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Juniors and seniors get crafty at Mercy

TUPPER LAKE — The basement of Mercy Living Center was filled with cookies, real and fake; smiling faces, young and old; and glitter — lots of glitter. Wednesday was the first event bringing the Adirondack Health nursing facility’s elder residents and the kids in Sarah Dew-Pratt’s new ...

PSC team tracks ticks, educates kids and informs the state

PAUL SMITHS — The work of 17 students and one dog in professor Lee Ann Sporn’s capstone class at Paul Smith’s College has again been entered into the state record. “It’s fast and furious, isn’t it?” Sporn asked the class on their last day of the semester. “What we’re able ...

Cause remains undetermined in Franklin garage fire

VERMONTVILLE — Though there is still no official cause of the recent fire at the Franklin Highway Department garage, the town supervisor said insurance reps are reaching out to equipment manufacturers that might have to pay for damages. “I guess it’s a little more complicated than we ...

Diversity director wants to meet Adirondackers

SARANAC LAKE — Despite it being part of her official title, Nicole Hylton-Patterson said she doesn’t often use the word “diversity” because it tends to represent just an abundance of different skin colors. She said true inclusion is more than what’s on the surface. “As an ...

27 county clerks push to stall driver license change

Essex County’s Joseph Provoncha and Franklin County’s Kip Cassavaw have joined 25 other county clerks in calling for New York’s so-called “Green Light” law to be delayed. County clerks from around the state released a joint statement Friday addressed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ...

Weather Service warns about flooding, wind

The National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, has issued a weather advisory warning of possible minor flooding of the AuSable River and its tributaries Saturday. Widespread rainfall is anticipated through Thursday in portions of northern New York. That rainfall, according to ...

State still investigating cause of Mid-Station blaze

WILMINGTON — The cause of a blaze that consumed the Mid-Station Lodge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center earlier this month is still under investigation. Investigators from the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control are still working on piecing together what happened on Nov. 30, ...

Stec promotes support from GOP chairs

After announcing his plan to run for state Senate earlier this week, Assemblyman Dan Stec announced he had met with all six Republican county chairs in the 45th Senate District Thursday — solidifying early support for his candidacy. Six days after state Sen. Betty Little announced she ...

Clarkson students will present study on impact of High Peaks hiker tourism

KEENE VALLEY — A presentation on the impacts of High Peaks hiker tourism is coming to the Nature Conservancy on Wednesday. Students in Clarkson University’s Adirondack Semester, working in partnership with the Adirondack Council, an Elizabethtown-based green group, have been ...

Lake Placid area wins gold LEED certification

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid and the greater Olympic Region have been awarded a gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Design, is a globally recognized rating system that evaluates buildings and communities based on a variety of factors, ...

Donaldson retires from Harrietstown Highway Dept.

SARANAC LAKE — After nearly 40 years as Harrietstown Highway Superintendent, Craig Donaldson handed in a resignation and retirement letter at Wednesday night’s town council meeting, and multiple council members said it came as a shock. “We were pretty surprised,” Councilman Howard ...

Franklin Co. chooses LDC to handle its tourism marketing

Franklin County will have a new marketing and tourism agency take over operations next year. For the past five years, the county’s marketing contract was handled by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, which also markets Essex County, Hamilton County and some towns and villages ...

Lewis mountain named for famed women’s suffragist

A mountain in the Essex County town of Lewis has been formally renamed after a famed women’s suffragist who partly grew up there. Mount Discovery was officially renamed Mount Inez, in honor of Inez Milholland, by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names Thursday. The town of Lewis had ...

North Elba settles tax challenge, but refuses refund

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba has settled a property assessment challenge, but will issue no refund to a Main Street business that claimed its assessment was inflated by nearly 900%. The owners of the Smoke Signals building at 2489 Main St., who operate as 89 JPS LLC, ...

New state laws will stall drug cases

QUEENSBURY — Police officers from multiple agencies rolled into the Forest Park Mobile Home Park on Wednesday, backed by armored vehicles and Warren County’s heavily armed emergency response team. The raid was part of a months-long drug investigation, and the primary target was found ...

Stefanik: Schiff, not Trump, abused power and obstructed Congress

PLATTSBURGH — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow House Democratic leaders announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Tuesday morning: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “We must be clear: no one, not even the president, is above the law,” House ...

Man charged in moose death

VERMONTVILLE — A Clinton County man has been charged with numerous counts related to the killing of a moose in the town of Franklin near Vermontville. On Dec. 4, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, of Saranac following a month-long DEC ...