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Wilmington takes a pass on Whiskey Run this year

WILMINGTON — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wilmington Historical Society board has decided to cancel this year’s Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run & Festival. The next Whiskey Run & Festival is now scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2021. With a 5K race added to the usual 10K ...

CARES Act helps local subsidized housing

SARANAC LAKE — The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes more than $9.2 million to help pay rent for tenants in subsidized housing — including $15,550 for the Harrietstown Housing Authority and $3,478 for the town of Jay. The money was allocated ...

Senior sunshine

KEENE — Milestones can come in different forms. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has gone far beyond public health. For the high school Class of 2020, it’s meant the loss of what many see as important rites of passage, like prom and senior trips. Other milestones, like high ...

Uihlein resident tests positive for COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Elderwood of Uihlein has confirmed one resident of the nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19. Chuck Hayes, vice president of marketing and communications for the Elderwood chain of elder-care facilities, said the company has isolated the resident and reported the ...

Cuomo lays out steps to reopen

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out the requirements for reopening regions of New York Monday at his coronavirus briefing. Cuomo’s PAUSE order, which put a freeze on many businesses and told residents to stay at home, expires on May 15, and Cuomo said regions could start choosing to reopen that ...

Communication, testing remain challenges at the county level

County health departments across New York’s 21st Congressional District share many of the same problems. Access to testing materials such as swabs and chemicals, the need to expand contact tracing to keep tabs on people who are tested and investigate other potential exposures, and ...

Lake Placid homeowner Andy Lack out as NBC chief

NEW YORK — NBC News chief Andy Lack is out following a corporate restructuring announced Monday that places Telemundo executive Cesar Conde in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Lack owns property in Lake Placid and serves as a member of the state Olympic Regional Development ...

Lake Placid nursing home resident tests positive for COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Elderwood of Uihlein has confirmed one resident of the nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19. Chuck Hayes, vice president of marketing and communications for the Elderwood chain of elder-care facilities, said the company has isolated the resident and reported the ...

Cuomo lays out steps to reopen; North Country has met 5 of his 7 criteria

Gov. Andew Cuomo laid out the requirements for reopening regions of New York Monday at his coronavirus briefing. Cuomo’s PAUSE order, which put a freeze on many businesses and told residents to stay at home, expires on May 15, and Cuomo said regions could start choosing to reopen that ...

Traditional graduation, untraditional methods

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Friday decision to keep schools closed and students distance learning for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus provided some guidance to local schools on what to do for graduation, but each district is still unclear on the specifics of the event. Each ...

School budgets, school and village elections delayed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delayed school board elections an budget votes until June 9, and village elections until Sept. 15, by executive order Friday, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an ...

Northwood student distributes masks on a large scale

LAKE PLACID — A Northwood School junior has enlisted her relatives in Vietnam and established The Mask Hub, a project to provide cloth masks to North Country residents and second-line essential workers such as grocery store workers, food workers and police personnel. Quy-An “Q” ...

Cobb critical of China, U.S. handling of coronavirus

Tedra Cobb, the Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, has released a statement regarding incumbent U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s letter asking the U.S. to bring China to the International Court of Justice to answer for its handling of the coronavirus. Cobb ...

Happy 101st!

Nearly 80 people — including members of the Lake Placid Police Department and Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department — passed through during a drive-by birthday bash to celebrate Ruth Hart’s 101st birthday in Lake Placid on Sunday. Hart is the wife of the late Dr. George Hart, and a ...

Stefanik asks for help for Postal Service

SCHUYLERVILLE — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting immediate help for the United Sates Postal Service. The letter, signed by members of the New York congressional delegation, outlines the importance of the Postal Service in New ...

Common Ground Gardens to open June 1

SARANAC LAKE — Volunteers with Common Ground Gardens, a community garden with locations around Saranac Lake, are rejuvenating the Old Lake Colby garden site, which will be the sole site for garden plots moving forward. Parts of the garden have become overgrown, so volunteers and ...

Testing expanded for COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — Local hospitals and clinics are gradually opening COVID-19 testing to more groups of people. While local hospitals have restricted testing to specific criteria, Mountain Medical Urgent Care — which has offices in Saranac Lake, Massena and Malone — is testing ...