Archives for July 2018

Fires Update

An official says at least 14,000 people are under evacuation orders in an area of Northern California that has been hit by deadly wildfires in the past four years.

Another 1,000 people have been displaced in neighboring Mendocino County.

Lake County sheriff’s Lt. Corey Paulich said Monday that two blazes are encroaching on Lakeport, Upper Lake and Nice but have not yet reached heavily populated areas.

Paulich says residents have been heeding evacuation orders because they have seen the destruction caused by past fires.

The impoverished county about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento has been hit by several wildfires since 2015 that destroyed thousands of homes and killed at least four people.

Fatal Crash In St. Mary’s County

A fatal crash under investigation in St. Mary’s County. Sunday evening deputies responded to the 21000 block of Three Notch Road, in the area of FDR Boulevard in
Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. Responding
deputies found a sport utility vehicle and a motorcycle in the roadway. The Collision
Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
Preliminary investigation determined a 2014 Toyota Highlander, operated by Kevin James
Wolfe, age 51 of Leonardtown, was struck by a 2004 Suzuki GSX R1000 motorcycle operated
by William Antonio Briscoe, age 31 of Lexington Park. Briscoe was traveling southbound on
Three Notch Road, and failed to stop at a red traffic signal at the intersection of FDR Boulevard.
Briscoe collided with the Toyota which was crossing the southbound lanes of Three Notch Road
to continue northbound, on a green traffic signal. Briscoe was ejected from the motorcycle and
was pronounced deceased on the scene. Wolfe and two juvenile passengers suffered non-
incapacitating injuries. Witness accounts indicate speed and failure to obey a traffic control
device to be contributing factors in the accident.

Police ID Man Found Dead Near Bangor

An autopsy done at Adirondack Medical Center in Sarnac Lake has determined that Bruce K. Waite’s death was accidental. Waite was ID’ed as the man whose body was found near Slush Pond in the Town of Brighton hamlet of Paul Smiths. State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers notified State Police around 11 a.m. of the location of human remains that were tentatively identified as Waite’s. Waite, 48, was identified using dental records.

Former School Sold To Biosciences Company

The former Lake Clear Elementary School has been sold to a medical and health company. Amersand Biosciences purchased the building earlier this month for a price of $132,000. The school had closed in 2009 and was rented out to Adirondack Health as office space until 2015, then a deal for it to be purchased last year, fell through after the APA classified the property as resource management usually deemed for agricultural ventures.

Tupper Lake Tinman Returns Plentiful

In 2018 Tupper Lake Tinman participants contributed $312,650 in direct spending to the region according to this year’s survey and direct expenditure results. The race celebrated its 36th year with a field of 504 athletes on June 23. The 2018 Tupper Lake Tinman participants were evenly split between first-timers who plan to participate in the race again and those who have raced it before. The majority stayed in Tupper Lake for this year’s event, and took advantage of the outdoor recreation and other attractions in the Adirondacks. Forty-seven percent of the survey respondents said this was their first time participating in the race, and over 82 percent of the respondents said they’d consider or plan on visiting again outside of the race itself.

State Says People Are Making Mistakes Applying For Real ID’s

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued a list of the top five mistakes that customers make when applying for a REAL ID and offered tips on how to avoid them. These errors can cause a customer’s application for a REAL ID to be delayed or denied, requiring them to make multiple trips to the DMV.
The top five mistakes are:Not Providing Proof of Middle Name or Name Change,. Bringing Photocopies Instead of Original Documents, Not Checking the Online Document Guide Before Visiting the DMV, Using Nicknames and vNot Providing Appropriate Proof of Residency

United Way Of The Adirondack Region Names Campaign Chair

Officials at United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. have named Hannah Provost the 2019
Campaign Chair. Ms. Provost is partner in the firm of Lomanto & Company. Hannah has been
on the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. campaign team for 4 years and has served
for four years on their Allocation Committee.
As Chair, Ms. Provost will lead the volunteer campaign team, comprised of members from
throughout the region, to raise $725,000.00 for high priority health and human services in
Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.

Chamber Leader Steps Down

The head of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has resigned from the 230-member group. Executive Director Adrienne Relyea, of Vermontville was appointed in August of last year. She replaced Johnny Muldowney. Relyea had also been the chamber’s director of membership between 2007 and 2012. She sought to separate thte chamber’s mission from ROOST, which had taken on a number of chamber roles in recent years.

Woman Whose Body Was Found ID’ed

We now know the name of the woman whose body was found on Baker Road in Bangor Monday morning. Authorities say 49 year old Carrie Spaulding was from Bangor. An autopsy done at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake is complete but the results aren’t yet public. Police say troopers discovered the body at about 5:30am between Spaulding and Limekiln Roads. Anyone with information about Spaulding and what may have happened to her is asked eto call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 518-563-3761.

New Art At Tupper Arts Center

What started out as several pieces of plywood is now art welcoming people to the site of the future Tupper Arts Center on Park Street. The owners attracted nine Tupper Lake students to create pieces of work for an area over the front door. Their work is as varied as the the students themselves. The center is scheduled to open August 7th.