ON THE SCENE: The ‘Underdog’ of dog sledding, dairy farming


Have you ever had a big dream, something audacious? Vermont dairy farmer Doug Butler dreamed of racing in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the famed 938-mile, 20-day race between Anchorage and Nome. First, though, he had to breed a team of dogs with the right mix of abilities, ...

Legacy trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg need more attention

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Jan. 23, Gov. Kathy Hochul was at Mount Van Hoevenberg announcing plans for the state budget. Included in her budget was $82 million directed for the Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep their venues up to date. “If you don’t put money in, they won’t be ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Which groundhog? What is a groundhog, exactly?’


As I write this, Groundhog Day has just come and gone, leaving many in the North Country confused and slightly discombobulated. But only slightly, because Groundhog Day is after all merely a minor holiday. People have other, more pressing, concerns and perplexities to ponder as they get on ...

INTO THE TREES: Over the Ice Palace walls


Under a bluebird sky on Monday, Feb. 5, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace stood tall in the midday sun. Families, school children, teachers, visitors and locals gathered inside and around the blue walls to soak up the sights and sun. “(It’s) pretty amazing,” said Dennis ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 60 years ago


Bid group returns - The Lake Placid bid delegation arrived home at 3 a.m. Tuesday after a 24-hour trip from Innsbruck, Austria. With them were area residents who took advantage of the Adirondack Bobsled Club charter flight to see the IX Olympic Winter Games. The general consensus was that ...