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Read in the Blue Line

A plea to be heard

Quick: What springs to your mind’s eye when you hear the word “prisoner”? A burly, scowling thug, male with three days’ stubble, a striped jumpsuit with a number plastered across his chest, probably non-white, likely illiterate? That may be OK for the comics, but let’s try this ...

‘Beaver River Country’ by Edward Pitts

In his new book of Adirondack history, “Beaver River Country,” Edward Pitts takes us to a part of the region less frequented and less well known than most. My only previous contact with the area came when I traveled there to research an article some years ago. This book offers reason to ...

A spooky children’s book just in time for Halloween

If you have a reluctant reader aged 8-12 in your family or neighborhood, the Spooky America series might just change their mind. This series guides readers through haunted lighthouses, homes and inns, along with abandoned forts and local legends in all 50 states. Current titles are listed on ...

Wisdom and an appreciation of our world

I was introduced to Ed Zahniser’s poetry via John Warren’s excellent and essential New York Almanac (www.newyorkalmanack.com), to which Mr. Zahniser is a regular contributor. Zahniser’s “Adirondack Cabin and Mountain Poems,” are set in the Warren County area where his family has ...

Anatomy of a plane crash

This is personal. When I walked into Mr. Arcarese’s sixth grade classroom at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Campus School that cold grey morning, I was brought to a halt by eerie silence. Some of my classmates wore downcast expressions. Mr. Arcarese, normally a jovial guy, appeared somber. No one ...

A breezy briefing on Wilmington’s history

When I learned the town of Wilmington was publishing a history as part of its bicentennial commemoration, I imagined long lists of events, detailed sketches of people I hadn’t heard of, and lots of arcane references familiar to residents but not to an outsider like me. What I got instead ...