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Rep. Stefanik is an arts advocate

The arts have long struggled to develop a richly deserved recognition for their importance in the education of our youth, improving the quality of life for people of all ages and life experiences, and as a vital economic engine for our region through attracting visitors and creating jobs. ...

‘Across the Plains,’ part 1

The staff at the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage in Saranac Lake have been educated more than once by visitors who know a thing or two about trains, those train buffs. They say that Stevenson’s famous narrative “Across the Plains” is a must have for the libraries of railroad ...

Supporting free kids’ art classes with an ‘80s twist

There is a saying that everything comes back and that seems to include some questionable fashion choices and alot of hairspray. This time the Saranac Lake Elks Club is providing the ‘big hair, don’t care” place with an 80s Dance Party. Though I may not need a good reason to dress up for a ...

Farmer’s market

May was cool and rainy — with more than six inches of rain. We welcome June — and with it, the start of farmers’ market season! More than a month ago we ate the last veggies stored in our freezer from last year. And so we have been impatiently waiting for Farmers’ Market to start ...

It’s hummingbird season

I’ve always been fascinated by ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris), the only hummingbird species to regularly breed in eastern North America. They’re small hummingbirds with slender, slightly curved, black bills, fairly short wings that don’t reach all the way to their ...

Changing the way we learn

Many promising ideas have been tried for improving education that address mental health issues that are related to schooling, only to be aborted by an administrative organization and a frame of mind resistant to change. This has prompted a call for systemic change, a process that will take ...

2017 tax cut promises were pie in the sky

A couple of weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a report that shows the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has provided few, if any, benefits for the U.S. economy. The CRS report, “The Economic Effects of the 2017 Tax Revision: Preliminary Observations,” debunks many of the ...

The future of coal

The “Green New Deal” proposed by New York congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts calls for, by 2030, “100% clean energy” for the U.S., which will consist of only wind, solar and hydroelectricity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s more modest “Green ...

Slow down on legalizing marijuana

The New York state substance abuse treatment community has been involved in a high-stakes effort to oppose the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, and proponents were constantly saying that “it’s a done deal” or that “the train has left the station” so we had better ...

U.S. Route 11 vs. state Route 11

Fact! There is no state Route 11. But, you argue, we have state Route 11 in Franklin County. Well, not really. We only make the mistake of erroneously designating U.S. Route 11 as state Route 11. So, who’s guilty of this? Everyone that refers to Route 11 as state Route 11, including the ...

Soggy spring hiking on Snow Mountain

KEENE VALLEY — There’s certainly no shortage of hiking opportunities in the Keene Valley area, but Snow Mountain via Deer Brook offers essentially two hikes: one easy, and one a little more moderate. Starting out from the trailhead on state Route 73, the trail — marked with blue ...

Hesseltine’s get-away car

Ron Hesseltine became a 46er when he was age 78 after having a heart attack ... that did not surprise his family or the friends because he has the heart and soul of a competitor. Now he told me the other day that as he gets closer to age 86 he is going to do the 46 peaks again so he can ...

Another Notch in the belt from the Sentinel Range

This peak is not officially named, but has gained a label from the rock climbers who love the walls it possesses. It does shadow Wilmington Notch, so I figure what better name than Notch Mountain? After a healthy 20-ounce coffee and a gas station burrito, which we may regret later, we ...

The high costs of a propane storage and transfer facility

The Hurley Brothers Inc. application to create a propane storage and transfer station will grow its business at the expense of Lake Placid-North Elba community. Their proposed Old Military Road site means real costs for our community. These cost impacts deserves careful consideration by our ...

Sound off!

If I’ve learned nothing else in life, I’ve learned this: Never love a car. You can like a car, enjoy a car, even admire a car. But do not, upon pain of heartache and bankruptcy, love a car. The best proof of this is my childhood pal, Peter MacIntrye. The object of Peter’s ...

Harriet Tubman and Trump’s racist agenda

In 2016 a poll was conducted to find out which American the country wanted to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. When it was all said and done, the person who had the most votes was the great abolitionist Harriet Tubman.  As with every other Obama initiative, Donald Trump has made it a ...

‘The Amateur Emigrant,’ part IV

“Dear Colvin, I am in the cars between Pittsburgh and Chicago, just now bowling through Ohio ... It is now about ten on Wednesday morning, so I have been already about 40 hours in the cars. It is impossible to lie down in them which must end by being very wearying.” — RLS to Sidney ...

New photo restrictions raise worry about freedom in New York

An axiom runs through our legal training as journalists: There’s little privacy in public. The hypothetical scenario hasn’t changed in decades: If a couple does something illicit in their house. That’s private. If they do it on the street corner, that’s public. If they do it in front ...

Free bowling for children ages 2 to 18

That end of school transition can be challenging when the school schedules are replaced with other events. I always need to establish a routine right from the beginning or our household turns into a chaotic downward spiral. Daily chores are mixed with fun outings. Between work and play, I want ...

Usher in summer with rhubarb

Bright, vibrant-red stalks popping up in our garden are another sign that spring has at last arrived in the Adirondacks. A hardy perennial, rhubarb is really a vegetable, not a fruit, though it is primarily used in desserts and has been called "the pie plant". This cool-season perennial, a ...