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12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 8

On the eighth day of Saranac Lake-mas, Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... dairies a-milking! Milk made up a major part of tuberculosis patients’ prescribed diets, which were designed to be high in fat and protein to combat the symptoms of “consumption.” Patients received glass after ...

What is essential?

Since the beginning of quarantine in March, the word “essential” has been tossed around by government officials, businesses and individuals. People and their livelihoods were labeled either essential or not. People lost jobs because they were not essential. Other people felt belittled ...

Begin the year with citrus

Did Santa bring you oranges for Christmas? Oranges and other citrus fruit were once a prized, healthy winter treat. That was before the miracle of modern transportation, which brings us fruit harvests from Florida and California. While our local fresh produce is out of season, the cold winter ...

Know consequences of borrowing, lending vehicles

Have you ever borrowed someone else’s car? Have you lent your car to someone else? If so, are you aware of potential requirements and potential consequences? I had someone recently ask me who is responsible for the ticket if someone driving a borrowed car is ticketed for an expired ...

12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 7

On the seventh day of Saranac Lake-mas, your Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... kids a-swimming on Lake Flower! The lake was formed in 1827 when Pliny Miller built the first dam across the Saranac River to power a sawmill. Lake Flower was eventually named for Gov. Roswell P. Flower, who ...

I am still in January 1925

Maybe ‘fascinated’ is not the correct word for what I feel when reading these old newspapers… maybe nostalgia or maybe I just love old newspapers and magazines. I have a collection of Life magazines from the 1940’s — price 10c. This copy of The Enterprise from 95 years ago, for ...

12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 6

On the sixth day of Saranac Lake-mas, Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... tuberculosis patients a-laying in the fresh air! TB patients like these women at the Ray Brook Sanatorium would spend their days on porches resting and taking in the fresh air. This photograph, courtesy of Ben ...

Pointed recollections

No matter how anyone cuts it, as a whole, Americans are woefully ignorant of history — especially their own. When I say “history,” I don’t mean all the esoteric nonsense that drove us nuts in high school, like when the Articles of Confederation were approved, or who was FDR’s ...

RLS on ice

“Walking over the fields, with a stick in his hand and his skates thrown over his shoulders, he looked and seemed his happiest.” — Bertha Baker, Saranac Lake Behind glass in Robert Louis Stevenson’s former study at Baker’s in Saranac Lake lies a pair of very old and worn ice skates, ...

12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 5

On the fifth day of Saranac Lake-mas, Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... silver medals! During the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, the Red Devils, a bobsled team from Saranac Lake, took home the silver medal in the four-man bobsled race. The team consisted of Henry Homburger, ...

Energy conservation and efficiency equals savings

When I ask people what they think are the two cheapest, cleanest, safest, most environmentally friendly and most reliable energy technologies available today, the answer I receive is almost always wind and solar. But the correct answers — conservation and efficiency — have nothing to do ...

Stop the spread

The “living room” spread of COVID-19 now accounts for about 75% of the virus’s transmission. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve can combine to make our deadliest holiday season. In the Tri-Lakes area, most of the new cases are coming from exposure to acquaintances, ...

12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 4

On the fourth day of Saranac Lake-mas, Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... a calling card! This card was sent to Maude Liscomb, Francis Berger Trudeau’s patient and friend, while FBT was serving as captain of the Medical Reserve Corps of the Army in 1918. FBT was the son of Dr. E.L. ...

12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 3

On the third day of Saranac Lake-mas, Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... French Hill! French Hill is one of the earliest neighborhoods in Saranac Lake and encompasses the east-west streets of McClelland, James, Charles, Prospect, McIntyre, Neil, and Olive and Arnold Drive; and the ...

DWI could be a thing of the past

Alcohol has been a factor in 30% of U.S. roadway deaths every year for the past decade. Meanwhile, police arrest about 1 million people a year for alcohol-impaired driving. Systems that can detect the percentage of alcohol in the driver’s blood and prevent the vehicle from moving if it is ...

An unprecedented holiday season

It was a Thanksgiving like no other ... a Christmas unlike previous Christmases ... and the New Year celebration will be unprecedented as well. Most New Year’s Eves we have enjoyed a variety of performers at Saranac Lake’s First Night. Other years were spent with friends, at parties, or ...

Goodbye to 2020 … please

My family and I have been fortunate. I count my blessings every day and that includes a headcount. I’m not meaning to sound cavalier, but since the beginning of this pandemic, I knew it was just a matter of time before my circle would tighten, interweaving with those affected by this virus. ...

You want to talk about climate change?

Really — well I don’t neither/either! So let’s jump ahead to January 30, which is only 35 days from today, which is December 26, [see, I told you 4 out of 3 people can’t do math] but we are also jumping way back to a copy of The Enterprise dated January 30, 1925 — 95 years ago. To ...

Playing (and living) the role

On Sunday I came across an article on Jean Robert-Houdin. How appropriate for Christmas, I thought. Though I doubt you ever heard of him, his last name resembles one you know, and for good reason: Houdini (birth name Erik Weisz) took his stage name as an homage to Robert-Houdin. So ...