The Town of Lewis, incorporated in 1805, was named for the third Governor of New York, Morgan Lewis. Located in northern central Essex County, Lewis is a small community known more for its peaceful ambiance than for its industry or tourism. It is located in the Adirondack Mountains, providing many recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, trapping, camping, and cross-country skiing.
Lewis is easily accessed from Exit 32 of the Adirondack Northway, or scenic Route 9 which runs through he center of town. (Click Here for a map of the Lewis area.)
Summer in Lewis can be spent swimming, both locally and in nearby Lake Champlain, kayaking, canoeing, and berry picking. In the fall, our spectacular Fall Foliage is second to none. Winter in Lewis brings snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing on Lake Champlain.
Community spirit and neighborliness are the major attributes of Lewis. There are many organizations to join; The Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, The Elizabethtown-Lewis Ambulance Squad, 4-H, Scouts, Senior Circle, Fish & Game Club. There is a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and Caroling in December. Santa Claus comes to visit children in Lewis every year at the Fire House.
North Country Chamber of Commerce Link
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If you are still waiting for a COVID vaccination:
Please be aware, our Health Department will be conducting a drive thru vaccination clinic today starting at 10:00 AM, at the DPW buildings. This is not limited to certain individuals or county employees. Any person 18 years of age or older are eligible to get vaccinated.
Additionally, it will not be necessary to pre-register for these vaccinations. The Health Department will have individuals available to register anyone who drives up to the location. This is a great opportunity to get your vaccination to protect you and your family. The vaccinations are Moderna, which does require the second vaccination 28 days later. The Health Department will be back at this same location in 28 days to administer the second dose.
For some people there seems to be some hesitancy to take the “first available shot” in the belief that they would prefer to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which of course is a one-shot dose. Please understand the following.
STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER DR. HOWARD ZUCKER REGARDING JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE
"Today the CDC and FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution. New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide immediately today while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps. All appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines today at New York State mass vaccination sites will be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.
"As the CDC and FDA have said, any adverse events related to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 'appear to be extremely rare' and, 'People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.'
"I am in constant contact with the federal government and we will update New Yorkers as more information becomes available."
That is not to say the Johnson & Johnson vaccine won’t be available again in the short term but the point being, the best protection is to not wait. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are proving very effective with very low reaction levels. The best vaccine to get is the one you can get into your arm today! I encourage you to get the shot today if you can and if you have already been vaccinated, please let your family and friends know the clinic is open to walk-ins today, no pre-registration. The more of us that get vaccinated the faster we stop the spread. Please do your part and encourage others to do the same.
Our goal to vaccinate 100% of Essex County residents ❤️
There are NO eligibility requirements to sign up- anyone over 18 - High probability of being called
Latest guidance is that all persons over the age of 16 are eligible for COVID vaccine.
Vaccine tracker: adksaco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=513325d8a3ed431eaaf06fbad20571d3
FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths
In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.
To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states<https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_policy_covid-19_funeral_assistance-updated.pdf>:
* The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
* If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
* An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
* The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
• This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
• Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.
In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:
* An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the U. S. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
* Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
* Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.
More information regarding this assistance can be found at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov<https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance>
Hometown Hero Banner application can be found on the Hometown Hero Tab to the left.
Regular Town Board Meeting
April 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM
This will be an in person meeting.
Masks and social distancing will be required.
I have some great news for people living on the following roads in Lewis. SLIC network solutions has lit up the fiber in the following locations for access to internet. If your home is between the following addresses and are interested in Broadband please contact the following number for more information. 1-877-754-2266
This has been a long process and I will post more information as we have it. There are many other areas going on line in the near future!
483 - 742 Fox Run Rd
612 - 792 Mitchell Hill Rd
322 - 612 Blood Hill Rd
240 - 269 Denton Rd
165 Denton Rd
5-29 Brookside Way
218 - 261 Carlott Road
20 Crossman Lane
6 & 12 French Way
40-218 Goff Road
10 - 114 Johnson Lane
148- 181 Muzzy Road
61 - 80 Seventy Lane
62- 347 Wells Hill Road
86 Wriggly Way
Moss Road *NEW*
Thank you all for your patience!
NEW YORK STATE COVID-19 VACCINATION HOTLINE
1-833-NYS1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)
The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days week, to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and schedule vaccination appointments.
The state has just rolled out an easy to use and public dashboard tool. Currently this data is only available by region but if we get more granular data we will alert you to those updates.
The link is here, and these numbers are expected to be updated daily.