Posts Tagged ‘coronavirus’

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Quarantine reads: Suggestions from Almanack readers

Anne LaBastille, author of the “Woodswoman” series.

Looking for new ways to pass the time indoors?

Here are some suggestions for Adirondack and/or environmental themed books offered up by Almanack readers, who responded to a post on our Facebook page.

A mix of fiction and non-fiction, old and new (in no particular order), feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Business loan program aims to help Lake Champlain/Lake George region

The Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board is helping the region’s small businesses by offering working capital micro-loans for enterprises within Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties. The loans will be available for businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds are not to be used to pay off existing debt, refinancing other loans, acquire a position in business, purchase of equipment, investments, expansion, or personal expenses. Other restrictions also apply and more information can be found here.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related Closings and Delays in the Adirondacks

Updated on 1/27

We are keeping a close look on popular Adirondack area attractions and putting together this list of closures/delays. This is where we’ll add openings, too as they happen (scroll to the bottom of the list).

Feel free to contribute in the comments section and/or send notices to [email protected]

 

Attractions

Adirondack Carousel (Saranac Lake) — closed until further notice

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) — online offerings only

Adirondack Experience museum (Blue Mountain Lake) — offering digital programming only for 2020 season

Adirondack History Museum (Elizabethtown) — closed until further notice

The Clinton County Historical Association Museum (Plattsburgh) will remain closed to the public indefinitely. In addition, the opening of the Bluff Point Lighthouse is also on hold.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge) — closed for the 2020 season

Fulton County Historical Society & Museum (Gloversville) — closed for the 2020 season

Island Chapel (Upper Saranac Lake) — closed for 2020

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake) — digital only season planned 

The Sembrich (Bolton Landing) — summer music festival cancelled; museum currently closed

Six Flags Great Escape Resort (Lake George) — Theme park and lodge are temporarily closed

 

Events

Adirondack Food and Wine Festival —  2021 dates set for June 26-27.

Adirondack Nationals Car Show (Lake George) — Originally set for Sept, canceled for 2020.

Adirondack Balloon Festival (Queensbury) — Canceled in 2020

Adirondack Railroad (Utica to Old Forge) — canceled Polar Express holiday-themed train rides for 2020.

90 Miler Canoe Race, aka the Adirondack Canoe Classic (Old Forge to Saranac Lake) — Canceled in 2020.

Adirondack Folk Music Festival (Schroon Lake) — Canceled, along with summer concert series in Schroon Lake.
The next festival is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2021.

Americade (Lake George) — Annual motorcycle rally slated for Sept 21-25

Depot Theatre (Westport) — 2020 season canceled/postponed until 2021; alternative programming planned.

Clinton County Fair (Morrisonville) — canceled for 2020

Essex County Fair (Westport) — canceled for 2020

First Night Saranac Lake — 2020 event canceled

Franklin County Fair (Malone) – canceled for 2020

Elvis Festival (Lake George) — canceled

Ironman (Lake Placid) — Both the full triathlon and half triathlon canceled for 2020. Next full tri takes place July 25, 2021; half tri canceled for 2021 as well.

Otis Mountain Get Down  (Elizabethtown) — Annual music festival canceled

Lake George Music Festival (Lake George) — Season postponed to 2021; virtual events planned

Lake George Winter Carnival (Lake George) — canceled for 2021

Lake Placid Sinfonietta (Lake Placid) — Summer season canceled

Lake Placid Horse Shows (Lake Placid) — canceled their events/summer season

Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls) — Summer program/events canceled

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge (Wilmington) – rescheduled for September 17-19, 2020

Black Fly Challenge (Inlet/Indian Lake) – postponed until June 12, 2021

Northern Challenge Ice Fishing Derby (Tupper Lake) — cancelled for 2021

Santanoni Winter Weekends (Newcomb) — canceled for 2021. Three Winter Weekend events have been held for seven consecutive years at Camp Santanoni in the Adirondacks. This year, organizers determined the indoor spaces used for the events are too small to safely accommodate typical attendance numbers under current health guidelines. DEC and its partners hope to resume these popular winter events in 2022.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival — 2021 event will likely be fireworks and ice palace only (with no walk throughs of the palace).

Snowtown Film Festival — Virtual event planned for Jan 29-Feb 7

Ticonderoga Triathlon Festival (Ticonderoga) – postponed until June 19, 2021.

Tupper Lake Warrior Run (Tupper Lake) – canceled in 2020

Wilmington Uphill Bike Race (Wilmington) – postponed until 2021

Wilmington-Whiteface 100K (Wilmington) – canceled in 2020, set for June 5, 2021

 

Openings/updates

Most NYS movie theaters can reopen Oct. 23

Ski resorts across NYS can reopen starting Nov. 6

Rattlesnake Mountain (Willsboro)

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg): Now open

Lake Flower boat launch (Saranac Lake) Reopened after construction. To prevent the community spread of COVID-19, the bathroom is temporarily closed.

Hyde Collection (Glens Falls) — Reopened Aug. 1

Tucker Farm (Gabriels) — Annual corn maze opened Aug 14

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival to go forward with planning 2021 event

Historic Saranac Lake — Saranac Laboratory Museum open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Almanzo Wilder Homestead in Burke, NY is now open for private tours by appointment Thursday through Monday. The Visitor Center is open to the public.

The Wild Center — Reopened July 15, outdoors only

TAUNY Center and Folk Store (Canton) — Reopened on June 8.

Adirondack Artists Guild (Saranac Lake) —  Begins gradual reopening on June 19. For the remainder of June, the Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 – 3 pm, which could expand in July.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid) — Reopened arts center and Gallery 46 on Main Street

View Arts Center (Old Forge) has a target reopening to the public on June 29.

Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) — Opening for the season on June 30

Adirondack Folk School (Lake Luzerne) is open and classes have resumed.

Tupper Arts Center (Tupper Lake) has a target reopening of July 15.

 

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Monday, April 20, 2020

NYS eases up on boat launch, marina restrictions

boat launch courtesy decAfter days of back and forth about the closure of privately owned boat launches and marina and what that means for state-owned facilities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday an easing of restrictions that were put into effect last week.

In a news release sent over the weekend, Cuomo, in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Update on services in Long Lake area

Updates on Services available in Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

NYS business leaders: Economic recovery will take more than 6 months

businessOnly a third of CEOs expect the New York State economy to return to pre-virus levels of revenue and employment within the next six months. That’s according to a special Upstate New York Business Leader COVID-19 Survey from Siena College Research Institute (SCRI), sponsored by the Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Similarly, while only five percent have not suffered due to the virus and 35 percent think that their business will recover within six months, a quarter say by the end of 2020 and 35 percent don’t think their business will return to pre-virus levels until 2021.

Among the other findings:

  • Majority of Upstate CEOs Say Return to Pre-Virus Economy Will Take Longer than 6 Months
  • By 57-35%, CEOs Say NYS Should Focus on Public Health NOT Relaxing Restrictions for May 1
  • Nearly 90% Downgrading 2020 Revenue & Profit Expectations; 40% Have Laid off Workers; 58% Cutting Back on Buying Equipment
  • 89% Say will be in Business a Year from Today; 61% Confident in Fed Response; 72% Plan on SBA Paycheck Program

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Art of the Cure

cure craftsDuring the years Saranac Lake was a health resort, many TB patients filled their time by making arts and crafts. These activities furnished a crucial sense of purpose for people struggling with isolation and boredom.

Before antibiotics, there was no real cure for TB, so doctors and nurses helped patients fight the disease by supporting their immune systems in every possible way. They provided good nursing care, healthy food, rest, moderate exercise, and attention to mental health through occupational therapy. At the Trudeau Sanatorium Workshop, and later at the Study and Craft Guild in town, patients and community members learned jewelry making, basket weaving, painting, and much more.

This past spring, we opened an exhibit titled “The Art of the Cure,” presenting some of the beautiful arts and crafts that grew out of our local history. Thinking about the parallels with our present times, I ducked into the museum this week to pick out a story from the exhibit to share.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Gillibrand crafts legislation to help struggling farms

Soil Health on Market Farms workshopThis week, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced landmark legislation, The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act, to provide economic relief for small farmers suffering from massive financial losses due to reduced demand and supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to information in a news release, farm bankruptcies are at an eight year high and net farm income has dropped by nearly half since 2013. The financial struggles of more than 30,000 New York farmers has only been exacerbated by the current crisis, which has devastated supply chains, as schools and restaurants have been forced to close. The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act will alleviate debt, keep farms open, and fortify the nation’s food supply, providing direct relief to the nation’s most vulnerable farmers.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Coronavirus and this year’s maple season

The sugar-making season and the weeks thereafter are an extremely important selling period for local producers. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has seriously impacted, and may continue to impact, sales into and perhaps beyond the spring and summer seasons.

Many local maple syrup-producing farm-families take part in Maple Weekend, an annual event championed by the New York State Maple Producers Association (NYSMPA) and supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell Maple Program. Maple Weekend provides opportunities for interested individuals and families across the state to visit one or more of the state’s family-run maple sugaring operations to see, first-hand, how sugar maple trees are tapped and sap is collected and boiled into pure, delicious maple syrup.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tele-Town Hall: Ask County Leaders

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a conversation with area county leaders at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16. Hear updates and answers to questions regarding the response by North Country counties to COVID-19 and the impacts on our county governments.

Panelists will include:

Mark Henry, Chair, Clinton County Legislature
Donald Dabiew, Chair, Franklin County Legislature
Shaun Gilliland, Chair, Essex County Board of Supervisors
Bill Farber, Chair, Hamilton County Board of Supervisors

Register and ask your questions by visiting northcountrychamber.com


Monday, April 13, 2020

NYS closes boat launches, marinas, golf courses

LGA Lake Steward Monika LaPlante inspects a boat in 2010 at the Norowal MarinaAdditional clarification of the “NY PAUSE” definition of “non-essential” businesses has resulted in the shuttering of boat launches, marinas and golf courses across the state.

In an update on April 9, Empire State Development issued the following:

  • Parks and other open public spaces, except playgrounds and other areas of congregation where social distancing cannot be abided
  • However, golf courses are not essential
  • However, use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels is not considered essential

NYSDEC and State Parks, too

To limit the community spread of COVID-19, use of all DEC, Canal Corp., and State Parks-owned boat launches is temporarily suspended for recreational boaters.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Lake George delays start of boat inspections

Lake George Park Commission has announced a delay the opening of the Mandatory Boat Inspection Program until June 1, a decision that has full support of the Lake George Association Board of Directors and members.

“At this time of year, we understand there is little risk of transporting and/or introducing viable invasive species to Lake George,” said Kristen Wilde, LGA Director of Education. “That fact doesn’t preclude boaters from ensuring they are following the state’s ‘Clean, Drained, Dry’ directives until the inspectors are present.”

“We want everyone to stay safe and stay healthy,” said LGA Executive Director Walt Lender. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Park Commission now and the inspectors later in the season.”

The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.

All the money raised by the Lake George Association goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.

For more information, call (518) 668-3558 or go to http://www.LakeGeorgeAssociation.org

File photo courtesy of Carl Heilman


Thursday, April 9, 2020

The healing power of music

musicIn an effort to fill up the silence of social distance, many of us are turning to the comfort of music. Some older Saranac Lakers can trace their love of music back to a kind lady who lived in a little brick house up on French Hill.

Pilar Gordon Benero was born in Cuba in the year 1900. Her father was a well respected physician from a prominent family in Havana. The last thing she must have imagined was that she would end up living out her life way up in the Adirondacks.

At the age of 25, Pilar came to Saranac Lake with her sister Isabel, who was suffering from tuberculosis. Here, she fell in love with Manolo Benero, a TB patient from Puerto Rico. Pilar and Manolo married, and unlike thousands of other Spanish speaking patients who came north for the cure, they settled in Saranac Lake. Manolo worked as the office manager at Troy Laundry and delivered for Meals on Wheels. They raised two boys, Manny and Joe, talented hockey players who graduated from Saranac Lake High School.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Tri-Lakes crafters mobilize around COVID-19 masks

gail brillWhile it can be easy to feel helpless when shut inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of crafters in the Tri-lakes area of the Adirondacks have sprung into action, sewing and distributing cloth masks to essential workers around the area.

The project started with Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake and has quickly grown to include other “frontline” workers, said Gail Brill, who along with two other women, is helping to organize the project.

“I touched base with a friend who works at the hospital, asking what they need,” she said. They adapted a pattern for fabric masks to create one designed to fit over N-95 masks to extend their use.

From there, word spread and requests started coming in from other places. Brill said the group is currently working with places that care for and house vulnerable populations, such as Sunmount and Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment Centers, and Will Rogers retirement community in Saranac Lake. 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Indian Lake Services Update

Indian Lake logoThe Indian Lake Community Development Organization and Blue Mountain Center has created a list of available services within Indian Lake while the town controls the spread of COVID-19:

Community Bank NY State Route 28 – Service windows are available for deposits and withdrawals; keys are no longer required for night deposits. For more information call 648-5711. 6321  

Puterko’s Family Pizzeria 6420 NY State Route 30Offering delivery and take out Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Online menus are available on their Facebook or Google, and they prefer you prepay. Call Adam and Crystal Puterko at 648-0007 to place an order.

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