Archives for January 2019

Group Looks To Help Businesses In Transition

Nationwide, only 20% of businesses that go on the market end up being sold. Here in the North Country, over 10,000 business owners are nearing retirement, and new owners are hard to find. The Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition is a collaboration of groups and leaders whose goal is to support existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in developing successful business transition strategies.
Following its first gathering of lead partners and representatives at the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) office in Saranac Lake on January 14, the Center announced a slate of community liaisons, a monthly workshop series and other ways the group will share insights, skills and resources to assist local businesses in transition.

Displaced Green Mountain College Students Can Go To Paul Smith’s

Paul Smith’s College has finalized a transfer agreement with Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., which announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that it will discontinue operations at the end of the spring 2019 semester.

Both colleges are collaborating to create seamless transfer pathways to foster student success. Included in this is a tuition guarantee for students who apply by Sept. 1 for the 2019-20 academic year. Financial aid packages for these students will ensure that net tuition is equal to or less than the tuition billed by Green Mountain College in 2018-19.

Also, credits earned by students at Green Mountain are easily transferable to Paul Smith’s for students in good standing. An application fee for prospective transfer students will not be charged.

Saranac Lake Saw 2018 Drop In Crime

Fewer arrests last year than in the four years prior in Saranac Lake. Police officials credit community policing for a the drops. While they don’t have exact numbers for 2018 yet, they do know that there were 900 arrests made between 2014 and 2017, an average of 227 a year. Village police have reported a decrease in arrests in 2018 compared to the previous four years — making more Still, the police chief is confident that the raw data he has now points to fewer amount of crimes reported and fewer calls for service as well.

Day Old Pheasant Chick Program Underway

DEC announced that the application period for the cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program is now open. The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program began in the early 1900s and was officially established in 1919, making 2019 the program’s 100th anniversary. Applications to the program are due by March 25. The program is a partnership among DEC, hunters, 4-H youth groups, and landowners interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. In its early days, pheasant eggs and chicks were distributed solely to farmers and rural youth. Today, day-old chicks are available at no cost to any New Yorker that can provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site. Release sites must be open to public pheasant hunting opportunities and chicks cannot be released on private shooting preserve

Something To Know If You’ve Bought Stuff At Kay Jewelers, Jared

If you’ve purchased jewerly at Kay Jewelers or Jared, Attorney General Letitia James and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced an $11 million settlement with Sterling Jewelers Inc., their parent company. The settlement resolves an investigation that revealed that Sterling signed consumers up for store credit cards without the consumers’ knowledge or consent. Sterling also enrolled consumers in a credit insurance product without consumers’ knowledge or consent and misrepresented the terms of the store cards. As part of the settlement, Sterling will pay $11 million in penalties.

Ice Palace Construction Scheduled To Start Thursday

Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace is scheduled to get underway Thursday. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will likely continue until the start of the carnival on February 1.
The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101). Starting January 18, the public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability. The construction of the Ice Palace is a community effort by those dedicated to keeping this time-honored tradition alive. Volunteers are subject to very cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions, all while handling ice and snow. Despite these harsh conditions, camaraderie is evident and a sense of pride is felt among the volunteers who contribute to continuing the legacy of the Ice Palace.

Gov: Millions On Table To Improve Olympic Facilities

Governor Cuomo looking to dole out dollars in a big way for improvements to Olympic facilities. Under the governor’s plan, The Olympic Regional Development Authority would receive $70 million for strategic upgrades and a modernization plan. Also, 10 million dollars would be used for maintenance and energy efficiency upgrades and $2.5 million from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation budget as part of the New York WORKS initiative. The governor made the annoucnement in his State of the State address.

New Event For Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced a new event called Skate Lake Colby. The event will be held on Sunday, February 3 at the Lake Colby beach. It will offer ice skating paths and a fat bike trail. Adirondack Health is the official sponsor for the event. From 12:00-5:00 p.m. the public is welcome to bring their own ice skates or try out other ice sports like kicksleds, Nordic skates and fat bikes, courtesy of Human Power Planet Earth (77 Main Street). From 6:00-8:00 p.m. the public is welcome to bring their own ice skates, headlamps or flashlights to skate the path at night. For more information about the Skate Lake Colby event and other events during the carnival, visit our website at

Foster Care Needed In Area, Says United Way

United Way of the Adirondack Region sending out an advisory that there’s an urgent need for foster care in the area. Officials say in the past five years, there’s been a 90% increase in the number of kids in foster care in the region. They say placement options are flexible in order to meet the needs and desires of people interested in becoming foster parents. Find out more in Essex County by calling 518-873-3414.

More Options On The Trudeau Winter Carnival Posters

We told you last week that artist Gary Trudeau had issued his poster for the 2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Here’s some additional info. He also signed 100 posters which cost $70 each including tax. There is an additional cost for shipping if local pick-up is not possible. Signed posters are available to purchase starting January 15. Unclaimed numbered posters will be made available to the public on a first come/first served basis. Also, a raffle will be held for signed poster #1. Sales are limited to 100 raffle tickets at a cost of $5 each. Tickets are available from Mr. Dickson until the opening of carnival on February 1, and then they’re available at carnival headquarters (193 River Street) until the carnival ends on February 10.