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The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake

Hidden History: A Visit to the Bartok Cabin

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and his wife, Ditta, spent three summers in the Adirondacks in the mid 1940's. During their visits to Saranac Lake he composed two masterpieces and made friends with many local residents. The summer cottage used by the Bartoks has been restored and is open to the public. Todd Moe took a tour of the humble cabin hidden on a hillside.  Go to full article

NYS Firefighters Head West

New York state sent a crew west yesterday to help fight wildfires in Montana. Half of the 20 person team is made up of fire experts based in the north country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

"Cloudy Water" Investigated on Lake George

Scientists on Lake George are investigating an enormous patch of discolored water that's been spotted in the northern end of the lake. Experts say the slick could be an algae bloom, or sediment flushed into the lake. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Dark "freckles" southeast of Jupiter's Red Spot are stupendous impact craters from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Looking Up with Astronomer Dave Levy

David Levy has discovered 21 comets--8 from his own backyard. He's managed to turn a childhood fascination with science and the night-sky into a career as an author,...  Go to full article
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen

New Book Offers Glimpse Into Old Forge's History

In the late 1890's Moses Cohen arrived in the west central Adirondacks with a peddler's pack, and in 1900 opened a hardware store in Old Forge at the foot of the Fulton Chain...  Go to full article

Despite Ugly Weather, Few Ironman Injuries

Sunday's Lake Placid Ironman played out against a backdrop of windstorms and heavy rains. But the punishing weather may have actually cut the number of athletes injured...  Go to full article

A Local Guide to Pasture-Raised Meat

Meat lovers are increasingly looking to pasture-raised beef, lamb, and chicken as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to commercial feed lot meats. The Adirondack...  Go to full article
Woodcarver Carl Borst works on his raccoon in the window of Goody Goody's in Saranac Lake

For the Love of Wood: Adirondack Carousel's Creatures Come to Life

Work is underway on a menagerie of wooden figures that will be displayed in the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake. Organizers say the carousel building, still in the...  Go to full article

Commentary: Returning to the North Country

Phil Kokotailo moved from a small town in the North Country to a suburb of Cleveland seven years ago. He teaches high school English there. But after school is out, he...  Go to full article

Cycling For Trees

Arborists and tree care specialists began riding yesterday in the 12th annual Tour des Trees, sponsored by the International Society of Arboriculture. This year's route is...  Go to full article

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