North Country Living

The Lake Store, founded in 1946, is now closed and about to be put up for sale.
(Photo provided — Bill Quinlivan)

An Adirondack endangered species?

For generations, they have been nestled along Adirondack lakeshores, next to roadsides, close to hiking, snowmobile and backcountry ski trails. At one point they were so ubiquitous that for many years their continued existence had been taken for granted. They were, and are, the privately ...

Sue Capone, a long-time Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation employee, takes a water sample at Heart Lake in the High Peaks in mid-October.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Sampling shift

RAY BROOK — A corporation responsible for conducting long-term monitoring of Adirondack lakes, ponds and streams is likely to cease operations at the end of the year, but one state agency is planning to continue the sampling in a reduced capacity. The Adirondack Lake Survey ...

Henry Smith, Ned Kanze, Morgan Olsen, Gabe Wilson, Juliona Dechavez, and Chase Newman
(Enterprise photo — Lindsay Munn)

ADE Costume Contest

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise sponsored the 22nd annual Downtown Saranac Lake Trick or Treating event Tuesday and chose the top three costumes of those ages 1 month to 12 years old. First place will receive a $50 gift certificate at goody goody’s, second place will get a $25 gift ...

The Coreys Road bridge over Stoney Creek was built in 2003, but because of its steel and timber construction, it is deemed “functionally obsolete.”
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Are local bridges ready for flash floods?

Known for its snow and cold, the North Country may face a new threat as average temperatures rise: heavy downpours and flash flooding that overwhelm infrastructure, battering bridges and washing over roads. Surveys show that both Franklin and Essex counties exceed state and national ...

Bob Rose pilots his 1949 Piper Clipper airplane in the High Peaks Wilderness on Oct. 17.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

To live is to fly

KEENE VALLEY — Jeff Rose would have told his father this was a “CAVU” day. It’s the kind of “clear and visibility unlimited” morning void of clouds that the 71-year-old Bob Rose grew to adore for a half-century as a military and commercial pilot. Bob and I crammed into his ...

NCCC instructor Tyler Meriam teaches, from left, Tarah Schlueter, Julie Landry, Henry Uzdavinis, Aaron Rosati, Mike Woolheater, Garett Winters and Mike Brewer the anatomy of a tandem canoe in Blue Mountain Lake.
(Photo provided)

Learning, Adirondack style

SARANAC LAKE — When people think of college education, thoughts of crushing debt, library study sessions and raucous parties may come to mind. But one local college turns those ideas on their heads by throwing students into the wild for a 30-day stretch twice a year. Students at North ...

(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Kratom controversy

Nine thousand miles away from the rain forests of Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar where it is harvested, a leafy plant in the coffee family called kratom is the subject of a debate sprouting in Tupper Lake. This is the latest branch of a debate growing here and throughout the U.S.: Should ...

From the left, Whiteface, Moose and McKenzie mountains provide an autumn backdrop as the Saranac River winds along state Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Subtle shift of season

There’s little doubt that the colorful autumn transition between summer and winter is not going to be as vibrant as it was a year ago in the High Peaks region, but nevertheless, it’s always a beautiful time to be outdoors. The following photos are scenes from across the North Country ...

Skip Baker stands atop an unknown mountaintop.
(Provided photo — Justin Baker)

Fond memories of Skip Baker

LAKE PLACID — Skip Baker assured David Gomlak and Terri Maxymillian that he could give “the nickel tour.” After all, Skip had heard Gomlak’s customary dialogue delivered dozens of times while seated in his token spot at the couple’s Route 73 hostel, TMax-n-Topo’s. While Gomlak ...

The Ladies’ Auxiliary Board of the Saranac Lake Free Library is seen at a reception. This photograph was first published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on July 10, 1910.
(Photograph #85.15K, courtesy of the Adirondack Collection, SLFL)

Library celebrates 110 years

Happy 110th birthday, Saranac Lake Free Library! While the library’s charter was granted in 1907, there were fledgling libraries that preceded the library on Main Street. A glance backward shows growth in both the physical library and the collection which has expanded from 400 books to a ...

(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Triathlon tradition

LAKE PLACID — The High Peaks Cyclery Mini-Triathlon series attracted seasoned and aspiring triathletes of all ages this summer during its seven-week run. The regular Mini-Tri events took place every Monday evening and consisted of a course that included a 400-yard swim, followed by a ...

Long Lake Central School graduates Austin Pierce, left, and Ethan Bush are flanked by their graduation speaker Christian Wissler, a natural resource science teacher from BOCES, at their graduation in June. Bush and Pierce were the school’s only two graduates in 2017. 
(Photo provided — Nicole Curtin)

Adirondack schools confront woes, worries and wants

Of the 10 smallest school districts in upstate New York, seven are tucked away in the Adirondacks. And they are tiny. Of the 50 smallest, 20 are in the Adirondack Park, according to a list recently compiled by, a website associated with the Syracuse Post-Standard ...

The main Sunmount facility, a state institution for developmentally disabled, is home to more than 100 residents and is a major economic and social force in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Sunmount’s watchdog

TUPPER LAKE — The Sunmount facility is an influential and controversial pillar of Tupper Lake’s community. When village Mayor Paul Maroun was recently appointed to lead Sunmount’s Board of Visitors, the Enterprise looked into the importance of the position and the challenges Maroun ...

Don Busch stands next to the “Clubhouse,” a cabin built in 1935 by the Jeddeloh family that used to live on the property he now owns in Rainbow Lake called Entayant Gardens. 
(Enterprise photo — Emily R. Luxford)

Eclectic, magical Entayant Gardens

RAINBOW LAKE — Within the bends and coves of Rainbow Lake sits Entayant Gardens. Don Busch, owner and gardening master, uses what the land pushes forth and then some. What doesn’t flourish gets preserved and made into a work of art. When first entering Entayant Garden, one thinks ...

David Thomas-Train, who spearheads the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine group, poses in front of the restored fire tower last Sunday.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Towering legacy

CHESTERFIELD — Fire towers on state Forest Preserve mountaintops were largely decommissioned in the 1980s, with the state moving toward aerial surveillance to detect fires. Once the towers were closed, the Department of Environmental Conservation planned to take them all down because they ...

President Bill Clinton shakes hands with then-Franklin County Democratic Committee Chairman and Harrietstown Supervisor Joe Pickreign of Lake Clear during a visit to the White House in December 2010.
(Photo provided)

A life in politics

LAKE CLEAR — From overseeing small-town caucuses to working with big-time politicians, Joe Pickreign Jr. has run the political gamut for the last three-plus decades. The Lake Clear resident, who turned 81 earlier this year, recently sat down with the Enterprise to reflect on his 36 years ...

Eventual Democratic congressional candidate Katie Wilson of Keene, brown coat, and others hold up a sign in protest of North Country Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik outside the Crowne Plaza hotel in Lake Placid in February.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Protests to politics

SARANAC LAKE — Nestled inside a residence overlooking Moody Pond, Jack Carney of Long Lake and Fred Balzac of Jay lead a multiple-hour discussion past dusk in late June. It touches on the current state of national and local politics five months into Donald Trump’s presidency, and what ...

A youngster fires the ball into the net as coach Olaf Carlson and a group of might mites watch during a drill Wednesday morning at the Jim Kordziel athletic fields in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Summer sessions kick in

LAKE PLACID — Summer fun and summer learning. It’s that time of year again when the Lake Placid Soccer Centre hosts camps in Lake Placid, Canton and beyond. The Lake Placid Soccer Centre held its first camp in 1977 and has been going strong ever since as more than 70,000 young ...

Spencer Morrissey smiles at the summit of Peaked Mountain while overlooking Peaked Mountain Pond on June 24. It was the 1,000th named peak in the Adirondacks that he had climbed.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Thirst for exploration

We all milled about in the parking lot, saying hello to old friends and meeting new ones. We were an eclectic group, from all over the upstate area. Despite the differences in age and location, we all had one thing in common. We were there to partake in what could be a historic hike. Now, ...