Archives for August 2019

Schumer Visits St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment And Recovery Centers

The St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers hosted U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday. He toued the facility with CEO and President Bob Ross, and also visited with members of the executive team and employees who run the inpatient and veterans programs. Schumer told the Adirondack Daily News, “To have veterans who have been through very difficult situations put back on a path to a good, productive, happy life is one of the most important things anybody can do, so I really admire these folks.”

NCCC Enrollment Numbers

They could use a few more full time students at North Country Community College The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports the school has a target of 960 FTEs for this fall, but the number is predicted to fall lower than that by 4% or 6%. Officials point out there are twenty-eight studentstaking classes in Akwesasne through a partnership between NCCC and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

Jones Hosts Saranac Lake Blood Drive Thursday

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced he will be hosting blood drives in Saranac Lake this week to help supplement local hospitals, which typically experience a shortage of blood donations during the summer months. Blood donations are necessary for surgeries, cancer treatments, chronic injuries and traumatic injuries, and a single blood donation – whether whole blood, platelets, red cells or plasma are used – can provide lifesaving treatment to up to three people. The· Saranac Lake Blood Drive is happening Thursday, Aug. 29, noon – 5 p.m., Adirondack Health, Second Floor, Redfield Board Room.

Road Closures For IRONMAN

The 3rd IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept 8. The triathlon route includes a 1.2-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 56-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay and Wilmington, and a 13.1 mile run in and around the Lake Placid village.
Temporary road closures will begin at 5 a.m. AND INCLUDE (Rt 86) Northbound in to Lake Placid from Wilmington beginning at 7 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Rt 86 westbound from Jay to Wilmington will close from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rt 9N will close Northbound from Keene to Jay at 6 a.m until 1:30 p.m. Haselton Road will close in both directions on between Bilhuber Rd and Silver Lake Rd 7:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (Rt 73) south/eastbound from Lake Placid to Keene beginning at 5 a.m. until noon.

Adirondack Health Foundation Gala Raises $112K

The Adirondack Health Foundation announced that their annual summer gala, held last month, raised $112,000 for the women’s health program. More than 375 guests attended the gala, which was held at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Funds raised from the gala will assist in the purchase of a breast MRI package and specimen imager for Adirondack Health’s expanding breast care program, as well as an ultrasound machine for the women’s health program. Earlier this year, Adirondack Health invested in a 3D mammography scanner for its medical imaging department.

All Signs Point To Dissatisfied

In Tupper Lake, the village code enforcement officer said in a board meeting Wednesday that he will again ask two dollar stores to make their lighted roadside signs look better, even though no code requires it.
Jim Lanthier attended the board meeting to address something he has been addressing since November 2017: Light bulbs inside the Family Dollar and Dollar General signs have burned out, and now Lanthier says the signs look “unacceptable.”

Community Will Decide Name Of Tupper Lake’s New Baseball Team

It turns out River Pigs could be the name of the incoming Empire Professional Baseball League team in Tupper Lake after all. It will be one of seven names on the ballot and community residents can vote on the team’s name at the Municipal Park ball field Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The other contenders are Axemen, River Drivers, Rowdy Bucks, Tupper Timber, River Otters or Mighty Hemlocks. Votes will be tallied and the most popular name will win.

NCCC With New Academic Options For Students

Some added options at NCCC this semester. Students in one of the college’s most popular degree programs will now have the option to focus on growing their writing, communication and research skills through a specialized course of study. Beginning this fall, the college is offering an English track as part of its AA Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science degree. It includes composition, literature and writing classes that are designed to build each student’s knowledge and skill as a writer, reader and thinker.

Pair Faces Drug Counts

Drug charges face two Vermont residents with ties to a rural camp in Keene. The Adirondack Daily Enteprise reports John Van Hazinga, 41, and Samantha Steady, 45, who own and manage the Ridin’ High Skate Shop in Burlington, Vermont, were arrested and arraigned in federal court last Thursday. They pleaded not guilty to conspiring to distribute both marijuana and edibles with THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. A grand jury had previously indicted the duo on those charges. Police say are facing federal charges and up to 20 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to sell marijuana out of their skateboard shop.

Large Turnout For Short Term Rental Meeting

Packed house Monday night for a public hearing on a proposed law to regulate short-term vacation rentals. The discussion was heated and passionate as four dozen people spoke at the session. They talked to the law surrounding those rentals but also the financail hardships that have so many residents renting to begin with. Others focused on the impact the short term rental market is having on Lake Placid’s character. Concerns over the number of short-term rentals in the village have been on the increase for several years.