Archives for September 2019

Looking For Volunteer Tax Preparers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax Aid program in Clinton, Essex and Franklin
Counties helped 4,150 low income individuals and families last year get their taxes done for free. This
program counts on volunteers! $5,898,269.00 in refunds was seen in the three counties. The Earned Income
Tax Credit Coalition of the Adirondacks chaired by Kathy Snow, Director of Development of the United
Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., is seeking volunteers for this program for the upcoming 2020 tax
The VITA and AARP Tax Aid Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot
prepare their own tax returns, including older adults, veterans, the disabled, and those in rural communities.

Allergic Incident Leads To Thursday Afternoon Crash

A man crashed his car on State Route 3 in the midst of an allergy attack. The driver was traveling past Trudeau Sand and Gravel Inc. in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck at just past 5pm when he crossed the lane, struck the guard rail and went down a 100-foot embankment near the Saranac River, reports the Adirondack Daily Journal.
The man had no injuries from the crash but was given antihistamine for the allergic reaction. He was sent to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for further evaluation. The road reopened about two hours later.

Police: Man Left Hospital, Drowned In Nearby Lake

A Keene man has been identified as the victim of a weekend drowning in Lake Colby. The victim, 32 year old Zachary R. Smith,was discharged from the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake on September 21, 2019, in the early evening. Later, at approximately 10 p.m., he walked off the hospital property alone. The following day the victim’s family reported him missing to the State Police. State Police utilized the Troop B bloodhound to track the victim which resulted in locating the victim in Lake Colby. Smith had a history of health conditions and at this time, State Police are not deeming Smith’s death to be suspicious.

New York City Man Drowns In Lower Saranac Lake

Monday morning, State Police responded to a report of a drowning on Lower Saranac Lake in the vicinity of 1238 Forest Home Road, in the town of Harrietstown. New York State Forest Rangers, and the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squads also responded to the scene. After a brief search, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Water Rescue Recovery Team located Kenneth M. Bijur, 75, of New York, NY, at approximately 9:09 a.m. deceased. Bijur was found with his fishing gear in approximately six feet of water. His canoe was located nearby, upside down. Bijur’s body was removed from the lake.
Franklin County Coroner Ronald Keough authorized removal of the body to the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh where an autopsy is scheduled for September 25, 2019.

Free Fishing This Weekend

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York residents can fish for free without a license in any of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Several events across the state are being hosted on National Hunting and Fishing Day to encourage more people, whether skilled or new to these sports, to get outdoors and enjoy the abundant hunting and fishing opportunities available across the State.

United Way Fundraising Campaign Underway

United Way of the Adirondack Region has a $700,000 goal for its campaign this year. They held a kick off breakfast recently with about 265 attendees on hand. The campaign runs until February 21, 2020.
The 40 partner agencies of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. collectively served
80,000 people in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties last year. Our mission is “To be a leader in
community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one

Crowdfunding For Tupper Lake River Pigs Field Conversion

There’s a crowdfunding campaign going on to raise $10,000 to convert the municipal softball field into one the River Pigs can play on in Tupper Lake. The Empire Professional Baseball League has field criteria that needs to be met. The campaign is on the Adirondack Gives website titled, “Bring Professional Baseball to Tupper Lake.”
There is approximately three months left to donate.

Lake Placid Man ID’ed As Crash Victim

Authorities now say it was a Lake Placid resident who died late last week in a multiple vehicle accident on State Route 3 A preliminary investigation has determined that a 2005 Dodge Magnum being operated by 57 year old James Patterson was traveling west on State Route 3 and for an unknown reason, crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. After crossing into oncoming traffic, Patterson’s vehicle struck a 2017 Ford Escape being operated by 57 year old Thomas Glover of Loon Lake. Glover’s vehicle was occupied by three passengers, Samantha Plowe, 30, Madison Colby, 9, and Conner Colby, 5, all of Loon Lake, NY. A third vehicle involved in the incident was also travelling behind Glover’s vehicle and was identified as a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Steven Coons, 61, of Peru. As a result of the incident, Patterson suffered traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner.

Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest Set For This Weekend

Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest is scheduled for September 28-29 at the Olympic Mountain. There will be lots of live music Guests can also look forward to appearances by the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center, performances by the Little Circus, face painting and balloon animals, exhibitions by the Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen and a paint your own pumpkin station. Don’t forget, Saturday night fireworks, at 7 p.m., presented by KOA Campgrounds in Wilmington. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Students Gather To Talk Climate Change Next Month

On Friday, Oct. 20 students from Saranac Lake High School will host students from Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Keene Valley, Paul Smith’s College and North Country Community College at an event to be held in Riverside Park. The rally, which is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m., will center around a discussion on climate change and what organizers say they want to see politicans do to bring the issue to the forefront