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Assemblyman tours and touts Tupper Lake growth

TUPPER LAKE — Last Friday, May 7, state Assemblyman Billy Jones visited Tupper Lake to get an update of the new economic developments happening in the village since his last visit. Mayor Paul Maroun scheduled a tour for the assemblyman to see the newly renovated baseball field, the ...

NY to set workplace safety standards for airborne diseases

ALBANY — State regulators in New York will soon draft rules that will require employers to protect workers from airborne infectious disease. A new state law tasks state labor and health officials with coming up with minimum workplace standards around things like the availability of ...

ROOST earns three Tourism Excellence Awards

TROY — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, based in Lake Placid, won three honors during the 2021 New York State Tourism Excellence Awards, recognizing the work the organization accomplished during 2020. Destination marketing organizations, museums, attractions and other ...

Meeting next week on North Elba business grants

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Industrial Development Agency will host a public meeting on its emergency business grant program in Lake Placid next week. The town of North Elba awarded $225,000 to the Essex County IDA last month to fund a new emergency business grant program. The IDA was ...

Signs of optimism as NYC sees rise in tourism, bit by bit

NEW YORK — The once-deserted steps outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art are filling up with visitors again. Hotel lobbies are losing their desolate feel. Downtown, people are back to taking selfies with the Charging Bull statue near Wall Street. Tourists who vanished from New York ...

NY Hero Act to bolster workplace safety

ALBANY — New York employers will have to improve workplace safety as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the NY HERO Act, or the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, into law last Wednesday, requiring state regulators to implement new minimum standards ...

Around the state, businesses face worker shortage

Loosening COVID-19 restrictions across New York are bringing a measure of financial relief for businesses. Now they just have to find the workers. A combination of labor shortages across the state prior to the pandemic and enhanced unemployment benefits is now keeping some workers from ...

New Main Street water main will go in this week in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Construction along Main Street continues this week with more work expected at the Saranac Avenue intersection and along the north end of the street, as well as on Mirror Lake Drive. This week, construction crews plan to continue to install a new water main, starting on ...

Big North Country solar farms in works

LOWVILLE — Large-scale solar projects are moving forward across the North Country and statewide, ramping up to submit successful applications to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting — the equivalent of the new siting board in the expedited approval process that replaced Article 10, ...

Lake Placid deli-creperie to reopen after electrical issue

LAKE PLACID — Big Mountain Deli and Creperie on Main Street was temporarily closed on Friday for minor repairs after a small electrical issue. A Big Mountain Deli employee arrived at work early Friday morning and found an outlet in the restaurant was smoking, owner Holly Healy said. ...

COVID business loans available

LAKE GEORGE — The Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board has partnered with the Essex County Industrial Development Agency, Hamilton County IDA and Lewis County Economic Development to offer low-interest loans to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are ...

Verizon cell, internet service down in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Verizon customers in Saranac Lake were without cell and internet service Friday afternoon and evening. The outage began between noon and 1 p.m., according to Casey Skrhak, manager of the Verizon Wireless store in downtown Saranac Lake. Multiple Saranac Lake residents ...

Hyde Fuel plans new barn, garage in Ray Brook

LAKE PLACID — The Hyde Fuel company wants to build a new barn, garage, three new underground water storage tanks and install a new fence on its Old Ray Brook Road property. The company submitted its plans to the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board last month. The application came ...

New president named for Elizabethtown hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital announced Thursday the appointment of its new president, Bob Ortmyer. He will formally begin his role on July 12. Ortmyer has been with WellSpan Health System in York, Pennsylvania, for 30 ...

Schumer urges Canada, US to work together to reopen border

MASSENA — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged the United States and Canadian governments to work together to reopen the border as quickly and safely as possible during a stop Wednesday afternoon at the Massena International Airport. Canada and the United States have most ...

Grounded event launches this weekend in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting a new community event this Friday to Sunday called Grounded: Get Down to Earth in Saranac Lake, with organizing partners Woods and Waters and Peakquest. The event is meant to highlight the activities the Saranac Lake ...

BHHS Adirondack Premier Properties welcomes Anthony Dawson-Ellis

LAKE PLACID — Margie Philo, broker/owner, and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Premier Properties & Adirondack Realty teams have announced the new affiliation of Anthony Dawson-Ellis. Dawson-Ellis’ formative years were spent in Britain, Monaco and along the eastern ...

Whiteface Lodge achieves health security verification

LAKE PLACID — Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid has become Sharecare Health Security Verified with Forbes Travel Guide. The verification helps ensure that appropriate health safety procedures are in place. Forbes Travel Guide’s website (www.forbestravelguide.com/verified) shows the ...

NY will lift most business capacity limits on May 19

NEW YORK — New York City’s subway will begin rolling all night again, and capacity restrictions for most types of businesses will end statewide in mid-May as COVID-19 infection rates continues to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. City subway service will return to 24-hour ...