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Hours not to reason why

Monday marked the second official work session of The Brothers of the Bush Executive Design and Fabrication Committee. TBotBEDaFC consists of Brothers Russ Defonce and Bruce Young. I’m of course there, but only in an advisory capacity — those guys do all the actual work. We ...

Winter radishes at the winter market

There are three kinds of radishes at our winter farmers’ market at the Hotel Saranac: watermelon, Daikon and black. Winter radishes are much larger in size than their cousins that herald spring. These root crops are harvested in late fall and can be stored through the winter. Juniper ...

The Sea Cook, part IV

Thomas Stevenson, famous lighthouse builder and father of Robert Louis Stevenson, liked dogs. He was religious in a Presbyterian sense but believed, contrary to church doctrine, that dogs had souls, too, and when he made his rounds about town in Edinburgh, Scotland, he would fill his pockets ...

Take a walk on the wild side; it’s dangerous, but you might like it

Back in the 1950s, certain groups condemned Elvis Presley and the Beatles for being too sexual and promoting delinquency among youth. “Jailhouse Rock,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were seen as the Devil’s music. Flash forward and people started pointing their fingers at bands and ...

Stefanik’s ticket to the show

While he may not know how to pronounce her last name, President Donald Trump understands that U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik will support him through thick and thin. Stefanik was slow to embrace Trump when he began his presidential bid for the 2016 election. She kept him at arm’s ...

Lake Placid keeps Mirror Lake clear for ice skating

This is a year for ice and with that comes an automatic stop at the Lake Placid ice track on Mirror Lake. Though there are plenty of skating opportunities around the Adirondacks, one reassuring aspect of skating on Mirror Lake is that the North Elba Park District graciously keeps it clear of ...

Poems of atmosphere

Sackets Harbor native Natalli Amato has written a collection of poems, many of which harken back to childhood and adolescent times spent at play in the outside world in the Adirondack settings she called home. The poems are mostly descriptions of these experiences — rich in the sounds ...

Proper use of 4-way flashers revisited

A regular reader of these traffic safety articles recently contacted me to ask about the use of the four-way hazard lights on vehicles when driving in snow and/or fog. His gripe was that a driver he was following was driving with his/her hazard lights flashing — since these lights are quite ...

Saving Camp Topridge (The Enterprise, October 1983)

We covered the news of the big earthquake (5.2 on the Richter scale) in the Adirondack region in this space last week. But there was plenty of other local news. Here are excerpts from a page 1 story by Carol Bruce about the famous camp originally owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post … ...

Sports safety tips

With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this ...

Wheel of misfortune

The one, and perhaps only, vice I never indulged in is gambling. On the simplest level, I just don’t understand games of chance. And when I say I don’t understand them, I mean I don’t understand them at all. And it’s not like I haven’t tried. Take cards, for example. At various ...

Winter Carnival book sale and more

The Saranac Lake Free Library’s Winter Carnival Book Sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 and 8. There will be great deals on books, gently used puzzles and games, DVDs and audio and music CDs. --- Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Trail has been great for Damascus, Va.

Re: “Correcting the rail-trail record”: I would like to provide a bit of information regarding Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s “Correcting the rail-trail record” column from Jan 7. I think that his using a 20-year-old study is a bit misleading in his ...

Winter is prime time for your favorite soups

The soup cauldron simmers, steams, shimmers warming soul, spirit, flesh. Winter is time for hot, steamy, flavorful soup. There are probably thousands of different soups, because you can make soup from almost anything. There are broth-based soups and chunky chowders, as well as vegetarian and ...

The Sea Cook, part III

Thomas Stevenson died in Edinburgh, Scotland, in May 1887. That event precipitated the chain of events that would see his 36-year-old son, Robert Louis Stevenson, and his family getting stuck in Saranac Lake for the winter of 1887-88. A portion of the time in between had been devoted by RLS ...

Three ways to really improve education

Despite Common Core and more testing, reading and math scores haven’t budged in a decade” (National Assessment of Educational Progress). “Specifically, 35% of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2019, slightly down from 37% in 2017 and barely up from 33% of such students ...

Seeing it to the end

This past weekend I started and finished “The Witcher” on Netflix. I had never read any of the books nor have I played the highly popular video game series, but for some reason, the show intrigued me. The story follows this beefy, white-haired mutant brother who slays both men and monsters ...

The Wild Center Wild Walk is open for Winter

The Wild Center is one of our favorite places to visit. It houses all the essentials for a multigenerational family: coffee, animals, coffee, interactive activities, coffee and wonderful trails to work off all the caffeine consumed. I enjoy the exhibits and am constantly amazed at how this ...

Beekeeping workshop in Bloomingdale

Whether you’re considering starting your own apiary, need to brush up on your bee and beekeeping knowledge, or just curious about what’s involved, join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Hex and Hop Brewery for an “Improve your Beekeeping Knowledge” Workshop. The workshop, which is ...

Winter view of the northern sky

Turning to the north, this week, we see the great bear rising from the northeastern horizon. In the fall, Ursa Major walks along the northern horizon seeking a den for hibernation. It spends the spring rising so that it’s at its highest with the bear’s back knee, marked by Psi Ursae Majoris ...