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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 ...

The church benefit supper

Mrs. Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson, or “Maggie,” was the daughter of a high-ranking official in the Scottish Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Lewis Balfour. Consequently, churchgoing was in Maggie’s blood, and in 1887, there was only one legitimate outlet in Saranac Lake to satisfy ...

12 days of Saranac Lake-mas … day 1

On the first day of Saranac Lake-mas, Historic Saranac Lake gave to you ... a partridge in a Berkeley Square tree! OK, maybe there’s no partridge, but it’s a beautiful sight. We’ll be counting down the 12 days of Saranac Lake-mas with images from Saranac Lake history, so stay tuned for ...

Be prepared for unpredictable, changing conditions

With the amount of time I spend in the woods, I get to see a lot of preventable errors and mistakes wrought of inexperience or oversight. Because so much more goes into planning and preparation during the colder months of the year, those mistakes can be much more consequential. It’s not only ...

We must do better

We are getting worse with COVID-19, not better. We have had 77 deaths in the North Country from COVID-19, up 10 in the past week. In the last seven days, our North Country Region has gone from 4.1% positive to 5.1% positive. Five of our seven counties got significantly worse for % of people ...

Santa has decided to deliver on Christmas Eve

It was nip and tuck, but in the end, Santa has decided that a virtual Christmas just wasn’t good enough. So, after contacting the best health experts he could and presenting his plan to deliver Christmas gifts around the world in spite of COVID-19, his plans have been approved and he has ...

A COVID Christmas

The 2020 Christmas season has fallen victim to the same pandemic restrictions as Thanksgiving. Because large indoor gatherings promote the possibility of infection, most of us will spend the day only with those in our immediate household. We stay home and don’t travel to ...

Celebrating the holidays

Looking back on the lessons learned from 2020, I’ve decided I’m going to celebrate all the holidays. As many as possible. I’m sure there have been more than one cultural clash, but I do enjoy a reoccurring theme of peace. Before I get accused of cultural appropriation, please ...

It’s a Wonderful Christmas — on Main Street

1920s - Main Street shows an intricate, elaborate electric system with poles on both sides of the street, installed by Paul Smith’s Electric Light Power and Railroad Company Incorporated. Notice the small street lights attached to the power poles. The big Christmas tree appears to have ...

Out on a limbA

Simulacrum is a word every good writer should know ... and no good writer should use. It means a poor imitation of something. And when I think of poor imitations, I think of every town’s Christmas tree, compared to the one My Home Town had in The Great Old Days. The reason this subject ...

Music in the Hunter’s home

“He looks extremely well and plays much on a battered old piano we have hired from a livery stableman.” — Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson, Dec. 6, 1887 “In the daytime, when the blizzard piled snowdrifts window-high, the Penny Piper made ‘big medicine’ in his little room under the ...

Mistletoe — facts and lore

  What is Mistletoe?       A mistletoe is a flowering plant (angiosperm) which, although capable of growing independently, is almost always parasitic or, more specifically, partially or hemi-parasitic. Mistletoes grow on the branches of host trees and shrubs, sending out roots that ...

Stay vigilant against COVID-19

Our North Country region has a higher seven-day average percent positive rate than New York City for COVID-19. It also has more people hospitalized with COVID-19 and fewer ICU beds available than any time since we started tracking back in March. The region, as of Sunday, has 52 people ...

Holiday baking

Chocolate chip — or sugar spice? Peanut butter’s also nice. Gingerbread — or butter spritz? My cookies crumbled into bits! Snowmen, stars and Christmas trees — yummy treats! We all love these! Mix them, roll them, cut out shapes, Bake them, cool them, ...

Workshop updates snow, ice control

In late October and early November, two of these weekly articles explained the difficult decisions that were necessary for our various highway departments to deal with snow and ice control on our highways, and some of the factors that lead to using abrasives or salt. Complicating this dilemma ...

Taking back joy

When did so many people become efficiency experts? It isn’t anything new to try to pare down belongings or try to justify moving and never opening the same 10 boxes of my mother’s china. Marie Kondo’s popular show, “Spark Joy,” deals with efficiency and decluttering techniques. Did ...

Pendragon takes an intermission

For over 40 years, Pendragon has been the backbone of theater in the Adirondacks. We have created and nourished a family dedicated to providing creative and excellent theater for you, our audience, through performance and educational programs. This past January, we opened Act I of the 2020 ...

‘The Big Chill’ 32 years ago today

The Enterprise headline Monday, Dec. 12, 1988, read: “The Big Chill! Tri-Lakes in a deep freeze.” Tell me about climate change: Remember we had to walk 8 miles to school, uphill both ways; it was always 20 below zero with 2 feet of new snow every night. Well anyway, it was something ...

Simple safety tips to avoid holiday hazards

It’s the holiday season once again, and the perfect time to remind everyone of some simple things you can do to keep you and your children safe and sound. ¯ If you have a tree, secure it well to keep it from tipping. If it is a live tree, make sure it’s fresh, green, well watered, and ...