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Thanksgiving meals provided by the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Lake Placid are distributed throughout Essex County. Here, Sue Cutting of Cornell Cooperative Extension, left, Krista Berger of Essex County's Women Infant and Children, or WIC, program, center, and Samantha Davis, also of WIC, get ready to take a van full of meals to families in need. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise photo -- Chris Morris)<br />
Thanksgiving meals provided by the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Lake Placid are distributed throughout Essex County. Here, Sue Cutting of Cornell Cooperative Extension, left, Krista Berger of Essex County's Women Infant and Children, or WIC, program, center, and Samantha Davis, also of WIC, get ready to take a van full of meals to families in need. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise photo -- Chris Morris)

Volunteers distribute Thanksgiving meals at Lake Placid food pantry

Dozens of volunteers gathered in Lake Placid earlier this week to help pack, deliver and dispense Thanksgiving meals at the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

The food pantry, which operates out of the basement of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, provided roughly 300 boxes that included a turkey and other traditional fixings to families in need this year.  Go to full article
Former Congressman David Martin (left) with Matt Doheny in 2010

North Country remembers David O'Brien Martin

Former North Country Congressman David O'Brien Martin died Tuesday night at age 68. The O'Leary Funeral Home in Canton says Martin was at his home in West Virginia under the care of hospice. The cause of his death was not released.

Jan Plumadore of Saranac Lake is a retired state Supreme Court justice. Martin was still in high school in Canton when Plumadore, who went to St. Lawrence University, was introduced to his family.  Go to full article
Sharon Bastille ("Mom") presents a pie. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Serving up meatloaf, pie and community at Mom's Schoolhouse Diner

At its best, Thanksgiving is about food, family, and community--and Sharon Bastille, better known around her West Potsdam stomping ground as "Mom", has built her business around all those things.

Bastille and her husband, who's a carpenter, own Mom's Schoolhouse Diner, located in a former one-room schoolhouse. Mom's is a '50s diner, where the staff wears red and white checked circle skirts under their aprons.

Bastille has had Mom's for about a decade, after a couple decades spent at home with her kids. She tries to make the diner as much like home as possible by knowing customers' names, likes and dislikes, for example. Though Mom's is a business, Bastille doesn't think of herself as a businesswoman. She told Nora Flaherty she doesn't make a living from the diner. But as long as it breaks even, her priority is creating a nice place for people in the community to come together.  Go to full article
Photo: Joanna Richards

Falconry pairs humans and birds in hunting

Falconry, the sport of hunting with birds of prey, is ancient: its history goes back thousands of years. It was once used as a way to catch small prey, like rabbits and...  Go to full article
Barbara, Sally, Peggy and Kay gathered in 2010 to share stories.

Four friends share Thanksgiving memories

As families and friends gather for Thanksgiving meals this week, food and stories will be shared around the dinner table. Friday is the fifth annual National Day of...  Go to full article
Burl on a sequoia tree. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/hickstro/">Troy Hicks</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Natural Selections: Burl wood

Burl wood, the knobs of complex grain that some trees form, is prized by woodworkers for its beauty and utility. What causes wood grain to deviate from the straight and...  Go to full article