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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 ...

78 years ago

Maple syrup tips for efficient production Maple syrup production in New York exceeded the million dollar mark last year. Over 90% of the syrup produced came from farmers’ woodlots. Maple syrup production is a vital operation in this state and must be entirely completed in a few short weeks ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid library re-opening for limited browsing

We are now well into March and are noticing all the signs of spring, which officially arrived on Saturday, March 20. This past year has been difficult for so many of us dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the many changes in our daily lives. Now that we are experiencing lower infection ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: A High Peaks adventure up Mount Marcy

This was my first trip up Mount Marcy this year. It is a highly sought-after peak during the winter climbing season and as a part-time mountain guide, this usually brings me to the top of New York a few times each winter. We started our day at 7 a.m. from the Adirondak Loj to what looked to ...

ON THE SCENE: It’s COVID-19 vaccination time

On Thursday, March 11, I got my second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination shot at the Plattsburgh Airport site off Arizona Avenue. As of that date, 33.1% of Essex County residents had received at least one vaccination, about tied with Clinton and Warren Counties for the second-highest rates in ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Birds tend to be a rapacious lot, out for what they can get’

Bad birds of New York—they’re back. Now that it is early spring in the Adirondacks, flocks of red-winged blackbirds and their cousins, the brown-headed cowbirds, are congregating in the trees of our North Country neighborhoods. These little harbingers, welcome as they must be to people ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 65 years ago

Arena softball season Enthusiasts are anxious for the beginning of play in the Indoor Soft Ball series to be held at the arena within the month. Teams from other villages are invited to compete. Teams and names of members should be submitted to Matthew B. Clark at the town hall. Rules ...

ON THE SCENE: Growing a business in hard times

Three local businesses, reinvigorated by two sets of owners, have emerged over the past couple of years: the Adirondack Store in Lake Placid by Christopher English and Stephen Dori Shin and Baxter Mountain Tavern and the Outpost Wine & Spirits by Dylan Cohen. Neither path has been easy, ...