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An Ironman triathlete bikes down Main Street, Lake Placid during Sunday’s race, followed by a state 
trooper on a motorcycle helping maintain safety. Several roads are closed for the annual triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Move Ironman to Saranac Lake

“Ironman is a statement of excellence, passion, commitment. It is a test of physical toughness and mental strength. Ironman is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than ourselves. It shows the heights that can be achieved when we push beyond our boundaries and go ...

Thomas Reynolds of Lake Placid participates in a Whiteface Club Tennis Center youth clinic. 
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Youth, adult tennis clinics at the Whiteface Club and Resort

I’ve heard over and over how tennis is a life-long sport. All you need is a can of balls, a racket and a place to play. Of course, with any sport you still need to know the rules. The nice thing I’ve found about tennis is even though I’ve never known the formal rules, I’ve still been ...

Radish bunches at farmers market 
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Yes, you can eat radish tops!

Don’t waste the greens and throw them in the compost. They’re fantastic sauteed with onion and a touch of garlic, or with sausage, or bacon. They’re great steamed or stirred into skillets, soups, stews. Fold them into eggs for omelets, quiches, frittatas. You can use them in the same ...

Love and longing in local poetry book

‘Body of Water’ by Madeline Hennessey, Ra Press, 2017 --- Saranac Lake resident Madeline Hennessey’s book of poems takes off from the double-entendre of its title to dive deep into details of the natural world, absorbed and transformed into poems of memory, longing and ripples of sound. ...

The language of a professional educator

Educators refer to themselves as professionals. However, the language of educators is very much the common language of the general public. Given that everybody has gone to school, everybody has become an expert; what is or is not effective education is described using everyday language from a ...

Flower garden or meadow?

My brother was by training and vocation a scientist. So naturally when he set about to grow a patch of wildflowers at his country house in Maine, he went high tech. Well, medium tech anyway. He threw some seeds on the ground, then drove his pickup truck over them to embed them in the soil. I ...

Wild blue yonder ain’t what it used to be

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The ...

1/3 of a football field, 7 car lengths, turn signals

What do the above have in common? The two distance references are approximately 100 feet; the connection with turn signals is a New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) requirement – that drivers must continuously signal a turn or a lane change for a minimum distance of 100 feet. Are ...

Is Iran in our gun sights now?

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless ...

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Lots of news from Aug. 9, 1941 Enterprise

As we take a look at a couple of headlines about the war and the goings on in Washington, we have to remember that the United States did not enter World War II until months after the above date, when the Japanese bombed the U.S. military fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, so we will ...

The looming Republican disgrace

The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn’t: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party. That Obamacare repeal has one or maybe two feet in the grave, depending on how you’re counting, is ...

An angler’s flyrod bows under the weight of a fleeting trout on the line.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Nature finds a way, even in urban environments

Living in the Adirondacks makes it easy to overlook the wealth of outdoor offerings the area provides. There is increasing evidence that indicates human health is linked to exposure to natural areas where clean water, clean air and beautiful, peaceful surroundings provide opportunities for ...

The Music Boy

On what’s now the Hotel Saranac’s parking lot was once a beautiful yellow, turn-of-the-century wood building called the Odd Fellows Hall. The Odd Fellows was a fraternal organization that was never active in my time. But what was active in the building was our summer theater. Summer ...

The Detroit riot, 50 years later

Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all white 15 or 20 years before. The statistics are ...

Not enough exercise, or too much — Americans polarized here, too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. ...

Porking out with your money

Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of ...

A naturalist is available daily to answer questions at the ADK Loj Nature Museum.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Exploring the ADK Loj Heart Lake Summer Programs

Though the Adirondack Mountain Club is known as a gateway to the High Peaks, The ADK Loj Heart Lake area has plenty of outside options available for people of all levels and abilities. Though I enjoy the beauty (I saw a loon!) and being outside, one part of going to Heart Lake that I never take ...

Basket of beans
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Summer peas, summer beans

Luscious, sweet, tender peas and fresh beans are among the finest treats of summer. Freshly picked, they’re so much better than canned or frozen ones from the supremarket. Fresh peas have a limited season, and are a rarity in the supermarket; by the time they reach the store shelf, they ...

From left, Denise Sheaks Burke and her children Garrett (behind), Austin and Taylor pose on Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake.
(Photo provided by Denise Sheaks Burke)

Pre-chemo retreat to Adirondacks

One month ago, my life turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called synovial sarcoma. Suddenly and without warning, I was launched into a world filled with doctor appointments, specialists and panic. My tumor was in my right foot, and it was removed improperly by a ...

A seedless Concord-type table grape developed by Cornell University grape breeders
(Photo provided — Bruce Reisch; CALS)

Cornell University Breeding Program introduces new Concord-like grape variety

The Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences has a long and productive history as an institution known for successfully introducing novel plant varieties with cold tolerance and improved disease and insect resistance.Their grape-breeding program, centered at CU’s New York ...