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While gross, leeches aren’t actually dangerous

SARANAC LAKE — Perhaps the best way not to find leeches is to go looking for them. There are some 700 species of leeches in the world, and about 500 of them live in freshwater. Not all of them have been catalogued, but as far as we know, Macrobdella decora is the only hematophagic, or ...

Nonfiction contest offers good reading opportunities

Each spring, Bibi Wein and I judge general nonfiction and memoir entries in the Adirondack Center for Writing’s literary contest. This year’s general nonfiction entries, many of which have already been reviewed in the Enterprise, were especially strong, evidencing research, ...

Help reverse stigma of addiction

Until fairly recently, a diagnosis of cancer carried with it an undefinable stigma. The patient had some failing that many in their communities didn’t understand and were reluctant to discuss. As a result, recovery was often a lonely process made yet more challenging society’s ...

An open letter to Canada

To our Canadian friends: Here in the North Country, we have a strong and unshakable bond and affection with the people of Canada. Most of us were appalled at our president’s callous and unforgivable words and actions at last week’s G7 conference. Especially at the harsh words he directed ...

Study: Speeders are most likely texters

SmartDrive Systems, which completed a video analysis of fleet drivers, reports that drivers who speed are more than twice as likely to text when they drive. Other distractions such as speaking on handheld phones, accessing apps, eating and grooming were all greatly increased by drivers who were ...

The Watertown Daily Times on the Women, Infants and Children program, June 6

A state benefits program is taking advantage of the latest technology to help individuals make healthy decisions when buying food. Sometime later this year, participants in the Women, Infants and Children program will be able to use debit cards for grocery transactions. The cards will ...

America needs to take rape seriously

There will be few tears for Aaron Persky. California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Persky, the state’s first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student ...

Does North Korea wish to become Upper Volta without rockets — or vodka?

WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle Third World economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as “Upper Volta with rockets.” Today the question is: Would ...

Area high school scholarship winners, 1978

A belated congratulations to all you guys and gals for winning the Regents College Scholarships. Sorry about outing you on the age thing. No lying about it anymore ... you all graduated 40 years ago! Since it is graduation time again, perhaps you “kids” will enjoy seeing your name in ...

Paddling the ’Round the Mountain route

SARANAC LAKE — It’s not often that a canoe route brings you back to within just a mile or so of where you started, but a three-lake loop out of Saranac Lake offers a long but convenient paddling excursion. Called the ‘Round the Mountain route, in honor of a canoe and kayak race of ...

Enjoy the arrival of an Adirondack spring while it lasts

With the arrival of the Strawberry Moon looming on the near horizon, fish and game will be on the move. Wildflowers will continue to brighten-up the otherwise dark evergreen forests, and the bogs as well. Anglers, paddlers and like-minded outdoor travelers have been enjoying what has ...

A charming Supreme Courtship

My first visit to the Supreme Court of the United States was in summer 1977. I was an intern in the General Counsel’s Office at the United States Department of Transportation. The court’s dining room was rumored to be a good place to eat and was open to the public after 1 p.m., and the ...

A reality check on ticks and Lyme disease

The possibility of children getting Lyme disease really ticks off parents. Lyme is on the rise, and children who play outdoors in areas where deer ticks live are at risk. Last year, Vermonters reported almost 500 cases of Lyme. Northern New York has its fair share as well. Symptoms of Lyme ...

Trump is not destroying himself

Right now, Donald Trump is in the strongest political position since the initial months of his presidency. He’s not in robust shape — he’s ticked up into the mid-40s — but the slow upward trend in polls has been evident since March. Too much shouldn’t be read into the ...

Poetic injustice

I was blessed by a public school education that exposed me to a lot of poetry. I can’t remember if we read any in early grade school, but certainly in Miss Pattinson’s sixth grade class we read our fair share. I specifically remember reading “Excelsior” by Longfellow, because before ...

Children’s Summer Reading Program begins July 11

The 2018 Mary MacIntyre Summer Reading Program will meet on Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. “Libraries ROCK!” is the theme that will tie together many delightful stories, projects and activities for the free series. Leaders of the three groups — preschool, ...

Why I’ll never be a 46er

I avoid climbing the popular peaks. Call it a family tradition; my mother, who took my brother and me hiking as soon as we were able to keep up, began passing on the big climbs in the early 1980s. “The trails are getting eroded by so many hikers,” she’d say. For all I know, my ...

The Penny Whistle

The Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage in Saranac Lake, because of its age, retains certain bragging rights unobtainable to the likeminded establishments that have followed its example in California, Samoa and Scotland. “Provenance” is the fancy word museum curators use to convey the history of ...

ADKX — The Museum of Blue Mountain Lake

What’s in a name? Last year’s name change from The Adirondack Museum to Adirondack Experience - the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) had a few people up in arms. For my family, it’s still the same place that we’ve explored since the children were tiny and continue to recommend to ...

Stephanie Miner calls

Stephanie Miner called here Thursday to thank us for writing editorials saying the governor’s race would be better if she entered it. The former mayor of Syracuse says she may still run. She’ll have to make up her mind soon. The Democratic primary is Sept. 13, and the time to submit ...