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September 21, 2013 I have a couple of interesting history stories that have been hanging around my desk and it is time to fit them into this space. more »»

Murder in Saranac Lake

September 14, 2013 Again we return to the amazing newspaper clippings in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. The following was a story carried in the Franklin County Gazette, Dec. 9, 1896. more »»

More from the Kelly scrapbook

September 7, 2013 Ralph Kelly left a scrapbook in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, and the old Enterprise clippings covered everything from weddings to funerals to murders. more »»

From the Enterprise, October 1925

August 31, 2013 The old newspapers that come my way through the foresight and kindness of Enterprise readers are found many times when houses are remodeled. more »»

The Adirondack Observer

August 24, 2013 The Adirondack Observer was a tabloid size newspaper published in Saranac Lake back in the 1940s. more »»

Breaking news in Enterprise, October 1927

August 17, 2013 The entire community is ecstatic over the proposed sale of the Hotel Saranac to Fred Roedel and his family, and I predict that enthusiasm and support will continue and grow as the deal comes to... more »»

Police blotter stories

August 10, 2013 No matter how many Saranac Lake history lessons I relate here, popularity demands that we go back to the old police blotters. more »»

1899 mystery debunked by Bunk

August 3, 2013 I get a lot of feedback from this weekly column but this follow-up from my friend Phil “Bunk” Griffin is one of the best. Last week we told a story from 1899 when Dr. Robert . more »»

Man disappears in Saranac Lake

July 27, 2013 We are delighted that Ralph Kelly donated a trove of newspaper clippings to the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. more »»

Drowned in Lake Flower, July 4

July 20, 2013 There are many “scrapbooks” in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library but what a misnomer for these wonderful pieces of history. more »»

1907 Lake Placid police shooting, part 2

July 13, 2013 Following is a brief recap of that story carried here last week: A front page story in the Enterprise dated July 4, 1907 told about George Delcour of Bloomingdale, about age 36, getting drunk,... more »»

Two policemen shot in Lake Placid, 1907

July 6, 2013 The Fourth of July in 1907 was on a Thursday, the same as in 2013, and a terrible story unfolded, as told on the front page of the Enterpris. more »»

More news from Lake Placid

June 27, 2013 This column is the last for the month of June 2013, so I can now jump back 42 years because I have found a copy of the Lake Placid News from June 1971, when Ellen George was editor. more »»

Lake Placid — June 1970

June 15, 2013 I was editor of the Lake Placid News back then, and through the courtesy of my friend Barbara Paye Kent, I have a copy of the News of June 11, 1970. The little village was a different place then. more »»

More on the old hotels

June 8, 2013 What a nice surprise: When I picked up my copy of the Press Republican today, June 3, right there on the front page was a testimonial to my weekly history column. more »»

Burros ascending Mount Pisgah

June 1, 2013 There are so many stories about the Algonquin Hotel back in the day that they must have hired there own public relations firm. more »»

The history of Lake Clear Inn

May 25, 2013 My friend and mentor Bill McLaughlin, both of us on the Enterprise staff at the time, were present when Charlie Vosburgh auctioned off the Lake Clear Inn. more »»

History of the Adirondack guides

May 18, 2013 Historic Saranac Lake began its annual seminar series on Thursday, May 9, about hunting camps and hunting in general. more »»

Scenic boat tours were big business

May 11, 2013 I have always maintained that one of our great assets is the most beautiful waterway in the country. more »»

The police blotters

May 4, 2013 Back by popular demand…it has been a while since we scanned the old Saranac Lake police department daily entries from the 1930s and ’40s in a book simply called the blotter. more »»



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