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Saranac Lake police report — February 1943

Nothing happened in the first four days of February 74 years ago in Saranac Lake that was serious enough to call the police. The first call came at 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 5 when there was a chimney fire, Box 213, at Vaughn’s home located in Peck’s ...

Running into an old production buddy on the trail

While seeking alternatives to my usual jaunts on the Jackrabbit Trail and the various loops around Scarface Mountain, I set my sights on a long loop from the Fish Hatchery in Lake Clear to St. Regis Landing. The trip was intended to incorporate woodland trails, mixed in with old log roads and a ...

A coalition of the principled center will fight Trumpism

Here’s a little story from the bad old days of the New York subway: On seeing a well-dressed man drop a wrapper on a subway platform, a well-dressed woman urged him to pick it up. “What’s the use?” the man said, gesturing at the filthy surroundings. “If people like us don’t ...

Bob Seidenstein rockin' some western wear.
(Enterprise photo — Brittany Proulx)

West is best

Like every kid who grew up in the ’50s I was raised on a two-part diet of processed food and cowboy movies. The food was nutritionally deficient, but miraculous. In other words, it’s a miracle any of us came of age with healthy brain cells and without pellagra, anemia and rickets. ...

Basil Veggie Chicken
(Photo provided)

Healthy meals for hectic days

The second week of February is a hectic time around here. It’s Carnival time! So what’s to eat? The carnival includes many food events where you can dine in style: there’s the annual mixer, the dinner theater, and a variety of meals sponsored by groups like the figure skating club, ...

Democrats, get out of bed

Many Democrats hope the massive demonstrations against Donald Trump will evolve into a Democratic tea party. Sloppy rollouts of incoherent policy dressed in malevolence can rile people up. But Democrats must first understand what made the tea party powerful. Its great success came not from ...

Weather, global warming and climate change

It’s been a relatively mild January. On more than one occasion, I heard the term “spring-like.” I even heard one report of daffodils breaking ground. And as often happens during periods of mild winter weather, I get asked if it’s because of global warming. Conversely, I often find ...

An open letter to those concerned about drugs in the North Country

Concerned neighbors: I grew up in Lewis County and share in the concern about the recent increase in drug-related accidents and deaths that are being reported in the North Country. I am also encouraged to hear of the collaborative efforts of local authorities, community organizers and ...

Boreas Ponds deserves to be classified as wilderness

It was gratifying to see the enormous public turnout for the Adirondack Park Agency’s hearings on the classification of newly acquired Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park. The agency received more than 11,000 comments from the public, including many providing detailed facts and ...

Diagram

Encircling the Vernal Equinox

In early January, I wrote about the cosmic grid of right ascension and declination. Declination is cosmic latitude measured north and south from the Celestial Equator to plus 90 degrees and minus 90 degrees. Right ascension, cosmic longitude, is measured from the Vernal Equinox to the east in ...

The lonely death of Naika Venant

A few thoughts on the lonely death of Naika Venant. As you may have heard, Naika, a Miami teenager, hanged herself in the dark hours of a Sunday morning. She did this live on Facebook. We’ll likely never know why she chose to do it that way. Perhaps she felt invisible. Perhaps she wanted ...

‘America First’ is not a threat but a promise

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address. As has been his habit, he added to the prepared text the word “only” and employed the rhetorical device of repetition by repeating “America ...

Don’t blame highway dept. for slippery roads

Did you just skid off the road and into the ditch? Or, worse yet, skid into a signpost, tree, utility pole, or some other object? Did you ever skid through a stop sign or a red light at an intersection? Most drivers, at some point in their years of driving in winter conditions, do lose control ...

Boys out in the country had to find their own entertainment and this gang of four in AuSable Forks, about 1925, look more like they’re on a kamikaze mission than guys out inventing fun. The photo was given to me by Ona Hildreth Kwiatowski, a U.S. Army veteran and the photo concession manager at the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The boys, from left to right, Louis McConey, Jim Borett (steering with ropes) Ona’s grandfather Marvin Hildreth (kneeling wearing his high top boots) and James Fitzsimmons (“brakeman,” holding some kind of anchor) probably a plow share. (Ona looks just like her grandfather.) Marvin was in the Seabees in World War II. Her father Kim, an artist and retired stone mason and ski patrol member, was a sonar technician with the Navy during the Vietnam War.
(Photo provided — Monty Issit)

Local news from 1938

I usually try to match this column from the past with the current month, but this October 1938 Syracuse Post-Standard surfaced from my messy files, and I love stories from 79 years ago. You don’t suppose it has anything to do with my age? Back in the day, the Post-Standard had such a ...

Looking back to simpler, colder times

Winter’s great white carpet has again unfurled across the Adirondack landscape, encapsulating everything in its path. As snow continues to accumulate in my side yard, there is a silly grin that always seems to sneak across my face. I can feel it coming on, triggered by vivid recollections ...

It’s the White House calling

In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his paper and “the ...

Team D and D

I’m in my office (Lakeview Deli, to those who don’t know) getting ready to write this week’s Pulitzer Prize winner. I take a quick inventory Pencils? Check. Pencil sharpener? Check. Legal tab? Check. Erasers? Check. I ...

The real cost of protectionism

WASHINGTON — When the president speaks of closed factories scattered like “tombstones” across America, has he noticed the shuttered stores in shopping centers, and entire malls reduced to rubble? He promises “protection” to prevent foreigners from “destroying” manufacturing jobs ...

Trump: America for the Americans!

As the patriotic pageantry of Inauguration Day gave way to the demonstrations of defiance Saturday, our new America came into view. We are two nations now, two peoples. Though bracing, President Trump’s inaugural address was rooted in cold truths, as he dispensed with the customary ...

Soup and bread: Homemade delights

Bread, the “Staff of Life”, is a basic part of our diet. We eat it daily. A basket of bread on the table is a regular accompaniment to many meals. We beseech God: “Give us this day our daily bread” - and we take it for granted. January is National Wheat Bread Month. On a cold ...