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Opinion

HISTORY IS COOL: 95 years ago

Columns

Jewtraw trains Charles Jewtraw, American speedskating star, idol of Lake Placid skating fans, and winner of the 500-meter race at the last Olympics, is hard at work on his home rink on Mirror Lake in preparation for what he feels will be the biggest test of his skating career, his series of ...

NWHL a brief relief from COVID burnout

Editorials

Hosting the National Women’s Hockey League during their “bubble” season from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5 is a needed relief from the very real affliction of COVID-19 burnout — even though spectators are not allowed to watch the games in the Olympic Center. More than a brief distraction from ...

ON THE SCENE: Designing and maintaining woodland trails

Columns

An essential contribution to a hiker’s enjoyment of the Adirondacks is the quality of the trail. Is it steep, filled with mudholes and rocks? Does it seem over-used, or is it relatively easy to pass along on our way to our destination? While for a hiker, a trail is often a means to an ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Herbert is fiercely determined to get back in shape’

Columns

If you have lived in the Adirondacks for long, you have probably experienced the annual warm-up which typically occurs in January. As children in their rubber boots splash in the snow melt, old-timers nod their heads and say knowingly, “Oh yes, it’s the January thaw.” What you may not ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 76 years ago

Columns

Pfc. Dennin missing The story of the 106th infantry’s baptism of fire will live long in the minds of the men who withstood that steel and flame thrown at them during the Battle of the Belgian Bulge. Pvt. Fred Dennin, son of postmaster and Mrs. Dennin of Lake Placid, was reported missing in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try skiing through the Bloomingdale Bog

Columns

There are two trailhead locations for the popular Bloomingdale Bog trail, which is an old railroad bed. Bloomingdale end: Follow Route 192 north from the four corners in Bloomingdale. After almost 2 miles you will see parking for an old railroad grade trail on both sides of the road. This is ...

Nominate a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year

Editorials

Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the ill and injured are cared for, fires are extinguished, artists’ work is promoted, libraries are maintained, events are planned and the natural environment is curated by volunteers. In March, ...

Stefanik backs a domestic terrorist

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Elise Stefanik has always stood with Trump. She supports him when he calls our troops “losers and suckers.” Stefanik stands with Trump trying to take away health care for 22 million Americans during the pandemic. Stefanik stands with Trump when he puts kids in cages. ...

Stefanik’s first mistake

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Until last Wednesday afternoon, I thought Stefanik was bulletproof. I wouldn’t have put it all on the line to try and challenge her again. Even as she bet against her political roots and track record of level-headed decisions for a ride on the Trump 2024 train, it all ...

Senior exemptions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently passed legislation allows local governments to carry-over Senior Citizens’ Exemptions from the 2020 assessment roll to the 2021 assessment roll at the same levels. This means that seniors in New York State DO NOT have to reapply for the exemption UNLESS their 2019 ...

JBL! statement on events at US Capitol

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: John Brown Lives! is deeply troubled by the events that unfolded at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 and strongly condemns the display of White supremacy and racist violence we witnessed in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to undermine our democratic system. The stark ...

Obstacles are meant to be broken

Guest Commentary

Being a disabled person in the Adirondack North Country is very challenging due to the lack of accessibility to some buildings, restaurants and local businesses. Getting around our North Country with not the greatest public transportation is a difficult as the wheelchair user I am. ...

ON THE SCENE: America will remember Jan. 6, 2021

Columns

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump smashed their way into the United States Capitol as the House and Senate began the certification of former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris as this country’s next president and vice president. The ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Torpor is apparently a sort of hibernation-lite’

Columns

St. Agnes’ Eve-Ah, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold; The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass, And silent was the flock in woolly fold ... — “The Eve of St. Agnes” by John Keats --- January is the coldest month in the ...

WORLD FOCUS: Flashback to witnessing a coup d’etat in Czechoslovakia

Columns

While watching the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Jan 6. 2021, on TV, I had a vivid flashback on the Communist coup d’etat in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In late February 1948, the Communist party of Czechoslovakia, with Soviet backing, performed a coup ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 55 years ago

Columns

Toboggan chute (A photo on page 1 showed the new toboggan run at Mirror Lake, as seen looking toward the top from the lake.) Not merely a run but a parkway or expressway or freeway or something big, because this is it. The toboggan chute is a great addition to this winter sports center. It ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Climbing Castle Rock and walking the loop

Columns

This snowshoe trip is a 3-mile out and back to Castle Rock or a 3-mile loop, depending on conditions of the backside of the loop and out and back might be the best option. Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the ...

Swift justice needed to save America

Editorials

If there are no consequences for the Jan. 6 mob raid on the U.S. Capitol, we are in real trouble, because this was just a dress rehearsal for what could come in the future. Inaction would signal it is OK for armed rebels to assault the seat of our national government in an attempt to stop ...

Lies are making America a dangerous place

Editorials

When was the last time you trusted a politician to tell the truth? Republican or Democrat? Independent or Socialist? We’ve been living with lies from American politicians — or simple stretched truths — since America was founded. It’s when those lies become dangerous that we have to perk ...