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MARTHA SEZ: Babies are fine with smiles behind masks

On the news this morning I heard President Trump, at one of his rallies, pointing out that everyone is tired of the ongoing global pandemic. “People are saying, ‘whatever,’” he said. Yes. I am tired of the pandemic myself. It is difficult to imagine anyone, anywhere in the ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Working to eradicate polio

As we well know, our foremost focus today is on eradicating the coronavirus. However, for over four decades, Rotary members around the world have been fighting a similarly challenging virus — the one that causes polio. When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: RPI joins Mirror Lake partnership

Late this summer, the Ausable River Association teamed up with Dr. Kevin Rose and his lab group from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to deploy a new high-frequency sensor array in Mirror Lake — part of a new partnership between the two organizations. Dr. Rose is an expert in lake ecology ...

ON THE SCENE: Town of Keene abandons zero-sort recycling

Recycling has gone from a boon to a bust in Keene. The town recently abandoned its popular Casella Waste Systems zero-sort recycling and has gone back to its earlier approach of requiring people to sort their recyclables. Zero-sort recycling had gone from a largely self-sustaining income stream ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘The fish had a strange expression on its face?’

“In retrospect, I should have known an explosion was coming, because the fish had a strange expression on its face.” — Random old lady striking up a conversation at China Camp Park, California The hauntingly dreamlike statement above was posted on Facebook by my daughter, Molly, ...

BUG TALK: Tiger beetle is a hostile hunter in the agricultural world

Northern New York’s organic vegetable farms are hubs of insect activity. Chirping cricket choruses rise above a buzzing backdrop of bumble bees, busily pollinating cucurbit crops. Staccato spurts of irrigation sprinklers punctuate the din. Swirling flurries of cabbage white butterflies ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 70 years ago

Freedom bell rings --- A total of 140 upstate New York communities will join other free localities of the world Tuesday, Oct. 24, in an international bell-ringing ceremony giving unified voice to people who believe in the freedom of the individual and human dignity. Tuesday, in addition to ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Taking a look at Marsh Ponds — Sentinel Range

I have been on a bushwhacking frenzy lately, and it’s nice to be able to share my experiences with you. I so often end up only having a few hours to play on a given day, so it’s very hard to find a partner to go with, so thank you for listening. I started this mini-adventure at the ...

BUG TALK: Tiger beetle is a hostile hunter in the agricultural world

Northern New York’s organic vegetable farms are hubs of insect activity. Chirping cricket choruses rise above a buzzing backdrop of bumble bees, busily pollinating cucurbit crops. Staccato spurts of irrigation sprinklers punctuate the din. Swirling flurries of cabbage white butterflies ...

Yes we have a podcast, here’s how to listen

When I launched the “We are Lake Placid” podcast in 2018, my goal was to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the way we put together the Lake Placid News every week — by airing the interviews I conduct in order to write my stories. Listening to the first episode with 1980 Winter ...

ON THE SCENE: Art for all: LPCA gallery reopens with new exhibit

On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts had a gallery opening, a juried show, the first in nearly six months. Missing was the table laden with a delightful array of finger foods and beverages, a mainstay of gallery openings the world over. Present was a terrific array ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 81 years ago

Ski jump stone hurts They say rolling stones gather no moss and surely the one which hit Forrest Davis, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Davis, had no cushion. He has been confined to his home with a slight concussion of the brain which followed being hit on the head with a stone Tuesday. The ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Library still offering curbside service, roof work is done

Now that the hot summer is fading away and the cooler temps are reminding us that fall is upon us, the library continues to serve our patrons in the most safe, effective way possible. We are happy to announce that the roof project is finished and the results are amazing. We have not been ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Fall paddle: Connery Pond to Long Pond

The carry is a bit narrow with odd footing, but is a short distance (0.25 miles) where conditions really don’t matter unless you are carrying a Viking ship. A boat that drafts less water can be put in at the outlet, part way up the carry trail, but it is typically too shallow especially ...

ON THE SCENE: 2020 is a challenging year, but there’s hope

Our future is uncertain. More than 200,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research center at the University of Washington, we are on track to lose 380,000 by the end of the year, baring substantial ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘I thought raccoons and cats didn’t bother each other’

The leaves began turning early this year—a week to two weeks early, according to my friend Pearl. We were out for a walk on Hulls Falls Road in Keene with her little terrier, Mitzi, taking advantage of the beautiful Indian summer weather to enjoy the fall foliage. Pearl used to live in ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Ausable River Association had a busy season

It’s been a busy spring and summer at the Ausable River Association. Here’s a quick roundup of our efforts to help communities protect our streams and lakes. Working with our partners, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the town of Jay, we completed ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

$282,500 airport? Many residents have expressed curiosity regarding the true status of affairs since a press announcement emerged from Washington stating the civil aeronautics authority had proposed a $282,500 airport for Lake Placid. The improvement to the local airport would be included ...