Archives for December 2019

Transitional Housing Facilities Receive Donations

Citizen Advocates recently donated a total of $10,000 to organizations in Franklin County committed to providing temporary or transitional housing to individuals in need. In Saranac Lake, the Lakeside House received $2,500, and the Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake received $2,500 to support Samaritan House, operated in partnership with Lakeside House. In Saranac Lake, Lakeside House opened its doors in October 1978, serving adults in the region experiencing serious mental illnesses by providing a Community Residence licensed by the state Office of Mental Health. They also provide Supported Housing services to individuals living independently in the community. In 2017, Lakeside House collaborated with the Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake to open and operate Samaritan House, an eight-bed transitional living site for persons experiencing homelessness.

Tupper Lake Student Nominated To Be U.S. Presidential Scholar

Tupper Lake High School senior Stephanie Fortune has been nominated her to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar by Assemblyman Bill Jones. According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, every year, approximately 4,000 high school seniors are nominated to apply to be candidates in the program. About 2,600 follow through and apply, and up to 161 are eventually bestowed the honor, one of the nation’s highest for high school students.
Jones said Fortune was “extremely happy” to hear that she had been nominated.

One Dead, One Hurt In North Elba Crash

One person is dead, another injured after a Wednesday afternoon accident in the town of North Elba. State Police responded to a two-car crash on State Route 86. One person is deceased and one person has been transported to an area hospital for a head injury. The crash remains under investigation.

Regional Economic Development Council Funds Headed For The Region

Not quite $70 million is headed to the North Country in Regional Economic Development Council grants. 11 projects in the region will be funded with the money including the rebuild of what is now the Quality Inn in Lake Placid. Project organizers requested $6 million and was granted $3 million. Also included, Play ADK in Saranac Lake. That project received the $1 million it requested.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Seeks King And Queen Nominees

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2020 Winter Carnival king and queen. The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. Candidates should demonstrate a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant, and enjoyable – both for the people who live here and for those who visit. The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated.The committee is seeking people who help others independently, not people who are in professions that help or care for others. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 15.

Lake Placid Board Meeting Monday

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake Placid will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Town of North Elba/Village of Lake Placid Municipal Hall, First Floor Meeting Room, 2693 Main Street, Lake Placid. They’ll consider dedication of Otter Way as a public street as it currently exists, also, approved a NYS Department of Transportation, Highway Work Permit, the Trojan Energy Systems Service Agreement and the Slippery Slope 5K Series.

Saranac Lake Looking For New Members For Parks & Trails Advisory Board

In Saranac Lake, the Parks & Trails Advisory Board is seeking new members. Ideal candidates will bring fresh ideas, strong community networks, and diverse perspectives to the advisory board. For more information about PTAB check out the Parks & Trails Advisory Board webpage and the official Position Description for board members. If you are interested in serving on the Parks & Trails Advisory Board, please email a letter of interest highlighting your background, skills and interests related to parks, trails, and recreation by January 10, 2020 to

Shooting Under Investigation In Chateguay

On December 11, 2019, at approximately 6:35 p.m., State Police responded to a report of an accidental shooting at a residence on County Route 33, in Chateaugay. 20-year-old Michael D. West, is currently in critical but stable condition at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, for a gunshot wound to his torso. Circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation, however the incident is believed to be accidental. State Police were assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

New Interactive Trail Map For Snowmobilers

Snowmobilers in the Adirondacks will now have access to an interactive trail map on their phone to better plan their outdoor riding adventures in one of the largest trail networks in New York state. The new, free Adirondacks, USA snowmobile app contains information about the trails in Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties, and nearby gas stations, stores, restaurants and lodging properties that welcome sledders. Additional trails in neighboring counties will eventually be added to provide a more comprehensive map.

The interactive map gives the sledder’s location with real-time GPS. Plug in a destination and the route will appear, tap on the trails near you to identify your route, or use the search feature to find the trail you are looking for.

Backcountry riders will be glad to know that the app was designed with offline functionality, and its new mapping engine was specially created to work in areas with little to no cell service once it has been downloaded.

Jones Won’t Run For Little’s Senate Seat

Assemblyman Billy Jones will not be seeking the 45th Senate District seat in 2020 being vacated by retiring Senator Betty Little. Jones has issued a statement reading,”. I love what I do, and I want to continue to represent the great people of the 115th Assembly District. I feel we have accomplished much over the past couple years, and I will continue to fight for the residents of the North Country and the needs of my district.”