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Coronavirus

Mercy employee, re-tested for COVID-19, now negative

A Mercy Living Center employee who initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, prompting dozens of people to enter precautionary quarantine, has now tested negative for the disease. A spokesman for Adirondack Health, which owns and operates the Tupper Lake nursing home, confirmed ...

Outdoor dining is OK, starting today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that outdoor dining is now allowed in regions such as the North Country that have entered Phase 2 reopening. The authorization, which takes effect today, comes with some caveats. Restaurant owners have to place outdoor tables at least 6 feet apart, ...

Back with the parents

Gabriella Lanzi was working with the Peace Corps in Morocco. McKayle Carter was on a Fulbright Scholarship teaching English in Germany. When the COVID-19 outbreak struck, the young adults had a new adventure awaiting them: moving back in with their parents. Carter, 23, considered the ...

Thruway cash tolls to resume

PLATTSBURGH — The New York State Thruway Authority indicated it would resume cash toll collection along the Thruway’s ticketed-system Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. After this time, the Emergency Toll Procedures that have been in place since Sunday, March 22 will be suspended, and ...

Lake George Steamboat Co. readies for season unlike any other

LAKE GEORGE — For more than 200 years, steamboats on Lake George have been a sign that the summer tourism season is in full-swing. But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, instead of giving tours to visitors, the Lake George Steamboat Co.’s three ships — the Minnie-Ha-Ha, ...

‘90-Miler’ paddling race canceled for this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Watershed Alliance, in cooperation with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, has decided to cancel the 2020 Adirondack Canoe Classic, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-13. The decision is based on the uncertainty of the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ...

Outdoor dining in North Country restaurants permitted starting Thursday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening the economy. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier ...

Franklin County quarantines spike

The number of people in quarantine in Franklin County spiked on Monday, one day after an employee of Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, the number of people in isolation or quarantine countywide increased from nine to 70, according to data ...

Pop-up drive-in movies expand to other communities

LAKE PLACID — Eric Wilson of Good Guy Productions is riding the coattails of success after the May 21 pop-up drive-in movie showing of “Back to the Future” at Tucker Farms in Gabriels, and he is planning more drive-in movies around the North Country. Good Guy Productions will be ...

Runabout Rendezvous pushed to next summer

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Runabout Rendezvous, a wooden boat show sponsored by Spencer Boatworks and Woodward Boat Shop, has been postponed until July 10, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the closure of the boat launch for construction, organizers Chris Woodward and Jay Annis have ...

Mercy employee has tested positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, ...

Spike Lee on what’s different about these protests

NEW YORK — It’s not the first time that Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” has been freshly urgent, but Lee’s 1989 film has again found blistering relevance in the wake of George Floyd’s death. On Monday, Lee released a short film titled “3 Brothers” connecting the death ...

NYC imposes 11 p.m. curfew amid Floyd protests

By JENNIFER PELTZ and KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK —New York City imposed an 11 p.m. curfew Monday as the nation’s biggest city tried to head off another night of destruction erupting amid protests over George Floyd’s death. With an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, New York is ...

Pool sales make a splash during quarantine

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Normally, the Perry kids would spend the summer playing baseball, going to camp and making weekend trips to their family’s cottage in Vermont. But because of COVID-19, their baseball season is on hold, camps are canceled, and Vermont is off limits for now. Lucky for ...

Pandemic sparks boom in bottle redemption centers and beer sales

ALBANY — COVID-19 has meant boom times for bottle recyclers. With many supermarkets shuttering their bottle return bins, people are seeking out specialized redemption centers and beverage stores to cash in on their empties. At the same time, however, there are worries that far more empty ...

Artists Guild shows Altman exhibit online

SARANAC LAKE — Although the Adirondack Artists Guild is closed until further notice, its 15 members are presenting “Close to Home,” an online exhibit of watercolors by Jacqueline Altman. The show will open on June 3 and run through June 30 on the guild’s website, ...

Mercy employee tests positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, as ...

Cuomo: Virus deaths in NY approaching very low level

ALBANY (AP) — With coronavirus deaths continuing to decline in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed hope Sunday that the state is approaching a level where fatalities are perhaps not eliminated but are very few. There were 56 COVID-19 deaths in New York on Saturday, “which in this ...