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UP CLOSE: Burdick is new LPCS athletic director

LAKE PLACID - John Burdick walked from the gymnasium to his office. The Lake Placid varsity volleyball team had just finished a scrimmage against Saranac Lake. Within the few feet from the gym to the coach's office, he was stopped by three student athletes with whom he had a rapport."Mr. B." - ...

UP CLOSE: Alison Simcox is new marketing director at LPCA

LAKE PLACID - Alison Simcox recently took the position of marketing director at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and while she's an artist herself and works for an organization that highlights culture, she said the business administration aspect is just as important as the creative ...

NHL, Olympic stars headline USA Hockey coaches symposium

LAKE PLACID - The Olympic Center hosted the USA Hockey National Coaches Symposium from Thursday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 26, and it included speaking sessions with a number of Olympic, National Hockey League and college hockey team players and coaches.The biennial event is the largest of its ...

NCCC students arrive for first day of classes

SARANAC LAKE - North Country Community College students, faculty and staff returned to class Monday, Aug. 27 after their summer break.The college organized a welcome weekend before classes started, filling the three days before the semester with picnics, barbecues, banquets, a pool party and ...

Hobofest celebrates 10 years with music on Sunday

SARANAC LAKE - Hobofest, a music festival that highlights folky, bluesy, jazzy and gypsy sounds, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Sunday, Sept. 2, starting at noon at Riverside Park."Well, of course, it's a milestone, and it's a measure of time for all of us," said Peter Seward, one of ...

Shelter: We have a pet for you

SARANAC LAKE - After an influx of hoarded cats and a shelter evaluation, the Tri-Lakes Humane Society will kick off a month-long "Clear the Shelter" campaign to decrease the amount of animals residing there on Saturday, Sept. 1.Recently 30 cats were surrendered to the shelter amid a pending ...

9-year-old girl getting on with life after accident, coma

SARANAC LAKE - The Kawasaki Mule 5x Side-by-Side utility vehicle sat in the garage. There was a little bit of dirt on the tires and a pair of worker's gloves in the flatbed. It looked clean and tough. Eleven months ago, though, it was in a much more mangled condition.Its passengers were far ...

DEC kills bear at campground

SARANAC LAKE - More than 50 incidents involving bears have been reported at Saranac Islands state campground this summer, but one bruin that would not leave a campsite was euthanized last week.Despite the bear being put down by state Department of Environmental Conservation staff on Aug. 21, ...

DEC: Expect bears and busy trails this weekend

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning Adirondack hikers and backcountry users of busy trails this Labor Day weekend and a nuisance bear in the High Peaks Wilderness that is approaching hikers during the day."Due to the Labor Day Holiday Weekend expect to encounter many ...

Preview of this week’s Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, Editor Andy Flynn previews the second annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, which will be held from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2.Wilmington officials consider their town as the mountain biking capital of the Adirondack Park, and for good ...

Tops will chop Saranac Lake presence in half

SARANAC LAKE - Tops Markets announced Thursday that it will close 10 stores, including the one on Lake Flower Avenue, in its efforts to get out of bankruptcy through financial restructuring.The stores will close by the end of November. Tops CEO Frank Curci said they were underperforming.Tops ...

Tariffs on imported newsprint nixed in win for US newspapers

WASHINGTON - In a victory for the American newspaper industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 29 blocked tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported newsprint, finding that American producers weren't harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.The ...

EYE ON BUSINESS: Understanding ROOST’s tourism survey results

LAKE PLACID - Running a business isn't just about offering a good product or service. It's about offering that good product or service to the person who's actually going to buy, and finding that person requires sifting through tons of data.The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, based in ...

Welcome back, Mr. W!

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education appointed Ernie Witkowski as interim principal for Lake Placid High School Tuesday night, Aug. 21.Witkowski, who was not at the board meeting, has worked as an interim superintendent and elementary school principal in the ...

Police: Man stole 2,221 gallons of heating oil from LP school

LAKE PLACID - Police say a Pennsylvania man stole 2,221 gallons of heating oil from Lake Placid Middle-High School.The Lake Placid Police Department arrested Robert A. Detter, 48, of Shartlesville, Pennsylvania, at 2:08 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 and charged him with grand larceny in the third ...

Key Bank cites lack of customers for leaving Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE - Key Bank plans to close its branch here this fall, citing a shortage of customers as the reason.On Friday, Nov. 9, the bank will close the branch at 75 Main St. as well as its drive-through outpost at 151 Church St. The bank made the announcement in a letter mailed to its ...

ARTIST PROFILE: Keeping Tibetan culture alive in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID-The Chinese communists since 1951 have been committing "cultural genocide" in Tibet in an effort to forcefully prevent the Tibetan people from practicing their ancient traditions in religious worship and artistic expression in an area that covers roughly one fourth of the Chinese ...

Lyme-carrying ticks have arrived in the Adirondacks

Ticks are spreading into the High Peaks, reaching elevations they never have before and carrying Lyme disease to communities in Wilmington, Malone and Tupper Lake, according to research from Paul Smith's College and the state Department of Health.Lee Ann Sporn, a professor at Paul Smith's ...

SCA trail crews volunteer to spend summer living and working in the woods

BRANT LAKE - People who live in cities like Washington, Los Angeles and New York spend an average of about an hour traveling to and from work each day. That commute can cause stress and anxiety, while taking folks away from their friends and family.But in the Adirondacks, where commutes can ...

High Peaks rainfall well below normal

SARANAC LAKE - After a dry start to summer, rain has returned to much of the state. But one area in particular is considerably dryer than normal.The High Peaks region of the Adirondacks is about 5-7 inches below expected rainfall amounts this summer, according to a statewide weather monitoring ...