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Cinnamon apple muffins 
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Apples and cinnamon: a wonderful pair

Days are short. Nights are long and chilly. Leaves are falling. Geese are flying. It’s time for apples! And the spice you need to season all those apples you pick at a local orchard is cinnamon! Once prized and rare, today cinnamon is one of the more common spices. Native to India, the ...

Robert Louis Stevenson is depicted on a Scottish one-pound note. Scots forgave their wayward son as his posthumous fame spread around the globe.

Introducing a Stevenson history series

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is pleased to announce a forthcoming series of articles to mark the 100th anniversary of public access to the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage in Saranac Lake. This house museum on Stevenson Lane was once home to the author and native son of Scotland who ...

New JFK documents don’t matter; real question is why he was killed

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” — John F. Kennedy Systems of power killed John F. Kennedy. In other words, the idea that JFK needed to die in order to protect ...

Constitutional convention confusion

In a few weeks, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. I find it very curious that with the election so close, many voters still have no idea whether they should be in favor or opposed to this proposal — and that includes people who are ...

Marijuana legalization synonymous with increased crashes in Colorado

Legal recreational marijuana in Colorado began with adult use in late 2012 and was followed by legal sales in 2014. Even though the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, ...

From the Enterprise, Sept. 28, 1967

Dog shot five times lives, 1968

I just love the way history pops up about Saranac Lake — especially when one has old scrapbooks meticulous created by persons unknown. In this space last week, I recalled that when I was mayor back in the 1960s, the village board hired a full-time “dog-catcher” by the cool name of ...

Window pains

When I was a kid, adolescence was called “The Awkward Years.” I think the awkwardness was due to wanting to belong to some group or other, but not making the cut. Luckily, it wasn’t an awkward time for me. It’s not that I was an enlightened being who’d risen above all the ...

Trump economy fails to wow many investors

A rich guy I know really, really dislikes Donald Trump. A member of the 1 percent, Jack (not his real name) thinks the president has sullied the country’s reputation and put democracy in danger. But I had to ask him this: “Aren’t you at least happy with the stock market?” He’s done ...

Balloon animal at the Adirondack Carousel is just one of over 25 area Halloween activities. 
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Halloween events for all ages

I’ve been writing about Halloween events for this column for years. Every year, there is even more sugary treats and ghoulish fun to share. Of course, Halloween isn’t just for kids, so if you are over 21, make sure to head straight down to the end for those events that require proof of age. ...

A wagon full of pumpkins
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

Pumpkin Day comes on Oct. 26

Yes, Halloween is on its way ... do you have your jack-o-lantern pumpkin yet? But first, Oct. 26 is ... National Pumpkin Day! The bright orange fruit is a common sight in autumn. The iconic symbol of Halloween is common in fall-themed children’s books. With a natural sweetness most love, ...

Are our Mideast wars forever?

“The Kurds have no friends but the mountains,” is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds. As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The ...

An odd sight — a pumpkin sits impaled atop Cornell University'’s McGraw Tower on Oct. 8, 1997.
(Photo provided by Cornell University)

The Great Pumpkin Prank — a piece of Cornell history

McGraw Hall, Cornell University’s first building, is certainly the most recognizable symbol of the university and arguably one of the state’s most iconic buildings. Built in 1891, it is named for Jennie McGraw, a close family friend of university co-founder, Ezra Cornell. McGraw Hall’s ...

Federal proposal rubs SALT in wound as NY subsidizes other states

Recent statements by federal officials, including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and House Speaker Ryan, have advocated elimination of the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by claiming that so-called “high-tax” states like New York, New Jersey and California are being ...

Harrietstown incumbents are doing a good job

Once again it is the “trick or treat” season of political discourse. It is sad that the state of politics is such that no discourse exists at all. I have, unfortunately, seen the process devolve into “us vs. them,” and regardless of starting position, whether left or right, no movement ...

Lane departure warning feature lowers crash rates

Thankfully new technology rapidly finding its way into our newer cars is significantly yielding benefits when it comes to preventing lane-change crashes. Many fatal crashes happen when drivers unintentionally stray from their lanes and run off the road or collide with another vehicle. In the ...

Is Trump the heir to Reagan?

Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, “I guess you could call him the ...

Other New York editorials

The (Albany) Times Union on state grants connected to a scandal, Oct. 17: Twice now, the state Department of Health has failed to reveal that contractors for state grant recipients were connected to scandals surrounding the Cuomo administration. The agency’s excuses only worsen the ...

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Saranac Lake police blotter, October 1929

[From time to time there will be an old Enterprise photo featured with this column that has no relationship to the column subject…as in today’s column. I now have two old scrapbooks, which I will tell more about later, loaded with pictures, that are just aching to be exposed again.] Dogs ...

When making people uncomfortable is the point

It “makes some people uncomfortable.” That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board’s decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper ...