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AUSABLE WATER WISE: Creating an updated map of Mirror Lake

On a cold rainy day, last May Ausable River Association and Adirondack Watershed Institute staff slipped a boat into Mirror Lake. We were setting out to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the lake bottom. The study of lake and ocean depth is referred to as bathymetry, originating from ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’

They say that the thing you worry about most is not the thing that will get you. It may be comforting to believe this, at first, because the very fact that you’re worried about your daily beer consumption or second-hand smoke or even COVID-19 means it isn’t your nemesis. You can rule it ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

National cemetery? It was announced today by Willis Wells, supervisor, that much thought and study has been given for quite some time to the possibility of requesting the federal government to give consideration to establishing a Second World War memorial cemetery on the John Brown tract at ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Gerald Bruce a humble town clerk and citizen

This week’s Wilmington Way subject is Town Clerk Gerald Bruce. Having worked for the town of Wilmington in one capacity or another, his journey with our community started in 1960. A native of Wilmington whose family goes back generations, Gerry was born right here in town. In fact, he drew ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Pond to Bridge Brook Pond

It had been about two years since I was on this trail and wanted to check it out again for a nice walk in the woods. I drove by the trailhead, again, as it is still hidden from sight with only a small sign. Corenne and I made decent time along the mostly flat trail which gently eventually ...

ON THE SCENE: Growing up in Lake Placid’s hotel business

There are several families in Lake Placid who’ve been in the lodging business for multiple generations. They include the Devlins, Holderieds, Lussis, Rolands and Wikoffs. In our extended family, my father, his brothers and a cousin, was the Alford Inn, The Chalet, Maple Leaf, Mirror Lake ...

ON THE SCENE: Adirondack Foundation takes the lead

Since mid-March, the Adirondack Foundation has raised a little over a million dollars, distributed nearly $450,000 of those funds, and leveraged another $1 million in donor-advised funds to address critical community needs across the Adirondack region in response to the impact of ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘It hurts me, like the sound of sled runners on cement’

Last August, I bought a car. The next day, a detached retina confined me to my apartment for two months. Then, last month, the coronavirus stay-at-home order grounded me again. I am still trying to get used to the car. My old Honda Fit was 11 years old and at the stage when as soon as one ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Scaling Lewey Mountain near Indian Lake

Lewey Mountain is the 69th highest peak in the Adirondack Park and can be easily seen around Indian Lake because it towers over much around it. No real definitive trails will get you to the summit of the massive expanse of land, but by following the Sucker Brook Trail from the Lewey Lake ...

WILMINGTON WAY: John Langford and the ‘Wilmington Way’

At 38, Wilmington native John Langford understands the general operations of the town of Wilmington. He should — he has worked for the community since he was 15 years old. As a teenager, John worked for the Parks Department during his summer vacations. His mentor, Greg Winch Sr., helped ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 76 years ago

Fish tied to leg It is sometimes difficult to catch fish in Mirror Lake and more difficult to keep them long enough to get them home to the frying pan. Ray Traynor has solved the problem. Catching two nice trout behind the Lake Placid Hardware store, he later went to pick them up and they ...

ON THE SCENE: The farmers market must go on

A mini farmers market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay. While the array of farmers participating is modest, the variety of foodstuffs available is not. The creamery has available a variety of cheeses, including favorites such as Dutch ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Gaining weight, perspective during a pandemic

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. Last week: 456 lbs. This week: 454 lbs. Total gained (2020): 7 lbs. --- It’s 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6. I’m working on this week’s newspaper at my home office during the coronavirus pandemic — my dining room table. I’m dressed in my sleep ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid library officials wish the community well

The staff and board of the Lake Placid Public Library are hoping that everyone is doing well and staying safe during this COVID-19 pause. We are very appreciative of the efforts made by essential workers and community leaders who are keeping basic operations going during this unusual time. ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking the Pisgahs and a pond

Ever since the state obtained the Pisgah Mountains they have become a welcome part of the Hudson Gorge Primitive Area. Big Pisgah Mountain has been a popular destination for quite some time now, even before it was in the Forest Preserve but what I was unclear on was what would Little Pisgah ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 102 years ago

Shopping changes War conditions have brought about numerous changes in the routine and conduct of business. In a recent communication to local merchants, the Commercial Economy Board, Council of National Defense, concluded with this appeal: “These are critical times. The nation faces a ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Wilmington’s highway super is also the fire chief

I started this series as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but also as a reminder of what a great team we have in our community. Hopefully it sends a message that “we’ve got this” and gives you all comfort in this strange time in our history. In little Adirondack hamlets like ...

ON THE SCENE: USA Luge sending big thank you to front-line workers

Are you willing to donate to a fund that will result in a thank you card and a check, modest in size, that will be given to the employees of our two leading grocery stores, gas stations, post office, UPS Store and elsewhere? If so, USA Luge Marketing Manager Dmitry Feld would love to hear ...