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ON THE SCENE: AusSable Forks, opening a door to the future

The other day my cousin Frissie was waxing poetic about going to the movies in Ausable Forks. On Dec. 29 yet another reason for visiting the Forks was unveiled at a packed open house for the Tahawus Lodge Center, the former Mason’s Lodge 790, which is to become a community cultural center. ...

WORLD FOCUS: Looking ahead

America is always at a crossroads. Historian Adam Goodheart, in a recent interview with the Lake Placid News and the Virginia Gazette, pointed out that at the onset of the Civil War 150 years ago, Southern political leaders rejected the compromise proposals and concessions offered by leading ...

AROUND AUSABLE: AFVFD events slated; bowling league enters second half

Riverside Lanes hosted its annual New Year’s Gala with a large crowd attending. Forty couples bowled in the 9-pin bowling tournament. The winners were: 1st place, Krrynne and Ben Vincent; 2nd place, Sandi Pelkey and Kellen Nolan; 3rd place, Jackie and Adam Coolidge. The DJ service kept the ...

NEWS FROM W’TON: Condo construction under way

Hello everybody and a Happy New Year’s greeting to you. Let me first offer condolences to Jan Ward, of Jay, and her family. Jan’s mom, Jean Garrecht, died last week. On March 5 of this year, Jean would have greeted her 100th birthday with all the warmth and charm that our good Lord ...

MARTHA SEZ: The lull after the Christmas rush

I just love Christmas vacation, this little lull between one year and the next. Why is it that when I am finally able to relax, something always comes along to disturb me? Christmas, after advancing inexorably as a mighty army on the march, noisily consuming everything in its path, has bloated ...

ON THE SCENE: Memorable Christmas stories

“Do you have any memorable Christmas stories?” asked Margo Fish Sunday evening. “I was listening to Prairie Home Companion, which airs Saturday evenings and was rebroadcast today. He told four really funny stories. I felt like my sides would split from laughing.” My brother Chris, his ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Christmas event held at Riverside

Riverside Lanes will host its annual New Years Gala on Dec. 31. A 9-pin couples bowling tournament will be held with shifts at 6:30 and 9 p.m. First prize will pay $100 to the winning couple. Featured entertainment for the evening will be Dan Gates DJ service from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hats, ...

WORLD FOCUS: Thin Blue Line

Lake Placid and Williamsburg, Va. have a lot in common. Both places are brand-name tourist destinations attracting visitors from around the world. Having a safe security environment is of vital importance. By all indication, Lake Placid and Williamsburg are well served by their respective ...

MARTHA SEZ:The mad rush of the holiday season

I am about cookied out, but relieved. Leaving broken gingerbread men on the kitchen counter, their heads lying beside them like some grisly statement on current world events, tinsel stuck to the back of my coat, I just drove to Keene to get my last package to the post office. There is ...

ON THE SCENE: The Grange

Despite, or perhaps to a degree because of, these challenging economic times when people and communities are being impacted by steep costs of travel, food and supplies, relatively recent arrivals and long standing locals are joining forces to create community cultural centers with imagination, ...

NEWS FROM W’TON: Holiday decorating contest results announced

Hello everybody, here are some of the things going on in Wilmington…. Let me first offer condolences to Bea Peck and her family upon hearing about the death of her son, Larry. Never having met the man, there are no personal recollections, but knowing his mom, he must have had a good ...

WORLD FOCUS: Hurricane catalyst of calm

They call him “Hurricane Holbrooke,” a force of nature who will blow away obstacles that stop lesser men. People in the know also think that Richard Holbrooke, U..S. assistant secretary of state for European & Canadian affairs and the chief architect of the Bosnian peace accord, has an ...

MARTHA SEZ: Speaking on the subject of gifts

I don’t know how it happened, but here we are again, right in the middle of the holiday season, and it is high time that we discuss the subject of gifts. Ideally, giving and receiving presents should be a happy and rewarding experience. Yet every year around this time I hear some fresh story ...

ON THE SCENE: A Christmas pageant in the making

Would you offer Baby Jesus skiing lessons when he gets older, or perhaps your favorite kitten? Attending a rehearsal for the upcoming Keene Valley Christmas pageant left me feeling that this Sunday’s upcoming performance would have somewhat of a contemporary improv feel about it with plenty ...

WORLD FOCUS: Mapping history

Cartography, the practice of map making has a long and intriguing history. Experts think that a wall painting depicting the ancient Anatolian city of Catal Huyuk, which dates to the seventh millennium B.C., was a map. The oldest surviving world maps were made by Babylonians in the 9th century ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Open house slated at Tahawus Lodge Center in the Forks

Friends of the community will host a free Christmas Dinner at the AuSable Forks Fire Department on Dec. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and share a delicious meal and fellowship.      The Rotary Club has received word that the packages that were shipped to our troops ...

MARTHA SEZ: How to write a column

People often ask me, How do you think of things to write about every week for your column? Isn’t it hard?” And the answer is, well, yes, it is quite difficult—at first. It’s like riding a bicycle. Diligent practice pays off. Once mastered, the skill becomes second nature. Let’s ...

ON THE SCENE: Have you ever written a sermon?

Have you ever written a sermon? An aspect of being a member of the Keene Valley Congregational Church is sometimes that opportunity may arise. In our faith tradition, if for some reason the pastor is not available, the pastor or church leaders may appoint or request a member from the ...

WORLD FOCUS: Havana harvest

In an earlier interview with The Virginia Gazette and the Lake Placid News, Robert Landori, author of “Fatal Greed,” said, “I am quite confident that readers of ‘Fatal Greed’ will be able to revisit the characters in this book. I am already at work on a sequel.” Four years later, ...

MARTHA SEZ: Pioneers and that good ol’ Pilgrim spirit

Every year at this time I reflect upon the interesting “facts” I learned in elementary school about the Pilgrims. Take for example Squanto, the legendary Pawtuxet Indian who taught the Pilgrims to plant corn. The real Squanto was no simple backwoods fellow, but a man of the world. In ...