North Country Living

2018 Vacation Photo Contest winners

The 2018 Vacation Photo Contest was judged by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise staff, based on originality, locale and photo quality. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Paddlefest expansion

SARANAC LAKE — Entering its third year, the month-long Celebrate Paddling ADK festival is boasting a much-expanded menu of canoe, kayak, guideboat and stand-up paddle board activities. With an eye on hosting a paddling-related event every day in the month of June, the partners — ...

Skimming, splishing, splashing

WILMINGTON — After being postponed twice earlier in April due to unfavorable weather conditions, the annual International Pond Skimming contest was held Saturday, April 21 at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. And with the warm, sunny weather, came hundreds of smiling faces worn by ...

Settling in with an open mic

The first time I performed at an open mic night was when I was attending Plattsburgh State University. The song I chose was “Elephant Gun” by Beirut, and I was going to play it on ukulele. It was a white Makala brand soprano uke with a little dolphin-shaped bridge. I had practiced the ...

First winter in Tupper Lake

When I moved to the Adirondacks last July I came for two reasons: a reporting position here at the Enterprise and the chance to enjoy the outdoors like I never had before. I grew up in the suburbs of Henrietta, just outside the city of Rochester in Western New York. Though my family went ...

Power couple

SARANAC LAKE — Two local people want to apologize in advance if they’ve been short tempered lately. You see, it’s their diet. Trevor Rock and Ashley Pittman are on stricter diets than most people seeking to lose weight due to a pair of appearances they will be making at bodybuilding ...

New quilters on the block

SARANAC LAKE — Their heads are bowed and their thumbs are moving, but they’re not looking at their phones. Quilters in the Tri-Lakes region are part of a national resurgence of a traditional craft, which owes some of its current popularity to the pros and cons of the computer age. ...

Planet-saving one scene at a time

PAUL SMITHS — The Justice League just got done defending the Earth from alien invader Steppenwolf, and the Avengers will battle the mad titan Thanos this May. This is all in movies, of course. But in a world where 16,306 animals are on the endangered species list and sea levels rise at a ...

Big fish and big prizes

SARANAC LAKE — A year ago, below zero temperatures and driving winds were prevalent during the annual Colby Classic ice fishing derby, which most likely lessened the number of competitors who braved the weather for the two-day event. Last weekend provided much better conditions for the ...

Homeschooling, homesteading and hockey

While the majority of children in the North Country, and around the country, are educated through public and private schools, many families choose to take education into their own hands and teach at home. Homeschooling is a growing trend in the United States, with 2.3 million children ...

Focusing on the future

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid High School nordic ski team is the three-time defending state champion and has spawned numerous individual champions who have gone on to ski all over the world. But for two Lake Placid kids, the opportunity to train more was too much to ignore. James ...

Annual building of the Ice Palace

The weather cooperated, the ice froze and many hands came together to build Saranac Lake’s famous Ice Palace in the week before Winter Carnival. Dean Baker, who’s in charge of the project, said there are between 100 and 110 steady volunteers who help build the palace. Two crews from ...

High sound from the lake bottom

SCHROON LAKE — Eric Bright held up a thin piece of Adirondack red spruce and tapped it in different spots. Knock, knock, knock. “See, you can hear the nice tone in it,” Bright said. “That means it’ll produce a good sound.” He did it again with a piece of maple. Knock, ...

World Cup takes flight

LAKE PLACID — The top aerialists on the planet have made their annual January pilgrimage to Lake Placid to compete in two World Cup competitions this week. Training started Tuesday and continued through Thursday for the final World Cup aerials event before the Winter Olympics kickoff ...