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You Know What …? (local history), by Howard Riley

Guideboat races fading away

I am so lucky to have kept such meticulous files over the years. So I decided to take today’s newsy column from a treasured 43-year-old Enterprise from June 19, 1978 — see today’s date June 19, 2021. Pretty cool, huh? Actually, I opened a cabinet stuffed with old copies of the ...

The SLPD police blotter, June 1939

My readers love the entries carried in the old police blotters. But now, however, I have been through all the copies available. This last one in my possession will be returned shortly to the Saranac Lake village vaults on Van Buren Street. The street is named for Van Buren Miller, who was ...

Enterprise news from 40 years ago

Son-of-a-gun — deja vu all over again, as was famously said by Yogi Berra. Just last week I took a tour of the renovations going on inside the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. The tour was conducted by longtime Olympic Regional Development Authority staffer Shawn Fredericks, who at age ...

Saranac Lake centennial section (Friday, May 1, 1992)

We are closing out the five-Saturday month of May column with excerpts from a very ambitious and colorful, 32-page special tabloid publication of the Enterprise. It is always a chore to take out my jackknife and whittle down such a big chunk of wonderful Saranac Lake history to a few ...

Rain, flooding, millions in damage (The Enterprise, May 3, 2011)

Heavy rain, with more expected, raised havoc to public and private property in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake over that weekend 10 years ago. Tupper Lake officials extended the state of emergency, and erosion was slowly causing more damage to facilities in Saranac Lake. The only piece of ...

WWII stories — killed in action

The Enterprise — my inspiration since 1942, when the ink first leaked into my veins — is still the only daily newspaper published in the Adirondacks. The Enterprise in the 1940s was not just about the brave men and women in service but also stories such as “the Food Sale of the ...