North Country Living

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks volunteers talk with elders at the Mercy Care location in Lake Placid.
(Photo provided by Donna Beal)

The power of donation

In every community, there are issues that need to be addressed and people who address them through care, volunteering and donating. The Adirondack Foundation fills that role throughout this region, collecting funds to support a wide variety of needs. In the past two years, the ...

When covering a local high school team playing a non-local opponent, we rarely run a big photo of the other team’s player on page A1. On April 13, however, we couldn’t help but run this shot of Saranac softball pitcher Nikki Donah winding up to deliver the ball to a Saranac Lake batter amid a mid-game snowstorm. The intensity in her eyes is electric.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Hot shots: sports

The Enterprise has not employed a designated staff photographer since 2003, but our staff reporters still manage to amaze editors and readers with the excellent photos they take. Even when we had a staff photographer, our sports writers took their own pictures of the athletic ...

Cars are parked on both sides of state Route 73, near the Cascade Mountain trailhead, on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in September after the nearby parking areas filled up
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Is it time to charge a fee to use the High Peaks?

Trailhead parking areas packed with cars. Throngs of hikers streaming into the woods. Big crowds atop rocky mountain summits. That was the scene on weekends this past summer and fall in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, an 800,000-acre expanse that’s home to four dozen ...

Cross-country skiers pass over the bridge that connects the biathlon area with the main trail system at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.
(Photo — Dave Schmidt Photography)

Promising ski season

After an anemic winter last year, the 2016-2017 ski season is off to a rollicking good start. Skiers and boarders look to be in for a treat with this year’s early snowfall and ideal snowmaking conditions. The following is a roundup of how local ski centers are shaping up for the ...

Alec Bieber of Saranac Lake takes a photo of himself with a GoPro camera at the summit of Catamount Mountain in November.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

46ers in the social media age

LAKE PLACID — As David Gomlak walks through each nook of the hostel he owns with his wife, Terri Maxymillian, their unconditional love for the Adirondack 46 High Peaks is reflected at every turn. Each room is named after a mountain range and each bunk after a mountain. They even ...

Vacant chairs dangle over the disappearing snow Wednesday on the slopes of the Big Tupper Ski Area in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Kelly Carroll)

Big Tupper in a holding pattern

TUPPER LAKE — Normally during this time of year, Jim LaValley, chairman of the Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy, a volunteer group started in 2009, would be gathering up the team to run the Big Tupper Ski Area, but as the group faces weather and funding challenges, ...

Hawkeye, seen here in his raccoon skin coat, “enjoyed being mysteriously famous and very eccentric,” according to his obituary.
(Photo provided — Jon Chodat)

A story in cars: Hawkeye’s barns held treasures

HARRIETSTOWN - For years, they sat inside a pair of weathered old barns, well out of sight of passing motorists on state Route 86. Rows of prized antique cars - Packards, Buicks, Cadillacs and Pierce Arrows - relics of another era, ...

Darren Dalton, president of the Lake Placid Curling Club, releases a stone during a curling match at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Curling club continues tradition in Tri-Lakes

SARANAC LAKE — Throwing a heavy stone down a sheet of ice may be one of the most basic things a human can do to pass the time. While our northern neighbors are often thought of as curling masters — Canada has five gold, three silver and two bronze Olympic medals ...

Supporters of Donald Trump hold up signs and take photos and videos on their phones during the President-elect’s campaign rally at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh in April.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Election Day 2016 by the numbers

Days removed from one of the most bitter election cycles in the history of our country, Americans this weekend are just beginning to get over either their euphoric excitement for the victory of Donald Trump and many other Republicans — including North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik ...

End of the line?

SARANAC LAKE - A handful of men stood in the cold along the railroad tracks outside Union Depot Wednesday morning. Some took pictures and some shed tears as "Rosie," an Adirondack Scenic Railroad engine, slowly pulled out of the station, potentially for the last time ever, bound for its ...

Passing through

Most people don't get a lot of blisters on their feet when paddling a canoe. But most people also don't portage a canoe 120 miles over the course of one trip.Susan Storch and Mary Duk, who live near Hoel Pond by Saranac Inn, aren't most people. Storch said Duk was her business assistant until ...

Making peace with Marcy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Forty years is a long time to take to deliver thanks.Grief never really frees one from its grip. Pat Atkinson-Sirois knows better than most. It's haunted her for too many years.She's fortunate, though, to have a loving and supportive husband and great family and friends who ...

Autumn images

The Adirondack fall foliage reached its peak last week in the Tri-Lakes. Enterprise photographers share their shots of the colors.

Waterfront park overhaul

TUPPER LAKE - Mayor Paul Maroun calls the sprawling Municipal Park on Demars Boulevard the village's crowning jewel, but he and other local government officials envision a more aesthetically pleasing area that will draw more tourists and offer more amenities. Extensive plans were drawn up by an ...

Finding direction in art

SARANAC LAKE - David Benham watched a lot of MTV growing up here. That's why he says it's so "surreal" that he's working for MTV."I always watched videos in the morning before going to school, and 'TRL' (Total Request Live) after school," Benham said. "When I was in middle school and high ...

VanCour’s ‘wild ride’

LAKE PLACID - Seated in his cozy Elm Street home, Stanley VanCour thinks back to his journey last weekend. Then, looking over his wide-rimmed glasses, he lets out a chuckle to his daughter Shelley."It was like Mister Toad's wild ride," he says, smiling at the reference to "The Wind in the ...

Out of the spotlight

RAY BROOK - Maj. Charles Guess enjoyed a long and decorated career in the New York State Police, but he'll likely be remembered most for 23 days in the summer of 2015 when the nation's eyes were fixed on the North Country."I like to joke with him and tell him, 'You'll never be able to go ...

Cleaning up Irene’s mess

Many of the physical scars of Tropical Storm Irene still exist in the High Peaks in the form of new or greatly expanded slides. Nevertheless, hundreds of volunteers and Department of Environmental Conservation employees at least were able to treat most of the minor injuries.Five years ago in ...

Seeking 6

Like hundreds of others, my time in the Tri-Lakes area is split between the two villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, but until last weekend, I hadn't been somewhere where I could view each of my new homes at the same time.Descending the northeastern summit of McKenzie Mountain's saddleback ...