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Locals issue challenge to raise funds for COVID assistance

SARANAC LAKE — Hardware stores are some of the most essential of businesses, as anyone who’s ever tried living without a hammer and nails — much less a snow shovel — can attest. Now a local hardware store is adding COVID-19 aid to its services. Coakley Home and Hardware and the ...

Many vacation rental owners still haven’t registered

LAKE PLACID — The deadline for short-term vacation rental owners to apply for a permit is in less than two weeks. Many properties remain unregistered. A total of 161 permit applications had been submitted to the Building and Planning Department as of Monday. That includes a few ...

Lake Placid Inn opens its doors

LAKE PLACID — A new boutique hotel opened on Mirror Lake Drive this month. The 40-room hotel, owned by local businessman Paolo Magro’s MAGDI Corporation, officially opened its doors on July 3, ahead of the busy Fourth of July weekend. The opening came after two years of construction, ...

Stress rises for unemployed as extra $600 benefit nears end

WASHINGTON — A major source of income for roughly 30 million unemployed people is set to end, threatening their ability to meet rent and pay bills and potentially undercutting the fragile economic recovery. In March, Congress approved an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits as ...

Governor adopts ‘3 strikes’ rule for NY bars, restaurants

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday a new “three strikes” policy that will require bars and restaurants to close after they receive three citations for failing to follow rules, including mask-wearing and keeping people 6 feet apart. Cuomo said the state’s fielding ...

CEO: PPP keeps St. Joe’s prepared for addiction rise

SARANAC LAKE — With a big drop in patients and thus in revenue, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers “unquestionably” would have had to cut staff during the COVID-19 pandemic if not for federal aid, CEO Bob Ross said. That would have left it unprepared for what ...

More than half of NYers face income loss amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t over. Its economic impact isn’t, either. More than four months after New York discovered its first case of COVID-19, over 1 million New Yorkers remain out of work, with many unable to pay their rent, and some without enough food to eat, according to a ...

Road work will slow traffic this week in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Separate road work projects nearby will delay traffic this coming week. The five-story Saranac Waterfront Lodge, being built on the shore of Lake Flower, is connecting to the village sewer system this week, according to an announcement Friday from its engineering firm, ...

Businesses seek clarity on reopening, need workers

The operators of large attractions want more clarity about when they will be allowed to reopen, saying they’ve been left in the dark. “We’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to operate safely in our environment, and we have no idea when that’s going to happen,” said ...

Tupper mayor puts Family Dollar on warning

TUPPER LAKE — Mayor Paul Maroun says the village’s Family Dollar is one mask-related violation away from having its certificate of occupancy temporarily revoked. Maroun said he has received several complaints that employees at the store are not wearing masks. Two of these complaints ...

July 4 brings wave of tourism

LAKE PLACID — This region saw heavy tourism over the Fourth of July weekend, with the rush of visitors standing in stark contrast to the last four months of few tourists visiting this area amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ongoing closure of the U.S.-Canada border essentially cut off ...

Well into Stage 4, what’s open now?

LAKE PLACID — The North Country region entered Phase 4 of reopening 19 days ago. Since then, New York state has issued new guidance and different industries have gradually been given the go-ahead to reopen. So what’s open now? The short answer: Everything is allowed to be open except ...

Biggest PPP loans in the Tri-Lakes

The largest Paycheck Protection Program loan in the Tri-Lakes area was given to St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, based in Saranac Lake but also with locations in Tupper Lake, Malone, Massena, Elizabethtown, Ticonderoga and Keeseville. It received a grant in the $2 ...

Stefanik, fellow reps call for plan to reopen the border

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, and fellow representatives are pushing for the United States and Canada to develop guidance for a phased reopening of the border. “We are asking that the United States and Canada immediately craft a ...

Union rep says carpentry jobs on rise

PLATTSBURGH — It could be time to learn the tools of the carpentry trade. Some industry sectors were still rebooting in the wake of COVID-19’s economic shutdown, but the local carpenters union said its field was booming with business around the North Country. “The availability of ...

Lake Placid short-term rental owners must register by July 31

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid’s short-term rental registration system is now online, and short-term rental owners are now required to apply for permits by Friday, July 31. The town and village announced on Thursday that its Host Compliance software ...

Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections -- a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks. In the words of one study, it comes down to the ...

Tourism rise isn’t hiking COVID-19 cases so far

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Park has seen an uptick in tourism throughout the last few weeks as the region moved through the four phases of reopening its economy, and as it moved from mud season to summer. Essex County public health officials say the steady trickle of tourists hasn’t ...

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement takes effect: ‘New NAFTA’

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce says upstate New Yorkers can join in the celebration this Canada Day as July 1 was the official kick-off day of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. While North Country shops, food stops and other summer ...