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Illustration from ‘The Master of Ballantrae’
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‘A spirit intense and rare’: From the poem ‘RLS’ by W.E. Henley

Robert Louis Stevenson was rarely seen in Saranac Lake in that winter of 1887-88. His Adirondack exile had been coincidental with his rise to stardom on this side of the Atlantic, and he was riding the crest of the American craze over his recent shocker of a novelette, The Strange Case of ...

Character counts, but so do results

I do not make it a practice to comment on the work of fellow columnists, though occasionally some care to comment on mine, which is fine. I’m happy to help them make a living. An exception will be made here because of New York Times “conservative” columnist, Bret Stephens. In an ...

Baby, it’s cold outside — prevent frostbite

Frost bite isn’t “Jack Frost nipping at your nose.” It’s more severe and doesn’t come with a snappy song. The mere thought of my skin being cold enough to start forming ice crystals below the surface sounds more horror film than holiday special. After recently joining in a frosty ...

Leek and Apple Salad 
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New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions in 2018? Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to stay on a budget? Or to stay in shape? Or have healthier eating habits? Did you make a resolution to lose weight? According to data from the University of Scranton, about 45 percent of Americans make ...

Queen Carlson wins again

WASHINGTON — If karma is a b____, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America 1989 and ...

Hops on the vine
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From farm to pint

There’s an old Irish toast: to long life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one, a pretty girl and an honest one, a cold beer and another one! If you’re like me, you brought in the new year by raising a glass of frothy-delicious craft beer from a small, independent craft brewery (or ...

Prospects are good for Saranac Lake

Our village has an exciting future. As we look ahead to the new year and chart our community’s course, we start from a solid foundation of progress because, on any measure, the village is in a much better place than it was in 2010. Since that time, our tax rate went up only 2.5 percent, ...

Our sore president

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

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Neutron stars and a new era in astronomy

Today’s was the latest dawn of the winter with the sun’s edge appearing over the flat horizon in Tupper Lake at 7:33:34 a.m. Tomorrow, sunrise will be a second earlier. By Jan. 5, it will 10 seconds earlier. Slowly, dawn will creep earlier and earlier until June 14 to 16, when it will ...

President John F. Kennedy

Newly released CIA memo suggests foreknowledge of the JFK assassination

Despite shell-shocking disclosures about false-flag operations in Cuba, Lee Harvey Oswald’s career as an intelligence agent, J. Edgar Hoover’s hair-trigger efforts to corrupt a professional criminal investigation, mob ties to the CIA and much more than that, the mainstream media has ...

This “Penny Postcard” — that was the cost of the stamp — of the Hotel Saranac was mailed in Saranac Lake on Dec. 7, 1938, at 5 p.m. The message in part reads, “This new hotel stands where the high school used to be.”

The SLPD blotter from 1937-1938

It is amazing how entries in the Saranac Lake Police Department blotter fit with this photo of the Hotel Saranac — keeping in mind this item written at 10:55 p.m., Dec. 31, 1937, New Year’s Eve by Officer Matt Jones: “Found two doors to Hotel Saranac Barber shop unlocked. Reported to ...

Encountering an inexperienced, motley crew

It appears winter has arrived in time for the holidays. Fortunately, local trails already had a generous base of snow, which allowed both nordic and alpine skiers to hit the trails. There’s been plenty of snow for non-skiers as well, which was painfully evident as I watched a group of ...

A young girl rides a bike on the Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia. (Photo provided — Richard Smith)

2018 resolutions for Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done much to promote the tourist economy of the Adirondacks. In furtherance of his good work, we urge the governor to adopt the following new year’s resolutions and, in so doing, make the Adirondack Park an even better place to live and visit. - 1. Adirondack Rail ...

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New year’s resolutions

With the new year upon us, parents have asked me to help them with New Year’s resolutions for their children. Let me offer a few suggestions to ring in the new year. Infants should resolve to sleep on their backs, which helps to prevent sudden unexpected infant death. And they should keep ...

A Norman Rockwell dream come true

It didn’t seem like it’d happen, but it did. What happened, you ask? The Old Adirondack Winter Cold Snap, that’s what. How long it’ll last is anyone’s guess, but it has for the past few days and (at least according to the weather wizards) it still has a ways to go. It ...

Denise Sheaks Burke, center, poses with her daughter Taylor and son Austin.
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Ready to lose a limb

How can I begin to express how I feel about losing a limb? I have had months to process that I will be losing my right foot in a below-the-knee amputation on Jan. 9. How does one wrap their head around that? This journey, like most crisis we all face in life, comes with loss, change and new ...

Dems should dial back racial bargaining

The election of Doug Jones in Alabama delivered much joy to Democrats, and they rightly heralded the huge African-American turnout, without which Jones would not have won. But Democrats should have stopped there. Some of their prominent voices went further with the theme that black voters did ...

Sport the dog poses with his entourage for photographer T. Edmund Krumholz on Baker’s veranda in March 1888. From right are Robert Louis Stevenson, Mrs. RLS, Lloyd Osbourne, a local maid (name unknown) and Valentine Roche, Swiss maid for the Stevensons. (The author’s mother, Margaret, was away.)

The hunter’s companion

George Berkeley was a local innkeeper in 1887. (No connection to Berkeley Square or the vanished hotel.) He was also a fan and friend of the illustrious resident author with the already famous initials RLS. “On the Character of Dogs” is one title in the extensive list of Stevenson ...

FIFA trial exposes bribes culture; World Cup, Olympic cases loom

GENEVA — The verdict is in: FIFA is not going to move past a sweeping bribery investigation into international soccer so easily. A former FIFA vice president for South America and the Brazilian head of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee were found guilty of racketeering charges in a ...

Beans, Greens and Pasta  
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New Year luck

The passing of one year and the birth of a new one is cause for revelry and reflection. The traditions that accompany this rite of passage depend on our culture, ethnicity, religion and economic stature. How we choose to celebrate and commemorate is very individual. Whether you participate ...