Winter Carnival Committee Expects To Hold Winter Carnival

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee fully expects to have a carnival amid the COVID-19 landscape. Organizers say there will be adjustments in the ten day event featuring parades, fireworks, sporting events, performances, an Ice Palace and a coronation. The committee chair tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise there have been many suggestions, from a drive by parade to a virtual coronation.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Spotted In Adirondacks

DEC Tuesday announced the confirmation of an infestation of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) on Forest Preserve lands in the town of Dresden in Washington County. The affected hemlock trees were located near a campsite within Glen Island Campground on the shore of Lake George. This is the second known infestation of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in the Adirondacks.

Hub On The Hill Getting A Hand

The Hub on the Hill will deliver approximately 80,000 meals by October 1, 2020. Mercedes-Benz is providing $10,000 toward a new Sprinter Van, Thermo-King is providing a $1,500 discount for the refrigeration unit, and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation is pledging $15,000 PLUS a 50% match on pledges made up to the $400 level via their Caring Crowd fundraising platform. The Hub was founded in 2015 as a non-profit corporation focused on supporting and reinforcing the growing agricultural movement in the

Fatal Accident In Jay Under Investigation

On August 9, 2020, at approximately 12 p.m. State Police responded to the intersection of Stickney Bridge Road and Hazen Road in the town of Jay for a report of an automobile accident involving a motorcycle. An investigation at the scene revealed that a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by 71-year-old Stephen N. Croxton of Ausable Forks, was traveling north on Stickney Bridge Road, when his motorcycle ran off the eastern shoulder and struck the earth embankment. The collision caused him to eject over the handlebars. Croxton was conscious and breathing on scene following the crash. He was transported to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh for treatment. However, Croxton succumbed to injuries while at the hospital. This remains under investigation.

First Night Celebration In Saranac Lake Canceled

For the first time in 15 years, there will be no First Night celebration to ring in the new year in Saranac Lake, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board of First Night Saranac Lake has been deliberating since spring when the pandemic began, weighing options for the annual all-ages New Year’s Eve event. At a meeting July 22, the board came to a consensus that there is no safe and desirable alternative for holding the event, and that it is therefore necessary to cancel this year’s event.

Rachael Ray’s Adirondack Home Heavily Damaged In Fire

A house in Lake Luzerne, Warren County belonging to TV celebrity chef Rachael Ray burned Sunday night into Monday. Crews arrived on the scene at 22 Chuckwagon Drive and the home was fully involved. No word on injuries or a cause for the fire. Reportedly, no one was home at the time.

Foundation Gala Going Digital

Adirondack Foundation’s annual summer party is going digital. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports “Toast the Adirondacks: An Online Celebration of Community and Philanthropy” will stream live on Friday, Aug. 14 starting at 4:30 p.m. Officials say the Foundation serves as the philanthropic hub for the Adirondack region and recently closed out a record-breaking $5.4 million year in grantmaking.

Jones Issues Statement On Reopening Process

Assemblyman Billy Jones is sounding off on what he perceives as a stall in the North Country reopening process. He says,
“The North Country entered Phase IV over a month ago and it is unacceptable that so many small businesses remain closed due to lack of guidance released from the State. Our region relies on these small businesses and they will not survive much longer if they remain closed.”

Stefanik Announces HUD Grant Money Locally

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced over $200,000 in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) administrative support CARES Act funding to be awarded to several North Country housing authorities as follows: The money includes $17,973 for the Harrietstown Housing Authority

Local Colleges Holding Zoom Session To Talk About New School Year

Join the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for a community conversation with North Country Community College, Paul Smith’s College and the village of Saranac Lake as we mark the start of the fall semester for both local colleges.
Listen in as the colleges present their plans to safely reopen and welcome back students (in-person and online) while also sharing their efforts to support and promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in the Saranac Lake community. It’s happening August, 11th, 2020 @ 5:00 pm via Zoom and Chamber’s Facebook Live.