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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 ...

Igniting e-cigarette dangers

Parents have been lighting up with questions about e-cigarettes and what they can say to their teenagers to convince them to stop, or better yet, not even use them. - What are e-cigarettes? - E-cigarettes are battery powered smoking devices that contain cartridges filled with a liquid ...

Poems of wild imaginings

In an early poem in this volume, “Queer Fish,” Sarah Giragosian writes: “nothing can be drab so long / as objects hold allure as intimates.” These poems take all manner of creatures great and small as intimates. Giragosian dreams herself inside an anglerfish, gives voice to a spider, ...

Beating a broken drum

Over the past few months Donald Trump’s tweets, speeches and behavior have reached new heights (depths?) in arrogance, egomania and lying that mandate an end to his perilous presidency in 2020 — or sooner. In a July 4 address, Trump gave the nation some apparently unknown facts about ...

What if I brake hard for a deer?

In Franklin County there are deer, and every year deer get hit and injured or killed. Meanwhile, numerous vehicles are damaged. Often drivers crash into trees, guide rails, ditches or other vehicles in a futile effort to avoid hitting the deer. The above is the prologue. What this article is ...

‘Climate change and reality.’ Really?

Keith Gorgas’ guidance for young climate activists (“Climate change and reality,” Adiorndack Daily Enterprise Guest Commentary, Sept. 23) is, “First of all, we must look at the whole picture,” and examine how complex some environmental issues are. “Secondly, we must act locally in ...

Car crashes kill two troopers—father and son

The irony of lives unfolding can leave us at a loss for words. A few years ago while talking to my late, good friend, New York State Police Investigator Doug Muldoon, I happened to mention covering the story for the Enterprise about the death of Trooper Charles Perkins in a car crash. It ...

Watching the sun rise on Owls Head

When the alarm went off at 3 a.m. I thought, “I don’t want to get up yet.” When it went off at 3:07 I thought, “Man, I really don’t want to get up yet.” But when it went off at 3:14 a.m. I thought, “If I don’t get up and shut off the alarm, Audrey is going to kill ...

Play it safe when paddling during the fall

The waters are still open and the air is getting crisp, but that doesn’t mean put away your boat. Autumn has been in the air for a while and you can smell the changing of the seasons. It is the perfect opportunity to dust the pollen off the kayaks and get out at least one more ...

Rudy Giuliani’s harebrained scheme

Where’s John Kelly when you need him? President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, cast aside like so many of Trump’s advisers, irked the president with his efforts to bring some discipline to him and his operation. But if there’s one thing that’s obvious from the Ukraine controversy, ...

Spitting up: gastroesophageal reflux

Parents have been bringing up lots of questions about their babies who tend to spit up a lot. This week, let me try to keep down their concerns and provide some information on this “spitting up” topic we call infant heartburn or reflux. - Spit up specifics - Now, all babies will ...

A serpentine tale

It’s obvious that writing, in any meaningful sense, is dying out. Likewise, the art of conversation is headed in the same direction — both doomed to the same fate as the carrier pigeon, woolly mammoth and great auk. Since our primary mode of communication is the cellphone, and its ...

Fact of life: Billionaires don’t go to jail

Earlier this week, a Hudson Falls man pleaded guilty to selling a drug used by opioid addicts. He is expected to serve two years in state prison. I doubt anyone feels sorry for him. I doubt anyone wants to know his story about how he got into the drug trade and why. I suspect that most ...

Bush Street

“I am going for thirty now; and unless I can snatch a little rest before long, I have, I may tell you in confidence, no hope of seeing thirty-one.” — RLS to Edmund Gosse, December 1879, San Francisco - Robert Louis Stevenson lived out some of his darkest days while a tenant of a ...

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 ...

Pickling your own cucumbers at home

Americans love pickles. According to Pickle Packers International, we each consume on average 106 pickles (about 9 pounds) per person per year. The word “pickle” was first used to indicate preservation of foods in brine. Later, it also came to include preservation in vinegar. While we ...

It’s apple season

There’s little in life more pleasing than biting into a crisp, juicy, slightly sweet, slightly tart, fresh-off-the-tree apple. And what could be healthier? Apples contain vitamins A and C, antioxidants, potassium, pectin, fiber and no cholesterol. They can be eaten fresh, baked or stewed; ...

What am I doing here? Let me explain

“What the heck are you doing here?” I’ve been asked that question more than once since the day I accepted a position as news editor at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise here in Saranac Lake. And Managing Editor Peter Crowley has invited me to address the answer via this space. So here ...

LGBTQ Pride events to be held in Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh

Adirondack North Country Pride returns to Plattsburgh on Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. in Trinity Park. This is the fourth annual pride event celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical capability or ...

Back seat child under age 2 must be rear-facing

Effective Nov. 1, revisions to Section 1229-c of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law is revised to include an additional requirement regarding child safety restraint in motor vehicles. The amendment requires that all back-seat passengers under the age of 2 be restrained in a rear-facing, ...