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High Peaks backcountry skiing

I’m not an avid skier, but I have several friends who are ski and snowboard (and in some cases mountain bike) fanatics. Most grew up in skiing families and learned to ski as young children at small family-operated ski areas like Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake and Titus Mountain in Malone. ...

Let them eat cake

WASHINGTON — When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” he inadvertently foreshadowed the government shutdown of 2018-19. Fitzgerald was alluding to the wealthy class, which he had earlier portrayed in “The Great ...

Anxiety continues for federal government workers

Last Friday evening, President Donald Trump signed a continuing resolution providing funding to end the partial government shutdown. Apparently, political pressure built-up to a point where the President felt forced to enact the CR. The anxiety continues, though, especially for federal ...

Gary Greenberg’s long journey to get Child Victims Act passed

The question was probably unfair to begin with, and ultimately maybe unanswerable. How do you feel when you finally obtain justice? When what you demanded is about to be granted. When you realize that justice will still not right the wrong or take away the pain. Gary Greenberg was ...

From other New York Newspapers

The Times Union on legalizing marijuana in New York Jan. 22 New York’s possible legalization of recreational marijuana could have consequences for those who use it for medical reasons. The state should ensure it doesn’t harm those who need the drug. The money, the taxes, the ...

Test your traffic Law I.Q. — 2019

An annual winter feature of the weekly “Did You Know” articles is a 20-question quiz on vehicle and traffic law and traffic control devices. The first 10 questions are true/false and questions 11-20 are multiple choice. The answers will be found in next week’s article and will include ...

The warm side of the fridge

In 2014, I moved from Redford to Saranac Lake, an hour’s drive from there to here. When I moved, I moved from my friends, an old hand-built house that I called home, my neighbors, everything. Over time I’ve come to accept that I’m going to be in Saranac Lake for a long time. For the ...

Democrats have their Thatcher in Elizabeth Warren, if they dare

WASHINGTON — Margaret Thatcher’s description of herself as a “conviction politician” alarmed some Britons but delighted others because her convictions were incompatible with the flaccid centrist consensus that had produced their nation’s 1970s stagnation. In 1979, voters rolled the ...

Silly Walk of Fame

I was talking with my dad last night about the Adirondacks Walk of Fame at the new state Adirondacks Welcome Center in Queensbury, which an Adirondack journalist of some renown, Phil Brown, wrote about in a recent blog post. (Editor’s note: Will Doolittle’s father is former Enterprise ...

Southern overexposure

We all know the hassles of Adirondack winter far too well. From icy roads to frozen pipes. From brokedown furnaces in the cellar to ice dams on the roof. From cars that won’t start to dogs that won’t go out. When it comes to winter woes, you name ’em and we’ve got ’em. But my ...

The Covington controversy and narrative fallacy

WASHINGTON — When a white, Catholic-school boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap is shown staring down a Native American Vietnam War veteran, sending the media scrambling for their pitchforks and torches, one might want to pause and stroke one’s chin. Haven’t we seen this ...

Ignoring Trump or just bored?

It started during the midterm campaign. Democrats stopped talking about Donald Trump all the time. Now presidential hopefuls are doing the same. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, once a relentless sparring partner on Twitter, all but ignores Trump’s goading comments. Is the reason, as some ...

Grez, part II

“Round July 1, 1876, Louis arrived at Barbizon to hear the distressing news that women, respectable women, neither models nor mistresses, had invaded the magic circle—not Barbizon itself, but bad enough, Grez, the riverside branch of the colony, on the near banks of the Loing River ...

Light of God’s love needed most when it is darkest

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

North Country Jr. Iron Chef returns

Does any else remember school cafeteria food actually tasting good? Does anyone remember when “mystery meat” was whispered around the table because no one could ascertain what food product was on the plate? Before I get a lot of hate mail, I’m not talking about the effort that went into ...

It’s January — and it’s time for the market!

Yes, our farmers’ market is still going strong every Saturday morning at the Hotel Saranac! In past years, the market closed at the end of December, but this year is different. True, there are not as many farmers as in the summer. But there’s still plenty to buy! Juniper Hill sells root ...

Debar Lodge should be for veterans

Our country is home to thousands of veterans — the men and women who have given so much to make this country what it is today. Unfortunately, many of them are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition brought on by the suffering, inhumanity and hardship that they had to ...

Consult this coffee table book for Ad’k insight

Adirondack Life’s “Our Towns” --- Adirondack Life’s “Our Towns” is a must have coffee table book for anyone who loves the Adirondacks. It is a compilation of decades of Our Towns, a featured page in the well knownmagazine. The book contains descriptions of more than 130 ...

‘I can relate’

Well, a payday — or should I say, no payday — of the government shutdown has come and gone. I understand that there’s a lot of nervousness about rent, car payments, utility bills and so on. But hey, they’ll adjust; they always do. At least that’s what the Donald says because he ...

Adirondack rescue

To Mayor Clyde Rabideau, village of Saranac Lake: We are both experienced hikers and have climbed the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire (48) and Vermont (five). Beginning in 2017, we have focused on the Adirondacks, climbing 17 of the High Peaks that season and 18 more through August of 2018. On ...