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Elena Barilla


Plattsburgh, NY, United States

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North Country health officials talk omicron variant

There is still a lot of information for health officials to learn about the newly reported omicron variant, which, as of Tuesday evening, has no known cases in New York or in the U.S. Northern New York health officials are weighing in on some questions about the variant.Gov. Kathy Hochul, after announcing a state of emergency on Friday, addressed the omicron variant in Monday's briefing,… → Read More

What to know before you donate to a charity this 'Giving Tuesday'

It's the season of giving, where charities across the region see a bulk of their annual donations come in during November and December. "Giving Tuesday" gives community members a chance to reflect on which organizations will receive their hard-earned dollars and time as a means of giving back. The United Way of the Adirondack Region and its network of partner agencies serve 80,000 people in… → Read More

NY leaders push for passing of ambulance expense bill

Firefighters across the state meet in the North Country → Read More

AuSable Valley celebrates state championship win

Congratulations are in order at AuSable Valley Central School District, as the girls' varsity soccer team has taken home a state championship. "It is amazing what hard work and determination can accomplish," head coach Lindsey Douglas said. "It's just a real family and it's been amazing," said Jenna Stanley, a captain and senior forward. On Wednesday, the school held a celebration that made its… → Read More

Christmas comes early for The Salvation Army in Plattsburgh

Local car dealership steps up to help in time of need → Read More

Plattsburgh seeks feedback on Margaret St. construction project

The city is in the planning phases of the Margaret Street project, which includes Brinkerhoff Street and Court Street, which could break ground in 2023. → Read More

Arts and crafts show at Crete Civic Center this weekend

A new arts and crafts fair is coming to the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh this weekend, bringing in artists from across the region. Adirondack Coast Events will host the Adirondack Coast Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bringing in 135 vendors. "Noticing that there's no opportunities at the moment regionally, this… → Read More

Plattsburgh celebrates Phase 2 of the Saranac River Trail with soft opening

New trail connects city's South End through downtown → Read More

North Country schools continue to face bus driver shortage

A critical need forcing schools to consolidate routes, move kids to remote learning → Read More

Canadians drive through the North Country once again

The restriction officials say still has to be lifted → Read More

COVID-19 vaccine rollout for kids 5-11 in early phases in North Country

Planning is underway for clinics, possibly in schools → Read More

Plattsburgh warehouse explains supply chain challenges

A Plattsburgh warehouse is giving insight about how they're impacted by widely-reported supply chain issues, sharing troubles they and distributors around the country are facing amid the oncoming holiday season. "The main focus of our business today is product distribution for importers into the united states," said Michael Carpenter, president and CEO of The Northeast Group. Carpenter explains… → Read More

NY voters to decide on absentee ballot, voter amendments

Political Science professor says they could increase voter turnout, and questions about security → Read More

Day three of the search for 78 year-old Rita Wilson of Redford

The search continues on its third day for a missing Redford woman who was last seen Tuesday morning. Crews, including New York State Police, New York State Forest Rangers and volunteers have been searching on the ground, in the air via helicopters and by water in Redford, New York, for 78-year-old Rita Wilson, who has dementia. She is believed to have left her home on foot at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday… → Read More

Why Alice Hyde Medical Center put a pause on delivering babies

Alice Hyde Medical Center's Family Maternity Center stopped delivering babies in early October due to staffing, hospital officials say. "Staffing shortages across the country are forcing hospitals to do things that are kind of unprecedented and have never been done before," said Tammy Reynolds, associate vice president of nursing at Alice Hyde Medical Center. Since Oct. 4, they've been diverting… → Read More

Lake Placid Film Festival kicks off

The Lake Placid Film Festival is kicking off to celebrate its 20th year, as filmmakers and movie buffs from around the world make their way to the Adirondacks. "We feel like we can do much what has been done with hockey, say, where we turn an entire village into a film community for a weekend," said Gary Smith, director of the festival. The festival, with Adirondack Film as the parent… → Read More

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's lawyer demands 'truly' independent report

Rita Glavin calls the Aug. 3 report on sexual harassment allegations 'misleading' and 'unreliable' → Read More

Malone library collecting personal care item donations

The donations are part of a statewide initiative to give back → Read More

'Don't wait' on buying your winter tires this year

This time of year is busy for local garages as everyone prepares for the winter season. But businesses are advising drivers to get winter tires sooner rather than later amid supply issues. "Everyone's getting ready for the wintertime. There's only so much time in a day, in a month, in a week, and we got to try to fit everyone in," said Brandon Bechard, manager for G&G Tire Co. in… → Read More

Plattsburgh mom opens new shop in Champlain Centre

'Peace by Piece' boutique celebrates grand opening → Read More