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Bolster youth interest with outdoor education

Although the annual New York big game hunting season is currently in full swing, there appears to be a distinct lack of both deer and hunters in the local woods. Although I’ve seen a few whitetails, including an impressive buck that handcuffed me during the snowy season opener, ...

The Enterprise of Oct. 28, 1957

Well, here I am again, a day late and a dollar short, but I knew I had a Halloween issue of the Enterprise lurking in my messy files. Therein contains this great proclamation by Mayor Frank Ratigan on page 1: "Whereas each year at this time it is the horrid habit of witches, ...

APA stumbles on Boreas Ponds

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s purchase of Boreas Ponds and the surrounding land for the Forest Preserve, it was an occasion for lofty rhetoric. “Once in a rare while,” he said, “... you get a chance to do something that makes a difference forever. Forever. That ...

Future brightens for Tupper Lake

There’s good news coming out of Tupper Lake these days. It appears that the Adirondack Club and Resort, slated to occupy some 6,000 acres around the base of Mount Morris, may be on the way out. If so, this leaves the door open for the kind of second-home development that respects its natural ...

Basking again in great baseball

I inherited my love of the Chicago Cubs from my dad, and he from his dad, and he from his. That traces it right back to the team’s earliest days. But I admit I haven’t been a very good fan — not for a while. The Crowleys were an Irish Chicago family, and still are. They’ve ...

The rest of the story (nose rest, that is)

Until I was 60, I was blessed with perfect vision. After that, my eyesight — like everything else — hit the skids. The long and short of it (or if you prefer, the near and far of it) was I had to get bifocals. I went to Eye Care for the Adirondacks and got my exam and prescription. That ...

Hardy greens and apples combine for fabulous autumn salads

Fall is upon us, and we've eaten our last garden tomato... addio pomodori. But apples are abundant. So are hardy fall greens like arugula, bok choy, cabbage. Put these in a salad bowl and you have a great salad assortment.Apples are American's most popular fruit. From tart to sweet, crisp to ...

Cohen’s ‘Bird Light’ is imaginative

"Bird Light" by Elizabeth Cohen, St. Julian Press, 2016---We plunge headlong through our lives and their spinning hours, but poetry can remind us that beauty is everywhere, and beauty is outside of time. The poet's job is to pay attention and to share with readers what we have perhaps forgotten ...

The priority of health care in this presidential election season

The issue of providing guaranteed health coverage for all Americans, as exists in all of the other 20 richest nations, has been absent from the current election season - that is, until it was recently announced that the Obamacare 2017 benchmark Silver plan premium would increase by an average ...

Highway safety symposium in Lake Placid was informative

From Oct. 16 to 19, three leading traffic safety organizations in New York state - the governor's Traffic Safety Committee, the state Association of Traffic Safety Boards and the state STOP-DWI Association - sponsored the annual statewide traffic safety symposium, held this year in Lake ...

A pursuit firmly woven into our fabric

Hunting is an activity that permits enthusiasts to interact with the natural world in a manner that is difficult to achieve through any other means. It is a traditional, all-natural pursuit that allows woodsmen to utilize basic instincts that have been refined over the long course of human ...

ARTA true to the primary objective

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates has taken several initiatives to use its organization to augment the proposed trail section from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid for maximum economic and recreational benefit. Working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of ...

Into the void

In Shakespeare's time, people believed in ghosts. To them, a ghost was the spirit of a dead person who, for one reason or other, needed help from a living person so his or her soul could be at peace. That was the case with Hamlet's father's ghost.His ghost had a mighty good reason to be ...

Colorful Chard Stems for fast weeknight dinners

Many people are still unfamiliar with the large, red-veined leaves topping an array of vibrant stems. Swiss chard is one of many leafy green vegetables we often simply call "greens." It is often grown as an ornamental for its large, bright foliage.This pretty plant is so nutritious, it's known ...

It ain’t over till it’s over

As Garrison Keillor never said, "It has not been a quiet few weeks in the Tri-Lakes." Every day there's something new in the rail-trail fight.-The moose in the room-Official justifications for the rail trail gloss over the agenda behind it. Wilderness advocates, snowmobilers, developers, ...

Biotech in our region

It is probably hard to imagine for those outside, but this region, especially Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, has been home to biotech for many decades.Currently in Saranac Lake we have Bionique Testing Laboratories, the Trudeau Institute, Ampersand Biosciences and Active Motif. There has been a ...

Growing truly gigantic pumpkins

It's a traditional competitive sport ... one that requires hard work, determination, discipline, attentiveness, patience and the ability to anticipate.It continues to grow in appreciation; not just in this country, but internationally. Fall is the time of final defeat for most, victory for a ...

Apologies that aren’t

You probably have an idea what's coming. To start with, it's those notices you find on places such as the door to the liquor store when you really, really need some help to get through the presidential debate that starts in an hour, or the public restroom you've only barely made it to before ...

North Country shortchanged as it battles opioid epidemic

Mark Twain is reputed to have quipped, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."The opioid epidemic has its roots in greed, deceit and exploitation. Twenty years ago, Purdue Pharmaceuticals sold the Federal Drug Administration on the notion that OxyContin, the opioid they wanted to sell to an ...

Hunting takes time, patience and experience

All the natural signs point to the obvious: Autumn is rapidly taking control of the land. You can smell it in the brisk air and hear it in the melodic barking of Canada geese as they continue to fly south, often in the dark of night.The cool, musky scent of decay is a sign of the times. The ...