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St. Armand residents give their two cents on dollar store plan

BLOOMINGDALE — Town of St. Armand residents commented on a plan to build a Dollar General in town at a meeting Thursday. Some welcomed it, neighbors were concerned about certain design elements, and some questioned if the store will be successful. The property where the store is planned ...

Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems

WASHINGTON — A Congress riven along party lines approved the landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats claimed a major triumph on legislation marshaling the government’s spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have ...

Stimulus bill includes millions for local counties

A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill poised to pass in the House and be signed by President Joe Biden would include $7.2 million for Essex County and $9.7 million for Franklin County. The American Rescue Plan was approved by the Senate on Saturday. Around $4 million of Essex County’s ...

Dollar General planned for Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE — Dollar General has a permit in place to open up a store here on state Route 3, and residents interested in learning more about the proposed development can call into a St. Armand town board meeting tonight, where the project manager from the chain is scheduled to give a ...

Last info session before Lake Placid Main Street overhaul begins

LAKE PLACID — A second public meeting on upcoming upgrades to Main Street is happening this month. At the meeting, which is slated to happen on March 18 over teleconferencing software GoToMeeting, residents will have the chance to ask questions about this more than $10 million ...

Northville subdivision up for APA decision

RAY BROOK — A proposed 1,169-acre subdivision near Northville will be up for discussion and a decision as the state Adirondack Park Agency board holds its monthly meeting on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is asked to watch the meeting by ...

Olympic Center gets ‘heart’ transplant

LAKE PLACID — Standing in the basement of the Lake Placid Olympic Center, the building’s General Manager Terry Buczkowski gestured around at the labyrinthine network of tubes comprising the refrigeration system that has kept this facility’s historic skating and hockey rinks cool since ...

NY will loosen virus restrictions on gatherings, performances

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will loosen restrictions on private gatherings and clear the way for some public performances that have been banned for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Arts and entertainment venues will be allowed to open ...

Advocates and opponents skeptical of governor’s cannabis plan

ROCHESTER — In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the legalization of marijuana sales is overdue and needs to get done as part of the state’s budget process, largely because the state needs the revenue in order to bridge its budget gap. The Cuomo administration projects that legalizing ...

New York will loosen some virus restrictions on gatherings, performances

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will loosen restrictions on private gatherings and clear the way for some public performances that have been banned for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Arts and entertainment venues will be allowed to open ...

Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hires Sadie Posdzich

SARANAC LAKE — the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has added Sadie Posdzich to its staff as membership and engagement coordinator. In that role she will help communicate all that is happening at the chamber to members and the community, and assist at the Saranac Lake Welcome ...

Stefanik opposes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday planned to vote against a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joseph Biden proposed last month. Stefanik called the bill a “partisan spending package,” filled with “pork projects, special interest giveaways, and the ...

Rights groups target sponsors for Beijing Winter Games

In one corner are the 15 leading Olympic sponsors, many household names like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Together they pay at least $1 billion to the International Olympic Committee, and in the next four-year Olympic cycle the payments could reach $2 ...

Farm Bureau backs path to citizenship for dairy workers in US illegally

New York’s largest farm lobby group supports President Biden’s plan for a path to “permanent legal status” for people in the country illegally, including hundreds of dairy farmworkers in the North Country. The New York Farm Bureau also is pushing to make farmworkers eligible to get ...

Adirondack Council offers farmers $1,500 grants

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute will offer grants up to $1,500 per applicant for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects on Adirondack farms and by value-added producers. The environmental advocacy group and its agricultural institute are ...

ROOST makes changes on board of directors

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism recently announced changes to the board of directors effective Jan. 1. ROOST’s board of directors, responsible for governing the organization, is comprised of 12 individuals, with at least one director from each region ROOST ...

Scholarship club raises money with doughnuts and coffee

SARANAC LAKE — Jill Zagrobelny, member of the Women’s College Scholarship Club and owner of Early Dawn Confections, will support the club’s fundraising efforts for the month of March. Each week she will offer customers a package of six freshly prepared apple cider crullers paired ...

Plans submitted for Wilmington Dollar General

WILMINGTON — A new Dollar General could be coming to Wilmington. The project already has some vocal opponents. A developer submitted plans to the Wilmington Planning Board last week seeking to build a new Dollar General on state Route 86, a busy strip that winds through the center of ...

Lockdowns accentuate upstate’s broadband gaps

ALBANY — The heightened reliance on distance learning, the shift to telecommuting by many employers and the expansion of telemedicine have combined to highlight the gaps in high-speed broadband coverage in many communities in upstate New York. In 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that ...