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Greg Dower

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pendragon Theatre’s “Fiction” at View in Old Forge July 10th

Linda and Michael Waterman, played by Leslie Dame and John NicholsonThe dramatic play, Fiction, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Allison Studdiford, will be at View, the art center in Old Forge, on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 pm. Fiction unravels a mysterious literary love triangle spanning both decades and continents. It examines the various fictions we devise to make our lives livable, and what happens when a crisis forces us to abandon these constructs.

The play’s main characters, Linda and Michael Waterman, played by Leslie Dame and John Nicholson, are both successful fiction writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take nature of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when an unexpected tragedy shakes their lives and Linda asks her husband to share his private diaries with her, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, and trust and betrayal begin to break down. The play also co-stars Tara Palen as Abby Drake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cranberry Lake Dam Marks 150 Years

cranberry lake dam Sesquicentennial patch2017 marks the passage of 150 years since a dam was erected at the outlet of Cranberry Lake on the Oswegatchie River. Originally a much smaller lake, the dam was built to help control the flow of water for downstream communities and their mills.

The groundwork for this was laid in 1865 when the state legislature passed an Act declaring the Oswegatchie River a “public highway.” This lead to the formation of a Board of Commissioners and the construction of the dam, which took place late in 1866. The gates were not closed and the water impounded until the spring of 1867.

According to local historians, the land was not cleared, and as the waters rose through through the trees that first spring, buds opened under water, and trees leafed out with just their tops showing, as the dam raised the lake level by over 11 feet. For decades, dead, dying and decaying trees stood in the water, making the scene somewhat grotesque. State Surveyor Verplanck Colvin wrote in 1873 of the difficulties in getting out onto the water to take measurements and elevations, due to the dead trees standing in the lake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Invasive Species Awareness Week Events Announced for the Adirondacks

invasive species awareness weekNew York State’s fourth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will take place July 9th-15th. The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is collaborating with various partner organizations to offer more than 15 invasive species related events, including  Backcountry Water Monitors Training, Terrestrial Invasive Plant ID & Survey Training, Lake Champlain Water Chestnut Paddle & Pull, and Adirondack Invaders Day at The Wild Center. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 3, 2017

DEC Announces Improvements At Broadalbin Boat Launch

DEC has announced that improvements, including additional structures, user guidelines, and facility management, are being implemented at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Broadalbin Boat Launch Site on Great Sacandaga Lake.

Physical improvements include the following: » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

6th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival Season Announced

barge concertShowcasing over sixty-five professional musicians from around the world, the Caroga Arts Collective has announced the Caroga Lake Music Festival (CLMF) 2017 Season Concert Schedule from July 17 to August 20.

Now in it’s sixth season, the multi-genre programming ranges from classical to jazz to contemporary music and from small ensembles to chamber orchestras. With most concerts free, CLMF performs in Caroga Lake, NY, and places beyond, such as Canajoharie, Cobleskill, Johnstown, Mayfield, Schenectady, and Freeport, Maine. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blue Line Basics: An Adirondack Park History Primer

Map of the Adirondack Plateau showing the position & condition of existing forests 1884Noted land surveyor Verplanck Colvin raised the alarm about threats to Adirondack resources as early as 1868.

In 1884, a state forest commission created this detailed map of remaining timber resources in northern New York.

Later, a 1891 map included an outline of a proposed Adirondack Park, delineated by a line drawn in blue ink. This is considered by historians to be the first map of the Adirondack Park. Over time, the term “blue line”came to represent the actual boundary of the Adirondack Park.

On May 20, 1892, New York Governor Roswell P. Flower signed a law creating a 2.8 million-acre Adirondack Park. Today, the park offers an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, including more than 1,800 miles of trails and thousands of camping spots. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

High Peak Trails And Creeks Flooding, Large Saranac River Rise

The following Adirondack trails as well as many creeks are flooding or at flood stage:

Ward Brook Trail/Sewards flooded

South end of Avalanche Lake flooded to Lake Colden register

Indian Falls not passable – water waist deep

Indian Pass Brook toward Street & Nye flooded

Water crossing at Ore Bed Lean-To Not Passable

Bushnell Falls crossing to John Brooks Valley is not passable

MAJOR RISE ON SARANAC RIVER: The water at Lake Flower is 22” above the dam and dam will be lowered by 8” tomorrow to relieve the pressure.  People are encouraged to stay off the Saranac River.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, June 30, 2017

DEC To Reopen Saranac Chain Lower Locks July 1

Repairs and rehabilitation work on the Lower Locks in the Saranac Chain have been completed and the locks will be open for use on July 1.

Improvements included rehabilitating the fill and release doors and the wicket (main) doors, including replacing all seals and bearings; completely replacing the hydraulic system including hydraulic arms, lines and operating system; repairing concrete walls; replacing and re-equipping the Locks Operator Shed; and replacing all tie downs, ropes, and other equipment. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Old Forge’s View Arts Center Gets New Director

Jeffrey GrimshawThe Board of Directors of View, the Arts Guild of Old Forge, has announced that Jeffrey Grimshaw has been appointed executive director.  Grimshaw is experienced in not-for-profit organizational management, including heading the YMCA of Fulton and the Oswego County Workforce Development Board.

Grimshaw previously directed the Center for Not-for-Profit Excellence at SUNY Oswego and served as the Director for the Office of Business and Community Relations. During his time at SUNY Oswego, Grimshaw supported the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council through service on the Workforce Development Sub-Committee. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Free Children’s Art Classes at the Adirondack Art Association

Adirondack Art Association GalleryThe Adirondack Art Association (AAA) will be offering all of their children’s art classes for free this summer. AAA provides arts education and fine art exhibitions in the community of Essex and the surrounding areas.

Four children’s art classes will be offered for the 2017 summer season, with classes taking place Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 pm on July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 19.  All of the children’s classes are free and open to the public, but donations towards class materials are welcome.  Children of all ages are welcome, but adults should accompany children under 6 years of age. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions Report (June 29)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Send observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stillwater Fire Tower’s Weekend Summit Stewards

Stillwater Fire Tower Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower has recruited volunteer Summit Stewards for summer weekends. They’ll be up at the tower from 10 am to 2 pm starting Saturday July 1 through Tuesday July 4th. Summit Stewards will point out Whiteface Mountain and the Adirondack High Peaks to the northeast, the 195 wind turbines overlooking the Black River Valley to the southwest, and the expanse of the Stillwater Reservoir below.

The tower’s authentic 1919 sliding-top map table can be seen, with it’s alidade and vintage Panoramic Map for Stillwater Mountain for locating forest fires. Summit Stewards help tell the story of the 1882 copper survey marker that was stolen over a century ago, found with a metal detector hundreds of miles away in 2013, and was returned to the DEC.

Only later it was discovered that the Station No. 77 marker had come from Stillwater Mountain. It’s empty hole can be seen in the bedrock under the tower, and a brass replacement marker that was reset last September. The recreated stencil of the tower’s shipping information from Chicago can be seen on one of the steel supports. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Meet Regional Past, Future Winter Olympians In Lake Placid

Meet past and future winter Olympians Thursday afternoons this summer at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. The Meet an Olympian program is a unique opportunity for visitors to speak with several regional Olympians about their journey to the Games and learn more about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete.

The program kicks-off Thursday, July 6, from 3 to 5 pm with ski jumper Tara Geraghty-Moats, who is looking to compete in February’s Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Two-time Olympic alpine Super-G medalist Andrew Weibrecht follows her, on July 13. Weibrecht returns to the Museum, July 27, with alpine Olympic hopeful Cecily Decker. » Continue Reading.


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