More to the Story: North country businesses reflect on COVID-19 pandemic, overcoming challenges

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Dawn M. Roddie, co-owner of The PB&J Cafe in Lowville, makes a latte at the cafe on Aug. 18. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

Kara Dry

ADAMS — When the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation — along with the rest of the world — nearly eight months ago, businesses, especially small to mid-sized ones in rural communities, struggled to remain open, adjust their services to continue to provide for customers and to pay their employees.Across Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties, the story was no different. Closures of boutique shops, restaurants, animal shelters and so many more rocked the small communities of the north country, causing concern over whether local economies would be able to sustain themselves and recover.In collaboration with WPBS, the Times spoke with four north country businesses through interviews and personal video diaries each owner kept beginning in March until now. The videos delve into their struggles, as well as their wins — both personal and business related — as each navigated mandatory closures that deeply affected their businesses. The 50-minute WPBS documentary will air at 7 p.m. Sunday and re-air at the same time Friday.From falling milk prices and farms not being able to pay for services, …

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