Monday, October 5, 2015

World War Two: Wartime in the Adirondacks

GE-M1RocketLauncherIn August 1939, tanks began rolling toward the border. That short sentence should call to mind the beginnings of World War II, as German tanks headed for Poland. The very same thing was happening here at the very same time: tanks preparing for war were rolling towards New York’s border in August 1939. It was the 66th Infantry’s tank battalion out of Fort Devens, Massachusetts, crossing the Crown Point Bridge from Vermont to Port Henry and heading north to the Plattsburgh area for war maneuvers. Included were more than a hundred trucks and motorcycles and thirty-seven tanks. » Continue Reading.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Art in the Adirondacks This Week (Oct 5)

AITA_NewsletterHeaderHere is a sampling of interesting art events in the Adirondacks this week. » Continue Reading.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital Film Premieres Oct 10

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital“Hotel Hope”, a new film about the history of Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac Lake, where tuberculosis victims from the entertainment industry came for treatment, will premiere on Saturday at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Historic Saranac Lake contracted with Jim Griebsch to produce the documentary. Will Rogers Memorial Hospital historian Leslie Hoffman and Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum, both provided research assistance.  The film features archival footage and contemporary interviews with former patients and employees of the hospital. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

12 Short Hikes Near Keene Valley

Keene Valley coverKeene Valley was, the first time I saw it, jaw-droppingly astounding. All those peaks and ridges, jagged, monumental, stretching high into the sky, more and more dramatic as we drove up from the south.

It was a beautiful day, many years ago, and a friend and I had a vague idea about scaling a mountain or two. Maybe we’d go over The Brothers to Big Slide and down.

Well, we hiked and climbed a long way, but we were greenhorns, rather unprepared, and we never made it all the way around. One of us injured a leg; the other had an unfortunate encounter with a toxic plant. We had to turn around and go back the way we came. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Lessons Learned On A First High Peak Hike At 72

summit signIn the July/August issue of Adirondack Explorer, I read the article “Soaking in the scenery” about hiking the Great Range in a day. I hadn’t climbed any mountain in the Adirondacks, and I figured that, even though I knew that I couldn’t come close to what those hikers were able to do, I was a 72-year-old guy in good health who should be able to climb Whiteface Mountain in a day. » Continue Reading.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cuomo Nominates Basil Seggos To Head DEC

seggosGovernor Andrew Cuomo has nominated one his top advisers, Basil Seggos, to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Seggos joined Cuomo’s administration in 2012. He has served as the governor’s deputy secretary for the environment since 2013.

If approved by the legislature, Seggos will replace Joe Martens, who resigned the post this summer. Marc Gerstman, who has been filling in as acting commissioner, will continue as executive deputy commissioner.

John Sheehan, a spokesman for the Adirondack Council, said his organization is pleased with Cuomo’s choice. “He cares about the environment, and he cares about communities,” he said.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights

Friday, October 2, 2015

FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair Set For Saturday

AdirondackMuseum-FallFest_Oct3_CircleBWagonRidesRight on time for the Fall Foliage season, the annual FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair in Blue Mountain Lake will feature fiber arts demonstrations, a vendor fair, and family activities from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Adirondack Museum.

Museum admission is free for year-round Adirondack Park residents beginning  Thursday, through the museum’s last day of the season, Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day), including for the FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair. » Continue Reading.

Friday, October 2, 2015

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Marshall McLean, Ardent Conservationist

Marshall McLeanPay a visit to the Adirondack Research Library (ARL, operated by Union College’s Kelly Adirondack Center) sometime. The Library is located at the former home of wilderness champion Paul Schaefer, where he and Carolyn Schaefer raised their family beginning in 1934. Reading in that library offers me a healthy reminder of the tight rope walked by former defenders of “forever wild.” When it came to standing up for wild country, our predecessors were often up against a wall, just as we sometimes feel today.

I recently visited the ARL to reacquaint myself with the federal government’s 1942 condemnation of a 100-ft Right of Way “for the rail transportation of strategic materials vital to the successful prosecution of the War” from the soon-to be built mine at Tahawus, Newcomb. In the ARL archives, the name Marshall McLean frequently crops up. He was the attorney representing the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks in court in 1942-43. » Continue Reading.

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