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North Country Living

Wading through the red tape

TUPPER LAKE — There’s a saying: “The wheels of government turn slow,” basically meaning that if you want to get anything done through the government, it’s going to take a while. But in Tupper Lake, a group of people has discovered that through persistence, those wheels can be ...

From old country to North Country

I grew up in Pearl River, a suburb outside of New York City where the population is mainly of Irish heritage or off the boat. It’s the type of town where all the little girls know how to step dance and everybody’s grandmother is tied for best soda bread around (still doesn’t top my ...

Groups name top five threats to the Adirondacks

In late 2018, the Lake Placid News conducted a poll of more than a half-dozen groups, including two state agencies, on what the biggest threats to the Adirondack Park are. After tallying responses, the News determined invasive species, climate change, pollution, lack of funding and staff ...

Licensed to thrill

SARANAC LAKE — Over the last 36 years the Winter Carnival fireworks shows have changed, but the man behind them has not. His name is Peter Henry, he lives in Rainbow Lake, and he’s been working with fireworks since he was a kid. “Fireworks are something to be enjoyed by young ...

Climbing back to grandeur

SARANAC LAKE — What were once 100 rooms are now 82, but it’s still as regal, as oblong, built to its European plan at six stories, and as fireproof as first advertised in 1927. The Hotel Saranac has been open and operating under new ownership now for a full year, and it is doing well, ...

Prehistoric success

The 110th Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has come and gone, and by all accounts, the traditional event was another wonderful success. Perhaps the biggest, as well as the only flop that may have been associated with this year’s Carnival couldn’t be controlled. It was the warm, rainy, sleety ...

Gliding into a new sport

LAKE PLACID — I fell. After a good half-hour of ice skating, I was only a couple hundred feet away from the shores of Mirror Lake when I bailed and busted my knee. My partner in crime, Jesse Adcock, took photos as I gripped my leg and winced in pain. With that out of the way, ...

Fishing for an answer

TUPPER LAKE — “Why are we here?” It’s one of the essential mysteries of life, a question facing everyone from time to time. I asked myself this while sitting out on an icy pond on a cold Sunday morning. The official answer was to fish for smelt. The reality was the wind ...

Making of a Nordic juggernaut

The Lake Placid high school Nordic ski team has won four straight state titles, undoubtedly making a dynasty over the past few years. But the Blue Bombers’ main rival — Saranac Lake — is on the upswing and could be poised to break the Lake Placid hold on state championships. Saranac ...

Looking back on the year in sports

SARANAC LAKE — Another winter sports season is upon us, but as this season begins, the year ends. And at the end of the year, we like to look back at the sports photos we’ve taken over the last 12 months. Local teams and athletes earned a few state championships this year, and the ...

Catamount big shoes

I inherited a couple of chronic ingrown big toenails. In the case of footwear of any kind — I’d rather not. But these red snowshoes I’ve just laced up make me feel big and ugly. The other car at the Catamount Mountain trailhead has Quebec plates. The other feet have beat trenches ...

Hats, hoods and headgear

When it’s winter in the North Country, you have to keep your noggin warm. We’ll be seeing all types of hats, hoods and other forms of fashionable and functional headgear for the next several months. The following photos are a sampling of what people were wearing in Lake Placid and ...

Skiing with a smile

I’ve never cross-country skied. OK, that’s a lie. I did last year, but I fell most of time, so I don’t really like to count it as an actual outing. Most folks today are aware of the funnily named SAD, which stands for seasonal affective disorder. It’s a form of depression caused by ...

Doughnuts and detergent

TUPPER LAKE — At 5:30 in the morning, seven days a week, Tina Merrihew is hard at work starting the first batch of Washboard doughnuts. You may have eaten some at a wedding, heard about them on NPR or grabbed a few while picking up a load of laundry. Washboard doughnuts are well-known ...

Opening night

LAKE PLACID — Several local sports teams wrapped up their fall seasons in the last couple of weeks, but with snow building on the ground the winter sports season has officially begun with the first hockey game taking place in the 1932 Rink at the Olympic Center. The combined Saranac Lake ...

Banner day for Saranac Lake on Long Island

The Saranac Lake boys ran away with the Class C state team title last week at the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, Long Island. The state championship team was made up of James Catania (ninth overall), Anderson Gray (12th), Peter Fogarty ...

Joy erupted as war ended 100 years ago

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice between the Allied Powers and Germany came into effect, signed hours before aboard a train car in the Compiegne Forest in France. By 8:30 a.m. New York time, the Adirondack Enterprise was shipping bulletins around town — ...