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The multi-faceted life of Jean-Jacques Duval

WILLSBORO — The late Jean-Jacques Duval’s artistry was forged on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The acclaimed artist and North Country resident passed away on Oct. 21. He studied at the cole Suprieur des Arts Dcoratifs in Strasbourg and apprenticed with stained glass firm OTT ...

‘Forever Adirondacks’ director attends COP26 summit

Forever Adirondacks Campaign Director Aaron Mair, a staff member of local environmental advocacy group Adirondack Council, traveled to Scotland over the weekend to participate in the 26th United Nations Conference of Parties on global climate change, or COP26. At the conference, ...

New employees named at Berkshire Hathaway

Three new people have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Premier Properties and Adirondack Realty. Leslie Mella was named vacation rental coordinator, and Arthur Huddleston and Carter Carlisle have become licensed New York state real estate salespeople. The new additions ...

‘I live it every day’

SARANAC LAKE — There’s a framed collection of photos, medals and ribbons Dane DeGrace hangs on the wall of his office at North Country Home Services — memories of his time in Afghanistan with the Army’s bomb squad, reminders of the “brothers for life” who died over there, and a ...

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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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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 ...

Long-lost siblings finally meet

SARANAC LAKE — As Lauren Peters, 49, and Richard Auer, 54, sit across from each other at a picnic table at Berkeley Green park, they interrupt each other, filling in the blanks of each other’s sentences and questioning small details like the siblings they are. This despite the fact that ...

There and back again

SARANAC LAKE — Sean Ryan, 27, pulls out a chair at the Hotel Saranac upstairs lobby, takes off his Buffalo Bills mask and sits down. He’s taking a break to talk about his first semester at North Country Community College, where he’s a freshman in the Radiologic Technology department. He ...

Many travels, many stories

BLOOMINGDALE — For years, Judith Coopy chronicled her adventures in journals. She spoke to strangers freely, just like her father had. And when she held her golden fly swatter, an award for winning a story slam at Bitters & Bones, she knew her tale was worth telling and that she had lived ...