May 4, 2014

Of Interest: May 4, 2014


---- — Saranac School Board sets budget hearing

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Central School Board will hold a public budget hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the Middle/High School auditorium.

The 2014-15 proposed budget totals $31,725,416. Find out more at

The Saranac School Board encourages the public to attend.

The regular board meeting will immediately follow the budget presentation at the Middle School.

The budget vote is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the Middle School gymnasium.

District residents will also be electing two School Board members. Also, they will weigh in on a separate proposition to utilize revenues from the bus-purchase reserve fund to offset the cost of school buses and an increase in Dannemora Free Library appropriations, from $6,500 to $7,000.


Peru park closed for trail construction

PERU — Heyworth/Mason Park here is closed for construction of a hiking trail that has been a long time coming.

Town of Peru grant coordinator Adele Douglas said contractors from Steven Fuller Excavating are building the Little Ausable Trail, named for the river it crosses. 

“It’s about a mile-and-a half-long trail that will connect Heyworth to Sullivan Park,” she said. “I’m looking forward to finally having it constructed.”

The trail has been part of a decade-long project that the Town of Peru has been planning, mapping and working out a budget for, she said.

“It is mostly funded through federal and state grants.”

The town’s contract with Steven Fuller is $800,000, and grant money is paying for about 80 percent of it, she said.

Workers have been clearing stumps, surveying the area and putting up a silt fence aimed to control silt and sediment and protect the outside area from contamination.

Douglas said the project would most likely continue until the fall, but that all depends on everything going as planned and on schedule.

“In theory, the contractors have until mid October, but we’re hoping they’ll be finished a few months earlier,” she said.

—By Contributing Writer Liz Reff


LPCS Board to meet May 6 in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — The Lake Placid Central School Board will hold a budget hearing and regular meeting on Tuesday, May 6, at the Wilmington Community Center on Springfield Road.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m., with the regular session to follow.

Agenda items include special education and personnel matters.

The public is welcome.


Jay water-valve work to suspend some service

JAY — The Town of Jay Public Works Department is scheduled to replace a leaking 6-inch valve located just before the intersection of Covered Bridge Lane and Glen Road in Jay on Wednesday, May 7, beginning at 8 a.m.

The following Jay areas (not AuSable Forks or Upper Jay) will be without water from approximately 8 a.m. to noon: from Ward Lumber throughout 9N and 9S, John Fountain Road, Covered Bridge Lane and Brick Store Lane.

If the work takes longer than four hours, the State Department of Health will be notified as well as the residents.


Rouses Point talent contest canceled

ROUSES POINT — The Rouses Point Samuel de Champlain Center Stage “Got Talent” competition has been canceled due to lack of participation.

Auditions had been set for May 9, but too few signed up by the April 18 deadline, organizer Steve Merchant said.

The semi-finalists were to have performed on the stage, located on the ground of the Rouses Point Recreation Center, this summer.

Instead, Merchant said, he has lined up other performers.

That schedule will be released in the near future, he said.


Town of Plattsburgh zoning, codes tour set 

PLATTSBURGH — Town of Plattsburgh Codes and Zoning Enforcement officials will make a tour of the town Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16.

They will be giving out notices to residents who have junk, debris, garbage and unlicensed/uninspected vehicles in their yards. 

A re-inspection of those properties will be conducted two weeks from that date.

For more information, call the Codes and Zoning Office at 562-6840 or go to and click on the “Codes & Zoning” link.


AVCS Board to hold budget hearing May 12

CLINTONVILLE — The AuSable Valley Central School Board will hold its annual budget hearing in the  Middle School-High School at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12.

The public is encouraged to attend.


Applicants sought for Alice Lewis Scholarship

PLATTSBURGH — The deadline is Friday, May 30, to submit an application to the Alice K. Lewis Scholarship Program at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society offers the awards of at least $500 to help foster the recruitment, education and development of highly competent teachers, a press release said.

Obtain details and application forms from Sandra M. Latourelle at 564-5163. Mail completed application materials, including application, recommendations, personal statement, most current college transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and press-release form to Sandra M. Latourelle, Hudson Hall 331, SUNY Plattsburgh,101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.


Rouses Point offers budget billing for electric charges

ROUSES POINT — Residential customers of the Village of Rouses Point Municipal Electric Department can apply to pay their their electric charges by a budget billing arrangement.

Applicants must have a 12-month clear record in order to qualify.

Based upon previous years’ usage and a projected per kilowatt hour cost, including supplemental power charge, a customer’s annual electric expense is estimated and then paid in 11 payments, with the remaining month (May) used to reconcile underpayments or overpayments.

To apply, call 297-5502, ext. 315 or 332 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday prior to May 30, which is the deadline for the service for 2014-15.

All customers now on the program will remain, with the budget amount appearing on the top portion of their bill commencing in June.


Grants available through Border Commission

WASHINGTON — Grant funds are available through the Northern Border Regional Commission.

Funds will be awarded to projects that develop infrastructure, provide workforce training and business development, provide health care and public services to underserved areas, promote resource conservation or promote renewable or alternative energy production.

“Northern Border Regional Commission grants strengthen local economies and encourage job creation and workforce readiness,” said Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) said in a news release.

The commission was created by the Congress to alleviate economic distress and save or create job opportunities throughout the Northeast. It is responsible for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Fulton, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Sandy Blitz, federal co-chair of the commission, indicated that they intend to award roughly $4.5 million by September, with a maximum grant of $250,000.

For more information, contact the New York State Department of State at 473-3355 or regional economic development councils.


Franklin Academy accepting scholarship applications

MALONE — The Academic Board of Trustees of Franklin Academy is accepting applications for two post-graduate scholarships until May 15.

The scholarships will be awarded at ceremonies in June.

The Alfred A. Hartmann Sr. Medical Scholarship will go to a medical student or students residing in Franklin County.

The Hon. Robert G. Main, Sr. and Hon. Robert G. Main Jr. Legal Scholarship can go to any law school student who lives in the Fourth Judicial District, with primary consideration given to Franklin County residents.

Applicants for either scholarship must apply in writing no later than May 15 in letter or resume form, including information on academic performance at the undergraduate and graduate level, as appropriate, together with the applicant’s basis for seeking an award and plans or aspirations upon graduation. Include any references in a separately sealed envelope.

Address applications or inquiries to: Trustees of Franklin Academy, Scholarship Committee, P.O Box 114, Malone, NY 12953.


Lake Placid Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2014

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee is seeking suggestions from residents of the Olympic region for possible nominations for 2014.

The deadline for submittal is Monday, June 2. The annual induction banquet will be held in the fall.

The Lake Placid Hall of Fame began in 1983 and has inducted over 100 individuals, as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic four-man bobsled team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Plaques, commemorating each member, are on display in the Olympic Center’s Hall of Fame, located in the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

In addition to sports accomplishments, athletes must also have made meaningful contributions to society, improving the quality of life or the fellowship of man in the Olympic region, defined as Essex, Clinton and Franklin counties.

Individuals should be past or current residents of the Olympic region or have some significant connection to the area.

The selection committee maintains a list of previously nominated candidates; submissions must be accompanied by a list of accomplishments relative to the purpose of the Hall of Fame and mailed to: Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee, c/o Alison Haas, 2634 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946.


ELCS Board sets session to present budget

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the conference room.

It is anticipated that the board will convene in executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss negotiations, gather advice of counsel and discuss employment history of particular employees.

The board will reconvene in public session at 6 p.m. The agenda includes: recognizing the valedictorian and salutatorian; adopt district policies pertaining to students, programs, use of facilities and professional staff development; and consider various personnel appointments.

The annual meeting to present the proposed budget for 2014-2015 is set for 7:30 p.m.

The public encouraged to attend.

Find agenda materials and public packet at the day of the meeting.


Jay Cleanup Day set for May 17

JAY — Town of Jay Cleanup Day, a free service for residents only, is set for 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

No businesses can take part.

Residents must bring items to the collection site at the Town of Jay Highway Department on Valley Road in Jay.

Allowed Items are: clothing, furniture, televisions, empty paint, cans, vacuum cleaners, carpeting, copper, cast iron, steel, aluminum, old computers, stereo systems, radios, bikes, lawn mowers, light fixtures, lamps, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.

Items that are not accepted are: tires, construction or demolition debris, hazardous materials, fencing, propane tanks, household garbage and returnables.

Proof of residency required upon request. All children must remain in the vehicle.


Cardinal Points earns Press Association awards

PLATTSBURGH — For a third time, SUNY Plattsburgh’s student-run newspaper, Cardinal Points, has earned several awards from the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Along with three individual awards, the newspaper took second for general excellence in the College Division. The competition included 158 newspapers statewide.

“Being named the second-best college newspaper in general excellence in New York is no small feat, especially considering how many colleges there are,” said Shawn Murphy, department chair of public relations and journalism and Cardinal Points adviser.

Pennsylvania News Media Association members who served as judges, credited Cardinal Points with an “interesting use of graphics and powerful photography,” noting that the paper is a “wonderful asset to the students and their community.”

In addition, Lara Dufresne, from Stillwater, Minn., took third place in column writing; Zachary Ripple, from Selden took third for sports coverage; and both Stanley Blow III, of Swanton, Vt., and Ian Tully, Mastic Beach, took third for editorial writing. Judges were impressed with the journalists’ use of research, reporting and storytelling.


Host families sought for Youth Ambassadors visitors

PLATTSBURGH — The Center for the Study of Canada is reaching out to members of the SUNY Plattsburgh campus and surrounding community to host Canadian students ages 15 through 18 and adult visitors who will be coming to Plattsburgh in July as part of the U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassadors Program.

The event takes place July 23 through Aug. 4. Homes are needed for about 18 students and three adult educators. Host families can choose to house one or two participants and can express a preference for gender.

For more information, contact Theresa Bennett, home stay coordinator, at 564-2160 or at


Westport meeting set on joint fire, town facility

WESTPORT — There will be a special joint Westport Town Council and Westport Fire District meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, for the purpose of discussing the proposed joint facility.

The session, at the Westport Town Hall, is open to all.