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Coronavirus

Farmers market moves from Park-it to park

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Village Farmers Market will be back in Riverside Park on Saturday, but it won’t be the leisurely, crowded gathering it usually is, where people do as much socializing as shopping. There will be plenty of rules to ensure everyone’s safety amid the ...

Officials prep for Phase 2 of reopening

The North Country region is on track to meet the requirements for Phase 2 reopening this weekend. Phase 2 reopening includes hair salons and barber shops, insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, retail and administrative support. To trigger this phase, the ...

Ice cream openings say it’s time for summer

BLOOMINGDALE — When Teddy’s Ice Cream and Grill opened on Saturday, it was a pleasant surprise for local residents, tourists and staff, but the man it surprised most was owner and operator Steve Schmidt. Teddy’s usually opens in the second week in May, a bit earlier than most ...

In early coronavirus hot spot, business slowly reopens

NEW YORK — The suburbs north of New York City eased outbreak restrictions, and the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange opened for the first time in two months, as the state focused more intently Tuesday on restarting its economy. More on those and other coronavirus-related ...

Lessons of the past: Memories of scarcity and happiness

Betty Fish said it probably seems fantastic to someone from today’s world — to hear how she grew up during the Great Depression. “My father and mother always had a garden. Mom canned everything in sight. Dad raised a pig for pork. That’s what we lived on. We had a cow so we had ...

Keene Valley church will mourn as death toll exceeds 100,000

KEENE VALLEY — National health experts predict that the official U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic will reach 100,000 on or about this coming Monday, June 1. To mark this tragic milestone in our nation’s history, the Keene Valley Congregational Church will offer a series of events ...

Crowds bigger than expected in Lake George, say businesses, tourism officials

LAKE GEORGE — Lake George business and government officials say more visitors came to the area than they expected, despite the COVID-19 pandemic — an encouraging sign for the season. Village Mayor Robert Blais said Saturday was slow but Sunday seemed to pick up a quite a bit as a lot ...

Tourism swells for long weekend

Tourists meandered down Lake Placid’s Main Street this weekend, eyeing the scenery. Parking lots for multiple popular High Peaks trails filled to capacity early on Saturday and Sunday. Small groups of people took walks around local parks, stopped by restaurants to get take-out, and took to ...

Small protest group tells tourists, ‘Go home’

Tourists coming to the Adirondacks on the Northway may have been surprised as they got off on Exit 30 over the weekend. A few cars were parked there with signs, such as a bright yellow one reading, “YOU’RE WELCOME ... TO GO HOME!” The posterboard signs were created by Kelly Thoreck ...

NY marks ‘especially poignant’ Memorial Day amid virus

NEW YORK — New Yorkers marked Memorial Day with car convoys and small ceremonies instead of big parades as the coronavirus reshaped the solemn holiday, blending tributes to virus victims and frontline workers with the traditional remembrance of the nation’s war dead. In a year that ...

Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

LOS ANGELES — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. Despite silent ...

Bolsonaro blames others for virus spread in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — With Brazil emerging as one of the world’s most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media. By contrast, he portrays himself ...

So, you got an application for an absentee ballot in the mail …

ALBANY — “Temporary illness or physical disability” — that’s the box you check on the form to request an absentee ballot for the Democratic presidential primary due to coronavirus concerns. All voters eligible to participate in the June 23 elections have been mailed an absentee ...

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Trudeau Institute studies COVID-19 while helping local hospital

SARANAC LAKE — The disease was highly infectious. It spread through the air when someone coughed or sneezed, it attacked the lungs. It killed millions of people. That was more than 100 years ago. At the forefront of treating and researching the disease was a Saranac Lake physician, Dr. ...

‘Soft start’ scrapped

SARANAC LAKE — The village has retracted a plan for downtown restaurants to set up outdoor dining areas on village sidewalks after county and state officials deemed the concept not compliant with current guidelines meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. “Though we are ...

Local beaches aren’t open yet

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some state beaches will open up for Memorial Day weekend, albeit with serious restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. He said municipalities can open their beaches, too, if they follow state guidelines, but don’t expect local beaches to be open this ...

Adirondack Health announces COVID-19 testing times, locations

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced dates, times and locations for the next week of its free drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic. Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested but not ...

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 ...