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Hymns of a promised land

May 18, 2016 “Procession of the Pines” was where it really hooked me. Up to that point, the “Adirondack Folk Opera” had been excellent, and the people who filled the vast St. more »»

Unsung workers for the middle class

April 22, 2016 Middle school music teachers don’t get in the newspaper or on the radio as often as their high school counterparts. more »»

Job well done

March 19, 2016 Once again, Saranac Lake’s nexus of music, theater, education and down-to-earth realism stunned me Thursday nigh. more »»

Harmony is hard

December 30, 2015 For as long as I can remember, my grandma sang in the choir at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. It was one of her greatest joys. If it was up to her, they would have rehearsed three nights a wee. more »»

Retired doctor on a mission to talk about death

December 18, 2015 Dr. George Cook, in his retirement, has gone from a physician to an evangelist about the need for people to plan how they want to leave this life, and to tell someone about it. more »»

Let them eat cake; let them all eat cake

November 28, 2015 Remember junior high dances? In my day, the fashion at these soirees tended toward jean jackets, flipped-up collars and rugby shirts emblazoned with the Coca-Cola log. more »»

Ear to the hive

November 7, 2015 I used to have this dream of being a roving music journalist, living out of a van and seeking out interesting music, music scenes and personalities in small towns all over North America. more »»

Being there

October 16, 2015 What’s the difference between seeing a person who’s important to you in person and taking in the appearance through television, the Internet, radio or newspapers? How much does that difference... more »»

Sharrow-ing experience, but worthwhile

October 2, 2015 When I became editor 11 years ago, my wife and I bought a house two-and-a-half blocks from the Enterprise office, and I commuted to and from work on foot. It took about five minutes each way. more »»

Quick healer came of age in sanatorium

September 25, 2015 Maybe it’s because Betsy Pond was such an active teenager. Maybe it’s that her paticular infection had never encountered the drugs before. Maybe it was God’s answer to her prayers. more »»

The Gibson storyteller’s story

September 11, 2015 Andy Flynn is deep into researching his authorized biography of the Gibson Brothers, the premier bluegrass band of northern New York and one of the most popular nationwide. more »»

TB never caught Frank Casier

August 29, 2015 SARANAC LAKE — Frank Casier checked himself out of the New York State Hospital in Ray Brook for the last time 70 years ago, officially uncured of tuberculosis. more »»

Baptists build for growing congregation

August 21, 2015 It’s a good problem to have. The Saranac Lake Baptist Church is bursting at the seams with people each Sunday, especially children and young people. more »»

NCCC should offer training in the trades

August 14, 2015 I returned home this week from a vacation in western Canada, visiting my wife’s family as well as my brother who lives in a small town in the Rockies in British Columbia. more »»

Blues in a supposed tourist town

July 24, 2015 Much has been said about how things are looking up economically in Saranac Lake, but it isn’t happening yet for John “Mad Dog” Marino. more »»

Near death, conception and prison — at the same time

July 10, 2015 Rick Gombas thought he was dying, and he happened to be within sight of the place where his parents met, fell in love and merged their genes to form him. It was a full-circle sort of feeling. more »»

Lilo was a vibrant local character

July 3, 2015 Lilo Levine would never cooperate with me on the story I wanted to write. more »»

John Lincoln loves rolling around Saranac Lake

June 19, 2015 It’s hard not to notice John Lincoln. He has no legs, yet he gets all over town and beyond in an electronic wheelchair. more »»

OTB manager has yet to make it to Saratoga

June 12, 2015 Dave Bombard has been in the horse racing business for 20 years, working his way up from toilet scrubber to manager, but he’s never been to a real horse race. more »»

Rejoicing for a ‘Requiem’

June 1, 2015 My God. I’m not sure how to describe the Saranac Lake High School performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem” Sunday evening at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. more »»

Couple’s life intertwined with restaurant they’re renovating

May 29, 2015 Every renovation is a saga. I know. more »»



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