Columns

Seven’s company

Two things I inherited from my mother are my support of charities and my love of animals, but my approach is different from hers. With charities, I pretty much give only to local organizations. If you don’t know why, just look up what percent of contributions to national charities ...

Books in every category, along with CDs, DVDs and puzzles, will be sold at the 29th annual Winter Book Sale on Feb. 8-10.
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Winter Carnival Book Sale Feb. 8 to 10

The 29th annual Winter Book Sale will take place Thursday, Feb. 8, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Warm up between Winter Carnival events and browse through ...

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Life at Baker’s: From Saranac to the Marquesas and beyond

Being letters written by Mrs. Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson, the mother of Robert Louis Stevenson, during 1887-88, to her sister, Jane Whyte Balfour, with a short introduction by George W. Balfour, M.D., L.L.D., F.R.S.E., also Physician in Ordinary to the King for Scotland. To RLS he was, ...

The book we got, not the one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to number 1 on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s ...

Josie’s Cabin at Mount Van Hoevenberg’s Cross-Country Ski Center hosts an interactive natural history series on select Saturdays.
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Warming up with Adirondack History Lectures

Being active and outside in winter is just one opportunity to get the full Adirondack encounter. With visiting family and friends, we like to have options that can please a wide range of abilities while still being able to be tourists in our own town. Learning about local history doesn’t ...

Warm up with soup

Baby, it’s cold outside! When you’re chilled to the bone, there’s nothing like a bowl of hot soup. The thermometer shows negative digits. Winds howl and blow. Soup simmers on the stove, filling the house with comforting scents. It creates steam, adding humidity and warmth to dry ...

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Book details love story between American journalist and Russian skater

“Maia — A Cold War Novel,” by Richard Manichello --- Richard Manichello’s consistently entertaining “Maia” is a bit like a seven-part Netflix series. “Maia” is a Cold War thriller; a new take on the star-crossed lovers’ story; a story of redemption; a coming of age story ...

Dent’s departure makes Allentown vulnerable to Democrats

WASHINGTON — It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer. After seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania’s House of ...

The Trumpist gets trumped

Steve Bannon just got Jeff Flaked. The former Trump strategist who has been on a chest-thumping tour vowing to defeat any Republican officeholder insufficiently loyal to Donald Trump got savagely attacked by the president for his insufficient loyalty. Nothing with Trump is final. ...

A prophet who deserves a little honor

Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule. Even pre-eminent 20th-century American columnist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann, who was courted by presidents and prime ministers, is regularly ...

Drowsy driving dangerous to all drivers

Drowsy driving is a serious issue that affects all drivers, but unfortunately doesn’t get the same attention as driving while impaired or distracted driving. It is estimated that over 6,000 fatal crashes per year are due to drowsy driving. Stony Brook University, New York, has launched a new ...

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Officer Garwood dies at age 31, October 1937

My friend for many years was Saranac Lake Police Officer Donn Garwood and I never knew that his father had served with the local police department. Donn and his wife Lorraine (Waterson) Garwood and children were our neighbors on Petrova Avenue. Donn had a particular method of twirling his ...

Lou Reuter, Enterprise senior staff writer (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Best New Year’s Eve ever for Bills fans

I’ve always enjoyed New Year’s Eve celebrations. I’ve certainly seen my share. But for me, it’s not about partying until the wee hours of the morning. It’s more about being in a good mood and reflecting, as well as looking ahead, during a night on the town with my friends. In fact, ...

Power Moon ushers in the bitter cold of winter

The arrival of the recent full Power Moon served to kick off the winter season with temperatures that dropped into the double-digit below zero range. While pixie dust sparkled in the cold evening air, a huge full moon lit up evening scene. Trees groaned and popped in the nearby woods, as frost ...

Celebrate freedom, not pot

As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth. Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on ...

Fire bell in the night for the ayatollah

As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the “sedition” had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that broke out a week ...

A cold hard look

Unlike meteorologists, I can’t predict our cold snaps. But I can predict what inevitably follows them on Facebook: My news feed gets clogged with postings from all my local “friends” who have since settled south of the Mason-Dixon Line. They all say the same thing — how glad they ...

The 2010s look more like Trump’s ideal America than Obama’s

One of my favorite Christmastime presents is the Census Bureau’s release of its annual population estimates for all of the states. Comparison of the April 1, 2010, Census Bureau enumerations and the June 30, 2017, estimates for the states shows how each state fared in the Obama years, seeing ...

2017, the year the last norms fell

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred ...

Other editorials from around the world

The Telegraph of London on politics surrounding next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, Jan. 3: Great sporting events are political. Much as athletes, footballers, swimmers and the rest would like to think that international tournaments are merely an opportunity for them to ...