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Essex County’s early voting must move to North Elba

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba will host Essex County’s lone early voting station for the foreseeable future. A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month requires each county to have at least one early voting place located within its municipality with the highest ...

Cuomo sets $92M for ORDA venue improvements

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2022 Executive Budget outlined Jan. 19 includes funding increases for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Olympic Regional Development Authority and Adirondack Park Agency, including $92 million for improving ORDA’s 1980 Olympic sports venues. Specific ...

Lake Placid corrects electric bill errors

LAKE PLACID — Electric customers may have noticed some abnormalities in their bills this month. Village electric bills this month were printed with the incorrect due date — payment is actually due Jan. 29 — and the fuel adjustment charge for residential customers is higher than normal. ...

Teens charged with Cell Science Center break-in

LAKE PLACID — Four teens have been charged with felonies after allegedly breaking into the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center and vandalizing the place in November. The only one of them named by New York State Police was Remi P. Borden, a 19-year-old from Lake Placid. The other ...

Redistricting changes will be on Nov. 2 ballot

A state constitutional amendment on changing redistricting rules, which has been quietly making its way through the Legislature for two years, will be on the ballot for all New York voters Nov. 2. These new rules give more redistricting power to a party with a majority in the Senate and ...

History in the making

LAKE PLACID — There may not have been a sea of people crowding around the U.S. Capitol in Washington Wednesday, Jan. 20 for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but there were plenty of people watching virtually. Many of those viewers were local ...

Northwood students answer questions about the presidential inauguration

LAKE PLACID — Five Northwood School students answered questions about the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Due to COVID regulations, they were not allowed to gather to watch the event live together, but they were encouraged to watch it on their ...

Women’s pro hockey league action starts this weekend

LAKE PLACID — Drop the puck! After seeing no official hockey games played at the Olympic Center for more than 10 months, those words can ring out again this weekend as the National Women’s Hockey League begins a condensed two-week season in Lake Placid. The cornoravirus pandemic ...

A new chapter in Adirondack book publishing

LAKE PLACID — It took 56 years for North Country Books to tell its story. Now owner Rob Igoe Jr. is writing its afterword as the business slowly closes. Blame COVID. Blame the internet. They’re both big reasons why North Country Books — a wholesaler, distributor and publisher of ...

Jamie Rogers running for mayor again after 12 years

LAKE PLACID — Jamie Rogers wants to be this village’s mayor once again. Rogers, an independent, said Monday, Jan. 18 that he has enough signatures on his nominating petition to run for the mayor’s seat, which will be vacated in early April after Craig Randall gets done with his third ...

Brewer named chair of Northern Forest Canoe Trail board

LAKE PLACID — Anne Brewer has been paddling for most of her life. The Lake Placid resident has competed in the 90-Miler, a three-day race from Saranac Lake to Old Forge, at least six times. She’s also participated in the Long Lake Regatta a few times. She works as a guide for an ...

Couple attacked by hot dog-throwing kids in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The kids were on a roll. Main Street, Lake Placid, was plastered with hot dogs last week. Locals reported finding the franks at various places along the main strip last week — even on the Olympic Speedskating Oval. One woman, real estate agent Jodi Gunther of Saranac Lake, ...

Wilmington board accepts clerk’s resignation, approves 2021 salaries

WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s town council conducted its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The board accepted the resignation of town clerk and tax collector Gerald Bruce. The longtime office holder had, until recently, hoped to serve out the remainder of his four-year term, ...

Hurley will temporarily stay on as review board chairman

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board Chairman Bill Hurley will stay in his position for at least a couple more weeks. The outgoing chairman, who planned to leave the board at the end of his term on Dec. 31, will instead stay on as chairman to help the board as it nears ...

Budget: Gov. Cuomo threatens cuts without $15B in federal aid

ALBANY -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday, Jan. 19 his state will pursue legal action if Congress doesn't send $15 billion in unrestricted emergency COVID-19 aid. The Democrat -- who didn't specify who or what the state would sue -- introduced two different budget proposals: one if ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Craig Randall, Lake Placid mayor

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall about the first year of the pandemic and how it affected his job, what's happening in his life right now, and about 2021 as he approaches the end of his third and final four-year term. Listen ...

Saying goodbye takes time

LAKE PLACID — For the past 12 years, Craig Randall has welcomed all kinds of groups to his hometown as mayor, much the way he spent the past 44 years welcoming visitors to his motel on the Wilmington Road. Yet 2020 marked the end of all that. With the coronavirus pandemic, there were no ...

Making connections

LAKE PLACID — The separation between land conservation work and the arts may seem quite broad. But for Erin Walkow, who left the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for a job at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the move between sectors was organic. Pennsylvania native Walkow, ...

History lesson

(Editor’s note: As the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden approaches on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Lake Placid News is reprinting this story from four years ago when President Donald Trump’s inauguration was watched live by students and teachers at the Lake Placid High School in the class ...

ORDA outlines venue expectations for holiday weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain winter playground is gearing up for a busy Martin Luther King Day weekend and beyond, especially if the weather cooperates to provide ideal conditions for outdoor activities. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the ...