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A home wrecked by Tropical Storm Irene in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters
A home wrecked by Tropical Storm Irene in the town of Keene. Photo: Susan Waters

In Essex County, more FEMA buyout funds on the way

Good news for homeowners impacted by 2011's Tropical Storm Irene: Essex County will get grant money to cover the 25 percent non-federal share for up to 37 property buyouts.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that funds for Hurricane Sandy recovery will be used to make those enrolled in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's property acquisition program whole.  Go to full article
We’re crossing a line there when you start getting into religious holidays.

Earlier bar closing raises issues of safety, religion

The Essex County Board of Supervisors has approved a measure that changes last call for bars and nightclubs from 4 am to 3 am.

The resolution moved through two committees in April without much discussion. But at Monday's meeting, Schroon town Supervisor Mike Marnell made a last-ditch effort to reinstall holiday closures for bars on Christmas Eve and Good Friday, which generated a brief debate about whether it's OK for lawmakers to set hours of sale on religious holidays.  Go to full article
Hodson Hall, which houses North Country Community College's administration and several classrooms, in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Hodson Hall, which houses North Country Community College's administration and several classrooms, in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Morris via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

North Country Community College reaches deal with faculty union

North Country Community College has reached a new, five-year deal with the union that represents its faculty.

NCCC President Steve Tyrell presented on the new contract at Monday's Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting. Afterward, county lawmakers approved the deal unanimously.  Go to full article
Chewbacca and his date arrive on the red carpet at Friday's Go Digital or Go Dark premiere  at Lake Placid's Palace Theater. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Chewbacca and his date arrive on the red carpet at Friday's Go Digital or Go Dark premiere at Lake Placid's Palace Theater. Photo: Chris Morris via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Big support for small Adirondack theaters

There's been a lot of talk lately about North Country movie theaters that are struggling to convert to new digital technology.

Without help, as many as 10 small movie theaters - from Indian Lake to Ausable Forks - could go dark.

A region-wide fundraising effort called "Go Digital or Go Dark" got underway last week in Lake Placid. Some theaters will need hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for the new digital projectors.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens

Owens upset by inaction on background check bill

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says he's disappointed that an effort to expand background checks for gun buyers was voted down in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Plattsburgh Democrat says he's frustrated that House Republicans are blocking a repeal of the medical device tax contained in 2010's Affordable Care Act.  Go to full article
A huge crowd sets out in silence for the first half-mile of Lake Placid's Boston Strong tribute run Monday night. The event was held to honor and show support for the victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
A huge crowd sets out in silence for the first half-mile of Lake Placid's Boston Strong tribute run Monday night. The event was held to honor and show support for the victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: Chris Morris via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Lake Placid run honors Boston

Hundreds of people circled Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Monday night to raise money for the victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombings, and to show their support for a city still reeling from the deadly attacks.

Among the 500 or so people who ran, walked and biked around the lake in the Boston Strong tribute were three Lake Placid residents who ran in last week's marathon.  Go to full article
Mac MacDevitt of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County speaks to the county's Public Safety Committee Monday about a proposal to change the county-wide last call for bars. Photo: Chris Morris, via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Mac MacDevitt of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County speaks to the county's Public Safety Committee Monday about a proposal to change the county-wide last call for bars. Photo: Chris Morris, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Essex County moves to reduce bar hours

Essex County lawmakers have given initial approval to a measure that aims to change the county-wide last call for bars from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m., not 2 a.m. as had been previously proposed.

Chesterfield town Supervisor Gerald Morrow introduced the resolution at Monday's Public Safety Committee meeting. He said he changed the time to three o'clock for the sake of compromise.  Go to full article
State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, speaks to veterans at Paul Smith's College on Wednesday. Little visited the campus to highlight the veteran-friendly programs the college has put forth in recent years. Photo: Chris Morris, <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />
State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, speaks to veterans at Paul Smith's College on Wednesday. Little visited the campus to highlight the veteran-friendly programs the college has put forth in recent years. Photo: Chris Morris, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

How Paul Smith's college is doing right by veterans

New York State Sen. Betty Little says other colleges could learn a lot from Paul Smith's when it comes to fostering a veteran-friendly atmosphere.

The Republican from Queensbury visited Paul Smith's College on Wednesday, April 3, to meet with members of the Veterans Club to learn more about what the college is doing right. About a dozen students who served in Iraq and Afghanistan gathered in one of the college's kitchen classrooms for an informal discussion with the senator, who has two sons who serve in the military.  Go to full article
Nick Planty, owner of Wiseguys Sports Bar and Grill, speaks to the Lake Placid village Board of Trustees Monday about an Essex County proposal to change the closing time for bars from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. Planty, as well as Zig Zags Pub owner Dave Sheffield, who is seated wearing the plaid shirt, oppose the change. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Nick Planty, owner of Wiseguys Sports Bar and Grill, speaks to the Lake Placid village Board of Trustees Monday about an Essex County proposal to change the closing time for bars from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. Planty, as well as Zig Zags Pub owner Dave Sheffield, who is seated wearing the plaid shirt, oppose the change. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Essex County mulls earlier closing time for bars

In the coming weeks, the Essex County Board of Supervisors will debate whether to change the countywide closing time for bars from 4 am to 2 am.

The proposal has broad support from law enforcement officials and groups that work to protect children from substance abuse. But the time change itself will only impact a small number of bars, mainly in the resort community of Lake Placid.  Go to full article
The state Comptroller's Office will audit the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates winter sports venues like the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA
The state Comptroller's Office will audit the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates winter sports venues like the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA

State to audit Olympic authority

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is fighting deep financial woes even as its venues rebound. That's according to a financial report released this week by the state Comptroller's Office.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Wednesday that he will launch a full financial audit of ORDA after his office discovered operational losses and a reliance on private lenders to meet expenses.  Go to full article

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