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Greg Dower

Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices. To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Moose River Plains Mountain Biking Plan Comments Sought

Moose River Plains Photo by John WarrenThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comments on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) conformance for new development proposed in an amendment to the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan prepared by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Plans being reviewed include expanding universal access for persons with disabilities, adding motor vehicle parking facilities, and increasing mountain biking opportunities in the Moose River Plains. DEC seeks to construct single-track mountain bike facilities, and make bicycling connections to trails at Eighth Lake Campground, Great Camp Sagamore, and nearby communities. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tupper Lake Assisting Businesses With Digital Curb Appeal

Tupper Lake Branding LogoThe town of Tupper Lake has announced that it will be assisting businesses in improving their “digital curb appeal” through website upgrades and digital marketing training.

The digital marketing training will come in the form of a free two-part digital marketing workshop presented by AdWorkshop and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Eagle Island Group Camping, Restoration Project Underway

The Town Board of Santa Clara has voted unanimously to amend the local Land Use Code to reestablish group camping on Eagle Island, located on Upper Saranac Lake.

Friends of Eagle Island (FEI) has been in discussions with the Town of Santa Clara to reestablish group camping on Eagle Island through a petition to amend the Land Use Code thereby enabling the camp to re-open. This multi-step process has involved; preparing and filing a petition for an Amendment with the Town Board, review of the Amendment by the Planning Board, a Public Hearing and the vote by the Town Board. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Operations

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction Has Begun

Volunteers Building the 2016 Ice PalaceConstruction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace began Friday, January 27th. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 3. The 2017 Winter Carnival will take place February 3rd to the 12th.

The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 27, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, January 27, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Conservancy Acquires High Peaks, East Branch Ausable Lands

keene preserveLake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) recently acquired 25 acres of Laurentian-Acadian pine, hemlock, and hardwood forest adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness in Keene. The lands were donated by Ed and Carolyn Fowler of Keene and Bloomfield, CT.

“Conservation of the property will permanently protect a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including a portion of a critical tributary to the headwaters of the East Branch of the Ausable River,” an announcement sent to the Almanack said. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Snow Expected, Excellent Ski Conditions This Weekend

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 7:18 am; sunset at 5:00 pm, providing 9 hours and 42 minutes of sunlight. There is a New Moon on Friday. The Moon will rise at 7:32 am Saturday and set at 5:58 pm; it will be Waxing Crescent, 1% illuminated.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lake Flower Landing’s Bakery Concert Series Begins Sunday

The Lake Flower Bakery Concert Series will be held on the last Sunday of the month, January through June at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake, with the first concert this Sunday, January 29th, at 4 pm with special guest Brian Donat.

The Bakery Concert Series, hosted by cellist Esther Rogers Baker, and multi-instrumentalist/composer Gene Baker, will focus primarily on music composed within the last century.

Each month will feature Gene and Esther plus guests including Adirondack cellist Brian Donat, Crane professor of electronic music Jerrod Sommerfeldt, Saranac Lake violinist Elaine Dewar, Lake Placid pianist Joey Izzo, Connecticut violinist Annie Trepanier, and guest composer Hillary Tann, among others. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hockeyfest, Snow Sculpting Championship Getting Underway

Can Am Adult Pond HockeyHelicopter rides, ice bowling, snow sculpting and pond hockey will highlight the first Hockeyfest Weekend from January 26 to 29 in Lake Placid, coinciding with the New York State 2017 Snow Sculpting Championship, which began Tuesday.

Hockeyfest has been introduced as a way to enhance the annual CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey tournament that occurs on a series of groomed rinks lined up on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid each year.

The action on Mirror Lake will include helicopter rides on Friday and Saturday, and family-friendly pickup games of broomball, ice bowling, Shinny and public skating on the lake loop ice track, along with public skating at the speed skating oval throughout the weekend. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Climate Resiliency Planning Grants Available

The NYS Department of State (DOS) is seeking applications for the Countywide Resiliency Planning Grant Program. This is a competitive funding program for the development of Countywide Resiliency Plans that primarily address climate change risks and vulnerabilities associated with: an increase in frequency and severity of storm and precipitation events; sea-level rise; storm surge; and flooding. The Countywide Resiliency Planning Grant Program is available to upstate counties in New York that were not previously covered by the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Upgrades at Gore and Whiteface Mountains Planned

Whiteface Mountain with little snow 2016 Mike Lynch PhotoGovernor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will invest up to $20 million for upgrades at Whiteface and Gore Mountains.

The investment is expected to leverage up to $80 million in private funding to add additional amenities and retail options for guests, according to the Governor’s office. The $20 million for the upgrades at Whiteface and Gore is in addition to $10 million the state is providing to the Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of the 2017-18 FY budget.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Fort Ticonderoga Garden, Landscape Symposium Set

Garden & Landscape SymposiumThe King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga will hold the sixth annual Garden & Landscape Symposium on Saturday, April 8th in the Mars Education Center. Designed for both beginning and experienced gardeners, this day-long symposium includes insights from garden experts who live and garden in upstate New York and northern New England. This event is open by pre-registration only. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 23, 2017

ROOST Announces 2017 Board of Directors

roost annual meeting`The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced its 2017 Board of Directors. ROOST elected three new, reelected five current board members, and elected officers.

The new slate was announced at ROOST’s Winter Social at Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, which was attended by ROOST staff, board members, businesspeople, and elected officials from throughout ROOST’s eight Adirondack regions. » Continue Reading.


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