Archives for April 2018

Applications Being Accepted For Essex Community Fund Grants

The Essex Community Fund (ECF) is accepting applications for 2018 grants.

ECF, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, offers grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches, and local government activities serving residents of the town of Essex. ECF awards grants in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens.

The fund gives strong preference to capacity building grants or modest one-time capital projects. ECF does not fund ongoing operating expenses. Grants generally do not exceed $2,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. June 4.

Applications must be submitted online through Adirondack Foundation’s Online Grants Manager at For in

SPARCC Plans Opioid, Heroin Addiction Seminar

It may be a bit of a drive but if opioid or heroin addiction is impacting your life, several local professionals and concerned citizens have
joined forces to form Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC). The
coalition, comprised of people in recovery, concerned citizens, treatment providers, elected officials, law
enforcement, educators, and community organizations, joins together to raise awareness and to address
the issues associated with substance abuse in our community. Our mission is to foster community health
through education, prevention, treatment and recovery of substance abuse.
On Thursday, May 10 from 7 – 9 PM, SPARCC is hosting a free Community Event at the Strand Center for
the Arts, 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, in order to raise awareness of the impact of the heroin crisis
and to educate the community about services available to help.

United Way Golf Outing Scheduled

United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. will have their 18 th Annual Olympian
Celebrity Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. This year the tournament
will be held at the Lake Placid Club Mountain Course in Lake Placid.
This unique event randomly pairs an Olympic athlete or other Celebrity with a
registered three person team. The cost is $500.00 per team which includes greens
fees, cart, free raffle gifts, and Barbeque dinner. All proceeds from the golf
tournament will go to support United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its
partner agencies which serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
There are other sponsorships available also. You can take an ad in the program, a
Tee box or a Hole flag.
Registration for a team and sponsorship forms are available at the United Way
office located at 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, on the United Way web-site,

NCCC Celebrates Community Leaders Day

North Country Community College welcomed more than 70 political, business and civic leaders to the college’s Saranac Lake campus on Friday for Community Leaders Day.

Part of the college’s 50th anniversary festivities, the event in the Connector was an opportunity for the college to thank its dedicated community partners for their ongoing support of the college. It also served as a celebration of the lasting impact the college has had, and continues to have, on people across the region.

Community Leaders Day featured remarks by Josh Dann, Saranac Lake High School principal and an NCCC alumnus, Victoria Smith, a current nursing student at the college, and Larry McFaddin, a long-time NCCC employee and faculty member.

The event also included a recognition and thank you to Sen. Betty Little, who recently secured funding for the college to upgrade its Saranac Lake campus, and the presentation of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service to an unsuspecting Larry McFaddin.

BINGO! A Fundraiser In Covington For The March Of Dimes

The March of Dimes will benefit from a recent fundraiser done by the Covington branch of Union Bank and Trust. In just a couple of hours, in partnership with the Rail Bar & Grille, the branch raised $800 running bingo games. Among the bank’s 13 branches locally, they’ve raised more than $10,000 this month alone.

More Students In SLCS Take State Tests This Year

In the past, as many as 47 percent of parents with kids in the SLCS district opted their kids out of state tests. This year, the numbers opting-in are better, say officials. The tests are shorter now for students in grades 3 through 8 and are better attended. That comes despite issues on the first day of testing that left many students unable to submit their answers, and they had to start from square one on day two.

Two Final Chances To Ski At Whiteface

A final goodbye to winter this weekend at Whiteface. Saturday and Sunday, the facility will be open from 9am to 4pm, then Whiteface shuts down for the season. They’ll open up trails accessed by the Facelift quad, Little Whiteface gondola and Summit quad will be open if conditions allow. Snowmaking is over but there is still enough snow that conditions are said to be good. Whiteface will enter the 153rd day its been open this season. Van Hoevenberg was open a record 157 days before it closed on Sunday.

SAM Fest Saturday At Paul Smith’s College

The 2018 SAM Fest happens Saturday, 11am to 5pm at Paul Smith’s College. Short TED-style presentations by students, researchers, and educators on topics related to the art and science of RENEWAL, including acid rain recovery at Black Pond, growth of deer antlers, and alpine zone regeneration. Begins with a MARCH FOR SCIENCE at 10 AM, from the PSC campus entrance to the VIC. A wide range of displays and activities by painters, film makers, and other visual artists. “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” is James Redford’s personal global journey into the renewable energy revolution, exploring issues of human resilience, new tech, and hope for a sustainable future. Plus, music from local artists and refreshments from Paul Smith’s College chefs and students

Theme Chosen For 2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

‘Prehistoric Park’ is the theme for the 2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The costumes, the floats will all carry the theme, say organizers. This time around, they didn’t solicit feedback from the public. Last year, they did and it resulted in some difference of opinion over the initially chosen theme of Adirondack Fiesta, which was ultimately changed to Adirondack Festival. The ten-day-long event will take place Feb. 1 to 10, 2019.

Concerns About Local Culvert Repair

Wildlife advocates say work now underway replacing a culvert under state Route 30 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake puts wildlife and tourism related businesses at risk. DOT will replace a 42 inch culvert and traffic will be rerouted. The Northern New York Audubon Society says the operation puts rare birds and wildlife in danger from increased traffic. It was noticed last year that there was some deterioration in the culvert and it’s been under watch ever since.