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Health

North Elba has most COVID-19 cases in Essex County

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba has the most COVID-19 cases in Essex County, new data from the county Health Department shows. There were three test-confirmed cases in North Elba as of Tuesday, plus one suspected case. The town of Keene has one test-confirmed case. There are ...

Lake Placid food pantry debuts curbside service

LAKE PLACID — Volunteers at the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry Friday, March 27 debuted a new curbside service for the families they help, easing the anxiety over social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Because of the virus and all, we decided to come up here to ...

Some ORDA construction projects to be put on hold

LAKE PLACID — Parts of multi-million dollar improvement projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic sites are expected to come to a halt. An executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo more than a week ago, and revised recently, directs construction companies to stop all “non-essential” work as ...

Prison coronavirus precautions have been too little, too late in North Country

Coronavirus is spreading through North Country prisons, and though their governing state and federal organizations made several policy changes last week to slow the spread, corrections officers, union representatives, inmate advocates and politicians say these changes are coming too late, and ...

Wilmington forms corps of volunteers

WILMINGTON — Town Supervisor Roy Holzer has announced the formation of the Community Cares Committee, organized as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are seeking volunteers for a wide variety of needs,” Holzer stated. It could be something as simple as calling a neighbor for ...

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 ...

NCCC will be remote all semester, including graduation

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College employees will continue to work remotely through the end of the semester, and classes will resume online March 30 as planned. In an email message to faculty, staff and students on Friday, March 27, college President Joe Keegan outlined the ...

Northwood campus closed, including Cobble trailhead

LAKE PLACID — The Northwood School campus — including the Cobble Mountain trailhead access from Northwood School property — is closed to the public, as per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State On PAUSE” order, school officials announced last week. Residents may continue to access ...

NY village elections postponed

An executive order from the governor on Monday, March 30 postponed all village elections in March, April and May. A letter from the New York Conference of Mayors’ Executive Director Peter Baynes says, “no further information regarding the rescheduling of such elections is presently ...

Regional power company now producing hand sanitizer

Local renewable energy company Northern Power & Light, Inc. has partnered with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer from locally-made high-purity ethanol. “First and foremost, we want to reassure customers that there is no anticipated interruption in electricity ...

Tradition of spring break in local schools is broken

New York is putting the brakes on spring break this year, telling schools to keep up their remote instruction of students during the coronavirus pandemic so they stay up on their studies. Districts that don’t comply may lose state aid. --- Saranac Lake --- Superintendent Diane Fox ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Jenny Winch, Lake Placid Elementary School teacher

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lake Placid Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Winch at her home in Wilmington, where she was self-quarantining and distance teaching during the coronavirus pandemic while the schools were closed. Listen to a portion of ...

New York delays presidential primary

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo postponed New York’s presidential primary from April to June to keep people from gathering — even to vote — amid of the state’s coronavirus outbreak. With cases expected to mushroom toward a mid-to-late-April peak, nurses made anguished pleas Saturday ...

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 ...

COVID-19 case confirmed at Ray Brook federal prison

RAY BROOK — A staff member at the federal prison in Ray Brook has contracted COVID-19. The case at FCI Ray Brook was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Thursday. It's unclear where the staffer was tested for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and what county the ...

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 ...

UP CLOSE: Homebound Cash family finding their groove

LAKE PLACID — Week 1 of distance learning for three kids, remote working for two parents and extra attention for the dog — and the Cash family is together ... “still,” patriarch Daniel Cash said with a smile. During an outside interview with the Lake Placid News on Friday, March 20 ...