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As COVID-19 cases drop, local health leader still urges caution

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across Franklin County has continued to decline, but the county’s public health director is urging residents to continue following safety precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In the last month, Franklin County’s active case count has ...

Local elections this November

It’s a local election year. Voters in many Essex County towns will elect town supervisors, clerks, councilors, highway superintendents and tax collectors this November. Two local towns, Jay and Keene, will have primaries in June, for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Independent ...

Potties and parks planned

SARANAC LAKE — The village is making plans to build public restrooms beside Berkeley Green at the center of downtown and to expand Ward Plumadore Park. These are two of 10 projects chosen to share a $10 million state grant package, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative announced for ...

Hometown Heroes banners coming to St. Armand

BLOOMINGDALE — This summer, the streets of Bloomingdale will be lined with banners carrying the names and faces of local veterans and current members of the military. The St. Armand Veterans Memorial Park Task Force is introducing the Hometown Heroes program — a staple of downtown ...

Rotary holds Critter Hunt around Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Rotary Club is holding a Critter Hunt around the village. Download the form at https://tinyurl.com/ef8sazj8, and start looking for critters in front of homes and businesses around the village. The critters will be “hiding” from April 15 to May 15. ...

Building garden beds and growing community

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College students are building accessible garden beds for people with limited mobility. They’ve also been building a community of friends who get together to work and talk for four hours once a week, which they say has been a bright spot in a year when ...

Towns wait on cannabis shop decision

The towns of Tupper Lake and Harrietstown are taking it slow in deciding if they will allow cannabis dispensaries and lounges. Board members say they want to hear more information and learn what other towns and villages are doing before they make a decision. A new state law legalizing ...

Broadband help for families with low income

New York broadband providers are slow to react to the details of a new state program requiring mid-sized and large companies to provide internet service for low-income families for $15 per month. The state’s historic $212 billion budget, which the Legislature adopted nearly a week late ...

Scope of cyber sextortion’s teen victims unknown

(Editor’s note: This story contains descriptions of self-harm and suicide.) POTSDAM — Two teen suicides, two families seeking justice and two criminal investigations marked St. Lawrence County in March. Both Riley Basford and Shylynn Dixon were victims of cyber sextortion — a ...

APA to discuss former Cell Science Center

RAY BROOK — At the Adirondack Park Agency’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16, the board will consider approving a proposed 5-megawatt solar generating facility in Ticonderoga, and the re-development of the former W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center property in ...

Reforms follow deadly year in New York nursing homes

ALBANY — After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation intended to hold facility operators more accountable for neglect and potentially force them to spend more on patient care. Rules passed in recent days as part of a state budget deal would ...

As broadband investment grows, some in North Country feel left behind

More than 14 million Americans don’t have high-speed internet, according to the FCC. The Biden Administration wants to change that by investing billions of dollars into broadband expansion. But there’s a problem: it’s not clear where internet dead zones are, which means even more ...

Budget gives $105M for ORDA venues

LAKE PLACID — New York’s new budget includes $105 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The money in the 2021-22 budget is about $39.5 million less than what the state approved last year. The funding will again go toward improvements to ...

Fun in a future brewpub

SARANAC LAKE — It used to be a warehouse for vending machines and pool tables. Soon it will be a brewhouse. But for now, it’s essentially a roller rink. The former Amusement and Vending building on Woodruff Street was recently purchased by Lake Placid Pub and Brewery owners Chris and ...

Week 2 of Lake Placid overhaul begins with water main

LAKE PLACID — Downtown Lake Placid is five days into a Main Street reconstruction project that is expected to continue, on and off, two-and-a-half years. As a result of the early good weather, detours and construction for the Main Street overhaul began on Monday, according to Kate ...

Lake Placid code updates suggested

LAKE PLACID — Suggested alterations to the local land-use code were presented to the North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees during a joint meeting on Friday. The local land-use code hasn’t been substantially reviewed and rewritten since 2011. Dean ...