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Lake George tourism robust as summer winds down

Bill Manion, owner of the Molly Malone's Irish Gifts said that sales were strong over the weekend, which made up partially for the depressed sales in July due to the soggy weather that set records for rainfall.

"July was a bummer," he said. "If we could have the whole summer like this past weekend, this summer would have been wonderful."

Saturday started out with vacant streets, which worried him until he realized it was only 7 a.m, he said.

"I cheered up when people really started rolling in," he said. "At times, traffic was backed up from Beach Rd. up the hill past Fort William Henry - and I thought, 'This is a good sign.'"

Manion said he was looking forward to a strong fall tourist season, in contrast to the worries persisting elsewhere in the nation over the economy.

"All my friends I've talked to said they had business this weekend like gangbusters," he said.

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