Posts Tagged ‘Franklin County’

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Constitutional Amendment Needed To Re-Purpose The 3 Closed Prisons In The Forest Preserve

There are now three decommissioned State correctional facilities on Forest Preserve lands. Two are within the Adirondack Park and one is outside the Park on Forest Preserve lands in Saratoga County. The three closed prisons are Camp Gabriels Correctional Facility in the town of Brighton, Franklin County; Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in the towns of Moriah and Elizabethtown, Essex County; and Mount McGregor Correctional Facility in the towns of Corinth, Moreau and Wilton, Saratoga County.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

ALCA awarded $415,500 in NYSCA funding

ALCA logo

Blue Mountain Lake, NY –  The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) is pleased to announce that the arts non-profit received $415,500 for calendar year 2024 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Of that amount, $19,000 will go to funding projects by two individual artists, and $285,000 will be distributed by ALCA throughout the Quad-County region of Hamilton, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex counties through the Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) program to support 2024 arts programming. Grants are project-based, community-focused, and can represent any artistic discipline. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 15, 2024

North Country CC announces scholarship funding, microcredential programs

A woman presents in a classroom

Saranac Lake, NY  – North Country Community College has announced more than $50,000 in scholarship funds available to Franklin County residents who are interested in the college’s Human Services and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician programs. At the same time, the college is launching a trio of Human Services microcredential programs tailored to in-demand career opportunities in the region.

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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Opposition Grows To The Proposed Debar Lodge Constitutional Amendment

Through most of the last few years, Protect the Adirondacks stood alone in its opposition to the proposed amendment to Article 14, Section 1, the famed Forever Wild clause of the New York Constitution, to privatize and remove six acres from the Forest Preserve at the north end of Debar Pond. The affected lands provide the best public access to a popular beach and canoe launching area on Debar Pond in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest area and include some decrepit buildings that should be demolished and removed around the boarded-up Debar Lodge. Protect the Adirondacks has made the case that the Debar Lodge site should be reclaimed and restored to a wild forest setting and the site should remain highly accessible and easy to reach for swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and camping, and be a place that can grow wilder each year and one day be like another Lake Lila.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Four NY counties designated as primary natural disaster areas

rainstorm in the distance

On December 8, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that four counties in New York State have been designated as a primary natural disaster area by the United States Department of Agriculture due to damage caused by a tornado and excessive rain in July. This designation means that impacted farmers in Clinton, Franklin, Lewis, and Onondaga County may be eligible for assistance, including emergency loans, from the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

“As climate change continues to drive more frequent and extreme weather events in our state, New Yorkers faced unprecedented levels of rain in July that flooded our communities and devastated crop land,” Governor Hochul said. “This designation will help ensure New York farmers significantly impacted by this summer’s severe weather have access to the resources they need to help rebuild and recover.”

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Franklin County Economic Development Corporation Seeks Project Proposals for Rail Trail Small Business Grant

 

Snowmobiler waving to skiers

Franklin County, NY – The Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), in partnership with the towns of Tupper Lake and Harrietstown, will be applying for grant funding to support start-up and existing small businesses with projects that will directly enhance the experience of the Adirondack Rail Trail and/or Adirondack Railroad.

In order for the towns to receive funding, the application must show that there is sufficient need and interest from local businesses. FCEDC has launched an online Interest & Eligibility Form that small business owners should use to submit project proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is December 11, 2023. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Keeping young kids active during winter

By Kat Harkins

Physical activity and healthy play are critical to the development of young children, but keeping them active when it’s cold outside can be tough. The Heart Network’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities (CHSC) program works to enhance nutrition and physical activity for kids by working with childcare providers across Franklin County to promote adoption of policies that ensure young children can thrive. With winter settling in across the North Country, we’ve partnered with Play ADK — a Saranac Lake-based nonprofit working to establish a children’s museum and family resource center serving the Adirondacks — to provide families with tips for keeping kids active.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Assemblyman Billy Jones secures $250,000 for NCCC Malone campus upgrades

MALONE — Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) joined leaders today at North Country Community College’s Malone campus to announce that he secured $250,000 in state funding for upgrades to the college’s science laboratories.

The current Malone campus science labs are in need of repairs to meet student needs.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Paul Smith’s College students, Franklin County team up on eco-friendly bus shelters

New bus shelters with green, living roofs are coming to public transportation stops throughout the North Country thanks to a collaboration between Paul Smith’s College, the Franklin County Highway Department and The Heart Network.

The senior capstone project is led by students in Paul Smith’s College Environment and Society Professor Deb Naybor’s Social Research and Sustainability classes. Students produced 40 initial designs for the living roofs, and the senior capstone students honed them down to create a set of environmentally responsible concepts for review by the county’s Highway Department.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Franklin County schools to resume in person

coronavirusSchool leaders in Franklin County have decided to bring students back into school buildings early after seeing progress in COVID-19 protocols throughout the county.

Schools will start bringing students back Monday, Dec. 7. Most will use a phased approach that will continue through Dec. 10.

Franklin County’s school districts shifted to fully remote learning in November, when officials from Franklin County Public Health asked school district superintendents in the county to help them slow the spread of COVID-19 cases. At the time, schools weren’t ready to meet the state testing requirements if the region were to be designated a yellow zone, and public health staff were too busy with contact tracing and other efforts to slow the virus spread to help. School leaders initially said the pause of in-person learning would last through Jan. 4.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Marketing funds available for Franklin County tourism businesses

Saranac Lake Village Farmers Market courtesy Regional Office of Sustainable TourismFranklin County Economic Development Corp. (FCEDC), formerly the Franklin County Local Development Corporation, is the county’s economic development organization, and as of 2020, its destination management organization. Tourism is one of the region’s largest industries and we have set out to do tourism differently, by integrating it more fully into broader economic development efforts.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

All Franklin County schools to go remote through Jan. 4

coronavirusAll schools in Franklin County will shift to fully remote learning through Jan. 4, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES announced earlier this evening.

Franklin County Public Health officials strongly recommended making this change because COVID-19 infection numbers have risen exponentially in the last week, calling it an epidemic within a pandemic. The county has reached a point of community spread, meaning officials aren’t able to identify where every case comes from.

In a Monday morning video call, health department leaders asked for help containing the virus from superintendents of each of the seven school districts within Franklin County as well as the district superintendent of Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

4H together, where ever: A traveling Franklin County Fair

4H and County Fairs are as much a part of Americana as country songs and denim jeans. 4H youth work on a host of hands-on projects, gardens, community service programs, raising and training animals of all sorts, and a slew of science discovery programs throughout the year. All with the hope of exhibiting their masterpieces and menagerie at the county fair.

Thousands of people usually walk by exhibits in the Youth Building of photography, foods, woodworking, crafts, artwork, and educational exhibits that are usually judged face to face by volunteers with expertise in the subject.

Horses, dairy and beef cattle, goats, sheep, poultry, swine,  hedgehogs, rabbits and critters of all sorts are trained, handled, groomed, and wearing their finest show gear in hope that there will be ribbons above doors and on cages. 4H youth can be found with their exhibits answering questions and proudly telling the public about their special projects.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Franklin County 4-H brings the fair to the farm 

I’ve heard it said that, ‘You can’t call yourself a local until you’ve been to the Franklin County Fair.’ It’s the area’s longest running tradition and one of the oldest County Fairs in New York State. Unfortunately, there won’t be a Franklin County Fair this year. In fact, there won’t be any county fairs at all this year, in the North Country.

For the kids, that means no midway; no Scrambler, no Tilt-A-Whirl, no Starship 3000, no Crystal Lil’s funhouse, no Ferris wheel. For us older folks, it means no sausage sandwiches, no fried dough, no maple donuts, no French fries, no cotton candy, and no bloomin’ onions. It also means no grandstand stage shows, no demolition derbies, no tractor pulls, no harness racing. And no beer tent.

And for all of the 4-H families and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members, who work especially hard and really look forward to showing their cattle, their skills, and their projects at the Fair, it means no competitions and no ribbons attached to their well-cared-for livestock or their produce, plants, and crafts projects.

Or does it?

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Monday, June 1, 2020

NY creates loan fund for small businesses

New York State has begun providing the New York Forward Loan Fund, geared towards small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords. The fund will be targeting small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, as well as nonprofits and small landlords that have seen loss of rental income due to the pandemic. Pre-applications for the NYFLF opened May 26.

Assistance and/or more information is available through the following links:

More Information about the New York Forward Loan Fund.

Franklin County based businesses: View the Small Business Relief Loan Fund.



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