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ON THE SCENE: Newcomers saving local businesses

For 37 years, Cathy and Wayne Johnston had success as owners and managers of the iconic Ruthie’s Run in Lake Placid. While doing so, they created jobs, supported a wide range of initiatives as part of the Lake Placid Business Association, and provided locals, seasonal residents and visitors ...

IT’S OUR HISTORY: Slide into the past with new photo collection

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society recently acquired 120 35mm Kodachrome slides taken between 1940 and 1949 by Willis Wells, the former town of North Elba supervisor. Wells was an impressive leader in the town of North Elba from an early age. In 1910, at the age of 21, he was ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 56 years ago

Lake Placid a city? The Lake Placid Village Board Monday night named a five-man committee to look into the ramifications of establishing a city government to replace the present village organization. The move has been under consideration by the board for the past few months as a means of ...

ON THE SCENE: Building a diverse staff in the North Country

The National Council of Nonprofits is currently urging nonprofits to consider how they can apply their often-stated values of diversity, equity and inclusion in their daily operations, including board makeup, staff diversity and the services they provide. Doing so, they believe nonprofits will ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Plan ahead all the way to the trailhead

It’s finally here! The winter weekend you planned with your friends for months. Maybe you’re going cross-country skiing through Avalanche Pass or have your ice fishing tent set up on your favorite pond. If you follow the local outdoor news, you may have noticed a lot of emphasis on ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Another day, another adventure on Pitchoff Mountain

I never get bored of this hike to Pitchoff Mountain, with trailheads on state Route 73 outside of Lake Placid. It always seems as though I can find something new and interesting about this traverse each time I visit — which just so happens to be usually once a year. However, I don’t ...

ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Zonta Club supports the community with scholarships

Despite a year of Zoom meetings and the need to cancel or restructure all of its major fundraising events and advocacy events, the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks has continued to thrive in its mission of service and advocacy for women and girls locally and around the world. Notably, the club ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Tahawus mine The Ticonderoga Sentinel states hat it has learned through an authoritative source that the National Lead company, one of the largest manufacturers of paints in the world, has agreed to purchase the entire mineral rights and holdings of the McIntyre Iron company at Tahawus, in ...

ON THE SCENE: A birder’s paradise in the Adirondacks

Did you go out and count the birds you saw this past weekend? The 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count was held from Feb. 12 to 15, organized by the National Audubon Society and various partner agencies. Whether people count them at their bird feeder, standing in a frozen marshy meadow ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Dragons, as you might expect, are deemed the luckiest’

All right, I admit it: I am not the Amazing Kreskin. I’m certainly no Theresa Caputo. My psychic powers are in serious doubt. Here’s why. In the Chinese zodiac, time is measured in 12-year cycles, with each of the 12 years assigned its own animal, in an orderly progression. People’s ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Editorial: Bob-sled A new sport in the United States came into official being on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic bob-run last Friday and Saturday. A significant fact this — that Lake Placid, long known as the winter-sports capital of the country, was the scene of the first bob-sled races ...

WORLD FOCUS: Concussion in sports, how to improve player safety

I have known Laurence Geller, the chairman of the International Churchill Society for more than a decade and readers of my Lake Placid News column had become familiar with many of his accomplishments. Geller always comes up with ideas and solutions that can be adopted anywhere and ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hurricane Mountain traverse

We took advantage of living in the area and used a second car for a traverse of Hurricane Mountain. If you are not from the area, I highly recommended hooking up with other hikers to do the same. The plan was to use the Fire Warden’s Trail and the Route 9N Trail for a full day’s outing ...

ON THE SCENE: Flying on ice with Keene Valley’s Maddy Cohen

Not many high school biology teachers suggest their students try the sport of bobsledding, but Maddy Cohen’s teacher Matt Roy at Northwood School did just that. This past week, the 2020 Lake Placid High School graduate and current first-year student at the University of Vermont, ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘The skeptics rightly believe that they are being manipulated’

Happy Valentine’s Day! If I were on Facebook, and if I could figure out how to do it, I would plaster this page with little pink and red heart emojis right now. Some people say Valentine’s Day is nothing but a Hallmark holiday, invented by the greeting card industry as a means to rake in ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Library’s AARP tax assistance to be virtual

February is here, and we hope that everyone is having a safe and healthy mid-winter, enjoying all the recent snowfall. The library continues to be busy filling request orders, which is why the pick-up table is generally full of books, DVDs, and audiobooks. We continue to be open from 10 ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Silver Lake Mountain a great ‘bang for your buck’

Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent “bang for your buck” mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9-mile hike, you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full experience. I have visited this peak in ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Army ski troops Three officers and 53 men of the 26th Infantry, having qualified in seven weeks of intensive training in Lake Placid, have been assigned to regimental ski patrol, it was announced by Col. J. I. Muir, regimental commander. In the past two months, approximately 700 members of ...