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After test run, farm food box deliveries begin in earnest today

Starting today, 100 boxes full of food purchased from local farms are being delivered for free to the homes of families deemed to be facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Two local organizations are working together to feed these ...

‘Lake Placid Unites’

LAKE PLACID — New York state forced Fitness Revolution owner Jason McComber to temporarily shut the doors of his business at 8 p.m. Monday, March 16 to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Two days later, he created a movement that has lifted the spirits of his fellow ...

How to file an unemployment insurance claim

The CARES Act was enacted on Friday, March 27. Refer to the CARES Act web page for information about how the act may affect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits with the state Department of Labor. Do not call if you already have a UI claim; it will only make it difficult for others to reach ...

Lake Placid’s short-term rental law now in effect

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s long-debated short-term vacation rental law is now in effect. Property owners who intend to rent out rooms or entire homes to visitors are now required to apply for a permit with the North Elba Building & Planning Department — as well as register with ...

Newspaper chain offers grants to help local businesses

Tri-Lakes area businesses can now apply for grants to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full ...

OneWorkSource helping remotely

PLATTSBURGH — After state-imposed restrictions on travel and gatherings were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of local businesses shut their doors and thousands of workers in the North Country have been laid off. The North Country’s OneWorkSource Centers located in ...

Stores designate early morning hours for seniors

AUSABLE FORKS — Inside the Tops Friendly Market early Friday morning, March 27, for “senior hour,” most shelves were bare, and customers and employees wore gloves and masks. Tape lined the floors before the cash register, indicating customers to stand behind it while waiting in ...

Kinney Drugs gives employees raises, adds protective shields

GOUVERNEUR — Kinney Drugs is giving its 3,252 hourly employees a raise and installing new pharmacy shields as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Pharmacies are among a number of businesses deemed “essential” by the state and exempt from closure requirements. All Kinney ...

North Country Radio stations join #GiftCardChallenge

LAKE PLACID — North Country Radio rolled out a national public service announcement campaign on Thursday, March 26. The Gift Card Challenge was created to encourage individuals to buy gift cards from local shops and restaurants to show their support. “We’ve been hearing from many of ...

Verizon, AT&T help customers amid outbreak

Verizon and AT&T have made changes for customers facing hardships as the result of mass layoffs and health concerns as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. Verizon sent a push notification to customers Friday announcing that it had added 15 gigabytes of data to each customer’s ...

ORDA sorts out non-essential construction details

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is currently looking into how the governor’s shutdown of all non-essential construction will affect its venue upgrades. “We are looking at that right now, and we’ll know exactly what that implication is,” said Scott ...

Essex, Franklin counties: Stay home, don’t visit

SARANAC LAKE — Essex and Franklin County officials are asking visitors to stay home and not travel here. These rural counties largely rely on tourism revenue and have many second homes and vacation rental units. The directive comes as local officials try to encourage social distancing and ...

Sign of the times

LAKE PLACID — Signs going up this week at businesses, schools, tourist attractions, churches and government offices in this village help tell the story about the shutdown of these places due to concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic. In order to prevent people from getting ...

Cuomo bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. The Democratic governor took the dramatic actions as confirmed cases in New York climbed to more than 7,000. Cuomo reported that the state's ...

COVID-19: What is an ‘essential’ function in New York?

The Empire State Development website details essential functions in the state based on the March 18 Executive Order 202.6 (or as revised), which directed that all businesses and not-for-profit entities in New York state utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from ...

Restaurant, cinema, bar owners talk about impact of state mandate

New Yorkers will need to get their meals and drinks — even alcoholic ones — to go for the foreseeable future. While owners of restaurants and bars in the Tri-Lakes area are laying off servers and preparing for economic struggles, they are trying to stay positive about the future. This ...

Lake Placid hotels take different approaches to COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Hoteliers here are responding in different ways as concerns mount over the spread of the novel coronavirus and public officials encourage people to stay home. The owners of the Mirror Lake Inn, Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, announced Monday, March 16 on social media that the ...

ROOST halts marketing amid outbreak

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is halting all outward marketing designed to entice visitors to come to the Adirondacks amid continued concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. The change was announced by Michelle Clement, director of marketing for ROOST, ...

Cuomo tightens work-from-home restrictions — no more than 25% at office

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors. - MORE TESTING NEW WORK ...