Columns

Adventure in a remote wilderness

Sometimes a hike has no view at the end. Sometimes there’s clouds or trees blocking the vista. And sometimes, you just run out of time before getting to where you wanted to go. That was the case earlier this week when my friend Christian Wissler and I ventured into the heart of the ...

Part two — Bloomingdale history

Part one of the history of Bloomingdale was carried here Aug. 18 from a story written by Dorothy White and Paul Shene published in a 1970 Enterprise. It is one big PIA to have to recap stories, in the event, god forbid, that some dedicated reader did not read the first part. So, part ...

Hobofest’s greatest hits

Hobofest, a great live music festival in Saranac Lake, will take place for the 10th year in a row on Sunday from noon until late in Riverside Park at Main and River streets. And the big one-zero is not the only thing that makes it special this time around. If you only go to Hobofest once, ...

City bans killer chickens

If members of the Glens Falls Common Council hate chickens and don’t want anyone near them to have chickens and just wish chickens would go away, they should say so. Instead, they came up with a bunch of ginned-up objections that fall apart at the merest examination, such as, “People ...

Weather report from a backwoods airhead with a college education

Despite the best efforts of man or beast, weather is likely more often to be the determining factor in any type of outdoor endeavor. Weather systems, barometric conditions and wind patterns all come together to deliver the day’s weather. In the Adirondacks, weather patterns tend to be as ...

Backstory Babs and the thousand-to-one shot

I was but a mere slip of a lad when I saw the word “serendipity,” and it was love at first sight. First, the word itself was so odd, so seemingly-unrelated to any other word I knew, kinda rolled off the tongue magically. And its origin, itself, was almost magical. It was coined in ...

Why Chromebooks?

I have a few thoughts on the recent Chromebook handout at school. Why was getting every student a Chromebook the decision? As a student at the high school, I find this one of the least useful things that those funds could have been used for, and I know that I’m not the only student (or ...

The Spirit of 1968

The Battle of Michigan Avenue is finally over, and it was won by the protesters. The lopsided fight between anti-war demonstrators and the brutish police force of Chicago’s Democratic mayor Richard Daley the night of Aug. 28, 1968, in the midst of the Democratic convention, was a debacle ...

The piano

“He looks extremely well, and plays much on a battered old piano we have hired from a livery stableman.” — Mrs. R. L. Stevenson, Dec. 6, 1887 “In the daytime, when the blizzard piled snowdrifts window-high, the Penny Piper made ‘big medicine’ in his little room under the ...

A hero’s farewell

WASHINGTON — The world seems already a lesser place with the passing of Sen. John McCain. The ensuing deluge of accolades and tributes — notwithstanding the president’s limp and late acknowledgement of McCain’s service to the nation — has revealed a level of reverence we don’t ...

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Stevenson Cottage

It has been a few years since I’ve been back to the Stevenson Cottage in Saranac Lake. Walking across the front porch and through the front door feels like stepping back in time. The original furniture, wood cuts, and even clothes are still on display as part of the permanent ...

Advancing a soil health movement

On July 18, the New York Soil Health Initiative hosted the state’s first Soil Health Summit. The summit provided an opportunity for attending farmers, researchers, agriculture service professionals, government agencies, nonprofits, policy makers interested in advancing soil health efforts, ...

‘Colleges defend free speech’ should not be a headline

As the academic year starts, we can expect to hear new tales of censorship at colleges and persecution of faculty who go astray from prescribed views. Much of the storytelling will take place on Fox News and in other conservative outlets selling the notion that colleges have become islands of ...

Vote against attack on democracy

It should be obvious by now, at least to all but Trump’s most zealous supporters, that our democracy is suffering death by a thousand cuts, and the midterm elections in November represent the last chance for moderate Americans — left and right — to stop some of the bleeding. Many ...

Rescuers showed true public service

Aug. 21 Commissioner Basil Seggos New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 635 Broadway Albany, NY 12233 Dear Commissioner Seggos, Two days ago (Aug. 19) our son Lecco Morris, 29, went hiking in the Dix Range in the Adirondacks. He did not come home that night as ...

SLWSL Scholarship Tournament

To the editor: On Aug. 18, the sixth annual Saranac Lake Women’s Softball League Scholarship Tournament took place at the Black Fly Fields with more than 150 participants, volunteers and spectators. The annual event raises money for a local, graduating student-athlete who is pursuing ...

Roundabouts make intersections much safer

A lot of action occurs at an intersection. Cars and trucks speed in from all directions, stopping, turning, changing lanes. For intersections with a higher-than-expected crash rate, highway engineers consider all alternatives — all-way stop, signalization, and roundabout — and analyze ...

Christmas in the heat of the summer season

It is the heat of the summer season in the Adirondacks, as a visitor stops along a backcountry trail. Trooping along ahead of her is a small team of stylists, lighting experts, makeup experts, photographers and producers. The scene has been designed to show off the latest winter fashions, and ...

Church scandal happened ‘everywhere’

The document is remarkable for its humanity. That may sound strange to you. After all, it was a two-year grand jury investigation into the widespread sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. Consider how it begins: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you ...

Short takes from the Enterprise

Oct. 10, 1938 --- Now before we get into the interesting news from 1938, the response from the Bloomingdale history column last week was over the top. We received pieces of Bloomingdale history from Jimbo Bishop, Thomas Swinehart, who has part two of the original story by Dorothy ...