Columns

Probable cause may lead to further violations

If you are a regular reader of the “Police Beat” or “For the Record” or similar columns found in most newspapers, you will often find someone arrested for driving while intoxicated, or drug possession, or some other violation and, near the end of the write-up for the violation you find ...

Band brings Winehouse tunes to the Waterhole

SARANAC LAKE — Quite often, singer Anthony D’Amato will take to the stage dressed in a three-piece suit. He’s got a handkerchief tucked in his jacket pocket and above is a corsage pinned to his chest. He kind of looks like a Batman villain from the 1960s, but stand-out features make it ...

Pine Street Bridge reopens — Dec. 2, 1987

I try hard to impress my readers, every so often, by claiming “this was a very big deal.” But how else would you ever know that the reopening of the Pine Street Bridge, just off the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue, was just that after being closed for two years The old bridge had ...

New trail, same killer views

LAKE PLACID — Just when the leaves began to change this fall, the rain moved in. With almost no precipitation all summer, it seemed like a cruel joke to have fall foliage at its peak when most of the peaks themselves were covered by gray clouds. So when the weather called for a break ...

Sharing the woods, waters and trails in hunting season

With the annual big game hunting season up and and running in full gear, there will be archers, muzzleloaders, hand-gunners along with an assortment of riflemen and women taking to the woods and waters. Woods walkers and leaf peepers will soon have to deal with an additional influx of small ...

Clipped!

According to the traditional cliche, women are obsessed with hair styles. Well, I can tell you from personal experience, males aren’t exempt from that mania. I’ll never forget my first bout of hair style madness, especially since I came out on the losing end of it. It happened ...

Library’s Research Room can be helpful

Adirondack Research Room --- Curator Michele Tucker reports the completion of a long-term project organizing and providing archival storage for local school records for 1909-1972. Since this was before the centralization, schools were from Brighton, Santa Clara, Harrietstown and St. ...

Kumiko in Saranac Lake

Kumiko Koiwa is a world class Robert Louis Stevenson enthusiast who travelled from Yokohama, Japan, to Saranac Lake for the first time in June 1998 to visit Baker’s, where the famous author of “Treasure Island” had passed the winter of 1887/88 with his family. Since 1916, Baker’s has ...

Watching the churning water at Buttermilk Falls

The leaves are at their peak and it’s not always enough to just glimpse the brilliant golds, reds, and oranges through the car windows. We need to plan a picnic and explore the roads, making sure that the locals become the tourist once in a while. One of our favorite spots while driving ...

Using the whole beet

Most Americans know beets from alphabet books. Some have had canned or pickled beets. Only a few know how to prepare the bunches of beets plentiful at farmers’ markets and roadside stands this time of year. You can use the whole beet: roots, leaves, and stems. Roots are great roasted or ...

Prepare next year’s garden beds now — without digging or tilling

If you’re thinking about a new garden bed for next spring, you need to start preparing now. You need to select an appropriate site, keeping in mind that adequate sunlight is essential, as is good air circulation and, in most cases, relatively level ground. Good soil is essential, too. In ...

Reality check

Stewart Epstein’s recent letter to the editor (“Democrats should focus on the issues, not on Trump,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Oct. 3) offered some sensible advice in this highly charged midterm election year. His list of such issues, however (Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, ...

Economic costs of sexual assault

The recent testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the U.S. Senate highlighted a dark and dangerous chapter in American history. Given their testimonies, only the most insensitive among us would not be deeply moved by the tragedy of sexual assault. You can count ...

Parallel parking — impossible or piece of cake?

Parallel parking takes practice and skill, and is a part of every road test. As a result of these weekly articles, as you might expect, I receive a lot of emails from readers. I recently had an interesting one from a reader in Saranac Lake that asked if I ever did an article on parallel ...

Saranac Lake news — 80 years ago

As could be expected the big news was the upcoming local political contests but there was plenty of other news that meant so much at that time. Especially the number of civic clubs meeting but also, always the Bloomingdale news because as I constantly remind my readers, it was a bustling ...

Social Security and Medicare on the line this election

With just weeks to go until the midterm Congressional election, the news has been dominated by the Supreme Court nomination and the highly emotional issues of sexual assault, abortion, and reproductive rights. By contrast, there has been little discussion of important but dry economic issues ...

It’s getting a little squirrelly around here

With the opening day of the annual big game hunting season set to arrive on Oct. 20, outdoor travelers should take the usual precautions, and be aware that hunters will be in the woods. Although most hunters tend to avoid the popular hiking trails, they will at times, use the marked hiking ...

A lad of letters

With their cellphones, computers, tablets, and whatalls-electronic, kids today have access to almost ever piece of information there is, or ever was. And as far as I’m concerned, more’s the pity. Face it: Information, of and by itself, means nothing. There’s wrong information, ...

‘He belongs to the world’

From the Stevenson Society Mission Statement, 1920 --- In 1930, a 10- year-old boy in far off India listened as his father told him that if ever he was able to go to the United States of America, he must go to Saranac Lake to see the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage. Chandra ...

N.Y. has problems, but weather isn’t one of them

Gov. Cuomo believes the sun and fun of Miami Beach has New Yorkers packing their bags. He says upstaters want more sunshine. He believes they might want to fish more. He mostly believes it is not because New York’s economy is a burden. The governor is convinced happy days are ...