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Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale (left) and Clarkson University President Tony Collins sign partnership agreement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clarkson University and Clinton Community College signed a new agreement this morning/Tuesday morning extending and expanding a partnership between the two colleges to advance engineering studies and workforce training.

Ironman swim start
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

The Ironman Lake Placid Competition will return in 2022 but its future beyond that is uncertain.

City councilor Jennifer Tallon (left) asks Planner Ethan Vinson about the bike plan
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh’s Community Development Office has drafted a three-phase plan to enhance and expand the city’s bike infrastructure. A public meeting was held Thursday night to get feedback on the draft proposal.

Elizabeth Izzo (file)
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Last month, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s long-time managing editor Peter Crowley left after nearly 20 years to pursue a teaching career. Ogden Newspapers, which owns the Saranac Lake based newspaper, has named Elizabeth Izzo the Enterprise’s new managing editor. Izzo has been the paper’s health and Lake Placid reporter for the past two years. Prior to that she worked for the Sun newspapers in Plattsburgh.  She says she had an unconventional start to her journalism career.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a coalition of groups, municipalities and interests working to maintain the environmental and economic integrity of the Adirondack Park. The Alliance held its annual summer forum virtually on Wednesday.

NEXUS lane on the far left as travelers return to the U.S. at the Champlain-Lacolle border crossing
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Canadian officials announced on Monday measures to open the border to vaccinated travelers. While the move is being welcomed, border interests are now calling on the U.S. to reopen its ports of entry.

NEXUS lane on the far left as travelers return to the U.S. at the Champlain-Lacolle border crossing
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On August 9, vaccinated U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to cross the Canadian border if they comply with certain rules. The border has been largely closed since the pandemic began.

A Wild Idea book cover
Brad Edmondson

The Adirondack Park Agency is 50 years old this year.  Its formation was controversial. The new book “A Wild Idea, How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks” traces the evolution of the agency and the people involved in its creation.  Author Brad Edmondson explains why the creation of the APA was a “Wild Idea.”

Plattsburgh City Hall (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council had a number of resolutions on its agenda and worked through them quickly during their biweekly meeting Thursday evening.

Willie Janeway
Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the contiguous U.S. — bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. But the park is unique due to its combination of public and private lands. The Adirondack Council is among the groups that work to minimize human impacts on the Adirondack Forest Preserve and its wild areas.  Council Executive Director Willie Janeway tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley one of the biggest successes in the state legislative session that wrapped last month is passage of a bill strengthening the aquatic invasive species law.

Plattsburgh City Hall (file)
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There was a lengthy agenda before the Plattsburgh Common Council’s Finance and Community Development Committee Thursday evening. It included a number of appointments, presentations and updates on projects.

Battle of Plattsburgh reenacts part of lake conflict during bicentennial commemoration
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Battle of Plattsburgh is considered by some military historians as a pivotal battle in the War of 1812. The defeat of British forces on Lake Champlain and subsequent retreat by their ground forces on September 11, 1814 was a key factor in finalizing the Treaty of Ghent to end the war. Plattsburgh annually commemorates the battle and after the pandemic forced a scaled-down event in 2020, organizers are planning a more typical four-day event.

Plattsburgh City Council listens to public comment during hearing on proposed Local Law P-4 of 2021
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council recently held a public hearing on a proposed local law that would make changes to off- street parking requirements in the city.  Most of those who commented were zoning board members who slammed the proposal.

Closeup picture of the Michael Anderson mural on Durkee Street in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A mural depicting a NASA astronaut who was born in Plattsburgh and died when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry in 2003 was dedicated on Sunday.

Senator Charles Schumer at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin July 6, 2021
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The U.S.-Canada border has been closed since March 20, 2020, with all but essential travelers limited since. There have been growing calls on both sides to reopen the border now that vaccinations are curtailing the spread of COVID-19. In Plattsburgh Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said if there is not an agreement soon, the U.S. should unilaterally open its border.

Ward 5 Councilor Patrick McFarlin attends his last Plattsburgh City Council meeting on July 1, 2021
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Plattsburgh city councilors bid farewell to one of their members who attended his last meeting Thursday evening.

Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest (left) answers a question from Morgan Wilson (in green t-shirt) during Community Conversation on the Plattsburgh Boat Basin
Pat Bradley/WAMC

During its June 10 meeting, the Plattsburgh Common Council’s Finance and Community Development Committee reviewed a proposal favored by the mayor to buy nearly 12 acres of land along the city of Plattsburgh waterfront that includes a marina.  The committee deadlocked and the mayor cast the vote to move it to the full council for consideration.  That proposal has not yet appeared on the Common Council’s agenda. In the meantime the mayor has been holding informal “community conversations” about the proposal.

Peter Crowley stands in front of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake
Aaron Cerbone / Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In August 1999, Peter Crowley came to the Adirondacks and began working as a reporter for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. In the fall of 2004 he became its managing editor. After nearly 22 years writing and editing stories about the Adirondacks at the award-winning paper, Crowley felt it was time to pursue a new career and left the Enterprise on June 25th. When he graduated from college, he dreamed of being an English teacher, and he’s now begun classes to obtain his teaching credentials.  Crowley spoke with WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about two decades covering northern New York.

A michigan with unburied onions
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Town of Plattsburgh, New York has declared the month of July Michigan Month. And it has nothing to do with the Midwest state.

Plattsburgh City Hall (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With the end of the pandemic a number of communities are restoring summer festivities.  In Plattsburgh a number of events are planned throughout the summer with several occurring during a 10-day period starting Thursday.

Aaron Mair at Brant Lake in 2021
Photo by Nancie Battaglia / Adirondack Council

A former leader of the Sierra Club is now working for the Adirondack Council.  Aaron Mair, who led the national Sierra Club from 2015 until 2017, is now working to bring new funding and guide new policies to protect the Adirondack’s waters and wilderness while sustaining the communities within the park. Mair tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the new campaign plans to take advantage of the Biden Administration’s focus on the environment and climate change.

Plattsburgh City School Board meets on June 22, 20211
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh City School Board held a special meeting Tuesday night to decide whether to renew the district superintendent’s contract.  Many district residents were upset that the board called the meeting days before new members will join the panel.

Plattsburgh City Beach  panorama
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh’s City Beach officially opened Friday.  As the gates officially opened, entry fees increased.

File photo of sailboats at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A proposal to buy nearly 12 acres of land along the city of Plattsburgh waterfront that includes a marina was before a key common council committee Thursday night. The mayor cast the deciding vote to move it forward.

Flags of the U.S. and Canada
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Calls are intensifying for the border between the U.S and Canada to re-open. Federal authorities on both sides appear to be moving toward a possible phased in reopening soon.

A 12-year-old in Northern New York is one of the first winners of a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY college as part of a state incentive to get teenagers vaccinated.

Plattsburgh City Beach  panorama
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The mayor of Plattsburgh announced Friday that the gates to the city beach have been opened even though it isn’t officially open for the summer season.

Odinn (left) is among the sailboats racing in the 2018 Mayor's Cup Regatta
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The largest sailing race on Lake Champlain and its associated land festival are returning this summer after the pandemic forced a smaller sailing race and no land events last year.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh area will host six tournaments on Lake Champlain this summer. Five will bring anglers seeking to win professional bass tournaments and another brings a national jet ski championship to the region.

Wastewater Plant entry
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Water Resource Recovery plant was built in 1973 at the confluence of Lake Champlain and the Saranac River.  Mayor Chris Rosenquest recently brought state Senator Dan Stec to the facility for a tour and to discuss making the plant a must-see visit for residents and visitors.

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