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Traffic tickets received out of state

You are traveling out of state and are given a ticket for a traffic violation in another state or province — what happens next and how does it affect your New York state driver’s license? Well, it depends on the violation and where it happens. New York State Department of Motor Vehicles ...

Fishermen huddle around their pop-up shanty during last week’s Lake Colby Classic on Lake Colby in Saranac Lake.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Recaptivating youth interest in outdoors

I spent a majority of the past week skiing through the local woods, where I found snow conditions ranging from bare ground to bulletproof, with a few pockets of crust and dust and just a hint of fresh powder. Although I’d like to get in one last ski trip this season, the current ...

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The Adirondack Enterprise — April 9, 1938

Don’t we often hear that nothing really changes. Wars and revolts in the U.S. Congress filled the front page of my 79-year-old copy of The Enterprise. Page One, eight-column headline — “Reorganization Defeat Stuns Democrats” – “Washington, April 9 (AP) – The government ...

The pick of the crop

Apparently there’s a movement afoot to reintroduce cursive writing in public school curricula. Ah, yes, cursive writing. Remember it? I do — especially my struggle to learn it. It was in fourth grade with Miss Reid. Miss Reid was the very picture of a 20th-century ...

PICKING THE WINNING TICKET — Barbara Friend and Tom Delahant assist with picking the winning ticket for “Adirondack Splendor,” the pieced, appliqued and hand-quilted wall hanging displayed behind them. The winner was Lisa Styles.
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Quilt winner has ties to Saranac Lake and the library

Lisa Styles of Ashfield, Massachusetts, the quilt winner, has a strong connection to Saranac Lake and the Saranac Lake Free Library. Lisa is married to Larry Parnass, son of the late Barbara and Henry Parnass, Saranac Lake residents for many years. Both Barbara and Henry served terms on the ...

Enjoying the twilight view of Heart Lake and the 
High Peaks from the summit of Mount Jo
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Keeping track of ‘turnaround time’ on a sunset hike

My daughter and I have an arrangement. I will drive her where she needs to go and if I’m not there at exactly the designated “release” time, she reads a book or does her homework. It took a bit of time for me to claim those minutes for myself and to understand that I couldn’t always ...

What’s our role in athlete’s arrest?

“What a mess!” Is the response I’ve heard from many in regards to the recent allegations against a visiting athlete. I can’t help but think we, as a community and as a larger society, share in the responsibility of creating this mess. Innocence, guilt and finer details aside, how could ...

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Dill pickle soup

Winter is soup season! On cold, dark nights, good soup is comfort food in a bowl. In these modern times, when folks want soup they just open a can and pour it into a pot on the stove. Even “homemade” soup is generally made with packaged broth. But not so long ago, soups were cooked, ...

Work together for the good of all

After the November national election, there was a stunned portion of American voters. Traditional “blue” states did not vote as expected. This shock quickly mutated into anger. But should those surprised have anticipated the perceived political upset? And if so, at what point? The Trump ...

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Local novelist sets murder mystery in Florida

Elizabethtown-based author T.J. Brearton’s latest novel, “Dead Gone,” is a procedural set in southwest Florida. Brand-new Special Agent Tom Lange of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is called to Rookery Bay, Naples, where a decomposing body has been discovered by kayakers. ...

Road trip

I’ve just made one of my periodic drives to Texas, where I grew up. There is much to recommend such a trip. It’s always a deep, mysterious pleasure to go back where you came from and recalibrate memories and judgments. The solitary road trip offers the almost religious experience of ...

Beyond bias

On Feb. 24, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise ran an extensive editorial entitled “Dialogue builds understanding and trust” in response to concerns about perceived liberal/Democrat bias on the part of our local paper. That editorial detailed the extraordinary (and, I think, commendable) ...

Leadership D.C. could learn from

Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in Hollywood you ...

Coal-fired power plants and the EPA affect the Northeast

The United States produces nearly one-fifth of the world’s coal-fired electricity and ranks second in gigawatt-hours produced from coal power. The developing nations of China and India are first and third, respectively. According to a 2014 Environment America report, the six dirtiest ...

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Traffic counts — how busy is your highway?

All that traffic! Have you ever wondered just how much traffic there is on our highways? Are counts really increasing? How do they measure traffic volumes? The New York State Department of Transportation counts traffic not only on state highways but also on county and town roads and on some ...

Women protesting happened long before 2017. “Thumbing the Nose” was a protest, according to Mr. Google, going back to Roman times meaning “Kiss My ---’’.
(Photo from the Post Standard of October 1938)

The Enterprise — March 17, 1944

As Saranac Lake prepares to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, that gets bigger each year; festivities that have expanded and a program at the Harrietstown Town Hall following the parade ... all, thanks to that great Frenchman, our Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Probably many do not know ...

An icy brook makes its way through a hemlock forest.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Unplug to restore vital connection to natural world

Child’s play may help all of us to live a longer, happier and healthier life. In current times, it is astounding to realize the rapid transformation I’ve endured — from being a smart-aleck kid on the corner to the old codger down the road. The late, great comedian Robin Williams ...

Climate change is a national security issue

The scale of the threats to our national and global security that climate change is creating is staggering. These are well known to America’s military and security experts. Yet the voices of these persons are not being adequately heard and acted on in Washington, even as these dangers to our ...

Thumbs up … and OUT!

I first got bitten by the travel bug when I was in single digits, though as a little kid in Saranac Lake, chances for major voyages were limited. But I finally got them, thanks to my incompetence as a student. When I flunked out of college after my freshman year, a life of adventure ...

Donald Trump makes his acceptance speech in New York following his victory to become he 45th president of the United States on Nov. 2016. (Photo — Paco Anselmi/PA Wire via Associated Press)

Trumping the truth

Military personnel, police officers and firefighters routinely risk their lives in the line of duty. Consider the many brave individuals who were beaten (and some killed) during the Civil Rights Movement as well as foreign aid workers (Doctors Without Borders, for example) disaster relief ...