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An Adirondack woodland sleigh ride

The weather might be a tad bit inconsistent, but there are still many activities to check off the winter To-Do list. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride is one of them. Adirondack Sleigh Rides at Lake Placid’s John Brown Farm, Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides at Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat and the ...

Get into winter — on snowshoes

Winter’s here. It’s the season of snowmen, snowballs, snow forts, snow sculptures, sledding, tobogganing, tubing, ice skating, ice fishing, ice climbing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. I’ve heard it said, “If you ...

The depth of the winter sky

In this dark part of the year, a moonless sky can seem particularly deep. Part of the reason for this is the lack of bright constellations in the southern sky visible in the early evenings. There are very few bright stars between the Great Square of Pegasus and Orion. This is due to the fact ...

Be aware of after-market light bars

I recently had an inquiry from a driver who had purchased a light bar for his Jeep. The light bar was comprised of both amber and white lights. The white lights were designed for off-road use, and the amber lights consisted of three lights in the center of the light bar plus one amber light ...

Soaring through a fear for flying

Parents have been flying up to me asking me what they can say to their children who have never been in a plane before to reduce their fear of flying. Well, fasten your seat belts and let me provide some information on this topic. - Fear of flying is very common - Studies suggest that ...

Farewell, Post Office Pharmacy

When I answered the phone, it was Kookie on the other end. “Whatta ya know about the Post Office Pharmacy closing?” she said. “What?” I said. “The Post Office Pharmacy’s not closing.” “It’s not?” “No,” I said. “At least I don’t think so. I was in there ...

And the award for best movie of the decade goes to …

Movies are a huge part of my life, so as we enter a new decade, I figured we take a look back at the best films of the last 10 years. OK, now I obviously haven’t seen every movie ever made, so I’m sure your favorites might be missing. - 2010: “Blue Valentine” - Get ready to ...

An evening visit to the North Pole

I love winter, the winter solstice and the Christmas holiday. I love it when the decorations are finally on our tree and the house smells more like a winter walk than a golden retriever. I could keep that balsam up all year if it didn’t become a fire hazard. We’ve finally stored the bins ...

Happy New Year, and good food too!

It’s that time of year again when one year turns into another. The passing of one year and the birth of a new one is cause for both revelry and reflection. It’s the time each year that we consider the past and plan ahead. Almost every culture shares a time of looking back and looking ...

‘Treasure Island’

What a wonderful title for a timeless tale of adventure that has never gone out of print since it first hit the stands as a serial in Young Folks Magazine on Oct. 1, 1881. Too bad the title "Treasure Island" wasn’t Stevenson’s idea. Louis wanted to call his first novel "The Sea Cook," which ...

Cost of gift giving and living changed little in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, the economy is setting records. The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, and the current, decade-long economic expansion is the longest on record. With such a robust economy, inflation would be expected to heat-up. Instead, it has been subdued. That’s good news for ...

Why we exhaust ourselves at Christmas

A story that has circulated within my family for many years demonstrates an essential quality of the Christmas season. One year, my parents bought a Barbie DreamHouse for one of my sisters. It was the “it” toy, and I’m sure my sister was thrilled to find it under the ...

Santa has right of way over all other vehicles

Earlier this month I was contacted by Santa Claus from his North Pole location. Santa asked me to repeat a column that was distributed 10 years ago. He said that drivers have been reluctant to yield the right of way to him and his reindeer, with Rudolph leading the team on Christmas Eve. ...

Heavy snows paralyze Adirondack traffic

A lot of tragedy was in the national page 1 stories two days after Christmas 85 years ago. This big wide Enterprise, 18 inches, as compared to today’s Enterprise, 11 inches; no wonder those 65 papers I delivered every day as a newsboy were so heavy. As the cost of newsprint went up as ...

Let it snow — safely!

Oh ’tis that special season When I hope you’ll have good reason To decorate with safety in mind When it gets to be holiday time! - Yes — it’s the holidays, and what better gift can I share than a few reminders to make this the healthiest and safest of holiday seasons: ...

Those still railing about the rail trail should choo on this

It’s time to get moving when it comes to what promises to be one of the most unique rail to trail conversions in the United States. My faith in the Adirondack Rail Trail’s impact is based on having biked several thousand miles of rail trails in multiple states, all the while bearing witness ...

A midnight snack for thought

Alright, so I was already in a crappy mood. I’d graciously offered to make my legendary creamy vegetable soup for my friends’ dinner, but I’d also indulged in my legendary procrastination, so I was way behind in my food prep. Actually, I hadn’t fallen behind — I hadn’t done a ...

What the Bills mean to Buffalo

To some it may seem like just a game — not to Buffalo Bills fans. Football is a game to those who have a favorite team, a team that wins or loses and becomes a point of discussion over a cup of morning coffee or a beer after work. This changes entirely when your favorite team happens to be ...

‘An American Gentleman’

A boy was born in Oakland, California, on April 28, 1868. Samuel Lloyd Osbourne was named after his father “Sam” Osbourne and his father’s mining partner from failed operations in Nevada, John Lloyd. The boy grew up going by Sam but switched to using Lloyd about the time his mother ...