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Massive maple effort had sweet results

I’d heard in the past about an unusual early 19th century maple sugar operation not far from Tupper Lake. Several years ago, I hiked to what turns out to have been part of the site. But only upon reading “A Sugarbush Like None Other,” by Matthew Thomas, did I really gain an appreciation ...

Instagram perfect

I recently posted a few absolutely adorable pictures of my child going off to college. You know, the type of photo where she sits on her bed waiting to fill her space with her memories and a minivan full of necessities. I didn’t show the heat index and amount of water weight I lost by ...

Summertime smoothies

Summer is time for fresh fruit — and fruit can be a great base for smoothies. These blended meals don’t require turning on the oven, or even a stove. On a hot summer day, they also help you cool down. In our hectic world, smoothies are quick, sweet and filling — comfort food that slides ...

Driving is more complicated than you think

Although most of us take it for granted, driving is a difficult task. Researchers developing automated vehicles are relearning this every day. The driver must constantly control the vehicle, follow the road, predict the motions of other road users, and decide whether an action is needed to ...

The police blotter — so quiet down

The following SLPD blotter (which readers continually ask about) are entries from August 1942. I pick and choose since there would not be space for an entire month’s entries. Since this all happened just shy of 80 years ago I will not change the names in the blotter except for serious ...

Cracking the problem of peanut allergy

Recently I have found parents shell-shocked to ask me questions about peanut allergies. Humorous puns aside, peanut allergies are serious, so let me shell out some information on this topic. How widespread is peanut allergy? About 2% of children in the United States are allergic to ...