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Griff’s alternative Christmas playlist

Thanksgiving may have originated from a dinner between Pilgrims and Native Americans, and maybe there was a turkey somewhere in the mix, but in recent history, it’s turned into the day where you ask, “Can we listen to Christmas music yet?” As soon as the calendar hits that last ...

Being thankful is important in good times and bad times

It has been a challenging couple of months. I sometimes feel that if I’m given one more obstacle or ball to juggle, everything is going to just crash down around me. The reason that I’m writing this is in spite of the obstacles I’ve been given, I have also been given the opportunity to ...

Pasta is great for leftovers

The guests have gone. The big day is over. You’re left with lots of food. Many say that leftovers are the best part of the holiday. But even if you love turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and gravy, they get boring after a while. It is fun to find creative ways to use what is left ...

Poems exploring grief

This collection of poems explores loss, guilt and grief. In many of the poems the narrator reflects on the loss of an ex-girlfriend to suicide. Glimpses of the relationship, the woman, the struggles are interspersed with the awful fact of her death and its aftermath for the narrator. Pope ...

Rising cost of diabetes

A week ago Thursday was World Diabetes Day. It didn’t get much, if any, play in the media, so you probably didn’t notice. To raise awareness of the growing health threat of diabetes, the United Nations designated Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) ...

Stopping on crosswalks is illegal

Note the picture of the green car in the left lane on Main Street (U.S. Route 11) in the village of Malone. This eastbound car is waiting for the red light at Harrison Place, but is right on the crosswalk. This driver is in violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1202(a)1d, which states: ...

It’s time for Rep. Elise Stefanik to choose a side in climate crisis

The time has come for Rep. Elise Stefanik to choose a side in the climate change crisis. She must decide if she values the lives of the North Country’s youth or money. Since she has taken office, Rep. Stefanik has taken over $100,000 from fossil fuel giants like Koch Industries and ...

Breaking news — that’s been ‘broke’ before

(All of these excerpts are from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.) July 22, 1996 RAY BROOK — “An inspection team is on the way to the Federal Correctional Institution [formerly the 1980 Olympic Village for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games held in Lake Placid] here to look into security ...

Children and their imaginary friends

Parents of toddlers and preschoolers often ask me if it is all right for their child to be speaking to imaginary friends. I won’t usually answer until Dr. Check-Up, my imaginary pediatrician friend, gives me the advice I need to answer their question. Fortunately, he has, so here are my ...

The Dope of the hour, give or take

It seems one of today’s hottest businesses is motivational speakers. No matter what you need motivation for, there’s at least a dozen speakers for it. From walking a tightrope to writing a novel, from losing weight to gaining self-esteem, from embracing sobriety to embracing your ...

Check out your local cork board

As an arts reporter, I’d like to think I have my finger on the cultural pulse of the Tri-Lakes. I perform and mingle at open mic nights. I attend performances at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and concerts at the Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay. I rub shoulders with local artists at the ...

‘The Silverado Squatters,’ part IV

“I am homesick for Europe; yet it is now a question if I shall be strong enough for the journey home in the summer.” — RLS to Frances Sitwell, June 1880 Following their sick leave down in the valley, in a little white cottage on the green in the town of Calistoga, the ruling family of ...

Giving back with a Turkey Trot and Fun Run

I’m already nervous about how my turkey dinner is going to turn out and I don’t even eat turkey. Our family has been focusing on the North Country Ballet Ensemble’s 34th production of The Nutcracker in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid. (Yes, a shameless plug.) I’ve also got to figure out ...

A diverse Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day Turkey, squash, potatoes, pie gobble, gobble, gulp. For food, fun, friends, family, Give thanks today, and always. Winter snuck in upon us - and we weren't completely prepared. Clothespins were frozen on the clothesline, the porch windows were open and the ...

Tisquantum: the Native American horticulturalist who rescued the Pilgrims

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” These are the words of H.A. (Henry Allen) Ironside, a Canadian-American Bible teacher, preacher, theologian, pastor, member of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church and one of the most ...

Mayor’s project gets favored treatment

I was pleased to see in a recent edition of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that a local business had cleared an important site plan review hurdle with the Development Board. What does not please me is the apparent uneven approval process that seems to favor certain projects. The Dew Drop Inn ...

Dance of the evening planets

After adorning the evening skies for most of this year, Jupiter and Saturn are moving toward the sunset horizon. In fact, Earth, in its faster orbit, is leaving them on the far side of the sun. Venus, in its even faster orbit, passed behind the sun on Aug. 14 and has been slowly rising into ...

Enforcement must enforce laws to modify behavior

Last week’s column was about those who work in enforcement correcting dangerous or unsafe driving habits, and I used my two speeding tickets in 1967 as what it took to modify my “speed limit plus 10” driving habit. Today, I will tell about what can happen when enforcement fails to do ...

How do (or don’t) you prepare for a winter storm?

When winter hits the North Country, it packs a punch. People who have lived here for more than 20 years will remember the insanity that was the ice storm of 1998. Trees fell, ice jams overflowed rivers, and hundreds of people took refuge at Red Cross shelters. The National Guard even had to ...

Adirondack Guide book — circa 1945

What a nice find by my friend Mary Partridge Peria, treasured treasurer of Saranac Lake for so many years. Mary discovered the book in a trash bin somewhere, and she snagged it for posterity — or at least for one more review. It was created in 1945, revised in 1951 and edited by Arthur ...