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ON THE SCENE: Opening our churches in a perilous moment

Now in COVID-19 reopening Phase 3, churches in the region are opening or finalizing their plans to open. A challenge for some, like St. Brendan’s and the Keene Valley Congregational Church, is that their spaces are relatively small and in the summer they typically are packed with a mix of ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Camping Out’ in 19th-century high style

The summer tourist season in the town of Keene typically begins with a rush on the Fourth of July weekend. Some of us wondered whether the COVID 19 pandemic would keep people home this year, but it doesn’t look that way. People who have been cooped up for weeks or months are eager to get ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Rising to the challenge for the watershed

Spring is turning into summer, warming the Earth. So much of nature moves on, unperturbed by the challenges faced by our human communities. Leaves are out, songbirds are raising young, and our local waterways continue nourishing our lives and the ecosystems around us. Streams are ...

GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Inside or outside, nature’s growth ignores COVID

It seems like an excellent time to tend to our house plants and prepare some or all of them to go outside. At least we can prune, trim, add new soil and/or fertilize plants we have inside. Many of the trimmed pieces will root if put into a small water vase and placed on a sunny window ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

July 6, 1945 - July 4 horse show Several thousand people attended the Independence Day horse show sponsored by the redistribution station. The show was originated and planned by Sgt. Lyle M. Jeffery, Tec. 4 Spencer LaFlure, Cpl. James Zimmerman and Pfc. S. Wodington. Philip Pitcher was ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Try my mother’s 3-bean salad this summer

If you stocked your pantry with an abundance of canned beans in the past few months, you may be looking for a fresh, cool way to bring those to the table in the summer season. You’ve added them to soups, stews, chili and more. What’s next? My mother’s 3-bean salad has always been a ...

ON THE SCENE: The next steps for justice reform, fighting racism

Protests for justice reform and giving Blacks especially, but all minorities, equal access and opportunities have not decreased in the Adirondacks or elsewhere across the country. Indeed, the second protest at the bottom of Spruce Hill in Keene attracted more than the first one held two ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 79 years ago

Lyman Epps now 101 Lyman Epps, a Black man who sang at the funeral of John Brown at his North Elba homestead, celebrated his 101st birthday last Thursday. Mr. Epps was entertained at the home of Mrs. Eva Franklin on Woodlawn terrace by members of the Lake Placid chapter of the John Brown ...

ON THE SCENE: Keene farmers market vital to many

The Keene farmers market is now open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Marcy Field on state Route 73 between the hamlets of Keene and Keene Valley. The market opened two weeks ago, and on Sunday, June 14, it expanded to included craft artisans along with the produce, artisan dairy and ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Public service a family tradition for Eric Bruce

This week’s “Wilmington Way” article is dedicated to Eric Bruce, who comes from a long family history of commitment to the citizens of the town of Wilmington. In fact, on both sides of his family ancestry, he follows the genetic makeup of relatives with years of public service to our ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 40 years ago

Arena events, Sabres The “Holiday on Ice” and “Ice Follies” shows are expected to sign a contract with the town of North Elba for use of the Olympic Ice Center within two weeks. The two skating extravaganzas will make Lake Placid their permanent home base and will tentatively arrive ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid Public Library in Phase 2 of reopening

Welcome back. We have missed you. The Lake Placid Public Library is now transitioning through the first phases of our reopening plan. The library’s priority is the safety and well-being of staff, patrons, visitors and the whole community. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through ...

ON THE SCENE: The great kindergarten sendoff in Lake Placid

At 12:45 p.m. Monday, June 8, Lake Placid Elementary School kindergarten teachers and their students got to see each other in person for a very touching moment at the Marshalls parking lot off Saranac Avenue before parading down Main Street to celebrate their graduation. We saw firsthand ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘We are talking about scientific research here, people!’

Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers are no longer considered to be the silent spreaders of COVID-19. What? This new information from the World Health Organization is extremely unsettling. It flies in the face of everything we think we know to be true about the pandemic. Here is what we ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Wilmington Highway Department’s Cameron Grady

At age 44, Cameron Grady has established quite the impressive resume of experience that has become an asset to his position with the Wilmington Highway Department. Hired by Highway Superintendent Louie Adragna in November 2019, Cameron has become a quick study on all things Wilmington and ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

38 may graduate With 36 graduates and two possible graduates listed as members of the class of 1930 at the Lake Placid High School, this group, the largest ever to be graduated from the local school, will begin the activities of a busy commencement week on Sunday, June 22, when the Rev. ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: The Ha-Da-Ron-Dah: A true wilderness experience

This is one of my favorite stomping grounds, mainly due to its vast wilderness feel, seclusion, vistas, and scenic attraction. The Ha-Da-Ron-Dah which is Native American for bark eater, is part of what is called Region 6 and split by two towns and counties; town of Webb in Herkimer County, and ...

ON THE SCENE: Dealing with forests on the move

Our forests’ character is fluctuating, to a certain degree, as a result of climate change, invasive species, and a growing overpopulation of deer amongst others. The rate and cause of the change, along with possibilities going forward, was the focus of a recently released book and online ...