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Adirondack Life

July/August 2019

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SWEET MEMORIES I especially enjoyed the look-back at “General Stories” on the back page of the June 2019 issue. Floyd’s Mall is no longer operating, but the ancient, oversize, creaking building remains in Stony Creek Center as a reminder. The ghost of earlier owner Beecher Glassbrook roams the interior—the same Glassbrook who, with wire-rimmed spectacles, presided behind glass-covered cabinets where we would press our noses, eyeing chocolate delights and licorice in the 1930s! And it still has the old circular saw tacked up on the outside wall—no doubt the one used by Floyd Winslow’s ancestor Schuyler Winslow, who cut pine paneling for me in his one-man sawmill about 65 years ago at eight cents a foot and no tax, thank you. The Winslows are all lifers there. Floyd’s wife, Mary, danced at…

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behind the music

Recently, a historian friend known for sleuthing regional nuggets found the albumOld Time and Jugband Music by a group called Cranberry Lake. She sent it to me with a note that said, “I think you need this LP.” The 42-year-old vinyl was in mint condition. Red paint was splattered on the jacket, but hadn’t compromised the hand-drawn cover or, on back, a black-and-white photograph of the band. In goofy poses, six smiling musicians, a jug near their feet, hold their respective instruments—fiddle, mandolin, washtub bass, kazoo, guitar, washboard. Beside the photo it says that “Cranberry Lake first got together in the summer of 1972 at a college biological station at Cranberry Lake in the Adirondack mountains.… We try hard to know where the music comes from and feel like we’re a…

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northern lights

With a Little Help from Friends The Hurricane Mountain fire tower recently got a facelift in advance of its hundredth birthday in 2019. Working with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Friends of Hurricane Mountain repainted the tower; installed new stairs, flooring and roof; and hired a summit steward to educate hikers in the summer months. Decommissioned in 1973, the High Peaks Wilderness sentry was slated to be removed in accordance with the State Land Master Plan. But efforts to spare the structure—including having it named to the National Register of Historic Places, in 2007—led the state to reclassify a quarter-acre around the tower’s base as historic, in 2010. Climbing the reopened tower adds another 35 feet to this popular 3,678-foot-elevation hike. You can also pay tribute to the historic structure at its…

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the long view

Growing up among the woods and waters of Long Lake, the Hosley brothers’ heads always swirled with notions of worldly adventures. With locally famous parents—Lorrie and John Hosley, owners of Hoss’s Country Corner—who were unafraid of a bit of rolled-sleeves derring-do, the boys were steeped in a kind of fearlessness. Now men who have indeed been around the world, Matt and Nate Hosley have decided to dial it down a notch, reconnect with their roots and return home to raise families, care for aging parents and pump new life into the century-old Long View Lodge just outside of Long Lake. Along with their older brother, Trip, and a fourth partner, executive chef Ben Paula, who was Nate’s roommate in college, the Hosleys are coming off a 14-year run overseeing a mini–hospitality…

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on weller pond

We had two 13-year-olds and a 12-year-old with us, so the kind of undisturbed vistas provided by Weller Pond were not matched by the company. But who cares anyway? We ate beef jerky on the ride up and the kids argued with each other in the back of the truck, and when we got to camp we all laughed about the gas-station bathroom in Watertown that smelled like the insides of a dead cow. Not every trip has to be about aching silence and introspection. A family friend invited us and said this campsite was the best in the Adirondacks, tucked way back in the corner of the pond connected to Middle Saranac Lake. We came in motley, one boy and I crossing Middle Saranac and Hungry Bay in a canoe,…