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Triple brass

“… does not life go down with a better grace, foaming in full body over a precipice, than miserably straggling to an end in sandy deltas?” — RLS, 1877 --- Visitors to the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage in Saranac Lake, are guided there for various reasons. Curiosity ...

Strolling through the Jay Covered Bridge

One of our favorite places to go all year round is the Jay Covered Bridge. While during the frosty months we are hypnotized by the swift current and ice formations. In the heat of summer we are drawn to the cool waters below. Now that it’s autumn, it is the perfect place to view the changing ...

Economy has more jobs than workers, but wages are still stagnant

The number of unemployed and the unemployment rate are often quoted in the news. A complementary statistic, which provides insight into the labor market and is seldom quoted,is the number of job openings. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, ...

LGBTQI Pride returns

Once again it is time to celebrate the diversity of all people here in the Adirondack North Country. In the past two years we’ve seen an outpouring of hate, attempts at overt discrimination and attempted rollback of basic human rights protections on the federal level. We are facing a ...

Web Poll results, Sept. 17-24

This week’s Web Poll: How do you feel about the new Saranac Lake brand slogan, “Decidedly Different”? --- Definitely delighted, Diffidently indifferent, Wish they’d decided differently --- This poll is not scientific, and its results represent only the opinions of Internet users who ...

Older drivers are driving safer longer

I came across an interesting article in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin written by Warren Clarke noting that older drivers are having fewer crashes, good information for our local drivers as we have a large percentage of drivers over 70 years old. The article claims that the number of ...

Has Russia given up on the West?

By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War ...

Placid waters for late-season paddle

It started back in June, when my friend Jason Labonte asked if I wanted to go paddle Lake Placid. I hadn’t been out on the Olympic village’s namesake in a long time, but the thought of paddling during the height of summer on one of the area’s most popular lakes was cause for ...

‘White House letter of 1907 found here’

(Headline from The Enterprise — Aug. 28, 1970) --- When you read the following story you will understand why the by-line read, Jim Loeb, who was then Enterprise publisher. The Manchester Union Leader in Manchester, New Hampshire is now owned by Joseph McQuaid, a member of that other ...

Learning to adapt to changing weather patterns

As another big game hunting season looms on the near horizon, hunters will again most likely be confronted and confounded by the obvious lack of snow on the ground, especially in the upper elevations. In the good old, pre-global warming days, Adirondack big game hunters could always count on ...

The Bey of Biscayne

If you were a denizen of My Home Town in the mid 1960s and heard the phrase “south of the border,” you would’ve either thought of one of two things, or both. If you’d never traveled to All Points South, it would’ve referred to Mexico. If, however, you’d driven down the East ...

Trump heads to UN as US retreats from world

WASHINGTON — America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in ...

Banned Books Week: Challenging censorship

Every year I am saddened by how many books still remain challenged or banned from various schools and libraries. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the inception of Banned Book Week in 1982. These banned and challenged books ...

Visiting those who are buried here

“Graves Of Upstate New York” By Chuck D’imperio --- In my mind, cemeteries are among the great underappreciated sources of local heritage and pride. I frequently wander graveyards when I travel. They help me gain a sense of an area’s history, remind me of the tragic epidemics that ...

Americans must break with Trump

Our country is at a crossroads. They said it couldn’t happen here. Not in this country. Not the United States of America. But it could. And it is. I am talking about nothing less than the prospect of authoritarian rule at the level of the highest office in the land and the end of American ...

Why crashes happen

Just about everyone goes someplace by car every day — that’s today’s society versus decades ago, when car trips weren’t so common. In fact, as a little kid growing up in Plattsburgh, my father turned in the license plates and put the car in the garage during winters. Back then, ...

From New York Newspapers

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh on Tobacco 21 Sept. 12 Bravo to the Essex County Board of Supervisors for upping the age to buy tobacco products to 21. As of Jan. 1, 2019 — after an educational effort that will include informational meetings and signs and informational packets ...

The Chamber of Commerce, 1976-77

Enterprise Publisher Cathy Moore has given me a picture of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber Board of Directors from the Enterprise of Nov. 5, 1976. Then in my messy files I found a folder of Chamber activities I had kept from those same years when I served on the Chamber Board. It is ...

Trust your gut to get through hunting season

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

Trump leans on shaky numbers to shape reality

WASHINGTON — The number of illegal voters. Crowd size. The GDP. President Donald Trump loves to cite stats and numbers to bolster his political standing. He just doesn’t seem to care much about whether they’re true. More than any other president in recent memory, Trump openly ...