ON THE SCENE: Ironman athletes, volunteers have special bond


More volunteers participate in the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon than athletes, and a tight bond exists between these two human aspects of the race. The volunteers come from California in the west, Georgia in the south, nearby Albany, Plattsburgh and Vermont, and, of course, the ...

WORLD FOCUS: Legendary Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax left his mark


I think a confession is in order. Namely, that I have never set foot in a baseball park and never even watched a full game of baseball on TV. I have no idea what is going on at the ballfield, and the rules of the game are Chinese to me. Thus, the essay Mitchell Reiss, the former ...

SINFONIETTA REVIEW: ‘The audience sat spellbound’


The first piece, “Serenade for Small Orchestra” by Jean Francaix, was quirky, fun and could have been an inspiration to those who later composed soundtracks for Warner Brothers cartoons. The third piece was amazing in a number of ways. 1) It was a four-movement symphony composed in ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 45 years ago


Wilderness permits? - The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking the first step down a trail that may lead to a permit system for backpacking in the Adirondacks. DEC Commissioner Peter A. A. Berle, addressing the Adirondack Park Agency last Friday during its meeting in Elk ...

DEC making it easy to learn fishing


The state Department of Environmental Conservation is making it as easy as possible to learn the sport of fishing — an outdoor activity that is challenging, relatively inexpensive and family friendly. This weekend, Saranac Lake will host a free DEC fishing clinic. Fishing is one of those ...