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Franklin County confirms it has a COVID-19 case, too

SARANAC LAKE — The first case of COVID-19 in Franklin County has been confirmed. The person has been under quarantine since this past Saturday, March 21, according to the county’s Emergency Operations Center. He or she — the county did not specify — is now in isolation quarantine ...

‘It’s a scary time’

LAKE PLACID — The coronavirus is having a big economic impact on this tiny Adirondack village. For some long-time residents, the stillness and empty streets harken back to years ago, when Lake Placid wasn’t a year-round tourist destination. For others, this time is unprecedented. It’s ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Rev. John Yonkovig, St. Agnes Catholic Church

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed the Rev. John Yonkovig, parsor of St. Agnes Catholic Church, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, March 17. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple ...

Husband, wife make 3 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Essex County

SARANAC LAKE — Two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Essex County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases up to three. Public health officials confirmed the two new cases, a husband and a wife, on Saturday afternoon. The couple has traveled recently and were ...

Closures and cancellations due to coronavirus

Here are all the known closures, cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus in the greater Tri-Lakes area. This list is a work in progress. If you are involved with an event that has been canceled or postponed and is not listed here, share that news with the community by ...

Sign of the times

LAKE PLACID — Signs going up this week at businesses, schools, tourist attractions, churches and government offices in this village help tell the story about the shutdown of these places due to concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic. In order to prevent people from getting ...

‘Lift up your hearts’

LAKE PLACID — The Rev. John Yonkovig and his parishioners at St. Agnes Catholic Church could celebrate one more Mass Tuesday, March 17 — at 5:30 in the evening — just hours after Bishop Terry R. LaValley suspended all public gatherings for Mass, prayer, faith formation and certain ...

Cuomo bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. The Democratic governor took the dramatic actions as confirmed cases in New York climbed to more than 7,000. Cuomo reported that the state's ...

COVID-19: What is an ‘essential’ function in New York?

The Empire State Development website details essential functions in the state based on the March 18 Executive Order 202.6 (or as revised), which directed that all businesses and not-for-profit entities in New York state utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from ...

Many churches halt services because of COVID-19 worries

Many North Country houses of worship are canceling services to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, March 17, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, which covers more than 100 churches across northern New York, canceled all Masses until further notice. This included all ...

Restaurant, cinema, bar owners talk about impact of state mandate

New Yorkers will need to get their meals and drinks — even alcoholic ones — to go for the foreseeable future. While owners of restaurants and bars in the Tri-Lakes area are laying off servers and preparing for economic struggles, they are trying to stay positive about the future. This ...

102 years ago — Nov. 1, 1918 – DEATH OF REV. GEORGE J. SAVAGE

LAKE PLACID — With the COVID-19 pandemic, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, we look back to Lake Placid’s history at the time of the Spanish influenza of 1918, the world’s deadliest pandemic that killed between 50 and 100 million people. As with most small towns across ...

Meanwhile … it’s ice out time in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is currently holding its 29th annual Ice Out Benefit. The criteria for Mirror Lake is “lake substantially open, from shore to shore, from village to the Boathouse, maybe some in end bays.” The range for Mirror Lake is March 23 ...

Village of Lake Placid approves short-term rental law with 3-2 vote

LAKE PLACID — New short-term rental regulations will be imposed here in the Adirondack Park’s busiest tourist destination. The village Board of Trustees on Monday, March 16, voted narrowly to approve a slate of new rules for short-term vacation rentals. The North Elba Town Council ...

March 25 meeting on Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul in limbo

LAKE PLACID — A public meeting on the village’s Main Street overhaul, slated for March 25, is now in limbo as people are encouraged to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mayor Craig Randall said Monday, March 16 that a subcommittee of the Main Street ...

Lake Placid hotels take different approaches to COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Hoteliers here are responding in different ways as concerns mount over the spread of the novel coronavirus and public officials encourage people to stay home. The owners of the Mirror Lake Inn, Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, announced Monday, March 16 on social media that the ...

ROOST halts marketing amid outbreak

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is halting all outward marketing designed to entice visitors to come to the Adirondacks amid continued concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. The change was announced by Michelle Clement, director of marketing for ROOST, ...

Placid Xpress, Essex County buses stop running

LAKE PLACID — The Placid Xpress and all other bus systems run by Essex County have suspended operation. Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Shaun Gillilland, of Willsboro, said in a news release Monday, March 16 that the county’s public transportation system will cease operations ...

Wilmington officials name town field for Randy Preston

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Town Board recently voted to name the town’s activity field for a local official who died last year. The Cunningham Lane Festival Field, located off of Springfield Road across from the Community Center, will be named the Preston Memorial Field for former town ...