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The impeach-Trump conspiracy

Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the ...

Chemical analysis testing for DWI

For a person arrested for driving while intoxicated, you often see two separate charges; in addition to the charge of DWI, you may also see a charge of “driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 of one percent or greater.” Essentially, both charges are the same, except the BAC of 0.08 ...

Trump’s accidental call to action

WASHINGTON — A curious thing happened on President Trump’s way out of the Paris climate accord. American mayors, governors, corporate leaders and others immediately committed to meeting the agreement’s terms anyway. All politics is local, they say, and personal responsibility begins ...

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Saranac Lake Flying Club founded

“Formation of a Flying Club by Saranac Lake aviation enthusiasts was announced today by Andrew J. Fortune, founder of the new organization.” [I met Andy Fortune as my first Company Commander in 1947 when a bunch of us 17-year-old high school seniors joined the National Guard. He was a ...

An Adirondack angler stops to enjoy the view from Giant Nubble after an afternoon of trout fishing in Giant Washbowl.
(Photo provided — Joe Hackett)

Tougher access can lead to better fishing

It’s official, the spring season is now firmly entrenched. Wild flowers are blooming and the trout are jumping. Black flies are in my hair and behind my ears. Fortunately, the mayflies have been back on the local waters, and so have I. In fact, I’ve just returned from a creel survey of ...

A time to reflect

I think I have earned the right to speak to my Republican friends: I have spent more than half my voting life as a registered Republican and once served in local Republican leadership roles. I view myself as a fiscal conservative and a social centrist, a position the old Republican Party ...

Children who attended Story Time on May 25 
are shown sitting on a new sofa in the Elinor B. Preis Children’s Room. The sofa was purchased with memorial funds donated in memory of Helen Sprague who worked as library assistant at the Saranac Lake Free Library for 44 years. Among her many duties, Helen was in charge of the Story Time Program, arranging for the reader each week and organizing the Holiday Parties. She retired in 2011.
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Children’s Summer Reading Program begins July 12

The 2017 Mary MacIntyre Summer Reading Program will meet three Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. until noon, July 12, 19 and 26. The theme, “Build a Better World,” will feature many delightful stories, projects and activities for the free series. Leaders of the three groups-preschool, ...

Wheels of misfortune

The debate about legalizing assisted suicide is raging nationwide, and now New York state has joined the fray. By law, New York prohibits assisted suicide. Nonetheless, it’s promoted in My Home Town. Don’t believe me? Just start riding your bike around town some ...

Is college worth it? Increasing numbers say no

“Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the title of the ...

Enjoy a free community day at Great Camp Sagamore.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Free Community Day at Great Camp Sagamore

Sometimes describing the significance of the Adirondack Great Camps to visiting friends isn’t enough. Sometimes we just need to go to the birthplace of the rustic architectural movement by visiting the area where it all began. Though Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake isn’t the first ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day is June 9

“I want another slice of rhubarb tart. I want another lovely slice. I’m not disparaging the blueberry pie But rhubarb tart is oh so very nice. A rhubarb what? A rhubarb tart! A whatbarb tart? A rhubarb tart! I want another slice of rhubarb tart!” — John Cleese No one ...

Eating seasonally, locally

We’re living in an age of global markets, with almost all of us buying our food from chain supermarkets, convenient stores and fast food outlets. We rarely think about where our food comes from or how it was grown or processed. More often than not, the food we eat is grown on large ...

Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?

In the new “Wonder Woman” movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind — and she doesn’t even read the internet. The fevered commentary about the new hit film raises the question, “Can’t an Amazonian superhero wield her Lasso of Truth and bullet-deflecting bracelets ...

This page from the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s Annual Report for 2016 shows the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s financial situation is improving.

Bad spin on the railroad

I’ll try to keep this brief, because even I — as a staunch supporter for the “Save The Rails” movement — am growing weary of the back-and-forth conversation. There are so many times that the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates crowd (both board members and supporters alike) ...

Standardized field sobriety testing for DWI

If you have had a few alcoholic drinks and then drive a vehicle, chances are you will do something that, if seen by a police officer, will give probable cause for pulling you over. This might be something like crossing the pavement lines, weaving within your lane, or a number of things that ...

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Two polar opposite examples

For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career ...

Let’s stop acting as if the 2016 campaign is still on

If you keep up with the news, you might think that the unpleasant and unedifying 2016 presidential campaign is still going on. President Donald Trump, up early, is sending out tweets coarsely attacking foreign leaders and American politicians — complete with misspelled words, in at least ...

Changing the practice of off-cycle voting in school districts

May 30 At the end of February, people in the Goshen School District voted two to one to spend $30.5 million on new classrooms, a new athletic field and other improvements. Eleven weeks later, people in the district voted by more than two to one to approve a $69.7 million dollar budget for ...

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Local news from Saturday, June 28, 1919

I could not pass up a chance to report more news of Saranac Lake from nearly 100 years ago as I did last week about the signing of the treaty that officially ended World War I. The news is all from “THE DAILY ITEM,” a local newspaper, tabloid size, with Associated Press Service ... ...

Spring in the Adirondacks is a birthing season for many wild creatures, including snapping turtles which build nests and lay eggs near the shores of rivers, lakes and ponds.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Nature provides a time-tested cure

The human sensory system evolved in a completely wild all-natural world, which may explain why our brains are more relaxed when we are in natural spaces. Humans are hard-wired to look at, hear, feel, taste, touch and smell nature. We seek it on the ground, in the open air and under the ...