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Store owners in Plattsburgh mall call for reopening

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country has entered Phase 4, and the exclusion of malls has left some Champlain Centre tenants still shuttered and scratching their heads. Lake City Hobbies owner Greg Nephew thought the state’s reopening plan would make regional decisions, but felt the local ...

Stefanik supports increased fruit, vegetable purchases in SNAP

SCHUYLERVILLE — Last week, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, co-signed a letter to House leadership requesting that Congress provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture with $51 million to expand USDA’s match capability for the Gus Schumaker Nutrition Incentive Program. This program ...

Adirondack prison swings from juniors to seniors

RAY BROOK — Out with the young, in with the old. The state-run Adirondack prison in Ray Brook has again been converted, this time from a facility for teenage boys to a medium-security prison for men over 55. In 2018, the then-medium-security adult facility was converted to hold male ...

Starting today, groups of up to 50 may gather

Starting today, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in the North Country region, and houses of worship can allow a few more people. As part of Phase 4 reopening, residents will be able to have social gatherings of up to 50 people, up from 25 people in Phase 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Public comment sought on Lake Placid apartment building

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board is seeking public comment on a rezoning application that could open the doors to building a new housing complex that is meant to be affordable, in a community where affordable housing has gotten harder to find. The application, ...

Delay in reopening YMCAs could jeopardize future, local Y CEO says

MALONE — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to exclude YMCAs from the list of facilities that will be allowed to reopen at the beginning of phase four could threaten the organization’s future, the head of the Ys in Malone and Plattsburgh said Wednesday. Cuomo announced Wednesday that ...

Elizabethtown stopped from clearing brook without permit

ELIZABETHTOWN — As its name implies, Roaring Brook, located 4 miles south of Elizabethtown, can at times be turbulent, with the narrow channel cutting away at the steep banks. During Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the brook cascaded through its channel, undercutting its banks, which in ...

Button named CEO of Citizen Advocates

MALONE — Citizen Advocates has selected James Button as its next CEO. Button, who has been COO since July, 2017, was unanimously selected for the top leadership position by the organization’s Board of Directors. “Citizen Advocates has a tremendously talented and compassionate ...

Rangers work to douse fires, rescue hikers … and help a pooch

Forest rangers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation responded to a variety of calls in the Adirondack Park in the past week, including a fire, a hiker with an ankle injury and a golden retriever suffering from heat exhaustion. - Fire in Thurman On ...

Cuomo: Phase 4 begins Friday, but with restrictions

It was a mixed message Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday: first, that the North Country and three other New York regions will progress to Phase 4 reopening Friday, but several expected services won’t be included just yet, including movie theaters and gyms. Phase 4 allows low-risk ...

Town of Keene imposes ban on events

KEENE — Events will no longer be allowed to happen on land owned by the town of Keene, the town council decided Tuesday. The temporary moratorium on events applies to every large gathering on town roads, on Marcy Field and in town-owned buildings such as the Keene Community Center. The ...

COVID-19 case reported at Tupper Lake Health Center

TUPPER LAKE — After a Tupper Lake Health Center employee tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, four Adirondack Health employees they work with have been quarantined, other employees there are getting tested for the virus and all appointments are being rescheduled or done remotely. The ...

Tri-Lakes cinema owners wait to reopen

New York’s silver screens will remain dark in Phase 4 of the state’s coronavirus reopening, at least at first. Movie theaters, gyms, casinos, malls and bowling alleys do not have state approval to open their doors yet because the state learned their air conditioning systems might ...

A compromise in face of ROOST resistance

SARANAC LAKE — Leaders of three village advisory boards asked the village Board of Trustees this past week to break the cycle of giving the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism $12,500 a year to market the village, and to instead to put the money toward their ideas. They got the second ...

Common Ground Alliance Forum to be held virtually

LAKE PLACID — The 14th annual Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum will take place on July 14 and 15, conducted in one-and-a-half to three-hour sessions via video conference each morning. A one-hour closing session will also be hosted on Thursday, July 23 to report the Forum ...

Hospital expands visiting hours

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has lifted some restrictions on hospital visitors, in keeping with updated guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health. Starting Monday, inpatient visitors at Adirondack Medical Center are permitted between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a ...