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Fall programs begin at library

"Race: The Power of Illusion"-A study group will begin in September for those interested in pursuing the study of racism in America. For three consecutive Mondays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, the group will view the three episodes of the film, "Race: The Power of Illusion." In October the group will ...

A lad and his lamp (part 2)

Last week's column began with me searching for a floor lamp - one at a bargain price. Now, when I say bargain price, I don't mean at 10 percent off retail price, or even 75 percent off. Uh-uh. "Bargain" to me is "pittance" to anyone else.So the column started with the search, and it ended with ...

The Gibson storyteller’s story

Andy Flynn is deep into researching his authorized biography of the Gibson Brothers, the premier bluegrass band of northern New York and one of the most popular nationwide.He's made many trips to the northwest Clinton County dairy farm country where Eric and Leigh Gibson grew up. He's dug ...

Touch a Truck brought kids and their heroes together

From 85 feet above my hometown, I got a chance to experience just a small fraction of what it's like to be a firefighter from the safety of the local department's ladder truck. After all, that was the goal of Sunday's inaugural Touch a Truck and Block Dance event in Tupper Lake: to let children ...

Blue skies for solar panels

When I think about the state of our environment, I'll admit I can become pretty discouraged. Human thirst for energy is growing at a record pace, as is its impact on ourselves and the world around us. Because of our dependence on fossil fuels, our planet is heating up and the oceans are ...

Will citizen science be the science of the future?

We live in a world of big data. We have now developed technology that can generate so much data, a single person could never review it in an entire lifetime. So of course we rely heavily on computers and data visualization to help us pick out patterns.Yet there are some things that computers ...

‘Dancehall’ author’s memoir has gossip, irony

Bernard Conners, a former FBI agent who lives in Loudonville and has vacationed in Lake Placid for many years, might be best known to Enterprise readers for his novel, "Dancehall." In that page-turner, Conners fictionalized the death of Mabel Smith Douglass, the New Jersey educator whose very ...

Saranac Lake was welcoming

Impossible as it seems, it's now been 50-and-a-half years since I graduated from Saranac Lake High School ... 50-and-a-half years dominated by faraway places, varied experiences, multi-hued cultures. Returning for the reunion next weekend, with the prospect of revisiting people I saw nearly ...

‘Religious liberty’ looks a lot like intolerance from here

"To me," she said in a statement, "this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God's word. It is a matter of religious liberty."It's telling that Kim Davis chose those words to defend herself last week. Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, a rural, impoverished and ...

Lamenting Mitt

You're Mitt Romney, and today you have to be upset with yourself. Eight months ago - when you, a non-candidate, were leading in all the polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - you paid too much attention to a Wall Street Journal editorial that began, "If Mitt Romney is the ...

Do cops’ lives matter to Obama?

Barack Obama, as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, is going to have to stop acting like a conscientious objector in this war on cops.Wednesday, another officer, in Fox Lake, Illinois, Lt. Charles "GI Joe" Gliniewicz, was gunned down. Last Friday, Darren Goforth, a Houston ...

Funeral procession protocol vague

You are waiting at a red traffic signal car in a city or village and a funeral procession is passing on the other street. Meanwhile, the traffic signal changes to green for you and red on the street with the funeral procession. Do you wait at the green light for the procession to end or do you ...

Saranac Lake village news, Nov. 27, 1896

The following news from Saranac Lake was carried in a newspaper entitled "The Adirondack", my faded and tattered copy was Volume I, Number 8, published by the Adirondack Publishing Company. The Editor was J. W. Ball, the Associate Editor was Seaver A. Miller. It must have preceded the ...

Humans stake claim as ultimate predator

I recently received a press release from the Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the state's annual bear season that began Monday, Aug. 31 and concludes after Thanksgiving. It is one of the longest bear seasons in the country, in a state with the largest bear population in the ...

Pendragon’s ‘Seagull’ stares into the sun of human weakness

According to Wikipedia, the sacred font of all knowledge, "Chekhov's Gun" is a dramatic principle that requires every element in a narrative to be irreplaceable, with anything else removed. In other words, if your play features a gun, it had better go off.Yes, there is a gun in Anton Chekhov's ...

A lad and his magic lamp

"You know what this house needs?" said the Amazon Queen."'Course I do," I said."You do?" she said. "What?""A million bucks and a French maid," I said.She scowled."Are you ever serious?" she said."Rarely," I said. "But I am about that."She scowled some more."OK, I give up" I said, assuming my ...

Why don’t we try staying home?

Generals have marked their operations by putting pins on wall maps of the world. I could do the same for friends and neighbors who have just gotten back from some place and are about to leave for another. They often move in battalions meeting friends or family - who themselves have traveled ...

Are you a Godfather, or a Goodfella?

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to write a column on "Goodfellas."Martin Scorcese's classic film turned 25 this year, and the Sundance Channel is celebrating the occasion by showing the film multiple times this month. A 25th anniversary edition Blu-Ray was released featuring a ...

Three late summer berries

Yes, school's about to start. Strawberries and blueberries have come and gone, and raspberries are on the wane. But late summer berries - blackberries, and the less common elderberry or chokeberry (also known as aronia) - are in season now. All three pack a powerful health punch.Berries are ...

Stop the Junkyard Express

A railroad company that three years ago won permission to haul stone from a former mine at the base of the High Peaks has changed course and come up with a breathtakingly bad idea for use of that line. The Saratoga & North Creek Railway says it plans to haul out-of-service oil tanker ...