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As we write, the temperature in Saranac Lake, New York is a balmy eleven degrees below zero F – windchill of minus twenty-six. But those small challenges won’t stop hearty locals and visitors to town from celebrating the annual Winter Carnival. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival dates back to the late 1800’s and began as […]

There is Bonhomme, there are the parades, sports, pageants and music. But what about the foods of the Carnival in Quebec. What we have found speaks of Beavertails and Poutine, but one does not have to go to the Carnival or even Quebec to find those foods. This week was Poutine Week in Montreal and […]

It’s touted as the “world’s biggest winter carnival.” That designation might be disputed in some quarters but what cannot be argued is that the Quebec Winter Carnival is unique – in a category by itself. Some of it is attributable to climate, some to culture, some to tradition. Fact is that this event which was […]

Poor Toronto Maple Leaf fans. It’s been a terrible year. The Stanley Cup drought is up to 48 years. And now, one of the highlight moments in Leaf history is under attack. Wally Stanowski, a member of the Leafs in 1947, insists teammate Howie Meeker’s famous five-goal game was a work of fiction, and others […]

Sorry to hear of the tough health issues challenging Stan Mikita. He is truly one of hockey’s treasures. It was not always that way. Early in his career he was one the game’s most talented be reviled players – one most readily thought of for his chippiness. He often drew over 100 PIM per season […]

It’s a busy weekend. There’s excitement in the air for an event that many point to as the high point of their year. There’s a lot to think about and worry about. There’s the throngs of visitors, the logistics of the event, the weather, the media and more. And , let’s not forget about the […]

The sale signs are up. The noise has started. What used to be Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday then became Presidents’ Week – now it is President’s Month. In reality, how many Presidential Birthdays actually take place in February ? Stay tuned in future postings for the answer. In the meantime, if we are truly […]

Curling is cool in the Borough where a tree grows and where the Dodgers once called home. A great video courtesy of the Globe and Mail. This article was first published on

“Martin Brodeur is a New York icon who belongs in the same company as Jeter and Seaver, Clyde and Broadway Joe, L. T. and Jackie Robinson and the Babe….” So writes George Vecsey in a brilliant New York Times piece headlined “Willie, Mickey and Brodeur”. “It doesn’t matter that he played in the fourth team […]

Maine has lobsters. There are the chilis of New Mexico, pecans in Georgia, salmon in Washington. What about Kansas ? In honor of Kansas, we share with you some places where on can find the regional foods Kansas is known for. This list comes courtesy of our friends at Kansas Travel. This article was first […]

It was on January 29, 1861 that Kansas was admitted to the Union of United States. Kansas Day is a holiday in the state of Kansas. As an annual celebration of Kansas’ statehood, Kansas Day is fairly unique among all the other states. The day is fondly remembered by adults who grew up in Kansas […]

Three different articles – unrelated in today’s paper. But together they provide pause for thought. The first article was about the memorabilia stacked up in the Time Square office of Joe Franklin, the radio and TV personality who died last week. Filed in a manner that only Mr. Franklin could understand, the piles included materials […]

We soon will be returning to our Journeys into Hockey podcasts, and will then have much more on the subject. But for now we wanted to pay a nod to the interesting story in the movie Red Army. The documentary movie, directed, produced, and written by Gabe Polsky, Executive Produced by Jerry Weintraub and Werner […]

It’s only been around since 1979, but the Winterlude/Bal de Neige has become a fixture in Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec that celebrates winter. At the same time, it has become one of North America’s top winter events. It is now one of Ottawa’s most important tourist draws, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. […]

Jerome David Kern, one of the great composers of musical theatre and popular music, was born on January 27, 1885. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as “Ol’ Man River”, “Can’t Help Lovin’ […]

Was sad to read that they no longer stage the Polar Ice Cap Golf Tournament in Michigan. For those old enough to remember, the winter of 1976-77 was an especially harsh one. By mid-February 1977 it seems many Ottawa County, Michigan residents were experiencing cabin fever. In passing it was suggested that a “golf game […]

It was a small intimate thing when first started by some folklorists in 1985. But now these many years later the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada is a cornerstone event. It showcases poets, musicians, musical groups, and plays of cowboy poetry at various venues around the town. The inaugural year featured 40 poets, […]

In 1885, a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul was, “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation” in winter. Offended by this attack on their city, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove not only that Saint Paul was habitable but that its citizens were very much alive during winter, their most dominant […]

The Canadian Institute of Planners held its annual “great places in Canada” competition in the fall and culled the list to 10 special communities, including such famous neighbourhoods as St. Boniface in Winnipeg and the Quartier Petit Champlain in Quebec City. When the public voted, London’s Old East Village won the people’s choice, but the […]

Toller Cranston, a larger-than-life star on and off the ice who helped revolutionize figure skating, died at his home in Mexico from an apparent heart attack, a Skate Canada spokesperson said on January 24. He was 65. Cranston, a six-time Canadian senior men’s champion who won bronze at the 1974 world championships and 1976 Olympics, […]

On the day of the Super Bowl, longtime New York radio personality Jonathan Schwartz airs what he describes his “Salute to Baseball”. You might be able to catch next Sunday on WNYC-FM or My variation in such counter-programming can be found below. This week the NHL is staging its annual All-Star Game, this year […]

One of a kind, a legend, broadcast pioneer are but three ways to describe Joe Franklin who died on January 24 at the age of 88. Wikipedia would describe him as an American radio and television host personality. There is so much more. Joe Franklin is believed to have created the television talk-and-variety show format […]

You won’t see this touted by Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray. But thanks to Laura Brehaut ,Online Editor, Special Projects for Postmedia Network’s Lifestyle channel, we get to see how to cook up a dish of haggis. To those unfamiliar, Haggis is a pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, […]

Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music. That body of work, at least the best […]

To many change can be hard. One can only imagine how amped up the discussions and the emotions are in Charleston, South Carolina. This New York Times article describes “days of bum notes and dissonance in historic Charleston, which is enjoying a robust economy and one of the most transformative regional population booms since the […]

Ernie Banks, described by many as the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century and an unconquerable optimist whose sunny disposition never dimmed in 19 seasons with the perennially stumbling Chicago Cubs, died Friday. He was 83. His death was announced on Major League Baseball’s website, which did not give a cause. “It’s a beautiful […]

When one listened to Bob Wilson, they heard an impressive baritone voice – someone providing clear and accurate play-by-play, helping listeners see the flow of the game over the radio – even this then teenager in New Jersey, though understandably too much from a pro-Boston perspective for this Montreal fanatic. Bob Wilson, longtime voice of […]

Ervin Drake, composer of songs like, “It Was A Very Good Year” and “A Room Without Windows” died on January 15. He was age 95. According to an obituary in The New York Times, Drake wrote lyrics and music, produced television programs and was president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers. Writing English […]

J.P. Parise, a standout for the New York Islanders and old Minnesota North Stars, died Wednesday night after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 73. Parise was a two-time NHL All-Star for the North Stars and a key player for Team Canada in the “Summit Series” against the Soviet Union in 1972. In […]

We’re partial to the Golden Age of Baseball – Holiday and Sunday Doubleheaders, World Series played during early autumn and in the daylight, Mantle, Mays, Kaline, Yaz, Koulfax, Gibson, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Red Barber – and a time before performance enhancing drugs. That having been said, as we read of this year’s Hall of […]

Like many, news of Mario Cuomo’s passing impacted me. First, I thought, where has all the time gone ? It seems like only yesterday when Gov. Cuomo was impressing us with his speeches or frustrating us with his seeming indecision (remember the plane waiting on the runway – destination New Hampshire?). But once I paid […]

Their obituaries appeared in the same day's newspaper. They were two different people, were associated with different worlds, and probably never met. But from this perspective the simultaneous coverage was more than coincidental. In a personal way, the passings of Bess Myerson and Allie Sherman were very much connected. Bess Myerson (July 16, 1924 – […]

Wishing you and those dear to you all the best for the 2015. May we make the most of the good times, and may we have strength and courage to meet the challenges that will come our way. This article was first published on