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How about some sports news? (Enterprise, Feb. 10, 1967)

First, a little bit more about the accompanying Saranac Lake High School hockey photo. Our son Keefe, in the back row, went on to play with some great teams in the 1970s at Plattsburgh State. Keefe and his buddy Tom Jennings took a semester off in their junior year at college and went to ...

The trail option is blatantly obvious

I know to many this is not the most important consideration of the time, but it certainly adds to the preference of the trail over restoring rail service on the Thendara-to-Lake Placid travel corridor. Open, outdoor activity vs. mass transportation seating on trains? The current plan for ...

Coronavirus: staying home advice for parents and children

With the coronavirus pandemic here, parents have been keeping their distance while sending me questions about how stressful social distancing their children from other children can be for families who are now spending so much time together confined to their living space. Let me see if I can ...

Recall — total or otherwise

A while back, Diane Griffin and I were chatting on the phone. And as might be expected, after the usual exchange of pleasantries, the talk turned to our usual topic — The Good Old Days. Specifically, I’d mentioned that little hole in the wall on the first floor of Petrova school where ...

Choosing between business, survival

The problems are real, the concerns understandable, but the timing could not have been worse. Rep. Elise Stefanik, state Sen. Elizabeth Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec have engaged in a series off conference calls in recent days to address economic concerns around the region. With an ...

Happy once

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson had settled into their seemingly misplaced rental Swiss chalet on the French Riviera in March 1883. At 32, the invalid Scottish author would soon witness his first novel, “Treasure Island,” show off its staying power by going from a serial in Young Folks ...

Cooking at home is easier than you think

So, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and restaurants are closed — or only doing takeout. The Adult Center, which served cooked meals five days a week, is closed. Schools, where many children got lunch or breakfast, are closed. Wednesday night Community Suppers at the First United ...

Postponing Tokyo Olympics is a tough but necessary task

Imagine if the Olympic Games were coming to Lake Placid again. And then they didn’t. This is precisely what the picture is in Tokyo right now, and really, around the rest of the world. The Olympic Games of 2020 just cannot happen this summer. It is a reality. It is a chilling fact none ...

Correctional officers’ union at FCI Ray Brook sounds the alarm

Judging from the response of the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, we are grossly underprepared to properly react and reduce the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook. The measures put in place are nothing more than an attempt to appear ...

Homeschool honeymoon

It has been a week of homeschooling, remote working and social distancing. Our household is a bit unique in that I’ve worked online for years. The concept of being 50% dressed from the waist up for a conference call is normal. I just don’t usually have other people around to witness it. ...

COVID-19 could reduce traffic deaths

There’s almost nothing good coming from the COVID-19 coronavirus, but there could be one potential positive thing — we should have fewer automobile fatalities. With schools and colleges closed, restaurants limited to take-out only, public gatherings limited to a handful of people, all ...

Sen. Robert Kennedy visits

It was a big headline in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in February 1967 when Sen. Robert Kennedy visited Saranac Lake. He had to make an appearance here, but I believe the whole purpose of the trip was to ski at Big Tupper, which he did quite often. The 72-point, eight-column headline above ...

Dropping into town

The world opened up for me Wednesday afternoon at about 2. I had never been north of Albany in my life. My summers as a kid were spent on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. The highest elevation there is about 18 inches. Or so it seemed. I have driven up Mount St. Helens twice. The first ...

Hair loss

Parents have been asking me some hair-raising questions about what to do when their children experience excessive hair loss. Well, let me see if I can comb out some information on this topic. --- What is typical and what is not Believe it or not, we all lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day ...

Slainte!

Chicago canceled theirs. New York canceled theirs. Boston canceled theirs — even Dublin canceled theirs. But My Home Town’s happened took place right on schedule. I am, of course, referring to our St. Patrick’s Day parade. A week before the parade, Jen-X asked me the perfect ...

Let’s help each other out

We need a pandemic to treat each other respectfully? These are tough times with an undecided future. With that, I have seen such incredible acts of generosity. I’m only scratching the surface by highlighting those people offering to deliver meals and groceries, or tutor children online. If ...

Foods to strengthen your immunity

It’s official. The World Health Organization and our Centers for Disease Control have proclaimed the new coronavirus, COVID-19, a global pandemic. Whereas the flu kills (on average) about 20,000 Americans each year, this new virus is ten times more deadly — especially to older folks and ...

An introduction to viruses

I’ve heard it said that there are 10 million times more viruses on Earth than there are stars in the universe, maybe more. And that scientists estimate that, at any given moment, there are more than a billion viruses present on Earth. Viruses are smaller than bacteria. For example, at 45 ...

These films are a reminder that humans will prevail

All this coronavirus hubbub made me realize, we haven’t experienced this before in the modern day, but we’ve most certainly seen it in film. This week I’m looking at three of my favorite pandemic movies you might want to watch while under home isolation. On a realistic note, I know the ...

Art — what is it good for?

“I was only happy once: that was at Hyeres.” — RLS That is a favorite talking point for tourism people in this picturesque little town in France, built on a hill topped off with medieval ruins and providing a view of the Mediterranean Sea, roughly halfway between Marseille and Nice. ...