North Country Living

Rob Carr of Saranac Lake was inspired by his 2-and-a-half year old son Tennessee to bring a mobile play center and permanent children’s museum to the Adirondacks.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Father-son vision

SARANAC LAKE — When Tennessee Carr made his first visit to The Wild Center, his museum manners lacked a bit. Rather than stop one by one at each of the natural history exhibits, he ran from one end of the museum to the other. Tennessee had a good excuse, though, as to why he was so ...

Larry Master took this photograph of a great gray owl in flight earlier this week in Keene, where the large bird had been feeding on voles and mice. The owl has drawn birders from around the country to the area.
(Photos provided by Larry Master — Masterimages.org)

Eye for nature

LAKE PLACID — Larry Master chuckled softly as he talked about his boyhood and how his mom and brothers noticed early on how much he liked to look out the window at the birds and squirrels. “My brothers were quite a bit older than me, and they had to babysit,” Master said over lunch ...

Cross-country skiers kick and glide in fresh snow on the Jackrabbit Trail on their way to Lake Placid from Cascade Cross Country Center on Jan. 29.
(Photo provided — Josh Wilson, Barkeater Trails Alliance)

A big winter, until this week

SARANAC LAKE — Yes, it’s supposed to rain today. A lot. And yes, the area has seen a string of 50-degree days and no new snow over the past week. Before that, however, local cross-country and downhill ski centers were enjoying a strong season, thanks to snow-filled holiday periods ...

Lisa Reed of Tupper Lake and her granddaughter Kaitlyn Rabideau, a sophomore at Tupper Lake High School, took this selfie atop the steps of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on Jan. 27 during the 44th annual March For Life.
(Photo provided — Lisa Reed)

On a March for Life

Lisa Reed waited years to attend the annual March For Life in Washington, D.C., until her granddaughter had the opportunity to go with her. In Reed’s eyes, this 500-mile pilgrimage by bus to the nation’s capital on Jan. 27 was a full-circle moment for her and her granddaughter ...

Gabby Armstrong high-fives Tara Geraghty-Moats from the third-place spot on the podium during October’s Flaming Leaves Festival. Geraghty-Moats took the gold medal in the competition and Lake Placid native Nina Lussi claimed the silver.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Armstrong sisters going global

LAKE PLACID — Gabby and Nina Armstrong, sisters from Lake Placid, have made strides in their respective sports this year, with each earning spots in national and international competitions. Karen Armstrong, the girls’ mother, says Gabby’s jumping and Nina’s skiing started out ...

Vanessa Pillen, co-founder of the Dance Sanctuary in Saranac Lake, is dressed for the part as she instructs a salsa class.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Turning up the heat

SARANAC LAKE — A light snow fell as a group of pedestrians shuffled down the sidewalk along Main Street, bundled in winter coats and hats. Passing in front of Edward Jones Investments, they heard something exotic, stopped walking, and looked up to see where it was coming from. ...

Rob Van Avery, left, fist-bumps Adirondack Mountain Club Wilderness trip leader Tyler Socash after successfully summiting Wright Peak as part of Winterfest on Jan. 7.
(Photo provided — Rob Van Avery)

Healing High Peaks: Tales of personal atonement atop Wright

What about the person behind the number? That’s the thought that crossed my mind while driving away from the Adirondak Loj on Jan. 7 after summiting Wright Peak with six new friends, people who until six hours before were complete strangers. Rob Van ...

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 ...