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More news from the Adirondack Observer

The tabloid newspaper that I lifted the stories from last week has a dateline of June 11, 1948, nearly 80 years ago, eh, I mean nearly 70 years ago — hey, easy now; I just read a scientific study claiming that four people out of three can’t do math. Big sports section The Adirondacks ...

Autumn brookies typically display colors that reflect the fall season.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Loon migration is a sure sign of transition

Whether you choose to spend your time in the company of a lake, river or pond, or upon a lonely mountaintop deep in the forested wilderness, the first few weeks of October always usher in the high holy days of the sporting season. It’s a time of ever-changing landscapes backdropped by dark ...

‘Our Wonderful Universe’ and more at the library

There’s something wonderful happening in the Cantwell Room of Saranac Lake’s library over several Tuesday nights (at 7 p.m.). It’s the continuing series, the Enlightenment Lectures, sponsored by Joe Dockery of Dockery Chiropractic. Joe is a curious guy who loves to learn and is known for ...

Just say yes to ‘No’

If you weren’t an arms dealer or a politician (pardon the redundancy), the Cold War was just one long, seemingly endless mess. But being an upbeat lad with a perpetually sunny nature, I try to always see things in a positive light. So you’d expect I’d find something good in the ...

Questioning judge’s rail-trail ruling

On Sept. 26, Judge Robert G. Main Jr. overruled the entire 2016 unit management plan that would have allowed the construction of a multi-use recreation trail on a 34-mile segment of the Remsen-Lake Placid railroad right of way. In doing so, the judge stopped construction of both the recreation ...

Flag is for unity — stand for it

On Facebook, I like to post photos of landscapes I fly my drone over, and that’s about it. In fact, I normally disagree with expressing any sort of political sentiments or personal opinion using social media for a medium as a rule of thumb. However, I’ll stray from that today. [Editor’s ...

Tom Petty was always there for you

“If you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” — Penny Lane, “Almost Famous” --- Tom Petty felt like everyone’s buddy. That sounds silly, and it’s not literally true since, of course, many people don’t like his music. But more than any other ...

The flag, the national anthem, patriotism and Trump

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t possibly say or do anything more politically divisive than he’s already said and done — he does. He blasted NFL players who supported former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Slipping into his arrogant, scolding, reality TV ...

Stranger than Strange

WASHINGTON — The political resurrection of Alabama’s Roy Moore — the Moses of the South — and the mortal end of Hugh Hefner are not entirely unrelated. It’s not a straight line, mind you. But if Hefner’s recent death the day after Moore won Alabama’s Senate Republican primary ...

The GOP identity crisis

The Republican Party can’t pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative, and a populist wing that is ineffectual and ...

Losing Lamby

Recently my neighbor put out a message that she had lost her son’s favorite bedtime toy while walking around Lake Placid. It was a simple request that was answered by moms and dads alike. (Honestly, probably more moms.) Would people please look for lamby? I’d just returned to my car from a ...

Car seat knowledge vital to child safety

For many years, the loosely accepted standard for turning the rear-facing car seat to forward-facing was on or just after baby’s first birthday. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics in the last several years has dropped that as a minimum age, updating its guidelines to recommend that ...

Single-payer health care should not be a religion

The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky. Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head ...

How to limit gerrymandering

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It’s attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan gerrymandering for ...

The huge, three-story Gutshow cure cottage mentioned in today’s column was at 1 Pine St., shown in the background of the picture of my niece Mary Ellithorpe Grady, my sister Marguerite’s daughter. Mary was standing on the sidewalk leading into 5 Pine St., the home then owned by my parents Dennis and Elizabeth (Bessie Keegan) Riley. The other Gutshow cure cottage was at 71 Bloomingdale Ave., directly behind 1 Pine St. and where I began my career as a “Tray Boy.” Mary is now Mrs. Gary Grady of Wilmington and proud mother and grandmother.

News from the Adirondack Observer

Thanks to Paul Patnode, that long-time Federal Government employee at the U.S. Post Office in Saranac Lake, I have a copy of another one of those short-lived tabloid newspapers that cropped up from time to time in Saranac Lake. This one is dated June 11, 1948. There are four pages missing ...

Christine Reynolds, center, shares a laugh with friends.
(Photo provided)

A great nurse and great mom

Dear editor and Adirondack community: We are writing to you, a place we call home and where our mom has worked as a nurse for over 40 years. Our mom, as some of you may know, is Christine Reynolds. If you don’t know her, you are definitely missing out. She is a charming 5-foot, ...

Flyrodders work their craft on a remote section of the Raquette River, where the tumbling waters provide plenty of oxygen, and plenty of fish.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

User conflicts are unnecessary and avoidable

In recent days, I’ve fished my way through a variety of ponds, lakes and streams in search of species of all sorts. On Upper St. Regis Lake, we landed both largemouth and smallmouth bass, a few northern pike and a very healthy land-locked Atlantic salmon that danced across the still ...

Strokin’ out

As we waited for the meet to begin, Robbie Bradford nudged me and asked, “What’s he up to now?” I looked over at KK Monroe, who was grinning like a jackass eating prickly pears as he talked a mile a minute to Roundman. “No idea,” I said. “But it looks like whatever it ...

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle native to Asia that kills ash trees. 
(Photo provided from Wikimedia Commons)

Stop importing forest pests

Recent news of the discovery of the emerald ash borer in Franklin County and the hemlock woolly adelgid near Lake George crystallizes the threat that imported forest pests pose to the Adirondacks. The emerald ash borer, a small green beetle from Asia, is poised to wipe out all of the ash trees ...

Understanding infinity

Infinity is a truly beautiful concept in the mathematical sciences. And yet, despite this fact, we still have plenty of things that we just don’t know, or understand about infinity. Let me give an example of how difficult it is to rap your head around infinity. A question that pops up ...