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Opinion

ON THE SCENE: Town of Keene abandons zero-sort recycling

Columns

Recycling has gone from a boon to a bust in Keene. The town recently abandoned its popular Casella Waste Systems zero-sort recycling and has gone back to its earlier approach of requiring people to sort their recyclables. Zero-sort recycling had gone from a largely self-sustaining income stream ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘The fish had a strange expression on its face?’

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“In retrospect, I should have known an explosion was coming, because the fish had a strange expression on its face.” — Random old lady striking up a conversation at China Camp Park, California The hauntingly dreamlike statement above was posted on Facebook by my daughter, Molly, ...

BUG TALK: Tiger beetle is a hostile hunter in the agricultural world

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Northern New York’s organic vegetable farms are hubs of insect activity. Chirping cricket choruses rise above a buzzing backdrop of bumble bees, busily pollinating cucurbit crops. Staccato spurts of irrigation sprinklers punctuate the din. Swirling flurries of cabbage white butterflies ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 70 years ago

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Freedom bell rings --- A total of 140 upstate New York communities will join other free localities of the world Tuesday, Oct. 24, in an international bell-ringing ceremony giving unified voice to people who believe in the freedom of the individual and human dignity. Tuesday, in addition ...

Mountain coaster shows progress in ORDA’s venue improvements

Editorials

More than five years ago, we toured the Olympic venues with the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Community Advisory Panel, and we saw firsthand what improvements needed to be done in order to bring in more revenue, attract more visitors to the year-round facilities and host more ...

BUG TALK: Tiger beetle is a hostile hunter in the agricultural world

Columns

Northern New York’s organic vegetable farms are hubs of insect activity. Chirping cricket choruses rise above a buzzing backdrop of bumble bees, busily pollinating cucurbit crops. Staccato spurts of irrigation sprinklers punctuate the din. Swirling flurries of cabbage white butterflies ...

Yes we have a podcast, here’s how to listen

Columns

When I launched the “We are Lake Placid” podcast in 2018, my goal was to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the way we put together the Lake Placid News every week — by airing the interviews I conduct in order to write my stories. Listening to the first episode with 1980 Winter ...

Gov. Cuomo, please open the movie theaters

Editorials

(UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Oct. 8, after this editorial was printed, the Palace Theatre posted a photo of its marquee lit up during the evening on Facebook with the following message: "Did you notice something last night?!? The marquee will stay illuminated thanks to Regional Office of ...

ON THE SCENE: Art for all: LPCA gallery reopens with new exhibit

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On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts had a gallery opening, a juried show, the first in nearly six months. Missing was the table laden with a delightful array of finger foods and beverages, a mainstay of gallery openings the world over. Present was a terrific array ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 81 years ago

Columns

Ski jump stone hurts They say rolling stones gather no moss and surely the one which hit Forrest Davis, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Davis, had no cushion. He has been confined to his home with a slight concussion of the brain which followed being hit on the head with a stone Tuesday. The ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Fall paddle: Connery Pond to Long Pond

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The carry is a bit narrow with odd footing, but is a short distance (0.25 miles) where conditions really don’t matter unless you are carrying a Viking ship. A boat that drafts less water can be put in at the outlet, part way up the carry trail, but it is typically too shallow especially ...

We should all be afraid of the new coronavirus

Editorials

Mr. President, Americans should be afraid of the coronavirus. We should all be very afraid, even here in the Adirondacks. Taking his mask off Monday evening after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — where he was treated for COVID-19 for three ...

Thank you from Lake Placid Elementary School

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The faculty and staff at the Lake Placid Elementary School are all so happy to be back at school with our students and seeing their smiling eyes every day. We have all been working very hard to ensure that the students are learning in a safe and happy environment, and it meant ...

ON THE SCENE: 2020 is a challenging year, but there’s hope

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Our future is uncertain. More than 200,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research center at the University of Washington, we are on track to lose 380,000 by the end of the year, baring substantial ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Ausable River Association had a busy season

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It’s been a busy spring and summer at the Ausable River Association. Here’s a quick roundup of our efforts to help communities protect our streams and lakes. Working with our partners, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the town of Jay, we completed ...