Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Aviation History: North Country Airmarks

AMP1A AMPromoWe take navigation for granted today, what with Siri, GPS, radio communications, radar, and services like Google Maps. But imagine you were a pilot in upstate New York back in the 1920s, when aviation was first coming into its own. If you took to the air, as many citizens did, how would you avoid getting lost?

The answer quite often was — you probably wouldn’t, and with potentially fatal consequences. Many pilots died in crashes after running out of fuel while trying to find a destination. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fork to Fork Culinary Bike Tour Set For May 21st

fork to fork“Fork to Fork”, a 55-mile cycling event and culinary tour circling three scenic lakes and traveling through several Adirondack hamlets, will take place on May 21st.

Cyclist will travel from The Hub in Brant Lake (a tavern and bike shop), through Palisades Road, Beaver Pond, Valentine Pond, circling Schroon Lake and traveling through the hamlets of Adirondack, Schroon Lake, Pottersville, Loon Lake and Chestertown, and returning to The Hub. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Camp Santanoni: Past, Present, And Future

Santononi

Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, will give a presentation on Camp Santanoni: Past, Present and Future at the Lake George Community Garden Club on May 18th.

The Adirondack region of New York State is well known for a rustic style of architecture, best represented by a series of building complexes known as Great Camps. One of the largest of these is Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County Town.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Bauer: Checks And Balances Should Protect The Forest Preserve

DEC Headquarters in AlbanyWe’re moving into an era of one-agency rule in the Adirondack Park and that should be very troubling to everyone. For nearly 45 years, management of the public Forest Preserve has been based on checks and balances between the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The APA set management policy and the DEC administered the on-the-ground management of trails and other facilities. The APA created and updated the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, while DEC drafted individual Unit Management Plans (UMPs), which the APA reviewed for compliance. By and large this joint administration, which provided oversight, accountability, and public participation, worked well for the natural resource protection and public recreational use of the Forest Preserve.

All that is changing. There is little effective oversight by the APA and little accountability by the DEC. We’re in a new era of one-agency control. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Lake Placid Restaurant Week May 13-22

Eat-ADK-LogoLake Placid will host Eat ADK Restaurant Week from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 22. More than 20 restaurants will offer three-course dinners at fixed price points of either $15, $25, $35, or $55.

Participating restaurants include: Aki Sushi, Caffe Rustica, the Cottage, ‘Dack Shack, Dancing Bears, Delta Blue, Desperados, Fireside Steak House, Generations, Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood, the Interlaken, Lake Placid Club Boat House, Kanu at The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Liquids and Solids at The Handlebar, Lisa G’s, Nicola’s, Players, Redneck Bistro, Taste Bistro, Top of the Park, The View, WiseGuys, and Wyatt’s. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Exhibit On Explorer Floyd Bennett Opening In Ticonderoga

floyd bennettThe Ticonderoga Historical Society opens its third exhibit of the 2016 season this Friday, May 6, at 6:30 pm at the Hancock House. “From the Adirondacks to the Arctic” examines the life of local resident Floyd Bennett, who piloted Admiral Richard E. Byrd on his controversial and historic 1926 flight over the North Pole.

Also included in the exhibit is a broader discussion of local connections to exploration, including the USS Ticonderoga’s (CVS14) role in spacecraft recovery. The ship participated in the Apollo 16 and 17 and Skylab programs during the early 1970s. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ray Brook Couple Billed $60,000 For Flight To Hospital

CampbellsLeigh Campbell got quite a shock in the predawn hours of April 3: his wife, Heather, 27 weeks pregnant, went into early labor.

 

The couple, who live in Ray Brook, rushed to the Adirondack Medical Center in nearby Saranac Lake. But because that hospital lacks a neonatal intensive-care unit, their midwife called for a helicopter to bring Heather to a hospital in Burlington, Vermont, on the other side of Lake Champlain.

 

The good news: Heather avoided a premature birth. As of Friday, she remained in the hospital waiting to bring her baby to term.

 

But the Campbells are still dealing with the aftermath of another shock: two days after the medical emergency, they learned that the bill for the 25-minute helicopter flight was $59,999. And Heather’s insurance carrier would cover only about $370. The service provided by the helicopter company, LifeNet, was “out of network” and therefore not covered by her health-insurance policy.  » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pete Nelson: Close The Road Into The Boreas Ponds

Paddling on Boreas Ponds as guest of The Nature ConservancyThe State of New York has completed purchase of the Boreas Ponds Tract, the final stage of its acquisition of the former Finch Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.  Now the classification process will begin.  As with the Essex Chain acquisition the debate will be over recreational access and protection of its biological assets and its aesthetic experience as a wild place.  As with the Essex Chain the debate will largely come down to roads, in this case Gulf Brook Road, a dirt and gravel road that provides access to the interior of the tract from Blue Ridge Road.

It’s obvious why arguments between wilderness protection and recreational access so often come down to roads, but I think that’s unfortunate.  I think it distracts us from the larger issues of land use and protection with which we should be more concerned.  The issue of Gulf Brook Road in the Boreas classification makes a perfect example.  So let’s look at it in a little more detail. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Paul Hetzler: Consider The Dandelion

dandelion by greg humeApril showers bring May flowers, but not all posies are a welcome sight. Although it is quite possible they arrived on the Mayflower, dandelions do not get the esteem they deserve as plucky immigrants that put down firm roots in a new land, or as a vitamin-packed culinary delight, or as a multi-purpose herbal remedy.

On this latter point, dandelion is so well-respected that it garnered the Latin name Taraxicum officinale, which roughly means “the official remedy for disorders.” There are many reported health benefits of dandelion, including as a liver support and for alleviating kidney and bladder stones, as well as externally as a poultice for skin boils. I don’t pretend to know every past and present medicinal use of the plant, and I strongly recommend consulting a respected herbalist, as well as your health care provider, before trying to treat yourself. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 29, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


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