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ON THE SCENE: Craigarden incubates

The late architect and fine artist Paul Nowicki, and his wife, the ceramicist Barbara Tam, dreamed of creating an artist residency on their Hurricane Road property in Keene. And they worked hard to make it happen. Nowicki designed and built a beautiful studio and, in 2000, they launched the ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘At least we were scratching our bug bites without mittens’

It’s spring in the Adirondacks. In other parts of New York, for example Long Island and Albany and even Essex, places that are not exactly the tropics by any stretch of the imagination, spring is in full swing. In Keene Valley, signs of spring are more subtle. A person has to search ...

LOOKING AT THE MIRROR: Thinking of Mirror Lake protection on Earth Day

When I was a kid (you know how this goes), I had to ride my bike 10 miles to school. The roads were curvy, well-traveled roads with no shoulders, and it took me an hour. Well, I did do that, once. It was April 22, 1970, and my usual carpool was observing the very first Earth Day. It was ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 95 years ago

Main Street traffic - In order to assist in doing away with the traffic congestion on Main Street in Lake Placid during the summer season, Mayor William Feek last week sent to the directors of the chamber of commerce and many other citizens of the village a copy of parking ...

ON THE SCENE: Aches, tingling lead to ulnar nerve

Do you know what or where your ulnar nerve is? I had no idea until two weekends ago when my brother Chris pointed it out. Chris, Q for short, is a board-certified medical illustrator based in Princeton, New Jersey. He and his wife Eva have purchased a cottage in Wilmington, where they ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Take an adventure to Deer Brook Falls and beyond

Starting from state Route 73 at the Deer Brook Trail was as I remembered it, rocky with odd footing and slippery root systems. But it wasn’t long before I discovered that the trail had been rerouted. This probably happened a while back, but it has been a while since I wandered this trail. ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Log drives to begin - With the gradual clearing of ice, several of the Adirondack rivers are approaching the spring freshet stage and are being filled with logs to be driven downstream and converted into pulp. Schroon River is being filled with logs, and with a lot of snow still in the ...

ON THE SCENE: Hiking reservations concern Keenites

Initial reaction to the recently announced three-year test of a reservation system for the popular High Peaks trailhead at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (aka Ausable Club) received widespread praise by many environmental leaders and initial shock, dismay and fears by many Keene residents, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Exploring Cat Mountain (2,257 feet)

The trail for Cat Mountain starts out rather easily as it follows an old railroad grade for quite some distance. Only small gentle hills will bring you to the shore of Cranberry Lake. This is a great section for skiing as well as snowshoeing and hiking. You will make your way around Dead ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Craig Wood win Craig Wood, the blonde bomber of golfdom who is pro at Mamaroneck’s Winged Foot club and son of Charles Wood of this resort, won the nation’s most coveted title in the Master’s tourney at Augusta last weekend. Wood set the pace on the opening day with a dazzling 6 ...

ON THE SCENE: Examining ‘A Life on Our Planet’

As part of its exploration of becoming a Creation Justice Church and its Earth Day celebrations, the Keene Valley Congregational recently held an online Earth Day-themed Vespers and, in partnership with Keene Valley Library, is hosting screenings and post-screening discussions of Sir David ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Easter eggs, stand-up eggs—what’s the deal?’

My friend Margaret asked when I ran into her at the post office just now, “Do you ever think, this time of year, that spring is never going to come?” “Yes,” I said. Last week after a big snow the sky cleared and the sun just took over, melting the huge stalactite icicles on the ...

Reporter reflects on pandemic, hopes for the future

Last spring, I remember sitting with the people in my “bubble” and talking about the last things we did before the pandemic — the last big event we attended before the mass cancellations and closures, the last bar we visited, the last movie we saw at the Palace Theatre, our last ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 60 years ago

Save the Red House --- A campaign to “Save the Red House” is underway in Lake Placid. The Red House is part of the first home built in Lake Placid by the Nash family shortly after they arrived in 1851. It stands in almost the same location as the original house, near the corner of ...

ON THE SCENE: Biesemeyer helping skiers with World Cup Dreams

By any measure, Olympian Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene has had an extraordinary athletic career. While a downhill training run crash at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, tore his Achilles and prevented him from competing, Biesemeyer won a lot of races at all stages of his ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘She thought that maybe a mouse had died inside the wall’

Spring has come on suddenly this year, right on March 20, the vernal equinox. For the first time in months I can see over the top of the mountainous snowpile made by plow trucks and snow removal vehicles before inching out into the road in my car. People are reporting the earliest flowers, ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Science and stewardship on Mirror Lake

By now, it’s not news to Lake Placid residents that high concentrations of salt in Mirror Lake reduce the capacity of the lake to turn over each spring. For four years — from 2016, when we started intensive monitoring, through 2019 — this essential spring process was halted by heavy ...