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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 ...

Adirondack Foundation creates COVID-19 fund

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Foundation, partnering with the United Way of the Adirondack Region and other foundations and businesses, is activating a fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to help meet urgent community needs in response to COVID-19. An initial $400,000 is available to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Farmers, food producers not on pause

The coronavirus outbreak has dramatically altered how many people are living their lives, and that includes how they get their local food. At the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, as the pandemic rages on, daily operations have changed little. The cows are still roaming the barns, still ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Small town produce in Small Town Cultures

KEENE — Cori Deans started her business with a few recipes she enjoyed. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, the Lake Placid native said she decided to incorporate more fermented foods into her diet to try to flush out bad bacteria. What started as a lifestyle change snowballed into Small ...

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 ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: One crop shop

WILMINGTON — Click on the online map on the Adirondack Harvest website, and you’ll find a new farm off the Springfield Road — a garlic farm. “Semi-retired” and looking for a way to make some extra money, Wilmington town board member and longtime resident Rarilee Conway decided to ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Maple sugar house tour

LAKE PLACID — Since the New York State Maple Producers’ Association canceled New York State Maple Weekends — March 21-22 and March 28-29 — and the state government has issued public assembly restrictions and social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents and ...

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 ...

EYE ON EDUCATION: Knowledge retention a goal for third-grade teacher

WILMINGTON — The expectation, the goal, the hope for Lake Placid Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Winch is that her 14 students will not forget the lessons they’ve learned so far this year while the school is closed for five weeks. To prevent the spread of the novel ...

Wilmington honors citizens at Community Dinner

WILMINGTON — The town of Wilmington celebrated its 35th annual community dinner Tuesday, March 10 at the Hungry Trout Restaurant and R.F. McDougall’s Pub. The event kicked off with a lively, informal cocktail party downstairs at the pub then moved upstairs for a relaxed sit-down ...

LP firefighters to wear extra gear

LAKE PLACID — Members of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department will look a little different while responding to calls during the COVID-19 crisis, LPVFD officials announced on Wednesday, March 25. Along with wearing normal turnout gear, firefighters may be seen wearing other personal ...