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Opinion

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Creating an updated map of Mirror Lake

Columns

On a cold rainy day, last May Ausable River Association and Adirondack Watershed Institute staff slipped a boat into Mirror Lake. We were setting out to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the lake bottom. The study of lake and ocean depth is referred to as bathymetry, originating from ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’

Columns

They say that the thing you worry about most is not the thing that will get you. It may be comforting to believe this, at first, because the very fact that you’re worried about your daily beer consumption or second-hand smoke or even COVID-19 means it isn’t your nemesis. You can rule it ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

Columns

National cemetery? It was announced today by Willis Wells, supervisor, that much thought and study has been given for quite some time to the possibility of requesting the federal government to give consideration to establishing a Second World War memorial cemetery on the John Brown tract at ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Gerald Bruce a humble town clerk and citizen

Columns

This week’s Wilmington Way subject is Town Clerk Gerald Bruce. Having worked for the town of Wilmington in one capacity or another, his journey with our community started in 1960. A native of Wilmington whose family goes back generations, Gerry was born right here in town. In fact, he drew ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Pond to Bridge Brook Pond

Columns

It had been about two years since I was on this trail and wanted to check it out again for a nice walk in the woods. I drove by the trailhead, again, as it is still hidden from sight with only a small sign. Corenne and I made decent time along the mostly flat trail which gently eventually ...

No J-1 workers this summer at Mirror Lake Inn

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the interest of supporting the local economy and its workers, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has made the decision not to actively recruit any foreign J-1 visa workers to our staff for the 2020 summer season. Because of the current situation presented by COVID-19 and ...

My country ’tis of thee

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We’re all in this together. We’re ADK strong. But this has gone on too long. The country is in the dumps. No one wants to listen to Trump The voice of reason. He’s here to help us open In this busy season. We Knew all along This is just a ...

ON THE SCENE: Growing up in Lake Placid’s hotel business

Columns

There are several families in Lake Placid who’ve been in the lodging business for multiple generations. They include the Devlins, Holderieds, Lussis, Rolands and Wikoffs. In our extended family, my father, his brothers and a cousin, was the Alford Inn, The Chalet, Maple Leaf, Mirror Lake ...

Keep the ideas coming

Editorials

This week, we heard about a radical idea that would change the layout of Main Street this summer if approved by the village of Lake Placid and the state Department of Transportation. Like it or not, we can all agree that the plan to shut down one side of Main Street to create a pedestrian space ...

ON THE SCENE: Adirondack Foundation takes the lead

Columns

Since mid-March, the Adirondack Foundation has raised a little over a million dollars, distributed nearly $450,000 of those funds, and leveraged another $1 million in donor-advised funds to address critical community needs across the Adirondack region in response to the impact of ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Scaling Lewey Mountain near Indian Lake

Columns

Lewey Mountain is the 69th highest peak in the Adirondack Park and can be easily seen around Indian Lake because it towers over much around it. No real definitive trails will get you to the summit of the massive expanse of land, but by following the Sucker Brook Trail from the Lewey Lake ...

WILMINGTON WAY: John Langford and the ‘Wilmington Way’

Columns

At 38, Wilmington native John Langford understands the general operations of the town of Wilmington. He should — he has worked for the community since he was 15 years old. As a teenager, John worked for the Parks Department during his summer vacations. His mentor, Greg Winch Sr., helped ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 76 years ago

Columns

Fish tied to leg It is sometimes difficult to catch fish in Mirror Lake and more difficult to keep them long enough to get them home to the frying pan. Ray Traynor has solved the problem. Catching two nice trout behind the Lake Placid Hardware store, he later went to pick them up and they ...

Don’t fear government videoconferencing

Editorials

Local government boards have been meeting by videoconference these days, and we have been covering many of them, enough to notice some things that work and some that don’t. The biggest problem we have seen so far comes from boards that are choosing to block members of the public out of the ...

Lounge goes with the flow

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Dear friends, upstream and down: I am reaching out today to say hello and share a few thoughts. This is not a fundraising letter, which is ironic considering that at the last Upper Jay Art Center board meeting before the outbreak, our newly elected chair, Casey Galligan, ...

Yes, I’m afraid

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently saw a sign outside a gas station in Lake Placid. It read, “OPEN for BUSINESS, Just as our economy should be!” It went on to say that those who are afraid should stay home and that the brave made this country, not the fearful. Well. I admit that I am afraid. ...

ON THE SCENE: The farmers market must go on

Business

A mini farmers market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay. While the array of farmers participating is modest, the variety of foodstuffs available is not. The creamery has available a variety of cheeses, including favorites such as Dutch ...