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Ultra high speed internet may arrive soon

By now we are all familiar with Wi-Fi. It is everywhere. You can get free Wi-Fi in many businesses, and most of us have it in our homes. The access to the Internet however, generally comes from fiber optic lines. Fiber optic lines have enabled high-speed Internet to become available (though it ...

When life is a dog team

I read an article in the Enterprise recently about a Bloomingdale man, Peter Reuter, who’s preparing to run the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with a team of committed, athletic Alaskan huskies he’ll select from the large and diverse group of dogs he’s been working with for a number of ...

Republican alternatives to Obamacare, etc.

Assuming Trump and the Republican Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act, the media pundits and my neighbors are asking what will replace it. Trump recently acknowledged the difficulties of speedily replacing a program that has become interwoven into our health care system. In a recent ...

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Citrus salads brighten dark winter days

In the middle of winter’s chilly weather, gardens are buried deep under a blanket of snow. Stews, casseroles and meat dishes reign supreme. That’s when a dose of bright citrus adds a touch of sunshine to the North Country’s dark, wintry days. This time of year, most fruits and ...

As the moon orbits the Earth, the fraction of the lit side visable creates phases. The outer ring shows the side of the moon racing the sun is always bright. The inner ring of moons shows the phases as seen from Earth. The times around the Earth show the time of day experienced by observers at those positions.

Objects in the sky and relation to time

The only clocks and calendars our early ancestors had were the motions of objects in the sky. All of us pay some attention to the position of the Sun through the day. Few of us note the position of the Big Dipper as the sky darkens. If you do notice it and realize that its position shifts 15 ...

Dismembering Obamacare and its consequences

Whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, this article is for you. Jan. 31 was the last day of the 2016-17 enrollment period for Obamacare. Despite Trump’s executive order on his inauguration day, Jan. 20, declaring his intent to end Obamacare and the Congress’s passage a week earlier of a ...

Some walls work

“You must always leave the wall.” — “The Fantasticks” - While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

Autonomous cars — where do we stand?

We have all read about autonomous vehicles. We have heard all about Google and Tesla and the robot cars that are being tested and that, hopefully, will be much safer than existing vehicles by removing driver error from our highways. But how close are we to giving up control and just letting the ...

A test on your own backyard

The Environmental Relationships Test was developed by this author in the late 1950s and early ’60s to measure what individuals know about their own backyard and how skilled they are in graphically illustrating what they know. The process is standardized but unlike most standardized tests its ...

Crowds at the Railroad Station greet the celebrities.
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The big Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, 1957

Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club, a radio show, ran from June 23, 1933 to December 27, 1968. Mr. McNeill’s was the longest serving M.C. [more than 35 years] of a major entertainment show, longer than Johnny Carson of the Tonight Show or Bob Barker of the Price Is Right. So it was a very ...

Weighing assumed risk during adventurous travel

It was bound to happen sooner or later. It is an occupational nuisance that continues to linger in the back of my mind whenever I take to the woods or waters. Although I’ve always managed to heed its call, I’ve never allowed it to scare me off. It is a notion known as “assumed risk,” ...

A lesson to learn

The FBI and the CIA have stated that Russia intervened (“computer hacking”) in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of putting Donald Trump in the White House. This shouldn’t surprise anybody. One country meddling in the political process of another is all but routine, as ...

What a pal we have in Paladin

Last week’s column about the cowboy movies and TV shows of my youth got more responses than I could’ve predicted. Some mentioned details I’d long forgotten. For example, Jen Zahn said she’d never forgotten how Roy Rogers would sprint full-bore at Trigger from his back and then vault ...

PETROVA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIRD GRADE STUDENTS — On Jan. 27, the Petrova Elementary School third-grade classes toured the library's Dickert Wildlife Museum. Half of the students are shown in the Community Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. Their teachers are Mr. Bill Wilson, Mrs. Ali McCormick, Mrs. Sara Shatraw and Mrs. Wendy O'Brien. Teacher assistants are Mrs. Darlene Peer and Mrs. Laurie Woodruff.
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Winter Carnival Book Sale today and Saturday

The 28th annual Winter Carnival Book Sale continues today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the library, 109 Main Street. Find hundreds of hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles and games. A large section of ...

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Adirondack wildlife in the kitchen

Wildlife is the theme of this year’s Winter Carnival. Here in the Adirondack wilderness, many people hunt and fish. Wild game includes everything from deer to bear, turkey, grouse, rabbit, squirrel. There are also many types of fish. In spring, summer and autumn, our woods are full of wild ...

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Second read of Bob Marshall book is just as enjoyable as the first

“Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks,” edited by Phil Brown --- The opportunity to hear a talk recently by Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown led me to reread “Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks” (Lost Pond Press), a collection of Marshall’s writings that Brown edited and published in ...

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Martha Reben and her wildlife friends

This year’s Winter Carnival theme, “Adirondack Wildlife,” brings to mind the story of Martha Reben and her wildlife friends. If there had been an Oprah’s Book Club in the 1950s, Martha Reben’s book “The Healing Woods” would have been on the list. The bestselling story of a ...

The groper and the gipper

The Groper is doing just what he promised to do during the campaign. He’s being quick about it, too. He told us he knew more than the generals, and right off, he booted the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff from the inner circle of the National Security Council and appointed Bad Boy ...

Speeding, purposely or accidentally — it’s still illegal

All drivers exceed posted speed limits sometimes. The question is, when you are speeding, are you aware of it, or do you not realize it? A previous study by Saratoga Town Court and Albany Law School found that a majority of speeders are unaware that they are speeding. They may be ...

The narrative

Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. Crude. ...