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LAKE PLACID — St. Agnes School’s annual Christmas Bazaar is still on this year — with a twist. The holiday event is happening outdoors rather than indoors next month, and for the first time ever, there’s a gingerbread house building contest with a slate of prizes on the line. ...

Lake Placid 7th grade stays remote; other students will return

LAKE PLACID — Seventh-graders will study remotely through Thanksgiving break. Students in other grades in Lake Placid Middle-High School will return to class on Tuesday. School administrators made the decision to temporarily keep the district’s seventh-graders home over the weekend, in ...

Franklin County schools will go full remote through Jan. 4

All schools in Franklin County are shifting to remote learning until at least Jan. 4. The huge news was announced by the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES on Monday evening. The shift came at the recommendation of county health officials in light of the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in this ...

No field trip? No problem

LAKE PLACID — Around this time of year, buses full of local schoolchildren usually arrive at Heart Lake for hands-on lessons about nature and responsible outdoor recreation. Fourth-graders from schools around the region would take in the fall foliage, leaves crunching beneath their ...

Young journalist steps up

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School junior Caleb Mihill describes himself as something of an old person. “I don’t know too much about social media,” he said, speaking to the Lake Placid News over teleconferencing app Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The 16-year-old readily ...

NCCC faculty and students ‘roll with the punches’ amid pandemic

SARANAC LAKE — For many schools, the fall 2020 semester has been less a return to classes and more a reboot of an entirely new system. At North Country Community College, most of the learning is being done remotely rather than at its three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga. ...

The COVID cadence: LPHS teachers offer more music theory in band, chorus

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School’s production of “Cinderella” was one week from hitting the stage in March when it was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. No one knew at the time that musicals at the school — and music classes — would be changing for the ...

EYE ON EDUCATION: LPHS students adapt to band, chorus during the pandemic

LAKE PLACID — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the music plays on at Lake Placid High School. Students returned to school here in person last month. They arrived back to a new schedule, with new public health guidelines designed to protect them. Some students haven’t returned back at ...

School enrollment trends mixed in Olympic Region

The AuSable Valley Central School District has a slight increase in enrollment this year, while Lake Placid Central has declined and Keene Central is holding steady. These numbers are unofficial, either reported by schools to the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise or taken from ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Paulette Peduzzi, North Country School, head of kitchen

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn stopped by North Country School/Camp Treetops on Tuesday, Sept. 22 to speak with Paulette Peduzzi, of Jay. She is the head of kitchen and will be retiring at the end of September after working at the school for 26 years. She talked about the ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: North Country School head of kitchen reflects on local food

LAKE PLACID — It’s hard to find an institution around the region more dedicated to producing its own food than North Country School/Camp Treetops on state Route 73. This boarding school for grades 4 through 9 includes students from around the globe. And they get to eat the freshest ...

Elementary students nervous but excited about new school year

LAKE PLACID — Students arrived to school for their first day of classes after an unusual summer. Izabella Sears, 10, and Kyah Yarosis, 8, were among the first students to arrive at the Lake Placid Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Sears entered fifth grade this year. Yarosis ...

EYE ON EDUCATION: Daniel Cash appointed Lake Placid school board member

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education has a new board member. Daniel Cash, a senior designer at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and father of three students, was appointed Tuesday, Sept. 1 to fill a vacancy on the board left by the resignation ...

Paul Smith’s has campuswide testing and no COVID so far

PAUL SMITHS — Three weeks ago, Paul Smith’s College tested nearly all of its students and staff for COVID-19, and the results show no positive tests so far, according to college officials. Now they hope to keep the hands-on-centric college open for the rest of the semester. “We might ...

Lake Placid Central has in-person classes 5 days a week

LAKE PLACID — The schoolyard was quiet. Just before the official start of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the grounds outside of the Lake Placid Elementary School were nearly empty. The sun shone over the school’s raised garden, casting a shadow across the pavement. Birds ...

AuSable Valley, other schools switch to full remote start

Students at the AuSable Valley Central School District will return to classes remotely next month, Superintendent Paul Savage announced Thursday evening, Aug. 27. The announcement reverses the district’s initial plan to welcome students back to school for half-remote, half-in-person ...

Matt’s Minions: Brandes coaches T-ball for senior project

LAKE PLACID — Oh the energy of youth, and during a pandemic nonetheless. Matt Brandes, 17, worked part time at Stewart’s Shops this summer and played on two baseball teams and one soccer team. Plus he finished his Lake Placid High School senior project — before entering his senior year ...

Sen. Schumer announces funding for NCCC water program

SARANAC LAKE — On Friday, Aug. 21, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, sat in front of a gathering of local politicians, teachers and administrators at North Country Community College to announce a $89,700 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission for NCCC to develop a water and ...

Lake Placid school officials field questions on reopening

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid school administrators fielded dozens of questions and concerns from parents Wednesday, Aug. 19 as the district prepares to resume full in-person classes next month. The district’s first of three parent forums on reopening at 9 a.m., hosted on the ...