North Country Living

Russia’s Ilia Burova flies through the night Tuesday as training started for the aerials World Cup event taking place Friday and Saturday in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

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 ...

Jenny Curtis, editor-in-chief of the Daily Profit, puts the finishing touches on the latest issue of the paper while working at the Saranac Lake Public Library.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Micronews in the Tri-Lakes

In the Tri-Lakes region, dozens of writers are being taught the ethics of news writing in school, flexing their creative muscles at student-run newspapers and expressing their deepest thoughts and emotions in personal publications. --- The Lumberjack Lyre Students at the Tupper Lake ...

Lucas Rogers, 8, of Saranac Lake, smiles as he holds a brown trout he caught April 2 in the Chubb River in Lake Placid. Trout season opened April 1 in New York state, but ice still covered many waterways and few anglers seemed to be out that day.
(Photo provided — Brett Rogers)

Photos of 2017

As we said last week, photos, along with words, are a newspaper’s artistic medium. The Enterprise has not had a solely designated staff photographer since 2003, yet its staff reporters win awards for photojournalism every year. It’s part of the culture in our newsroom. Readers ...

Saranac Lake High School running back Jarrett Ashton keeps pushing the football forward after his helmet was knocked off by a Peru defender Sept. 16. Another photo in this sequence was published on the front page of the Enterprise Sept. 18, but upon further review Enterprise editors decided they liked this one better.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Photos of 2017

Photos, along with words, are a newspaper’s artistic medium. The Enterprise has not had a solely designated staff photographer since 2003, yet its staff wins awards for photojournalism every year. It’s part of the culture here in the Enterprise newsroom. Readers generously let us ...

Drew Benware plays piano during the Northern Lights Choir’s winter concert at St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake. The crowd erupted in ceremonious applause after his rendition of Joseph Haydn’s “The Heavens Are Telling.”
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Adirondack choral groups

SARANAC LAKE — Normally a conductor stands while he or she instructs a chorus. Unfortunately for Karen Butters, musical director for the Adirondack Singers, she had just gone through foot surgery. During a rehearsal, with her leg wrapped in a magenta cast and propped up on a chair, she ...

Jack Sweeney holds the ciborium that held consecrated wafers at St. Bernard's Catholic church when the church burned in December 1967. Sweeney, who served 37 years in the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, crawled through the smoke-filled church to retrieve the Host during that fire.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Fire, smoke and stone

SARANAC LAKE — On Dec. 5, 1967, a dusting of snow was on the ground and the temperature was below freezing. A few minutes after 6 o’clock, Viola Rascoe had just finished her shift at Deissler’s bakery when she made her usual stop at St. Bernard’s Church to light a votive candle. ...

Saranac Lake’s Kayleigh Merrill passes the ball in front of Keene’s Elly Smith during Monday’s matchup.

(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

November hoops madness

A new basketball season is beginning to kick into gear, and there was plenty of hoops action in Saranac Lake this week as both high school and junior college contests took place on area courts. The Saranac Lake girls and boys high school teams opened their seasons in non-league matchups, ...

Sally Strasser, who owns the State Theater in Tupper Lake, has years of experience running film projectors for production companies and directors in New York City. She puts the same effort into perfecting her projection in the Adirondacks as she did at the Sundance Film Festival or Martin Scorsese’s private screening room.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Family films

Independent cinemas play many roles in Adirondack communities: They are romantic locations for a date night, an exciting venue to laugh, cry and discuss movies with friends, and a center for one of the most powerful and rapidly evolving art forms to date. Though there is a smaller ...

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 ...