Archives for April 2018

Regional Airport Needs To Cut Some Trees

The Adirondack Regional Airport needs to get out the chainsaws. Karen Johnson explains.

Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch has told the Harrietstown Town Council that to gain renewal of a Federal Aviation Administration grant has triggered an Environmental Assessment Review, which produced the outcome that the town, which owns and runs the airport, is going to have to cut down trees to preserve pilots’ view of the runways. Among the issues the review looks at is whether any endangered or protected species would be affected by tree removal. Hurwitch says The one concern the EA has picked up on is we’re in the northern long-eared bat territory.” However, there are no known roosts within 5 kilometers of the airport. Hurwitch says the easy way to mitigate effects on bats would be to cut the trees in the winter. Northern long-eared bats, an endangered species, roost in trees during the summer but spend the winter in caves and mines. Hurwitch says if the town does nothing, the trees continue to grow and the runways become less and less safe. Pilots need to see as much of the runway as possible from the air. Their view of the runways is affected by the height of obstacles surrounding them. I’m Karen Johnson

Speaker Selected For North Country Community College Graduation

An investment banker will address graduates of North Country Community College at the college’s 50th annual commencement ceremony. Karen Johnson has details.

On Saturday, May 12 this year’s commencement speaker will be Paul Colligan, the senior director of investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.Colligan has also worked with several other firms, including Morgan Stanley as a senior vice president, and as a director at the Deutsche Bank. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. He resides with his wife, Maureen and their three children in Greenwich, Connecticut.”Paul is an exemplar of success, hard work and service to others and as such, epitomizes NCCC’s mission, vision and values,” college President Steve Tyrell said in a press release. “As the college celebrates its 50th anniversary and continues to put the ‘community’ in community college at the center of its planning for the next 50 years, Paul Colligan is a great example of a successful professional in his own right who has for decades been a volunteer in his community leading others in service.”Paul has completed missionary work for the sick; fundraised for a 9/11 memorial in Greenwich, Connecticut, and the annual Day of Remembrance; assisted with local United Way efforts to identify and support unmet health, education and self-sufficiency needs; and he has coached youth soccer, skating and intermediate hockey.”The ceremony will be held at the Sparks Athletic Complex on the Saranac Lake campus. The processional begins at 10:45 a.m., and the program will begin at 11 a.m. The general public is invited to attend.

Thieves Wanted In Watertown

Police in Watertown want two women connected to a shoplifting incident at the Fastrac gas station on Route 3. Troopers told reporters the first woman is white, in her early 20s, 5-3 to 5-6, with brown hair containing blonde highlights. The second woman is black, mid-20s, with black hair and about the same height as the first suspect. Officials ask if you know anything about this, give Watertown PD a call.

No One Hurt In Colton Fire

A fire in Colton destroys a home. Crews responded to the Riverside Drive residence. Officials say it took roughly 20 minutes to contain the flames. Because most of the fire response was from volunteer units, only ten firefighters were there to battle the blaze. Fire teams initially attacked the flames from the front of the house, containing it in the kitchen. Firefighters later added the flames were in the walls, and crept through the rear exterior of the house, as well as remaining trapped under the roof. It made things difficult for a while. No injuries reported. The investigation into the blaze continues.

Cell Phone Fight Leads To Charges

A Watertown woman faces a mischief charge following a domestic incident on Monday. Amanda Weeks was arrested at her W. Main St home. Investigators told reporters on Thursday, Weeks threw a woman’s phone against a wall and damaged it. Apparently, a fight ensued. No one was hurt. Weeks is set to appear in Watertown City Court on May 9.

Molinaro On The Stump In Plattsburg

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Marc Molinaro says New Yorkers want a leader who will listen, not one who allows taxes and costs to continue to increase. All of that was aimed at incumbent Democrat, Andrew Cuomo. Molinaro was in Plattsburg on the stump with a good crowd on hand. A 42-year-old father of three, Molinaro is in line to become the Republican candidate, this as State Sen. John DeFrancisco suspended his campaign this week. Molinaro told the crowd Cuomo has failed on his promises to provide more prosperity for the state, including the North Country. He said he would like to see more investments in rural broadband for the area, continued support for the Olympic Regional Development Authority and for dairy farmers. Molinaro added corruption, long a problem in state government, is as rampant as ever under Cuomo.

Accident Ties Up Traffic In Plattsburg

A head on crash in Plattsburg injures one. First responders were sent to the intersection of Catherine and Goff streets. Witnesses told officers one of the vehicles crossed over the median before the wreck. Traffic became a problem, so vehicles were rerouted down Pine and Battery streets. Officials say the injured party was not taken to the hospital by ambulance. The investigation into the crash is underway by both state and local authorities.

Town clerk resigns

The Malone Town Clerk is resigning. Deborah Hutchins plans to step down as of May 3rd. She told town board members during their meeting on Wednesday that she wants to spend more time with her husband and she’s taking a new job with the state. The board told Hutchins they’ll miss her and wished her the best. They’ll now take applications for a new town clerk through May 11.Hutchins had been on the job for about a year, having replacing Denice Hudson who became the town’s budget officer, who replaced Susan Hafter.

Doctor In Court For Drugs

A doctor practicing in Potsdam pleads not guilty to stealing painkillers from patients. Dr. Richard Wessel made the plea at his arraignment in a St. Lawrence County courtroom. The cardiologist is charged with larceny and drug possession. The thefts happened at his office at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Lawrence Avenue campus. Investigators say Wessel was in possession of 118 hydrocodone pills not prescribed to him. They added Wessel, who has been in trouble before, would steal pills from patients after he asked them to bring their medications to appointments.

Social Media Threat Nets Arrest

Police in Potsdam make an arrest for a social media threat on text, email and Twitter, across the area college community. Officials from both the college in Potsdam and Clarkson University, where the suspect is believed to have been a student, say they are cooperating with the investigation. The police got a tip, concerning social media posts that referred to threats of violence, posted locally. Within a few hours, a suspect was taken into custody. Investigators have not named the person of interest as they continue looking into the case.