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ON THE SCENE: Keene Central School reopens amid pandemic

Just before 8 a.m. weekdays, school buses and private cars with parents bringing students arrive at Keene Central School. Superintendent Dan Mayberry and teachers step forward to welcome and check the arriving children’s temperatures. All are masked. Six weeks ago, the opening of schools ...

ON THE SCENE: Adirondack Wildlife Refuge’s unexpected gift

Sometimes when you’re down, help comes in unexpected ways. In the case of Steve and Wendy Hall, the founders and co-directors of the Adirondack Refuge Center in Wilmington, they not only received a life-affirming gift but, in turn, were able to do the same for the Hanczyk family, who had ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Olympic ski trails With the approval of the Conservation Commission, construction was started this week on two more 50-kilometer ski trails to Whiteface and Adirondack Lodge, it was announced yesterday by Ernest Gamache, secretary of the Olympic Commission. James H. Hopkins, district ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Kees Hill: A short scramble

As many of you may know, I like to get off the beaten path once in a while and explore new places that many don’t see or even think about twice. One weekend, I left Sunday to be my play day. Wouldn’t you know it, it rained most of the day, with a couple small windows of opportunity, which I ...

ON THE SCENE: Sunday’s Violin Vigil was ‘good medicine’

More than 150 socially distanced masked people attended a violin vigil on Sunday, Aug. 30 at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid to honor Elijah McClain, a young Black American who died of cardiac arrest while in police custody a year ago. At the time, McLain, a ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Shore Owners’ Association seeks input for lake survey

The Shore Owners’ Association of Lake Placid is seeking public input to inform the first formal lake management plan for Lake Placid lake. Working with the Ausable River Association, the SOA is soliciting input from everyone who cares about Lake Placid lake to learn what they love about it ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Einstein in Placid This resort has its share of distinguished visitors. On wednesday afternoon, professor Albert Einstein, noted mathematician, was entertained here by professor (Guido) Fubini of the mathematics department of Princeton University who has the Hurley cottage for the ...

ON THE SCENE: Telling the story of Timbuctoo through dance

When Tiffany Rea-Fisher, artistic director of the Elisa Monte Dance Company, asked John Donk, manager of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts’ Gallery 46 on Main Street, to tell her something about Lake Placid that she might not know, the answer floored her. Rea-Fisher, who’s been coming to ...

‘It is a humiliating experience to be caught without a mask in public’

It is still August, but the season is turning. As I mentioned here weeks ago, once August hits, the rest of the summer goes fast, like ketchup out of a bottle at a barbecue. The slant of the light is different in August. It is dark in the morning when I wake up, cool as I dress for work. ...

GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Loss for Lake Placid, gain for Texas

This fall’s relocation to Texas by Sally Urban and her husband Stan will leave a large void for the Garden Club of Lake Placid. She is a friend, an active volunteer and a talented floral arranger. To say we will miss her is putting it mildly. Sally moved permanently to Lake Placid more ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Invasive species on the move this year in the Adirondacks

They’re getting closer. They sneak under your kayak seat when you’re not looking and hide, undetected, in your firewood as you pile it in your trunk. Sometimes they lure you in with their vibrant colors, and other times they’re barely visible. You may have heard about some of them, ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Registered aliens Nine aliens in this resort registered at the Lake Placid post office on Tuesday, the first day decreed by the government for such a requirement. Although the number was small, it represented five nationalities: Japan, Spain, Germany, England and Belgium. Matthew Monahan is ...

ON THE SCENE: Celebrating generosity in the Adirondacks

Are you having frustrations communicating via online platforms lately? If so, you’re not the only one. The Adirondack Foundation heavily promoted its scheduled Toast the Adirondacks, an online celebration of the generosity of Adirondackers over the past five months of the coronavirus ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘One plant is capable of feeding a family of 10’

It is hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago when my friend Lorie gave me her recipe for zucchini crusted pizza. I wrote it down, along with the date, and stuck it between the pages of my “Joy of Cooking” cookbook, where I came across it this morning. I used to complain bitterly in my ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Bill Barnes is Rotary’s new area governor

In July, Rotary Club of Lake Placid member Bill Barnes was appointed as the new area governor. In a recent interview, Bill shares his thoughts and reasons for taking on this important role. How long have you been a member of Rotary? I joined Rotary when my wife Chris and I retired here ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 70 years ago

The bachelor cometh Perhaps the Lake Placid chamber of commerce should add a “lonely hearts department” to its many and varied activities. At least an opportunity presents itself every once in a while to dabble in the matrimonial field. Latest is from a gentleman in Washington, who was ...

ON THE SCENE: Sinfonietta gets happy with maestro Malina

For the last four Sundays at 5 p.m., patrons and fans of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta have had the delightful opportunity to meet musicians from the orchestra in an informal virtual setting as they share their musicianship and information about themselves while the take a break this summer due ...