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The Ladies’ Auxiliary Board of the Saranac Lake Free Library is seen at a reception. This photograph was first published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on July 10, 1910.
(Photograph #85.15K, courtesy of the Adirondack Collection, SLFL)

Library celebrates 110 years

Happy 110th birthday, Saranac Lake Free Library! While the library’s charter was granted in 1907, there were fledgling libraries that preceded the library on Main Street. A glance backward shows growth in both the physical library and the collection which has expanded from 400 books to a ...

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Paul Smith’s College — going forward

After the background laid out in last week’s column about Paul Smith’s College, I mentioned the message by President Cathy S. Dove published in the school’s magazine. So with Ms. Dove’s permission, here are excerpts from that message, picking up after her opening paragraphs about the ...

Hunting is a skill that requires a heavy dose of practice, patience, preparation and endurance. 
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

New season in the woods and on the waters

At this time of year, the ever-diminishing length of daylight hours triggers a natural hormonal responses in all wild creatures — ranging from whitetail deer to brook trout, wild turkey and the always entertaining woodcock, an odd shaped bird that can be found dropping out of the sky as ...

Turn off the TV, Mr. President

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage. Less than 12 hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the administration is ending DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...

Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided ...

Pups, pain and pills

If I had to give last week a label, it’d be Medical Mishegas Week. It started simply enough. I noticed one of my dogs had a thickening on her tail, under the fur. That was OK, till she started licking it and then broke the skin, making me take her to the vet. What was it? ...

Harvest Frittata
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Celebrate our Adirondack harvest season

Labor Day is past. School has begun. Leaves are starting to turn. Apples are dropping from trees. We had our first frost the first day of September. If you have a garden, hopefully you covered your basil, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini. This is the time of year that farmers' ...

Different stripe, same skunk — the radical right

What we now call “radical right” groups and political parties have existed for at least 160 years. Founded in the 1850s, the American Party (members were called Know Nothings because they refused to answer specific questions about their politics) was comprised of working and middle-class, ...

Become an Object Detective at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

A visit to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Some things never change, like the chills I get each time I hear the shocked tone in ABC Commentator Al Michaels’ voice as he announces, “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” in response to the 1980 American “Miracle” hockey win against the Soviet team. We make our annual visit to the ...

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Baltimore Orioles provide purpose for dying man

“Final Season,” by Richard Frost (who reviews books for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise), is a first-person novel about baseball and dying. When 55-year-old physician Dan Jameson’s cancer progresses, he rejects further therapies and follows his passion: the Baltimore Orioles. The novel ...

Trump’s true believers

In his classic 1951 book on mass movements, “The True Believer,” Eric Hoffer states that all such movements — be they religious, social or political — have numerous common features: “They all breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope and hatred.” Although the movement that put ...

Moving on

After living in the former Carmelite monastery — sometimes as seasonal, sometimes as year-round, residents — for almost 19 years, it’s time for Ann and me to move along to a different life. We are simultaneously eager and regretful. It calls to mind Scott Fitzgerald’s famous ...

Football’s enjoyment is on a fade pattern

WASHINGTON — Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of ...

Turkey’s choice: past or future

ISTANBUL — Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops, an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned “Murder on the Orient Express,” smoke shops and modest ...

Alan Gratz’s novel ‘Refugee’ demands your humanity

“‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “ — Matthew 25:44-45 They are the ...

Paying for highway infrastructure is problematic

As we drive all over the U.S. and Canada we rarely think of who owns a given road or who maintains it and at what cost — we just drive on. David Orr, Director of Cornell Local Roads Program in Ithaca just commented on this in the August issue of CLRPs “Road Chatter.” His comments got ...

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Paul Smith’s College: 1946-1966-2017

As you read this column today, September 2, the beautiful campus at Paul Smith’s College will be crowded with freshman and returning students and, by happenstance, my office is suddenly crowded with information about the college. First, there is a phone call from Bob Jones of Lake Placid ...

“Keene Lake” at the base of Spruce Hill in Keene, reappeared for several days after Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the area in 2011.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Destructive forces of nature

After witnessing the incredible power and natural force of heavy rains, blizzards, floods and electrical storms, I can empathize with residents of Texas and other southern states who have recently weathered the great damage natural events can deliver in the blink of an eye. Tropical ...

Reprimand to Trump from 12 Pittsburgh voters: ‘It’s not about you’

On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give “a word or a feeling about Donald Trump.” The answers from this group ...

On — and off — the waterfront

Although I was a lousy Boy Scout, I loved Camp Bedford. And how could I not? It offered every activity a 100-percent American boy could possibly enjoy. We played with fire, knives and hatchets, had archery, heard ghost stories and drank unlimited glasses of Kool-Aid at lunch and dinner. We ...