 45, and Tiffany Orth, 21, were the result of an investigation by the Essex County Sheriffs Office and the New York State Police, ...

Saranac Lake work crews trim tree limbs

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works will cut tree limbs overhanging roadways throughout the village from Monday, March 11 through April 18. DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora said overhanging tree branches have caused a lot of damage to village plows and other equipment, as ...

Tupper Lake students cut “Footloose”

TUPPER LAKE — Everybody cut, everybody cut ... The Tupper Lake High School will perform “Footloose” this weekend. The musical is based on the 1984 movie of the same name, which starred Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker in the lead roles. ...

Lake Placid mourns Conni Cross, Beautification founder

LAKE PLACID — Conni Cross was a force of nature — not just for the thousands of flowers she planted along the streets of this village, but because she was a woman who got things done. “There was too much personality for the size of her body,” said Lake Placid Community ...

The Row moves to Park Street; Another storefront filled

TUPPER LAKE — The Row, Tupper Lake’s only firsthand clothing store, is moving to a new location on Park Street, joining several other local businesses bringing life back to the main drag’s storefronts. Emilee Davis, who opened the women’s boutique clothing store at its original ...

Stefanik backs act to limit emergency declarations

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Guarding Congressional Authority Act, which aims to give Congress more authority during national emergency declarations, like the one from President Donald Trump which Stefanik voted to block last week. Stefanik said the act would end the ...

Blais set to break record for longest-serving mayor in state

LAKE GEORGE — Mayor Robert Blais is assured of a 13th term in office and will add to his record longevity in the position, as no one has challenged him in the March 19 election. Also running unopposed are Deputy Mayor John Earl and Ray Perry for two four-year seats on the Village ...

Keene school hosts traveling exhibit on Diego Rivera

KEENE VALLEY — Keene Central School will display a Teachers Discovery Traveling Exhibit featuring the murals of Diego Rivera, considered a national treasure of Mexico. Students and staff will see the giant reproductions of the murals this coming week, March 11 to 15. The exhibit celebrates ...

DEC takes comments on Fulton County forest plan

GLOVERSVILLE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on a proposed management plan for three state forests just outside the Adirondack Park in Fulton County. Some of the proposals could create trail systems that reach inside the Blue Line. The DEC ...

Rare artifacts, snowshoe battle set for Fort Ti

TICONDEROGA (AP) — Rare artifacts linked to a legendary figure from Colonial American warfare will be displayed during a one-day battle re-enactment being held at Fort Ticonderoga. The privately owned historic site and museum in the southeastern Adirondacks is hosting a living history ...