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North Country Living

Annual building of the Ice Palace

The weather cooperated, the ice froze and many hands came together to build Saranac Lake’s famous Ice Palace in the week before Winter Carnival. Dean Baker, who’s in charge of the project, said there are between 100 and 110 steady volunteers who help build the palace. Two crews from ...

High sound from the lake bottom

SCHROON LAKE — Eric Bright held up a thin piece of Adirondack red spruce and tapped it in different spots. Knock, knock, knock. “See, you can hear the nice tone in it,” Bright said. “That means it’ll produce a good sound.” He did it again with a piece of maple. Knock, ...

World Cup takes flight

LAKE PLACID — The top aerialists on the planet have made their annual January pilgrimage to Lake Placid to compete in two World Cup competitions this week. Training started Tuesday and continued through Thursday for the final World Cup aerials event before the Winter Olympics kickoff ...

Micronews in the Tri-Lakes

In the Tri-Lakes region, dozens of writers are being taught the ethics of news writing in school, flexing their creative muscles at student-run newspapers and expressing their deepest thoughts and emotions in personal publications. --- The Lumberjack Lyre Students at the Tupper Lake ...

Photos of 2017

As we said last week, photos, along with words, are a newspaper’s artistic medium. The Enterprise has not had a solely designated staff photographer since 2003, yet its staff reporters win awards for photojournalism every year. It’s part of the culture in our newsroom. Readers ...

Photos of 2017

Photos, along with words, are a newspaper’s artistic medium. The Enterprise has not had a solely designated staff photographer since 2003, yet its staff wins awards for photojournalism every year. It’s part of the culture here in the Enterprise newsroom. Readers generously let us ...

Adirondack choral groups

SARANAC LAKE — Normally a conductor stands while he or she instructs a chorus. Unfortunately for Karen Butters, musical director for the Adirondack Singers, she had just gone through foot surgery. During a rehearsal, with her leg wrapped in a magenta cast and propped up on a chair, she ...

Fire, smoke and stone

SARANAC LAKE — On Dec. 5, 1967, a dusting of snow was on the ground and the temperature was below freezing. A few minutes after 6 o’clock, Viola Rascoe had just finished her shift at Deissler’s bakery when she made her usual stop at St. Bernard’s Church to light a votive candle. ...

November hoops madness

A new basketball season is beginning to kick into gear, and there was plenty of hoops action in Saranac Lake this week as both high school and junior college contests took place on area courts. The Saranac Lake girls and boys high school teams opened their seasons in non-league matchups, ...

Family films

Independent cinemas play many roles in Adirondack communities: They are romantic locations for a date night, an exciting venue to laugh, cry and discuss movies with friends, and a center for one of the most powerful and rapidly evolving art forms to date. Though there is a smaller ...

An Adirondack endangered species?

For generations, they have been nestled along Adirondack lakeshores, next to roadsides, close to hiking, snowmobile and backcountry ski trails. At one point they were so ubiquitous that for many years their continued existence had been taken for granted. They were, and are, the privately ...

Sampling shift

RAY BROOK — A corporation responsible for conducting long-term monitoring of Adirondack lakes, ponds and streams is likely to cease operations at the end of the year, but one state agency is planning to continue the sampling in a reduced capacity. The Adirondack Lake Survey ...

ADE Costume Contest

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise sponsored the 22nd annual Downtown Saranac Lake Trick or Treating event Tuesday and chose the top three costumes of those ages 1 month to 12 years old. First place will receive a $50 gift certificate at goody goody’s, second place will get a $25 gift ...

Are local bridges ready for flash floods?

Known for its snow and cold, the North Country may face a new threat as average temperatures rise: heavy downpours and flash flooding that overwhelm infrastructure, battering bridges and washing over roads. Surveys show that both Franklin and Essex counties exceed state and national ...

To live is to fly

KEENE VALLEY — Jeff Rose would have told his father this was a “CAVU” day. It’s the kind of “clear and visibility unlimited” morning void of clouds that the 71-year-old Bob Rose grew to adore for a half-century as a military and commercial pilot. Bob and I crammed into his ...

Learning, Adirondack style

SARANAC LAKE — When people think of college education, thoughts of crushing debt, library study sessions and raucous parties may come to mind. But one local college turns those ideas on their heads by throwing students into the wild for a 30-day stretch twice a year. Students at North ...

Kratom controversy

Nine thousand miles away from the rain forests of Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar where it is harvested, a leafy plant in the coffee family called kratom is the subject of a debate sprouting in Tupper Lake. This is the latest branch of a debate growing here and throughout the U.S.: Should ...

Subtle shift of season

There’s little doubt that the colorful autumn transition between summer and winter is not going to be as vibrant as it was a year ago in the High Peaks region, but nevertheless, it’s always a beautiful time to be outdoors. The following photos are scenes from across the North Country ...

Fond memories of Skip Baker

LAKE PLACID — Skip Baker assured David Gomlak and Terri Maxymillian that he could give “the nickel tour.” After all, Skip had heard Gomlak’s customary dialogue delivered dozens of times while seated in his token spot at the couple’s Route 73 hostel, TMax-n-Topo’s. While Gomlak ...

Library celebrates 110 years

Happy 110th birthday, Saranac Lake Free Library! While the library’s charter was granted in 1907, there were fledgling libraries that preceded the library on Main Street. A glance backward shows growth in both the physical library and the collection which has expanded from 400 books to a ...