North Country Living

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, ...

Wayne Newman, right, and his wife Lynn stand in the warehouse of Newman & Holmes on Church Street on Saranac Lake, which will close next week after more than 80 years of doing business locally.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Moving on

SARANAC LAKE — Few local businesses have been around as long as Newman & Holmes. The local paint, glass and flooring operation traces its roots back more than 80 years, during which it’s been been owned, either in part or in whole, by the same family. Newman & Holmes has been ...

Sawyer Fenton of Elizabethtown reaches out to hug a goat during Kidding Day. Farm staff regularly released a few baby goats at a time into the crowd so that kids like Fenton could pet, play and interact with the newborns.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Kids at play

For the fourth time in as many years, Asgaard Farm and Dairy in Ausable Forks opened its doors to allow the public to play with dozens of rambunctious kids on April 22. The kids were just a couple of days old, but were bouncing all over the place, rough-housing and generally causing a ...

New York City-based spoken-word poets, from left, Lauren Whitehead, Jon Sands, Jeanann Verlee and Carlos Andres Gomez gather for a photograph Tuesday during the Listen Poetry Festival at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Power of the poem

SARANAC LAKE — Hundreds of Tri-Lakes high school and college students glimpsed down at the fierce 266-word poem. It was the one read to them moments earlier by the four vulnerable, yet powerful New York City poets at the head of the room. From the top of the page to the bottom, the young ...

A state Environmental Conservation officer gives firearm and hunting safety training to a camper at DEC’s Camp Colby in Saranac Lake last summer.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Hunting safety on target

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has declared 2016 the safest year on record for hunters, and both the state and a local hunting safety educator credit DEC’s mandatory hunting safety classes for the continued drop in incidents. The state estimates there are half a ...

Loon Lake native Dick Roberts rides a camel in Giza, Egypt last month while gathering footage for a documentary series he’s working on.
(Photo provided)

From ‘Seinfeld’ to the Sphinx

SARANAC LAKE — For 15 years, Dick Roberts was the guardian of the “Seinfeld” brand. As a top executive with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the 1985 Saranac Lake High School graduate was in charge of marketing one of the greatest television programs of all time. Now, Roberts wants to ...

Rushing waters cascade over rocks as the Saranac River picks up speed approaching Franklin Falls.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Slow transition into spring

It’s taking quite a while for the warmth of spring to arrive in the High Peaks region this year, but like it or not, that’s a typical scenario when it comes to the climate of the Adirondack Mountains. Despite the lingering snow, cold and still dormant deciduous vegetation, Mother ...

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 —

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 ...