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UP CLOSE: In search of a dream

LAKE PLACID — Phillip Brandel has been through it all, and now he’s trying to start a business and help others like him. Brandel, 27, now lives in Lake Placid. He grew up in the south Bronx, and from the moment he was born, he’s had to fight to survive. “I was born with the ...

Lake Placid Clean Up Day returns after a year off

LAKE PLACID — Spring cleaning comes to the shoulders and rights-of-way along streets and highways on Saturday, May 1 when the annual Clean Up Day returns after taking last year off due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 guidelines will be in effect, meaning that participants will need ...

‘There will be music’

LAKE PLACID — There will definitely be a summer residency this year for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, after taking last summer off due to the coronavirus pandemic. And organizers are saying it will be “the most unique six weeks of performances in the orchestra’s history.” Social ...

Who’s running for school board in your district?

Candidates have filed to run for school boards in districts around the Tri-Lakes area, and many races are shaping up to be competitive. School district residents will vote on these board members, as well as budgets and special propositions, on Tuesday, May 18. On Monday, districts ...

Lake Placid Community Day moves to Sept. 12

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Community Day, an annual event celebrating residents and local organizations, is slated to return this September. Last year’s Community Day was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because public health restrictions are always changing, it wasn’t ...

‘Kissing Bench’ to honor Vern, Winnie Lamb

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees Monday, April 19, approved some personnel changes and bench requests for the walk around Mirror Lake and reestablished a loading zone for canoes and kayaks at the lake. The canoe/kayak 15-minute loading zone will be located at the ...

DEC blocks off Route 73 parking areas

KEENE VALLEY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has closed two parking areas off of state Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls trailhead and limited the overlook lot, where people pull off to view the falls, to 15-minute parking. The parking areas were blocked off ...

Most Tri-Lakes residents have been partially vaccinated

SARANAC LAKE — More than half of Tri-Lakes residents have been at least partially vaccinated, new state and county vaccine data shows. This data from Franklin County Public Health and the state Immunization Information System, shared with the News on Friday, April 16, offers the first ...

Lake Placid code updates suggested at special meeting

LAKE PLACID — Suggested alterations to the local land-use code were presented to the North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees during a joint meeting on Friday, April 9. The local land-use code hasn’t been substantially reviewed and rewritten since 2011. Dean ...

Ice-out winners announced for Mirror Lake, Lake Placid lake

LAKE PLACID — The ice officially went out of Mirror Lake at 11:35 a.m. Friday, April 9, according to Judy Shea, of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, who organizes the annual Ice Out Benefit. Ice meisters were Jack Irvin and Andy Orringer. Winners were: first, Lee Lamparski, 24 ...

Work continues on Main Street, Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Main Street will continue to be open to one-way traffic only this week as construction crews continue installing a new water line. This construction work is part of a broader Main Street streetscape and improvement project. Main Street is expected to be under construction ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Jim McKenna, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna about the destination management plan the organization is working on for the village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba. ROOST is the marketing organization for Lake Placid ...

Canada-US border will stay closed another month

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel for a 14th month, at least until May 21, to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. That extension goes right up to the start of Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend, which normally is a time when many Canadians get away to ...

Quality of life for residents, quality of place for visitors

LAKE PLACID — At the heart of the Adirondack Park is the concept of balance, between humans and the environment. How do we balance the needs of the people who live and visit here with the state’s mandate to protect the environment? The same can be said for tourism management, whether ...

Salt water savvy

LAKE PLACID — Brendan Wiltse and Lija Treibergs bundled up with cold-water gear and packed their canoe with scientific equipment. As soon as the ice went out on Mirror Lake Friday morning, April 9, they began to paddle to collect their water data. There was a bluebird sky and calm ...

2 locals part of ‘Chicago 7’ Oscar nominations

LAKE PLACID — An Aaron Sorkin movie that’s currently nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, has two Lake Placid connections. Two men — Thomas Varga and James Appleton — make up two-thirds of the sound department on “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” They both ...

Main Street update

LAKE PLACID — For the week of Monday, April 19 to Friday, April 23, Main Street work is expected to continue with the excavation to replace the water main, according to Kate Thompson of the Lake Placid-North Elba Community Development Commission, which is helping the village with public ...

North Elba town officials mixed on marijuana sales

LAKE PLACID — North Elba Town Council members are mixed on whether to opt out of allowing marijuana sales. “My personal opinion on marijuana and drugs is I’d do anything to keep it out,” town Supervisor Jay Rand told the Lake Placid News on Monday, April 12. Rand said he’s ...

Wilmington board discusses housing, river, parking

WILMINGTON — Around two dozen people attended the Tuesday, April 13 Wilmington Town Council meeting, the first meeting open to the public since November. Among them were Stephanie Gates, Michelle Preston and Tina Preston, who are seeking election to the council in November. Gates is a ...

New Mount Van Hoevenberg biathlon facility built to ‘last 100 years’

LAKE PLACID — As Kris Cheney-Seymour gave a tour of the enormous new Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg on March 14, at one point he said, without breaking his matter-of-fact tone, this is now “one of the greatest Nordic venues on the planet.” He also said the investment will ...