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ON THE SCENE: Food justice is at a crossroads

Ever step back and look at the cereal aisle in a grocery store? Take a look at all those items that are easiest to grab. The boxes are dazzling to the eye, multi-colored, and they tend to be filled with sugar. Those closest to being nutritious are the hardest to reach, mostly located ...

HISTORY IS COOL: Headlines from the News archives

--- March 8, 1940 --- New bobsled king Tuffield “Tuffy” Latour, a Saranac Lake undertaker who swept everything before him in the two-man bobsledding field during the past winter, accomplished what he had set out to do a year ago — win every major bobbing title. The unassuming, ...

OUR ANIMALS, OURSELVES: Journey to pet-healthy alternatives

My dog was limping, and any effort to sooth her pain wasn’t working. I knew the next step would involve more intensive examination, and my heart was already aching for what I feared was to come. After Molly was diagnosed with cancer, I was somewhat bewildered as to why she was our second dog ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Like all cats, he is basically a psychopath’

March came in like a lion this year, and it usually goes out like a lion in the North Country. Still, there are signs that we are heading toward spring. I woke up to a gray day that will reach a high temperature of nearly 50 degrees with rain, according to the meteorologists. I use the ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Lake Placid Rotary Club celebrates the gift of membership

Last month, the Lake Placid Rotary Club held a social to welcome prospective members. Gathered in the Crowne Plaza’s Great Room, about 30 local Rotarians and a number of spouses mingled with invited guests who were there to learn about Rotary. Each guest received a free drink ticket as ...

ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Zonta Club to give out annual R.O.S.E. awards

The Zonta Club of the Adirondacks invites the public to attend the third annual Recognition of Service and Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Awards Celebration Brunch in honor of International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 28 at the Hotel Saranac, starting at 10 a.m. This year’s honorees are ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 1980 Olympic Winter Games 40th anniversary

Olympic memories remain The XIII Winter Olympics ended in Lake Placid Sunday in a poignant ceremony that reminded the world what the endangered games are supposed to be about. Lord Killanin said the friendly competitions the games espouse may help avoid the holocaust the world appears ...

ON THE SCENE: Tim Burke helps visitors be a biathlete for a day

The most-watched sporting event in the world is well-known, soccer. Ever wonder what’s in second place? It’s not American football, baseball, golf, tennis or cricket. It’s a sport a few local Olympians like Tim Burke and Annalies Cook excel at: biathlon. It has more than 900 million ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘If (blue) jays were humans, they’d be doing rude things’

All of the conversations I ever have about blue jays go like this: Me: Why do people always use the words raucous and jeering to describe blue jays? They use such a variety of calls to communicate with each other. Other Person: Well, they are not exactly melodious. Me: I feed them ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Recognizing the value of watersheds

The freshwater that sustains all plant, animal, and human life — surface and groundwater — makes up less than 1% of the Earth’s water. One percent. Freshwater covers less than 0.4% of the Earth’s surface but is home to 10% of its species, including a third of all vertebrates. Watersheds ...

ON THE SCENE: Northwood, North Country schools present …

Northwood School and North Country School joined together to stage Paul Fleischman's play "Seedfolks" Feb. 11 and 12 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.Both performances drew large appreciative audiences, primarily from the two schools' extended communities. The joint presentation evolved ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘2020 will be reasonably lucky for all signs, even Rats’

The Chinese Lunar New Year began January 25, 2020. We were ushered out of the Year of the Pig and into the Year of the Rat while I wasn't paying attention. The Year of the Rat will end February 11, 2021, making it 13 months long, which is unusual.By assiduous study of a placemat in a Chinese ...

ON THE SCENE: Victor Herbert — more than ‘Babes in Toyland’

Early 20th century composer and conductor Victor Herbert is best known for such operettas as "Babes in Toyland." Yet, any musician who gets a royalty check when their music is purchased or performed owes Herbert their most profound thanks. So too, anyone who loves movie soundtracks owes Herbert ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Knock it off and pick up some flowers.’

The full moon is shining in through my window as I type this column for Valentine's Day.It is very early in the morning. Across the street, huge plow trucks are clearing mountainous piles of snow in the moonlight. They are loading what must be tons of snow into dump trucks that cart it off ...

ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Zonta brings back Mardi Bra benefit Feb. 24 at Desperados

The Zonta Club of the Adirondacks and Desperados Mexican Restaurant eagerly await the return of the 5th annual Mardi Bra Benefit to be held on Monday, Feb. 24.Originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, the benefit was rescheduled so that it does not conflict with the public hearing regarding ...

ON THE SCENE: Empire State Winter Games expanding boundaries after 40 years

Launched in March 1981, the Empire State Winter Games have grown into the largest annual amateur winter sporting event in North America.With more than 2,000 athletes attending from 15 states and three countries competing in more than 20 different sports, the 40th running of the games took place ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Prepare for your snowshoe trip with this gear list

This list is what I use for most snowshoe excursions. It may seem like a lot of stuff, but as you can see, most of it is wearable and small items.Please feel free to use this list as a starting point, but not an end-all-to-be-all. You may find that you don't need everything, or maybe you need ...