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Tarzanian trip to Tomany’s dismantled fire tower

Corenne and I have this unique quest to climb all the fire tower peaks in the Adirondacks, even if the fire tower has been removed. This unusual vision brought us to the Arietta region of Hamilton County on a trek that would gain us the summit of Tomany Mountain, with an added adventure of ...

‘Fire levels dorm at Paul Smith’s College’

That was the 72-point bold headline on the Enterprise dated April 21, 1967 — a mere 52 years ago. We were not big on bylines back then (i.e., by William J. McLaughlin), and there was no byline on this story, but I can spot Bill’s prose and poetry a mile away. The Enterprise also ...

Vintage photos donated to Adirondack Research Room

Curator Michele Tucker reports that former resident Don Moreau recently donated an album of early High Peaks photographs. Many are of Saranac Lake in the 1920s. “The photographs were mailed from Edmond, Oklahoma,” reports Tucker. “It’s wonderful when people are aware of the value of ...

Response to Adirondack Council’s position on ATVs

In the Oct. 8, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise article, “Council sues over ATV trail through state land in western Adirondacks,” Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway is quoted: “ATVs have their place in this park on private lands, farms, construction sites and logging ...

In for a groszy, in for a zloty

Until fairly recently, I’d been a letter writer my whole life. When I say “my whole life,” that’s not an exaggeration. In grade school I had pen pals, and as soon as I learned to print, I wrote thank-you notes. Granted, the thank-you notes were written under both duress and my ...

RLS in Oakland

“I shall be married early in May and then go to the mountains, a very withered bridegroom.” — RLS to J.W. Ferrier, April 1880 - “Bloody Jack” was Robert Louis Stevenson’s personification of his sometimes life-threatening lung hemorrhaging condition. It was presumed to be ...

Threats against newspaper should shock all of us

On Saturday afternoon, a middle-aged man leveled a ridiculous-looking orange toy gun at a female Post-Star reporter while screaming insults at the reporter and threats against the newspaper. “Hang on Post-Star, we’ve got one coming for you over there, too,” the man said. I hope ...

NBA salutes its Chinese overlords

Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston ...

Wealth tax: unhealthy, un-wealthy, unwise

As if the U.S. tax code was not complicated enough already, a couple of weeks ago, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed a new version of his wealth tax. Sanders’ tax plan, which is posted on his website berniesanders.com, provides many details of his proposed wealth tax, but it ...

Can you accept constructive criticism?

Have you ever asked a relative or someone you know to critique your driving? I’ll bet not. I was recently thinking about this and wondering why drivers don’t seem to want to improve their driving skills by requesting helpful criticism from others. The likely reason just might be because ...

Exploring Hamilton County’s wet and wild side

The Moose River Plains area is by no means a stranger in my life. However, the end of its massive expanse is a bit more on the unfamiliar side, and eventually we found ourselves set back in the secluded realm of the West Canada Lakes Wilderness. The “Wet and Wild” side of Morehouse ...

Dog Day Afternoon, every day

October 1 —The following all entered on this day: “Fred Bailey made a complaint of several dogs running at large on Riverside Drive without muzzles.” “In the above complaint Mr. Bailey gave several names but only one address — 93 Riverside Drive and they do not own a dog at that ...

Thanks from the rugby community

The goal posts are long removed, the lines have faded, and most of our bumps and bruises are gone, but rugby is still on our minds. The 46th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament has come and gone, fall rugby seasons have started and the Can-Am board members are on to planning next year’s ...

Lessons from the classroom of life

As a kid, I knew one thing for sure: All adults were right. If a grown-up said it, they knew it, and it was gospel. By my teens, compulsive reader that I was, I realized that not only were all adults not always right, but a lot of them were poorly informed, and another bunch were total ...

Persuaded

This impeachment inquiry (which I favor) has occasioned frequent reference to our Constitution, which has set me to thinking about that word. What does it mean to “constitute” something? Why do we say of someone that they have a “strong constitution”? Trump took the most solemn of ...

Stefanik’s closed-off approach does not serve anyone

Being a reporter has gotten more difficult in this 24-7 news climate with posting updates on stories throughout the day and blogging, posting to social media. We are also taking more of our own photos and video. There is a lot more responsibility. And there are other hindrances. Instead of ...

‘Requiem’

Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie, Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be, Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill. — ...

Impeachment reveals US priorities

As reported by the Washington Post, a new Quinnipiac University poll released shows that support for impeaching Trump and removing him from office has grown from 37% of registered voters to 47% in the latest survey. In the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “The polls have changed ...

Apples and onions: a favorite early American treat

The air is chilly, the leaves are turning, the sun is shining, and skies are blue. Frost has visited and that "end of summer" feel is in the air. Apples are in the air too — on trees, on the ground, falling down all around. They're plentiful right now — at the market, at the orchard, in ...