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Part of the Barry Collection photos on display at Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society in the old Lake Placid train station.  The exhibit will be up through early October.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Part of the Barry Collection photos on display at Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society in the old Lake Placid train station. The exhibit will be up through early October. Photo: Todd Moe

A new look at old photos in Lake Placid

Historians in Lake Placid are asking for the public's help in identifying hundreds of old photographs on display this summer. The photos are just a fraction of the thousands of images on glass plate negatives that were rescued by Dr. George Hart from destruction in the 1970's. Now known as the Barry Collection, the glass plates depict life in the Adirondacks: sports, families, recreation and wildlife. The photos date back to the late 19th and early 20th century. Todd Moe toured the exhibit at the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society with Parmelee Tolkan, vice president of the Historical Society.  Go to full article
Composer Glenn McClure.  Photo: McClure Productions, Inc.
Composer Glenn McClure. Photo: McClure Productions, Inc.

Hearing historic voices of freedom, again, through song

New music will be performed tonight and tomorrow in Saranac Lake and North Elba as part of the John Brown Day events. Voices of Timbuctoo is a new work based on the Adirondack settlement of Black farmers in the mid-1800's designed to secure voting rights. Abolitionist Gerrit Smith gave away 120,000 acres of his land, beginning in 1846, hoping the Adirondack wilderness would offer refuge to black families.

Voices of Timbuctoo, is an oratorio written by western New York composer Glenn McClure. It's part of what he calls a Musical Freedom Trail. Some of his other works written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have been performed in Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and later this month in Rochester.

McClure says his research for the oratorio included reading through diaries, letters and documents featuring the words of Gerrit Smith, John Brown, and the individuals who worked on the land that Smith had provided. McClure told Todd Moe that these texts illustrate hope and promise.  Go to full article
Parmelee Tolkan's <i>Caged Bird</i> is part of the new exhibit,  <i>The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present</i>, on display at the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 12.  Photo: LPCA
Parmelee Tolkan's Caged Bird is part of the new exhibit, The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present, on display at the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 12. Photo: LPCA

How old photos inspired new Adirondack art

More than two-dozen glass plate negatives from a century ago have been re-imagined by a group of Adirondack artists in a new exhibit at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The show, The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present, is a collaboration with The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. The two organizations asked thirty modern artists to search through the images, choose one and recreate it.

More than 8,000 glass plate negatives were rescued by Dr. George Hart from destruction in the 1970s. Now known as the Barry Collection, the glass plates depict life in the Adirondacks: sports, families and wildlife. The collection was gifted to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, where it has remained until this show. Now the LPCA is passing it along for safe keeping to the Historical Society.

Todd Moe toured the exhibit with James Lemons, executive director of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and Parmelee Tolkan, one of the artists in the show who is also vice president of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. Tolkan says part of the goal of the exhibit is to introduce the antique images to the public.  Go to full article
A boathouse under construction on Lake Placid. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A boathouse under construction on Lake Placid. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Court decision could give boathouse zoning to state

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division is a step closer to ruling on a case involving a Lake Placid family targeted for building a pair of boathouses without permits from the town of North Elba.

Attorneys for the town, the Grimditch family and a pair of neighboring property owners appeared in Albany last week before a panel of five judges. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
The Spiegel house, June 6, 2011. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
The Spiegel house, June 6, 2011. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Lake Placid house demolition caught in continuing dispute

The Adirondack Park Agency is looking for closure 10 months after a judge ordered a half-built, 10,000-square foot mansion in Lake Placid demolished. The boarded-up structure, owned by Arthur and Margaret Spiegel, still stands.

Now the APA has filed a motion to find the Spiegels in contempt of court for failing to tear the building down but the Spiegels said they can't get the necessary demolition permits from the town.

As Chris Knight reports, this is just the latest chapter in what's been a six-year legal battle.  Go to full article

Village considers an upgrade: City of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake is overlaid by five jurisdictions: three towns as well as Franklin and Essex counties. Village leaders say that's a burden on taxpayers, and can hamper planning and policy for Saranac Lake. A committee has been looking for options to simplify the complicated municipal boundaries. One alternative is to seek "city" status from the state legislature. But there are a number of principal players, and some conflicting interests.
Martha Foley talked with Chris Knight, who's been following the story for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, about the effort.  Go to full article
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg

Fight to save "sacred ground" of John Brown's farm and burial site

Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years.  Go to full article

Supervisors fall in Essex County

Off-season elections like the one held yesterday can often be snoozers, but Tuesday's vote brought a cascade of upsets and close calls in the Adirondacks. In Essex County, four town supervisors were voted out of office, including veterans Shirley Seney from North Elba and Jeannie Ashworth from Wilmington. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

North Elba supervisor candidates debate

Voters in the Lake Placid area will choose one of two veterans of local politics when they cast ballots for North Elba Supervisor on Tuesday. Republican Shirley Seney, a 12-year incumbent is being challenged by Independent Robi Politi, a former town board member and former mayor of Lake Placid. The two met at a candidate forum earlier this week at the Lake Placid Hilton. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

North Elba Town Supervisor Re-elected

Voters in North Elba re-elected town supervisor Shirley Seney yesterday. Seney faced a tough challenge from town board member Sally Warner. The race was bitter at times, with both sides running attack ads.  Go to full article

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