North Country Living

A story in cars: Hawkeye’s barns held treasures

HARRIETSTOWN - For years, they sat inside a pair of weathered old barns, well out of sight of passing motorists on state Route 86. Rows of prized antique cars - Packards, Buicks, Cadillacs and Pierce Arrows - relics of another era, ...

Curling club continues tradition in Tri-Lakes

SARANAC LAKE — Throwing a heavy stone down a sheet of ice may be one of the most basic things a human can do to pass the time. While our northern neighbors are often thought of as curling masters — Canada has five gold, three silver and two bronze Olympic medals ...

Election Day 2016 by the numbers

Days removed from one of the most bitter election cycles in the history of our country, Americans this weekend are just beginning to get over either their euphoric excitement for the victory of Donald Trump and many other Republicans — including North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik ...

End of the line?

SARANAC LAKE - A handful of men stood in the cold along the railroad tracks outside Union Depot Wednesday morning. Some took pictures and some shed tears as "Rosie," an Adirondack Scenic Railroad engine, slowly pulled out of the station, potentially for the last time ever, bound for its ...

Passing through

Most people don't get a lot of blisters on their feet when paddling a canoe. But most people also don't portage a canoe 120 miles over the course of one trip.Susan Storch and Mary Duk, who live near Hoel Pond by Saranac Inn, aren't most people. Storch said Duk was her business assistant until ...

Making peace with Marcy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Forty years is a long time to take to deliver thanks.Grief never really frees one from its grip. Pat Atkinson-Sirois knows better than most. It's haunted her for too many years.She's fortunate, though, to have a loving and supportive husband and great family and friends who ...

Autumn images

The Adirondack fall foliage reached its peak last week in the Tri-Lakes. Enterprise photographers share their shots of the colors.

Waterfront park overhaul

TUPPER LAKE - Mayor Paul Maroun calls the sprawling Municipal Park on Demars Boulevard the village's crowning jewel, but he and other local government officials envision a more aesthetically pleasing area that will draw more tourists and offer more amenities. Extensive plans were drawn up by an ...

Finding direction in art

SARANAC LAKE - David Benham watched a lot of MTV growing up here. That's why he says it's so "surreal" that he's working for MTV."I always watched videos in the morning before going to school, and 'TRL' (Total Request Live) after school," Benham said. "When I was in middle school and high ...

VanCour’s ‘wild ride’

LAKE PLACID - Seated in his cozy Elm Street home, Stanley VanCour thinks back to his journey last weekend. Then, looking over his wide-rimmed glasses, he lets out a chuckle to his daughter Shelley."It was like Mister Toad's wild ride," he says, smiling at the reference to "The Wind in the ...

Out of the spotlight

RAY BROOK - Maj. Charles Guess enjoyed a long and decorated career in the New York State Police, but he'll likely be remembered most for 23 days in the summer of 2015 when the nation's eyes were fixed on the North Country."I like to joke with him and tell him, 'You'll never be able to go ...

Cleaning up Irene’s mess

Many of the physical scars of Tropical Storm Irene still exist in the High Peaks in the form of new or greatly expanded slides. Nevertheless, hundreds of volunteers and Department of Environmental Conservation employees at least were able to treat most of the minor injuries.Five years ago in ...

Seeking 6

Like hundreds of others, my time in the Tri-Lakes area is split between the two villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, but until last weekend, I hadn't been somewhere where I could view each of my new homes at the same time.Descending the northeastern summit of McKenzie Mountain's saddleback ...

Weeding out the zombies

SARANAC LAKE - The weeds have taken over at 247 Park Ave.It's been a long time since the grass was mowed around the large, three-story house. Untrimmed tree limbs now brush up against its sides, partially obscuring its view from the road.The paint around the building's windows is peeling, and ...

Off to camp

SARANAC LAKE - "Best. Week. Ever!" shouted Eric Johnston Jr. with his hands stretched well over his head."I'm friends with literally everyone in my cabin," he added enthusiastically. Johnston, a 12-year-old from Albany, said that hiking Haystack Mountain in Ray Brook and doing an overnight ...

Where’s the beef?

For most carnivorous consumers, the transparency of meat packaging is adequate. Through the clear plastic they see a chunk of red meat, and a sticker tells them the cut and weight.For others, transparency matters in a figurative way. Nothing on the package indicates if an animal was one of ...

Midnight moment

Sitting in my apartment at 11:20 p.m. Sunday after spending the day covering Ironman Lake Placid, I decided to walk up to the Olympic Speedskating Oval.I'd heard friends say the "midnight hour" of Ironman was the best part of the entire weekend. It's the party-like celebration when the largest ...

Living the trail life

LAKE PLACID - Most people don't want to go out and run a marathon just for the fun of it. But when you're training for a 100-mile race, running 26.2 miles is just a normal part of the week.Sarah Keyes, a 31-year-old Paul Smiths native and Lake Placid resident, works as a nurse, a running shoe ...

Controversial ministry

When I met Rick Trudeau in Riverside Park in Saranac Lake this spring, he was busy with his family. He and his wife Anna looked like any young couple. He had a trim beard and wore a ball cap with the logo of a small sawmill he helped found in Texas. She looked quietly confident. She was taking ...

50 years a firefighter

SARANAC LAKE - In the late 1960s, part of the training for new Saranac Lake firefighters involved jumping off the roof of the Petrova School building and into a net held by other firemen.Ken McLaughlin says the multi-story leap was scary enough to give some recruits second thoughts about ...