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Adirondack Daily Enterprise celebrates 125 years with special history edition

October 25, 2019
Editorial ( , Lake Placid News

Last week's Lake Placid News print edition landed with a nice heavy thud - a whole lot of reading material for a mere $1.25. In addition to a newspaper packed with news, and the Lake Placid Placid Film Festival preview guidebook, there was a special section celebrating 125 years of our sister newspaper, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. The Oct. 17 issue of the Enterprise landed with a similar heavy thud, as it was packed as well.

This 125th publication is hefty: 32 broadsheet pages long, broken into two 16-page sections. And it's loaded with stories about publishers, pressmen, editors, photographers, reporters, missing archives, old front pages, staff photos old and new, Olympics and other sports, columnists and other characters - and most importantly, readers.

For Enterprise subscribers who read the digital replica edition through the All Access site, the 125th section was published with the Oct. 18 paper.

The Enterprise is not posting these articles on our website for free access. We think it's more than worth the dollar bill we charge.

In case you didn't get a print copy, or in case you want more, we have extras at the Enterprise office. Just call us at 518-891-2600, or stop by the office at 54 Broadway, Saranac Lake, and our staff will happily sell you the Oct. 17 paper, anniversary section and all.

This paper's actual birthday isn't until Feb. 21, 2020, marking 125 years since the first issue of the Adirondack Enterprise was published in Saranac Lake - then a weekly paper owned by Carl Smith and Charles Lansing. The Enterprise do something then, too. But the paper had already scheduled this special section earlier this year when it was thought the Enterprise had been launched in 1894 - long story - so the timetable wasn't changed. After all, it is the paper's 125th year.

Set it on your coffee table or somewhere else at arm's length, and read it bit by bit over time.

Last, and most importantly - thank you for reading the Enterprise and Lake Placid News (now 114 years old). Thank you for supporting local journalism and keeping the Adirondacks from being a news desert - especially since there's so much news to cover here. Thank you, local businesses, for advertising. Thank you to all our loyal subscribers. Thank you to all those who engage with the community by taking out classified ads and writing letters to the editor. Thanks to all the people who have worked at our newspapers. All of you, and generations before you, have kept these newspapers going for more than 100 years - and we're not going anywhere.

If you are not a subscriber or advertiser, please become one. Call us at 518-891-2600, and we'll set you up.



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