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Coronavirus

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

ALBANY — New York's governor said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to ...

Survey gauges thoughts on in-person school

LAKE PLACID — A survey of local parents conducted by the Lake Placid Central School District shows that a majority plan to send their children back to school in person this fall, provided the school is open. The Lake Placid Central School District is planning to welcome back its students ...

Essex County isn’t rolling buses like Franklin County is

Essex and Franklin counties are taking different approaches to reopening public transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each county operates a bus system, and both counties canceled all bus routes in March. Franklin County began reopening its bus routes in June, with a few caveats, but ...

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 ...

Whiteface Mountain opens Aug. 1 for family activities

WILMINGTON -- State Olympic Regional Development Authority officials announced today that the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will open for scenic gondola rides, hiking and disc golf on Saturday, Aug. 1. These activities will be available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. ...

Olympic venues opening slowly, with restrictions

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority continues to open the doors of the region’s Olympic venues, with limited capacity and restrictions such as mandatory face coverings. The gradual reopening of the Olympic sites comes more than four months after ORDA ...

LP police: Mask enforcement not really possible

LAKE PLACID — In the weeks since the North Country region entered its last phase of reopening, hordes of visitors have flocked to downtown Lake Placid. Not all of them have been wearing masks while out in the region’s busiest business district, an issue that local government officials ...

Songs at Mirror Lake cancels 2020 concert season

LAKE PLACID — The Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series announced Thursday that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 15th anniversary of the free concert series has been canceled. Normally, Songs at Mirror Lake organizes a free concert by a national tourism act each Tuesday evening in ...

Governor postpones $3B ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ to next year

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

As pandemic rages, Trudeau Institute hints at rapid testing

SARANAC LAKE — An effort by Trudeau Institute to develop rapid COVID-19 testing may be underway. A member of Trudeau Institute’s board of trustees, Konrad “Kip” Testwuide, hinted at the possibility of a new rapid-testing initiative — where results from COVID-19 tests could be ...

Schools piece together reopening plans with state guidance

With the state-imposed deadline for school districts to file reopening plans on Friday, July 31, local schools are largely banking on welcoming students back in-person this fall — but they’re also preparing for the possibility it that won’t be an option. The coronavirus pandemic ...

Some parents consider homeschooling during pandemic

When 5-year-old Emily Ellis’s preschool closed in March, her parents, Jennifer and Mike Ellis, tried to do the school’s virtual learning program with her. “We tried for one day to do the Zoom classroom, and it was a disaster,” Jennifer said in a recent interview. “It was a bunch ...

Health officials link new COVID-19 cases to travel, public gatherings

Essex and Franklin counties continue to see new cases of COVID-19, a trend that public health officials link to travel and public gatherings. In Franklin County, eight new cases have been announced since the beginning of last week. All of those cases were linked to the same river outing ...

Tri-Lakes booksellers begin a new chapter

SARANAC LAKE -- Arrows on the bookstore floor direct foot traffic, as if the 460-square-foot shop is a giant board game. A sanitation station has joined the tables filled with current titles and an impressive selection of fantasy science fiction and young adult books. At the register of her ...

An altered education upon return

The state Education Department released a reopening guidance document on July 16 containing a list of mandatory rules districts must uphold and plans they must create to reopen in the fall, as well as suggestions and alternatives to consider. The school day will involve consistent hand washing ...

Schools work through fall options

As the state-imposed deadline for school districts to file reopening plans approaches, local schools are largely banking on welcoming students back in-person this fall — but preparing for the possibility that that won’t be an option. The coronavirus pandemic derailed many norms ...

Governor: Bars must serve food or close

A shot of Jameson, a pint of Fiddlehead IPA, a Slim Jim. That’s what’s ordering at a local bar looked like this week, after a sudden ruling from Gov. Andrew Cuomo last Thursday, July 16 required that bars and restaurants serve food items with all alcohol sales. The move came as a ...

Amid confusion over drive-in concerts, LPCA’s is canceled

LAKE PLACID — Following in the tire tracks of drive-in movies, drive-in concerts are shaping up to be a big trend of the summer of COVID-19. Now, however, one scheduled for Lake Placid next week has been canceled, allegedly because drive-in concerts are not allowed in New York state. But ...