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North Country Living

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Students help with acid rain recovery

“Come haw, Dale. Come haw. Whoa!” Sara Dougherty, head of the Paul Smith’s College Draft Horse Program, was shouting commands — not at horses, though. She was leading a team of students, who were helping the state Department of Environmental Conservation raise the pH balance in a ...

Brews by ski, snowshoe and paw

TUPPER LAKE — Fourteen hundred people were out on the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails last Saturday for the sixth and most well-attended Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Brew-Ski. They brought skis and snowshoes, bikes and sleds, dogs and children; and they came for beer, fresh ...

An eye for the abstract

SARANAC LAKE — When Carl Rubino was about 5 years old, growing up in Manhattan, his mother put him on the couch and played symphonic music on the family phonograph. She told him if he closed his eyes he could see the music. “I don’t remember what I saw, but I remember that even now ...

Jackrabbit Trail’s coming of age

SARANAC LAKE — It all started with a letter to the editor. Today, the Jackrabbit Trail is one of the most popular cross-country skiing treks in the area. It is a bright red and yellow line streaking across the Green Goat winter trails map, connecting towns and ski centers to each ...

Honor code broken

WILMINGTON — There is an honor system at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Every day, skiers and snowboarders leave their skis and snowboards outside the base lodge — leaned on racks, thrust into snow mounds and tipped against the building — while they warm up inside. They are scattered ...

The millennial side hustle

SARANAC LAKE — In the North Country, the hustle is real. In the gig economy, side hustles and part-time jobs are great ways for people to make money quickly to pay their bills, gas up their cars or go out to eat. If you’re a student, school is your main focus, but you might drive an ...

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 ...