Archives for February 2019

Local Lawyer Picked To Lead St. Patrick’s Day March

Local attorney John Muldowney has been named grand marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Saranac Lake. The parade’s grand marshal is selected each year by a vote of its former grand marshals. Mike Ryan served as grand marshal for the inaugural 2016 parade, followed by Howard Riley in 2017 and Ray Scollin in 2018. Muldowney was their choice for the post for this year’s parade, which will step off from the St. Bernard’s Church parking lot at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Muldowney is the managing partner at Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle, LLP, and was a longtime organizer of the annual Can-Am rugby tournament.

Local Attorney Chosen To Lead St. Patrick’s Day March

Local attorney John Muldowney has been named grand marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Saranac Lake. The parade’s grand marshal is selected each year by a vote of its former grand marshals. Mike Ryan served as grand marshal for the inaugural 2016 parade, followed by Howard Riley in 2017 and Ray Scollin in 2018. Muldowney was their choice for the post for this year’s parade, which will step off from the St. Bernard’s Church parking lot at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Muldowney is the managing partner at Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle, LLP, and was a longtime organizer of the annual Can-Am rugby tournament.

Police: Paid Leave Is What Charged Sunmount Employee Wanted

Turns out the paid administrative leave a Sunmount supervisor and some co-workers ended up on, was just what she wanted. We told you earlier in the week that 46 year old Jesse Fletcher is accused of making fake abuse allegation reports to a state hotline number. She even mentioned herself and other employees at the Sunmont unit she oversees. The counts against her include third-degree falsely reporting an incident involving a vulnerable adult, and two counts of providing a false written statement, all misdemeanors.

New Street Festival Planned For Saranac Lake

There’s a new street festival planned in Saranac Lake this summer. It’s called Saranac Lake Streetfest and organizers appeared before the village Board of Trustees Monday night to see about getting half a block of Main Street closed for the festival; that being from in front of the Hotel Saranac, from Broadway to the hotel’s parking garage. The event is scheduled for 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20. It will feature live music, but also theatre, magic and costumes in an effort to draw people of all interests. Local vendors are getting first dibs on taking part.

Working Hard, And Fast, Against Emerald Ash Borer

Loggers around the North Country and beyond are cutting down ash trees in huge numbers as they try to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. The emerald ash borer has been chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado for about two decades. Some fear areas in the invasion zone might have only five to seven years of ash logging left. The emerald ash borer was found in Franklin County about a year and a half ago in a trap set up in the northern part of the county.

Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby Coming Up

The Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby is held on the first weekend of March on Lake Colby. Registration, before fishing, is between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. The registration area is at the Lake Colby Public Beach.

Prizes are awarded for the heaviest fish in its category. There are four categories: perch, trout, salmon and northern pike. All perch, trout and salmon must be taken from Lake Colby. Since northern pike are not available in Lake Colby, pike may be fished in other local waters. There is also a door prize for all entrants.

All fish must be caught between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m..

Assembly Members Introduce Budget Ideas

Republican members of the New York state Assembly are poised to unveil their ideas for the state budget — though it remains to be seen whether the Assembly’s Democratic majority will take them to heart.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is scheduled to release his conference’s budget priorities on Wednesday.

Republicans say their wish-list for the budget aims to make taxpayer money work better for the taxpayer.

The suggestions come as lawmakers work to approve a new state budget by an April 1 deadline.

IOC Bobsled Head Visits Paul Smith’s

Ivo Ferriani, president of the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, and member of the IOC executive board representing winter sports, recently visited Paul Smith’s College. Ferriani toured the campus, which will host students and competitions in the 2023 Universiade, as the World University Games are known. The Italian sports chief was guided around the campus by Jim Tucker, the college’s director of athletics; Jim McKenna, CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism; and John Morgan, the school’s director of sports initiatives. To that end, Paul Smith’s College created an Olympic Advisory Council last summer consisting of area Olympians Tim Burke (biathlon), Bill Demong (nordic combined), Andrea Kilbourne-Hill (hockey), Chris Mazdzer (luge) and Andrew Weibrecht (alpine skiing). All told, they account for six Olympic medals and 16 U.S. Olympic Team berths.

Paul Smith’s Research Finds Powassan Virus Prevalent

The tick-borne Powassan virus is prevalent throughout the North Country, according to research done by some Paul Smith’s students. The students found that between a quarter and half of the deer in the northern half of the Adirondacks tested positive for exposure to the virus. While the state health department is appreciative of the student’s efforts, the funding to continue the study may be going away in March. The students work with deer hunters and processors to get their raw data in Essex, Franklin and surrounding counties.

Tupper Lake Woman Charged For Making False Abuse Allegations

A Tupper Lake woman is under arrest after police say she made up allegations of abuse happening at a Sunmount unit she supervised. The allegations from 46 year old Jesse Fletcher led to her and other staff members being put on paid administrative leave for an extended period. Police say she had made a number of anonymous calls to the New York State Justice Center tip line. Authorities say the abuse she reported did not happen. Fletcher is charged with falsely reporting an incident involving a vulnerable adult and providing a false written statement, both misdemeanor charges.