Archives for February 2020

Crumbling Snowmobile Path Fixed By DOT

A safer path for snowmobilers who cross lake colby. A causeway there, heavily traveled and in disrepair for years has been fixed. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports DOT filled the path in, and it’s nowsafer for trail grooming machines to pass. The report goes on to say Jim McCulley, president of the Lake Placid Snowmobile Club and a longtime rails-to-trails activist, said the railroad bed bisecting Lake Colby on the 18-mile trail from Lake Placid to Lake Clear has eroded thin over time and that he has been trying to get it fixed for many years.

Former Adirondack Habitat For Humanity Under New Umbrella

What was once the Adirondack Habitat for Humanity is now part of the Fuller Center for Housing. The mission remains the same and that’s to help families in need find adequate and affordable hosuing The Fuller Center for Housing — headquartered in Americus, Georgia — was founded in 2005 by Millard and Linda Fuller, the same couple who founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976.

Jones’ EPIC Legislation Working Through Committee

Assemblyman Billy Jones has introduced legislation, which has now been passed by the Aging Committee and referred to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, that would allow seniors to apply online for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program (A.8665). The program provides seniors with the financial relief they need by offering copayment assistance and Medicare Part D-covered prescription drug costs, but currently only accepts applications by fax or mail, which can be a time-consuming and inconvenient process.

Seeking 17th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program Nominees

DEC is now accepting applications for the 17th annual Environmental Excellence Awards program. The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize businesses, institutions, municipalities, and organizations for outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability. To date, New York has honored 96 entities that are leading by example and inspiring their industries and communities.

NJCAA Region III Hoops Action This Weekend

The North Country Community College’s women’s basketball team will get the chance to defend its NJCAA Region III title at home this weekend. For the first time in the history of the college’s basketball program, the Saints will host the Region III Final Four at the Sparks Athletic Complex gymnasium. The top-seeded Saints (26-3) will battle fourth-seeded Mohawk Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday. At 3 p.m. Saturday, #2 Onondaga Community College will square off against #3 Herkimer Community College. The semifinal winners will then play for the Region III championship Sunday at 1 p.m.

Innovation Hub Opens At Northwood School

Students at Northwood School can get more innovative now that the school is home to an innovation hub. The Innovation Hub holds a small stage, two kitchens, multiple meeting spaces, a digital design lab, rocket lab and robotics lab, and a makerspace with 3D printers, reports the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. The goal is to eventually collaborate with public school districts in the area, as well as local colleges, business leaders and trade professionals

Joyce Sworn In As Police Chief In Saranac Lake

James Joyce is the new police chief in Saranac Lake following his appointment this week. He takes over March 5. The 43 year old Joyce is a Saranac Lake native and has been a member of the police department since 2006 and calls his promotion to the top job, humbling.

Ranger Rescue In Wilmington

A ranger rescue in Wilmington. Dispatch received a request to assist a 56-year-old male and an 18-year-old male from Boston, Massachusetts, who became disoriented after out-of-bounds skiing at Whiteface Mountain. Forest Rangers arrived on scene . and began interviewing the missing men’s family members. The family assisted the Forest Rangers with a Snap Chat program, which helped to locate the lost skiers. Rangers then requested the men call 911 to ping their cellphone for an exact location. Based on coordinates provided by Essex County 911, a map of their location was generated and Forest Rangers directed the subjects to walk to a designated location. The skiers exited the woods and were met by Rangers. The two men were transported to Whiteface Mountain Medical Services.

Petition To Convert Big Tupper Ski Area Into ORDA Facility

A change.org petition requesting that the state purchase the closed Big Tupper Ski Area and turn it into an ORDA facility received more than 5,000 signatures by Sunday evening. The Press Republican reports Rick Donah, who spearheaded the effort, is a current member of the Franklin County Tourism Advisory Committee. Donah says he managed to discuss the idea briefly with Governor Cuomo when he was in town recently for a separate event.

Plastic Bag Ban Info Session

Tuesday, from 5p to 6pm at the Saranac Lake Free Library, it’s informational session to educate anyone that is interested on the new plastic bag ban . According to the NYS DEC’s website, “starting March 1st, 2020, all plastic carry out bags (other than an exempt bag) are banned from distribution by anyone required to collect New York State sales tax.” This may change your personal shopping habits and have an effect on some Saranac Lake businesses.