Archives for December 2018

North Country getting Millions In Regional Economic Development Grants

Nearly 65 million dollars is headed to the north country as part of a new round of state Regional Economic Development Council grants. Among the local projects funded…$2.2 million for a hotel in Tupper Lake, was fully funded. The proposed hotel would feature 75 rooms, a breakfast dining area, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a business center, a small market and an outdoor patio. In Saranac Lake Pendragon Theatre received $500,000 of its $1,330,000 request in its search for a new downtown home. Historic Saranac Lake was granted the $500,000 it sought to restore Dr. E.L. Trudeau’s former home and office on Main Street create a public museum dedicated to his tuberculosis treatment. The final project is expected to cost $1,780,000

Substation Contracts Going To Bid

Two contracts surrounding the Lake Placid substation circuit bypass project are going out to bid after that was approved at this week’s board meeting. One is focused on an electrical relay panel and the other circuit breakers and insulator switches. Another dealing with the housing for all this equipment, will go out to bid at a later date.
Two substations control hydroelectric power to the village. The new set up would put put breakers and switches in the substation so that when one goes out power will flow to the other without an outage

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Book Fair Needs Coordinator

Usually it’s a money maker bringing in thousands of dollars, but the next Winter Carnival Book Fair in Saranac Lake will be canceled if a coordinator is not found soon. That coordinator manages, plans and organizes the book fair. The previous coordinator stepped down after a decade but said she received lots of support. Also, it doesn’t have to be one individual it could be a pair. The book fair is currently scheduled for Feb. 7, 8 and 9, at the tail end of Winter Carnival. The winter fair usually brings in around $7,000 for the library There are approximately 20,000 books available — sourced from donations to the library, or weeded from the library stacks. Books that aren’t sold after four fairs are donated.

Community Bank Donates To United Way Locally

Fundraising efforts by the United Way of the Adirondack Region are a little weightier following a contribution from Community Bank N.A. The bank contributed just under $14,000 to the agency through its workplace giving campaign and corporate gift.

Campaign To Promote Area Alpine Skiing

A new campaign promoting the Adirondacks as an Alpine ski destination is now underway. Representatives from Adirondack ski areas, along with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), the destination marketing organization for Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton counties, is using #SkiADK to promote the seven ski areas located within the Blue Line— from big mountain terrain with glades and steep verticals to hometown ski centers with loads of tubing. The digital and print campaign highlights the attributes, diverse terrain and amenities offered throughout the Adirondacks unifying all the ski centers under one common brand and message — #SkiADK.

Thursday Night Movie Screening In Tupper Lake

A Thursday night screening of ‘All In’ at the State Theater Thursday night. It’s directed by Scott Gaffney, produced along with his brother Robb, both Tupper Lake Natives. It’s 65 minutes of hardcore skiing, say the Gaffneys. Entrance at 6:30pm, the movie starts at 7 at 100 Park Street in Tupper Lake. $20 at the door gets you the movie along with subs, beer and wine.

APA Vote On Guidance Could Impact Cross Country Skiing Offerings

Not all, but alot of cross country ski trails could be affected by how the Adirondack Park Agency interprets a document that could lead to an increase in skiing on Forest Preserve lands. It’s called Cross Country Ski Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance. It comes from the DEC and the APA is expected to vote on it Friday at its meeting. If that’s approved, the guidance would go out for public comment before coming back to the board for a final decision. This document does not affect groomed trails such as those at Mount Van Hoevenbergor the North Creek Ski Bowl.

Saranac Resident Among Those Sentenced In Drug Case

Kyle Touchstone, age 31, of Plattsburgh, New York; Melissa Kusalonis, age 37, of Plattsburgh; Anthony DeFilippo, age 37, of Schenectady, New York; and Luke Kiroy, age 34, of Saranac, New York, were sentenced this week for conspiring to distribute heroin.
Touchstone, Kusalonis, DeFilippo, and Kiroy were charged with six other people in two related indictments pertaining to a heroin-distribution ring that transported heroin from Annapolis and Schenectady and sold it in the Plattsburgh area.

Rescue Efforts Heroic But Fall Just Short For Deer

Valiant effort by membrers of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department as they rescued a deer that had fallen through ice on Lake Flower. Usually they don’t do that, but they feared that passersby may take matters into their own hands and put themselves in danger. . They carefully approached the deer, who was attempting to swim to their boat and ultimately pulled the doe into the boat. They attempted to warm her up for several hours but unfortunately the deer did not survive.

Casey Appointed Interim Dean At LPHS

Tammy Casey has been appointed temporary dean of student at Lake Placid High School effective Jan. 1. The school board had interviewed four candidates for the position which was left open when Dana Wood was hired to replaced Leonard Saunders as the district’s business manager. Interim principal at the high school Ernest Witkowski took that post in September but will be stepping down, back to retirement, after winter break.