Archives for May 2019

Lake Placid Marathon Will Mean Road Closures

The annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, with an expected 1,100 runners from 32 states and six countries. Both races begin and end at the Olympic Speedskating Oval and include use of Main Street, Mirror Lake Drive/Lake Placid Club Drive, Parkside Drive, Morningside Drive, Sentinel Road, River Road, Mill Pond Drive, McLenathan Avenue and School Street. Please use caution and expect delays.
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DOT Puts Railroad Tracks Washout On Work List

DOT says a fix for a major washout under the railroad tracks on the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is on the radar. The Adirondack Daily News report earlier this spring, a small stream flowing out of the St. Regis Canoe Area caused the problem. DOT oversees the corridor and according to a spokesperson was made aware of the washout on May 6th. There’s no definite date but once a repair plan is formulated, they’ll get it done as quote expeditiously as possible.

Lake Placid Lays Out July 4th Plans

Lake Placid is getting ready for its spectacular 4th of July celebration, complete with a parade down Main Street and the “Set the Night to Music” fireworks extravaganza.
All are invited to participate in Lake Placid’s annual July 4th Independence Day parade. Build a float, bring out that classic car, or just don some patriotic duds and march. To participate, contact Bethany Valenze at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism at 518.621.3662 or email: for an entry form. Parade announcers will recognize individual entries as they pass by the par

Adirondack Health Recognized For Joint Replacement Work

Adirondack Health was recently certified by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program as a comprehensive joint replacement center, one of the first health systems in the country to receive the designation.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, joint replacement will become the most common elective surgical procedure in the next few decades. In 2010, an estimated seven million Americans had a total hip or knee replacement, and by 2030, that number is expected to reach 11 million Americans. The report outlines several factors leading to the increase in procedures, including an aging Baby Boomer population, high rates of diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, and increasing demand for improved mobility and quality of life.

Ranger Rescue In North Elba

A ranger rescue in the Town of North Elba. DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was notified of a hiker separated from his hiking partner after attempting to climb Algonquin from Lake Colden. The reporting party stated that he had summited Algonquin and returned to the Lake Colden area to look for his hiking partner with negative results. The subject left Lake Colden and went to the Adirondak Loj to call for assistance. The two had planned to stay in the woods after summiting Algonquin. The decision was made to delay search efforts until the next morning due to the experience and fitness level of the hikers, who both had proper equipment for the conditions. One Forest Ranger responded to the Loj at 6:30 a.m. the next morning to begin search efforts. Incoming hikers in the area were given descriptions of the missing hiker. Three horus later, rangers located the missing hiker in good health as he was coming out to the Loj.

Lake Clear Man Announces Candidacy For District Seat

Lake Clear resident Cliff Donaldson submitted 475 petition signatures to
the Franklin County Board of Elections this afternoon, initiating his election campaign for the
county legislature’s seventh district.
Donaldson, a registered Democrat, has been involved in state and local government for nearly 40
years, including 13 years as a Franklin County legislator – from 1981 to 1994. He is seeking an
independent ballot line (Common Sense) for the November General Election.

Adirondack Health’s Mobile Dental Clinic

Adirondack Health’s mobile dental clinic will make regular stops in the communities of Tupper Lake and AuSable Forks from June to September this year. The “dental clinic on wheels” is a retro-fitted recreational vehicle fully registered, licensed and insured in New York State and certified by the Department of Health to provide dental care to patients ages three and older. Adirondack Health’s mobile dental clinic will travel to AuSable Forks on the following Thursdays: June 13, June 27, July 11, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. It will travel to Tupper Lake on the following Thursdays: June 6, June 20, July 18, July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19.

Countywide EMS System Program Making Strides

A pilot program to test whether a countywide EMS system would be feasible is making some progress in Essex County. Officials say they’re ready to hire a coordinator to roll out a more than 2 million dollar program with state funding. Also, the county Board of Supervisors’ docket for June 3 includes eight new hires to supplement local EMS squads and the purchase of 20 new defibrillators. Whomever is hired for the coordinator’s post will earn a salary between $52,388 and $58,011 per year, and their appointment will be provisional pending civil service approval.

Keeping Camp Fire Wood Where It Belongs

With the start of camping season underway, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded campers that the New York State firewood transportation regulation is still in effect. Untreated firewood may contain invasive pests that kill trees, and to protect New York’s forests, untreated firewood should not be moved more than 50 miles from its source of origin. Homeowners should not move firewood from trees that died on their property for use while camping. By moving untreated firewood, invasive pests are able to hitch rides to new areas, spreading faster and farther than pests could have on their own. A variety of invasive species can be transported on firewood, from wood boring beetles and defoliators to fungi and diseases.

Residents In The Region Cash In On EITC

The Adirondack Region Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition recently completed an income tax assistance program that proved extremely beneficial for many low to
moderate income people throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
Kathy Snow, Director of Development at United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc and chairperson
of the EITC Coalition, reported that she had been informed by IRS representative Kathy McNulty,
that $5,903,588.00 in federal tax refunds have been secured for eligible residents this tax season.
Of the total received from the refunds $1,025,435.00 was Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
dollars. The records indicate that 4,252 returns were prepared between all the Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties.
VITA sites were set up in all three counties to serve those seeking the free income tax filing service.