Posts Tagged ‘covid’

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Historic Saranac Lake opens to the public with limited hours

Historic Saranac Lake’s Saranac Laboratory museum is re-open, operating under limited hours and strict guidelines in order to keep their patrons and their staff healthy. The museum is the first laboratory in the nation that was built for the study of tuberculosis, showcasing Saranac Lakes history as a community that built a bustling economy around the response to an infectious disease.

Museum staff expects that visitors will find Saranac Lakes history relevant once again in response to COVID-19. The museum is currently open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am or 5pm, and visitors are encouraged to check out historicsaranaclake.org for updates.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Phase 3 of Reopening Begins: Guidelines Released by NYS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has determined that the start of phase 3 of the reopening process for the North Country begins today.

An official notice and information can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/.

Restaurants and food service industries may begin to open indoor spaces and seating for their customers and personal care facilities such as tattoo and piercing parlors, spas, massage therapy, etc. may begin accepting clients again.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Upcoming reopening-related resources

Following are some webinars and virtual events you can tune into in order to stay informed, courtesy of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Not Us Versus Them; It needs to be WE

I was driving to an appointment with my family and we had to make a few scheduled stops.  I saw many people not wearing masks. (Now, keep in mind people do not need to wear masks while practicing social distancing. I know you all know, but I digress.) The gas station even had a sign on their front entrance requiring all patrons to only enter if wearing masks. It was difficult to miss since you have to push on the sign to get through the door. Yes, there were people inside not wearing masks. Yes, some of those people mocked those of us wearing masks.

I found it ironic on Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember people who have died–not served– but died for our country there are people still putting their individual rights before the collective whole. You can wear a poppy on your lapel for a person who lost his/her life, but you can’t wear a mask to protect someone from actually dying? That doesn’t even make sense.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Micro-grant awards focus on farmers coping with COVID, climate change

farmers marketThe Adirondack Council awarded 10 micro-grants totaling over $32,000  to local farmers. According to a press release, the grants are an effort to address the greatest short-term and long-term threats to public health and the Adirondack Park: COVID-19 and climate change.

“COVID-19 and climate change each have the potential to devastate Adirondack communities,” says Adirondack Council Conservation Associate Jackie Bowen, the coordinator of the grant program alongside the Essex Farm Institute. In some cases, farms/food producers need to prepare more serve-at-home meals…others need equipment and funding to protect and sustain their employees who work in urban farmers markets.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Indian Lake Offers Free Face Masks

Now that face masks are deemed “essential,” (and required in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19), a group of volunteers in Indian Lake have been making cloth masks and distributing them free of charge. As of Friday, April 17,  they are available for pick up at Pines Country Store in Indian Lake and in the vestibule of the Adirondack Lakes Center for The Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. The contributors ask people to only take one per person. Those willing to help out with the effort by donating masks can drop them off at the Pines Country Store.

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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 10/20

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]

Accommodations

Elk Lake Lodge (North Hudson) — closed for 2020 season

Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake) — closed for 2020 season

 

Attractions

Adirondack Carousel (Saranac Lake) — closed until further notice

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

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

Lake Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne) — summer camp and concert season are cancelled

Meadowmount School of Music (Westport) — closed for the summer

Olympic Regional Development Authority — attractions include the Olympic Center, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg — remain closed.

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake) — digital only season planned 

Raquette Lake Navigation (Raquette Lake) — closed for the 2020 season

Schroon North Hudson Historical Museum — closed for the summer

Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake) — canceled summer season

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 — 2020 event canceled; 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.

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 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

Summer Naturalist Programs at Heart Lake (Lake Placid) – canceled for 2020

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

 

RECREATION:

Trails/recreation closed

Pilot Knob (Lake George)

The Pinnacle (Bolton)

Cobble Hill (Lake Placid)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access. This blocks public access to Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.

The shuttle in the town of Keene between the Marcy Field Parking Lot and the Garden Trailhead remains closed.

 

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

Gore Mountain (Northville): Open for disc golf, biking, hiking and gondola rides

Silver Lake Bog Trail (Clinton County) — Reopened

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

DEC fire towers: open

Otter Creek Horse Trails: Campground reopened (Lewis County)

Ausable Chasm (Port Kent) — While adventurous activities, like tubing and rock climbing, aren’t yet available, the park’s five miles of scenic trails have been opened for hiking and exploring since June 15.

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.

ORDA-run Olympics properties reopen: A new zipline at the Olympic Jumping Complex opened on July 17. The new gondola at the complex is also now open.

Mountain biking on the cross-country trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg is now available.

The Veterans Memorial Highway at Whiteface is open.

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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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID Update: Loans & Resources for Small Businesses

The Village of Saranac Lake Community Development Department and the Small Business Administration have released an update on loans and resources available for small businesses to help them persevere through this current public health crises.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a program intended to help cover working capital, pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster.

EIDL Loan Advance are grants which provide emergency advances of up to $10,000 for small businesses and private non-profits negatively impacted by COVID-19 within 3 days of applying for an SBA EIDL, an economic injury disaster loan. The advance does not need to be repaid.

 

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