ANCA and Clarkson University, in partnership with the Center for Businesses in Transition, is providing support services to help small businesses become more e-commerce savvy. These informational sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for free.
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The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a conversation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Assemblymen Billy Jones and Dan Stec. They will provide updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and what the federal and state governments are doing to address the crisis.
When: Wednesday, April 8 from 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
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Has COVID-19 turned you into an at-home teacher to your kids? Are you a full-time teacher finding new ways to engage your students from afar? Encourage your students to get outside and #RecreateLocal in their own backyards! Not only is time spent outdoors great for mental health, but the fresh air and physical activity will help them focus better for the rest of the day. Their time spent outside can even be educational.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, creators of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, have shared a number of educational activities that teach responsible outdoor recreation to kids. From “Camp Oh No!” to the “Thumb Trick” and packing a backcountry poop kit, these fun, engaging activities can be done outside, inside, or over video chat to prepare kids for a lifetime of responsible outdoor recreation.
Inspire others to get outdoors by sharing how you and your family #RecreateLocal using the hashtag, and – from the backyard to the local trail – always remember to practice safe social distancing and follow CDC guidelines on minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
Eighty-seven percent of New Yorkers say that the coronavirus crisis is having either a somewhat or very significant impact on their daily life, according to a new statewide survey of consumers released today by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI).
Fourteen percent of New Yorkers say that they are under mandatory quarantine, 42 percent are self-quarantining, 39 percent are practicing social distancing while only 4 percent are going about life as usual. Seventy-seven percent are either somewhat (32 percent) or very concerned (45 percent) that the coronavirus and its impacts will cause them serious financial problems.
UPDATED WITH EXTENDED DEADLINE: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some critical stress points in our local food system. Farmers have reported labor issues, market closures and fears of supply chain disruption.
To bolster local food security and aid in the resilience and sustainability of local farms, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced a $100,000 Local Food Security Grant opportunity for farms in its 14-county service area. » Continue Reading.
The Economic Development Team for Franklin County has been working to understand the impact that the COVID-19 public health crisis has had on our business community. They also seek to bring together local businesses, helping them to find the technical and financial resources to persevere during these times. According to a press release from Franklin County Economic Development, small businesses owners should do the following three things:
Orgs launch program to deliver farm-fresh food packages
AdkAction has partnered up with the Hub on the Hill in Essex in order to launch an Emergency Food Packages Project (EFP) to assist local families who may be struggling due to the coronavirus. Every EFP contains a week’s worth of fresh, pre-prepared meals delivered directly to families. The organizations’ goal is to provide 100 boxes of food each week over the next 10 weeks. A total of 1,000 packages, supplying 15,000 meals – all for free.
Each EFP contains eggs, bread, apples, healthy snacks, yogurt, greens, granola, soup, and two large trays of frozen entrees. The food distributed is purchased from local farms, and prepared and delivered by local labor provided by Hub on the Hill. Families and individuals in need are being screened by partner agencies and local organizations with a history of supporting those who need food.
EFP’s have a $55 production fee but are provided free to families in need. A $7,000 grant provided by the Adirondack Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs Fund launched the project. AdkAction has also created a online fundraising page to help reach the overall goal. Over $30,000 was raised in the first 24 hours, enough to support the first 545 EFP’s, with a total of $55,000 needed to support the creation and delivery of 1,000 EFPs.
For more information and to contribute to the fundraiser, please visit this link: https://emergencyfoodpackages.funraise.org/
AdkAction has partnered with BOCES, United Way and local food pantries to identify families in need. More about AdkAction and/or to refer an individual/family in need of food aid: https://www.adkaction.org/
In an effort to help support the community during this public health crises, Saranac Lake-based Northern Power & Light has partnered with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer, according to a recent press release from Emmett Smith, the founder of Northern Power & Lights.
The product is approved for production by the FDA and is being given at no cost to local medical and emergency services including CVPH, Citizen Advocates of Saranac Lake, Life Net EMT Helicopter and Bloomingdale Fire Department, as well as community support organizations such as St. Paul’s Food Pantry and Saranac Lake Meals on Wheels. Local shops and eateries like Nori’s, Origin Coffee, and Bitter & Bones are also being supplied with sanitizer. If you have a similar business and would like to receive free product, you can reach out to the company by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As of April 1, hand sanitizer is available to the public through these local retailers: The Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake, the Potsdam Food Co-Op, Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, and the North Country Food Co-Op in Plattsburgh, as well as online through the Village Mercantile. All proceeds will go to further production and distribution of the product to local medical and service workers.
More information is at Northern Power & Light’s website.
As we find ourselves in an atmosphere where the terms “Social Distancing” and “Self Quarantine” become common, it can be easy to feel like your world is out of your control. I know here in the Mountains many people have already undergone a form of social distancing due to the winter weather, and are possibly more adjusted to be confined than those who have been living among large numbers of people on a daily basis.
We are products of routine and when that routine is abruptly altered, life as we know can become skewed. It seems as though perception becomes ourstrength, our weapon against challenging times. We do have a choice, a choice in how we view the circumstances and react. The United States is not a stranger to invisible attacks. Throughout history we as humans have been fighting a battle with viruses and diseases and we have prevailed.
The state has launched a new #RecreateLocal hashtag and issued guidance that encourages people to recreate responsibly, practice social distancing, and stay near their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a recent press release.
The guidance includes recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
The Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the Cloudsplitter Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, and other donors and businesses, have announced their first grants from the Special and Urgent Needs Fund, created in response to the communities need for assistance during the coronavirus quarantine. Those awarded the grant are responding with innovative new methods on distributing food across rural areas to low income residents, helping reduce the burdens of those out of work, and providing childcare under difficult conditions. The awardees are as follows:
As The Wild Center has temporarily suspended public operations in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the natural history museum for the Adirondacks is focusing on a digital experience over the coming weeks.
The digital offerings include virtual visits, which you can go on by clicking here, including seeing exhibits that are generally not open to the public. In-depth video content from the Wild Center Naturalists and the Animal Care Team will also be available for viewing.
(updated on April 21, from original post where they had announced a delayed season opening)
From Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake)’s Executive Director Emily Martz:
After careful thought, we have decided that Great Camp Sagamore will remain closed for the 2020 season. If you have signed up for a program this year, we will send you an email shortly about your registration.
This is a difficult decision. We know how many of you rely on Great Camp Sagamore to help disconnect from the white noise of everyday life. This is also hard because we know that instructors, seasonal employees, and local businesses depend upon Sagamore during the season.
But our first responsibility is safety. We must do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. Our programs require people to closely interact – communal meals, lodging, and tours are essential and part of the fun.
We remained hopeful for a partial season, but new information shared by health experts confirms that encouraging people to gather would be irresponsible. The Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health have concluded that at the very least, reliable and widespread testing and tracking are required before people can safely gather.
The Adirondack Council and Essex Farm Institute have recently updated its micro-grant program to allow farmers, value-added producers and food pantries to apply for COVID-19 related emergency funding during this grant cycle.
In the midst of new and unforeseen challenges to the local food system, the aim is to help mitigate some of those
challenges. This means there are now two types of grant applications for up to $5,000:
- Adirondack farmers and value-added producers seeking to enhance the environmental health and benefits their operations provide.
- Adirondack farmers, value-added producers and food pantries seeking financial assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Projects or costs that get local food to local people are eligible.
The grant application deadline has been extended until April 7.
Reach out if you have any questions. Jackie Bowen at email@example.com
Racey Henderson, Program Director, Essex Farm Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org
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