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Barbara Rexilius

Thanks to all who helped mom

There are so many people that have a been a part of my mom’s life and death journey, I hardly know where to begin. We have been blessed with understanding, giving friends, neighbors, and family. Always checking in, stopping by, calling, texting, or writing to offer support, a kind word, help ...

Carolyn Bordonaro, the talented marketing director for the new Hotel Saranac has been attending events all over town lately. If her marketing duties are stretched to include advertising, I hope she can to tell a chicken from a rooster.

More news from the Enterprise, August 1939

Well, now that we have another police column out of the way, last week, we have to finish up the breaking news from August 1939. A really big deal was the construction of the Tupper Lake/Long Lake highway creating very busy railway yards in Tupper Lake. Tons of construction ...

Are Illinois and Puerto Rico our future?

If Gov. Bruce Rauner and his legislature in Springfield do not put a budget together by Friday, the Land of Lincoln will be the first state in the Union to see its debt plunge into junk-bond status. Illinois has $14.5 billion in overdue bills, $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations, ...

U.S. Navy blues and screws

I suspect everyone who was ever in the service has had the same revelation at some time, namely there’s a huge difference between the official chain of command and the real chain of command. I know I sure did. I’d been in the Navy about a year and a half, a year of which had been in boot ...

Dems need to shake their depression

Elvis said, “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.” Depression warps one’s thinking. It saps energy and magnifies problems, making it hard to deal with them calmly. Democrats’ overreaction to the recent loss in a Georgia special election bore all the trademarks of ...

Operation Gravy Train: A Hollow Victory

I think that many readers might consider “Operation Gravy Train,” the massive law enforcement initiative culminating with the arrest of 106 alleged drug traffickers, to be a great success. It was successful in the sense that it required an impressive degree of managerial ability, ...

Search for Waldo hiding in 25 Lake Placid businesses throughout the month of July. 
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Where is Waldo? Hiding in Lake Placid

My family has never stopped looking for Waldo. I still find my children, other people’s children, and even guests searching through each book’s colorfully illustrated crowd scenes. There is something hypnotic about scanning the page, picking out the familiar lanky cartoon man in his red and ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

It’s time for … summer berries

It’s Summer! Long days, short nights, farmers’ markets and ... strawberries! The fragrant, sweet, juicy and bright red berries are the first of the berry crop to ripen. This versatile berry is the most popular berry in the world — for good reason! Strawberry varieties grow wild on all ...

The outlook after the special elections

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they ...

A couple of good reads

Books are beginning to pile up on my desk, so this week I’ve chosen to address two. For my money, New York Archives is one of the most underappreciated magazines around. Inaugurated in 2001, each quarterly issue offers well-written perspectives on aspects of our state’s history. Famous ...

Rite of spring

A few weeks ago, when the weather began to warm up, my wife Ann and I braved the blackflies to perform a joyous annual ritual. Not quite a Chaucerian pilgrimage, but with enough similarities so that Canterbury came to mind — to mine anyway. It was a spring event. And it was — without too ...

Character beyond measure

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

Fatalities, injuries continue in spite of Move Over laws

Slow Down, Move Over laws were first introduced in the United States in 1996, when the first Move Over law was introduced in South Carolina following the death of a paramedic who was struck at a crash scene. In 2012, Hawaii was the final state to enact such a law. New York was somewhere in ...

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Police reports for June 1939 and 1942

Swear to God I don’t go downtown without someone asking, ‘when are you going to do another report from the old police blotters’ ... So, the last person to ask about the police stories was my friend Mike Foley of the Christian Book Store…so here you go Mike. Names are changed when ...

Robert “Bobby” Reiss III smiles with his mother Eleanor Reiss.
(Photo provided by Robert Reiss)

Parents suffer from addiction

Eleanor and I are writing this letter on the three-month anniversary of the death of our firstborn son Robert R. Reiss lll to express our feelings about our painful journey with drugs and drug addiction in our home. Our intention is to bring awareness to how addiction can begin in your home ...

Hatcheries are the lifeblood of sport fishing industry

The Seth Green State Hatchery located on Spring Brook in Caledonia County, New York, is the oldest fish hatchery in the country Established in 1864, the hatchery continues to provide brook, brown and rainbow trout as it has for more than a century. There are currently dozens of other ...

Bottle returns

On my way to the Enterprise early in the week, I had a delightful surprise. I ran into Champ Branch. If you don’t know Champ, you’ve missed one of the best treats My Home Town has to offer. Champ (And don’t ask me his real name. For all I know, Champ is his real name ... or ...

Additional thoughts on hut-to-hut

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State message in January, indicated that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation “will construct infrastructure at Boreas Ponds in the Adirondacks and build trails as part of the ‘hut-to-hut’ system that links state lands to ...

Arugula in the garden
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Arugula is a wonderful salad green

Arugula is popping up in our garden! This early spring green is a cool weather crop that grows best in late spring and early summer. Though not well known as lettuce or spinach, it is easy to grow and matures quickly. It is best sown early, since warm, dry summer weather will make the leaves ...

Explore new day camp, programs, and workshops

My family’s summer months are quickly filled with too many wishes and expectations. We are off hiking, biking, on the water or working around the house. We are always looking for different ways to entertain the revolving door of visitors that comes with the warm weather. Here are my annual ...