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Newspaper chain helps local businesses

Tri-Lakes area businesses can now apply for grants to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to ...

With Maple Weekends canceled, here’s a sugarhouse tour

LAKE PLACID — Since the New York State Maple Producers’ Association canceled the 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 tourists ...

Vacation rental law now in effect

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s long-debated short-term vacation rental law is now in effect. Property owners who intend to rent out rooms or entire homes to visitors are now required to apply for a permit with the North Elba Building & Planning Department — as well as register ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...

OneWorkSource helping remotely

PLATTSBURGH — After state-imposed restrictions on travel and gatherings were put in place last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of local businesses shut their doors and thousands of workers in the North Country have been laid off. The North Country’s OneWorkSource Centers ...

Local radio stations join #GiftCardChallenge

LAKE PLACID — North Country Radio, based in Lake Placid, rolled out a national public service announcement campaign on Thursday. 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 ...

Kinney Drugs gives 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 ...

Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 medication

WASHINGTON — Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits for its treatment. Gilead Sciences said it will ask U.S. regulators to revoke ...

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 ...

Where, when and how to get food

By the Enterprise staff To avoid spreading the coronavirus, many food providers and meal programs have changed their operations. Here’s a rundown on where, when and how you can get food locally. --- Aldi --- Aldi on Lake Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake is offering online ordering, ...

Methodist men offer grocery delivery service

SARANAC LAKE — Men from the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake are offering a grocery delivery service for seniors and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. They will take orders by phone on Mondays and deliver every Tuesday from Tops Friendly Market in Saranac Lake ...

Airline still flying in Lake Clear

SARANAC LAKE — Though the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, especially in New York, airports in the U.S. are still open. “That’s up to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) or the president,” said Corey Hurwitch, manager of the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear. ...

Small Business Administration is offering emergency loans

PLATTSBURGH — The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering loans to those being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and, Jeffrey Boyce says, the time to apply is now. “That’s really the best advice I can give,” the northeast New York manager said, adding that applicants would not ...

AT A GLANCE

Local government boards Some local government boards are still meeting amid the COVID-19 outbreak, via videoconferencing, while others are canceling meetings as they work out the details of how to do it safely. In Saranac Lake, the Harrietstown Town Council’s regularly scheduled ...

Supermarkets look to hire thousands

Though the coronavirus and state mandates have caused many people to lose their jobs and businesses to shut down entirely, one industry is looking to hire thousands of new employees during these turbulent times — supermarkets. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential ...

Legislators say state budget may be on time, but may be bare bones

Local elected officials are optimistic that the Legislature will complete its budget on time, despite the focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19, but say the spending plan may be more bare bones than in past years. “It’s not going to have a lot of the policy issues that we don’t ...

Plastic bags make comeback temporarily amid outbreak

WATERTOWN — Multiple stores have returned to offering plastic bags to shoppers, coming after the state agreed it would further delay enforcement of the recently enacted ban. A statewide ban on disposable plastic bags went into effect March 1, but the state had agreed not to enforce it ...

‘Tito’s vodka is like my toilet paper’

While many Americans rush to supermarkets and clear out stores of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and canned goods, they’re also stocking up on alcohol. “Tito’s vodka is like my toilet paper,” said Tim Robinson, owner of Terry Robards Wine & Spirits in Lake Placid. ...

Support for ferry service called for

PLATTSBURGH — Concerned about a disruption in vital transportation services, the North Country Chamber of Commerce is calling for state and federal governments to support full Lake Champlain Ferry service during the current emergency. “Because of shutdowns and travel limitations, ...

Q&A: What does 90-day tax delay mean?

The Trump administration has announced that individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay filing and paying their federal tax bills for 90 days as part of an emergency relief plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some questions and answers about the delay and its potential ...