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AUSABLE WATER WISE: Leaving no waste trace in winter

Winter recreation, such as cross-country skiing and snowing, continues to grow in popularity in the Adirondacks. It’s easy to see why: beautiful landscapes, lack of biting bugs, no roots to trip over or mud to step in, and less crowds. Winter recreation is typically easier on the trails, ...

WORLD FOCUS: There was also a Chinese miracle on ice in 1980

Nanci Bond of Williamsburg, Virginia, is an aficionado of figure skating. She can tell you when an axel jump was perfect, a Waltz jump not adequate, or a toe loop only so-so. Whenever an important international competition is taking place and is broadcast on TV, she brings it to my ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: South Meadow is much more than a parking spot

South Meadow Road is now closed to public vehicle traffic for the winter season, but users may still walk, ski and snowshoe the road. In warmer months, this is a great destination to soak in the beauty. You may think of South Meadow simply as a place to park your car when hiking into the ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 40 years ago

Ski centers open The first weekend of skiing saw both Whiteface and Paleface mountains enjoying a brisk crowd of early season schussers. After several years of limited operation, Paleface opened its slopes under new management. Manager Barry Robinson said the mountain had about 250 skiers ...

ON THE SCENE: Keene residents celebrate opening of new Stewart’s

The Stewart’s Shops store on state Route 73 is more than a convenience store for Keene. It’s a bit of a town center where locals can connect, get a handmade sub, sandwich, or cup of coffee, gas, and, of course, ice cream. It’s one of those places like McDonough’s Valley Hardware ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘(John) Lennon would have been 67’

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living life in peace ... You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one Maybe some day you’ll join us And the world will live as one. — ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Rotary puts spotlight on the colonel

A Rotary member since 2011, Col. Kerry Gates and his wife Carol, moved to Lake Placid in 2008. After coming up to the Adirondacks for many years to ski, they decided to make the it their permanent retirement home. “Colonel Gates” as he is affectionately known to his Rotarian cohorts ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try the Cooper Kiln Pond approach to Wilmington Peak

To approach Wilmington Peak from the south you should use this approach for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before gaining elevation and settled water. This route can be a very wet hike most times of the year. During the rainy season it can ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘A curmudgeon may be born, not made’

Curmudgeons, rejoice—but don’t let on. Just mumble your thanks surreptitiously into your oatmeal. If your COVID mask makes your glasses fog up, no one will see the gleam in your eye. Curmudgeons now have the perfect vehicle for disseminating their cranky and cantankerous opinions and ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 20 years ago

Brooke White hockey Living in Lake Placid isn’t really a new experience for Brooke White, who attended Northwood School as a teenager. White returns to the village as a first-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team. White, a 21-year-old, started playing hockey a little ...

ON THE SCENE: My grandfather’s long walk to freedom

Over Thanksgiving, I started watching a disturbing though riveting PBS series on the rise of Adolf Hitler, the German politician and leader of the Nazi Party in the 1930s and 1940s. The series demonstrated how he took over and demolished a Democratic government within four short years — a ...

ON THE SCENE: Celebrating community with self-portraits

Have you ever really looked at yourself in the mirror? Not the look to brush your hair or teeth, check your makeup, put on earrings or shave, but to examine your features and see what they say about you. Have you noticed one side of your face is not a mirror image of the other? Imagine ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Squanto’s story is not what you might think’

I have always been fascinated by Squanto, ever since kindergarten, when I first heard his name. I was cutting feathers out of colored construction paper with blunt-edged scissors and attaching the feathers to a highly authentic Indian headband, also cut out of construction paper, with that ...

Missing family during a COVID Thanksgiving

My wife Dawn and I will be spending Thanksgiving together this year, which is no different than any other day during this pandemic year, which has seen lockdowns, job loss, weight gain, isolation and lack of social activity in our household. We won’t be spending time with family this year ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 60 years ago

Devlin’s motel sign signals ski retirement When a doctor or a lawyer hangs out his shingle, it marks a big change in his life. When a man goes into business and puts up a sign announcing it, that’s a big day in his life, too. A short time ago, a Lake Placid motel owner who has been in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Bear Mountain (2,442 feet) Loop from Route 28

Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets some pretty serious attention from hikers; the summit can be a crowded location. Black Bear Mountain from Route 28 is the most popular approach, but a secondary approach ...

WORLD FOCUS: The superspreader called ‘fatal denial’

Nowadays, the question is often asked, “Why is it so hard to control the spread of COVID-19, which has infected millions of people worldwide and killed more than a million?” To answer this question, I turned to Dr. Michael Blumenfield, Sidney E. Frank Distinguished Professor Emeritus of ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Where do trout go in the winter?

Trout and other fish have many strategies to survive a northern winter in a frozen stream or lake. In rivers and streams, having access to a mix of habitats including pools, areas where ice conditions are stable, and areas of slow current will lead to the best winter survival rates for ...