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Barley soup

In winter, we crave comfort food. Hearty, aromatic, nourishing barley soup, loaded with vibrant root vegetables, fits the bill. Most Americans are familiar with beef barley soup. But barley soup can be made with chicken, mushrooms, beans, lentils, or peas, so it can easily be a vegan dish. ...

Local author Clarke writes of the fall of Saigon

“Honorable Exit” is another important, and very readable, history from Essex County resident Thurston Clarke, scheduled for publication in April. Clarke begins his examination of the time surrounding the fall of Saigon, marking the end of the war in Vietnam, focusing on a photo, which he ...

Slaughter of innocents reaches new depths

The uproar over New York state’s Reproductive Health Act, which allows late-term abortions performed by “health-care practitioners” when the “patient is within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability or the abortion is necessary to protect ...

A view of the Milky Way

The southern sky visible in the early evening affords us a view out of the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy toward the south galactic pole as shown in Figure 1. There are fewer stars in this region of the sky where the watery constellations of Cetus the sea monster and Eridanus. Cetus is on ...

Cuts to SLCS art program

To: Diane Fox, superintendent, school board members, and school district residents, The Saranac Lake Central School District has been fortunate to have had talented high school art teachers like Doc Ward and the current teachers, Jennifer Moore and Valerie Patterson. The artistic ...

Adirondack concerns for protecting America’s remaining wilderness increase

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in preparation of oil and gas lease sales in our country’s largest wildlife refuge — namely, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The EIS, released in December, is the latest action by the ...

Test your Vehicle & Traffic Law I.Q. (answers)

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the test and keep your answers. This article repeats the questions, gives the correct answers and the authority for the answers. See how you did. True or false 1. A driver ...

Advice to board candidates

I’d like to take this time to inform the residents of the town of North Elba that I will not be seeking a fourth term as a North Elba town councilman. It has been an honor to serve this community for the last 11 years on the town board, and the Lake Placid school board for four years ...

The color pink

In 2015, when the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Barack Obama ordered the White House bathed in rainbow colors. This was an immature and inappropriate thing to do considering tens of millions of Americans opposed the decision, but it was ...

Fishing for an answer

TUPPER LAKE — “Why are we here?” It’s one of the essential mysteries of life, a question facing everyone from time to time. I asked myself this while sitting out on an icy pond on a cold Sunday morning. The official answer was to fish for smelt. The reality was the wind ...

The lost cellphone

People have called fire departments for all sorts of stupid reasons: a cat stuck in a tree, a kid stuck in a toilet. I didn’t intend to, but (unintentionally) I called the fire department to find my cellphone. When winter hit in mid-October, it caught us unprepared. We didn’t have any ...

The good ol’ days of snowball hooliganism 

My ears are still ringing, and I can’t stop chuckling after engaging in some of the long, lost fun I enjoyed as a kid. Admittedly, I was somewhat of a delinquent, but not in the classic sense. We may have thought we were really bad apples at the time, but in comparison with the havoc others ...

It takes a whole village to raise a ruckus

Off the coast of Norway is The Mother of All Whirlpools. It’s called the Saltstraumen Maelstrom and is considered the world’s wildest whirlpool. Rumor has it that if any ship gets near its outer ring, it’ll be sucked in and swriled down to Davy Jones’ Locker faster than you can ...

There’s Facebook and there’s Bookface

Staff member, Jenny Curtis, has enhanced our presence in digital media. Bookface is a worldwide social media phenomenon. The trend started in 2012 and has evolved into precision photography experiments that libraries and bookstores across the globe share. It is a visually appealing and fun ...

Despite rush to judgment, students at protest bear some responsibility

Despite the media’s initial rush to judgment and willingness to make a particular group represent all white people, black people and Native Americans, leading to an overly simplistic interpretation of what actually happened, I am still unsettled by the actions of the Catholic high school ...

Grez, part III

“So here for the first time Stevenson saw the woman whom Fate had brought half-way across the world to meet him. He straightway fell in love; he knew in his own mind, and in spite of all dissuasions and difficulties, his choice never wavered. The difficulties were so great and hope so remote ...

Shutdown hit wall of truth evasion

It’s hard to count the half-truths, warped symbolism and abuse of logic that plunged our country into a government shutdown. Sure, blatant lies will do it, but these other players are worse because they are sneaky. Now, President Trump’s reason for the shutdown, a “crisis” at the ...

Root Veggies make a great tasting stew

It’s mid-winter. Frigid. Blustery. We crave warm, nourishing comfort foods. And stew fits the bill. Slow-cooked, delicious, nutritious and hearty, it will raise everyone’s spirits. Delicious broth-based stews combine meat or beans with vegetables and grains or potatoes for an easy, ...

Shine On! empowers young girls with free workshops

My husband and I are the parents that limited “screen time” for our children. We had numerous conversations about Internet safety. We read books and talked with friends. Some elements we discussed resonated, but a lot of what we said seemed to be filed away in a seldom used section of my ...