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Looking forward to the Saranac Lake Commmon Ground Community Garden

Chilly mornings, sunny afternoons, deep puddles of water on Lake Flower Avenue and the honking of geese returning to their summer haven — all signs of spring in the Adirondacks. It is the beginning of the season of rebirth and the beginning of the end to this frightening pandemic — what a ...

A European Delight: Gnocchi

Gnocchi. These delicate, fluffy Italian dumplings probably originated in Italy’s Veneto region, but they’re traditional throughout Europe. In Germany and Poland, they’re known as kopytka (little hooves). The Italian word gnocchi translates as “small lumps” and originates from the ...

Defining ‘no stopping, standing, parking’ terms

I had a recent inquiry to explain again the difference in the terms “no stopping,” “no standing” and “no parking,” and just what they mean. So let’s review exactly how Vehicle and Traffic Law views these definitions. The term “park” or “parking” is pretty basic — we ...

Lindbergh baby kidnapping, part 2

Those nasty gremlins infiltrated my computer and removed the “part 2” mention at the end of last week’s column. My dear readers, I am sure, have been stressed, flabbergasted and frantic all week, waiting for the end of that terrible story retold from my copy of the Malone Evening Telegram ...

False shepherds, lost sheep

In his response to my March 11 commentary “God and fools,” Joseph Kimpflen stated “pro-life crusaders, overall, are among the least violent people you will ever find passionately advocating a cause.” Perhaps the qualifying “overall” is meant to minimize or dismiss the not-so-few ...

The unkindest cuts

In mid-November 1971 I was in the Navy, doing what I did most of the time — taking Morse code — when my friend Frank walked over. “Hey,” he said, “you went to Paul Smith’s College, right?” “Yeah,” I said. “Why?” “’Cause there’s something about it in today’s ...

Information on the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

I have recently been amazed by the lack of information in press reports as well as the amazingly inaccurate and thoroughly anti-immigrant (if not anti-American) propaganda emanating from conservatives across the country whose only intent appears to be to make America a worse place for anyone ...

‘Encounter’ with Dave Barry

What began as a simple story assignment for a school newspaper ended up a trigger for parental hysteria and a brush with comic genius. It involved an “encounter session” guidance counselor Marjory Volk had conducted in four sociology classes at the high school in Downingtown, ...

‘Velvet Coat’

“Behind glass in the Stevenson museum at Saranac Lake, New York, is preserved a black velveteen jacket, the sprig of heather in its upper pocket annually renewed by admirers of its long dead owner.” — “Voyage to Windward: The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson,” J.C. Furnas - In his ...

An Adirondack coming-of-age adventure

“I felt as if I were shedding my skin, shaking things loose that I didn’t need anymore.” This is my favorite line from “Camper Girl,” by Glenn Erick Miller. Eighteen-year-old Shannon Burke realizes that she can manage with less, and even flourish, after overcoming obstacles she ...

I’ll sure miss your smile, Andrew

Living here for more than 35 years, and working as a sports writer and photographer at our daily and weekly newspapers for more than 25 years, I’ve had the great fortune to get to know more people than I could ever dream of counting. I’ve made many close friends over those years, and ...

Transgender Visibility Day

Transgender Day of Visibility is an international day of highlighting the existence and celebrating the achievements of people in the transgender community in terms of social justice, acceptance of the community and to acknowledge the of importance the transgender people in our families, social ...

Working with Malone on revised police plan

A joint statement from Citizen Advocates and St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers in response to the village of Malone police reform process: As North Country health care providers, we are committed to the public safety of the entire community and to making lives better ...

Take a break from hiking in mud season

Hopefully you’ve already seen the numerous posts and articles noting that mud season 2021 has arrived. Last week’s warm up brought on a big melt and was then compounded by rain, making liquid out of much of the deep snowpack from this winter. Hopefully, this column will come across to you ...

Maneuvering the firsts and lasts

When my children entered each new school, they were greeted with numerous celebrations. They attended the last elementary school dance bookmarked with the first middle school dance. The first concert for one became the last concert for another. The first match was someone else’s senior rose ...

Spring is time for eggs

It’s Spring! Longer days and warming temperatures mean that chickens are laying like crazy, so there’s an abundance of fresh eggs! Eggs are one of the least expensive nutritious foods to feed your family. Although they contain cholesterol and saturated fat, they’re a good source of ...

Study shows rear autobrakes really reduce backing crashes

If you are a regular reader of these weekly articles on traffic law and traffic safety, you know my position on backing crashes: We back our vehicles about one-tenth of 1% of the time, yet backing crashes exceed 10% of all crashes. In other words, we drivers are not very good at backing up our ...

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping

Not a local story, but a big story in the history books. My copy of the Malone Evening Telegram from March 4, 1932, is a real treasure. It had once belonged to Cora Sprague, whose name is on the mailing label but with no legible address. Though I was only 6 years old at the time, I ...

Trans athletes are a non-issue, but discrimination is real

All around the country, states are rushing to approve laws to address a supposed problem that, in reality, doesn’t actually exist. Has there even been a case where a transgender athlete actually stole a college scholarship or gained an unfair competitive advantage? That sound you ...

Chasing our own tales

As a lifelong history buff, I was always bugged by urban legends. Well, not exactly always: As a kid, I believed them. And how could I not? First, I was pretty much a literal babe in the literal woods. And second, while I was naive, so was whole country. We thought good always triumphed ...