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Columns

Impaired crashes on New York roads is an ongoing problem

The involvement of alcohol and/or drugs continues to be a serious issue in fatal crashes, with more than two out of five fatalities (44%) being alcohol or drug-related. Continuing efforts are needed to improve the effectiveness of public awareness initiatives that are designed to educate the ...

Another winter fruit: Kiwi

Like oranges and grapefruits, kiwis are at their peak from November until May — the time when most of our local fresh fruits are out of season. Botanically, kiwis are one of the largest berries and have been called the Chinese gooseberry. Like other berries, the fuzzy-skinned, green, tart ...

Won’t normal life be wonderful?

Howard Riley doesn’t have a column this week, but he did submit this cartoon, originally published in Enterprise on Aug. 18, 1945, courtesy of Marlene Hyde.

Fightin’ the fever

I was a hipster of 11 when I heard my first jazz song. It was “Fever” by Peggy Lee — her signature song — which had just been released. The only verse that stuck I my mind is: Everybody’s got the fever. That is something we all know. Fever isn’t such a new ...

If we ever have Vice Presidents’ Day, make it Nixon’s birthday

As birth month to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan, February exhibits the least number of days and greatest number of great presidents. This correlation of presidential preeminence and birthdate makes one wonder what William Henry Harrison (born Feb. 9) might have achieved ...

‘The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale’

“I was walking one night in the verandah of a small house in which I lived, outside the hamlet of Saranac. It was winter; the night was very dark; the air extraordinary clear and cold, and sweet with the purity of forests. From a good way below, the river was to be heard contending with ice ...

Washington’s farewell address

On the occasion of George Washington’s birthday, Gillian Brockell published in the Washington Post and on social media a useful and timely commentary regarding the importance of our first president’s farewell address. “The nation’s first president was the only one not to have ...

Community can brighten darkness of death

Hello friends, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer When we think about and face death, there is a lot that comes up, and often we feel we have nowhere to turn, no support to lean on. By perceiving death in a different way, we ...

Including deer habitat management as part of a forest management plan 

In early fall, deer’s bodies begin converting large amounts of the food that they consume into stored fat and the deer start to put on weight. This occurs regardless of the quality of the nutrition that’s available, but in years when mast trees, such as oaks or beech, have produced an ...

Better times coming

At the national fatality rate, we would have eight people dead in the village alone. Our country has reached the half-million-victim milestone, almost 100 times the population of Saranac Lake! Fortunately, national and New York state COVID deaths per day continue to decrease. At the ...

Don’t forget teachers

Do you remember back in the day when the world first shut down? To jar your memory, it will be a year this March. If you are a parent or caregiver with children in the home, do you remember wondering how in the world you were going to juggle kids, teach school and earn a living? Do you remember ...

Study on distracted driving and cellphone use is revealing

In August 2020, the CTIA, a representative of America’s wireless industry, reported that there were 442.5 million U.S. wireless subscriptions, up more than 20 million year-over-year. The CTIA further reported that in 2019 consumers exchanged 2.1 trillion text messages, up 52 billion from the ...

Soul food for Black History Month

February is Black History Month — a time to learn about black history and African American customs. Cultural traditions are often centered around food, and soul food is no exception. These culinary creations began during the enslavement era in the American South — the early 1800s. ...

Saranac Lake Red Devils — a big deal in bobsledding

The Saranac Lake Red Devils Bobsled Club was a big, friendly, boisterous group of fellows who used to hold their meetings at the Veterans Club on Broadway. I happened to be going by the club on a couple of occasions when the guys were holding a meeting, and one could hear the ...

What to do when you catch your child stealing

Parents have been stealing lots of tips from me on what to do if they find their child stealing something. While stealing a base or a basketball from another player may be fair play in competition, when a child takes something that belongs to someone else, it isn’t fair — even if it’s ...

Levity overcoming gravity

One of my last columns was a response to people who complained about this year’s Winter Carnival having so many fewer activities. Briefly stated, my reply was Tough Nougs. But a detailed three-part reply is as follows: 1. They should be grateful for what we had, because it happened only ...

Analysis: NATO faces conundrum as it mulls pullout from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — After 20 years of military engagement and billions of dollars spent, NATO and the United States still grapple with the same, seemingly intractable conundrum — how to withdraw troops from Afghanistan without abandoning the country to even more mayhem. An accelerated U.S. ...

Hugging ice

This month, one block at a time, an ice palace emerged again on the shore of Lake Flower. If you had the chance to stop by, you may have felt its warm embrace. The massive ice blocks of the palace remind me of the stone walls of Machu Picchu. Relying on a system of communal labor ...

Will Low remembers RLS

“We are here at a first-rate place. ‘Baker’s’ is the name of our house. … Baker’s has a prophet’s chamber, which the hypercritical might describe as a garret with a hole in the floor; in that garret, sir, I have to trouble you and your gifted wife to come and slumber. Not now, ...

Managing hiker information in the High Peaks Wilderness

As of late last week, the Adirondack Mountain Club temporarily closed the Loj and the High Peaks Information Center due to COVID-19. This sort of closure is by no means a surprise at this point in the pandemic. We’ve seen it happen to a number of restaurants and stores in the area, and each ...