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WORLD FOCUS: Envy of the world

Thomas Kean, then governor of New Jersey, was participating in a conference on higher education reflecting on his official visits to various foreign countries, among them China and Taiwan, he declared: “What I saw there often scared the daylight out of me, “he said. “I saw workers who ...

MARTHA SEZ: Questions for Border Patrol

My trip to California began just as a trip to California should, amid snow flurries and cold, gusting winds. I arrived in San Francisco to see the Bay area decked out in flowers of all kinds, from native California wildflowers to the kind we think of as spring bloomers, like apple blossoms, to ...

FROM THE DMO DESK: The 12th month

Ahhh, spring break—mid-April to mid-May.  A time when our Adirondack resort communities remain quiet and many business owners take their much-earned vacations.  A month to prepare, and then relax and wait for the visitors arrive throughout the busy summer and fall.   It is the ultimate ...

OFF THE SCENE: Learning to speak another language, Part 2

For those of you who may have missed last week’s column, it was about learning to speak another language, in my case German,. After living in London for four months, I moved to Munich, where a German woman I had met in Lake Placid the previous summer helped me look for work and showed me the ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Ambulance service welcomes new member

Welcome to our AuSable Forks Ambulance Service Ken Rumbach, advanced emergency medical technician/critical care, who began his duties on April 1. He joined forces with Shane Murray our other paid member of the service who serve our community daily. Ken lives in Saranac with his wife and ...

WORLD FOCUS: Bamiyan Project

In March 2001, disregarding international appeals and protests, the Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic group ruling at that time Afghanistan, demolished two colossal statues of Buddha carved into the sandstone cliffs of Bamiyan. The statues, sculpted in 507 and 554 CE, represented classic ...

MARTHA SEZ: Three steps of gardening

In this column, 10 years ago, I wrote “North County gardening is not easy. The Adirondack gardener must be patient, persistent, and mentally imbalanced, and even then there is no guarantee of success. In fact, attempting to coax a garden into fruition in zone 3 is a chancy proposition, a ...

OFF THE SCENE: Learning to speak another language

Have you tried to learn another language? When I was in high school (Northwood) passing 2 years of, initially, either Latin or French was a requirement to graduate. I wanted to take German, but they didn’t offer it. I managed to pass one year of Latin, then they dropped the course, and it ...

WORLD FOCUS: Washington dilemma

“From Cairo to Tunis, from Muscat to Tel Aviv, U. S. policy is unraveling as hundreds of thousands jam city squares, civil wars threaten to erupt, or tyrants totter and fall. Washington is caught largely unawares,” said retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson in a recent interview with the Lake ...

MARTHA SEZ: Insomnia: sleep on this

The bad thing about waking up in the middle of the night is that you are always worrying about something you can’t do anything about. You know that wakefulness serves no purpose. Still, you can’t get back to sleep. This time of year I catch myself worrying about sugaring, which requires ...

NEWS FROM W’TON: Residents, youth center kids help with town cleanup

Hello everybody, here’s a few of the things going on in Wilmington.... Pizza, pizza and more pizza. That is what waited for the townsfolk who decided to get out of their homes on Sunday, April 10 and come into town to help make Wilmington more visually appealing. Chris Santa and Greg ...

OFF THE SCENE: Tax time

“Joe, I’d like to schedule a time to see you, maybe Sunday afternoon or Monday,” I said to Joe Brooks, my accountant, around 10:30 a.m. Friday the 8th. “Sunday when, the 17th?” I’ll have a lot of time then,” he said. “No, no I was thinking this Sunday, you know, before the ...

WORLD FOCUS: What would Wendy say?

The complaint filled at the Dallas, Texas, federal court on behalf of Arnold Leon Schroeder, Jr., the son of socialite Wendy Reves, states: “This case involves an intricate pattern of conspiracy and fraud to wrongfully steer hundreds of millions of dollars in assets away from the Estate of ...

AROUND AUSABLE: AuSable Valley Golf Club opens for season

The Knights of Columbus Council 2301 AuSable Forks will host its annual Psalm Sunday Pancake Breakfast on April 17 at the Holy Name School gym. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Holy Name School. For more information, contact Tom at 946-2554.     ...

MARTHA SEZ: Writing budget stories is no easy task

This is the time of year when the proposed school budgets (no, wait, keep reading) for the coming year are described and explained in your local newspaper. “So what?” you reply (if indeed you are still reading this), “those school budget articles are written in gibberish, and I’m ...

ON THE SCENE: Chefs compete in annual Food and Wine festival

The Mirror Lake Inn’s sixth annual Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine was, in the estimation of many who have attended a number of previous events, the best yet. “There is no better place than the Mirror lake Inn,” said John Bivona, who was attending his third festival. It is the ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Winners listed for the Missing Children’s Basketball Tourney

The following is a list of winners for the 22nd Missing Children’s Basketball Tournament: First place girls team was Loreman’s Adirondack Avalanche; second place was Rouses Point Predators and third place was Holy Name Lady Roadrunners. First place team for the boys team was Massena Red ...

WORLD FOCUS: The rape of Europa

The seminar, organized by the student division of the Human Security Law Center, under the direction of Prof. Linda Malone, titled, “All is Fair in Art and War: Confiscation of Cultural Property during Times of Armed Conflict,” explored a subject very much in the news nowadays. Among the ...

MARTHA SEZ:Some so-called urban myths

Just in time for April Fool’s Day, here are some so-called urban myths—although some of them are rural. You have probably heard of urban myths. They are the amazing, but untrue, stories you are likely to read on-line or hear from friends or happy hour acquaintances. Most of these are ...