Archives for April 2020

Local Olympians Help Paul Smith’s College In Sports And Education Initiative

In a virtual gathering of Olympians, Paul Smith’s College (PSC) recently organized a meeting of the five Adirondack region athletes who form the PSC Olympian Advisory Council. The athletes account for six Olympic medals and a total of 16 United States Olympic teams. They discussed the college’s burgeoning sport and education initiative, and offered recommendations from their own experiences. Andrew Weibrecht, Bill Demong, Chris Mazdzer, Andrea Kilbourne-Hill and Tim Burke comprise the council, a group put together in 2018 by John F. Morgan, PSC’s Director of Sport Initiatives,

Stefanik Seeks Guidance On Holding Summer Camps

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter along with state and local elected officials, requesting guidance for counties and municipalities on operations of summer camps. “The North Country is home to many summer camps that attract families from afar and serve as economic drivers for our communities,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am working with our local elected officials to seek guidance from New York State and establish a plan for summer camps to ensure the protection of public health.

Essex, Franklin Counties Get Green Light To Resume Elective Surgery

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced 35 counties have been approved to resume elective outpatient treatments. The Governor previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term. The counties now eligible include Essex and Franklin.

Emergency Food Packages For The Food Insecure

AdkAction and the Hub on the Hill have teamed up to create Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) to help tackle food insecurity which is on the rise because of the Covid-19 outbreak. These Emergency Food Packages are intended to help people around the community who have recently lost their jobs, are unable to shop safely, or need extra food assistance because of COVID-19. Now, only two weeks into the Emergency Food Package program, AdkAction has exceeded its “stretch” fundraising goal of $75,000, and is now approaching $115,000 raised from over 500 individual donors in the community.

New Franklin County COVID-19 Numbers

Franklin County Public Health and Franklin County Emergency Operation Center report that as of
this release there are a total of 13 individuals with confirmed tests for COVID-19 in Franklin County. There are
an additional 86 individuals that are “Suspect” (a confirmed primary contact with a known positive individual or
an individual that is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of COVID-19). 343 test results have been returned
negative and 64 cases have been resolved. There are currently 118 individuals quarantined/isolated.

Jones Says Action Needed To Bridge Gap Between Farms And Food Shortage

Assemblyman Billy Jones says action is needed to bridge gap between farms and food shortage in stores and food banks
Jones says “I have been working closely with the North Country Chamber of Commerce and our local farmers to help address the shortage of supplies in grocery stores and food banks and get local farming products on the shelves to address this need, but we need action statewide, with the assistance of our federal partners. The governor announced today that the state is partnering with various dairy-related production companies to purchase excess milk and have it turned into products that can be brought to food banks.”

Gov. Cuomo Talks Regional Roll Outs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined how stay-at-home restrictions could be eased for parts of New York where the coronavirus outbreak is less severe. Regional officials aiming to re-open their economies next month should make sure testing is up to speed and that there are enough hospital beds available to handle a combined load of coronavirus and flu patients, Cuomo said.
The governor outlined re-opening guidelines as statewide hospitalization rates and deaths continue to decline from peaks earlier this month

Chamber Holding Small Business Webinar

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce again! This time, the group is organizing a question and answer webinar with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Deputy District Director Dan Rickman. You’ll hear a recap on what you should expect when applying for PPP and EIDL, how the new legislation updates the past relief measures, and what you should start to hear regarding your status and applications. They will take questions ahead of time to help facilitate the best use time. It happens 1pm on Wednesday.

Hydrant Test In Lake Placid

In Lake Placid Tuesday, April 28, there will be a hydrant test conducted on Cummings Road for the Olympic Center. This may result in cloudy water, particularly in that area of the Village for a short while.

Phased In Reopening Plan For NY

There’s now an outline of a phased plan to safely reopen New York at the appropriate time, taking a regional approach. Phase one will be to reopen low-risk construction and manufacturing businesses in parts of the state that have experienced a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate. Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered “more essential” with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to the customer will be prioritized.