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New year in Saranac Lake began with a roar

That roar was the fire that was sweeping the upper floors of the huge Berkeley Hotel in Berkeley Square. It was New Year’s Day and The Enterprise of Friday, January 2nd, under the fire headline, carried this sub-head: “Losses of $60,000 Suffered by Owner and Store Tenants; Flames Believed ...

After a massive renovation project, the Hotel Saranac is seen around 4 p.m. Thursday, the time it opened to customers for the first time since 2013.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

If those walls could talk — Hotel Saranac memories

Nearly every day I walked by the Hotel Saranac and gave a passing look through its windows, wondering if it ever would really open again. I vested a considerable amount of time in that facility from my first days working at Paul Smith’s College as a hotel instructor and through varying ...

When Frontier Town builds it, they will come

As the winter weather continues to take hold of the land, the recent cold snap served to deliver an echo from the past. Frigid temperatures provided locals and visitors alike with a taste of the arctic in the Adirondacks. As if we needed it. The cold snap solidified an ice cap on most of the ...

Wrap artists

The Scandinavians have an expression, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Supposedly, in Scandinavian languages, it rhymes. But rhyme, shmyme, all that matters is if it’s true – which it is. And it was just this that Jane Mandeville and I were talking about in Aldi’s ...

Tough road ahead for Trump in year 2

As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has obeyed court orders. No military disaster ...

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Life at Baker’s: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson

To Henry James (expatriate American author): “... Our house — emphatically Baker’s — is on a hill and has a sight of a stream turning a corner in the valley — bless the face of running water! And sees some hills too, and the paganly prosaic roofs of Saranac itself: the Lake, it ...

Journalism holds power accountable

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for ...

Winter salads

Ah, summer. It is gone – but it will come again, bringing fresh greens and sun-ripened, garden fresh, juicy tomatoes ... I shun store-bought tomatoes that have traveled in refrigerated trucks across the continent. They don’t even come close in flavor to our summer garden gems. Fresh ...

Will the extreme winter cold wipe out ticks?

I’ve been asked on four different occasions recently, how tick populations will be impacted by the December/January below-zero cold. Some of those asking had heard reports, apparently claiming that tick populations would be decimated, if not eradicated, by the prolonged period of ...

Stop ingesting the right’s propaganda

Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit. Democrats are ...

The periodic table of the elements is pictured with shading indicating  our current understanding of their cosmic origins. Only hydrogen, helium and a trace of lithium were created in the big bang. All other elements were forged in stellar interiors or stellar explosions. 
(Image — 5D55 Science Blog)

Origins of the elements

In my Jan. 2 column, I wrote of the detection of the kilonova by both gravitational and electromagnetic waves in August of 2017. The detections, themselves, were remarkable and ushered in the completely new era of Multi Messenger Astronomy. But the data from the event also gave evidence ...

‘Always proud he was my president’

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Thanks, China (maybe)

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world’s ...

NTSB: Speeding passenger vehicles serious problem

Over the past decade I have written numerous “Did You Know” articles about the problem of speeding. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board labels speeding as a persistent problem on U.S. roads, contributing to the loss of more than 112,500 lives in crashes from 2005 to 2014, ...

Buy off Trump with the wall

There is a very easy way for Democrats to get major concessions from President Donald Trump on immigration: Give him his wall. This is the key to a deal codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era de facto amnesty for a segment of so-called Dreamers. All it ...

Little Rocket Man wins the round

After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States and called President Trump “a dotard,” Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to the “Peace Olympics.” An impressive ...

The Storming of the Ice Palace
(Image courtesy of the Souvenir Program and Summary of Events, 1911 Carnival)

106 years ago, Carnival was in January

… and the village had been incorporated for only 19 years. I was lucky enough to be a member of that 1992 Centennial Committee (David S. Mac Dowell, Community Development Officer was the big push behind that celebration) and the Enterprise published a great historical booklet filled with ...

Nature therapy as old as mankind itself

The Barkeaters, who originally ranged across the Adirondack region and throughout New England, had a widely varied diet that was adjusted according to the season to take advantage of annual migrations and breeding seasons. Their diets typically included a mix of berries, tubers, fruit and ...

Thanks, China (maybe)

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world’s ...