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The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters
The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters

Investor plans to revive historic Hotel Saranac

A developer with ties to Saranac Lake has announced plans to purchase and renovate the historic Hotel Saranac in the heart of the village.

Fred Roedel, who lives in Wilton, New Hampshire, issued a statement yesterday saying that the refurbished hotel "will drive vitality and economic stability to the area."

The project is expected to cost roughly $13 million and will require a significant investment from taxpayers.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NYS confirms big expansion of Adk forest preserve

State officials are moving forward with two land purchases in the Adirondacks totaling nearly 10,000 acres.

State Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens will be on Prospect Mountain near Lake George later this morning unveiling one of the deals.  Go to full article
Photo: Courtesy of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Photo: Courtesy of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Why some North Country parents want kids to boycott state tests

Students in grades three through eight across New York sat down Tuesday for the first of six days of state standardized tests in English and math. But not every student showed up to take the tests.

The parents of some children who oppose the state's increased use of standardized testing are refusing to let their kids take the assessments. The boycott is also tied to tougher education standards the state is implementing this year.  Go to full article

Army sends liaisons to missing soldiers' families

The military has only been able to identify three of the four American soldiers killed in a pre-dawn ambush in Iraq Saturday. That may be because the dog tags of one of the four dead soldiers are missing. A spokesman for the 10th Mt. Division said yesterday they apparently were taken by the attackers. Three other US soldiers are still missing. An al-Qaida linked group claims to have taken them captive. They are all members of Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum. Thousands of US troops and Iraqis are searching for the missing soldiers. The US military is offering up to $200,000 for information leading to the return of four missing American soldiers.

The family of a 25-year-old Specialist Alex Jimenez told Massachusetts State Representative William Lantigua he is among the missing. His family is at Fort Drum awaiting further word. The Army is trying to make it easier for the parents of these missing soldiers to get information about the on-going search. Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick told Jonathan Brown that teams of an officer and enlisted man have been sent to the parents' hometowns to offer the families quicker and more personal access to any news gathered by troops in Iraq.  Go to full article

DEC releases snowmobile plan

The state DEC has released their long-awaited snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. Environmentalists have raised concerns. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article
No, not <b>that</b> North Country...
No, not that North Country...

Heard up North: How the North Country got its name, Part I

How did the North Country get its name? Gregory Warner called up Neal Burdick, editor of Adirondac magazine. He had a theory...  Go to full article
Terry Young, Tyler Nye and Scott Renderer in "American Buffalo" in Upper Jay
Terry Young, Tyler Nye and Scott Renderer in "American Buffalo" in Upper Jay

Preview: American Buffalo

It's not your typical theatre venue, but an upholstery shop in the Adirondacks is hosting a performance of David Mamet's award-winning play American Buffalo. The show opened last week in Upper Jay and continues tonight, Friday and Saturday nights (8 pm) at the Recovery Lounge -- also known as Upper Jay Upholstery. The Adirondack Theatre production features three local actors: Terry Young, Tyler Nye and Scott Renderer, who co-owns the shop and directs the show. Renderer told Todd Moe he's worked Off-Off Broadway, Off Broadway and Broadway in the 1970's, and did some experimental theatre before moving to the Adirondacks. He says it was the local community that inspired him.  Go to full article
Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers from the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross.
Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers from the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross.

Red Cross Volunteers Head South

The Red Cross says the response to Hurricane Katrina is the largest natural disaster effort in its history: half a million meals a day, along with water, other supplies, information, and comfort. Volunteers from the Adirondack Saratoga Red Cross Chapter were on their way south even as the hurricane was bearing down on the coast early Monday. They arrived in Baton Rouge last night. Edna Quesnel, Michel Lee and Terry LeMere were out of cell phone contact this morning, but had been in touch with Carmen Rau, director of development and communications for the chapter, last night. Martha Foley caught Rau on her way to work this morning.  Go to full article
Above: McKeever Bridge south of Thendara; below: Thendara Depot.
Above: McKeever Bridge south of Thendara; below: Thendara Depot.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad's 10th Anniversary

July marked the 10th anniversary of restored train service in the Adirondacks. A decade after its first excursion, this non-profit group still relies on volunteers to run the rail system. Jody Tosti spoke with Doug Masters of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.  Go to full article

LTX Fiber to Reopen Beaver Falls Paper Mill

There was another bit of good news yesterday for the ailing North Country paper industry. State officials announced the purchase of the Beaver Falls paper mill near the Lewis County village of Croghan. David Sommerstein has the details.  Go to full article

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