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St. Moritz Hotel sold at auction: Jan. 23, 1964

That famous Lake Placid landmark, the St. Moritz Hotel, built in 1926, has a great history in that village. If the cars in the parking lot are any indication, it is a bustling business today, hosting the tourists who jam the streets of Lake Placid. Christmas week, the crowds in town ...

This marten was a regular visitor to Joe Hackett’s hunting camp this season. Although it was very cautious visitor, it was sure to be around whenever there was a scrap of food left over.				        (Photo — Joe Hackett)

Hunting camp provides more than just an escape

The annual big game season was again hampered by warm weather and the lack of a consistent snow cover this year. It is a situation that has become a steady trend in recent years. Another hunting season has passed with less than a full week of snow cover for tracking. The long held, technique ...

Continued resistance

I was asked, “Would someone please tell me why liberals cannot stop whining and just suck up that they lost?” I will tell you. We are not whining because we lost. We are whining because the mendacious, narcissistic bully who won is unfit for the role. We’re whining because we fear for ...

The importance of Adirondack wilderness

At the statewide hearings on the classification of the newly purchased Boreas Ponds and thousands of acres of other Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park, the theme of “balance” was popular. Calls for balance were purported to show moderation and a willingness to compromise. The ...

Between a rock and a hard place

What follows is a tale of stones: one figurative, one literal. The figurative stone was a stone face. The literal one was a stone turd. Now some clarification. Everyone knows what stone-faced means. Maybe your image of a stone face is different from mine, but we both have an essential ...

We may have a new home closer than we think

Most of the time, we take it for granted — at least I do — that planet earth is a truly special place. If Earth had been too much closer to the sun it would be char-broiled, and if it had been a little further from the sun it would be a frozen tundra. Earth sits in what is often called ...

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(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Hearty winter breakfasts

Chilly mornings are part of winter. So fill up and warm up with hot, hearty breakfasts that stick to your ribs. Almost a quarter of American adults - 55 million - skip breakfast. The most common reason is lack of time. Kids have to get to school, parents have to go to work, everyone’s ...

Extreme winter weather

Every winter, I receive questions about hypothermia and about the dangers and symptoms of both hypothermia and frostbite. Most are from concerned parents of younger children. We’re certainly not strangers to cold weather. After all, this is the North Country. And winter is the season of ...

A bear in its den
(Photo provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Bear envy: Why can’t we hibernate, too?

It’s “lights out” for bears in North America. They’re fat. They’re happy. Wake them when the weather gets better. Humans struggling for a respectable eight hours of sleep may look upon the genus Ursus with envy and ask, “Why can’t we pass out for a few dark months?” Black ...

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Earth approaches closest point to the sun

As the new year dawns, the Summer Triangle plunges toward the western horizon. Cygnus (SIG-nuss), the Swan, wings south along the Milky Way with the geese seeking warmer climes for the winter. For us, the days are slowly starting to lengthen. The latest sunrise was yesterday (7:33 a.m. ...

A wolf in shepherd’s clothing

A couple of months ago, a cartoon appeared in this paper showing two wolves. One was on all fours disguised as a sheep. The second was standing upright in a shepherd’s outfit saying to the first, “You have to think bigger!” The idea was clever and amusing, but it points to something ...

November 2017 is New York’s real opportunity for change

The U.S. Constitution is the closest thing to a sacred text allowed in a secular republic. It is treated with reverence, stored in a helium-filled, temperature-controlled case that is lowered every night into a waterproof, fireproof and bombproof vault. Like holy writ, the Constitution ...

Tinted windows now subject to annual inspection

If you are someone that has had tinting applied to your vehicle’s windows, beware! Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law has been amended to require that safety inspections test motor vehicle windows for conformance with light transmittance standards, as set forth in ...

Family members walk home from school in Chicago’s Little Village, where most people live within walking distance of schools. Murals, many with religious themes, have been painted on many buildings in the community. This garage has been inscribed, “Rise up, my son, and go in peace.” 
(Photo copyright by Philip Langdon, used with permission)

Fear grips a Mexican-American neighborhood

When Donald Trump promised during the presidential campaign to deport millions of undocumented Mexicans, most Americans probably didn’t stop to consider what such a huge exodus might do to the neighborhoods where immigrants have settled. Now, with the inauguration a ...

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Police blotter from December 1942

Officer Matt Jones was called out early (4:35 a.m.) on the first day of December 1942. He was plum tuckered out running around trying to solve the problem that was causing so much trouble for some of Saranac Lake’s citizens that he was sworn to protect. I knew Officer Jones. A big, soft ...

Good riddance, 2016

WASHINGTON — Viewing 2016 in retrospect — doing so is unpleasant, but less so than was living through it — the year resembles a china shop after a visit from an especially maladroit bull. Because a law says “the state of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the ...

Air medical service is a crucial link

One in three Americans live in rural areas where getting urgent medical care for events like cardiac emergencies, stroke and trauma are extremely difficult due to the fact that appropriate medical facilities are so far away. Since 1990, more than 22 percent of America’s hospitals have closed. ...

When fiction becomes fact

It’s a rare occasion when I get written feedback on my columns, so imagine my surprise at getting a half-dozen emails about last week’s column. If you missed it, it was about ecumenicism at either its best or worst. You decide. The column involved three people. One was my mother. ...

Barley Vegetable Soup
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In 2017, learn to eat sustainably

"Food is our common ground.” — James Andrew Beard  (May 5, 1903 to January 21, 1985) quintessential American cook Sustainable. We hear it everywhere: sustainable lifestyles, agriculture, economics, cars, food. The word invokes a vague sense of environmental virtue – but what does it ...

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How the town of Chester earned a spot in history

“The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Town of Chester” by Donna Lagoy and Laura Seldman --- What a fine bit of historical research these authors engaged in and presented in this book. In an effort to expand the understanding of the history of Chester, ...