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New online map guides holiday light seekers around Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The holiday tradition of driving around the village to see the Christmas lights just got easier. There’s now a map for that. In an app. Diana Friedlander — aka the “Lake Placid Girl” — has taken phone calls from people around the village and created a Google Earth ...

Stroll into town this weekend for the holidays

LAKE PLACID — Organizers of the annual Holiday Village Stroll are working hard to make sure residents and visitors don’t have a blue Christmas this year. They haven’t canceled the 11th annual event, but it will be scaled back. The Holiday Village Stroll this weekend — Dec. 11 to 13 ...

County: Tourism has spread virus to region

LAKE PLACID — Tourists traveling to Lake Placid have contributed to the number of COVID-19 cases here, Essex County’s public health director confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 8. Meanwhile, the Lake Placid Central School District switched back to remote learning temporarily due to COVID cases, and ...

U.S. para bobsledders return to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The word “veteran” has double meaning for U.S. para bobsledder Guillermo “Will” Castillo of Orlando, Florida. Like all members of the Para National Sliding Team for bobsledding and skeleton, he is also a military veteran — an Army sergeant, retired. And he’ll ...

U.S. Para Bobsled Team awaits 2026 Paralympics decision

LAKE PLACID — Officials from USA Bobsled and Skeleton’s Para National Team are keeping a lookout this week for news on whether para bobsled will be added to the winter Paralympics program for the first time in 2026 as the games are held in Milano Cortina, Italy. “This is a very ...

Lawmakers celebrate Randy Preston road salt law

SARANAC LAKE — State legislators gathered amid light snowfall in Berkeley Green Friday, Dec. 4 to take a victory lap on a road salt reduction bill they sponsored, which the governor signed two days before. Assemblyman Billy Jones, retiring state Sen. Betty Little and outgoing Assemblyman ...

Vaccine distribution planning underway in Essex County

It may be some time before a COVID-19 vaccine is available for mass distribution, but in Essex County, planning for it is already underway. Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers on Tuesday, Dec. 8 briefed the county Board of Supervisors on the department’s tentative plans for ...

County: More than 80 St. Agnes parishioners test negative for COVID

LAKE PLACID — Approximately 85 parishioners of St. Agnes Church who were tested at a drive-thru COVID-19 clinic last month have tested negative. The clinic, a collaboration between the Essex County Health Department and Adirondack Health, was set up at the North Elba Show Grounds on Nov. ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Zach Clark, North Elba Christmas Fund

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Zach Clark, who is co-organizing the North Elba Christmas Fund with his sister, Cora Clark. The fund helps families in need with food, clothing, toys and gifts during the holiday season. Listen to a portion of this interview on the ...

Back to remote for some schools

After a spike in community COVID-19 cases, The Tupper Lake Central School District is forgoing its plans to return to in-person hybrid instruction and is moving to remote learning through the end of 2020. Meanwhile, a sixth-grader in Lake Placid has tested positive for COVID-19, and the ...

Cuomo: If hospitals are overwhelmed, regions will shut down

The state announced new metrics on Monday that could trigger another partial economic shutdown. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is expected to rise across the state in the coming weeks as an anticipated post-Thanksgiving wave gives way to another wave of new infections ...

3 Northwood alumni to return for 2021 NWHL season

LAKE PLACID — Brooke White-Lancette was attending Northwood School and playing for the Lake Placid Rockets girls hockey team in 1997 when fellow alumni Cailey Hutchison and Alyson Matteau were born — Feb. 11 and Dec. 17, respectively. All three will return to Lake Placid this winter ...

The Lake Placid bubble

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League on Nov. 25 announced a plan to present the entire upcoming season and 2021 Isobel Cup playoffs at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5. The goal of the two-week NWHL bubble season is to play in a ...

North Elba Christmas Fund seeking help

LAKE PLACID — North Elba Christmas Fund officials are seeking help from the community in anticipation of their annual food, clothing and toy drive for families who need extra help during the holidays. Zach Clark and his sister Cora Clark are co-organizing the program for the second year. ...

Hurley reflects on 22-year career on Joint Review Board

LAKE PLACID — Bill Hurley has seen this area grow a lot in the past 22 years. As a member of the Lake Placid/North Elba Joint Review Board since 1998 — when he was appointed by then-Mayor Jim Strack — he’s been involved with reviewing thousands of land development, sign ...

Mt. Van Hoevenberg opens for skiing, Whiteface pushes opening day to Dec. 5

LAKE PLACID — Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday, Nov. 25. “Our snowmaking team has been hard at work, but with the ...

Lake Placid News offering press release writing workshop via Zoom

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Placid News will be offering a free workshop to help local community groups and small businesses learn how to effectively write and distribute press releases. Two dates are scheduled for December. The workshop, “Press Release Essentials: Best Practices For Your ...

Two ORDA staff members test positive for COVID-19

Two state Olympic Regional Development Authority staff recently tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members were in isolation, and contact tracing has occurred, ORDA spokeswoman Elise Ruocco said last week. ORDA did not say where these staff members work — whether at one of its ...