Columns

Strolling through history at Owen and Copperas

WILMINGTON — With the state Department of Environmental Conservation asking hikers to stay below 2,500 feet in elevation during mud season, Monday’s sunshine and summer-like weather provided a good chance to check out a pair of ponds, even if the water was too cold to go swimming. Owen ...

A bigger bang for your buck, 1933

There were at least four weekly tabloid size newspapers that sprang up over the years to compete with The Enterprise which will be celebrating its 150 Anniversary this year. None lasted very long. I have a copy of one, The Advertiser, dated Friday, Sept. 29, 1933 from which I will mine ...

Delving deep into the kill vs. kiln debate

So, is it Cooper Kiln Pond or Cooper Kill Pond? I have seen it both ways. The USGS map for the region reads “Cooper Kill Pond,” while other maps and writings call it “Cooper Kiln Pond.” A kill is a Dutch word meaning creek. It is commonly used where the Dutch settled — the ...

Another elected representative shames her supporters

In St. Lawrence County, scores of people showed up at a recent county Legislature meeting and about 40 made comments after a Republican legislator from Massena, Rita Curran, put up a post on her Facebook page attacking Muslims. Many of them wanted Curran to resign, but the board voted 10-5 ...

Comic relief

Last week I did something I rarely do. I left my my mountain lair and traveled to civilization — Portland, Maine. Why Portland? Because that’s where Willie Kendrick, my college bestie from Old Siwash, lives. And what did I do in Portland? Precious little. The purpose of the ...

Not a fan of whitewater park plan

Four hundred thousand dollars for a “whitewater kayak feature” in the village! Rebuild a river so people can play in their kayaks? First of all, rebuilding a river so it suits the needs of a single recreational group is a pretty disgusting and arrogant idea. We long ago learned what ...

May is Membership Month

Who is a member? - If you have a library card you are a patron, which entitles you to all library services. You become a member when you fill out a membership form and make a contribution to the annual Member Campaign. - Why a membership campaign? - This is the time of year when you are ...

When should we publish mugshots?

We ran two mugshots on page 1 Wednesday. State Police had released the photos of this father and daughter when troopers arrested them last year in what was then a murder case — since pleaded down to manslaughter. Police probably wouldn’t release mugshots now, even in a murder ...

The amateur emigrant, part I

“I hope to be back in a month or two ... but it is a wild world.” — RLS to Bob Stevenson --- Aug. 8, 1879: “We steamed out of the Clyde on Thursday night, and on the Friday forenoon we took in our last batch of emigrants at Lough Foyle, in Ireland, and said farewell to Europe. ...

Spring has sprung to gladden mom

Sunday is Mother’s Day. And at long last, it looks like spring has finally arrived in our mountains. Our crocuses and blue scillas are in full bloom. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and other flowers will follow soon. The second Sunday of May has been set aside to honor Mom for more than a ...

Everyone agrees. Robocalls are a scourge

I oversee the care of an ailing man who’s pushing 90. When I’m with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time. “That’s probably a robocall,” he says, obviously aware that these autodialed spam and scam calls are ...

The embarrassment of Kate Smith

In response to the title of Elizabeth Izzo’s article, “Did Kate Smith make up for racist songs,” I would suggest an answer in the negative, although perhaps her historical embarrassment may be put to good use in well-meaning dialogue. Kate Smith’s admirable words in her 1945 plea for ...

Healthy surge in older workers

Since 2000, nearly all the increase in U.S. employment has been attributed to an increase in workers 55 years old and older. Employment gains of those 55 and older has outstripped job gains of those under 55 by 18 to 1. As highlighted in his blog post, “Older Workers Account for All Net ...

More newsrooms need ideological diversity

The news that journalism is confronting perhaps the most serious challenge to its credibility and relevance in our society is by no means fake. A story published Sept. 12 by the Columbia Journalism Review reported on the judgment many people have rendered on the media. And for those of us ...

Intelligent speed adaptation possible solution to speeding problem

Last week’s DYK article discussed the neglected problem of speeding. Now, Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) may be a solution that will save lives and prevent serious injuries. According to Wikipedia, intelligent speed adaptation uses information about the road to determine the required ...

James Buckley urges Congress to stay out of state affairs

WASHINGTON — At 96, James Buckley still is, like good cheddar, sharp and savory. Buckley, whose life has been no less accomplished than his brother Bill’s, recently said at a National Review gathering that his speech there would be his last public appearance. Let us hope not. He ...

An Adirondack paddle with an Everglades feel

As many of you know, Lake Placid is a hub for hiking mountains of all sizes and trails of all abilities. But what about its close proximity to countless lakes, rivers and ponds? On this spring trip we decided to explore the waters out of Axton Landing. Axton Landing, as many might ...

High-water moments on the Saranac River

The Saranac River can be paddled much of the year, including late in summer when water levels are low. But with the high water of spring flooding the river and its low-lying areas, it seemed like a good chance to get out and explore a little. My friend Jason and I set out from Pine Street ...

Say hello to Mike Egan

Saranac Lake has produced a world champion in sports; not as famous as Eddie Eagan, winner of the Olympic Gold Medal in boxing [1920] and bobsledding [1932]; Mike Egan [sic] was World Handball Champion, Weight Lifting Champion and a great boxer as sparring partner with the world champions of ...