Category: Local News

Helping the Homeless Hits Zoning Roadblock

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There are as many as 50 or 60 homeless in Saranac Lake at any one particular moment in time…  That’s according to national studies which show 1% of the population is homeless…  The Ecumenical Council in Saranac Lake is working to help reduce those numbers in the village but they’ve run into an interesting snag…

Opposition Grows to Proposed APA Amendments to Park Master Plan

Public hearings continue this week on proposed changes to rules for managing the Adirondack Park’s public Forest Preserve.. And one of those proposed changes is a controversial proposal to open all “Primitive Areas” in the Adirondack Park to mechanized travel and recreation… Environmental Groups, including the Adirondack Council are coming out in opposition to this…

Not one, but two 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Buttons

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“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, and the big surprise is there are two different buttons!  There is usually one button each year, so this double edition is a rarity. Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Superheroes and Villains,” Trudeau’s illustrations show “Doonesbury” characters Zonker…

A New Town Supervisor in Plattsburgh

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In today’s podcast, we’re following up on new beginnings for the Town Council in the Town of Plattsburgh…  Monday Night’s meeting was the first with Michael Cashman in the Seat vacated only a few days ago by the former Supervisor, and now retired Bernie Bassett. The meeting itself provided opportunities for Supervisor Cashman to follow…

Plattsburgh’s Fire Chief – Randy Stone set to Retire

The end of the year brings some changes to Plattsburgh’s Fire Department…  Fire Chief Randy Stone has been in the department for 35 years… We spoke with him recently about his tenure as Plattsburgh’s Fire chief… And his plans to retire… Chief Stone will officially be stepping down from his perch at the top of…

K&J – Plattsburgh’s First Annual Holiday Parade

The City of Plattsburgh over the weekend inaugurated an event that based on  year one attendance will most likely become an annual event…  For the last few years, The Strand Center for the Arts and First Weekends have brought back the tree lighting and this year, Plattsburgh’s Events and Promotions Coordinator Sandra Geddes brought the…

Dr. Ronald H. Goldfarb departs Trudeau Institute

  Board Chair Patricia Y. Tsien has announced  the departure of Dr. Ronald H. Goldfarb, President, Director and CEO of the Trudeau Institute effective November 30, 2015  to pursue other opportunities.  Ron has made critical contributions during his tenure at Trudeau.  Since the last quarter of 2012, Ron’s leadership resulted in the signing of an…

K&J – Longueuil and Plattsburgh Mayors Commit to Cooperation

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The Mayor of Longueuil in Quebec, Caroline St-Hilaire, along with a delegation of Longueuil business leaders, were guests of the Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon and the City of Plattsburgh on Monday…  Mayor Calnon was joined in welcoming the Longueuil contingent by Senator Betty Little, who serves as Honorary Chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition..  …

K&J – A New Set of Codes for Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake is in the final phase of re-defining building construction and zoning codes and one of the members of the Village Board, Village Trustee Paul VanCott has been actively involved in the re-write for the last several years…  He sits down with us and gives a look at what the work entails…

The new re-write of the code book will simplify our understanding of the overall vision for the village..    The Village Board has been through a few work-sessions over the month of November and will most likely take up contemplation of their final draft before year’s end..

Polar Plunge Raises over $28,000 for Special Olympics

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On the colder and windier side of the news, Plattsburgh’s Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics was held on Saturday at noon. According to their website.. The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics raised just over $24,000 but that number may not include all of the funds raised on Saturday..  All of the money raised goes to benefit…

Veteran’s Day Ceremonies in Saranac Lake

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Wednesday was a day to Honor Veterans and talk about issues they face.. At the Harrietstown Town Hall.. A ceremony for Veteran’s..  Master Sergeant Joseph Fischer was the guest speaker.. He chose the opportunity to reflect on two issues… One – Post Traumatic Stress and Two – The increasing suicide rate among Veterans.. Fischer says…

K&J – A Traditional Ceremony in Bloomingdale for Veterans

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Kids in Bloomingdale have the day off today for Veterans Day but on Tuesday they were given the chance to recognize veterans they’ve been talking to and learning about with posters that will hang in the schools hallways as a reminder of their service to our country…  Bloomingdale Principal Trish Kenyon says the Blooomingdale Veterans…

K&J – A Rally to Save the Rails

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There was a rally on Saturday at the Saranac Lake Train Depot…  Overall, it was an effort to convince Governor Cuomo to re-consider pulling up the rails from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake..  Amy Catania is the Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake.. One of the sponsors of Saturday’s Rally..  We’ll speak with her, and…

K&J – Combatting Bullying and The Tupper Lake Aging in Place Task Force

Members of the Tupper Lake Adult Center and Tupper Lake Students gathered together on Wednesday for a luncheon designed to bring them both together to talk about some of the issues kids run into.. not only in a school setting, but also in the community.. and to look at what may have changed over the years..   We’ll start with the kids..  The inter-generational event begins with a presentation by the kids about their group called Friends of Rachel….

Rachael’s Challenge is a national non profit organization dedicated to creating safe connected school environments.. the organization motivates and equips students to start and sustain a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools in their communities..

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