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Community Bank shifts to drive-thru service only

Community Bank will close all its branch lobbies, starting today. The company announced the shift to drive-thru service only, with limited in-person service by appointment, in a news release Tuesday. The shift is effective until further notice. “We believe this decision is both ...

Merrill L. Thomas adds 4 new real estate agents

LAKE PLACID — Merrill L. Thomas Real Estate recently announced the hiring of four new agents. - Anne Brewer - Brewer is currently the owner and editor of LOCALadk Magazine, focused on sharing inspiring stories of the Adirondacks. This has allowed her to visit and get to know the ...

Another month, at least, of closure to Canada

The U.S.-Canada border will stay closed for a ninth straight month, until at least Dec. 21, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf announced Friday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the border has been closed to ...

Lake Placid bank shifts to drive-thru, appointment-only service

LAKE PLACID — This village’s Adirondack Bank location will shift to drive-thru and appointment-only lobby service starting Monday. The company announced its decision on Friday “for the well-being of its employees and customers, and to help reduce the risk of transmission of the ...

Art school converts to remote classroom

SARANAC LAKE — The owners of a new art school are trying to help some families deal with remote schooling by converting their space into a distance learning classroom. “The parents can drop their kids off here for the school day, and the kids can log in here for their classes,” said ...

Boost for banjos, fly rods, etc.

WESTPORT — The Essex County Arts Council is pleased to announce 2020 grant awards to five artists. The Artist Career Development grant program is designed to support Essex County artists for specific projects or opportunities that will significantly impact or expand their art careers. ...

Giannino begins as general manager of Whiteface Lodge

LAKE PLACID — Joe Giannino has been appointed general manager of the Whiteface Lodge. Among his first leadership projects at the Whiteface Lodge was a food donation effort, organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families program, which handed ...

LPBA chooses leadership

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Business Association reelected Lori Fitzgerald as its president and chose its other officers at its most recent meeting, held Nov. 10 at the Lake Placid Baptist Church. Fitzgerald works as a paralegal at Norfolk Law in Lake Placid. Marc Galvin, co-owner ...

North Country start-ups pitch to Point Positive investors

SARANAC LAKE — Angel investing group Point Positive Inc. held its biannual pitch session on Wednesday, Oct. 28, with two vetted entrepreneurs, KLAW Industries and Just a Moment Music. Point Positive Coordinator Melinda Little, with the assistance of Maura Maguire from the Shipley Center ...

Meeting on Lake Placid Main Street project draws 40+ people

LAKE PLACID — A virtual meeting on Lake Placid’s Main Street revitalization project on Tuesday drew more than 40 participants at its peak. The questions from residents largely centered around parking, the logistics of the project — such as the timelime — and when contractors would ...

Saranac Waterfront Lodge soft opened Monday

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Waterfront Lodge opened its doors yesterday. Today the hotel starts a soft opening period, giving guests their first look at its guestrooms, all-day restaurant, lobby fireplace, and waterfront meeting and event space. Rates start at $192 a night and go up to $496 a ...

Origin Coffee to open in Lake Placid soon

LAKE PLACID — Saranac Lake’s Origin Coffee is poised to launch a second location in Lake Placid. The new coffee shop will replace Bliss & Vinegar on Main Street, across from the Olympic Speedskating Oval. The shop will open for the first time sometime next month. Jennifer Jubin, ...

Meeting on Main Street overhaul today

LAKE PLACID — Residents will have the opportunity to see detailed plans for Lake Placid’s $10 million Main Street overhaul, and pose questions to those who helped plan for it, at a meeting this evening. The information session is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The North Elba-Lake ...

Franklin County LDC hires premier firm for branding, website

MALONE — The Franklin County Local Development Corporation recently held a work session to receive an update from a national-level economic development marketing consultant it hired for its branding and website development project. Development Counsellors International’s senior director ...

Pivot to photo pro

TUPPER LAKE — When the coronavirus pandemic put Emily Martin out of a job this spring, she took the opportunity to develop her photography — her photography business, that is. Martin had been working as a manager and bartender at P-2’s Irish Pub up until then, but she had long hoped ...

New York expected to legalize marijuana for recreational-use soon, Cuomo says

Recreational marijuana must be legalized fairly in New York, dispensary owners and hemp farmers say. State officials are weighing legalizing adult-use cannabis, as a growing number of states have, to serve as a potential revenue source to help offset the state’s estimated $50 billion ...

Sparkle Village goes online, with Village Mercantile

SARANAC LAKE — With the pandemic making indoor events dangerous, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Village Mercantile to make the 36th annual Sparkle Village Craft Show virtual rather than in person. Vendors will be able to list their items for sale on the ...

Local artists offer work at Online Holiday ArtMarket

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake ArtWorks is trying an Online Holiday ArtMarket as another new way for artists to make a living amid the pandemic. The online platform hosted at www.saranaclakeartworks.org is showcasing more than 20 local artists’ works that may be purchased directly from ...

Online shopping surge could lead to holiday delivery delays

NEW YORK — Retailers and carriers are preparing for an online holiday shopping surge that could tax shipping networks and lead to delivery delays. FedEx and UPS are ramping up their holiday hiring while expanding their weekend operations and asking retailers to use their shipping network ...

Cuomo ends late-night service at bars, restaurants

NEW YORK — Restaurants, bars and gyms will have to close at 10 p.m. across New York state in the latest effort to curb the rapidly accelerating spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The governor said people will also be barred from hosting private gatherings ...