Roving Reporter, by Peter Crowley

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 ...

Why Orville Gibson’s hometown guitar dealer dropped the brand

As I wrote yesterday, I was not surprised when the Gibson Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 1. For years there had been signs of trouble. A decade ago the company (then known as Gibson Guitar Corp.) issued a Robot Guitar that tunes itself, which was just weird. In 2011 ...

Orville’s work should still resonate

Orville H. Gibson was a world-class innovator during a time (the late 1800s and early 1900s) of rapid-fire inventions that ushered in the modern age. He was a tasteful designer and a meticulous craftsman. He was a northern New York native — and onetime Saranac Lake resident — we can be ...

Labor Gap: One small business owner sees Labor Gap differently

I’ve heard a fair bit of positive response to the Enterprise’s Labor Gap series on a widespread worker shortage, but only one person has told me he thought we were off the mark. He was very civil and thoughtful about it, and his perspective is important to hear. Back in March, after ...

Good advice. Now follow it.

“For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.” That was the headline of a New York Times technology column posted online March 7. It didn’t appear in the Times print edition until the next day. Maybe that should have been the first clue. Enterprise ...

Hobo wandered in for Hobofest, stays a while

SARANAC LAKE — Rob Frost is his name. They call him “Hobo Rob” at the Rusty Nail’s Tuesday night open mics. He calls himself “Rob the Hobo Rock Star.” In recent months he’s been wandering around town playing an out-of-tune acoustic guitar, wearing colorful outfits that are ...

Pastor does double duty for Methodists, Lutherans

SARANAC LAKE — Since the summer, the Rev. Eric Olsen has been pastor for two churches: one Methodist, one Lutheran, both housed in the stately gray stone house of worship on the corner of Church and St. Bernard streets. I thought this was worth an interview, but I didn’t get around to ...

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 ...

Dropping in on a riverside renovation

SARANAC LAKE — I was walking back to work from a coffee break last Thursday when Calli Shelton got out of her vehicle in front of me, and in front of the former Dew Drop Inn building she and Randy Coles are renovating downtown, hanging over the Saranac River. She and I started talking ...

‘She Loves Me’ is witty, fun and well done

From elaborate to simple, those Community Theatre Players folks really know how to put on a good show. I saw the musical comedy “She Loves Me” this weekend, and I highly recommend it. When CTP goes big, it goes really big. Last year at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, it did the ...

Busy time of year for Saranac Lake DPW

Because I enjoy watching big machines dig holes as much as the next guy, I stopped Tuesday morning to take a few photos of the Saranac Lake Village Department of Public Works replacing pipes under Elm Street. Just at that moment, DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora pulled up, and as we stood and ...

Stage Rats work the fringes of local theater scene

SARANAC LAKE — After Wednesday’s column about Adirondack Shakespeare Company, today I’m writing about an even newer theater troupe, which opens its second show tonight at BluSeed Studios. As a layman, it had seemed to me that there’s already a lot of community theater around here: ...

Great plays done right in the Adirondacks

Traveling theater troupes are still alive and well. The Adirondack Shakespeare Company drives the backroads of northern New York to perform in small hamlets such as Upper Jay and North Creek, as well as somewhat larger venues in Saranac Lake and Saratoga Springs. They carry no sets and few ...

Spreading the word

Two hundred and eighty poems, all written by local people, line storefront windows in downtown Saranac Lake. They’re hung at eye level (for adults), spaced out a few feet apart so you pass one after another as you walk by. I can’t help stopping and reading them. They’re full of ...

Hawkeye’s open barn

On a blindingly sunny weekend day in September 2010, I was driving north from Saranac Lake for a reason I can’t remember when I saw classic cars lining the side of state Route 86 near Darwin Brown Road. They were so beautiful I had to pull over. They were in front of a house ...

Basking again in great baseball

I inherited my love of the Chicago Cubs from my dad, and he from his dad, and he from his. That traces it right back to the team’s earliest days. But I admit I haven’t been a very good fan — not for a while. The Crowleys were an Irish Chicago family, and still are. They’ve ...