Archives for November 2018

NY Farm Bureau Releases Thanksgiving Feast Costs

The 2018 Market Basket Survey from the New York Farm Bureau reveals a nearly 18% price increase for the average Thanksgiving Day dinner over last year’s meal. The average total price this year, which includes a 16-pound turkey, is $54.53. This is a $9.79 increase over last year’s survey of $44.74, much of that attributed to higher turkey prices. Turkey prices are about $1.86 per pound in New York State, up 28% on average in this informal survey compared to 2017. The New York numbers did show price decreases from the previous year in other categories including for a gallon of milk, fresh carrots, cranberries and Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix. We have seen a rebound in pumpkin supply following a low three years ago. In addition, milk prices have remained low throughout 2018, part of a four year down cycle

Paul Smith’s Hoops Playing On Brooklyn Nets Home Court

The Paul Smith’s College men’s basketball team will face off against SUNY Canton at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, this Dec. 14. Bobcats head coach Dominique Boone explained that he’s been a close friend of Ben Thompson, SUNY Canton head coach, who made the connection to Barclays and approached Paul Smith’s to play.
The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. For admission, one must purchase a ticket to the Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets game at 7:30 p.m. that same day.

Money To Fix Bridges And Culverts Headed To North Country

The North Country is getting just under $24.5 million dollars as part of more than $262.2 million in enhanced funding being awarded to municipal governments to accelerate the renewal and modernization of local bridges and culverts. As part of the State’s BRIDGE NY initiative, these awards will fund 165 individual projects in 95 communities across the State. This funding builds on the $300 million in enhanced assistance made available to municipal governments for accelerated bridge and culvert projects since 2015. The BRIDGE NY initiative focuses on projects that address deteriorated structural conditions; mitigate weight restrictions or long detours; facilitate economic development or increase competitiveness; and/or reduce the risk of flooding.

Unprepared Hiker Requires Rescue

Recently, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a phone call from the family of a stranded hiker on Mount Marcy. Dressed in cotton and inappropriate footwear, the unprepared hiker found himself in inhospitable conditions. The caller’s coordinates placed him just under one-half mile below the summit. The 22-year-old male hiker was contacted via cell phone and placed in contact with Forest Rangers. The hiker stated that he had removed his socks and shoes in order to warm his feet. Rangers instructed the hiker to redress and start hiking, quickly and safely, down the trail back toward Marcy Dam. Rangers entered the woods moving toward the hiker’s location. At 9:40 p.m., the hiker relayed through his family that he was running out of light on his phone, which was his only light source, and felt lost. At 10:22 p.m., Rangers located the subject and assisted him to his vehicle parked near Adirondak Loj. The incident concluded at 12:30 a.m.

New Details On Fatal Crash That Killed Local Man

On November 10, 2018, at approximately 6:24 a.m., State Police responded to State Route 86 in the town of Harrietstown for one-vehicle collision. An investigation revealed that, a 2011 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Dylan M. Hall, 22, of Saranac Lake, was traveling north on State Route 86 when his vehicle ran off the east shoulder of the roadway on a curve. Upon exiting the east shoulder of the road, the vehicle struck an earth embankment and became airborne, striking several small trees followed by a utility pole. The vehicle came to rest overturned. Hall was ejected through the canvas roof and he was located approximately sixteen feet from the vehicle.

Further investigation indicates that the accident occurred at approximately 2:24 a.m. which resulted in an electrical outage caused by damage to the utility pole. Franklin County Coroner Ronald B Keough responded to scene. Hall was pronounced at the scene by Keough, at 8:15 am.

Snowmaking Underway On Local Mountains

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) managed ski resorts, Belleayre Mountain, Highmount; Gore Mountain, North Creek; and Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; all began snowmaking operations this weekend in anticipation of their season openings, Friday, Nov. 23, weather and conditions permitting. Snowmakers at Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort were at the summit blasting away from the top down. The team of snowmakers worked their way down Deer Run, from top to bottom to start, and then headed over to Iroquois in the lower area. Gore Mountain, combined their snowmaking efforts, running four fans at the Ski Bowl for Nordic and nine fans in the resort’s base area. While at Whiteface, snowguns and fans started blanketing the Olympic mountain’s Excelsior, Summit Express, Fox and Mixing Bowl trails. Season passes remain on sale. Through November 26, the full-season adult Ski3 pass is available for $899, while the Ski3 teen pass is just $429. The 2018-’19 Ski3 junior pass is available for only $329.

DWI Crash In Lewis

On November 5, 2018, at approximately 8:36 p.m., State Police responded to Stowersville Road (County Route 12) in the town of Lewis for report of a one-car crash. An investigation at the scene revealed that a 2006 Toyota Tundra driven by Jonathan D. Rock, 30, of Rensselaer, NY, was traveling east on Stowersville Road when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a ditch on the north shoulder of the roadway. He was subsequently arrested for DWI.

Rock was found to have a previous conviction for DWI. His blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.19%. Rock was charged with Felony DWI, and Felony Aggravated DWI. He was arraigned in the Lewis Town Court where he was remanded to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 bail bond.

Mallach Issues Statement In Wake Of Sheriff’s Election Results

Jordanna Mallach issuing a statement on the sheriff’s race. “While I am disappointed by the results, I am heartened by the support I have received throughout this campaign. It’s been a tremendous honor to meet with so many constituents across Franklin County over the last several months. I’d also like to acknowledge the volunteers who helped move this campaign forward. I wish Mr. Mulverhill and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office the best of luck and I look forward to staying involved in local politics and continuing to serve our communities.”

NCCC Nursing Professor Teaching In Russia

North Country Community College nursing professor Selina LeMay-Klippel is teaching in Russia this semester after winning a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award. LeMay-Klippel is living in Ufa, the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and teaching at Bashkir State Medical University. She is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who are teaching, conducting research, or providing expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Wilmington In Cycle ADK’s Overnight Plans

Cycle Adirondacks will feature Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport as overnight communities for the Aug. 17-23, 2019 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, the fifth anniversary of the award winning weeklong road cycling tour. The three communities were announced Thursday during a public route announcement held at Ledge Hill Brewing in Westport and broadcast live on CycleADK’s Facebook page.

Ticonderoga was featured as an overnight community during the 2016 tour, but next summer will be the first time the tour has stayed in Wilmington or Westport. Each will host the event for two consecutive evenings beginning with Ticonderoga Aug. 17-19 and followed by Wilmington Aug. 19-21 and Westport Aug. 21-23.

Since the tour’s debut in 2015, the weeklong event has hosted over 850 guests from nearly every state and province in North America. For many, the event is their first visit to the Adirondacks and surrounding region. The 2019 tour is expected to host 250 cyclists.