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

Who wants to be mayor?

I was disappointed when Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced that he was retiring from the position and would not be running again in March 2022. Do we all agree with everything the mayor has accomplished — of course not — that is not a part of our human behavior and that is the ...

Tribute to Kathleen Bigrow

It was my good fortune to work with Kathleen Bigrow (1920-2014) for many years when she was the Enterprise’s Tupper Lake columnist and photographer. Then, to my surprise, my nephew and niece Rosie and Tim Littlefield and their offspring, Max, Eli and Shannon — soon to be married to Tim ...

Saranac Lake — Sept. 11, 2001

Six members of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, all required to be EMT’s, responded to Ground Zero headquarters in New York City one week after the Twin Towers were attacked. Thanks to John Derby who led that crew, Brianne Blade, Nick Marone, Vernon James, Bob Nadon and John ...

Local names say it all

The more stories I use, with more local names, bring me more responses — more than even the police blotter. Gee, whiz, I must have forgotten the writer’s rule that says something like — “It is wrong to use the same word multiple times within a paragraph and definitely within the ...

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 ...

Listen to the backtalk

OK, kind readers, I have to set this up for you. I wrote a column July 31, “A Cluster of Hotels,” then Aug. 7 about the private Baldwin School on Pine Street founded by Ernest Hickok Baldwin and on Aug. 14 about businesses Strolling Down Broadway. Let’s begin with the Baldwin School, ...