March 16, 2014

New book reveals Adirondack stories

TUPPER LAKE — William C. “Wild Bill” Frenette not only seemed to hike, ski or canoe every square foot of the Adirondacks, he also wrote a newspaper column for a decade, capturing many of the North Country’s most intriguing stories.

A full collection of his columns has been published, making more than 150 Adirondack stories available to the public.

Named after Frenette’s column in the Tupper Lake Free Press, the newly published “Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals” includes all of the columns in their originally published state.

Those columns tell stories that collectively define much of the heritage of the Tupper Lake region, North Country and Adirondacks, a press release states. Some of the stories offer unique insights into long-forgotten history, while others focus on issues that are just as relevant today as when they were written.

Frenette has been described as an obsessive, intrepid outdoorsman who famously interpreted every “No trespassing” sign as an invitation to explore and investigate, the release says. He was an avid Adirondack enthusiast and his stories reflect his affection for the region and his own adventurous nature.

“Bill was a legend,” Howard Fish, former publisher of the magazine Adirondack Life wrote. “So many people think of the adventurer raconteur as a lost treasure of the 19th century Adirondacks, and then you met Bill, and here was a living breathing Adirondacker, ready to take you off down another steep trail or twisting stream. He could be talking to you or walking with you, and at times it could look like a trip to nowhere. But magically it always turned out to be a journey to somewhere special.”

The subjects of the stories vary from defiant mountaintops to hidden streams, from bold adventurers to brazen schemers, according to the release.

TO BUY THE BOOK "Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals" is available for sale at The Wild Center and The Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, both in Tupper Lake, as well as Wholesale distributors, bookstores, libraries and academic institutions can order through the Reseller Direct Program at or local book distributors.

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