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ON THE SCENE: Top cops weigh in on brutality and racism

Since May 26, the day George Floyd day died while being arrested in Minneapolis, there have been weekly protests against police brutality and racism in the Adirondacks as elsewhere. The most recent took place Sunday, July 5 at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, organized by John Brown ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: The right and wrong way to dispose of your trash

An empty bottle or can lies on the roadside, perhaps joined by a food wrapper or something else that someone unthinkingly flung through a car window. Two things happened with each piece of trash. First, the story behind what happened a few minutes before the item began its journey from ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Library offers off-site children’s programs

Summer is finally here in lake Placid. The Lake Placid Public Library gardens and trees are bursting with color, and the lake is calm and inviting after the warm weather we have been experiencing these past weeks. It is with great appreciation that we announce that the library’s budget ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Obstacle golf record Obstacle golf is one of the popular summer diversions at Lake Placid, but one summer guest has found a way to make it still more popular, at least so far as he personally is concerned. This golf devotee was noticed the other afternoon playing one of the local obstacle ...

ON THE SCENE: Opening our churches in a perilous moment

Now in COVID-19 reopening Phase 3, churches in the region are opening or finalizing their plans to open. A challenge for some, like St. Brendan’s and the Keene Valley Congregational Church, is that their spaces are relatively small and in the summer they typically are packed with a mix of ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Camping Out’ in 19th-century high style

The summer tourist season in the town of Keene typically begins with a rush on the Fourth of July weekend. Some of us wondered whether the COVID 19 pandemic would keep people home this year, but it doesn’t look that way. People who have been cooped up for weeks or months are eager to get ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Rising to the challenge for the watershed

Spring is turning into summer, warming the Earth. So much of nature moves on, unperturbed by the challenges faced by our human communities. Leaves are out, songbirds are raising young, and our local waterways continue nourishing our lives and the ecosystems around us. Streams are ...

GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Inside or outside, nature’s growth ignores COVID

It seems like an excellent time to tend to our house plants and prepare some or all of them to go outside. At least we can prune, trim, add new soil and/or fertilize plants we have inside. Many of the trimmed pieces will root if put into a small water vase and placed on a sunny window ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

July 6, 1945 - July 4 horse show Several thousand people attended the Independence Day horse show sponsored by the redistribution station. The show was originated and planned by Sgt. Lyle M. Jeffery, Tec. 4 Spencer LaFlure, Cpl. James Zimmerman and Pfc. S. Wodington. Philip Pitcher was ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Try my mother’s 3-bean salad this summer

If you stocked your pantry with an abundance of canned beans in the past few months, you may be looking for a fresh, cool way to bring those to the table in the summer season. You’ve added them to soups, stews, chili and more. What’s next? My mother’s 3-bean salad has always been a ...

ON THE SCENE: The next steps for justice reform, fighting racism

Protests for justice reform and giving Blacks especially, but all minorities, equal access and opportunities have not decreased in the Adirondacks or elsewhere across the country. Indeed, the second protest at the bottom of Spruce Hill in Keene attracted more than the first one held two ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 79 years ago

Lyman Epps now 101 Lyman Epps, a Black man who sang at the funeral of John Brown at his North Elba homestead, celebrated his 101st birthday last Thursday. Mr. Epps was entertained at the home of Mrs. Eva Franklin on Woodlawn terrace by members of the Lake Placid chapter of the John Brown ...

ON THE SCENE: Keene farmers market vital to many

The Keene farmers market is now open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Marcy Field on state Route 73 between the hamlets of Keene and Keene Valley. The market opened two weeks ago, and on Sunday, June 14, it expanded to included craft artisans along with the produce, artisan dairy and ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Public service a family tradition for Eric Bruce

This week’s “Wilmington Way” article is dedicated to Eric Bruce, who comes from a long family history of commitment to the citizens of the town of Wilmington. In fact, on both sides of his family ancestry, he follows the genetic makeup of relatives with years of public service to our ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 40 years ago

Arena events, Sabres The “Holiday on Ice” and “Ice Follies” shows are expected to sign a contract with the town of North Elba for use of the Olympic Ice Center within two weeks. The two skating extravaganzas will make Lake Placid their permanent home base and will tentatively arrive ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid Public Library in Phase 2 of reopening

Welcome back. We have missed you. The Lake Placid Public Library is now transitioning through the first phases of our reopening plan. The library’s priority is the safety and well-being of staff, patrons, visitors and the whole community. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through ...