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The Police blotter from August 1929

The police blotter, August 1926

All of a sudden I became so overwhelmed with work, politics and social events along with a trip to join the railbirds and ponies at Saratoga I had to call for backup — and sure enough up popped a 1926 blotter from the Saranac Lake Police Department … and you know what…aren’t we all ...

Singer/actress Joanne Shenandoah enjoys a moment with a young Mohawk actor while working on a documentary filmed on location at Elk Lake in North Hudson.
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Making men out of boys and boys out of men

Over the course of my 40-plus year career as an Adirondack guide, I have served in a wide variety of roles — ranging from outdoor educator, counselor, cook, companion, navigator, caretaker, backwoods contractor and as a pack mule/porter. Naturally, every one of the roles also included ...

Mothball the Confederate monuments

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. That doesn’t change the fact that his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against ...

Tat II

In last week’s column I made a mistake that must be corrected. I’d said when I was a kid the only people with tattoos were veterans. For the most part, that’s true, but a small number of The Inked Set were never in the service for all sorts of reasons, antisocial behavior not the least ...

Armageddon postponed

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

Sadly, America is not ‘better than this’

It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this. We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope. “We are better than this,” we say. “This is not America.” So it is no surprise to be hearing ...

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Cucumbers and tomatoes make wonderful summer salads

Summer is in full swing. Tomatoes and cucumbers are abundant and delectable. Lovely garden tomatoes and fresh-picked tender cucumbers are some of the best things summer has to offer. Before the 1950s when we started trucking vegetables around the country in refrigerated trucks, tomatoes, ...

Hemlock woolly adelgid
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Environmental Conservation)

Hemlock woolly adelgid — forest landowners take note

Eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) are one of the most beautiful conifers found in northern New York forests. It can take up to 300 years for them to reach mature heights of up to 70 feet and diameters of up to 3 feet. They commonly live for 500 years and can live for 800 years or longer. ...

Trump walks slowly to condemning white supremacists

WASHINGTON — It took President Donald Trump two days to do what both Republicans and Democrats said should have come fast and easy. In his carefully worded statement Monday, Trump condemned members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "repugnant." He vowed that his ...

Slow moving vehicle emblem illegal for driveway marker

The “Slow Moving Vehicle” (SMV) emblem is an orange triangle with a red border (see picture). It must be displayed on farm machinery and implements of husbandry and other machinery including road construction and maintenance equipment designed to operate at 25 mph or less while traveling on ...

Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then you qualify ...

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News from the Saranac Lake Mirror May 1936

The Mirror was another short-lived, tabloid-size newspaper, a competitor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. The masthead read “Publisher and Advertising Manager, Leon O. Bourne — address all communications to P.O. Box 547. The Saranac Lake Mirror will be published every Friday and ...

Grouse on the trail
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Fly-bys come in unexpected forms

It’s been an interesting week in the woods, with hordes of deer flies replacing black flies while the mosquitoes and no-see-ums continued their annual bloodletting. Deer flies were orbiting my noggin as I passed over the carries, and I simply couldn’t defend myself while balancing a ...

The gang that couldn’t threaten straight

It was inevitable. Eventually, President Donald Trump would treat a foreign adversary as harshly as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was on the receiving end of the alliteration heard around the world, when Trump promised “fire and fury” if Pyongyang ...

SUMMER READING PROGRAM LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS — “Build a Better World” was the theme for the 2017 Children’s Reading Program. Program leaders are shown behind paper constructions created by the children. Standing from left, Anna Ellithorpe, Linda Beairsto, Hilde Hammond. Seated from left, Marcia Gilbert, Karen Smith, Linda Grant, Linda Jackson and Peggy Orman, youth programs coordinator. Kerri Langer also helped with the program.  
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Library programs planned for September

Current Events Coffee Hour It’s New! Join in for a lively discussion of current events and a mid-morning cup of coffee. This group will begin Monday, Sept. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group will meet on a weekly basis and will cover current events from local issues to world ...

After the coup, what then?

That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable. As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to Trump family and campaign associates. The jurors will ...

The old skin game

I still remember the first tattoo I ever saw. I was 6 or 7 and it was on my neighbor Russell Demerse’s left arm, which though I didn’t know at the time, was its perfect location. The tattoo had three parts. At the top was an eagle, under that was a pair of crossed cannons, and under ...

Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the ...

Be cautious along the open ledges of Santa Clara’s The Pinnacle.
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Easy hikes: Santa Clara’s The Pinnacle makes the grade

I’m always looking for a quick, easy hike to share with family and visiting friends. It’s a bonus when that same hike allows me to get my dog off her leash for a few moments, give her a bit of a run, and get back on the road to finish our errands. Santa Clara’s Pinnacle trail is the ...

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Easy, fast zucchini skillets

It’s the middle of summer, and zucchini are everywhere. These summer squash plants are so fruitful that by early August, even our North Country gardens are overflowing with an abundant crop. In fact, Chase’s Calendar of Events lists August 8 as Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ ...