Archives for October 2018

Clinton Woman Charged With DWI In North Elba

On October 28, 2018, at approximately 10:45 p.m., State Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Subaru Impreza for speed in zone on State Route 86, in the town of North Elba. The operator, 29-year-old Tiffany L. Robinson, of Clinton, NY, was subsequently arrested for DWI. Her blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.13%. She was charged with DWI and further ticketed for speed in zone, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Robinson was released with tickets returnable to the Town of North Elba Court.

Local Blood Drive To Help Shore Up Supplies

There are several North Country Regional Blood Donor Center (NCRBDC) blood drives open to the community in November. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 12, North Country Community College, Saranac Lake campus, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blood collected by the NCRBDC stays in the North Country, helping hundreds of people in this region at hospitals in Plattsburgh, Elizabethtown, Malone, Massena, Saranac Lake and Glens Falls. The Donor Center depends on donors and sponsors to maintain an adequate supply of blood and blood products for the region. The continued generosity and dedication of both groups is vital to the success of the program.

To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health and at least 17 years of age. The minimum weight requirement is 110 lbs. All donors must pass a physical and health history exam conducted at the drive prior to donation. A valid ID is required. Whole blood can be donated once every eight weeks (56 days).

Congressional Candidates Square Off In Debate

Gun control, military spending and trade agreeements, just a few of the topics that came up Monday night when the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional District met head to head in a debate. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, Democrat Tedra Cobb of Canton and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn of Schroon Lake were all present. They discussed the Pittsburgh situation and whether that warrants an assault weapons ban. Health care and immigration also gained attention during the hour long exchange.

Thirty Students Graduate From NCCC’s Second Chance Pell Program

More than thirty students from correctional facilities across the region are the first class of graduates from North Country Community College’s Second Chance Pell program.The Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, provides need-based Pell grants to people in state and federal prisons through partnerships with 65 colleges in 27 states. NCCC is the only two-year college in the State University of New York system to offer Second Chance Pell, which allows non-violent inmates with less than five years left on their sentences to earn an associate’s degree. The goal of the program is to improve their chances of finding employment upon release from prison.

Saranac Lake Secures Cure Porch On Wheels Funds

Saranac Lake has been awarded a major grant to support the Cure Porch on Wheels project in 2019. The New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has approved a grant of $16,000 to support programming on Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history booth and mobile exhibit space. The Cure Porch on Wheels will serve as a symbol of local heritage. The project is modeled on the cure porches of Saranac Lake, where tens of thousands of people from around the world came to take the “fresh air cure” for tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake will host oral history days, temporary exhibits, and educational programs on the Cure Porch on Wheels.

Paul Smith’s Hires Hockey Coach

Casey Gerrish, an experienced hockey player, referee and area league commissioner, has been brought on as head hockey coach at Paul Smith’s College.

Gerrish has played at the Junior A level in the US, as well as Juniors in Canada, and has assisted in coaching since he was 16. He also brings 21 years of refereeing experience and three more as commissioner for the Northern Adult Hockey League, the top non-professional league in northern New York.

“I’ve basically been involved in every facet of the game for 15-plus years,” Gerrish explained. “I’m familiar with every aspect of hockey in the North Country … the position as head coach for Paul Smith’s hockey is a truly perfect fit.”

Gerrish is currently coaching the Paul Smith’s College Bobcats co-ed team, which plays in the Upstate New York Club Hockey League (UNYCHL). Next year, Gerrish will assume the head coaching role of the women’s program at the college.

This year’s club team features a number of key returning players, including goalie Katey Snyder, defenseman Tim Fuller, and forward Kyle Bond.

20 Years For Tupper Lake Liquor Store Robber

20 years behind bars for a Massena man who robbed Ray’s Discount Liquor & Wine store in June. 40 yearold Jason Smith went into the store one morning and held the 90 year old owner at knifepoint. She had just gotten back from the bank with cash and stole money from the bank box and cash register before taking off…the incident caught largely on store surveillance. The female victim was shaken up but no injured. Smith was arrested in connection with another theft on July 8th in Massena. After being released from Clinton County jail, he was remanded to Franklin County Jail and charged with the robbery in Tupper Lake.

Addiction Treatment Facility To Hold Opening Ceremony Friday

With addiction to opioids and other drugs skyrocketing, a new treatment option is opening in the region. A new facility will be opening up a the former New York State facility in Schuyler Falls. It’s been rejuvenated and transformed in to a recovery campus to include detox beds, which we lack greatly in the area. There’s an opening ceremony of sorts and press conference happening Friday.

NCCC Recruits For Digital Art Show

High school students from across the region are invited to submit their best works of digital art for North Country Community College’s first-ever Digital Art Show.

The juried show will take place at the college’s Saranac Lake campus Dec. 3 to Jan. 11. A reception and awards ceremony for students will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7.

“This is a great opportunity for high school students to have their digital art featured here at our main campus,” said Tina LaMour, and associate professor of art and chair of NCCC’s Fine Art and Graphics program. “I know there’s some really high-caliber work coming out of our high schools, and we’re excited to be able to showcase it here at the college.”

All digital formats are accepted. Works can be dropped off at any of the college’s three campuses – Malone, Saranac Lake or Ticonderoga — between Nov. 10 and 17. All 2-D artwork must be single matted with a matboard backing for durability, and all works must be packaged for transportation to prevent damage.

Rangers Rescue Hiker In Adirondack Mountain Reserve

DEC Forest Rangers kept busy as hikers take advantage of Fall in the North Country. On Saturday at 3:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 21-year-old female from Ottawa, Ontario, with an ankle injury three miles down the Lake Road access on the Indian Head Trail in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. Her companion hiked out to get assistance. A Ranger responded to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve at 4:11 p.m., met up with the reporting party, unlocked the gate to the Lake Road, and drove to the injured hiker. After providing basic First Aid for the injured ankle, the hiker was transported by patrol vehicle back to the hiking party’s vehicle to seek medical attention on her own.