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MARTHA SEZ: ‘Even memory jostling takes energy. It is so hot!’

I’m sorting through some old snapshots. This is about the most strenuous activity I am capable of in this heat. A certain amount of wrist action is involved in turning over the pictures, but even that action is rather languid. Looking at all of the moments caught by the camera jostles my ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid Public Library getting a new roof

Lake Placid has been enjoying the warm sunny days of summer these past weeks. The streets are busy with families exploring what we have to offer in the Adirondacks. The Lake Placid Public Library roof construction is well underway and will continue on into late August. It sure looks great. ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 88 years ago

Boxing at arena Six bouts, headed by the 10-round go between “Wildcat” O’Connor of Scranton and Eddie Elkins of New York City make up the professional boxing card to be staged at the Olympic arena on Thursday, Aug. 18 by the Adirondack Sports Association. This is the first ...

ON THE SCENE: Tatum ready for ORDA board term

Four of the five people recently added to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority board are women reflecting a dramatic increase in their presence as ORDA is in the midst of a significant state-funded upgrade to their facilities in preparation for the 2023 Winter World University ...

PUBLISHER’S DESK: Putting a newspaper career to bed

COVID-19 delayed a lot of plans. For me, it was delaying retirement by four months so we could adjust to the new normal and move forward. After 47 years at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, my last day will be Friday, Aug. 14. The timing is good, because this is a time ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 87 years ago

Human fly at Wanda “Daredevil” Roland attracted a large group Monday evening as he scaled the brick wall of the Wanda apartment building. Several faked slips by the human fly provoked many “Ohs” and “Ahs” from the crowd who watched his climb with necks craned heavenward. He also ...

ON THE SCENE: Blues at Timbuctoo to go virtual this year

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, few abolitionists treated Blacks as equals in their acts and deeds. John and Mary Brown did. As Richard Henry Dana, author of “Two Years Before the Mast,” noted in his diary and letters, that when visiting and staying with the Browns at their ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

US aid to Britain Approximately 250 persons attended the meeting Friday night at the high school called by the Lake Placid branch of the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies to hear the leaders explain the purpose of the organization. Harold Weston, of St. Huberts, Essex County ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Best to stop fly fishing during hot days

Many anglers know that when trout streams get too warm, the fishing can go south quickly. Fish either aren’t feeding or are seemingly nowhere to be found. Trout are stressed in these hot temperatures. In our northern climate, the air temperatures can range from 45 to 90 in a single day, as ...

OUR ANIMALS, OURSELVES: Making connections with elephants

My friend Carol Scofield, of Lake Placid, and I always dreamed about spending time at an elephant sanctuary. We talked about going to Africa at one point, but we never pursued it further. We sent money to elephant organizations instead. Last year I got the call and discovered Carol was ...

ON THE SCENE: Art Barn adapts to reopen safely

The Corscaden Art Barn in Keene has become a cherished venue for seeing and acquiring art, connecting artists with each other and patrons, and launching new careers. Like the artists whose work they showcase, COVID-19 has resulted in some severe challenges that they are seeking to ...

MARTHA SEZ: How to be cool

This summer is one of the hottest on record across the United States. Even here in the Adirondacks the weather has been steamy. Is it my imagination, or is the weather different in Keene than it was when I blew into town 30 years ago? On the United States Department of Agriculture plant ...

BUG TALK: The attraction of moths

On cloudy country nights, darkness floods a verdant Adirondack vista. Without the pale illumination of moonlight, each mountain anchoring the horizon slowly sinks into an impenetrable void. Yipping howls of coyotes echo only through the foothills of my memory, as the wing beats of ethereal ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 21 years ago

July 23, 1999 - Santa’s Workshop The pending sale of Santa’s Workshop theme park in Wilmington won’t stop owner Bob Reiss and his family of Christmas friends from having the biggest party yet this side of Whiteface Mountain. On Saturday, July 24, Santa’s Workshop celebrates 50 ...

ON THE SCENE: Keene Valley Library continues summer lectures online

On Monday evenings at 7:30, the popular Keene Valley Library summer lectures are continuing, though online via Zoom as meeting in person is not possible because of COVID-19 safety measures. While the images of the speakers are not very sharp, they are all quite engaging. On Monday, July 13, ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 70 years ago

‘Doris II’ launched The new 60-foot “Doris,” which has been under construction here since early spring, went down the ways at the George and Bliss boat landing on Wednesday morning at 10:10. The new boat, after fitting and shakedown runs, is expected to be placed in service some time ...

WORLD FOCUS: Celebrating the full lives of two great friends

The news about the recent passing away of two of my friends who for 50 years brightened my days saddened me deeply. Then, thinking about their full lives, I realized they should not be mourned, but their lives, celebrated. Harry Allan Jacobs Jr. was the son of a famous New York City ...