Posts Tagged ‘coronavirus’

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Great Camp Sagamore closed for 2020 season

Great Camp Sagamore main lodge(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.

 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Grant program expands to help farms affected by COVID-19

thurman farm tourThe 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:

  1. Adirondack farmers and value-added producers seeking to enhance the environmental health and benefits their operations provide.
  2. 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.

LEARN MORE & APPLY

See a full list of past micro-grant recipients.

Reach out if you have any questions. Jackie Bowen at [email protected]

Racey Henderson, Program Director, Essex Farm Institute at [email protected]


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quarantine Concert series aims to help musicians

Rosanna MooreThe Lake George Music Festival Alumni Association presents the “Quarantine Concert Series,” taking place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through April. Concerts start at 7 p.m., streaming live at https://www.facebook.com/lakegeorgemusicfestival/

For two weeks each August, the Lake George Music Festival hosts a series of live chamber music and orchestra concerts, open rehearsals, pre-performance workshops, and exciting special events. Set for August 9-21, the festival so far remains unaffected by this unprecedented situation.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Virtual Adirondacks: Be an armchair traveler

Long LakeMissing the lakes and mountains and your favorite towns in between?

Why not kick it like it’s 1999 and take a tour of web cams posted throughout the Park!

Here’s a random sampling of various locations across the Adirondacks. Let us know which ones we left out by posting a comment below.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Sienna poll finds 87% of NYers approve Cuomo’s response to COVID-19

coronavirusSienna College Research Institute released its latest poll findings today. Among them:

  • 87% of NYers approve of Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while 41% approve of Trump’s handling.
  • Nearly three-quarters of NYers are VERY concerned about the pandemic (92% are concerned), with 79% concerned that they will get the virus.
  • Nearly one-third of NYers know someone who has tested positive.
  • 53% of NYers agree with statement “Things Will Be Back to Normal Sometime Soon,” 44% Say they’re not confident “America Will be Back to Normal Anytime Soon.”
  • One-quarter say someone in their household has been laid off from work.

The poll was conducted March 22-26, 2020 by telephone calls conducted in English to 566 New York State registered voters. Sampling was conducted via a stratified dual frame probability sample of both landline and cell phone telephone numbers.

Click here for the full report


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Share your information during the coronavirus pandemic

coronavirusGetting information about what’s happening in your community is essential during any crisis, including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of that, we at the Almanack encourage you to submit press releases, news tips and any other information about important things happening in your community.

Has your Farmer’s Market made changes to make it safer during the pandemic like the one in Saranac Lake, where you can now pick up your groceries in your car? Do you have a program that will help small businesses in your community? Came across a list of restaurants still open for business in your area you’d like to share? If so, let us know by sending us an email to [email protected].

In addition, we encourage you to submit stories about how you’re getting through the crisis individually.

We’re here to help you get the word out. Send us an email at [email protected]


Sunday, March 29, 2020

CDC issues travel advisory for NY, NJ, CT

coronavirusIssued Saturday, March 28 from the Center for Disease Control:

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.  These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules.  The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Using outdoor skills during the coronavirus outbreak

(The following is from Backcountry Journal, a weekly newsletter by Adirondack Explorer multimedia reporter Mike Lynch.)

Getting through the coming weeks and months is going to be challenging as the coronavirus spreads, and being prepared as you navigate through this new world is going to be important. It’s not too late to get organized for dealing with it, and you can use your outdoor skills to help you get through it, even if most of your time in the near future is spent inside.

People who hike, camp, paddle, fish and hunt develop survival and organization skills through these activities. Now is the time to put those to use. Here are some thoughts about how you can do that, framing this upcoming journey as a backcountry trip.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Adirondack Foundation, United Way launch fund to for COVID-19 fallout

adirondack foundation logoIn response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our region, Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of the Adirondack Region and other foundations and businesses, is activating a response fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to help meet urgent community needs.

An initial $400,000 is available to use immediately, thanks to commitments from Adirondack Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, Adirondack Energy’s Adirondack for Kids, Champlain National Bank and other generous donors.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Local history and Lessons in Resilience

cure cottage porchMany years ago, Saranac Lake rallied to fight a deadly disease. Today’s news sure has us thinking about our local history.

Tuberculosis killed 1 in 7 people in the late 1800s. Highly contagious and with no known cure, fear and stigma surrounded TB. Unlike the new virus we face today, many of its victims were young people in their 20s. Like today, quarantine was often seen as an appropriate solution, and sometimes people were isolated against their will. A person’s ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status affected the kinds of treatments available.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Saranac Lake Farmers’ ‘Park-it’ provides curbside service

farmers park-itThinking fast on your feet comes with the territory of being a small business owner/farmer. So the folks behind the Saranac Lake Farmers Market were able to quickly pivot into a format that allows for social distancing and ensures customers have access to fresh, locally made food.

The “Farmers’ Park-it” takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Hotel Saranac. Shoppers place their orders using this form by 9 p.m. Thursday night and drive up during the market hours for curbside delivery.

More info and order form: https://tinyurl.com/FarmersParkIt.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Should the Adirondacks discourage tourism during the coronavirus outbreak?

loon centerThis is on everyone’s minds and The Adirondack Explorer wants to hear from you. In a twist on our magazine’s standard “It’s Debatable” pro-con column, we ask that people with constructive ideas for handling the crisis submit them for a crowdsourced opinion piece that will list a variety of viewpoints.

The question: “Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation during the coronavirus outbreak?”

If you have an opinion about this, please comment here, on the thread on the Explorer’s page, or in an email to Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis at [email protected]


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time for takeout? Restaurants still serving across the Adirondacks

pizzaAs New York heads into its second week of shutdown for the majority of residents, you might be getting tired of eating your “quarantine rations.” Or maybe, like many of us, you are concerned about how your favorite local businesses are faring and would like to support them. 

As of March 16, per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direct orders, all bars and restaurants/eateries had to transition to takeout/delivery only.  

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Saranac Lake Chamber, hospital host COVID-19 Q&A

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Adirondack Health to host an online “Question and Answer” session regarding the COVID-19 pandemic this Friday, March 27. This session will focus on the public health questions regarding COVID-19, available resources for businesses and the community, and the most recent updates regarding emergency measures and government support. Attendees can submit questions in advance of the session on this form.

RSVP here or join using the info below.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Local distilleries pitch in with hand sanitizer production

hand sanitizerAlcohol is essential in the Covid-19 outbreak and not just for drinking (although liquor stores are designated as “essential businesses.”) But some area distilleries are switching gears and turning their product into hand sanitizer. According to information posted on Facebook, two Lake George distilleries have been communicating their progress with hand sanitizer production.

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