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AMC birth announcements for August through January

SARANAC LAKE — The following babies were born at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake from August 2021 through January 2022. Adirondack Health, the organization that runs the hospital, fell behind in reporting births while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. August ...

Sweet success: Maple Weekends return to the North Country

WEST CHAZY — Spring is in the air, and so is the sweet smell of maple syrup. For the first time in two years, Maple Weekend, a two-weekend-long event, returned Saturday to the North Country, and 140 sugarhouses were expected to participate. - Something for everyone - The North ...

James M. Odato named Adirondack Explorer editor

SARANAC LAKE — Investigative journalist and author James M. Odato, who has been serving as interim editor for the Saranac Lake-based non-profit publication Adirondack Explorer since September 2021, has been named editor of the publication. Odato spent 18 years at the Times Union of Albany ...

Lake Placid resident turns 105

LAKE PLACID — What’s one of the most important things in life? Having a sense of humor. Take it from a 105-year-old. ReKealth “Kay” Egeland was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 28, 1917. A nice day to have a birthday, according to Egeland. She spent this year’s big day at Elderwood of ...

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Local news deemed ‘essential’ but strained amid outbreak

Jennifer Zahn, a Saranac Laker and Enterprise subscriber, has a morning ritual. She wakes up at 6 a.m. every day, goes downstairs and grabs her copy of the newspaper. She said she likes to know what’s going on in town and feels that she would be out of the loop without the newspaper. She ...

With Maple Weekends canceled, here’s a sugarhouse tour

LAKE PLACID — Since the New York State Maple Producers’ Association canceled the Maple Weekends — March 21-22 and March 28-29 — and the state government has issued public assembly restrictions and social-distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents and tourists have ...

The shows might go on …

Teachers Brenden Gotham and Taylor Prosper painted sets for Lake Placid High School’s production of “Cinderella” Saturday night. They dipped brushes and created a fairy tale world. A feeling in the pit of their stomachs filled them with uncertainty, but they kept painting anyway. “I ...

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Making masks by the thousands

SARANAC LAKE — A year into the pandemic, it’s sometimes hard to remember that masks were once a scarce commodity. Long before they came in every style, pattern and color imaginable, a group of local volunteer artists and seamstresses banded together to make them from scratch. After her ...

Volunteer of the Year: Stephanie Gubelin

It’s been four months since the presidential election, and Stephanie Gubelin of Lake Placid still gets animated when she talks about the reasons people gave her for not registering to vote. Gubelin, 71, a slight woman with a gray pixie haircut who favors pink glasses and scarves, first ...

Volunteers move weekly meals to delivery in pandemic

SARANAC LAKE — Churches have long operated as support systems for their communities in ways that extend far beyond matters of faith. This has become more apparent — and more crucial — during the pandemic, as food insecurity and isolation have hit critical levels. The First United ...

A remaining volunteer fire-rescue squad

WILMINGTON — The men and women who make up the Wilmington Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad are among the last of a dying breed — the volunteer fire department and emergency squads that used to be common in towns and cities across the country, and the North Country. These days there are 17 ...

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Filming ‘Survivor’

LAKE PLACID — Katie Uhlaender, a five-time Olympic skeleton racer living at the Olympic Training Center, is flying to Fiji today to be part of the crew filming the 43rd season of the television reality show “Survivor.” “Survivor” is one of the most popular contest reality TV shows ...

Remembering a past love

Peru resident Robert Rokos met the love of his life in a bathhouse in New York City. It was 1973, not long after the birth of the city’s gay liberation movement. Rokos was 25 and white, Donald Townsel was 18 and Black, but their differences didn’t keep them apart. What started as ...

Love, carved in ice

SARANAC LAKE — Some people buy flowers for their sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. Others send greeting cards. Liam Ward uses a Makita die grinder with an 8-inch rotary knife spinning at 8,000 RPM to carve his and his wife Emily’s initials in the Ice Palace every year — a secret, ...

Truck driver talks life on the road

SARANAC LAKE — Bonnie Kerfoot delivered Bitters and Bones’ new brewing setup on a covered flatbed trailer Wednesday morning, after making the 3,000-mile drive from Portland, Oregon. Kerfoot’s home is in California, but she lives on the road, driving supplies, gas and antennas all over ...