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North Country Living

Our picks for best pics of 2019

Taking pictures is a big part of the job for all reporters at the Enterprise. That was the case even when there was a dedicated photographer on staff, which ended in 2003. And the Enterprise often wins photography awards in statewide newspaper contests. Here are some feature and breaking ...

Selling through the snow

SARANAC LAKE — The Winter Farmers Market was abuzz with Christmas shoppers last Saturday, Dec. 21. Residents and guests intermingled around the lobby of the Hotel Saranac. They walked from one vendor to the next, sampling cheeses, smelling handmade soaps and eyeing baskets filled with ...

Not too late to get a tree

If you are a holiday procrastinator, or if you choose the old tradition of getting a tree right before Christmas, there’s no need to feel like a sap. There’s still plenty of trees left at local farms, whether you’re cutting your own or buying one pre-cut. An Enterprise poll ...

‘Movember’ ends with beards, brews

LAKE PLACID — Dozens of bearded men meandered beneath the dim bar lights. Outside, the wind carried snowflakes in whimsical circles across Sentinel Road. But the bar at Lisa G’s was packed. A cozy respite from the blustery weather. At the appointed hour, dozens of men lined up ...

Swap shopping for ski season

SARANAC LAKE — It’s cross-country ski season, and you know what that means. It’s time to go shopping. It’s easy to get cooped up inside when the winter cold settles in, so having a hobby like cross-country skiing to get out and enjoy the crisp winter air is a great thing. But ...

Remembering Pilot Knob

It was a cold, rainy mid-November night 50 years ago, and state Forest Ranger George Stec was talking to three young men who stopped by his house to report seeing a wolf around Queensbury’s Butler Pond when the phone rang. It was around 8:30 p.m. “It was the Sheriff’s Department ...

How do (or don’t) you prepare for a winter storm?

When winter hits the North Country, it packs a punch. People who have lived here for more than 20 years will remember the insanity that was the ice storm of 1998. Trees fell, ice jams overflowed rivers, and hundreds of people took refuge at Red Cross shelters. The National Guard even had to ...

Fall weather is a guessing game

In lieu of the off-and-on frigid temps we typically have in the fall it can be crapshoot as to what you might find, especially in higher elevations. I got to thinking that many cold-weather issues come with unpreparedness and a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the weather patterns. ...

Ego tripping … and falling

RAY BROOK — “Today is all about ego.” That’s according to a shoeless man at the junction of the Haystack and McKenzie mountain trails. This was a warning, not a celebration of ego. It was mid-day during the third annual 6er Relay, and the man, Mark Boyce, had just descended ...

Apple pickin’ time

The first thing I noticed was the number of cars. The parking lot at Rulfs Orchard, ten times the size it had been when I was a kid, was packed with cars sporting license plates from as far away as Minnesota. Roaming packs of people, with dozens of small children running between them like ...

Bidding farewell on a delightful fall day

SARANAC INN — A bittersweet day but a beautiful one. On Sunday, the Saranac Inn Golf Club put another season in the books by closing the course for winter in its traditional fashion — with the 6-6-6 tournament. The season at the course extends from late spring until the day before ...

Sunshine and puppy dogs

SARANAC LAKE — The sun shone brightly as Father Rick Dennis sat down with locals’ dogs and blessed them one by one. About a dozen people and their four-legged friends showed up to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a blessing of the animals. Some dogs wore fall ...

En route to affirmation

ST. HUBERTS — I’m writing this story while hiking the trail up Bear Den Mountain en route to Dial and Nippletop. Well, not actually. I’m typing it up on my work computer, sitting in a comfortable office chair and digging the dirt out of my fingernails with a paperclip. But when I ...

Permits in the High Peaks?

LAKE PLACID — The High Peaks area of the Adirondack Park is undoubtedly in the midst of a years-long boom in hikers and visitors to the region. And with that crush of visitors comes a number of problems: parking, safety, search-and-rescue missions, and wear and tear on trails and other ...

Tiptoeing through Moscow

SARANAC LAKE — Dellice Chase loves to travel, but Russia had never popped up on her list of places to visit. But after months of interviews, written exams and even more interviews, Dellice was going to Russia. The 16-year-old Saranac Lake High School student has also been dancing since ...

An Airbnb haven in Jay

JAY — The main road into AuSable Acres is nondescript, a winding strip of pavement tightly surrounded by dense foliage. From AuSable Drive, narrow dirt roads with nature-themed names branch out, dotted with Swiss chalet-style, A-frame homes obscured by clusters of greenery. This quiet, ...

Summer student staff

For many, Monday, Aug. 26 was just another start to a work week, but for the high school students with summer jobs around the Tri-Lakes, it marked the start of their last week of work before the school year begins. Summer jobs are a staple of high school life; they provide a chance to earn ...

Fire towers get second life a century on

SARANAC LAKE -- For hikers and snowshoers in the Adirondacks, it's hard to imagine a park with no fire towers. But 30 years ago, the state planned on removing most of the metal towers that adorn Adirondack peaks. They had been out of use, and many were dangerous and -- literally -- in danger ...

Finding balance in art

SARANAC LAKE — This village is known for its recreation, proximity to nature and quirkiness — “Decidedly Different” is its official marketing motto — and also for its abundance of artists. One day it may be home to more full-time artists. To understand the current layout of the ...