(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Maple beverages


Maple season is here again. Maple weekends invite you to visit many of our local maple producers. This year, February’s warm spell meant that some producers started making syrup early. Sweet maple sugar is produced during photosynthesis the previous summer, and stored in the tree roots ...

Health plan would only help the rich


On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote on the American Health Care Act, Republicans’ proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. We hope northern New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, votes no. The AHCA is better than the ACA for the rich, to whom it would ...


Novella tells of woman’s survival in the woods


“Adirondacks Artemis,” written by D.L. Luke, is a novella set in Clinton County in the Adirondack wilderness. It’s a story about survival and healing. The premise is noted to be autobiographical, but the events are fiction. The main protagonist of the story is named after the ...

AHCA would be devastating


The American Health Care Act, the Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill now before Congress, would have a devastating effect on New York state, health care providers and individuals in our region. It is at our own peril that we ignore the implications that exist for a large number of ...

Reject rushed health care proposal


Rather than providing the American people an opportunity to fully examine proposed legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Washington Republicans are attempting to rush their health care repeal bill through Congress. Now that the Congressional Budget Office has scored the proposal, ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
(Photo provided by Rep. Elise Stefanik)

Meeting with Stefanik, a critique


Elise Stefanik, the Republican congresswoman who represents the Adirondack North Country of upper New York, a rural area covering close to one-third of the state, is averse to holding town hall meetings in her district. In fact, she has broadcast questionable reports that her staff members ...

Trump isn’t helping middle class

Letters to the editor

To the editor: While most of the news about Trump is about his tweets, his wall, the Russians — there is something in the administration that will affect more of us in a harder way than any of that. Trump’s treasury director, Steve Mnuchin, plans to eliminate the property tax deduction. ...

Snow day


A snow day brings changes in ordinary routines. Some are welcome; just ask a kid who hadn’t quite finished his homework. Some not so much; ask the kid’s mother. (It’s sometimes overlooked that schools have a duty to provide child care.) Here’s a snow-day change that I liked a lot: I ...

Stefanik backs major attack on workers’ rights

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Should your employer know if you have a genetic predisposition to cancer or other disease? Rep. Elise Stefanik thinks so. She co-sponsored H.R. 1313, the innocently titled “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” which would give employers access to your genetic ...

DPW did great in snowstorm

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The “Big Storm” has come and gone, but left behind is a greater appreciation for the work our Department of Public Works does on a regular basis. When I saw the amount of snow facing our workers, I thought it would take a week to put things back to normal. Obviously, I ...

Where everyone knows your name

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Thank you all who came to the show on Friday night. Moving to Saranac Lake has been nothing short of wonderful. I feel more alive here then anywhere I’ve lived, and part of that is because of how kind, giving and fun you all are. A big thank-you to Adam Harris and ...

Renovate rather than demolish


A crying shame is what best describes it. The recent articles for the proposed demolition of the Guild Building (With Pipe and Book) by Northwood School is just that … a crying shame. We learned of this after Northwood School has been working on this building for over a year and received ...

New health plan would hurt the non-rich

Letters to the editor

To the editor: The proposed House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, if adopted, will hurt enrollees while providing big tax breaks for wealthy Americans. Under the current ACA, someone in the 21st Congressional District earning $25,000 per year can qualify for about ...

(Photo provided — Dave Werner)

Interference with traffic devices is illegal


In early March, an article in the Malone Telegram reported that several traffic signs have been disappearing from roads in the town of Chateaugay. Town highway Superintendent Roger LaBombard allegedly reported to the town board that several stop signs were missing, apparently removed by ...

Thanks for helping Dewey add land

Letters to the editor

To the editor: Dewey Mountain Recreation Center was founded in 1980 by the town of Harrietstown, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and many dedicated volunteers, all inspired by Lake Placid’s Winter Olympic Games. For the past 37 years, Dewey’s trails have crossed a 13-acre ...

Repeal SAFE Act upstate


New York state has always been two places: New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and other big ...

Preet Bharara (Official photo)

President fires key New York guardian


Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that President Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara last week as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several ...

Proposed parking garage falls short

Guest Commentary

I wanted to take a moment to clarify the Lake Placid Business Association’s position on the parking garage proposal presented by the village this past Monday night. The mission of our organization is to promote and protect the commercial vitality of our business districts, recognizing ...

Turkey tracks can be seen in the snow.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Waiting for spring to appear

Adirondack Gadabout (outdoors), by Joe Hackett

Over the course of the past week, I’ve enjoyed a few days skating on the local lakes and ponds which were recently resurfaced by another cycle of thaw-rain-refreeze. I also had an opportunity to enjoy a few days of skiing in the backcountry, where the deep woods offered shelter from last ...


Saranac Lake police blotter notes from 1941


Back by popular demand! The following entries, as always, have the names changed to protect the guilty. Otherwise the entries by the police officers are verbatim. Some officer’s handwriting is great, some not so great … so much so that I have to skip items that look like good stuff but too ...