North Country Living

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, ...

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 ...