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As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, virus rebound feared

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring ...

SL’s outdoor dining plan is questioned

(UPDATE: The village of Saranac Lake has dropped plans for a soft business opening with outdoor dining Saturday, Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced this morning. "This concept was deemed non-compliant with Phase 1 guidelines by the North Country Regional Control Room members," he wrote. A new ...

Bridge crossings drop dramatically as US-Canada border closure extended

WATERTOWN — Traffic across the three international bridges in the North Country plummeted more than 60 percent in April compared to April 2019 following the March 21 closure of the U.S.-Canadian border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge saw the ...

Furloughs becoming layoffs at Trump’s resort in South Florida

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Some furloughs at a Trump golf resort in South Florida are becoming permanent layoffs. A notice that the Trump National Doral Miami filed with the State of Florida last week says it is permanently laying off 250 workers out of 560 employees who were furloughed in ...

Salons prepare to open, if they can

Cortland County salons are preparing plans to reopen during Phase 2, changing much of how they operated. Tattoo shops are doing the same, even though they don’t know when they’ll be able to open. “I am so excited,” said Desarae Edwards, who owns Roots Hair Salon in Cortland. ...

Canada, US extend border closure to non-essential travel

TORONTO — Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend their agreement to keep the border closed to non-essential travel to June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the border is a source of vulnerability, so the agreement will be extended ...

NY tourism spots bracing for rough summer as virus bites into travel plans

ALBANY — Shawn Weber, a partner in a popular restaurant business in Niagara Falls, says if the pandemic-driven shutdown of eateries and bars continues much longer, Wine on Third may have to stay closed for the remainder of the year. “If this keeps going until mid-July or August, ...

Black Mountain Architecture honored for design work

SARANAC LAKE — Black Mountain Architecture, a Saranac Lake-based design firm that specializes in energy-efficient, green building practices, has been recognized by New York state for its work on the country’s largest market-rate net-zero apartment complex. The New York State Energy ...

Capital Region, Western NY can start to reopen

The Capital Region is ready to start Phase 1 of reopening with manufacturing, construction and curbside retail businesses to open up this week as soon as more contract tracers are identified. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that Western New York and the Capital Region — which reaches ...

Police: Contractor took $110,000, didn’t do work

INDIAN LAKE — An Elizabethtown contractor was charged Sunday for allegedly taking about $110,000 from a victim and not performing the work. State Police said 33-year-old Edward H. Bessette Jr., of B&B Construction, did not complete the construction in Blue Mountain Lake. The ...

Some small markets see big sales during pandemic

At Yushak’s Market on Main Street in Shushan, business has tripled since the coronavirus hit, Debbie Yushak said. “Because people are shopping local,” she said. Customers are worried about going to supermarkets where it’s busier. When home is a hamlet with less than 1,000 ...

NY testing expands to Phase 1 workers

New York has more than 700 testing sites where all individuals who will return to the workplace under the state’s Phase 1 reopening plan can get tested for the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. ...

Ironman postponed

LAKE PLACID — The Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26, was postponed on Friday and is hoped to be held later in the summer season. In a 27-second video clip on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Facebook page Friday afternoon, ROOST’s Lake Placid ...

Businesses look ahead to reopening

North Country businesses are preparing for Phase 1 of the state’s plan to open regions of economies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some are celebrating, some are struggling, and some say that even if the state gives them the green light to reopen, they will not be able to yet. As long ...

No comments at APA hearing on Lake Placid reclassification

LAKE PLACID — A virtual public hearing hosted by the state Adirondack Park Agency on Friday, on a proposed reclassification of land to make way for a new housing development in Lake Placid, drew more than 20 listeners but no specific comments on the proposal. The agency will accept ...

Ironman postponed; Lake Placid triathlon seeks alternate date

LAKE PLACID — The Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26, was postponed on Friday and is hoped to be held later in the summer season. In a 27-second video clip on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Facebook page Friday afternoon, ROOST’s Lake Placid ...

Construction to get in gear

Construction was one of the last business industries New York state restricted to slow the spread the COVID-19, and now it will be among the first to restart. Only one worker at a time has been allowed on a job site since March 27, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo added private-sector construction ...

Horse shows canceled

LAKE PLACID — A string of 50 years in a row has come to an end. On Thursday morning, the board of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association unanimously voted to cancel the two-week-long equestrian events that had been scheduled to take place at the North Elba Show Grounds from June 23 to ...

Dentists’ patients can’t wear masks, so extra safety steps are needed

Sitting in close proximity to another person and exposing one’s open, mask-less mouth to an instrument that will spray saliva into the air is likely not an experience people are happily anticipating in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As businesses open back up and stay-at-home orders ...

ROOST releases ‘Politely Adirondack’ posters

LAKE PLACID — As some North Country businesses in New York begin to reopen their doors today, some of those doors may be adorned with new Adirondack-themed posters asking people to keep 6 feet apart from each other, wear face masks and wash their hands with soap and water. The posters ...