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Bar restrictions rolled back in New York

New York is loosening several COVID-19 regulations on bars -- setting end dates for a midnight curfew and a requirement that food must be purchased with alcohol. Some local bar owners reacted with a mix of excitement and ambivalence. The food requirement with an alcoholic drink were lifted ...

Placid apartment builder gets state aid it was waiting on

LAKE PLACID -- The state of New York is giving a Westchester County developer a big boost of capital to help build 60 apartments deemed affordable for local workers -- something identified as being in critically short supply here. The Wesvalley Road project is the only one in the North ...

Lake Placid Clean Up Day postponed until May 8

LAKE PLACID -- Rain dates can be snow dates in the Adirondacks during the spring. That's exactly what's happening this week with Lake Placid's Clean Up Day, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 1. Due to snow in the forecast, the event will be postponed until the rain/snow date a ...

Lake Placid mask signs will stay up for now

LAKE PLACID — The signs telling residents and visitors on Main Street to wear face masks will stay up for now as village officials discuss New York’s new outdoor mask-wearing guidance issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, April 27. New York adopted the Centers for Disease Control and ...

GIVING BACK: Fully recruited

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department last held an open house to attract new members two years ago, and one of the attendees is now a successful active firefighter. In April each year, fire departments across the state open their doors to introduce people to volunteer ...

Main Street upgrades continue with water main, stormwater drainage

LAKE PLACID — Construction crews upgrading Main Street expect to continue excavating for the new water main from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid. Sections of the water main will ...

SUPERVISOR SPOTLIGHT: Jay Rand jumps into another supervisor’s race

LAKE PLACID — The only town supervisor in the Olympic Region to have a Wikipedia page is Jay Rand, and there’s only one sentence on the page: “Jay Rand (born March 4, 1950 in Lake Placid, New York) is an American former ski jumper who competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics.” This page ...

SUPERVISOR SPOTLIGHT: Jay Rand talks about issues facing town

LAKE PLACID — As the town gets ready for the 2023 Winter World University Games, there are a number of issues facing the community, including short-term rentals, tourism, overuse of the High Peaks, the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s new law legalizing recreation marijuana use. ...

NY ski numbers rise despite pandemic challenges

It seems like a paradox, but it’s true. New York ski areas generally reported more skiers than usual this winter — in some cases many more — despite challenges such as state-imposed capacity restrictions meant to slow coronavirus spread. This pandemic winter was good to the downhill ...

Lake Placid school budget hearing slated for May 4

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Central School District’s 2021-22 budget carries no tax increase, according to district officials. Lake Placid’s proposed school budget for the upcoming fiscal year would spend $20,731,143. That’s an increase of 3.77% over the current fiscal year — mostly ...

ORDA offices to replace ex-hospital; training center to be upgraded

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors Friday, April 23, authorized a $23.1 million project that will include the demolition of the old Adirondack Medical Center building on Church Street, construction of a new office building for ORDA staff and ...

Olympic Center Link Building to be redone

LAKE PLACID — Visitors to the Olympic Center will soon have expanded access to scenic views of the High Peaks, the Olympic Speedskating Oval, ski jumps and the combined bobsled, skeleton and luge track at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of ...

Lake Placid hotel changes chain in redevelopment plan

LAKE PLACID — The Quality Inn on Saranac Avenue will be converted to a Cambria-brand hotel rather than a Homewood Suites and Tru-branded hotel. Developers of the Lake Placid hotel appeared before the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board on Wednesday, April 21 to ask the board to amend ...

Credit union changes name

Peru Federal Credit Union has changed its name to Mountain Valley Federal Credit Union. According to credit union CEO Maggie Fournier-Pope, the business began in the 1950s and originally served Peru Central School employees, but gradually grew over the decades. MVFCU now operates branches ...

CDC says vaccinated Americans can now go outside without masks

NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And those who are unvaccinated can go outside ...

Water main, Saranac Avenue drainage work continues on Main Street

LAKE PLACID -- Construction crews upgrading Main Street expect to continue excavating for the new water main from Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid. They are trying to complete ...

New York state to lose one seat in Congress after new census count

NEW YORK — New York will lose one seat in Congress as a result of national population shifts, according to census data released Monday — a loss that might have been avoided if just a few dozen more people in the state had been counted. The state’s population grew by more than 4% over ...

Hospital reaches end of life

LAKE PLACID — On Friday, April 23, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority will be asking its board of directors for permission to spend approximately $23.1 million to demolish the former Placid Memorial Hospital, to build an office building in its place, and to upgrade the Olympic ...

Main Street parking fees, times to change

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees has made some changes to the Main Street parking rules, including a slight increase in the hourly rate at the municipal parking lot across from the post office. More changes, like extending the hours the village will collect ...

Main Street update: Snow, rain slow progress

LAKE PLACID — Weather has hampered efforts to upgrade Main Street over the past week, but work is continuing as planned for the most part. Construction crews managed to replace a fire hydrant at Mirror Lake Drive near intersection of Saranac Avenue Wednesday, April 21 before shutting down ...