Guest Commentary

An Ironman triathlete bikes down Main Street, Lake Placid during Sunday’s race, followed by a state 
trooper on a motorcycle helping maintain safety. Several roads are closed for the annual triathlon.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Move Ironman to Saranac Lake

“Ironman is a statement of excellence, passion, commitment. It is a test of physical toughness and mental strength. Ironman is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than ourselves. It shows the heights that can be achieved when we push beyond our boundaries and go ...

The language of a professional educator

Educators refer to themselves as professionals. However, the language of educators is very much the common language of the general public. Given that everybody has gone to school, everybody has become an expert; what is or is not effective education is described using everyday language from a ...

From left, Denise Sheaks Burke and her children Garrett (behind), Austin and Taylor pose on Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake.
(Photo provided by Denise Sheaks Burke)

Pre-chemo retreat to Adirondacks

One month ago, my life turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called synovial sarcoma. Suddenly and without warning, I was launched into a world filled with doctor appointments, specialists and panic. My tumor was in my right foot, and it was removed improperly by a ...

A parable for our time

Once there was a large apartment complex where a thousand people lived. They led independent lives: Some were working, some raised families, some went to school, and some had retired. It was a diverse community with people of different races and ethnicities, wealthy people and poorer people, ...

KOA kept directing campers to Flume after swimmer died there

I stayed at the KOA campground in Wilmington on July 7 and 8. On its campground map, it shows trail access to the AuSable River and the Flume. The trail branches off the campground near the river. I and my family walked this trail on July 8 and saw that the river was high. We thought this ...

A facelift for the Ken Wilson Field

As we often do, one day last fall my Dad and I strolled up to the Ken Wilson Field to catch some Saranac Lake football action. Ken Wilson was a successful football coach in the late 1920s. There is something wonderfully nostalgic that my father played on that field, as did my brother and ...

Whom do we think we’re kidding?

The next time someone tells you that America can’t provide affordable quality health care for all citizens because it is too expensive — “The nation can’t afford it,” or “Taxes are already too high” — point out the following: First, American health care is exceedingly more ...

Erica Burns stands in front of her SUP Lake Placid store on Main Street, holding 10-month-old Mitchell and 3-year-old Evalyn.
(Photo provided — Lisa duBusc Miller)

Making the most of Mirror Lake

Some might argue that the best view in Lake Placid is from the middle of Mirror Lake, right in the center of town. To get to that view, there are options, but we found a particularly great one that works in summer and in winter. Born out of the desire to be with their four children, ...

From left, Rebecca Preve of the Franklin County Office of the Aging, Matt Scollin of Adirondack Health, Susan Delahanty of the Adirondack Health Initiative, Tess Barker of Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, Barry Brogan of the North Country Behavioral Health Network and Phyllis Magnus of Voters for Change pose Thursday, June 29 at a forum Voters for Change hosted.
(Photo provided — Steve Erman)

Health professionals speak out on to Obamacare repeal-replace effort

On Thursday, June 29, Adirondack Voters for Change sponsored a forum on changes to health care legislation currently being proposed in Congress, with the focus on how these changes would affect the North Country. The panel included representatives from leading health care organizations in ...

No glamping in Forest Preserve

In reply to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos’ Guest Commentary, “DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors,” the conceptual goals the commissioner expresses of “combining exceptional outdoor recreation with authentic local culture” and providing “an economic boost to local ...

Questions for Seggos on huts

The op-ed piece “DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors” on July 4 by Basil Seggos, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation raises more questions that it answers. First, I would like to congratulate the commissioner for penning this op-ed. The ...

The CHIC’s war on veterans

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump blasted Barack Obama for failing to do enough for military veterans and promised “to take care of our veterans like you’ve never been taken care of before.” Another monumental lie as our five-time draft-dodging Chicken-Hawk-In-Chief ...

DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors

New York is home to magnificent natural resources that both make our state a worldwide destination for outdoor recreation and bolster economic opportunities in our communities. As an avid outdoorsman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recognizes that New York’s lands and waters play a vital role in our ...

Barbara Rexilius

Thanks to all who helped mom

There are so many people that have a been a part of my mom’s life and death journey, I hardly know where to begin. We have been blessed with understanding, giving friends, neighbors, and family. Always checking in, stopping by, calling, texting, or writing to offer support, a kind word, help ...

Operation Gravy Train: A Hollow Victory

I think that many readers might consider “Operation Gravy Train,” the massive law enforcement initiative culminating with the arrest of 106 alleged drug traffickers, to be a great success. It was successful in the sense that it required an impressive degree of managerial ability, ...

Bloomingdale Elementary is wonderful

As the school year comes to an end and our youngest daughter prepares to start middle school in September, we find ourselves looking back over the last six years in awe of the staff at Bloomingdale Elementary School. While our two older children were lucky enough to attend Bloomingdale ...

Just say know

At 4:54 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2016, I was called to our family home in Lake Placid. A family member thought they had heard a dog barking and found my half-brother nonresponsive. When I arrived, two Lake Placid police officers had already been on the scene for a couple of minutes. To my surprise, ...

Robert “Bobby” Reiss III smiles with his mother Eleanor Reiss.
(Photo provided by Robert Reiss)

Parents suffer from addiction

Eleanor and I are writing this letter on the three-month anniversary of the death of our firstborn son Robert R. Reiss lll to express our feelings about our painful journey with drugs and drug addiction in our home. Our intention is to bring awareness to how addiction can begin in your home ...

Additional thoughts on hut-to-hut

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State message in January, indicated that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation “will construct infrastructure at Boreas Ponds in the Adirondacks and build trails as part of the ‘hut-to-hut’ system that links state lands to ...

A portion of Lake Flower is seen in 1921, during the village’s heyday as a health-cure center. Much of the shoreline shown here is now Riverside Park.
(Photo provided by the Saranac Lake Free Library)

Bright future for Saranac Lake

It is easy to get discouraged when our village leaders lead us in the wrong direction, as they have by allowing a grotesquely oversized hotel to take over Lake Flower. But despite their inability to appreciate what makes Saranac Lake unique, they cannot alter an irreversible trend. The ...