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The Revival in Wells, above, used to be the Wells Baptist Church. Now it’s a musical and cultural center. (Photo submitted)

Cultural Revival

WELLS — In this hamlet, “revival” has a double meaning. When Pam and Len Broiles bought the dilapidated former Wells Baptist Church, they aimed to restore a historic building and also put new life into it. The 1845 church had its share of old-time revival meetings. It saw its last ...

Erik Blom on deck 
of a ship. (Photo submitted)

Risky Mission

GLOVERSVILLE — Disasters don’t always happen in easily accessible and comfortable places. On April 24, former city resident Erik Blom and six other members of the 103rd Squadron of the Air National Guard had to parachute from a C130 cargo plane into the 63-degree mid-Atlantic with 10-foot ...

Gabrielle Tebo, above, is a national equine competitor. (Photo submitted)

Equine Competitor

WELLS — Nineteen-year-old Gabrielle Tebo never had formal training in horsemanship. “I did my own thing,” said Tebo, who got her first pony at 12 and now has two horses. “I always liked horses since I was a little kid,” she said. Still, with her as a team member, a Cazenovia ...

In the bedroom area of Historic Saranac Lake's new "Roaring Twenties" exhibit, a life-size image of a 1920s paper doll stands next to a display on womenÕs underwear of the decade. WomenÕs clothes of the decade reflected increased feminism and female sexuality as well as boyish figures being in vogue. (Enterprise photo Ñ Peter Crowley)

’20s hotel exhibit roars in at Saranac Laboratory Museum

SARANAC LAKE — You can ring the bell for service at the front desk, dance the Charleston in the ballroom, pose for a mugshot with gangster “Legs” Diamond in the speakeasy and peek at vintage underwear in the bedroom. You can also test your knowledge of Jazz Age slang and put stylish ...

Ranger searches & rescues

Recent missions carried out by DEC forest rangers for the week of May 22 through 28 include: Oneida County
 Oriskany
 Training: The New York state Incident Management Team is a Type 2 all-hazard incident management unit designed to assist command personnel and emergency managers with ...

Paddlers carry canoes through the Marion River Carry during the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic race. (Photo courtesy of Mike Lynch for Open Space Institute)

State buys Marion River Carry, resolves quaqmire

Special from the Adirondack Daily Express ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration celebrated the Adirondack Park’s 125th birthday by adding to it. Saturday was the 125th anniversary of when Gov. Roswell Flower signed an act establishing the Adirondack Park’s original Blue Line ...

Melody Blackmore, a Tupper Lake resident and guide with Adirondac Rafting Company, scans the Hudson River during a recent whitewater rafting trip Sunday, May 7. (Enterprise photo Ñ Justin A. Levine)

High-water adventure on the Hudson

INDIAN LAKE — With a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, most people weren’t thinking about swimming this past weekend. But I dragged myself out of bed early May 14, donned some long johns and drove to Indian Lake, where I was pretty much guaranteed to spend the day soaking wet. With a ...

David Kahn, executive director of the Adirondack Experience, lifts a plastic cover from a station wagon that will be part of the museumÕs upcoming ÒLife in the AdirondacksÓ permanent exhibit. Part of the exhibit shows how visitors have gotten to the Adirondacks over the years. (Enterprise photo/Antonio Olivero)

An Adirondack experience

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Last month, the Adirondack Museum rebranded as the Adirondack Experience, and now it’s racing to open a major new exhibit by July 1. Officials at the museum in Blue Mountain Lake hope the exhibit will help usher in an age of increased interactivity at the Adirondack ...

John Wheeler kneels next to the scale model version of Saranac LakeÕs old Riverside Inn that he spent seven months building. ÒRemember When?Ó an exhibit of WheelerÕs models of historic Saranac Lake buildings, opens today at the Saranac Laboratory Museum on Church Street. (Enterprise photo/Chris Knight)

Building a village, a tiny one

SARANAC LAKE — As the building superintendent for the Harrietstown Town Hall, John Wheeler is the custodian of one of the most historic buildings in the community. In his spare time, he’s bringing the past back to life by building scale models of the village’s gone, but not forgotten, ...

Forest ranger Capt. John Streiff, along with several retired rangers and their families, salutes the grave of Ranger James Ahern Sunday afternoon at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Sunday was the 100th anniversary of AhernÕs death, the first line of duty death for the forest rangers. (Enterprise photo/Justin A. Levine)

Remembering a fallen DEC ranger

SARANAC LAKE — The steady rain stopped just as a forest ranger honor guard started up the rocky path that runs through the middle of Pine Ridge Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The guard, complete with bagpiper, stood watch as a small crowd gathered on a stone-wall-dotted hillside to mark an ...

Michael Frenette and Chloe Mattilio pose April 20 with their in-progress reassembly of “Woodswoman,” author Anne LaBastille’s log cabin, inside the Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake. They previously disassembled the cabin from its original location at Twitchell Lake, near Big Moose. (Enterprise/Ben Gocker)

Cabin business

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — When the largest cultural history institution in the Adirondacks needs to deconstruct, move, then reconstruct what is perhaps the most famous cabin in the Blue Line, they call in a professional. Enter Michael Frenette. In what is likely to be the crowning object of ...

A state environmental conservation officer gives firearm and hunting safety training to a camper at DEC’s Camp Colby in Saranac Lake last summer. (Enterprise photo/Justin A. Levine)

Hunting safety on target

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has declared 2016 the safest year on record for hunters, and both the state and a local hunting safety educator credit DEC’s mandatory hunting safety classes for the continued drop in incidents. The state estimates there are half ...

Gloversville Senior Center volunteer Mackinly DiScioscia organizes items at the Golden Corners thrift spot at the center on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

A Golden Corner

GLOVERSVILLE — The Senior Center of Gloversville and Fulton County’s Golden Corner’s thrift stop is humming along as a source of revenue for the agency and a place to get gifts or needed items for seniors in the community. Sitting to the left of the entrance, the corner of the building ...

Members of the band Flame are shown. (Photo submitted)

Headed for Italy

 GLOVERSVILLE — Flame, Lexington Center’s rock band, will be a featured act at the 19th International Festival of Different Abilities in Carpi, Italy, at the Teatro Comunale, a mid-19th century neoclassical theater, on May 30. “This is their first time in Italy,” said Maria Nestle, ...

Alida Scott changes the diaper of her son, Anthony, at No Bottom Left Behind in Johnstown last October. The organization is looking for donations to keep its supply of diapers and baby products available. (The Leader-Herald/Patricia Older)

Helping the Bottom Line

JOHNSTOWN — Victoria Yusko was a 20-year-old single mom struggling to afford diapers for her infant son. “It was demoralizing,” said Yusko. “My experiences with diaper needs 26 years ago were similar to the issues still plaguing low-income families today. Nationally, one in three ...

Rob Carr of Saranac Lake was inspired by his 2-and-a-half year old son Tennessee to bring a mobile play center and permanent childrenÕs museum to the Adirondacks. (The Adirondack Daily Enterprise/Antonio Olivero)

Child’s play: Toddler inspires dad to start children’s museum

By ANTONIO OLIVERO The Adirondack Daily Enterprise SARANAC LAKE — When Tennessee Carr made his first visit to The Wild Center, his museum manners lacked a bit. Rather than stop one by one at each of the natural history exhibits, he ran from one end of the museum to the other. Tennessee ...

Members of the KidWind projects at Lake Pleasant Central School District in Speculator are, from left, Jeremiah Pierce (lying down) and Joshua Griffith and Daniel Johnson (squatting). Standing, from left: Alex Shepherd, Morgan Lane, Willa Perkins, Alexis Brooks, Madeline Braunius and Sarah Smith. (Photo submitted)

Students advance to nationals

SPECULATOR — Students in the tiny Lake Pleasant Central School District have proven that size doesn’t matter when it comes to ingenuity and achievement. Eighth- and ninth-grade students are moving on to national competition in the KidWind Challenge in Anaheim, Calif., May 24 to 25 with a ...

Paul Reuter (Photo submitted)

Area musher hopes to finish Iditarod

BLOOMINGDALE — Peter Reuter of Bloomingdale is still on the Iditarod trail. The part-time resident of Bloomingdale is competing in the nearly 1,000-mile sled dog race across the interior of Alaska for the first time. He reached his last checkpoint at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday in the village of ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant for rail trail connection

SARANAC LAKE — The village is seeking more grant money to make a connection to the state’s proposed rail trail. Meanwhile, the state is holding off on seeking contractors to remove the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid because of a court-issued stay. Funds for ...

Pictured from left are Cashton Dalmata, Maddy Kraemer, Andrew Ramirez and Malania Sepanara working on a barn quilt as part of a class project at Glebe Street Elementary. (Photo submitted)

Making a lasting impression

JOHNSTOWN — Every morning, Carly Smritic, a Glebe Street Elementary School second-grader, wakes up to something creative. “I live next to a barn quilt,” she said. “When you wake up, you can see it every day.” She is one of 22 second- and third-graders who are involved in painting ...