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A laughing matter

When I was a kid, a popular hobby was stamp collecting. Or at least it was popular with other kids. With me, it was distinctly UNpopular. Not that I didn’t try, and not that I wasn’t interested. I loved looking at the amazing variety of stamps – the colors, designs, sizes, countries of ...

Library celebrates 110th birthday!  In 1907 a group of dedicated Saranac Lake citizens formed a library association, obtained the charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and proceeded to raise funds to build the library. This sketch from the July 29, 1909, Adirondack Daily Enterprise showed the plan for the new library which was completed in 1910.
(Sketch courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room, Saranac Lake Free Library)

Board launches year-end campaign

2017 Campaign In a recent letter to the community, Brian O’Connor, board president, wrote, “As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank you for supporting the Saranac Lake Free Library. The library relies on the generosity of our community supporters. “But we still need ...

The doctor will see you now …

If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, how about ...

From real estate to the presidency and back

In Hawaii, “aloha” also means “goodbye.” President Trump could not have missed the less-than-enthusiastic greeting during his brief touchdown in the U.S. state where — facts are facts — Barack Obama was born. Demonstrators there seemed to be following a new pattern among Trump foes, ...

The Baker family home, which became the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage
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Baker family housed the famous author

“Here you have this little shrine to commemorate Robert Louis Stevenson and to elevate and put idealization and beauty into the life of the town.” — Edgar A. Alderman, president, University of Virginia, 1922 --- Few people today think like that when they pass in view of this ...

A train station without a train?

In his Enterprise Guest Commentary of Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, Carl Knoch argues that the best way to ensure the future of Saranac Lake’s Union Depot is to replace the railroad with a recreational trail. To bolster this argument, he provides two photographs. One is captioned, “The train ...

An easy, wooded walk to McKenzie Pond, Saranac Lake
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

An autumn walk to McKenzie Pond

It’s in the middle of Big Game season and my golden retriever has the ability to look like a Whitetail deer. We dress up in our favorite fall color, neon orange, and take to the trails. The 2-mile walk to McKenzie Pond is always a favorite. Though there are a small number of dips, but most of ...

Quinoa and Chard Skillet 
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Pair fresh autumn greens with grains for quick, hearty skillets

It’s November. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini are long gone. But our garden is full of glorious fall greens. We still have spinach, arugula and lettuce for salads, and lots of cooking greens: kale, collards, Swiss chard, beet greens, bok choy, turnip greens, and all types of cabbage. ...

Worker bees with their queen
(Photo provided — Aaron Englander, Cornell Small Farms Program)

‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ offered

If you go... --- What: “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” workshop When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 Where: Kitchen Conference Room; Franklin County Courthouse; 355 West Main St.; Malone How much: $5 More info: Pre-registration is required by today; Nov. 8 by calling ...

In Texas, two very American heroes

Before the Texas church shooter encountered any police officers, he was run off a highway and dead. He had been shot and chased by two private citizens who took it upon themselves to respond to a heinous crime when no one with a badge was anywhere to be found. The church shooting in ...

On land issues, Cuomo is like Trump

When it comes to public land issues in New York’s grand Adirondack Park, it strikes me that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more in common with President Donald Trump than he probably realizes. This is ironic because it is clear our governor is anticipating a 2020 presidential bid, building a ...

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The galaxy and globular clusters

Sunday morning’s switch back to Standard Time from Daylight Saving Time has the sky darkening before 6 pm. Tonight, if you have a low horizon to the southwest, you just might see the center of the Milky Way galaxy hovering 5 degrees above the horizon with the plane of the galaxy, that milky ...

Early hospice care helps

High Peaks Hospice, begun by Dr. Dave and Ann Merkel, has provided end of life care in the Tri-Lakes for over 35 years. Yes, hospice is about dying — that scary, not-to-be thought of but inevitable event. Facing our death or the death of a loved one is generally the most difficult challenge ...

Challenge for all drivers — be the best you can be

Do you now, or have you ever participated in sports? When you play, whether if it’s on a team or perhaps an individual sport like golf, tennis, or skiing, do you try to do the best you can or do you just go through the motions? Do you try to win? Most athletes that I know or watch do the ...

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Local stories and photos from World War II

I have a scrapbook from World War II with hundreds of Enterprise stories and pictures created by the late Mrs. Buckert, of Paul Smith’s and saved by her son Steve of San Tan Valley, Arizona. It was delivered to me by Bob Jones of Lake Placid. A great collection with which to celebrate ...

Coroner unfairly blamed re: kratom

There has been much interest and many articles recently over the use of kratom and its role in the demise of Sgt. Dana of Tupper Lake. There has been much criticism and vitriol directed primarily at Tupper Lake Coroner Shawn Stuart. This letter is to take the heat off Tupper Lake Coroner ...

Big-game hunting season is a time like no other

While traveling from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake earlier this week, I happened upon a most welcome sign. In fact, I discovered several signs that offered historic reminders of the popularity that Adirondack big-game hunters enjoyed from the 1930s through the 1970s. I actually recall visiting ...

More expensive by the dozen

“Caveat emptor” is a Latin term that means “let the buyer beware.” It started as a legal term, from an English court ruling in 1603. Basically, what it means is it’s up to the buyer to either ask the right questions about the product or have it covered by guarantee before buying ...

The train station in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, is seen after being renovated.(Photo provided by Carl Knoch) [Editor's note: An earlier caption incorrectly said the tracks here have been turned into a trail. In fact, this station is served by both a trail and a train. The Enterprise editor wrote the erroneous caption based on a misunderstanding that the author's essay implied.]

Rail trails foster historic preservation

A recent statement by Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State, merits a response. Mr. DiLorenzo claimed that converting the 34 miles of rail line connecting the Tri-Lakes into an incomparable recreational trail and tourist destination would somehow “threaten ...

Don’t wait until it snows to see if that winter gear still fits.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Shop ski and skate swaps and grab a Ski and Ride Passport

I’m not one of those mothers that has everything prepared in advance. My family really pulls things together when we have a time limit. I use that first hint of snow to finish all the yard work. I host a dinner party to get the house vacuumed. I also need a ski swap deadline to make sure ...