Columns

Parallel parking — impossible or piece of cake?

Parallel parking takes practice and skill, and is a part of every road test. As a result of these weekly articles, as you might expect, I receive a lot of emails from readers. I recently had an interesting one from a reader in Saranac Lake that asked if I ever did an article on parallel ...

Saranac Lake news — 80 years ago

As could be expected the big news was the upcoming local political contests but there was plenty of other news that meant so much at that time. Especially the number of civic clubs meeting but also, always the Bloomingdale news because as I constantly remind my readers, it was a bustling ...

Social Security and Medicare on the line this election

With just weeks to go until the midterm Congressional election, the news has been dominated by the Supreme Court nomination and the highly emotional issues of sexual assault, abortion, and reproductive rights. By contrast, there has been little discussion of important but dry economic issues ...

It’s getting a little squirrelly around here

With the opening day of the annual big game hunting season set to arrive on Oct. 20, outdoor travelers should take the usual precautions, and be aware that hunters will be in the woods. Although most hunters tend to avoid the popular hiking trails, they will at times, use the marked hiking ...

A lad of letters

With their cellphones, computers, tablets, and whatalls-electronic, kids today have access to almost ever piece of information there is, or ever was. And as far as I’m concerned, more’s the pity. Face it: Information, of and by itself, means nothing. There’s wrong information, ...

‘He belongs to the world’

From the Stevenson Society Mission Statement, 1920 --- In 1930, a 10- year-old boy in far off India listened as his father told him that if ever he was able to go to the United States of America, he must go to Saranac Lake to see the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage. Chandra ...

N.Y. has problems, but weather isn’t one of them

Gov. Cuomo believes the sun and fun of Miami Beach has New Yorkers packing their bags. He says upstaters want more sunshine. He believes they might want to fish more. He mostly believes it is not because New York’s economy is a burden. The governor is convinced happy days are ...

Carousel provides indoor activities

Every time I step into the Adirondack Carousel, I am in awe of the craftsmanship of each animal and the hand painted scenes surrounding its exterior. In addition to providing a unique experience, the carousel provides an expanded interior play area and games to idly pass the time away. With ...

Muskmelons

Sweet, juicy, orange muskmelons are now at area farm stands. They’re a delicious treat this time of year! The large, round fruit grow on trailing vines and mature in late summer or early fall. Because they’re very frost-sensitive and need a long, hot growing season they won’t be around ...

Tale of slavery is haunting

“Twelve Years a Slave,” by Solomon Northup --- A little over 30 years old, in the year 1841, Solomon Northup, born a freeman in Saratoga, New York, is kidnapnapped and sold into slavery in the south. Prior to being enslaved, he is a loving father and husband and son of a former ...

Should opioid addiction be an indication for the use of medical marijuana?

On July 12, 2018, the New York State Department of Health under the direction of Howard Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner of Health announced emergency regulations adding Opioid Use Disorder and “any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed” as a qualifying medical condition for the use ...

Shameful

Why can’t we believe the women? Less than 10 percent of sexual harassment claims turn out to be false (see Lisak, Gardinier, Nicksa and Cote, 2010). Therefore, the odds that three accusers are lying is less than one in a thousand. The odds grow longer if there is no motivation to lie, e.g., ...

Get your rural mailbox ready for winter

If you are among the many residents in Franklin County with a rural mailbox along the side of the road, pay attention to the rest of this article, as fixing your box in the middle of the winter is not much fun. If a property owner places his or her mailbox in the highway right-of-way (ROW), ...

Reflections on America’s hearing of the century

Eighteen years in, and America just experienced the hearing of the 21st century. It certainly was a national event that will be dissected for years to come. It was a day when Brett Kavanaugh — in front of more than a hundred million viewers — sold his soul to the GOP. It was a day ...

Big turnout for Democratic dinner — The Enterprise, Oct. 29, 1973

Friends who have been around for awhile agree that “politics” used to be interesting, challenging and, most of the time, fun, but it certainly was not a dirty word as it is today. I have never used this space for politicking and never will — only observations. The first Democrat ...

Communication is key for autumn travelers

As the summer finally fades away and the possibility of a fresh dumping of snow grows closer with each passing day, sportsmen and women, anglers and an ever-growing contingent of woods walkers will continue to prepare for the plethora of outdoor opportunities that only autumn can ...

Elise, we expect better from you

“Taxin’ Tedra” — ain’t that fetching? It was, after all, the opening salvo fired by Elise Stefanik, just hours after Tedra Cobb convincingly won the Democratic Primary for the 21st Congressional District. The campaign release said that Ms. Cobb voted “20 times” to increase ...

A class act

I knew I’d be a teacher from the time I was ten. And it wasn’t like I thought I’d be a teacher or I wanted to be one — I knew I would. I don’t think that phenomenon is unique or even all that unusual. I’d bet a lot of adults knew what they’d do from early childhood. ...

Early fall tomato salads

With a longer season and hotter summer, the tomato harvest was truly stupendous this year. Farm fresh tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are still abundant – but will be gone soon. They are the ingredients of awesome summer salads made without lettuce or other greens. Horiatiki, or ...

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation workshop

It’s easy and fun to cultivate edible mushrooms using logs, stumps, or other mediums (i.e. straw, corn cobs), and the moist shade of your wooded property. Each mushroom variety offers its own unique, often nutty flavor. And mushrooms are packed full of nutrients: things like B-vitamins, ...