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ON THE SCENE: The struggle for voting rights

Do you vote? Nationally, the average voter turnout in the U.S. is not great. Within the world’s democracies, the United States is in 27th place with a turnout of 55.7%, far below Belgium’s leading turnout of 87.21%. Our poor voting record pales compared to how long it took our nation to ...

MARTHA SEZ: Human capacity for affection, even for a tiny camera

Ah, the human capacity for affection! People love not only one another but also their dogs and cats, and sometimes they love their dogs and cats better. People can love little mammals, even rodents, and I’ve heard — although it is difficult to credit —that some form emotional attachments ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Rotary at Lake Placid Community Day

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is a founding member of the Steering Committee of Lake Placid Community Day. Rotarians are excited for the 2022 event, which will be Sunday, June 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the North Elba Horse Show Grounds. Five hundred guests are expected. As always, Community Day’s ...

ON THE SCENE: Sport climbing expands in Lake Placid

Many people worldwide first learned about sport climbing by watching the Tokyo Summer Olympics last year. In this exciting sport, athletes hang by their fingertips and sometimes leap up and out to catch another handhold, hopefully without falling off. At the Games, three elements were ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘People love to watch other people work’

What’s the weather supposed to do today? Are we getting frost tonight? I’ve been consulting my handy reference book “The Exuberant Garden” by Nick Woodin, beautifully and exuberantly illustrated by Alee Corballis, as I do every spring, and it says here that new growth on a bleeding ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 70 years ago

Twister damage - There was turmoil on Mirror Lake Tuesday afternoon and it wasn’t from water skiing either. A twister, whirling east over Fawn Ridge hill, cut a narrow swath through the village and as it hit the lake it sent a geyser up into the air at least 150 feet high, dissolving in ...