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The power of prayer … and presence

The irony of winter sports: When the weather’s great for skiing, it’s lousy for skating, and vice versa. And last week when it rained and then froze, it was great for skating. Which was fine with me since I don’t ski but I do skate — in a manner of speaking. Like everyone ...

Advances in batteries make for a bright future

There has been much talk over the recent decades about renewable energy. Of course this will be important for us one way or another. Whether or not you agree with the scientific consensus on global warming, there is a limited supply of oil and coal, which will eventually render them ...

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Amaranth: Strength of the Aztecs

Most American cooks are not familiar with amaranth. Centuries ago, this ancient Mexican grain was a staple in the diets of Aztecs and Mayans, who used it to make tortillas before the cultivation of corn. Amaranth has been cultivated in Central America for over 5,000 years. Amaranth ...

In search of democracy in a small New York town

America’s three-branch government model - Every high school student learns that in America, the powers exercised by federal, state and local officials are to be limited by a system of checks and balances among the branches of government. Here is a passage from a typical high school ...

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Log-grown shiitake — viability for small farms

If you go ... What: “Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms” workshop When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 Where: Paul Smith’s College VIC How much: $30/person (includes lunch and handout materials) Register/more info: www.cornellmushrooms.org/viability, Steve ...

Win-win partnerships — Propelling students to beat the odds

Last month, a young woman who grew up in a low-income household in rural Kentucky was accepted early decision to Harvard. Katie’s story is compelling. Her father left before she was born, and her mother passed away when she was just a toddler. When her grandmother died from breast cancer, ...

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Great American Eclipse of 2017

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 will be the biggest astronomical event this year. On Aug. 21, the moon will pass directly between the Earth and Sun and cast its shadow onto Earth in a total eclipse of the Sun. Since the sun is a disk and not a point, there ...

A better idea for Pontiac Bay, Lake Flower and Saranac Lake

In case you missed it, the long-awaited application for the Lake Flower Resort arrived at the Adirondack Park Agency over the holidays, including a plea for a variance to roll back very reasonable shoreline setbacks. The arrival was noticed in the Dec. 23 edition of the Enterprise. And if the ...

Make right decision on resort, APA

There is considerable history and documentation of public dissatisfaction with the proposed project in the village, and with the Adirondack Park Agency. It would be unproductive to restate all of those comments here. However, it should be pointed out that the overwhelming majority of speakers ...

In-depth meaning of traffic signal arrows

Most drivers have a good idea of the meaning of red, yellow and green traffic signal arrows, but many aren’t sure of what they can or can’t do legally or safely when facing these arrows. The purpose of this article is to clarify the meaning for the most common traffic signal arrows that a ...

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Winter Carnival of 1911 was in January

I have no idea if in any other year the oldest winter carnival in the United States was held in January, not February. Following are excerpts from the program entitled: “Souvenir Program and Summary of Events 1911 Carnival, Jan. 24, 25 and 26, Saranac Lake, N.Y.” The program ...

Discovering new horizons south of the border

It’s been many years since I first traveled with my wife to visit the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Chichen Itza, Mexico. It was the early 1980s and tourism was still in its infancy in the eastern portion of the Yucatan State. At the time, the hotbed of activity centered ...

Books in every category, along with CDs, DVDs and 
puzzles, will be sold at the 28th annual Winter Book Sale from Feb. 9 to 11.
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Winter Carnival Book Sale Feb. 9 to 11

The 28th annual Winter Book Sale will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Warm up between Winter Carnival events and browse through ...

Selecting educational priorities

According to the late Leland Bradford, co-founder of the National Training Labs and author of “The Teaching-Learning Transaction,” the following seven areas are some of those which must be examined in developing an effective teaching-learning theory. 1. What the learner brings to the ...

A tiresome tale

For 35 years or so, I drove only Volkswagen Beetles. It was a decision based less on self-image or customer loyalty, so much as good old common sense. They were cheap to buy and maintain, they were dependable, and they handled well. Beyond that, their malfunctions were easy to ...

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On a cold January day …

Shepherd’s pie is a comfort classic great for winter. It makes great use of frozen veggies at a time of year when these are a staple. It is also a great way to use up leftovers: meat, potatoes and veggies from past meals can combine for a delicious, easy, one-dish meal. Add a salad and fresh ...

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Ralph Edwards cut a farm out of the British Columbia wilderness

“Crusoe of Lonesome Lake,” by Leland Stowe --- In his award-winning “Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East,”  Ed Kanze described the struggle to make a home for his family — wife Debbie and two children — in the unforgiving Adirondacks near Saranac Lake. It ...

Be on guard against bigotry

Some bigots, racists, misogynists, supremacists and others have taken the recent campaigns and election as license to act on their proclivities to threaten and abuse people who do not meet with their approval. The Southern Poverty Law Center documents a clear spike nationwide in ...

The only way I can think of to make the country less divided

It’s hard work. It requires determination. It cannot wait until both parties decide to try it. I refer to making an effort to have civil conversation with people who voted the other way. Since the election, I’ve expressed political opinions here and online at www.geezerblockhead.com. ...

Why do so many drivers fail to use headlights?

As you might expect, I get many emails about driver’s pet peeves and occasionally even a letter that I received from a reader in Saranac Lake who had a boatload of gripes about drivers, most of which I have addressed in past articles, some many times. This person’s biggest gripe, one that I ...