Category: Local News

Mayor Rabideau “Saranac Lake LDC Grant Apps are “Strongest Ever”

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Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau says the Village has submitted its “strongest grant application package ever,”  And he continues by saying “Saranac Lake is thinking big,” In an email to WNBZ, Mayor Rabideau says “Saranac Lake’s future will be unquestionably more sustainable….. With lots of new jobs generated… If these funding requests are approved,”  and…

Glenn Browne wins FLW Tourny

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Glenn Browne of Ocala, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Lake Champlain presented by Plano with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 63 pounds, 8 ounces. For his victory, Browne earned $34,097 and a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard (… Click above for more)

Charter Commission to meet Aug 12th

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On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at 5 p.m., the City of Plattsburgh Charter Commission will meet at the Stafford Middle School Auditorium to discuss the exact wording of the items to be put on the ballot in the November 2015 election. To date the Commission has voted to include the following proposals (… Click above to read more)

Strand’s Offsite Gallery Program Includes 9 Local Businesses

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Nine new exhibits have been rotated to feature original artwork in local Plattsburgh businesses as part of The Strand Center for the Arts Off-Site Gallery program.

The exhibits will be on display from now through September and each features a variety of area artists. The nine Off-Site Gallery locations include the Best Western, Valcour Imaging, Days Inn, The Development Corp, Clinton Community College, Eye Care for the Adirondacks, CVPH and the Plattsburgh Public Library.

The Strand’s Gallery and Museum Coordinator Christina Elliott says “The Off-Site Gallery Program is provided as a service to area businesses in an effort to diversify the visual environment of their offices and give local artists a different level of exposure than a typical gallery audience.” Galleries are rotated on a quarterly basis, (… Click above for More)

SUNY Athletic Director Bruce Delventhal to Retire in January


SUNY Plattsburgh as the Cardinals’ director of athletics, Bruce Delventhal has announced his decision to retire on Jan.1, 2016.

“It has been an honor to be the athletic director at SUNY Plattsburgh for the past 10 years,” Delventhal said. “I have been fortunate to work with a terrific coaching staff and wonderful student-athletes who have represented their teams, the college and the community in the very best possible manner. It is impossible to properly express my thanks and admiration for the efforts of our students and their coaches. My pride in SUNY Plattsburgh intercollegiate athletics is beyond words.”

Delventhal has guided the SUNY Plattsburgh athletics department into one of the premier NCAA Division III programs in the nation. Under his leadership, the Cardinals have enjoyed unparalleled success at the conference, regional and national levels. Of particular note is the Cardinals’ women’s ice hockey program, which has won a total of four national championships (2007, 2008, 2014, 2015) – a mark no other NCAA Division III women’s hockey program has reached.

In total, 46 teams have appeared in various NCAA championships since Delventhal came to Plattsburgh. Additionally, SUNY Plattsburgh student-athletes have earned scores of All-American, All-Region and All-Conference honors through the course of Delventhal’s SUNY Plattsburgh career.

“One of the great pleasures of my job at the college over the last 10 years has been working with Bruce,” said SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling. “He has led a superb coaching staff in a manner to make any college president proud. Under Bruce’s guidance our athletic programs have been clean, well run, successful in competition, and always mindful of their fundamental purpose: to mold character and guide young men and women toward the achievement… (Click above to read more)

Feds Give Keene Valley Fire Dept $47k

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Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday announced $47,132 in federal funding for Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 in Essex County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 in Essex County will use this federal investment to purchase one Monitor/Defibrillator/Pacemaker for ambulance and four Biphasic Automated External Defibrillators to be put on our fire and rescue trucks.

“It is critical that we provide our fire departments with the cutting edge equipment they need to keep our firefighters safe, so they can do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense… Click above for more…

It’s Rugby Weekend

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The Old Boys play today through the day.. with the last game at 4pm and on Saturday at least 20 games on all of the fields with Mens and Women’s Club plus the Mens Social teams and a youth Rugby Clinic is scheduled as well… Then on Sunday.. The semi finals and the finals plus the championship game and in anticipation of the athletic fields by Saranac Lake… The Can-Am tournament finals on Sunday are returning to “the bowl” at North Country Community College this year! ( Click Above to Listen… )

Quad Rugby Kicks Off Today at Civic Center

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The CanAm Rugby Tournament Opens today with the 3rd Annual Quad Rugby Tournament.. Wheelchair rugby was developed in Canada in the 1970’s by athletes with quadriplegia, and after being presented as a demonstration sport at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, it made its debut as a medal sport at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. The…

Education Alliance Sights Financial Inequity


The U.S. Census Bureau issued a report that outlines the average per pupil spending in states around the country. While New York ranks as having the highest spending statewide, that does not mean that that is the case for all students in New York… (Click above to Read More)

Paving May Cause Delays

The Village of Saranac Lake DPW will be closing Pine Street between Bloomingdale Avenue and Brandy Brook on Monday August 3rd and Wednesday August 5th from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm for paving preparations and paving…. (Click above for More)

Duprey Frustrated with Mithcell’s Plea Deal

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R, I – Peru) on Wednesday afternoon expressed her frustration with the plea deal cut for former upstate New York prison employee Joyce Mitchell. Mitchell pled guilty to helping two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, escape from prison in June. Duprey released the following statement:

“It does not seem to me that justice has been served with the plea agreement for Joyce Mitchell. The majority of public commentary shows outrage at this process that certainly appears to favor the criminal instead of serving the public good.

“Mitchell, by her criminal actions, some of which she apparently will never be

Saranac Lake Partners with Tupper on LWRP Applications

The Village of Saranac Lake is Joining with Tupper Lake and other municipalities in the region to develop a regional warfront re-vitalization strategy that includes individual applications for each village but also looking at opportunities for regional growth.. Saranac Lake’s Community Development Director Jeremy Evans explained to the board that they’ve already approved their portion of the project which includes (…) Click for more, including audio…

Mayor Calnon Discusses Charter Commission Ballot Questions

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Plattsburgh’s Charter Commission is now just over two weeks away from issuing their final report.. In addition to the report, they will propose the questions which would be placed onto the November ballot for consideration. The commission had originally planned on presenting a final report in June, but Commission Chairman Luke Cyphers says they weren’t quite ready to present a final report to the public without having the final ballot language in Place. The commission is currently leaning towards language that will ask two questions of the voters in November.. One will focus on the style of Government, giving voters the choice between switching to a City Manager style of Government or keeping the Strong Mayor style which is currently in place. Click Here to Listen

Women & Children’s Center Hosts Big Latch at CVPH

Nursing mothers and their families will gather on the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital’s front lawn Friday morning, July 31 as part an international event, The Big Latch On. Hosted by the Alice T. Miner Women and Children’s Center, The Big Latch On promotes breastfeeding as the healthiest start for…

Stefanik Votes in Support of REINS Act

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 427, on Tuesday. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, she says is “Bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to give Congress a say on any major rule or regulation coming from the executive branch that is estimated by Office of Management and Budget…

Rayovac FLW Series Returns to Lake Champlain Thursday

The Rayovac FLW Series back to Lake Champlain Thursday, July 30 – Saturday, August 1. Registration for the second stop of the 2015 Northern Division will take place on Wednesday, July 29 at the Crete Civic Center from 4:00pm-6:00pm. The action begins at 6:00am everyday with daily weigh-ins at Dock Street Landing in Plattsburgh, NY…

Gillibrand Testifies on Campus Accountability and Safety Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the need to pass the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S.590) to better address the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The legislation flips the current incentives so that schools report these cases and provide students…

Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty to Helping Escaped Convicts

Remember Joyce Mitchell… She’s the woman who helped Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6th.. Mitchell entered a guilty plea in court Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to the two killers. Mitchell was a tailor shop instructor at the Clinton Correctional Facility..…

Free Wi-Fi Coming to Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake is moving forward with appropriations to facilitate the installation by the St Lawrence Internet Company (SLIC) of a fiber optic network to provide free wi-fi hot spots in and around the downtown area.. the free wifi will also serve various village parks, the library, the youth center and several village…