Friends and Neighbors: Everyone has a story

Seamstress is part of the fabric of small-town life

SARANAC LAKE — Spring is springing, students are looking ahead to prom, and brides are planning their weddings. If the bridesmaids haven’t quite made it to the bikini bods they were planning for summer, or prom-goers are going to be tripping over their hemlines, a few sartorial ...

A half-century of hairdos

SARANAC LAKE — Almost 20 years after she opened Senior Set Hair Care inside Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Donna Buckley is ready to retire. Buckley has been cutting hair for 50 years since she graduated from the Harper Method Beauty School in Rochester. She used to work at Maurice’s ...

Shhhh! Pat Wiley is retiring

SARANAC LAKE — After 20 years serving at the Saranac Lake Free Library, Pat Wiley is ready to retire. “Her institutional memory is fantastic,” said library director Pete Benson. “When we’re stuck on something, we ask Pat because she’ll probably know the answer.” “Very ...

John Dimon: A competitive edge

SARANAC LAKE — When the U.S. Olympic speedskaters hit the ice in Pyeongchang, John Dimon will be watching their feet. Dimon owned the Dimon Sports Speedskating shop in Lake Placid from 1997 to 2008 and is now the owner of the Human Power Planet Earth bike shop on Main Street in Saranac ...

106 years and counting

TUPPER LAKE — The oldest resident of this village, John Amoriell, turned 106 on the last day of 2017. Amoriell, born in 1911 on Washington Street, lived all across New York and Florida in his more than a century on Earth, but moved back to Tupper Lake, his favorite place on the planet, ...

Couple celebrates 75 years together

SARANAC LAKE — Alton and Lucille Beideck have been married for 75 years, but they’ve known each other much longer than that. “He was just a kid up the street,” Lucille said. “And I knew him in school. We lived in a small village where everybody knew everybody else.” In ...

TB bugs him: Microbe hunter retires to Onchiota

SARANAC LAKE — Ian Orme has spent a lifetime fighting tuberculosis, and now the professor recently named a “Pillar of Immunology” has moved to “the great metropolis of Onchiota,” as he put it, where his primary goal is to improve his golf game. At least, that’s his story. The ...