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ON THE SCENE: We are a community of storytellers

January 5, 2018 I grew up in Lake Placid surrounded by people who were good storytellers. First and foremost was my father, known to many as Happy Jack. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: Snake oil and politics. Yuck! Giving up TV for 2018? Maybe.

January 5, 2018 Since I wrote the last installment of this column we have entered a new year. Yes, it is now 2018, and yet certain things have not changed. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: Foreign Service is Judy Baroody’s dream job

January 5, 2018 “The first time I heard of Foreign Service, I knew that’s how I wanted to spend my life,” said Judy Baroody in a recent interview with the Lake Placid News and the Virginia Gazette. more »»

Encountering an inexperienced, motley crew

December 30, 2017 It appears winter has arrived in time for the holidays. Fortunately, local trails already had a generous base of snow, which allowed both nordic and alpine skiers to hit the trails. more »»

NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK: Remembering when Harry carried the mail

December 29, 2017 OLMSTEDVILLE — There’s a big difference between delivering mail on a city route in a small town like Potsdam or Saranac Lake and delivering mail on a rural route to remote houses in farm country or... more »»

ON THE SCENE: Visiting Cousin Red during the holidays

December 29, 2017 Like many other old Lake Placid families, I’m connected to an extended web of relatives; one branch, through my grandfather Rufus, husband of Climena, founder of the Mirror Lake Inn, lives over in... more »»

ROTARY CLUB NEWS: The joys of participating in youth exchange

December 29, 2017 At a recent Lake Placid Rotary Club meeting, Carol Hunter, Rotary Youth Exchange Director (District 7040) gave a presentation on the benefits of adopting a youth exchange program for our chapter. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: Tick-tock, we’re all waiting for 2018

December 29, 2017 Happy Limbo week! I am speaking of that interval between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the week that is neither one thing not the other. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: Professor revisits homeland of Russia

December 29, 2017 When Elena Prokhorova, professor of Russian Studies and the Film Studies Program at the College of William and Mary, visits her native land, Russia, she doesn’t go there sightseeing. more »»

NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK: All aboard the snow train!

December 22, 2017 OLD FORGE — The town of Webb in Herkimer County covers a large portion of the northwestern Adirondack Park, but it is sparsely settled and relatively young; the town was established in 1898. more »»

ON THE SCENE: Volunteers help Habitat build affordable homes

December 22, 2017 In resort communities around the United States, towns like Lake Placid and Keene, once-thriving neighborhoods are being decimated by homes being turned into rentals and housing for seasonal residents. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: 2018. Best year ever?

December 22, 2017 "2018 will be the best year of your life!" I was wrapping little presents in tissue paper and tying them with red grosgrain ribbon for a man and a woman, a couple, at the store where I work when the... more »»

NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK: How USA Luge uses tools to win medals

December 15, 2017 LAKE PLACID — The USA Luge team is busy preparing for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which are less than two months away. more »»

ON THE SCENE: Mirror Lake Inn brings Joy to the Children

December 15, 2017 Joy to the Children on Thursday, Dec. 7 did not disappoint; it never has. Joy is a benefit like no other. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: The dusty planet

December 15, 2017 As if there wouldn’t be enough problems on our Planet Earth waiting for solutions, it turns out Red Planet Mars has a very dusty environment. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: A week of fire and snow

December 15, 2017 It is snowing. Snowing and snowing. more »»

ON THE SCENE: Para bobsledding coming on strong in Lake Placid

December 8, 2017 Lake Placid held its first Para Bobsled World Cup at the Olympic Sports Complex sliding track at Mount Van Hoevenberg this past week, and by all measures, it was a great success. more »»

MARTHA SEZ: Reflecting on the #MeToo movement

December 8, 2017 We are nearing the end of what has been a very strange year. Next year, 2018, will very likely be strange, too; at least, that’s how it looks from here. more »»

WORLD FOCUS: Hitler, Stalin and Heda Margolius

December 8, 2017 In today’s political climate of rising extremist ideologies and nationalist tendencies, a new book, “Hitler, Stalin and I,” is an oral history that examines persecutions rooted in strong political... more »»

ON THE SCENE: Montreal, a city for all seasons and tastes

December 1, 2017 Often when one looks for an urban fix, thoughts and plans turn to New York City about five hours to the sout. more »»



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