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Guest Commentary

Lake Placid celebrates cinematic camaraderie at 20th annual film festival

Just like the U.S. Postal Service, nothing could stop Adirondack Film from delivering the 20th edition of the Lake Placid Film Festival Oct. 21-24. Even with adverse weather conditions, COVID-19 restrictions and disruptive construction sites, this year’s festival was a return to the halcyon ...

Schulte’s Family Lodge property has a long history

(Editor’s note: The former Schulte’s Family Lodge on state Route 73 in Lake Placid is now being renovated by Peter Holderied. It had been sitting vacant for almost three years and has a long history as a lodging destination — dating from 1948 to 2018.) In 1948, there was a small motel ...

Adirondack North Country Pride returns Oct. 2

Adirondack North Country Pride returns to Plattsburgh on Saturday Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. in Trinity Park in Plattsburgh. This is the 6th annual pride event held in the Adirondack North Country celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual ...

We get vaccines for dormant diseases; why not for an active one?

As I went through the process to attend SUNY Potsdam this fall, in hopes of becoming an English teacher, my registration was held up temporarily because of a question about vaccination — and not for COVID-19. State officials have said SUNY students will have to get COVID shots to attend ...

The good and bad of Ironman Lake Placid

We moved from Brooklyn to Upper Jay in July 2003. We bought an old farmhouse and 5 acres along the AuSable River in a spot we’d been assured had never flooded. We learned that the Ironman cycling route was past our house, and that a seemingly endless stream of cyclists would zoom by up ...

John Brown’s farm and New York’s voter suppression history

This year we are celebrating New York state’s acquisition of the John Brown farm 125 years ago, and it is good that we are. But let us also recall a 200th anniversary linked to the farm — a connection that has particular importance this year as we witness a voter suppression spree around ...