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Tourism isn’t hiking COVID cases so far

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Park has seen an uptick in tourism throughout the last few weeks as the region moved through the four phases of reopening its economy, and as it moved from mud season to summer. Essex County public health officials say the steady trickle of tourists hasn’t ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Forest Farmers acquires Parker’s Maple brand

LAKE PLACID — Three years ago, Mike Farrell left his job as director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Maple Forest, a 200-acre research and extension field station on Bear Cub Lane. Now he’s making big news working for the company he co-founded, The Forest Farmers. Based in Lyon ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: New York maple production down slightly this year

LAKE PLACID — Maple production was down slightly this spring compared to 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Released on June 11, the maple production report shows that New York’s maple production decreased from 820,000 ...

Cuomo: Phase 4 begins Friday, but with restrictions

It was a mixed message Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday: first, that the North Country and three other New York regions will progress to Phase 4 reopening Friday, but several expected services won’t be included just yet, including movie theaters and gyms. Phase 4 allows low-risk ...

Town of Keene imposes ban on gatherings

KEENE — Events will no longer be allowed to happen on land owned by the town of Keene, the town council decided Tuesday. The temporary moratorium on events applies to every large gathering on town roads, on Marcy Field and in town-owned buildings such as the Keene Community Center. The ...

Tri-Lakes cinema owners wait to reopen

New York’s movie screens will remain dark in Phase 4 of the state’s coronavirus reopening, at least at first. Movie theaters, gyms, casinos, malls and bowling alleys do not have state approval to open their doors yet because the state learned their air conditioning systems might ...

Restarted bus service will be limited

SARANAC LAKE — Franklin County announced Friday that its Public Transportation department will reopen bus routes with limited service starting Monday, June 29 in the Tri-Lakes area and Malone. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began three months ago, the county has only done public ...

Placid board votes down ‘Main Street Reimagined’

LAKE PLACID — A proposal to shutter one lane of traffic on Main Street and convert it to an outdoor market and dining space was ultimately denied by the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees on Monday. The decision came after multiple residents spoke publicly, and reached out ...

Canada, US, Mexico extend border restrictions to July 21

TORONTO — The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel to July 21 during the coronavirus pandemic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday’s agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. The ...

North Country enters Phase 3 today

The North Country is entering Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening journey today. That includes restaurants and bars, but many owners of such businesses say the regulations they’d have to follow would make reopening their doors not worth it. Phase 3 means restaurants and bars will be ...

Cuomo: North Country among 5 regions to enter Phase 3 Friday

SARANAC LAKE — During his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that five economic regions in the state, including the North Country, will enter Phase 3 of reopening on Friday. The other regions are Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley. All ...

‘Main Street reimagined’ plan gaining momentum

LAKE PLACID — A proposal to shutter one lane of traffic on Main Street and convert it to outdoor seating space for restaurants is gaining momentum within the business community. With the state Department of Transportation on board, the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees offering its ...

ROOST takes community’s temp on welcoming visitors back

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is conducting a survey to gauge how safe residents feel when shopping or attending events, and how receptive they are to welcoming tourists back to the region. The Lake Placid-based marketing agency plans to conduct this new survey every month or ...

New York’s Phase 3 guidelines now available

As businesses in five regions of New York await the governor's decision to allow them to enter Phase 3 of reopening the state's economy -- possibly on Friday -- the New York Forward website has been updated to include guidelines for Phase 3 businesses. Two industries will be part of Phase 3: ...

Economy baby-steps back to life

The North Country region entered Phase 2 of reopening more than one week ago. In the days since, some business owners have seen pent-up demand unleashed all at once, and an onslaught of customers seeking services. Others are wondering whether they’ll be able to sell their inventory and stay ...

Outdoor dining is now OK in the North Country

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, June 3 that outdoor dining is now allowed in regions such as the North Country that have entered Phase 2 reopening. The authorization, which takes effect today, comes with some caveats. Restaurant owners have to place outdoor tables at least 6 feet ...

Farmers market season begins in Tri-Lakes region

LAKE PLACID — As farmers markets began their 2020 summer season this past weekend in Saranac Lake and Keene, the market in this village will once again be in a new location. The Lake Placid farmers market will be moving from Jewtraw Park on Station Street, where it’s been for the past ...

Outdoor dining in North Country restaurants permitted starting Thursday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, June 3 announced that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening the economy. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Eric Chapman, CAN/AM Hockey Group

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed CAN/AM Hockey Group Director Eric Chapman on May 14 about how the cornonavirus pandemic has affected his business and what it means for the future. CAN/AM Hockey has been organizing hockey tournaments for youth and adults in Lake ...