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Canada won’t host luge world championships

Canada will not host the luge world championships next year, with officials announcing Wednesday that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic left them no choice but to consider another site. The biggest impediment was the 14-day quarantine that would be required of any foreign athlete entering ...

Probe reopened in off-duty cop’s 911 call about Black youths

ALBANY (AP) — State police have reopened an investigation into a white police officer suspected of making up a story about getting into a gunfight with a group of Black youths, officials said. The Cohoes police officer, Sean McKown, is under scrutiny for an incident June 6, when he was ...

Saranac Laker, 36, dies in bike-car collision in South Carolina (updated)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake resident and avid cyclist Kristopher Daniel Cotton died on Monday after a collision while riding his bike with his dog near Charleston, South Carolina. He was 36 years old. Cotton was struck by a vehicle on Savannah Highway in Adams Run, South Carolina, ...

No Adirondack Medical Center visitors through Labor Day

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has extended its current visitor restrictions at Adirondack Medical Center through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at minimum. Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake will remain closed to all in-person visitors indefinitely. “Exceptions will continue to be made ...

Vermont imposes travel limits for Essex, Hamilton counties

The state of Vermont has imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex and Hamilton counties. The restrictions were imposed as Essex County contends with its first major outbreak at a nursing home. As of Monday, Aug. 31, at least 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection ...

Tupper nursing home worker tests positive; all residents test negative

A staff member at the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has tested positive for COVID-19, but all residents of the facility have subsequently tested negative. The staff member received the positive result on Monday after being tested Friday as part of the facility’s routine testing ...

Some schools switch to full remote

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

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Sid Ward, Jay, chairman of the (cutting) boards

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid News remembers Sid Ward, of Jay, who died Monday, Aug. 24. In July 2018, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly interviewed Ward for the "We are Lake Placid" podcast about the cutting boards he made and giving away the proceeds to local community groups. Listen to a portion ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Lori Fitzgerald, Lake Placid Arts Alliance

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lori Fitzgerald, chairperson of the new Lake Placid Arts Alliance, about the group and its first project. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Matt Brandes, LPHS senior, T-ball coach

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lake Placid High School senior Matt Brandes about his busy summer, including the baseball he played and the T-ball team he coached for his senior project. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast ...

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 ...

Inspired: New Lake Placid Arts Alliance to highlight art, culture, history

LAKE PLACID — The Arts Alliance of Lake Placid has one message for residents and visitors: There’s more to New York’s Olympic village than sports and outdoor recreation. A lot more, considering the community’s art, culture and history. The Alliance is brand new. It’s a subcommittee ...

Essex County residents have multiple options to vote in the general election

LAKE PLACID — There are three ways to vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3: with an absentee ballot, in person early, and in person on Election Day. Yet Essex County Board of Elections commissioners — and their counterparts across the state — were recently given a curveball ...

UP CLOSE: Meet Diane Munro, skier and new ORDA board member

Diane Munro has been a lifelong skier, which makes her a natural fit to be one of five new members of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month. She grew up in the Catskills, and after skiing for fun for years, her first ...

Fines to start soon for unregistered rental units in town, village

LAKE PLACID — More than 100 short-term vacation rental properties in Lake Placid remain unregistered. Property owners who don’t apply for a permit soon face fines for noncompliance. The North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees adopted a law regulating short-term ...

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 News, Enterprise win 11 awards from NY Press Association

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise together won 11 New York Press Association awards for work published in 2019. The awards were announced Aug. 20 and 21. The presentations had been scheduled for the annual NYPA conference in April in Saratoga Springs, but ...

A camp fit for a king … chipmunk

SARANAC LAKE — Up the hill from Moody Pond, past a pickup truck and the requisite snow plow, you first see a birdhouse the size of a file cabinet, made from a repurposed dollhouse that’s now perched on a tall tree stump. Then, in front of the Hagar family’s large house, you see a ...

Cuomo gives go-ahead to some HS sports

SARANAC LAKE — When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday, Aug. 24 that some “lower-risk “sports will be able to proceed beginning on the Sept. 21 date that was already set, it gave hope that an abbreviated fall season may take place for some high school sports amid the ...