North Country Living

Skimming, splishing, splashing

WILMINGTON — After being postponed twice earlier in April due to unfavorable weather conditions, the annual International Pond Skimming contest was held Saturday, April 21 at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. And with the warm, sunny weather, came hundreds of smiling faces worn by ...

Settling in with an open mic

The first time I performed at an open mic night was when I was attending Plattsburgh State University. The song I chose was “Elephant Gun” by Beirut, and I was going to play it on ukulele. It was a white Makala brand soprano uke with a little dolphin-shaped bridge. I had practiced the ...

First winter in Tupper Lake

When I moved to the Adirondacks last July I came for two reasons: a reporting position here at the Enterprise and the chance to enjoy the outdoors like I never had before. I grew up in the suburbs of Henrietta, just outside the city of Rochester in Western New York. Though my family went ...

Power couple

SARANAC LAKE — Two local people want to apologize in advance if they’ve been short tempered lately. You see, it’s their diet. Trevor Rock and Ashley Pittman are on stricter diets than most people seeking to lose weight due to a pair of appearances they will be making at bodybuilding ...

New quilters on the block

SARANAC LAKE — Their heads are bowed and their thumbs are moving, but they’re not looking at their phones. Quilters in the Tri-Lakes region are part of a national resurgence of a traditional craft, which owes some of its current popularity to the pros and cons of the computer age. ...

Planet-saving one scene at a time

PAUL SMITHS — The Justice League just got done defending the Earth from alien invader Steppenwolf, and the Avengers will battle the mad titan Thanos this May. This is all in movies, of course. But in a world where 16,306 animals are on the endangered species list and sea levels rise at a ...

Big fish and big prizes

SARANAC LAKE — A year ago, below zero temperatures and driving winds were prevalent during the annual Colby Classic ice fishing derby, which most likely lessened the number of competitors who braved the weather for the two-day event. Last weekend provided much better conditions for the ...

Homeschooling, homesteading and hockey

While the majority of children in the North Country, and around the country, are educated through public and private schools, many families choose to take education into their own hands and teach at home. Homeschooling is a growing trend in the United States, with 2.3 million children ...

Focusing on the future

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid High School nordic ski team is the three-time defending state champion and has spawned numerous individual champions who have gone on to ski all over the world. But for two Lake Placid kids, the opportunity to train more was too much to ignore. James ...

Annual building of the Ice Palace

The weather cooperated, the ice froze and many hands came together to build Saranac Lake’s famous Ice Palace in the week before Winter Carnival. Dean Baker, who’s in charge of the project, said there are between 100 and 110 steady volunteers who help build the palace. Two crews from ...

High sound from the lake bottom

SCHROON LAKE — Eric Bright held up a thin piece of Adirondack red spruce and tapped it in different spots. Knock, knock, knock. “See, you can hear the nice tone in it,” Bright said. “That means it’ll produce a good sound.” He did it again with a piece of maple. Knock, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...