Archives for May 2018

Saranac Lake Officer To Be Trained On Oral Tests For Drugs

From Saranac Lake to Latham, by Albany, a Saranac Lake police officer will be headed to train on new oral tests for driving while under the influence of drugs. Patrolman Leigh Wenske is a certified state drug recognition expert and will learn how to use oral fluid testing as part of an eight hour workshop. The village trustees voted to send Wenske to the training.

State Plans To Protect Mirror Lake From Road Salt

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced two new innovative pilot programs to help rejuvenate Mirror Lake and Lake George by reducing the application of road salt while still protecting the safety of the traveling public.
The program on Mirror Lake will be launched on a 16-mile stretch along State Route 86 starting at Old Military Road and going through the Towns of North Elba and Wilmington and the Village of Lake Placid, Essex County. Both pilots in the Adirondacks aim to reduce salt application rates while still satisfying goals of maintaining safety on the state’s highway system. Road salt is one of the challenges impacting the Adirondack Park’s aquatic ecosystems.

Hall Of Fame Committee Seeks 2018 Nominations

The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee is seeking recommendations from Olympic region residents for the 2018 Hall of Fame nominations. Deadline for submission is June 15 and the annual induction banquet will take place in the fall. The 2017 inductees include: Cora Clark and Andrew Weibrecht.

The Lake Placid Hall of Fame began in 1983 and has inducted over 100 individuals, as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic four-man bobsled team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Plaques, commemorating each member, are on display in the Olympic Center’s Hall of Fame, located in the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

To be considered for Hall of Fame induction, individuals must be current or past residents of the Olympic region (defined as Essex, Clinton and Franklin Counties in New York State) or have a significant connection to the area. Nominees must have made significant sports, cultural or civic contributions to the region, or their endeavors must have enhanced the quality of life, fellowship of man or historical heritage of the area.

The selection committee maintains a list of previous nominees. Nominations will only be considered if they are accompanied by a list of accomplishments relative to the purpose of the Hall of Fame.

Tupper Lake 8-Miler Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race Saturday

The Tupper Lake 8-Miler Canoe, Kayak, & SUP Race is happening Saturday at 11am. Race starts at the Town of Tupper Lake Boat Launch on Lake Simon Road (off NYS Route 30) and goes up to the Route 30 Bridge, then goes up the Raquette River to the Oxbow, and returns to the Boat Launch. Entry Fee:
$25. T-Shirts for the first 50 registrants. Prizes, awards, and post-race BBQ. *all proceeds from the race go to the Bill Shene Asthma and Respiratory Fund and it’s North Country fight against asthma.

Mobile Dental Clinic Making Stops Locally

Adirondack Health’s mobile dental clinic will make regular stops in the communities of Tupper Lake and AuSable Forks from May to October this year. The “dental clinic on wheels” is a retro-fitted recreational vehicle fully registered, licensed and insured in New York State and certified by the Department of Health to provide dental care to patients ages three and older. Adirondack Health’s mobile dental clinic will travel to AuSable Forks on the following Thursdays: May 31, June 14 and 28, Aug. 2, 16 and 30, Sept. 13 and 27 and Oct. 4. It will travel to Tupper Lake on the following Thursdays: June 7 and 21, July 26, Aug. 9 and 23, Sept. 6 and 20 and Oct. 11. The clinic accepts most insurances, including Medicaid. Self-pay patients are also welcome. Appointments are required.

Saranac Lake Community Store Underway With Fundraising Effort

The Saranac Lake Community Store is launching an initiative aimed at raising its profile, introducing
more of the world to the quality design and creativity of the Adirondacks, and adding lines of
unique products only available through the store. The Community Store is reaching out to a new group of investors (including many of the original shareholders) through a crowd-funding process. Undertaken
through a company called Wefunder.com, the Saranac Lake Community Store is seeking to
raise $80,000 in the form of small loans that will be repaid with interest over a period of years
based on store revenues. Participants can come to the table with as little as $100, or as much
as they wish to invest. Repayment begins in the third year, and investors will benefit from
certain perks for adding their support – such as discount cards and gift packages.

Tour Of Wilmington Whiteface Bike Races

As many as 1,000 road and mountain cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts are expected to take part in Friday-Sunday’s, June 1-3, 2018, Tour of Wilmington Whiteface bike races and 5K and 10K trail runs. The three-day event features the 17th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race, the eighth annual Wilmington Whiteface 100K MTB and AdiRUNdack trail run.

The Tour of Wilmington Whiteface, an 11-mile 17th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race, the prestigious 69-mile long Wilmington Whiteface 100K MTB (WW100) and inaugural AdiRundack 5K and 10K trail runs.

Friday, June 1, the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race begins at 5:30 p.m., while Saturday’s, June 2, WW100 is slated to start at 7 a.m. Sunday’s, June 3, AdiRUNdack trail runs get underway at 9 a.m.

All three races begin at the base of Whiteface Mountain, 5021 Route 86 Wilmington, NY 12997

Police Cracking Down On Agressive, Impaired Driving For Memorial Day

Police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 25th and will end on May 29th. Law enforcement agencies throughout New York State will collaborate and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths. In 2017, as part of the STOP-DWI traffic enforcement period New York State troopers arrested nearly 240 people for DWI issued 3,599 tickets for speeding, 290 tickets for distracted driving, 2,312 tickets for seatbelt violations and 218 Move Over Law violations over the Memorial Day weekend

I Love BBQ And Music Festival Set For Lake Placid

Lake Placid will emit a special aromatic scent from July 6-8 when the annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival returns for the 13th time on the 1980 Olympic Oval. No matter the direction, either Routes 86 or 73, just follow your nose to Main Street.

You will be brought directly to the site, which is the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, site of Eric Heiden’s five Olympic gold medals in 1980. The top barbecue pit bosses and teams will once again return to this Adirondack resort village to raise needed funds for the nearby Shipman Youth Center, located just down the street from the barbecue festival venue.

Approximately $250,000 has been raised thus far for youth programs since the inception of the festival. The namesake of the Shipman Youth Center, former Lake Placid police officer Thomas Shipman, created this facility.

Skimmer Killed In Keeseville Gas Pump

A skimmer was found on a gas pump at the Mobil station in Keeseville. The head of the Essex County Department of Weights and Measures, was doing a routine check of the pumps there when he found the device inside pump number 3. Skimmers steal credit card information and are often used on gas pumps and ATM machines to target unknowing victims. The gas station owner had no knowledge of it being there. This is the first one of its kind, using cellular technololgy, apparently found in New York state.