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Arugula in the garden
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Arugula is a wonderful salad green

Arugula is popping up in our garden! This early spring green is a cool weather crop that grows best in late spring and early summer. Though not well known as lettuce or spinach, it is easy to grow and matures quickly. It is best sown early, since warm, dry summer weather will make the leaves ...

Explore new day camp, programs, and workshops

My family’s summer months are quickly filled with too many wishes and expectations. We are off hiking, biking, on the water or working around the house. We are always looking for different ways to entertain the revolving door of visitors that comes with the warm weather. Here are my annual ...

Farmers markets open for the 2017 season

The tradition of farmers markets can be traced back to ancient times. We can find accounts of 5,000-year-old Egyptian marketplaces along the Nile, where farmers would barter their fresh produce. Perhaps this is one reason that Ancient Egyptian civilization was so successful. For millennia, ...

Trump as Caesar: irresponsible, nasty, fun

Lend me your ears. You’ll be glad. Today’s subject is the controversial production of “Julius Caesar” in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today’s angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America ...

Smart choices important for new driver used cars

Do you have a teenaged student that is about to journey off to college? Are you and he/she contemplating buying a used car for that student? Then check out this article and do your homework before just going out and buying something that is affordable. The April 12 issue of Status Report ...

Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

He’s a Republican now

Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes it. Commentators ...

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Big newspaper, big news from Aug. 18, 1939

The New York Times carried an illustration recently, showing front pages from different years, how the newspaper had shrink in size. Also with the Enterprise, where I started my first job as a newsboy 75 years ago, when one had to have long arms to open and read the paper ... it was 17 inches ...

Outdoor travel comes with certain level of risk

For many outdoor travelers, the risk of passing through wild, remote areas is an important component of the experience. By definition, it involves traveling to remote or exotic locations to engage in physically challenging outdoor activities that may present a reasonable risk to life and limb. ...

The violent political left

Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie Sanders volunteer ...

Ticked off

Can anyone remember a spring/summer like the one we’ve been having? I can’t. If I had to make it into a formula, it’d be this: Ten parts overcast, seven parts rain, five parts unseasonably cool temps, one part hotter than the hubs of hell. May was a soggy drag, but I endured ...

NY prison education nurtures our capacity for regeneration

OSSINING — Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret permeates any maximum-security ...

The impeachment war

American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached. No one is saying it explicitly, but these are the stakes in the Russia controversy and its spinoffs and in the 2018 midterms. If Democrats take the House with anything like a comfortable ...

Trump rates close to zero on ‘war’ on opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and ...

Celebrate Father’s Day at the annual Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s free fishing derby.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Celebrating Father’s Day and a free fishing day

There are always plenty of organized events that honor our mothers for Mother’s Day and fathers for Father’s Day. When my father passed on, I realized that I no longer seemed to fit into a traditional model for celebrating Father’s Day. I didn’t get to send a card or make a phone call. ...

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June is Dairy Month

The pastures are green with fresh grass. Cows have given birth to baby calves. Fresh milk is flowing abundantly. That could be why June is Dairy Month. But milk — along with milk products like cream, cheese, and butter — has acquired a bad reputation. Dairy products are shunned due ...

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Benson nails retelling of prison escape

Ben Stiller should have talked to Michael Benson. There’s a great risk in retelling true events, especially events of the recent past. Michael Benson wrote “Escape From Dannemora.” He got it right. The book is a heavily annotated text with information drawn from interviews, press ...

Bike paths already exist beside the tracks in some parts of the state-owned railroad corridor. (Photo provided by Larry Roth)

Things you would never know

It’s been another interesting few months in the Tri-Lakes. The Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft plan for the rail trail, loudly proclaiming “That decision has been made.” If you only listen to DEC and Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, there are things ...

This president has failed

The Republican Party wants us to grade Donald Trump on a curve. No other conclusion is possible after a week of high drama and reality avoidance that would have wrecked the president’s good name, if he had one. The highlight, of course, was former FBI Director James Comey testifying ...

Lying liars

“I’ll never lie to you.” — Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie” lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct ...