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NCPR News Staff: Chris Knight

Adirondack Correspondent
Chris Knight Chris Knight is a senior staff writer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. Before joining the Enterprise, Chris was the news director for Mountain Communications, which owns several Saranac Lake radio stations, for eight years. Chris works for North Country Public Radio as an occasional contributing reporter.

Away from work, Chris enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and just about anything else in the outdoors. He and his wife Kate-Lyn live in Saranac Lake and have two children. E-mail

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St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' new veterans community residence will welcome its first residents sometime next month. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' new veterans community residence will welcome its first residents sometime next month. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake center will welcome vets fighting addiction, PTSD

A new community residence for veterans suffering from both addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder is a few weeks away from opening its doors in Saranac Lake.

It's located in a quiet wooded lot near the main campus of St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers.

The center is meant to help veterans of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with veterans of the Vietnam War. St. Joseph's received $3 million in state funding to build the 25-bed, 10,000-square-foot facility.  Go to full article
A Cape Air worker unloads luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 airplanes from Boston at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight/<a href="https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />(Enterprise photo -- Chris Knight)
A Cape Air worker unloads luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 airplanes from Boston at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight/Adirondack Daily Enterprise
(Enterprise photo -- Chris Knight)

Flights from Lake Clear to the NYC area are coming this summer

Cape Air has announced plans to provide a daily round-trip flight between the Westchester County Airport in White Plains and Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear this summer.

The service will begin June 26 and run six days a week through Labor Day. It's designed to give local travelers access to the New York City market. Local officials are also hopeful it could bring tourists from the city to the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Rabbi Eli Hersh, right, talks with Paul Pillis of Gabriels at the Paul Smith's College VIC Tuesday. Also pictured are Hersh's father-in-law, Sam Bojman, and his daughter Bryna. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Rabbi Eli Hersh, right, talks with Paul Pillis of Gabriels at the Paul Smith's College VIC Tuesday. Also pictured are Hersh's father-in-law, Sam Bojman, and his daughter Bryna. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Former Camp Gabriels prison will become Orthodox Jewish camp

A downstate rabbi plans to turn the former Camp Gabriels prison in Franklin County into a summer camp for Orthodox Jewish boys.

That plan was outlined to local residents Tuesday at the Paul Smith's College VIC. Rabbi Eli Hersh of Spring Valley said between 150 and 250 boys from Orthodox Jewish communities, mostly in the New York City area, would attend the seven-week camp.

There are still unanswered questions about what the property will be used for the rest of the year, but town of Brighton residents welcomed the prison's new owner to the community.  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake hotel stumbles over flood zone regs

A Malone developer's plan to build a 90-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has hit a major stumbling block.

Unless the federal government agrees to revise the designated flood zone around Lake Flower, the hotel that's been proposed on the lake's shoreline could be going nowhere.

Planning has ground to a halt as developer Chris LaBarge awaits a decision on whether the flood zone map for the lake can be revised.  Go to full article
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Public will see plans for the new Camp Gabriels next week

The public will get its first look next week at the plan to convert a now shuttered state prison near Paul Smiths into a summer camp and year-round educational retreat.

A pair of downstate men are in the process of purchasing Camp Gabriels, which the state closed in 2009. The state approved the sale of the property just last week.  Go to full article
Challenger Dianna Trummer and Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/541985/Incumbents-sweep-Saranac-Lake-village-election--2nd-update-.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Challenger Dianna Trummer and Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake voters return Rabideau to mayor's office

Clyde Rabideau has won another term as mayor of the village of Saranac Lake. Voter turnout was low, with only 19 percent of voters turning out. But the margin was healthy: Rabideau, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Dianna Trummer 391 to 141.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake mayoral candidates: incumbent Clyde Rabideau, left, and challenger Dianna Trummer. Photos courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake mayoral candidates: incumbent Clyde Rabideau, left, and challenger Dianna Trummer. Photos courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake village elections follow a quiet campaign

Today is Election Day in villages across the North Country. Among the races to watch is in Saranac Lake, where incumbent Mayor Clyde Rabideau is facing political newcomer Dianna Trummer. The campaign has been fairly quiet, but that's not because there isn't a lot happening in the village.  Go to full article
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann

No Cape Air flights from Lake Clear to White Plains, for now

Correction: the title and opening paragraph of this story have been changed to reflect the fact that Cape Air is still exploring ways to fly passengers to New York City.

Cape Air will continue flying passengers between Boston's Logan International Airport and the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear; but it won't add flights to White Plains, NY -- at least not yet.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Hyannis, Mass.-based airline a four-year, $1.8 million annual subsidy. The money will allow the company to continue providing three daily round-trip flights between Boston and Lake Clear.

Elected officials, a group of local residents and the major employers in the Tri-Lakes region had pushed for additional flights between Lake Clear and White Plains, but DOT rejected that proposal.  Go to full article
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Camp Gabriels prison buyer hopes to open summer camp this year

A plan is in the works to turn Camp Gabriels, a former medium-security prison in the Adirondack town of Brighton, into a private group camp and retreat center.

The former prison in Franklin County has been closed since 2009. The state put the property up for auction in October; Adam Fine of New York City is in process of buying it. He reportedly wants to get it up and running as a summer camp this year.  Go to full article
Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids. Photo provided by the Demong family
Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids. Photo provided by the Demong family

Sochi marks end of era for Olympians Demong, Burke, and Bailey

This week marks the end of an era for the North Country. For more than a decade, three young men from the Adirondacks, Bill Demong from Vermontville, Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid and Tim Burke from Paul Smiths, have been chasing medals at the Olympics.  Go to full article

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