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ON THE SCENE: Keene businesses adjust during the pandemic

Mountain resort communities with large seasonal resident populations have among the highest per-capita cases of COVID-19 in the United States; communities like Sun Valley, Idaho, Park City, Utah, and Vail, Colorado as people abandon their urban homes for the expected safety of their ...

GARDEN CLUB NEWS: It’s time to bloom in Lake Placid

As of this writing, my snow measuring yard stick inserted into the snow on my deck reads 12 inches. What could possibly be going on in the soil underneath? A LOT! So many things are bending and stretching under our soil getting ready to activate growth. It is a good feeling to know that ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 77 years ago

Cookies for soldiers Soldiers and sailors from this village on duty in this country will be the recipients of 3,600 cookies as an Easter remembrance from the Victory Club. Each boy will receive an assortment of brownies, sugar and nut cookies made at the Lake Placid Club bakery with Mrs. ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: East Mountain and Black Peak

It’s hard to believe it was just a few days ago that spring hit the north-country. Well you wouldn’t know it; we had just had a fresh snowfall and seemed we were back into January again. Even though the snowpack still wasn’t all that deep, the solid crust we had made adventurous ...

ON THE SCENE: ‘Finding a Woman’s Place’ with Lorraine Duvall

Writers often start with either an outright autobiography or book closely aligned with their lived experiences. Like so many others, Lorraine Duvall’s first, “And I Know Too Much,” was a memoir, a volume of stories, shared experiences, that reveal her awaking to her feminism, falling ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Ecosystem engineers of the river channel

If you’ve ever seen beaver take up residence in a stream, you’ll know the incredible power they have to alter their environment. While it can be an inconvenience for landowners, the transformation from bubbling stream to mountain pond, to open meadow, and back into a stream long after the ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 88 years ago

Poison liquor A poison liquor warning for northern New York has been issued by Col. Jefferson D. Davis, deputy prohibition administrator. Prompting Col. Davis’ warning was receipt of a report showing deadly denaturant in alcohol seized in 23 Syracuse, Earlville, Watertown, Tupper Lake, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking Twin Mountain: Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest

First a little background on Twin Mountain: Twin Mountain doesn’t really have an official name. However, it was given this name by the locals (I can only assume). I found this unofficially and suitably named peak in the Unit Management Plan for the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest and it showed a ...

Surviving a first nail-biting drive through the mountains

The world opened up for me Wednesday afternoon, March 18, at about 2. I had never been north of Albany in my life. My summers as a kid were spent on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. The highest elevation there is about 18 inches. Or so it seemed. I have driven up Mount St. Helens twice. The ...

ON THE SCENE: Meanwhile … Meraki Winds visits Keene

Ask writers what’s one of the best ways to improve their craft, and they will say to read books, books by authors of merit. Another is to write. At Keene Central School this past week, music students had the opportunity to do a bit of both thanks to the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘COVID-19 does not spread joy’

I don’t want to write about the coronavirus. It would be nice for people to be able to think about something else for a couple of minutes. The problem is that today coronavirus is all there is. It has rapidly taken over our thoughts and rules our daily lives. Every December I observe ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Record walk around Mirror Lake All the records of the winter sports season just closed at Lake Placid, it seems, were not established on Mirror rink or Intervales ski jump. Frank Frisch, prominent member of the local winter colony and captain of the St. Louis Cardinals, and postmaster Sol ...

ON THE SCENE: ‘Awe and inspiration’

Harriet Tubman was a dynamo. Not to imply equal merit in any way, but Bonnie and Clyde drove the police crazy because they kept popping up in different states and communities when they robbed banks, which made them difficult to capture. Tubman probably frustrated local authorities even more ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘There are some advantages to mud season’

I woke up yesterday to see a brilliant full super moon in the still-dark western sky. If you missed it, there are two more super moons this year, one in April and the other in May. March usually comes in like a lion in the Adirondacks, albeit a bedraggled one, in a wash of wind, rain, snow ...

HISTORY IS COOL: Headlines from the News archives

March 10, 1950 --- Uihlein buys Lake Placid Club farms Sale of the major portion of the land and buildings comprising the Lake Placid Club farms to Henry Uihlein has now been formally concluded, it was announced here this week. Mr. Uihlein is the owner of Heaven Hill Farm on Bear Cub ...

WORLD FOCUS: Breaking the ice

On the shores of the York River in Yorktown, a commemorative plaque marks the site from which the 1980 Winter Olympic torch, retracing the American Revolution Bicentennial Trail, began its journey across northeastern portions of the United States on Jan. 31, 1980. The torch, carried by many ...