Columns

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Book

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Saranac Lake’s “Shining Light” will soon be on again

Paul Smith’s College — 20th anniversary, 1966

This third and last of a mini-series about Paul Smith’s College was prompted when Bob Jones of Lake Placid gave me a 20-page anniversary edition of the Enterprise given to him by Steve Buckert which had been preserved by his late mother who lived in Keese’s Mills. This anniversary ...

A loon on Henderson Lake with Wallface Mountain in the background.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Lost hikers, Teddy Roosevelt and more

Last week’s column focused on the search and eventual rescue of a soldier from Fort Drum who had become lost on St. Regis Mountain while hiking. The missing soldier, a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division, was eventually located on the second day of search efforts. He had managed to ...

State tests ignore kids’ various learning levels within each grade

Notably, on the back page of the Sept. 12 edition of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican was a brief Associated Press release in two parts: “New York tweaks, renames Common Core Standards” and “NY approves education plan to submit for federal approval.” While little information was ...

Admission omission

This time of year is popularly known as “Back to School.” But to me it’s always “Not Back to School.” In fall 1965, after a college freshman year that could generously called “abysmal,” I found myself all dressed down with everywhere to go. Essentially, I was too immature to be ...

Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

“Be still and know that I am God.” — Psalms 46:10 It’s an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God’s self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer ...

A hilarious and elementary lesson on the burdens of progressivism

WASHINGTON — Life is exhausting — and daily choices are unbearably burdensome — for some Americans who are so comfortably situated that they have the time and means to make themselves morally uncomfortable. They think constantly about what they believe are the global ripples, and hence ...

Sweet, spicy, hot autumn beverages

Autumn is the season when leaves turn bright colors, then fall to carpet the ground. It is when geese fly south in grand formation. It is time for apples, pungent greens, sweet winter squash and pumpkin. Autumn is the season we bring back warm comfort foods designed to keep away the chill. It ...

Cornell U. has long history of protecting fisheries

In my last column, I wrote about the impacts of acid rain — the result of burning fossil fuels — on Adirondack lakes and streams. But, did you know that Cornell University has been a leader in efforts to safeguard natural fisheries within the Adirondacks and to protect them from the ...

Save Sabattis Adventure Camp

All of the other troops think that Blackfoot is the worst campsite at Sabattis Adventure Camp. That’s because it’s the farthest walk to the center of camp. Troop 77 knows that Blackfoot is the best campsite at Sabattis. We’ve been camping at that campsite every summer for years, far ...