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Author revisits feminist commune in Adirondacks

Lorraine M. Duvall’s cleverly titled “Finding a Woman’s Place” captures in miniature a movement that has, in a remarkably short time, changed how men and women in America see themselves and each other. “A woman’s place is in the home” was part of the post-World War II ...

Out of the woods

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to come back from a camping trip into a wholly different world? That’s what happened to Miles and his friends this week. The group of four had driven up from Brooklyn, stopped in to rent some cold-weather gear and gone off into the High Peaks. ...

The Adirondack Pregnancy Center — an introduction

The Adirondack Pregnancy Center Board of Directors would like to thank the village of Saranac Lake for welcoming the APC to the community. The early March site plan review meeting was not the place, nor did it afford us the time to share the totality of who we are, what we believe and what ...

IIHS crash testing improves vehicle safety — will set bar higher

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash testing has led to life-saving improvement in occupant protection since it was introduced in 2003. The program has been so successful that the side ratings for current models are no longer helping consumers distinguish among vehicles or ...

Talk about a historical scoop

It’s about a book not yet published. It’s still in the works, but I just happen to have a review of that book right here in my famous little history column. The book may be fiction, but it is historical fiction … and here is the big deal: The review is by the author herself, a ...

Reply re: new pregnancy center

The article written by Carolyn (Koestner) was filled with slander, hate and discrimination against women in need. Have you ever been faced with a unplanned crisis pregnancy? Did you have nowhere to turn and no one to talk to? Were you scared, alone and hopeless, not knowing what to do? I ...

A green future

I have driven through the countryside in many regions over the years, and have always been intrigued by the wonderful barns that farmers used to build. How was it, I would ask myself, that a single family unit had the resources and motivation to build such impressive buildings? Only later did ...

Color blindness

Parents have been asking me some colorful questions recently about color blindness. Well, let me see if I can share my views on this particular topic. Color blindness does not mean a person is blind. It is a deficiency in color vision that may range from a slight difficulty in telling ...

Damned if ya do, damned if ya don’t

It’s true you can have a lot of fun while you’re aging. But unless you’re a card-carrying masochist, aging itself is no fun at all. The Golden Years are rife with all sorts of aches and pains, shakes and strains, worries and weaknesses. Young people don’t believe it’ll happen to ...

Adirondacks need internet upgrade

As anyone who spends even just a few hours here knows all too well, getting reliable and comprehensive cellular coverage and internet service inside the Blue Line is a challenge. The Adirondack Park, well known as America’s largest state park, encompasses 6 million acres that include ...

Who will help animal rehab center?

I’m writing today as a longtime lover of wildlife, a photographer of the same and a regular visitor to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. I have eagerly watched the facility grow and change to the unique facility it is today. Wendy and Steve Hall deserve our praise and admiration for their ...

The best Bond song wasn’t in a Bond movie

I recently listened to Billie Eilish’s “No Time To Die,” the song that will play before the upcoming James Bond film of the same name. It was fine. Bond has had his fair share of lackluster songs. From “Octopussy” and Rita Coolidge’s “All Time High,” which sounds more like ...

Fresh greens are the flavor of spring

Yes, I know the calendar says it’s still winter. But… the days are getting longer, temps are getting warmer, snow is melting, and shoots are coming up from the soil. I’ve heard Canada geese are arriving, as are robins and cardinals. Although the first day of spring is still a few days ...

It’s maple time!

Yes! We are getting ready to tap our five maple trees and just let the sap roll on in. Obviously, we are not in the commercial maple-making business, but our two-gallon target has been consistently produced over the years. That is enough syrup to keep us in maple-drenched waffles for the year ...

‘Penny whistles’

Will Hickock Low was born in Albany in 1852. Twenty-two years later, in 1874, he went to France to further his ambition to be a self-supporting artist. There he befriended Robert Louis Stevenson for life when he became a member of the author’s innermost circle of intimates, along with cousin ...

Planning your first vegetable garden

Growing your own vegetables, at least some of them, is a great way to provide fresh, tasty, nutritious food for your kitchen table. Homegrown vegetables are much fresher and taste better than industrially grown, supermarket-purchased produce. And vegetable gardening can be a fun, family ...

Of clocks and calendars

It’s most likely that none of us has completely adjusted to Daylight Saving Time (DST, or Eastern Daylight Time for us ... EDT) after moving our clocks forward an hour early Sunday morning. Each time we change the clocks to daylight time in the spring and back to standard time in the late ...

Protect reproductive rights; stop Adirondack Pregnancy Center

“You have a big mouth,” Saranac Lake Development Board member Elias Pelletieri spat at me during last week’s Development Board meeting. The comment came at the end of my public comment opposing the proposal for the Adirondack Pregnancy Center, which is seeking establishment at 20 Academy ...

Reader feedback on mandatory driver training

A somewhat controversial article in January proposed that perhaps it was time for New York state to require some form of periodic driver refresher course for ALL drivers. It was controversial because it would be mandatory, come with some form of cost and require drivers' time to take the ...

Adirondack winter vacations, part II

The Enterprise published a great special edition on Jan. 2, 1954, all about enticing the uninitiated to spend their vacations in the throes of snow and ice in the Adirondacks; the edition, of course, was all about Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Part II — excerpts from the ...