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MORRISBURG – Area residents may have one less outdoor recreation space this fall as it is uncertain if the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary will open.

Access to the bird sanctuary has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, which owns the 9,000 hectare preserve, did not open the bird sanctuary this spring or summer citing safety issues on some of the boardwalk areas of the trails.

At that time, the SLPC said that there was damage caused by spring flooding.

“The Parks of the St. Lawrence team is currently assessing the trails at the UCMBS to determine if they are in safe condition to open to the public this fall,” said SLPC spokesperson Krista Doyle. “At this time, the boardwalk remains unusable.”

In addition to the boardwalk issues, Doyle explained that a partial reopening of the trails so far has not occurred due to

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Back in April, when New York City was in the grips of COVID-19, Yuan Mingyue relied on WeChat to keep in touch with relatives in China, to check on their health and to share how things were in New York.

The social media app’s video call function, similar to FaceTime, proved especially useful as a lifeline for Yuan, who came to the United States 10 years ago and lives in Queens, once America’s center for Covid-19.

While FaceTime works for Apple customers, not everyone in China owns an iPhone or another Apple device.

So when President Donald Trump’s WeChat ban was to take effect Sunday — even as a federal judge temporarily put the brakes on his order — Yuan began the dizzying task, like so many other Chinese Americans, of figuring out workarounds.

“We can use other Chinese platforms, like Sina Weibo or QQ, or otherwise just make a

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