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WILMINGTON WAY: Travis Holzer and the Wilmington Way

As we continue our “Wilmington Way” series and highlight the town of Wilmington’s awesome team, I get the honor of writing about one of my many nephews. Of course, Travis Holzer would say he is my favorite nephew. With humor, I have always responded that I like all my nephews and ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 60 years ago

New 50-star flags American Legion Post 326 will have a display of the 50-star American flag at the local Legion Home from 3 to 9 p.m. June 3 to 10. Various sizes and sets, both for home and street use, will be on display. The idea behind the sale is to encourage more people to proudly fly ...

SWIMMING IN TREES: The Kunjamuk River and Cave Hill

The Kunjamuk River in my opinion is one of the finest in the Adirondack Park. Not only does it open up the senses to a world beyond hiking, but it gives a unique feel of adventure as you move along the oxbows through the narrows and amongst the wildflowers. During our most recent visit, we ...

ON THE SCENE: Having faith and reopening our local churches

The faith community is beginning to discuss how they can reopen their houses of worship safely within the confines of physical distancing, wearing masks, and the other COVID-19 safety measures. Beyond that, they are asking, “What kind of society do we want to have going ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘My heart was pounding, but the wasp never looked back’

Trying to write—or trying to concentrate on anything, really—while, within earshot, a wasp is repeatedly bumping its fool head against a window pane is not easy. Zzz tap. Zzz tap. Zzz tap. If you do succeed in ignoring the wasp, it will suddenly take it upon itself to start zooming ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Scott Lawrence and the Wilmington Way

In a small town like Wilmington, there are many employees who work behind the scenes to make our community a better place, and town Highway Department Mechanic Scott Lawrence is one such individual. When someone first meets Scott, he appears to be quiet and low key. But as you get to know ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 101 years ago

Roosevelt Highway Representatives of a large number of automobile associations are at work on plans for the building of the proposed Roosevelt scenic and memorial highway between Niagara Falls and the Adirondacks. Meetings are being held to perfect an organization to back the project. A ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Rotary Club members share pros, cons of isolation

What do you miss most during your isolation? What are you doing differently now? What is something positive you’re doing that you weren’t doing before the lockdown? We recently posed these three questions to members of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid with some surprising, anticipated and ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Visiting PA Falls (Winding Falls)

I had heard of PA Falls from previous readings and studies on the history of the region but up to this point had never visited them. It was also clear from my research that it had a trail or in the least a path back to them, but a bit unclear as to where to find this said trail. Corenne and ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Creating an updated map of Mirror Lake

On a cold rainy day, last May Ausable River Association and Adirondack Watershed Institute staff slipped a boat into Mirror Lake. We were setting out to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the lake bottom. The study of lake and ocean depth is referred to as bathymetry, originating from ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’

They say that the thing you worry about most is not the thing that will get you. It may be comforting to believe this, at first, because the very fact that you’re worried about your daily beer consumption or second-hand smoke or even COVID-19 means it isn’t your nemesis. You can rule it ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

National cemetery? It was announced today by Willis Wells, supervisor, that much thought and study has been given for quite some time to the possibility of requesting the federal government to give consideration to establishing a Second World War memorial cemetery on the John Brown tract at ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Gerald Bruce a humble town clerk and citizen

This week’s Wilmington Way subject is Town Clerk Gerald Bruce. Having worked for the town of Wilmington in one capacity or another, his journey with our community started in 1960. A native of Wilmington whose family goes back generations, Gerry was born right here in town. In fact, he drew ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Pond to Bridge Brook Pond

It had been about two years since I was on this trail and wanted to check it out again for a nice walk in the woods. I drove by the trailhead, again, as it is still hidden from sight with only a small sign. Corenne and I made decent time along the mostly flat trail which gently eventually ...

ON THE SCENE: Growing up in Lake Placid’s hotel business

There are several families in Lake Placid who’ve been in the lodging business for multiple generations. They include the Devlins, Holderieds, Lussis, Rolands and Wikoffs. In our extended family, my father, his brothers and a cousin, was the Alford Inn, The Chalet, Maple Leaf, Mirror Lake ...

ON THE SCENE: Adirondack Foundation takes the lead

Since mid-March, the Adirondack Foundation has raised a little over a million dollars, distributed nearly $450,000 of those funds, and leveraged another $1 million in donor-advised funds to address critical community needs across the Adirondack region in response to the impact of ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘It hurts me, like the sound of sled runners on cement’

Last August, I bought a car. The next day, a detached retina confined me to my apartment for two months. Then, last month, the coronavirus stay-at-home order grounded me again. I am still trying to get used to the car. My old Honda Fit was 11 years old and at the stage when as soon as one ...