Exploring an elusive, ancient kingdom


Upon reading my Indiana Jones-esque title, you may have pictured a tan-hatted man wielding a machete through thick vines hanging from the crumbling walls of some archaic ruins, perhaps in search of ancient treasure or forgotten wisdom seared upon an old scroll. Sounds fun, but I can assure you ...

Concerns about new sidewalk sign rules

Letters to the editor

To the editor: To village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba boards: We were surprised and a bit frustrated to learn from our members the past few days that a new sidewalk and sign code was being implemented without warning or notice. The Lake Placid Business Association is seeking ...

Chip the robot glides through the new Westin hotel in Buffalo last week.
(Enterprise photo — Catherine Moore)

Will we be taken over by robots?


With hospitality being a huge part of our employment here in the Olympic area, it might concern some workers that robots could take some of their jobs. To this I say, not so fast. This summer, businesses were advertising in our newspapers and online, as well as putting up signs in their ...

The Dope and the silver-tongued devil


Late Saturday morning I was walking my dogs, when suddenly I heard an ungodly rumble, followed by a shock wave that sent me stumbling. An earthquake? A gas main explosion? A plane crash? Thankfully, it was none of those. In fact, it wasn’t anything external. Instead, it was the ...

Pulling together Class of 1987

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The Saranac Lake High School Class of 1987 is planning its 30th class reunion for the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14. We are seeking classmates that we have not been able to find or contact via social media, friends or family. Please find the list below. If you would be so kind as ...

Calli Shelton smiles inside the upper story of the gutted former Dew Drop Inn building last Thursday, Sept. 14.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Dropping in on a riverside renovation


SARANAC LAKE — I was walking back to work from a coffee break last Thursday when Calli Shelton got out of her vehicle in front of me, and in front of the former Dew Drop Inn building she and Randy Coles are renovating downtown, hanging over the Saranac River. She and I started talking ...

The UN: Once ‘useless,’ now useful


While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered the often ...

A view of Hurricane Mountain from Owl Head Lookout 
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

A peaceful climb to Owl Head Lookout


I haven’t hiked Owl Head Lookout, just outside of Elizabethtown, for many years. Recently I’ve felt the need to become reacquainted with some of my old favorites and introduce them to some visiting friends. We always have such a wide range of hiking abilities in our groups, it’s nice ...

Herb harvest


Changing leaves and cooling nights signal the coming of fall. Tender herbs like basil and marjoram easily succumb to early frosts, so harvest them soon. Bright green leaves of marjoram and basil soak up the last of summer’s sunshine. Both are easy to grow even in our short season. Their ...

Wallface Mountain is seen from the sky, with its landmark cliff and Scott Pond in the background at top.
(Photo provided — Kevin MacKenzie)

Could communication have saved Alex Stevens?


People up here in the Adirondacks never got the chance to know Alex Stevens, and that’s part of the reason we are saddened by his recent death in the High Peaks Wilderness. In a way, the way we feel about this 28-year-old from Hopewell, New Jersey, is similar to how we felt about Australian ...


Readers relive author’s childhood with ill brother


“Shadow Child” by Randall Stark Beach, 2017 --- In this engrossing memoir, Altona native Randall Stark Beach details an otherwise unremarkable childhood that suddenly becomes utterly changed when his younger brother is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In this sensitively presented ...


Web Poll results, Sept. 11-18


This week’s Web Poll: How do you feel about the state’s plan to turn Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook into a prison for teenagers? --- These polls are not scientific, and their results represent only the opinions of Internet users who have chosen to participate.

It takes a region for the 90-Miler


The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic was held for the 35th year the weekend of Sept. 8 to 10. Two hundred sixty canoes, guideboats and kayaks started in Old Forge and over three days paddled their way through the Adirondack Forest Preserve to the cedar tree marking the finish line on Lake ...

Campaign for medical aid in dying is ongoing

Letters to the editor

To the editor: A recent Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Sept. 8) highlighted a New York Court of Appeals ruling against a case brought by three terminally ill individuals seeking the right to obtain life-ending medication by a physician. The article has confused many who are joining the New ...

Read a banned book

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Throughout the country, most children are starting a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Catcher in the Rye” and ...

Problems are clear with security clearance


Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

N.Y. tops efforts to make our highways safer


Some good news in highway safety: New York is the top state in the nation in taking steps to reduce injuries and fatalities on its roadways, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says. No state has taken as many steps to curtail the number of crashes as the ...

How Democrats won the presidency


WASHINGTON — Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty. Hillary Clinton — who lost the 2016 election, in case you weren’t sure — is on a book tour with her campaign memoir, “What Happened.” (Hint: She’s a woman, the Comey ...

Know your Constitution


Sunday marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Sept. 17 is federally designated as Constitution Day, and this coming week is Constitution Week. Most reasonable people, be they liberal or conservative, ...