Archives for March 2019

Tweaks To Short Term Stay Legislation

The hotly debated point of a three-night stay minimum has been deleted from the short term rental legislation being discussed for Lake Placid. The measure regulates rentals like Airbnb, VRBO and other services in Lake Placid and the town of North Elba. About 30 people showed up for a meeting this week. The Adirondack Daily Enterrprise reports a provision that would limit the total number of overnight occupants in a short-term rental to 16 was also deleted. The total number of occupants is calculated by two times the number of bedrooms plus two.

Sugar Shack Campfire In Tupper Lake

It’s maple season and at the Wild Center this weekend that means it’s time to celebrate. Bundle up and join them outside 45 Museum Drive in Tupper Lake for complimentary hot chocolate, marshmallows, games and story time around the campfire. Visitors are welcome to tour the Sugar Shack, see demonstrations of the syrup-making process during the season, taste fresh maple syrup, learn about the Community Maple Program and learn about ancient cooking methods and fire starting techniques. The Sugar Shack Campfire happens 12 to 2pm on Saturday.

Tupper Lake Man Suing Town For Dog’s Surgeries After Attack

After his dog was attacked by another in his front yard, a Tupper Lake man is headed to court to get the vet bills paid. Mark Dewyea is suing the town after the town’s insurance denied his claim for $1,572. The village has paid a portion of the vet bills for Dewyea’s 15-pound silky terrier named Jackson Browne. The dog was attacked last summer by a large German shepherd in his 4th Avenue front yard, after the larger dog escaped from the back seat of a police cruiser. According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the town dog catcher, requested assistance from the village police in capturing the dog that had been roaming around on Demars Boulevard. They were bringing it back to the dog pound at the end of Little Wolf Road when it escaped the cruiser. The dog, says Dewyea, was corralled in his yard where the attack happened. His dog was in the hospital for around a month, receiving over a dozen surgeries, totaling around $5,000.

International Synchronized Skating Championships Headed To Lake Placid

The International Skating Union (ISU) World Synchronized Skating Championships 2020 has been awarded to Lake Placid. The April 3-5, 2020 event marks the first time that the two-time Olympic village has been selected to host the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and the fifth time the United States has staged it.
Held since 2000, the World Synchronized Skating Championships is an annual event organized by the International Skating Union and attracts the most elite senior-level synchronized skating teams from around the world.

Rochester Woman Rescued By Rangers After Injuring Leg

Another ranger rescue in the Town of North Elba, Essex County
DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch recently received a phone call from a 59-year-old Rochester woman who suffered an injury while cross-country skiing on the Jack Rabbit Trail in the McKenzie Mountain Wild Forest. Two Forest Rangers responded by snowmobile and found the woman unable to walk on her own. Within 40 minutes of the call, the two Rangers located the injured woman, provided first aid, and evacuated her to a waiting Saranac Lake ambulance.

Owner Says Losses Substantial After Car Dealership Fire

Seven fire departments were on the job for four hours Sunday night handling a fire at Ausable Motors in Jay. The fire at 13713 Route 9N, started in a flatbed truck,and then spread to four other vehicles and most of the building as well. The owner says losses w ere substantial. He says he noticed the fire after the flatbed’s horn started beeping by itself. The call to fire officials was made just after 9:30pm Sunday.

Keen Valley Garden Parking Lot To Be Closed This Summer

The Garden parking lot in Keen Valley, will be closed this summer, leaving a gap in access to the High Peaks through the Johns Brook Valley. Crews will be doing road work and bridge work. The timing isn’t great but officials say the bridge work is critical. All parking will be directed to Marcy Field and a shuttle will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day for a cost of $10 per person, or $13 Canadian. The town also warned there may be issues if it can’t find enough bus drivers.

Two Local Forest Ranger Rescues

Two recent Forest Ranger rescues in our area. On March 21st In the Town of Keene, NYSP asked Forest Rangers to help find a 17-year-old boy who ran away from Keene Central School. The Keene Valley Fire Department, eight Forest Rangers, and one ECO joined State Police in the search. A command post was established at the Keene Valley Fire House. Just before 1 p.m., the teenager was located at the 1,800-foot elevation mark on the Snowy Mountain Trail. The subject was treated for mild hypothermia and released to his family. Days later, on March 24, a Ranger on backcountry patrol in the Eastern Adirondack High Peaks came upon an injured skier. That Ranger provided first aid while a second Ranger brought a snowmobile to Marcy Dam. From there, the injured skier was transported by snowmobile to the Adirondak Loj parking area. Within two hours of the call, the 53-year-old Glenford man was back at his vehicle and well enough to seek further medical treatment on his own.

Home Water Meters Need To Be Installed In Tupper Lake

If you live in Tupper Lake, the village wants permission to get inside your house to install water monitors. They’re required by DEC and 3,200 letters have gone out for residents to sign and return giving their consent. Officials say the installations take only a short time, maybe a half hour. According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, they hope to start installing meters by May 1 and if the letters are denied, at some point, the homeowner’s water would be shut off until the village is allowed to install the meters. Robillard said the village is being required to add these to every account by the state.

DEC Warns To Keep Bears In Mind

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded New Yorkers to take steps to prevent bears from easily accessing food sources like bird feeders and garbage. Due to poor natural food availability last fall, many black bears went into their dens with low fat reserves and as they begin to emerge from winter dens, have already begun seeking out food sources around homes.

DEC has already received several reports that bears are knocking down bird feeders to eat the seed. Feeding bears either intentionally, which is illegal, or unintentionally through careless practices around properties, has consequences for entire communities. DEC advises everyone who lives in or visits bear country to remove items that are attractive to bears. People should take down bird feeders by April 1, store garbage inside secure buildings, and feed pets indoors. Allowing bears to find food naturally keeps them out of trouble and reduces negative interactions with people and property.