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Franklin County confirms 2nd case

SARANAC LAKE — A second case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Franklin County on Thursday, bringing the countywide total up to two. The person was tested at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone on Wednesday, according to Franklin County Public Health Director Kathleen Strack. The department ...

More than 80,500 apply for benefits in New York

Last week, more than 80,500 people filed initial claims for unemployment in New York, an increase of at least 284% in each of New York’s 10 labor market regions, according to the state Department of Labor. From Monday, March 16 to Saturday, March 21, the state DOL received more ...

Through a glass, brightly

LAKE PLACID — Though St. Eustace Episcopal Church has closed to the public due to the coronavirus, two seventh-graders, Lexi Coffin and Norah Galvin, have painted the windows with encouraging messages of peace, hope, love and faith. Coffin and Galvin said it has been difficult missing ...

Seasonal homes on St. Lawrence opening months earlier than usual

CLAYTON — It appears some people from the city are heading to their second homes in the North Country months earlier than usual. Vice President Mike Pence recently issued a call to anyone who lives in the New York metro area: If you leave, self-quarantine for two weeks. They are ...

Stefanik seeks to crack down on non-essential travel to NY-21 district

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said Thursday that “New York is the epicenter of coronavirus,” and that she wants to start “cracking down” on people doing nonessential travel to New York’s 21st Congressional District. Stefanik, R-Schuylervile, said she believes leaders shouldn’t be ...

Trump’s push to open economy could come at cost of lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Donald Trump has another view: The costs of shutting down the economy ...

Where, when and how to get food

By the Enterprise staff To avoid spreading the coronavirus, many food providers and meal programs have changed their operations. Here’s a rundown on where, when and how you can get food locally. --- Aldi --- Aldi on Lake Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake is offering online ordering, ...

Northwood School: Campus closure includes Cobble Mountain trailhead

LAKE PLACID — The Northwood School campus — including the Cobble Mountain trailhead access from Northwood School property — is closed to the public, as per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State On PAUSE” order, school officials announced Thursday. The school said Lake Placid ...

Stocks surge again after relief bill passed; indexes up 6%

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks marched higher for a third straight day Thursday as a massive coronavirus relief bill moved closer to passing Congress and Wall Street took some historically bad unemployment figures in stride. The S&P 500 rose 6.2%, bringing its three-day rally to 17.6%. The ...

Moose on the loose in Plattsburgh, later captured (and safe)

PLATTSBURGH — A moose on the loose in the city of Plattsburgh Wednesday was later safely captured by environmental conservation officers at approximately 6 p.m. after falling into the swimming pool of Hollie Mercurio on Concord Avenue. Mercurio was sitting on her front porch when a ...

HR consultant: Stay connected with employees

Right now, it is critical for business owners to stay as connected as they can with employees, even if they had to furlough or lay them off, advised Saratoga Human Resources Solutions consultant Kathy Hanlon. “They’re out there, they want to be in the know of what your business plans ...

COVID-19 case confirmed at Ray Brook federal prison

RAY BROOK — A staff member at the federal prison in Ray Brook has contracted COVID-19. The case at FCI Ray Brook was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Thursday. It's unclear where the staffer was tested for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and what county the ...

Counties: Don’t come here

Essex and Franklin County officials are asking visitors to stay home and not travel here. These rural counties largely rely on tourism revenue and have many second homes and vacation rental units. The directive comes as local officials try to encourage social distancing and ...

As Franklin County confirms 1st case of COVID-19, Essex confirms 5th

SARANAC LAKE — The first case of COVID-19 in Franklin County has been confirmed. The person has been under quarantine since this past Saturday, March 21, according to the county’s Emergency Operations Center. He or she — the county did not specify — is now in isolation quarantine ...

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump said the ...

Snowman contest breaks the ice

SARANAC LAKE — Local people under stay-home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic were so in need of a pick-me-up that late-season snow was welcomed with glee. As several inches of snow returned to cover the ground Monday, Cherrie Sayles organized a snowman-building contest. The principal ...

The mask makers

SARANAC LAKE — Amid a global coronavirus pandemic, certain medical supplies are experiencing shortages, even in hospitals. Communities around the world are working with hospitals to keep medical facilities stocked, including a coalition of around 110 quilters in the Tri-Lakes. These ...

Methodist men offer grocery delivery service

SARANAC LAKE — Men from the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake are offering a grocery delivery service for seniors and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. They will take orders by phone on Mondays and deliver every Tuesday from Tops Friendly Market in Saranac Lake ...

AG James calls for in-person voting suspension

State Attorney General Letitia James has called for the suspension of in-person voting until further notice. She has also proposed sending every eligible voter an absentee ballot for the April 28 presidential primary and five special elections, plus village elections postponed to that ...

Airline still flying in Lake Clear

SARANAC LAKE — Though the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, especially in New York, airports in the U.S. are still open. “That’s up to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) or the president,” said Corey Hurwitch, manager of the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear. ...