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(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Fruitful summer desserts

Summer is here — and among the bountiful produce are fresh summer fruits. The earliest of these are strawberries, followed by cherries, peaches and raspberries. Blueberries will come soon; a bit later, melons and many plum varieties. Fall will bring grapes, blackberries, apples and ...

Whom do we think we’re kidding?

The next time someone tells you that America can’t provide affordable quality health care for all citizens because it is too expensive — “The nation can’t afford it,” or “Taxes are already too high” — point out the following: First, American health care is exceedingly more ...

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Bryjak creates vivid ‘Voices from the Civil War’

The America Civil War has been chronicled and analyzed so extensively (the SUNY Plattsburgh Feinberg Library, for example, has about 9,000 books related to it) that a writer might be foolhardy to think he can bring new light to the subject. But George Bryjak’s “Voices from the Civil ...

Erica Burns stands in front of her SUP Lake Placid store on Main Street, holding 10-month-old Mitchell and 3-year-old Evalyn.
(Photo provided — Lisa duBusc Miller)

Making the most of Mirror Lake

Some might argue that the best view in Lake Placid is from the middle of Mirror Lake, right in the center of town. To get to that view, there are options, but we found a particularly great one that works in summer and in winter. Born out of the desire to be with their four children, ...

‘A beautiful day in the Adirondacks’

On Independence Day, I usually reflect some on American history and patriotism. But this year — not so much. (Don’t get ahead of me here; it wasn’t for the reason you think.) This most recent Fourth of July was “a beautiful day in the Adirondacks.” I put that in quotation marks as it ...

From left, Rebecca Preve of the Franklin County Office of the Aging, Matt Scollin of Adirondack Health, Susan Delahanty of the Adirondack Health Initiative, Tess Barker of Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, Barry Brogan of the North Country Behavioral Health Network and Phyllis Magnus of Voters for Change pose Thursday, June 29 at a forum Voters for Change hosted.
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Health professionals speak out on to Obamacare repeal-replace effort

On Thursday, June 29, Adirondack Voters for Change sponsored a forum on changes to health care legislation currently being proposed in Congress, with the focus on how these changes would affect the North Country. The panel included representatives from leading health care organizations in ...

No glamping in Forest Preserve

In reply to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos’ Guest Commentary, “DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors,” the conceptual goals the commissioner expresses of “combining exceptional outdoor recreation with authentic local culture” and providing “an economic boost to local ...

Distracted driving? If you are guilty, stop it!

The National Sheriffs Association has excellent information relative to safe driving, and much of this information is published in its Driver Safety Issues newsletter, with links to driver safety information. In the May 12 issue was a link to an interesting article from TheNewsWheel.com, a ...

Questions for Seggos on huts

The op-ed piece “DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors” on July 4 by Basil Seggos, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation raises more questions that it answers. First, I would like to congratulate the commissioner for penning this op-ed. The ...

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We will fight, fight, fight for the Red and White

It seems just incredible that the students of Saranac Lake High School wrote, edited and published a great six-page school newspaper, 10 issues a year; the title of the newspaper “The Red and White” emblazoned across the top of page one. Remember, no television, no smart-aleck phones, ...

Joe Hackett hoists a nice largemouth bass he took on a flyrod popper.
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Early season high water and wet travel

As the seasonal shift from spring to summer continues, water levels on the local rivers and streams remains quite high. A deluge of rain that hit the area early last week again forced the closure of several hiking routes in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. The recent closures come fast on ...

Big Fred’s finest hour

Since Potsdam State was a small school, I must’ve seen Fred Norris Jr. around, but I never took notice of him till I saw him in a school play. And then, take notice I did! The play was The Music Man and he had the lead as Professor Harold Hill, a personable, persuasive, and ...

Breast cancer-wine link: Scary or just a scare?

Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That’s why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast cancer and some “exposure.” That’s why television news shows that rarely spare even five minutes for science of existential importance to ...

The CHIC’s war on veterans

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump blasted Barack Obama for failing to do enough for military veterans and promised “to take care of our veterans like you’ve never been taken care of before.” Another monumental lie as our five-time draft-dodging Chicken-Hawk-In-Chief ...

The state Department of Environmental Conservation in Ray Brook once again offers a free NEw York State Boat Safety Certificate course.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Learning boat safety in free DEC course

My family loves to be out on the water. Around the Adirondacks it certainly feels that everywhere we turn, we can enter thousands of rivers, ponds, and lakes. Enjoying the water isn’t enough. We want to make sure everyone knows waterway rules. Last year my daughter took her first New York ...

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Beet greens and Swiss chard for a red and green summer

Colorful beet greens and Swiss chard are hailed as superfoods. Their vibrant red hues come from anthocyanins, betalains, powerful antioxidants, flavonoids and other important phytonutrients which help prevent cancer and degenerative diseases. Like many greens, they’re rich in important ...

Knee-high by the Fourth of July

As we celebrate the birth of our nation by getting together with family and friends for parties, parades and fireworks, an old farming adage comes to mind; one that has been used for generations to help benchmark the progress of corn crops — knee-high by the 4th of July. Although I ...

The scars of our nation’s violent birth

PHILADELPHIA — Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it ...

DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors

New York is home to magnificent natural resources that both make our state a worldwide destination for outdoor recreation and bolster economic opportunities in our communities. As an avid outdoorsman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recognizes that New York’s lands and waters play a vital role in our ...

Alcohol a factor in pedestrian and bicycle collisions

When a pedestrian or a bicyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, the vehicle is almost always the winner. And, we tend to blame the driver for the incident and seldom ticket the pedestrian or the bicyclist. Of interest in traffic safety are the results of a recent study by ...