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ON THE SCENE: Celebrating community with self-portraits

Have you ever really looked at yourself in the mirror? Not the look to brush your hair or teeth, check your makeup, put on earrings or shave, but to examine your features and see what they say about you. Have you noticed one side of your face is not a mirror image of the other? Imagine ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Squanto’s story is not what you might think’

I have always been fascinated by Squanto, ever since kindergarten, when I first heard his name. I was cutting feathers out of colored construction paper with blunt-edged scissors and attaching the feathers to a highly authentic Indian headband, also cut out of construction paper, with that ...

Missing family during a COVID Thanksgiving

My wife Dawn and I will be spending Thanksgiving together this year, which is no different than any other day during this pandemic year, which has seen lockdowns, job loss, weight gain, isolation and lack of social activity in our household. We won’t be spending time with family this year ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 60 years ago

Devlin’s motel sign signals ski retirement When a doctor or a lawyer hangs out his shingle, it marks a big change in his life. When a man goes into business and puts up a sign announcing it, that’s a big day in his life, too. A short time ago, a Lake Placid motel owner who has been in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Bear Mountain (2,442 feet) Loop from Route 28

Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets some pretty serious attention from hikers; the summit can be a crowded location. Black Bear Mountain from Route 28 is the most popular approach, but a secondary approach ...

WORLD FOCUS: The superspreader called ‘fatal denial’

Nowadays, the question is often asked, “Why is it so hard to control the spread of COVID-19, which has infected millions of people worldwide and killed more than a million?” To answer this question, I turned to Dr. Michael Blumenfield, Sidney E. Frank Distinguished Professor Emeritus of ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Where do trout go in the winter?

Trout and other fish have many strategies to survive a northern winter in a frozen stream or lake. In rivers and streams, having access to a mix of habitats including pools, areas where ice conditions are stable, and areas of slow current will lead to the best winter survival rates for ...

ON THE SCENE: The curious case of Canadian Club

Tim Robinson, D.J. O’Neil, Vergie Rodgers, Joel Stanton, along with a few family members and friends, spent a lovely Indian summer weekend Nov. 7-8 digging up D.J. and Vergie’s back 40 in Lake Placid in search of a long-hidden case of whisky. In mid-1960s through the 1980s, long ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Over the river and through the woods …’

It’s Thanksgiving again, and I’m sure we all have something to feel thankful for, no matter how much we may complain on a day-to-day basis. This year, the intensifying of the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States has made celebration of the holiday more difficult. Epidemiologists ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: A Massawepie adventure

We started on an adventure to Douglas Rock and Burntbridge Pond. My definition of a good day in the woods is getting to explore and discover something new, and if at all possible, to top out on a new mountain and check out a pond. Today was a good day. I have been driving a lot lately, and ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 79 years ago

Women’s bobsled Announcement by the Saranac Lake Bobsled Club that it will make an effort to solicit the interest of women in the sport of bobsledding on Mount Van Hoevenberg revives the ruling last year by the national A.A.U. that women may not enter into major competition with the men ...

ON THE SCENE: Writing books helped Keene Vietnam vet with PTSD

An in-person Veterans Day service in Keene on Nov. 11 was canceled this year because of public safety concerns resulting from COVID-19. Large gatherings have proven to be influential spreaders of the deadly virus that’s closing in on 240,000 American deaths, more than the combined U.S. ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘By spring I will have forgotten where I planted them’

What a relief! The 2020 presidential election is over. Sort of. Since spring, President Trump has been publicly announcing his intention to legally challenge election results in the event of his defeat. His idea, as I understand it, is that his victory was certain unless the Democrats ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Heading out to Bullhead Pond

Overall I would have to say I had a pretty good, constructive early fall season. The rains that typically soak the region that time of year have not been all that bad, until this day. The weather comes and goes as the days progress and just as quick, the forecast changes as well. The day we ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 60 years ago

Editorial: Locals pick Nixon The nation picks Kennedy as president. More than 3,000 voters went to the polls of North Elba on Election Day and returned a 1,970 to 1,028 majority for Vice President Richard Nixon over Sen. John Kennedy. North Elba was out of step, however, with the voters of ...

ON THE SCENE: Scientists alarmed by microplastics in local waterways

Plastics do not just end up in the oceans and littering our roadsides; they also end up in our Adirondack lakes and rivers, the fish we catch and eat, and, to an increasing degree, in the air we breathe. To paraphrase Apollo 13 astronauts, “Adirondackers, we’ve got a problem.” Since ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘I am not afraid of encountering voter intimidation’

As I begin this column early on election day, Nov. 3, 2020, I find myself in much the same position as I did four years ago. I refer to the column “Martha Sez 11/10/16” here: “It is the Monday before election day. By the time you see this, the presidential election will be over; you, the ...

WORLD FOCUS: Portraits by Slayton Underhill at the Reves Center

Two portraits by Slayton Underhill, an artist who once was known as a “Master of the Hat,” are hanging now at the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William & Mary. According to his obituary in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Underhill, he attained this moniker by ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 88 years ago

Hoover wins county In a deluge of votes Tuesday that attained the proportions of a tidal wave, Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democratic candidate for the presidency, was swept into office with a record electoral vote of 472. President Hoover took six states with 59 electoral votes. While the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Going to Church … Pond, that is

The colors were bright, the sun was high in the sky without a cloud blocking its warm rays, and the wind was absent. This called for a perfect day to get a fall kayak trip in. I had never paddled Church Pond and was curious about the access to Osgood Pond. So many times I have driven by ...