The Behan Blog

What caught our eye - 8/17/19

August 17, 2019

Could the cure for Ebola come from Upstate New York? Plus, the little engine that inspired an Adirondack cultural gem, get naked in a cave and other guilty summer pleasures, the tourists who did not hear about the long, hot summer in Europe, and who the heck has time to read this thing? It’s all in this week’s What Caught Our Eye.

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Different Name, Same Great Experience

August 15, 2019

In 1904, when William West Durant built the shortest standard-gauge rail line in the world to carry customers from remote Raquette Lake to the hotels around Blue Mountain Lake, he did more than launch the modern Adirondack tourism industry. He inspired the founder of one of its greatest cultural institutions.

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What caught our eye - 8/10/19

August 10, 2019

Meet the kindergarten climber, the gregarious hermit, the Saratoga artist who paints with a camera. Plus: America’s coolest small towns, the hottest residential real estate market in the region, and Hizzoner throws heat. It’s all in The Week: What Caught Our Eye.

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Noah John Rondeau: The Famous Hermit of the Adirondacks

August 9, 2019

You know Thoreau, of course. But what about Noah John Rondeau, the Adirondacks’ most famous hermit? Though, like Thoreau, he sought solitude, he enjoyed company on cold Adirondack nights. It’s said that all who stumbled upon his backwoods city of one were welcome – all except the state game warden. Noah fought the law … and, well, you’ll just have to read Pat Gormley account of what happened next in this week’s The Adirondacks You Don’t Know.

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What caught our eye - 8/3/19

August 3, 2019

International talents slip into Saratoga Springs, a spectacular farm garden venue beckons, the Adirondacker who won the World Series, the dish on food delivery, and what the heck just hopped off your pizza? It’s all in This Week’s What Caught Our Eye.

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Johnny Podres: Witherbee’s Hometown Hero

August 1, 2019

What does the rest of world know of the Adirondacks? Natural beauty, of course. Natural resources, sure. And sports. The 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid form the best-known part of the region’s sports tradition, but there’s more … from boxing’s Gene Tunney to golf’s Craig Wood and Alistair Mackenzie to baseball’s Johnny Podres.

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