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

Adirondack winter vacations, part II

The Enterprise published a great special edition on Jan. 2, 1954, all about enticing the uninitiated to spend their vacations in the throes of snow and ice in the Adirondacks; the edition, of course, was all about Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Part II — excerpts from the ...

Adirondack winter vacations

I could not believe my eyes as I stumbled across — er, I mean, went to my systematically, automatically prearranged, numbered files of old Enterprise copies and found this … An eight-page copy of the Enterprise, dated Jan. 2, 1954, a mere 66 years ago — a special edition with a ...

Beautiful edition celebrated 1898 Winter Carnival

The logo above tells it all — all about the second Winter Carnival held in Saranac Lake, in 1898. Thank the Enterprise for doing a reprint of the entire 12-page, 1898 edition a few years ago, or that piece of history may have been lost forever, as happens to so many pieces of ...

More Carnival highlights (The Enterprise, Feb. 13, 1967)

The “Carnival Highlights” covered here last week featured the parade, the Rotary show, the skating races and some of the float winners … but there were plenty of other events. How about this? - Greased pig contest - “With about seven or eight members on each team, and five ...

Highlights from Winter Carnival (The Enterprise, Feb. 12, 1967)

Excerpts from the lead story — Page 1: A crowded weekend of intense activity, mostly in intense cold (see weather report below) ended yesterday afternoon with the Enterprise Golden Ski contests on Mt. Pisgah. “With the departure of the royalty, King Charlie Gogolak and Queen Judy Carne on ...

Saving Camp Topridge (The Enterprise, October 1983)

We covered the news of the big earthquake (5.2 on the Richter scale) in the Adirondack region in this space last week. But there was plenty of other local news. Here are excerpts from a page 1 story by Carol Bruce about the famous camp originally owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post … ...

Earthquake rocked Tri-Lakes in 1983

The above full headline, in 72-point type in the Enterprise of Oct. 7, 1983, read: “Earthquake rocks Tri-Lakes,” with the clever, quaking letters as shown. I am sure that headline was designed and written by my friend Charles Decker (Dr. John Decker’s brother), the Enterprise editor ...

Huge ice storm hits North Country (The Enterprise, Jan. 13, 1998)

Twenty-two years ago, on Jan. 6, 1998, an ice storm knocked out power in the North Country and large sections of Quebec, causing the deaths of thousands of cows with no power to operate the milking machines. The lead story on page 1, by Thomas Abello, carried the headline “Gov. Pataki ...

Heavy snows paralyze Adirondack traffic

A lot of tragedy was in the national page 1 stories two days after Christmas 85 years ago. This big wide Enterprise, 18 inches, as compared to today’s Enterprise, 11 inches; no wonder those 65 papers I delivered every day as a newsboy were so heavy. As the cost of newsprint went up as ...

Huge cutback at Ray Brook tuberculosis hospital in 1964

The last couple of columns have covered events in Lake Placid from a copy of the Lake Placid News dated April 30, 1964. Now this week we will step back a month to a copy of the Lake Placid News dated March 12, 1964. I am surprised it was the lead story in the LPN and not the Enterprise, ...

Hometown news we love to print

Last week after publishing the names of 100 of the brightest people in Lake Placid; controversy at the North Elba Town Board meeting; and the Lake Placid Sports Council urging the town board to build another ice sheet we turn this week to the more gentle, down-home news in brief ...

The Lake Placid News — April 30, 1964

What a great treasure has fallen into my hands — a 55-year-old copy of the Lake Placid News. Read all those now-famous Placidians as listed in the honor roll of the Lake Placid High School; a huge meal at the Charcoal Pit went for $1.25; and for all these years I remembered Red ...

Breaking news — that’s been ‘broke’ before

(All of these excerpts are from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.) July 22, 1996 RAY BROOK — “An inspection team is on the way to the Federal Correctional Institution [formerly the 1980 Olympic Village for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games held in Lake Placid] here to look into security ...

Adirondack Guide book — circa 1945

What a nice find by my friend Mary Partridge Peria, treasured treasurer of Saranac Lake for so many years. Mary discovered the book in a trash bin somewhere, and she snagged it for posterity — or at least for one more review. It was created in 1945, revised in 1951 and edited by Arthur ...

Reports from the Saranac Lake police blotter (November 1942)

The following abbreviated reports happen to have been written 77 years ago. Hopefully you, dear readers, have already noticed a few photos of the handsome, professional men — Saranac Lake’s finest — who were serving our community as pictured in the Saranac Lake Police Protective ...

‘Two killed in quarry blast accident’ (1974)

That was the horrible headline in the July 31, 1974, Enterprise, 45 years ago. A dynamite charge ignited accidentally, creating a giant explosion that killed two workers, whose bodies were buried under tons of rocks and not recovered until hours later. What follows are excerpts from an ...

Spectacular wilderness crash — with a happy ending

Last week in this column we covered the story of skiers lost on Mount Marcy for four days: 20 below zero, no extra gear, no compass, and Gary Hodgson and other New York state forest rangers (God bless them for the work they do) called their survival “miraculous.” That was in March ...

‘Lost skiers rescued after four days’ (Lake Placid News, March 8, 1989)

Another bold-faced headline and a great story by Laura Rappaport in the Lake Placid News — a rescue and survival saga the New York State forest rangers termed “miraculous.” Ralph Vecchio, 29 and Shawn Dougher, 25, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, went cross-country skiing, abandoned the ...

‘Fire levels dorm at Paul Smith’s College’

That was the 72-point bold headline on the Enterprise dated April 21, 1967 — a mere 52 years ago. We were not big on bylines back then (i.e., by William J. McLaughlin), and there was no byline on this story, but I can spot Bill’s prose and poetry a mile away. The Enterprise also ...