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Four Lake Placid hospitality workers found to have virus

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Health Department has identified four cases of employees in the Lake Placid hospitality industry who have tested positive for COVID-19, and department administrators say after completing contact tracing they feel confident they have the cases ...

Restoration in works for Hotel North Woods

LAKE PLACID — Planning for a restoration of the historic Hotel North Woods continues. The new owners of the Main Street hotel, Lake Placid Hotel Partners LLC, submitted an application to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board seeking approval for a number of exterior upgrades to the ...

Real estate trends: Many are moving to the Adirondacks

The coronavirus pandemic has been a boon for the Adirondack housing market, at least for those looking to sell. And homes are selling fast. Local real estate agents say that despite the pandemic and millions of people still unemployed, the number of buyers looking for a home in the ...

Real estate surge in the Adirondacks echoes post-9/11

Local real estate brokers weren’t sure what the market would look like when the economy opened up again — but those who have been in the business for decades suspected that the Adirondack housing market would rebound quickly. There was precedent for that theory: After the Sept. 11, 2001 ...

Big plans in works for Tupper Lake’s old OWD factory

Tupper Lake’s empty but iconic former Oval Wood Dish factory, known simply as OWD, has been recommended as an addition to the state and national Registers of Historic Places — but the village mayor says a deal is in the works for it to be purchased and converted into housing. The ...

Fines to start soon for unregistered rental units in town, village

LAKE PLACID — More than 100 short-term vacation rental properties in Lake Placid remain unregistered. Property owners who don’t apply for a permit soon face fines for noncompliance. The North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees adopted a law regulating short-term ...

Gyms to reopen indoors soon

LAKE PLACID — Local gyms are preparing to reopen their doors next week after state officials said they will allow them to offer indoor services starting Monday, Aug. 24. Some gyms in the region still will offer outdoor classes or online options for members. Each facility will be ...

Cuomo: NY gyms, fitness centers can begin reopening Aug. 24

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday, Aug. 17 announced that gyms and fitness centers can reopen in New York starting Aug. 24. Facilities that reopen will be subject to rigorous health and safety standards and all gyms and fitness centers will be able to open by Sept. 2. “As New York ...

Bowling, NYC museums get green-light to open soon in NY

ALBANY (AP) -- New York City museums and aquariums, as well as bowling alleys across the state, are getting the green light to open again, while the state will soon release guidance for indoor gyms to reopen one day. Cuomo told reporters in a Friday conference call that low-risk, indoor ...

Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least September

TORONTO (AP) -- The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, Canada's public safety minister said Friday. The statement by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United ...

News publisher reflects on retiring

SARANAC LAKE — When Catherine Hovland came to this village from Florida to study at North Country Community College in 1972, she wanted to be an art teacher. But life didn’t work out that way. A year later, she began working part time for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in the ...

A new cider house rules in Bloomingdale

If you bellied up to the bar at the Bloomingdale brewery Hex and Hop on Thursday, Aug. 6, the fizzy, straw-colored brew in your glass would likely not have been a honey double IPA but hard cider made on site from local apples. Erin Cass launched Wildcat Cider, a one woman cider house that’s ...

Locals pan developer’s request for law exemption

LAKE PLACID — A developer has requested an exemption from the town of North Elba’s affordable housing regulations as he seeks to build a new housing complex at the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center, but multiple Lake Placid residents panned the idea during a public hearing on ...

Trump targets Canada, re-imposing tariffs on aluminum

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pact with Canada and Mexico took effect. Some prominent figures in northern New York disagreed ...

Longtime publisher retiring

SARANAC LAKE — Catherine Moore is retiring next week as publisher of the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise. She has held the papers’ top job for the last 31 years and has worked at the Enterprise for 47 years. Her last day of work will be next Friday, Aug. 14. She said ...

Amid pandemic, bikes are wheely tough to find

In the basement shop of Saranac Lake’s Human Power Planet Earth, Mike Campbell is the only mechanic working on a room so filled with bicycles that it looks more like a storage locker than a repair shop. The showroom on Main Street is closed for a few days so owner John Dimon can get caught up ...

Boat shops booming

As many small businesses across the state and the country shutter, some permanently, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, a thankful group of local boat shop owners is not only surviving but thriving. Traffic may be down on the roads and in the skies, but the water is crowded. “It’s ...

Price Chopper pulling plastic bags at checkouts Saturday

SCHENECTADY — Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, all New York Price Chopper, Market Bistro and Market 32 stores will once again ban thin film plastic bags, in compliance with the environmentally conscious New York state law that was implemented shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, the ...

Lake Placid starts vacation rental complaint line

LAKE PLACID — A new hotline for short-term vacation rental complaints in the town of North Elba is going live this Saturday. That is also the day rental owners who haven’t applied for a permit will begin receiving violation notices from Host Compliance. The new complaint hotline by ...