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ON THE SCENE: Sharing ideas down under

This past week I participated in the second Australian national conference on the arts in healthcare, held in Melbourne, that attracted delegates from across Australia as well as from Canada, the United States, England, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and China. My role was to lead a day-long ...

WORLD FOCUS: Breach in friendship

“I didn’t realize the Reveses had a falling out with Churchill. What was the cause of that?” That was one of the many responses to my recent column, “Churchill & Reves,” published in the Lake Placid News and The Virginia Gazette. In that column I noted that in spite of the ...

AROUND AUSABLE: ‘Christmas in the Forks’ to be held Dec. 4

Get ready to enjoy a fun filled day on Dec. 4 when the sixth annual “Christmas In The Forks” will be held. The day’s events are as follows: ¯9 a.m. The Women’s Advent Retreat at St. James Episcopal Church will be held till 2 p.m.  The Jesse Tree and Giving Tree Display where you may ...

MARTHA SEZ: X-ray vision at the airport

Things are not always what they seem. Almost never, in fact. For example, on the face of it, you would think that everyone who has to go through airport security would dread the new search techniques that are being implemented across the country. I  hear that if you want to fly on an airplane ...

WORLD FOCUS: Crisis in Mexico

George W. Grayson, one of America’s top experts on Mexico could justifiably say, “I told you so.” In several books, monographs, scholarly papers, newspaper articles and in TV network appearances, Grayson has analyzed and documented the progressive fraying of Mexico’s social fabric, the ...

ON THE SCENE: Are you old enough?

When I was 17, my parents decided to take up on a birthday gift that my brothers and I had given to my mother the year before, a round trip ticket to Germany, her ancestral home she had not seen since she was a teenager. We had saved money from our earnings working at the Mirror Lake Inn, ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Plans under way for ‘Christmas in the Forks’

The sixth annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. “Christmas In the Forks” will once again present Santa, Mrs. Claus, The Grinch, Cindy Lou-Hoo, Snoopy and will feature a surprise guest to light the Christmas Tree. Thomas the Horse who has brought Santa to the tree ...

MARTHA SEZ: I am made of rubber, you are made of glue

How many times have you suffered an insult in silence, not knowing how to react—maybe you were stultified by the sheer nerve of your attacker—and then, too late, had the perfect comeback just float into your mind? On television situation comedies, the comebacks are snappy. Every wisecrack ...

ON THE SCENE: Celebrating 84 years of Kiwanis

When I was growing up, the Kiwanis Club met at the Mirror Lake Inn. I made their salads making sure that there were no onions in Merrill Thomas’s salad because if one slipped by I’d be sure to hear about it. He, in no uncertain terms, did not like onions in his salad. He told me that. My ...

WORLD FOCUS: Another day in the country

Having spent the summer months once again at our home in the Adirondack Mountains, several readers of my column have expressed interest in learning about the changes that the passage of time and the harsh economic conditions across our country, brought to that region. Just as I have reported ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Rotary taking part in program to help soldiers overseas

The Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley is involved in a very special project which I just became aware of so at this time I will pass what information I have on to my readers. Members of the club are presently putting together boxes for members of our military serving overseas during this ...

MARTHA SEZ: Daylight-saving time simplified

With Halloween behind us, I was getting nervous, wondering when we would all be falling back to standard time. Isn’t this, the first of November, usually when daylight-saving time ends? It seems as if I just reset my car clock to daylight-saving time! Actually, I did put it off for quite a ...

ON THE SCENE: Not getting the mail in Keene Valley

On Friday I had to drive 10 miles to get my mail. Some in Keene Valley had to drive 12 – 14 and those out in St Huberts near 20. On Wednesday the Keene Valley Post Office, rumored to be one of the few in the state that operated in the black, closed because its lease was not renewed, forcing ...

WORLD FOCUS: Real-life poetry

The encounter at the elegant Wedmore Place restaurant at the Williamsburg Winery, would have served as a fitting scene in the famous post-World War II spy movie, The Third Man. “This past summer, Ron Smith, a poet who teaches at St. Christopher School in Richmond, e-mailed me several times ...

AROUND AUSABLE: Halloween events well attended

Our town was full of ghosts and goblins from Friday through Sunday for all the Halloween celebrations. The fun began on Friday at the American Legion Post 504 with a Halloween party during happy hour. There was a full house to enjoy all the fun. Ray Longinetti put on a great magic show and kept ...

MARTHA SEZ: You think YOU got problems

Word in town here is about the removal of the post office from Keene Valley, where it has been since 1925, when the Sanders family decided to lease part of the building to the U.S. post Office. Almeda and Hilda Senecal bought the house, continuing the postal service, in 1947. The new plan is ...

ON THE SCENE: 15 very good years at the East Branch

Barbara Strowger will tell you she didn’t do it alone, that every success, every program and the creation of the organization itself, East Branch Friends of the Arts, was because so many other people helped carry the load. On Saturday evening a large gathering of friends, family and fellow ...

WORLD FOCUS: Churchill and Reves

This time, it was “Hitler’s foil” that created a ripple effect. In one of my recent columns I described how Emery Reves, Winston Churchill’s close associate has obtained, saved and ultimately published the memoir of Fritz Thyssen, the powerful German industrialist who played a crucial ...

MARTHA SEZ: Delivering news on the post office

I wonder when Keene Valley will get a new post office? I was in the bank yesterday, quite naturally thinking about money, which reminded me of the dread inexorable approach of Christmas, which reminded me of mailing cards and packages. “I hear that the Keene Valley Post Office will be ...

ON THE SCENE: Horses for Heroes

“I think that everyone comes back from Iraq and Afghanistan with anxiety to some degree,” said John Postiglione, a member of the New York State National Guard who was active duty in Iraq from 2005 to 2010. “I had friends who lost a limb, who have PTSD, who have anxiety. Working with these ...