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Opinion

It’s in our nature to be ‘Politely Adirondack’

Editorials

To the visitors and seasonal residents, welcome to the Adirondacks. You and your families have made an investment of time and money to be here — even if it’s only for one day, a weekend, a week, a summer or periodically as your personal and business calendars allow — and we enjoy having ...

Still stargazing at Adirondack Sky Center

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Adirondack Sky Center has not given up on public and private stargazing this summer. Our commitment to open the observatory in a safe and healthy manner remains our highest priority. We have requested remote live video cameras to attach to our telescopes that would ...

Concerns from a second-home owner

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What a difference 130 miles makes in fighting the COVID-19 virus! While we are fortunate to have homes in Lake Placid and Schenectady, we usually split the week equally between both homes. Because we fall into the “most at-risk” category, we have not been to Lake Placid. ...

Safe driving

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the North Country begins to open again, we want to remind people to be safe behind the wheel. With warm weather, we are concerned about alcohol-related automobile accidents. Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition Inc., Lake Placid Police Chief ...

ON THE SCENE: Having faith and reopening our local churches

Columns

The faith community is beginning to discuss how they can reopen their houses of worship safely within the confines of physical distancing, wearing masks, and the other COVID-19 safety measures. Beyond that, they are asking, “What kind of society do we want to have going ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Scott Lawrence and the Wilmington Way

Columns

In a small town like Wilmington, there are many employees who work behind the scenes to make our community a better place, and town Highway Department Mechanic Scott Lawrence is one such individual. When someone first meets Scott, he appears to be quiet and low key. But as you get to know ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 101 years ago

Columns

Roosevelt Highway Representatives of a large number of automobile associations are at work on plans for the building of the proposed Roosevelt scenic and memorial highway between Niagara Falls and the Adirondacks. Meetings are being held to perfect an organization to back the project. A ...

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Rotary Club members share pros, cons of isolation

Columns

What do you miss most during your isolation? What are you doing differently now? What is something positive you’re doing that you weren’t doing before the lockdown? We recently posed these three questions to members of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid with some surprising, anticipated and ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Visiting PA Falls (Winding Falls)

Columns

I had heard of PA Falls from previous readings and studies on the history of the region but up to this point had never visited them. It was also clear from my research that it had a trail or in the least a path back to them, but a bit unclear as to where to find this said trail. Corenne and ...

Many students will need summer school

Editorials

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, the Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — at least we hope ...

Thanks for contributing

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of USA Luge, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the following residents of Lake Placid, Tri-Lakes area, clubs and organizations who assisted us during our fundraising drive for the front line employees. Over $11,000 was raised and donated to 31 ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Creating an updated map of Mirror Lake

Columns

On a cold rainy day, last May Ausable River Association and Adirondack Watershed Institute staff slipped a boat into Mirror Lake. We were setting out to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the lake bottom. The study of lake and ocean depth is referred to as bathymetry, originating from ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’

Columns

They say that the thing you worry about most is not the thing that will get you. It may be comforting to believe this, at first, because the very fact that you’re worried about your daily beer consumption or second-hand smoke or even COVID-19 means it isn’t your nemesis. You can rule it ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

Columns

National cemetery? It was announced today by Willis Wells, supervisor, that much thought and study has been given for quite some time to the possibility of requesting the federal government to give consideration to establishing a Second World War memorial cemetery on the John Brown tract at ...

WILMINGTON WAY: Gerald Bruce a humble town clerk and citizen

Columns

This week’s Wilmington Way subject is Town Clerk Gerald Bruce. Having worked for the town of Wilmington in one capacity or another, his journey with our community started in 1960. A native of Wilmington whose family goes back generations, Gerry was born right here in town. In fact, he drew ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Pond to Bridge Brook Pond

Columns

It had been about two years since I was on this trail and wanted to check it out again for a nice walk in the woods. I drove by the trailhead, again, as it is still hidden from sight with only a small sign. Corenne and I made decent time along the mostly flat trail which gently eventually ...

No J-1 workers this summer at Mirror Lake Inn

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the interest of supporting the local economy and its workers, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has made the decision not to actively recruit any foreign J-1 visa workers to our staff for the 2020 summer season. Because of the current situation presented by COVID-19 and ...