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SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Scaling Lewey Mountain near Indian Lake

Lewey Mountain is the 69th highest peak in the Adirondack Park and can be easily seen around Indian Lake because it towers over much around it. No real definitive trails will get you to the summit of the massive expanse of land, but by following the Sucker Brook Trail from the Lewey Lake ...

WILMINGTON WAY: John Langford and the ‘Wilmington Way’

At 38, Wilmington native John Langford understands the general operations of the town of Wilmington. He should — he has worked for the community since he was 15 years old. As a teenager, John worked for the Parks Department during his summer vacations. His mentor, Greg Winch Sr., helped ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 76 years ago

Fish tied to leg It is sometimes difficult to catch fish in Mirror Lake and more difficult to keep them long enough to get them home to the frying pan. Ray Traynor has solved the problem. Catching two nice trout behind the Lake Placid Hardware store, he later went to pick them up and they ...

ON THE SCENE: The farmers market must go on

A mini farmers market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay. While the array of farmers participating is modest, the variety of foodstuffs available is not. The creamery has available a variety of cheeses, including favorites such as Dutch ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Gaining weight, perspective during a pandemic

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. Last week: 456 lbs. This week: 454 lbs. Total gained (2020): 7 lbs. --- It’s 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6. I’m working on this week’s newspaper at my home office during the coronavirus pandemic — my dining room table. I’m dressed in my sleep ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid library officials wish the community well

The staff and board of the Lake Placid Public Library are hoping that everyone is doing well and staying safe during this COVID-19 pause. We are very appreciative of the efforts made by essential workers and community leaders who are keeping basic operations going during this unusual time. ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking the Pisgahs and a pond

Ever since the state obtained the Pisgah Mountains they have become a welcome part of the Hudson Gorge Primitive Area. Big Pisgah Mountain has been a popular destination for quite some time now, even before it was in the Forest Preserve but what I was unclear on was what would Little Pisgah ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 102 years ago

Shopping changes War conditions have brought about numerous changes in the routine and conduct of business. In a recent communication to local merchants, the Commercial Economy Board, Council of National Defense, concluded with this appeal: “These are critical times. The nation faces a ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Wilmington’s highway super is also the fire chief

I started this series as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but also as a reminder of what a great team we have in our community. Hopefully it sends a message that “we’ve got this” and gives you all comfort in this strange time in our history. In little Adirondack hamlets like ...

ON THE SCENE: USA Luge sending big thank you to front-line workers

Are you willing to donate to a fund that will result in a thank you card and a check, modest in size, that will be given to the employees of our two leading grocery stores, gas stations, post office, UPS Store and elsewhere? If so, USA Luge Marketing Manager Dmitry Feld would love to hear ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘When you do see people, they tend to look a little scruffy’

This is the 43rd day of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stay-at-home order for the state of New York. Here in Keene Valley people have been following directions very well. Most of the time the town seems deserted because nobody is going anywhere. It’s different from the holidays, like Thanksgiving ...

GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Blooms can bounce back, too

This last month has certainly been difficult with social isolation and staying inside. Seems appropriate to think about the art of bouncing back. Some of our gardens are doing just that. We might find it a soothing activity to walk around and take a look at what is happening. Some of our ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 78 years ago

Youngster: Buy local One 4-year-old of this village is eligible for a good chamber of commerce job. He has lived here since fall but each weekend with his family he goes back to his former place of residence to visit relatives. The other day he was more or less boasting of his worldly ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Wilmington’s Doug Nemec wears many hats

This week, we feature Doug Nemec in our series on the employees of the town of Wilmington. Hired by the town of around two years ago, Doug wears many hats in our community. A full-time employee, Doug has become an expert at time management. Three days a week, he can be found assisting ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Kellogg Mountain: An Adirondack quick trip

I recently took a spring trek up Moxham Mountain, and because of that hike, I got the idea to see what else this region’s mountains have to offer. We had this plan to do a two-car traverse through an area none of us were familiar with but decided on doing that on a different trip and Kellogg ...

ON THE SCENE: Arts facing tough times as venues close during pandemic

The arts community is facing tough times. Brutal. Especially those in the performing arts where ensembles of dancers, actors, musicians and others team up to create, rehearse, and perform a work of art often alongside lighting, set, sound, and costume designers, a work of art that they then ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Another day, another quick adventure near Newcomb

The Adirondacks are just peppered with “Buck Mountains,” and “Buck Hills,” and today’s short stroll was one that I had not yet visited. It was one of those hectic days where I only had a few hours to get in some fun and adventure before I had to get back to the daily grind. Buck ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Leave No Trace during mud season, COVID-19

We know. You are staying home, maybe working, maybe catching up on favorite TV shows and finishing books from your reading list. But it’s also spring, and the other part of maintaining positive mental health is finding a way to get outside during mud season and COVID-19. How can you ...