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A shady deal

When my brother first came home from college on his Thanksgiving vacation, he’d become worldly beyond his years. He was no longer the rube he’d been a mere three months before. He’d discovered Bob Dylan, Eastern religions, sleazy bars, Swedish movies and exotic foods like oysters. ...

Fall programs at the library

Library Luncheon Series These free programs are offered at noon every other Thursday in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch and enjoy homemade desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee. On Dec. 1, Holly Wolff, president of ...

Lucy Hall Gainer’s recovery story, part 2

Continued from Thursday’s Enterprise Opinion page, this is the second and final part of Lucy Hall Gainer’s speech at the Reunion Dinner this Columbus Day weekend at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers in Saranac Lake. We pick up her story after she ...

Lucy Hall Gainer’s recovery story, part 1

Every Columbus Day weekend since 1972, hundreds of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers graduates, representing many hundreds of years of collective recovery, return to campus to celebrate lives free from addiction and to provide inspiration to the residents currently in ...

Rootin’ for Thanksgiving

The trees are bare. The fields are empty. We spend more time indoors, and turn on the long-neglected oven to fill our home with warmth. The cool gray of autumn brings a bounty of fresh fall flavors.  Aromas of fragrant roasting turkey, earthy potatoes, casseroles, and ...

Debut novel explores the world of mood-enhancing drugs

“A Package of Moods,” by Adam Bassett --- The Olympics and Major League Baseball have familiarized all of us with the world of performance-enhancing drugs. Athletes have lost their medals and been banned from competition when tests show they used prohibited substances ...

Election reflections

America has flaws, but it’s far more worthy of respect than Donald Trump would have us believe. We do too little to preserve the planet from overheating. Too many people are poor. Education needs to be improved. The tax code is unnecessarily complicated and favors the rich. Medical care ...

Classification decision will affect more than access to Boreas Ponds

On Nov. 9, the Adirondack Park Agency began a series of public hearings on the proposed classification for 54,418 acres of Forest Preserve, much of it recently acquired from Finch, Pruyn (courtesy of The Nature Conservancy). The one parcel that has gotten the most attention is the Boreas Ponds ...

Drinking and driving facts you should be aware of

As a society, we’ve come a long way to reduce the prevalence of driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol, but we still have a long way to go, and statistics are showing that we may have plateaued out, as DWI related crashes are not dropping significantly any more. We all know how ...

Trump: an exponent of the zeitgeist

Sometimes it seems as if there is a universal radio station, some worldwide broadcast working in polyglot fashion to influence the minds of the world’s population (well, the part of the population that has written language and is generally aware of other parts of the planet, that is). Lately, ...

Veteran’s Day for November 2016

The following are randomly chosen stories from old copies of the Enterprise from 1944 about Saranac Lake residents who served in World War II and a story in a copy of a 1968 Enterprise abouta decorated  soldier of the Vietnam War. There is also an interesting story about the 31st ...

Civic ignorance — is it the school’s responsibility?

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter, a George H.W. Bush appointee, spoke about “civic ignorance” in 2012 at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. His words have particular relevance in this 2016 election season. To understand what Justice Souter refers to as civic ignorance, ...

Look to the sky for clues of animal movement

Back in the day, calendars were used to mark the passing of time by noting particular events and activities that were pursued during the various seasons. They also correlated the various phases of the moon with current natural events and activities that the new moon provided. Distinct ...

The mourning after

WASHINGTON — When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn’t a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction. As I leaned down to pick up my newspaper, a Carole King song filtered ...

Election 2016 — who’s responsible?

Many people are upset and many are pleased with the outcome of the recent presidential election. Some feel that the worst possible candidate was defeated while others insist that the worst was selected. What does this mean for our nation? What does this mean for the international view of ...

Working together

By now, we have a new president of the United States as well as Congress, Senate and State Assembly.     Over the past months, I haven’t always agreed with my friends’ political opinions, and I know they haven’t agreed with mine. How fortunate we are to live in a country where we have ...

Governance in the Park, though messy, is functioning rather well

The day before this year’s presidential election was my birthday. Each of my daughters’ families sent me a book: one entitled “The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad” by Fareed Zakaria, the other “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty” ...

Early darkness allows for more star gazing

Returning our clocks to Standard Time on Saturday night has given us back the gift of early darkness in which we can explore the wilderness above. Though it looks quite still, the celestial objects glittering in our sky are changing and dynamic, with most moving at speeds incomprehensible given ...

Why this election is so divisive

It’s simple, really: This election was divisive because we Americans are actually really divided. There’s been a lot written about Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric, Hillary Clinton’s deep unpopularity, disarray in the Republican Party, and the role of a more scattered, frenetic ...

Utility task vehicles have restricted use

Those small 4X4 utility task vehicles, such as the Kubota RTV, Cub Cadet, and the Polaris Ranger, also known as Cargo All-Terrain Vehicles are now more popular than ever and are very useful in performing a variety of small jobs around one’s property. They are made for family farmers, ...