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Harrietstown history in the marriage book

This is part two in the history of the establishment of the town of Harrietstown in 1841, celebrating our 175th anniversary.But of course, someplace else is always trying to upstage us. I was in Rochester, Vermont last week and picked up a copy of the local newspaper, The Vermont Journal. There ...

A new take on the good old outdoors

Last week, I devoted this column space to the traditional Scandinavian concept of friluftsliv, which promotes outdoor recreation to provide positive benefits for both the land and healthy people who enjoy recreating there. Friluftsliv stresses the importance of combining a variety of natural ...

Will Putin get a Pulitzer?

Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: "All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.' And God granted it."The tale of the thieved emails at the Democratic National Committee is just too good ...

Night and day

PHILADELPHIA - If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn't present a diverse ...

Expert-tease

America has clearly become a nation of experts.Radio, TV, internet, newspapers, magazines - you name it and it's rife with authorities, sharing their latest revelations as well as their timeless truths.There are experts on health, wealth, children, old folks, cats, dogs, government and ...

‘Why are so many people afraid of black people?’

We're not going to spend a lot of time talking about what happened.Not that Austin Police Officer Bryan Richter's June 2015 takedown - let's not dignify it by calling it an "arrest" - of 26-year-old school teacher Breaion King is not worthy of discussion. As seen in a dashcam video unearthed ...

Hillary’s never-ending reintroductions

If only we could get to know the real Hillary Clinton.Unveiling the Hillary we supposedly don't know has been the perpetual, elusive goal of Clinton's handlers for decades, with the Democratic convention in Philadelphia the latest stab at it.On "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Clinton ...

Different kinds of party unity

"Make America One Again." That was the stated theme of the last night of the Republican National Convention. In the welter of analysis of Donald Trump's acceptance speech, few have commented on it, but it's worth taking it seriously.Liberal commentators have dwelled repeatedly on Trump's "dark" ...

The path ahead for Clinton

PHILADELPHIA - En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? "Not at all. I always use my opponent's return ticket for the trip back." Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although not that serene, think her victory is ...

Photographer’s book opens eyes to Adirondacks

"North County, Forever Wild: The Adirondacks" by Eliot Porter---This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of publication of Eliot Porter's book of photographs taken in the "North Country, Forever Wild: The Adirondacks." One of the earliest published collections of color photos taken in our ...

Herr Trumpf

CLEVELAND - Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination - full-throated, full of fury and full of himself: "I am your voice"; "I alone can fix it [the system]"; "I am the law and order candidate."And the teeming throng of red-, white- and blue-bedecked ...

Pence the pliable

WASHINGTON - Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump's dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to cause this event without provoking a ...

Sharing lanes with bicycles

A series of my articles recently explained vehicle and traffic laws for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and how to work together safely. This week's article reveals more detail as to how motorists are required to share roads with bicyclists.As a motorist, whether you agree or not, New ...

Harrietstown, founded 175 years ago, 1841

I am lucky to own a book, shown in the accompanying illustration, published in 1853,that covers the history of St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.Our town of Harrietstown, was named for Howard Constable's daughter, Harriet, long before there was an actual town of Harrietstown. There were ...

Friluftsliv is alive and well in the Adirondacks

Recognizing the human need for a comfortable coexistence in the outdoors is an example of what the concept of "friluftsliv" has to offer.Despite the rigors of a daunting landscape and the inescapable and ominous winter season, Norwegians are widely known for their good cheer and positive ...

The print and the pauper

I see the sign in front of the library that proclaims Come to the Fair is just around the corner.That sale and I go way back - back to its beginning ... and almost back to mine. Squinting through the Mist of Time I see myself being taken by my mother to the sale's maiden voyage, in the summer ...

Gilles Miron didn’t know he wasn’t a U.S. citizen

The story came out last Friday as we left the Clinton County Courthouse in Plattsburgh, where my wife and a couple dozen other people were sworn in as U.S. citizens.As we exited the front doors, we got talking with an older couple next to us, who happened to be from Saranac Lake. The man had ...

Fresh herbs: Summer’s delight

Summer is the time for using fresh herbs. Though available year round at your supermarket's produce aisle, they're trucked in from southern states - and quite costly. In the summer, garden herbs are in season.Vibrant green herbs offer more color and texture than their dried counterparts, adding ...

The fire this time

In the past two weeks, the "war on police" has gone from a metaphor to a reality, with eight officers killed in targeted attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge.The country hasn't seen anything like it since the early 1970s, when a lunatic fringe of the left undertook a violent campaign against law ...