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Coronavirus

Big Brother is watching, from home

SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre will be streaming a limited run of the stage adaptation of “1984” as part of its virtual “Germ-Free Season” June 5 through 7. The limited run archival recording of the Michael Gene Sullivan stage adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic novel 1984 ...

Pope: Pull together and avoid pessimism in coronavirus era

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same. During Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark Pentecost Sunday, Francis noted a tendency to say “nothing will return as ...

OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...

SLHS seniors on parade

SARANAC LAKE — A long line of cars and trucks — most of them decorated — wound through the Saranac Lake High School driveways and parking lots Thursday evening for the Senior Drive-Thru and Pickup. It was a new event prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. High school seniors have had to ...

Officials urge feds to end jobless bonus

Multiple business and tourism officials on a conference call with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Thursday called for Congress to let unemployment benefits expire for those without a job because of the coronavirus pandemic. The push comes as federal lawmakers debate whether to extend a ...

Saranac Lake OKs contract in case July 4 fireworks are allowed

SARANAC LAKE — It’s still unknown whether the state will allow July 4 fireworks amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but this week the Saranac Lake village board authorized a contract with its fireworks company, just in case. “Out of all the phone calls I get, that is the number-one ...

State Senate candidates spar over comments

PLATTSBURGH — Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, took issue with his Democratic state Senate race opponent’s response to a press release he sent out Wednesday regarding legislation he has cosponsored that would limit the governor’s expanded powers during an emergency. Stec ...

Franklin County Legislature plans to extend property tax penalty waiver

MALONE — Franklin County legislators are preparing to extend the waiver of penalties and interest for property owners who have yet to pay their 2020 town and county taxes. The Legislature voted in early April to waive the 1% per month interest it charges on any tax bills paid after ...

NYC looks at June 8 for first phase of reopening

ALBANY — New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo said the city was meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing, will “stockpile” personal ...

OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...

Phase 2 is put on hold

The North Country region was on track to move into the second phase of reopening Friday. By late Thursday evening, official authorization and guidance from the state to move forward had not yet come. Then, the state told local officials: No region is expected to move into Phase 2 ...

Cuomo: ‘No mask, no service’ rule is OK for businesses

NEW YORK — Store owners with no-mask-no-service policies got a boost from the governor. New York City business owners planning to reopen before coronavirus restrictions are lifted got a warning from the mayor. Actors Rosie Perez and Chris Rock are promoting face coverings and virus ...

Local libraries beginning curbside service

LAKE PLACID — After being closed to the public for more than two months amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Lake Placid Public Library will begin offering curbside service Monday, according to Director Bambi Pedu. The Lake Placid library closed its doors on March 16. The Goff-Nelson ...

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 13-year-old eighth-grader from Potomac, Maryland, was a two-time participant in ...

Phase 2 is on hold

The North Country region was on track to move into the second phase of reopening Friday. By late this evening, official authorization and guidance from the state to move forward had not yet come. Then, the state told local officials: No region is expected to move into Phase 2 ...

Amid real estate turbulence, Adirondack brokers see upswing

New York’s real estate market has seen significant turbulence in the last few months as the coronavirus pandemic, and state guidelines designed to curb the spread of the virus, temporarily shuttered businesses and left millions of people out of work. But local real estate brokers are ...

Complaints force pause in Franklin County mask rule

MALONE — Objections to an effort to tweak a resolution that would require Franklin County residents to wear masks in situations in which social distancing is not possible has left the fate of the measure in doubt. County Legislator Paul Maroun, R-Tupper Lake, told his colleagues during ...

Tupper town restricts Little Wolf to season-long campers

TUPPER LAKE — The town-operated campsites at Little Wolf Beach will be open only to current all-season campers this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Campers with reservations by the week or day are being offered either a refund or to defer their reservations until next ...

Cuomo lobbies with Trump for aid to New York

NEW YORK— Long Island became the latest region of New York to begin easing some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied the president for help with transportation projects. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said efforts to fight the ...