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Drive-thru testing hits road full-time

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

NY tourism spots bracing for rough summer as virus bites into travel plans

ALBANY — Shawn Weber, a partner in a popular restaurant business in Niagara Falls, says if the pandemic-driven shutdown of eateries and bars continues much longer, Wine on Third may have to stay closed for the remainder of the year. “If this keeps going until mid-July or August, ...

State lab overwhelmed with tests

Faced with a new wave of COVID-19 tests from nursing homes and hospitals, a state lab that processes COVID-19 tests from the North Country region is currently running at full capacity. Now the lab is limiting the number of tests it will accept, forcing health care facilities to send tests ...

Stefanik disputes Dems’ $3 trillion aid plan

On Friday the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that is unlikely to become law since the Republican-majority Senate seems unlikely to pass it. The act contains contested funding, legislation and tax ...

Drive-in movies go ‘Back to the Future’ Thursday night

“Back to the Future” is a movie about time-traveling to the 1950s, so it is perhaps an appropriate choice to bring back drive-ins. The Sara-Placid in Ray Brook closed in 1974, to the sadness of many who remember it fondly. There was also the Tupper Lake Drive-In Theatre — later ...

170th Franklin County Fair is canceled

MALONE — The 170th edition of the Franklin County Fair has been canceled. Members of the Franklin County Agricultural Society Board of Directors agreed Thursday that the fair will not take place this year, as the region continues to grapple with the COVID-19 coronavirus, several ...

Keene 18-year-old accused of sexual abuse of minor

KEENE — An 18-year-old male from Keene has been accused of forcibly sexually abusing a 14-year-old. The older teen, whose name has not been released because he was deemed a youthful offender, was arrested by New York State Police this past Friday at 7:45 p.m. and charged with ...

Active tick season is underway

A slow warmup to spring this year has been no deterrent to a growing pest threat, as ticks are already widespread and busy this season. People taking to the woods and trails in an effort to get some outdoor exercise amid the coronavirus pandemic should remember to guard against ...

Capital Region, Western NY can start to reopen

The Capital Region is ready to start Phase 1 of reopening with manufacturing, construction and curbside retail businesses to open up this week as soon as more contract tracers are identified. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that Western New York and the Capital Region — which reaches ...

Police: Contractor took $110,000, didn’t do work

INDIAN LAKE — An Elizabethtown contractor was charged Sunday for allegedly taking about $110,000 from a victim and not performing the work. State Police said 33-year-old Edward H. Bessette Jr., of B&B Construction, did not complete the construction in Blue Mountain Lake. The ...

Some small markets see big sales during pandemic

At Yushak’s Market on Main Street in Shushan, business has tripled since the coronavirus hit, Debbie Yushak said. “Because people are shopping local,” she said. Customers are worried about going to supermarkets where it’s busier. When home is a hamlet with less than 1,000 ...

Cheers from chat stream as NCCC holds 2020 commencement online

SARANAC LAKE — You couldn’t hear cheers echoing off the walls, but if you could keep up, you could read a cascade of chat posts beside the Zoom screen on your home computer, congratulating each graduate. It wasn’t a normal commencement North Country Community College held Saturday, ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 test clinic to travel Tri-Lakes

Adirondack Health is rolling out a drive-thru coronavirus testing program in the Tri-Lakes this week, where anyone who qualifies can show up and get a free swab and blood test. Using a repurposed dental van, the health care organization ran a pilot version of the service last week, ...

COVID-19 Q&A

We spoke with public health officials and hospital representatives on Friday about commonly asked questions about coronavirus, COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself from exposure to the virus. --- Q: What are the best ways to protect yourself from coronavirus infection? Franklin ...

NY testing expands to Phase 1 workers

New York has more than 700 testing sites where all individuals who will return to the workplace under the state’s Phase 1 reopening plan can get tested for the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. ...

Library decisions are also on Lake Placid school ballot

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Public Library will hold its budget and board vote by absentee ballot on Tuesday, June 9, along with the school district budget and board vote. School district voters will also be asked to select one candidate for the Lake Placid Public Library Board of ...