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Price Chopper, Tops merging

It is unclear how a planned merger between Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets will affect stores in the North Country region. The companies announced Monday, Feb. 8 that their approximately 300 combined store locations — 135 under the Price Chopper, Market 32 and Market Bistro ...

Price Chopper, Tops merging; effects on local stores unclear

LAKE PLACID — It is unclear how the planned merger between Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets will affect stores in the region. The companies made the announcement Monday. Tops operates stores in Saranac Lake and AuSable Forks, and Price Chopper operates one in Lake Placid. Asked ...

Coronavirus pops NWHL ‘bubble’

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League suspended the rest of its 2021 season just one day before its playoffs were slated to start at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The league announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, initially offering scant details but saying ...

A ‘history of God’s faithfulness’ … in 50 pages

LAKE PLACID — Beverley Reid’s history with the Adirondack Community Church on Main Street goes way back — 88 years — to the time she was baptized on Feb. 26, 1933, one year after the III Olympic Winter Games came to town. Now she’s helped write the history of the church with fellow ...

Luge + lacrosse = Winter Olympic hopefuls

LAKE PLACID — Thousands will be competing on the combined luge, bobsled and skeleton track at Mount Van Hoevenberg later this month — all at the same time, in about 2 minutes. Lacrosse balls, that is, not lugers. It’s time once again for the Running of the Balls at the Olympic ...

Bovine breakout in Ray Brook

RAY BROOK — State troopers searched the woods Wednesday, Jan. 27 for around a dozen escapees — not inmates from either of the two prisons in this hamlet, but Hereford cattle from DuMond’s Windy Knoll Farm on Raybrook Road. The runaway cows utterly shocked a pair of cross-country skiers ...

3 more die of COVID: 2 in Franklin County, 1 in Essex

Both Franklin and Essex counties reported deaths of COVID-19-positive residents on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Franklin County reported two deaths. The county said neither of them was a nursing home resident but did not say where in the county they lived or died. Essex County reported one death at ...

Tractor falls through Mirror Lake ice

LAKE PLACID — Ice at the center of Mirror Lake shattered beneath the weight of a tractor on Saturday, Jan. 30. The driver of the vehicle had enough time to get to safety before the rear end of the tractor went down into the frigid water. The driver was prepping the ice for a Can-Am pond ...

Comptroller: Is DEC funding enough?

In a report released Jan. 28, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli questioned whether the state Department of Environmental Conservation is receiving enough funding to carry out its duties, which have expanded significantly over the past decade as the state Legislature adopted new laws and the ...

Hockey bubble bursts; NWHL suspends season in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League suspended the rest of its 2021 season just one day before its playoffs were slated to start at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The league announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, initially offering scant details but saying the ...

Whale drop out of NWHL season, leaving 4 teams

LAKE PLACID — A second team has dropped out of the National Women’s Hockey League “bubble” season at the Olympic Center. The Connecticut Whale forfeited a game against the Minnesota Whitecaps Monday and dropped out of the condensed two-week season, leaving four teams to vie for ...

Pond hockey tourney postponed as tractor falls through Mirror Lake ice

LAKE PLACID — Ice at the center of Mirror Lake shattered beneath the weight of a tractor on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle had enough time to get to safety before the rear end of the tractor went down into the frigid water. The driver was prepping the ice for a Can-Am pond hockey ...

State gives local counties few vaccines

Franklin County just recently started receiving coronavirus vaccines for the first time, and the delivery of doses to Essex County has slowed to a trickle as the state continues to contend with a lack of supply amid overwhelming demand. The Essex County Health Department has requested weekly ...

NWHL team catches COVID, drops out of ‘bubble’ season

LAKE PLACID — And then there were five. The National Women’s Hockey League announced Thursday, Jan. 28 that the Metropolitan Riveters, one of six teams playing a scheduled two-week season at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, has withdrawn. And just like so many instances across the ...

Skaters have outdoor rink options in the Olympic Region

Spending time outdoors — whether under the sun or in the snow — has been a welcome respite for many as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. In the Olympic region, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in winter sports. One of the more accessible options is finding an outdoor ...

Home ice

LAKE PLACID — The 1980 Rink in the Herb Brooks Arena is home ice for three Northwood School alumni who returned this past week to play professional hockey in the National Women’s Hockey League “bubble” season. “If you had told me when I was going to high school there that, OK, ...

New UK COVID strain found in Essex County

An Essex County resident has been diagnosed with the new U.K. variant of COVID-19. This strain of the coronavirus, which scientists believe is more contagious than earlier versions, has not been detected in Essex County before. No hospital in Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties has the ...

Hearing set on second Wesvalley housing development

LAKE PLACID — The Joint Review Board has set a public hearing next month on a new housing development off of Wesvalley Road, one of three housing developments now in the works in Lake Placid. This new 22-unit development, called Fawn Valley, is being undertaken by the Homestead Development ...

ORDA board approves Olympic venue contracts

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s board of directors met Friday, Jan. 22 and approved a slate of contracts for work on the winter sports venues the authority oversees. All of the contracts approved this past Friday were for work on venues in the Lake Placid ...