North Country Living

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 NewYorkUpstate.com, a website associated with the Syracuse Post-Standard ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...