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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Thank you, electrical line crew

A few years ago, the frost line went so deep that water pipes in homes across the Adirondacks were freezing in the middle of winter. Thankfully my house was without water for only a few days. As soon as our water came back on, we had neighbors showering at our house and taking buckets of water ...

Get ready for winter with ski swap and kids’ ski passport program

Winter comes every year whether I’m ready for it or not and I never seem to be ready. It has nothing to do with not enjoying the snow. It’s because I haven’t crossed off all the autumn tasks from my list. I can always use one more day to try to accomplish my “to- do” list, but my ...

Looking for a Trick or a Treat?

I’m not one for jump-scares or frightening movies, but I do love an opportunity to dress up. I also look forward to all the creativity that comes out for this celebration of the ghoulish and grim. Now we all know Halloween isn’t just for kids so if you are over 21, make sure to head ...

Two Bridge Brook and the Bloomingdale Bog Trail

I think my dog can sense when I’m taking her for a walk along the Bloomingdale Bog Trail. Most of the time we want a quick, easy trail that gets us outside and is appropriate for all family and friends of various skill levels. Any segment of the flat Bloomingdale Bog trail fits the ...

An easy walk at Tupper Lake Municipal Waterfront Walkway

I am always grateful for those easy places that allow me to get out of the car and stretch my legs. Even though my plan is usually a quick stop, I always end up staying longer than anticipated. The plus side is once I add these walks to my list, I often make other plans to bring family and ...

A change of seasons at the Jay Covered Bridge

One of our favorite places to go every season is the covered bridge in Jay. The 175-foot-traffic-only bridge provides us with shelter from inclement weather. We can go for a quick walk while exploring the changes of season, or stay longer while observing the scenery from one of the openings ...

Having a designated person when drinking?

Last spring, I went with my child for the annual doctor’s visit. Everything was normal (thank you for wondering). Because I’m a talker and I like to squeeze as much information out of my children’s amazing physician, I tend to ask questions that pertain to my other child. It’s like a ...

Watch for motorcyclists

A few years ago I was in Ticonderoga for a meeting, having scheduled it to be able to stay and go to my child’s track meet. (This was the first and only year my child ran track. Perhaps he knew that I would probably never attempt to go to another track meet.) I approached a roundabout and ...

A walk to McKenzie Pond

It’s the end of the summer, and I feel like I’m a bear getting ready to hibernate. I’m packing on the pounds as if I’ll actually sleep for the winter. No such luck. Yoga pants may have a bit of stretch, but there is only so much those pants are willing to give. I have a few favorite ...

Raise your hand if you were ever an infant

I had an interesting conversation with a friend. It pertained to an article I had read about a young family traveling with children. The parents had passed out a goody bag to all the airplane passengers with candy, earplugs, and a note stating how they hoped their young child wouldn’t be too ...

U-Pick Blueberries in Vermontville

Our raspberries are just winding down and the blueberries are in full form. Are the sporadic rain and plentiful sun the reason for such a bumper crop of berries? We have a few blueberry bushes at home, but they only produce enough to enhance our morning cereal. I want enough berries to make a ...

Monarch envy

It seems that the monarch caterpillars are having a field day at my neighbors’ and friends’ houses. My whole stand of milkweed is full, but my caterpillars are so tiny. I feel quite slighted. It’s as if the monarchs this year are using my yard as their species survival backup. They need ...

A hiker’s positive parking experience

Sometimes I feel that I only hear the negative stories. I read the paper and watch the news and wonder how do people ever get along? Bickering or ridiculous behavior is blasted from the headlines. I understand that these events and experiences are happening, but I thought perhaps it would be ...

Public libraries are more than just books

I love going to the library, though lately I’ve been checking out more audio books than bound books. With travel and time spent in cars, I’m at least able to listen to stories. Though the area public libraries always have a wonderful selection of books, audio books, DVDs, and magazines, the ...

Is ignorance bliss?

I recently read an online skirmish that became a breakdown in communication. Though the original post wasn’t something that everyone was going to agree with, it was based on fact and research. I know. I wrote it. I copied the web address for anyone to research for themselves. A friend decided ...

Plattsburgh $1 movie and Tykes Tuesdays

How about some popcorn with the $1 movie? Once again, the Regal Champlain Cinema in Plattsburgh is hosting its Summer Movie Express Festival and yes, it is only a buck. I understand that we could probably see all these showings at our house, sitting in the front of the television. I love ...

Got scapes? Make pesto!

Have you seen those long, curly, emerald green stalks with tightly closed buds at the Farmers' Market? These are garlic scapes – and they’re delicious, tender and crunchy. They’re finest when only a few weeks old, and have just begun to curl and form buds. They should be about 12 – 18 ...

Where’s Waldo?

I love a treasure hunt. I especially love a treasure hunt that brings a book to life. Interacting with favorite characters in imaginative ways allows everyone to share books differently. It gets us out of the house and exploring new things. Movies are wonderful. I’m a huge fan, but sometimes ...

Searching for the High Peaks around Mirror Lake

My go-to walk is to enjoy the 2.7-mile stroll around Mirror Lake. I can easily circumnavigate the lake during my child’s ballet lesson. I can even squeeze in a stop at the bookstore and a grab n’ go from one of the Main Street shops. I usually use headphones and relax, but occasionally my ...

Summer programs for kids

Though my children may have outgrown the need for a summer program, it doesn’t mean that our guests’ family members have. Children do crave continuity so to keep the rhythm there are so many programs that offer a regular schedule mixed with fun activities. Here are my annual (updated) ...