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Community Bank N.A. celebrates National Good Neighbor Day

PLATTBURGH — For the third consecutive year, Community Bank N.A. celebrated National Good Neighbor Day on Monday, Sept. 28. Branches across the bank’s four-state footprint marked the day by donating a total of $60,000 to nonprofits in the community. To mark Good Neighbor Day 2020, each ...

Lake Placid police warn of counterfeit cash

LAKE PLACID — Village police are warning local businesses of customers who may try to pay with counterfeit cash. Lake Placid police were recently alerted about a customer who used fake money to pay a local eatery, according to police Chief William Moore. The customer used different ...

Lake Placid mulls increase in parking rates

LAKE PLACID — Village officials are mulling an increase in the parking rate for the municipal lot across from the post office. They’re also considering extending the hours that parking fees are enforced. It currently costs 50 cents per hour to park in the large municipal parking lot ...

Most Lake Placid vacation rental owners have now registered

LAKE PLACID — Most known short-term vacation rental owners in Lake Placid have now registered for a permit. As of Friday, the village-town Building and Planning Department had received 436 applications for permits to operate a short-term vacation rental, according to Code Enforcement ...

Bid deadline extended for Placid Main Street

LAKE PLACID — A bidder has not yet been selected for Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul. The village has chosen to extend the deadline for contractors to submit bids for the multi-year, $8 million Main Street redesign and infrastructure upgrade project. The new deadline for bids is ...

Cinemas in the dark

If you spent the summer dreaming of buttered popcorn and waiting for Christopher Nolan’s latest movie to open, you’re going to have longer to wait, at least in the North Country. Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will continue to hold off reopening plans for movie theaters. ...

Lt. Gov. Hochul will speak at ANCA green energy summit

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack North Country Association has announced that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be the keynote speaker at virtual summit on green energy transportation it is hosting next week. Hochul will speak at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 the opening day of the summit called ...

Four Lake Placid hospitality workers found to have virus

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Health Department has identified four cases of employees in the Lake Placid hospitality industry who have tested positive for COVID-19, and department administrators say after completing contact tracing they feel confident they have the cases ...

North Country officials call for state guidance on reopening cinemas

PLATTSBURGH — Local officials called for action and focus from the state on developing guidance for movie theaters to reopen Monday. At a press conference held by Assemblyman D. Billy Jones in the Cumberland 12 Cinemas lobby, North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas ...

Ray Brook trailer has street food from all over

RAY BROOK — On the side of Route 86, next to Wiley’s Flies fly fishing shop, an enormous “open” sign flies from a red garbage can emblazoned with a “street tacos” banner. A few feet down a gravel road, a forest green trailer is parked next to two picnic tables. And inside the ...

NY eased auto inspections during COVID. What happens when they come back?

ALBANY — Hundreds of thousands of New York motorists have put off their vehicle inspection during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving auto shops bracing for an onslaught of customers whenever Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides to restore the annual requirement. As of Sept. 4, New York auto shops had ...

Want to sell or buy a local business? These folks can help

SARANAC LAKE — With many businesses currently in flux because of the pandemic, the Center for Businesses in Transition, a partnership of many local nonprofits and other agencies, has announced new tools and virtual events to help. Among the new resources from CBIT are a new website, a ...

Restaurant industry veteran considers the future of dining

SARANAC LAKE — The restaurant industry has suffered more than almost any other in the country from the pandemic. According to the National Restaurant Association, the total restaurant sales losses as of Wednesday had topped $185 billion, and August staffing levels were 2.5 million jobs ...

Plastic bag ban is back, court rules

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday announced enforcement of New York’s plastic bag ban will begin Oct. 19. In August, state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Connolly, Albany County, ruled the ban will be enforced, more than six months after the Bag Waste ...

Restoration in works for 1920s hotel

LAKE PLACID — Planning for a restoration of the historic Hotel North Woods continues. The new owners of the Main Street hotel, Lake Placid Hotel Partners LLC, submitted an application to the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board seeking approval for a number of exterior upgrades ...

Black Bear Restaurant owner plans new White Bear

LAKE PLACID — A Lake Placid restaurateur is planning to open up a new restaurant. The proposed parking plan for the new Wilmington Road restaurant came before the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board on Wednesday. Zuifer Cecunjanin, a longtime resident whose extended family ...

U.S.-Canada border may stay shut longer

The border between the U.S. and Canada may remain closed through Thanksgiving, anonymous sources with direct knowledge of the situation told two Canadian news outlets, CBC News and Reuters Canada, on Tuesday. Since March, border crossings between the two countries have been limited to ...

Dunkin’ to ‘fill the holes’ in security, reimburse hacked customers

ALBANY — New York reached a settlement Tuesday with Dunkin’ Brands Inc. over a lawsuit that accused the company of failing to adequately respond to cyberattacks since 2015 that compromised customers’ online accounts. The settlement with Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company requires ...