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North Country Living

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 ...

Triathlon tradition

LAKE PLACID — The High Peaks Cyclery Mini-Triathlon series attracted seasoned and aspiring triathletes of all ages this summer during its seven-week run. The regular Mini-Tri events took place every Monday evening and consisted of a course that included a 400-yard swim, followed by a ...

Adirondack schools confront woes, worries and wants

Of the 10 smallest school districts in upstate New York, seven are tucked away in the Adirondacks. And they are tiny. Of the 50 smallest, 20 are in the Adirondack Park, according to a list recently compiled by NewYorkUpstate.com, a website associated with the Syracuse Post-Standard ...

Sunmount’s watchdog

TUPPER LAKE — The Sunmount facility is an influential and controversial pillar of Tupper Lake’s community. When village Mayor Paul Maroun was recently appointed to lead Sunmount’s Board of Visitors, the Enterprise looked into the importance of the position and the challenges Maroun ...

Eclectic, magical Entayant Gardens

RAINBOW LAKE — Within the bends and coves of Rainbow Lake sits Entayant Gardens. Don Busch, owner and gardening master, uses what the land pushes forth and then some. What doesn’t flourish gets preserved and made into a work of art. When first entering Entayant Garden, one thinks ...

Towering legacy

CHESTERFIELD — Fire towers on state Forest Preserve mountaintops were largely decommissioned in the 1980s, with the state moving toward aerial surveillance to detect fires. Once the towers were closed, the Department of Environmental Conservation planned to take them all down because they ...

A life in politics

LAKE CLEAR — From overseeing small-town caucuses to working with big-time politicians, Joe Pickreign Jr. has run the political gamut for the last three-plus decades. The Lake Clear resident, who turned 81 earlier this year, recently sat down with the Enterprise to reflect on his 36 years ...

Protests to politics

SARANAC LAKE — Nestled inside a residence overlooking Moody Pond, Jack Carney of Long Lake and Fred Balzac of Jay lead a multiple-hour discussion past dusk in late June. It touches on the current state of national and local politics five months into Donald Trump’s presidency, and what ...

Summer sessions kick in

LAKE PLACID — Summer fun and summer learning. It’s that time of year again when the Lake Placid Soccer Centre hosts camps in Lake Placid, Canton and beyond. The Lake Placid Soccer Centre held its first camp in 1977 and has been going strong ever since as more than 70,000 young ...

Thirst for exploration

We all milled about in the parking lot, saying hello to old friends and meeting new ones. We were an eclectic group, from all over the upstate area. Despite the differences in age and location, we all had one thing in common. We were there to partake in what could be a historic hike. Now, ...