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AROUND AUSABLE: Pee Wee Club wrestlers place at tourney

The AuSable Forks Ambulance Service hosted a blood drive on March 25. Sixteen people attended with 15 units collected. All attending were presented with a canvas shopping bag.  The lucky winner of the door prize was Ellen Metcalf of Upper Jay. The next scheduled blood drive will be ...

MARTHA SEZ: A peevish time of year

My sister called the other morning from Michigan.     “I’m feeling peevish,” she said.     “I think of it as being cranky,” I told her, “but, now that you mention it, I’m ...

GROWING UP IN LAKE PLACID: A fly on the wall: Part II

Tina Turner comes to town        This “fly on the wall” story begins with my oldest son Joe and his audition with rock star “hall of famer” Ike Turner. In 1972, a year after graduating from high ...

ON THE SCENE: Signs of spring

What are signs of spring for you? Is it the maple buckets hanging from trees? The first robin that arrives in your yard? Geese honking overhead as they fly north? When you take the winter tires off your car? For me, a sign of spring is the school plays that begin to be offered throughout the ...

WORLD FOCUS: Reality check

The Middle East is once again in turmoil. Events there resonate, not only in Washington, but in the hinterland, too.      The New York Times recently published a number of letters on the subject, one written by Paul Schoenbaum of Williamsburg. In that ...

AROUND AUSABLE: 21st annual Missing Children’s Basketball Tourney held

The 21st annual Missing Children’s Basketball Tournament for 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students was held on March 12, 13 and 14 at the Town of Jay Community Center. The winners of the tournament were:  Boy’s Division,   1st place,  City of ...

MARTHA SEZ: Not just another school budget story

We’re approaching 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), ...

GROWING UP IN LAKE PLACID: A fly on the wall: Part 1

“Nothing is as good as spending time in the right place.”     This quote started me thinking about the many opportunities I have had to do just that — by becoming a “fly on the wall.” Many stories came to mind, some ...

ON THE SCENE: Sunday with soup

Sunday evening was one of those sloppy, wet, damp, dripping, messy spring days when cars slide off the roadways and a person feels like hunkering down with some comfort food and maybe a good book. Let it rage outside. Inside, it is toasty warm.     This Sunday, ...

WORLD FOCUS: Enough is enough

“The political landscape sustained another aftershock when Evan Bayh called quits in the United States Senate. More jarring than the news of his retirement was the uncommonly frank terms in which he criticized the partisanship that had immobilized the political world he inhabited for ...

AROUND AUSABLE: 18th annual AVCS Lift-A-Thon slated March 27

The AuSable Forks Primary School Parent Teacher Organization will host an Easter Egg Hunt for all area children on April 3 beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt will be divided into two age groups. This promises to be a fun event for all the children. More information on this will be in my next ...

MARTHA SEZ: Shake it out and get moving

We all made our New Year’s resolutions back on January first, and I know that sincere attempts at follow-through were made. Resolving to improve yourself in the North Country at that time of year, however, is like determining to move a mountain of snow all by yourself, using only a ...

GROWING UP IN LAKE PLACID; What figure skating may have learned

The 2010 Olympics recently held in Vancouver, Canada  confirmed for me that  figure skating has taken a turn in the right direction. There has been a movement going on among past champions, coaches, choreographers and judges that has been put into motion by a group headed by a ...

WORLD FOCUS: Creativity

During an interview with Carlton Abbott almost a decade ago, he remarked that most people don’t really know what he is doing.     “They think of my work as exclusively designing buildings,” he said. In fact, I wrote, Abbott’s ...

ON THE SCENE: Building strong bonds

The political cartoonist Gary Trudeau, a native of Saranac Lake, has done our nation, but most especially the men and women who have gone to war, a great service through his series of strips that followed the experience of B.D., the former football star and now Guardsman, through his loss of a ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Hometown fishing pro competing in Alabama tourney

Derrick Martineau, our hometown Pro Bass Fisherman is currently in Alabama competing in the FLW Series East Division Tournament on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula from March 7-10. Derrick’s beautiful 2008 Ranger Bass Boat emblazoned with “the Adirondack Coast — ...

MARTHA SEZ: Snowstorms happen

Snowstorms, like thunder- storms, energize me. Negative ionization? Looming catastrophe? I don’t know why, but a blizzard will jolt me right out of my deep hibernal sloth into high gear. I feel like an old car with newly jumped batteries being pushed free out of a snow bank. Vroom! ...

GROWING UP IN LAKE PLACID:From ‘dumb dog’ to ‘lap cat’

When most of us were growing up, we had pets, most of them dogs or cats. Some people consider themselves “dog people” while others are “cat persons.” These animals play an important part in our lives and that part may change as we grow older. Most of us ...

WORLD FOCUS: Straight talk diplomacy

The United States has lived 31 years with the consequences of the Iranian Revolution. We may need to live with it for several more decades.     An increasing number of foreign policy experts are saying that the United States and the Middle East would have great ...