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Greeting the new year of 1939

January 10, 2015 (Information from the 1938/1939 Police Blotter) --- The accompanying illustration is from my carefully filed collection of memorabilia as found in a cardboard box in the cellar. more »»

Eight-car pile up in Gabriels, 1967

January 3, 2015 It was Saturday, Feb. 10, and Don Tucker was driving his family to the Winter Carnival parade in Saranac Lake. more »»

Don’t we love to talk about the weather?

December 27, 2014 The old farmers would love to see that we have a weather channel on television that reports on nothing except weather. more »»

Christmas news from the Enterprise, Dec. 18, 1967

December 20, 2014 Right there on Page 1 was a story about Mose H. Ginsberg of Tupper Lake, who had donated $100 to the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. more »»

The SLPD blotter from December 1938

December 13, 2014 Here is what was happening a mere 76 years ago in Saranac Lake. more »»

Various hunting tales — some odd

December 6, 2014 Hunting season for deer in this region ends tomorrow, Dec. 7, but in 1909 the season ended about the third week of November; the season opened in September. more »»

Deer hunting in the old days

November 29, 2014 I believe the following story about deer hunting in the Adirondacks should be of great interest to local hunters. The hunting season here in the Adirondacks ends on Dec. 7. more »»

Big brawl in Bloomingdale

November 22, 2014 Not many people are around today who remember a rural America when small villages were self sustaining; Bloomingdale is a perfect example of what happened all over America just before that rural era... more »»

Another SLPD Pulitzer Prize winner

November 15, 2014 Maybe I shouldn’t say this every time I publish a column from the ancient tombs of the Saranac Lake Police Department…but when I spend years and years…while at least days and days… in research... more »»

The Journal of Saranac Lake of Lake Placid

November 8, 2014 The above title happens to be the logo of a tabloid size, 16-page newspaper founded and published in the 1970s by Fred Ellers and Bill McLaughli. more »»

Enterprise: Oct. 14, 1964

November 1, 2014 Dr. W. Warriner Woodruff, 66, of Saranac Lake died at Will Rogers Hospital on Oct. 13 after suffering a stroke. One could not grow up in this village and not know Dr. Woodruff. more »»

History of Lake Flower ownership

October 25, 2014 As usual, the information for this story was found deep in the archives of the Adirondack Room in the Saranac Lake Free Library. more »»

More about Homecoming Weekend

October 18, 2014 This space on Oct. 4 was filled with the story of a Saranac Lake Homecoming Weekend in 1959, organized by the Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber. more »»

The police blotters, October 1938

October 11, 2014 I’ll tell you, I can’t go downtown without someone asking me, “When are you going to run another story from the police blotters?” Well, here are some choice pieces from the mean streets of Saranac... more »»

Homecoming weekend, Sept. 26, 1959

October 4, 2014 What a great way to celebrate the opening of the Hotel Saranac in 2015 ... more »»

Hunting stories from 1927

September 27, 2014 Hunting season opens in the Northern Zone of the Adirondacks Oct. 25 and closes Dec. 7. There are different hunting seasons for bowhunting and muzzleloadin. more »»

A trip to Lake Placid — July 1, 1865

September 20, 2014 This story is continued from last week’s column, September 13, about 15-year-old Edward Clark Bridgman visiting Lake Placid on the above date, only four months after the end of the Civil War. more »»

History of Lake Placid’s Bennet Pond

September 13, 2014 What a find … a firsthand account of a visit to Lake Placid in July 1865 by a young fellow, age 15. That was only a few months after the Civil War ended in April 196. more »»

Continuing to climb Mount Marcy

September 6, 2014 Last week, Aug. 30, we ran this incredible account of the first ascent of Mount Marcy, the party arriving at the summit at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5, 1937. more »»

First ascent of Mt. Marcy

August 30, 2014 I spend a lot of time in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, where I turn up what I think are some of the gems of Saranac Lake and Adirondack history. more »»



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