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MARTHA SEZ: ‘Naming something makes it real, for better or worse’

We all do certain things that annoy our friends and family and are not even in our own best interest."Why do you do that?" you are asked by your (check one or more if applicable: mother, father, wife, husband, friend, child, co-worker, employer, other), and you mumble some excuse, while ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Rotary hears about Mirror Lake’s health challenges

Lake Placid Rotary Club recently hosted Brendan Wiltse and Tyler Merriam from the Ausable River Association.The following is a brief overview of their presentation regarding the challenges facing the health and welfare of Mirror Lake and the solution.Road salt poses significant challenges to ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Library to welcome Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen on Feb. 22

It is the middle of the winter and the Lake Placid Public Library still has plenty going on, especially with tax time upon us and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics coming this month.---Free tax help, AARPThe AARP volunteers are here and are all ready to ...

ON THE SCENE: ROOST honors Sen. Betty Little at annual meeting

Eighteen years ago, Betty O'C Little, then a member of the New York State Assembly, threw her hat in the ring to seek the seat long held by Sen. Ron Stafford. And on Thursday, Jan. 23, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism honored Sen. Little at its annual meeting, this year held at the ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘MacBook doesn’t even know. Or maybe it does.’

As I type this column, I have the curious feeling that I am in a historic moment, a memorable moment. This is one of those crossroads in life where everything changes, a time of endings and so of beginnings.I am not talking about global climate change, the impeachment of the president of the ...

ON THE SCENE: Taking on medical burnout and other health challenges

Forty-eight leaders in medical education, medical care and public health along with leaders who use the arts and creative arts therapies in health care, and heads of state and federal arts agencies met at the Inova Shar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia Thursday and Friday, Jan. 16 and ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘We, the public, are being slimed every day’

It is still January. This scarcely seems possible. January is dragging on because of the weather, and also because of the political climate of the nation.It seems impossible to ignore either one. Hagfish come to mind at this juncture; I'll explain why.As I mentioned in a recent column, the ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Records for Mirror Lake show shorter ice time

Mirror Lake has the longest lake ice record in New York state, dating back to 1903.Every year, a stalwart group of Mirror Lake aficionados engage in the art and science of guessing the timing of ice-in and ice-out. Ice-in refers to a full sheet of ice covering the lake. Ice-out is when the lake ...

ON THE SCENE: Adirondack flapjacks: Perfect for a rainy Sunday

The Mirror Lake Inn was and remains famous for the quality of its hospitality and food. For decades, during the day when my grandmother Climena Wikoff owned the Inn, one dish was available for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Adirondack flapjacks.My great-grandmother, Effie Preston Alford, passed ...

ON THE SCENE: The beat goes on at the Upper Jay Art Center

By 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, it was near standing room only in the Recovery Lounge for the 13th running of the January Jams, an open mic collage of talent that gathers each Sunday in January from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Upper Jay Arts Center. Not bad for an event first publicized three days ...

LIBRARY NEWS: Kids keep busy at Lake Placid library in winter

Happy New Year from the Lake Placid Public Library.The Holiday Village Stroll 2019 was another successful, busy event here on Main Street. The holiday card-making stations were set up all over the library to accommodate all the creative guests of all sizes and ages. What a wonderful time it was ...

ON THE SCENE: Meet Keene’s National Board Certified teacher

Abigail Adams once wrote in a letter to her son John Quincy Adams, "learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor, and attended to with diligence."At the time, her son was living in Europe, traveling with his father, John Adams, who was representing the Continental ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Cool to hot: A trip of a lifetime down under

You probably don't associate the holiday season with 80-100 degree weather. Yet down under in the southern hemisphere, that's exactly how they celebrate, basking in the heat of the sun.Much to our relief, my husband Alec and I managed to avoid bushfires, avalanches and volcanoes on our recent ...

ON THE SCENE: New director vitalizes diversity initiative

Ninety-five percent of visitors to the Adirondacks are white; for one reason or another, people of color aren't coming here. Forty-five percent of New Yorkers are non-white, and a great number of them are not visiting our region. Yet their taxes help cover our Olympic venue maintenance and ...