ON THE SCENE: Reading ‘Six Men Dressed Like Joseph Stalin’


A challenge of being Joseph Stalin, the all-powerful dictator leading the Soviet Union, was many people would try to kill you, even if it meant losing their own life. After taking power in 1924 following the death of Vladimir Lenin, Stalin became one of the world’s worst mass murderers, ...

No regrets … and lots to be thankful for

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Congratulations are in order to incumbent North Elba Town Council members Emily Kilburn Politi and Dick Cummings for their victories in this year’s election. I would also like to thank everyone in North Elba who voted this year; the nearly 600 residents who voted for ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Does anyone even have an Aunt Mabel anymore?’


Happy Thanksgiving! When November comes, we Americans like to hark back to that first Thanksgiving, with Squanto and Captain Shrimp and the gang. Harking back is all very well, but we should be thankful that we were not there at the time. Hark is a funny word, isn’t it? A word not heard ...

Check Meowt


Hua, the cat, was adopted by the Wenzler family in 2022 from the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake. She lives a gorgeous life of luxury with all the petting from humans she can desire, and free reign of the house and the Wenzlers’ yard. “This life is the best one so far out of ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Report on Rotary’s Dam Duck Race


The Rotary Club of Lake Placid wishes to thank the community for coming out to our 18th Annual Dam Duck Race fundraiser and party. The race was initiated in 2005 starting with just 200 ducks and growing to over 1,700 ducks that go over the dam at Mill Pond. Debbie McLean had the vision. She ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Think like a river


My college professor, adviser and mentor, Dr. Peter Allen, would often say, “You need to think like a river,” during our field assessments of urban streams damaged by rapid growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This was his way of prompting me to think about why the channels ...